How Do You Feel After This Easter?

• Do you have sensitive or painful teeth?
The sugar content of chocolate promotes dental decay. Anyone addicted to the sugar could also end up having a chocolate addiction or addiction to other foods containing sugar!

• Do you have headaches or even migraine?
Other chemicals in chocolate like tyramine have been associated with triggering migraine headaches.

• Did your skin get worse?
Various studies point to chocolate as contributing to acne. However the research points to the glycemic nature of ingredients, like sugar, and corn syrup added to chocolate, especially the milk chocolate variety. Chocolate itself has a low glycemic index according to one reference.

• Did your cholesterol increase?
Processed chocolate also contains hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils associated with increasing Low Density Lipoproteins – bad cholesterol – and lowering High Density Lipoproteins – good cholesterol.

Post Easter Chocolate Hangover

Other Post-Easter Symptoms may include:

• Weight Gain
Chocolate is high calories, and excess caloric intake leads to weight gain. Being overweight can result in a number of health problems, including heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.

• Sugar Complications
Chocolate is high in sugar. Without sugar it would taste too bitter for most people to eat. High amounts of sugar in your diet can lead to dental problems like gum disease and cavities. Another concern of eating large amounts of sugar each day is the increased risk for diabetics. If you are a diabetic, chocolate can cause your blood sugar to become elevated by supplying you with more than a meal’s worth of sugar.

• Stomach Discomfort
Chocolate contains caffeine and is also very acidic. Caffeine is a bowel stimulant, which can worsen symptoms of irritable bowel disease or diarrhoea. Acidic foods, on the other hand, can cause an increase in stomach acid, which can result in heartburn, acid reflux or inflammation of an existing stomach ulcer.

Post-Easter Recovery

1. Exercise, Exercise, Exercise… to get a rush of heady-happy-healthy hormones and flush toxins from your breath, skin and mind. You can book your Free consultation with a trainer here
2. Go to a Hot/ Bikram Yoga class, Sauna or have a very Hot Bath to sweat out the excess toxins
3. Drink lots of filtered/ purified water or lemon Water
4. Drink lots of caffeine-free herbal tea. Digestive blends are especially good, as they usually contain gut-cleansing, anti-inflammatory, bloat-reducing herbs such as chamomile, peppermint, calendula, dandelion root and/or leaf, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, celery and nettle leaf
5. Stay away from chocolate (throw away the leftovers – NO you don’t need to finish all the chocolate…)
6. DO NOT stress about what you have eaten.

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