With summer here it’s only appropriate to offer you some of my favourite ways to help prevent hangovers. Lets be real, it’s pretty much all about drinking in moderation! However, this time of year it can be easy to get carried away. We’ve all been there, so it’s easy to understand how it can take its toll on people!
There are some steps you can put in place to prevent feeling lousy the following day. It’s so important to have fun, but also try to be conscious of your health. Alcohol puts a lot of stress on our bodies, this is why I believe moderation is essential and preparation and self-love during this time can go a long way!
Before you drink:
- Hydrate! If you know you have a big night ahead of you make sure you drink plenty of water during the day to help prevent dehydration.
- Consume a big lunch/dinner full of protein, healthy fats and high-fibre foods. Dietary protein helps balance blood sugar and protects your immune system and without sufficient protein your liver can’t detoxify. High fibre foods breaks down alcohol and absorbs it. Fats delay the body’s absorption of alcohol.
- Take a B-complex vitamin and consume vitamin C rich foods. B vitamins help to detoxify the liver and vitamin C will help combat the stress on your cells.
- Stay away from processed and refined foods, these add additional stress onto the body which it then has to try detoxify alongside alcohol.
When you’re out:
- Try and stick to one kind of alcohol only. And try to avoid sugary fruit punches, cocktails and soft drinks.
- Try to avoid fatty and greasy foods. Instead if you are at a bar or out for dinner try to follow the lunch/dinner recommendation stated above.
- Alternate your drinks with water, or at least try to sip on water throughout the night, as alcohol dehydrates the body. It will relieve the hangover and help your liver to flush alcohol.
When you get home:
- Drink a big glass of coconut water and/or a few glasses of water to rehydrate your body.
- Try to get at least 8 hours’ sleep as sleep deprivation only exacerbates a hangover’s misery.
- Support your liver. I like to take a liver support supplement or sometimes I’ll make a cup of pukka or artemis detox tea.
The next day:
- Upon rising drink a big glass of warm water with lemon or add a shot of apple cider vinegar.
- Take a probiotic to help rebalance gut flora (alcohol can destroy gut microbes).
- For breakfast opt for something nourishing that will refuel your body. Good options include a Super Me Power Smoothie or eggs, avocado on sourdough or gluten free toast. Eggs contain a substance called cysteine which breaks down acetaldehyde (a toxin in alcohol). A smoothie that is packed with all sorts of goodies such as berries, leafy greens, protein, avocado, coconut water is another great option – Try Super Me as a base.
- Drink coconut water – it’s full of electrolytes to replenish the body’s water levels.
- Take another B complex and vitamin C.
- Enjoy a coffee or green tea and make you sure drink at least 2L of water!
- Do some light exercise during the day to help detoxify your body, such as a walk outdoors, yoga, pilates, they all help get the lymphatic system moving.
- Consume nutrient rich whole foods that would nourish your body and give your cells energy. Try to avoid heavy, fatty meals as much as possible as they will add additional stress onto your body.
- Eat foods which support your liver’s detoxification process such as the brassica veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, brussel sprouts), other great liver cleansing foods are carrots, beetroot, garlic, onion, leafy greens.
Hope these tips work for you. Enjoy yourself and try to remember moderation where possible!