‘Tis the season to be healthy

On the 1st day of Christmas my true love gave to me:- acute influenza and an infectious cold sore! Yes, it’s that time of year when thoughts turn to gifts, carol singing, peace, goodwill, excessive alcohol consumption, shopping stress and indigestion. Make your festive season a healthy one by following these easy steps to a healthy Christmas and an even healthier New Year.

– Protect your liver

Milk Thistle can aid the liver to recover from over-zealous celebrations. Research indicates that Milk thistle offers protection from liver damage. The detrimental effects of environmental toxins, alcohol and medication may be countered with this valuable herb.

– Avoid infections

Echinacea, Ester-C and Pro-biotics boost the immune system to help fight off infections – especially when you are in close contact with family, children or perhaps in very crowded night clubs. Burning the candle at both ends will suppress the immune system and allow infections to take hold. Ester-C is a patented gentle, non-acidic form of vitamin C.

– Energy and stamina

Be cautious of using stimulants to keep you going over the holidays, these leave your adrenal system exhausted and can lead to long- term problems. However, there is a herbal remedy from Siberia called Rhodiola rosea that actually supports the adrenal glands, working with the body to reduce stress and boost energy. It has been shown to increase stamina, alleviate mild depression and even increase libido in both men and women. Co-enzyme Q10 supports the body’s own energy production, the Kreb’s Cycle. A 100mg capsules can help keep you going through the party season.

– Anxiety and low mood

Consider Vitamin D or Rhodiola to help with post-holiday depression syndrome (PHDS). The ‘come down’ after the Christmas holidays can be excessively depressing. For some people seasonal affective disorder (SAD) with long winters nights can bring on low moods.

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