There’s no questioning the miracle booze can work on your body normally, from brain fog, to bloating and of course, the Freddy Krueger of alcoholism; Hangover. If there’s anything we have learned from experience, it is to flee from drinking on an empty stomach. As it often results in sometimes making really alcohol induced mistakes. This is why, before you go binge drinking or pregaming with friends and colleagues, you should take care to eat a lot of real food. It helps you drink more; as food in the stomach absorbs the alcohol slowly, ward off a hangover, and keep the regrettable behavior at bay.
Below are some of the foods you eat (and food you should miss) before drinking.
The food you eat before you start drinking affects how fast the drink gets to your head. With more food in your system, the alcohol is absorbed slower than it would have been if you had none at all. It also takes, longer to feel the effect of the alcohol when you have food in your stomach.
While eating any food can be quite helpful, meals with protein have been said to slowly absorb alcohol
Drinking water is very important if you are going to binge-drink. Even if you eat before drinking, water keeps you hydrated and helps you avoid hangovers. It is also perfect if it is being alternated with alcohol, i.e, if it is taken in between drinks. You can have a glass of water with lemons also, as lemon is good for our liver.
- Fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are also very important if you are pplanning to drink. This is because of the nutritious properties they embody helps you stay hydrated. They provide antioxidants and vitamins you need to stay healthy, while providing a large dose of water too. Cucumbers, watermelon and Celery are some of the most hydrating in this pack.
- Healthy fats
Fat helps slow down the rate at which food leaves the stomach, and the longer the food stays there, the slower the rate the alcohol will be absorbed into your blood (so the less likely you are to feel like death the next morning). Salmon, avocado and nuts are all great options.
All the lazy people with nothing in their houses but cereal and milk are in luck. Not in luck in general because it must suck to live in a house with so few snack choices, but lucky because cereal tends to be fiber-rich, especially ones like Grape-Nuts, and that’ll “provide a good buffer for the alcohol, and will slow its absorption.” Larson recommends low-fat milk, because it’s healthy, and not because she thinks you’re fat.
Eggs are not just the best cure for your hangover, but it is also one of the best in avoiding hangover completely. Aside from being high in protein, eggs are high in cysteine, an amino acid needed to break down the toxins in alcohol. Breaking down these toxins helps flush the alcohol faster, limiting the mount of time you’ll be hungover. This is why having eggs before and after taking alcohol is very necessary.
- Green tea
Drinking green juice before going out can help your body keep up its electrolytes and nutrients, which alcohol robs your body of. It’s also a good idea to drink more juice after you’re back in for the night, so you can build your electrolytes back up and keep the hangover at bay. Try this green smoothie, which is filled with the veggies you need.
- Sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes are low-glycemic carbs, which keep you fuller longer and keep your blood sugar steady while you move on to your next beer for the night. When you have a full stomach, you’re less likely to fully feel the effects of the alcohol.
Milk keeps you hydrated while drinking. It also has high potassium content, which is suitable for your body; as your body tends to lose when you’re drinking. We all know that alcohol makes you pee more than usual, and potassium gets depleted really quickly during excess urination.
- Low-fat Yogurt
What may seem like a wimpy snack actually has a powerful punch. Low-fat yogurt contains the important macronutrients , and if you drop some granola in there, you’ll have carbs, protein, and fat all in the palm of your hand. Yogurt also takes longer to digest (up to 6 hours) and will coat your stomach.
Alcohol depletes your body’s vitamin B-12 levels, but salmon has super-high levels of said vitamin (and omega 3’s, because this piece of fish is a gosh darn overachiever). Nutritionist Marina Chaparro, MPH, RDN, CDE, LD says that those B-vitamins “have many physiological functions in the body,” that include the promotion of short-term memory and general neurological function.
These foods and many more we cannot mention are suitable for you before binge-drinking. However, it is important we quickly look at foods you should stay away from if you are planning on drinking alcohol.
It is difficult for fries to digest by themselves, adding alcohol to it can cause stomach upset. Fries also contain salt which can cause dehydration. Therefore, fries are a no no!
Pizza should be avoided before consuming alcohol. The tomato sauce in pizza is acidic. When you drink alcohol, this can lead to major heartburn or acid reflux.”
Caffeine, just like Pizza is an acidic food. So drinking coffee or energy drinks before or during drinking can cause painful acid reflux. Additionally, mixing caffeine and alcohol is a very bad idea and it can have negative health effects. Caffeine can mask the effects of alcohol, causing you to drink more than intended.
While salad is of course healthy, it doesn’t contain enough calories to slow the rate of alcohol absorption,If you do opt for a salad, make sure it includes a protein, such a grilled chicken, or even some avocado.
I hope these tips are helpful enough to guide to to knowing what to take and what not, especially as you prepare to have a cool evening with your fellow shenanigans.