Diary / Wellness / Sep 26, 2022
5 Wellness Experts Share Their Hangover Tips
Written by: Alexandra Perron, Managing Editor
The holiday season still looks a bit different this year, but (let’s be honest) you’ll still probably get a hangover at some point. Whether you’re celebrating at home with your family or headed to a party, there’s a good chance drinks will be flowing and you might wake up one morning feeling less than refreshed. We asked our team of wellness experts for their best hangover tips, tricks and advice to help you get through the next few weeks (and beyond).
Dr. Will Cole: Choose The Right Alcohol
“It's important to set yourself up for success especially when it comes to drinking. We often put the focus on curing a hangover rather than considering how to prevent one before it occurs. Start by carefully choosing what type of alcohol you are going to consume. Avoid alcohol like beer and whiskey made from gluten-containing grains and opt for wine, champagne, or 100% agave tequila which are less inflammatory.
Also, the brands you choose matter as not all are created equal. Companies like Dry Farm Wines focus on low-sugar, low-sulfite, keto-friendly wines. And in the end if you still end up having a little too much to drink, lean into natural remedies like activated charcoal which can support the clearing out of inflammatory compounds from the body.” - Dr. Will Cole, leading functional medicine expert, and author of The Inflammation Spectrum, Ketotarian, and the upcoming book Intuitive Fasting
Lauren Slayton: The Ultimate Hangover Supplement
“I’m assuming we all know the importance of hydration to counter hangovers? To review, I suggest clients have 1 for 1: one glass of water or sparkling water per cocktail and a tall glass of water before bed. Beyond water, there’s also a supplement that helps with hangovers called NAC. NAC, short for N-acetylcysteine, protects your liver from the damaging effects of alcohol. Translation: faster recovery and decreased symptoms.
Our nutrition clients keep these supplements handy for the holidays. It’s best to take 30 minutes before drinking. NAC also is helpful for clearing heavy metals from your body and good for your immune system, particularly your lungs. For non-alcohol applications it’s fine to take NAC in the morning.” - Lauren Slayton, founder of Foodtrainers
Dr. Amy Shah: Eat Asparagus
"Five things to do after a heavy night of drinking: Drink 80-100 oz of water. Drink a low-sugar sport drink. Have a meal or two that are broth based. Broth contains salts that can help replace sodium, potassium and other salts lost in the urine due to the diuretic effect of alcohol. Take some B vitamins, especially vitamin B1, which may help prevent the buildup of glutarate, a substance linked to the headache part of a hangover. And eat asparagus! An anti-inflammatory asparagus soup would be ideal." - Dr. Amy Shah, @fastingmd
Amy Shapiro: Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
“My hangover tip is hydrate! Before, during and after drinking. One reason we get hungover is because alcohol is a diuretic — the more we drink, the more water we lose. Most people don't drink enough water as it is, so they start the night off already a little dehydrated. My rule is to hydrate before you go out.
Drink at least 64 ounces during the day and then alternate one for one, one water per each cocktail, and drink a large glass before you go to bed. The next morning, reach for water, not Gatorade. I promise you'll feel better in no time." - Amy Shapiro, founder of Real Nutrition
Linda Arrandt: Therapy Balls
"My number one hangover tip is to hydrate, eat clean, and use therapy balls to reduce muscle and joint inflammation. They will help relieve a headache and are really like little rubber drugs! This video shows you exactly how to use them." - Linda Arrandt, founder of Simple and Well
This story was originally published in December 2020. It was updated December 2021.