I'm a firm believer in the saying "Everything in Moderation" and definitely indulge in a tipple 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 MoveGB 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. Whilst we wouldn't advise a high intensity workout whilst 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. However, if you just can't face another hangover again, then check out our 6 reasons why booze free doesn't have to be boring (and could be pretty awesome!)