Beating The Hangover by D.J. Simmons

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For the rest of the world these months spark the beginning of summer, however in Barbados this is when we celebrate our Crop Over season. For many, it is our favourite time of the year filled with friends, culture and fun. Sometimes a little too much fun, enjoying the variety of alcoholic beverages that flow with the good times. We’ve been there. That heavy hangover the dreaded morning after – but who wants to feel bad after feeling so good? Exactly! So here are a few tips on preventing that slow start to the next day.

  • img_hangoverwaterNever underestimate the healing powers of water. Drinking lots of water during alcohol consumption, and having a couple more glasses right before you go to bed hydrates and replenishes the body, lowering the chance of any headaches sneaking up on you.
  • Eating a few slices of cucumber at night also rehydrates you. The sugar, vitamins and electrolytes found in this veggie aid to lower the chances of a hangover or headaches as well. Another great tip for you; try pressing a slice of cucumber onto the roof of your mouth with your tongue for thirty to sixty seconds and this can eliminate bad alcoholic breath. This comes in especially handy if you have to lean in close for some intimate communication after a couple.
  • One of the symptoms of this evil hangover is nausea, and a known remedy is ginger. Try having a strong cup of ginger tea to help settle your stomach. Adding some honey will combat the hangover even more. If the tea isn’t available the next best thing is a glass of ginger ale. We do recommend keeping some ginger tea stocked in the cupboard though. Plus it tastes so good!
  • The potassium content in bananas helps to replenish the amount drained from the alcohol. Eating a few in the morning, or better yet, throwing a couple in a blender with some other fresh fruit to make a smoothie, is an even more delicious cure.
  • One of the most enjoyable preventions of the hangover is to dance. Yes use that energy and confidence induced by the alcohol to groove the night away.  Dancing enhances the body’s overall metabolic rate, which can clear alcohol out of the bloodstream faster. After all it is the Crop Over season, and with all the great music and good people around, celebrate with a nice drink and lively dancing.

Of course we advise you to drink responsibly but just in case you have two drinks too many, it is a good idea to keep this magazine close to your bed.

King of the Fruits – Mango!

 

It’s the season of the delicious and succulent mango. Get the most out of mango season before it ends. 

Mango is rich in all vitamins (A, B1, B2, B3, B6, and C), minerals, proteins, carbohydrates (including sugar) and fibre. It restores elasticity to the skin and is great for providing moisture to dry skin. It helps relieve clogged pores and the rich vitamin C content helps treat pimples and acne. Although it’s safe to use mango pulp on the skin, it is not advisable to use the mango peel, as it contains Urushiol which is toxic and may cause allergic reactions in sensitive skin. There are so many merits that go along with not only ingesting this delightful fruit, but also applying it to various parts of the body.


Mango and Honey face mask 

This is a very simple homemade mango face mask for glowing skin. Mash one mango and mix in one tablespoon of honey. Apply it to your face and neck and rinse it off with warm water after 30 minutes.

Mango-Coconut face mask
 Cut up one medium mango and mush it in a small bowl until it’s pulpy. Add one teaspoon of coconut oil and apply the mixture to your face. Leave it for 1-3 minutes and then wash it off using warm water. Your skin should feel refreshed and smooth.

 

Mango for your hair??

As weird as it sounds, mango is excellent for your hair as it promotes healthy hair growth. It improves elasticity of the strands and moisturizes dry or brittle hair. The commercial mango butter is quite costly and may be hard to find, so why not whip up your own mango hair concoction!

Mango Hair Moisturizer

Peel a ripe banana and cut it up into large chunks. Place the banana chunks in a blender or food processor. Wash and peel a ripe mango and remove the seed. Place the mango halves in the blender or food processor along with the banana. Puncture a vitamin E capsule and squeeze the oil and some olive oil (or any oil of your choice) onto the mango and banana. Blend it well. Shampoo your hair as usual and slather the mango hair moisturizer into your hair. Use a large-tooth comb to work the moisturizer evenly through to the ends of your hair. Cover your hair with plastic wrap or a shower cap and allow the mango moisturizer to remain in your hair for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse the moisturizer from your hair with warm water and shampoo it again (optional).

Mango has many other benefits such as improving eyesight as it contains vitamin A. It also contains fibre which reduces constipation and is rich in iron which is good for those suffering from anaemia.

Whether you’re making a creamy mango smoothy, a rejuvenating mango face mask or a moisturizing mango hair treatment, ensure that you make the most of this mango season and have fun along the way!

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