Put down the bacon buttie - if your head is pounding and you’re feeling the effects of the day after the night before, natural cures could be your best remedy according to east London nutritionist Jacqueline Newson.
And there’s one vitamin in particular she believes can tackle even the most horrid of post party-hangovers, and that’s Vitamin C.
“Vitamin C can accelerate the liver’s ability to detoxify so is a must-have for your hangover kit,” she said.
“For those who can stomach lots of fruit and veg on a hangover I recommend a refreshing fruit smoothie, and for those who can’t, make sure to supplement with a really well-absorbed Vitamin C.”
Here are her five tips for staying in tip top condition during the festive season:
1. Eat lots of ginger.
Alcohol can be an irritant to the stomach lining and can increase the production of stomach acid which is why we often experience nausea and vomiting the morning after over indulging.
Jacqueline said: “I recommend grating some fresh ginger into a cup and adding to boiling water, leave it to steep for 10 minutes then drink up.”
2. Boost your Glutathione levels naturally.
Glutathione is the powerful antioxidant which helps detoxify the liver after a night of drinking.
When alcohol intake is excessive, glutathione levels are seriously depleted.
Jacqueline said: “It is therefore vital we give our liver a helping hand by eating foods which are rich sources of glutathione, such as fresh, raw vegetables such as tomatoes, broccoli and spinach, as well as garlic and raw eggs.”
3. Stay hydrated.
Alcohol is a diuretic if consumed in large volumes and can cause dehydration.
Jacqueline said: “I also recommend ordering a glass of water with every alcoholic drink you consume when you next go out and alternating between the two, as this will ensure you replace the lost fluids throughout the night.”
4. Invest in a good-quality Vitamin C supplement.
Available in Canary Wharf, Altrient C is a liposomal Vitamin C.
Jacqueline said: “This ensures effective transport of the Vitamin C supplement into the blood stream whilst avoiding the absorption barriers that limit the levels of Vitamin C.
5. Pop a milk thistle.
Milk thistle contains crucial substances that help protect the liver from alcohol damage.
Jacqueline said: “It contains Silymarin, which has antioxidant properties that are known to help protect the liver by preventing the depletion of glutathione and promoting the growth of new liver cells.”
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