With summer in full swing and patio parties, weekend barbecues and 4th of July debauchery on the horizon, it’s easy to get caught up in the fun and drink just a bit too much. You know that ‘next day’ feeling: pounding head, upset stomach, dry mouth and overall yuckiness. At times like these, I used to beeline for the closest drive-through and stock up on greasy food and a giant carbonated soda. This strategy works in the short term but leaves you with another kind of hangover – a food hangover – that can be just as miserable to shake later in the day. While many cultures swear by a variety of hangover cures, I think I’ve found one that blows everything else out of the water. It’s fresh, clean and just requires a quick trip to the kitchen and a date with my juicer. No more Taco Bell runs for this girl!
Hangover Helper Juice
- 3 organic tomatoes
- 3 organic stalks of celery
- 1 lemon
- Small piece of ginger
- 1 jalapeno pepper (remove the seeds if you don’t want it as spicy)
- ½ organic cucumber
- 1 handful of cilantro
Rev up your juicer and feed each ingredient through. Give it a quick stir and bottoms up!
Think of this refreshing concoction like a Bloody Mary without the booze – it coats your stomach without being too heavy. And the best part is that each ingredient plays a special role in getting you back into tip top shape. The ginger relieves nausea while the jalapeño gets your adrenaline going for a big wakeup call to your body. And how can we forget about the amazing alkalizing benefits of celery?! Beer and wine are acidic and they create a hostile environment in your body (along with the crappy food you probably consumed with that bottle of wine or beer). By juicing and consuming celery juice, you’re giving your body an alkalizing agent that gets things back to neutral. Oh, and tomatoes aren’t too shabby either. In fact, tomatoes contain potassium that helps regulate the amount of water in your system along with chlorogenic and coumaric acids which combats against carcinogens and free radicals. And last but certainly not least, the cucumber offers serious hydration (cucumbers are 96% water) that will help relieve that pounding head in no time.
The next time you over-imbibe, juice up a ‘hair of the dog’ cocktail you can actually feel good about. I’ll say cheers to that!
Photo credit: Marta Sobo