Sip: Hangover Helpers

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St. Patrick’s Day is only 3 days away, and one must be prepared for the eventuality of a hungover Monday morning. Never a good thing! There are a few simple things you can do to help alleviate the not-so-fun after effects of overindulging.

The night of:

1. Be sure to drink a glass of water between drinks as this will keep you for overdoing the alcohol and keep you hydrated at the same time.

2. Take a multivitamin.

3. Make sure you eat. Don’t drink on an empty stomach.

4. Drink more water.

The next morning:

1. Try to get as much sleep as you can because your body “rebuilds” itself while you are sleeping.

2. Hydrate with water and/or fruit and vegetable juices as they are full of the minerals that your body is now lacking. Drinks like Gatorade or Pedialyte are also decent choices as they contain electrolytes that rehydrate you more quickly. The only downside is that they are full of sugar. If you can, opt for fresh fruit or vegetable juice instead.

3. Avoid too much caffeine as this will dehydrate you even further; thus taking longer for you to feel human again.

4. The proverbial “greasy breakfast” of eggs, bacon, toast and juice is actually a true hangover helper. Eggs help the liver filter the alcohol from your body faster and the toast combats feelings of nausea. The juice replenishes vitamins and minerals as mentioned in #2 and the bacon…well, it just tastes good!

5. As soon as you are able, get up and move around (slowly at first if you are feeling dizzy!) because this will get your heart pumping and blood flowing which will release the toxins from your body faster.

6. If you still can’t seem to pull out of your alcohol induced fog, reach for ibuprofen over acetaminophen. Acetaminophen is hard on your liver, and hasn’t your poor liver been through enough?

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