Make an attempt to prevent the dreaded holiday hangover by protecting against dehydration and focusing on this important nutrient.
Living a healthy lifestyle isn’t about restriction — it’s about balance. And let’s face it, during the holiday season, it feels good to indulge with friends and family, be it on eggnog, pumpkin pie, red wine, or Irish coffee. Mixing and mingling at holiday parties is good for the soul! But a little too much indulging can sap the body of hydration and nutrients, leaving you hurting. One of the best strategies for warding off the dreaded holiday hangover? B vitamins.
Alcohol and B Vitamins
It’s long been speculated that popping a good B-vitamin prior to and after drinking can help stave off a painful hangover, but there’s actually more to it than that. Hangovers are caused by myriad physical reactions to alcohol, including dehydration, poor sleep quality, and, yes, nutrient loss.
Because alcohol is a diuretic, experts believe that it can cause your body to excrete valuable vitamins and nutrients. And it appears that one of the most significant changes is made to your stores of B vitamins.
How to (Sort Of) Prevent Hangovers
Of course, it isn’t certain that the decrease in B vitamins is the actual cause of the hangover. They could be two separate side effects of alcohol use. But some people swear by replenishing their B vitamin stores, claiming that it makes their hangovers less severe. If you’re interested in lessening the unpleasant effects of your party drinks (and who isn’t?) here are a few ideas to try:
- Eat Your B Vitamins: Studies have shown that, in general, food-based vitamins are better absorbed by the body than synthetic supplements. Consume real foods that are rich in B vitamins, such as free-range eggs and grass-fed meats. If you decide to go the supplement route, it’s probably best to choose a whole foods-based product.
- Hydrate: Staying hydrated is crucial for feeling good the day after drinking. Try to alternate your boozy beverages with still or sparkling water to ensure you’re drinking enough water. Then, drink one last big cup of H2O before you go to sleep.
- Eat A Healthy Meal: It’s common sense not to drink on an empty stomach! Enjoy a healthy, filling meal prior to imbibing to help prevent over-consumption.