Boozy Weekend Got You Down? Here's A 1-Day Hormonal Reset

Alisa Vitti is an integrative nutritionist, hormone expert, and best-selling author of Woman Code. We’re so excited to add her to our incredible roster of instructors, and if you’re interested in learning more about how to regulate your cycle naturally, balance hormones, boost fertility, and kiss PMS goodbye, check out her newest mbg class offering!

There’s no getting around it: alcohol does a number on our bodies — including exacerbating hormonal issues like Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, fibroids and endometriosis.

But I’m not here to make you feel guilty for having a glass of wine. Really!

Rather, I want to make sure your next period is problem-free. You shouldn't have to deal with severe PMS or spend a week in cramptown just because you threw your hormones off over the weekend.

How Alcohol Impacts Your Hormones

Women retain fluids longer than men, and metabolize the chemicals in alcohol at a slower rate. That means that in general, the impact of alcohol is much stronger on women.

At the same time, alcohol forces the liver to dip into your store of antioxidants and vitamin C to break it down — leaving you vitamin and mineral deficient. It's also dehydrating, and you lose hormone-balancing magnesium and B vitamins.

Plus, alcohol raises your estrogen levels, which can worsen symptoms of estrogen-dominant health issues like Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, fibroids and endometriosis.

And although we tend to reach for a drink when we want to feel happy or sexy, alcohol is actually a depressant — it drains the adrenals and causes you to feel tired and down.

Lastly, alcohol disrupts your blood sugar function. And when we drink, we also tend to make unhealthy food choices, which further exacerbates the problem.

But this time around, skip the greasy hangover diner bit and give my protocol a try instead. You’ll feel up to speed sooner, and you won’t give yourself a serious case of PMS later on.

Your Post-Drinking 1-Day Hormone Recovery Protocol

First thing in the morning:

  • Take a B vitamin complex, and have a glass of warm water with lemon to flush your liver.
  • Drink a 16 oz glass of my favorite liver support juice. Combine a handful of spinach, one carrot, four stalks of celery, half a cucumber, half a bunch of cilantro, one-third a bunch of parsley, half a lemon with rind and half a green apple in a blender or juicer.
  • Enjoy a breakfast of two poached eggs, a half cup of quinoa, half an avocado and two tablespoons of sauerkraut.

Middle of the day:

  • Eat a big lunch — brown rice, miso glazed salmon and kale or bok choy in soy sauce — to replenish the micronutrients you have lost and balance sodium levels.
  • Drink coconut water to replenish your electrolytes, and take a magnesium and calcium supplement.
  • Step out into the sun for 15 minutes, with no sunscreen, to boost lost vitamin D3 stores.

Evening:

  • Drink bone broth or have chicken soup to soothe the inflammation from the booze.
  • Do yoga twists. These moves will help to detoxify your internal organs and prevent a backup of estrogen.
  • Head to bed early to detoxify your brain’s immune system.

Remember: Once you have the right information about how your body really works, you can start making health choices that work for you.

And if your PMS is a serious issue, download my free 4-Day Hormone Detox to get rid of it for good.

Alisa Vitti

Alisa Vitti, HHC, AADP, is an integrative nutritionist, hormone expert, and the best-selling author of WomanCode (Harper Collins). Alisa is the founder of FLOliving.com, the trusted virtual destination site for women to naturally balance their hormone and reproductive issues with her proprietary "pro-hormonal" five-step dietary process that treats the root cause of endocrine dysfunction. She teaches women via her online program the WomanCode System. She posts a twice-weekly blog read by thousands of women in 45 countries about how to use food to end hormonal chaos and get into hormonal "flo." A graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Alisa has been featured on The Dr. Oz Show, has a web series on Lifetime, and has been a regular contributor for CBS, Fox, Shape, Women’s Health, mindbodygreen, and the Huffington Post. She pens the "Hormone Whisperer" column for Yahoo Health and serves on their health advisory board. She speaks to large groups about the intersection of hormones, neurochemistry, feminine energy, entrepreneurship, and success at TEDx, Talks@Google, Summit Series Outside, Hay House, WIE Symposium, and SHE Summit.Everyone you know is hormonal. Alisa believes together we can end the pervasive hormonal suffering women experience in our modern lifestyle. Spread some good ovary karma by subscribing to her blog and following her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and Instagram.
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