Did you overindulge during the holidays?
Let’s be honest, most of us overdo the food and drink during the Festive Season - and I’m not talking about green vegetables and mineral water!
You know how it goes every year, even if you do start off with good intentions. First of all it’s the odd mince pie and glass of mulled wine during early December to get into the spirit; then it’s the office party (let’s not even go there); next it’s the feast day itself (or, if you are British, three days of it) which seems to have become a media-and-advertising-fueled contest in which we are expected to outperform previous years’ celebrity-chef-inspired #gluttony. Then, of course, we have to finish off all the calorie-laden leftovers before doing it all again a week later to see in the New Year. No wonder January finds many of us carrying extra pounds and a lack of energy and #vitality!
Recovering from such #overindulgence can be an uphill struggle for the healthiest among us. But if you have a compromised #immune system, defective digestive system, or any other chronic health condition, it is likely to take longer and require a little more help to achieve.
In my case, I have suffered all my life with #chronic fatigue, #IBS, #arthritis and vitiligo. I have become convinced over recent years that all three are symptomatic of a defective digestive system and my repigmentation four years ago, using a nutritional approach, supports this belief. I am aware that I have not cured any of these three conditions: I have simply used #nutrition to enable my body to heal itself to a point where I have seen a vast improvement in all my symptoms. However, it is noticeable that many symptoms become worse whenever I overindulge for too long. The first sign that I am abusing my system is usually lethargy and tiredness, followed eventually by exhaustion and aches and pains. IBS symptoms also worsen if I don’t get my #eatinghabits back on track. Happily, I have never had any relapse in my vitiligo but I am certain that this would eventually follow if I stopped taking the green superfood blend I used to repigment in the first place. It seems to cover a multitude of sins by providing an ongoing detox, enabling me to enjoy life’s guilty gourmet pleasures in moderation without suffering any adverse effect on my #skin.
There is a significant amount of evidence to suggest that the liver is also implicated in the loss of skin pigment in vitiligo. So, for this reason too, it seems likely that detoxing after a period of #overindulgence is a good idea if you want to prevent further white patches from developing. So, my advice for anyone wanting to shed a few unwanted pounds, regain their energy, revitalise their skin and generally clear out their whole system is to detoxify your body now. If, like me, you don’t respond well to crash detox diets (I have felt as if I was being poisoned each time I’ve tried one of these and I certainly don’t recommend it for anyone with IBS) I would suggest simply cutting out alcohol for a week or two and then limiting it to a glass of wine or two a week, drinking plenty of mineral or filtered water, eating plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits (but especially green veg) and cutting out sugary and highly processed foods. Eating organic meat, veg and whole grains will put the least amount of stress on your poor, abused #liver too.
As you might expect, this is pretty sound advice all year round, whether you have vitiligo or not. But it is likely to be especially relevant at this time of year and could make a big difference to your general #health and to your skin in particular. Happy detoxing!
My name is Caroline.