Wait whaaaaaat? Oh yeah, we’re talking about drinking today. I’m not perfect. I don’t waltz through life eating kale salad and drinking green juice 24/7. Oh hecks no! Ya girl loves a chilled glass of pinot on a Sunday (or two). I wouldn’t say it’s all about “balance” or “moderation.” It’s about what works for YOU. And if a vodka soda with your bffs works within your personal health journey, more power to you!
I created this article because I had a really unhealthy relationship with alcohol. Being 21, binge drinking and crazy nights are practiced religiously. But it debilitated my body’s ability to heal and detox effectively. One night of drinking quickly turned into another, and another…and another. My health quickly plummeted and fell into poor self-care practices.
So it’s safe to say I’ve learned a few things about how to recover from a night out. And more importantly, how to prepare for it. In fact, I just came back from a winery visit and feel freaking fab! Hence why I’m writing this blog post.
Hold up though. Before poppin’ bottles, lets address something. Alcohol is NOT good for you. No matter what the new study on Facebook says about red wine, it’s no super-food. Whether binge drinking for a night or just the casual couple glasses before bed, the body is being compromised. I’m definitely not advocating alcohol, but there are certain eating habits, supplements and techniques we can utilize to lessen the damage. Cause let’s face it, most people drink. And that’s okay. Let’s get to prepping!
Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate
I can’t stress this enough. If you’re going out Friday night with the girls (or guys), I’d start chugging H2O Friday morning. Okay so don’t chug..that’s not good for anyone. But make sure you consume OVER half your body weight in ounces of water before the drinking starts. Also, add a sprinkle of Himalayan salt to each glass so electrolytes are steady. Alcohol severely dehydrates the body, and out goes all the electrolytes with it! Of course, keep drinking water while drinking too. 8 oz a per alcoholic drink preferably.
Eat Fat, Not Carbs
We’ve all heard that eating starchy foods and bread can help “soak up” the alcohol we're consuming. First of all, that’s not true. Even if it was, alcohol doesn’t just disappear once “soaked up” by all that bread. The body still has to process it AND the carbs. This creates mega stress on the liver and pancreas. Want to really minimize your hangover? EAT FAT. Eating a satiating meal full of healthy saturated fats, protein and minimal carbs from veggies keeps blood sugar levels at bay. Then preventing a roller coaster of blood sugar highs and lows through the drinking process. Ever feel shaky, cranky, irritable and snappy while hungover? The alcohol & food you ate with it most likely resulted in hypoglycemia. And now you feel like crap. Womp.
Cut the Sugar
Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but that strawberry mojito and skinny marg you love so much can really cramp your style. Alcohol already causes blood sugar spikes, then pair that with boat loads of sugar syrup and you got yourself a hot mess! Sugar + alcohol = stress on the liver & pancreas. Just as carbs does, only worse. Stick to this simple drink formula. Clear liquor + soda water + citrus. Vodka soda with lime… or gin and club soda with grapefruit (oh ya that’s good). Try adding bitters or fresh herbs for more flavor!
B Vitamins & Glutathione
Excess alcohol consumption results in a loss of water-soluble B vitamins. This causes lethargy, headaches, disorientation, impaired detoxification and so much more. Taking a quality multi B vitamin in the morning, and right before bed after the big night out can prevent this depletion.
Glutathione is an antioxidant that directly affects the processing of alcohol in the liver. The more glutathione a person produces, the more effectively they will break down and excrete the alcohol and its by products. Take a glutathione supplement before bed to help your liver along!
My Magic Bed Time Elixir
This drink is amazing for health even if you're not drinking alcohol. As a matter of fact, I DO drink it every night no matter what! But I’ve found it’s particularly useful when I’ve had a little too much to drink. Here’s what you’ll need.
- ½ tsp -1 tsp MSM (powder/crystal form): MSM (mehtylsulfonylmethane) is essentialy an organic sulfur supplement. It is EXTREMELY anti-inflammatory helping everything from gut issues to arthritis. It rebuilds tissue, repairs bodily damage, detoxifies, helps the body deal with stressful events and more. This is the one supplement that’s a game changer for hangovers.
- 2 tsp Natural Calm brand magnesium citrate: magnesium is also lost in large quantitates when drinking alcohol. This can relate to muscle cramps, headaches, constipation and dehydration.
- 2 tbsp collagen peptides (optional): while you don’t have to add this in, it’s pretty darn important. Alcohol damages our body’s natural collagen and can prohibit us from creating more. This speeds up the aging process, and can lead to weak joints and poor digestive health. Adding collagen peptides into this miracle drink can be the difference in a good morning, and one spent hugging the toilet.
Mix all the ingredients together in 8 ounces of water or more & CHUG. Yes, chugging is recommended. It tastes like foot. But hey, this foot could save your day. Plug and chug baby.
Follow these steps and you should be SOLID. The better you prepare, the better you’ll feel in the AM. Keep in mind, no amount of B vitamins and MSM will prevent alcohol poisoning. Drink responsibly friends.