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Health & Nutrition Wellness Center


Do these 3 things for health during & after the holiday's


The holidays are a wonderful time shared with family and Friends who often come bearing thoughtfully prepared dishes full of unhealthy foods. Feeling healthy physically, mentally and emotionally is a struggle during this time of year, however it is entirely possible to enjoy your mom’s pie and feel great at the same time! This is easily done by doing these three things:

…This cycle happens over and over again…the only way to put an end to it is by increasing the good bacteria in your gut.”


1) Eat Probiotics

When you consume processed sugar or commercial yeast it contributes significantly to the growth of candida, a harmful fungus in your body.

Candida lives off of sugar, this creates a negative cycle in your body where you experience sugar cravings coming from the candida which need it to survive.

You respond by eating more sugar which creates more candida making your sugar cravings even stronger, this cycle happens over and over again, so as you can see this sugar sweetened cycle creates nothing but bitterness in your life.

The only way to put an end to it is by increasing the good bacteria in your gut.

This is done by eating probiotics which are living good bacteria and yeasts, such as keifer, kombucha, vili yogurt, kim chi, sauerkraut, miso and sourdough breads.

These provide your body with much more nutrients which then reduces your cravings, resulting in you becoming full faster and longer, they also are easier to digest giving you increased energy since your body does not have to work as hard to break them down.


2) Avoid MSG

Monosodium glutamate is known by many as one of the most harmful food additives on the market today, as it has been associated with depression, anxiety, headaches, nausea, drowsiness, rapid heart beat, tingling, numbness, burning sensations and weight gain.

When MSG is ingested it decreases a protein called adiponectin which helps regulate your metabolism, it also stops your brain from recognizing leptin, the hormone which tells you, you are full, this leads to an increased appetite and weight gain.

As MSG has become such an unpopular ingredient it’s name has been changed to disguise itself, these are some of it’s other common names:

-Autolyzed yeast

-Hydrolyzed yeast

-Yeast extract

-Hydrolyzed soy

-Protein Isolate


3) Stay Active

As you fill your calendar with holiday activities add in there some fun ones which allow you to exercise such as Ice skating, swimming, jogging, walking, dancing, or yoga.

You won’t regret it since working out in any degree activates your lymphatic system, also commonly called your immune system by encouraging it to move and pump out detrimental toxins.

Additionally, physical activity will make your holiday merry by decreasing depression, improving your moods and energy levels, as well as strengthen your bones and muscles, all while helping you not gain weight.



The holidays create some of the best memories as we share time with loved ones, however it is also a time of unhealthy eating which leads to unhappy times as headaches, bloating, depression, anxiety and illness set in. Eating the right probiotics such as keifer and sourdough breads help to restore the proper ratio of good vs bad bacteria in your gut, creating less sugar cravings and more nutrition being absorbed by your body.

Avoiding one of the most dangerous food additives - MSG, helps prevent weight gain, depression and headaches, additionally getting exercise activates your immune system and boosts your energy and mood levels, helping you have happy memories of the holidays and the health needed for when they end.

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Jessica Smith