The anticipation before Thanksgiving dinner is almost unbearable, as the smells and sights of your favorite holiday foods tempt you like the devil himself.
The 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.
But the day after this festive binge leaves your body devastated, your mind foggy, and your overall psyche lethargic.
For some, these negative consequences of the Thanksgiving feast last for days or even weeks — long after the leftovers are gone.
This type of holiday binging unfortunately will become a habit for a lot of people over the next few months as festive treats are constantly at the ready in your refrigerator, in the break room or wherever else we find ourselves during the next few weeks.
But you don’t need to let the holidays ruin your health or your 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 meals you may overindulge in over the coming months.
Step 1: Detoxify with Activated Charcoal
Used for over 10,000 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 adsorbent agent to many poisons and intestinal issues.
That means potentially toxic materials (drugs, chemicals or other materials in liquid, solid or gas form) bind to the surface of the charcoal inside the stomach or intestines.
Activated charcoal is a highly adsorbent 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 to minimize the damage done on the body. However, it is important to not wait until the food is absorbed into the GI tract, because then it might be too late for the charcoal to be effective.
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 adsorb 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 aftereffects 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.
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.
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.
We would love to hear how this protocol works for you, and other ways you combat the holidays by leaving a comment in the comment section below.
Happy and healthy investing,