How to survive Stampede
Stampede is coming and so are the side effects…
Proper rest, nutrition and water all help.
Stampede is a time when Calgary comes alive with Western festivities, which include Stampede breakfasts and lots of cheer. The light-spirited fun of Stampede helps reduce mental stress, however, it can take a toll on physical well-being during and after Stampede.
Hangovers, fatigue and upset stomach don’t have to be a required part of Stampede. We have a number of recommendations to help you survive with less damage to your body. Remember that the best prevention is to not overdo things in the first place.
This is the No. 1 issue to help you prevent major problems. Dehydration can cause headaches and fatigue. Drink a glass of water between your alcoholic beverages to help keep you full and hydrated. It slows down your alcohol intake and addresses water loss from alcohol.
Stampede is hard work, so keep yourself well fed. Consider food with fibre to help fill you up and to keep the alcohol from being absorbed all at once. Keep in mind it will get absorbed eventually, so keep to your preset limit. Healthy proteins will increase your stamina, and somewhat balance the blood sugar effects of your drinks, which are high in simple sugars.
Take a quality multivitamin and mineral supplement.
Alcohol depletes the B vitamins in your system, which are responsible for cellular energy among other things. You need to have anti-oxidants like selenium, zinc and vitamins A, C and E to deal with the free radicals you have generated. You need your minerals and electrolytes to help keep you hydrated and energized. Antioxidants and minerals such as magnesium will also help protect your skin and body from overexposure to the sun.
Sleep and rest.
Make sure that between Stampede parties you are getting good quality sleep and rest so your body can repair the damage from the night before. A quick 20-minute nap in the afternoon can help you feel rejuvenated and ready for the night ahead.
For most Calgarians, Stampede is a time when regular exercise schedules go out the window. While it is not necessary to follow your regular exercise schedule, a few bouts of intense exercise will help “sweat out” the toxins and bring nutrients to the cells.
Protect your liver.
The liver is your main organ of detoxification, which means it’s responsible for clearing alcohol and other chemicals from your body. When it’s being overworked, it needs help to keep functioning well. Try to take in foods that have liver protective compounds such as selenium (sunflower seeds, oysters, halibut, snapper) and glutathione (asparagus, watermelon, avocado). Other liver-protective foods include: eggs, artichokes, beets, broccoli, kale, onions and garlic. For those of you who go extra hard during Stampede, a Milk Thistle supplement can provide you with extra protection.
Healthy bacteria for your gut.
Healthy bacteria are important to metabolize some of the toxic breakdown products of alcohol, such as aldehydes. High amounts of sugar, fats and alcohol can lead to an overgrowth of bad bacteria, which can cause indigestion, stomach cramps, gas, bloating and reduced immunity. Taking probiotics (good bacteria) can be helpful.
Finally, for those who need more support, you can try the Meyer’s Cocktail.
This is a quick intravenous dose of vitamins and minerals that is sure to get the nutrient levels in your system increased very quickly. Get it from a qualified naturopathic doctor and from some alternative-minded MDs; it is also great for migraines, anxiety and immune issues.
Source: Calgary Herald
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