The holidays are filled with good times, but sometimes our good times can catch up to us…cue “the hangover.” So what exactly is this awful thing called a hangover?
According to Dr. Oz, “Hangovers are really about the toxicity of the alcohol breaking down in your body that thus causes bi-products that create inflammation, drops in blood sugar levels and acidification. The combination of these bio-chemical events cause the “hangover” symptoms that consist of headaches, nausea, fatigue, etc.”
“When you are faced with the situation of having had more to drink than you anticipated or are going to have an evening where alcohol is involved, there are key factors that will boost your odds of alleviating symptoms and getting your body back to normal as quickly as possible:
1. Hydration. Keep hydrating yourself with alkaline forming Italian sparkling mineral water ie Pellegrino. Alcohol is a diuretic, which increases urination and is dehydrating and acidifying. Minerals are alkaline forming and will help replace mineral deficits caused by alcohol consumption. Remember not all waters are created equal so choose carefully.
2. Eat properly before and after your evening by including protein and low glycemic index foods (solid fruits, watermelon, etc ) to counteract the sugar depletion caused by alcohol. This is important to do especially before going to sleep to prevent hypoglycemia – where you have drops or volatility in blood sugar causing headaches, jitters, heart palpitations, anxiousness, night sweats, shakiness. This usually occurs when you are not eating properly and is most common when you are not sleeping. The perfect protein drink to ingest before bed would be Nutritious and Delicious – 15 grams of protein, 2 grams of fat, 19 grams of carbohydrate no gluten, no soy.
3. The best nutritional solution for treating pain and inflammation caused by an evening of alcohol consumption is taking a buffered, fully reduced, pharmaceutical grade quality, powdered Vitamin C such as the one made by Pure Essentials when combined with Ultra Quercetin (a bioflavonoid) can be a safer alternative to 2 Anacin or 2 Excedrin before going to sleep, as it is an alkaline-forming way to markedly reduce the inflammation which causes the major pain component of the hangover. Take 1/2 tsp Vitamin C mixed with 8oz of Pellegrino and 6 Quercetin before going to sleep and upon rising.”
In addition to his great tips, here are some “Hair of the Dog” Remedies to help cure those post-drinking blues!
The original Bloody Mary, or Red Snapper (as it’s called at the St. Regis in New York)is today’s brunch staple all over the world. Recipe as follows:
The Bloody Mary/ The Red Snapper :
- 1 oz. Belvedere vodka
- 2 oz. Tomato juice
- 1 dash lemon juice
- 2 dashes salt
- 2 dashes black pepper
- 2 dashes cayenne pepper
- 3 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
Stir all ingredients together in a tall glass.
Hair of the Dog Cocktail:
- 6 oz Bulldog Gin
- 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
- 2-3 dashes Tabasco sauce
- slice of chili pepper
- Pour the Bulldog Gin and Tabasco into an ice-filled cocktail shaker’=
- Shake generously.
- Strain into a chilled rock glass.
- Garnish with a chili pepper.
Happy New Year from the entire Puff ‘n Stuff Catering team, and we encourage you to enjoy a safe and fun New Year’s Eve!
For further information check out Dr. Oz’s website.