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Hangover-Prevention Plan

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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.

Enjoy!

More help with hangovers and fatigue…

• A Tart Hangover Solution

• 7 Best Energy Boosters

• Pull Your Hair…Help a Hangover

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Source: Joan Wilen and Lydia Wilen are health investigators based in New York City who have spent decades collecting “cures from the cupboard.” They are authors of Bottom Line’s Treasury of Home Remedies & Natural Cures and Bottom Line’s Household Magic and of the free e-letter Household Magic Daily Tips. Date: December 31, 2015 Publication: Bottom Line's Household Magic
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