Holidays are here! Time to relax, indulge, have fun and celebrate. Unfortunately, it’s also a time of travel sickness, sunburn, hangovers, heartburn and stress. But, take heart, here are christmas season survival supplements to help you out.
1. Astaxanthin: To protect against sunburn
Astaxanthin is a powerful antioxidant which reduces damage caused by ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Think of it as an internal sunscreen. In fact, if you do get a sunburn, which causes inflammation, astaxanthin penetrates the skin cells and reduces UVA damage.
2. Aloe Vera Gel: To treat sunburn
Another useful sunburn treatment is Aloe Vera gel. If you have an Aloe plant, simply break off a leaf, make a slit in that leaf using a knife and use the gel which the plant exudes, otherwise, purchase a pure aloe vera gel from your favourite health shop and apply liberally.
3. Milkthistle: To support your liver
Milk Thistle supports the liver through periods of overindulgence. The herb contains a complex of bioflavonoid molecules known collectively as silymarin. Silymarin helps protect the liver and encourages it to regenerate. It protects against incoming toxins and also assists the liver to cleanse itself of alcohol, drugs, heavy metals, and poisons.
4. NAC: For hangovers
If you enjoy your alcoholic beverages, plan ahead by taking N-acetylcysteine (NAC). NAC restores antioxidants in the body which are wiped out by stress and alcohol use. It even blocks the effect of acetaldehyde, the alcohol by-product that’s a big contributor to hangovers.
5. B Vitamins: For energy
A B vitamin complex tablet (containing all the B vitamins) helps to release the energy from your food and reduces tiredness and fatigue. An added benefit is that B1 (thiamine) helps the liver metabolise alcohol. Take in the mornings with breakfast to start your day right.
6. Ashwagandha: For holiday stress!
Ashwagandha is your holy grail of holiday supplements. Each capsule helps you to reduce stress, boost your immune system, stabilize blood sugar, boost energy levels and so much more. This adaptogen helps the body cope with external stressors such as toxins in the environment and internal stressors such as anxiety and insomnia. Ashwagandha will keep you going (and keep you sane!) through the Christmas holiday season.
7. Rescue Remedy: For emergencies
A homeopathic dilution of flower essences, Rescue Remedy is formulated to help you in an emotional emergency. It is most commonly used in situations of acute anxiety, such as fears of flying, large social gatherings and hosting in-laws! It evens helps calm an over-active mind to promote a good night’s rest.
8. Probiotics: For general digestive health
Healthy bacteria are essential for travellers. They help digest food, produce vitamins, aid the absorption of nutrients and reduce the risk of gastrointestinal infections. Regular use of probiotics can also help prevent colds and flu as well as digestive disturbances associated with food borne illness and travel to places with unfamiliar microbes.
9. Digestive enzymes: For the feasts
Let’s be honest, you’re bound to indulge in one or two (or a few) holiday feasts. So rather than feel uncomfortable after over-eating, have some digestive enzymes on hand. A good formula will help stimulate digestion to enable food to be digested thoroughly and reduce fermentation, which can cause gas and bloating. It can also assist if your body struggles with enzyme production or insufficient absorption of nutrients. Supplemented digestive enzymes give your digestive system a boost, enabling the process of breaking food down, absorbing nutrients, burning toxins and fat and warding off any pathogens.
10. Siberian pine nut oil: For heartburn
Siberian pine nut oil is rich in an unsaturated fatty acid called pinolenic acid. Pinolenic acid helps to repair, protect and strengthen the lining of the digestive tract with its anti-inflammatory nature. It offers relief to those suffering with heartburn and acid reflux (its even safe for pregnancy).
11. Ginger for travel sickness
Ginger helps alleviate nausea and motion sickness associated with travel. It also stimulates digestion while protecting the lining of the stomach. Ginger has anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic and anti-cancer actions.
Now you have the survival tools to help you enjoy all the pleasures of the Christmas holiday season in good health and cheer. Wishing you a very happy holiday!