Tis the season to overindulge, but no one wants to start the New Year feeling sick and tired. Here are our tips to recover from all the sins of the silly season…

Eaten too much? Drank too much alcohol? Whipped yourself trying out the weights station Santa gave you, or testing out those new rollerblades? Or maybe you’ve just come down with a summer flu, brought on by the stress and craziness of the season. Whatever is making you feel run down, we’ve got you covered with the best recovery tips (tried and tested!) for the festive season.

1. Hangover be gone

Possibly the most common indulgence of the silly season, alcohol is hard on your body and you’ll need time to detox after consuming it. The best cure is plenty of rest, but if you don’t have the luxury of sleeping it off, rehydrating yourself can go a long way to making you feel better.

  • Drink plenty of water, juice and sports drinks to replenish water and electrolytes
  • You’re also lacking in nutrition – take multivitamins and eat light, nutritious food to help. Vitamin B is especially helpful, so peel a banana (which is also a natural antacid, and will help with lowered potassium stores also) or snack on a Vegemite sandwich to provide your body with the nutrients it needs to recover.
  • Alka-Seltzer will help to soothe an upset stomach, Berocca will help replenish water and Vitamin B stores, and Coke will give you a caffeine and sugar hit to make you feel more lively while the fizz helps with nausea (beware too much caffeine, however, as this will further dehydrate you).

2. How to break out of your food coma

  • Walk it off – this helps move food along the digestive tract and also helps improve digestion and food absorption. While moving may be the last thing you feel like doing, it can do you a world of good.
  • Herbal tea can help stimulate digestion and offers relief, so grab a packet at the health store before a binge session.
  • Apple cider vinegar remedies digestive distress, supports liver detoxification, normalises digestive juices and reduces bloating – mix a tablespoon with a glass of water (and a little honey or juice for taste) and drink on an empty stomach, usually the next morning.

3. Muscle soreness recovery

Smashing out a big gym session might seem like a great way to burn off some of those extra Christmas calories, but overdoing it can lead to muscle soreness – making you feel even more uncomfortable! Heat gels and painkillers like ibuprofen can help to curb muscle soreness, but there are other natural ways as well.

  • Ice baths are used by athletes, but wrapping ice in a towel and applying to sore areas works just as well to prevent further muscle damage and speed healing – so skip the hot bath and ice up instead!
  • Drinking coffee before a workout can reduce muscle soreness and fatigue by nearly half, and even boosts endurance.
  • Massage can help relieve points of tension and pain after a work out – if you can’t get to a parlour, use a tennis ball or foam roller.

4. Head off the summer flu

  • Prevention is greater than a cure, so as soon as you start feeling run down, get plenty of extra sleep, drink water and up your vitamin intake.
  • If it’s too late and you’ve caught a bug already, increase your vitamin D intake – sit out in the sun for a little longer each day, a great natural way of increasing vitamin D levels.
  • Garlic is a great natural antibiotic, anti fungal and antibacterial substance – either mince cloves into a glass of water or take a tablet. Lemon tea is also fantastic – add in a little cinnamon, which is an effective antiviral and antibiotic spice, for an extra boost.

What are your remedies for feeling ill in the festive season? Let us know your tried and tested solutions!