hangover….leaving you high and dry….

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Drink a little too much over the weekend, did you?  Well, this is where the “bratty little sister” comes out of me because I don’t drink and I TALK IN ALL CAPS JUST TO MESS WITH YOU!!

Ok…sorry.  But I do want to help you out, my little saucy friend.  You obviously found out a long time ago that alcohol invariably results in a hangover.  But just how much alcohol is necessary to produce that hangover depends on the biochemical individuality of the person drinking and also what that person is drinking.

Liquor

Distilled liquors, like whiskey and gin, have a more immediate impact than wine or beers.  And did you know that all alcohol is absorbed more quickly when mixed with a carbonated beverage?  Yup!  Once it hits the bloodstream, the alcohol reaches the brain in minutes.

First acting as a stimulant, then a bit of euphoria, down a few more and then comes central nervous system depression and feelings of numbness and finally sleep or unconsciousness THINK, PEOPLE!  Drinking too rapidly, especially a large amount of alcohol, can be fatal.

According to Linda Page’s, Healthy Healing, “a hangover should be gone by five o’clock the next day.  If it isn’t, you probably have alcohol poisoning.  This severe type of hangover is alcohol poisoning with dehydration thrown in.” 

Great.  Now look what you’ve done.

Ok.  Let’s just stop spinning for a moment and see what we need to do.  First let’s see what she says about diet:

NUTRITIONAL THERAPY PLAN

  • Restabilize your body with Vitamin B rich, high fiber foods like brown rice and vegetables to soak up the alcohol.  Add antioxidant foods like cruciferous veggies and soy foods to help detoxify.
  • Drink cranberry juice to protect your liver.
  • NO ‘hair of the dog’ drinks; they drag out a hangover.  Eat crackers and honey at bedtime instead to burn up and soak up alcohol.
  • Drink up several glasses of water at bedtime and in the morning to stave off a killer headache.

ANTIOXIDANT HANGOVER CHASERS

  • Drink plenty of OJ and tomato juice.  Fructose helps your body burn alcohol.
  • Mix tomato juice, green and yellow onions, celery, parsley, hotpepper sauce, rosemary leaves, fennel seeds, basil, water, and Braggs’s Liquid Aminos.  Drink straight down.
  • Knudsen’s Very Veggie Spicy juice

BEST FACE FORWARD

  • If you forgot to take off your makeup before you, literally, fell into bed (GASP) use a gentle remover, not soap.
  • Be gentle, your skin is probably still puffy and sensitive
  • Use an oil-free moisturizer or a tinted moisturizer.  Blend with your fingers to start blood flow, while gently ‘piano tapping’ under eyes.  Use a bronzing powder and stay away from pinks…don’t make it worse than it is, sweetie.
  • Drink lots of water to wash away bloating and toxins and to replace the lost fluid
  • If possible, try to get out into some sunlight and get some light exercise.  It will work the alcohol out of your system by increasing your intake of oxygen.
  • Refresh your face throughout the day by carrying a spritzer bottle filled with chamomile tea that is cooled.  The chamomile will calm down the redness of your face and keep you hydrated.
  • And for crying out loud, put on some sunglasses and bright lipstick.

Next time?  Fake it. 

Have sparkling water with a splash of cranberry juice…..nobody will know the difference and you will wake up looking fan-freaking-tastic!!!  You’re welcome!!

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memorial day facts…

Memorial day is the time to remember our patriotic heroes who sacrificed their lives to help all of us live in Freedom. This day is observed with families and friends visiting cemeteries and memorials to pay homage to their loved ones. myFiveBest wishes to honor the men and women who serve in our military and those who gave their lives for this great nation.  Want to know more about this historic holiday? Read on, friends.

The Origin Of Memorial Day
Memorial Day was first celebrated on May 30, 1868. It was observed by placing flowers on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers during the first national celebration. James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, after which around 5,000 participants helped to decorate the graves of the more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers who were buried there.  It now honors any service person who served in any war the United States has been involved.

Why Is The Holiday Observed On The Last Monday In May?
Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers.  Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. This date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country, no matter in which state you lived. (Remember, Alaska wasn’t a state at the time.)

Making It Official
Memorial Day was not recognized as an official federal holiday until 1971.  Typical celebrations include parades, dedications, and the placing of flowers and decorations on the grave sites of the fallen soldiers in every war.  Originally, the official date of Memorial Day was on May 30th.  However, when congress turned it into a long-weekend, many felt that it detracted from the spirit of the holiday.  As the VFW stated in its 2002 Memorial Day address: “Changing the date merely to create three-day weekends has undermined the very meaning of the day. No doubt, this has contributed greatly to the general public’s nonchalant observance of Memorial Day.

The Progression of Things To Come
Technically, Memorial Day is not a national holiday in the strictest sense of the word.  While there are 11 “federal holidays” created by Congress — including Memorial Day — they apply only to Federal employees and the District of Columbia. The original Memorial Day allowed Civil War veterans, many of whom were drawing a government paycheck, to honor their fallen comrades with out being docked pay.  For the rest of us, Memorial Day was decided upon by the state. New York was the first state to designate Memorial Day a legal holiday, in 1873. Most Northern states had followed along by the 1890s. The Confederate states didn’t want a holiday memorializing those who, in Gen. Logan’s words, “united to suppress the late rebellion.” The South didn’t adopt the May 30 Memorial Day until after World War I, when it included those who died in all the country’s wars.

Stop And Take A Moment
In 2000, Congress established a National Moment of Remembrance, which asks Americans to pause for one minute at 3 p.m.(according to your own time zone) in an act of national unity. The time was chosen because 3 p.m. “is the time when most Americans are enjoying their freedoms on the national holiday.“ (info from Jim Fowler)

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English: Picture of graves decorated with flags at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WWII documentary soon to be released…

This just came across my desk…….(boy, I love saying that)….

It’s a documentary due to be released in November of this year. Remember….you saw it here first….  (I’ve always wanted to say that too)

But seriously, it is definitely worth a couple of minutes to view this.

Click HERE to view.  They are trying to get 1,500,000 views before Memorial Day.  It’s only two minutes long and worth it…..trust me.  Oh…..and grab a tissue…

WE ARE FREE TODAY BECAUSE OF THESE MEN AND WOMEN…..