Happy May, everyone! This month, we will both be celebrating our birthdays with our friends and loved ones. Since we already know we’ll be drinking alcohol as part of the festivities, we thought we’d share our tips on how to still partake in drinking without wreaking havoc on your body.
News flash! You don’t have to drink 10 shots a night to have fun, and you most likely can’t drink like you’re 21 anymore. If you were drinking back to back nights in college, with an incredible resilience and no hangover to date, consider yourself lucky but those days only last for so long and age will eventually catch up with you. The sad truth is that alcohol has a lot of detrimental effects on the body. However, when consumed properly and in moderation, it can still be a fun social activity you can enjoy with others.
How alcohol negatively affects your body:
Alcohol unfortunately has a long grocery list of short and long-term negative effects on your body.
- Short term: hangover, dehydration, fatigue, lack of coordination, inflammation, mood and behavioral changes, weakened immune system
- Long term: liver damage, muscle deterioration, heart damage, increased chances of chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer.
Realistically, alcohol is a part of life for many people and is often present at most celebrations, meaning that giving up drinking for good is difficult. While it may be bad for you, it can certainly be consumed responsibly by following our tips below:
Tips on how to drink smarter:
Before drinking – make sure you are eating a lot of fiber and whole foods. The more processed junk food you consume beforehand, the worse your hangover will be the following day. Do NOT drink on an empty stomach, as doing this will cause the alcohol to damage your stomach lining. We like to take a milk thistle supplement if we know we’ll be consuming alcohol later that night, which helps coat and protect your liver!
During drinking – Hydrate! Make it a habit to drink water in between your drinks and remember to pace yourself. You are in control of how much you drink and only YOU can gauge how much is too much. A good rule of thumb to remember is that your body metabolizes around one drink per hour, depending on your body weight.
After drinking – Sleep well, hydrate, be sure to have a hearty meal the next morning to soak up whatever alcohol is left within your body. Many people think greasy, fried foods the morning after drinking will help absorb the alcohol but in reality it is only a temporary fix and will end up making you feel even more lethargic and disgusting than before.. If you are hungover, sipping on any type of herbaceous bone broth will do wonders, which is why pho is the ultimate post-drinking cure!
Our favorite hangover free / sugar-free drink recipes:
Remi’s Skinny Spicy Margarita
- 1 shot tequila blanco
- Juice of an entire lime
- couple slices of jalapeno (option to muddle w/ seeds for extra spice)
- liquid stevia
- Lime La croix or other sparkling water
- Instructions: Mix everything together except la croix in a cocktail shaker or cup and pour over ice (Don’t forget to rim the top of your glass with some tajin.) Top with la croix and enjoy!
Bryn’s Vodka Mixer
- 2 shots of vodka
- 1 can of fresca
- juice of 1/2 lime