The holiday season is upon us, and this morning I paid a visit to my friends at CTV Morning Live to share my natural hangover cures; because I don’t know about you, but I enjoy my holiday season with a drink or two…or four.

Hangovers are terrible but they seem to feel much worse this time of year, when the holiday party season is in full swing- hangovers zap all kinds of yuletide cheer. The following cures will help you enjoy yourself, while being able to function as a human being the next day; consider this an early gift!

Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Whether you take them in the morning, or whether you take them at night, we ALL should take them. Alcohol is incredibly inflammatory in the body, and inflammation is considered a key player in all sorts of chronic disease. Omega 3 fatty acids are inflammation scavenger, being incredibly potent at fighting inflammation in the body. VANITY POINT– omega 3 fatty acids will help reduce your blotchy and red hangover complexion!

Sources:

  • Supplement Pills
  • Hemp Seeds (the BEST plant source)
  • Omega oils, ideal for smoothies

Kombucha
Hair of the dog is a common turn of phrase in reference to hangovers, but hangovers compound; meaning, just because you hair of the dog’d it, doesn’t mean you avoid a hangover, it means the eventual hangover is going to KNOCK. YOU. OFF. YOUR. FEET. Unless, of course, you healthy hair of the dog it!

Kombucha is fermented tea and one of the most potent liver tonics out there; and because of the small amount of alcohol that is produced as a by-product of fermentation, our body feels better without adding more toxic load to our liver. Not to mention kombucha aid the liver in effectively removing toxins from the body. It’s win-win!

Favourite Brands

  • RISE
  • GT’s, not for the faint of heart due to live bacteria piece aka slimy stuff
  • Tonica

Coconut Water
There truly is NOTHING that coconut cannot do; it is the most perfect food on the planet. While many turn to sports drinks when hungover, as a means of replenishing lost electrolytes, the cons to drinking sports drink outweigh the pro’s; namely, more sugar than required by any human being and tons of unnecessary dyes.

Coconut water on the other hand replenished ALL FIVE of the electrolytes the body needs, whereas the aforementioned sport drink replenish, at best, two. Coconut water helps to balance out the diuretic effects of alcohol and makes a hangover a whole lot shorter. This is time tested to work…

Some people find both coconut water and kombucha not very pleasing to their palates, but for some reason when combined, the taste of both is much improved; have this fizzy coconut drink waiting for you the morning after a great time, you will not regret it!

Fizzy Coconut Refresher
1 pt coconut water
1 pt kombucha
ice to serve

Second Sleep
I often hear people say that alcohol helps them sleep, but I’m here to dispel that myth. You see being drunk and passing out is the body’s mechanism to save itself from you, but make no mistake you aren’t getting rest. In fact most people, myself included, wake up after a night of drinking after maybe 4 or 5 hours of sleep, this is because alcohol withdrawal jolts the body awake; and often times we will wake up fine but begin to fade as time goes on, this is the time for second sleep.

Sleep is integral to health, period. All things aside, if we give our bodies time to repair the damage done, it will; the body is amazing in that it is able to 100% recuperate if we give it the time and tools (sleep) to do so.

Miso Soup Stracciatella
Miso, fermented soy bean paste, like coconut water helps replace a great deal of the things our bodies need to recover from a hangover; water, sodium and other nutrients depleted by the diuretic effects of boozin’. And because miso is fermented, it protects the digestive tract; curing all kinds of hangover related digestive upsets, caused by alcohols disruption of the stomach lining.

Stratiatella is egg drop soup, made by dropping eggs into boiling broth; it’s “I have a hangover” easy.

  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion
  • 1 1/2 tsp miso paste
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Bring the vegetable broth to a boil. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs. In a bowl, combine 1/4 cup of warmed broth with miso paste and set aside. Push the egg through a mesh strainer over the boiling broth. Whisk on low for 1 minute.  Remove from heat, add green onions, salt (if needed), pepper and the reserved broth/miso mixture; and serve hot.

***Can be made without eggs for the same hangover benefits.

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