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Help! I overdid it at Christmas!

Help! I overdid it at Christmas!

7th January 2020

So, despite your good intentions you overdid it over the Christmas period and are now regretting it!  All too often this season of over-indulgence leaves us feeling exhausted, bloated, with a foggy head, and a few extra pounds in weight. 

This is the perfect time for a post-Christmas detox, and a visit to Homefield Grange.  We offer a variety of residential packages from 1 – 6 nights, or 1-day non-residential spa day packages.  

But if you can’t make it to Homefield there are lots of things you can at do at home to help mitigate the damage and get you back on track.  

Here’s a list of 10 of them:

  1. Give your liver a boost by starting each day with a mug of warm water and the juice of half a lemon
  2. Increase your intake of vegetables aiming for a minimum of 5 per day. The cruciferous veg such as broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage are great for liver detoxification. Limit fruit to no more than 2 pieces per day. Go for low sugar fruits such as berries (a handful), apples/pears & citrus.
  3. Include bitter veggies such as watercress, rocket, endive, chicory, asparagus, artichoke which help thin the bile. A salad of these every day dressed with olive oil and apple cider vinegar will really help cleanse your liver.
  4. Drink between 2-3 ltrs of water or non-caffeinated, non-sweetened fluid to help flush out toxins
  5. Make sure you have an overnight fast of at least 12 hours, with 15- 16 hours a couple of times a week. And cut out constant snacking and grazing, leaving 4-5 hours between meals.  This will help your body “take out the trash” of the body’s waste products, and improve energy levels, brain function, metabolism and weight
  6. Try a 1 or 2 day fast. Start the day with a vegetable based juice (homemade, not bottled), a freshly made vegetable based smoothie for lunch, and a homemade vegetable soup for dinner.   If you can incorporate this into your ongoing routine and having a fasting day once or twice a week, or even a fortnight, you will really start to feel the benefit
  7. Jan – Mar tend to be the worst months for colds, flu’s, illnesses and general lethargy. Our levels of Vitamin D are at their lowest in these months, as the best sources of Vit D is sunshine. The foods that include Vit D are eggs, oily fish, butter but you can get no more than 10% of your requirement from food.  It’s a good idea to get your levels checked, and take a supplement at the appropriate dosage. Vitamin D in spray or drop form tends to be better absorbed than tablets. 
  8. Other nutrients that are particularly important during these months are Vitamin C and zinc. Vit C is important for strengthening the immune system to fighting those bugs, for collagen production to plump up your skin, and to support the adrenals glands against excess stress. Zinc also fortifies the immune system, shortens the span of a cold, and is great for healing wounds and supporting the gut lining.
  9. An Epsom Salts bath is a great way of helping the body eliminate toxins through the skin. Use a big mugful of salts and soak for 20 minutes, twice per week
  10. Book your next stay at Homefield!!   Call – 01536 712219.  We look forward to seeing you soon

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