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If you do splurge on crap food, tote some Digestive Enzymes to help you digest all that shit. You can buy ones to digest fiber, dairy and protein and there’s kid versions as well. Anyone sporting dreads at a health food store, like Community Natural Foods, should be able to steer you in the right direction.
Nicole also recommends packing along some good quality protein bars and trail mix without the chocolate (it melts). I used to smuggle in PB&J to Cowboys on First Friday, but it got way too squishy and embarrassing.
Stampede Hangover Help
Before you get plastered, you want to give your liver some love, as it’s the organ that does all the heavy lifting when you’re drinking. Pick up some liver care products at a place like Community, so you’re primed for what’s to come.
During the drinkfest, chug water and if you can, throw in some electrolyes. I like those power packets that dissolve in water or coconut water does the trick, as well.
Take these before bed and you’ll thank yourself when you wake up.
After your night out, rehydrate with coconut water and consider taking Party Smart. This giant herbal remedy is best taken before bed and will make you feel soooo much better come morning. Nicole also recommends Butterbur, a herbal supplement to relieve headaches. I don’t get migraines, but apparently a ton of people do in Calgary due to our wild temperature fluctuations and they actually get relief from this product.
When you drink, you’re basically carbing out thanks to all the sugar, so you need some good protein and fat to balance it out. If you can stomach a smoothy with protein powder, veg, fruit and coconut water, that’s the way to go. Me? I’m all about the eggs and good fats like avocado in the form of guacamole. OK, maybe I throw a little grease in there, too.
Depending on how much fun you had, you might want to consider doing a full-on detox. Some people do that through eating nutrient dense foods, while others go hardcore purchasing cleansing regimes. Community has a variety of long term and short term cleanses to get you back on track.
How to do you stay healthy during party season?