Detoxing in History: the morning after the night before!

For those who may have overindulged over the festive season, a post from 2014 about some of the more dubious ‘remedies’ for hangovers and too much rich food!

Dr Alun Withey

Detoxing in history: the morning after the night before.

It’s January. After the festive season is over it’s that time of year when we take stock, count the calories and do our best to offset some of the costs to our body of overindulgence. Up and down the country people will be joining gyms (as my fitness trainer says “entering like lions but leaving like lambs”), doing too much too soon and quitting before the soles of their Nikes even get scuffed. Others will be starting their healthy eating regimes, cutting out the chocolate, cakes and dairy and starting ‘holistic’ mind and body routines to try and ‘zen’ their way back to health, wealth and happiness. It’s human nature to overdo it, and it’s certainly nothing new.

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In the seventeenth century, overindulgence was frowned upon. Gluttony is, after all, one of the seven deadly sins and people were…

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