Festive abundance comes with one rule: ENJOY YOURSELF!
Drinking, eating, partying; nothing says festivities like getting together with family and friends and indulging in rich dishes, connoisseur wines and Christmas cocktails (including the Nog! Vegnogg of course).
But let’s face it; indulgence is never just on Christmas day! Technically between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, the kitchen, and the bar, are open for anything!
Although this is certainly fun, and people justify it by saying: “it is just once a year”, it does take a toll on our digestive system and overall health. CNN covered a story in 2013 about research findings related to people passing away during the holidays.
I want to point out that it is certainly not the short time indulgence between Christmas and New Year that is found to be killing people, but those who suffer from cardiovascular diseases add increased chances by overdoing it during this time.
So what about those who are fit and healthy? The body can certainly adapt to deal with over-eating and over-drinking, but do realize that it takes only 3 days for the body to start feeling the difference between a healthy diet and a not so healthy one and responding as such.
So I have three top tips to help, as well as a “Wunderful” product to add to your holidays to keep you healthier!
Drink Golden Turmeric Tea daily: Wunder Workshop has the perfect rescue remedy for the holidays in the form of their turmeric tea. The active ingredients of this tea are: Turmeric, Ginger, Lemongrass and Cinnamon. Right there you have a powerhouse of healing compounds you absolutely need to consume, especially when overdoing the booze and fatty foods. As the liver and intestines work hard to process the food and drinks ingested, break up nutrients to absorb them and expel toxins and waste, they can become inflamed due to the serious overwork and overload of toxins and acidity forming ingredients! Inflammation is never a good sign for health, as it causes tissue damage as well as drastic immune responses which can make us feel terrible, struggle with detox (does your hangover seem to just not go away easily?) and weight gain. Turmeric is nature’s most potent anti-inflammatory and can help the body cope with the extra toxins in the body. Ginger is wonderful to aid digestion by creating that “fire” we need to break down food easily. Because it stimulates saliva flow, it promotes the enzymatic action we need to break down food. Lemongrass is a soothing herb and it has been used for centuries to heal digestive issues. The oil from this powerful herb also assists in absorbing curcuma (the active compound of Turmeric) better, which is essential to enjoy the benefits of this tea and the root itself. Lastly, Cinnamon (Ceylon Cinnamon), which helps improve metabolism and has been linked to better cardiovascular health and even prevention and support of Type 2 Diabetes. Overall, this tea is packed with the perfect ingredients to make sure you look after your health whilst you enjoy the holidays extra.
Drink plenty of filtered water: Drinking the Wunder Tea certainly counts as liquid intake and will keep you hydrated, but it is unlikely that you will carry it with you to the Pub or a Bar, so add in a pint of water for each drink you have! Water will help you stay hydrated (preventing the unwanted hangover) as well as helping flush your system out. Stay away from plastic bottles as much as you can and go for either filtered water or glass bottles.
One GREEN juice a day keeps the Doctor away: Another hydration tool, but more than that, a way to add in extra micronutrients (vitamins, anti-oxidants and minerals) without needing to eat more. Christmas and New Year’s dinners are all about the starches and oftentimes, not enough greens are to be seen on the table, so this is the way to keep your green intake at a good level! Juice cucumber, celery, lettuce, parley and lemon (add one apple if too bitter) and if you are struggling with heartburn, a common issues for a lot of my clients this time of the year, add in some aloe-vera gel to soothe your stomach and esophagus.
Those three tips by no means outweigh our duty to eat and drink responsibly during the holidays and beyond, but if we can support our body through the inevitable excess, these three tips are a good way to start.
Ultimately, if we care for your health, which we should, we need to try and limit the festive meals to one or two days, not an entire month. In truth, we can enjoy life more when we are healthier and we have more energy to do all the things we want to do. Also learning that socializing is not an activity reserved to situations evolving around alcohol; we need to try and share healthy and personal responsibility, perhaps… a New Year resolution?
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