(NC) The holidays bring many celebrations with colleagues, friends and family, where our energy level – as well as our tummies – can be pushed to the limit. While entertaining and fun, the ongoing festivities can still be taxing on the body, especially when combined with the immune system’s continuous battle to fend off seasonal cold and flu attacks.
“Gearing up for the holidays can certainly take a lot out of us,” says Helen Sherrard, president of the Canadian Health Food Association. “That’s why it’s a good idea to keep some helpful natural health products on hand with you when you feel your body may need a boost.”
CHFA suggests looking into these fast-acting natural alternatives that can help remedy the first signs of physical discomfort during the holiday season:
Ginger tea— If that extra plate of turkey pushed you over the edge, ginger tea can help.
It assists in digestion by aiding in the release of gastric acids and helps you avoid possible tummy aches from too much food intake.
Vitamin C—If you feel a scratchy throat and the sniffles coming on, vitamin C supplements are a great option to supercharge your immune system. It is a powerful antioxidant that reduces, neutralizes, and prevents the damage done to the body by free radicals.
Vitamin C supplements come in a crystalized form now and can be diluted in a glass of water, for quick symptom relief.
Magnesium citrate (mineral) –
If you’ve been burning the candle at both ends, going from company dinners, to gift shopping, to family parties; chances are you’re exhausted. Magnesium is the anti-stress mineral. It’s taken as a supplement for a better night’s sleep.
“It’s always recommended to consult your health practitioner before adding something new to your regime,” says Sherrard. “Once you do, you’ll benefit from the safe, accessible products available so you can get the most out of the holidays.”