5 cures to your holiday party hangover

Here are the tips and tricks on how to cure your holiday hangover after drinking too much special eggnog!

The Five basic causes of hangovers explained

1. Inflammation and oxidative stress suffered by the brain and other tissues
2. Congeners (produced during fermentation) contribute to tastes and aromas of alcoholic beverages as well as the colour. These are considered toxic to the brain and nervous system
3. Dehydration
4. Interrupted sleep
5. Hormone and metabolic changes (insulin, cortisol, testosterone, aldosterone, growth hormone, and neurotransmitters)

Here is what you can do before, during, and after your night out

Before:
• Ensure you have a full stomach
• Take antioxidants/anti-inflammatories that can boost liver enzymes, reduce inflammation, and fuel mitochondria (milk thistle, NAC, ALA, Siberian ginseng, curcumin)
• Try an Herb called Kudzu to curb alcohol consumption (see Harvard study)

During:
• Go with lower congener alcohols
• Go with lower sugar / calorie drinks
• Don’t mix drinks – have one glass of champagne and then choose your preferred drink and stick with it
• Drink one glass of water for EVERY alcoholic drink

After:
You’ve left the party and you’ve safely arrived home…
• electrolyte mix (have this waiting in the fridge so you can drink it when you get home) [will show how to make per below]
• prepare your room for good sleep hygiene to minimize sleep interruption
• Keep lots of water by the bed

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