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Cleansing herbs (if you’ve overdone it)

As dietary intake changes and sugar levels increase dramatically over the Christmas period, many of us can end up feeling less than chipper. Over the four-week Christmas period, on average people gain 5 lbs (2 kg). For overall average weight gain just an extra 500 calories a day is required, so the Christmas binging is likely to make that tot up quite quickly.  It’s estimated that the average person in the UK will consume around 6,000 calories on Christmas day alone (versus the guideline daily amount of 2,000 calories for women and 2,500 calories for men).

Over indulging can bring painful, disruptive or embarrassing digestion problems as well. Common complaints include indigestion, constipation, diarrhoea, abdominal pain and heartburn, often with sufferers feeling they have few treatment options. While conventional medicine is a vital part of healthcare, herbal medicine can play a useful role as well. Senna is one of the better known herbal remedies for poor digestive health, with others including peppermint, dandelion and fennel.

Potter’s Cleansing Herb Tablets contains senna, aloes (cape), Cascara Sagrada, dandelion and fennel, which combine to provide short-term relief of occasional constipation and bloating. Potter’s Slippery Elm Tablets relieve the symptoms of indigestion, dyspepsia, heartburn. They contain slippery elm bark, cinnamon, clove and peppermint oils.

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