The Holidays are upon us! Which means, so are parties, cakes, overeating, and of course…
I know that “sticking with it” around the holidays can be hard, so here are some REAL tricks to get you though. So guess what? None of these involve me saying “use willpower”, or “just walk away ” … we are being realistic here! This is how to deal with the aftermath of the “oops I didn’t see that last cocktail coming, and now I have bruises from breakdancing”! (Been there!)
Ready to be friends with your body again? After all, you did just poison it; the least you could do is give it a little TLC in the morning right?
So here are my top 7 Tips holistic and healthy ways to, detox and heal that hang over.
1) Step one. Eat a Kale salad.
Real step one: Get rest.
So personally, I’m a bit of a masochist when it comes to hangovers. I like to punish myself with a hot yoga class or climb up a mountain in the blazing sun. But, in my older, wiser (and frankly I just feel a hangover more) years, I have come to find out – this does not work.
Sweating it out is great (later in the day), but for now, try and sleep in.
I know it might be impossible if your head is pounding, and you’re dealing with a blood sugar crash that keeps you tossing and turning – we will get to that in a minute, but do everything you can to rest.
- Make your room dark.
- Turn your phone off (especially avoid the embarrassing posts on social media, you can deal with that later 😉
- Get some aromatherapy & sleep hacking going.
*Trouble sleeping on a hangover? This is due to blood sugar imbalance. To counteract this, you can take magnesium, and eat a meal high in protein. Eggs and avocado are a good option or a bean and rice burrito with veggies.
Munch away and try to go back to sleep for a few hours.
2) If you have to have coffee, put butter or ghee in it.
Sounds crazy I know, but it is delicious, and it will help your hangover.
Have you ever wondered why you crave greasy food when you have a hangover? Well, fats wrap up toxins and protect them from wreaking havoc in our bodies and healthy fats also fuel your brain.
So, healthy fats + coffee (which is high in antioxidants) can help a pounding head feel much better! Be warned drink water first!
This concoction has fairly recently been coined “Bullet Proof” but it’s actually an ancient Himalayan recipe that has been adopted by the western world (Ancient wisdom for a modern hangover… who knew?).
Put about a tablespoon of ghee (if you are lactose intolerant) or grass-fed butter + 1 tsp of MCT oil (coconut oil with one carbon molecule removed if you really, really wanted to know) in your coffee and blend. Blending it makes it like a delicious latte. If you don’t like coffee, you can also do this with a turmeric drink or matcha green tea.
3) Take some quality pre-biotics & probiotics.
Sugar from alcohol feeds the unhealthy bacteria in your gut and destroys the good guys. Load up on probiotics the morning after; it will be way better than Tums. Make sure you splurge a little on probiotics because the cheaper ones are a waste of time, they won’t make it to your gut before they’re destroyed.
Eat fermented foods. Fermented foods contain high levels of pre and probiotics. Things like Kimchi, Sauerkraut, and Nato are fantastic for this. These also tend to come with amazing foods for a hangover.
- Kimchi healthy Fried Rice
- Sauerkraut and Sausages
- Ramen Noodles and Nato
Yum, yum and yummm!
4) Eat a meat and fish high in HEALTHY fats.
Toxins (like alcohol) are wrapped up in fat to stop them from wreaking havoc in the body. Pick a nice fatty “breakfast” (this also includes your post drinking meal) like a salmon omelet with avocado, or a stir fry of greens cooked in coconut oil drizzled with a healthy amount of lemon and olive oil.
These kinds of food will not only help you detox they will be anti-inflammatory, acting kind of like nature’s Ibuprofen.
5) Take your vitamins….but not on an empty stomach.
Your stomach is a little raw after drinking all night so put a nice buffer in-between it and your vitamins. Vitamins, minerals and Omega 3s are a must after a heavy night of drinking. They will help you detox and bring down the inflammation alcohol causes. Turmeric and other spices will also help.
Have you ever wondered why there are so many curry shops in the UK? Yep, it probably has something to do with the copious amounts of alcohol being consumed by the “poms.”
6) Take activated charcoal before and after drinking.
Activated Charcoal is what is given in hospital when patients have been exposed to toxins, which is precisely what you have been doing while you were hanging out with Mr. Johnny Walker all night.
Activated Charcoal is a very cheap supplement and can be purchased at any health food store. You can also take this daily for up to a month if you are trying to detox, but you must drink it with a lot of water.
7) Drink sparkling water.
Drink some sparkling water, like the classy lady you are (but probably weren’t last night!)
Perrier and San Pellegrino are the best. Sparkling water will help settle the bubble guts, and the sulfur will help you detox. Try to avoid distilled water; this water has very little nutrients and trace minerals which you desperately need when you have a hangover. If you don’t like sparkling water go of fresh spring water.
So there you have it. Seven ways to holistically detox a hangover.
These work, trust me I have tried them ;).
So enjoy yourself, enjoy the holidays! And if you would like to learn more about toxin-free living just head message me here.