Just had a big weekend out on the town treating yourself? Well, why don’t you treat your liver! Poor thing has to process all those booze you just threw at it…he’s not too happy about it right now. Yes, I live a plant based life, and yes I do indulge in the party every now and then. For some reason some people think that all vegans don’t drink alcohol; well some do, and some don’t. I’ve never been a big drinker (usually got made fun of for being that guy who only drank like 1-2 beers and was lit), but every now and then I do like to go out with friends, have a couple cocktails, and rip up the local dance floor (this is what that looks like); good thing you don’t have to be a good dancer to enjoy the music.
(Here is a time I drank a beer – Pacifico, and yes it was vegan)
However, NOT all alcohol is actually vegan, believe it or not some alcohol is actually made with animal products such as isinglass, egg whites, and gelatins (Eeeewww). Unfortunately, most liquor, wine, and beer companies don’t label or indicate if their product is actually vegan or not. So for those of you that care (yes us weirdo vegans), here is a list of vegan liquors and beers. And here is some info on vegan wines.
So anyway, after a night of partying, I always like to negate some of the evil I put into my body. In addition to the obvious course of action like drinking plenty of fluids, replacing electrolytes (coconut water, watermelon water), drinking fresh pressed juices containing beets, lemon, and ginger, I also like to add in these liver detoxers to the mix:
- Spirulina: this is an algae super food; and you can find this in pill or powder form. Personally, I really like the brand Gaia Herbs, they seem to get the best reviews when it comes to purity, safety, and potency.
- Chlorella: this is another algae, and can also be found in pill or powder form.
- Liver Cleanse booster, like this one from Gaia Herbs.
- Liver Health booster, like this one from Herb Pharma. Plus, this company’s tag line starts with “Treat Yourself…” so automatically I’m a fan!
And there you have it, in with the good, and out with the bad! Oh, and I should also mention that I don’t normally take supplements, I’m a firm believer that you can get all your vitamins and nutrients from actual real food! This [After Party Detox] is simply a once in a while thing, where I am looking to give my body a specific boost.
Lastly, since we are on the topic of alcohol, I just want to acknowledge that yes this stuff really is poison for our bodies, so be smart, and moderate. Also, in my experience I have found that there is no real magic bullet to cure or prevent a hangover; not even this After Party Detox will heal you of your hangover. But the point here is to give your body some of the best nutrients to help deal with, process, and eliminate this poison. After a certain amount, that acetaldehyde is bound to ruin your next day. The only real cure for a hangover is 1) don’t drink in the first place, 2) don’t age past 25, and 3) time (yep, you’re just gonna have to wait it out dying on your couch for the next 12-24 hrs…put on some Netflix, or the Pandora ‘Spa’ channel to help you through it). Easier said then done, but live and learn people!