It’s that time of year again! Christmas parties, roast turkey, ginger bread, candy canes and not to mention, your nan’s delicious pudding!With all the festive 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 2020!
See our top tips below for staying balanced throughout the season:1. Hydrate! 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! 2. Get moving 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. 3. 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:
- Milk thistle1
- Globe artichoke2
- Vitamin E6
- Phase 1 involves liver enzymes which transform the toxin into a less harmful substance.8 Important nutrients: B vitamins; glutathione; milk thistle; green tea; bupleurum.
- Phase 2 adds a molecule, making the substance water soluble. The added molecule is often glutathione, which is why this antioxidant is so important for liver and detox support.8 Important nutrients: glutathione; B vitamins; globe artichoke; curcumin; amino acids.
- Phase 3 removes toxins from the cells and into the blood, where it moves through the kidneys and into the urine for excretion.8 Important nutrients: fibre; water; sulforaphane (from broccoli); Coenzyme Q10.
- Loguercio C, Festi D. Silybin and the liver: from basic research to clinical practice. World J Gastroenterol 2011;17(18):2288-2301.
- Artichoke. Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, 2015. Viewed 2 December 2016, https://naturalmedicines-therapeuticresearch-com.ezproxy.endeavour.edu.au/databases/food,-herbs-supplements/professional.aspx?productid=842
- Bupleurum. Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, 2015. Viewed 2 December 2016, https://naturalmedicines-therapeuticresearch-com.ezproxy.endeavour.edu.au:2443/databases/food,-herbs-supplements/professional.aspx?productid=650
- Nabavi SF, Moghaddam AH, Habtemariam S, et al. Curcumin and liver disease: from chemistry to medicine. Comp Rev 2013;13(1):62-77.
- Glutathione. Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, 2015. Viewed 2 December 2016, https://naturalmedicines-therapeuticresearch-com.ezproxy.endeavour.edu.au:2443/databases/food,-herbs-supplements/professional.aspx?productid=717
- Loguercio C, Andreone P, Brisc C, et al. Silybin combined with phosphatidylcholine and vitamin E in patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease: a roandmoizd controlled trial. Free Radic Biol Med 2012;52(9):1658-1665.
- Mohammad MK, Zhou Z, Cave M, et al. Zinc and liver disease. Nutr Clin Pract 2012;27(1):8-20.
- Urbinder D. What is phase III detoxification? 2016. Viewed 2 December 2016, http://www.fxmedicine.com.au/search/node/detoxification