10 simple hacks to avoid a hangover
No one likes a hangover. No one. But they are an all too common by-product of many people’s raving antics. Symptoms of a hangover range from nausea and a headache, to low moods, lethargy, anxiety and, in extreme cases, liver pain.
There are all kinds of hangover tips, hacks and apparent “cures” out there, so there really is no excuse to wake up on a Sunday feeling like garbage. Here are 10 simple ways to take the edge off a miserable morning.
WATER, WATER AND MORE WATER
Drink water before going out, during the night and afterwards to help your body flush out all the booze. It’s really that simple.
AVOID DARKER DRINKS
Easy to remember, darker alcoholic drinks contain more congeners, which are the by-product of alcohol responsible for giving you a hangover.
PROTEIN BEFORE DRINKING
Meat is highly recommended for a pre or post-drinking nosh. The body breaks down protein into essential amino acids, which can take the edge off a hangover. Non-meat eaters can try almond butter, tofu or even a good quality vegan protein powder.
REPLENISH LOST NUTRIENTS
Eating well before and after your night on the tiles will help to ensure that you don’t wake up feeling like you’ve got a pickaxe wedged into your skull.
NECK SOME ELECTROLYTES
All those natural salts you’ve lost through dancing and boozing need to be replaced. Drinking some electrolytes, or even a cup of bouillon broth, can do wonders.
AVOID SOFT DRINKS AS MIXERS
Not only are fruit juices that little bit healthier, but soft drinks also speed up the rate alcohol is absorbed into your system.
INVEST IN SOME MILK THISTLE
This herb is renowned for its liver healing capabilities. Take some before a night on the smash, and afterwards too, to help your liver detox from all the grog.
GET SOME POTASSIUM IN YOUR SYSTEM
Bananas, avocados and coconut water are full of potassium, which works a treat when you need to rehydrate.
EAT OR DRINK GINGER
An excellent way to treat the nausea that often arises with a hangover, ginger is the one. Due to its useful properties, it is used for morning sickness, sea sickness and nausea following chemotherapy.
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