Parties and celebrations may be inevitable during the silly season; however you can lessen the effect by following a few simple tips.
Keep hydrated. It is important to enough water every day. Dehydration (and a nasty hangover the next day) can occur if you are not drinking enough water. This is because the summer heat mixed with a few alcohol beverages can almost always leave you parched. Add lemon and a sprig of mint for a refreshing and cleansing drink and always drink one glass of water for every alcoholic drink.
Go easy on the carbs. The easiest way to prevent that sluggish feeling is to reduce the amount of breads and carbohydrate-based meals you consume. Also, limit the amount of cakes, pastries and refined carbohydrates. Rather, fill up on salads, vegetables and protein.
Portion control! If you know the party is going to be several courses long, then it is a good idea to exercise a bit of discipline and eat moderately at each course. If possible, eat something before you go to the event so you don’t arrive ravenous, and therefore consume more than you should.
Probiotics. Alcohol, sugar, processed foods and stress can greatly affect the balance of your digestive flora which can result in bloating, poor bowel health, a lowered immune system and general sluggishness. It is important to invest in a good quality probiotic supplement that provides a range of different strains and take it daily.
Look after the liver. The liver is an important detoxification organ. To support your liver during the holiday season, you may want to take a liver tonic such as St Mary’s Thistle, dandelion root. Antioxidant vitamins such as C, E, and beta-carotene; minerals such as zinc and selenium; B-vitamins that aid alcohol metabolism, might help protect your liver cells while ridding our body of poisons.