Be prepared for a healthy Christmas

The December festivities are already in full swing for many people. But all those late nights and too much eating and drinking can take their toll on your health and wellbeing.

Taking it easier than usual – especially when it comes to food and alcohol – can make a huge difference. But if overindulging is unavoidable, here’s how you can soothe a sore stomach and a pounding headache as well as avoid aching feet this festive season:

Too much food

Most of us eat more than usual at Christmas. But even if we’re careful about how much we eat, it’s highly likely we’ll be eating richer foods than we’re used to. And in both cases this can lead to indigestion.

Normally experienced as pain or discomfort in your chest or stomach, indigestion can also make you feel uncomfortably full, as well as causing bloating, nausea and vomiting.

It’s caused when acid from your stomach irritates your stomach, small intestine or oesophagus (gullet). The good news, however, is that your pharmacist can provide you with medicines that provide immediate relief. Ask your local Careway pharmacist to recommend an indigestion remedy that would suit you, and ask them for tips on how to to take it to get the maximum indigestion relieving effect.

Too much to drink

Even if you don’t drink very much alcohol at other times of the year, you may well toast the festive season with one too many glasses of your favourite tipple. But drinking too much can make you wake up the next morning with a splitting headache and feeling nauseated and dizzy. The best way to avoid a hangover is not to drink more than you know your body can cope with. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to forget how much you can drink without suffering any adverse side effects, especially at this time of year.

According to the NHS, many hangover symptoms are caused by dehydration. So make sure you drink lots of water the next day (ideally drink a glass of water for each alcoholic drink you have too, as this will help keep your body hydrated). Also ask your pharmacist to recommend a painkiller that can help you cope with a throbbing head. You can also buy ice packs at pharmacies – use one to relieve your headache by placing it on your head or on the back of your neck.

Too much time on your feet

Getting into the party spirit is all well and good. But for those who wear killer heels, dancing the night away at the office Christmas party may be a matter of regret when it’s time to hobble home. All that Christmas shopping can keep you on your feet for hours on end too. But your local Careway pharmacist stocks products that can help, including gel cushions to protect your heels and the balls of your feet. You can also stock up on special blister plasters from your local pharmacy to stop your shoes rubbing in all the wrong places.

All that partying and shopping can also leave you feeling run down and low on energy. So have a chat with your pharmacist about nutritional supplements that may help give you an energy boost.

Your local Careway pharmacy is open at the usual times during the run up to Christmas. Find your nearest pharmacy by using our Pharmacy Finder.