Originally published December 6 2012
Seven tips for staying sane, healthy and stress-free during the holidays
by Jonathan Benson, staff writer
(NaturalNews) Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the other end-of-year holidays that people commonly celebrate are meant to be a joyous time of gathering together with friends and family, enjoying delicious food, and exchanging gifts. But along with all these festivities can come a whole lot of busyness, stress, and fatigue, which can take a huge toll on your health and well-being. Here are seven simple ways to keep your body healthy and rejuvenated during this busy holiday season, and avoid the typical holiday pitfalls that leave most people feeling worn out and stressed:
1) Start the day off right with some warm water mixed with lemon or lime. With all the heavy eating that takes place during the holidays, many people's digestive systems get out of whack, which leaves them feeling fatigued and ill. A simple remedy for this is to drink a glass of warm water mixed with freshly-squeezed lemon or lime, or both, every morning. Not only does this simple elixir help stimulate the digestive system and promote healthy liver function, but it also helps cleanse the bowels and restore electrolyte balance, which can tame anxiety and stress. (http://www.naturalnews.com/033383_lemon_juice_digestion.html)
2) Ease your digestion with kombucha tea and authentic miso soup. Since poor digestion plays a formative role in triggering a number of unfavorable health conditions and states of mind, keeping your intestinal flora balanced is critical for maintaining peace of mind and vibrant immunity during busy seasons. Besides taking a daily probiotic supplement, you can help achieve and maintain optimal intestinal balance by drinking a little bit of kombucha tea or warm miso soup every day to feed your healthy gut flora.
3) Spend a few minutes jumping on a rebounder every day. A helpful way to detoxify your body and get your blood flowing on a daily basis is to spend a few minutes jumping on a rebounder, a type of mini-trampoline that helps promote healthy circulation and the elimination of toxins. Jumping up and down on a rebounder for as few as five minutes a day will help activate the flow of lymphatic fluid, which accumulates toxins and other waste, and promote full-body cleansing (http://www.naturalnews.com/022716_lymph_body_exercise.html). If you do not own a rebounder, consider investing in one for your daily and long-term health.
4) Make time for free time. When you have a lot of activities on your plate, which most people do during the holiday season, it can be easy to move from one task to the next without taking a break. But giving your mind and body moments of rest throughout the day is important for your sanity, whether that entails simply going for a short walk; sitting down for a few minutes and meditating on the simpler things in life; or calling an old friend just to say hello. Whatever constitutes rest and relaxation for your personally, be sure to incorporate that into your daily routine.
5) Mix some superfood greens into one of your daily beverages. The holidays have a funny way of throwing off the normal dietary regimens of even the most health-conscious people, which is why it is more important than ever during this time to supplement with superfood greens to ensure that you get an adequate daily intake of the nutrients you need to stay healthy. A simple way to do this is to carry around a small container of a nutritionally-superior superfood formula like Vitamineral Green, and add a couple quick spoonfuls of it to your water or juice every day while on the go. (http://www.naturalnews.com/030481_superfoods_nutrition.html)
6) Make sure you get plenty of vitamin D. If you live in a warmer climate, spending at least 15-30 minutes every day outside in the natural sunlight is a great way to rejuvenate your body -- sunlight helps improve mood, promote relaxation, and boost immunity -- and trigger the healthy production of vitamin D. If natural sunlight is not an option due to colder climate or inclement weather, consider using an indoor tanning bed or wall, or taking vitamin D3 supplements every day. Vitamin D is crucial for maintaining proper hormone regulation and immunity, both of which can get severely thrown out of whack during the holiday season. (http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/health-conditions/)
7) Make realistic goals, and incorporate family fun time into your daily schedule. Many people have a tendency to overload their daily schedule with too many tasks, and when they cannot achieve them all, they become stressed and discouraged. When planning your holiday activities, set realistic daily goals that you can actually accomplish, and prepare things like meals, shopping lists, and other routine tasks in advance so they will be less of a burden later on. And if possible, always be sure to incorporate family fun time into your daily routine, which will allow everyone the opportunity to unwind, de-stress, and laugh together, which might just be the most effective holiday "medicine" you can take.
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