Yup, it happens to the best of us– we drink a tad too much, and don’t realize it until we stand up from our cozy bar stool, walk outside into the real world, or go to bed and the world starts spinning (that’s right– I went to college).
Tonight is NYE and I have no doubt that many of you will be drinking. Instead of me telling you NOT to drink, which is not going to happen, I’m going to give you some recovery tips so that you can bounce back [as quickly as possible].
Here are 5 simple tips to promote hangover recovery:
- Be smart about your drink choice: This first tip is for the before you start challenging your liver like a champ. Avoid syrups and juices. These drink add-ins have sugar, lots of sugar, in them and often times when people are hungover it’s attributed to the sugar overdose. Excess yeast in your body= brainfog. Another quickie: opt for soda, NEVER tonic– which is laden with sugar. Get double limes and squeeze that flavor flave in. Clear liquors like tequila, gin, and vodka are generally going to be cleaner options.
- Drink water: Ugh– so cliche, I know. But seriously, HYDRATE. If you haven’t started boozing yet, pick up a glass of water NOW and drink, drink, drink. Think of yourself as a plant– if you left your plant for an extended period of time without water then DROWNED it in water, would that be enough to hydrate it– NO. Just like that plant, just because you drink TONS of water the next day doesn’t make up for the lack of hydration the day/night before. So try drinking a glass in between alcoholic drinks. Grab a buddy and remind each other to drink water throughout the night. Majority of headaches are caused by dehydration and mineral imbalance, which leads me to the next tip.
- Mineralize: Majority of headaches are caused by dehydration and mineral imbalance, i.e. electrolytes. Does this mean you should chug a bunch of gatorade? NO. That stuff is laden with chemicals and fake nutrients. You can make your own ade with water, lemon, baking soda, sea salt, and honey. Get my recipe for Jennie-ade here!
- B-complex: When you drink your B vitamins get depleted which causes a dip in your energy and a decreased resistance to stress. Take a quality B-complex vitamin the morning after drinking– I swear by these.
- Eat a meal rich in greens, protein, and avocado: Greens will help balance the acidity from the alcohol, protein will help replenish your amino acids which also get depleted from drinking and are necessary to help support the natural detoxification process of your liver, and the avocado will replenish potassium, a mineral necessary for cellular fluid homeostasis. Healthy fats are also a great way to get your blood sugar back on track and into fat-burning mode!
Have a happy NEW YEAR everyone and see you in 2016!
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