If you have ever had a hangover, you know they can be pretty bad. Unfortunately, the last thing you are thinking about when you are out drinking is how you're going to feel the next day. It may cross your mind but seldom do you take the time to act on it.
If you want to prevent a hangover or at least reduce the severity of one, the time to act is the night before, not the next morning when you wake up feeling like you were in a prize fight and didn't fare so well. Obviously, the amount of alcohol you drink will affect how you feel the next day, but there are some preventative measures you can take to lessen the blow.
In this article, we will talk about measures that you can take the night before to ease the effects of your night out on the town. Let's get started. Do these 5 things…
1. AVOID CONGENERS
Congeners are chemicals that exert an effect on the body or brain. They are often contained in alcoholic beverages along with ethanol, the key biologically active ingredient of alcohol. They are a product of the fermentation or aging process when organic chemicals in the beverage break down. They may also be added during production to contribute to the beverage's taste, smell, and appearance.
Congeners are present mostly in dark liquors like:
Clear liquors like vodka, white rum, and gin are believed to have less of a hangover effect. Bourbon has 40 times the congeners of vodka. So there's one place you can start to prevent a hangover. Avoid dark liquors and wine.
2. EAT FOODS HIGH IN ELECTROLYTES
Electrolytes are electrically charged minerals and compounds that help your body do much of its work. Producing energy and contracting your muscles are just two examples. Some of the most common electrolytes are Sodium, chloride, potassium, and calcium. We get them from what we eat and drink.
Eating foods that are high in electrolytes while you are drinking is another way to stave off a hangover. Let's take a look at some foods that are high in electrolytes:
- Milk (calcium)
- Yogurt (calcium)
- Bananas (potassium)
- Avocado (potassium)
- Coconut Water (potassium and sodium)
- Watermelon (natural sugars, potassium, water)
If you plan a big night out on the town, be sure to stock up on some of these nutritious snacks to have before you head to bed.
3. DRINK AN ELECTROLYTE SOLUTION
Your body will be craving fluids and electrolytes the morning after a night of drinking. What about getting a jump on replenishing electrolytes before you go to bed for the night? You may be thinking about a drink like Gatorade or other sports drinks, but I can assure you that loading your body with artificial ingredients and sugar before you go to bed is not the answer. In fact, you are likely to feel worse.
A natural drink like unsweetened coconut water is a much better option. The best option, however, is HYDRATE. An organic hydration solution with only 7 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of sugar, and whole, natural ingredients. Mix one tablespoon of HYDRATE with 16 ounces of water, and you have a healthy, organic solution for hydration and restoring electrolytes.
Try drinking 16 ounces before you go to bed and then keeping a second serving on your nightstand for when you wake up thirsty in the middle of the night. You'll be so glad you did.
4. EAT A HEALTHY MEAL BEFORE YOU START DRINKING
Drinking on an empty stomach may seem like a good idea when you start, but it's not good for your blood sugar at all. Did you know that just 2 ounces of alcohol on an empty stomach can cause you blood sugar to tank? That's not on the list of ways to prevent a hangover. That's a sure-fire way to make you feel bad all night and in the morning too.
Before you take your first drink, try loading up on some healthy foods to stabilize your blood sugar. A high fiber meal will take longer to digest and help your body regulate its blood sugar. Try brown rice, pasta, whole grain bread, chicken, chili peppers, avocado, and mango. That's a meal that is high in fiber and antioxidants to keep your blood sugar in check and set you up for a better morning after.
5. GET A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP
If you have to get up early the next morning, you may want to choose another night to spend out on the town. Research shows that alcohol is known to interfere with the quality and length of your sleep. To avoid undue misery, make sure that you can hit the snooze button in the morning.
You'll need some extra hours to sleep off the effects of a night of drinking, so be sure to plan ahead.
Drinking with your friends, fun! Spending the whole next day under a rock, not fun! Taking a few extra steps before bed after you have been out, drinking can make all the difference in the way you feel the next morning.
Eating a good meal before you start drinking will help stabilize your blood sugar, snacking on high electrolyte foods will boost your hydration. Drinking a healthy electrolyte solution like HYDRATE before bed and during the night will keep you from getting dehydrated and stave off an electrolyte imbalance.
Low blood sugar, dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, and the effects of chemicals that are in alcoholic drinks are some of the main contributors to hangover symptoms. If you can implement some of these ways to avoid a hangover before you even start drinking, you can avoid spending the whole next day under a rock.