Preventing (And Healing!) A Holiday Hangover

The party’s over. Everyone who came brought a bottle of wine, and all you have to show for it is a collection of empties. It’s 3 am, and the kids will be up in what feels like minutes to see if Santa has arrived. Needless to say, you’re feeling less than festive.

So what can you do?

Let’s back up a few days, and start preventing (or at least mitigating) that hangover before it starts.

Drink Your Morning Lemon Water

Starting your day by squeezing 1/2 – 1 whole lemon into water (and drinking it) is a great way to keep your liver in good shape. This both hydrates you and triggers the flow of bile (and therefore toxins) out of your liver.

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Eat Some Liver-Loving Foods

Supporting your liver doesn’t have to involve crazy cleanses. There are plenty of foods that can help your liver do its job without missing out on the fun. Bitter herbs like kale, dandelion, arugula, and artichokes help increase both bile flow and the antioxidant glutathione. Beets are great for your liver, as well as spicy foods, garlic, and avocado – guacamole, anyone?

Drink Up! Water, That Is

Hydration is KEY for warding off a hangover, so start early, and hydrate often. For more tips on staying hydrated, check out THIS POST.

EAT.

It sounds like a silly thing to remind people of, but around the holidays, food seems to be an all-or-nothing situation. Getting substantial meals (ones that include both protein and fat in addition to carbs) into your body at regular intervals throughout the day will help to keep your blood sugar balanced, minimize the effect of alcohol, and help you to metabolize the alcohol once you do consume it. (Your liver’s detoxification pathways require protein to operate)


Okay, so you’ve done everything right leading up to the big party, but you’re still feeling the effects. What can you do now to stop that hangover in its tracks and still have a happy morning?

Hydrate. 

Again, it bears repeating. Water, water everywhere. Flush those toxins out of your system so you can start the day off right.

Grapefruit Juice

This one serves a double purpose – the almighty hydration, and that special trick grapefruit has of speeding up detoxification processes. If you’re on any medications (especially birth control) use caution with grapefruit – it can move medications through your system too quickly, making them less effective.

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Coconut Water

A blessing, when it comes to electrolyte replenishment. Drink it on its own, or as the base for a smoothie (with spirulina, avocado, and other lovely detoxifying foods).

EAT

Again. Getting food into you will help get your blood sugar levels back up, and help move the toxins through your system as soon as possible.

Sleep

I know it’s not always possible, especially around the holidays, but if you can get in a post-stocking nap, it will give your body a great chance to recharge.

Speaking of charging, maybe Santa forgets to bring batteries for the noisier toys this year . . . ? Do what you can, and have the happiest of holidays, from all of us here at Moberly Natural Foods.


About The Author: 
Kelly Boaz, CNP
Kelly is a holistic nutritionist, specializing in eating disorder recovery and food freedom. She is also a public speaker (TEDx King St. West, TDSB) and a writer. Learn more about Kelly, and about booking private consultations at kellyboaz.com Twitter: @kelly_boaz    Facebook: /KellyBoazDotCom