The pounding headache and nausea that come as we wake up in the morning is the consequence we all face after a night of heavy drinking. Even then it doesn’t stop us from going out next weekend and drink again. But the older we get, the more hangovers seem to be more difficult to handle.
Many seek age-old remedies to cure hangovers, from drinking a glass of water in the evening to drinking another bottle the morning after. However, some of them may not be as effective as most would believe.
So what better way to cure hangovers than to not deal with them in the first place? Check out these tips on how to avoid getting that head-cracking headache when you wake up after a night of drink bingeing.
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Eat a Balanced Meal
Before you decide to chug down bottles of alcohol, eat a balanced meal first, experts recommend. The food should include protein and fat, which will act as a barrier for the digestive system against the damaging effects of alcohol, British newspaper the Mirror says. The meal should also contain red meat, which has a high concentration of amino acids and B vitamins that help in processing the byproducts of alcohol.
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Drink Plenty of Water
Alcohol contributes to dehydration, which is why we feel parched in the morning. Although it doesn’t cause hangovers, dehydration may contribute to symptoms such as thirst, headache, and fatigue. So it’s best to keep yourself well-hydrated before and during your drinking session.
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Go for Coco Water or Sports Drink
While drinking water in between each bottle of beer is good for preventing dehydration and headache, coconut water and sports drinks like Gatorade work even better. Lifestyle magazine Cosmopolitan says these liquids replenish the body of fluids and electrolytes that are lost when we consume alcohol. Alternating between booze and sports drink throughout the night can help you avoid nursing a nasty hangover in the morning.
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Keep Yourself Clean
Alcohol consumption changes the way the immune system works, making drinkers exposed to illnesses. They are likely to get infected if they’re drinking and would result in a more severe reaction. Not to mention that it will take longer for them to recover, Cosmopolitan says. So keeping yourself as clean as possible can help in preventing yourself from dealing with other illnesses.
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Get Enough Rest
There’s nothing better than just to lie down and get a well-deserved shut-eye after a whole night of drinking. But alcohol can actually interfere with your sleep. According to Healthline, an online health information provider, alcohol can affect the quality and duration of sleep.
Make sure that you get plenty of sleep after heavy drinking to help your body recover and avoid getting fatigued the next morning.
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Have a Hearty Breakfast
People with low blood sugar levels experience more severe hangovers, which is associated with the condition known as hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia doesn’t necessarily cause hangovers, but it may contribute to symptoms such as feeling weak and headaches.
Healthline suggests eating a nutritious breakfast or a late-night meal after drinking to help maintain blood sugar levels.
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The more you drink, the worse your hangover will be. Preventing these worse hangovers means drinking in moderation—or not at all.