Staying healthy can be one of the greatest gifts you give yourself this holiday season and so I've tried to be very conscious of my daily habits. I thought I'd share these things with you as you plan your days.
1. Don’t postpone your sleep. Your body relies on deep restful sleep to rejuvenate. Get eight hours each night. Especially critical are the hours between 10pm and 2am when the body releases hormones that heal the body. So for those 3 am Christmas Eve gift-wrappers, create a new plan this season.
2. Variety is the spice of life. Eat a wide variety of foods and put different colors on your plate. Eat nine to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables each day and look for foods that are rich in antioxidants.
3. Don’t forget to incorporate whole food supplements into your diet. Especially important are B, C and E vitamins and calcium.
4. Schedule personal time at least 3 times per week. Use it to get moving with physical exercise and seek out serenity with stress reduction techniques such as meditation.
5. Hydration is vital. So, make sure to wet your whistle everyday. Drink eight to ten 8-ounce glasses of water and at least one cup of tea per day. I love Sunrider’s Calli and Fortune Delight Teas to strengthen my elimination system and rid the body of toxic build up. Add some raw organic honey for extra healing benefits.
6. Replace small talk with authentic connections! Engage in meaningful conversations with friends and family, enjoy physical touch with a real hug, laugh from your belly and have fun.
7. Don’t skimp on cleanliness and good hygiene. Especially when you are exhausted at the end of the day, it seems easier to jump in bed and forget your usual routine. However, consider that you are preparing your body to rejuvenate and recharge. Give it a fighting chance.
8. Try Chinese Goldenseal Root which is considered one of nature’s greatest antibiotics and general body tonic if you are feeling run down.
9. Add Probiotics such as acidophilus into your diet. These promote good bacteria, destroy harmful bacteria, cleanse the body of mucous and debris and support the acid/alkaline balance in your intestines.
10. Experiment with aromatherapy and therapeutic grade essential oils. You will enjoy the scents that fill your home as well as their healing benefits. Try a festive scent, Balsam Fir, which is historically prized for its ability to heal respiratory conditions and muscular pain. It is also grounding, stimulating to the mind and relaxing to the body.