Support your gut by eating lots of anti-inflammatory foods. Support your liver by limiting sugar and alcohol intake and eating dark green leafy veggies. Support your adrenals through daily exercise, meditation or writing in a gratitude journal. Boost your nutrient intake by eating more nutrient dense foods like kale, collard greens, pomegranate and beets.
I don’t know about you, but I look forward to this time of year pretty much all year long. I love the family traditions– the meals, the foods, the job and warmth. I love the weather– it’s getting colder so I can bundle up in sweaters and boots etc. I love the holiday cheer… I look forward to this time of year because I look forward to enjoy this time of year. And it’s hard to enjoy myself if I’m under the weather.
The holiday season just so happens to coincide with cold season… which is silly, but a reality. For whatever reason, we’re more prone to the common cold during the holiday season– whether it’s closing up the windows and lessening air flow or eating more foods that might compromise your immune system.
So here are 4 tips to help you stay healthy during the holiday season:
1. Support Your Gut
Your digestive tract and your immune system are intricately intertwined. If your digestion is off, you immune system is probably off. Working to heal your gut by eating lots of anti-inflammatory foods that work for YOU is very important.
I recommend following your personalized healing diet MOST of the time this holiday season so that you can really enjoy all of the special holiday treats you want to eat.
2. Support Your Liver
Your liver is your body’s main detoxification organ– and during the holiday season it can get overburdened. I know that I tend to eat sugar and drink alcohol more often during the holiday season– for me, that’s part of enjoying myself and enjoying the holidays. Sugar and alcohol can be really hard on your liver, which is responsible for filter EVERYTHING that gets absorbed into your blood stream.
I recommend supporting your liver by being mindful of your sugar and alcohol intake– make sure that you really want it and that you’re really going to enjoy it! Eating dark green leafy veggies helps too.
3. Support Your Adrenals
Although the holidays are a wonderful time of year, they can also be a stressful time of year. Maybe you work in retail, or your Mother In Law stresses you out…take time to incorporate some stress relief into your daily routine. This could mean getting exercise every day, meditating, or writing in a gratitude journal. Active stress relief will help you enjoy the holidays more AND support healthy adrenal function to keep you feeling good.
4. Boost Your Nutrient Intake
Getting more antioxidants into your day is a great way to boost immunity and support your gut and liver health. Make sure that you’re eating lots of nutrient dense fruits and vegetables to balance out all of the special holiday foods. The darker in color, the more nutrient dense– so go for things like kale and collard greens, pomegranate and beets.