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Hangover tips for Christmas

Here are my hangover tips for Christmas!

The season to be jolly may be here, but when that means one glass too many, this can quickly turn into a not so jolly hangover.  Here are my hangover tips and some of the foods and herbs that may help:

  • Prehydrate and rehydrate! have some water before a night out, during and after…
  • Electrolytes can become disrupted following alcohol consumption, you can help to restore this by ensuring a good intake of potassium.  Coconut water is a good natural source of potassium – try having a glass before you go to bed.
  • Milk Thistle is a herbal extract with a long history of traditional use in supporting liver function.  It contains active compounds which may help to protect the liver from toxins associated with excessive alcohol consumption.
  • Magnesium is an essential mineral which is quickly depleted by alcohol too.  Magnesium has anti-inflammatory activity and so may help to reduce symptoms of a hangover. Taking a high strength magnesium supplement before an evening where you know you will be drinking alcohol may be helpful.
  • Vitamin C is depleted by alcohol which is important for your immune system.
  • B-Vitamins are also depleted by alcohol, yet these important nutrients are essential to help clear it from the body.  So it’s important to ensure you are getting extra B vitamins to avoid getting trapped in this vicious circle.
  • Antioxidants are found in brightly coloured fruits and vegetables.  A freshly made juice containing apple, carrot and beetroot with added ginger, for its natural anti-nausea effects, both hydrates and provides the body with a much-needed antioxidant hit.
  • Curcumin is a long-used natural anti-inflammatory and responsible for the bright-yellow colour of the spice turmeric.  Curcumin has been found to have significant antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Have a happy and healthful Christmas!

Champagne

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