Party Season Survival Guide

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Health and Beauty Magazine

Party Season Survival Guide

Lucie Tobin

Lucie Tobin

Health & Beauty Magazine Online Editor

Published 17th November 2008

One too many parties and a constant supply of mince pies can leave you feeling bloated, tired and anything but merry. Enjoy the festive fun while staying healthy with our expert seasonal survival guide.

Know your limits

Many of us overdo our alcohol consumption at Christmas. According to government guidelines, women should have no more than 14 units of alcohol per week and not exceed three units in one day; that’s two 125ml glasses of wine, or champagne.

But with free bars at the work bash and everyone in the party mood, one drink can easily lead to another and before you know it, you could be sozzled. ‘For every alcoholic drink you have, alternate with a soft one, or water down your drinks; for example have a spritzer rather than a glass of wine,’ says Boots Pharmacist Angela Chalmers. ‘It sounds simple, but means by the end of the night you’ll have drunk half the amount.’

Your seasonal saver: Brecon Carreg, Still Mineral water


Manage indigestion

With huge heavy meals, nibbles and snacks in no short supply, it’s no wonder your tum often grumbles– and expands – at this time of year. Rich foods, eating on the go and the stress of Christmas can all be disastrous for your digestive system, and mean you rack up the calories, too. ‘It takes 20 minutes for your brain to register your stomach’s full, so take your time over meals and chew each mouthful properly to combat indigestion,’ advises Judith Wills, nutrition expert and author of The Food Bible. ‘And try to stick to protein-rich snacks, like peanuts, which will make you less bloated than bread-based ones, or crisps.’

Your seasonal savers: Gaviscon Double Action Tablets, Boots Heartburn Relief


Get happy feet

If you dance all night in sky-high stilettos you may look fab, but the next morning your feet will feel it. Buy shoes that are around 1cm longer than your foot and fit snugly around the widest part of your sole. 'Friction caused by tight-fitting straps can displace the upper layers of skin and lead to blisters,' says podiatrist Judith Anders. 'Wearing heels also puts pressure on the ball of your foot, which can cause a burning pain.' Well-nourished skin is less prone to blisters, so slap on a good moisturiser and invest in some gel cushions.

Your seasonal savers: Scholl Party Feet Invisible Gel Cushions; Boots Gorgeous Feet Amazing Anti-Rub, Compeed Blister Plasters; Origins Reinventing the Heel


The morning after

Even if you tried to limit your drinking, waking up with a furry tongue, banging head and churning tum isall too common during the party season. Languishing in bed then devouring a fry-up may seem like a failsafe cure, but it’ll just give your body more junk to cope with. ‘If you've got a headache, take a painkiller like paracetamol or ibuprofen and be sure to rehydrate by drinking lots of water,’ says Angela. ‘Rehydration sachets are helpful if you’ve been sick.’

Consider these products: Boots Paracetamol Extra Tablets, Boots Headache and Upset Stomach Relief Effervescent Powder. Always read the label.

Try Balance Me Wake Up Wash the next morning and the Boots Survive the Party kit to help you get over the night before, containing re-energise tablets, headache pads and an eye mask.

Written by Wendy Golledge

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