Survival of the Christmas Function Calendar

Happy Stormy Saturday to you!  I trust you have had an interesting week starting with an eclipse, and wrapping up with a meteor storm (Eastern Skies) and a South East QLD storm a brewing!  Needless to say, most of my patients this week have noted feeling more out of whack this past week than in a while...did you feel it?

To get in early, I thought it might be pertinent to start letting you in on our Christmas clinic hours.  As I am on the Gold Coast this year, I am on call, however formally the clinic is closed from 23rd December till 13th January 2013.  I will be available for a minimal number of appointments between 5th January and 13th January and for urgent matters 27th December to 4th January 2013.

Let's launch into this week's blog!

If it hasn’t already started for you, then you’re in luck – this piece could mean the difference between staying awake by the time you sit down at your Christmas turkey and falling asleep under the tree!  For some of us from the middle of November through to work break (and beyond to New Year), it is a busy social time with weekends and week nights often completely packed with back to back functions, parties and gatherings.  Why we do this to ourselves year after year I don’t know, but it seems to be a mainstay in our diaries - so we may as well embrace it and do our best.  Here goes...

To manage a balance in your health, protect your body against the inevitable damage to your digestive lining and detoxification organs, whilst drinking and eating yourself into blissful oblivion on the treats offered by your hosts, I suggest you support your body in the following way:


  1. Drink plenty of water between alcohol drinks if you need to pace yourself for a long night.  If you are starting out fatigued, take a      dose of high potency magnesium, liver herbs and Co Enzyme Q10 capsule and you are bound to survive with plenty to spare.
  2. Don’t just rely on a drink of milk to get you through the night, ensure you have a good meal before you start drinking, and a decent snack before you finish drinking.
  3. If you suspect you have candida or a gut bacterial imbalance (some symptoms are bloating, smelly gas, discomfort after eating, fullness after eating) and are worried about breathalyser testing, consider that this organism can add to the amount of      acetylaldehyde your body produces when it breaks down alcohol – this is often why some people read higher levels on a breath test!  Now is the time to treat this condition and set your gut up for low impact despite your party calendar!
  4. If you over do the alcohol and wind up with a nasty head the next morning, keep hydrating yourself, take some electrolytes and liver herbs throughout the day and you will pull up much better than if you don’t!  Better still, if you know yourself well and are bound to over do it, take some liver herbs and a high strength probiotic formula BEFORE you go out.  Then back up for more in the morning.
  5. To fully bridge the ageing gap between having a hard hit on the turps and looking your best for a fresh new year – start taking Resveratrol, Curcumoid and Quercetin mix –available in tablet form – it will go a long way to protecting your body from the tell tale ageing signs of a seasoned party goer!
  6. Tag team with your partner/travelling companions who is drinking alcohol and who is driving, and alternate alcohol ingestion at back to back parties, ie if you are drinking at the first, have mineral water or juice at the second and so on.
  7. If you intend on drinking consistently at the event, and your health allows for it, take some liver herbs and a probiotic capsule before you start drinking,  another dose of herbs when you come home and a waking dose the following day.

Remember – to enjoy this festive time, it is not necessary to hammer your body with substances to show the world you love Christmas (or commiserate your year) – be kind to it and stay safe – do Christmas and New Year with some smarts this year!

*For healthy Christmas partying kits - call me directly on 0438461178 and secure your health!

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