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Liver Health

  • Summer Holiday Survival Guide

    Summer Holiday Survival Guide Summer Holiday Survival Guide

    It’s coming up to that time of year again where you get the chance to relax, put your feet up and enjoy the festivities with family and friends. But it can be a busy time of year, with parties, late nights, present shopping and other occasions. Diet choices are frequently poor. The following tips might help you take care of particular areas of your health that could experience the strain of the holiday season.

    DIGESTIVE HEALTH

    As socialising comes to a peak at Christmas and New Year, healthy eating habits often go out the window. We easily consume excess alcohol and party foods that wouldn’t normally enter our diet, potentially leading to upset digestion, weight gain and hangovers. During the summer, people might also travel overseas or on family road trips. To help get your digestive system through the festive season, try the following tips:

    • Interchange alcoholic drinks with water.
    • Be food wise: instead of eating chips, lollies and cakes, choose unsalted nuts, cheese on crackers or fruit.
    • To soothe an upset stomach, try Chamomile.
    • Try taking a Probiotic as poor diet and travelling can cause the healthy bowel flora to become imbalanced. A probiotic will help to replenish the normal flora.
    • Milk Thistle can be very beneficial to consume when drinking alcohol and eating rich, fatty foods, as it supports your liver and digestion.
    • Try ginger or travel sickness bands for car or motion sickness.

    EMOTIONAL HEALTH

    The holiday season can be a rather stressful time, with lots to do and seemingly little time. However, try to take 30 minutes of relaxation time for yourself each day which may help to minimise your stress levels. When it comes to stressful holiday events, like Christmas dinner with the relatives and Christmas present shopping, leaving extra time to prepare could help you to reduce your stress levels. Congested roads on public holidays can also be a source of anxiety so if possible, try to avoid travelling at these times.

    The body’s adrenal glands release hormones during stressful situations. You can support this response by taking supplementing with some of the key nutrients required to produce these hormones, such as magnesium, B vitamins and vitamin C.

    IMMUNE HEALTH

    Late nights, poor eating habits and stress can make us vulnerable to catching a cold during the summer holidays. The following nutrients and herbs can help to bolster a healthy immune system:

    • Echinacea: it is thought that Echinacea can stimulate the immune system’s “non-specific” defences involved in fighting infections.
    • Garlic may help the immune system to defend the body against upper respiratory tract infections and colds.
    • Vitamins C and E are needed to help maintain the proper functioning of the immune system.
    • Zinc is necessary for healthy immune function.

    SKIN HEALTH

    Your skin will need special care during the summer, as it receives more sun exposure. The following tips may help:

    • To relieve dry, scaly skin, use nourishing body butters, drink 2L of water every day and take essential fatty acids like flaxseed oil.
    • Try to avoid getting sun burn with Slip, Slop and Slap; that is, put on a shirt, sunscreen, hat and sunglasses.
    • When outside, apply a natural insect repellent and burn citronella candles to reduce insect bites.

    You can be happy and healthy all summer long with a little bit of forward planning and having some natural products at the ready. Happy holidays!

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