St. Patrick’s day is almost here and this year, it’s on a Friday! Whether you’re celebrating by turning your morning smoothie green with a handful of spinach, or indulging in green beers, here are some hangover cures that also double as healthy pick-me-ups. Hydration After a night, or day, of drinking, (or exercise) it’s important to rehydrate your body. Electrolytes are full of essential minerals and nutrients like sodium, magnesium and potassium, all of which are vital for rehydrating and retaining fluids. But before you reach for that Gatorade try opting for more natural electrolyte sources! Coconut water Coconut water comes from the inside of young coconuts and is high in potassium – a key electrolyte replacement! Electrolyte packets Electrolyte packets hold a majority of the essential vitamins and minerals that are needed for helping your body regulate hydration. They’re also easily absorbed! Old school hydration: Water Simple, but effective, drinking lots of water will help push out the alcohol and re-hydrate your body. Detox Lemon, honey and water Lemon water mixed with honey is a gentle, yet powerful detoxification agent. The mixture helps to neutralize toxins and also has a diuretic effect that helps flush out the toxins. Honey is also antibacterial, helping fight off any weird germs you may of come in contact with during your St. Patty’s adventure. Chlorella Chlorella is an algae known for its detox powers. The cells that make up chlorella bind with toxins, even heavy metals, in the body and then push them out. The chlorella cells can actually tell the difference between toxins and nutrients, only getting rid of the bad, while keeping the good! Activated Charcoal Coconut activated charcoal has been used for centuries across the world to help absorb toxins from the body. While it won’t absorb the alcohol, it will bind to and speed up the removal of the toxins from alcohol at a faster rate from the body, helping you feel better in a shorter amount of time. Detox Bath Try taking a hot bath with mineral or epsom salts and essential oils. Mineral and epsom salts help aid in the detoxification process of the body, while essential oils, like peppermint, help ease headaches and help relaxation. Milk Thistle Milk thistle can be taken either before or after a night of partying to help prevent damage to the liver. It contains silymarin and silybin, both powerful antioxidants known for helping to protect the liver from toxins. Spice It’s getting hot in here! Hot spices like cayenne and chilli will help make you sweat out the toxins from the night before, and help with digestion. If your digestion is backed up, it will contribute to hangover symptoms, like tiredness, headaches and nausea. Including a lil spice will help push out the toxins, helping you feel better, faster! Hangover Elixir Juice from 1 Lemon 1 Tablespoon of honey 4 cups of water 2 capsules of activated charcoal, opened into water ¼ teaspoon of cayenne or chili pepper Mix all ingredients and drink gradually! Inflammation Bee Propolis Bee propolis is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and it’s antioxidative properties even helps fight off damage caused by stress on the body. And guess what, hangovers = big stressor for your body! By spraying bee propolis, your body will help prevent damage! You can even spray before you go out to help protect your body. Turmeric Turmeric is a natural pain and inflammation fighter! Thanks to a chemical compound called curcumin, turmeric is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antifungal, and antibacterial. This includes the inflammation caused by alcohol! Make sure to include black pepper with your turmeric to make sure the chemical compound is bioavailable for the body. Brain Fog Rid yourself of the haze of a hangover with two simple ingredients. Royal jelly Royal jelly is the exclusive food of the queen. For us humans, it’s said to be beneficial for our brain’s function. It’s one of the only natural source of pure acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that helps the brain work. High levels of acetylcholine have been linked to improved thought, memory and overall cognition! Lion’s Mane Lion’s mane is a nootropic that’s growing in popularity.. If you’re not familiar with nootropics, they’re supplements that enhance your brain’s function. Lion’s mane has been shown to improve memory, creativity, and help support concentration. The active compounds in lion’s mane are hericenones and erinacines, which are shown to stimulate the nerve growth factors. NGF are essential for brain health! No matter what you have planned this St. Patrick’s Day, we hope you get lucky and spend the rest of your weekend hangover free! Round two anyone?
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