How to control heartburn and hangover after Christmas binge


Although we always try to eat healthy and not overdo it at Christmas dinners, the quality and quantity of what we eat tends to suffer. For this reason, it is common to experience heaviness, fatigue, and other discomforts typical of excesses. To feel our best, today we show you how to control heartburn and hangover after a Christmas feast.

The best tips against hangovers

The hangover is frequently due to excessive alcohol consumption that causes dehydration, accumulation of residues typical of ethanol metabolism and also, to the reduction of blood glucose.

Thus, we will feel tired, perhaps with a headache and gastrointestinal discomfort that can range from nausea and bloating to heartburn, vomiting and others.

The best thing against hangovers is, of course, not to drink more alcohol, rest and hydrate with water, infusions such as chamomile tea or another, coconut water or vegetable broths and fruit juices. The latter provide, in addition to fluids and electrolytes, quality energy that can reduce fatigue.

If we do not have nausea and other gastrointestinal symptoms, we can eat light foods, being recommended above all fruits and vegetables that are rich in water and that also provide vitamins and antioxidants that help reduce blood alcohol residues.

We advise avoiding ultra-processed foods and foods full of fat, as alcohol affects liver function and an excess of fat or sugars would aggravate the situation at this time.

If necessary, we can go to ibuprofen for headaches, but it is always advisable first, to try to reduce the discomfort naturally with hydration, rest and a proper diet.

And if we have heartburn, this is the most advisable:

If the acidity comes from the hand of the hangover or, from the abundant amount of food that we have eaten as well as the poor quality of it, we can experience a burning sensation in the pit of the stomach and even in the chest.

Likewise, we can feel a swollen belly and a feeling of fullness, as part of a condition called dyspepsia.

In these cases, the most advisable thing is a soft diet to reduce digestive work, that is, we must eat a lean or reduced-fat diet, with few sugars and easy to digest or, what is the same, low in residues.

The intake of water and soft infusions and at warm temperatures, not too cold or hot, is recommended. Likewise, we can consume steamed or boiled vegetables, grated or roasted apple, lean white meats such as boiled turkey or chicken breast, as well as white fish.

Vegetable broths or soups with rice or white noodles (not wholegrain) are also well received by our digestive system in these conditions.

Of course, it is recommended to avoid all kinds of irritable foods of the digestive system such as coffee, alcohol, spicy or fried foods or others, and for better digestion it is important not to eat large amounts of food.

In its replacement, we can make several small meals a day, chewing each bite well and using ingredients such as those mentioned above, easy to digest.

Although prevention is always better than cure, if we have gone through a big Christmas binge and today we have a hangover and heartburn, these are the best tips to control and reduce them.

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