FLIP OFF HANG­OVERS

The ef­fects of sum­mer drink­ing can stack up, but the right Us-style break­fast will sweeten the deal for your liver

Men's Health (UK) - - In This Issue -

Ban­ish the morn­ing-af­ter blues with a stack of booze-killing pan­cakes. Pass the syrup

While en­joy­ing a lit­tle too much week­end sun will quickly leave its mark (the flip-flop lines are a give­away) the ef­fects of the ac­com­pa­ny­ing luke-warm ciders are more in­sid­i­ous. Reg­u­larly over­do­ing it on the booze swad­dles your liver in fat, in­creas­ing your risk of symp­tom­less liver disease.

But this is hardly the sea­son for hard­core detox­ing. Quite the op­po­site, in fact – re­search pre­sented by the Amer­i­can Chem­i­cal So­ci­ety sug­gests you fight back with fur­ther in­dul­gence. It seems a ‘special re­la­tion­ship’ with break­fast can tem­per the dam­age done dur­ing those long sum­mer nights. Au­then­tic maple syrup (as op­posed to im­i­ta­tion sauces) is ooz­ing with 54 dif­fer­ent an­tiox­i­dants, five of which are unique to maple. Th­ese were shown to curb the chronic in­flam­ma­tion that leads to liver disease, as well as sup­port­ing im­mune func­tion. Driz­zling a spoon­ful over your pro­tein pan­cakes also serves up sim­ple carbs that quickly con­vert into en­ergy, fix­ing the low blood glu­cose that makes hang­overs so hellish.

Ad­mit­tedly, su­per­sized State­side cui­sine isn’t known for its health lean­ings. But in this in­stance, it seems their sticky fin­gers are on the pulse. Con­sider yes­ter­day’s ex­cess trumped.

Take a deep breath and brace your core. Keep­ing your back straight, slowly be­gin to hinge at your hip and push your glutes back. Your back will nat­u­rally want to round – but don’t let it. Form is key if you want your abs to pop.

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