Okay, let me start by saying that there ain’t nothing healthy about binge drinking. In fact, excessive drinking has been linked to increasing your risk of cancer, among other serious health issues.
However the reality is that sometimes people just want to let loose a bit. Whether you planned to have a big night out, or maybe you simply just a few too many wines while watching TV by the fire, the morning after is never a fun time. While you may be tempted to spend the day laying in a dark room, consuming kilograms of fries and bottled water, certified holistic health coach Annie Lawless says that there are healthier ways to recover from your hangover.
As the co-founder of Suja Juice and creator of lifestyle site BLAWNDE.com, Annie knows a thing or two about staying healthy and while a night out may be hard on your body, these tips will help to get your body back on track as soon as possible.
1. Eat before you go out
“Eat a greasy meal before you go out drinking, NOT the morning after,” Annie advises. “It might seem counterintuitive to indulge before you go out for a night of drinking, but eating a fatty meal before alcohol is a great way to avoid a terrible hangover the next morning. The fat will coat the walls of your stomach and slow the rate of alcohol absorption into your bloodstream. This doesn’t have to be unhealthy, a generous dose of olive oil on your salad, a couple extra spoonfuls of guacamole, or a healthy drizzle of coconut oil on your roasted veggies will do the trick. If you eat a greasy breakfast the morning after drinking, as most of us naturally want to, the same slowing of digestion will occur, which will only prolong the amount of time the alcohol hangs around in your body and cause heartburn.”
2. Stay away from the gym
“Don’t workout. When you’re hungover, you’re already pretty dehydrated,” says Annie. “You’re also probably low on nutrition. When you’re metabolically hindered, attempting to exercise will only make you feel even worse. The smarter thing to do is rest as much as possible and resume exercise the following day or later in the week when your vitals have returned to normal.”