New Year’s is a time to allow for better and smarter life choices. Kick off 2015 by making the best decisions for you and your rock star body; no more hangovers!
Once the bubbly is done pouring and the confetti is thrown away, the last thing you want is to feel like the DJ has personally followed you home and set up in your brain. Follow these tips to ensure you have a relaxing and enjoyable New Year’s Day.
How to Avoid a Hangover
• Get the Munchies: While eating doesn’t necessarily mean you will avoid a hangover, it can definitely help. Digesting foods will slow the absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream. Most New Year’s Eve parties will have out hors d’oeuvres for guests to snack on.
• Pace Yourself: Many NYE parties will start as early as 6:00 or 7:00 in the evening. That means you’re going to want to run a marathon not a race. This will help your to drink less and also allow your body to absorb the alcohol already in your system.
• Drink Water: It is no surprise that our bodies love H2O. They love it even more when they need it the most, during dehydration which is exactly what is happening while you’re drinking alcoholic beverages. Try alternating between a small glass of water and a cocktail, or even replacing pop and juice with water or club soda. Make sure to keep a glass at your bedside when you return home at night.
• Stay Clear of Dark Liquors: Whiskeys, bourbons, scotch, and some tequilas have higher concentrations of toxins called congeners. These toxins only add more severity to your hangover. If you’re going to go with the hard stuff, stick to light liquors such as vodka and gin.
• Get Plenty of Rest: Not only will you be having a long night of dancing and mingling with friends, your body will be having a long night and following day trying to replenish itself. Try to sleep as soon as your home and take a nap the next day to let your body rest as much as possible.
What to do When You Already Have a Hangover
• Take a Couple Painkillers: It will be no surprise if you wake up to a pounding headache after your long night of partying. Try taking aspirin or ibuprofen to ease the pain, and only in the morning. Your blood will already be thinned from the alcohol so mixing with pills while the liquid is fresh in your system at night can be a very dangerous idea.
• Drink more water!!: You should already have been drinking lots of water the night before, but you shouldn’t stop once morning hits. Your body will still be dehydrated and thirsting for extra water. Sports drinks such as Gatorade and Power Ade are great alternatives also to give your the extra electrolytes.
• Fuel Your Body: Your body will need nutrients to feel better. This time around carbs will be your best friend and make you feel great. Also, foods with high protein will help to ease the pain. Have a banana ready for you in the morning and nice hearty breakfast.
• Drink it Up: No, not more alcohol. Smoothies, natural juices, and coconut water are all great options to help cure your hangover. All three contains antioxidants, sugar and water! Plus you may be feeling too queasy to actually scarf down some eggs and bacon.
• Work Out: The reason you are feeling so crappy is because your body is full of yucky toxins. A fast and easy way to get rid of those is to sweat it out. Put on your running shoes, get some fresh air, and rid your body of the things it doesn’t want.