Now that the holidays are officially over and we are getting back to the grind, we might find it’s not so easy to get back to our healthy routines. Maybe it’s the sluggish liver we now have, the poor sleeping pattern we’ve adopted, or the extra few pounds that make everything feel a little tighter. Here are some ways to get the New Year off to an amazing start and getting you feeling fresh and healthy in no time!
Detoxify your Body
The liver is an essential organ because it is the main organ that processes and helps eliminate toxins from the body. From rich and fatty foods, to alcohol, to high sugary treats, it’s hard for even the most fastidious of us to avoid one or a dozen toxic products during the holidays. Cleanses and certain meal replacement products will support the detoxification pathways of the liver that many of us have overburdened. Ask a product advisor at your local health food store to find the right one for you.
One of the components of a healthy, gentle, and safe cleanse is the amino acid N-acetyl L-cysteine (NAC). NAC contains cysteine, which is one of the components of glutathione- our master antioxidant. Glutathione is necessary for Phase II detoxification to convert metabolized toxins into water-soluble compounds that can be removed from the body.
Two herbs that are important for liver health include Dandelion root and Artichoke leaf. Dandelion contains enzyme-like substances that stimulate the function of larger organs, such as the liver and kidneys. It enhances the flow of bile, improving such conditions as liver congestion, bile duct inflammation, hepatitis, and gallstones. Artichoke protects the liver from poisonous effects of toxins and is able to prevent liver damage from a wide range of toxins including those in holiday indulgences.
The Importance of Exercise
Exercise has many health benefits and is important for overall health. Aerobic exercise burns calories while you are active and strength-training builds muscle mass. Building muscle raises metabolism so you burn energy, even while at rest. Be sure to choose an activity that you enjoy, set realistic goals, and think long-term!
Studies indicate that whey protein may boost weight loss via several mechanisms. Consuming whey before meals may help limit hunger and food intake, as it promotes the release of stomach hormones that help you feel full. Studies show taking whey protein allows people to avoid muscle loss and maintain lean muscle mass while losing weight. Whey protein concentrate contains protein sub-fractions that boost immunity, making it the best choice for overall health. Choose a whey protein that is free of lactose, hormones and antibiotics, and that is a blend of both concentrate and isolate to reap the benefits of weight loss and immune support.
Thank you for your support and for reading my Health Tips! I hope they have provided some insight into being healthy, preventing disease, and creating a sense of wellness. I wish you all a fabulous new year full of health, laughter, and joy!