Here is our Carnaval Survival Guide—things you can do that should help you keep healthier during maybe a few days of partying in a row. If you can, start preparing a couple days before.
A COUPLE DAYS BEFORE
GO SHOPPING Buy a selection of anti-oxidant foods that will help protect you in the coming days.
Buy some of your favorite fruits: Especially good are apples, papaya, watermelon, pomegranates, acai, strawberries, oranges, bananas, lemons. Buy organic fruits and vegetables if you can.
Get some Veggies: Especially good are watercress, collard greens, spinach, ginger, beets.
Other: Most people don’t realize it, but coffee if full of antioxidants, as is green or white tea. Also buy some unsalted or lightly salted nuts, and great also are chia seeds, linseeds, sunflower seeds, and coconut water or sports drinks Also eggs, yoghurt, and chicken soup.
EAT SOME OF THE FOOD YOU JUST BOUGHT:
Start eating a few of the antioxidant foods you bought (great recipes at boaforma.abril.com.br). Make sure you get good sleep so you don’t start off sleep deprived, and also mild aerobic exercise, or at least walking.
JUST BEFORE A PARTY
EAT Food in your stomach will slow the absorption of alcohol (fatty foods are especially good for this), and some antioxidant foods
BRING WATER If you think it might be hard to find water, bring a bottle or two of no-gas mineral water
REFLUX If you have this problem, be aware that you are at increased risk at parties, so take whatever are appropriate measures for you.
DRIVING Think about how you will get home if you are in no condition to drive when the party ends; driving intoxicated is risky to you, and if you are driving other people, you are being very unfair to put them at an increased risk (even if you think you are a good driver). If you don’t want to drink alcohol—wonderful—volunteer to be a dedicated driver, or find one.
DURING THE PARTY
ALTERNATE WATER Keeping well-hydrated is the most important thing you can do to help prevent a hangover. Try to follow this rule: for every drink you have, alternate with an equal quantity of water or uncarbonated soft drink or sports drink (water or sports drink best). If it’s hot or you are sweating, drink even more sports drinks or water.
EAT To slow the absorption of alcohol, especially high protein or fatty foods such as nuts or cheese, as well as fruits if available. Avoid salty foods that will make you thirstier, or sugary foods that could lead to a big drop in your blood sugar later.
DRINKS Avoid darker drinks such as red wine, whiskey, tequila that contain chemicals called cogeners that are more likely to cause a hangover. And….stay away from any pools or the ocean if you have been drinking. Lots of people drown when drunk.
AFER PARTY (BEFORE BED)
FRESH AIR is good if you have been inside, and a SHOWER will should help you sleep better
AVOID PAINKILLERS Paracetamol (or acetaminophen, such as Tylenol) after alcohol can lead to serious liver toxicity, and be careful about aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory products if you have a sensitive stomach.
PUT WATER BY YOUR BED Drink more water (or similar) before bed, and put a tall unbreakable glass or bottle of water near your bed. When you wake up with a dry mouth, your body is pleading for water. Well-hydrated people also snore less.
MAYBE A LITTLE FOOD If you think you might have low blood sugar, try some juice along with some complex carbohydrates such as whole wheat toast
WATER AND FOOD You are probably still dehydrated but you also need lots of calories at this point. What you eat depends on how sensitive your stomach is, but if you think you can handle fatty foods such as eggs, do it. But for everyone it is good to eat some of the antioxidant foods and recovery drinks like you can find here.
At a minimum, you should have some toast and chicken soup, following the tradition in some parts of Brazil of serving canja after Carnaval.
TEA OR COFFEE Again, depends on your system, but drink some, not a lot, if you want (some people get a headache without any caffeine)
SHOWER, FRESH AIR THEN MORE SLEEP
Especially sleep, you need that most, after fluids and food.
When you have recovered, for your next party, repeat the above, adjusting as necessary from your first experience. Good luck, and Happy Carnaval!
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