- Eating a nutritious meal before drinking alcohol can help you avoid hangovers or get too drunk.
- Foods high in protein and healthy fat, like yogurt and salmon, can slow down alcohol consumption.
- Avocados and bananas are also high in potassium, which you may lose after drinking them.
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Just because it’s hot Vax summer doesn’t mean you have to accept a hangover season and push your alcohol tolerance to the limit.
With the return of the happy hours and nights, now is the time to drink smarter.
Choosing an alcoholic beverage that suits you and alternating alcoholic beverages with water can help minimize the chances of waking you up in a world of pain after drinking.
But before you get to the bar, you can prepare for a night of drinking by eating a meal high in protein, potassium, and healthy fats. Replenishing food will help you speed up your drinking and ensure that the alcohol doesn’t go straight to your head.
Bananas are full of potassium and water.
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Bananas are a quick and easy way to stay hydrated
If you’re looking for a quick snack on the way out the door before you go for a drink, a banana is a nutritious option.
Bananas are high in potassium and almost 75% water. When you drink alcohol, you have to pee a lot, which leads to dehydration and electrolyte loss. Early hydration and recharge of potassium can help prevent electrolyte imbalance.
The yellow fruit also contains some fiber that will slow down your alcohol intake so you don’t get drunk too quickly. And for drinkers with sensitive stomachs, bananas are a natural antacid to help prevent reflux and other gastrointestinal ailments.
Yogurt can make digestion easier and provide protein.
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High-protein Greek yogurt keeps you full and fills your stomach
Yogurt is another popular digestive aid food, which makes it a candidate for calming your stomach before drinking it.
Many yogurts contain friendly bacteria called probiotics that can help prevent diarrhea and other problems related to irritable bowel syndrome.
Greek yogurt is also high in protein, as well as fats and carbohydrates. It will keep you full for a long time as protein is digested slowly, which also slows down the absorption of alcohol into your body.
Try salmon and asparagus for dinner before drinking.
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Salmon can help replenish important nutrients and reduce inflammation
Salmon is high in vitamin B12, an important nutrient that is known to decrease with moderate to high alcohol consumption. The vitamin is important for red blood cell production and the functioning of the nervous system.
The fishy superfood is also rich in protein and healthy fats, both of which can slow down alcohol consumption. In addition, omega-3 fatty acids can offset some of the inflammation in the brain and body caused by heavy drinking.
For a well-rounded meal before drinking, try making some salmon with a side of asparagus. The vegetables contain minerals and amino acids that are beneficial for liver health and prevent hangovers.
Cover your toast with some healthy fats and proteins.
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Try avocado toast with an egg as a balanced brunch before your drinking day
Despite the myth that carbohydrate intake soaks up excess alcohol, eating simple toast before drinking is unlikely to do you much good.
Proteins and healthy fats can delay alcohol intake much better because they are digested more slowly than carbohydrates.
Eggs are high in protein, while avocados are high in heart-healthy fats. Avocados also contain some potassium to help balance your electrolytes.
If you have time to make an egg and some avocado with your toast before you drink it, you might be doing your future self a favor.