The holiday season is upon us. The most wonderful time of the year, for a beer!
Where time flies when we’re having rum. And the best wines are the ones we drink with friends and family.
And should your cup of holiday cheer runneth over, and over, and over, here are some strategies to help maneuver your way back to yourself.
Before you imbibe, here’s what they prescribe.
- Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate. Make sure you are sufficiently hydrated beforehand.
- Eat before you drink. An empty stomach speeds up the absorption rate of alcohol.
- Load up on vitamin C and B. Alcohol quickly uses up your vitamins, so pop some extra nutrition to reduce the stress that alcohol puts on your liver.
- Add a splash of transdermal magnesium. Alcohol particularly depletes this nutrient. And many of us are already deficient in this mineral, which can be a double whammy. Here is my favorite kind.
- Take a shot of olive oil before you start drinking to prevent a hangover. People are absolutely convinced that “it guards against killer, can’t-get-out-of-bed, bring-me-coffee-stat hangovers.”
For your health, stay top shelf.
- Avoid “cheap” booze if you can. It can cause a hangover all by itself compared to its higher quality counterpart, and here’s why. So pay attention to the quality of your alcohol. Inexpensive liquor usually equates to low quality alcohol, but not always. So, get to know the caliber of your drink. And yes, it’s usually a little more pricey. But you’re totally worth it! And your body will be oh-so-grateful the next day.
- Stay clear. As a general rule, clear liquors such as vodka, rum, tequila, gin, and white wine have less congeners than their darker colored cousins, like brandy, whiskey, and red wine. Fewer congeners = less severe hangovers. Bonus!
- Drink a glass of water for every glass of liquor, to help dilute the alcohol and prevent dehydration.
- Eat while you drink to slow down the rate of alcohol absorption.
- Consider taking activated charcoal. It can help mitigate the effects of drinking. Taking 1 – 2 capsules of charcoal can help absorb some of the alcohol before the negative effects can occur. It’s easy to find at your local drug store, or my personal favorite can be found here.
- Stop drinking when you feel buzzed. That feeling is an indication that your body’s detoxification system is getting overwhelmed. Either pause for a while and drink water, or completely stop for the rest of the day.
- Drink some coconut water, or another electrolyte drink, plus an extra glass of plain water before you go to bed, to help keep a hangover at bay the next day.
Whoops! Hammered by a hangover?
Don’t seek out the hair of the (downward) dog, instead check out these awesome holiday hangover helpers:
- Grease is not the answer. So opt out of fried bacon and eggs.
- Drink a hot mug of bone broth for it’s electrolyte and mineral replacing nutrients.
- Drink electrolyte-replacing beverages.
- Take vitamin C to help support your liver and replenish this alcohol-ravaged vitamin.
- Add back your B vitamins.
- Take a good dose of magnesium.
- Coffee won’t help sober you up, but it can shrink and reduce the swelling in your blood vessels that contribute to a hangover headache. So it’s worth brewing up a cup.
- Check out The Ultimate Hangover Cure. This Virgin Bloody Mary Detox Smoothie is packed with valuable replenishing nutrients. or try Tori’s Green Juice for an extra boost.
- For some extra tips, Hangover Hacks You Can Hang Your Hat On, is a great article and a quick read by Dr. Joseph Mercola.
The problem with alcohol:
It never gives as good as it gets, nutritionally speaking.
So in general, load up on your multi-vitamins, magnesium, potassium, and electrolytes.
And as always, your local Bikram Yoga Studio will be happily waiting for you, ready to help detoxify that holiday cup of cheer that flowed so abundantly the night before.
In wine there is wisdom
In beer there is freedom
In water there is bacteria
’Tis the Season — Cheers!
This article was contributed by Jane Hill – fierce Bikram Yogi, lover of all things natural, and my best yoga buddy. Look for more articles by Jane in the Off the Mat Chats section of Views From the Podium!