‘Tis the season………
To pretty much overindulge, well in pretty much anything. One more mince pie? Sure it’s Christmas. Another glass of wine? Why not, it is Christmas. The last slice of cake…… go on then why not. If you can’t overindulge a little after Christmas then when can you? After all, if you are anything like me, you will have hurtled straight through December without a clue what is happening only to find yourself awake at 2 am on a Thursday morning days before the big day trying to remember exactly what else you needed to buy before it is too late!
So I’m not alone in thinking that the extra slice of cake or glass of wine is more than well deserved if only for making it there in one piece! But what happens when you do overindulge. With the image of an overfed and well-liquidated family member snoozing off Christmas dinner and a few sherries or 3 on the sofa with a red paper hat from the cracker askew over one eye in my mind, is there anything we can do to stave off the effects of one too many drinks at this most festive time of year. (pretty sure I’ve picked this up from a TV advert somewhere!)
I’ve had my fair share of hangovers from more than a few too many drinks in the past. Woke up Googling ‘the best ways to cure a hangover’. There is nothing like not being able to take part in the festivities to put a downer on things especially if you have children. No one wants to miss out on the fun because the night before you decided to have another one or 5 drinks or a few extra handfuls to finish off the chocolates so they don’t get lonely in the box…… (no judgement). But being prepared is your best line of defence when it comes to eliminating that morning after feeling.
The Best Ways To Cure A Hangover
There are a few things you can do this Christmas, or at any time of the year really, to help stave off the dreaded hangover. Of course, abstinence and self-control are the best ways to do this. Know your limits and try not to get carried away is one of the best tips around. But in case that warning gets long forgotten in the fun of Christmas, I have some top tips for helping to ease those morning-after symptoms.
Alcohol is a diuretic meaning that the more you drink, the more dehydrated you become. I’ve long been a fan of having a pint of water before I head to bed after drinking. For me, it definitely helps to ward off the worst of the symptoms the next day. You could also drink water before drinking alcohol and in between each drink too for maximum effect.
It can be helpful to have a large glass of water before starting on the alcohol, a glass between each alcoholic drink, and at least one large glass before going to bed. To improve your hydration, it is ideal to drink coconut water. Coconut water contains extra electrolyte minerals such as potassium, sodium and magnesium – the minerals that are easily lost in sweat and urine and that are particularly important to have in the right balance in our cells and blood. Avoid sports drinks because although they do contain these minerals and are designed for improving hydration, they also contain sugar, which is bad news after alcohol consumption. Keep drinking water (or electrolyte/coconut water) the next day to re-hydrate. Shona Wilkinson, Nutritionist at Natures Best.
Alcohol makes you want to eat, doesn’t it? Those pesky cravings lead to throwing caution to the wind and eating whatever you fancy. But some foods are better than others when it comes to staving off that dreaded morning after feeling. Making sure you eat a full balanced meal before you start drinking can help reduce the after effects. Protein is your friend here! Meals high in protein keep you fuller for longer reducing the need for more food when drinking.
But before you reach for that fry up in the morning, why not consider an omelette? Eggs contain nutrients to help your liver repair faster after over indulging and rid the body of toxins from the alcohol. Serve with a glass of fresh orange juice to top up your vitamin C levels! So try to resist foods full of grease and fat and go for something healthier. Why not throw together some of the leftovers from the Christmas day meal, veg and greens included for hangover boost for your body!
Vitamins and Minerals.
It’s always a good idea to make sure you are getting the right nutrients for your body, but especially important after a night of copious amounts of alcohol! If you aren’t getting it naturally in your diet then it may be worth thinking about having some supplements on hand to help your body as you hit the party season. Natures Best Has a range of dietary supplements to help support your diet this holiday season.
A liver-supporting supplement. The herb milk thistle is perhaps the best-known and most traditional remedy for this purpose – it has been found to protect the liver cells from damage, including that resulting from alcohol, and reduce inflammation in the liver.
Fish oil or omega-3. Take two before drinking to help line the stomach and the morning after with breakfast to replenish your healthy fats.
A high-strength multivitamin and mineral supplement, containing high levels of vitamin C and B vitamins. Try a multi with good amounts of ‘vitamin C, and good levels of all the B vitamins which helps to detoxify alcohol, and decent doses of magnesium, zinc, selenium, copper and manganese – all of which may be easily depleted by alcohol intake. Take two tablets before drinking, and take two more with breakfast the day after and one with lunch.
Extra vitamin C may also be helpful. Vitamin C is necessary for energy production, for proper immune function, and as an antioxidant to neutralise free radicals. Try taking one tablet before drinking, with your multivitamin and omega oils, one before going to bed; and if you feel rough the next day, take one tablet every two to three hours.
Shona Wilkinson, Nutritionist at Natures Best.
Hangover Cures Tried and Tested
Of course, these are the most sensible options and some of the best ways to cure a hangover and remedies all over the world come in many weird and wacky forms! I once watched back to back documentaries on the Titanic as I didn’t want to lift my head of the sofa and proceeded to drink copious amounts of a banana milkshake through a straw straight from the bottle. When I was younger I always needed banana milkshakes to help my hangover with a packet of Quavers. But one of my all-time favourite ways to cure a hangover is a good old fashioned roast dinner. Especially if someone else cooks it and I don’t have to move/get dressed/leave the house!
But however you choose to cure your overindulgence this holiday season, be it from too much food or alcohol, I wish you all the best and I hope you have the best time!
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