GUIDE TO A HEALTHIER THANKSGIVING - American Medical Centers (Tbilisi)

GUIDE TO A HEALTHIER THANKSGIVING

1. Get some fresh air. This applies to everyone. Unless there is a blizzard outside, bundle up, put on some sneaks and get moving. Just 15 minutes of low intensity exercise can curb insulin spikes after a heavy meal.

2. Take a natural approach to anxiety. L-theanine is an amino acid found in green tea. It acts on neurotransmitters in the brain to produce a calm alertness. Known to promote relaxation, reduce stress, and improve sleep, it’s easy to throw a few sachets in your travel bag. Note: Choose your tea carefully as many brands have natural flavors and are covered in pesticides. My favorite brands include Rishi, Numi, and Traditional Medicinals which are organic and non-GMO certified.

3. Treat yourself. It’s easy to over-indulge in desserts, alcohol, and carbs because it’s everywhere! To avoid binging on pumpkin pie, make a nourishing protein shake an hour before you go to your event.

4. Support your immune system. During this time of year it’s easy to become stressed. When our bodies are stressed our cortisol rises when can dampen our immune system.

5. Get enough sleep. The holiday season often includes travel and sleeping in less than ideal environments. Bringing small comforts of home with you can make a huge difference.

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