23rd December 2020

Christmas is usually the season to be with friends and family, and yet this year so many of us will be resorting to online socials and virtual xmas lunches. This means we’re going to have to rely on ourselves to pour the champers and port which always leaves the risk of slightly overdoing it. Especially during these times where many of us are secluded and living in heavily restricted tiers. So how can we ensure that we avoid the dreaded morning hangover, or if we do succumb to it, at least have the fighting tools to come out feeling fresh?

Well, the general rule of thumb is to stop drinking at least 3 hours before you go to sleep. But this of course relies on you knowing when you will go to sleep! Setting yourself a cool-down period and end goal will allow the alcohol to pass through your system without leaving you worse for wear in the morning. This 3-hour window will also ensure you have enough time to sober up because going to bed drunk is a definite no no when it comes to getting a decent night’s sleep.

1: Non-alcoholic alternatives / two glasses of water for ever drink:

Our first tip would be to switch up the narrative. Instead of doing what you usually do, why not consider introducing alternative drinks into your repertoire. This doesn’t mean you have to completely give up the booze, but perhaps try alternating an alcoholic beverage with a non-alcoholic one. Alternatively, for every glass of booze you consume, you could try following it with two small glasses of water to ensure you remain hydrated.

Alcohol free beers are becoming increasingly popular, so it is worth checking to see if your favourite brand has its own variant. At Peel we stock Drynks Unlimited apple cider and lager, both of which have a great taste profile.

Non-alcoholic wines are also popular for people searching for that extra bit of sophistication, and who knows, eventually we may start to see some type of variant for “alcohol-free spirits”.

2: Coconut water

Of course, there are times where hangovers can’t always be avoided and this is where we need a cure. Cue, coconut water! A nutrient-loaded drink with antioxidant properties which is thoroughly hydrating, especially when drunk straight from the coconut (1). Just remember, when you are purchasing a brand, be sure to go for ones which advertise 100% coconut water to avoid consuming added sugars and artificial flavours.

3: Exercise and a healthy routine 

Exercise can be a double-edged sword when it comes to mitigating hangovers. It certainly is effective but excessive amounts can have the opposite effect. This is because the intensity of a workout can heighten your already dehydrated state, so it’s best to stay clear of activities such as running or heavy weight training.

 Light exercises you can try include:

  • Standing Forward Fold
  • Child’s Pose
  • Seated Twist
  • 10 Minute Walk 

Be sure to check the NBC news article (2) for how to perform each of these. 

4: Healthy foods/drinks

Sometimes, the best cure after a fun night is refreshing food or drink. Naturally, you’re going to want to select something that has the right nutrients needed to repair the damage done, and so maybe hold off on that trip to the local chippy until you’re fully recovered. 

Some examples of good food/drink to fight hangovers include the following, which can be found on our menu:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple Cider Vinegar (or ACV) is made by fermenting apple juice. For hangover curing, it is suggested to take two to three tablespoons of it in the morning but be warned…it does not taste great and will be sour if taken straight. Some people like to mix it with some water in order to tone down the strength of the acidic taste (3). 
  • Celery Juice: Celery Juice has gained a lot of traction recently as a go to healthy drink. Celery contains a high level of Vitamin K, A, B-2 and B-6 as well as potassium and other nutrients (4). Not only does celery have multiple other health benefits linked to it such as suppressing arthritis and lowering cholesterol levels. However, some people may be allergic to celery and so be sure that consuming it in any form will not trigger a reaction in you. 
  • Oats: Oats are a staple choice for many people’s breakfasts in the mornings. It will give you the much needed carbohydrate boost in the morning that your body will want, as well as magnesium, iron, Calcium and Vitamin B. Feel free to add some honey if having porridge, this will force your body to eliminate the alcohol at a quicker pace (5). 
  • Matcha Tea: Perhaps one of the most effective cures for the morning after is Matcha Tea. Matcha contains loads of antioxidants that flush out the toxins alcohol leaves in our liver. Ways to take Matcha include: one whisked teaspoon of Matcha in half a cup of water; Matcha Lemonade; and a Matcha Smoothie. Check the link in the references to check on how to make this (6).

While the obvious way to avoid a hangover is to simply reduce drinking (or even better, to not drink at all), we know that this can be hard to avoid and so these hacks will hopefully mitigate the worst of the consequences for you. These hacks include a combination of tips for before, during and after a drinking session so make sure to read through them and pick which one is best for you. Also consider other health benefits that are complimented by the hacks (ie: for celery juice). 

References:

  1. Healthline: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/8-coconut-water-benefits
  2. NBC News: https://www.nbcnews.com/better/lifestyle/4-gentle-exercises-will-help-ease-your-hangover-symptoms-ncna949481
  3. Hangover Cure: https://hangovercure.org/guides/apple-cider-vinegar-for-hangovers/
  4. Medical News Today: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324932
  5. The Thirty: https://thethirty.whowhatwear.com/best-foods-for-hangover 
  6. Teaologists: https://teaologists.co.uk/blogs/teaologists-health-habit-blog/79132033-is-matcha-the-best-hangover-cure-ever