How to Detox as you Retox this Christmas ‘Silly Season’

Libby Limon BSc NT mBANT / Dec 8, 2015

As we move ever closer to the Christmas period, the parties, late nights, rich food and lots of festive booze get more frequent. This is VITL’s guide to help you stay fit and healthy through the season and to help your body cope with all the extra indulgences.

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During this time of the year there are a number of biological systems that really need support, these include your main detoxification systems GI, kidneys and liver, as well as your immune system.

Your liver is responsible for detoxifying alcohol and other toxins but also processing sugars and fats. There are a number of foods that support your liver to function optimally and can really help when your liver load increases.

Green tea is high in an antioxidant called catechins, which have been shown to help liver detoxification pathways. Also if you are feeling tired after a late night it is a much healthier way to get a little boost from caffeine as it also contains a calming amino acid L-Theanine, for a sustained release of energy.

Plant phytochemicals found in green leafy vegetables, berries, onions, garlic and turmeric also support the liver to cleanse the unwanted nasties from the night before. This recipe is the perfect hangover breakfast:

 

Turmeric and Spinach Scrambled Eggs

Ingredients – Serves 1

1tbsp    Coconut or Olive oil

½     Onion (finely chopped)

50g     Spinach

2     Eggs (beaten)

½ tsp    Turmeric

Sea salt and pepper

Method

Sweat off the onions in the oil for 5mins until soft, then add the spinach and wilt. Remove the mixture from the pan and set aside. In the same pan, add the eggs and turmeric. Slowly scramble on a low heat for a silky texture. Once cooked add in the onion and spinach mixture. Serve on slice of wholemeal or sourdough toast.

 

Kidneys also need looking after as alcohol in a diuretic meaning it dehydrates you loosing both water and electrolytes such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium.  To rehydrate effectively, we need to replace these mineral salts via our diet. High levels of electrolytes are found in lots of different foods from bananas, to coconut water to hemp seeds. This delicious smoothie is the perfect way to rehydrate and help you detox after a heavy night.

 

Berry Hydration Smoothie

½     Banana

200ml    Coconut water

50g    Frozen berries

30g    Hemp protein

30g    Coconut yoghurt

1 tbsp    Chia seeds    

Method

Simply place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. 

 

Another area that can be negatively effected by the party season is your digestive tract. All the rich food can lead to bloating and discomfort. Alcohol also can have an inflammatory effect on the bowel. Probiotic foods such as yoghurt, kefir and sauerkraut help you combat this but giving you’re a healthy gut microbiome. Cooking a nourishing bone broth (link to Hemsley recipe - http://www.hemsleyandhemsley.com/recipe/bone-broth/) can help the gut lining.  Lastly making sure you have lots of healthy fibre in your diet can help your digestive system.

Lastly with all the burning the candle at both ends there is a real risk of getting run down. Support your immune system with key nutrients such vitamin D, vitamin C and zinc.

Our VITL Pack contains so many of these protective nutrients, green tea, green leafy vegetables, turmeric, vitamin D, zinc, antioxidants, and vitamin C. Taking VITL is a great way to give you body that little extra helping hand.