How to have a great Monday

Monday mornings are rough enough but nothing is worse than facing  the day when you are hungover. As a follow up to yesterday’s post, today I am sharing a few ideas on how to help yourself quickly recover in case you get carried away celebrating the Super Bowl.

 

Happy Monday

Happy Monday

 

After an extensive amount of field research, I have learned the following about hangovers:

Symptom #1 Dehydration

Explanation: When we drink alcohol, the kidneys send water directly to the bladder instead reabsorbing it into the body. This can result in a loss of 4 times as much liquid as is consumed (and many trips to the bathroom).

 

Symptom #2 Headache and Dry Mouth

Explanation: The day after drinking, the body will try and replenish the lost water supply and drawing water from other available sources, like the brain. This can cause pulling on membranes, sagging, and pain.

 

Symptom #3 General Feeling of Awfulness

Explanation: Due to the loss of liquid, essential electrolytes such as salt, magnesium, and potassium have been depleted as well. This results in headache, fatigue, nausea, and a General Feeling of Awfulness.

 

The Remedy

The first line of defense is to hydrate – before, during, and after drinking.

(Actually, the first line of defense is to avoid overdoing it).

don't be this girl

don’t be this girl

 

And then:

Drink

  • Water or coconut water. Coconut water (like Zico or Harmless Harvest) has the electrolytes your body needs without the HFCS and dyes found in sports drinks.
  • Tomato juice (not a bloody mary). It is also high in vitamins and minerals and can help replenish what your body has lost.
  • Ginger ale or ginger tea if you are having feelings of nausea or an upset stomach. Ginger is a natural stomach soother. Go for one of those natural sodas that actually has ginger in it like this one:
"real" ginger ale

“real” ginger ale

 

Eat

  • Bananas. They are full of potassium and will help with the muscle fatigue you may feel.
  • Eggs with the yolk. No egg white omelets! The yolk is the most nutrient dense part of the egg .
  • Toast. It will help re-stabilize your blood sugar.

 

Avoid

  • Coffee. It can act as a diuretic and further dehydrate you. If you can’t function without caffeine (I can’t) try to have a small cup and balance it with lots of water.
  • Greasy food. We think it makes us feel better, but it can actually increase feelings of an upset stomach.

 

Do you have any favorite foods that make you feel better after a night out? Feel free to share in the comments section!

Have fun!

 

Some of these facts didn’t come from my brain, they came from this article:
Wiese, JG., Shilpak MG., Browner WS. (2000). The Alcohol Hangover. Ann Intern Med. 132(11):897-902.
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4 Comments

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4 responses to “How to have a great Monday

  1. Kim

    Sometimes I feel like ginger ale is too sweet the morning after . . . other people have recommended soda water as a substitute, but is it the ginger that soothes or the carbonation? Or both?

  2. Irene

    Great tips, Sarah. Keep them coming! I swear by Emergen-C!

  3. Lindsay

    Thanks for the tips! My General Feeling of Awfulness may be compounded by the fact that I forgot to abide by the small plate rule 😦 Heading to the kitchen for a banana!

  4. Allison

    Great tips! I rely on lots and lots of water. And some stick to your stomach toast and peanut butter.

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