Giving up the booze is the main objective of dry January but by utilising the nutritional support of a clever antioxidant called glutathione you can add an extra layer of success.
The UK has a very intense binge drinking and eating culture and there’s one time of year when this particularly plays out – Christmas and New Year. If you’ve indulged in a heavy drinking schedule over the winter festivities the thought of being booze-free could sound like a welcome break!
Where you have overindulged on alcohol or rich foods over the festive period it’s your liver and body cells that have taken a hit and could now benefit from some much-needed TLC. Cutting out the booze will certainly give your body a clean window to help repair the damage done. Every cell in the body contains a powerful antioxidant enzyme called glutathione which forms an integral part of our defence system ridding the body of harmful pollutants and protecting cells from harm. During prolonged periods of indulgence, glutathione levels can take a nose dive leaving cells vulnerable. Make your dry January a restorative one by supplementing with liposomal glutathione to help replenish cellular glutathione livers and boost liver detoxification and function. Make sure it’s a high-quality super absorbent variety such as Altrient liposomal glutathione.
As the party season draws to a close and the decision to be booze-free gets implemented a wave of tiredness can hit you like a ton of bricks. As you make your way into dry January your comfy sofa may be looking far more desirable than your work desk so finding ways to recharge your energy and vitality is at the top of your to-do list. When it comes to energy and metabolism it’s vitamins B2, B3 (niacin) B5, B6 and folate which work in combination to help reduce tiredness and fatigue and join forces with biotin and B12 to help ensure normal energy-yielding metabolism is achieved. Altrient Vitamin B and Mineral Complex delivers these vitamins in a highly absorbable liposomal form acting as a superhero for your New Year energy restoration project.
Digging deep to tap into that extra bit of willpower to keep your dry January on track can at times feel rather stressful and it’s stress that enhances cravings for alcohol. Keeping your adrenal glands well supported is a good strategy when it comes to stress management. Vitamin C acts as a tremendous support for the adrenal glands preventing them from becoming depleted during times of prolonged stress and emotional turmoil. Taking 1-3 sachets of Altrient vitamin C, a day helps to keep blood levels of vitamin C topped up which in turn aids resistance to stress, meaning you are less likely to think about alcohol – good news when you are looking at achieving 28 booze-free days!
Drinking alcohol, especially if excessive, tends to have a negative impact on the immune system and this is the time of year when you need your immune system to be as alert and as effective as possible. There are two essential nutrients that help to recharge the immune system and protect cells. Vitamin C has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties and R-Alpha Lipoic Acid enhances cellular protection and actually help to regenerate other antioxidants that play a key role in the immune system.
Susie Perry-Debice Nutritional Therapist