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Food and nutrition, Fun stuff / June 03, 2016

7 Ways To Conquer A Hangover

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I'm a firm believer in the saying "Everything in Moderation" and definitely indulge in a drink from time to time. However, I know as well (if not better) as the next person that it's sometimes easy to get carried away... Whilst I can't promise miracles, here's some uselful tips on how to avoid a hangover! 

 

1. Eat before you drink

Chow down and enjoy a meal before you hit the bottle rich in healthy carbs-think sweet potatoes, wholemeal rice and pasta. This helps slow down the absorption of alcohol.

2. Double up

No, not talking happy hour. For every drink you order, order a glass of water. It will help keep you hydrated and (hopefully) more aware of how much you're drinking.

3. Splash the cash!

Studies have shown that cheap booze contains more congeners-the stuff that gives you the pounding, I'm never drinking again, hangover headache.

4. Lighten up

Stick to clear drinks like white wine, gin and vodka. Step.Away.From.The. Blue. Luminous. Cocktail.

The morning after

5. Start sipping and don't stop

A hangover in it's most basic terms is a big old dose of dehydration, so stock up on fluids throughout the day. If you don't replenish your water levels your body will start drawing upon water from anywhere, and when that anywhere is your brain, you're left with a very sore head.

6. Eat eggs

Eat breakfast. Even better, eat eggs-they contain amino acids that help break down nasty toxins that are making you feel rubbish. 

7. Get active?

The jury's out amongst Team MoveUSA as to whether you should exercise with a hangover. Half of us swear by it for recovery, whilst the other half just think it makes us feel worse. While we wouldn't advise a high intensity workout while your body is still recovering from your over-indulgence , there's no harm in going for a steady run, lifting some moderate weights or going for a gentle swim. What we do know is that if you're suffering from the post alcohol blues, (alcohol has a depressive effect on the brain) the feel good endorphins produced by exercise will certainly counteract these feelings and leave you feeling happier (and hopefully) a bit healthier too! 

Hopefully some of these tips will help ease the pain if you do overindulge!

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Lisa

Written by Lisa

Coming from being a professional dancer, I transitioned into fitness because I couldn't stay still! In addition to partner management at MoveUSA, I teach fitness classes throughout NYC and spend my time eating, sleeping and breathing fitness! When not thinking about fitness, I'm taking a business course at FIT NYC. What keeps me motivated? Wanting to live the healthiest life possible and de-stress the natural way ;)

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