Festive season tips

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How to feel like a daisy and prevent that mother of a hangover

  • Drink lots of water – it prevents dehydration
  • Supplements: take probiotics & liver meds (before & after)
  • Don’t drink on an empty stomach
  • Don’t go out on an empty stomach – eat protein
  • Healthy snacks – low GI/GL
  • Responsible drinking and no drinking and driving
  • No sugary alcoholic beverages

Symptoms of a hangover

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Dehydration
  • Weakness
  • Dry Mouth
  • Mild Depression

Cause of hangovers

  • Overindulgence
  • Dehydration
  • Toxins: sulphur, histamines, congeners and acetaldehyde is not the culprit – Dehydration
  • Blood sugar drops – alcohol also causes glycogen to be converted into glucose and excreted along with minerals – that makes you extremely tired

How to prevent your hangover – before you go out

  • Don’t go out on an empty stomach: eat almonds, peanuts, fish, chicken or a protein shake
  • Don’t drink on an empty stomach – have healthy snacks
  • Take a probiotic – Bifidus detoxifies acetaldehyde (a digestive byproduct of alcohol)
  • Support your liver with Overdrive before you go out and afterwards
  • Water – try to drink a glass of water for every alcohol beverage

Your hangover – the morning after

  • Hydrate

Drink 500ml electrolyte solution (Rehydrate or Ceralyte) or Coconut water before you go to bed and again when you wake up.  You can also make your own electrolyte solution: a dash of salt and sugar in 500ml water.

Probiotics will restore your flora and assist with acetaldehyde

  • Banana smoothie – drink frequently till you feel better

Mix one banana, 10 strawberries and 150ml apple juice in your blender.  If you can add some WW yoghurt with probiotics

  • Tomato juice

The fructose in tomato juice assists in metabolizing the alcohol quicker

  • Tiger Balm

Apply it on the back of your neck and temples and massage it in – after a few minutes your headache will melt away

  • Have a bath in Epsom Salts

Epsom salts will help to clear the cells of toxic waste

  • Mustard Bath

Mustard will also assist in clearing toxic waste from the cells

  • Reflexology – do it yourself

Stimulate the outer edge of the right foot, about halfway between the middle of the foot and the little toe – this will stimulate the liver

  • Exercise

Exercise will assist the body to get rid of toxins

  • Activated Charcoal

The charcoal tablet will absorb the impurities of the alcohol

Festive season eating tips

Remember the following:

  • If you go overboard the one day – the next day or more you need to do some repair – follow the afterparty tips
  • Drink mint tea – it will aid with digestion
  • Remember to avoid snacks that are high in transfats and preservatives
  • Preferably eat fruit and veggie snacks
  • Eat snacks that are low GL/GI
  • Do not starve yourself before you go out for a meal – have a light snack. Remember overeating and cravings will follow
  • Don’t drink on an empty stomach – your self-control will diminish
  • Water – drink one glass of water for every alcoholic beverage

General holiday HEALTH tips

  • H for healthy fats

Remember the healthy fats – avocado, nuts, fatty fish this holiday

  • E for exercise

Exercise – Yes, Yes, Yes – walk far and breathe deep – it is good for the soul

  • A for Acceptance

Accept yourself for whom you are and what you look like – the most important relationship is the one with yourself

  • L for laughter

Laughter is still the best medicine – laugh lots and long

  • T for tea

Go for green tea.  Green tea contains many antioxidants – which you need in the summer sun

  • H for Hot

Remember the sun protection cream every hour, hats, sunglasses and lots of water.  Eat carrots, mango, spanspek, apricots – these fruits contain beta-carotene and that will assist in protecting your skin

Please eat and drink responsibly. I hope that you will benefit from my tips and remember if the symptoms do not improve please contact your healthcare practitioner.

References:

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hangover

 

 

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Dr James Liddell is an Integrated Healthcare Specialist (B.Pharm; M.Pharm; PhD; SAPC and PSSA registered) specialising in integrating different disciplines of healthcare to ensure holistic healthcare solutions. With 25 years experience as a Pharmacist, Dr of Nutrition and Complementary & Alternative Medicine Healthcare Practitioner, he believes lifestyle is ultimately the key to optimal health; a good nutritional foundation combined with sound emotional health are the fundamentals to what he calls ‘the optimal health zone’.