It’s no secret that some of the best food is served on Christmas Day – pigs in blankets, crispy roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, cauliflower cheese, turkey and gravy plus all the other trimmings.
In some homes there will also be starters as well as a third course of Christmas pudding with cream or custard – and don’t forget about the Quality Streets and Celebrations that will be passed around.
We’ll eat and drink until our heart’s content and hey, there’s no judgment here if you go back for seconds or thirds, it’s Christmas after all.
But have you ever wondered what all this lovely grub does to your body?
Well if you did happen to be curious, you’re in luck as healthy eating experts over at musclefood revealed to North Wales Live what happens to our bodies after consuming so much stuff on December 25.
The team broke it all down, sharing what happens at different stages after the big meal and unsurprisingly, it’s not very pretty!
Here’s a look at what they had to say:
After an hour
Blood has flown straight to your digestive tract in order to break down the food. For this to happen your body naturally increases its metabolic and heart rate, meaning your internal temperature also increases, resulting in those dreaded meat sweats.
The drinks you enjoyed earlier are now working to slow down digestion, and with rich foods being difficult to break down you’re left feeling stuffed and sluggish.
Two hours later
Proteins and fats sit in your stomach for two to three hours leaving you feeling bloated and uncomfortable.
This is also when wind hits, as your stomach squeezes to get rid of all the air you swallowed when eating, enzymes are also trying to break down the food.
Raffinose, a complex sugar found in vegetables such as Brussel Sprouts, is something the body can’t process, meaning there’s only one way out.
Six hours after dinner
All the food and drink is now in the large intestine – a process that can take six to eight hours. This means that you may start to consider picking on the leftovers.
24 hours later
A trip to the toilet will get rid of any undigested food left in the body and the hangover should begin to ease.
Told you it wasn’t all that pretty!