4. Light Yoga
We know that yoga is probably the last thing on earth you want to do when you’re swearing to never drink again. Still, Seattle-based registered dietician Minh-Hai Tran suggests a little light yoga in the morning to chase the discomfort away. Tran pairs her routine with Vietnamese chicken pho and some Emergen-C. Note: if you’re actually able to move while you have a hangover, you’re pretty badass.
There’s a warning on aspirin about not taking it if you drink too much. However, this refers to daily drinking, so unless you’re a world-class drunk, you can probably ignore it. Michelle Davenport, a Ph.D. candidate in Nutrition and Dietetics at New York University, swears by it. “Alcohol releases chemicals in the body called prostaglandins that promote inflammation,” she says. “They also play a role in pain production.” Aspirin is a prostaglandin inhibitor. You do the math.
Davenport adds that drinking too much causes “oxidative stress and inflammation.” The antidote? Fruits and veggies like blueberries, tomatoes, citrus fruits, spinach and broccoli. Green tea is also a worthy substitute for coffee that will energize you while doing more good than harm. Two rules of thumb: fresh food is always better than supplements, and the more color, the better.
7. Vitamin B6
“Consuming too much alcohol leads to low levels of vitamin B6, which plays an important role in liver metabolism,” says Davenport. So to get your liver happy again, eat some garbanzo beans, salmon or bananas. Or just whip up a smoothie with all three. That sounds like it will totally hit the spot after a night of nonstop tequila shots, doesn’t it?