As the holiday season progresses, the joyous celebrations of Christmas and New Year frequently coexist with the less than ideal morning after—the infamous hangover. Don’t worry if, after enjoying the festivities, you wake up with a pounding headache and an upset stomach. This book aims to provide you with useful advice and solutions to help you overcome your hangover and resume your normal activities.
Dietician Ekta Singhwal of Ujala Cygnus Group of Hospitals advised remaining hydrated over the holiday season by consuming at least 8 to 10 glasses (64 to 80 ounces) of water throughout the day, especially if you plan to drink alcohol, as this can help counteract the drying effects of alcohol.
If the damage has already been done and you’re reading this the morning after, worry not. We have things to help with that too!
To recover from a hangover, Singhwal suggested the following.
Rehydrate with water or electrolyte-rich drinks.
Drinks high in electrolytes, including coconut water or sports drinks, can help you regain electrolyte balance. These will replenish vital minerals that alcohol tends to lose in addition to aiding with hydration.
Consume a balanced meal with carbohydrates, proteins, and healthy fats.
Even though food may not sound very attractive, eating a nutrient-rich breakfast can have positive effects. Choose light, easily digested foods like fruits, healthy grains, and lean meats. These can supply the energy required for healing and help stabilise blood sugar levels.
Take pain relievers cautiously, following recommended doses.
Painkillers available without a prescription, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, can be used to treat headaches and sore muscles. Acetaminophen should be used with caution, though, as it can be harsh on the liver when mixed with alcohol. Always abide by the suggested dose recommendations.
Rest to allow your body to recover after Christmas
If time permits, think about getting a few more hours of sleep. Giving your body the time it needs to heal from a hangover is essential to recovery, and it can hasten the process.
Steer clear of “hair of the dog”—more alcohol—as this might exacerbate dehydration and postpone recovery.
Moderation is the best defence against a hangover, of course. Drink water in between alcoholic beverages, eat before you drink, and be aware of your boundaries. Being aware of how your body reacts to alcohol can help you avoid hangovers in the future.
Here are 2 Hangover Drinks You Can Try:
Coconut Water and Pineapple Juice Blend
– Mix equal parts coconut water and pineapple juice.
– Coconut water helps rehydrate, while pineapple juice provides vitamins.
– Serve over ice for a refreshing, hydrating beverage.
Ginger Mint Lemonade
– Combine fresh ginger slices, mint leaves, and lemon juice.
– Add water and a touch of honey for sweetness.
– Ginger aids digestion, mint soothes the stomach, and lemon provides vitamins.