Carnival season is synonymous with excess, and even if you start out with the best intentions, it’s easy to find yourself bending – okay, breaking – all rules of moderate alcohol intake. And you pay for it.  You wake up feeling terrible the next morning, wondering about those ‘miracle cures’ that promise to help you recover from a little too much fun.  

So, what causes hangovers in the first place? Alchol can interfere with sleep, lead to dehydration and low blood sugar.

An ounce of prevention…. 

Hydrate. 

Before you go out, throughout the night (wine spritzers combine the two!), and before bed.

Pace yourself. 

“one drink per hour” isn’t always true… depends on weight, gender, alcohol per drink, & food in stomach.  

Choose wisely. 

Dark alc (bourbon, brandy, red wine) have more compounds thought to cause hangovers than clear (vodka, gin, white wine)

Five hangover helpers:

Prickly pear extract (Opuntia ficus indica).  Taking 1600 IU of the extract five hours before drinking has been shown to reduce the chances of a severe hangover by 50 percent, and seems to reduce other hangover symptoms like nausea, dry mouth, and loss of appetite.

Vitamin B6.  Taking three doses of 400 milligrams of vitamin B6 throughout the evening (at the beginning of the evening, three hours later, and at the end of the night) has been shown to cut the number of hangover symptoms in half.

Zico coconut water. Helps to replace fluids, as well as electrolytes like potassium, sodium, calcium and magnesium (Zico has more sodium than most other coconut waters).

Eggs.  They’re a good source of cysteine, an amino acid that helps to break down the one of the hangover-causing compounds.

Emergen-C.  Replaces fluids, along with B vitamins and vitamin C, which may help slightly – and definitely won’t hurt.  Plus, it will get you to drink more water.