It’s that time of year when people throw caution to the wind and eat and drink things they might normally avoid. For many people, abundant amounts of rich food and drink are the hallmark of the holiday season from Thanksgiving through New Year’s. People look forward to the parties, social gatherings and family meals as opportunities for them to abandon their self-discipline and enjoy all the festive season has to offer. Even the most disciplined can find themselves feeling “under the weather” the morning after. Too much alcohol and rich food affects the kidneys, liver, stomach and small intestines, which explains some of what is happening to the body. Dehydration, electrolyte imbalances, gastrointestinal disturbances and disruption of sleep are some of the not so pleasant results. Even though the season is short, the effects can be long and difficult to endure.
– February 2, 2011