How to: Avoid a New Year’s hangover December 27 2017, 0 Comments

New Year’s Eve is fast approaching. It’s the ONE night of the year when many people enjoy an extra cocktail, glass of champagne — or more.

Unfortunately, this often results in a New Year’s Day hangover.

Check out some things you can do prior to, during and after drinking alcohol to prevent — or reduce the effects of — a hangover so you can enjoy the first day of the new year.

Prior to drinking

  • Decide NOT to drink. It may seem obvious, but if you don’t drink, you won’t wake up with a hangover. Volunteer to be the designated driver that gets your family and friends home safe. Knowing you’re playing this critical role will help you enjoy a New Year’s Eve “soft-drink” toast.
  • Take vitamins. You’re probably aware that hangovers are caused by dehydration. However, you may not know that oxidative stress is another major contributor. Antioxidants can help prevent this stress on the body. Taking a multivitamin or drinking juice high in antioxidants, such as açaí or pomegranate, will provide the support you need to avoid a hangover.
  • Catch some ZZZs. Drinking is stressful. Getting adequate rest can help your body manage that stress. Sleep won’t prevent a hangover, but it will help your body combat its effects.
  • Eat the right foods. Many people get so involved in celebrating New Year’s, they forget to eat — or simply snack on something light. Enjoying a solid meal — or significant appetizers — made up of healthy carbs, protein (red meat, if possible) and fats — with your drinks can help your body process alcohol more effectively.
  • Take a ThinkitDrinkit Anti Hangover BOOST. Our unique formulation contains an ingredient proven to reduce the impact of drinking alcohol. Simply add it to a glass of water or sprinkle it on your food.

While drinking and before going to bed

  • Consume sports beverages. Staying hydrated is a key part of avoiding hangovers. Instead of just drinking water, add sports drinks to the mix. Many contain electrolytes, critical nutrients you lose when consuming alcohol. That makes sports beverages better at preventing hangovers than water alone. Another option: ThinkitDrinkit’s Hydration BOOST will help keep you hydrated and replace the nutrients you lose when you drink too much.
  • Don’t smoke. Period. While smoking is unhealthy all the time, smoking AND drinking is a really bad idea. Studies show it makes the symptoms of a hangover worse. A LOT worse.
  • Limit the champagne toasts. Studies show the bubbles in bubbly may accelerate the absorption of alcohol in the body, causing you to get drunk faster. This can lead to a BAD hangover. Don’t completely skip the champagne toast. Take a sip or two and focus more on the midnight kiss.
  • Drink high-quality, clear liquor. Vodka and gin have fewer toxins than dark liquors. Many experts believe toxins and impurities can increase the severity of a hangover. Higher quality products are filtered more, making them purer. Remember: People tend to sip and savor expensive cocktails and drink fewer of them.
  • Make juice your mixer of choice. Juices like orange, cranberry and pomegranate contain beneficial vitamins and antioxidants that sodas don’t. That makes them a better mixer option than sodas, which rarely provide nutritional benefits.
  • PARTY! When you’re dancing or playing games, you’re not drinking. Less drinking equals less chance of a hangover.
  • Disinfect. Drinking reduces immune system effectiveness, which makes your body more susceptible to colds and the flu. Wash your hands thoroughly or use a hand sanitizer to limit exposure when your system is vulnerable. Also, taking a ThinkitDrinkit’s ULTRA Immunity BOOST can help protect you against common stress-related diseases.
  • Drink water, but not too much. Hangovers happen when you ingest too much bad liquid (alcohol) versus good (water). But too much water can put stress on your body and cause you to lose sleep (all those nighttime bathroom visits). Aim to drink eight glasses a day, adding a few more when you drink and during the dry winter months.
  • Take an ibuprofen. Ibuprofen fights inflammation caused by drinking. Taking one prior to going to bed could leave you feeling better in the morning. Remember: Never take products containing acetaminophen with alcohol. The combination can damage your liver and kidneys. Always check with a medical professional prior to taking a new medication.
  • Control your sleep environment. Going to bed late after a night of drinking can disrupt sleeping patterns. Put on a sleep mask or use shades or black-out curtains to limit the impact light could have on your sleep.

The day after drinking

  • Take another ibuprofen. If you wake up with a headache or other discomfort, ibuprofen could help relieve it. If you took one prior to going to bed, check — and follow — the dosing guidelines on the label.
  • Don’t consume more alcohol. The urban myth that drinking more can relieve a hangover is just that: a myth. It will make your hangover worse AND it will last longer.
  • Eat eggs. A couple of poached eggs or a simple omelette is a good source of cystine, a substance that can help break-down the toxins that cause hangover-related headaches. Keep the preparation simple so you don’t irritate an upset stomach.
  • Drink seltzer, bubbly soda and sports drinks. Scientists have found that sodas with bubbles may accelerate the body’s ability to metabolize alcohol. Sports drinks help restore fluids and replace critical electrolytes lost when the body becomes dehydrated. Taken together, they could help you feel better faster.
  • Take a ThinkitDrinkit KickStart Energy BOOST. It can help you feel less sluggish and begin the new year with more energy.

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