Holiday Hangover

Party season is upon us! In fact, you've probably been to your fair share of holiday parties already - and with Christmas this weekend and New Year's Eve next weekend, it's looking like the fun will continue! My favorite part about this time of year is getting all dressed up and spending a night out with friends and family. Sparkly dresses are completely acceptable attire. Velvet is encouraged. Red lipstick is mandatory. It is a fun time to be a girl! My least favorite part about this time of year are the inevitable hangovers after a night of revelry and a bit too much of what you fancy. This is not just limited to alcohol either - an excess of food and sugar can give you a hangover as well. It all comes down to added pressure on your liver, which is trying to keep with the extra demand placed on it with excessive glasses of champagne.

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While everyone seems to have their chosen hangover remedy or "cure", it's important to note that we all react differently to what we put in our bodies. A greasy breakfast might work for one person but be completely out of the question to another. Same goes for "hair of the dog", which I wouldn't recommend at all!

However, if you're feeling the effects of an indulgent night, why not try some of these natural relievers... and at the end of the post is a recipe for what I'm calling the Morning After Smoothie - sure to help you feel human again!

Hangover Remedies

  • Milk Thistle - a powerful liver protector, milk thistle liquid drops either directly on your tongue or dissolved in a glass of water before you go to bed and in the morning will boost your liver function.
  • Cat's Claw tea - a wonderfully anti-inflammatory and antioxidant herb, cat's claw is a favorite healer among the Amazonian jungle tribes. Enjoy a cup with a teaspoon of raw honey and a squeeze of fresh orange juice.
  • Bananas - to bring your blood sugar back up and to restore your potassium levels.
  • Ginger - nausea is a common hangover symptom and ginger is a potent cure. The Morning After Smoothie below contains some freshly grated ginger, but if you're after something even more immediate, a couple of thin slices in a mug of hot water will do the trick.
  • Coconut water - if pure water isn't cutting it in the rehydration department, coconut water will sort you out in a heartbeat!
  • Yoga - exercise is probably the last thing on your mind if you're feeling headachey and bloated, but a few sun salutations will shift your energy and your mind and help you kickstart the detoxification process (speaking of detox....)
  • B complex - an overall health booster, taking a vitamin B complex either the night before or the morning after will rejuvenate your body naturally.
  • Aromatherapy - depending on your sense of smell and how this affects your body, you may really benefit from some aromatherapy when you're feeling rough after a heavy night. Lavender will soothe a stressed out system, while peppermint will invigorate better than the strongest cup of coffee!

The Morning After Smoothie

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Serves 1

The particulars:

  • 1 cup probiotic yogurt (cow, goat, sheep)
  • 1⁄2 cup frozen berries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 small piece of root ginger, grated
  • Water, for smoothness
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy! Top with a few goji berries for crunch.