Did things get a little out of hand last night?
Here’s what you can do:
Manage your cortisol levels
Cortisol works alongside another hormone aldosterone within the body to balance your electrolyte levels.
Basically, consuming alcohol causes you to lose more potassium than normal (through urination) and causes you to hold on to sodium – which results in electrolyte imbalances and your body producing more cortisol.
How can you keep your cortisol levels under control?
Do the following:
Sounds simple, but alcohol is super dehydrating and staying hydrated will help you recover faster after a night of drinking.
I personally like drinking kombucha after a night out. Kombucha is filled with B vitamins, acetic acid, butyric acid, glucuronic acid (liver detoxifier) and beneficial bacteria that can help restore balance in your within your body.
Caffeine will put more stress on to your liver and likely make you feel worse.
Take a B Complex
Alcohol depletes B vitamins in your body, and not only does your body require B vitamins to eliminate alcohol for your system – (among many other great benefits) they are also required for burning stored fat (which might be helpful if you over-indulged poor food choices last night).
Support your liver
Support your liver with a liver supplement and drink a large glass of lemon water with 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar or some Noni juice as soon as you wake (trust me, your liver will thank you)
Sweat it out
Exercise stimulates the lymphatic system to excrete toxins and gets the blood flowing.
Skip the greasy food, and eat some potassium rich foods
By consuming potassium-rich foods after night of drinking, you can help restore balance within your body as potassium is an essential mineral your body needs to function properly.
Eggs and avo anyone?
Have a headache? Take a magnesium supplement, take an Epsom salt bath or just eat some dark chocolate.
Magnesium is often depleted by alcohol, and it can definitely help you avoid/minimize headaches.
Massage your face
That puffy “hangover face” is a real thing.
How do you reduce the inflammation and puffiness?
Massage your face in a circular motion or on specific pressure points to boost circulation and encourage lymphatic drainage.
Do the above and go back to bed
Sleeping will give your liver a chance break down the alcohol in your system.
In order for the liver to do it’s job optimally, all the above is suggested before going back to sleep.