Uncle Larry is discussing the latest presidential race. Your kids are home on Christmas break. And, you still haven’t found the perfect gift for your someone special. The struggle to maintain your health this time of year is real.
Because holiday cocktails are delicious. Family members CAN bring about stressful times. And, managing your social and work calendar sometimes feels like a herculean effort.
If somewhere between sipping your second margarita and reaching for your third holiday cookie you start contemplating the merits of a strategic vacation recovery plan – you are not alone.
What is Vacation Recovery?
There are folks out there touting everything from magic pills to kale juice fasts. We are not those folks. We believe in a practical, safe, and natural vacation recovery process.
Depending on your current health (and how far off the wagon you fell), some or all of the following tips may be right for you.
Rehydrate and Refuel with Drip IV Therapy
One of the biggest ways vacations and holidays (like Christmas and New Year’s) impact our health is all of the food and cocktails we tend to enjoy. Unfortunately, holiday foods often lack the nutrients we need to thrive and cocktails can cause you to quickly become dehydrated.
How can drip IV therapy help? Drip IV therapy is an intravenous therapy delivered through an IV directly into your bloodstream. At Tru Health, the therapies are specific formulations prepared for your needs.
They feature ultra-hydrating cocktails loaded with vitamins and nutrients that help you replenish deficiencies and improve your overall wellbeing. Referred to by some as the ‘hangover cure,’ patients have reported feeling better in as little as five minutes after a treatment.
Is drip IV therapy right for you? Schedule your complimentary consultation.
Reduce Stress Triggers
It’s really easy to try and be everything for everyone. This is especially true during the holidays when you want friends and family to have a good time. However, it’s important to also look after yourself.
Even if you’re eating right and exercising regularly, research shows stress can have severe negative effects on your health. The 2015 study, ‘The effects of chronic stress on health: new insights into the molecular mechanisms of brain–body communication’, published in the Future of Science OA explained:
Diseases whose development has been linked to both stress and inflammation include cardiovascular dysfunctions, diabetes, cancer, autoimmune syndromes and mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety disorders.
Persistent, abnormal levels of cytokines and stress chemical mediators in the brain may also damage the parenchyma and cause neuronal death, thus contributing to the brain structural changes associated with chronic stress.
Whenever possible, eliminate and/reduce stress triggers in your life. This may mean saying to some requests from friends and family. It might require you to consciously walk away from a situation. The key is to take a few minutes and asses how you’re feeling in the moment and try to identify what’s making you feel that way.
Vitamin D plays an essential role in your overall health. It promotes strong and healthy bones. It improves the function of your muscles and organs. It helps stimulate your neural activity (brain function).
One of the most natural ways to get Vitamin D is through sunlight. Unfortunately, during the holidays, sunlight can sometimes be in short supply. Shorter daylight hours, a plethora of indoor holiday parties, and busy travel plans can cause you to spend the majority of your time inside.
When it comes to vacation recovery, make getting outside a priority. Research shows that exposure to sunlight can help you recover from jet lag more quickly. A 2013 article, ‘How to Prevent Jet Lag’, published in Scientific America, reports that, “Bright light exposure is the most powerful way to cause a phase shift — an advance or delay in circadian rhythms.”
(Circadian rhythms are the roughly 24-hour biological rhythms that drive changes within humans and most other organisms.)
So, get outside. Soak up some sun. Breathe in the fresh air. You may be amazed at how quickly you start feeling better.
Harness the Power of Medically Supervised Weight Loss
Even in the best of situations, achieving your weight loss goals can be difficult. Throw holiday parties, year-end to do lists, and stress into the mix and losing weight can feel downright impossible. Particularly if you’re trying to go it alone.
Do don’t go it alone. Get medical help.
The naturopathic doctors at Tru Health offer medically supervised weight loss programs. Each program is individually tailored to your body’s needs. This means we take into account your current life circumstances, weight loss goals, any health restrictions, and nutrient deficiencies you may be facing.
Typically, we recommend a paleo-vegan diet to our weight loss patients. Rich in the vitamins and minerals your body needs to thrive, a paleo-vegan diet comprised of organic ingredients helps keep harmful toxins from entering your body while fueling you for the day.
In terms of a vacation recovery diet, we may discuss incorporating specific herbs and roots that can help you naturally detox.
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