November – that mysterious time between Halloween and Christmas when there’s festive adverts on the TV and left-over trick-or-treat sweets in the cupboard. It’s also a month that seems to fly by and before you know it you’re in December and it’s all systems go on the party scene. But all is not lost yet and there’s still plenty of time to get a head-start on the inevitable New Year health-kick and in this article I’m going to try persuade you that you needn’t resign yourself to the Christmas films, floods of alcohol and copious calories just yet. Instead you can use this time between now and Christmas to prepare your body for what’s to come, ensuring a quick recovery and a healthy start to 2018. Read on to find out how you can look and feel your best for the upcoming celebrations!
A “pretox” is a bit like a detox but more about preparation and prevention and the perfect damage limitation tactic to use over Christmas. Why enter the season for hangovers, bloating and guilt without good prep when you can be proactive and make sure you’re in ship-shape for the party season and make sure you’re looking your best and feeling awesome for the onslaught of festive events.
A good pretox consists of cleansing the liver and providing your body with the nutrients you need to recover from stresses you’re about to put on it. By stress we don’t just mean binge drinking, although it is a big one at this time of year, but all stresses including depriving your body of sleep, nutritious food and fluids which can all take it’s toll and leave you looking and feeling your worst.
In contrast, giving your body a ready supply of nutrients, hydration and rest will help you to work hard and play hard with minimal damage! Our detox bundle is a combination of products which work in synergy to energise and revitalise the body. Here are our favourite supplements to help with your Pretox!
Supplements are a great way to provide your body with the nutrients it needs in the dose it needs them in, reliably and conveniently. It is important to tailor your supplement use to your own requirements and lifestyle. So if you’ve made plans with family and friends to celebrate the festive season, make sure your body is prepared. That way you can enjoy yourself guilt-free, knowing you’re doing what you can to recover and get back on track!
And as an early Christmas present, here’s two detoxifying drinks recipes for you to try before the binge begins. Try them before your hangover kicks in to halt the headache and surpass the sickness!
Virgin Mary Mocktail
Our Virgin Mary is a healthy-take on the classic Bloody Mary cocktail. Tomato juice contains fructose, sugar found naturally in fruit. This sugar helps to metabolise the alcohol that’s still in your system quicker. As the tomato is a fruit, it is also high in vitamins and minerals – which fight inflammation caused by stress hormones and work to rehydrate the body and brain.
Binge-Blasting Banana Smoothie
Bananas are a rich source of potassium, an electrolyte which is depleted when alcohol is consumed in excess. When you are dehydrated, it is important to consume electrolytes as well as good old water in order to rehydrate. That’s why sports drinks exist, because they contain potassium and other electrolytes. Bananas are a good food source of these compounds, and together with ice they create the most hydrating drink. Honey works as the fructose acts in the Virgin Mary – giving a spike of sugar to increase energy and metabolise alcohol. Finally, our whey protein powder provides your body with a source of essential amino acids to repair and resynthesise muscles, aiding general recovery and rest.
Thanks for reading,
Natural Nutrients Nutritionist