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The Energetic Health Christmas Top 10
Organised preparation can save time, tears and tempers at this time of year. Devoting no more than a shelf of space to items that can help your festive holiday run smoothly will be the best Christmas gift that you can give yourself this year.
1. Biocare One A Day Plus £30.10 for 60 Tablets
Thank goodness for these yellow bullets! Packed with antioxidants and nutrients Biocare’s energy boosting multivits will help ward off the bugs, cope with a little candle burning and ensure you are getting your vitamins and minerals despite the canapé & Champagne diet that we can end up on through the party season.
Tip Take one with breakfast but on unusually hectic days take a second dose at lunchtime too.
2. Egyptian Magic 118ml £33.69
What a savior this is! I don’t know which of its virtues to extol first. Use it at any age as a mask, cleanser, moisturiser (it’s seriously anti-aging!) apply to dry skin (including eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis), danced out feet, burns, cuts, bites, stings, frosty noses, chapped lips and rashes.
Tip Keep a spare pot for an emergency gift, I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t be happy with something so versatile.
3. The Pegasus Blue Box £68.99 for 23 Remedies
No home/car/office should be without one of these handy boxes. Compact and designed for family life The Blue Box has something to help every common ailment from teething to tendonitis, stress to sinusitis, coughs to cystitis and everything in between. Take no chances when Christmas Day dawns and your toddler has caught a cold, husband over indulged and an interfering Aunty won’t leave the kitchen – deep breath, you have help at hand.
Tip If you have one of these kits or plan on purchasing one ask in store for a couple of spare empty bottles, you can then decant some of the remedies you use most often and keep them handy in your bag or glove box
4. Inspiral Kale Chips £5.95 for 80g
Completely guilt free snacking in fact the indulgence is doing you good. Eat them as you would crisps or popcorn. They may freak out your guests, yes, they are the darkest shade of green known to man but I bet they are hooked and asking you where you found such a delicious treat.
Tip Use the bits left at the bottom of the tub to sprinkle onto a salad.
5. Yes Too Blueberry Brightening Face Wipes £ 8.20 for 30
Occasionally I just cannot be bothered with the rigorous ritual of a proper face cleanse. Yes, I can see the benefits and I guilt myself into them 90% of the time but the other 10% - when it’s already tomorrow by bedtime or a Friday night of a very long week - I reach for these wipes. They smell divine and they do brighten a tired face, removing all traces of make-up. Tip Massage a few drops of Suti’s Nourish Oil into cheeks before falling into bed that all important 2 minutes sooner than if you were at the sink muslin in hand.
6. The Hangover Kit – Lamberts Milk Thistle £11.20 90 Tablets, Vita Coco 330ml £1.69, Nux Vom 30c £5.32 120 Tablets, Pukka Detox Tea £2.25 for 20 Bags
Forewarned is forearmed as they say, start on the Milk Thistle Tablets ASAP and stay on them for three months. Milk thistle helps to regenerate liver cells encouraging them to enhance the elimination of toxins keeping our insides shiny. Keep a couple of Vita Coco’s handy drink one when you come in from your night out and have the second on waking. Coconut water is rich in electrolytes, by replenishing those we assist our body towards a speedy recovery. Nux Vom is a homeopathic remedy for overindulgence of rich foods and/or alcohol. Take one pill about half an hour before you go out, one on arriving home and on the following morning regardless of how you are feeling this magic pill is silently aiding the liver, digestive and circulatory systems to recover from the revelry. Over the party season have a couple of cups of Pukka Detox Tea each day, it will make you feel virtuous and contribute to the damage limitation.
Tip Keep a stock of organic eggs and granary bread in the kitchen for fried egg sarnies the morning after the night before. The perfect balance of protein and carbs to set you up for the day ahead.
7. Dr Hauschka Spruce Bath £18.25 150ml
Sanctuary can be sought in a quick soak. This emerald green oil is both soothing and stimulating. Finding your own space in your own home at this time of year can be a challenge what with the decorations, tree, presents, food and visitors. The one room that stays the same as ever is the bathroom, it’s tinsel free and offers a solace from the outside world. Pick your moment, fire up the hot tap and stream the essence of mountain air into your tub.
Tip To maximize indulgence slather yourself in Antipodes Jubilation Body Cream, a heady, figgy cream that nourishes the skin from the outside in.
8. Nature’s Plus Acai Juice £24.95 887ml
One capful of this super food nectar everyday day helps with weight management, increases energy levels and builds up the immune system. It tastes divine too so it’s no hardship first thing in the morning to get this goodness inside. My feeling is that at this time of year, anything that serves those three functions is a clear winner and worthy of a space in the fridge.
Tip You’ve had your purple food what about your red, green and yellow foods? Pukka Vitalise formula gives a concentrated mix of the lot – 22 foods in fact. The box says take 3 caps twice daily, we say take 6 in the morning just before breakfast.
9. The Raw Chocolate Company Goji Berries £5.29 200g & Cacao Nibs £4.89 200g
Add a handful of each of these super duper super foods too your usual Christmas nut mix for a hint of Christmas red and some bitter sweet indulgence.
Tip Got some left over? Add them to a smoothies, breakfast cereals and yogurts.
10. Himalayan Salt £3.99 500g
Add a handful to a bath, crisp up the turkey skin, sprinkle a few rocks into a smoothie for rehydration.... Yes, it’s salt, however, it’s not the kind that will spike your blood pressure or cause you harm. It’s a pure, mineral rich, pink salt found only in the Himalayas where there used to be a sea a few million years ago (who knew?). Salt just got healthy.... But as they say, everything in moderation.
Tip Keep a bag of coarse salt in the kitchen for culinary exploits and a fine one in the bathroom for beauty junkies, the rosy crystals can be the base for a scrub, scented bath salts and facial exfoliators.
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