Christmas is a time of joy. However, it is also very easy to overindulge at this time of the year. We eat and drink merrily, and then pay for it afterwards with heartburn, bloating, an upset stomach, and other digestive issues.
So how can we cope with these miseries? What should we do to ease the sufferings following overindulgence during holidays?
I always find herbal teas are very helpful with digestive issues...especially peppermint. Swedish Bitters (I recommend the terrific Hilde Hemmes brand which is available in most health food shops) is another great tonic for indigestion. I simply pour a quarter of a lid full into a glass of water and drink a few glass a day whenever I feel like this. Otherwise, apple cider vinegar mixed in a glass of water (again, about a quarter of a lid full is good) works wonders.
Other helpful things are doing a gentle tummy rub with a mixture of jojoba oil with a few drops of grapefruit essential oil, going for yoga or tai chi class or treating yourself with a relaxing massage.
If we eat too much at Christmas, we just simply have a nap afterwards. At Christmas, I did not fill up my plate completely. I did go back for seconds, yet my plate was only a third full. Drinking as much water as possible also helps. I only had one drink - a glass of Veuve Cliquot. Just drank plenty of water the rest of the time. Now doing a post Christmas detox for a week.
You can purchase Eno antacid from most supermarkets. This antacid has worked a real treat in the past. If you can't make it to the shops try drinking Sprite or and fizzy lemonade drink. The gas bubbles will help to treat any stomach gastro issues going on sans medicine.
I'm not one for overindulging! I eat 'pickingly', & drink just 1-2 glasses' of good quality Aussie Wine, never Champagne, & drink heaps of ice-cold Sparkling Mineral Water, throughout the day.
I don't eat breakfast these days, at all. Have a very light Lunch, with a 'cuppa', & a nice meal at night. I've cut down on 'huge' meal portions, last 21/2 years', & walk. Have lost 36kgs!
Sorry, got a bit sidetracked there!