How to ease post holiday ailments

The holiday season is sometimes tough on the body. What if you could kick off the New Year in good health?

First, restore balance

The body is a complex and extraordinary machine that instinctively adapts to a multitude of situations. Sometimes, we unintentionally give our body a hard time by overindulging in the good things in life.

If you are generally healthy, there's no need to worry about your body's ability to recover after holiday excesses. However, you can lend your body a hand by helping it to restore its balance.

Here are a few tips to achieve this goal:

  • Drink plenty of water!
  • Return to healthy eating habits.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Exercise.

Adopting a healthy lifestyle will help you to maintain your health. However, this doesn't mean that you will never be indisposed by various ailments after the holidays. Here is some information on the subject.

Digestive problems

Like many people, you feasted during the holidays and now your digestive tract is a little off balance. Overindulging in food and drink may have put it to the test, and various symptoms can slow you down temporarily.

Nausea, stomach ache, acid reflux, diarrhea, bloating or flatulence—these are all symptoms, usually temporary, that can be a harsh reminder of past sins. Although time will likely make things better, you can get relief by using various over-the-counter medications.

To help your digestion, here are a few tips:

  • Consume alcohol with moderation
  • Eat smaller portions, more often.
  • Reduce your consumption of drinks and foods that are irritating to the digestive tract: coffee, chocolate, tomatoes, citrus juice, spices, etc.
  • Avoid fatty and sugary foods. Choose healthy foods such as fruit, vegetables and fibre-rich foods.
  • Refrain from smoking.

Infections

The holiday season, with its numerous get-togethers, is conducive to the spread of germs and can therefore cause difficulties for the immune system. Viruses and bacteria take advantage of these opportunities to contaminate others. This is why many people get to January with an infection—and its unpleasantness.

Cold, flu, and gastroenteritis are typical examples of viral infections that strike in January. On the other hand, bronchitis, sinusitis and pneumonia are respiratory infections often caused by bacteria. If you are lucky enough not to be affected by one at the moment, you can still take the appropriate preventive measures.

If you have an infection causing symptoms such as fever, nasal congestion, runny nose, coughing, sore throat, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, your pharmacist can recommend ways to relieve them. He/she can also help you to assess the situation and decide if a doctor's visit is necessary.

Headaches and other types of pain

Dietary excesses, too much alcohol, and a lack of sleep are all predisposing factors associated with headaches. Moreover, since the holidays can be tough on the body, you may also feel muscle or joint pain. It can be difficult to kick off the new year when you are experiencing pain.

Acetaminophen is generally recognized as a preferred treatment to ease pain. The use of other over-the-counter medications, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, can also be considered. You should always speak to your pharmacist before taking an analgesic, as is the case for all over-the-counter medication.

Diets and detoxifying "miracle" cures

After the holidays, advertising appears almost everywhere to praise the merits of diets and products intended to lose weight, to improve vitality or to "detoxify" the body. These supposed miracle solutions very rarely live up to their promises!

Therefore, some products are sold claiming to have the ability to get rid of "toxins" or "waste" supposedly accumulated due to holiday excesses. In reality, your body is quite capable of getting rid of surpluses without any help. In addition to being unnecessary and costly, these types of products can sometimes present certain risks. Always ask the advice of a healthcare professional before opting for such methods.

At the start of this new year, remember that pharmacists are available to help and to offer advice. Pass by to see your pharmacist, it will give you the opportunity to extend your best wishes for a happy—and healthy—New Year!

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How to ease post holiday ailments

Like many people, you enjoy a good feast during the holidays. But, perhaps are you concerned with the consequences that may follow? If you are generally in good health, there is no reason to doubt your body’s ability to recover from holiday overindulgences. Even so, here are a few tips to help you recover.
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