Wellness Wednesday: 10 Ways to Ease a Hangover
It happens to the best of us: A fun night out, a few too many and the next day you’re left wondering if your evening was worth the aftereffects and torture that lie ahead. A hangover can be debilitating, but there’s no reason to let it ruin your day. Here are some natural ways to ease the pain and get you back to your normal self. Keep this handy list in your back pocket for a time in need.
Sip on Ginger Tea
Known to ease an upset stomach and provide detoxification to the body, ginger also helps alleviate nausea and headaches. Grate this powerful antioxidant into a cup of tea, and it will act as an anti-inflammatory agent in your digestive system.
Get Your Daily Dose of Vitamin B
Prevent and ease a hangover by getting your daily dose of vitamin B. Vitamin depletion goes hand in hand with drinking, and vitamin B levels get tapped out, leaving you with a less-than-pleasurable morning. Take a vitamin B complex with a tall glass of water before heading out.
Take a Detox Bath
Draw toxins out of the body and increase circulation by slipping into a warm, soothing detox bath. Add a couple of cups of Epsom salts to help remove toxins, aid in fluid retention and regulate electrolytes. A few drops of soothing essential oils will help increase relaxation.
Drink Fresh Pressed Juice
After downing sugary cocktails, your body is begging for nutrients! Full of plenty of vitamins and minerals, a fresh pressed juice made from organic fruits and vegetables will go straight into your bloodstream to help soothe your hangover immediately. Add ginger and lemon for an extra dose of detox.
Load Up on Potassium
We all know drinking leads to dehydration, but did you know it also depletes your body of potassium? Get your daily dose to avoid cramps, nausea and other hangover symptoms by loading up on potassium-rich foods such as bananas and avocados or coconut water.
This one may be a bit more difficult, depending on the state you are in, but a few simple detox yoga moves can help revive your mind and body after a long night. Gentle twists, stretches and mindful breathing can actually help process toxins while speeding up their removal from the body.
Take a Shot of Wheatgrass
Minimize symptoms by starting your morning after with a shot of wheatgrass. Rich in chlorophyll, minerals and equivalent to more than two pounds of leafy greens, it has the ability to detox the liver, restore your natural pH level and enhance the digestive process. It also acts as an energizing agent!
We naturally gravitate toward coffee for a quick morning boost, but drinking anything with caffeine will further dehydrate you, irritate your bowels and add to the stomach nausea. The goal here is to hydrate, so skip your morning cup of joe and grab the coconut water instead.
Take a Tablespoon of Honey
Add honey to your tea, a hearty acai bowl or take it by the spoonful to help heal your aches and pains. The fructose in this miracle food helps your body metabolize alcohol and prevent rapid changes in alcohol levels, which lead to headaches.
Order a Virgin Bloody Mary
Obligated to attend a morning brunch? Skip the “hair of the dog” and order a virgin Bloody Mary instead. The tomato juice in this popular drink can help replenish the body’s lost vitamins and minerals and gives a strong dose of vitamin C to boot. Putting more alcohol into your system may dull the pain temporarily, but it will come back to bite you later.
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