Festive Season Tips



How to Prevent a Hangover and Treat It

When I was a student, I had no fear for a hangover after a night of drinking alcohol.  Today it’s different, because I normally have to work the next day and I plan better.  If you`d like to avoid the dreaded hangover the day after, then follow my golden tips and you will feel good in no time.


What is a hangover?

A hangover (medical terminology:  veisalgia) is the experience of various unpleasant physiological and psychological effects following consumption of alcoholic beverages, which can last for more than 24 hours.  Typical symptoms of a hangover may include headache, drowsiness, concentration problems, dry mouth, dizziness, fatigue, gastrointestinal distress, sweating, nausea, hyper-excitability and anxiety.


Symptoms of a hangover

  • We all know the feeling when we wake up the next morning feeling half dead – but we don’t learn
  • he most common symptoms for hangovers are:  headaches, nausea, fatigue, dehydration, weakness, dry mouth and mild depression


Cause of hangovers

  • Sulphur is not the culprit – asthmatics can get headaches from sulphur and a common symptom of sulphur allergy is breathing problems
  • The most common cause for a hangover is dehydration
  • With the dehydration the brain shrinks temporarily and you develop a headache
  • Alcohol also causes glycogen to be converted into glucose and excreted along with minerals – that makes you extremely tired
  • Another cause is biogenic amines like histamine – most wines contain histamine – and red wine more because of using the whole grape
  • Some people are more sensitive to histamine than others and can cause symptoms like rosy cheeks to headaches
  • The histamine content can vary from producer to producer
  • Acetaldehyde is another by-product when the liver breaks down alcohol and this can also contribute to your hangover
  • Congeners is another problem causing molecule in red wine that causes hangovers


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 How to prevent your hangover

Before you go out

  • Don’t go out on an empty stomach and don’t drink on an empty stomach
  • Eat almonds, peanuts, fish, chicken or have a protein shake
  • Take a probiotic – Bifidus detoxifies acetaldehyde (a digestive byproduct of alcohol)
  • Take vitamins, minerals (lots of vitamin B`s) and Milk Thistle before you go out


Your hangover – the morning after

  • Hydrate
    Drink 500ml electrolyte solution before you go to bed – Rehydrate or Ceralyt and again when you wake up.  You can also make your own electrolyte solution: a dash of salt and sugar in 500ml water.
  • Multivitamins, minerals, Milk Thistle and Probiotics
    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
    Take one tablet for every drink.  The charcoal tablet will absorb the impurities of the alcohol

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


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


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 after party tips
  • Drink mint tea – it will aid with digestion
  • Remember snacks 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


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


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

  • Water – prevent dehydration
  • Supplements:  vitamins, minerals, 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



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