“I always use this is if I have more than one drink so as to be fully firing the next day. It hinges on key nutrients to take before drinking, during the evening, before bed and the next morning,” shares Patrick.
THE PLANNING STAGE – BEFORE
- Drink plenty of water, herbal teas and diluted juices to stay hydrated throughout the day.
- Don’t drink on an empty stomach. Food slows down the rate at which you absorb alcohol and protects your gut lining from irritation.
THE DRINKING STAGE – DURING
- Pace yourself by diluting wine and spirits with water, or alternatively, have a glass of water in between every alcoholic drink.
- Make the right drink choices. Research has found that quality wines (preferably organic) contain fewer additives (contributors to a hangover), and clear spirits are better tolerated by the body than darker liquors.
- The worst thing to do is mix your drinks, so choose your tipple and maintain it throughout the night.
THE LAST DEFENCE – BEDTIME
This is your chance to stock up on some (now-depleted) vitamins and minerals for detoxification.
- Take Vitamin C.
- Have a teaspoon full of Glutamine powder in a large glass of water.
- Take 60 g of Curcumin.
- Take a further two grams of Vitamin C including Zinc.
DESPERATE MEASURES – THE MORNING AFTER
If you weren’t able to implement the prevention strategies above, here’s what you can do:
- Have a hearty breakfast containing low-GL carbohydrates and lean protein.
- Take your daily multivitamin and some extra B vitamins.
- Drink lots of water.
- Painkillers will only put more strain on your liver and gut. If you absolutely must take something for the pain, stick to paracetamol or aspirin.