One too many drinks? Hey, it happens. You weren't planning on that one cocktail turning into three (or five), but the next thing you know, you wake up with a headache that makes you wish you'd never been born. Your best bet—of course—is to not drink excessively. But for those times when it does happen, here's how to deal with a hangover (and avoid it in the first place).
Eat a healthy meal beforehand. Make sure it includes fiber and healthy fat that will stay in the stomach longer to help keep you from getting completely smashed like if you went with an empty stomach, says Elizabeth Trattner, DOM, a licensed acupuncturist.
Guzzle water with your wine.
Alternate a glass of water with every one of wine to help you re-hydrate and minimize alcohol's diuretic effects. Bonus: you'll likely drink less alcohol since you'll be filling up on water.
Go for the coconut.
As soon as you get home, drink at least 8 ounces of coconut water or Gatorade to replace the electrolytes that were depleted by alcohol, says Trattner.
Pop some aspirin.
Take two aspirin with a full glass of water before bed. The prostaglandin inhibitors (fatty acids that help reduce inflammation) in aspirin can decrease the severity of the hangover. Then take two more in the morning with more water.
Take vitamin B.
Because excess alcohol depletes the body of essential B vitamins, take a B-50 complex supplement before bed, says Laurie Steelsmith, ND, a naturopathic physician in Honolulu. B vitamins help break down alcohol in the body.
Nosh noodle soup.
Not feeling so hot? Slurping the broth will rehydrate you, and the sodium will help you hold onto the fluid you have left. Plus, the carbohydrates in noodles are an easily digestible source of energy, something you're likely lacking in the morning after.
The whole "sweating it out" theory is a myth (one drink is metabolized by your body in about an hour), but the endorphin release can make you feel better. Plus, you'll feel a little less guilty about all the calories you downed last night.
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