You’ve probably just woken up realising you can’t actually remember midnight and certainly can’t remember much of 2017 so far. You’re probably regretting drinking as much as you did last night, but hey it’s New Year and you know full well you did the same last year and the year before that, and you’re going to keep on doing it. So you’ve got a hangover, it’s too late to stop it, but there’s certainly some things you can do to help you handle it. Oh and by the way, Happy New Year!
Top Tips For Handling a Hangover
1. Drink Water
The main reason for a hangover is dehydration, so there really is no surprise to learn that making sure you’re hydrated is the most important thing you can do to combat a hangover. Make sure you drink plenty of water. A great way to do this is fill up a big bottle and keep it with you as you move around the house. It might be a bit late now, but something like the 1/2 Gallon Hydrator would be perfect, as you can keeping sipping on this throughout the day to make sure you’re getting in enough water and helping your body recover (if you haven’t got a 1/2 Gallon Hydrator yet then make sure you get one, it can be an ideal hangover recovery helper whenever you wake up having had too much to drink the night before).
It is a great idea to drink an energy drink if you’re suffering with a hangover. Energy drinks are formulated to help rehydration and are a great choice to help aid your recovery. It is also worth considering protein water, as this will be easy to sip on and help you get your protein in to prevent the breakdown of lean muscle mass.
2. Eat High Carb & Fatty Foods
Alright, you may not want to hear the word ‘food’ right now, but trust us, it is vitally important you try to eat something to help recovery. The best thing to do is stick to things that are very plain tasting. Things like plain crackers, bread and milk are great ways to dose up on some much needed carbs and fats to help your stomach recover after all the alcohol. These foods should also be easy to eat and can be eaten slowly and at your own pace.
Sleep really is one of the most important things for recovery. The fact is when you’re drunk you don’t get such good quality sleep, even if you have slept in until midday. So it is vital that when you’ve been awake for a bit, drunk plenty of water and forced yourself to eat something that you get back to bed and ‘sleep-off’ the hangover. Make sure you’ve got some water by your bed so you can sip on it when you wake up.
Note: the longer you’ve slept in the more dehydrated you’re going to be, so make sure you start drinking water as soon as you get up.
4. Have A Hot Shower/Bath
This can be a great way to help detox your body and literally ‘sweat out’ the alcohol. Just make sure you drink plenty of water because sweating will dehydrate you more. I don’t know about you, but just having a shower and feeling clean can help me feel better. It’s probably a good idea to brush your teeth as well and try and get that horrible taste of alcohol out your mouth.
You probably associate BCAAs more with the drink you have during your gym workout, but they can be a great way to help you recover from a hangover. BCAAs are a great way to maximize protein synthesis and make sure that last nights antics aren’t doing too much damage to your lean muscle mass. It’s very easy to mix BCAAs with your water and keep on sipping on them throughout the day to help you recover. The variety of flavors will also help you to make a cool, refreshing, easy-to-drink hangover helper.
Take Home Message
Of course the best cure for a hangover is to not drink so much in the first place, but no one seems to remember that at the time of the party, and no one expects you to. So if you’re suffering today then take notice of these tips and make sure you use them today to help you get back to your usual self. Take them on board for next year too!
So Happy New Year and when you’re feeling back to normal we wish you all the best in 2017!