Post-Party DetoxingThe silly season is in full swing and God knows life is short so get on the glad rags and have a bit of craic!
To help heal up the damage here are a few tips.
It has been clinically proven that alcohol inhibits sleep, yet when you get home from a fun-fuelled party, often your bed is the first place you want to go. Before letting your head hit the pillow, there are a few important things you need to do to kickstart the detoxification process and help the morning's hangover. The most important thing to remember is that a hangover is caused by dehydration, so now is the time to give your body everything required to prevent this from happening. Firstly, brew some detox tea - any that contain herbs such as artichoke leaf, dandelion root and burdock root will all help to protect and restore your liver. Secondly, eat a banana to help restore your potassium levels. The loss of this mineral when drinking alcohol contributes to the dehydration symptoms of a hangover. Thirdly, pop a few homeopathic hangover pills Nux vomica and finally, pour yourself a large glass of water and take it to bed to drink before you go to sleep.
Up the ante on the following foods
Start each morning in December with yoghurt on your muesli or fruit salad. Yoghurt contains probiotics that help boost the amount of healthy bacteria in the gut, aiding digestion and boosting the body’s immune system. Essential for helping your dance the night away at all your Christmas get-togethers!
LemonsLemons are packed with vitamin C. Vitamin C is needed to make glutathione, a substance that helps the liver naturally detox harmful chemicals. Add lemon pieces to mineral water, use lemon juice as a dressing for salads or add lemon to your favourite vegetable juice. It will leave you feeling refreshed.
The perfect handbag snack, apples contain loads of pectin. Pectin is a soluble fibre that binds to cholesterol and contaminates such as heavy metal, removing them from the body and preventing toxic build-up. Perfect for getting you through the party season in one piece.
Blueberries are packed with antioxidants, which strengthen the body’s defenses against free radicals. They’re also rich in vitamin C, which boosts immune health. Add blueberries to your favourite smoothie or enjoy with nuts as a snack
WaterWater does more than keep you hydrated – it also helps your liver and kidneys flush out toxins. Before you hit the sack after a Christmas party, make sure you drink at least two glasses of water. Repeat as soon as you wake up the following morning. Carry a bottle of water with you and continually drink water throughout the day.
Rich in vitamin C, pomegranates can provide you with an immunity boost this festive season, while also help to lower the levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Pomegranates are also rich in fibre, which helps keep the digestive system in good health. Enjoy pomegranate seeds tossed through a salad, over your breakfast cereal or through yoghurt.
Rich in both soluble and insoluble fibre, chia seeds work to keep the gut healthy. Chia seeds are also rich in omega-3 fats, which help to reduce inflammation in the body and assist in the absorption of fat soluble vitamins. Add chia seeds to your breakfast, smoothie or favourite salad.
Deirdre Mackesy RGN, Homeopath, Acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist gives some sound advice on creating a healthier body and how to treat common ailments naturally.
Deirdre manages The Robin Hill Clinic on Lake Road Rushbrooke and can be contacted on 021 4812222 e: email@example.com