7 Ways to Keep your Body Balanced through December

Don’t let December become a downer.  I know it can be a difficult time of year to stay healthy – all of those Christmas parties, the lack of routine that happens when work schedules change and school holidays!

Here are 7 ways to keep your body balanced throughout December.

  1. Eat fermented foods – Include foods like raw sauerkraut, kombucha, or kimchee as a side to meals to keep the gut flora well populated and the immune system supported.
  2. Do your best to have a regular sleep schedule – Adequate sleep is so important for physical and emotional resiliency and balance. Align the body with rhythmic sleeping cycles, getting to bed no later than 11pm as much as possible.
  3. Eat raw and cooked, whole foods made at home – Yes, you might be going out for holiday parties more. But when you are home, nourish your body with meals you prepare with whole ingredients. Make hearty soups. Keep it simple. You need not wait until January to be good to yourself.
  4. Engage in ANYTHING that shifts the body into parasympathetic response (hint: things you love): Take a nap. Keep music on that soothes or enlivens your soul. Go for a walk in nature – appreciate the beauty of your surroundings. Watch a great comedic movie and laugh – a deep belly laugh.
  5. Hugs for oxytocin – One of my favourites! Oxytocin is known as the “love hormone” or the “cuddle hormone,” When we hug someone, oxytocin is released into our bodies, lowering both our heart rates and our cortisol levels.
  6. Eat garlic and onion – members of the allium family, garlic and onion contain sulphuric compounds that work as support the elimination of a variety of health concerns. Raw garlic is actually best but can do a number on your breath. Try making an easy blended soup, by sautéing your favourite vegetables and blending with a clove of raw garlic.
  7. Sweat regularly – Standing outside in the 40-degree heat does not count! I mean be physically active – go for walk (or jog, or run), get to a class at the gym, do your own circuit at the park,  workout in your living room to your favourite online fitness expert. Whatever works!