By Dr. Angelina Riopel, ND

  ‘Tis the season where rich foods, cocktails and late nights are aplenty, yet we still need to look and feel our best!

Stay hydrated 

Skip the morning coffee and try drinking plenty of lemon water or the Re-Hydrating Drink to wake you up.  The dreaded hang-over is largely due to lack of sleep and dehydration.

Sleep well 

Take advantage of early nights when you can and nap if you need to.  This does help to make up for the late ones!

Increase consumption of green and antioxidant rich foods  

Consume plenty of deep dark colored fruits and vegetables.  If you have a juicer this is a great time to put it to use. Fruits and vegetables will help to keep your liver and digestion healthy, and anti-oxidants help to battle those free radicals that accumulate from the seasonal indulgences.

Try not to over do it 

There are many events and family functions that will demand your time.  Choose ones that will be enjoyable and won’t add unwanted stress to this busy time of year.

Have fun!

Enjoy the all deliciousness of this season – family, friends and holiday soul food!  The new year will be here soon enough.


Re-Hydrating Drink:


2 sticks of celery

½ cup of spinach

½ cup of fresh pineapple

A coin size piece of fresh ginger

½ of a lemon juiced

1 cup of water