Tips to Kill a Hangover
If you plan on partying hard, then you need a hangover contingency plan. That might not sound like much fun but trust me it is possible to party your butt off, without suffering the consequences – too much! Your brain and your body will thank you. Want to kill your hangover. Use these detox tips to smash your hangovers – pronto!
Juice it Away
Yep drinking fresh juices is a great way to get a whole lot of good-for-you phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and nitrates into your bloodstream to help ease your pain – quickly. Drink freshly squeezed, picked ripe from the tree juice.
Juicing can help restore vitamins and mineral levels of nutrients that can actually help reduce hangover feelings. Secondly fresh juice from nitrate rich foods like beets can help increase nitrate in the blood, this helps increase oxygen and vasodilation of blood vessels allowing for more nutrient and oxygen delivery throughout the body including your hurting brain. If you’re suffering with a headache this dilation can help draw oxygen and improve blood flow to the brain that can help reduce your hangover headache.
Juicing has also been shown to help increase antioxidant status in the body, which means you can recover faster. Juice with green vegetables such as spinach, kale, or even kiwis, along with vegetables and fruit that have higher water content such as coconut, cucumber, beets, watermelon, oranges, pineapples and grapefruits. Also consider avocado – full of creamy goodness but also full of glutathione – a strong antioxidant that helps speed recovery!
Fill Up on Water Pronto!
Probably not an eye opener revelation but water really is essential when it comes to killing a hangover. Water helps re-hydrate, allowing the metabolism to function optimally, while at the same time help flush out nasty toxins. And just in case you didn’t know – alcohol is a toxin! Drinking water can re-energize, while also help to reduce hunger between meals, which can help with those nasty post drinking food binges!
Have a hard time drinking water? Try making simple water infusions using slices of cucumber, chopped mint, lemon, orange, grapefruit and strawberries. Best part – water infusions don’t add extra calories, but instead add a hint of flavor that can make it easier to drink water. In addition to water infusion, consider drinking coconut water, which is a source of natural electrolytes and minerals that can help re-hydrate you faster.
Drink at least three to four liters of water daily. And consider drinking more if you’re sitting under the sun, sweating or being active while in the heat, but especially when drinking alcohol. For every tequila shot or ounce of alcohol you consume, be sure to also have one ice-cold glass of water too!
Avoid Fatty Greasy Food
You might think downing a handful of cheesy fries and a few tacos might do the trick to cure your hangover but it won’t! Yes, fast food is loaded with salt, which no doubt you’re probably lacking from drinking, but it’s actually a better option to reach for something healthier!
For one, the reason your body is craving fast food is because your blood sugar levels can dip along with your mood from a drinking binge. When you drink the body switches to metabolize alcohol, instead of the food that’s in your system. Eating healthy food that is higher in fiber can help to stabilize your blood sugar levels, if eaten prior to drinking!
Eat a breakfast high in fiber – whole grains are a great source of detoxifying b-vitamins that can help reduce hangover symptoms. Reach for a couple of slices of whole grain toast with peanut butter, or a bowl of oatmeal with fruit or low sugar muesli instead of something sweet and sugary like pastries or processed cereals.
Fill Up on Veggies and Fruit
Eating more veggies and fruit can help increase natural sources of nutrients, vitamins and minerals that can help cleanse the body and your gut to remove toxins. If you have been skipping the healthy food, now’s the time to start filling your plate with the good stuff.
Load up on leaves – kale, spinach, and rocket, along with cruciferous veggies like broccoli and cauliflower. As for the fruit – choose high fiber low glycemic options like berries and apples, but also high water content fruit like watermelon and citrus fruit.
Green veggies contain fiber and antioxidants that can help scrub the gut and remove toxic metabolites from the body, while berries provide a high antioxidant rating that can protect the body from damage caused by poisonous toxins like alcohol. When the gut is clean, inflammation and bloating reduces, and your metabolism and even better fat burning increases! Make an effort to eat a ton of fresh fruit and veggies with as many meals as possible.