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No doubt Christmas is a busy time for heading out and having a few drinks. With work parties, catching up with family and friends along with leisurely glass of wine for the holiday season we can find ourselves a little….ouchie!
So how to we prevent the dreaded hangover and sore head that accompanies it?
Here are some little tricks
1) Have a good meal – This may be an obvious one but it always wise provide yourself with a bit of ‘soakage’ and have a good meal. Not alone will it line your stomach, but it will provide you with the energy required to dance and sing yourself through the Christmas season whilst slowing the rate at which the alcohol reaches your blood stream.
2) Activated Charcoal – Really? Yes you can get activated charcoal tablets and if taken before you have your first drink they can help to absorb the toxins from your alcohol in turn preventing a potential sore head
3) Stay Hydrated – Why not alternate your drinks with water or a soda between each drink, this allows you to pace yourself, keeping you hydrated. Not alone will it help your hangover the next morning it will ensure you can enjoy your holidays without missing out on the fun stuff. Be sure to have a big glass of water before going to bed
4) Milk Thistle – This is an amazing herbal remedy and liver cleanser, which has miraculous results at helping prevent and treat the dreaded hangover. Best taken in liquid form (20 drops in a little amount of water before bedtime and first thing when you wake up)
5) Electrolyte Rebalancing – Alcohol can unfortunately cause serious dehydration as discussed above, the mistake we often make is drinking large amounts of water to remedy this but unfortunately we end up flushing out our body salts (electrolytes) with this. There is no harm having a sachet of electrolytes on standby (1 sachet in 500ml water). Natural forms of electrolytes can be found in bananas and coconut water.
6) Smoothies – have a fruit based smoothie. Not along will this help to repair the damage from the night before but it also provides you with a healthy form of sugar to bring your blood sugar levels back up from the night before.
Wishing Everyone a Healthy & Happy Christmas – Please Drink Responsibly
A farmer’s daughter from Tipperary, Laurann has always had an appreciation for food, nutrition and health promotion.
Laurann has an honours BSc. Degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Nottingham and a Masters in Public Health Nutrition from University College Dublin. She is also an Associate Nutritionist with the Nutrition Society London.
With a passion for nutrition and experience working in Ireland and the UK, Laurann uses her knowledge and skills to help people achieve optimum health and assists in the prevention and treatment of nutritional related problems through means of nutritional consultation, personalised diet plans, health promotion and education.
Laurann has an Honours BSc. Degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Nottingham, a Masters in Public Health Nutrition from University College Dublin, is an Associate Nutritionist with the Nutrition Society London, a professional member of the Celiac Society Ireland, is registered with the Institute of Public Health Ireland and fully insured.