Did you get a little too lit on New Year’s Eve and are still recovering? Have too much champagne? Too much IPA? Too many gin and tonics? Do you seriously regret eating all those chips at the party?
Yeah, we get it. You wake up the next morning feeling hungover and just, well, sh*tty. But we’re here to help.
Here’s how to start feeling better ASAP after all that binge drinking (and eating) that's happened over the holidays.
1. Sip on lemon water.
Putting some lemon in water has super detox support and aids in digestion and detoxification. It is also full of vitamin C, which can help boost your immune system and help you feel better quicker, and it also helps clear your skin. You might have had a bit of a breakout after all the sugar in those cocktails and all the fats and oils in that greasy food you ate afterwards, but drinking lemon water will help your body rid itself of all that crap and make your skin radiant. You're probably also dehydrated from all that drinking, so be sure to replenish your body.
2. Start the morning with some ACV.
Drinking a mix of water, honey, and apple cider vinegar can really jump-start the detoxification process, especially when drinking on an empty stomach. It can help with acid reflux relief (after eating late at night and then going to bed), help with constipation, help with weight loss (woo!), and also help give you more energy.
3. Drink smoothies and juices.
Drinking smoothies and juices allows for your body to not have to work so hard to digest. They are nutrient dense, which is what you want after following a not-so-healthy diet during the holidays. They also keep you hydrated in the process, and are much more effective at delivering nutrients to your body than even taking a multivitamin. These smoothies will have you feeling better ASAP. Try making a Triple Berry Kiwi Smoothie or an Apple and Spinach Smoothie.
4. Get to the gym (but don’t kill yourself).
When I’m feeling sluggish, one way that I really try and get out of my rut is by getting to the gym or the park for a run, and if I don’t feel up to it, I’ll go for a lengthy walk. Exercise will help you feel better because it can help improve mood, boost your energy levels, and also help you lose weight. With all those cocktails and munchies, you might have packed on the pounds. Exercise will help it melt off and keep you feeling well.
5. Take a multivitamin.
If you’re not going to be drinking those smoothies, at least opt for a multivitamin. Your body is probably dying for some kind of vitamins and nutrients which you’ve been neglecting during the holidays (and no, we’re not counting the vitamin C in the cranberry juice with your vodka). The vitamins will help your body heal and keep you feeling better.
6. Get some shuteye.
Your body heals the most when it’s sleeping, and it helps to boost the immune system. It also will help keep your heart healthy and aid in weight loss. You’ll have a better mood and won’t feel as groggy/sad/stressed/any other emotion you feel when you haven’t gotten enough rest. Think about when you’re sick—what does your doctor tell you to do? Drink fluids and get rest. Do the same during your post-NYE detox.
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