How to Actually Stay Healthy for the Holidays

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How to Actually Stay Healthy for the Holidays

The holiday season is tricky. The weather is all over the place. You’re off your routines. You kiss a lot of family, hug a lot of friends, indulge in desserts… it’s a lot for your immune system and digestive tract to deal with.

So here are my favorite tricks for finishing the year nice and healthy.

Drink lots of water.

It’s easy to mistake hunger for mild dehydration. If you feel peckish between meals, down a glass of water. Actually, down a glass of water even if you’re not hungry. Your body will do amazing work with it.

Juice.

Juicing isn’t just for my friends and customers—daily juice is also a huge part of my own daily stay-healthy strategy. Cold-pressed juice promotes:

  • Better sleep

  • Clarity

  • Boosted immune system

  • Increased energy and stamina

  • More efficient digestion and elimination

  • And the list goes on

To boost your defenses even more, add in camu camu or reishi powder.

We’ve got great membership options for anyone looking to add juicing to their daily or weekly routine.

Take digestive enzymes and probiotics.

So our bodies produce enzymes that help early in the digestive process. Probiotics function lower down in the tract, and produce lactic acid—among other things—that help balance digestion and fight harmful bacteria.

For symptoms high in the digestive tract, lead and follow each meal with a digestive enzyme supplement. For symptoms lower in your tract, increase your probiotic intake. You can do that through a supplement or through probiotic foods like coconut yogurt, miso soup, kombucha, etc.

We ask a lot of our bodies. Enzymes and probiotics are a great way to say thank you.

Brave the cold.

Yes, I get it. As winter creeps in a walk in the park is no walk in the park. Still, try and get outside. Bundle up (layers are the secret), and go for a walk, jog, brisk hike, or a bike ride. Your body thrives on activity. It’s amazing how spending energy on exercise actually gives you more energy.   

Swap medicinal tea lattes for coffee. 

When that chilly weather starts getting to you, warm up with with a tea latte loaded with tonic herbs. One of my favorites is our Calm and Collected latte, with reishi mushroom, tocos, and spices. It’ll help keep you focused, calm the nervous system, and boost immunity. Also it’s delicious.

Do a one-day cleanse every week

This is a big one. Our bodies build up obstructions to healing, making it much easier for you to get sick and miss the holiday fun. A juice cleanse removes those obstructions by giving your body a supercharge of nutrients. It boosts your immune system, gives your digestive system some well-deserved rest, and lets your urinary system and colon get rid of the baggage you’ve been carrying around.     

During a Southern Sqweeze cleanse, your diet will consist only of juices, almond or cashew milk, water, and decaf herbal teas. That might sound intense to newcomers, but experienced cleansers will tell you there’s nothing more invigorating.

Just plan ahead. In the days leading up to your cleanse, make sure to:

  • Order your cleanse at least 48 hours in advance.

  • Drink lots of water.

  • Go easy on animal products and go to town on fruits and veggies.

During your cleanse, make sure to:

  • Fit in some light exercise.

  • Get plenty of sleep.

Learn more right here, and feel free to leave a comment below with any questions.

Drink lots of water.

That’s right, this one’s on here twice! If you weren’t drinking water when you started reading this blog, go ahead and drink some now. It’ll take a whole other post to talk about the glories of H20. We’ll get there.

In the meantime, comment below and tell me your favorite trick for staying healthy for the holidays.

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