It’s almost impossible not to pig out at Christmas. But what can you do if you’ve overindulged?
Here are a few suggestions on how to survive Christmas dinner, relieve the bloating and restore your body to its pre-festive state.
If you are suffering tummy troubles after eating too much good food yogurt could be your new best food friend. All the bad bacteria, gas and even diarrhoea can be balanced and tamed by the good bacteria in yoghurt. Make sure it is yogurt with live, active cultures. Ask in your local health food shop if in doubt.
Try a little ginger if you are feeling bloated and gassy and need to let it all out. Ginger relaxes muscles in the digestive tract, making it easier for gas to pass. Brew yourself a cup of ginger tea by seeping a little root ginger in boiling water.
If you’ve had too much salt on your roast potatoes and turkey, you could be suffering from a sodium surge- which can cause blood pressure to rise. Fight back by eating a banana. Bananas are packed with potassium, which will diminish the effects of too much sodium and help regulate blood pressure.
Add some spinach to your traditional Christmas fare. Spinach is full of vitamin B2, which aids in the metabolisation of fat. So, if you are planning to indulge in some yummy Christmas pudding after a big dinner, a little lightly steamed or raw spinach with your main meal is a must. Note – boiling can strip leafy green vegetables of their nutrients.
Another fat buster – oranges are packed full of vitamin C, which gives the metabolism a boost. Perfect to help your body start dealing with those Christmas calories.
If your blood sugars are all over the place after bingeing on Christmas treats you need a little vinegar. A spoonful of vinegar – a good quality apple cider vinegar is best – can help level blood sugar.
Don’t forget to drink lots – water that is. Plenty of water will help flush some of the effects of a binge out of your body.