‘Tis the season for excess—and we’re not just referring to eggnog. If you overdid it at dinner, we’ve got your recovery plan.
After overindulging in rich holiday fare (or simply eating too much), you wake up bloated and sluggish. “You’ve basically exceeded the capacity of your gastrointestinal [GI] tract to digest food,” says Dawn Wiese Adams, M.D., an assistant professor of medicine of gastroenterology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in Nashville. The food just sits there until it can be digested and transported through the GI tract, which can leave your stomach and small intestine distended and your belly aching.