What is Overindulgence?
Many of us are all too familiar with overindulging in food, nicotine and alcohol whether it is for a special occasion or because we simply enjoy it. When you eat, smoke and drink excessively over the holidays, at parties, over the weekends or go on a binge, you are often rewarded with a hangover, headache, nausea, diarrhea, constipation or stomach ache. Eating too many rich foods such as fried chicken, creamy pastas, pastries, cakes and sweets as well drinking large amounts of wine, beer and alcohol gradually takes its toll on the body and mind. You start to feel tired all the time, sluggish, gain weight, are unable to concentrate and damage may be caused to your digestive organs.
The liver, especially takes a beating when you overindulge as this organ is responsible for the metabolism of fats, removes wastes, and detoxifies the body’s system. It is the liver’s job to get rid of the excess fat, protein and all the unnatural chemicals found in food, the environment, cosmetics and water supply. If the liver cannot eliminate these toxins, they are stored in the body’s fat and the result is weight gain. Other organs that are also affected when you overindulge include the gallbladder, pancreas, small intestine, nervous system, endocrine system, heart and lungs.
Although it may sometimes be tempting to overindulge in food, alcohol and nicotine, keep in mind that moderation is key and that you can still allow yourself to indulge ever so slightly but at the same time make the effort to stay healthy.
Help for Overindulgence
Natural and holistic treatments such as herbal and homeopathic remedies have proven to be highly effective in providing relief for symptoms associated with overindulgence or an alcohol hangover. Herbal remedies are safe, gentle to use on the body’s system and non-addictive.
Powerful herbs such as Silybum marianus (Milk thistle), Althaea officinalis (Marshmallow) and Ulmus fulva (Slippery elm) supports the liver and promotes balance and equilibrium in the body during times of excess and overindulgence.
Homeopathic remedies help the body restore balance at a cellular level, thereby helping the body to transition back into equilibrium naturally. Carefully selected ingredients such as Lupulus humulus, Lobelia inflata and Nux vomica is the homeopathic hangover remedy to reduce the side effects of a dry mouth, dry eyes, headache and nausea. There are also numerous natural remedies to help your body to detox after periods of excess!
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Tips to avoid overindulgence
There are several things that you can do to stay healthy and still overindulge once in a while and these include:
- Start eating healthy, well balanced meals that contains all the essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients
- Eat in moderation with smaller portions throughout the day – try not to skip meals!
- Reduce your intake of carbohydrates such as bread, rice, pasta and cereals at lunch and dinner
- Have a bowl of vegetable soup before you go out to eat – foods with a high water content help to stave off hunger
- Drink eight glasses of water per day to flush out all the unwanted toxins and to avoid dehydration especially when you are drinking alcohol
- Avoid a hangover by drinking water in between alcoholic beverages
- Exercise regularly to maintain a healthy weight and keep physically fit and strong
- Detox to clean out the body’s system and get rid of excess waste
- Manage your stress levels effectively by indulging in healthier outlets such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, going away for a weekend or listening to soothing music
- Stop smoking naturally – your energy levels will increase, food tastes better, your skin starts glowing and your risk of heart and lung disease will be reduced dramatically