Healthy and holidays don’t always go hand in hand. During the stretch from Thanksgiving to the eve of December 31st, between the influx of parties and social gatherings, stresses of family and long legs of travel, the holiday spirit can mix a little too heavily with our overall wellness routines. Lack of sleep, one too many drinks, overindulgent meals, and one night too many at the in-laws can turn our focus from celebration to simply trying to cope.
We’re only human, and while we know the holidays add a whole slew of obstacles we don’t necessarily combat the rest of the year, we also believe the holiday spirit shouldn’t interfere with our well being.
For those times when we know you’re trying your hardest, or even for those times when you just want to break loose but need to bounce back fast, sometimes you need a little extra help. Our survival kit does just that – combining Dr. Frank Lipman’s personal recommendations for the top concerns when it comes to navigating the holidays – helping us maintain our inner balance when it comes to digestion, stress, sleep, and even detox, so we can face the holidays head on.
Here are our top 7 supplement recommendations to combat the stresses of the holidays:
Control Cravings with L-Glutamine
Are your sweet cravings out of control? The holidays can disrupt our dietary routines with plenty of tempting foods that throw our body balance out of whack. L-Glutamine to the rescue. L-Glutamine will help to reduce sugar cravings and also stabilize blood sugar…so, we can indulge in that tempting treat, but also save ourselves from eating the whole tray.
How to Supplement: Take two capsules 2 times per day to help support gut lining from the potential overindulgences of the season. Additionally, when you get a craving or know they are on the way, take 2 capsules to help alleviate them. You can’t overdo this supplement. SHOP HERE
Reduce Stress with Stress Support
Stresses of the holidays got you down? Through a synergistic blend of herbs, amino acids, vitamins and minerals, Stress Support helps combat stress and recover from burnout and depletion. Lemon Balm and Valerian root help calm your nervous system, while the adaptogen, Ashwagandha, adapts to your body’s specific hormonal and stress-related needs. It can give you an energy boost or help you feel more mellow as needed.
How to Supplement: Take three capsules, 2 times a day when you know you’re heading into a stressful family, work, or travel situation. SHOP HERE
Calm Digestion with GI Calm
Did you overindulge on all those finger foods at your holiday work party? GI Calm is a natural approach to helping your heartburn and indigestion woes. It can help you avoid, prevent and/or relieve stomach aches, gas and/or bloating that may come along with the holiday season’s heavier meals. As a bonus, it also strengthens the stomach lining and promotes healthy microbial balance. Win, win.
How to Supplement: Take 2 capsules twice daily, between or with meals to prevent indigestion or when you experience symptoms. SHOP HERE
Detox with Glutathione
One too many drinks last night? It happens! A good strategy to help avoid a hangover is to stay away from sugary drinks and stick to clear alcohols like vodka and tequila (with seltzer and citrus). But if you did have that one last drink…glutathione, the master antioxidant, can help you bounce back and give your liver a boost. Stress, gaps in our diet, chronic illness as well as long term toxic exposure can not only deplete stores of glutathione but also inhibit its production. It helps to reduce free radicals and strengthen immunity too.
How to Supplement: Take 2-4 capsules daily. If you know you will be imbibing, we highly recommend 4 per day to help aid your liver with detoxification. SHOP HERE
Digest More with Digestive Enzymes
Big Meal? Don’t know what’s in that mystery meat dish your aunt just piled on your plate? Digestive enzymes help your body break down protein, carbohydrates and fats to improve nutrient absorption and reduce unwanted effects of indigestion associated with these harder to digest foods. Be Well Digestive Enzymes includes a blend of 13 different synergistic plant-based digestive enzymes to overall support and strengthen digestive function.
How to Supplement: Take them with you to all your social gatherings and take before a big holiday meal to help your gut digest foods better. SHOP HERE
Support You Gut with Probiotics
Probiotics are your friend this holiday season! They optimize the digestive system, help with heartburn and indigestion, reduce gas and bloating for a flatter tummy, boost overall immune system function, and may even enhance the ability to cope with stress and anxiety. Although we recommend taking a probiotic year round for optimal well-being, we highly recommend it during the holiday season to keep your gut flora in balance.
How to Supplement: Start now! Take probiotics daily to build up gut health and help to keep your immune system strong all holiday season long. SHOP HERE
Rest Well with Sleep Formula
Between travel, added stress, and late night parties, the holiday season can disrupt our natural sleep cycle and leave us feeling less than rested. Aim to keep a regular sleep schedule during the holidays to maintain balance, and if you need a little extra help, our sleep formula helps you fall asleep and stay asleep, yet won’t affect daytime alertness like sleep medications can. PharmaGABA promotes relaxation by quelling overstimulated nerve cells, while melatonin helps to synchronize our circadian rhythm, so that we are alert during the day and at rest during the night, and 5-HTP helps to create the “feel good” hormone, serotonin, which is great for inducing sleep.
How to Supplement: Take 2-4 capsules right before you get into bed. SHOP HERE
Can’t decide which supplements to take? Get them all – bundle and save. Learn more, here.