Detox & Weightloss
5 Tips to Feel Well This Festive Season
For many people the end of the year brings a flurry of celebrations and social occasions. While most of us let our hair down and have a good time, sometimes too much of a good thing can take a toll on our health and leave us less than our usual vibrant selves. Here are some tips for surviving the silly season:
- Drink enough water. Stay hydrated and flush toxins through your system by drinking at least 8 glasses of water each day. Add some slices of lime or lemon, mint and/or cucumber to make your water extra refreshing. You’ll need to increase your intake again if you are exercising, it’s a hot day or you’re drinking alcohol. Here are the guidelines to drink alcohol in moderation. And don’t forget you can also make some tasty and refreshing mocktails too! If you feel as though you need some additional liver support please speak to one of our practitioners. Here Are the Guidelines regarding Alcohol Consumption
- Eat lightly and support your digestion. The party season is an excuse to bring out all of those tasty treats in large proportions. The trick here is to take small serves (so you don’t miss out), and remember to stop eating when you feel 80% full. You will have a much happier tummy. And if you have any food intolerances, think ahead and make sure that you have brought something tasty with you that you can eat and share. Foods like pineapple and paw paw served in a few small pieces at the end of a meal may aid digestion. If you really struggle with digestive problems though make sure to get some acupuncture and/or herbs.
- Get moving. With extra flow of social engagements, visitors, food and alcohol, exercise often is given the flick at this time of year. The thing is that exercise will help you digestion your food better and give you more energy, not to mention work off some of those extra calories that were consumed, so it may give you that extra kick you need to survive this season. Think of walks in the morning, take the stairs at work, if you have visitors involve them in your normal exercise routine – they will benefit too. And if you’re at a party – dance to your heart’s delight!
- Get the sunshine balance just right. Over summer it’s very easy to get too much of a good thing – the sunshine. So remember to take it in small but deliberate doses. Cover up when you are in the sun for extended periods – sunburn is nobody’s friend. However, many of us don’t get enough sunshine and this can be seen through the low Vitamin D test results we see in the clinic. Getting enough sunshine will boost your mood and energy (it tonifies your yang), not to mention delivering a myriad of other health benefits. Here’s how to work out how much sunlight you need – and they have an app too! Here’s How To Work Out How Much Sunlight You Need
- Take time out. The festive season can be a stressful and even depressing time for some people. Family squabbles, financial concerns and loneliness all can play a part here. Choose the social events that you want to go to – the ones that make you happy. If this is a stressful time for you seek counselling for some strategies to manage any confronting situations before they happen. Reach out to any people you know who are alone at this time, the more the merrier – it’ll be a win-win for both of you. If this time of year makes you stressed out and tense then a massage, acupuncture or some herbs may help you relax and enjoy the time.
These five tips are a general guide to helping you to be in a good place to enjoy the best of the festive season while also feeling and looking well! If you have particular concerns about any aspect of your health over the summer please speak to one of our practitioners to find an individualised strategy to make you feel well.