The Silly Season – A Survival Guide
The festive season is approaching fast! Along with it come plenty of social events, indulgent foods, long days and stress leading up to Christmas. No wonder it’s called the “Silly Season”! By the time we click over to a new year, we are often left feeling tired and sluggish. Applying a few simple survival strategies can make a big difference to helping you feel more balanced and better off into 2019.
Hydrate when you celebrate!
“How can I be dehydrated when I had plenty to drink last night?” A common joke that we hear this time of year, but it brings up a vital point. The more water you drink, the more likely you are to bounce back after overdoing it, reducing the ‘hangover’ symptoms from the inevitable Christmas parties. Water also helps your digestion and bowels work better for smooth sailing after too many festive treats. Not only that, good water intake helps the liver and kidneys function to detox your body1 and helps your brain function considerably better2 for clearer thinking and planning. We recommend about 30ml of water per kilogram of body weight every day as a minimum standard, so a 70kg person needs a minimum of 2.1Litres (8 and a bit glasses) per day to function well. It is also a great idea to replace your water soluble vitamins, that get flushed away easily with alcohol, by taking a B vitamin complex with Vitamin C.
Move to Improve
Throughout the busy-ness of the season, it is super easy to let your normal exercise routine slip. A little movement goes a long way to keep you on track, decrease stress, lift your spirits, improve your gut health and generate more energy.3 This might be the last thing on your to-do list for Christmas, but truly, you need to move to improve! So maybe think of some creative ways to exercise and still find time for family and friends: take a gentle walk together, play some backyard cricket or have a relaxing, cooling swim.
Support your Liver to Deliver
It takes a rare person to completely avoid the celebratory end of year drinks or that one too many serves of Christmas pudding. We are human after all and this is often the time of year that we let our guards down and loosen up on our normal routines. This does mean that your main detox organ, the liver, is under extra load to keep up its clean up processes. The liver has three phases of detoxification that it uses to rid your body of toxins. There are several herbs and nutrients that are fabulous for supporting those different phases and protecting the liver form further damage including:
St. Mary’s Thistle (often called Milk Thistle), Bupleurum, Turmeric (or Curcumin), Zinc, Glutathione, N-Acetyl Cysteine, Vitamin E, along with good fibre in the diet and water.4
Rest is best
Lack of sleep catches up on you quicker than you might think. We need a decent amount of sleep to allow our body time to repair itself and regenerate energy.5,6 So, spare a thought for sleep between the catch ups, parties and family gatherings. Aim for a proper eight hours on most nights and remember that, if you feel sleep deprived, it is okay to say no occasionally rather than burning yourself out completely. Your body will appreciate the break.
Our friendly staff are happy to help you negotiate this survival guide to recommend high quality products that suit your circumstances. Here’s to a happy, safe and healthy silly season!!
Written by Emily Grieger – Naturopath.
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