Step 3: Find some quick, but healthy, sugar
Food is patient. Food is kind. Food waits its turn to be digested. Alcohol is a diva and couldn't care less what food wants. Rather than waiting for digestive permission, alcohol absorbs its way right through your stomach lining and small intestine, and into your bloodstream. Demanding VIP treatment from the liver and brain, alcohol’s metabolism takes priority over all others, including glucose -- your brain’s main source of energy.
As alcohol screws with your glucose and insulin levels, your blood sugar drops and hypoglycemia sets in. Common symptoms of hypoglycemia include weakness, irritability, and headaches. Sounds like Sunday morning, doesn’t it? Several studies have indicated that severe hangovers are often accompanied by hypoglycemia, so it’s no surprise you hate the world right now.
However, accompaniment and causation are not the same thing. Much like dehydration, hypoglycemia is a close friend of the hangover, but it’s not the cause. And just like dehydration, hypoglycemia can usually be avoided. Eat some high-protein food before you drink to delay some (not all) alcohol from absorbing through your digestive walls. This helps prevent the rise and fall of blood sugar, and hypoglycemia will be one less demon to fight in the morning. Late-night taco runs might ward off the spirits still in your boozy stomach, but by that point, your blood sugar’s already screwed. So make the taco hut your first stop, and not your last. In the morning, you may crave bacon and eggs, but try getting some fruit or fruit juice to get your blood sugar up in a hurry.