Do This First to Avoid a Hangover
There is no question that alcohol consumption continues to be a social practice in our culture despite the health repercussions. Plus, today is National Liquor Day which is probably not very healthful news to know! But, no need to stay stuck on sipping virginal drinks forever. There are ways to drink “smarter” and below are some considerations to get you through the festivities:
Hydration is Key
Your favorite drink is very dehydrating so be sure to double up on your water intake. Hydrating the day of and throughout the evening can reduce the impact of alcohol consumption.
Consider adding electrolytes to your water to shorten the impact of consuming multiple drinks. Electrolytes are capable of balancing magnesium and calcium, the main electrolytes that shift with consumption causing us to feel nauseated and dizzy the day after.
To add electrolytes to your water: Fill a 32 ounce bottle with 16 ounces of filtered spring water. Add a pinch of Himalayan pink salt, 16 ounces of freshly squeezed citrus juice (lemon, lime or orange or a combination of two or three), and a half teaspoon of honey or date syrup. Place the cap back on and shake well.
No matter your pick of poison, alcohol is recognized by the body as sugar. With much enthusiasm, even a few drinks can spike your blood sugar, trigger insulin and stimulate the start of inflammation. With consistent consumption, alcohol can lead to more inflammation giving way to conditions like diabetes and a fatty liver.
Your choice of alcohol tonight will definitely take up your body’s sugar ration so be sure to start the evening right. Eat a balanced meal, high with healthy fats, proteins, fibrous veggies, lentils, and quinoa. Skip on the desserts and any sweet foods that can add to sugar intake. These types of foods will assist to keep your blood glucose stable for hours and help with blood sugar variations.
Improve with Antioxidants
Alcohol has the ability to cause destruction like accelerating aging, oxidative stress and cell death. Because of this, it is important to prevent effects from happening by promoting your antioxidants; such antioxidants include vitamins A, C, E, alpha lipoic acid, astaxanthin, lutein and glutathione.
Before you reach for a bottle of supplements, consider whipping up a few green smoothies on the days before or after your drinking soiree to get a jump on your antioxidants. Combine spinach, kale or any of your favorite green leaves with a fresh fruit to lower the role of oxidative stress. Here is my favorite green smoothie!
“What are my options then?”
Knowing that all alcohol drinks turned into sugar, there are a few healthier options to go with so you are not 100 percent deprived:
There is a Red Wine
Filled with antioxidants courtesy of resveratrol, red wine promotes relaxation and fights against heart disease. Just be sure to limit to one glass a night, a few nights a week. By the way, white wine has more sugar and calories so if you are going to drink a wine, choose reds.
Beers and Cheers
If you prefer a hearty draft, choose a light beer to keep the calories at bay. However, be forewarned as beer has a tendency to yield the highest yeast concentration giving way to worsening conditions like candida.
Easy to control, combining small amounts of liquor with ice can help to reduce too much sugar. Just be mindful of how much artificial or natural flavoring is added. A Jack and Coke can have fewer calories when considering these factors. But if soda is not your thing, try a Vodka Tonic.
Whatever you decide to drink this evening, remember these tips and drink responsibly.