6 Best Ways to Heal Your Belly After Overindulgence
Enjoyed the night or your vacation a little bit too much? Here are a few ways you can heal your belly if you’ve had too much to eat or drink.
Okay, let’s face it. There are those nights or days where your friends, family, and loved ones invite you for a nice lunch, some dinner, and maybe even some drinks. This lunch or dinner might even be a party with lots of amazing and delicious food. Of course, you don’t really plan on eating or drinking too much, but the food is delicious and you’re enjoying some quality time with the people you love! The servings start piling up and you may have a little bit too much to drink, as well. Don’t fret! Everyone does it and it’s just part of life. Sometimes, you accidentally overindulge. It’s perfectly normal, of course, but if you’ve been eating healthy and taking care of your body, it may not be used to that kind of overindulgence, and you can count on feeling the effects the day after. If you find yourself feeling a little bit icky after a night of overindulgence, here are a few tips on how you can start healing your tummy and feeling refreshed again:
If you are feeling guilty about having a little bit too much of everything the day or night before, take a deep breath and don’t let yourself panic about it. If you let yourself fret too much, it will only cause your body more stress and prevent your tummy from healing itself. You might even feel more sick or ache more if you get too stressed about it. Just chill out and instead of making yourself feel guilty for all the overindulgence you did, think about all the good you can do for your tummy to heal it faster and to relieve yourself of this icky feeling. Once you’ve successfully chilled out and calmed yourself down, it’s time to start Operation: Take Care of Tummy.
To get you to even more relaxed, have yourself a nice cup of tea. It’s not only known for its relaxation properties but also for its powerhouse health benefits, especially for your tummy. Tea has a ton of antioxidants and detoxifying properties that will flush out all of the toxins you consumed the day before, cleansing your liver and digestive system so they can function properly. Even the hot water can help melt the grease that may be lodged in your belly.
The best teas with antioxidant properties are: green tea, oolong tea, peppermint tea, licorice tea, dandelion tea, chamomile tea, and senna tea to name just a few, but there are many more types of tea that have amazing detoxifying properties. So steep some tea in your mug for a few minutes, relax, and have your cup of tea.
Another great way to relax and to help out your digestive system is to do some yoga poses. To get the full benefits, you can go ahead and do a whole yoga routine to relax yourself and get a decent workout to get your digestive system moving. However, there are also some specific yoga poses that are particularly beneficial for your GI tract. Poses like child’s pose, wind-relieving pose, supine twisting, matsyasana twist, and crescent twist help massage your tummy and promote healthy blood flow in that area. This will then help the food pass and be digested quicker in your GI tract.
Blend Up Some Fruits and Veggies
Another great way to get a ton of antioxidants all in one sitting is to make yourself a healthy fruit and veggie smoothie. Throw in some veggies with antioxidant properties, like cucumber, spinach, or broccoli and some fruits like apples, bananas, or berries into a blender to make yourself a tummy-friendly and toxin-fighting concoction that will cleanse and refresh your digestive system. A fruit and veggie smoothie can also be a healthy meal replacement. Often times when you overindulge, you won’t really feel like eating a lot and you may even feel a little bit sick. Green smoothies are a great way to still get some much-needed nutrients in you and fill you up without it being too heavy or harsh in your tummy. Additionally, fruits and veggies provide a lot of fiber, which is helpful in moving along food in your GI tract so you feel better more quickly.
After a night of overindulgence, you may not be feeling 100%. You may be a little sick or dizzy, so you might not be able to do a really intense workout. However, exercise is very important when it comes to jumpstarting your digestive system. If you’re not feeling up to doing some grueling exercises, just go for a gentle workout instead. Go for a nice and long walk outside to get some fresh air. A long walk will still get your heart rate up and make you sweat a little, especially if you power walk or do it on an incline on a treadmill. If you’re feeling up to it, you can even do some jogging intervals to intensify the workout a little bit more.
Sweat it out
If you’re not feeling too sick, or if you’re craving to sweat out all the eating and drinking you did the day before, then what you need is a good and intense workout. The best way to speed up your metabolism and get a kick start is to do some high intensity interval training, or HIIT. Get going to the gym or streaming some HIIT workouts at home will really get your heart rate up and make yourself sweat. Sweating can actually get rid of the toxins in your body, while getting your heart rate up will help you burn those calories and food faster, and the constant motions of your body will give your metabolism a big boost.
Have a Ball and then Make Up For It
Good company, delicious food, and nice time out with your loved ones is definitely not something you should pass up. You’re allowed to overindulge once in awhile because, hey, what’s life without it, right? As long as you keep a healthy lifestyle for your daily life, you can still enjoy an indulgent night out with your friends. If you’re feeling the effects of it the day after, just nurse your tummy back to health with these tips and tricks and you’ll be good as new!