The Night Before
Drinking on an empty stomach is universally known as a bad idea. Make sure to eat the right foods and you will be set up for a successful night of indulgence. Foods that are rich in omegas, protein or carbohydrates are all excellent choices. Here are a few of our recommendations—Wild Caught Coho Salmon Fillets ($12.99/lb) with a Raymond’s Sourdough Round ($3.99/each)
Prickly Pear Extract
Prickly pear cactus (nopal cactus) is one of the few hangover remedies to have ever undergone clinical testing. Taking 1600IU at least 4 hours before consuming alcohol reduced nausea and dry mouth symptoms by 50%. In the groups that consumed spirits with a darker color, the extract was more effective than if clearer spirits had been consumed. We recommend Health Force Natural’s NoPal Cactus.
Taking a full dose before consuming alcohol, and again in the morning can help you feel better more quickly according to Dr. Prem Chattoo, a gastroenterologist in New York. He says that “It basically acts as your liver’s assistant, helping get rid of the alcohol more quickly than your liver could on its own.” We recommend Oregon’s Wild Harvest Organic Milk Thistle and Dandelion.
Borage or Fish Oil
Research shows that hangovers are partially caused by inflammation from prostaglandins, a hormone-like compound made of long chain omega-3 fats. When you take a supplement that inhibits the production of prostaglandins, like borage or fish oil, they work to block inflammatory prostaglandin production while increasing anti-inflammatory prostaglandins. We recommend Jarrow Borage GLA-240 and Wiley’s Finest Peak EPA.
Being inebriated can alter your sleep cycle, thus causing cognitive disruption, leaving you feeling groggy in the morning. Getting as much REM sleep as you can is an excellent way to combat this, so going to sleep as sober as possible is best. Take a moment before hitting the hay to have a hot cup of broth to calm down your system. We recommend Imagine Broths.
The Morning After
It’s common knowledge that alcohol dehydrates the body and that the best way to replenish it is by adding back water content. Plain old water isn’t going to be enough, so adding an electrolyte mix will super charge the delivery of those precious H2O molecules to your system. We recommend Nuun Active Hydration which can be mixed into any liquid.
B vitamins are essential for central nervous function and are easily destroyed by alcohol consumption, so taking them the night before won’t do any good. Your best option is to take a concentrated B Vitamin complex to replenish what you’ve lost. We recommend Garden of Life MyKind B Complex.
It always feels like liquid calories burn faster than solid ones, right? So, you probably feel like you’re starving. Having a filling, but light, breakfast will help settle your stomach. Grab a cappuccino ($3/8oz) at our bakery and some fresh produce to snack on—we love fruit for the mornings! Fresh sweet organic blueberries, I Love Pomegranates Organic Pomegranate Arils and gold or green kiwi.
We’re hoping that you don’t need many of these tricks, if any! However, if you do, we hope they help you have a great start to 2019! Happy New Year!