- Eating a nutritious meal before drinking alcohol can help you avoid a hangover or getting too drunk.
- Foods high in protein and healthy fats, like yogurt and salmon, can help slow alcohol absorption.
- Avocados and bananas also contain plenty of potassium, which you might lose after drinking.
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With the return of happy hours and nights out, now is the time to start drinking smarter.
Choosing a boozy beverage that agrees with you and alternating alcoholic drinks with water can help minimize your likelihood of waking up in a world of pain after drinking.
But before you get to the bar, you can prepare yourself for a night of drinking by eating a meal rich in protein, potassium, and healthy fats. Filling up on food will help you pace your drinking and ensure that the alcohol doesn’t go straight to your head.
Bananas are full of potassium and water.
Bananas are quick and easy for staying hydrated
If you’re looking for a quick snack to grab on your way out the door before going for a drink, a banana is a nutritious option.
Bananas are rich in potassium, and they’re also made up of nearly 75% water. Drinking alcohol makes you pee a lot, causing dehydration and electrolyte loss. Hydrating and loading up on potassium ahead of time can help prevent an electrolyte imbalance.
The yellow fruit also contains some fiber, which slows alcohol absorption so you don’t get too drunk too quickly. And for drinkers with sensitive stomachs, bananas offer a natural antacid effect to help avoid reflux and other gastrointestinal discomfort.
Yogurt can ease digestion and provide protein.
Protein-rich Greek yogurt will keep you full and line your stomach
Yogurt is another popular food for helping digestion, making it a candidate for settling your stomach before drinking.
Many yogurts contain friendly bacteria called probiotics, which may help prevent diarrhea and other problems associated with irritable bowel syndrome.
Greek yogurt is also high in protein, as well as fats and carbohydrates. It’ll keep you full for a long time because protein digests slowly, which also slows down the absorption of alcohol into your body.
Try salmon and asparagus as a pre-drinking dinner.
Salmon can help replenish key nutrients and counteract inflammation
Salmon contains a ton of vitamin B12, an important nutrient that’s known to decrease with moderate to high alcohol consumption. The vitamin is essential for red blood cell production and nervous system functioning.
The fishy superfood is also high in protein and healthy fats, both of which may slow the pace of alcohol absorption. In addition, omega-3 fatty acids can offset some of the inflammation in the brain and body that occurs due to heavy drinking.
For a well-rounded pre-drinking meal, try cooking up some salmon with a side of asparagus. The vegetable contains minerals and amino acids that are beneficial to liver health and may help prevent a hangover.
Top your toast will some healthy fats and protein.
Try avocado toast with an egg as a balanced brunch before day drinking
Despite the myth that carb-loading will soak up excess alcohol, eating plain toast before drinking is unlikely to do you much good.
Proteins and healthy fats are much better at delaying alcohol absorption because they’re digested more slowly than carbs.
Eggs are rich 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 prepare an egg and some avocado with your pre-drinking toast, you may be doing your future self a favor.
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