What to do before carousing
Go heavy on potassium and protein, light on sugars and starches.
Alcohol, a diuretic, lowers your stock of potassium. But before you reach for that banana: “Avoid food that contains concentrated amounts of sugar and starches,” recommends fitness coach Ben Greenfield, author of Beyond Training. “Glucose can be inflammatory, and sugar is often the reason we get a hangover in the first place.”
Pound the water.
One glass of water for every one drink of booze. Obvious? Duh. Critical? Absolutely.
Get more salt.
“Dehydration causes a loss of electrolytes; the two together cause thirst, dry mouth, weakness, lightheadedness, and vertigo,” says David Hanson, Ph.D., a professor emeritus at the State University of New York. “Drinking sports drinks should be useful in reducing the electrolyte imbalance.”
And there are more creative ways to do this than ordering a Gatorade and Grey Goose—just sprinkle some salt in your meals, which gives an extra kick of electrolytes.
The Chinese have sworn by this fermented drink, packed with nutritional goodies, for more than 2,000 years.
“The glucosamine and glucuronic acid in kombucha help cleanse the liver,” says Greenfield, “so you can almost, pardon the expression, fuck up your liver and cleanse it at the same time.”
He’ll make a digestif with vodka, some sea salt, and lemon juice to curb nausea.
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