How To Prevent And Manage A Hangover; Part 4/5
Part 4/5: Do This After Drinking/When You Get Home
In part one of my How to Prevent and Manage a Hangover series, I outlined symptoms and causes of hangovers. In the second post, I provided you with tips on what you can do before drinking. The third article explained what you should do while drinking. In this fourth article of the series, I explore what you can do immediately after drinking.
Do This After Drinking/When You Get Home
Once you make it home and before you crash on the bed (or during very festive times, the floor), preventative measures should not end. To lessen hangover side effects, follow these eight tips after drinking and before going to sleep:
You will need hydrating fluids ASAP. Start flushing out toxins from your body through hydration. Here are some suggestions of what you should drink:
- Drink SEVERAL large glasses of water before bed. If you do not regularly salt your meals and if you do not have high blood pressure, you can add a pinch of high quality sea salt to your water.
- Grab your Klean Kanteen water bottle from the fridge and keep it by your bed during the night. Sip water as often as you can.
B. Sports drink
- Drink a glass of a high quality sports drink that is abundant in electrolytes (watch out for elevated sugar levels). As stated in my earlier post, avoid commercial sports drinks such as Gatorade (they have many artificial ingredients that can contribute to ill feelings later). Drink a homemade sports drink whenever possible.
C. Coconut water
- Even better than a sports drink, reach for coconut water. Nicknamed “the fluid of life,” coconut water is high in electrolytes and antioxidants, has an ideal pH balance, and is low in calories.
It contains the same five electrolytes found in human blood:
Coconut water contains only three electrolytes found in human blood:
- These electrolytes will help replenish what the kidneys have excreted while drinking earlier in the night.
- Some minimally processed coconut waters that are good choices to buy include:
- Amy & Brian All Natural Coconut Juice
- Exotic Superfoods Organic Raw Frozen Young Thai Coconut Water
- Harmless Harvest Raw Coconut Water
- Munkijo 100% Organic Coconut Water
- Navitas Naturals Organic Coconut Water Powder
2. Consume B-vitamins
B-vitamins are important in aiding the carbohydrate (alcohol) metabolizing process and in dilating your blood vessels. They also aid in the healing of nerves. Consuming b-vitamins after drinking will help your brain recover faster, and will make your body (and head) feel better sooner.
- Take a dose of b-complex vitamin supplements (100 mg) before you go to bed and let them work their magic while you sleep.
- If you forget to take b-vitamins, take them immediately upon arising.
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3. Avoid headache medicine
Although you will be tempted to reach for an Advil, Aspirin, or Tylenol, this is not the time to take Acetaminophen, Ibprofen, or Aspirin, as the combination with alcohol can cause serious damage to your liver and health. Aspirin is known to be a blood thinner, Acetaminophen can damage your liver, and Ibuprofen can cause stomach bleeding.
- Do not consume Advil or Tylenol after drinking alcohol.
Wheatgrass is a natural detoxifier that is believed to cleanse the body’s blood, thus hydrating and energizing the cells. The chlorophyll in wheatgrass helps cler your insides out. It naturally enhances wound healing, maintains pH balance, heals the intestines, and delivers powerful antioxidants and enzymes that support the body.
- For detoxification and hydration, if you happen to have any wheatgrass on standby (you never know, I am sure some of you out there do), drink a shot of wheatgrass before bed, and another upon waking.
Probiotics are the “friendly” bacterias that detoxifies acetaldehyde, the ugly digestive byproduct of alcohol that I talked about in the first post of this series.
- Put a teaspoon of bifidus powder (probiotics) in a glass of water and drink this before going to bed.
- If you do not have probiotics powder, you can consume the pill-form instead.
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Rub the hangover out of your feet. Reflexology is a known remedy for hangovers because it speeds up the body’s detoxification processes.
- To rub your aches and pains away (while assisting to speed up liver detoxification) stimulate the outer edge area on the right foot, about halfway between the middle of the foot and the little toe. This is the reflex point to the liver (see diagram #1). You can also stimulate the the second toe on each foot (next to the big toe). Just under the toe nail is the small area called the Stomach Meridian reflex (see diagram #2 below).
- Using your thumb or index finger, firmly press and rotate over the entire reflex point. Work the point for about one minute.
- Repeat the process two more times.
- Reapply pressure every 30 minutes, until some relief is felt.
Note: Be careful – as I can just imagine the trouble a drunk person could get into while trying to massage his or her own feet. You may want to leave this one for the morning… for a time when you are better rested and more coordinated! 😉
As mentioned in article #2, fruit juice contains natural sugars, which help the body metabolize alcohol faster, elevate blood sugar levels and ultimately help prevent tremors and ill feelings. Eat a piece of fruit before going to bed.
Sleep is when the body heals and repairs physically and psychologically. Alcohol naturally disrupts our normal circadian rhythms (sleep and wake patterns) and cuts into this important restorative time.
- For this reason, it is important to get as much sleep as possible after a festive night of too much hooch.
Follow these eight steps after you finish drinking and before you go to sleep and you will lessen the hangover-related pain you may experience the next morning.
Share your thoughts
- Did I miss anything?
- Share any tips you may have that could help someone out there avoid or lessen the unfortunate side-effects of drinking too much alcohol.
- Is there any one thing or combination of things that you swear is a hangover preventer or cure?
Read the last article in my hangover series
Now that you know what to do immediately after drinking, stay tuned for the next article in this series:
To read any articles in my How To Prevent A Hangover Series, click on the corresponding link below:
- How To Prevent And Manage A Hangover; Part 1/5: Symptoms And Causes
- How To Prevent And Manage A Hangover; Part 2/5: Do This Before Drinking
- How To Prevent And Manage A Hangover; Part 3/5: Do This While Drinking
- How To Prevent And Manage A Hangover; Part 4/5: Do This After Drinking/When You Get Home
- How To Prevent And Manage A Hangover; Part 5/5: Do This The Next Day
When she is not helping others to slay fat, build muscle, and live amazing lives, Jennifer can be found exploring the outdoors with her dogs, cooking, traveling and playing/coaching lacrosse. She also enjoys reading and writing about food culture, history and the science of human movement.