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Surviving The Superbowl- Curing Hangovers from Food and Drinks

By: Justin Emmons

1.2 billion Chicken Wings

7 million pounds of avocados

11.2 million pounds of potato chips

11 million slices of pizza from Dominos

These are just some of the stats posted of expected consumption during the Big Game.
In fact, behind Thanksgiving, the Super Bowl is the largest food holiday in the United States. We all make some choices to eat crappy and stay up late on Superbowl Sunday, and that’s fine.

My question to you is, after the game what are you doing to counteract the nutritional choices you’re making?

Let’s start with the hangover..

I’d love to recommend don’t drink, but the reality is most of us do it sometimes, so what can we do to make things better?

One thing you can do is take a dose of activated charcoal before you go to bed.  This will help absorb some of the alcohol out of your system and allow for less of a hangover in the morning.

Of course if you’re reading this it’s probably too late, so let’s move on to damage repair.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

Alcohol is a diuretic, and many times you’re dehydration is what’s causing you to feel bad.

I recommend waking up and drinking a couple of glasses of water first thing in the morning. You can also add a teaspoon of pink himalayan sea salt, or at the least table salt to help give you some electrolytes back into your system.

You can take NSAIDS (doctor’s recommend Ibuprofen or aspirin, but I don’t recommend you go overboard on these, and I try to stay away from them as much as possible)

Sleep is also something highly recommended, but it’s highly unlikely any of us will be getting the chance to sleep in Monday morning.

Food Hangover

Chances are you ate like crap, and if you’ve been eating healthy for a long time, you probably have a food hang over.

If this is the case, you’re going to want to clear out your system.

This is one of the only times I recommend a green drink. You can do a blend of kale, coconut water, blueberries, oranges, and MCT oil to get you started.

The anti oxidants in the mixture will help give your system a boost.

You can also ingest around 2,000mg of vitamin C.  Vitamin C is critical in the production of Glutothione (one of your bodies mechanisms for detox).  I would also consume more vitamin C throughout the day up to your bowl tolerance.  That way you’re giving yourself as much boost as possible.

Caffeine in the morning can help with your headache and stimulate your brain to clear up some. Just don’t over do it here.

Fasting may also help here.

If you don’t feel like eating or feel nauseous then don’t.  Intermittent fasting can be very helpful here.  Fasting around 18 hours is enough to increase cell apoptosis.  This is when your body kills off the dead cells that need to be recycled.  Also, not putting a food load onto your system, can allow your body to focus more on healing the damage caused by what you consumed last night.

Exercise it the last thing I’d recommend.

Of course there are tons of benefits to exercise, but here are a few that can help your recover from Sunday.

Training at a high intensity will release endorphins and generally make you feel better.

Exercise turns on the healing mechanisms in your body, so it’ll help expedite the repair process and increase production of positive hormones like Testosterone, and HGH.

Lastly, the increase in heart rate and blood flow can help cycle some of the toxins out of your system faster.

I hope that you had a fantastic time at whatever event you decided to attend, and I hope some of these tips will help you feel better by Tuesday!

CFB February

2/2/2015 WOD


Back Squat

Met Con:

Heavy Deadlift x 5 @80% of 1RM

Push Press x 1 with heaviest dumbbells possible

Deadlift x 4

Push Press x 2

Deadlift x 3

Push Press x 3

Deadlift x 2

Push Press x 4

Deadlift x 1

Push press x 5

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