Greetings Arena Supplement readers, and party people preparing for the annual Scranton and infamous NEPA Saint Patrick’s Day Parade! For the upcoming week’s article, I’m going to cover the top ways to prepare you from being HUNGOVER.
Today’s article will be part 1 of 2, of the “How to Hungover” series. We’ll be briefly covering the top 3 Ways Alcohol Affects your Muscles and Metabolism as well as Top 3 Ways to Prevent the Effects of it!
I’ve worked with our Experienced Personal Trainers, our lead Physical Therapist, and Meal Prep Coach over at FIT AF to bring you the best ways to prepare your body to recover from a massive night out!
Before learning how to exercise before and after the party, it’s important to understand what alcohol does to muscle tissue, how it affects your metabolism, and of course HOW TO PREVENT IT..
3 Major ways alcohol affects your muscles and metabolism :
1. Restricts your blood flow: After alcohol consumption, your muscles receive restricted flow of blood resulting in feeling weaker and less capable of absorbing valuable nutrients.
2. Stops your gains: In a Notre Dame study, they found that Human Growth Hormone secretion was reduced by 70% from Alcohol consumption and testosterone production was greatly reduced! That means less gains and less strength in the gym.
3. Loads of simple sugars = weight gain: Lastly, Alcohol is consisted of something called “simple sugars” and these are stored as fat. Keeping in mind, that if you’re only pumping in simple sugars for hours on end without having an adequate source of fibers and proteins, that can only lead to weight gain and loss of strength!
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Now it's time to learn how to combat these effects!
"...it will slow the absorption of alcohol in your body."
3 Easy ways to prevent it:
1. Drink more water before, during and after partying: In order to prevent your body from becoming dehydrated from alcohol soaking up all of the water from your muscle tissues, replenish your body by drinking water. Bonus: If possible, add a lemon for its detoxifying abilities!
2. Eat a healthy meal before drinking: If you eat a meal that has an appropriate amount of protein based on your goals and a nutrient dense source of carbohydrates and fibers it will slow the absorption of alcohol in your body. This can make a huge difference, especially if you’re a quick drinker.
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3. Get a good night sleep: Your body needs time to process the extra stress that was put onto it. While you sleep, your organs will begin repairing any damage done and begin the process to cleansing your body. If you obtain a well rested night sleep it won’t fix the problem of being hungover, but it will certainly help!
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I hope this article has helped you guys prepare for the upcoming Scranton St. Patrick’s Day Parade, or just a casual night of drinking! For next week’s article, we’ll be covering the exercise and nutrition end of How to Hungover. Until then, stay hydrated and stay consistent on those goals!
Fitness Educator and Personal Trainer
Elite Custom Fitness
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