How many times have you uttered “I’m never drinking again…” while feeling so sick to your stomach that even the idea of alcohol ever touching your tongue again makes your stomach turn. Worse than feeling awful, hangovers can actually wreak havoc on your immune system, digestive track and organ function. Instead of feeling sorry for yourself the day after, eat and drink these BEFORE, DURING, and AFTER (but before you go to sleep) to avoid the post-alcohol pain.
Drink Organic Alcohol
The grapes and grains used to produce many of your favorite alcoholic beverages are doused in chemicals during the growing process. Those chemicals then seep into the ground, polluting the soil and water, and become ingrained in the makeup of the grape and grain themselves (think about a daisy that you put into a vase filled with blue food-coloring-infused water… the once white daisy turns blue). Beyond the kind of disgusting concept of guzzling chemicals, according to some naturopathic doctors, drinking organic spirits is less taxing on the liver and, because the function of the liver is basic detoxification, that means that drinking organic spirits can help your liver pump out the alcohol faster. The easier it is for the liver to digest, the less likely it is that you will be bedded the next day by a hangover.
Endure the Pee Smell and Eat Asparagus Anyway
Yes, for many of us, asparagus turns the scent of pee into something wholly ungodly thanks to a sulfuric compound called mercaptain (also found in onions, garlic, rotten eggs, and skunk spray). However, it’s been studied (poor scientists) and proven that the pungent fibrous plant can also curb hangover symptoms. The high concentration of amino acids produce enzymes that help to accelerate the breakdown of ethanol (the active ingredient in alcohol that creates the hangover as well as the toxic effects on the liver). Eat asparagus before, during (as in, with dinner), or after drinking (but before bed) to help decrease your chances of being hit hard by the hangover stick.
Down Copious Amounts of Water Before Bed… no matter how sober you “think” you are
I know you know, but sometimes in a drunken stupor we are able to talk ourselves out of drinking those much needed glasses of water before bed, believing that “I’m fine…” Downing water before, during, and after drinking helps dilute the alcohol, making the toxins move through the liver in less concentrated force, allowing more time for the ethanol to be broken down, resulting in a less torturous hangover. Try to:
-Drink an entire glass of water between every alcoholic beverage.
-Order your drinks “on the rocks” then make sure to crunch and swallow all the ice before moving onto the next.
-Before falling asleep, drink as many glasses of water as you consumed alcoholic drinks throughout evening.
Finish Your Night With A Shot… of Wheatgrass
Considered a “life sustaining food,” the chlorophyll in wheatgrass helps clear your insides out, naturally deodorizing, maintaining pH balance, healing the intestines, and delivering powerful antioxidants and enzymes to support the body both inside and out. Enzymes help break down and clear out toxins from the liver, which nips hangover symptoms in the bud! Drink a glass of the green stuff at the end of the night for instant detoxifying and hydration, then again the morning after to further detox and energize.
Mix Up A Tomato/Cayenne Chaser
Water is great, but tomato juice with cayenne pepper, sugar, and lime should also be added to the hydration options. The kooky concoction helps replenish electrolytes and get blood sugar back on track. No tomato juice in the house? Try a glass of water with a dash of salt, sugar, cayenne, and a squeeze of lime both before bed and immediately upon waking up.
Drink Orange Juice BEFORE Bed
Forget the midnight stop to Denny’s for breakfast (really… do you need all of those calories?) and instead just go straight for the OJ. The Vitamin C helps your liver break down alcohol and flush it out of your body faster. Plus you’re hydrating yourself even more, and every drop of a non-alcoholic beverage before bed helps!
If You’re Sober “Enough,” Blend A Honey & Yogurt Smoothie
If you’re sober enough to work household appliances…make this smoothie before bed:
-3 tablespoons of Honey (the fructose speeds up the breakdown of alcohol in your liver)
-1 cup Greek Yogurt (the enzymes break down alcohol without the high sugar content of other yogurts)
-1 cup Orange Juice (the Vitamin C helps to break down alcohol)
Don’t think you’re going to remember all of the above when in a drunken, alcohol-induced delirium? Write it down and post it in your pantry, or wherever else you tend to look after a late night of overdoing it…