December is a month filled with socialising, partying and indulging in less-than-healthy food and drinks as we embrace the festive season.
Jam-packed calendars can make it hard to watch what we eat, exercise, get enough sleep and look after our bodies as we struggle to fit everything in.
While this can make for a lot of fun, it can also take its toll on our bodies as we fail to properly look after our health.
If you’re feeling run down and in need of some TLC as we near the end of the year, here’s what to do to detox your body and start the new year afresh.
Stock up on fruit and veg
Fruit and vegetables are a great source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to keep the body healthy and boost the immune system.
Key vitamins and minerals to include in your diet are vitamins C and B9, and potassium.
Vitamin C has several important functions, including helping to protect cells and keep them healthy, and help with wound healing.
Vitamin C also maintains healthy skin, blood vessels, bones and cartilage.
Vitamin C can be found in oranges, red and green peppers, strawberries, blackcurrants, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and potatoes.
Vitamin B9, also known as folate, helps the body form healthy red blood cells.
Folate is founds in broccoli, Brussels sprouts, leafy green vegetables like spinach and kale and peas.
Potassium is a mineral which helps control the balance of fluids in the body and helps the heart muscle work properly.
Potassium is found in many fruits and some vegetables like broccoli, parsnips and Brussels sprouts.
Fruit and vegetables are also a good source of fibre, which helps the body to maintain a healthy gut, prevent constipation and other digestion problems.
“Fruit and vegetables are part of a healthy, balanced diet and can help you stay healthy. It’s important that you eat enough of them,” said the NHS.
Drinking lots of water is vital in order to keep the body hydrated, and also helps to flush out toxins.
If you’ve overdone it on salty food and booze over the Christmas period, water will help remove the excess, which will ease problems with the digestive system and bloating.
Exercising is extremely important in order to keep the body and major organs fit, healthy and reduce the risk of illnesses.
If Christmas binging has left you feeling bloated, keeping active will help the digestive system do its job and reduce stomach aches and pains.
Exercising can also help burn off any excess calories and fat the body has absorbed over Christmas.
The NHS advises doing at least 150 minutes of physical activity a week.