Beat the Hangover

Heavy weekend? Few too many drinks?  Sunday’s are a nightmare with a killer hangover. Check out these tips on how to beat the system and start the week on the front foot. Unfortunately there is no ‘one’ cure to help ease the pain, but these remedies will help take the edge off……..

Taking in some quality H2O seems like common sense right? You are probably aware that alcohol is a diuretic and causes dehydration. Before you hit the sack, chug back a pint of water. The next time you go out, maybe order a glass of water with every beer, and alternate between the two which will help replace lost fluids.

Caffeine is used by loads of people, (hungover or not), to help them wake up and get ready for the day ahead. However, caffeine can both cause and cure headaches!! So this one is down to your own personal preference and needs. Caffeine also causes dehydration, so make sure to drink some water with it too.

Toast or Crackers
Remember when you were a kid, and your mum told you to eat toast if you couldn’t keep anything down?? This is fantastic advice for anyone who is hungover too. There are unfortunately no foods that can magically cure a hangover, but by consuming carbohydrates, it can help bring your blood sugar back to normal. Normally when blood sugar levels dip, your liver reacts by producing more glucose from stored carbs. But if you’ve been drinking too much, your liver is busy metabolising the alcohol and can’t handle the extra work, so your blood sugar levels stay down, resulting in feeling irritated and down.

Exercise releases endorphins, and the endorphin release will boost your mood. Also burning off the calories consumed from the night before is a great way of relieving the guilt from the indulgence of the night before. Just be sure to have your water bottle handy to prevent dehydration.

The No1 cure: Prevention
As a grown adult, you should know how to drink responsibly. But if you have had a heavy night, and limit your drinks to about one every hour. Your body metabolises each drink in about 60 to 75 minutes. When you drink faster, and your blood alcohol level rises faster (duh). Eat before you drink, and have a beer and a glass of water when ordering—and make sue to drink the water, don’t let it just sit on the table.