How To Recover From A Food Hangover
Does the Food Hangover exist? Yes it does!
You may call it something else but most people are well aware of the typical side effects: tiredness, bloating, upset stomach, with an emphasis on feeling like crap. The offenders: overindulging on foods that are high in sugar, salt, fats, spices, or caffeine.
You know, the typical ingredients we all indulged in especially at the holiday parties. While it may seem like an awesome night out, that hangover can creep up the next day much like its counterpart, the drinking hangover.
Before you make a beeline to the medicine cabinet and reach in for the Pepto Bismol, here are some things to consider so that you can make a speedy recovery after a food hangover:
Next time, Eat More!
If your inclination is to eat less the next day after recovering from a night of indulgence just to “make up”, think again! You will be more likely to be tempted and choose unhealthy options because you will be too hungry. Instead, go for foods packed with fiber and low in fat to assist and boost your digestion. Choose meals with brown rice, couscous, broccoli, cabbage and/or dark leafy vegetables. Another bonus: consuming such foods helps to reduce the risk of heart disease and promote a healthy blood sugar level.
That enchilada platter may seem delicious and it’s probably very spicy. But if spicy is your thing, overindulging on the spices can potentially be catastrophic to your gut! Spices contain active compounds that stimulate your neurons along the digestive tract. If you are really sensitive, consuming too much of it can leave you feeling uneasy. The best things to do: drink water and eat something cool and hydrating like sliced cucumbers or yogurt. Also, avoid lying down as this can encourage reflux and bloating.
Overeating has a tendency to slow digestion which explains why we often feel sluggish and at times, sleepy afterwards. If the food is packed with sugar and salt, consuming it can suck the fluid from your cells throwing off your nutrient levels. To recover, get up and move. Even taking just a brief walk after eating a meal can help in a big way. It helps to replenish the cell’s fluids and boost up the metabolism so you can feel your best quicker.
If you drink one too many hot mugs of coffee or drinks containing caffeine after a meal, you are already closer to making matter worse for your digestion. Too much caffeine can lower the esophageal-sphincter pressure. Lowering your need to sip caffeinated drinks starts with reducing how much of it you actually drink. If you drink coffee, it is common knowledge that going cold turkey can leave you with headaches. Instead, cut down on multiple cups and stay hydrated with (surprise!) water.
Sip, Sip, Hurray!
Aim to drink about four to six ounces of water after every cocktail or glass of wine you drink. Staying hydrated with water helps to keep your digestive tract moving so that your cell fluids are stabilized. Also, you may want to skip drinking after a heavy meal too! In a study conducted by the British Medical Journal, participants who sip on wine or Cherry Schnapps after gorging after a heavy meal digested more slowly than those who chose to drink water. Choose wisely!