Most people want to get healthy in the New Year after their Xmas excesses. However, it can be hard if you are sad at being back to work after your holidays etc. You may feel you are taking two steps forward and one step back! So, what quick and easy solutions can you implement to boost your mood, so you stick to your health goals in 2017?
Have a cup of saffron tea (i.e. pinch of saffron in a cup of boiling water). Five clinical trials in Iran demonstrated that Saffron helped improve the symptoms of people with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). Nicholas Culepeper (the 17th Century Herbalist) said it ‘refreshes the Spirits’, so it will lift your mood if you already feel toxic and lethargic from Xmas and New Year.
A study on 56 healthy doctors on night duty (over 3 periods lasting 2 weeks each) showed that the herb Rhodiola rosea reduced fatigue during stressful conditions and improved mental alertness and concentration. This herb can give you the stamina and perseverance to progress with your 2017 health goals!
If you feel like your liver needs some help after binge-drinking over Xmas and New Year, take the herb Milk Thistle. It helps to regenerate the liver and protect the liver too, and an efficient liver ensures your detox processes are working optimally. The liver also manufactures cholesterol, and gets rid of excess oestrogen (oestrogen dominance is a big factor in Pre-Menstrual Syndrome).
The Bach Flower Essence ‘Chestnut Bud’ is a useful tool to prevent you making the same mistake over and over again. It can help you develop good habits and reduce the likelihood of self-sabotage. Such as joining a gym and never doing a workout. Or taking off your nicotine patch so that you can have a cigarette without feeling ill!
The Bach Flower Essence ‘Agrimony’ can help you deal with additions to sugar, alcohol, nicotine etc to ensure you reduce the consumption of these inflammatory toxins as you get healthier in 2017.
It’s very easy to purchase rare and wonderful Superfood powders, thinking that these magical elixirs will rejuvenate you, whilst ignoring everyday foods that also have amazing benefits. Rolled oats are high in protein, contain healthy fats, contain immune-boosting beta-glucans and are great for stabilising blood sugar. And they are also CHEAP, so great to eat if you are a bit skint after Xmas!
Most people begin 2017 full of the enthusiasm of change, but few persevere with diet and fitness regimes to improve their health. By introducing these foods, herbs and Flower Essences into your routines, it may make 2017 your healthiest year so far!