What Are The Best Foods to Eat Before You Go Out Drinking ( To Avoid A Hangover)

It is a known and proven fact that eating while consuming alcohol is necessary.

Food just hits differently when you’re inebriated from alcohol —science even says so. One tends to grow hungrier, the more he or she drinks alcohol. According to a study published in the journal Physiology and Behaviour, alcohol stimulates the appetite in a way that makes you crave high-fat , salty foods and foods high in fibre, which makes perfect sense.

Salty food can worsen the dehydration effects of the body. And as the body tends to be dehydrated during drinking, it is better to avoid salty food. High-fibre food items are not good for the health either. It delays the digestion process, which is not a good sign for the body.

On the other hand, consuming only alcohol ignoring hunger would lead to several diseases like pancreatitis and issues with the liver.

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It turns out that if you eat the right foods before your drink, you are less likely to feel bloated and be dreadfully hungry the next day. Eating beforehand dilutes the alcohol you consume since it has water content. Further, it delays the time the alcohol takes to get into the bloodstream.

When you eat something before drinking, it slows down alcohol’s rate of absorption, so you don’t get drunk as quickly.

Also, it is not advisable to eat food in large portions before going to bed, especially after alcohol intake.

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Here are a bunch of foods to eat before drinking alcohol:

1. Bananas

Banana

Fruits are extremely healthy, to begin with, and the added benefit is that they contain high amounts of water which will dilute the alcohol. Bananas carry the added advantage of high fibre and potassium content, which is an electrolyte that plays an important role in muscle function, blood pressure, nerve function, and fluid regulation.

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Our bodies tend to lose potassium when we drink alcohol (especially when drinking excessive amounts), so eating potassium-rich foods before drinking can help boost the amount in your body.

Spinach, avocado, potatoes, lentils, milk, and yoghurt are also high in potassium and great to snack on before drinking.

2. Melon

Watermelon and cantaloupe are both great to consume before drinking because they contain a lot of water, which helps hydrate the body. Consuming melon and other hydrating foods can help prevent some of the dehydration that’s associated with alcohol consumption.

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3. Eggs

We say eggs because of the high amount of protein they carry. Any food that is rich in protein will work as it slows alcohol absorption and keeps you feeling full for a long time. But the benefits don’t stop at protein alone. Eggs are also high in an amino acid called cysteine that plays a role in alcohol metabolism.

4. Water

Detox water

Alcohol is a diuretic (to put it bluntly, it makes you pee) and can easily lead you to become dehydrated. For this reason, sipping a few glasses of water is one of the most important things you can do before drinking. It dilutes the alcohol and regulates salt balance. Even when you’re out and drinking, keep having water at regular intervals and pace yourself.

In addition to drinking water, you can also eat water-rich foods like cucumber, strawberries, and lettuce. Try out our homemade infused water recipes.

5. Nuts

There’s a reason bars serve mixed nuts with alcohol. Not only do they taste good, but they also have high amounts of fat which help slow the absorption of alcohol.

6. Salmon

Salmon

Salmon has been lauded for its health benefits for a long time. It contains healthy omega-3 fatty acids and is packed with proteins. Further, salmon is rich in Vitamin B12, an important nutrient that’s often diminished with alcohol consumption.

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7.Avocado

Avocado recipe

Though still somewhat difficult to get in all parts of India and a little expensive, avocados are packed with healthy fats which digest slowly to keep you full and may slow the absorption of alcohol into your blood. Like bananas, they also contain high amounts of potassium. One of the best things about avocado is that you can easily add it to nearly any meal.

8.Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is high in protein, which is digested slowly and slows the absorption of alcohol. In addition to protein, yogurt also contains fats and carbohydrates, making it a nutritious food that’s filling, provides lots of energy, and doesn’t cause blood sugar.

It’ll literally stick to your gut, as the food will digest slowly over four to six hours.

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9.Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a good addition to any meal or snack before you head out for a few drinks. They contain potassium and other electrolytes, and they’re also complex carbohydrates, which means they are slow digesting and can help to reduce the effects of alcohol on the body.

Research has shown that sweet potatoes prevent swings in blood sugar, which can prevent the overeating caused by drinking.
Sweetpotato toast

10.Hummus

Containing a healthy mix of fat, protein, and carbohydrates, hummus is a great snack choice before drinking. It’s a particularly good option for someone looking to load up on protein from a plant-based source.

When you consume alcohol it depletes the body of Vitamin B, therefore hummus can also help in boosting your B-vitamins. The amino acids in hummus are also considered helpful in preventing a hangover.

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Whiskey + Roast chicken

Cognac + seafood dish

Bourbon + Pickled Vegetables, Meat

Rye + Sushi Nigiri

Scotch + Duck Breast , Seasonal Vegetables

Rum + Glazed Jerk Chicken

Tequila + Lamb Barbacoa Tacos, fruit platter

Brandy + Chocolate Brownies

Red wine + Cured meats, pasta, cheese

Beer + Crumbed chicken, beef jerky

By being aware of the right eatables, the ill effects of alcohol can be mitigated to a large extent. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a certified-nutritionist.

What is the Best Way to Drink Water for Weight Loss?

Many studies support the theory that drinking water is beneficial for weight loss. Also, hydration is key for many factors that play a role in weight loss, including digestion and muscle function.

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Increasing your daily intake by 1 cup may lower weight gain by 0. 13kg

Water is the quintessential component of life and one of the most undertow elements when it comes to health. The umpteen health benefits of water include skin hydration, flushing out of toxins, offering an instant source of energy, to mention a few.

And if you are planning to shed those extra kilos, guzzle down more water.

How Much Water Should You Drink?

Water

The following water intake recommendations are from the National Academy of Medicine (NAM):

• 2,700 mL/day for adult women

• 3,700 mL/day for adult men

If you are a gym regular and sweating out during workouts, your body would require more water. It is recommended to drink about 480 ml of water before working out and sipping on 150 to 200 ml during the exercise. One should also drink another 480 ml post workouts to replenish the lost fluids.

Start the day by drinking with about two glasses of water on an empty stomach.

The key standard is to drink water when you are thirsty and sip down sufficient amounts to satisfy your thirst.

A bad headache, disturbed mood, constant hunger or difficulty in concentrating are the signs of dehydration due to lack of water intake. The best fix is, just drink water.

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How Water Plays A Crucial Role In Facilitating Weight Loss

1. Water Can Burn More Calories

Drinking water can rapidly intensify the number of calories you burn, most importantly the resting energy expenditure. Several shreds of evidence show that drinking 500ml of water may remarkably increase the number of calories burned, reduce BMI waist, circumference, body fat and weight loss.

Some research indicates that drinking water can help to burn calories.

2. Water is a natural appetite suppressant

Water is naturally free of calories and drinking water before a meal is associated with reduced intake of food and weight loss. Water can help to take up space in the stomach, leading to a feeling of fullness and reducing hunger.

A person may also think that they are hungry when they are thirsty. Drinking a glass of water before reaching for something to eat can help to curb unnecessary snacking.

Drinking about two cups of water 20-30 minutes before meals may reduce appetite in middle-aged and older individuals. It eventually decreases calorie intake leading to weight loss.

3. Cold Water Burns Calories

According to a few medical experts, drinking cold water ups the metabolism and contributes towards weight loss. This is because the body works harder to warm up the water, thus burning more calories and excessive fat. However, if you suffer from frequent cold or lung-related issues avoid drinking cold water.

4. Water Helps You Shed Fat

Lack of water restricts the body from properly metabolizing stored carbs and fat. The fat metabolization process is called lipolysis and if you are dehydrated, the body may not be able to burn excessive fats. Drink enough water to stimulate the process of lipolysis to lose fat.

5.Water Loaded Foods Help

Besides drinking plain water, make sure to include water-rich foods like soups, smoothies without sugar and salt in your daily diet. Add berries, tomatoes, cucumber, watermelon, grapes, celery, melons to your diet plan as these natural wonders are low on calories, high on water and act as appetite suppressants.

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1. When you feel hungry

Many times feeling thirsty is confused for feeling hungry. This usually occurs when you feel hungry shortly after having a meal. If you feel hungry too often, you should try drinking water. It will help prevent unnecessary snacking and hunger pangs. Dehydration can often you wrong signals of hunger.

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Hunger pangs

2. When you are unwell

It might seem difficult to gulp down a glass of water when you are unwell but it can help you heal quickly. Drinking water when you are unwell can hydrate you and help in removing toxins from the body. It will make you feel fresh and will help you recover at a comparatively faster pace.

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3. Before a meal

If you want to prevent overeating, then this is something that you can bank on. Firstly, time your meals. Try having your meals at the same time every day and it can take you a long way in being in sync with circadian rhythm. The next thing to do is to drink a glass of water 30 minutes before every meal. It will keep you from overeating. It is also an effective way to control calorie intake, thus aiding weight loss. Also, avoid drinking water immediately after a meal or during the meal. 

4. On waking up in the morning

Now, this is something many of you must already be doing. Drinking water first thing in the morning can facilitate smooth bowel movement. Drinking water first thing in the morning will satiate you and energise you, removing toxins from the body. Make sure that you drink water which is at room temperature in the morning. Slightly warm water can also be helpful. Avoid cold water first thing in the morning. It may trigger a cough.

5. Before and after the workout

Drinking water before a workout will again, energise and hydrate you. Drinking water after your workout will help you rehydrate and make up for the fluid loss in the form of sweating while exercising. To maintain fluid balance, drinking water before and after your workout can be helpful.

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