Hangover 4-1-1

blog_HO_411Hangovers are the worst! First of all it is self-inflicted misery and secondly, they seem to worsen as we get older, which makes it harder to shake. YUCK!! Buddha knows I’ve enjoyed life and have had more than my fair share of hangovers… Needless to say I have experienced many ways to treat a hangover so I wanted to share some of my favorite and best working “all-natural”  remedies for avoiding or tolerating a hangover.

How to best avoid a hangover:

  • Eat well before indulging in a night of partying. The food will help slow the alcohol absorption and slow the alcohol levels that trickle into the bloodstream.
  • Drink water while sipping on booze. I know this can be challenging, but try to have a glass of water after each alcohol beverage. You can make it a little more fun by having a double water-back shot of water after each drink.
  • Take a multi-B vitamin before the start of your night or right before you go to sleep.
  • Drink at least a liter of water before heading to bed. Get the rehydrating process started sooner than later.
  • The very best method for avoiding a hangover is not to drink, but if you must, be mindful of your alcohol in-take and don’t over-do-it!

Cures for a Hangover in no specific order:

  • Sleep is the best all natural cure for a hangover, especially when you have sensitivity to light and/or sound. If you are lucky enough… sleep it off.
  • Avoid caffeine as it will only dehydrate your body further.
  • Try sniffing peppermint oil for headache relief
  • Eat bananas. They’re loaded with potassium, which makes them an awesome food source to replenish lost potassium and will also help with eliminating the shakes.
  • Rehydrate your body with nothing but plain’ol H₂O. To replenish your electrolytes try coconut water in place of Gatorade or other sports drinks. I sip on Zico Natural Pure Premium Coconut Water, because it has the same amount of electrolyte levels as Gatorade, but minus the extra sugars, fake food dyes, and all the other bad stuff.
  • Honey is a miracle food. It is high in fructose and antioxidants which help the body metabolize alcohol. Honey is also another good source for potassium. Try a couple of spoonfuls of honey or use it as a spread over toast or crackers.
  • If you can stomach it, try eating foods rich in carbs and proteins. The carbs will help raise low sugar levels, which can also be another good solution for eliminating the shakes, and the carb-protein combo will help battle the hangover.
  • Have a tall glass of tomato juice. Tomatoes are rich in vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that booze robs from your body. Tomato juice also contains fructose which aids in metabolizing alcohol. If you’re not a fan of plain tomato juice, try a shrimp cocktail, Bloody Mary, ceviche, or a bloody beer… Yum!
  • Apple Cider Vinegar is the best! It helps balance your body’s pH balance which is extremely useful after a night of boozing since alcohol creates extra pH acidity in the body.

Here’s my recipe hangover recipe for using the Apple Cider Vinegar:

Ingredients

  • 1-2 lemons
  • 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

Directions

  1. In a small bowl stir the honey (with a spoon) until the consistency changes. You’ll see it becomes lighter (not so thick) and smoother
  2. Add the 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and continue stirring until it mixes into more of a liquid
  3. Cut the lemons in half and squeeze as much fresh lemon juice as you like. Stir a few more times and you’re ready to rock-n-roll. The taste of the apple cider vinegar is strong, but the acid in the lemon will help balance it. I usually use  1 ½  to 2 lemons… the fresh lemon juice also helps with nausea. Take up to 3 tsp every 25-30 min.

Please feel free to share any effective hangover remedies that work for you. Party safely and have don’t drink and drive. Wishing you a Fabulous New Year and a Happy 2013!! Peace.

*My thoughts and tips are solely based on my personal experiments and are for informational purposes only. Please contact your personal physician for medical advice or treatment.

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