Overindulgence - Tips and Tricks

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Easterand consequently Easter Egg time, is just around the corner. While we are planning once again to be “good” this year , especially if the Christmas kilos haven’t yet dropped off, deep down, we all know a few (maybe too many) chocolates will be heading our way and surreptitiously finding their way into our tummies.

Some remedies to restore our digestive wellbeing:

  • Drink sparkling or soda water before or after meal. The carbonic acid contained in it stimulates the secretion of gastric juices and facilitates digestion.
  • Milk Thistle (capsule form) is popular herb used in the last few hundred years to cleanse and strengthen the liver (particularly good for hangovers).
  • Green Tea dates back thousands of years with earliest uses in China and India. Aids digestion thanks to its high content of antioxidants called Polyphenols. It affects the way the body breaks down food, not to mention fat oxidation, insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance are largely improved.
  • Exercise- probably the last thing on your mind but it will help move food along the digestive track, improving overall digestion and food absorption.
  • Anise Seeds or Cinnamon- add 2 teaspoons to a cup of boiling water and wait 10 minutes to drink. Long recommended by herbalists and natural healers.
  • Apples- rich in fibre which clean away obstructions in the digestive track and brings comfort within a few minutes.
  • Ginger- slice a little ginger, add a little salt and chew well before swallowing to stimulate gastric juices and enzyme flow.
  • You may like to try some digestive and heartburn remedies like Mylanta or Gaviscon. Rennie pills also provide some relief.

Perhaps, in conclusion, I would also suggest PREVENTION is better than a cure: consider putting away half the block of chocolate in a place that is hard to reach before sitting down for the munchies. Even better, carefully place half of it in the bin (by carefully I mean bury it under a nappy or last week’s leftovers!) This way you will most certainly not be tempted.!