We know the holidays can be stressful, so we've compiled a few things to keep your body (and mind) calm and able to carry on...
1. Stay hydrated! Hydration is key to everything. Since winter is slowly approaching, our heating systems have been turned on and are sucking moisture from the air and our skin. Our body needs an adequate amount of water to regulate our internal temperature, to remove waste and regenerate cells. Those are just a few duties, so to help it function optimally, we need to keep ourselves hydrated!
What's the best way to do that?
We like to start our mornings with at least one full glass of 6 or more ounces - two if you wake up achy or with dry mouth.
During the day, drink a glass of water 30 minutes before each meal or snack. Drink a little during the meal if you feel the need, but avoid drinking anything for at least an hour after you're done eating to give your body time to digest.
But water isn't the only ingredient to keep you hydrated. Salt and potassium are essential to maintaing the balance between water in and out of our cells. Adding a moderate amount of unrefined, natural salt to our diet and eating a variety of potassium-rich fruits and vegetables will help maintain this balance. And keep our bodies hydrated!
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2. Eat healthy! You're probably going to be visiting friends or family parties and maybe not everything on the menu is in your diet? No problem!
Digestive enzymes to the rescue! Dr. Silva recommends Pure Encapsulations Digestive Enzymes Ultra with Betaine HCl, in stock at Gambei! Digestive enzymes are a great supplement when your dietary restrictions are putting a cramp in your social agenda. Two of these with your meal will help your body digest your food intake easier. But if you run into an issue of gas or poisoning, grab Activated Charcoal! A.C. is a natural way to bind up unwanted materials and safely carry them out of the digestive tract.
If you can tolerate the pungent tones (we love it but we understand not everyone does!) put a shot of organic, unrefined Apple Cider Vinegar into water. This will help with heartburn and digestion and it's great for clearing out your head in a flash!
If you know you're going to be eating a variety of foods that will be hard on your digestive system, try eating lightly steamed greens beforehand. This will set your system up with something high in nutrients and are generally easy to digest.
3. Bone Broths! You're likely to be around a number of people. A few of them are probably sick, or just getting over a cold, or are carriers and unintentionally passing along germs. Bone broths are a wonderful concoction to boost your immune system and taste delicious! Bone broths contain over 19 essential amino acids, collagen/gelatin (form connective tissue) and nutrients that support digestive functions, immunity and brain health.
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And if you don't have time to make a broth, Gambei carries Artemisia Herbs. Her tinctures are local and loaded with supportive herbs! (Her decongestant tincture kicks DayQuil to the curb!)
4. Bodywork! Acupuncture, massage, facials, hair, nails or sauna, whatever your preference, let us help you relax! Sometimes the best thing you can do for the holidays is get away from the chaos and take some time for yourself. Let us help ground you and provide an environment for healing.
At Gambei we're about whole body health; from head to toe, we're here to take care of you and yours in any way we're able! Cheers!