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Stuff the hangover this year

drunkA hangover is a side effect of Alcohol consumption that causes a disruption to your mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. These disruptors can include headaches, a poor sense of wellbeing, constipation or diarrhoea, fatigue, sleepiness, nausea, dizziness, emotional imbalances and aggression.

A hangover means your body is dehydrated. It craves potassium, natural sugars and other vital vitamins and minerals. Here are a few Natural Remedies that could help you reduce the side effects of alcohol and help your body to recover quicker.

Coconut Water
Try coconut water as means to prevent a hangover from happening in the first place. Drinking coconut water before, during (try using it in mixed drinks) and even right before crashing out can help replace vital nutrients. Coconut water contains valuable electrolytes of sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium and phosphate.

Tiger Balm
I really love this stuff…Tiger Balm is a popular topical ointment used traditionally in Asia as a multi-purpose remedy. It is blended from camphor, menthol, cajuput oil and clove oil and is known for its analgesic and blood flow promoting properties. It is not made for hangovers, but it is one of the best topical headache cures around. Dab the potent salve on the back of your neck and temples, then sit back and relax.

The ancient healing practice of Reflexology is a known remedy for many ailments, hangovers included. It will help to rub your aches and pains away while assisting to speed up liver detoxification. Make sure you have your Reflexology treatment booked the day after your Christmas Party!

Wheatgrass is a natural detoxifier. It is said to cleanse the body’s blood and water, whilst hydrating and energizing the cells. The chlorophyll in wheatgrass helps clear your insides out, naturally deodorising, maintaining pH balance, healing the intestines, and delivering powerful antioxidants and enzymes to support the body both inside and out. Drink a glass at the end of the night for instant detoxifying and hydration and again in the morning.

You might have heard that bananas are favoured by athletes because they contain potassium and it’s that same reason that makes them great hangover cures. When you’re hung-over, your body has lost a lot of potassium that needs to be replenished, so eating a banana when you wake up will provide much needed relief. Or, if you’re still able to stand to eat one after you get home from drinking, having a banana before you pass out will help start your recovery even sooner.

Honey is one of those miracle foods that has so many applications and helping hangovers is one of them! The fructose in the yummy honey helps your body metabolize the alcohol and it also contains potassium, just like bananas.

If you’re on a low-carb diet, ditch it just for today. One of the best ways to stop that queasy feeling is to go against what your body is telling you and eat something, preferably a healthy portion of carbs to soak up all of that alcohol in your stomach. It’s best to go with something bland like bread and butter or plain pasta.

There’s a reason why people love drinking Bloody Marys the day after going on a bender – it’s rich in the vitamins, minerals and enzymes that the booze robs your body of and it contains fructose which aids in metabolising alcohol in your system. One way to stop the room from spinning is to drink some tomato juice mixed with a little cayenne pepper, sugar, and lime

Sorry, I know I go on about Water but I really could not compile a natural hangover cure list without including good old H20. It’s tried and tested and it will work especially if you include some of the other remedies above. Try and drink one glass of water for every glass of alcohol or even alternate your drinks with water when you’re at the party!!
Have a good Christmas everyone and remember to drink responsibly and never drink and drive!

For more information about this article, Naturopathic advice or Allergy Testing contact Jules Button (BSc) Email: jules@rainbowapothecary.co.uk or call 01394 386777 or pop into Rainbow Apothecary 6E Church Street Woodbridge IP12 1DH


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