Headaches after a big night out will be a thing of the past. By Sophie Hong
A hangover feels awful. You feel lethargic, thirsty and dizzy. The recovery process might turn you off from drinking alcohol again.
It is possible to enjoy a few drinks now and then, as long as you know how to stop things from getting out of hand.
There are a number of old wives’ tales on preventing a hangover, but not all hold water. For instance alternating between a glass of water and an alcoholic drink doesn’t actually work.
While it’s true that alcohol causes dehyration, drinking copious amounts of water won’t really help if you’re still going to down a tray of shots.
A study of 826 Dutch students also revealed that consuming H2O after drinking can relieve hangover symptoms like thirst, but made no real difference to the severity of the headache.
To prevent a hangover, do this: Eat before you drink alcohol.
According to nutritionists, having some food in your tummy slows down the absorption of alcohol into your blood stream. The best food to eat before a night is fatty food, which sits in your stomach and intestines for about 12 hours. Before you take that as an excuse to stuff your face with junk food, remember that it’s much better for your body if you go for unhealthy, unsaturated fats.
For instance, people in Mediterranean countries like Spain, Greece and Italy believe that taking a spoonful of olive oil before you start drinking helps to reduce the possibility of getting a hangover. And nope, that prata supper at 5am doesn’t count – the key is to eat before.
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