The Natural Hangover Cure by Rachel Schwartzman | #WellBeingWednesdays

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The holiday gatherings are upon us and for many this time of year includes celebrations from now until the New Year. With all that holiday cheer, comes holiday drinking, and that not so wonderful feeling in the morning. Here are a few tips to help you be a little sunnier when you wake up in the morning.

Drink water. I can’t really stress how important it is for you to stay well hydrated. Alcohol dehydrates the body, so a simple remedy is to drink water. Start your night out with a glass of water, drink water between every alcoholic beverage and have a glass before bed. You will be thankful for this simple tip in the morning.

Take a Greens Drink. Not only is alcohol dehydrating but it’s also acidifying to the body. A greens drink will help to flush toxins from the liver and alkalize the body. Try taking it before you go to bed (you can mix it into that glass of water) and again when you wake up in the morning. If you’ve never taken a greens drink go slow. Start with half the recommended amount.

Think about potassium. Alcohol causes your body to retain sodium (hence those swollen fingers) and depletes potassium. Eating potassium rich foods such as; bananas, avocados or dark green vegetables can be helpful. Another option to restore those lost electrolytes is drinking coconut water or having some fresh lemon or a pinch of sea salt in your water.

Try taking a B Compex before bed. B vitamins are needed for the breakdown and elimination of alcohol in the body. Taking a capsule before bed will help your body with this process. It has been researched that vitamin B6 helps to reduce hangover symptoms by 50%. Now that’s something to drink too.

Support the Liver. It’s no surprise that alcohol places additional stress on the liver, so helping the liver flush out those toxins is a great way to keep hangovers away. Consume liver supporting foods before you go out and the next morning such as; fresh lemon in water, brassica family vegetables, turmeric and beets. Other options are to drink a cup of dandelion root or milk thistle tea, or try a herbal tincture with these herbs that will support liver detoxification.

Have a safe and healthy holiday season.

Rachel Schwartzman is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor, Doula and Acupuncturist. She practices in Toronto and can be reached at 416-371-3422. To learn more about Dr. Rachel take a peek at



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