Of course, you want to relax and have lots of fun in Hawaii. Sometimes, part of the fun involves enjoying a couple mai tais. I mean, what’s an island vacation without a tropical drink in hand?!
If only you could take a vacation from your hangover, too! No one wants to waste part of their time on the island with a headache, nausea, feeling irritable, and being sensitive to light.
The main cause of a hangover is ethanol, the alcohol in your drink. It’s a toxic chemical that acts as a diuretic, which means it makes you pee more and you can become dehydrated as a result. Dehydration causes a lot of your hangover symptoms. Excessive alcohol can also irritate your stomach and intestines, resulting in abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. Alcohol messes with your body’s temperature rhythm, nighttime secretion of growth hormones, and the release of cortisol, so alcohol-induced sleep isn’t as restful as normal sleep and you’ll often feel fatigued the next day. In other words, it’s likely that your body will pay the price for your drinking.
Don’t worry – we’ve got your back! Some of the best ways to cure a hangover is to prevent one in the first place.
How to Prevent a Hangover: Before You Drink
Eat fatty foods.
One of the worst things you can do is drink on an empty stomach. While all foods delay the body’s absorption of alcohol, fatty foods especially help, and delaying the absorption of alcohol is a good first step to avoiding a hangover.
Eat foods high in fiber.
High-fiber foods, like vegetables, break down alcohol and absorb it, keeping it from reaching the bloodstream as quickly.
How to Prevent a Hangover: While You Drink
Steer clear of darker drinks.
Clear liquors like gin and vodka have fewer toxins than whiskey and rum. These toxins, known as congeners, are the compounds that give liquor its flavor and color. Alcoholic drinks with high levels of congeners seem to increase the frequency and intensity of hangovers.
Go top shelf.
Spending more on your liquor may pay you back in the form of not feeling better the next day. Pricey liquors are filtered to remove as many toxins and impurities as possible.
Carbonation can cause the surface area of the stomach to expand, increasing alcohol absorption. The bubbles in champagne and tonic water especially speed up the rate of absorption.
How to Treat a Hangover: After You Drink
Since dehydration causes many of your hangover symptoms, you’ll want to replenish your fluids. Experts warn against hair of the dog. That only delays the hangover. Instead opt for water. There is also evidence that fructose, the sugar in fruit juices helps restore your blood sugar levels and may burn alcohol. If you can stomach it, drinking Pedialyte helps replenish sugar and electrolytes.
Eat bland carbohydrates.
They absorb any alcohol left in your stomach, provide sugar, and fight off nausea.
Eggs contain the chemical N-acetyl-cysteine, which can help your liver get rid of harmful free radicals.
Drink a green smoothie.
While there is no immediate cure to make your hangover magically disappear, this green power smoothie contains ingredients to combat the adverse effects of a hangover.
Kale helps the liver detoxify and eliminates alcohol faster. Pineapple has lots of vitamin C to further aid your liver and perk you up. Banana lends some sweetness and creaminess to the smoothie. It is high in potassium, which will need to be restored after drinking alcohol. Coconut milk provides healthy fat to help balance blood sugar levels. Coconut water replenishes the body’s content of antioxidants, which mop up toxic chemicals released as a result of the intoxication. Ginger soothes the stomach of any irritation.
- 2 cups kale rinsed, stems removed and coarsely chopped
- 1 ½ cups fresh pineapple cubed
- ½ ripe banana peeled and cut into small chunks
- 1 cup coconut milk
- ½ cup coconut water
- 1 T fresh grated ginger
- Maple syrup optional
- 1 ½ cups of ice
Blend the kale with the coconut milk and coconut water. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until fully mixed and smooth. Taste for sweetness and add in maple syrup if you think it is necessary. Serve immediately.
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