Although I'm a Registered Nutritional Therapist .... and should obviously know better - I have been known to go out and have a few too many. Also as I've got older, the hangovers have got worse ! So here are my top 5 tips to naturally beat a hangover as well as a couple tips I personally use when I go out. Bookmark or share this with your friends, I’m sure they’ll thank you later too.
I get asked this question frequently, whether I drink alcohol or not and my answer is yes ! I don’t restrict alcohol for health reasons, AND my healthy eating philosophy is all about flexibility, so if drinking a couple cocktails or glasses of red wine are enjoyable to you, be flexible about it but always put your health first and exercise balance.
Always drink at least 1 glass of water in between each cocktail and 1 glass of water with the cocktail. Again, this is what I’ve found to be most helpful at decreasing hangovers the next day and drinking alcohol is incredibly dehydrating (especially for those B vitamins that give us our valuable energy).
Make sure you have a moderately full stomach; you don’t want to be “stuffed”, since that’ll just impair your digestion and make you feel rubbish. You certainly don’t want to drink on an empty stomach – that’ll go straight to your head and bloodstream, literally! I find that enjoying alcohol with a meal is the best way to go. I think this goes without saying, but opt for drinks without simple syrup and all that loaded sugar – go basic as possible. My go to is red wine or a vodka with soda, fresh lemon and lime - or I have been know to quaff a glass or two of Fizz !
Know and set your boundaries. If you know how much alcohol it typically takes you to “feel” it, be mindful and aware of this number and stick with setting a boundary of knowing how much your body can handle before you’ve had too much. Some suggestions: enjoy your drinks by spacing them out and savor them before guzzling down more, again drinking water in between helps to space them out.
Be mindful. This kind of goes against the grain of alcohol since it’s a depressant and typically lowers our inhibitions and ability to make decisions, SO this is even more reason to be cognisant and aware of your mind-body connection and setting your boundaries with how much you’re drinking and reasons why. I talk about this concept frequently with my clients– especially about mindful eating while drinking, this can be a diet/health goal disaster. Be aware of your meals and mindful, especially when you’re drinking.
Get to those nutrients the day after! My favorites are ones that are naturally diuretics (i.e. make you pee!). You might think this would be counterintuitive, right? Nope! These foods naturally help you use the restroom which is great for helping you flush the extra alcohol out of our system. It’s all about releasing, then replenishing, with more nutrients and minerals. Foods like: cranberries, asparagus, celery, cucumbers, and any cruciferous veggie is great. The morning after, I’ll typically drink about a pint of water mixed with Fizz Sticks and Electrolytes.
What ways do you stay feeling great? On special occasions, what are your go-to drinks? Share below your remedies, I’m sure some will appreciate it!
Your guide to living whole and well. Emma Olliff is a Registered Nutritional Therapist, wellness expert, food lover, and advocate for healthy living!