Oh, don't pretend like you don't have one!
You can pretty much guarantee that social pressure will encourage people to rush to the nearest bottle of booze when you play the Lil Jon song "Shots." Bars probably make an extra 400 bucks when that song is played.
Shots are a surefire way to speed up the drinking process, so despite their ubiquity, those looking to protect their liver should probably learn to steer away from more than a few. But what if shots could also UNDO the harm? Not shots of alcohol, of course, but shots of healthy stuff!
If you've imbibed a bit too much, you may be like me and get THE WORST HANGOVERS, like, EVARRR! I know everyone says that, but I promise if you were a fly on the wall to witness the aftermath of my supreme partying skills, you would feel bad for me. I have learned to stay the hand from knocking back too many these days, strictly to stop experiencing the side effects of overdoing it. When you have crossed the line, you will pray to all that is holy to feel better.
One of the serious side effects to binge drinking is a lowered immune response to attacking viruses. The common side effects of hangovers mimic the flu. Nausea, headaches, body aches, and all manner of undiscovered minor injuries all come to light when you first open up your eyes.
Mostly everyone knows the basics: water, aspirin, rest, etc. But there are some very useful natural remedies that can cut right through the haze and help you move on with your life and stop watching TV in the dark with sunglasses on.
The beauty of this remedy is that if you get in the habit of taking this shot every morning, you will feel great come hell or high firewater, as it is an all around wellness booster.
The components are ginger, lemon, cayenne, and ACV (apple cider vinegar).
Ginger is a potent anti-nausea remedy. When taken every day, ginger can boost immunity and help manage pain with anti-inflammatory gingerols, the compounds in ginger that are being rigorously researched for their health benefits.
We cover ginger pretty frequently on xoVain, and that it because it's a potent and cost-effective remedy for many ailments. Keeping ginger on hand is really worthwhile, if not for its health uses then simply for its flavor. Nausea-nixing is my primary concern the morning after, and ginger is one of the fastest roads to recovery. Toss a few one-inch chunks in the freezer to keep on hand for juicing.
Lemons are another ubiquitous remedy item. So easy to keep on hand, delicious in dishes, drinks and even used for hair and house cleaning--no reason why you can’t keep a few kicking around, eh?
Consuming citrus juice, including lemon, can provide you with much-needed vitamin C to keep illness at bay. In the case of a hangover, it helps to restabilize the pH of the body. Alcohol causes the body to be more acidic, which is the preferred environment to encourage inflammation, one of the primary causes of the general crappiness of a few too many. It even contains a bit of potassium, which is lost by literally pissing the night away.
Cayenne pepper is more than just a culinary spice. It gets its name from a coastal town in French Guyana that I now want to visit, because, peppers and Guyana. Just one teaspoon of cayenne has up to 29% of your daily suggested value of vitamin A! That’s a small but very potent dose of cayenne, so what better way to get it down the gob than the same way you put the booze: short, sweet, and taken as quickly as possible!
Aside from increased immunity from vitamin A content, capsicum, the active ingredient, provides very powerful pain relief. The heat of cayenne in a wellness shot will burn, I won’t lie to you, but it feels so damned good after, so just remember that I’m not lying.
A wellness shot is something you can order at most juice bars, but that would involve getting off of the couch. Not doing that. Also in NYC chances are your juice technician is also your friend IRL who you don’t want to see when you look/feel like the rotten little sinner you are.
Here’s how to make it happen in less than 5 minutes with the added benefit of apple cider vinegar!
• a 1” piece of ginger (frozen)
• half a lemon
• cayenne pepper powder
• apple cider vinegar (I like Bragg)
If you have a juicer, by all means, use it. Juicers are cool and all, but again, you are not in any shape to do this, or in any shape to clean up after it, so I give you this crazy-lazy but effective way to get this in your belly.
First throw a lemon in the freezer for a bit, maybe 10-20 minutes will do. During this time, slathering your temples with peppermint essential oil may or may not help immensely. This can also be cheaply duped with Vicks, which I LOOOOVE.
Microwave the lemon and ginger for about 15 seconds and then you will be able to squeeze all the juice out faster. Squeeze the ginger juice into a shot glass--you can also use a garlic press if you are feeling especially feeble that day. Now the lemon, and follow with a healthy few dashes of cayenne.
Top off with a splash of ACV, and don’t waste any time--SLAM IT!
Let me know if you try it!