Give Your Hangover the BOOT in 4 Steps

Have you ever had a night when you drank way too much alcohol?? And you’ve told yourself “I am never doing this again!”?? But it happens again. Maybe not as severe as that one night but it still happens! It’s a part of our society. Regardless of your age, educational achievements or professional accolades social drinking is an acceptable part of our culture.

I’m not going to tell you to refuse to drink alcohol because absolute restrictions don’t work. I will tell you that it is best to exercise moderation - but that is not surprising because moderation is something that is to be exercised for everything. I will let you in on what’s going on in your body when you experience a hangover and what foods you need to eat in order to kiss your hangover bah-bye!!

So you have a hangover - this is what’s really going on in your body.

  • Rampant inflammation

  • Varying degrees of dehydration (you already knew that one!)

  • Gastro-intestinal symptoms - nausea to vomiting to stomach aches etc

  • Mineral and electrolyte imbalances

  • Dilation of your blood vessels, causing headaches and flushing of your skin

  • Exhaustion due to inadequate sleep and/or poor quality sleep

A quick science lesson - alcohol is metabolized in two stages. In the 1st stage the alcohol (ethanol) is metabolized by a group of enzymes into acetaldehyde, which is a toxic and carcinogenic substance. In the 2nd stage, the acetaldehyde is broken down into acetate, which is harmless. Some people, like those of Asian and American Indian ancestry, may have more difficulty with the 2nd part of the process - hence the “Asian Flush” some of your friends may joke about.

Now you have a hangover! Take these steps to significantly lessen or cure your hangover. This is my tried and true method.

  1. Eat up Healthy Fats! Organic, cage-free eggs and avocados are my Go To foods for this.

  2. Greens - Lots and lots of fresh, organic green veggies to aid your liver in detoxifying your body. Fresh smoothies with lots of kale and spinach or add swiss chard and spinach to your omelette! The greens have lots of vitamins and minerals, which your body needs to restore itself.

  3. Kombucha - it’s a fermented tea beverage that is loaded with probiotics, antioxidants, enzymes and B vitamins. Remember the goal when you’re hungover is to restore and replenish and your tummy needs this!

  4. Water - lots and lots of water with organic lemons squeezed into it! The lemons aid your body in detoxification and boost hydration.

The combination of these 4 things will have you feeling good as new and you will still remain on the right path to achieving your health and wellness goals! How does it get better than that?? :)

Eat this… (In the above picture I chose to fry/poach the eggs instead of making them frittata style - if you choose this method cook for 10 minutes or until the yolk is cooked to your liking. Either version is delicious!)

Swiss Chard & Spinach Frittata

1 bunch organic swiss chard, chopped coarsely

1 bunch organic spinach, chopped

½ onion, diced

4 eggs, organic and cage-free

Himalayan sea salt, to taste

1 tbsp coconut oil

4-5 slices, organic fresh mozzarella cheese (optional)

½ avocado

=>Start by warming the coconut oil over medium heat in a 10” frying pan. Add the onions with a pinch of Himalayan Sea Salt. When the onions are getting translucent, add the swiss chard and cook it down for ~2 minutes. Add the spinach and cook it down for another 1-2 minutes. (It will look like a lot of greens but it will cook down nicely) Sprinkle the remaining Himalayan sea salt to taste. In a large bowl, beat the eggs well. Add the eggs over the greens. (Add the fresh mozzarella cheese, if you’re choosing to use it) Cover and lower the heat to low-medium setting. Cook for 15-20 minutes (until the frittata rises). Portion out or slide the entire frittata onto a large plate. Garnish with ½ avocado, more if you prefer. This recipe can feed 1-2 people, depending on how hungry the people. Enjoy!!    

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Health starts in your Gut

There are lots of factors that play a role in losing weight and keeping it off. One of them has to do with the friendly bacteria in your gut! These microscopic guys are essential for proper digestion and the assimilation of nutrients. When we eat highly processed, nutritionally deficient and chemically-laden foods we destroy the environment in our digestive system! And we gain weight, find it hard to lose weight and feel groggy, tired and irritable. A healthy gut also helps keep our skin clear and glow-y. I have seen this time and again with myself and my clients. For myself, when I slack on my daily probiotic regimen I start getting irregular, bloated and my skin starts to look less vibrant. That’s when I know I have to get right back on the proverbial horse! And I do. Health and wellbeing is process and your daily health regimen is what makes it happen.

Some benefits of daily probiotic use:

  • Boosts your immune system (and wards off infections)

  • Improves women’s vaginal health - like the gut bacteria, balance is key to the health of our lady parts.

  • Improves gastrointestinal health - a healthy balance of gut bacteria is essential for the proper breakdown and absorption of the foods we eat. Healthy gut bacteria can also help with IBS, cramps, bloating, diarrhea, etc.

  • Maintains urinary tract health

  • Obesity - yes that too! Preliminary research has shown that probiotics can help obese people maintain weight loss after weight loss surgery and Stanford researchers have found that obese people have different gut bacteria than normal weight people.  

What to look for?? You want high CFUs (Colony Forming Units) because this tells you how rich in probiotics a food actually is, unpasteurized or fermented foods.

Unpasteurized probiotic-rich foods:

  • Kefir

  • Miso

  • Tempeh

  • Blue Algae (can be bought refrigerated and you can add it to your morning smoothies)

  • Kimchi

  • Kombucha Tea

  • Sauerkraut - make sure this is raw, organic

  • Pickles - again, raw & organic

  • Plain, unflavored, organic yogurt

  • Fresh, refrigerated probiotic supplements

When buying probiotic food products make sure you read your ingredient labels! Make sure that the sugar and fat content is within reason. 4 grams = 1 teaspoon of sugar. Look for it to be organic too! You don’t want your healthy probiotics to be laced with toxins. Kinda defeats the purpose no?? I do my best to take 1 high quality probiotic supplement, drink 1 organic goat milk kefir  and/or 1 raw kombucha tea every day. I notice that when I do at least 2 of these my tummy is happy (and not bloated) and my skin looks great! Every system in your body is interrelated and interconnected so help your body out and nourish it with high quality foods!

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