I had too much wine last night.
Because… life! I’m all about feeling as good as possible, but I don’t believe in getting so dogmatic about it that my wellness practices actually interfere with my life. Last night I hosted a dinner party with a couple of girl friends and we probably could have left that last bottle of wine unopened. But we didn’t, so now what?
Thankfully, I’ve been developing a bit of a protocol that helps me to rebound faster. The best part is that it starts the night of my extra little indulgence, so I don’t even wake up feeling so bad!
Step One – Activated Charcoal
I keep Bulletproof Activated Charcoal in the house, and usually take some with me wherever I go. It can be useful in restaurants when you’re not sure of the quality of the oils they might be cooking with, and also when consuming alcohol. The activated charcoal molecules bind with potential toxins, essentially neutralizing them and pulling them through the digestive tract so that they can be eliminated.
The bad news is the charcoal molecules can also bind with healthy nutrients. This is why if I cook a nice, nutritious meal at home I don’t tend to take the charcoal even if I’m having a glass of wine or two. But, last night, once I moved onto my third glass of wine, I decided to take some activated charcoal, with a good amount of water, to help mitigate some of the damage.
Step Two – Hydrate and Supplement Before Bed
Before bed, on the advice of Alisa Vitti, provided in her book Woman Code, I take Inositol, Vitamin C, and a B-vitamin. Inositol helps to detoxify the liver, while the Vitamin C and B vitamins support your system. I take these with another large glass of water. If I have coconut or maple water in the house I’ll drink this instead for the added electrolytes. Alisa recommends taking Electro-Mix for electrolytes before bed.
If I do all of these things before bed, I usually wake up feeling pretty Ok! The other key thing for me to note is that I do need extra sleep if I consume excess alcohol. So I’ll skip my morning yoga for an extra hour of sleep if I need to be somewhere at a certain time. Even better, on evenings when I know I might overindulge, I clear my morning so that I can sleep an extra hour and still do my yoga which is good for organ detoxification too!
Step Three – Hydrate First Thing in the Morning
First thing in the morning, I make myself a LARGE glass of warm lemon water, with added trace minerals and silica for maximum hydration. If I’ve done Steps 1 and 2, then I feel like I’m back to 100% after this (provided I got enough sleep and didn’t REALLY overdo it – but those nights are rare for me now).
Step Four – Choose Breakfast Wisely
I know it sometimes feels tempting to go get that super greasy hangover meal, but this just sets you up to feel worse! That’s not to say you should avoid fat. Some research shows that energy-dense meals can help fuel you through a hangover. I choose to do this by having a fatty latte, or a bulletproof coffee (being mindful to consume even more hydrating liquids to counter the caffeine). I also like to have a green juice for the nutrient infusion. Sticking with liquids helps keep things easy on my digestive tract.
Step Five – Keep Hydrating and Supplementing!
Even though I’m typically back to my good ol’ self after breakfast, I know I’ve caused some added stress to my body in asking it to process the extra alcohol and deal with some dehydration. So I keep hydrating, typically with coconut or maple water, and I take ALL of my supplements throughout the day, heavy on the antioxidants. I take more Vitamin C, double up on my B vitamins, take my multi and essential fatty acids in the form of cod liver oil. If I have them on hand, I’ll also take liver-boosting antioxidants like N-acetyl-cysteine.
This is how I’ve learned to help myself not get taken out after a night of a bit too much enjoyment. I don’t have to feel guilty, I just need to take care of myself so that I can get back to feeling good and still have a productive day. If anyone else has additional ideas to try, would love to hear ’em!
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