Can’t say no to a party and alcohol, even though you are dreading to wake up with a hangover the next morning? Headache, dizziness, fatigue, anxiety, irritability…. These are only some of the undesirable symptoms of a hangover. Yes, it’s super easy to overindulge in alcohol! One drink can lead to another till you realize you have had quite more than you intended to drink. This is especially the case if you are having a good time.
They say the key to avoiding a hangover is to drink alcohol in moderation. A moderate consumption would be one standard drink for women and two standard drinks for men. According to the CDC, one standard drink is equal to about 14 grams of pure alcohol, which is defined as 350 ml beer (5% alc), 150 ml wine (12% alc), or a 45g shot of liquor such as gin, rum, whiskey, or vodka (40% alc). In addition to drinking moderately, for safe drinking, never have alcohol on an empty stomach. Drink slowly and have a glass of water before and after each alcoholic drink. If you are a moderate drinker and still usually suffer from hangovers, then try to avoid alcohol completely, especially on a day with an important event. Alcohol in your system may deteriorate your performance level.
Following your festive night, sleep! Get plenty of resting hours because your body needs this to overcome the effect of alcohol consumption. Avoid taking any medications for your headache as they may be unhealthy for the liver when combined with alcohol, especially if they are paracetamol-based.
Now, what’s for breakfast?
Eating eggs in your hangover breakfast meal can help stabilize your blood sugar levels and boost your body with B-vitamins. Not only are eggs easy on the stomach, they are also loaded with proteins. Eggs are also rich in cysteine, an amino acid and an important component of glutathione. Glutathione is an antioxidant that helps the liver to remove toxins from the body. The rich amount of cysteine levels in eggs are believed to be helpful in detoxifying acetaldehyde, a headache-causing toxin resulting from alcohol.
Have a side of fresh tomatoes and raw or sautéed fresh mushrooms with your eggs. Tomatoes are rich in glutathione, which will help reduce those dreadful hangover symptoms. In addition, the high vitamin C levels in tomatoes also play a good role in fighting the accumulated toxins that stimulate a hangover. Mushrooms also may help in the detoxification process as they are rich in selenium, a powerful antioxidant, and are also a very good source of vitamin B.
Include high potassium fruits in your hangover breakfast. Keep in mind, low potassium levels in your body may cause fatigue. Potassium may help to restore minerals lost due to dehydration caused from alcohol drinking. Examples of fruits rich in potassium include 1 medium banana, ½ of a papaya, ¼ cup of raisins, ½ cup of cantaloupe cubes, 1 medium mango, and 1 kiwi fruit.
For a sweet and warm ending to your hangover breakfast, make some ginger lemon tea. Boil some shredded ginger for 4 minutes. Add the juice of one lemon half and sweeten with 1 teaspoon of honey. These three ingredients in your morning cup of tea can soothe your hangover. Ginger can settle your stomach and ease your nausea, lemon can help you detoxify alcohol from your body, and honey will help balance your fructose levels.
Rehydrating your body is very essential after alcohol consumption. Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it will increase your visits to the washroom, making you lose more water. Make up for the lost fluids by drinking water. If you’re not a fan of water, go for naturally carbonated water and add lemon slices or flavored ice cubes with lavender, mint, or strawberries for a refreshing taste. Coffee can sure make you feel more alert and attentive to work efficiently in the morning; however, to avoid dehydration that might worsen your hangover, remember that you need an additional glass of water with your morning caffeine dose!
Exercising is really important on the day following an alcohol-full night. Not only does exercising have heart and body health benefits, it also has psychological benefits, which may help you feel less guilty about all the additional empty calories you had the night before.
Drink safely and live happily!