8 Tips to bounce back from a night of drinking
Happy new year folks! Who is ready to take on 2017? While the first of the year is generally associated with resolutions, being more health minded, proactive and starting fresh, it is often preluded with a night out of drinking and debauchery. I get it, go out with a bang, and the “diet” starts tomorrow. Oftentimes we wake up on the first of the year not feeling so refreshed and ready to tackle those new years resolutions. Here are some tried and true tips to help you turn that around, starting with less of a hangover.
Instead of just de-toxing after a night on the town, get a head start and pre-tox. Alcohol is known to deplete an array of nutrients in your body including vitamins B1, B6, B12, folic acid, zinc, magnesium and more, making you feel edgy, anxious and exhausted the day after a long night out. Having foods rich in these vitamins and minerals is a good strategy to help lessen the hangover.
- Consume magnesium-rich foods during the day: seeds (pumpkin, sunflower and sesame), raw cacao, avocado, almonds, cashews, spinach, beans, spirulina, coconut, brown rice, sweet potato, and swiss chard. Papaya, watermelon and strawberries are also good sources of magnesium and have other amazing benefits such as hydration, antioxidants, and digestive enzymes, key for feeling better the next day.
- Choose drinks with less sugar. Your best bet being liquor with water. If possible, go for organic sulphate-free wine, or clear spirits like gin or vodka mixed with sparkling water and lemon or lime.
- Eat beforehand. The golden rule of alcohol is to never drink on an empty stomach. A lot of the alcohol you consume is absorbed straight through the stomach lining. Have a hearty meal (with lots of magnesium ingredients) before going out.
- Avoid coffee on the day you’re going out. Caffeine is dehydrating, leading to a stronger hangover.
- Supplement with a B complex vitamin the day before, the day of and the morning after. Alcohol is an anti nutrient that depletes the body of nutrients trying to metabolize the alcohol out of your system, and B vitamins are hit the hardest.
- Start eating liver supportive foods in advance of a big party, ideally a week or two before. Beets, lemon, apple cider vinegar, turmeric and greens are super liver supporting.
- The morning after drinking re-inoculate your gut with healthy microbes. Eat some sauerkraut, kim chi or other fermented vegetables, drink kombucha, and take a probiotic. Drinking compromises your gut flora, eat something with beneficial bacteria.
- Stay hydrated! You don’t need me to tell you the old rule to drink one glass of water for every alcoholic drink you have, but do you ever really do it? Seriously? Remember how thirsty you woke up the last time you went out drinking? It is so much harder to come back from that than it is to just drink more water during your night out. Drink plenty of water before going out, between drinks, when you get home, just drink more water, ok?
Tip: Try soaking 1-2 tablespoons of chia seeds in your water for 10 minutes and have before, during or after your night out. Chia is powerfully hydrating and it absorbs 10x its weight in water.
Have a Happy and healthy new year friends!