Happy New Year!
I'm kicking starting 2010 with a hike in the Hollywood Hills followed by an annual New Year's Day brunch with my posse. The hike is my way of setting my intentions for the fresh start that this new year offers. I love staring out over the city and envisioning all the wonderful things to come. And the brunch? Well, to me there's nothing better than breaking bread with my favorite people. Bliss.
Just in case you're having a hard time clearing the cobwebs this morning after last night's celebration, I'm including some natural, green ways to cure any pains, courtesy of Planet Green.
Hydrate to Clear Out Toxins
To help the detoxification process along, it's always a good idea to drink plenty of water before, during and after imbibing of your favorite spirit. Before going to bed, try to down two big cups. In the a.m., as awful as it may seem, hydrate again. Water is great, but tomato juice with cayenne pepper, sugar, and lime should also be added to the hydration options as the concoction helps replenish electrolytes and get blood sugar back on track. No tomato juice in the house? Try a glass of water with a dash of salt and sugar both before bed and immediately upon waking up.
Try Tiger Balm to Help the Headache
Tiger Balm, a popular topical used traditionally in Asia as a multi-purpose remedy, is blended from camphor, menthol, cajuput oil and clove oil and known for its analgesic and blood flow promoting properties. It may not be made to mitigate hangovers, but it is one of the best topical headache cures around. Dab the potent, eye-stinging salve on the back of your neck and temples, massage it in, and wait a few minutes until your headache seemingly melts away.
Rub Your Hangover Out of your Feet
Reflexology is a known remedy for a slew of ailments—hangovers included. To rub your aches and pains away (while assisting to speed up liver detoxification) stimulate the outer edge area on the right foot, about halfway between the middle of the foot and the little toe. This is the reflex to the liver. You may notice some "crunchy" texture—which is a sign that there is some congestion in the area associated with that spot.
Try a different type of Shot...Wheatgrass
Wheatgrass is a natural detoxifier. It is said to cleanse the body's blood and water, hydrating and energizing the cells. Considered a "life sustaining food," the chlorophyll in wheatgrass helps clear your insides out, naturally deodorizing, enhancing wound healing, maintaining pH balance, healing the intestines, and delivering powerful antioxidants and enzymes to support the body both inside and out. Drink a glass at the end of the night for instant detoxifying and hydration, then again the morning after to further detox and energize.