Given the headlines over recent days and the year we’ve all had, it’s fair to say that we all deserve a bit of time out from the extraordinary events of 2021.
Whether your Christmas plans are scuppered or not, let’s face it, we’re all going to eat and drink too much over the festive period. Without doubt, the new Covid variant adds an extremely unhelpful layer of anxiety too, to what is already an incredibly stressful time of the year.
Here are some great tips to mitigate the ill-effects of a Christmas ‘overload’.
Eating too much
During Christmas, we tend to consume an excess of rich, acidic food. Here are some really helpful steps to aid the digestive tract and to feel less affected by an overload of food:
Freshly squeezed lemon juice
Start your day with half a freshly squeezed lemon juice in warm (not hot) water before you consume anything else.
- Lemon juice alleviates constipation
- It is very alkaline-forming and counteracts ‘acid stomach’
- Lemons boost the immune system
- Lemon juice (drunk early morning) improves the function of liver metabolism
- Lemons support the respiratory system and research demonstrates that lemon juice alleviates some of the symptoms of the common cold
Probiotic and Caprylic Acid
Probiotic E505 is an excellent probiotic/prebiotic, proven to be active in the gut. It improves our digestion, soothes the stomach, reduces inflammation and strengthens the immune system – all important over the Christmas period!
Caprylic Acid is a healthy fat and multi-herbal product that helps to eliminate candida from the gut and cleanse the digestive track. Candida is very prevalent today, due to excessive sugar consumption, especially at Christmas. It’s damaging to our digestion and to our health in general too. This formula provides a mix of anti-microbial and anti-fungal agents designed to help promote digestive health. It improves intestinal micro-flora and also comprises garlic powder, oregano, grapefruit seed extract and green tea extract. All of these promote colon health by gently cleansing the gut and giving us a ‘lighter’ feeling.
Drinking too much
A bottle of wine will excrete 60% of the Magnesium stored in your liver! This essential mineral is responsible for over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body and is depleted by alcohol, medications, refined sugar, saturated fats and many other food and lifestyle factors. Foodstate Magnesium helps alleviate the symptoms of hangovers, reduce the cravings for tobacco and improves energy levels too.
The Human Liver is a remarkable organ that deserves a bit of help! Unfortunately, the liver is the body’s dumping ground for toxins, despite its extraordinary regenerative qualities. Milk Thistle can help the proper regulation of cholesterol. It possesses antioxidant properties and has a protective effect on the liver as well.
Christmas can be a particularly stressful period, even without the significant impact of the pandemic.
Karoshil is a Foodstate supplement that plays a role in normal neurological and cardiac function while helping to reduce the various stresses and strains involved in modern living. It has been created for the specific purpose of supporting people living high-stress lives and suffering from tiredness and fatigue, anxiety and depression.
Magnesium may alleviate stress by improving the function of the adrenal glands. There is a well-known link between Magnesium deficiency and symptoms of stress and depression.
Our brains need optimum zinc to improve memory, learning and mood. A zinc deficiency has been linked with anxiety and depression.
Research has shown that the optimum Foodstate Selenium provides a host of health benefits for the nervous system.
Whatever your plans, I hope you enjoy a wonderful and safe Christmas.