4 Supplements to Repair and Recover from the Holidays
November 7th, 2019
Gatherings with family and friends around the table are my favorite part of holidays. However, they are often positively rife with foods and drinks that many of you are avoiding! There are two scenarios I can imagine that would throw you off track during the holidays: getting “glutened” and other digestive mishaps; or overindulging in sweets and alcohol.
To help you navigate holiday seasons successfully, there are four key supplements I recommend for repairing your gut and helping you recover from holiday slip-ups. These supplements are absolute lifesavers when I know I’m going to be at a party and eating food that I haven’t cooked myself, or even indulging in the rare alcoholic drink. I never travel without them!
In this article, I’ll walk you through my four favorite supplements for curbing sugar cravings, blocking the effect of inflammatory foods, detoxing from indulgences, and supporting your body’s ability to repair and recover from holiday-related setbacks.
Supplements to Help You Repair Your Gut
One of the reasons why the holidays can make you feel worse for wear is because you are likely eating greater quantities of richer-than-normal foods that your body struggles to break down. Digestive enzymes can be an invaluable ally this time of year, especially if you have lactose intolerance, casein and gluten intolerance, celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), or if you’re struggling with gut infections such as SIBO or Candida overgrowth.1,2,3
When proteins such as casein and gluten are completely broken down, they lose their capacity to cause an allergic or immunogenic reaction. And while I certainly don’t recommend eating food that will make you sick and then taking digestive enzymes to compensate, supplemental enzymes can help relieve occasional symptoms of intestinal distress and soothe your digestive system throughout the holiday season.
I formulated my Complete Enzymes after getting “glutened” at restaurants and friends’ houses more times than I can count! I made certain to include DPP-IV, a protease enzyme that actually breaks down gluten, as well as a wide range of proteolytic enzymes that help break down inflammatory antigens, such as lectins. They help tackle GI tract issues such as dysbiosis, parasites, and Candida overgrowth, and break down everything from the rich oils coating your cousin’s roast potatoes to the breadcrumbs your aunt forgot to make gluten-free.
Leaky Gut Revive™
Sweet, sugary, and inflammatory foods are in abundance during the holidays and can be truly challenging to avoid when everyone else is indulging. That’s why taking a supplement that accelerates gut repair and curbs sugar cravings is an absolute must-have to survive this time of year.
Leaky Gut Revive™ is an excellent source of L-glutamine, which nourishes your gut cells and protects them from inflammatory foods, infections, toxins, and stress, all of which can lead to leaky gut.4,5 L-glutamine has also been found to suppress insulin levels and stabilize blood glucose, helping to alleviate cravings caused by low blood sugar.6,7
Additionally, Leaky Gut Revive™ contains aloe vera, which has been shown to help your body replace the lost mucus associated with leaky gut and other GI issues, increase water content within your intestines, and reduce inflammation.8
It also includes deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL), arabinogalactan, slippery elm, and marshmallow root to help promote a healthy and protective mucosal lining, keep bad bacteria in check, promote weight loss, and reduce the symptoms associated with conditions such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.9,10,11,12
Supplements to Support Detox and Recovery
Immune support and detoxification are both absolutely critical around the holidays. The weather is colder, temptations abound, and it can be easy to forget to prioritize your health when there is so much else going on!
Enter super detoxifying, anti-aging, free-radical fighting glutathione, which has been shown to help your body regenerate antioxidant vitamins C and E, flush toxins from your body, and protect your cells from oxidation.13
Glutathione is made naturally in your liver. However, a poor diet, toxins, medications, stress, aging, and illness deplete it. Low glutathione levels are also a critical factor in the onset of autoimmune disease.14
Without glutathione, your body simply can’t detox properly, which means toxins can linger in your bloodstream or get stored in your fat cells, wreaking havoc on your immune system and setting you up for chronic illness and faster aging.15 In my opinion, there’s no better way to support your overall health than taking Acetyl-Glutathione every day, as it works on virtually every cell in your body.16
My other favorite supplement for supporting post-holiday detox is Coconut Charcoal, which acts as an incredibly effective binder and chelator. It has an extremely large surface area that traps toxins, gas, and chemicals within its millions of tiny pores, and binds with them so they can be safely and quickly transported out of your body.17 In fact, activated charcoal is so powerful that when I worked in an emergency room, we used it to help patients detoxify after the ingestion of chemical or environmental poisons.
Coconut Charcoal can be especially useful around the holidays if you’ve been indulging in alcohol and need a little help recovering. Because alcohol is a toxin, Coconut Charcoal can swiftly flush it out of your system to ease your hangover symptoms.
This must-have supplement can even “mop up” potentially irritating proteins such as casein and gluten. And, if you find yourself with gas, abdominal pain, and/or diarrhea during Christmas and New Year celebrations due to food sensitivities or other gastrointestinal disorders, Coconut Charcoal is for you! It has been shown to neutralize intestinal gas, reduce abdominal pain, and act as an antidiarrheal remedy that comes with few to no side-effects.18,19
My Coconut Charcoal encourages healthy detoxification pathways and is perfect for anyone who wants to recover from holiday missteps or indulgences. It is made from coconut shells that are heated and ground into an ultra-fine powder to maximize its surface area and its ability to bind with harmful toxins in your body. I recommend starting the new year off right by helping your body dtox from holiday indulgences.