Holiday party time is officially in full-swing, which means one thing: Lots of hangovers during the month of December (and one massive one January 1 to start your year off right). Personally, there are few things I dislike more in life than a hangover (and the shame that goes with it), so I don't plan on getting one this year. Yes, it is possible to wake up the morning after your office Christmas party ready to take on the world. Okay, maybe you won't be ready to take on the world, but you definitely won't have the spins or the burning desire to vomit. Here are 5 ways to prevent the dreaded hangover.
Mercy. You may not like Gwyneth Paltrow, but there's no denying that the woman has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to all things lifestyle -- so enter the fizzy drink called Mercy (a product Gwyneth has disclosed she's invested in). I've never tried Mercy personally, but it's touted as an anti-hangover drink, so it's worth a shot. You may want to plan in advance, though. Mercy isn't easy to find, so you may want to buy online.
Water, water, water. I know, you've heard it before. But dude. It makes a WORLD of a difference. Back in my child-free days, any time I was out at a bar, I'd order a water for every cocktail or wine I got, and man, was I glad I did the next day.
Emergen-C. When we imbibe, we don't just lose our dignity, we lose vitamins. Lots of B and C vitamins. Taking an Emergen-C the morning after (or better yet, before you go to bed) will replenish some of those lost nutrients, and will help make you feel less ... ick.
Hot then cold. Another Paltrow-endorsed remedy -- alternating hot and cold water. So says the actress in her Goop newsletter: "Just draw a bath that is as hot as you can handle it and mix in some Epsom Salts and Baking Soda. Soak for 20 minutes and then pop into a freezing cold shower for 1 minute. Get back in the hot bath and stay until you're warmed up. Then get back in the shower for 1 more minute." Sounds weird, but hey, it's Gwynnie.
Stop after 2! A wise person once told me that there's a big difference between two drinks and three. And she's right. For me, at least. Everyone knows their "threshold drink" -- you know that drink that takes you from fun and chatty to slurry and cry-y. Don't go there. Make a promise to yourself before you start drinking that you'll stop at a certain point. You may wind up going past this point, but you'll get an E for effort.
What's your hangover cure?
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