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How to Cure a Food Hangover

How to Cure a Food Hangover

If you were to put the wrong kind of fuel in a car, it would have to work extra hard to operate—if it were able to at all. Now, relate that anecdote to your body because unhealthy food has the same affect on its ability to function.

But who is not guilty of a bit of overindulgence now and then? Truth be told a little bit of chocolate cake soothes the soul, right?

Well, that’s OK because new research shows that there is an emergency back up plan for moments when the mood to splurge strikes. By eating fewer calories and consuming more nutrient-rich cuisine, such as the following, you can get your body humming like a solid engine in no time.

* Drink wine. Woo hoo! That’s an easy one, eh? The good news is that antioxidants in red wine, called polyphenols, may lessen the harmful impact high-fat foods and sweets have on your body. Hey, we’ll take that!

* Splash on a bit of vinegar. Add a little of this stuff to a salad or other food and its acidic qualities may help regulate the blood sugar spike that occurs after a carbohydrate-rich meal. This rush of glucose will be followed by a drop in blood sugar which will increase appetite.

* Eat fruit for dessert. Produce of this sort, including berries, grapes, kiwi and cherries, helps reduce the free-radical damage that occurs after a meal. What’s more, consuming high-calorie meals that do not include antioxidant-rich foods like fruits and vegetables can have a negative impact over time.

So, go ahead, eat that double, double, three-layer chocolate dessert. Just be sure to follow up with a couple of these eating tricks the next day, and you will be able to continue your typically healthy way of life. [Eating Well]

Posted: 6/3/08