The NatureDoc Christmas Survival Guide
Christmas is a wonderful time of year when everything goes according to plan. But sometimes visitors arrive bearing gifts such as a cold, flu or gastro bug. Even if your ailment is self-induced by overindulgence or stress, you don’t have to suffer in silence when everyone else is having fun.
Here are my top tips that you should have handy over the next couple of weeks to help keep your family chilled out, happy and virus-free over Christmas.
If you suffer from indigestion or bloating after consuming too much rich food, then you may want to sip on some ginger tea. Simply add a slice or two of fresh ginger root to some boiled water and steep for a few minutes. Kefir (a bubbly yoghurt-type drink now easily available in supermarkets) can help to restore the fine balance of bacteria in the gut and may help to soothe an acidic tummy. You can also find dairy-free kefir in capsule form which does a similar job and is handy when you are away from home.
If like me you are very sensitive to alcohol, or you are the type of person who does not know their booze limit, then you could end up feeling pretty hungover during the Christmas period. Simple strategies like eating a protein rich food like an omelette before going out to a party can really help, as can hydrating with plenty of water before and during the party – drinking a glass of water in between each alcoholic drink is a great strategy. Also opt for lower alcohol options – prosecco is much lighter in alcohol for instance than most red wines.
Nutrients that support better liver function can help some people tolerate alcohol better, and herbs like Slippery Elm or Enterosgel can help calm down the tummy the next day. These two natural supplements are also brilliant if a gastric bug hits your family over Christmas.
If you find the Christmas downright stressful – whether it is staying with your in laws or trying to be super mum and hosting Christmas with tiny kids, it is important to find tools to keep you calm and lower stress levels. Magnesium is a friend to many people and this could mean a lovely soak in an Epsom salt bath or taking some magnesium before bed to help induce a nice and deep sleep! Ashwagandha is also loved by many people wanting to keep their stress levels in check.
Coughs & Colds
Sniffles and coughs are not fun over Christmas and our rescue pack to help make things a little easier include vitamin C, elderberry and Jarrah honey. I won’t be going anywhere far without this trusty trio! If you try and include your five a day and eat plenty of foods containing ginger, garlic and vitamin C then this will help to support your immune system and may well help to prevent your family being knocked for six by a nasty virus.
I hope these healthy tips keep your family fit and well over the Christmas holidays, so you can start 2019 afresh and ready to take on board an exciting new year. Have fun!