For many brides and grooms, the rehearsal dinner is the kick-off to a weekend full of wedding festivities. It's the first time you're reunited with out-of-town relatives and friends you haven't seen in months, so it's understandable that you're in a celebratory mood. But when one champagne toast turns into you imbibing in one too many, the bride, groom, or any other key player might wake up on the wedding morning feeling a little under the weather.
Sure, the easiest way to avoid a hangover is to abstain from drinking, but if you don't want to skip the bubbly, you don't necessarily have to. These expert tips are the next best thing when it comes to alleviating your hangover.
Get your vitamins in before you start.
According to Dr. Daniela Torchia, PhD, MD, RD, the first step to fighting a hangover begins before you ever take that first sip. She suggests starting the day of your rehearsal dinnre with a b-complex vitamin, which will help your cells maintain the nutrients that drinking alcohol removes.
Focus on hydration.
Celebrity chef and nutritionist Serena Poon believes hydration should be your primary focus when you wake up the next morning. IV hydration is the fastest way to recover, as you'll get all the electrolytes, potassium, and vitamin B back that was depleted with every of champagne. While mobile hydration companies are trendy, not all of us have access or the desire to rehydrate with intravenous fluids. That's why Poon also recommends coconut water (which is rich in potassium), lemon water (which contains vitamin C), or even just plain old tap water.
Supplement your recovery.
There's no denying the benefits of H20, but other supplements may help, too. Activated charcoal, which works by pulling toxins left behind by alcohol out of your body, is available in liquid form at many juice bars, as are milk thistle and dandelion root drinks. Poon says the plant-based supplements are gentle and great for liver support.
Sip something with ginger.
If your hangover is also accompanied by nausea, Poon suggests trying ginger. You can add some to your water or drink some on its own to help settle your stomach.
"Your electrolytes are down so you crave salt, and your blood sugar is low so you crave carby food," Poon explains, but while a greasy egg sandwich might sound good, it will actually leave you feeling worse later. If you're up for it, try to eat something light and nutritious, like a piece of avocado toast. Since avocado is full of healthy fats and potassium, it can help you refuel on the electrolytes you lost while drinking and give you the energy you need for the big day.
Don't drink more.
Whatever you do, don't jump right into morning mimosas to try and keep the hangover at bay. Experts agree that more alcohol is never the solution when dealing with a hangover.