So you had a little too much to drink...tips & tricks after a night of indulgence.
Coincidence that I am posting this after St. Patrick's day?... I think not.
In our culture, celebrations (of holidays or the week's end) often involve the gathering of good company- with cocktails in hand. Sometimes one cocktail becomes two, and two becomes floor... I mean, four. The next morning we swear off of alcohol. Only to then find ourselves circling "3-4 drinks/week" on the paperwork at the doctor's office, wondering if anyone actually spills the truth. We know how alcohol can impact our health, from the short term effects to the long. It's all about practicing balance and listening to our bodies. In that regard, there are definitely ways that we can drink "smarter". Let's dive in.
First things first.
Prevention is key.
If I know that I’m going to be indulging, there are a couple of things that I like to do before anything goes down:
the day of:
Green juice/ leafy greens-Because alcohol depletes vitamins, it’s imperative that I grab a green juice (you know the drill, without fruit sugar). By having chlorophyll in my first drink of the day, I set myself up with a big dose of vitamins to help combat the effects of vitamin depletion. I usually eat a large leafy green salad or lightly steamed spinach everyday for vitamins, minerals, and the added fiber benefit, so consider adding that as well.
Milk thistle- Hum Nutrition's Daily Cleanse supplement is great for giving the liver a hand. It contains a concoction of detoxifying herbs like milk thistle, that aids in protecting the liver and supporting the detox process.
Magnesium- Involved in energy production among a million other things, magnesium gets depleted after a night on the town. Not to mention, 80% of our population is deficient in magnesium from the jump. It's involved in a plethora of biological processes so I take a magnesium glycinate supplement daily. Leafy greens, almonds, and avocados are chock full of this stuff so try and incorporate those foods and/or consider adding a magnesium supplement to your regimen.
Hydrate- DUH, drink half of you body weight in ounces.
EAT DINNER- It’s the difference of few drinks hitting you like a sedan instead of a freight train. If I don’t eat a balanced dinner of complex carbs, fat, and protein my hangover hits me with vengeance.
Before you go to bed:
Drink a full glass of water.
Better yet, take a water bottle or a glass and put it on your bedside table before you go out. That way you take the responsibility out of drunk you’s hands. Sober you will thank you.
LEVEL UP and take activated charcoal. Charcoal is great for cleaning up our bodies after we've made a mess. It’ll trap the toxins so that our bodies don't reabsorb them. If you can remember to take charcoal before going to sleep, all the better- if not, take it first thing in the morning. This also helps to calm any post drinking stomach woes you could be dealing with.
The next day
If you wake up hungover, first thing you need to do upon getting out of bed (or be a rebel, stay in bed!) is to EAT. You’re blood sugar is all out of whack, so eat something to stabilize it before you start to get nauseous.
I like to have a good breakfast with fruit (like banana for potassium and B vitamins), healthy fats (eggs, avocado), some complex carbs to soak up the damage (sweet potato, sprouted whole grain toast), and protein (eggs, bacon, etc). Eggs have amino acids that help to break down the molecule that’s responsible for the "day after" pounding headaches. I try to steer clear of greasy or sugar-laden foods. Although they may satisfy us now, our bodies will use more energy to digest those foods and the toxic crap in it instead of recovering...We wanna play the long game! Keep it simple.
Vitamins vitamins vitamins- Alcohol depletes vitamins, so replenish them. I repeat with the green juice, magnesium, and B vitamins.
Blue green algae- A powerful detoxifier. Most juice spots make a concoctions with blue green algae in them, I like to grab an E3 live shot from juice press to support the detoxification process.
Charcoal- (see above)- If you can remember to take the charcoal pill before going to sleep, all the better- if not, take it first thing in the morning. This also helps to calm any post drinking stomach woes you could be dealing with.
And the final key.
By getting your heart rate up, you increase the rate that your blood is passing through your liver and kidneys to be detoxified.
Higher heart rate = more times your blood gets detoxed
Drag yourself to a spin class, or a hot yoga class, or WHATEVER. Trust me, I’ll wake up and be walking to soul cycle hungover me scoffing at responsible me for making myself get out of bed. But after I throw myself on that bike, I come out feeling energized, detoxed, and refreshed.
What do yo all do to help ease hangover woes? Share with me in the comments below!