December 30th, 2011
12:30 PM ET
Gwyneth Paltrow has posted a helpful New Year’s Eve-themed newsletter on her GOOP website.
The Oscar-winning actress and domestic diva has laid out multiple options for those who plan to enjoy adult beverages on Saturday night. Some suggestions are more practical than others. Let’s run through them:
Water, of course, is the first thing mentioned. Alcohol dehydrates, as we know. "It is thus essential to drink a lot of water while drinking and before you go to bed... it can prevent a hangover or at least lessen one,” says Dr. Frank Lipman.
Over-the-counter remedies like Alka Seltzer (or Resolve, if you’re in London like Gwynnie) are suggested, as is a prevention drink called Mercy that Paltrow invests in. Also: Milk Thistle capsules.
Next, Paltrow recommends hydrotherapy. “I've found that the best hangover remedy can be a hot and cold spa treatment,” she writes. (Are spas open New Year’s Day?) If you can’t find a spa, Gwyneth says you can pop in and out between a hot bath and a cold shower for a similar effect.
Other helpful tips include drinking mineral water like Pellegrino, eating a proper meal before and after going out, and taking vitamin C. The morning after, you could also “eat one or two Umeboshi Plums.”
Last but not least is the classic “hair of the dog” remedy. Gwyneth includes recipes for Bloody Marys (or “Red Snapper” as she calls it), to be imbibed on January 1.
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