Retox-Detox Guide for the Holidays

by Kai Herman, ND

With the holidays nearing, the celebration season is already upon us. Although a wonderful time
of year to get together with loved ones and express gratitude for wonderful friends and family in
our lives, the indulgent excesses can take a toll on our bodies. Many of us find ourselves
dragging through our days, recovering from hangovers; struggling with low energy and brain
fog; feeling sleep deprived and often falling ill as a result of the cumulative effect of late nights
and higher stress. These symptoms are “side-effects” of toxin overload and oxidative stress
caused by over-indulging and burning the candle at both ends. To avoid feeling crummy when
you’re supposed to be celebrating, its best to have a strategic plan to try to ease your body of
the toxic burden. Below I have outlined a guide to help master the Retox- Detox this holiday
season.

Back to the Basics

Ok… this goes with out saying, but fundamental health practices are so important to staying
healthy during the holidays. Use this guide as a reminder to emphasize hydration, good quality
sleep and exercise. Throughout the day, drink at least half your body weight in ounces to
prevent dehydration. Dehydration will almost guarantee you to have a hangover if you’re going
to engage in holiday drinking. Add some fresh squeezed lemon juice for an added detox effect.
Any night you’re not at a holiday party, aim for 8-9 hours of sleep per night and avoid
screens at least 30 min before sleep, as they can disrupt your sleep cycle. Lastly, maintaining a
regular exercise regimen- moving for 30-60 min at least 4 times/week – will promote good
circulation, help prevent lethargy (and extra pounds) caused by over-eating and drinking and
support detoxification through sweat!

Supportive Supplements

There are many nutrients and anti-oxidants which support detoxification processes and protect
our body’s from damage from free radical and toxins.

Milk thistle, when taken preventively, can prevent liver damage following the ingestion of toxins
(eg poisons from substances such as alcohol). Another bonus, Milk thistle has been shown to
reduce acne breakouts, which can be another unfortunate effect of holiday partying. You can
take Milk Thistle capsules daily to protect your liver and skin during the holidays.

Chlorophyll: Chlorophyll is an amazing nutrient found in abundance in green plants. It helps
neutralize toxins and free radicals and supports elimination of harmful substances through the
digestive tract and liver. Add liquid drops of chlorophyllin to water and drink throughout the day
to proactively fight against the deleterious effects of toxins.

How we can help

At Elixia, we offer a variety of services which help you to be more resilient to the effects of over-
indulging. Naturopathic medicine, Chiropractic care, Acupuncture and Massage can all help
provide your body with a very timely tune-up. In addition, we provide services specifically
designed to help with holiday detoxification and hangover recovery.

IV Therapy and Glutathione Push: IV hydration with key nutrients, such as B vitamins, Vitamin
C and magnesium, can provide immediate relief to many of the symptoms experienced during
hangovers. If you’re fatigue extends beyond just a hangover, adding Glutathione, one of the
body’s most potent antioxidants, is one of the best ways to remedy holiday malaise. Glutathione
provides the backbone to the liver’s detoxification defenses. So if you’re putting your liver to task, re-fuel with glutathione preventively and regularly. IV therapy is typically performed weekly
to bi-weekly. Treatment times vary between 30-60 min.

Infrared Sauna: Infrared saunas provide deep heat safely to the body to stimulate sweating and
detoxification. Known benefits of infrared saunas include improving fatigue, reducing body
aches, improving mental clarity and sense of wellness. Infrared saunas work within 15 minutes,
with most sessions lasting between 30-60 min.

Call Elixia now to maintain your wellness and get ahead of the holiday season! 503.232.5653.