It's that wonderful time of year again! Christmas tunes are playing, everything looks pretty dressed up in Christmas decorations.. the festivity gives you a warm fuzzy feeling :)
Though we all know most celebrations aren't complete without alcohol! It's not hard to overdo it sometimes.. and then suffer the next day! Arghh!
Natural Mission is here to give you a few helpful tips. Seriously there's loads you can do to help your body recover quickly.
1. Coconut Water
1 litre of pure coconut water. Best chilled (+ ice). A hangover = severe dehydration. Coconut water is a beautiful way to rehydrate, naturally rich in electrolytes, particularly potassium and magnesium both of which are depleted with alcohol consumption.
Have it juiced. As ginger kombucha (a naturally fizzy probiotic drink that literally is better than ginger beer!) or, as a tea = fresh ginger + lemon + honey.
Have it however you fancy. Ginger supports liver detoxification which literally comes to a screeching halt from excess alcohol consumption! It relives nausea, the pain and headache feeling that comes with a hangover, revitalises your circulatory system, contains vitamin C, potassium, iron, magnesium and other wonderful nutrients!
3. Magnesium + B Vitamins + Vitamin C
Magnesium, B vitamins and vitamin C are all depleted with alcohol. B vitamins are essential to help your body remove alcohol from your body and get your energy levels up. Magnesium and vitamin C help to neutralise the toxic by-products of alcohol. I personally love vitamin C and take it everyday. My skin feels smoother, my allergies are under control, my eyes look brighter - no more bloodshot eyes!!! :)
I would recommend taking a quality magnesium/B complex/vitamin C powder 2 - 3 times (most of these powders are labelled for energy, muscle support, post-exercise recovery).
4. Fresh juice
Juices provide a beautiful concoction of powerful antioxidants (protective agents), vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients (plant goodies). A fresh juice high in greens, lemon and ginger will speed hangover recovery. Nourishing your liver and kidneys.
5. Steamed vegetables
Steamed vegetables containing cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, garlic, onion, kale, brussel sprouts and cabbage. Cruciferous vegetables contain cysteine - a sulfur containing amino acid that helps liver detoxification.
6. Liver herbs
Dandelion, St Mary's Thistle, Schisandra, Turmeric, Globe artichoke, Burdock, Chicory root, Rosemary, Bupleurum... to name a few. Find a quality brand at your local health store (or Natural Mission's dispensary).
AVOID caffeine and pain killers which increase dehydration, damage the liver and stomach lining :(
Happy celebrating! My personal advice would be to reduce the amount of alcohol you're having in the first place lol. Keep alternating with a non-alcoholic drink. Ensure you're well-hydrated well-fed the night before! Though, we don't always live according to our preferences do we?! :) x