If you’re getting ready to welcome the New Year, you probably want to raise a glass and toast to 2016 with friends. New Year’s Eve celebrations are a fun and festive tradition. The problem is that many people tend to over imbibe on New year’s Eve and wind up feeling the nasty effects of too much celebrating the next day.
We want you to have a happy, healthy New Year’s celebration, so here are a few ways to ring in the New Year without the hangover:
Before you head out:
Pop a multivitamin. - Hangovers are not entirely about dehydration, but also about inflammation and oxidative stress. It’s much easier to take steps to prevent a hangover than it is to deal with it the next morning. Antioxidants help mitigate the damage. Taking an extra multivitamin before you go out can help.
Eat well - The severity of a hangover isn't just related to how much you drink, but how you metabolize alcohol. You can help that process by eating a meal containing carbs, protein, and fat before you take your first sip of alcohol.
Get some rest - Sleep won't save you from a hangover, it will improve your immunity and get your body ready to handle a night of heavy drinking.
While You Drink:
Skip champagne - The bubbles in champagne may accelerate the absorption of alcohol, so you get drunker faster. The problem is that this produces especially bad hangovers
Think electrolytes - While it’s smart to drink water between cocktails to fend off dehydration caused by alcohol, drink such as coconut water or a sports drinks work to replace the fluids and electrolytes you lose when you drink,
Go clear - Clear liquors like vodka and gin have fewer toxins and impurities than dark ones like whisky and rum.
Stick to one alcohol - Don’t mix different type of alcohol. This is a recipe for hangover. Stick to a single type of liquor for the entire night.
Opt for juice mixers - Because fruit and vegetable juices contain extra vitamins, they're always better for you than mixers like soda.
Before You Go to Sleep:
Drink a glass of water - You do want to drink a glass of water before bed to help restore hydration, but don't overdo it. Drinking too much water before bed can put undue stress on your body and frequent trips to the bathroom can mess with your sleep.
Take an ibuprofen - Anti-inflammatory drugs (anything that contains ibuprofen or Naprosyn) directly attacks the inflammation that alcohol causes. Always avoid painkillers that contain acetaminophen, when combined with alcohol, they can cause liver damage.
The Morning After:
No Hair of the Dog - Experts agree that it's not a good thing to have more alcohol the morning after drinking. It only delays the inevitable hangover or makes it worse.
Order the eggs - Eggs are an awesome source of cysteine, which helps break down a headache-causing toxin that's produced when your body digests alcohol. Go with a plain poached egg or dry omelet, which won't upset your stomach as much as greasy breakfast meats.