July 3, 2014 4 minute read
Day one begins with Riptide by Vance Joy and a few gin and tonics. Bombay Sapphire, of course. Day two begins with coffee – black – a foggy brain, and then maybe a bit of hair from that blasted dog that bit you. Only, that hair “accidently” turns into about ten. Day three begins with a pounding headache that, against all reason, won’t go away without a sip of rosé. So on and so forth. Hello, July! The Canada Day long weekend has come and gone, and Independence Day is just around the corner. What do these celebrations have in common? An excuse to drink. A lot. Too much. But I know, it’s all in the name of patriotism, right? So for my Canadian friends coming off a weeklong bender, I’ve got some tips to help you nurse that hangover – which is probably still looming. American friends, you will get your turn.
1. Take a vitamin elixir. You want some vitamin C and D, some vitamin B12, some magnesium and some potassium. Vitamin C will help act as an antioxidant and counteract alcohol byproducts like acetaldehyde and malondialdehyde. Vitamin D will work to help bring your blood sugar levels back up to normal, because your liver is really too busy trying to match you shot for shot to produce any glucose. Vitamin B12 (aka cobalamin) is vital for brain and nervous system functioning, both of which are probably a bit sluggish right now. Magnesium will help the alcohol dehydrogenase enzyme that breaks down alcohol and eliminates it from the body. Potassium will help to replenish your electrolyte balance, because it’s way off kilter. In the future, Emergen-C is a great pre-drinking vitamin booster.
2. Go for a run. There’s nothing better than feeling productive after a blurry week. A good jog and a good sweat makes for the perfect hangover relief, you just have to work for it. Don’t go crazy – I would say go to Bikram Yoga, but I’m not sure that you that have many fluids left to lose.
3. Drink water. Alcohol is a diuretic, so you’re definitely dehydrated. Aside from hooking yourself up to an IV after (that thought has come up once or twice in my day), drinking water and replenishing your electrolytes are the next best thing. The best tip I can give you is to drink a glass of water for every alcoholic beverage. It’s too late for you red and white flag wavers, but keep this one in mind as you prepare for your next binge. Until then you should replenish your fluids with a dose of coconut water and a gallon of water.
4. Carbo-load. After a big night (or six) your blood sugar is low, and as I just mentioned, your liver is too busy metabolizing alcohol to produce any glucose. Eating some complex carbs is a great way to bring those blood sugar levels back up quickly. A bowl of oatmeal is an excellent option.
5. Dry brush. Stimulate that lymph and help out your body’s fundamental immunity caretaker.
6. Green juice. I beat this topic to death, but a good veggie-based juice is an excellent way to get (much needed, at this point) essential vitamins into your diet. Aside from avoiding the bender all together, minerals and amino acids that will protect your liver from toxins are crucial for aiding to prevent long-term damage. Try a pure kale, lemon and ginger juice. Ginger will also help to soothe your upset stomach.
7. Clay mask. Your face needs a good ‘ol detox too, pull the toxins out with a clay based product. I like to bring out the big guns and use my Clarisonic Mia 2, $180 to cleanse with my CeraVe before applying post-drinking treatments. Then I reach for my Fresh Umbrian Clay Mask, $57. A classic clay mask that will never run out. I seriously haven’t repurchased this in about two years, is that bad? Anyways, this mask has a high concentration of Umbrian Clay, which has supreme anti-inflammatory and absorbent properties.