Avoid the Festive Frazzle

By on November 07, 2016

Follow these top tips from our featured expert, Emma Mayou, Nutritional Therapist.

In the run up to Christmas, we often find ourselves invited to multiple parties, frequently eating food and drink we wouldn’t normally be eating, and dashing around in a frenzy trying to find and collect presents, put up the decorations, and write those last-minute Christmas cards!

Early mornings combined with late night and weekend trudges around shopping centres in an effort to get everything finished and prepared can be a nightmare for your body- your skin and lips become dry and flaky, spots and pimples can show up, lack of sleep gives you dark baggy eyes, and your energy levels can plummet.

So use the following tips to help avoid those energy crashes and wake up on Christmas feeling relaxed, prepared and glowing!


1.              Start the Pre-tox

People often follow-up Christmas with a post-Christmas detox. But a pre-tox could help boost your energy and have you looking and feeling your best before the Christmas parties have even started!

Opt for whole vegetables and a couple of pieces of fruit, instead of starchy carbohydrates like bread and potatoes with your main meals. Choose fish, chickpeas and pulses instead of red and processed meats. Avoid sugary refined foods and moderate your intake of stimulants including caffeine and pre-workouts.


2.              Get Energised- Eat Porridge

The steadier your blood sugar levels, the steadier your mood and energy. Cut out those high GI blood-sugar sky-rocketing sweets, biscuits and cereals, and low-GI and B-vitamin rich foods which help sustain your blood-sugar levels and keep you feeling energised. Choose foods like oat-based cereals, millet, brown rice, beans, peas, leafy green vegetables, lean meat, eggs, liver and low fat dairy, and avoid foods containing caffeine, sugar and trans-fats which deplete the body of important energy-boosting nutrients like magnesium and chromium and leave us feeling tired and lethargic.

3.              Are you drinking enough? Drink Up!

Central heating, cold air, hours of shopping and a festive drink or two can quickly lead to dehydration. Headaches, constipation, bloating and irritable moods can be caused by dehydration, but often symptoms of dehydration can fade and we no longer recognise our thirst. Make sure you stay hydrated during the festive season - carry a small bottle of water with you, grab a quick cup of refreshing peppermint or green tea, and aim to have drank between 6 and 8 glasses of water through the day.

4.              Look after your liver

Too much alcohol and rich or sugary food can put a strain on your liver. If your liver isn’t functioning properly, toxins that are normally filtered out accumulate in the body causing you to develop symptoms of a sluggish liver, such as feeling tired constantly, developing acne or eczema, experiencing frequent colds or infections, and having a sluggish constipated bloated gut. Keep it in good condition with a daily dose of Milk Thistle which may protect it from cell damage.

5.              Boost your immunity

During winter the tilt of the sun means its rays don’t reach the surface of the earth. This means that between October and March, it is very difficult for our bodies to produce Vitamin D which is crucial to a healthy immune system. Make sure you top up your levels by eating plenty of oily fish, free range eggs and mushrooms or use a vitamin D supplement (at least 2000iu). Eating garlic, wild mushrooms, oats and barley will also provide beta-glucans which help enhance immune function and speed up your rate of recovery when that stuffy cold starts getting your down.

6.              Plump up your skin

Too many festive drinks and snacking on sugary or rich food puts extra stress on your liver. The result is it becomes overloaded with toxins and less efficient at eliminating them from your body. As your liver becomes congested, your body switches its toxin elimination system from your liver and gut to your skin. As the layers beneath your skin start to build up with waste products and excess hormones, spots and pimples can start to show, and as oxygen and nutrient flow to the skin becomes more difficult, your skin can start to look pasty, pale and dry. 

-Use the herbal tincture Milk Thistle before and during the festive season to protect your liver and give it a helping hand in eliminating toxins.

-Make sure to eat plenty of colourful vegetables and fruit- the greater the variety of colours the greater the variety of antioxidants that help wake up tired skin.

-Always drink 6-8 glasses of water every day including herbal teas. Drinking lemon and ginger tea or a little apple cider vinegar diluted with water first thing in the morning is a great way to stimulate your liver in the morning.

7.              Brighten your eyes

We know we should be getting between 6 and 8 hours of sleep every night. But what if shopping lists and Christmas party social anxieties keep you awake? Late night shopping trips and early mornings can result in dark baggy eyes. Start practicing healthy sleep habits; Switch off anything with a stand-by light at the wall, and turn off all devices 45 minutes before bedtime – this includes computers, mobile phones, tablets, kindles, televisions and game boxes. Studies have shown that blue light from these devices increases alertness in the brain- the exact opposite if what we want at night.  You could also try drinking a soothing cup of chamomile or valerian tea or sprinkling lavender oil around the room.

8.              Look After Your Locks

Hair is just as sensitive to festive overload and a poor diet as the skin. Piling on too many hair products, washing too often and overheating with the hair dryer or straighteners can cause significant breakage and damage.
-Hair is made of silica, protein and sulphur. Choosing foods that contain good sources of these nutrients will help give your hair the boost it needs to survive the harsh festive winter conditions. Try eating onions, garlic, leeks, eggs, oats and lean proteins regularly.

If you would like to improve your overall health and wellbeing,
book a consultation with Emma. 

Visit http://www.whole-body-health.co.uk
email emma@whole-body-health.co.uk

Here's to the new YOU!