How to soothe a Food Hangover
Normally when you hear the word hangover you think of alcohol and drinking but believe it or not overeating can cause a food hangover that is almost as harmful as a hangover from drinking. Food hangovers come with symptoms such as bloating, indigestion, and nausea. Food hangovers are hard to soothe but there are some ways you can start to feel better.
Here are some ways to soothe a food hangover:
- Drink a lot of water. Water is a cure all for any kind of hangover including a food hangover. Drinking liquids will help soothe your food hangover. Water helps flush out the body and relieve constipation which is a common symptom of a food hangover. Tea can also be used to settle an upset stomach and aid in relieving indigestion. Ginger ale is great for an upset stomach that comes along with a food hangover too.
- Do not, not eat. Overeating the night before and getting a food hangover may cause you to want to starve yourself. Don’t do this! Resist the temptation to starve yourself. Allowing yourself to go hungry can encourage overeating again and this is not the way to sooth a food hangover. What you should do to soothe a food hangover is eat small light meals. These small light meals can include eating things such as fresh fruits, yogurts, and granola throughout the day.
- If you want to prevent some of the symptoms of a food hangover avoid alcohol, coffee and spicy foods. Foods high in fat can also cause symptoms of a food hangover so avoid foods that are super fatty.
- Wear loose clothing. If you find yourself wanting to soothe a food hangover then put on something loose fitting around your waist. Wearing something that relieves pressure on the abdomen and fits comfortably can help a lot with the uncomfortable symptoms of a food hangover.
If you find yourself getting food hangovers frequently there are some things you can do to prevent it from happening again. For instance, eat breakfast. Eating breakfast prevents overindulging at lunch and dinner. So eat breakfast around an hour after waking up to help soothe food hangovers in the future.
When you do eat make sure to chew your food thoroughly to help increase your sense of satisfaction with the meal. Chewing slowly will help with overeating and food hangovers. If you chew slowly it will stimulate digestive juices which aid in breaking food down into smaller pieces. This allows your body to absorb the food more easily and can prevent another food hangover.
Exercise if you want to prevent food hangovers! Exercise daily and physical fitness helps to reduce stress and increases positive feelings. Stop overeating and food hangovers by exercising at least 30 minutes a day.
There may be a chance your food hangovers are the symptom of a larger problem. If you find your food hangovers persist it may be best to seek medical attention or talk to your doctor to rule out any other potential causes of your food hangover.