Yipee! It’s time to ring in the new year with champagne and other strong liquids! Wait a minute. You should prepare to make New Year’s Day less miserable…
Please, do not take the following remedies as an excuse to drink profusely! Eat well, and pace your alcohol intake with water or juice.
Also, if you drink, do not trust your reflexes—especially behind the wheel of a car—no matter how sober you seem to feel (read this) or which preventive remedies you take.
• Before you imbibe, eat peanut butter…especially the low-fat, no-sugar variety (since fatty foods are hard to digest and make sleep even worse). West African healers offer this as a stomach liner before imbibing (although food does not actually absorb alcohol, it increases the digestive process that metabolizes alcohol). We suggest eating a substantial, healthy meal first and then eating a spoonful of peanut butter for extra protection before you live it up with the champagne.
• If you have overindulged and are anticipating waking up with a hangover, take a vitamin B-complex supplement with two or three glasses of water before you go to bed. If you pass out before remembering to take the B-complex, take the vitamin as soon as possible after you awaken. The B-complex vitamins that include B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), nicotinamide and pyridoxine are helpful in aiding carbohydrate metabolization, nerve function, the cellular oxidation process and the dilation of blood vessels, all of which are helpful for hangovers.
More help with hangovers and fatigue…