Tips
'Tis The Season To Battle Hangovers

by Carrie Borzillo - January 29, 2018


by leescartoons, flickr.com
by leescartoons, flickr.com

Dizziness, headaches, nausea, and fatigue... it's beginning to feel a lot like hangover season! Joy and merriment aren't the only feels the holidays bring. With all of the holiday parties, family dinners, and festivities, comes a good amount of alcoholic consumption that makes this time of year Hangover Season!

"There are two key causes of a hangover: dehydration and toxins (those in the booze and the ones produced by the body as your liver works overtime to get rid of the booze)," explains Charlie Turner, Founder of Neat Nutrition.

The best way to avoid a hangover is to prevent it. Easier said than done, of course. Unfortunately, if there were one foolproof way to prevent or cure a hangover, the world would be hangover-free. That said, here are four tips to prevent and cure a hangover for you to try this holiday season.

How To Prevent a Hangover

Vitamins

There are plenty of hangover products on the market, but the one that I swear by is the all-natural PartyPal by Ebnsol Inc. (And, no, I do not get paid to write to endorse them). They're packed with a mix of vitamins, including, Vitamin C, Thiamin, Vitamin B6, and a unique mix of prickly pear cactus, oriental raisin tree extract, and more.

Photo Credit: from takepartypal.com
Photo Credit: from takepartypal.com

Each packet comes with three pills: You take one before you start drinking, the second pill in the middle of your night out, and the third pill before you go to bed. Or, if you forget, take them all the next morning.

Hydrate

If you follow the rule to drink 1 glass of water for every glass of alcohol you consume, you are more likely to not be hung-over.

But, also load up on H20 before going to bed. "Drink one to two pints of water before you go to bed, and add a squeeze of lemon as this alkalizes your drink, which will help detoxify your liver and kidneys. It won’t cure your hangover, but will help to reduce the dehydration that alcohol leaves you with, which can only help," says Turner.

Eat Up

Eat a fatty carb-filled pre-party meal before heading out for the night — and/or snack throughout the evening's festivities — it can help slow down alcohol absorption and therefore make you feel less drunk. Stick to the healthier fats, though, such as avocado, and the friendly carbs, such as sweet potatoes. Unfortunately, though, it won't help your waistline, but 'tis the season to pack on a few extra pounds.

Drink Wisely

You want to choose your drink of choice carefully. Champagne, for instance, and booze mixed with carbonated beverages are widely known to be absorbed more quickly, which is why the worst hangovers seem to happen on New Year's Day.

Also, darker drinks, such as bourbon or red wine, contain more congeners, which are known to contribute to more hangovers than say, vodka or white wine.

How to Cure a Hangover

If you failed to prevent the hangover, no worries. Try these morning-after remedies instead...

Water & Electrolytes

By now, you should know to hydrate, hydrate, and hydrate some more when you are hung-over. Go for water with electrolytes, or other electrolyte-heavy drinks such as Gatorade or Pedialyte. They are not just for athletes and toddlers, respectively.

Photo Credit: by pedialyte.ca
Photo Credit: by pedialyte.ca

The Black Mary

Meet the distant cousin of the Bloody Mary. "After brewing your morning cup of coffee with tonic water instead of regular water, use orange juice in replace of milk and drip honey instead of sugar into your cup. The Black Mary is a combination of all of the popular post-party fixes: coffee, carbonation and fruit juice. If the previous night ended later than you’d planned, the Black Mary could be worth a shot," says Turner.

Pickle Juice

Pickle juice is a widely accepted hangover cure. Turner explains why, "The vinegar, water and sodium super combo is the ultimate pick-me-up, combating dehydration and boosting energy. It's worth adding some honey, not only to sweeten up the salty concoction but also to restore blood glucose levels."

The Prairie Oyster

This not-so-appetizing cocktail dates back to the 19th century. It includes tomato juice, a whole raw egg, Worcestershire sauce, red wine vinegar, and a dash of Tabasco sauce.

"This works by replenishing the water, salts, and electrolytes that alcohol has depleted," explains Turner. "In processing booze, the body also creates other toxic chemicals, thought to be responsible for many of those horrible hangover feelings. By introducing new toxins into your body (such as capsaicin in Tabasco sauce), your body temporarily turns away from alcohol processing, delaying or eliminating a lot of your symptoms."

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