Feeling a little blah?

You had planned on starting this new year with a burst of energy and vitality but, after this last festive bout of overindulging, you find yourself feeling like a puffy marshmallow, stuck in a bloated, near catatonic state and suffering from a serious case of the blah’s. You are struggling to get through the day with zero oomph and a dire dysfunctional digestion. To be fully operational again, you are in need of a serious reboot.

The good news is that your poor body just wants some rest. Avoid whatever put it in such a sorry state, drink lots of water and teas and try a few tips to recondition your dysfunctional gloomy G.I. tract.

Encourage your sluggish system into action, mix 2 drops of lemon essential oil in ½ teaspoon honey and take this little marvel 3 times a day for 3 weeks. Avoid going in the sun without a sunscreen. Lemon essential oil is photosensitizing.

Keep it going with this amazing decoction: pour 2 cups boiling water in your prettiest saucepan, add ½ teaspoon powdered ginger and ½ teaspoon powdered turmeric. Bring to the boil, then simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat, add the juice of half a lemon and 2 teaspoons honey. Slowly savour this delicious and highly addictive concoction during the day. Ginger works wonders to relieve digestive miseries and turmeric kicks a lethargic digestive process into action.

Drown your metabolic miseries in a divine detox bath. Add 2 cups Epsom salts, 1 cup sea salt and 10 drops lavender essential oil to a standard tub full of hot water. Dive into it, close your eyes and luxuriate in it while sipping your ginger-turmeric yummy tea.

Banish the bloat with a nice belly massage. Ask Raymond to help you out. Don’t forget to return the favour, as the poor boy is in a sorry state too. Mix 2 drops lemon essential oil in 1 teaspoon of your favourite vegetable oil – sesame, coconut, almond, etc. Ask him to draw nice circles around your belly button with it.

Whatever you ate, probably upset the friendly bacteria in your gut. Help the cute little workers with a good probiotic supplement. Later, when you are up to it, eat some fermented food – yogurt, raw sauerkraut, Korean kimchi, Japanese umeboshi plums, etc. – that will get them back into balance.

You’ll probably need enzymes too, especially if you ate some food that you didn’t agree with you. Peel and cube 4 pretty kiwi, 4 slices pineapple and 1 beautiful banana. Throw them in your best bowl with the juice of 1 orange. Toss and feast on this fabulous fruit salad.

Make sure you have an early night and remember what Scarlett said: “Tomorrow is another day.”

Other recipes to erase the after effects of overindulgence in:

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