Summer’s last hurrah is here, and we plan on making the most of it. Holiday weekends are inevitably filled with excess, but that overindulgence doesn’t have to lead to a monster hangover. If you follow the expert lead of certified nutrition consultant and co-founder of Ritual Wellness Lori Kenyon Farley, you can sip your cocktails without fear of the aftermath.
Keep reading to find out how it’s done!
Alternate between cocktails and water. “One of the causes of a hangover is dehydration,” Kenyon Farley says. “Drink a big glass of water before your first alcoholic beverage and then be sure to consume at least one glass of water for every drink you have.” This will not only keep you hydrated, but also slow down your drinking, which never hurts.
Pick your poison, and don’t switch after that. “Mixing drinks can be a big cause of a hangover, since different alcohols contain different additives, flavorings, and sugars,” Kenyon Farley says. Clear liquors, like vodka and tequila, tend to have lower sugar contents than darker alcohol.
“Your body uses a lot of enzymes and vitamins to metabolize alcohol, while the booze itself destroys essential B vitamins,” Kenyon Farley says. “To help your liver do its job and diminish the chance of a hangover, take a vitamin B supplement, or have a shot of E3Live, which is blue-green algae that is super high in B vitamins.” Raw fruits and veggies also contain the live enzymes and vitamins that help combat the effects of alcohol. So, Kenyon Farley suggests eating these foods at your meal before you start drinking, while you are drinking, and the morning after.
“Mixed drinks can be particularly troublesome if you use sugary mixers, like soda or prepared mixes,” Kenyon Farley says. Skip the margarita mix. Instead, blend your booze with muddled fruit that has a high water content (like watermelon or cucumber), or a freshly juiced citrus fruit, like grapefruit, lemon, lime, or orange. Not feeling up to muddling? Stop by your local juice bar, and pick up a bottle of raw, organic, cold-pressed juice. “Mixing raw juices with your alcohol will be the best option, because you will be pairing enzymes and vitamins with the alcohol, giving your body the tools it needs to break down and process the alcohol.” One bottle of Ritual Wellness’s Ritual Mixers ($14-16) makes eight fresh-pressed (hangover-free) cocktails. Cheers!
How are you celebrating the long weekend? Tell us in the comments!