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Hungover? What's that?

16th November 2018

The festive season is rapidly approaching which only means one thing - more alcohol! It’s inevitable that the Christmas season will cause it’s fair share of hangovers.

Thankfully, you have us to prepare you so we’ve included some hangover preventions and a recipe that can aid a hangover, so you can attend the next party, fully fresh!

Why do we get hangovers?

Research suggests, when alcohol is distilled, impurities are generated that can cause symptoms of nausea. Sweeter alcoholic beverages such as ciders and cocktails can supply a higher level of impurities, so if you’re looking to avoid the hangover – put down the cocktail!

A Christmas favourite, red wine - is especially lethal.

What are the symptoms of a hangover?

Symptoms can consist of headaches, nausea, vomiting, excessive thirst, shakiness and fatigue.

A fundamental factor of your hangover is dehydration. Alcohol is a diuretic so your body reinstates its dropping blood levels after consumption of alcohol which causes these symptoms.

Six ways to reduce the severity of your festive hangover

Drink water – it’s vital to stay hydrated whilst consuming alcohol, so trying to have a glass of water between drinks can assist with this massively. If you can’t manage that, one between every few alcoholic drinks will still help. Avoiding this rule can consequently leave you feeling groggy in the morning, so drink up to rehydrate, and flush away the impurities from your system!

Consume more than one fluid – Although water is fundamental to recovery, it isn’t enough. Electrolyte-rich fluids can be just as useful too – such as sports drinks or coconut water – these can restore salt and potassium you’ve lost, so make sure you’re fridge is stocked!

Fatty foods – Eating pizza, or other fatty foods can grease your intestines (nice…) helping your body soak up the alcohol, so you can stay out for longer.

Sugar whilst your drinking – Fructose may speed alcohol metabolism, decreasing the risk of a hangover. It’s monumental to eat sugar whilst you’re drinking, not before, as fructose metabolizes quickly. Make sure you have a sneaky Snickers tucked somewhere!

The morning after breakfast– Electrolytes in food, assist to replenish a dehydrated system and endorse calories back into the body. This comes with a caution: whilst a greasy meal before drinking may aid with the effects of alcohol - our body craves foods that are easy to digest, such as toast and cereal. As much as you might crave a McDonald’s brekky, a few slices of toast will do you the world of good.

Sleep – A lack of sleep doesn’t cause a hangover, but it does impact our body. Sleeping for a few hours the following day can be the body’s way of healing itself – yay, naps!

Here’s a recipe from Everyday Health book 500 Time-Tested Home Remedies. This will restore starch, sugar, sodium, and potassium back to your depleted system.

·         Stir 1 teaspoon of salt and 8 teaspoons of sugar into 5 cups of purified water

·         Whisk in ½ cup orange or ¼ cup mashed banana.

·         Sip the mixture slowly during the day, storing it in a cool place. This is consumable for 24 hours.