Dos and Don’ts for your New Year’s Day Hangover

Monday, December 31, 2012

By Karen Kwan

With just a few hours until that New Year’s Eve bash, a night in which you may be consuming more than usual, let’s be a little proactive here. Download that taxi-hailing app, and pick up some supplies and learn some strategies that’ll ease the potential hangover you’ll have on the 1st. Here’s what’ll help you feel better and what won’t.

Drink water

Fill up a carafe or two, and keep one on your nightstand. Remember how you’re always running to the ladies room on the nights you’re drinking? Alcohol is a diuretic, which leaves you dehydrated. When out drinking, try to have a glass of water every now and then, then when you get home, before you stumble into bed, drink a large glass of water. The next day, be sure to sip water regularly to replenish your body.

Avoid coffee

Coffee, like alchohol, is a diuretic, so you’d be better off skipping that cup of joe to jolt you awake. And while you might feel like your marathon night of partying means you need to restore your electrolytes with a sports drink, there’s no need to. Your electrolyte balance isn’t affected greatly (and in any case, eating nutrient-rich foods would be a better option the day after).

Eat a well balanced meal

What you eat the next day depends on how you’re feeling. You may have a habit of enjoying a big greasy breakfast, and if you find it makes you feel better (there’s no proof that this is a hangover cure), go ahead, or you may feel pretty nauseous and can only consider having something bland like some broth and toast. But eating a proper dinner before you go out (and not just nibbling on something as you get dressed or counting a few appetizers at your friend’s place as supper) and having food in your system will help slow down how quickly alcohol is absorbed into your blood stream.

Keep the exercise light

While it might seem like if you can muster up the energy to that exercising would be a good idea — some fresh air and activity to get your blood pumping and to sweat out those toxins — it’s actually risky. Consuming alcohol leaves you dehydrated (see above) so your main focus should be rehydrating rather than exercising (don’t forget that fitness leads to perspiring, which depletes your fluid levels). Stick to light physical activity and be sure to drink water while you exercise.

Prepare some eggs to eat

If you can stomach solid food, crack open some eggs. Eggs can be cooked up quickly and in a number of ways (although simply prepared might be good for your queasy stomach), plus they’re filling. Even better for your hangover, egg yolks also boast a particular hangover-helper called cysteine. Cysteine helps break down acetaldehyde (which your liver produces when breaking down the alcohol you’ve consumed).

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU!!

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