One week today and the big day will be upon us! Christmas is often a time when we indulge a little more than usual and this can soon lead to feeling less than your best. Supplements can be particularly helpful at times like this…

Of course they’re not a cure-all, but they really can make a difference to how well you survive the festive period!

 

Here are my picks of the best supplements to keep you feeling your best.

 

FOR WHEN YOU’RE FEELING TIRED

B vitamins are essential for the conversion of food to energy and often, a B vitamin supplement can help to boost energy levels short term. I like BioMedica’s BioActivated B – it provides B vitamins in quality forms at effective doses.
If you suffer with consistently low energy levels, regardless of how much sleep you get, it’s worth checking your iron, B12, folate and vitamin D levels. Ask your GP or contact me for more information.

 

FOR WHEN YOU’VE OVERDONE THE MULLED WINE

There are two types of supplement I recommend here: milk thistle and antioxidants. Antioxidants help to protect cells from alcohol-induced free radical damage. Milk thistle acts partly as an antioxidant and is well researched for it’s liver protective effects and detoxification support.  Oxyguard from BioMedica is an antioxidant complex that also includes milk thistle. Perfect for this time of year! You can take it daily.

 

FOR HELPING YOUR GUT COPE WITH CHALLENGING MEALS

Digestive enzymes are naturally released into the gut when we eat to help us breakdown food. Taking them as a supplement can help aid digestion when we consume larger meals than usual, or meals that you know your system struggles to digest. When it comes to digestive supplements, I like many of Renew Life’s products and I recommend their digestive enzyme supplement DigestMORE. Take one with the first mouthful of your meal.

 

FOR WHEN YOU’RE FEELING ‘BLOCKED UP’

Tummies don’t tend to love this time of year. If you’re prone to constipation anyway, getting out of your usual healthy habits can often make things worse. Don’t be tempted to turn to overly stimulating solutions like senna – I don’t recommend harsh laxitives at all. Instead, I recommend CleanseMORE by Renew Life. It’s a far gentler yet highly effective solution. Take one to two before bed. A couple of tablespoons of ground flaxseed mixed into water or sprinkled on food is also a great idea.

 

FOR WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’RE COMING DOWN WITH SOMETHING

In this situation, few things are better than vitamin C. Vitamin C and zinc are both important nutrients for immune system function and helping the body defend itself against infections. Try this Vitamin C Rosehip Complex from BioCare. It contains both vit C and zinc and comes in powder form – mix it with water and it makes a tasty, berry flavoured drink. Or try it as a healthier alternative to cassis for your Kir Royale?!

 

Wishing you a wonderful, happy and healthy Christmas.