Zap your Hangover the Healthy Way

Hungover, Splitting headache? Feeling sick? Dizziness? Dehydration?

Wouldn’t it be nice if after a heavy night of drinking there were no consequences the day after?

What if the next day, rather than spending the day with your head down the toilet, or eating your entire body weight in junk food you could feel refreshed and conquer the day? Well next time you’ve had a few too many, follow these tips!

Step 1: Hydrate

Alcohol causes dehydration, which is the main cause of many of the symptoms of a hangover! Therefore, the most important thing to do to beat a hangover is to rehydrate. Alcohol blocks the release of antidiuretic hormone (ADH), needed for the kidneys to reabsorb water. Without the release of ADH the kidneys cannot reabsorb water, instead they excrete it as urine.  However, before you grab that bottle of water before bed, it is important to know that drinking a large amount of water will not allow your body to fully rehydrate. In fact, drinking too much water when you are dehydrated can cause you to lose valuable electrolytes.

To fully rehydrate after a night out you should replace both water and electrolyte loses. This means drinking around 12 glasses of water to replace your electrolytes.

Lack of sleep? Not matter how much sleep you seem to get after heavy drinks, no amount of sleep is ever enough.

Step 2: Grab Yourself a Nourishing Breakfast

It is important to fuel your body the next day and replenish those minerals and vitamins that you have lost. Eggs are a good choice of breakfast, as they are packed full of hardworking amino acids like cysteine, which breaks down the headache-causing chemical that’s left over when the liver breaks down alcohol and taurine which boosts liver function. Oats are also a good healthy hangover choice as they contain plenty of nutrients including B vitamins, calcium, magnesium and iron.

Step 3: Consume Some Natural Sugars

Alcohol turns the body’s supply of glycogen into glucose, which is then send out of the body through the urine. This leads to the feeling of weakness, fatigue, and lack of coordination the next morning. Fructose, the sugar found in most fruits, replenishes that glucose and has been found to speed up the body’s processing of alcohol. Therefore, grab some fruit or treat yourself to a fruit juice, to help you feel less trembly, increase your blood glucose and increase your energy levels.

Step 4: Avoid those Unhealthy Cravings

The foods we crave on a hangover tend to be unhealthy, high in carbs and saturated fats and tend to be packed full of calories! Giving into those unhealthy cravings is like a domino effect where it seems to become almost impossible to stop. Meaning that you haven’t just consumed an excessive amount of calories the night before you continue to do so the day after too.

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