4 all natural cures for hangover season
Party season is officially nigh. Cue late nights, copious canapés, Secret Santa and a whole lotta booze. The secret to a successful festive period is to get involved. Say “yes” to that elf-themed fancy dress party, let your hair down at the office shin-dig, and relish those family get-togethers because your Great Aunt Maude may actually have a thing or two to share about girl power you hadn’t thought about.
In all these scenarios, you will be meeting people, having new conversations and expanding your social world, all of which can have an enormous impact on wellbeing and self-esteem, which are fundamental to good health. So, while you can – and should – eat, drink and be merry, there are steps you can take to allay the inevitable groggy-headed, productivity- sapping next day crash.
First things first: be mindful of what you’re drinking. And by that, we mean you need to consider what your drink is mixed with. Where possible, choose a tipple which is organic, devoid of refined sugar (which can lead to inflammation and feeling even more “ugh” the next day) and free from sulphites or yeast. Drinks that tick these boxes (like gin or vodka) are more easily metabolised, and your liver is primed to deal with their effects more efficiently, meaning hangover symptoms are minimised.
There are also a host of natural measures to help avoid the worst of the hangover horribles…
One teaspoon dissolved in water of this naturally- occurring amino acid before bed will help protect your gut lining. The gut wall will have been taxed fairly heavily if you’ve been out painting the town, and consuming questionable cocktail concoctions.
DOSE UP ON POST-PARTY CURCUMIN
The active ingredient in turmeric has a proven track record of helping the liver detoxify alcohol which, in turn, helps reduce classic hangover symptoms of foggy brain and low mood. Another which can be mixed with water, it also improves hydration.
POP SOME VITAMIN C
Great for cracking down on the oxidative stress that is part and parcel of party season. To make the most of vitamin C’s powerful ability to protect against free radical damage to organs, skin, hair and brain, enjoy at least 1-2g before, during or after drinking.
Coconut water is like nature’s energy drink. Because it boasts naturally isotonic properties, it can help rehydrate the body after the most serious of festive functions, with its high sodium content encouraging the body to recover quicker for the next round…
The great thing about these Christmas miracle workers is that you can use them all at once, so you can enjoy a speedy recovery and look forward to your next soirée…