How to Reduce a Hangover

healthy living Mar 16, 2022

Uh-oh. Raised a glass…or two…or three of party cheer? Here’s how to deal with the consequences.

Note: Alcohol is very toxic to the brain, heart, liver, pancreas, and is a leading driver of inflammation and Cancer. I do not recommend drinking but wanted to provide solutions if you choose to indulge occasionally.

Since alcohol is a diuretic, it causes your brain to shrink in volume and explains that throbbing headache, dry mouth and even moodiness. Alcohol may spike dopamine in the moment but can wreak havoc on your mood the next day- dubbed as hangxiety. This disruption also impacts the quality of your sleep, resulting in interrupted, restless sleep.

Joyce Brothers once said, “Shopping on credit is much like being drunk. The buzz happens immediately and gives you a lift...The hangover comes the day after.” Instead of holding your head and moaning the morning after, these quick and easy foods will help prevent the pain of overindulgence.


Problem: Headache

Solution: Stay hydrated. Water allows your brain to function at optimal levels, which will help alleviate symptoms. Alcohol also impacts the pituitary gland, a hormone that causes kidneys to reabsorb water and electrolytes. Make sure your electrolyte drink choices are free of refined sugar! Enjoy the electrolyte rich juice called the Jolly Roger.

Problem: Feeling Toxic

Solution: Detox your liver. Fresh juice i.e. parsley, cucumber and celery juice is a great morning-after cocktail that helps the liver process and flush alcohol. Parsley is the real powerhouse cleaner. Detoxifying green drinks, which are packed with supportive B-vitamins and minerals, will also ease jangled nerves. Enjoy the electrolyte rich juice called the Jolly Roger.

Problem: Low Blood Sugar and Fatigue

Solution: Choose this easy-to-digest Baked Porridge in a Jar sprinkled with lots of cinnamon. This provides B vitamins and potassium to rebalance your electrolytes. The fibre, protein and cinnamon all help to stabilize your blood sugar. You can cut cravings and regain your energy with this hearty breakfast.

Problem: Sore Stomach and Diarrhea

Solution: Protect your tummy with probiotic vegetables. They contain good bacteria that help replenish the lining in your digestive tract. When your Good Troops are in position your movements are all smooth. Ginger has been shown to be reduce symptoms of nausea. Try the awesome Friendly Fried Rice that is easy to digest!

Problem: Swollen Puffy Eyes and Stiffness All Over

Solution: Berries, pineapple and papaya are rich sources of protein-digesting enzymes like bromelain, which reduce swelling and inflammation. If you’re going to an office party, consider eating fresh-cut pineapple as a pre-event appetizer. It is good to eat enough that you start to get that tingle from the enzymes working. A 1/2 cup serving is enough to get the enzymes flowing! Enjoy the Friendly Fried Rice as a perfect digestive balancing meal!

Tips to keep in mind to minimize alcohol impact while you’re out:

- Drink 2 glasses of water for every glass of alcohol as alcohol dehydrates the body.

- Spike each drink with a few squeezes of fresh lemon or lime juice. These citruses help the liver clear alcohol from your system.

- Make your wine into a spritzer by adding sparkling water and get more mileage out of every drink and minimize the amount of alcohol you take in.

- Please don't skip meals to allow for drinks. Alcohol lowers blood sugar levels (it prevents sugar that is normally stored in the liver as glycogen, from breaking down). A drop in blood sugar levels sends signals to the brain you are hungry. With alcohol in your system, willpower can go out of the window and the snack attacks kick in. Before you go out, eat a proper meal to line your stomach and slow the rate at which alcohol absorbs into your bloodstream.

For a great self-care beverage, be sure to check out the recipe for my Jolly Roger Juice.

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