Partying time is upon us, and even the most cautious might get into a situation where we over-imbibe, and feel terrible in the morning. The first step to take is, of course, to just say "no" to too much alcohol. If that doesn't happen, there are natural ways to prevent and cure a hangover. Registered holistic nutritionist Peggy Kotsopoulos, author of Must Have Been Something I Ate (Oceanside Publishing INK, 2011) reveals some of her favorite tips:
1. My best natural hangover remedy is a "morning after" martini made with ginger and coconut water — two of the best fixes for a hangover. It also has blueberries and bananas and will re-hydrate, replenish vitamins and minerals, detox your liver and reduce the nausea that usually follows a night of indulgence. Here's the recipe:
2 1/2 cups coconut water
1 scoop Vega Whole Food Optimizer – berry
2" cube fresh ginger
1 tbsp camu camu powder
1 cup frozen blueberries
2" piece frozen banana
Squeeze of 1/2 lemon.
Directions: Add all ingredients to blender and combine thoroughly.
Why this works: Coconut water is rich in electrolytes to rehydrate and replenish, and antioxidants to prevent the free-radical damage alcohol causes. The Vega will help your liver detox and keep blood sugar balanced. Ginger relieves nausea and helps to cleanse and reduce liver inflammation. The camu camu and blueberries are rich in Vitamin C, which helps break down and metabolize blood alcohol. And the squeeze of lemon is so your liver doesn't totally hate your guts for all the abuse!
2. Before you start drinking, take some chlorella, which is green sea algae; studies in Japan have shown that it can reduce hangover by 96 percent. Also drink some coconut water before the party and before you go to bed.
3. To de-puff your face, mix together coffee grounds and extra virgin olive oil (you can even use used grounds) to make a paste, apply and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes.
Happy, holistic and healthy holidays!
Peggy Kotsopoulos is a registered holistic nutritionist and culinary consultant. She is the host of “Peggy K’s Kitchen Cures” on the Veria Network (premiering January 2013). For more information, visit www.peggyk.com.
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