Nutritionist Lee Holmes has shared some simple tips to help you avoid feeling lethargic, tired, and bloated.
As the expert told the online portal Daily Mail, by the end of December we all feel a lack of energy, but there are ways to maintain our immunity during the holiday season, while not giving up our favorite treats.
So, it is very important to get enough sleep (at least 7-8 hours a day), do daily exercises and get a moderate amount of vitamin D. But it is worthwhile to slightly adjust your diet to avoid the negative effects of the feast. The first and most important rule is to limit your alcohol intake. This will greatly help your immune system. Do not completely abandon it if you do not want to, but limit the amount of hard liquor to reasonable amounts and try to set aside days for yourself when you completely abstain from them.
The second important rule is to limit your consumption of white sugar: in cold weather it is easy to overdo it with pies, chocolate and Christmas delicacies, but sugar negatively affects our immunity - this has long been proven by numerous studies, so try to at least refrain from soda, packaged juices and plant milk with added sugar.
At the same time, it is important to increase the amount of antioxidant foods in your menu, including onions, garlic, leeks, eggplant, pumpkin, grapes and carrots. Another important tip is to stay hydrated. A good level of hydration is the key to a healthy immune system, so do not forget to drink up to 2 liters of water per day, and you can start your morning with a glass of water with lemon. And the last thing to do is to increase your zinc levels, which is vital for the intestines and immunity, so do not forget to eat beef, pumpkin seeds, lamb and spinach.