September 17, 2017

AloHAngover Helper

AloHAngover Helper

It has been my personal passion project this summer to more intelligently handle a hangover,
rather than waiting for it to pass and shoveling onion rings into my pie hole. And pie. Onion rings
and pie into the pie hole. While I conducted a lot of my own research, found here, much of the
suggestions came from readers. I was blown away by just how many people had found ways to
hack their hangovers. It was really awesome actually.

One suggestion in particular was that ALOHA’s super greens are particularly helpful the day
after schmoozing and boozing. So like the scientist that I am, I made both myself and a friend
the guinea pig. My friend rolled into dance rehearsal one morning, and had texted me earlier of
the “ugh so hung, gonna die” variety. I brought the powders along, and offered her one, knowing
she would be brutally honest because she is both a realist and a skeptic.
When we finished rehearsal, she turned to me and said “hey I think that powder actually
worked…” She also nailed all her turns that morning. So through both observation and personal
anecdote, I think it was a success.
This is likely due to Aloha’s high antioxidant and polyphenol content. A hangover is essentially
formed from increased oxidative stress / reactive oxygen species – really reactive and unstable
and inflammatory molecules that put simply, make us feel like sh*+. Alcohol consumption
disturbs the balance between the pro- and anti-oxidant systems of the organism, so as to cause
oxidative stress. Free radicals or reactive oxygen species attack fats and proteins and rapidly
enter cell membranes causing damage to the membrane, which leads to alcohol-induced
oxidative tissue injuries. Therefore, effective antioxidant and anti-inflammatory drugs or foods
might be useful for alleviating the harmful health consequences of excessive alcohol
Enter Aloha superfood greens stage left. With ingredients like coconut water, peas, spinach,
wheatgrass juice, raspberry juice, wild blueberries, spirulina, vanilla bean, oyster mushrooms,
king trumpet mushrooms, enoki mushrooms, lemon juice, hawaiian yellow ginger, moringa,
xanthan gum, and himalayan pink salt.

Let’s deconstruct that.

  • coconut water has tons of potassium, which is depleted when drinking
  • spinach, wheatgrass juice, raspberries, blueberries, mushrooms, and moringa are all packed
    with antioxidants
  • spirulina is extremely oxygenating, which assists especially when dehydrated
    ginger acts as an anti-nausea

Kind of like a hangover helper in a package in my (very humble) opinion.
So I created a few recipes including the superfood greens, combined with other ingredients to
assist with hangovers, like chia seeds and honey and beet greens galore. Check them out

chia seed pudding

In the hangover post, one reader suggested that the key to preventing her hangover is 2 tbsp
chia seeds in water before you go to bed. So either combine the chia seeds with ALOHA
superfood chocolate milk before bed, or have them the next morning, or honestly just do both.

They’re that tasty.

Here’s what you’ll need:

for the chia seed pudding:

  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup aloha supergreens chocolate milk
  • toppings: honey, coconut flakes, bee pollen, figs

aloha supergreens chocolate milk:

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 scoops ALOHA chocolate superfood greens
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 date
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt

tar sludge smoothie (yum…)

With ginger, tons of fruits, vegetables, antioxidants and polyphenols, this should have you back to vertical in no time.

the hangover smoothie

  • 1/2 cup frozen kale
  • 1/2 cup frozen cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup beet greens (packed with iron and fiber and vitamin A. The beta-carotene in vitamin A is a known antioxidant that can fight the effects of free radicals in the body. cough, cough,
    hangover looking at you…)
  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/4 cup frozen grapes
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ginger
  • 1-2 cups coconut water
  • 1 scoop ALOHA berry superfood greens
  • 1 scoop ALOHA vanilla plant based protein powder
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tbsp flax seed
  • few sprinkles of cinnamon

Thank you so much ALOHA for sponsoring this post. I wouldn’t be able to spend such mindful
time and energy on research without the help from companies I love and admire.

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