Thursday, January 12, 2012

Hangover Helpers

You might have noticed I have posted quite a few "hangover helpers", and this is not because I am a lush and party the night away (and if you are I do not judge!), but there are those times when we all wish we didn't have that last drink and wake up the next morning feeling not too bright.  So these are gf helpers to help you.

**found in InStyle Magazine December 2011 issue

One too many flutes of Champagne and you might find yourself moaning "o, Holy Night" instead of caroling it.  Here's the quickest path back to the holiday cheer.

Manage the after-hours munchies: After a few drinks, the fast-food drive-in has a strange magnetic pull.  Prepare by stocking your kitchen with the right late-night snacks.  "Drink tomato juice and eat crackers with raw honey," advises integrative dietitian Esther Blum.  The juice and honey both contain fructose, which studies have found helps the body metabolize alcohol more effectively.  Bottom line: You'll feel better in the morning, and so will your conscience.

Replenish at Breakfast

There's a reason your body craves a greasy breakfast after a night of partying.  "Fat sticks to the stomach lining, which slows down the absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream," explains Albers.  So go ahead, eat some (lightly) buttered GF toast or Quinoa pancakes or just plain pancakes.  And have a glass of orange juice to replenish depleted vitamin resources.

5 Hangover helpers.  Overdid it, did you? Try these!

Prickly pear extract: Popping the fruit extract (available at health food stores) before drinking can alleviate dry mouth and nausea.
Alka-Seltzer: Alcohol leaves the body overly acidic.  This classic bicarbonate neutralizes the stomach one fizzy bubble at a time.
Asparagus: Researchers have found that amino acids in the veggie accelerate the breakdown of alcohol, reducing the symptoms of a hangover.
B6 Vitamins: In one study, the vitamin decreased hangover severity by 50%.  B6 supplements are available at most drugstores.
Mercy Soda: Consumed before bedtime, this can offset acetaldhyde, a toxic alcohol by-product that contributes to nausea and headaches (but don't think this will taste good).

Get Up and Get Out!
Loafing around in your PJ's till the afternoon just prolongs the pain; its like pulling off a Band-Aid one excruciating millimeter at a time.  Opt for the quick rip, aka exercise.  "Physical activity floods cells with oxygen and releases mood-boosting neurotransmitters, " says exercise psychologist Heather Hausenblas.  Even a brisk 10 minute walk will help.

Enjoy! xoxo Julie

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