As many of us prepare for Back to School (and back to the grind), we may still be reeling just a bit from a fun and indulgent summer. Feeling guilty about consuming a few too many Mai Tais? We’ve got some natural remedies that will help you detox, as well as tips on enjoying a cocktail or two — without the guilt.

How Much is Too Much?

To maintain optimal health, we recommend consuming no more than two drinks at a time, twice a week. (NO alcohol is best, but we subscribe to the “everything in moderation” line of thinking.)

Remember: the more we drink, the harder our livers have to work to process both the alcohol and the added sugar contained in most cocktails. Over time, this leads to elevated liver enzymes and what is known as “fatty liver.” Fatty liver, while completely reversible, is the earliest stage of alcohol-related liver disease.

Excess alcohol consumption can also throw our hormones off balance, and often increases our appetite, causing us to eat more and gain weight. Additionally, many people are sensitive to barley, yeast, gluten and sulfites found in many beers, wine and liquor. These allergens can wreak havoc in the body, causing inflammation and digestive problems.

Natural Alcohol Detox

To help your liver recover from overindulgence, we recommend Lipo Plus. This supplement helps regenerate healthy tissue with a blend of nutrients including:

  • Choline‚ which helps to heal fatty liver tissue
  • Beet greens‚ antioxidants that may stop free radical damage and help the body produce bile
  • Black cohosh to soothe the nervous system
  • Pancreatin‚ a compound of digestive enzymes that helps the body break down food

We also prescribe IV vitamin therapy (including B-vitamins and magnesium) and homeopathic remedies to patients who are coming off a big weekend of partying to help their bodies recover more quickly.

Tips for Health(ier) Alcohol Consumption

  • Opt for gluten-free alcohol, like corn-based vodka, with a sugar-free mixer (club soda and lime)
  • Measure your pour! It’s easy to drink more than we think. A single serving of liquor is 1 1/2 ounces.
  • A glass of wine is 5 ounces (not filled to the rim of the glass)! Each bottle of wine contains 5 servings.
  • Drink one glass of water before your first drink, and after each subsequent drink.