If you haven’t, here’s more on how overeating can be equally intoxicating…!
While the party season is behind us, the wedding season is still in full swing, which makes overeating very common. That feeling of being extremely stuffed after gorging on fatty foods and feeling sick even after several hours of the meal, is termed as a food hangover, in the urban dictionary. Dietician and weight management specialist Rachna Singhdeo, says, “Since alcohol hangovers are common, many of us might even not even realise a food hangover, as we tend to consider any food related ailment to be a stomach upset.” However, she states that food hangovers are as common and have a lasting effect on the body as well as mind.
What to do?
Calm down: Stressing over it might make it worse, since the body behaves differently when under stress. “It’s going to take a little while for your digestive tract to get up to speed and build up the necessary enzymes to process the overeaten food. This is what causes that leaden, bloated feeling, many a times along with indigestion or heartburn.
Try chewing gum: “Although not a proven solution, it helps stimulate the saliva, which in turn activates stomach acid and helps move the contents in the stomach to the small intestine. It might take a while for the process to show its effect,” says Singhdeo. You could choose a mint-based gum as mint contributes to acid reflux by lowering pressure on the esophageal sphincter.
Green tea: Known for its weight loss benefits, green tea can be extremely effective to cite a good hangover. Nutritionist Girish Tode, says, “Choose a tea that’s caffeine-free. However, do not expect quick relief. Being herbal, it helps reduce the birthing sensation and breaks down the food elements.”
Drink water: It is one of the most effective ways to deal with a food hangover. It might make you feel slightly more stuffed and bloated, but it will help relieve the pain.
Take a walk: Compared to lying or sitting down, walking might prompt the digestive tract to keep moving.
Bloating: The body suddenly starts feeling bloated. In fact, in many cases, there is a slight increase in your waist size, which is temporary, might last for over 12-16 hours in worst cases.
Lethargy: Overeating does lead to feeling lethargic, however, in case of people undergoing a food hangover, it leads to severe inactivity. Slight nausea and false stomach upset: A general feeling of nausea can be associated with with food hangovers; stomach upsets too are common. However, in some cases, it could be a false stomach upset with severe uneasiness and pain.
Heartburn: Food hangovers can also cause severe heartburn, as well as a burning sensation throughout the food pipe. This can last for a long time and result in discomfort.
Tips Avoid citrus drinks, alcohol, coffee and caffeinated soda, as this can cause dehydration when you’re suffering from a food hangover.
What causes it?
Overindulging in food that is too fatty, salty, spicy, sugary, caffeinated or simply voluminous for your body to cope with the following morning. This happens since the body simply isn’t prepared to handle such a large amount of food at one time. “However, it is not just fatty or spicy food that causes food hangovers, but general over indulgence. There are many times when we feel we are very hungry or the food is too tempting, which leads to overeating. This, especially at dinner time, is very harmful, since most of us have the habit of going to bed within a few minutes of eating food,” says Nituja Chedda, a nutritionist.
How to prevent it Reduce consumption of spicy foods and foods that are high in fats. Plan your meals (small meals throughout the day) so that it doesn’t leave you starving, which leads to overeating. Eat larger meals in the middle of the day so that your body has time to digest the meal before bed time. Control your temptation for good food — you can store it to have it the next day, instead of eating it all at once.