Party season health prep to make you feel and look your best

Taryn Davies
Published: November 23, 2015

Christmas is coming and that means party season is here, so as we usher in the good times with plenty of festive food and alcohol we share the health tips to make sure you’re prepped to look and feel your best.

The festive season is always a busy time of year, with plenty of dates booked in the diary. Ensure you're still ready to celebrate when Christmas Day arrives, with our fuice on what do before and after the party.

With the help of bed makers Warren Evans and their sleep and naturopathy expert Dave Gibson, these tips ensure that the Christmas period won't get the best of you this year.

Before the party

Stock up on sleep

If you're tired, your tolerance to alcohol will be lower than usual, as your liver won't be working as efficiently as it should. So to ensure you can handle your drinks, make sure you get plenty of rest before the party season, and generally speaking we should all be getting at least seven hours sleep a night anyway.

Give your liver a break

On the day of a party, try not to have any caffeine after 3pm, as this will put a strain on the liver, which is not ideal when you're planning on drinking later on.

Dry brush your body

Dry body brushing not only helps boost your skin's radiance but can help boost your body circulation too. If you dry brush your body it can help to stimulate the lymph nodes, which help to boost the removal of toxins from the body.

Eat a balanced meal

Eat a balanced meal of protein and something dense like pasta help prepare your body before you drink, so absorb alcohol at a slower rate. This raises your tolerance to alcohol. It's also important to keep your body hydrated at all times, but especially when you're planning on drinking too.

Health tips for the Christmas period

Lay off caffeine to give your liver a break

After the party

Cut your cravings

It's easy to give into cravings when we've been drinking, and they're usually increased because the lack of sleep releases a peptide called ghrelin, which is an appetite stimulant. So to cut your cravings when you've been drinking, ensuring you get adequate rest, and when you wake, start the day with a protein-rich breakfast that will keep you fuller for longer.

Catch up on sleep 

Getting enough sleep every night is important for our overall health, so if you've had plenty of late nights, it's definitely good for your body to overcompensate and try to catch up on as much sleep as possible. Obviously going to sleep earlier is the better option, as you can't really use it as a valid excuse as to why you're late for work.

Supplement your diet 

When you're putting a lot of strain on your gut through lots of drinking and rich foods, it's important to consider the health of your body and taking supplements might be the best way to help them along. Try Milk Thistle, or a probiotic supplement to help rebalance the good bacteria in your body.

Health tips to help you survive the Christmas party season

Make sure you catch up on sleep over Christmas

Boost your health with the foods you eat

Feel healthy and nourished throughout the party season with the foods you eat. During this time ensure you eat plenty of Brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage to help promote a healthy liver.

Ensure you have plenty of energy by consuming enough vitamin D and Omega 3 fatty acids.

Boost your immunity too with the help of garlic and ginger, and ensure your mood stays bright throughout winter with the help of turmeric, cinnamon and cumin.

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