Don’t let that extra holiday cocktail put a damper on your start to 2017! Read on to learn 10 ways to prevent a New Year’s hangover, as told by our contributor, Kara Stout.
In just a few short days, we will be sipping that bubbly and clinking our glasses to ring in the new year! Whether you’ll be enjoying cocktails at home or while dancing the night away, you may find yourself having one too many, which can cause the dreaded hangover. No one likes a hangover, especially on New Year’s Day. Preferably, you want to actually feel good and enjoy the first day of the new exciting year ahead.
Making 2017 plans and setting goals and dreams aren’t nearly as fun while feeling the overconsumption aftermath of the night before. But, don’t worry! We’ve got you covered with 10 ways you can prevent a New Year’s hangover below.
- Quality over quantity: Yes, I am going to state the obvious: Moderation is key. Obviously, the fewer cocktails consumed, the better. When choosing your beverage of choice, opt for better-quality alcohol and choose clear liquors, such as vodka, white wine, sake or gin. Now, if you’re having just one, maybe two glasses, a nice red wine could also be a good option because of the beneficial antioxidants. Also, the more sugar, the worse the hangover, so choose a mixer with no added sugar, such as sparkling water with some lime or lemon juice. Just say ‘no’ to shots.
- Hydrate: Try to drink plenty of water before, during and after drinking. Make it a goal (and really try to stick with it!) to drink water between drinks. This simple tip can be very helpful in avoiding a hangover. The liver needs all the water it can get to get rid of those toxins from the alcohol. Also, dehydration is the root cause of the hangover headache.
- A vitamin a day keeps the hangover away: Well, actually you’ll want to take these three vitamins: a B-complex vitamin supplement to counter B-vitamin depletion caused by alcohol, vitamin C and magnesium. You’ll want to take them before drinking and the next morning. Note: It’s good to get in the habit of taking a high-quality multivitamin daily as well.
- Take the herb Milk Thistle: This will help prepare your liver for its busy night ahead. Milk thistle contains special antioxidants that are known to help protect the liver from toxins and the effects of alcohol.
- Eat before drinking: Opt for a clean, healthy meal full of protein. Some great examples would be baked wild-caught salmon with lots of veggies, grilled chicken burgers with a side salad or Crock-Pot vegan chili.
- Drink coconut water: This is a great way to replenish electrolytes and rehydrate. Try drinking before you go to bed, as well as in the morning and throughout the day.
- Namaste the next day: Yoga is great to detoxify and get rid of those toxins. It can also boost your immune system, which can be affected after a night of drinking.
- Take an Epsom salt bath after yoga: This will help further clear toxins out of your body. It will also help you relax and sleep better because your sleep the night before was disrupted by the alcohol.
- Drink Dandelion Root tea: A quick and easy tip, this tea aids in your body’s natural detoxification process. It’s also great for bloating, so if you feel bloated after a night of drinking, this is your new go-to! Note: If you suffer from gallbladder problems, avoid large quantities of dandelion.
- Choose post-drinking foods that will cure any hangover blues: Eggs, bananas, raw honey, ginger, pears, berries, chicken noodle soup and green leafy veggies are some ideal choices. These foods contain vitamins, minerals and enzymes that support liver detox, so even though some may not sound as tasty as a greasy burger and fries, these healthy foods will actually speed up your recovery.
Speaking of these healthy, detoxifying foods, here’s a simple smoothie recipe you can make New Year’s Day! It’s perfect not only to recover from the celebrations, but also to start the new year off on the right foot.
Day-After Detox Smoothie
- 1 cup pure water
- 1 pear
- 2 handfuls seedless green grapes
- 1 lemon juiced
- 1-2 large handfuls spinach
- 5 sprigs parsley
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 Persian cucumber
- 1/2 tablespoon fresh ginger (1 small knob, peeled)
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
Blend all ingredients together in a high-powered blender. Cheers to the New Year!