Happy New Year!! New Year’s Eve parties can be a lot of fun. These parties are usually filled with an assortment of snacks, desserts, and alcoholic drinks. Here is a guide to help you navigate through the evening with minimal damage in the morning.
Before discussing which foods to avoid, let’s talk about what you should be drinking. Start drinking water immediately and consistently throughout the night. This will be your best friend in aiding the digestion of various foods in addition to preventing dehydration. If you choose to have any alcoholic beverages, please be sure you are of legal drinking age, and DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE. Also do not text and drive. And especially do not drink and text and drive.
Ok, you have decided to have an alcoholic beverage and you are looking across the buffet of delicious home cooked meals from all of your friends. Which foods do you choose? As a general rule of thumb, avoid anything spicy, salty, or processed.
Spicy foods will increase your risk of GERD and heartburn. This is not a good feeling when trying to go to sleep after a long night. This feeling is also not what you want to wake you up in the middle of the night.
Salty foods will increase your rate of dehydration. One of the worst causes of a hangover is dehydration. Salt in your system will cause the body to retain water. Unfortunately, too much salt will cause the body to pull the water from your cells leaving them dehydrated. In addition, the alcohol will act as a diuretic and flush out any fluids you may have had. Lastly, the salty foods make you thirstier which may cause you to have more drinks than you should.
Processed foods are a bad idea while drinking primary because they are loaded with salt. They are also loaded with over-processed oils. These oils are extremely harmful to your health. Avoiding these foods whether you are drinking or not is a good idea.
Foods To Avoid While Having Alcoholic Drinks
- Spicy Foods
- Salty Foods
- Processed Foods
If you plan to have a few drinks, make sure to have a full stomach, and opt for calories that come from protein and healthy fats. Remember to be careful and know your limitations. Alcohol poisoning is very serious and very harmful to your health. We hope you have a safe and Happy New Year!!
Dr Spencer Charlet
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