Gatherings and parties have one sure thing in common: alcohol consumption. But boozy festivities can lead to a less pleasant morning after. No matter if you enjoyed a light happy hour with friends or a bar crawl. Stockpiling on electrolytes can help cure your affliction. But the best cure-all? Staying hydrated before, during, and after.
Staying hydrated not only improves your mental capacity but also helps your body flush out toxins and protects your skin.
Alcohol and Dehydration
Alcohol is a diuretic. It causes your body to remove fluids from your blood through your renal system, which includes the kidneys, ureters, and bladder, at a much quicker rate than other liquids. The lack of fluids not only strips your body of key electrolytes but also exaggerates the symptoms of a hangover. Hydration is always important, especially when you’re drinking alcohol.
Symptoms of dehydration:
Dizziness or lightheadedness
Here are a few methods to stay on top of your water game, no matter what.
This rule is fairly simple and straightforward. Alternating between an alcoholic beverage and a hydrating glass of water is one of the best ways to remain hydrated and avoid a hangover. This should help you not only mentally manage how much you drink at any given moment but should dilute the amount of alcohol that enters your system as it happens.
Most importantly, be sure to pre-game with water before leaving home. Drinking water after each boozy beverage will have little benefit if you start your night with an empty tank.
2. Put Your Mouth to Work
If you are about to have a heavy session, it is also a good idea to have a healthy meal before you start drinking! Also, eating healthy snacks between drinks can help to slow down the absorption of alcohol. Good nutrition helps to support your liver to function and plays a crucial role in your health.
Engaging in a conversation is also an easy way to pace your drinking. If you're chatting, you're not guzzling, so you're slowing down the rate booze hits your blood.
3. Bring teatime to the bar
Decaffeinated tea is a great and hydrating base for cocktails. Look for decaf green tea or herbal varieties like lemon, ginger, or peppermint to craft your own fancy cocktail.
Both iced and hot teas work. TopShelTipsy's Coffee, Tea, and Cocoa Station helps ease hangovers. Ask a bartender about the coffee or tea trend or experiment with different combinations on your own.
4. Utilize the Blender
Blended drinks, like TopShelfTipsy's Frozen Margs, and Piña Coladas, can help maintain hydration. Depending upon the amount of ice and the ingredients, blended drinks can be fairly hydrating.
On the other hand, sugar-filled drinks made from artificially flavored mixes could dry you out even more. So choose your blender beverages wisely.
5. Guzzle Fruit-flavored Water to Rehydrate Even Faster
Want to gain an edge over plain old water to treat your hangover?
Consider reaching for TopShelfTipsy's Hydration Station which includes your choice of Fruit Punch, Lemonade, or Iced Tea (sweetened or unsweetened) which is a healthy option to help regulate fluid levels in the body.
At the end of the night, it’s important to stay hydrated no matter what. Drinking plenty of water has many physical benefits, including aiding mental clarity, helping your digestive system, improving your mood, and helping to fight fatigue. Check out TopShelfTipsy's Hydration Station and Coffee, Tea, and Cocoa Station to add to your bartending needs for more memorable and fun gatherings!