NYE Hangover Hacks

Tonight might just be one of the most important nights of the year for some hangover advice. Over-consumption can lead to some not-so-great feelings the next day, but there are some little things you can do to help your body take the hit.

I’ll cut right to it so you have more time to be choosing what dress or dapper outfit you will be wearing tonight.

Before You Start Drinking:

  • Have a meal containing >25g of protein and some complex carbohydrates like sweet potato.
  • Take a B Complex 50mg (Prairie Naturals is a great one) and 1000mg of Vitamin C with the meal. B & C vitamins are used to process alcohol, so your body requires more while drinking.
  • Drink a large glass of water.

While You’re Out:

  • Choose distilled liquors (vodka, tequila, gin), and dry wines/champagnes.  Avoid beer, sweet wines, and sugary drinks.
  • If you don’t want to drink, simply hold on to a glass of soda water with a lemon/lime, and nobody will even know!
  • A good rule of thumb is that for every alcoholic drink, drink 1 glass of water + 500mg Vitamin C. That way, you’re hydrating with each drink but also getting your Vitamin C.
  • Take another B Complex before going to bed.
  • Natural Calm magnesium powder in a glass of warm water is amazing to take before bed for 2 reasons. If you’ve had a lot of sugar throughout the night, you may not sleep soundly through the night. Magnesium is a natural relaxant, so will give you better quality sleep, but is also an electrolyte that is depleted from alcohol

The Next Morning:

  • Avoid the Gatorade/Powerade as they’re full of sugar and additives, but coconut water is a good alternative, or Vega electrolyte pack
  • If at all possible, avoid taking Tylenol, as the acetaminophen is damaging to the liver in combination with alcohol.
  • You often crave salt to replenish your electrolytes the next day and to help support your adrenal glands, which help you deal with the stress of drinking/partying. Rather than eating a bag of chips, you can make zucchini chips, by slicing the zucchini super thin, sprinkling with salt, cayenne and a brush of olive oil, and bake at 250F for 1-1.5hrs.  This kale chip recipe is great too.

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