It’s that time of year where family and friends gather around to ring in the New Year with hugs, kisses and yes – lots of drinking. But who really wants to kick off 2015 with a nasty, no-good hangover? That’s why we’ve compiled a list of preventative measures you should take so that you can start off your year on the right foot – not in bed nursing a queasy stomach. Check out our tips and tricks below of how to avoid and cure your hangover for 2015:
We know, we know. It’s not the most popular piece of advice but if you truly want to steer clear of a pounding headache the next morning then avoiding that bubbly champagne is your best bet.
2. Drink Water Per Every Cocktail
Drinking alcohol causes dehydration, which leads to those grueling headaches. "What happens when you first start drinking is that a hormone that controls your water balance, an anti-diuretic hormone, is suppressed," Boris Tabakoff, a researcher at the University of Colorado, explained to NPR during an interview.
That’s why it’s important to alternate between drinking a glass of water with every festive cocktail. Believe us, your hydrated body will thank you the next day!
In addition to warding off vampires, garlic is also used to spook off hangovers. According to Karena Dawn, personal trainer and co-found of Tone It Up, garlic gives your body all the essential nutrients you need before your big night out while also “coating your tummy.”
“Just make sure your date eats it to and you’re fine!” she quipped during a segment for Bravo.
4. Peppermint Tea
While Dawn likes to load up on garlic before a big celebration, her partner in crime Katrina Hodgson, likes to down tasty peppermint tea. “I like the respectful preventative way, which is peppermint tea. You can have beautiful breath and the next day you feel good, too,” she revealed during their Bravo TV.com video. “Peppermint is really great for detoxifying and it’s delicious.”
5. Ginger Ale
There’s a reason you were given ginger ale as a kid when experiencing a stomachache and it’s because ginger is very soothing to your nauseous tummy. Not to mention it’s also flavorful! But if you’re not a fan of ginger, don’t sweat it. There are other beverage options to help with that hangover.
Like we previously stated before, the reason you feel so sick during a hangover is due to dehydration. But a quick fix to that dry problem is by drinking electrolytes, which can be found in sport drinks like Gatorade. Fitness magazine explained that the neon drinks contain sodium, potassium and chloride, which helps “replenish and restore your system levels.”
The lack of potassium, which is created by drinking, can really leave you feeling sick and tired. That’s why you should chow down on bananas before stepping out for a night filled with celebratory shots.
This will definitely spice up your night – in a good way. Dawn revealed during her Bravo skit that cayenne helps boost your metabolism. That means your detoxification process will speed up, giving you a quicker recovery from your night of drinking.
If all else fails, the best way to cure your hangover is by resting. That can mean either sleeping through the metabolizing process or resting on your couch accompanied by a Netflix binge. You can check out some great shows to watch HERE as you recover from last night’s festivities.
What are you tricks to beating a hangover? Sound off in the comments section below with your tips!