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17 August 2007

Overindulged?

Had a fabulous dinner with a bunch of close friends last night? Now it's the next morning, and you know that you've had too much to eat and drink. Try these natural remedies.

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So you had a fabulous dinner with a bunch of close friends last night, the wine flowed as freely as the conversation and you overindulged in a buffet of rich dishes? Now it's the next morning, and you are full of wind, you feel nauseous and you have heartburn – a fair price to pay for an evening of decadence.

Try these natural ways to ease your stomach:

Herbal remedies:

  • Make yourself a cup of herbal tea: catnip, ginger, fennel, chamomile and peppermint teas are the most popular. Add a sprinkle of crushed fengugreek seeds and some fresh parsley.
  • Caution: Lactating women should avoid peppermint, people with gastric ulcers should avoid ginger, diabetics should stay away from fengugreek and epileptics from fennel.
  • Before you eat anything in the morning, drink a quarter of a cup of aloe vera juice.
  • Homeopathic cures:
    • Nux vomica: Gets rid of that sour taste in your mouth, stops nausea, helps you burp out all the gas and curbs pain and that bloated feeling in your gut.
    • Arsenicum album: Combats nausea and vomiting, excessive thirst and heartburn. Really good for the wee morning hours when your head is down the toilet.
    • Ipecacuanha: For nausea caused by indigestible food, an overly moist mouth and excessive saliva production. Great for when your face is as white as a ghost and you're twitching and hiccupping uncontrollably. It's also helps a bloated stomach.
     
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