Balance December 2017 - 48

1. PRETOX

PREP YOURSELF BEFORE YOU WRECK YOURSELF
if not actually end up spending less than
Stay in the black
you usually do per bottle. Clean beer is a
Be quintessentially British and put the
thing, too. Some brands have mind-boggling
kettle on. The national obsession can also
ingredients lists, which means they're full of
be a shortcut to a much needed antioxidant
more chemical enhancements than a Tour
boost, as well as myriad heart-helping, life
de France cyclist. Opt for a German pilsner
extending benefits.
or even a hipster craft brew.
If you know your liver is about to
Finally, believe it or not, the odd glass
undertake a crucible the likes of which
of wine can reduce the risk of certain liver
Dante couldn't dream up, as is likely to be
diseases by 49%, according to a study by the
the case in the coming months, it may be
National Health and Nutrition Examination
worth adding bean to leaf with a regular
Survey. Consider this pretoxing tenet
pot of coffee to help you navigate the
number one: Your liver hates a binge, but
boozy inferno.
likes a tipple.
That's according to researchers from
the University of Southampton, who, after
Mind your head
a meta-analysis of coffee studies, found
If, more often than not, one turns into
drinking one cup a day reduces your risk
two, turns into way too many, you might
of liver cirrhosis by 22%. The effects are
have some willpower issues. Sure, being
cumulative: two cups cuts your risk by
perpetually off the wagon is what this
43%; four cups by 65%. Espresso martinis
season is all about. But if it's so far
don't count.
out of sight you're struggling to
We couldn't get away without
function (unfortunately most of
mentioning the liver-prep of
us still have to work before and
proper hydration. Balance
Eat tryptophanafter Christmas and New Year)
recommends stealing the old
rich foods (nuts,
then it's time to exert some
'classic with a twist' motif and
seeds, fish, lentils) self-control.
imbibing a decent amount of
to boost your
That doesn't have to involve
coconut water to make your
serotonin
rock-hard
abstinence, mind you.
H2O just that bit sexier.
levels.
There are plenty of studies which
have likened regular meditation practise
Get into pre-drinking
to exercising your willpower like a muscle.
Buy more booze. Go on, this isn't a trick; run
Do it every now and again and it's the
to Sainsbury's and stock up right now. But
equivalent of the odd jog for your brain.
do it right.
Do it every day and you've just signed your
Firstly, cleaner alcohol equals a clearer
psyche up for Barry's Bootcamp.
conscience. Organic wine is more than a
Mindfulness stops you reaching for
passing fad, particularly when you consider
things to fill a hole, or for stimulation or
this year's sobering research fingering
distraction. When your brain is at full
pesticides as one of the main causes of
fitness, you're more likely to stop when you
cancer in the Western world. Bulk buy
really want to.
boxes and you'll reduce the financial hit,

48

BA LA N CE December 2017

MICRO
DETOX
BECAUSE AT
CHRISTMAS, TIME
IS THE ENEMY
23 DECEMBER
Prime yourself. When your
body metabolises alcohol
it uses up vitamin B1, 3 and 6,
so focus on upping these.
A smoothie with kale and
spinach will give you the B
vits you need.
24 DECEMBER
Uncork yourself and the
bubbly - and put out a
platter of Asian pear slices
and cheese to nibble on.
Research from Australia
found that Asian pear can
reduce the side effects of
drinking by up to 20%. And
the cheese? That's because,
well, it's cheese. Yum.
25 DECEMBER
Just keep filling up those
glasses... and your plate.
Eating low-glycemic carbs
such as sweet potato with
your Christmas meal won't
stop you getting drunk but
will slow the process down.
26 DECEMBER
Get stuck into those turkey
leftovers. Protein helps keep
your blood sugar steady,
essential at this point when
you're starting to flag.
27 DECEMBER
Keep drinking... water.
And grab a cucumber salad,
too. Cukes help your body
flush out the toxins you've
been so eagerly amassing
in your body.
28 DECEMBER
With the joy of Christmas
past, you don't want to feel
nauseous, so get a cup of
hot ginger tea down you.
It'll reduce the symptoms of
'I drank too much last night.'
29 DECEMBER
Grab a sports drink, coconut
water or any other drink with
electrolytes to help
rebalance your body's fluid.

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e've all been there - there's another
work do coming up and ibuprofen
can only undo so much. You don't
want to overdo it, but you don't want
to miss out either. And Santa's coat's
not the only thing that's red - your bank balance is, too. In short,
you're drowning in festivities.
Help is at hand. This guide will save you from the inexorable
tide of the party season - it's a lifeline for your mind, body and
savings (we can't do anything for your soul, though. Sorry).
Here's how to keep your head above water while enjoying the
cocktails and canap├ęs relatively guilt-free. Let's get merry.



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