Short of turning back the clock and altering your choices (really? did I need that second slice of black forrest chocolate cake?), there are a few ways you can get your body back on track when you eat or drink too much—and sooner rather than later. ChicagoHealers.com practitioner Tom Bayne, MD, Founder of Pure Balance Health Center, offers these tips for the next time you overindulge.
1. Walk it off.
When you've eaten a big multi-course meal, walking helps food move along the digestive tract, improving digestion and absorption. For added relief, walk while massaging your abdomen with your palms, in a circle around your belly button.
2. Drink herbal tea.
Relieve that feeling of fullness with herbal teas that target your digestion. Steep 1 teaspoon each of dried mint, rosemary, oregano, cilantro, sage, and basil and in a cup of hot water. Drink after each meal to soothe your stomach and prevent bloating.
3. Drink apple cider vinegar the next morning.
Apple cider vinegar is traditionally used to remedy digestive distress, support liver detoxification, normalize digestive juices, and reduce intestinal bloating. Mix 1 tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar with 12 ounces of warm water, and drink in the morning on empty stomach. Add a little honey or maple syrup to sweeten the remedy. Lemon water will also help.
4. Eat well.
After overdoing it, make sure to eat meals with fiber and protein to help your body recover from the overindulgence.
5. Drink ample water.
Though this is hardly a secret remedy for combating a hangover, it bears repeating. Alcohol dehydrates your system, so drinking plenty of water will help combat some of your unpleasant hangover symptoms, rehydrate your body, and flush out toxins. Drink a few glasses of room temperature, filtered water after a night of holiday extravagance.