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6 Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Your Hangover

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6 Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Your Hangover

Ok….so it’s Friday and the weekend is finally here! Obviously I would recommend not drinking so much that you need these natural ‘cures’, but I am realistic…I know some of you will! :-p

So below are some ways to get rid of that bad head. They don’t involve greasy bacon and sausages! They do involve lots of nutrients to help your body get rid of all those toxins from the alcohol (plus any food you had at 1am!!).

  1. Hydrate - alcohol is very dehydrating so make sure when you get home (if you can remember!), you drink a massive glass of water. Then, as soon as you get up, drink, drink, drink!! And keep drinking! Make sure its filtered water, not soda, flavoured water or squash. If you can, also try and drink one glass of water after every alcoholic drink. Coconut water is also amazing for hangovers as it replaces any lost electrolytes.
  2. Drink lots of warm water and lemon, and detox teas - lemon is very alkaline and aids liver detoxification. Defiantly have this as soon as you get up, as well as throughout the day. There are also lots of great detox teas on the market now, so try and drink these throughout the day as well (you can add a teabag to your warm water and lemon). Make sure you stay away from green tea, it speeds up phase 1 detoxification, not phase 2…therefore recirculates toxins (this doesn’t mean its bad normally, but it can make you feel worse when hungover!).
  3. Eat good nutritious food - make sure you eat well before and after you drink to give your body vital nutrients and amino acids for detoxification. Eat plenty of healthy proteins and fats, as well as green veggies such as eggs, avocados, broccoli, kale, nuts etc.
  4. Take a liver support supplement - a supplement that includes milk thistle (silymarin), rosemary, dandelion and N-acetyl-cysteine is great to take on the day, before bed, and the next day! (check with your doctor if on any medications).
  5. Sweat it out - sweating eliminates toxins and it gets the lymphatic system moving and blood flowing.
  6. Fill up the morning after - I don’t mean with a greasy fry up! This needs to be easy digestible foods. I would recommend a green smoothie with banana, spinach, natural protein powder (I use Sunwarrior), avocado and coconut water. If you have any green powder, add that in too to give you a boost of nutrients. If you have a juicer, you can also make a juice. If you fancy solid food, poached eggs and avocado on rye bread will do the trick!

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My Thoughts On Alcohol

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My Thoughts On Alcohol

One thing I get asked a lot is ‘do you drink alcohol’??? People seemed shocked when I tell them I do!

Anyone who knows me, knows I like to enjoy the pleasures of life, whether its a healthy chocolate cake, a healthy pizza or a good quality glass of red wine. I believe that even the pleasures in life can still have health benefits and there are always options out there. This doesn’t mean it’s a common occurrence! However, it does mean you can socialise without a massive feeling of guilt and need to detox afterwards!

Alcohol is 7 kcal per gram. That is just 2 less than fat, at 9 kcal per gram. This means that in one glass of red wine there can easily be 200 kcal or more. Even though red wine has been shown to have some health benefits, I count these as empty calories. Alcohol gets stored as fat and increases oestrogen and decreases testosterone levels, so therefore makes it harder to lose fat and/or gain muscle. Therefore, if you are trying to lose weight, eliminate or massively reduce your alcohol intake.

Alcohol is a toxin and should be drunk in moderation. Obviously it is important to go out with friends and socialise, but alcohol should be a rare treat and not something you rely on to have fun, relax, or to help deal with problems.

If you are going to have a drink, these are the options I would recommend-

Red wine- it is higher in antioxidants and lower in sugar when compared to white or rose wine. It has also been linked to lowering cardiovascular disease risk. Obviously organic (and sulphite free if you can find it) is best.

Gin or vodka- spirits are lower in calories and can be mixed with more hydrating liquids. I recommend having them with soda water and a squeeze of fresh lime or lemon. If you really struggle with this, Fever Tree do a naturally light tonic water which is sweetened with fructose. This still isn’t ideal, but better than refined sugar and artificial sweeteners. Make sure you stay away from fizzy pop and diet drinks- tonic water is just the same!!! Many people think it’s better than coke, but it isn’t.

There is no need for the average person to remove alcohol completely from your diet (unless you want to lose weight and/or gain muscle easier, or you’re pregnant!), just limit it to one or two glasses of quality red wine a week.

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