Health & Fitness

Healthy Hangover Cures

Counteract the effects of overindulgent eating and drinking with these fresh, healthy options for the morning after the night before

There are many ways to tackle an unwelcome hangover after a night of indulgence. These may range from sweating it out in a sauna, having another drink (known as ‘hair of the dog’) to eating a full English breakfast. While all may have their merits in making you feel slightly better, some are certainly healthier than others.

Coconut water

This is my favorite. Coconut water is fresh and plentiful here in the Riviera Maya; stock up on a bottle from any fruteria so you always have it on hand. Or keep an old coconut (the brown kind with fibers on the outside) in the fridge for just such an occasion. Coconut water hydrates and is full of nutrients, electrolytes and easily digestible carbohydrates for energy. It’s a much healthier alternative to a sports drink!

Eggs for breakfast

There may be a reason you crave eggs the morning after drinking too much. Eggs are a great source of protein, yet gentle on the stomach allowing you to digest them easily. They provide your body with cysteine, which can help to break down toxins from alcohol consumption and the yolk is a great source of fat-soluble vitamins and minerals. Use organic eggs for maximum nutrient benefit.

Green Smoothie

Does it have to be green? Perhaps not, it could be red with berries or orange with tropical fruits, but don’t smoothies seem healthier when they are green? Throw together a handful of spinach, some cucumber, blueberries, ginger, lime, avocado, a teaspoon of honey, a teaspoon of coconut oil and try not to wince while you blend it all together on high speed (just 20-30 seconds). This concoction will provide hydration, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, healthy fats, energy and natural sweetness.

Remember, prevention is better than cure, so drink in moderation and stay hydrated as much as possible!

 

Sara Jones

Spa, Wellness & Lifestyle Expert, Spa Consultant, Speaker and Founder of Spa & Wellness MexiCaribe magazine

www.spawellnessmexicaribe.com

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