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What To Do When You've OD'd On Christmas Goodies

by Avana Wellness (follow)
Bev Dorgan (BHSc) Naturopathic Nutritionist
Don't you just love that expression "eat and be merry" that gets bandied about this time of year? But what about the side-effects of all that indulgence?

Christmas treats

Here's my top tips to keep you on track:

1. Feeling hungover? I know you might not feel like it, but cooked eggs are a great way to start your day and help you get over that hangover quicker. Plus get sipping on the water.

2. Feeling bloated? A lot of people find digestive enzymes or apple cider vinegar can quickly help banish that bloat. Pineapples and papaya are rich in natural digestive enzymes. Also, keep an eye on what you are eating as food sensitivities may be the cause.

3. Feeling sluggish? Try to make sure that you are eating protein with each meal and snack and avoid too many highly-processed, sugar-laden foods. Look out for hummus dips and nuts instead of chips and mince pies!

4. Feeling stressed? If you are eating foods that don't agree with you or you've had too much sugar, you can be left feeling a bit on edge. Again good protein may help as well as lots of green veggies to make sure you are getting the right nutrients into your body. Time for a green smoothie perhaps.

5. Feeling like you've got gastro? Let your body recover with simple foods like cooked carrots, bananas, stewed apples and broths. If you've been prescribed antibiotics, you may find that probiotics may help.

Of course these are only general tips and not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment.

Merry Christmas everyone!

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