Recent research has found that fish oil may be able to help reduce some of the damage caused to your brain by binge drinking. If you’re looking for a less pungent way to detox, try these eight simple steps towards fighting the effects of one too many heavy weekends.
Exercise your demons
Cardio may be the key to rejuvenating your brain after booze, so stop making excuses not to pull on your trainers. A Boulder University study linked aerobic exercise to a reversal of the brain damage caused by heavy drinking. Try some low intensity cycling to clear your head after a heavy night. Just make sure you’re wearing a helmet.
Nut up or shut up
To combat sallow morning after skin, go nuts. Despite the wrinkly exterior, an American Chemical Society study found that walnuts are packed with powerful antioxidants that can rejuvenate your skin. They’re also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which were found to slow the effects of ageing by researchers at Ohio State University. Better get cracking.
Zinc or swim
You can combat alcohol’s effect on your immune system with heavy metal – and no, we’re not talking about a Metallica workout. Researchers at CNRS found that heavy metals such as zinc, found in oysters, can help boost your immunity. Rustle up these late-night oysters with champagne for a healthy dish that will also impress any groupie.
Go all in
To improve your memory, hit the casino. According to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, playing card games can help restore some of the mental processing abilities lost during too many nights on the town.
Guac to your best
When fortifying your liver against the effects of booze, fat is key – and not the kind dripping from your 3AM kebab. Avocado, as well as being high in dietary fibre and ‘good’ cholesterol, has been found by American Chemical Society researchers to keep liver damage at bay. Have it as part of a Mexican muscle lunch – and hold the Corona.
Alcohol consumption ups your stroke risk – here’s a bright idea to protect yourself. A daily portion of light-skinned fruit and veg like apples, bananas or even cauliflowers was found by a Dutch study to reduce your stroke risk by up to 52%. Make light work supercharged apple and banana smoothie for a heart helper in a glass.
Heavy drinking can slash your testosterone levels, leaving you with ‘brewer’s droop’. Academics at Santo Tomas University in Colombia found that erectile ability can still be a problem over a year after giving up booze. Fear not – as well as being protein-heavy, one tin of Tuna packs 100% of your RDA of testosterone-boosting vitamin D. Try a workout, then cook up a tinned tuna for post-gym fuel. Just make sure you brush your teeth before you get between the sheets.
It’s not only your wallet that will feel better after a break from drink – abstaining from the sauce for just two weeks can reverse damage caused to the brain by chronic alcohol abuse, a study in the journal Alcoholism found. Don’t believe us? Research on what happens when you quit for just one month. And yes, “just the odd one” does count.