So You Indulged During the Holidays, Now What?
So Christmas is over, you indulged in heavy meals, sweets, and alcohol, and food you don’t typically eat- which is totally fine! However, you’re probably feeling a little sluggish, bloated, and your digestive system may be off. That makes sense. Your body was loaded with fatty food which disrupted your digestive system, alcohol that burdened your liver, and sugar which threw off your blood sugar regulation.
Don’t have any guilt about it! Instead, consider taking some supplements, herbs, or other natural remedies to assist your body on getting back on track. Here are some suggestions:
Milk thistle: Known for its detoxifying effects on the liver thanks to its flavonoid complex called silymarin. It can help to speed up the healing process in the liver, undoing much of the damage from excessive drinking or other damaging behaviors on the liver.
Ginger and peppermint tea: Ginger helps sooth nausea, while peppermint aids digestion. Peppermint has an aromatic compound called menthol which helps relieve gastrointestinal problems such as gas and bloating.
Lots of warm lemon water: This can help move your lymph system and flush toxins out of your digestive system. Consider sipping on warm lemon water throughout the day. Lemon water can help replenish hydrochloric acid and flush toxins from the liver.
NAC: one of my favorite supplements that I take every day. NAC is the precursor to glutathione, an amazing antioxidant which helps neutralize free radicals, and assist’s in your body’s detoxification process.
After days like this where I indulge in food, I typically like to fast the next day to help my digestive system catch up and processes everything that’s been consumed. Waking up and drinking warm lemon water helps flush out toxins, rehydrate, and alkalize your body. Sip warm water throughout the day and break the fast before the sun sets with a nourishing salad so your body gets the minerals and vitamins from the leafy greens and veggies.
Fat is hard for your liver to process, so try a fat free diet for a day or two to give your liver a much-needed break.