Why’d I bother writing about this, I am thinking as I sit here! I mean we all, by now (after having suffered one or many hangovers!), know that hydrating throughout the night is important.
I can only imagine how tainted my wedding would be if I awoke the next day, on my first day as a wife, with a killer hangover! Disaster! What if I’m flying to Bora Bora and my flight leaves at 11am…and I can barely tumble out of bed, to drag myself in the shower, before lying there in a crumpled mess, wondering “Why did I toast so many people!” So, in planning my future wedding I have decided that avoiding a hangover should be a part of MY list…and so, I’ve decided to make it a part of yours!
Now, we all know that the purer the alcohol, the less likely you’ll be left with a vicious hangover. This being said, beer unfortunately, is the worst drink for hangovers (N.B. your hubby-to-be!). This is due to all the preservatives and chemicals required for commercial manufacturing and transporting.
Listed below are drinks in order from best to worst (with 10 being the ultimate hangover drink):
Now, we all know how to stay hydrated..drink for drink you should be having a glass of water..yeah, yeah. Easier said than done when you are celebrating, eating, drinking etc. So here are a few things that you can do OUTSIDE of your reception, to ensure you avoid that dreaded hangover (and the resulting memories for years to come of waking up on your first morning as a wife with a splitting heachache)
The morning of:
A lot of people think that taking fish oil is a good idea, but I’ve discovered that it is not! I used to take it before a big night out, but have since discovered that the alcohol actually oxidises the fat into oil (which isn’t the best). If you are going to take fish oil, make sure you take them at least 6 hours before beginning to drink (which if you’re having a champagne breakfast, means no fish oil at all!).
Take a multivitamin in the morning. If you’re not taking multivitamins, take an Executive B stress formula. This will not only help throughout the day, but it will also help you wake feeling better the morning after as Vitamin B is amazing at helping your stamina.
Try to make sure that you’re keeping well hydrated throughout the morning and the day. Keep a bottle of water handy (don’t forget your straw for lipstick reasons!) whilst you’re having photos. Most hire cars will have water handy for you, but it’s always a good idea to check, or have a few 300ML size bottles on hand as they’re easier to carry.
Just before the reception starts:
If you really want to avoid a hangover at all costs, purchase a supplement such as N-acetyl Cysteine and take the recommended dose just before you are waiting to be announced. You can keep the capsules stashed in your emergency kit.
If you’re taking N-acetyl, take the recommended dose again, right before your wedding dance (this will generally be after your speeches and before the really big dancing part of the evening begins, so it’s the perfect time!)
Obviously try and remember to drink water throughout the evening, but at least if you’re forgotten, you’ll be fighting fit with the above supplements under your belt.
When you get back to the hotel suite:
Now, if you’re just going to rely on the stuff you take when you get back to the suite I suggest the following:
Prepare a little gift basket and have it ready for you and your new husband(!) that consists of the following
The following morning:
Final words: Please consult your doctor or trained health professional before following any of the opinions I’ve listed above. My opinion should never override what your doctor (or common sense) is telling you!