With the hot weather fast approaching, there will be plenty of patio nights and long weekends to spend time with friends and family. Since I started eating clean and avoiding sugars, gluten and other inflammatory foods, my mornings after are no walk in the park. The key to life is BALANCE, so for those nights when you are “letting your hair down”, here are some tips to make for a better morning.
1. KEEP HYDRATED!
Our bodies need adequate water to do some of the most basic functions. On average most humans need about 2 litres (8 glasses) of water daily, this number will vary based on height, weight, lifestyle and caffeine consumption. When we consume alcohol, the alcohol – similar to coffee has a dehydrating effect on our bodies. Making sure you consume adequate amounts of water throughout the day and night will help to make your next morning better. Remember every glass of beer, wine, or spirit will work to dehydrate you, so consuming water throughout your night alongside your beverage of choice will help to keep you hydrated. Similarly, the next day it is key to drink lots of water to help flush the toxins out of your system.
2. DON’T SKIP MEALS!
Making sure you have dinner and snacks is a must! Having food in your stomach slows the absorption of the alcohol in your system. It also makes you feel full, which will reduce your consumption over the evening. Some studies also suggest that it might help protect your gut lining from the effects of the alcohol on your system. The best foods to have on the patio are lean proteins, healthy fats and hydrating fruits and vegetables. These foods will reduce the inflammatory response on the body, as well as keep you hydrated and nourished.
3. PARTY SMART PILLS
This amazing product should be called GAME CHANGER! PartySmart formula is designed to help support the function of the liver. It is made up of herbs, so it’s all natural, that helps breakdown the alcohol faster in your liver and then eliminate in. When we consume alcohol, it gets broken down into acetaldehyde by the liver, and it is the buildup of the acetaldehyde that causes those not so desirable effects the next morning. PartySmart pills should be taken with your second drink of the night. They can be purchased at Nutrition House and various other health food stores.
4. GET MOVING!
The next morning, the name of the game is to GET MOVING! Go outside for a walk or hike, go swimming, do yoga, do some light cardio. It doesn’t have to be intense!! In fact it’s better if you just take it ease while your body recuperates, that way you aren’t doing further damage to your body. Light exercise will help restore some balance to your body by getting your digestive juices flowing, improving circulation, and helping to eliminating toxins. As well as make you feel better by producing those feel good hormones. If you are going to get moving – please refer to tip number 1 – stay HYRDATED!!
5. HOMEOPATHIC REMEDY!
The best homeopathic remedy for hangovers or the overconsumption of rich fatty foods and drinks is Nux Vomica. The remedy helps to restore balance to the body and reduces those bad bad hangover symptoms of headache, diarrhea and vomiting by stimulating the body’s immune system. Before going to your local health food store and purchasing this remedy. Please speak with a Homeopathic Practitioner on what the proper dosing regimen would be. Homeopathic remedies are completely safe to take, however it is important to understand what dose you should be taking in acute situations as well as how frequently you should be taking it.
I hope these tips help you to have a better morning, please remember to drink responsibility, and have fun this patio summer.
Written by Rebecca Chandler – Homeopath and Reiki Master