Benjamin Franklin was once famously quoted as saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” We can certainly apply this sound principle to hangovers. Sure, there are lots of cures out there for the dreaded “day after”, but wouldn’t it be a better idea to avoid it in the first place? Not indulging in libations at all would certainly do the trick, however for those times when there’s a great probability you’ll be over-served (after all, St. Paddy’s Day is coming up), here are some strategies to prevent a hangover:
- Be sure to eat good-quality proteins – turkey, chicken, beef, fish, eggs, beans, and nuts and seeds. The amino acids in protein help to detoxify the liver. Eggs are also a great source of cysteine, which helps break down a headache-causing toxin that’s produced when your body digests alcohol.
- Consume plenty of leafy greens and bright yellow and orange veggies (like bell peppers), and beets, too. These foods contain B vitamins which support the liver and pancreas.
- Eat fruits like kiwi and bananas because not only are they hydrating, but they also contain B vitamins.
- Drink water in between alcoholic beverages to help flush out the alcohol more effectively. This tactic may even prevent you from drinking more alcohol. Remember, when the body becomes dehydrated, it will draw water from any available source, including the brain (here comes the headache!).
- Avoid caffeine – it’s considered a diuretic and can be very dehydrating (as is alcohol). This means it pushes liquids out of the body, which is why it’s so important to stay hydrated!
- Drink coconut water – it replaces your fluids and electrolytes, which are the nutrients you lose when drinking alcohol.
- Skip champagne – the bubbles in champagne may accelerate the absorption of alcohol, so you get drunker faster.
- Stick with clear liquor. Vodka and gin have fewer toxins and impurities than dark ones like whisky and rum.
- Don’t smoke – smoking significantly increases the risk and severity of a hangover.
- If you decide to take any nutritional supplements, take B vitamins and antioxidants.
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