If you’re feeling sluggish after the Christmas and New Year indulgence, we don’t blame you. Many of us overdo things in December. It all begins with day one of the advent calendar, which is quickly followed by weeks of mince pies for breakfast, the office party and too many mulled wines to mention. And that’s before we’ve even got to Christmas Eve!
So now’s a good time to kickstart our good habits again. Here’s some health and wellbeing ideas you might want to adopt this January.
Detoxing and Cleansing
Whilst the liver, kidneys and bowel do a great job of getting rid of toxins, we can give them a little extra help. Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean protein and whole grains helps fuel the body, leaving these detoxing organs to get on with their job of expelling all the bad stuff.
But we can help the liver, especially. Taking a milk thistle supplement helps to optimise the function of the liver.
An activated charcoal supplement can also help. Activated charcoal has been enjoying a popularity surge in recent months, and it looks set to continue. It works by ‘capturing’ unwanted materials, toxins and bubbles of excess gas and removing them from the body via the digestive system.
Finally in the detox stakes, there’s artichoke. Artichoke extract supplements have been used be generations to naturally help support the liver and gallbladder and to support healthy digestion.
Thinking of Going Vegan?
Veganuary, where you pledge to give up all animal products, including meat, dairy and eggs, for the whole of January is becoming increasingly popular. Thousands of us take the pledge and many decide that the plant-based lifestyle is for them, and continue long past January.
Eating a plant-based diet is thought to be one of the healthiest diets we can follow. As long as it’s done right. A major nutrient you need to think more about is protein. Carnivores and omnivores get their protein from meat, fish, eggs and dairy. Vegans however, get theirs from beans, pulses, chickpeas and lentils.
So far, so easy. But one nutrient that is near on impossible to get from plant foods is vitamin B12. Only vegan foods fortified with 12, such as cereal, contain B12. So its advised, by the Vegan Society, that you take a B12 supplement every day.
If you’re going vegan, either for a month or longer, you might want to also consider vitamin D and iron supplements. Both of these nutrients can be trickier to get enough of from a plant-based diet, so if you’re worried, cover yourself whilst you’re still learning with a supplement to make sure you’re not lacking.
Immunity and Wellbeing
Even if you didn’t overindulge last month, now is still a time to look after your immune health. Coughs, colds, flus and sickness bugs are rife at this time of year. Protect yourself with a high dose vitamin C supplement.
For something a little different to vitamin C, we have a complete range of immune health supplements. From probiotic capsules to antioxidant fuelled multivitamins to homeopathic remedies, we’ve got your immune health sorted!
Make this January all about your health and wellbeing, and hit 2019 running. (And let’s all hope that spring isn’t too far away…)