Food and drink to beat the Christmas hangover

Food and drink to beat the Christmas hangover

Christmas parties are great, but the hangover the next day – not so much. When you’re struggling with typical hangover symptoms including like nausea, headaches, aches and sensitivity to light, you always feel that moment of regret and the ‘never-evers’. A hangover is caused by the changes in your body which occur when you drink alcohol. The toxic chemical in alcohol are essentially poison to the body and cause hormonal and chemical reactions which make you feel like rubbish the following morning. There’s no one cure for hangovers, but there are things you can do to try and reduce the effects of alcohol. We’re going to look at some of the food and drinks to stock up on this December to help avoid the hangover, but also the things to avoid. The Good Water: your body is majoritively water and when you drink alcohol you dehydrate your body (this is what gives you that pounding morning after headache). Help fight the dreaded sore head by alternating drinks with water during the night, and drink a glass last thing before bed and first thing in the morning. Ginger tea: when it comes to sickness symptoms, ginger tea is a favourite. Ginger tea has been found to help reduce feelings of sickness and settle the stomach. Eggs: eggs are full of taurine, which is great for boosting your liver’s function and also prevent liver disease. As your liver has to work especially hard when you drink alcohol it’s definitely worth giving it an extra hand. Bananas: full of potassium, bananas are perfect for refuelling depleted electrolyte sources caused by alcohol. Even...
Relax this Christmas at The Stable

Relax this Christmas at The Stable

Christmas is often a busy time and it can be overwhelming. At The Stable, we know how important it is to find time to relax and take a break from busy schedules. We also know how hard it can be find the time, especially with constant invitations, but sometimes saying no isn’t the worst thing you can do. Here’s why. There’s nothing wrong with being busy, however if you’re too busy and you’re not giving yourself time to relax you’re going to end up tiring yourself out. This can leave you feeling drained of energy, lacking motivation and also no longer enjoying what should be fun. Feelings like this if prolonged can potentially lead to stress and other problems. Instead of dragging yourself out to every event, miss one or two and do something that’s just for you. It could be having an evening on the sofa, doing some gentle exercise or even just going for a quiet drink with someone. Of course, at The Stable we offer a range of facilities which will really help you unwind and rest both your body and mind, including a sauna, steam room and one of London’s largest spa pools. By taking the time out to relax, you’re a lot less likely to burnout – you don’t want to get past Christmas and realise you haven’t got the same energy for New Year’s Eve! Although you may still be there physically, if you’re tired out you won’t be able to enjoy things in the same way. You also risk affecting your health, as being overly tired can leave you feeling run down...
Food that will help you avoid the Christmas guilt

Food that will help you avoid the Christmas guilt

The Christmas feast is viewed as one of the most indulgent and calorific events of the year and it traditionally doesn’t fit into any healthy eating routine – but can it? Whilst many of our festive favourites are loaded with fat, there are certain things which are actually good you and are things your body will thank you for! When loading up your plate, don’t feel bad for piling on the turkey. Turkey is surprisingly good with it being high in protein (even more than chicken) and it’s low in fat. It’s also loaded with niacin which is great for keeping cholesterol levels down and keeping your heart healthy.  Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the vegetables and as much as you may try to avoid them you should definitely fill you plate with greens! High in essential vitamins and nutrients, vegetables likes sprouts, carrots, swede and cabbage will keep you feeling fresh over the festive feast. You may also be surprised to learn that festive favourite roast potatoes can be good for you. They are low in saturated fat and a great source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin B6, folate and fibre. Although avoid the duck fat roasties and opt for the ones cooked in vegetable, or even better, coconut oil, to benefit.   As it’s Christmas, of course you want to indulge, however you can still eat well and enter the New Year without feeling as...
Why you should give yourself the gift of relaxation this Christmas

Why you should give yourself the gift of relaxation this Christmas

It seems we spend all of December running around buying gifts for others, but what about you? We believe that as well as spoiling others during the festive period, it’s important to treat yourself too. At The Stable we provide visitors with the perfect environment to sit back and unwind – whether you want to relax in the heat of the sauna or just enjoy a few drinks in our Lounge Bar. So we’ve said you should let yourself relax, but why? Over the Christmas period, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and a lot of people can start to feel stressed. If minor stress isn’t addressed it can linger and end up becoming long-term and have a much bigger impact on your mood and health – definitely not something you need at Christmas and over New Year! Keep yourself on top form and give yourself a couple of evenings to just relax in the run up to Christmas – trust us you will feel much better for it! The Stable is located in central London, and we aim to ensure that all of our male visitors relax and get the most from their visit. We provide access to a state-of-the-art sauna, a steam room, wet rooms, a video room and also one of London’s largest spa pools. Relax with others or take some quiet time for yourself – it’s completely up to you! Keeping your stress levels down is important not just for your emotional well being, but also for your physical health. You’re much more likely to feel motivated and be ready to take on all those parties....
Reduce aches and pains caused by the cold

Reduce aches and pains caused by the cold

As the weather gets colder, some may find that the weather causes their joints to stiffen up and they may also notice they are more prevalent to aches and pains. It can be hard enough to drag yourself out of the house in the cold weather, but these aches and pains can really affect your daily activities. At The Stable, we don’t believe that this should have to stop you enjoying your free time. Our facilities can provide visitors with the respite they need from the cold and they can also help to soothe those troublesome pains caused by the winter weather. Sauna and steam room These rooms are set to an optimum temperature – they allow you to benefit from a high heat but one that isn’t unbearable. This heat causes your blood flow to improve which means that nutrients and oxygen are delivered around the body much more quickly allowing your joints and muscles to soak up what they need to heal themselves. The heat also helps to release endorphins, which acts as the body’s natural morphine, helping to reduce pain and leave you feeling great. Spa pool Spa pools can benefit people who tend to be quite active – whether it’s through playing a lot of sport or even just by being on their feet at work all day. The cold can lead to stiff joints and achy muscles around the body preventing you from carrying out everyday activities or taking part in sports. Relaxing in the warm pool can help relieve these pains. When sitting in the spa pool the natural buoyancy of the water...
Benefit your health with better sleep

Benefit your health with better sleep

You have a good diet and regularly workout – that’s enough to keep you healthy isn’t it? New research has found that this isn’t enough. A major factor to your health is the amount of sleep you’re getting, so no matter how good your diet is or how often you go to the gym, if you don’t get the right amount of sleep you’re not going to benefit as you should. A recent study conducted holds that even just missing one night’s sleep can be more damaging than six months of bad eating. The reason for this is because sleep deprivation has a negative effect on your body’s insulin sensitivity levels, which can affect your metabolism and also increase your chances of becoming obese or developing diabetes. Your body needs a good sleeping pattern to maintain balance and function properly. What can you do you make sure you’re getting the sleep you need? Ideally, you need to develop a regular sleeping pattern which you can follow. The human body likes routine, and once you get it used to going to bed at say 11pm and getting up at 7am it’ll come as second nature to you. It’ll also mean you get the full amount of sleep you need and you’ll feel much fresher in yourself. Missing sleep and catching up with long lie ins is no good. In fact by doing this you will end up disrupting your body clock and end up feeling more lethargic. If you struggle with sleep there are some things you can do to help you drift off. Make sure your bedroom is cool...