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3 Tips To Help The Body Recover from Holiday Indulgences:

1. Electrolytes – Alcohol depletes the body of important electrolytes like sodium and potassium. After a night of too much drink, consume a mineral rich beverage before bed and first thing in the morning. Coconut water, or electrolyte packets are a great option. While water is important to rehydrate, avoid drinking large amounts of pure water as this can actually dilute the depleted electrolytes even further.

2. Herbal Teas – After too much food and sweets, the digestive system can feel sluggish and overwhelmed. Give it some reprieve with herbs such as ginger, fennel, peppermint, chamomile, and dandelion. They can help increase gastric emptying, improve intestinal motility, reduce bloating and gas, and soothe indigestion. Avoid mint if heartburn is an issue.

3. Fresh Air And Exercise – Outdoor activity such as brisk walking can do wonders to shake off grogginess from a late night. Whether it was too much food or too much alcohol, exercise will help increase circulation and metabolism to aid the body in clearing toxins.

By: Krista Boulding, RHN

January 12, 2014