Myth 1: ‘The hair of the dog’ will help your hangover
Drinking more the day after is a 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.
I recommend giving your liver time to process last night's tipples by staying hydrated - this will help prevent 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.
Try incorporating a liver-loving supplement / Clean Me into your day to support your body’s natural detoxification process. And of course, munch on plenty of veggies and purifying herbs.
Myth 2: A late night or early morning meal will stave off the hangover
Truth: Yes, food can help with hangovers. But the important factor here is timing. Making sure to eat before or during a night out will help you feel better the day after. Although no matter what you eat, if you overdo it on the bubbly you’re still going to feel the after-effects!
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 with a hangover the morning after however is important to give you a much-needed energy boost - although 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. Or, 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, which 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 big 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 nausea and digestive distress we associate with a hangover.
Myth 4: Caffeine = Cure
Truth: Coffee can actually dehydrate you even more
Caffeine is a diuretic, meaning it increases water excretion dehydrating you even more. Coffee may ultimately worsen a throbbing headache, since caffeine reduces swollen blood vessels that play a role in headaches while the alcohol you drank simultaneously raises your blood pressure.
Rehydrating after a few too many is really important to stave off the headaches, nausea, and lethargy we know as a hangover. H20, coconut water or electrolyte drinks all work to hydrate.
My 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: 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.
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Myth 6: A full English breakfast cures my hangover following a big night out
Truth: Complex carbohydrates and protein can help support our blood sugar levels after a big night out.
Alcohol does lower your blood sugars, which explains why you may 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 and energy crashes, try wholewheat, seeded, or rye toast with eggs and/or avocado. Or porridge oats with nuts, seeds and fresh or frozen fruit.