By Eve Lynn Kessner
If you’re reading this, I imagine you already prioritize health and wellness in your life. You most likely do your best to incorporate fitness into your daily schedule, and eat clean whenever possible. You read and find interest in bettering yourself and finding the best ways to do that. So, first and foremost: Bravo! It is not simple or easy to live clean and healthy in this world. Making smart choices and educating yourself is a lifestyle choice, and a good one at that.
But — because there is always a but — life happens. It’s fluid, and we need to roll with the punches, let loose every once in a while. And often we pay for it in the form of a hangover, which can debilitate us and prevent us from picking up our active, clean lifestyles as quickly as we’d like. While avoiding hangovers altogether is what many of us chant (or should I say groan) after a big night out — a la, “I am never drinking again” — we ALL know that’s not realistic.
What we can do is learn how to balance, manage, and ease the symptoms of our alcoholic transgressions. Life is all about balance — finding a happy medium, and learning how to right our wrongs, heal our wounds, fix our mistakes.
So let’s break down a hangover into a few of its major components, and piece-by-piece balance its wrath.
It’s no big secret that alcohol dehydrates you! And this acute dehydration can lead to headaches, interrupted sleep, dry mouth, dizziness, and nausea. In short: a lot of discomfort. You can balance dehydration by drinking a glass of water for each alcoholic beverage you drink. Also, add onto that a large glass of water before bed and another first thing when you wake up. Better yet, swap out any or as many of those that you can for coconut or watermelon water (both packed with electrolytes to help rehydrate and maintain balance).
2. PH BALANCE
Alcohol can throw off your PH balance, leaving your body much more acidic than is healthy or safe. When your blood is too highly acidic, you experience lowered immunity along with other dangerous side effects. There are many ways to alkalize your body, but I love to use a macrobiotic remedy I found years ago and swear by. Before bed, or whenever you are done drinking, pop an umeboshi plum into your mouth and suck on it until all the fruit is gone and you’re down to just the pit (it is pickled so very, very salty… you’ve been warned). I keep them in my fridge for whenever I need them, and swear they work wonders for me.
Puffiness on the inside and out occurs after drinking alcohol. Inflammation is unavoidable and dangerous, so how can we balance it? There are a number of ways. For under eye puffiness: cucumbers, cold, the tried and true. For internal “puffiness” — try turmeric. You can buy it in pill form, cook with it, add it to your OJ. Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory and is great for hangovers and through your good times too.
Eve Lynn Kessner is mom to two little girls, Avital and Bar, ages 5 and 2, a sometimes vegan, a holistic nutritionist, and focused on living a organic, chemical-free, natural life. “Making our home and our diets safe, healthy, and chemical free is no longer a goal, but a necessity. It feels good, clean, and ethical,” she says. Eve studied at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and counsels clients on food and lifestyle choices, helping them make cleaner, more responsible decisions. Eve is also a SoulCycle instructor, and an all-around dreamer and believer.