Fit Club: Feeling green after St. Patrick's Day

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - From green grits to green beer, on St. Patrick's Day in Savannah people come to celebrate, starting with a hearty Irish meal.

"We have a special spice to kick it up just right," said a member of the St. Patrick's Day committee.

Top it off with a green Irish drink, "We heard St. Patrick's is crazy and you can drink on the streets. It's our favorite holiday," said Katie McNeal.

"Welcome to Savannah and good southern food. Anything fried, seafood, lots of beer because we have open container policy in Savannah. Wings, beer and chicken. People have lots of Savannah goodies," said Registered Nurse Fitness Nutrition Coach Alyson Martin.

Martin says all of that drinking and eating can wreak havoc on your body.

"All those fried foods are inflammatory on your gut and then your liver has to work in overdrive too to eliminate everything," said Martin. "You are retaining sodium."

A night of too-heavy drinking can have negative consequences on your liver, brain function, immune system and of course, belly fat.

"It's a big holiday, everybody lets go," said Martin. "That's fine for a couple days, enjoy yourself afterwards, then you want to get back on track and get rid of the bloat."

Martin suggests eating more fruits, vegetables and drink lots of water to help fight the unwanted bloat after indulging all weekend.

At the most, you may have gained two pounds, but this could also be water weight from eating too much salt. Just get back to a healthier eating plan and the bloat will be gone in no time.

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