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How To Beat A Hangover Naturally
Feeling a little under the weather after the big game last night? We've got some great tips for alleviating the unpleasant side effects of a nasty hangover.
A Good B-Complex
Taking a daily high-quality B-complex can assist liver function and metabolic processes. Try purchasing a liquid form for better absorption or if you're having difficulty swallowing large capsules.
Alcohol is a diuretic and therefore dehydrating. It is important to continually drink water during and after times of alcohol consumption. Consuming coconut water with a pinch of sea salt can help to hydrate and replenish electrolytes lost through urine. The electrolytes will also assist the liver in processing excess alcohol.
Show Your Liver Some Love
Consume foods that support liver processes. Cruciferous vegetables like kale, broccoli and cabbage all contain an anticancer compound called sulforaphane which promotes liver functions. Dandelion tea, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar and green juices also help to support the liver.
Eat Real Food
Do not use an evening of drinking as an excuse to consume greasy and sugar-laden foods. Adding these things to your liver's load will only make you feel worse. Choose nutrient dense foods like avocado, quinoa and protein-rich smoothies to balance your blood sugar and provide sustainable energy.
Don't Reach For Coffee
As we said before, alcohol is a diuretic, and so is coffee. Waking up dehydrated and then consuming a big mug of coffee will only further dehydrate you and amplify your symptoms. Instead have a big glass of room temperature lemon water.
Want to be more informed the next time that you plan to enjoy a beverage or two? Check out our past blog post on choosing healthier cocktails.
The Benefits Of Raw Honey
Whenever possible you want to choose raw honey from a local source. Raw honey has not been pasteurized, which means it has not been heated and all of the beneficial enzymes and bacteria are still present. The properties of honey can change drastically depending on where the bees gathered the nectar. Buckwheat, clover, Manuka and melon blossom honey are all readily available. Avoid purchasing honey syrups or replacements which contain refined sugar, artificial flavours and are far from being a health promoting food!
Consuming raw honey from a local source is similar to taking a homeopathic remedy. Small traces of flower pollen in the honey may decrease symptoms in seasonal allergy sufferers. The anti-inflammatory properties of honey may also ease symptoms like congestion and puffy eyes.
Colds & Flu
Honey actually has an acidic pH which inhibits pathogenic bacteria from thriving. Thanks to the antibacterial properties of honey, it can help to fight off bacteria that makes us sick.
Healthier Hair & Skin
There are many honey-based recipes for boosting the shine and softness of both hair and skin. More specifically, honey has been studied for it's application in cases of seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff. The results showed that applying honey diluted in warm water to the affected areas relieved itching and stopped scaling from occurring. The study "concluded that crude honey could markedly improve seborrheic dermatitis and associated hair loss and prevent relapse when applied weekly ".
Burns & Cuts
The antimicrobial properties of honey make it a safe and natural choice for topic application in healing burns and cuts. Its high viscosity also makes for a great protective barrier to infection.
A Better Workout
Honey eaten on its own can make a great workout energizer as it can be easily mixed with water "as a substitute for glucose in oral dehydration". Honey can also be combined with nut butter to create a fantastic post-workout snack!
We look forward to new findings on the health benefits of honey and how it may some day find a place in the medical model. Remember to keep in mind that honey is sweeter than table sugar and contains more calories per tablespoon. A little bit can go a very long way when used to sweeten food and beverages.
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