Drink The Right Way This Weekend

From nutritionist, Mikaela Reuben

Alcohol and weekend celebrations often go hand in hand. If you’re planning on consuming some alcoholic beverages this long weekend, here are the best options to minimize the after-effects. Because time off from work should not be spent with a crippling hangover….

4 Tips For Drinking

1. Wine: Choose a glass of red wine to get the anti-oxidant benefits of resveratrol, but watch out because having too much leads to a sore head for most because of the high amounts of tannins, which leave you dehydrated. Dry wines contain less sugar than other wines, and cheaper wines potentially have added sugars so choose quality when possible.

2. Liquor: If choosing spirits, opt to mix with water or soda water with the addition of some citrus or herbs to flavor. Skip the sodas, tonic water, and concentrated fruit juices.

3. Mixers: Kombucha or fresh pressed juices make for a tasty mixer with spirits like vodka and gin for an added nutritional boost.

4. Water: No matter which kind of alcohol you choose, mix in a water between each drink to compensate for the water your body is using to metabolize the alcohol.

4 Tips For Supporting your Liver

If drinking is a non-negotiable during your holiday season, consider adding some foods or herbs to show some love to your hard-working liver. 

1. Garlic – has the ability to activate liver enzymes that help your body flush out toxins. Chop it up and add it to a vinaigrette on top of some fresh greens.

2. Beets – an amazing food for your liver as they help amp up the process of detoxification. Roast some beets with salt, pepper and fresh herbs and add to a salad or shred them and eat them raw. Starting your day with some fresh beet juice is a great way to undo some of the damage that you did last night.

3. Dandelion – Yes, this is the not-so-welcome yellow weed that pops up everywhere come springtime. The root and leaves of those yellow pests are amazing liver protectants. You can drink a warm cup of dandelion tea to support your liver after a big night out. 

4. Turmeric – The active compound of turmeric, curcumin is a potent anti-inflammatory. When we indulge in some extra sweets or a few more drinks that usual, our bodies takes on this stress as inflammation. Adding turmeric to your foods or taking a curcumin supplement can help to lighten the load. 

Want more tips? Read how to avoid a hangover or check out this post-imbibing cleanse