Winter Health - How to have a happy healthy Christmas!
In order to enjoy the festive season to the full it is a good idea to think about supporting our health throughout this busy period. There are a number of things we can do to ensure that we are in tip-top condition to make the most of the winter months.
Foods which help to keep us warm, energised, and our immune system well supported, are a priority. Therefore lots of homemade vegetable soups, casseroles and stews which include plenty of garlic, ginger cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, coriander, cumin, mustard, cayenne pepper come recommended. The spices help to purify the blood and encourage good circulation.
At this time of the year it is often more difficult to maintain the optimum level of water in our daily diet (i.e. 3-4 pints). Try drinking it slightly warmer with a slice of orange or lemon, or some grated ginger. Extra water is always needed before, during and after drinking alcohol as this dehydrates the body. It is the main reason for those nasty hangovers!
Fresh fruit and vegetable juices
Fruit and vegetables will help to maintain a good level of antioxidants needed to fight off free radicals and support the immune system. If this is not an option I would suggest you take a good quality multi vitamin and mineral supplement.
Taken in amount of 2-4 grams daily, Vitamin C can dramatically shorten both the duration and severity of a cold or flu if administered at the very early stages. Any excess will simply pass out through the urine so there is no fear of toxicity. It also aids the detoxification process so it is very helpful for smokers and when drinking alcohol.
Milkthistle is a wonderful herb. It contains Silymarin, which support the liver in detoxification and helps to regenerate new cells. A must when drinking alcohol, include 1 daily and add in an extra one when partying!
Echinacea is another excellent herb, which can be taken in tincture form or as a capsule. It is especially helpful in the colder weather for those who are a little more vulnerable at this time of the year.