It's been said that the most important meal of the day isn't breakfast; it's the one you eat before drinking alcohol. While this might not be the most accurate sentence, according to NYC-based health and wellness extraordinaire and registered dietician, Alissa Rumsey, there is some truth to it.
Speaking to Byrdie, Rumsey shared that drinking on a full stomach can actually slow down the absorption rate of alcohol in the body, which in turn lessens the chances of getting drunk quickly and waking up the next day feeling sick or hung over. Basically, think of it like this; the food you eat beforehand acts like a 'buffer' for the alcohol toxins, while still allowing you to feel that warm buzzy feeling.
However, it's not just about stuffing yourself full with whatever food you can muster - eating a well-balanced and nutrient-rich meal is the key.
If you're planning a big night out sometime soon, read on for the full list of foods to stock in your pantry to hangover-proof your evening.
Before heading out the door, reach for this important electrolyte. Rich in potassium, bananas will help your body retain fluid that can help counter the dehydrating effects of alcohol.
Just when we thought avocados couldn't get any better, this buttery fruit is also rich in healthy fats, which will keep you full and help slow down alcohol absorption.
Hydration is the name of the game when preventing hangovers.
Grab yourself a slice of this water-filled treat to up your fluid intake. Other alternatives include cucumbers, cantaloupe and tomatoes. You're welcome.
Fish are a great source of B vitamins an important nutrient that helps support the body's metabolism and gives you energy.
If you're on that plant-based diet, make a beeline for dark leafy greens like spinach, collards and broccoli.
This multi-purpose protein is a great food choice for slowing down your body's absorption of alcohol. It is also high in cysteine, an essential amino acid that helps with alcohol metabolism.
There's been a lot of hype surrounding the miraculous effects of coconut water when treating a hangover, but you'll be surprised to find that drinking it beforehand is just as effective.
It contains powerful anti-oxidants and electrolytes – two things that alcohol diminish and is one of those drinks that just make you feel healthy after downing a glass.
If you're after a healthy and filling snack, then Greek yoghurt is a great option before you go out.
Top it off with a sprinkling (or a handful, we're not judging) of granola to hit all your macros in one dish: carbs, fat and protein.
Hummus ticks all the boxes when it comes to the ultimate pregame snack.
It's a potent source of protein, carbohydrates and healthy blend of fats which fills you up without making you feel 'heavy'.
According to experts, alcohol alters the body's glycogen stores which are a quick energy source stored in the liver. Carbs like pasta help maintain your glycogen levels as well as act as a 'lining' for your stomach. So go ahead, treat yourself with a bowl of your favourite pasta and if anyone asks, it's for preventive measures!
While we stand by the foods in this list, it's important to remember that to completely avoid the dreaded hang-over and what's more the long-term harmful effects of alcohol, drinking in moderation is still the best advice (the Ministry of Health recommends a daily alcohol limit of two standard drinks for women and three for men).
Every once in a while though, even the best of us go over our limit and when that time comes make sure to come back to this list!
This story originally appeared on our sister site, beautyheaven.
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