Feeling low energy or a bit of a scratchy throat after the holidays? There are three big things you can do to help this!
1. Stop with the sugar, in all forms. The carbs, the alcohol, and even the crackers. Please eat your veggies! Our favorite nutritionist Margaret Floyd Barry found recent research showing that it takes 14 days for your gut to fully heal from a sugar blast.
2. Your immune system is a one way system pumped up by the alternate contraction and relaxation of muscles. So, get your muscles to contract and relax! MOVE!
3. I have a recipe for fighting off flu and cold symptoms that I have shared with many clients. Please check with your doctor before using this or any other concoction, which is what I call this stuff.
First ingredient: a glass of Aloe Vera Juice (this particular one I find on the bottom shelf of the drink aisle in Trader Joe’s in the gallon jug)
Once upon a time I was getting ready to fly a red eye to NYC to run the New York marathon, I wasn’t feeling very good, and told my Thursday morning client that I was concerned. She said, “You need to drink aloe! It is a very powerful anti-viral!” She proceeded to hand me a 32 once bottle of it, which I dutifully drank while we were working out. I handed her back the empty bottle, and she said, “You finished? Take another one and drink it on the way to the airport!” So, by the time I had climbed on the airplane I had a good 64 ounces of aloe vera juice sloshing around in my belly. However, I woke up in New York Friday morning after flying all night and felt great! I became a believer, and if nothing else you are super hydrated.
Second ingredient: Grapefruit Seed Extract Drops ( which if you are on high blood pressure medication grapefruit might interfere so check with your doctor!)
Once upon a time I was getting ready to go to Mexico on a yoga retreat with our favorite nutritionist Margaret Floyd Barry and our leader Deb Joy suggested we bring Grapefruit Seed Extract Drops and put 12 drops in your water bottle to prevent “travelers tummy” aka diarrhea. On the label it explains what an awesome anti-bacterial it is …but it is very sour and can burn so never put directly on your tongue and please shake or stir well! You can use it in the laundry, too.
Final ingredient: Emergen’c or some other powdered vitamin C.
This one is inspired by my dad and Linus Pauling, plus it makes the drink taste just a tiny bit better, assuming you can tolerate fizzy things. If you don’t like fizzy stuff, then wait for it to go flat.
STIR WELL! Down the hatch! 🙂
Let me know in the comments below what you like to do when you’re not feeling well.