I’m neither a therapist nor a doctor, but I’ve had some amazing success at helping other people feel better.
While the causes of a hangover are still poorly understood. The symptoms occur typically after the intoxicating effect of the alcohol begins to wear off, generally the morning after a night of heavy drinking. In laymen’s terms…..alcohol is toxic and that’s why we suffer. Here are some detoxifying remedies that I personally practice after a glass (or 4) of my favorite organic wine.
If you’ve had more alcohol than you meant to, there’s still hope for you. Let’s review healthy foods and supplements to consume before bed so that you’ll love life in the morning.
First- When your mom’s mom told you to leave soda out to get flat and it would help……NO! Soda goes flat yes, but once it hits your stomach, the carbonation is reborn immediately. Stay away from carbonation. Another annoying misconception…. Skinny Girl Cocktails and brands like this. I’ve done research and I’m here to tell you this, for the VERY MINIMAL calories you save by choosing this marketing hook, you should just have the real deal, it contains far less toxins, coloring, chemicals and fake sugars than the skinnygirl fake stuff so just enjoy and leave the “fake” to those people that don’t take time to educate themselves.
1. Activated charcoal (found in vitamin aisle -best at health food store)
This is the most common supplement used to pull toxins out of your system. Please DON’T take it before you drink. Take one or two activated charcoal pills either while out and feeling tipsy or when you get home. Taking it earlier will tax your system because you still have to process all that booze and you won’t even have reaped its happy benefits.
My choice over activated charcoal is this milder mineral supplement. I find it easier on the stomach, and you can safely take a couple of pills more if needed. This also removes toxins in your body.
Take one or two at the same time as you would activated charcoal, either while still out or once at home, and if an hour later you still feel less than awesome, take an additional one or two.
3. Coconut water (the natural Gatorade!)
I’m going to be a snob here and say the fresh stuff is infinitely better.
Not only does it taste like a delicious coconut rather than dirty feet, but when it hasn’t been heated, it also naturally retains more vitamins, including the ever-so-important potassium it’s full of. This is a natural electrolyte repair.
Drink 8 to 16 ounces before bed to help prevent a hangover. While it hasn’t been scientifically proven to prevent hangovers, it’s incredibly hydrating and many people (myself included) will vouch for its effectiveness EVERYTIME!!!
If you’re having a drink with real ginger in it that’s great! If not, make yourself some ginger tea, grate it fresh into soup, or take a couple of capsules to prevent nausea and reduce inflammation. You can make a super easy homemade ginger ale. I make it all the time…you do know the soda ginger ale has zero ginger, right? (see below)
•1-2 inch piece of fresh ginger root, minced. Adjust this to taste. I use 2 inches as I prefer a stronger ginger taste.
•½ cup of brown sugar.
•½ cup fresh lemon or lime juice
•½ tsp sea salt or Himalayan salt
•8 cups of filtered or spring water
Ginger Ale Instructions
• Make a “wort” for your ginger ale by placing 3 cups of the water, minced ginger root, brown sugar and Himalayan sea salt in a saucepan and bringing to a boil.
• Simmer the mixture for about five minutes until sugar is dissolved and mixture starts to smell like ginger.
• Remove from heat and add additional water. This should cool it but if not, allow to cool to room temperature before moving to the next step.
• Add fresh lemon or lime juice
• Strain before drinking.
5. Eat a snack
Eating something healthy after drinking can save you the next day—at least a little bit.
The concept that food can “soak up” alcohol only works if the food came first, but having some lean protein will help stabilize your blood sugar, which in turn will help prevent nausea.
Try not to eat anything too heavy, as that can disrupt sleep. Water-filled foods such as soup, any produce, and lean proteins are the wisest choices and will do you way more favors than junk food like pizza or nachos(which is the usual choice)
I hope you have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve and a healthy 2017!