Sometimes it’s hard to say no to a festive tipple, but if we want to be looking our best in our Christmas or NYE dress, it’s important to try and not let that tipple throw you off track the next day! So I thought I would share some health tricks and some hangover cures for you below to help you get through the day the healthier way …
Warning: a bit of science to follow! When alcohol is metabolised in the body a toxic by-product called Acetaldehyde is produced (sorry, big word!) – this is one of the main contributors to a hangover! Our bodies break this down via something called glutathione. Unfortunately, there is only limited amounts of this in the body, and so more has to be made if you’ve had one too many drinks. One of the pre-cursors for glutathione (i.e. things that help make it) is an amino acid called cysteine – and you guessed it, eggs have a decent amount of this amino acid and so help with the hangover! Interesting fact, whey protein is also high in this amino acid – not just good for the gym!!
Alcohol plays havoc on our metabolism, and it also reduces our blood sugar levels – hence why we crave sugar on a hangover. But put down that pick and mix and go for some healthier sugars instead. Fruit is of course a great option as it also hydrates you and gives you a ton of other antioxidant vitamins to help that hangover. Homemade nut and dried fruit bars are a good healthy alternative, or some dark chocolate is a better alternative to a milk chocolate, and peanut butter on an apple is to die for!!!
Sometimes water doesn’t crack it on its own – but put down that fizzy drink and try to include a naturally hydrating drink like milk. Milk is amazing for hydration because it naturally contains electrolytes, and an added bonus is that you’ll be getting some natural slow release sugars (lactose) and some healthy fats in there too (oh, and protein of course!!). If you can’t handle milk (I LOVE it on a hangover, but know some people don’t like the idea) then coconut water would be a good shout too!
I know, sometimes the last thing you want is fruit and veg – but trust me when I say it will make you feel so much better. They both contain energy-boosting vitamins, and have a high water content too that helps with hydration. They also contain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are important for repairing the body, hydration and reducing the inflammation caused by alcohol.
Ok this could go either way I must admit … at Uni I often attempted a Sunday morning triathlon swim session after a big night on Saturday and it could either cure me or make things go downhill for the rest of the day!! BUT if you’re feeling up for it, an exercise session might just help you “sweat it out” and make you feel like a new person! I say take the risk, you will feel smug afterwards!
I know that a steamy hot pizza or curry goes down a treat too – but as long as you try to include the above in your day as well, and don’t eat yourself into a takeaway coma, then having both should be ok!
Oh and I mustn’t forget a couple of tips for preventing the hangover in the first place
1. Eat before you go out drinking – alcohol is absorbed in the stomach, so if you have food in there it can slow the absorption therefore making sure you don’t get tipsy on that first sip of mulled wine!
2. Try a glass of water in between drinks – this will slow the rate you are drinking, and also helps prevent dehydration too (just make sure you’re friends are ordering you water not neat vodka or a g&t!!)
Enjoy the festive season all!!!!