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9 Tips to Help You Bounce Back Faster After a Holiday Meal

The holidays are a wonderful time of year — but with all of the overindulgence that is characteristic of this season, we can find ourselves feeling less than wonderful in the days following the holiday. There are many reasons for this, one of the most notable being that eating a lot of sugar blocks nutrient absorption and depletes our body of vital nutrients, including:

  • Vitamin D

  • Magnesium

  • Chromium

  • Calcium

  • Vitamin C

We have some tips to help you get back on track after Thanksgiving and other indulgences, read on to learn more about how you can:

  • Boost Energy & Mood

  • Support Digestion

  • Replenish Vital Nutrients

  • & Feel Your Best Through the Holiday Season!

1. Don’t Skip Meals — Don’t punish yourself before or after Thanksgiving by skipping meals. This will wreak havoc on your metabolism as well as make you feel cranky, tired, and stressed. Listen to your body, and reach for filling, nutritious foods.

2. Be Picky — ’Tis the season for holiday pie, cookies, cocktails, and other sweets and treats. but that doesn’t have to mean we go totally off the rails. You can enjoy the holiday and still be mindful at the same time; be picky with what you choose to indulge in. Choose what’s really special to you, and most importantly, limit the amount of days you keep leftovers in the house. For better balance and an easy way to limit indulgences, pair each treat with something healthy — preferably a solid protein or healthy fat.

3. Remember Your Multi-Vitamins — As we mentioned, consuming a lot of sugar depletes the body of many important nutrients, including Vitamin D and C, calcium, chromium, and magnesium. We recommend choosing a high quality multi-vitamin with bioavailable nutrients, such as the supplements we offer at The Points of Health. Contact us to learn more.

4. Consider Vitamin B12 Injections - B12 is a vital nutrient for the body, as it is necessary for the production of red blood cells and DNA. It is essential to maintaining energy levels and promoting good health. People who are deficient in vitamin B12 may experience a range of symptoms include extreme fatigue, frequent headaches, depression, loss of appetite, anemia, muscle weakness, dizziness, and/or cognitive issues. In general, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding may require higher amounts. We also tend to need more as we age. Vitamin B12 is absorbed better through injections than pill form. Potential benefits of B12 injections include:

  • Increased Energy

  • Reduced Stress

  • Improved Memory

  • Better Focus

  • Optimal Immune System Functioning

  • Improved Sleep

  • Increased Physical Stamina

  • Peak Athletic Performance

  • Accelerated Recovery

  • Weight Loss

  • Reduced Inflammation

  • Pain Management

  • Increased Heart Health

  • Improvements in Bone Density

Contact us now to schedule your Vitamin B12 Injection - and be sure to ask us about our Black Friday Special: Get 2 B12 injections for the price of 1!

5. Stay Hydrated — Did you know that dehydration can make you feel hungry? It also has been shown to negatively impact mood. With all of the extra salt typically consumed during a larger meal, we are more prone to dehydration. Aim for the recommended guideline of 8 glasses of water per day. If you’re enjoying cocktails or other beverages, try alternating them with water.

6. Support Gut Health - Bone broth and quality probiotics can be your best friend in the days following a big holiday meal. Bone broth has been found to repair the lining of the gut, while probiotics replenish healthy bacteria. Bone broth also supplies vital nutrients including amino acids and collagen — with the added benefit of the nutrients being highly absorbable. To learn more about the incredible health benefits of bone broth visit our blog article spotlighting this nutritious superfood.

7. Omega-3 Fatty Acids - Omega-3 fatty acids are a vital nutrient for optimal health. As one of the most-studied nutrients, science has found numerous benefits, including:

  • May Lower Inflammation

  • Can Improve Eye Health

  • Immune System Support

  • May Promote Healthy Blood Flow

  • May Promote Nutrient Transport

  • Can Reduce Symptoms of ADHD in Children

  • Reduces Decreases Occurrence of Secondary Heart Attacks

  • May Support Development of Blood Cells

  • Essential for Brain & Eye Development

  • Promotes Brain Healthy During Pregnancy & Early Life

  • May Improve Memory

  • May Help Thyroid Function

  • Can Help Fight Depression & Anxiety

  • Improves Risk Factors for Heart Disease

  • Can Fight Autoimmune Diseases

  • Promotes Cognition & Brain Health

  • May Help Prevent Cancer

  • Can Reduce Asthma in Children

  • May Improve Bone & Joint Health

  • May Improve Sleep

8. Get Moving — Go for a walk, take a fitness class, or visit the gym. Not to punish yourself for holiday eating, but to do something healthy for yourself. Exercise is a fantastic way to boost mood naturally, and one of our favorite ways of promoting wellbeing.

9. Acupuncture — Beat those post-holiday blues and fatigue with acupuncture! In addition to mood and energy, acupuncture may help support digestion, immune function, and inflammation too! Everything you need to restore balance after enjoying a big holiday meal! Did we mention that it also helps with stress? After family and friends leave, book yourself a #selfcare appointment at The Points of Health!

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