How To Drink Responsibly: Your Guide To Healing Your Body After a Night of Drinking
Most people who know me know that I don’t drink alcohol very often. I do enjoy wine, beer and champagne and after living in France for a while, I really grew a healthy appreciation for drinking these delicious treats.
Now just because I enjoy them doesn’t mean that I over-drink all of the time, but I do think that as long as you are not going through a specific cleanse (i.e. the candida cleanse which forbids sugar and alcohol) enjoying a glass here or there is part of a healthy lifestyle. Alcohol itself doesn’t have very many health benefits, but we usually drink when we’re in a social environment, dancing and having fun which is another dimension of health in itself.
This past weekend was World Pride in Toronto and I couldn’t miss out on the perfect opportunity to have a ton of fun with my best friends and really enjoy an entire day full of dancing, partying and…drinking. After all, this kind of event doesn’t happen very often.
In the past six months, the most I ever have had to drink is one 1/2 pint of beer at a time and maximum once every two weeks but yesterday I enjoyed more than just one or two and I still feel great today, the day after. My body still feels healthy and I didn’t suffer the effects of a dreaded hangover…the headache, the nausea, the fatigue. No.
Here are some tips to get back on your feet the next morning:
1) Make a probiotic breakfast
Beer contributes to growing unhealthy bacteria in our gut which leads to that awful beer belly, bloating and digestive upset the next few days. Probiotics can help counteract the effects of this. By infiltrating the gut with healthy bacteria, they can overpower the bad guys and create bacterial harmony. I wrote a whole article on probiotics a couple of weeks ago so be sure to check it out here.
The probiotic food (or fermented food) that I like at breakfast is kefir. It tastes like yogurt except it more liquid in consistency and it has billions upon billions of multiple strains of healthy bacteria. It’s almost equivalent to taking a probiotic capsule. Also, people who are lactose intolerant may be able to enjoy this as well (as it’s a dairy product) because the fermentation process really eats away a lot of those hard-to-digest lactose sugars.
I top the kefir with raw honey for a little sweetness and some fresh seasonal fruit just to make it that much more delicious and healthy.
2) Add some food to settle the tummy
I find that there are some foods that I can count on to help settle my upset stomach when I’m feeling a little nauseous. I prefer a high quality organic sprouted whole grain bread like this Ezekiel brand that you can find at most organic grocers. I top it with almond butter for a little protein to make it a complete meal.
3) Lemon water and water in general
A glass of water with 1/2 of a lemon squeezed into it is gently detoxifying to your liver…the organ that has to filter all of that alcohol through it. The lemon water also gently cleanses the kidneys, the organ that filters your blood.
Also just drink a bunch of water. For every serving of alcohol we drink we should have double that amount of water. So if we drink a pint of beer we should drink a litre of water (drink water over time, don’t just chug a litre of water). If you drink more alcohol than that, then drink more water. It doesn’t have to be immediately, but throughout the night and into the next morning, try to restore your liquid reserves.
I have a few superfoods in my nutrition toolbox to help me feel not just okay but amazing the next day. These are:
- A trace mineral supplement: I like the taste and composition of Liquid Light by Sunwarrior. There is also ConcenTrace that works well and does the same thing which you can get at health food stores. These liquid mineral supplements replace the electrolytes we lose when we drink alcohol and dance a lot. Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning that it stimulates our body to release the extra water…dehydrating us. Sweating also can have us becoming dehydrated very rapidly. When our electrolyte balance is off in the body, we get headaches, dizziness and other unpleasant effects.
- Liquid Chlorophyll: I really can’t do without this product in my fridge at all times. It’s my go to superfood when I’m feeling a little under the weather or tired. It is full of B vitamins which help with any stress put on the body, and also for the liver and metabolism in general. It is also an antioxidant and very cleansing to the body.
And there you have it. Try this out the next time you want to party until the sun comes out!
Do you have any secret after-drinking elixirs that make you feel better?