The best ways to remedy an overindulging binge

By: Health Local Staff Jul 26, 2013
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Over Eating

From too much alcohol to sunshine, here are ways to get back to normal after an overindulgence.

Overindulgence is anything consumed or performed in excess. From too much alcohol to sunshine, lack of sleep to rich and fatty foods – you can’t unwind what you did. However, you can remedy the overindulgence and prevent it from happening again if you know what to do.

Food Overindulgence

Can’t believe you ate the entire tub of ice cream? Feeling that burning sensation in your chest and stomach because you consumed too many pieces of pizza? Unfortunately you can’t get rid of the guilt, but waiting for your stomach to settle and empty will dull the pain.

In the meantime, don’t go to bed. Lying down can exacerbate the stomach upset. It’s better to pop a few antacids and go for a 30-minute walk. A small dose of activity can help speed up the digestion process. It also helps to change into some loose-fitting clothes so that the pressure does not worsen the indigestion.

Excessive Alcohol Consumption

It’s the classic case. You go out with friends and four martinis later, you’re dizzy and sick to your stomach. Now what do you do?

First, hand over your keys to your friend who hasn’t been drinking or call a cab and go home for the night. Slowly detox by drinking plenty of water. Avoid hot and extremely cold drinks because the shock can cause your stomach to get upset. If your stomach is in pain, take some Pepto-Bismol and lay down until the symptoms pass. A bland carbohydrate, like bread or toast, can help settle the stomach.

Too Much Sunshine

At the beach all day without sunscreen? Your shoulders and back may be paying the price. Prevention is the key to warding off sunburnt skin. When it’s too late, applying Aloe Vera to the affected area can be soothing and helpful.

Apply a cool cloth to the skin to take out some of the heat and reduce the temperature. In the event that blisters form and rupture, cover the skin with an antibiotic cream or ointment, like Neosporin. Once the skin has been burnt, it may be more susceptible to skin cancer. The next time you are out, be sure to apply a strong sunscreen to all exposed areas of the skin.

Too Much Gym Time

Have you been sedentary for several months and took on too much exercise all at once? The excitement of losing weight quickly may lead to strained muscles and exhaustion.

The remedy? Drink plenty of fluids (preferably water) to increase the blood flow to the affected muscles. While you may not feel like moving, muscles heal quicker with activity. A gentle walk when muscles are tight and sore can work wonders.

If the pain is severe, take an anti-inflammatory until you feel better and make an appointment with a massage therapist to help soothe the pain.

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