For many Americans, the Thanksgiving feast is one of the best meals of the year — if not the best.
Many people wait all year to fill their bellies with American classics like turkey, stuffing, cranberries, potatoes, pie and, for some, a glass or two of holiday cheer.
This holiday happens only once a year, so it’s easy to give ourselves permission to indulge (or over-indulge). But if you try to stay relatively healthy throughout the year, you might experience the consequences of a holiday binge long after the leftovers are gone.
Post-feast, you can find your body devastated, your mind foggy, and your overall psyche lethargic. The side effects can last for hours, or even days.
And try as you might to quickly return to your healthy habits, you’re also faced with more temptation than at any other time during the year. You’ll see festive treats are constantly at the ready in your refrigerator, in the break room or wherever else you find yourself during the next few weeks.
But you don’t need to let the holidays ruin your health, the number on the scale or your overall sense of well-being.
Today, I want to show you in three easy steps how you can fully "recover" from this year’s Thanksgiving feast, and all types of snacks and meals you might indulge in over the coming months.
Step 1: Detoxify with Activated Charcoal
Used for more than10,000 years, activated charcoal is one of the world’s oldest detoxing remedies. For centuries, charcoal has been used in Chinese, Ayurvedic (Indian) and Western medicine as an absorbent agent to many poisons and intestinal issues.
Activated charcoal is a highly absorbent material. It has millions of tiny pores that can capture, bind and remove up to 100 times the charcoal’s own weight in toxins.
The porous surface has a negative electric charge that attracts positively charged unwanted toxins and gas so they can easily leave the body.
Taking 1 to 2 grams of activated charcoal immediately after your Thanksgiving feast can help you absorb the fewest amount of toxins possible and minimize the damage done on the body.
It’s important to use this activated charcoal separately from any medication or other supplements. That’s because, along with toxins, the charcoal will also absorb vitamins taken at the same time.
If this solution interests you, we suggest looking into Activated Charcoal from the brand Bulletproof, which is 100% made from coconut shells.
The ultra-fine and highly purified Upgraded Coconut Charcoal uses acid washing, a more-expensive extra step that removes toxic heavy metals that are prevalent in many preparations of charcoal. This added step results in charcoal with the most surface area to create maximum adsorption.
Santa Claus may supposedly give coal to naughty children. But charcoal in capsule form may be something to put on your wish list.
There are a couple more ways to help combat the beastly after-effects of a feast …
Step 2: Intermittent Fasting
The second step after a big day of eating is to give your body a break. And that means to NOT eat immediately the following day — even if your food choice would be a healthy one.
Ideally, a full 24-hour fast could be most beneficial. But most people have very little to no experience with fasting. That’s OK, because even a 16-hour fast can provide many of the same benefits.
This means no food — only water and non-caloric drinks (yes, coffee is allowed) — for 16 hours after the last bite.
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Fasting gives your digestive system a much-needed break after being bombarded with an abnormal amount of food and drinks.
During a fast, your liver and kidneys discrete all the toxins … and toxins bound to the activated charcoal previously ingested the night/day before.
This may make you feel like you’re experiencing a "food hangover" for the first part of the fast. But as your body rids itself of the toxins, you’ll feel much better than if you would have continued to eat and put stress on the digestive system.
Think of this step as a mini "reset" for your body.
Step 3: Stay Hydrated
Staying hydrated may seem simple, but it shouldn’t be overlooked in importance when recovering from your holiday feast.
For the average adult, Thanksgiving and other holiday meals involve alcohol. The amounts can range from very little to very much.
This in and of itself pleads the case for placing an extra emphasis on hydration the following day.
Even if alcohol isn’t consumed in large quantities, water is usually ignored during holiday meals and get-togethers — leaving the body dehydrated.
Water carries nutrients to our cells, aids digestion by forming stomach secretions, flushes our bodies of waste, and keeps our kidneys healthy.
It keeps our moisture-rich organs (our skin, eyes, mouth and nose) functioning well, it lubricates and cushions our joints, and it regulates our body temperature and our metabolism.
Hydrating with purified water after a day of feasting is crucial to all these bodily functions, and it will have you feeling significantly better.
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Following these three easy steps in order is the fastest and easiest way to recover from this week’s Thanksgiving feast … and all feasts during the holiday season.
Happy and healthy investing,
Uncommon Wisdom Daily