Dr Caroline’s Health Questions and Answers
Advice and answers to questions on issues of general health
Keeping well for the Festive Season
KM of Sheen asks:
I really enjoy Christmas and look forward to it every year, but with the damp cold weather and all the festivities I often feel tired and run down. I can’t afford time off to work and certainly don’t want to miss any parties! Do you have any tips to help me stay fit and well this season?
Naturopath Dr Caroline of the Galen Wellness Centre in Richmond answers
Its all in the preparation. Start helping your liver deal with the upcoming parties by taking a herbal remedy to support your immune system, liver function and energy levels. Echinacea, Milk Thistle, Astraglous and Ginseng work wonderfully.
Try a mini detox before the season kicks off, to give your whole system a break and help it prepare for richer foods. Cutting out wheat, dairy, alcohol and caffeine from your diet will reduce bloating, water retention and skin problems leaving you feeling and looking great.
A healthy varied diet rich in fruit and vegetable will provide you with much of the nutrients you need day to day. However our diet rarely meets the requirements of our body especially during the winter months. Take a good quality multivitamin and mineral supplement for energy and immunity, and a reputable probiotic for digestive health. If you find that you often get ill more than once this time of year, an additional vitamin C and Zinc supplement may be all you need to stay fit and well.
Stay well hydrated drinking at least 2 litres of water a day. This will boost energy, help prevent weight gain and stave off hangovers. Tip: Coconut water found in health food shops and supermarkets is rich in electrolytes helping restore mineral and fluid balance after a night out.
No matter how busy you are, exercise. Regular exercise will boost your immune system, increase energy levels and release mood enhancing endorphins. Remember anything is always better than nothing.
Before going out for a night out, settle your stomach with peppermint or ginger tea. Tip: When making herbal tea always let the water cool slightly to avoid scolding the leaves.
Prioritise your obligations to your friends, family and work to minimise over commitments that are already making you feel nervous and too busy to look after yourself.
Wishing you good health and a merry Christmas
Dr Caroline Longmore
Founder and Director
The Galen Wellness Centre, Richmond
The Galen Wellness Centre offers food intolerance testing, acupuncture, nutritional advice, and bespoke herbal remedies. The Centre can provide support for you and your body this winter.
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