Wish you could relax with a beer at a picnic, barbecue, or pool party without worrying about next-day headaches, fatigue, and nausea? You can! These smart tips will ensure you sidestep a hangover.
Savor this side dish.
Asparagus is in peak season now, and grilling a few spears blocks a hangover, according to research published in the Journal of Food Science, which says amino acids and minerals in the veggie shield liver cells against the surge in toxins from alcohol. Tip: Eat at least four asparagus tips early in your meal. This part of the spear has the highest concentration of hangover-preventing nutrients. Or take asparagus extract, like Swanson Asparagus Young Shoots, before drinking (Buy from Swanson Vitamins, $4.26).
Rotate in an Arnold Palmer.
Between each alcoholic drink, rehydrate with an Arnold Palmer, a refreshing mix of lemonade and iced tea. This simple move reduces your hangover risk by as much as 50 percent! Research in the Journal of Clinical Investigation reveals that for every serving of alcohol you enjoy, you lose up to an extra 4 ounces of H2O than if you were drinking water, which can lead to next-day fogginess and fatigue. But simply sipping an Arnold Palmer offsets dehydration and replaces healthy sugars, salts and electrolytes, warding off head pain and grogginess.
Take nature’s ‘hangover pill’.
After a day toasting with friends and family, sidestep morning-after discomfort by taking 200 milligrams of Panax ginseng before bed (Buy from iHerb, $18.07). The medicinal root, which has been used for centuries in China, powers the liver to break down and excrete alcohol while you snooze. It works so well, research in the journal Food & Function suggests it cuts hangover risk by up to 51 percent.
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A version of this article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.