How-to: cure a food hangover
Oh that all too familiar food hangover. We’ve all had it, and spent hours, if not days agonising over how to reverse the after-effects of a post-holiday binge. So if you’re currently feeling sluggish, rundown, or a little out of breath after trying to squeeze into your skinny jeans then these ‘super’ foods are a must!
Lemon: Need an express liver cleanse? Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to your water to kick-start the day. Lemon promotes the development of ‘glutathione’ - a detoxifying agent in the body that gets rid of harmful toxins that build up in the liver. Lemon juice also increases the rate of urination in the body, which helps to flush out unwanted materials at a faster rate, and keeps the urinary tract healthy.
Ginger: If you’ve had that extra piece of Chrissy pudding and are now wondering how to get rid of that bloated, overindulged feeling, it’s time to make ginger your new best friend. It boosts the digestive process, reduces nausea and helps combat gas, making it a fantastic way to ‘beat the bloat’. Likewise, if you’re feeling run-down after too many big nights, try sipping on some fresh ginger tea. Ginger is packed with antioxidants, which boost the immune system so it may just be your saving grace this season!
Avocado: In addition to avos containing the ‘good’ (monounsaturated) fats, they can also lower blood cholesterol, which is handy if you’ve scoffed down a few too many party pies at after-work drinks! Like lemons, they’re also a rich source of ‘glutathione’, a powerful antioxidant that blocks at least thirty different carcinogens and can therefore help ward off the effects of second hand smoke and prevent harmful toxic buildup in the body.
Grapefruit: This ruby red fruit is not only a delicious way to start your morning meal, it’s also an excellent intestinal and liver detoxifier, which is definitely useful if you’ve consumed large amounts of fatty foods. It contains pectin, an excellent source of water-soluble dietary fibre (also found in apples, berries and plums), which helps to aid regular bowel activity, and can reduce the symptoms of bloating and constipation.
Yoghurt: It’s no wonder fro-yo’s are popping up left, right and centre – the health benefits of yoghurt are too good to resist! Yoghurt contains probiotics that promote the growth of good bacteria in the gut, which can help to reduce that bloated feeling you get after over-eating. So do your digestive system a favour by adding yoghurt to high-fibre cereals at brekkie or as an alternative to ice cream for a healthy dessert.
Do you generally overdo it on the eating during the silly season? What helps to aid your digestion if you've eaten too much?