Tomorrow is the 1st of December, which means the festive season is upon us, and with it comes an abundance of drinking. So whether it’s mulled wine, port or eggnog, find out how to ease your deadly hangover.
If you’re looking to prevent the hangover from hell starting from the night before, then take note. The NHS recommend you don’t drink on an empty stomach, so eat a meal that includes carbs and fats before you go out (that’s an excuse to stuff your face with pasta right?) They also recommend that for every alcoholic drink you have, have one glass of water or a carbonated drink, as this can speed up the absorption of alcohol into your system.
While you may struggle to stomach it, you should attempt to eat a hearty breakfast. This will help raise your blood sugar levels which can help relieve hangover symptoms such as fatigue and nausea. Healthline also pointed out a healthy breakfast can provide you with the important vitamins and minerals, which you may have lost due to excessive alcohol intake.
If you prefer not to reach for painkillers, research has shown different supplements can also ease a hangover. For example, ginger, brown sugar and tangerine extract can improve several hangover symptoms such as nausea and vomiting. Also, if you happen to have any red ginseng lying around the house be sure to take it, as this can reduce blood alcohol levels, as well as hangover severity.
You may be craving a cold fizzy drink, but you’re better off sticking to water to help you rehydrate. Alcohol has a diuretic effect, which means it increases production of urine, so drinking lots of water will replace any fluids lost. Increasing water intake can also alleviate symptoms of a hangover such as headaches, dizziness and thirst… so drink up!
If you can manage it, after a night of drinking make sure you have a pint of water before you sleep and keep some water by your bedside to avoid waking up in the night with a dry throat.
If you can somehow stomach more alcohol the next day, it’s best not to drink it. While that mimosa might sound appealing now, it will only delay the onset of symptoms until the alcohol wears off again.
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