Hangover Help For the Festive Season!
As the festive season approaches, so do the many celebrations that go hand-in-hand with the holiday season. If having a few additional drinks this time of year is something you enjoy, but dread the inevitable holiday-hangover, we’ve got some top tips for you!
When it comes to curing a hangover, everyone has their favourite method that they swear by. Obviously, there is no quick fix when it comes to dealing with the effects of alcohol and a fun night out, but this doesn’t necessarily mean there aren’t ways we can help ourselves to feel a little bit better over the holiday season.
We are going to break down the most well known ‘hangover cures’ to separate fact from fiction so you know what can actually help our heads this Christmas.
Myth 1: ‘The hair of the dog’ will help your hangover.
Drinking more the morning after a night of drinking.
Truth: This might seem to reduce symptoms, but it is actually just postponing the hangover.
Drinking more the day after is smokescreen, delaying the full effects of your hangover that will still inevitably hit. Additionally, if you do feel better after more alcohol the day after, there may be actual alcohol withdrawal happening which indicates a sign of addiction.
We recommend not following ‘hair of the dog’,, especially if it’s a heavy night, give your liver time to process last night's tipples by:
- Staying hydrated, this will prevent the dehydration and the headaches it causes
- Have a healthy balanced breakfast, from porridge to eggs whatever you can manage to boost your energy first thing and keep you going until lunchtime. Check out our breakfast recommendations at the bottom of the blog.
- Try a liver support supplement like Clean Me rich in Choline to support your liver's natural detoxifying function and Chromium, B vitamins & Vitamin C to support energy levels and reduce fatigue.
Myth 2: A late night or early morning meal will stave off the hangover.
Truth: Making sure to eat before or during a night out is more important in feeling better the day after.
However, no matter what you eat, if you over do it on the bubbly you’re still going to feel the after effects! .
Yes, food can help with hangovers. But the important factor here is timing.
Making sure to eat before you have that first sip and even during an evening of indulgence can help to slow down the absorption of alcohol in your body - giving the liver more time to process and remove the nasty toxins that give you that hangover.
Eating on a hangover is important to give you that much needed energy boost the following morning. Lack of sleep, and tired limbs from all that dancing will likely leave you fatigued so make sure to top up on a healthy balanced breakfast rich in protein - like eggs, a smoothie or protein porridge!
Myth 3 : ‘Beer before wine and you’ll feel fine’
Stick to one type of drink and you won't get hungover.
Truth: Your drink choices can affect how you feel the next morning
Sticking to one type of drink can help you to keep track of volume, and that’s the key here - lose track of how many you’ve had and you’re likely to overconsume!
Some carbonated drinks like champagne or prosecco can cause blood alcohol to spike faster, that can influence big changes in blood sugar levels and put increased demand on the liver, worsening the hangover.
Dark liquor drinks like bourbon, dark rum, red wine, contain more congeners (a chemical component of booze) that can lead to a worse hangover.
Avoiding drinks that you know cause digestive upset can make a bi difference to how you feel the next day - avoid wheat or gluten in your diet because it upset your gut? Avoid ales, beers and lager on your night out - these can have the same effect and trigger the nausea and digestive distress we associate with a hangover!
Myth 4: Top up on electrolytes.
Truth: Hydration is Key
Rehydrating after a few too many is really important to stave off the headaches, nausea and lethargy we know as a hangover. Water works just fine for this, but if you prefer coconut water or electrolyte drinks, they work too.
Just avoid anything with lots of simple sugars [spike blood sugars and cause energy crashes] or caffeine like Cola which will dehydrate you further!
Our Top tip is to have a glass of water between each alcoholic drink during the evening, this will keep you hydrated and help to prevent the hangover from the start.
Myth 5: Caffeine = Cure.
Truth: Coffee can actually dehydrate you even more,
Caffeine is a diuretic, meaning it increases water excretion dehydrating you even more.
The short term energy boost we get from Tea of coffee the morning after might be needed to help us still get to work on time, but make sure you don’t rely on it for hydration - keep that water bottle at your side too!
Myth 6: Take B6 to avoid feeling hungover or nauseous.
Truth: Alcohol depletes B vitamins
There is no magic pill that is going to cure a hangover or stop you feeling sick the following day. But taking a supplement packed with B vitamins can help to replenish levels and keep your energy levels stable throughout the day
Myth 7: A full English breakfast cures my hangover following a big night out.
Truth: Complex carbohydrates & protein can help support our blood sugar levels after a big night out.
Alcohol does lower your blood sugars, which explains when you feel dizzy or shaky the next day. What your body needs is carbohydrates combined with protein to fuel your brain and provide a boost of steady energy.
Instead of opting for unhealthy fats from greasy foods, and white refined carbohydrates which results in sugar & energy crashes, TRY:
- Whole-wheat, Seeded, or rye toast with Eggs or avocado.
- Porridge Oats with nuts, seeds and fresh or frozen fruit
- Grab & Go - An apple and a sachet of nut butter [or a tablespoon nut butter at home]