Nothing is worse than waking up with a heavy head, a lead tongue and not knowing where to begin to start feeling alive again!
All it takes is one or two extra glasses while enjoying an evening with friends – and cue an AWFUL headache the next morning.
The most obvious reason for hangovers is dehydration. We know we're meant to drink multiple glasses of water for every alcoholic drink. But that's very easy to forget when we're busy chatting and laughing with friends or family (and liberally topping up glasses!).
So the question is – can finding relief really be as simple as staying hydrated?
Well yes, and no.
While hydration is essential for keeping your body healthy after alcohol, so is replenishing the lost nutrients and minerals that your body needs to function.
So we have another solution for you...
Drink up! (...but not that kind 😉)
Your body will need some extra goodness overnight while it's trying to process and eliminate the alcohol that's gone in. Add a teaspoon of Alkalise Green & Go to a glass of water (or coconut water is even better for the extra electrolytes) and drink it down.
This is one of the best ways to prevent that throbbing headache the following morning, or at least minimise it.
Mix 1 heaped teaspoon Alkalise Green & Go with 250 - 500 ml apple juice or coconut water and shake or stir!
Drink half quickly to quickly get it into your system and then sip the second half slowly to allow your body to absorb the nutrients.
Even if you're going to eat something not-so-healthy, it's still important to get lots of good things into your body to support it while it's eliminating and detoxing.
This smoothie is instantly refreshing and restores essential minerals and vitamins using the power of Mayella Nutritional Power Blends. It's a delicious and super-easy way to prepare an isotonic drink (no blue-coloured sports drinks required!). This means instant hydration and alkalisation... and onto the road to recovery your body goes.
Variations to experiment with
Tip: Double the recipe to make enough to continue drinking all day or take mercy on your drinking buddies and share the recovery juice love.
But quality hydration is good for so many other things...
The recipes above aren't just hangover cures but also refreshing and hydrating tonics after any exercise.
Even if you're thinking, "I didn't sweat too much so I haven’t lost a lot of body fluids", – think again.
Any time you're burning energy – thinking, walking, talking – you need water in your cells, tissues and body to be energetic.
Tightness and tender and aching muscles are a sign of dehydration post-exercise. Hydrate effectively and you'll experience less muscle soreness while your body flushes residual toxins and acids from burning energy. The recipes above will flush acidity and waste, oxygenate the blood and provide concentrated plant-based nutrition that is easily absorbed and bio-available for maximum fitness. And if you have less pain and tightness, you then feel more energised and on a better road to recovery again!
A final note on whatever your day brings
Don’t forget, mental activity can be just as depleting as physical exercise, so the importance of hydrating while at work is to be appreciated in balancing mental fatigue and stress.
A big day outside or a long driving excursion can leave you depleted and tired. In the heat of summer or simply those days you just know you haven’t had enough water, your skin, kidneys and brain are feeling it more than you realise. Dehydration is mentally fatiguing and ageing – eek!
Most of us know our bodies are 70% water but many of us don’t think of how effectively we can renew our body fluids without using up more fluid than we are putting in. For example, our daily cup or cups of coffee. For every cup of coffee we need to drink on average 4 glasses of water to balance the dehydrating effects of the 1 cup of coffee. Soft drinks, and especially carbonated energy drinks with caffeine content, are the same (if not more) demanding on our systems.
Refuel & Replenish - Daily tips and habit to keep you hydrated, always!
As well as staying hydrated to balance out caffeine, remember to also move your body to allow the extra energy to be processed rather than be stored.
If you leave it within your body without burning it off, it can put extra stress on your adrenals, pancreas and liver, leaving them loaded with stimulation and with nothing to do.
Bit like being all dressed up with nowhere to go :)
What do you think about alkalising greens drinks? Would you be willing to give them a go to swap out the post-party or post-exercise pain?
Let us know in the comments!
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