Monday, March 16, 2015

St. Patrick’s Day hangover? Not this year!

Tips from the experts

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, here are a few tips for how you can help prevent and counteract the effects of overindulgence on one of the most hedonistic days of the year. If you want to avoid the stink eye from your boss come morning, but still have fun, try a few of the expert tips below:

·         Erin Palinski, registered dietician, nutritional expert, and published author.

o   Prevention is the best cure:
Before you start your night out, make sure to game plan! When you drink, your body does everything in its power to flush the alcohol – which means not only do you become dehydrated, but you’re also losing a TON of nutrients. Make sure you take a multi-vitamin beforehand (Erin is a fan of One A Day), or even better, juice up as many fresh veggies and fruits as you have on hand for a more readily absorbed, vitamin-packed punch. And yes, water, water, water – it’s the surest way to prevent a hangover. Even better, try ZICO Coconut Water, a personal fave of Erin’s, which is full of five electrolytes, including as much potassium as a banana, plus some natural sugars, that your body typically loses when it’s dehydrated. Erin likes to down a bottle before bed after a long night and another when she wakes up.

o   Don’t even think about drinking on an empty stomach!
Some people try to counteract the calories they’ll be taking in from a night on the town by skipping a meal, which is one of the easiest ways to ensure you wake up the next morning with a splitting headache. Try half of a whole wheat bagel, topped with Greek yogurt (Fage is great, but there are a ton of good brands out there), and a few slices of smoked salmon. The healthy fats from the salmon and yogurt will help coat your stomach, while the bread gives you something else to digest – all of which slows the absorption of alcohol.

·         Andrea Orbeck, nutritionist and trainer of the stars (with clients such as Heidi Klum, Usher, and Queen Latifah, amongst others).

o   Sweat out the boozy affect effects:
Part of the reason your body feels so beat up the day after is that when you metabolize alcohol one of the byproducts of the process is acetaldehyde, a toxic chemical that is believed to contribute heavily to hangover symptoms. The only way around this is for the body to break that down – by getting in a light workout, you’ll speed up your metabolism and speed up the process. Sound like a bigger nightmare than the hangover? Take it slow – some light stretching, perhaps some yoga, or a brisk walk.

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