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3 tips to avoid a hangover this Christmas

3 tips to avoid a hangover this Christmas

Wednesday 18th December 2019
Alex Pedley

On my journey into Canary Wharf this morning the person sitting next to me was sick into her bag. Not the best sight to see first thing.

Obviously a very good Christmas party though!

This did, however, inspire me to write this article. It contains 5 simple tips to avoid the dreaded hangover this Christmas.

1. Drink plenty water

Alcohol is a diuretic, which will increase the amount of times you need to pee. The lost fluid can cause dehydration and electrolytes imbalances. This contributes to a hangover.

Drinking water before you go out, during the evening and just before bed will help you to stay hydrated. This could prevent or reduce the severity of the hangover.

2. Avoid dark spirits

Darker liquors such as whiskey and brandy contain a high amount of congeners, which are substances produced during the fermentation process.

As congeners travel through your body, they're metabolised into a toxin called formaldehyde. This can worsen the affect of the hangover.

Drinking a lighter alcohol, although not bulletproof against hangovers, may reduce your chances of suffering the affects of a heavy night.

3. Eat a lot of vitamins and minerals

Hangovers are not entirely about dehydration. A big night out also causes inflammation and oxidative stress.

Oxidative stress causes your body to release free radicals that can lead to cell damage. Fortunately antioxidants are on hand to neutralise the free radicals and essentially clean up.

Try to eat nutritious food in the run up to a night out.

Good sources of antioxidants include:

Nuts and seeds
Green and black teas
Berries
Pomegranates
Dark chocolate
Carrots
Spinach
If you do start the day with a hangover then aim to have a nutritious breakfast.

Another contributor towards a hangover are low blood sugar levels. As our body breaks down alcohol it causes lactic acid levels to raise, this then leads to a drop in blood sugar.

Eating a breakfast filled with healthy fats, protein, carbohydrates and vitamins and minerals will help blood sugars to return to a normal level.

Give these a try and let me know how you get on.

Merry Christmas!

Alex

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