At this time of year it’s fair to say that hangovers may be a little more regular than usual, with Christmas and summertime festivities filling up the social calendar week on week on week. Hangovers can wreak havoc on your body and may stick around for up to 24 hours, depending on how much you drink. While practicing moderation or abstinence would be the ultimate way of avoiding a hangover, sometimes even the most controlled and logical of us will stray.
These 7 strategies can lessen the nasty aftermath of your summertime festive fun (without causing more harm to your body):
Simple, yet very effective. Among some of the major hangover culprits, dehydration is definitely number 1. Alcohol dehydrates your body of fluids, therefore sipping away on water to rehydrate your body cells is key; the more fluids you replace, the better you will feel. If tap water isn’t usually your thing, coconut water is a great alternative that provides additional strength for fighting the hangover with its rich content of electrolytes. Coconut water replenishes a healthy electrolyte balance AND restores hydration in your cells.
Studies have shown low levels of magnesium to be linked to headaches and migraines. Your magnesium levels can often become depleted by alcohol consumption, therefore magnesium-rich foods (dark leafy greens, wholegrains, avocadoes, bananas and more) or a magnesium supplement can help to relieve that horrible alcohol headache. Another way to get more magnesium is to run yourself a bath with plenty of magnesium-rich Epsom salts. Ahhh… Bliss.
Alcohol is known to disrupt your REM (Rapid Eye Movement) phase of sleep, which is considered the most restorative type of sleep. With less REM sleep, you’re more likely to wake up feeling groggy, fatigued and unfocused. While drinking alcohol before bed might help you fall asleep quickly, it ends up having the opposite effect as time goes on. Sleep deprivation only exacerbates a hangover’s misery, so aim for at least eight hours’ sleep after a liquid night out.
4. Green Tea
Among its long list of health benefits, a key benefit of green tea is its ability to assist your over-working liver. It is also rich in a compound called L-theanine, which is known to stimulate brain power; something you could also likely benefit from on a hangover.
5. Green Juice!
This is one of our faves, as we just love getting a green juice in everyday. Starting your day off with something that is alkalising, detoxifying, nourishing and easily digested is one of the easiest things you can do to combat a hangover. This has got to be the second best hangover cure, right after not drinking at all!
Dietary protein plays a key role in liver detoxification, blood sugar regulation and immune protection. A great way to get sufficient protein into your bod on a hangover is with a protein-rich smoothie; pea protein powder, antioxidant-rich fruit, green veg and your fave superfoods. This is an unbeatable hangover cure that will assist your liver as it goes through its natural detoxing pathways.
7. Sulfur-Rich Food
Sulfur is a mineral that plays a significant role in detoxification, so eating sulfur-rich foods can help speed up the process of saying goodbye to your hangover. Eggs, onion, garlic, broccoli and cauliflower are our favourite sulfur-rich foods. If you can’t quite stomach a green juice or a protein-y smoothie, whip up an omelette filled with sulfur-rich veggies. Yummo!
If you’ve got any other hot tips for combatting the ol’ hangover, let us know in the comments below xo