6 WAYS TO GET YOUR BODY PREPARED FOR THE EATING, DRINKING & MERRIMENT AHEAD
It’s easy to start December with the best of intentions: skipping the desserts, getting plenty of sleep, and maintaining that fitness regimen you’ve diligently built up for the past few months. And yet, we’re all human. And we happen to like desserts. And naturally, we love champagne.
There’s such a warmth and energy around Christmas that it feels a little ill-natured to spurn it in favor of being ‘good’. In order to strike the perfect balance, why not arm yourself with a preparatory plan so that you’re ready to take on the excesses of Yuletide and enjoy them?
Here’s our favorite ways to do just that…
1. Cut out alcohol: The liver is the body’s detoxification powerhouse, so help it lighten the toxic load and it makes sense that it’ll function more effectively. We’re stating the obvious but alcohol – like cigarettes and fatty, salty foods – adds to the liver’s workload. So see if you can cut out all these elements from your diet – or at the very least, half your current intake if it’s too much to do all at once. This isn’t about achieving perfection – just a good, balanced pretox!
2. Eat A, B, and C: Artichokes contain caffeoylquinic acids (plant compounds) that have been known to aid liver disorders. Beetroot promotes cell regeneration – especially in the liver. Collard greens have anti-inflammatory, pro-detoxification properties. So when you’re doing your supermarket shop, it’s as easy as A, B, C.
3. Pop some garlic pills: While the concept of “flushing out” the liver has no incontrovertible evidence to support it, there are supplements which can support the detoxification process. Step forward garlic – an ingredient that has been used since ancient times for its high vitamin C content, plus ability to support both the immune system and liver in keeping the body healthy. Thankfully, garlic is available in capsules so you don’t need to worry about your breath.
4. Wind the clock forward: When we sleep, the body repairs the damage of the day – making it a vital element of the preparatory party season process. Going to bed earlier is easier said than done, so if you can’t achieve “early”, at least achieve “consistency”. Many sleep experts believe that it’s the yo-yoing between getting to bed earlier in the week and staying up late on the weekend that disrupts our resting pattern overall – inhibiting the essential repair process. So try and make bedtime the same time every night from now until December.
5. Get some H2O+: We all know that water is good for us, but there are ways to make it even more beneficial. Studies have shown that dandelion helps support good liver, gallbladder and intestinal health. So swap that cup of coffee for some warming dandelion tea this month.
6. Turn things on their head: The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that helps remove toxins from the body. By performing a yoga inversion, such as a headstand or shoulder stand, we increase “lymph flow” and support this essential function. Practice your chosen pose for five minutes a day before the champagne starts to flow and the canapés commence…