Partying is fun, but it can be very taxing on your body and on your emotional health. A good party usually has two extremes: having an amazing time followed by having the most horrible time the next day.
Traditional mindless partying tends to push the liver’s limits, depletes the nervous system, upsets the stomach, and messes with hormones. Going out late, drinking alcohol, eating late, and listening to loud music is on the ‘try to avoid’ list if you want to be achieve the highest state of well-being.
But that doesn’t mean there's no way to party with minimal side effects. Those of you who think that being healthy is too boring, and fear missing the next big DJ a lot more than damaging your liver, even you might pick up a few useful tips from this article, too.
A throbbing headache, foggy mind, uneasy stomach, nausea and fatigue are not a must after a good party! You can feel light, energized and clear, even after Ibiza! Trust me, you don’t need to turn into a health nut to feel great in your body.
Here's how you can support your body before and after any party:
1. Drink a glass or two of warm water with lime first thing in the morning.
Your body needs a combination of hydrating drinks, sleep, gentle stretching, and nourishing food, and this is a healthy, gentle place to begin
2. Drink coconut water with ¼ of lime and cardamom before breakfast or lunch.
Alcohol, smoking, greasy/heavy food, and dancing until the morning creates a lot of heat in the body. Cool coconut helps to calm it down while rehydrating your thirsty body. Potassium and electrolytes help!
3. Eat simple, warm foods throughout the day.
To restore energy and let your liver recuperate, use fewer ingredients and let simplicity rule. This will ensure that your meals are easy to digest (less likelihood of bad food combinations) and won’t overtax your digestive system. Soups, smoothies with soaked almonds, and cooked veggies are a great choice if you are up for cooking. If you're eating out or ordering in, try vegetable soups, salmon, ricotta, a light curry, stir fries, sweet potatoes, or plain quinoa. Lay off steak, shell fish, spicy foods, cheese, chips, chocolate, sausages, and cream sauces.
4. Neutralize the acidity.
Counter the acid-causing effects of going out by consuming cooling alkalizing foods such as cucumber, fresh fennel, mint leaves, lime juice, and coconut water.
5. Do a guided relaxation.
Deep restorative rest for the entire system helps you get back to normal level of energy a lot faster than just melting in front of the TV. Try yoga nidra or guided relaxation, and give your body 30 minutes to restore before going out for another night of dancing.
6. Go for a walk outside.
Breaking the routine and going to sleep at the same time that you usually get up is a big stress for the body whether you realize it or not. To regulate natural cycles and get back to the routine, sunlight and fresh air are great helpers. Take a short walk during your lunch time or before dinner. Being outside helps to reconnect and rebalance.
7. Help your natural detoxification mechanism.
If you notice any signs of indigestion, such as gas, bloating, burping, acid reflux, constipation and fatigue, be kind to yourself and help the natural detoxification processes. Triphala is a wonderful age-proven science supported bowel tonic. It isn't a laxative like many over-the-counter detox packs. It's popular in Ayurveda due to its unique ability to gently cleanse and detoxify the system while simultaneously replenishing and nourishing it, this traditional formula supports the proper functions of the digestive, circulatory, respiratory and genitourinary systems. Tea can be another good option — any mixture of licorice root, cardamom seed, fennel, and coriander will alleviate indigestion and reduce that heavy feeling in the stomach. Milk thistle extract is another great option to help detox the liver.
8. Let go of the guilt.
What’s done is done, and there's no point in fussing over it. Focus on what you can do to make yourself feel better in the present instead of thinking what you should’ve done differently yesterday. Now is the only thing that matters. Learning to let go will save you a lot of negative emotions.
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