Top tips to deal with a hangover

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Top tips to deal with a hangover

19th December 2017 11:46 AM

Author: Samantha Farmer

It's a time of year to be Merry, Ho,Ho,Ho!  But if you take it too far and indulge in too much alcohol you can awake the next morning regretting your exuberance.

I am pleased to share a few top tips to help you avoid a hangover, or to get through it with less pain!

  • Plan ahead.  Simple advice, but so powerful. If you know you're going out you'll make preparations like booking the taxi, getting a baby sitter, planning what to wear. But also plan what to eat before you go out.  This will help slow the absorption of the alcohol and lessen the impact.
  • Eat a little whilst you are out.  Choose quality protein and complex carbohydrates, and avoid high sugar foods and white flour products.
  • Drink plenty of water to rehydrate - try 2 glasses before you go to bed.  Better still, for every sip of alcohol take 1 to 2 sips of water in between.  Alcohol increases our urination and therefore reduces hydration. Darker coloured alcohol tends to be higher in congeners, which are the by-products of fermentation and distillation noted to increase symptoms of hangover.
  • Take 1g of vitamin C with your water before bed, to help reduce the oxidative stress in the liver and help it detox alcohol.  Alcohol can deplete our levels of vitamin C. Don't overdo it though, as vitamin C can loosen the bowels.
  • If you wake the next morning feeling like you swallowed the cat litter tray, and slapped yourself over the head with a cricket bat, then you'll need a little extra help.
    Drink water and get out into the fresh air for a brisk walk to help flush the toxins through before eating anything.
  • Eat a breakfast including eggs, which are high in N acetyl cysteine, an amino acid that helps production of our major antioxidant, glutathione, for much needed repair.
    Oats can help rebalance blood sugar that often drops with alcohol consumption.
    Sip on ginger tea if you feel nauseous, and drink coconut water to help replenish the electrolytes you will have urinated away.
    You may wish to try some super greens like spirulina, chlorella or wheatgrass to help support the detox pathways in a smoothie with coconut milk.

Enjoy the Festive Season, but be prepared just in case you enjoyed it a little more than you intended to.

Samantha is a registered nutritional therapist (CNHC & BANT) with a keen interest in womens health, digestive issues and stress management. Her approach is in line with Functional Medicine, which focuses on the client, looking to re-balance all components that lead to optimum health. These components include diet, lifestyle, exercise, genetics and medical history. For more information, please visit Samantha's website


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