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Hangover Help: Green Energy Super Smoothie

Had too much fun last night?  A hangover is not fun, and today we are going to focus to help you get back to your best self.  

 

What causes a hangover?  There are a few ideas on how and why this happens, including dehydration, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), sleep deprivation, electrolyte changes and even metabolic acidosis. 

 

But what happens in your body when you overindulge in alcohol?  The liver springs into action to detoxify the alcohol from your body, but because you are drinking too much, your liver cannot keep up and you end up with oxidative stress and inflammation.  High-sugar and high-caffeine mixers can make this much worse.

 

The common suggestions for dealing with a hangover is to drink plenty of water to help the liver flush the toxins, take vitamin B  when you go to bed and eat a full breakfast (with protein, fat and carbs).  A juice can really help to support and hydrate your body.  Make the juice below, and aim to drink 2 to 3 juices throughout the day. 

  • Portion: Serves 1  |  Time: 8 min  |  Equipment: Juicer machine & blender

INGREDIENTS:

 

  • 2 pears
  • Handful baby spinach
  • 4 stems flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cucumber
  • 1/2 avocado, pitted and flesh scooped from the skin
  • 1/2 teaspoon spirulina, mixed with just enough water to make a thick paste
  • 1-3 brazil nuts or walnuts

TO MAKE THIS JUICE:

 

This super smoothie is packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.  Just what you need the morning after the night before. 

 

Feed the pear, baby spinach, parsley and cucumber through the juicer.  Pour the juice into the blender, and add the avocado and brazil nuts, and blend on high for about 30 seconds.  Pour the smoothie into a glass. 

 

Mix the spirulina with just enough water to make a thick liquid, and then swirl it into the smoothie.  Drink slowly and feel the goodness replenish your body and soul!

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The 9 best fruits and vegetables to

Help with a hangover

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  1. Bananas: alcohol leads to dehydration and the loss of electrolytes like potassium and sodium.  Bananas are a great source of potassium.
  2. Spinach: Spinach can help to maintain folate levels after drinking alcohol, as alcohol-impaired folate absorption.  If you wondered why folate is so important – it is a B-vitamin that is needed to make red and white blood cells, convert carbohydrates into energy, and produce DNA and RNA. 
  3. Avocado: Avocados are loaded with fatty acids, and can also help to raise low potassium levels.  
  4. Blueberries: these little berries help to fight inflammation, which is handy when you have a hangover.  
  5. Oranges: One of the antioxidants that helps your body get rid of alcohol is glutathione, which is often decreased when you drink too much alcohol.  To help your body keep glutathione levels stable, eat oranges or drink fresh orange juice.  The vitamin C may prevent your body from losing glutatione. 
  6. Ginger: Ginger is well-known as an effective remedy for nausea, as well as calms stomach upset associated with hangovers.  You can drink a ginger shot, as a tea or eaten on its own.  Just respect this root – a small amount goes a long way!
  7. Tomato:  drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can lead to liver damage, and tomatoes contain compounds that protect against liver injury.  
  8. Coconut water: Coconut water is great to help hydrate the body.  It also contains lots of electrolytes, including sodium and potassium.  
  9. Pineapple: Pineapple contains bromelain, which may help to reduce high levels of inflammation.  The sweetness can also help to correct low blood sugar levels.  
  10. Nuts: Nuts may be able to help with a hangover due to their high magnesium content.  Excessive alcohol consumption can deplete magnesium, so have some nuts can help relieve symptoms. 

Nutritional Information Source: Healthline 

Disclaimer

This website is not intented to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any disease.  This website and its emails are not intended to substitute for medical advice and it is not a substitute for working with a licensed doctor or health professional.  Please be aware Adele du Rand is not a medical doctor, so please consult with your licensed medical doctor or health professional before you make any changes to your diet. The suggestions on this website and its emails are not meant as an alternative to medical treatment, so please DO NOT stop taking any medications you are taking.  Always be your own health advocate and listen and feel to how your body responds to certain foods.  Please do not ingest foods that you are allergic to or have an intorance to.