With Christmas just around the corner, the party season will soon be in full swing and quite right too! The festive season gives us all the chance to partake in some well needed festivities, celebrations and relaxation to brighten up the harsh English winter. But while we all need to let our hair down, we also need to remember to keep our mind and body at its optimum.
To compensate for your possible rise in alcohol, mince pie and overindulgence, it’s really important to maintain a healthy balance. Alcohol is a toxin to the body. Your liver is a strong, robust organ but essentially requires water to carry out its job effectively and for filtering the toxins. When alcohol enters the body it acts as a diuretic, which dehydrates the whole body and forces your liver to find water elsewhere. Alcohol is also a neurotoxin which damages the brain cells and causes them to swell. So in order to avoid the post xmas party headache and feeling less than on top of the world, keep up your fluid intake. That is water – not the mulled wine or bubbles! Keeping hydrated throughout the day will help flush the toxins out of your system, increase your energy levels and therefore improve your overall wellbeing.
If you’re a bit of a techno head and fancy monitoring your alcohol intake over the coming months, download Dr Craig’s favourite new app Drinkaware, you might be surprised by the results!
The post xmas party headache can also be due to a depletion in vitamin B. This can make you feel washed out, tired and sluggish. Increasing your green vegetable intake, especially those sprouts, will help re-balance this, as green vegetables are very rich in vitamin B. A great discussion about healthy foods can be found on this Radio 4 program.
Another way to flush out the toxins and release endorphin’s, the bodies natural opiates, is exercise! Taking even 20 minutes to get some fresh, crisp air and raise your heart rate, will boost your energy, your mood and your immune system! Your immune system protects you from foreign bacteria and ‘bugs’ that are all escalating this time of year. Boosting your immune system will therefore in turn prevent you from becoming run down with any colds or flu. This is the most natural way to protect yourself, rather than relying on anything artificial such as supplements to boost your immune system.
Lastly, one of the most important factors in this process is ensuring your body is aligned, healthy and working at its best. Chiropractic adjustments help to improve nerve function and therefore your body’s resilience to the stressors of the season. If you haven’t already, make sure you book an appointment with the Putney team so you can take on the festive season with a truly healthy body and mind.
So in summary, monitor your alcohol intake, keep hydrated, eat loads of green vegetables, maintain good spinal alignment and get off the sofa!