‘Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat.’ So goes the well-known Christmas song. But is the goose the only thing getting fat? Christmas is the season of goodwill – and overindulgence. One that most of us regret come the 1st January.
According to a survey by Wren kitchens, the average Brit will consume in the region of 6,000 calories on Christmas day alone. That’s the equivalent of twelve Big Macs. It’s a lot of mince pies that’s for sure! Add to that all the canapés and nibbles at assorted functions in the run up to Christmas and most of us consume enough calories to sink a battleship.
70 percent of the people surveyed simply pay no heed to their food intake over the Christmas holiday. But they should! You’d have to cycle for over 100 miles or do thirteen hours of aerobic exercise to burn off the Christmas Day calories alone.
Then there’s the demon drink. Almost a quarter of our Christmas calorie intake comes from alcohol. This has the effect of disturbing our metabolism and flushing out precious nutrients – in particular vitamin B. Don’t mentioning the toxicity to our liver.
Keep your vitamin B levels up
When the alcohol is flowing – and, let’s face it, over the Christmas period it’s likely to be – then you’re in danger of rapid depletion of your B vitamin levels. The end result? You’re feeling washed out, tired and sluggish in no time. A strong dose of B-50 can help here if taken the morning after the night before.
We need eight different B vitamins to keep us in tip top condition. Because almost all of them are used to transfer foods into energy they’re important for optimum digestion and nutrient absorption.
When we eat calorific foods, the efficiency with which they’re broken down and used for energy is a major factor in the efficiency of our metabolism. B vitamins will help to restore your blood sugar levels. This in turn reduces appetite.
Another important mineral depleted by alcohol, and foods high in sugar and sodium is magnesium.
A dangerous, magnesium deficiency is common in those who are chronic abusers of alcohol. But the rest of us, overdoing it over Christmas, are risking what Health.com refers to as magnesium inadequacy. So otherwise unexplained nausea, general fatigue and appetite loss could well be down to you not getting as much magnesium as you should.
What can you do then to help the situation along?
This article on Onistfood.com has some top tips to help you avoid over indulgence. Drinking lots of water is a good one. Your body can mistake dehydration for hunger. So, make sure that, along with the mulled wine and coffees, you get lots of cool, clear water down you.
Another is to be smart about Christmas meals and parties. If you know it’s a canapés and nibbles affair have a filling meal before you go. The worst thing you can do is arrive at such a thing hungry. Tiny, canapés may be but low in calories they’re not. Arrive hungry and you’ll consume a crazy calorie count.
There’s supplement support too!
- Glucomannan – this is a dietary fibre that fills up the stomach you’ll have less room for that third mince pie. It will also ensure a healthy bowel movement – important to get rid of all the stuff that your body couldn’t absorb and digest.
- Chitosan – known also as a “fat magnet”, chitosan binds itself to fat preventing its absorption.
- Detox Colon Cleanse Capsules – we formulate our colon cleanse capsules to help your body get rid of unwanted toxins and waste.
- B Complex B-50 – our extreme potency formulation comprises eight B vitamins – essential nutrients to keep your body running well.
- N-Acetyl Cysteine – helps to protect the liver by enhancing detoxification pathways to help eliminate acetaldehyde, a highly toxic alcohol metabolite that is approximately 30 times more toxic than alcohol itself.
Finally, if the temptation is all too much for you, and heartburn and acid reflux are troubling you then our Slippery Elm capsules will come to the rescue.
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Glucomannan 700mg Capsules
- Glucomannan is a natural, water-soluble dietary fiber extracted from the roots of the konjac plant (also known as elephant yam). It has an exceptional ability to absorb water, up to 50 times its weight. In contact with water it expands into a gel.
- After ingestion with water, it takes up space in the stomach and promotes a feeling of fullness, reducing food intake at a subsequent meal.
- Glucomannan also delays emptying of the stomach, contributing to increased satiety.
- Glucomannan in the context of an energy restricted diet contributes to weight loss. It also contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels.
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Magnesium Citrate 30% 750mg Capsules
- Magnesium (Mg) is the fourth most common mineral found in your body. It plays a part in many aspects of good health.
- Magnesium contributes to: a reduction of tiredness and fatigue, electrolyte balance, normal energy-yielding metabolism, normal functioning of the nervous system, normal muscle function, normal protein synthesis, normal psychological function and maintenance of normal bones and teeth.
- Each capsule provides 225mg of elemental magnesium (60% NRV) as easily absorbable magnesium citrate.
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Slippery Elm 300mg Capsules
- Ulmus rubra, or slippery elm, is a tree from North America. The inner bark of the tree is harvested and used as a herb.
- This bark contains a starchy carbohydrate substance called mucilage. When it’s mixed with water it swells and forms a slippery gel.
- Each capsule provides 300mg of this beneficial herb.
- Slippery Elm works synergistically with Marshmallow Root, both can be combined for improved benefits.
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Vitamin B Complex B-50
- The vitamin B complex comprises eight B vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9 and B12.
- These essential nutrients keep your body running well. They help to convert your food into fuel helping you to stay energized throughout your day.
- The vitamins in this complex work in combination with each other. However each B vitamin also has specific benefits.
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NAC N-Acetyl-Cysteine 600mg Capsules
- N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC) comes from the amino acid L-cysteine.
- Cysteine is important amino acid which converts to glutathione, body’s most powerful powerful antioxidant.
- 600mg doses have been used in most of the studies on this substance.