You go out with friends, go on dates, have some drinks, it’s all good. Then comes the next morning and feel like you’ve hit a bus. Ladies, there’s nothing to be ashamed of, we’ve all been there.
Whatever you do, don’t pour yourself another in the hope it’ll reverse the effects. Most of us will know this as the good old “hair of the dog”. However, with plenty of ways to straighten you out, there is simply no need.
Now, we’re sorry to say that no matter what you do, you can’t stop a hangover completely. The only way to guarantee no morning after headache is simply not drinking. We’ve got plenty of things you can do to make the morning after a little less painful.
Right, let’s dive in.
Take charge before you drink
Drinking on an empty stomach is not a good idea. What it will do is cause your body to absorb the alcohol faster. Yes, ladies, wine may be made from grapes, but it’s not dinner. So, before you head out, get a good meal full of protein and healthy carbs.
Oats maybe not be the most obvious pre-drinking meal, but they’re able to protect against alcohol-induced liver damage. Well, in lab mice anyway; still, worth a try, right?
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The answer could be pear juice
The benefits will be worth it with this one. Before hitting the town, get an 8-ounce glass of Korean pear juice down you.
A 2013 study discovered that this traditional remedy helped participants in breaking down the alcohol and lowering blood alcohol levels. What this does is makes the symptoms the next day a little less awful.
However, before you go filling your refrigerator with pear juice, we need to point out that the study was only small with just 14 people, and not all of them experienced benefits.
If it works, it’s worth it.
While you’re out
Go with light beverages
Darker alcoholic beverages like rum, whiskey, and red wine contain more congeners than lighter beverages such as white wine. Congeners are produced during the fermentation process along with ethanol.
Studies have shown that higher concentrations of congeners may be connected to some hangover symptoms, such as nausea and vomiting. However, the jury is still out on this one so you can’t take our word for it.
So, if you’re not willing to take the risk perhaps stay off the dark spirits and opt for something lighter to make the next morning not so awful.
Research has shown that the more dehydrated you become, the more your blood alcohol level will increase. Not only that, but alcohol can further dehydrate you by channeling more of your fluids out through your urine. However, all of this can be remedied with some good old water.
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In order to prevent dehydration and causing a hangover or a migraine attack, ensure that you drink water throughout your evening. Try and match each alcoholic drink with a glass of water. If you feel the need to jazz it up a little, go for carbonated water and add a little lime.
No carbonated drinks
We really hate to burst your bubble (see what we did there?), but we’d highly recommend passing on drinks such as champagne and other beverages that are carbonated. Even your spirit and mixer drinks like rum and Coke can be a problem. Studies have shown that carbon dioxide can build up in the bubbles and could potentially cause your digestive system to soak up alcohol faster.
The next morning
Get some breakfast
Drinking alcohol without enough food in your stomach can cause your blood sugar levels to drop. And yes, we see you nodding in agreement when we say that so many of us have enjoyed a few glasses of wine without dinner or a snack first. You can then hardly be surprised that you wake up the next morning feeling shaky with a fuzzy head.
Up the carbs by having some toast and a glass of orange or apple juice. It’s probably also worth adding some protein like a couple of eggs or even just a yogurt to help keep your blood sugar balanced.
Hit the snooze
It’s likely that you dropped off as soon as your head hit the pillow the night before. However, after drinking perhaps one too many, any sleep you did get wasn’t serene. Research has shown that alcohol disturbs the duration and quality of your sleep.
So, before you decide to crawl out of your slumber and attempt to function like a normal human being, hit that snooze button and get a few more hours of sleep to send that hangover on its way.
Ginseng saves the day
Ginseng is an ingredient typically used in Chinese medicine and has been for centuries. With good reason too as this root has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Additionally, it also helps to boost your immune system to fight off colds and other viruses. Ginseng also has anti-nausea properties and could help to break down the alcohol in your body more effectively.
One study of red ginseng and water used male participants who’d had a glass of whiskey. The results discovered that the men who had ginseng experienced fewer hangover symptoms and had lower blood alcohol levels too.
Something important to note about ginseng is that it has the ability to affect other medications, so it would be best to consult your doctor first.
Settle it with ginger tea
As if a hangover isn’t bad enough, on some occasions you may also suffer from an upset stomach. When this happens, attempt to settle your stomach with a warm cup of ginger tea.
Research has shown that ginger can be used to fight back against feelings of nausea and vomiting. Ginger tea as well as all other things ginger is often used as a remedy for morning sickness.
Boost your electrolytes
Drinking alcohol dehydrates you which means that your electrolytes will suffer too. Something like Gatorade will help remedy this or you could snack on the likes of:
What you’d find really useful at a time like this is Pedialyte, it’s great for the nights where you’ve gone a bit too hard. Just one bottle has twice as much sodium and five times the potassium as a bottle of Gatorade. There may not be any research to say this will cure your hangover, it’ll surely help.
An easy tip if you don’t want a hangover… don’t drink alcohol. Whilst we agree that a few drinks may be fun occasionally, alcohol is not required in order to have fun.
If you’d like to celebrate a little, perhaps limit this to one or two and as well as drinking plenty of water. Sometimes it may be that you have more than planned, I’m sure we all have at some point. If you can’t take advantage of a happy hour, then why would it be a happy hour?
When your hangover strikes with a pounding headache, be kind to yourself, sleep in, have some breakfast and a Gatorade. Doing this will help to restore your blood sugar levels and make you feel better.
Still achieve your goals with Zotrim
Enjoying yourself and having a few glasses of wine with your friends doesn’t mean you’ve completely sabotaged your goals.
Our 100% safe and natural formula can help you stay on track to achieve your body goals. Zotrim is designed to control hunger and cravings by:
- Reducing your appetite
- Curbing cravings and resisting snacking
- Cutting your daily calorie intake
Smash your goals and have fun, you’ve got this.