The season of the drink is about to be upon us. I find that (in Canada anyway) Thanksgiving in October signals the official debut of the holiday season. The weather is chilly, the leaves are changing their hue and holiday style cheer is on the rise…and with holiday cheer and joviality comes drinks.
Alcohol, booze, cocktails – the holidays is full of ‘em. It’s easy to go a little overboard during the holidays. It’s a cheerful time that can lead to some not so cheerful time (read: hangovers), but there are ways to swing the pendulum back and reclaim control.
There is no question that alcohol dehydrates, so it becomes very crucial to replenish our fluids. Re-hydrating effectively looks like eight filtered cups of water a day, and by add lemon juice you boost the alkalinity of your replenishing sipper. And for even greater hydration boost, try coconut water!
Now, this hangover list was born out of necessity. I needed some rescuing this past thanksgiving, after having many out of town guests home for the holidays, where after days of merry behavior, my body was certainly in need of nutrients.
Coconut water is often called nature’s sport drink, and with good reason – it’s packed with electrolytes plus antibacterial properties that help ward off post indulgence illness.
As far as these essential holiday survival drinks go, any hangover drink worth its salt has parsley! Parsley is one of nature’s most detoxifying ingredients. Cucumber finds itself here because it’s almost entirely made up of water and water is what we are endeavoring to restore, with the green leaves nourish the cells with a potent blend of vitamins and minerals. And if you can believe it, it tastes delicious together, too!
After preparing and drinking this detoxifyingly delicious hangover juice, I decided to take the healing even further…and since we heal the most when we are at rest, I promptly put myself back to bed.
- ¼ cucumber
- 1 cup Swiss chard
- 1 lemon, peeled
- 1 apple, cored
- 1 tbsp parsley
Push all ingredients through a juicer; and pour over ice.