It’s that time of the year again! For the next 10 days, it may be hard to follow your healthy eating and lifestyle patterns as you are tempted with all the new, funky midway treats while maybe even indulging in beer and alcohol if you are of age. Here are some of my stampede essentials so you can have as healthy of a stampede as possible. These tips will also allow you to optimize your energy reserves while you have early mornings and late nights.
B vitamins consist of thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), biotin (B7), folate (B9), and vitamin B12. B vitamins are so important because they act as co-factors in many of the metabolic pathways in our body, especially within the energy production pathways. B vitamins are also very important when it comes to the detoxification pathways in the liver as they are critical for phase 1 detoxification. Alcohol goes through phase 1 detoxification on its way to being cleared out of the body and vitamin B1 is especially important for helping with alcohol detoxification.
B vitamins are found in almost all nourishing foods but for therapeutic doses, one would require a supplement. A healthcare practitioner such as a naturopathic doctor can help determine the best B complex supplement for you as they are many different forms.
Intramuscular injections are another way to administer B vitamins which can have a quicker effect on your energy levels and give you a short-term energy boost while you work with a naturopathic doctor to identify what the underlying reason is for you feeling sluggish.
This is of utmost importance, especially if you don’t want a hangover effect the next day. Drinking plenty of water in between sugary food and drinks and/or alcohol will help to flush the alcohol out of the body and also keep your cells and tissues hydrated. Sugary and salty foods can make you feel dehydrated and thirsty. Dehydration also contributes to feeling sluggish and having lower energy.
This stampede looks like it is going to be a hot and sunny one! Use natural sunscreen with zinc to protect your skin from the sun. Wear your stampede hat (or any other hat) as this can help reduce the amount of heat you are exposed to and prevent heat exhaustion. If you feel too hot, take periodic breaks out of the sun in a cool environment.
Ensuring you are eating protein at all your meals will enable you to feel fuller for a longer period of time as it takes longer to digest protein and fat compared to sugary carbohydrates. This allows for a more regulated and slower release of sugar in the bloodstream stream and can prevent “sugar crashes”. Sugar crashes are often what leads us to eat more and wanting to eat more carbohydrates – a vicious cycle. Following this strategy may prevent you from eating all the sugar and “junk food” that you smell at the Stampede grounds … unless you want to! Then taking your B vitamins is essential to help your liver detoxify everything.
Adding an electrolyte powder to your water or consuming coconut water is a great way to restore your body’s electrolyte levels. Electrolytes such as sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium can be lost through sweat and urine (remember, alcohol is a diuretic). Low electrolytes can also contribute to extremity swelling, tiredness, blood pressure fluctuations, and muscle cramps. Magnesium is so important as there are so many metabolic pathways in the body that require it including detoxification enzymes. Replenishing electrolytes will also help minimize any hangover effect from consuming too much alcohol.