Sail Through the Holiday Season with These Top 8 Supplements
The holidays and robust health don’t typically go hand-in-hand. From Halloween to the new year, excess sugar-laden foods, excess alcohol, poor quality sleep, stress, head colds and the flu, are all a part of the holiday landscape.
But what if I told you it doesn’t have to be that way? Many times during this time of the year we fall short nutritionally, we are lacking quality sleep with an excess of holiday stress thrown in that puts our health in potential ‘jeopardy’ jail.
In order to stay healthy during this busy time, sometimes we need an extra bit of help in order to optimize health, weight, sleep, stress, detox and gut health. This is where supplements can be powerful not only in optimizing overall health, but increasing energy, providing better sleep, stopping a cold in its track, promoting better digestion and more. When you add supplements, you are (just as the name says) supplementing where deficiencies or other types of gaps that may exist or to simply improve a certain condition or state.
Here are My Top 8 Supplements to Optimize Holiday Health:
Stop Sugar Cravings with L-Glutamine
The holidays come with sweets and this leads to increased sugar cravings. To help stop these cravings while balancing blood sugar, the supplement L-Glutamine is powerful to help stop sugar’s incessant call.
We all know the stress that comes with the holidays and a very short-lived relief is sugar or really any high carbohydrate comfort foods. L-glutamine will help empower you to say no to the decadent desserts and prevent you from excess holiday eating.
Feel Great and Reduce Stress with Ashwaganda
One of the hallmarks of the holiday season aside from the holiday fare is good old-fashioned stress. Stress, at any time of the year is not fun, but you can absolutely be proactive in helping to prevent holiday stress. Along with deep breathing and other proactive stress reduction choices, Ashwaganda is one of the best all-around supplements for stress but for so much more such as this amazing herb has numerous benefits.For example, it can boost brain health and function, protect against cancer, balance blood sugar and stress cortisol levels while helping to improve stress, anxiety and depression.
Calm Digestion with Digestive Enzymes
Did you overindulge on all those fatty, sugary foods at the holiday party?
Eating an excess of fatty, sugary, holiday foods can leave us with heartburn, diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating and more. We naturally lose enzymes as we age and digestive enzymes play a key role in allowing us to extract all of the nutrients from the foods we eat to optimize health, weight and digestion. I can’t stress enough the importance of using digestive enzymes to create a healthier gut, improve health and weight loss.
CBD To Help Ease Stress, Improve Sleep and Reduce Pain
The new kid on the block is CBD or Cannabidiol is a very popular natural remedy used for many common ailments and for good reason..it works and a perfect choice to move through the holidays healthy, happy, with enough sleep and stress + anxiety free.
CBD or Hemp does not contain Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is the main psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis. This means there is no ‘high’ associated with it at all.
What it can do is help relieve pain, reduce anxiety and depression, help to facilitate quicker and quality sleep, can help to alleviate cancer-related symptoms, may improve brain health, may benefit heart health and much more.
What better way to go through the holidays with enough sleep, less stress and more than with CBD.
Melatonin for Duration and Quality of Sleep
How does melatonin play a part in your holiday survival kit? As you may know, sleep is often lacking when we have decorating, parties to attend, gift wrapping, relatives galore, cooking and more. To ensure a good nights sleep that will result in a healthier and stress-free you, melatonin can help. Stress can equate to lack of sleep and a lack of sleep can promote stress. Remember that sleep is a core component of a healthy life.
Melatonin is also a powerful antioxidant and delivers other benefits outside of sleep such as: boosting immunity, reduces oxidative stress in the body, reduces inflammation, protects the mitochondria in the cell and inhibits cell death and much more.
STOP a Cold in its Tracks with Patented Zinc Acetate
We know that sugar consumption rises during the holidays and so does the cold and flu season – coincidence? Maybe not. Sugar depresses the immune system leaving us vulnerable to head colds.
To stop a cold in its tracks, have on hand the patented form of Zinc Acetate. This nutrient is highly effective in stopping the replication of the cold virus particularly when taken at the first sign of a cold. I can personally attest to stopping a cold completely with zinc acetate. Keep on hand and take at the very first sign of a cold to be most effective.
Elderberry Extract To Halt the Cold and Flu Virus
You do not have to get the flu, cold or upper respiratory infection during the holidays or ever when you use Elderberry extract daily or therapeutically when you do have the flu or a cold. It is considered one of the most powerful healing agents.
Research shows the use of elderberry extract can prevent and shorten the duration of flu and colds by about three to four days, along with lessening symptom severity if taken within the first 24 hours of having the flu.
Elderberry contains hemagglutinin protein has been shown to stop the virus’s capability to replicate by inhibiting its ability to penetrate the cell wall preventing or if one already has the virus, preventing it from spreading.
Oregano Oil For Colds and Flu
Another secret weapon during this cold and flu season is Oregano Oil that can shorten the duration, make you feel better during and safeguard you from both. That is great to know particularly when you have the obligations of the holiday season.
Oregano Oil is used to ward off respiratory illnesses like colds, influenza, coughs, sore throats, colds, and bronchitis and has many health benefits outside of healing.
It is important to use the most therapeutically beneficial oregano oil which is produced from wild oregano.
Here is to a very healthy and happy holiday season!
©2019 DLS HealthWorks, LLC. Lori Shemek, PhD health expert and weight loss expert. Author of How To Fight FATflammation! and the best-selling author of ‘Fire-Up Your Fat Burn!’