Christmas for some can be a time whereby we can compromise our nutritional wellbeing by the increased consumption of alcohol, food and inadequate sleep. Here are a few pointers to help maintain nutritional requirements over the festive season:
Excessive alcohol intake can contribute greatly to nutritional deficiencies not only by its interference with the metabolism of many vitamins but additionally the impact it plays on our gastrointestinal system. Therefore when drinking alcoholic beverages alternate with a glass of water, this along with combating the dehydrating affects of alcohol will lessen the load placed on your liver as it detoxifies the alcohol.
- Ensure you have at least 3 alcohol free days per week.
- Drink 1-2 litres of water daily
- If tired, avoid over use of stimulants such as coffee, cola containing drinks and energy drinks.
- Ensure your diet contains nutrient rich foods by including a wide variety of fresh fruit & vegetables, wholegrains, legumes, & lean protein
- Keep diet low in fat; avoid consumption of saturated fats especially fried foods.
- Avoid over consumption of refined foods including sugar & artificial additives
- Try to ensure adequate sleep and exercise is maintained.
- Consider taking vitamin & mineral supplements along with liver support to aid in maintaining optimum health during this very busy time.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at TCPA!