With the Christmas party season just a few short months away, now seems like a good time to consider the enemy of partygoers everywhere: the hangover. Hangovers are incredibly common, though always unwelcome; nothing spoils the fun memories of a great night like a screaming headache and all-body fatigue the next day.
The food and drinks that you consume when hungover can be hugely influential on your body’s ability to recover. To ensure you’re able to enjoy the party season with a minimum of stress, below, we’ve put together a few suggestions that can help get you back to your normal self in the shortest possible time frame.
“The hair of the dog”
The concept of “the hair of the dog” - drinking alcohol in order to recover from a hangover - is something of a difficult one to judge; some people swear by it, others say that it’s not something they have found beneficial. However, it’s fair to conclude that if a concept has survived for as long as this one has, there’s probably something in it for the majority of people. If you want to give it a try, there’s plenty of delicious cocktail recipes that may well help to perk you back up.
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By far the most important beverage for hangover management is water. It’s been theorized that hangovers are actually caused as much by dehydration as they are by the toxins in alcohol, so ensuring you replace lost fluids is essential if you want to return to normal function as soon as possible. If you’re not a big fan of the taste of water, then adding a few fruits is well worth considering, both for the flavor and the potential vitamin boost.
However, there is a point of caution to note when it comes to drinking water in order to ease a hangover: somewhat surprisingly, it is possible to drink too much water, so don’t down a couple of pints at once; take small sips consistently throughout the day.
Eggs are an essential choice for that “morning after” feeling, as they contain a range of nutrients that are capable of addressing the specific issues caused by alcohol intoxication. For example, cysteine is known to help the body break down acetaldehyde, a chemical that is theorized to be a contributor to the hangover feeling. In terms of how to prepare the eggs, it’s generally thought that scrambled is the best choice if you’re feeling delicate, so it might be worth giving this a try.
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Yes, the millennial favorite is also an excellent choice if you’re looking to recover your strength after a heavy night. Avocados are particularly beneficial due to their high proportion of healthy fats, as well as an abundance of potassium. You could choose to eat your avocado raw or opt for the new-classic of avocado toast to help give you a boost when required.
We hope the options above help to keep your hangovers at bay throughout the forthcoming Christmas party season - enjoy!