From Wagon to Flagon – Farewell Febfast

Whether you’re counting down to Friday March 1st or febfasting until the early Easter break, you’re going to need a little hand holding and some gentle reminders about the power of the potent stuff.

Here’s my Top 10 remedies and restorations

1. Beet top, lemon and ginger tea – to cleanse blood and liver, soothe nausea Recipe

2. Lick an Umeboshi plum – to balance “out there” feelings from toxins. A Macrobiotic remedy that suggests having salty or contractive taste to balance the sugar from alcohol and other toxins. It really works but tastes awful!

3. Protein rich breakfast – poached eggs and spinach or muesli with nuts, seeds and yoghurt. The liver produces elevated levels of C-reactive protein after injury or trauma. This substance is thought to be involved in inflammation and alcohol hangovers, so repair with healthy protein replacement. 

4. Milk Thistle – to re-energise the liver cells called hepatocytes. Milk thistle is also an anti inflammatory, antioxidant and reduces toxic fatty degeneration of the liver.

5. Wheatgrass juice – to alkalise the blood and powerful antioxidant, superoxide dismutase. Magnesium to calm a nervous system. Wheatgrass beetini (above) recipe here

6. Vitamin B – especially B1,2,3 – to help circulation and blood cleansing. Try miso soup daily if not available then the good ol’ vegemite should do the trick.

7. Beetroot, carrot and celery juice -contain carotenoids and flavonoids, which heal and cleanse. Celery juice great for beer excess conditions such as gout as it breaks down purines. Reduces inflammation.

8. Drink plenty of filtered water. Aim for 2 litres a day to promote kidney function and liver clearance.

9. Exercise and/or have sex. Both clear the head and increase the flow of oxygen to the brain. Endorphin rush will eliminate the blues.

10. Bacon sandwich with HP sauce – when all else fails!!

Tipplers tips for the first big night out.

Coffee does not help as it will dehydrate you further – try green or peppermint tea to refresh breathe and soothe the blood.

WheatBeetini

Try taking a teaspoon of coconut oil before parties to reduce the effects of alcohol.

One of the best ways to minimize the symptoms of a hangover — headaches, nausea, diarrhea, fatigue, dehydration, and body aches — is to practice some prevention before, and during, your drinking episodes. 

Chow down. Eat a substantial meal before you go out to a party or bar. Bread products and foods high in protein, like milk and cheese, slow the absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream by coating your stomach and small intestine. Nibbling on finger foods throughout the night can also slow the intoxication process.

Drink for the right reasons. Social occasions and celebrations are pretty good reasons for having a drink. Reducing stress, releasing anger, or trying to prove something to someone are unhealthy motivations for alcohol consumption and may actually quicken the intoxication process  and increase nasty side effects.

Hold that line. You’re probably familiar with your tolerance of alcoholic beverages (the point when the alcohol you’ve consumed begins to cause noticeable physical and psychological changes).

Crossing your line can easily send you into hangover land the next morning. Challenge yourself to hold that line — set and state a drink max before you go out — your body and friends will thank you tomorrow.

Consider the congeners. Congeners are natural by-products of alcohol fermentation. The higher the congener content, the greater the hangover. Gin and vodka have the fewest congeners, while bourbon and red wine claim the most.

Pace yourself. I recommend one drink per hour as a guide. This rate gives your body a chance to process the alcohol without sending it special delivery to your head.

Mix, not! Avoid alternating the types of alcohol you consume. If you begin with beer, stick with beer to the end. Starting with Scotch? Stay with Scotch, and so on. For many, downing different kinds of drinks leads to headaches and sick stomachs. It’s challenging enough for your body to react to one type of foreign substance, so why give it a harder time with two, three, or four?

Alternate. Start your partying with some food, then have a beer, then down some water or juice, then have another beer (remember to pace yourself along the way). Don’t switch off with carbonated drinks — they can speed up intoxication and heighten hangovers.

Sip or sink. Drink each alcoholic beverage slowly. Remember, your liver can only handle about one ounce of alcohol an hour. Rapid consumption of alcohol via shots, funnels, and drinking games are sure to win you a big hangover.

Have another drink… of water. Alcohol is a diuretic. Drink plenty of water during and after alcohol use to ward off dehydration, headaches, and aches.

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