Published: Dec 13, 2016
Author: Amy Jordan, BSc(Hons)HumNut
It’s that time of year again! Parties and mince pies, roast turkey and your nan’s delicious Christmas pudding, gingerbread and candy canes. With all the delicious treats and indulgences of Christmas, it’s common to feel sluggish and fatigued by the time January rolls around. A little balance through the silly season can go a long way to helping you feel your best in 2017!
Drinking plenty of water is one of the best things you can do to support your body through the festive season. Not only will it help you stave off the morning-after feeling of having over-indulged at the office party, but it helps your liver flush out toxins from and helps your digestive system run smoothly after all those Christmas treats!
A little gentle exercise might be the last thing you feel like doing on Christmas morning or Boxing Day, but trust me on this – even gentle exercise like a walk with the family or a relaxing swim will do wonders to help you feel your best. It’s easy to let the gym routine slide at this time of year, if this is you, try getting friends or family together at the beach for some cricket or a group dog walk – that way you get the benefits of exercise while still catching up on family time.
Support your liver
No one’s saying you shouldn’t have that festive glass of champagne, but try to support your liver so that it has no problem keeping your body toxin-free! A number of herbs and nutrients are great for supporting the liver, including:
All of these play a role in either protecting the liver from damage or supporting it in the three phases of liver detoxification. A good quality B vitamin complex is also a great idea to help your body recover after a long night of partying!
Take it easy!
In between the parties, family events and long catch-ups with friends, try and remember to get eight hours of sleep – at least most nights! This time of year it’s easy to forget about sleep as you burn the candle at both ends trying to get to get to all the social engagements you’ve said yes to. Sleep is extremely important, as it helps your body regenerate and keeps you feeling your best. Think about saying no once in a while, and curling up on the sofa with a festive movie. Your body will thank you!
Liver detoxification – the three phases
There are three steps, or phases, to liver detoxing:
Speak to your healthcare practitioner for more information about liver health. Make sure to always read the label and use only as directed. If symptoms persist, see your healthcare practitioner.
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