Healthy Habits: 5 Tips for Avoiding a New Year’s Eve Hangover

New Year’s Eve has suddenly snuck up upon us, and I’m sure you’re all finalizing your evening plans just as I am. Dinner parties, big fancy balls, or small intimate gatherings with family—there are so many fun ways to ring in 2016. But no matter how you decide to celebrate, it’s certainly fun to have a glass (or two) of champagne during your festivities. Speaking of champagne, nothing ruins the first day of the year more than a hangover. No one wants to be writing their resolutions with a headache! So, today I’ve enlisted the help of Team LC’s friend and nutritionist Kelly LeVeque to share her tips on how to avoid a New Year’s Eve hangover. Be sure to read these before you pop the bubbly tonight (you’re welcome!)…

1. Drink your H2O.
Hangovers are caused by dehydration, says Kelly. Alcohol is a diuretic, which means that it promotes the removal of fluid from the body. The more alcohol you put into your system in a given period of time, the more dehydrated you’re likely to become. Drink a couple of glasses of water before you head to the party and a couple before you go to sleep. Keeping your body hydrated is the simplest and most effective way to ensure you don’t wake up feeling horrible. If you are in Las Vegas, New York or Miami, lucky you: Reviv or Hangover Heaven will provide IV hydration therapy.

2. Plan a Smart Dinner.
Instead of focusing on “soaking up” alcohol with carbohydrates, fill up on protein and fat. Eating a high-protein high-fat dinner before drinking can help slow the absorption of ethanol into the circulatory system. Not to mention, dense carbohydrates and sugary mixers can only make you feel worse. The same goes for the morning after. Reach for fat protein and mineral dense foods. The best choice is egg yolks because they contain a large amount of cysteine, which breaks down acetaldehyde, one of the culprits behind a hangover.

3. Get in the Clear.
Opt for clear, sugar free concoctions. Dark-colored drinks like bourbon or brandy have more chemical compounds called congeners than their light-colored cousins such as gin or vodka. Aging substances in darker alcohols include small amounts of chemicals such as methanol, acetone, acetaldehyde, esters, tannins, and aldehydes. Red wine contains tannins, compounds that are known to trigger headaches in some people. Malt liquors, like whiskey, also tend to cause more severe hangovers. If you’re worried about how you’ll feel in the morning, opt for clear liquors, says Kelly. We recommend vodka soda, gin and tonic, or a dry white wine.

4. Boost Your Electrolytes.
Consider drinking an electrolyte vitamin drink like Oxylent over sugary sports drinks to support your body naturally detoxify. Drinking depletes your glutathione levels, a powerful antioxidant and cellular tripeptide that helps the body rid itself of alcohol’s toxins. Studies have shown that vitamin C, along with B vitamins, can combine with certain amino acids and glucose and help your body generate glutathione. Maybe this year get your glutathione levels checked—it might be your hangover culprit.

5. Sweat It Out or Sleep It Off.
Working out might release endorphins and make you feel better about your alcohol indulgences, but sweating can make dehydration worse. If you’re really “feeling it”, sleeping it off can actually be a healthier choice. If you do opt to workout aim for 24 ounces of water an hour minimum.

And there you have it—five tips for preventing and curing your New Year’s hangover. I hope this helps! And another big thanks to Kelly LeVeque of BeWellbyKelly for sharing these tips.

What do you have planned for tonight? 

XO Lauren

Photo: Kate Spade