A question I get asked a lot…..especially this time of year is..”how can I get rid or avoid a hangover Alex?
Do you have any secrets up your sleeve”?!!
I’m afraid the answer is not really! You just have to grin and bear it!
But there are things that you can do before a big night out to maybe soften the blow a little and make that fateful morning after – a little less grim!
So here are some of my favorite natural hangover tips and cures…..
• Quality over quantity
Avoid cheap alcohol. When alcohol is broken down in the body by our poor old liver – ‘the workhorse of organs’- it produces a substance known as acetaldehyde, which is a toxic substance formed from ethanol metabolism. This is found in cheaper wines and spirits.
To avoid a nasty hangover stay away from the alcohol that contains higher levels of acetaldehyde which include whiskey, cheap red wines, fruit brandy, and dark spirits. Sticking to clear spirits is a good idea, and a good quality red wine with no sulfites added.
If you can buy organic then you are guaranteed fewer sulfites and better quality, making it much easier for the liver to break down.
• Calm the mind from Beer Fear!!
Yup, there’s nothing worse waking up after a big night out and thinking ‘what happened last night, hope I didn’t make a fool of myself!!!’ So while you’re racking your brain as to what went down, and afraid to check if there’s any evidence on Facebook – pour yourself a nice cup of chamomile tea!
It’s great for calming the mind and body and will get to work on indigestion and headaches.
• Gentle Detox
After a night on the razzle-dazzle, getting to work on cleaning out the body from all the alcohol you drank is mucho importanto!!! Ginger tea will help stimulate your metabolism which will help enhance detoxification.
Chlorella is also an excellent choice for combating a dreaded hangover and is something I would recommend taking religiously over the festive season. It contains a very high level of chlorophyll, and repairs tissues within the body, including liver cells.
Chorella is especially effective in the removal of pollutants from the body, supporting their detoxification from the body, which includes alcohol.
And I know you know this one but…..water, water, water! Waking up with a mouth as dry as a flip-flop is not cool. Operation hydration is key. Your brain is 85% water so when you have a banging headache it means your massively dehydrated
• Milk Thistle
It’s one of the oldest ones in the book! I swear by it and I definitely think it takes the edge off a hangover! I take before and after a night out to help with liver detoxification.
• BLEND – Oats + Banana + Coconut water – for a hydrating, replenishing morning after smoothie.
Bananas are loaded with potassium and magnesium which will help reduce tiredness and nausea.
Oats will help the body replenish many of the vital minerals you may have lost during your session, plus reduce acidity levels in the body.
Coconut water is packed with essential electrolytes, great to help rehydrate and soothe the stomach.
A winning combo!!
And finally, I will debunk a few hangover cure myths.
- Hair of the dog – definitely not!!! You’re actually fueling the fire and will put you in a far worse position and prolong your hangover!
- Some people swear by a big workout – rest your body and chill. After a huge night out your body doesn’t need to be pushed to any more limits! A brisk walk and a bit of air is enough.
- A good fry up – bad idea. It will add to the calorie count of the zillion drinks you had the night before. I’m afraid there is nothing special in a greasy sausage that will magic away a hangover!
- A bag of chips on the way home to soak up all the alcohol – hell no!! When you go to bed your liver and your digestion will be doing overtime! Eat well before you head out and it will help slow down the absorption of alcohol.
I hope these tips will help you through the festive season. They may not make you feel bright-eyed and bushy-tailed the morning after, but maybe feel just a little bit more human!!!
Have a wonderful week
So the Christmas festivities are in full swing now!
I love it!
As we spend most of the year trying to maintain a healthy balanced lifestyle.. right..
..Christmas is definitely a time to go just a little bit easy on yourself – but still take care of yourself!!
So here are a few tips to keeping it real through the festive season.
Keep an eye on the buffet..
According to the Food Standard Agency, food poisoning cases go up in December, not to mention hospital admissions, shooting up between December 19th and the New Year!!! Always trust your instincts when it come to food.
If it doesn’t look, smell, or taste right then it probably isn’t !
It’s so easy to get caught up in the crazy Christmas whirlwind, but I have to say….
…there is no such thing as a ‘Perfect Christmas’ ! Maybe in the movies, but not in reality!
Whether you have everything ready or not, Christmas is still going to happen!
I spoke to a lady a few days ago who was on the verge of a meltdown because they had sold out of the toy her kid wanted (Hatchimals) and she was considering driving to Timbuktu just to get one!
This isn’t Christmas – it’s crazy – and the quick route to burnout city!!
Have a boogie..
Get yourself out there at any opportunity sweet cheeks! There are a lot of extra calories to burn in December and it’s more fun doing it with your disco sliders on!
I’m so up for a bit of Christmas indulgence – it would be rude not to – but when there is so much food on offer it is quite easy to slip into the mindless eating trap. When you’ve had a little nibble on some of your favourite treats – before you go in for round two just ask yourself “Do I really need more”??….I think you will know the answer!!
Ditch the guilt..
Whatever you do don’t feel guilty about a bit of Christmas indulgence it will totally spoil your fun. Just stay on your game. Use the spaces between to eat well. After a big night make sure you have a nourishing breakfast and before a big night, get really hydrated and eat well. It’s not rocket science and it will soften the blow!!
Look after your liver..
Yup, this time of year your poor old liver must want to just shut up shop and run to the hills!!!
Remember….your liver is the largest organ in your body – it’s a work horse – and has over 500 vital functions so, look after this bad boy! Especially over the festive period.
Herbs like Milk Thistle, Liquorice, Dandelion Root and Artichoke help protect liver function by stimulating bile flow and help the organ to regenerate itself.
And remember, PLENTY of water and greens, greens, greens!!!!
Don’t forget to breathe!
It’s mucho importanto that you find 15-10 0r even 5 minutes to have some quiet time to yourself over the festive period. Wide open spaces, quiet places, find a nice place where you can meditate, breathe and cultivate some calm! ♥
Let’s be honest..there is a big possibility you are going to be faced with crowds, angry shoppers, carparks, screaming kids – not to mention all the family fall outs and “Who’s doing christmas this year”? ‘- I”ll stop there!!
So cultivating some kind of inner calm will definitely help you face the ‘nightmare before christmas’ and let’s hope you can blissfully rise above it all!
Have a great week and an amazing Christmas ♥
Much love ♥
So the presents are all finally wrapped and under the tree
My place still looks like a tip!
I think Ive got all the food in!
I’m praying I don’t get a card through the door this morning from someone I’ve forgotten! Cringe!
Have I bought enough presents for anyone…….will they like them???????
Don’t you just love Christmas!!!
I’ve enjoyed every minute of the build up this year but the last few days have been a tad stressful!
And then I remembered to breath and that everything is exactly how it should be….. not perfect……. remember Alex that’s how you roll!
High expectations and perfectionism are massive joy killers over the festive season and its OK if all your carefully thought out plans of the perfect Christmas are not working out.
Christmas day is a wonderful day…..but it is only one day and its ok if its not perfect.
Today is Christmas Eve surrender, what will be will be!
Mr Buble′ is playing in the back round, there is washing hanging everywhere, I’ve run out of sellotape, forgotten the gravy…..but I know in my heart this is exactly how it should be, perfectly imperfect!!!!!
I just wanted to say a BIG THANK YOU for being part of my beautiful online community and showing up each week. Your the reason I do what I do.
I hope your Christmas break is everything you want it to be and in all the chaos you find some calm and peace.
Sending you a tremendous amount of love your way
Merry Christmas ♥ ♥ ♥
Alexandra ♥ ♥ ♥
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