We hope you had a wonderful holiday filled with good cheer, good company, and good food. And we hope you didn’t overindulge to the point of a food coma, which may have resulted in a food hangover.
A food hangover is caused when you overeat fatty, fried, spicy, sugary, starchy, or any food, really. The next day you may feel bloated, sluggish, and suffer from digestive distress, including gas, stomach pain, or mild nausea.
These food hangovers are common during the holiday season because we often celebrate with opulent feasts, giving us the opportunity to treat ourselves more so than we would any other time of year. Sometimes we stuff ourselves so much so that our stomachs become distended. When we do this, we make ourselves much more susceptible to these distressing symptoms.
As unpleasant as they are, they do happen. If you find yourself suffering from a food hangover, there are ways to speed up the recovery process.
Stay hydrated with non-caffeinated liquids (caffeine has mild diuretic effect). Not only will this aid in speeding up your GI tract, but it may help to decrease the stomach acid and sodium levels in your body. If you’re feeling bloated, peppermint or chamomile tea can help, while ginger tea can subdue nausea.
Eating may not be the first thing on your mind, but starting your day with a healthy breakfast can help you start fresh. You may want to try oatmeal or a high fiber cereal with fruit.
As the day progresses, maintain your fluid intake while avoiding starchy carbohydrates and sugars. Low-fat and low-salt foods are better choices. Things that can cover both nutrient and fluid intake are fruit smoothies or vegetable soups. The fiber content of these foods aids in GI tract movement.
Probiotics may not be a quick fix, but they can make you feel better in the long run. And if you’re suffering from heartburn, an aluminum-based antacid should work to neutralize your stomach acid.
Get moving! Well, it’s likely that you won’t feel like moving much, but even a short yet brisk walk will work. Get your heart rate going by choosing an activity that you enjoy and you can boost your metabolism, get your GI tract moving, and your body will release endorphins. Ultimately, you will feel better.
The key to preventing these food hangovers is moderation and balance. Munching on healthy snacks before the big meal can help you feel full so that you don’t overdo it. How do you prevent overindulging during the holidays? Share your tips or remedies with us and your peers on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, or LinkedIn. You can also find us on Instagram, Vine, and Pinterest.
Join us for a healthy lunch this week! We have modified store hours for New Year’s Eve (10:30am-4:30pm) & New Year’s Day (Closed), but we would love to see you before the year’s end. If we don’t, Happy New Year & we’ll see you in 2016!