I don’t drink but let’s face it, it is the festive season and it’s part of our culture to drink copious amounts of alcohol. No matter how many times you tell yourself that you’ll never drink again, with the pressure of the silly season you almost certainly will and the dreaded hangover will inevitably strike back.
I remember back when I could drink all day and party until sunrise. Yep… those were the days. But for me times have changed! The last few times I consumed alcohol, I felt like a toxic mess. This is due to the fact that I am not as young as use to be, I binge instead of taking it slow and my body is now so healthy that when I abuse it – I feel it in every cell of my body!
I am the first to admit that every Sunday for a long time I would announce to the world (usually via a facebook status) that I am never drinking again and week after week I would wake up and do the whole thing again. So I have put together some tips to help you self detox your hangover this festive season.
1. Stay Hydrated and drink at 3 L of water a day. Staying fully hydrated helps your liver and kidneys to expel toxins from your body, as well as having many other health benefits.
2. Start your morning by making the detoxifer drink listed below and a have good breakfast (with protein ) – this will detox your liver and stabilise your insulin levels
4. Move your body first thing in the morning – walks before breakfast are great.
5. Take your vitamins – drinking alcohol leads to an increase in free radical production, resulting in damage to cells in the body. Increasing your antioxidant intake and vitamins is the best way to combat this.
6. Be happy and laugh – when we are feeling down we are likely to reach for more vodka or christmas pudding to make us feel better. Enjoy time with your family and friends 🙂
7. Get back on track – when your done with the party food and alcohol – make a fresh start! Don’t turn one week of boozing into a few months.
Making the Detoxifier drink
Here are the ingredients for the Detoxifier. Use these quantities and you should be able to make enough to last you for a whole day. You can make a batch in the morning and then leave it in the fridge for the rest of the day, just remember to give it a quick stir before drinking. should start to gently reduce the amount of coffee you are drinking well before you start the Detox.
1.4 liters of water, preferably distilled or at least filtered
2 tablespoons of unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar
Juice of 1 Lemon
1/2 teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper
Preparation of the Detoxifier drink couldn’t be easier. Just stir all the ingredients together and drink. I would recommend drinking the Detoxifier through a straw. This is because lemon juice can, over long periods of time, contribute to the erosion of tooth enamel. You might only be drinking the Detoxifier for a few days, but this prevents it from coming into direct contact with your teeth. It’s good practice to always use a straw when consuming drinks containing lemon or apple cider vinegar.
If you’re wondering why each of these ingredients is included in the Detoxifier drink, I will tell you exactly why. Each ingredient has its own role, but the overall effect of this drink should be to promote toxin elimination and ensure healthy, regular bowel movements.
Not all water is created equal though, which is why I recommend using distilled water, or at least properly filtered water. Distilled water has been boiled, evaporated and condensed, meaning that all the dissolved minerals that you normally have in your water have been removed. This makes it particularly good at absorbing the waste products that your body is trying to expel.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is a wonderful cleansing agent that breaks down mucus and encourages your lymphatic system to expel toxins. Make sure you buy the right kind of ACV – it should be unpasteurized, meaning that the nutrients have not been stripped out. If you buy organic you should be safe, otherwise look closely in the bottle and you should see small strands within the liquid. These strands are apple pectin, an type of fiber that will help with your bowel movements, and if you see it then the ACV is unpasteurized. A 2011 research report stated that, “Apple vinegar is a powerful detoxifying and purifying agent, it breaks down fatty, mucous and phlegm deposits within the body. By breaking down these substances it improves the health and function of the vital organs of the body, such as the kidneys, bladder and liver”.
A glass of lemon juice and water is a great way to start the day. Lemon juice has a number of beneficial effects on the way that your body processes toxins. Firstly, it is a gentle antibiotic that kills harmful bacteria. Secondly, it has a mild stimulative effect on your liver, allowing it to process and expel more waste. Lastly, lemon juice promotes peristalsis, the contractions that move waste through your gut and ensure healthy bowel movements.
There are a couple of good reasons why I have included it in the Detoxifier. Cayenne helps to breaks up mucus in your small and large intestines, and also promotes healthy bowel movements. It is really important not to get constipated during the Detox. Cayenne also contains a compound named capsaicin, which helps with your circulation. It does this by preventing the platelets in your blood from sticking together, a property that has been backed up by several research studies.
MERRY CHRISTMAS LOVERS