Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone! Since I know many of you will be ushering in the New Year with a glass (or two) of bubbly in hand, I thought it would be helpful to share some ways to prevent a horrible hangover. There’s nothing worse than starting a new day—and a new year—with a raging headache, so keep these tips in mind as you enjoy yourself this evening.
1. Alternate Cocktails with Water
It’s a tip you’ve probably heard many times before, but staying hydrated is the number one way to prevent a hangover. Scientifically speaking, the tissues around the brain are mostly made of water, and dehydration will shrink these tissues, creating pressure in the head. Since alcohol can lead to dehydration, try alternating between water and cocktails throughout the night to pace yourself. It’s also never a bad idea to chug a huge glass of water before bed.
2. Eat Up
I know, chances are you’re wearing a flirty party dress tonight and not in the mood to eat a huge meal before your festivities, but it is so important to eat dinner before you drink. Drinking on an empty stomach will allow alcohol to absorb faster, so whip up some healthy carbs and nutrient-rich vegetables to keep yourself satisfied. As an added bonus, if you start the night with a filling and healthy dinner, you’ll be less likely to encounter the post-midnight munchies…
3. Upgrade Your Alcohol
Another way to avoid a hangover is to upgrade your alcohol. According to an alcohol metabolism expert, “inexpensive beer, wine and liquor are more likely to have higher congener content. Congeners are the ‘chemical soup’ that results from the fermentation or distillation process. The more expensive liquors are often filtered and triple or more distilled—thus, cleaner alcohol, less junk.” So, when it comes for alcohol, go for quality not quantity.
4. Replenish Your Electrolytes
When dehydrated, the body loses water, but also electrolytes. To replenish them, snack on potassium-rich foods like banana or spinach. Some sports drinks also have electrolytes, but can come with a ton of sugar as well, so be sure to check the label before cracking one open. Many people also sing the praises of Pedialyte, which you can find in the baby section of drug stores.
Do you have any hangover prevention tactics of your own?
Fill me in below and have a great time celebrating tonight!
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