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Keep Well This New Year!

With the traditional New Year celebrations fast approaching, people in Ipswich and east Suffolk are being urged to stay well as they welcome in 2017.

Bringing in the New Year is about having fun, saying goodbye to the year just gone and welcoming in the new one.  And with the help of a few simple tips we can all make sure it stays a happy one as we celebrate.

So if you are thinking of celebrating the New Year in style there are a few sensible and simple precautions we can take.

We all know we shouldn’t drink and drive, whatever the temptation.  Knowing our limits and drinking responsibly by pacing ourselves means we don’t start 2017 feeling the worse for wear.  

Binging on rich party food can leave us feeling bilious and bloated.  Being sensible in the lead up to celebrations with simple soups will help with digestion.

Anyone who has drunk or eaten too much during the celebrations should follow these steps for the best recovery:

  • Rehydrate the body, so drink plenty of water, soda water or isotonic drinks
  • Over the counter pain killers can help with headaches and muscle cramps. Avoid aspirin as this may irritate the stomach and increase nausea.
  • Try sugary foods or antacid might help to settle the stomach.
  • It is advisable to avoid alcohol for at least 48 hours. 
  • Bouillon soup, a thin vegetable-based broth, is a good source of vitamins and minerals, which can top-up depleted resources. Its main advantage is that it's easy for a fragile stomach to digest.
If you have eaten something that disagrees with you then check your symptoms on www.nhs.uk or if you want to talk to the NHS call 111.  They can help advise if you need to see a healthcare professional.

New Year is one of the most exciting nights of the year for many people yet sometimes it can end with painful effects, which can last well beyond the next morning. However by being sensible and following simple tips we can make sure it’s a healthier start to 2017.

For more help of staying well this winter www.nhs.uk/staywell 


Useful links:

Pharmacy opening hours New Year 2017

Dry January 2017 (AlcoholConcern.org.uk)

www.nhs.uk/Livewell/alcohol

One You Drinks Tracker

One You - Healthy Eating


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