Staying healthy while drinking

(CNN) -- Don't let that holiday hangover bring you down. Understanding why you may be feeling that way after drinking gives you the power to counter its effects.

First, Hydrate. When you drink alcohol, you may notice you're going to the bathroom more often to urinate. That's because alcohol suppresses the natural production of an antidiuretic hormone called vasopressin, that keeps us from going too much. Losing too many fluids will dehydrate you and affect your recovery. Try drinking electrolyte-rich water in between alcoholic beverages.

You don't want to lose essential minerals like potassium, that's critical for fighting fatigue. So, eat a banana or any potassium-rich foods after drinking.

Don't drink on an empty stomach. Eating first will slow the alcohol from being absorbed by the body too fast.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, alcohol affects every organ in the body, so moderation is key.