Woman drinking water with dinner.

Staying Healthy Through the Holidays

The most wonderful time of the year is upon us, the holidays! Getting together with friends and family warms the heart. However, all these parties and gatherings can be pretty tough on our healthy meal plans. Most of us will eat more carbs and sugar, and drink more alcohol than normal. These dietary changes can leave us feeling fatigued, bloated and not like your best self.

Luckily there is a simple way to avoid feeling so “blah” while still enjoying a few of your favorite indulgences. And the best part is, all you have to do is drink water. We all know that water hydrates us, and being well hydrated is one of the most important parts of a healthy lifestyle. But what most of us don’t know, is that we can make our water work harder for us. By adding just a few ingredients we can increase immunity, detox our bodies, and improve our digestive health this holiday season to keep us feeling great!

Try these delicious water combinations to help get you through the holiday season. Just put all your ingredients together, shake it up and enjoy!

Liquid Sunshine

This water combo is a super immune booster and full of anti-inflammatory antioxidants. Have this throughout the day after a big meal and you will detox out that bloat in no time:

Cherry Lemonade

The frozen cherries in this recipe turn your water a beautiful pink color, but it does a whole lot more than look cool. Cherries are super anti-inflammatory, and ginger can help calm an upset stomach.

Cool Cucumber

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! This cucumber water will revive you from any holiday festivities that get a little too wild. Whether it is drinks with old friends or getting through family dinner, make your morning after less painful with this refreshing water combo.

Don’t be afraid to play around and make your own combo, substitute in different berries and fruits. Or even try a different herb combination you might like. Who knew flavored water does more than just taste good.Say goodbye to that post-holiday sluggish feeling, and hello to a happy healthy you!

The information in this article is for general educational purposes only, and should not be construed or interpreted as medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider regarding any medical condition or treatment, and before undertaking a new heathcare regimen. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read in this article or any linked materials.

Anna Mahoney is a Licensed Acupuncturist with a Bachelor's Degree in Nutrition from Rutgers University. In her practice, she focuses on bringing her patients back to health through Chinese Medicine, nutritional counseling, and overall wellness care. In her personal life, she is a passionate cook, musician, yogi, and athlete. Anna lives in New Jersey, with her husband, John, and their dog, Betty. Anna blogs at The Green Banana.