Ah, the post work Xmas party shame spiral….
The reaching for sugar and carbs and all things bad….
The wondering if you said something out of turn to the someone important….
Did you really attempt to break dance in front of the CEO….?
We’ve all been there.
Here is our 5 point guide to survival:
1. Rehydrate – The main cause (science) of a hangover is ethanol â€“ the alcohol in your drinks. It’s a toxic chemical that works in the body as a diuretic, which means it makes you pee more and you can become dehydrated as a result. So drink lots of water.
2. Swerve the fry up – Prior to popular belief, a fry up here won’t help you. Due to the amount of grease and fat, it is actually more likely to upset your stomach even further and the bacon (although delicious) will only make you more dehydrated. Eggs on the other hand, are full of protein and nutrients that will replenish you ailing insides. Eating nothing at all is by far the worst option though and will only make it worse.
3. Eat fruit and vegetables – Replenishing diminished nutrient levels should be your main goal. Bananas and kiwis are a good source of potassium (a mineral you lose when you drink because of the diuretic effect of alcohol) and soups packed with veggies will also help to replenish lost nutrients and settle your stomach.
4. Sleep – Unfortunately a hangover can last up to 72 hours, and the general (and obvious) rule is that the more you consume, the worse it’ll be. Rest is the only real ‘cure’ as while you’re asleep your body is working its hardest to shift out the badness. If you can head into work a little later, or even find a dark corner and sneak in a power nap at work without getting sacked it could do you the world of good.
5. Avoid coffee – Granted, coffee feels like the only thing actually keeping you alive at this point, but drinking a lot of caffeinated drinks can make you more dehydrated rather than less. Just as you are drinking water and juice to help rehydrate yourself caffeine can actually have an adverse effect, as it also narrows your blood vessels and raises your blood pressure, which can also exaggerate your hangover symptoms.