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How to detox after a weekend of drinking

15/02/2017 Tiffany Cattouf

Weekends are a time to Netflix and chill for some, kickback and relax for others, and go out and party hard for the rest! Starting off with happy hour on Friday, followed by a boozy dinner and cocktails at the new hotspot in town on Saturday, and ending with an endless flower of mimosas at Sunday brunch.

Unfortunately, all that excess can leave you feeling bloated, tired, and with blemished skin – yikes! Here is the ultimate post-weekend one-day detox, that you can start Monday. It will help your body reestablish a healthy equilibrium from the inside out and reduce the impact after a crazy weekend.

The night of

After each night of excessive drinking, remember to drink at least two cups of water before going to sleep. Although the thought of putting more liquid into your body may sound gross, water will rehydrate your body and help reduce hangover symptoms the next morning.

The morning

Start the day with a tall glass of water with the juice of half a lemon, and half a teaspoon of activated charcoal. Activated charcoal will help trap toxins and safely carry them out of your body, helping it get rid of the bad stuff faster, while lemon juice will flush your digestive system and rehydrate your body.

Throughout the day

Fluids are key since alcohol dehydrates your body. Aim to drink two to three liters of water throughout the day to flush out the pollutants from the weekend. Not a big fan of water? Spruce it up with Chlorophyll Drops, which help detoxify your system and boost your liver functions. Also, try drinking Coconut water, this electrolyte-rich beverage has extra nutrients that will help hydrate your body faster.

Keep your meals nutrient dense

Plan to eat three meals and snack in the afternoon. Focus on nutrient-dense and whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy carbs, legumes, seeds and nuts. Here is a sample menu to put you on the right track:

  • Breakfast:  Half a cup of steel-coat oats topped with fresh berries and chopped almonds.
  • Lunch: Salad with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, avocados and chickpeas, with a drizzle of olive oil and lemon juice
  • Snack: Raw vegetable sticks (carrots, celery, cucumbers) with hummus
  • Dinner: Grilled salmon with broccoli and brown rice

What about coffee? You might be tempted to hit the coffee machine a few times that day, but you should avoid it as coffee will only dehydrate you more. Try White Tea with Rose Petals instead. Contrary to popular belief, white tea is rich in caffeine. Drink it with rose petals for its high vitamin C content and anti-inflammatory properties.

Before bed

Sip on Milk Thistle Tea before going to sleep. This natural herb that has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, is commonly used to detoxify the body, especially the liver that was hard at work this weekend and could definitely use help to process those extra glasses of red wine!