RAW JUICE Boozy Christmas Survival

Posted on December 16, 2015

If you are like most, you will eat and drink in excess of what you normally do over the Christmas period. As a Naturopath I can tell you to limit alcohol, drink 3 litres of water a day and eat only healthy treats. But lets get real, it’s Christmas! So I recommend eating well, drinking as much water as you do alcohol and balancing any food and wine overindulgence with fresh air, herbs and extra bedroom activities.

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WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU EAT AND DRINK MORE THAN NORMAL:
Exercise: DON’T beat yourself up about it.
DO rug up and get outside for some extra long walks or jump on a treadmill. Most definitely take advantage of not having to get up for work by indulging in more boudoir activity. Sex is the perfect way to burn extra calories and sweat out booze. It also gives a buzzy release of the endorphins that we require in higher amounts at a stressful time of year. Give some loving to the Christmas Grinch, dare I say it – grind the Grinch!

B VITAMINS:
DO get hold of a B complex vitamin to help liver detoxification and energy metabolism. My favourite over the counter products is biocare B complex, this can be bought online from www.revital.co.uk. DON’T buy the cheapest supermarket available B complex. They are full of nasty bulkers and preservatives and the nutrient form will be cheap with little bioavailability, meaning that it can’t be absorbed very well. Reputable health food stores and practitioner only products are the way to go.

StMarysThistle

WET YOUR WHISTLE, THEN TAKE YOUR THISTLE:
St Marys Thistle (SMT) is my top recommendation over the Christmas period. SMT is the ultimate preventative health herb. It not only protects the liver from excess food and wine but this western herbal medicine is a hepatorestorative meaning it rebuilds the liver cells. Taking SMT before and after a night out or a heavy meal reduce hangovers and increase bile production to help digestion. There have been over 12,000 studies conducted in the last decade on the beneficial effects of flavonolignans found in SMT. Preventative health is taking measures to balance your naughty, bad and ugly lifestyle choices before they manifests into illness. Viridian is my favourite over the counter SMT for preventative health. For treatment of any diagnosed liver or digestive complaints professional grade products are indicated and a Naturopathic consultation is necessary.

RANDOM FACT: Brits eat twice the amount of food Christmas day than they do on normal days. Approximately 6000 calories, enjoy your lunch but don’t be a wasteful booze hound. Instead take leftovers and share some mulled wine with someone who is living on the streets or take it down to the nearest homeless shelter. This is undeniably my favourite part of Christmas day. Giving is receiving.

homelessman

TRAVEL BUGS AND THE TRUTH ABOUT ANTIBACTERIAL GEL SANITIZERS
When on the move we are exposed to hundreds of new strains of bacteria. Not only do we ingest pathogens via the oral cavity, through what we eat and who we kiss under the mistletoe. But we also contract viruses through other mucous membranes. Contracting an infection can be as simple as touching a railing with your hand on the underground and then wiping your eye with the same hand later on during the day.

Solution: DO wash your hands regularly and avoid touching yourself in public, ew!
DON’T use Anti-bacterial hand gels! Anti bacterial gels contain chemicals that are toxic carcinogens, namely triclosan and dioxin. These are known potent endocrine disruptors. They disrupt hormone function and have been linked to infertility. In March 2010, the European Union banned the triclosan from all products that come in contact with food. Antibacterial hand gels have received some heat from the FDA too. Sandra Kweder, deputy director in the FDA’s drug center as quoted to say “we don’t have any evidence that anti-bacterial soaps have any benefit really over simple soap and water.” So choose natural soaps and essential oils this Christmas to avoid possible ED (flat willy) and venereal diseases! If you choose to stick with chemical products for then consider protecting your health with an annual juice cleanses and lots of time in nature. Incase you missed my blog on juicing, here it is – www.essentialibiza.com/blog/raw-juice-episode-1/

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ANTIBACTERIAL ESSENTIAL OILS FOR ON THE GO
(Look for the Latin botanical name on the bottle to know that it’s not a dud)

Frankincense (boswelia carterri) is all the rage at the moment for its proven anticancer properties, also great for social anxiety. It’s a woody and spicy essence and will get you into the Christmas spirit.

Petitgrain (citrus aurantium) is the base of many aftershaves, so smells like man, a woody-orange kind of musky smelling man.

Melissa (lemon vebena), a beautiful aroma with calming properties for the psychotic Christmas shopper. Smells divine, with a fresh lemony aroma.

Peppermint (metha piperita) good for hangover headaches, pain relief. Smells minty-zesty fresh.

Lavender (lavendula angustifolia), strongly antibacterial and no.1 chill out for the nervous system. One of the only oils that you can use neat on the skin. Smells a bit like Grandma, floral and lovely.

Oregano (oreganum vulgare), a strong antifungal and antioxidant, Smells earthy, this one is hardcore herbie, not for the faint hearted but great for funky feet!

Rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis) a congnitive enhancer and circulation stimulant, good for cold extremeties! Smells earthy with a wiff of mint.

essential oils

HOW TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS
For daily protection and defence, burn a few drops in a vaporizer or get sensual and blend 4 drops in 25ml (just under 2 tablespoons) of almond oil and massage into the souls of your feet. A couple of drops on a scarf or on a tissue to breathe in busy places is nice too. This can offer a little immune protection but mainly it will provide a nice aroma amidst pollution and other city stinkers. A study assessing antibacterial activity of essential oils used in flu (Haemophilus influenza), strep (Streptococcus pneumonia) and Staph (Staphylococcus aureus) infections found that the antibacterial action of essential oils was most effective when at high vapour concentration for a short time. Using the 4 drops of oil in a vaporizer for an hour a day or having a good wiff for a few minutes when on the move will prove to be most effective.

So to survive this boozy Christmas period, shack up, sniff your oils and take your pills! Merry Christmas from the gorgeous Ibiza.

By Chloé Silverman B.H.Sc Naturopath, Wellness expert.
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www.chloesilverman.com
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