A lot of us use the holidays as an excuse to overindulge in activities that can be detrimental to our health and well being. Maybe you feel bloated from having too many sweets or you had too many drinks at that holiday party just to blow off some steam from stress of the last quarter.
Then with every New Year comes the notion of a reset. We tell ourselves that once January 1st rolls we will change our ways with the intentions of starting over and having the best year yet.
The holidays should not give you a license to throw your health out the window. Instead of waiting until January 2nd (since on the 1st you were too hungover to get out of bed) start your New Year’s resolutions now.
Follow these 9 tips to have your best year now and in 2018!
Add lemon to your water: lemon is a great detoxifier and it makes your water taste great. Start your day with lemon water to get your digestion flowing. Be sure it is warm. This will help hydrate your body and flush the toxins from your liver.
The vitamin C found in lemons will improve collagen function for firmer skin that will shine. Researchers in Germany found that having water first thing in the morning will help increase metabolism.
Be sure your lemons are organic so to avoid any pesticides that may put strain on your liver.
Get a head start on eating healthy. In the years past I would kick off the baking season in October and wind up with a ton of cookies around the house. Eating those treats and sweets for three months straight left me feeling bloated and overweight by the time December came. It is important to incorporate plants foods in your diet daily.
You should have at least 9 to 10 one half to one full cup servings of vegetables a day.
Eating an abundance whole plant foods will help alleviate sugar in your system faster than if you are just consuming a diet of cookies and other treats all month long.
Staying away from foods with preservatives is also important. These chemicals are not recognized by the body and will build up on the liver and other organs leading you to feel not your best. If you cannot pronounce the ingredient then you shouldn’t put it in your body.
Make Your Diet More Green: Want a way to avoid overkill from holiday foods? Add more detoxifying foods to your daily diet. The best superfoods to add to your diet include those that are colorful and nutrient dense. They will fill your body with vitamins and minerals and also work to combat inflammation by reducing free radicals.
Foods to incorporate everyday include: swiss chard, dandelion greens, arugula, kale, blueberries, broccoli, fresh water salmon, oats, chia seeds, green tea, oatmeal, watermelon, pistachios, eggs, almonds, ginger, beets, pumpkin, garlic, cauliflower, leeks, and lentils.
Detoxify Your Water: Regular tap water contains a lot of heavy metals and other toxins that can throw off your system. One way to lessen your contamination is to get your filtered water. Y
You can get a water pitcher filter, mount a filter on your facet or just place a separate unit on your countertop. These can run anywhere from $20 to $1,000 fitting any budget.
The better the filter the more chloroform and lead removed. This will also indicate how well other contaminants like benzene and atrazine will be eliminated. Check out consumer reports for the best filters for your budget.
Swap out your sugar for other sweeteners: If you do want to bake some cookies there are so many ways now to make healthy food taste good. You don’t even need to use sugar.
Good substitutes include stevia, coconut sugar, dates, maple syrup or raw honey. These foods have nutrients that are better for your than sugar.
Using these substitutes will leave you feeling less heavy and bloated.
Nourish your skin with natural beauty products: a lot of products out there can be very toxic to the body. You want to be careful of everything you put on your skin, hair, and nails.
Healthy beauty products are free of dyes, fragrances, and parabens. These things can affect your health by messing with your hormones which can lead to insulin resistance and a host of other problems.
Things to look out for in your beauty products are heavy metals like arsenic, cobalt, lead, nickel, and chromium.
Check for formaldehyde preservatives which potentially harmful and a human carcinogen.
Siloxanes can interfere with your endocrine system and cause reproductive or hormone issues.
TEA, Tetrasodium EDTA, and other preservatives are found in cosmetics which become hazardous when mixed with nitrosamines which are known carcinogens.
Some sources for non-toxic makeup and cosmetics include Ann Marie’s cosmetics and Aimee Raupp Beauty. Not sure if your product is good? Check out the Environmental Working Group’s website to see how your products stand up.
Know What You’re Getting When You Eat Out: Often a lot of restaurants will be cooking. You want to avoid any restaurants that cook with vegetable oils. These are highly inflammatory and can lead to disease. You want to be sure they are cooking with an organic unrefined coconut oil or a high quality high heat oil like walnut or avocado. If you have no control over what you are eating and cannot bring your own food be sure to pop a vitamin E supplement to combat the effects of the anti-inflammatory oils.
Improve Health with Supplements: With the cold weather moving in you are more susceptible to getting sick with all the germs around you. Be sure to up your intake of supplements and vitamins to strengthen your immunity and keep you healthy.
A good multivitamin is where you want to start. Be sure it is a whole food vitamin with little additives and fillers.
You may have heard of the health benefits of curcumin, and its potent antioxidant properties but have you heard of Theracurmin? This is a branded form of cur cumin that has been reduced in size to nanoparticles that are better absorbed leading to decreased inflammation. This is a great nutrient to add to your diet to help strengthen your system.
Most people do not get enough minerals in their diet leading to abdominal pain, gas, bloating, diarrhea, fatigue, depression, insomnia, and cough. The most important minerals to take are calcium, chromium, copper, iodine, iron, and magnesium. The best way to get these is through consuming more vegetables, sea veggies, and fermented food. If you are feeling not your best you may be deficient in these minerals and should supplement. You can take them in a powder or pill supplement.
Vitamin C is another supplement to take. Liposomal vitamin C is a better choice than regular vitamin C supplements due to its increase in intestinal absorption. The fatty membrane on this supplement improve how much your body is utilizing.
Inflammation leads to a host of diseases and the best way to prevent inflammation is to increase your intake of omega 3 fatty acids. Often it is hard to get these from diet and you want to supplement them in a pill form. Your supplement should be sure to contain DHA and EPA. Often krill oil is a better version than fish oil.
Gut health is essential to combat disease and this can be improved by taking a probiotic. If your gut is functioning properly then your overall being will be in better health leading to better digestion and loss of that bloated, constipation feeling. Adding a probiotic to your diet will help cultivate healthy bacteria. Be sure your supplement is live and has colony forming units (CFUs) in the billions. Want a healthy gut look for one that has B. Bifidum, Streptococcus and Thermophilus.
Fill your home with plants for fresher air: With the cold weather keeping us inside you want to make sure you are getting enough oxygen to your cells. One way to ensure this is to add plants to your house.
The Areca Palm, Neem Tree, Aloe Vera, and Christmas Cactus give off oxygen at night as well as during the day so be sure to add one of these to your bedside table.
The best thing about adding plants to your environment is they also get rid of unwanted chemicals that can wreak havoc on your health. Want to remove xylene, formaldehyde, and ammonia? Add the Boston Fern, spider plant or ficus to your living space.
The Garden Mum and Dracaena remove benzene, while the Peace Lily removes trichloroethylene.
Don’t let the holidays get you down and off track. Make a point of trying to add one of these to your everyday routine so you can start your resolutions now!