So It’s the holidays again and you overdid it? Surprise, surprise. Not to worry, we’ve all been there a time or two. Knowingly or even unknowingly, during the holiday season, we may be inclined to indulge in a few too many shortbread cookies. Or maybe aunt Cathy baked your favorite pie, and you grabbed a bigger piece than you should. Our intentions are pure, we just want to enjoy ourselves and spend quality time with our loved ones. You usually don’t see the harm in having one more cookies. But before you know it, you leave the gathering with your shirt untucked, your pants unbuttoned, and a huge tummy ache. Inside of our bodies lay trillions of microorganisms that live in our digestive tracts. This is bacteria, as well as archaea, fungi, and viruses. Consuming enough rich food around the holidays is enough to irritate these microorganisms causing you to feel yucky inside.
It’s important to make sure you pay attention to the signs your body is giving you, especially during the holiday season. For nearly three months each year, we are celebrating and eating things that we wouldn’t normally eat in our daily diet. And, yes there are holidays all throughout the year, however, fortunately for us, there’s some good news. We can cure our own gut bugs with a few simple remedies.
Here are six tips for helping you recover from your holiday overindulgence:
For centuries, artichoke has been used to stimulate the flow of bile from the liver. Bile is an extremely important digestive substance that is produced by the liver and stored in the gallbladder. Overindulgence interferes with healthy bile flow which creates a myriad of immediate digestive disorders, such as bloating. Stimulating this process helps to reduce the symptoms of heartburn, high blood sugar, and bloating. The three most common problems with indulging in too much throughout the holiday season.
It won’t do your digestive system any good to try and keep up with the crowd. Take some time, even if it’s just twenty minutes, and relax. If you’re still around family sit in a chair and make yourself comfortable while you chat it up. Make a cup of hot tea, and sip on it. If you’ve already gone home for the day, try taking a hot bath or shower. Don’t push yourself to do more than you need to do, your body needs time to get back to normal. And it will get back to normal, you just have to give it time.
Ginger is a great cure for many, many things. However, it’s most commonly used to treat upset stomachs. Whether you’re suffering from morning sickness, nausea, gas, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, or holiday overindulgence which I think just about covers most of those icky feelings, ginger can help you. Some people take capsules to help them, some put it in their water with lemon, and some people make tea with fresh ginger.
Ginger is a stimulant that promotes blood circulation. It contains a strong anti-oxidant called gingerols that will help decrease the free radicals your body has produced and relieve you from the damage to the body. Aside from this, it aids a muscles relaxer for the intestinal tract. Which provided you with relief from the stomach pain occurring due to over indigestion.
It’s always important to drink plenty of water throughout the day. It’s extremely important to drink water post overindulgence period. Water will help speed up the metabolic process. But it’s also important that you don’t drink too much water that you end up making yourself sick. Sip on it.
Native to the Mediterranean regions of Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, silymarin or milk thistle is a herb that comes from the same family as the daisy and the ragweed plants. Silymarin, which is the main ingredient in milk thistle, contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. One of the most studied aspects of milk thistle is its ability to promote a healthy liver and help repair it. This is the reason it works so well when it comes to detoxing the body. A healthy functioning liver means a healthy functioning body.
It’s safe to say you’ve been through the wringer. You enjoyed yourself so much that your body went into overdrive. It had to work harder than normal to compensate your metabolism. But in the end, you made it through. You took a step back, relaxed, taken some ginger, artichoke, or milk thistle capsules. You can go to bed, and wake up tomorrow with a brand new day, feeling your best.
Important: When taking any vitamins or supplements, it’s imperative that you take them with your doctor’s approval. You also want to stay hydrated drinking water (at least 8 oz) before and after taking the supplement. If you do not do this, you will feel sick. Many times people fail to do this. They fail to read the label assuming they’re taking some sort of magic pill and then the vitamin or supplements make them feel terrible. To avoid this, make sure to follow the directions as provided for you on the label.
Tis the season!