01/6What if I drink on an empty stomach?
Planning a drinking session soon? Before you grab that glass, it is better to take hold of that plate full of nourishing food. Why? Let’s find out.
Alcohol enters your bloodstream through the stomach and small intestine. If your stomach is empty, the alcohol will enter your bloodstream faster. This will make you tipsy faster, making it harder to manage your drinking. Continue reading to learn more about why it is a good idea to eat before your first drink.
02/6Did you eat first?
There are many benefits of eating food before consuming alcohol. First, the water content of the food present in your stomach dilutes the alcohol. Second, the proteins, fats, and fiber contents of the food already present in the stomach will slow down the absorption of the alcohol. Lastly, healthy food will provide your body with vitamins and minerals that alcohol depletes.
03/6What about eating during drinking sessions?
If you want to eat while drinking alcohol, avoid salty snacks. These can make you thirsty, so you will be more likely to drink more. It is also important to drink water before and between alcoholic drinks to prevent dehydration.
04/6Best foods to eat before drinking
The best foods to eat before drinking include fruit and vegetables with a high water content. You can consume cucumber, tomatoes, bell peppers, and radishes. If it feels too healthy, eat these veggies with hummus and you have a nourishing starter to pack your stomach with, before you drink. If you want to eat fruit, choose a banana or two. It is rich in fiber, water content as well as nutrients.
05/6How long before drinking should I eat?
It is important to eat a little before your first drink. If you consume them together, then alcohol will immediately be absorbed into the stomach. For the food to slow the absorption rate of alcohol, eat it at least 15 minutes before taking the first sip of your drink.
06/6Is there any benefit of eating after drinking?
Many people believe that drinking water or eating food directly after a session of heavy drinking can help avoid a hangover. However, a 2015 research presented at the European College of Neuropharmacology (ECNP) conference in Amsterdam in the Netherlands suggests that this strategy offers no guarantee that your head will be free from the pain of hangover the following morning.
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