Recovering from a heavy meal or binge: the healthy way

Well, then it was the weekend. And after a long week of hard work, you deserve to treat yourself and go to restaurants and bars with some of your friends. But now it’s the day after and you’re feeling a little guilty, sluggish, bigger around the waist, and possibly a bit hungover. How do you quickly recover from your weekend extravagance and get back on track?

To get you back in tip-top shape as quickly as possible, I’ve outlined some simple tips to get you going and divided them into two categories for your convenience: overeating and drinking.

If you drank too much:

1 water

I can’t stress enough how good water is for you. As a preventive measure against a hangover the next day, drink at least 2 glasses of water before going to bed. Since alcohol dehydrates your body’s system, rehydrating it can very effectively counteract the effects of alcohol.

2. Sports drinks (ie Gatorade)

Similar to the above, sports drinks are high in electrolytes that can help not only replenish electrolytes, but also rehydrate the body. Drink it before bed and the next morning if you don’t feel your best!

3. Lemon water

If you don’t have sports drinks, lemon water is a great healthy alternative for a hangover cure. Get some warm water and squeeze at least half a lemon into it. Lemon is excellent for you, since it activates the functions of your liver, releasing and eliminating your toxins and cleaning your interior.

4. Supplements or foods rich in vitamin B and C

Since alcohol is a diuretic, you lose many vitamins and nutrients after a night of heavy drinking. If possible, take a multivitamin supplement to replenish your body’s nutrients, and if you can’t, focus on getting at least B and C vitamins back into your body. Vitamin B aids in the processes of metabolizing alcohol by dilating blood vessels and restoring energy levels, while Vitamin C stimulates the liver and helps break down alcohol to ensure you’re on your way to a quicker recovery .

5. Exercise

As bad as you feel, getting some light exercise can really help cure a hangover. Going for a walk/run and doing some light stretching can help increase blood circulation and encourage your body to get rid of toxins faster.

If you ate too much:

1. Sit back and relax

Right after the big meal, sit back, relax, and focus on your digestion. When you do this, your parasympathetic system will kick in, which will speed up your digestion. Under circumstances, don’t go to bed right away, as your whole body system will slow down and slow down your digestive speed.

2. Have some tea

Herbal teas like peppermint, peppermint, ginger, or chamomile are great for preventing bloating and aiding in digestion and cleansing the system. Have a cup of tea after a large meal to calm the stomach and reduce the feeling of fullness after a large meal.

3. Walk away

After getting some rest, go for a 30-minute walk, and make sure to keep it up for a few days after that night of heavy meals. Walking helps move food through your digestive system and promotes cleansing of your body’s system. You will feel much lighter and much less guilty after light exercise!

4. Eat well the next day and don’t starve.

Eating your normal daily meals the following days is important as it ensures consistency and regularity in your body’s digestion. One tip is to eat a healthy breakfast rich in insoluble fiber to get your bowels moving. Great options include oatmeal, high-fiber cereals, and whole-grain breads and fruits. Also remember to drink plenty of water to help your body digest and flush out toxins and waste!

5. Have a digestive supplement

Digestive supplements are great for aiding digestion and detoxification of food. They should normally contain supplies enzymes to help break down carbohydrates, fats and proteins to relieve bloating and indigestion and encourage cleansing and detoxification throughout your body’s systems. If you’re not sure which supplement to buy, there’s a good supplement on the market called USANA’s Digestive Enzyme that works well and helps your body recover quickly from overindulgence. If you feel like it, try it!

I hope you feel much better!

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