Festival Recovery Essentials
Festival fever is in the air! But once the music stops and the lights go down, your body is probably in need of some serious TLC. You are sleep deprived, you’ve drank too much cider, your skin is lacking moisture and for the best part of a week the healthiest thing you’ve eaten is the tomato on your double cheese burger.
But fear not! We’ve rounded up our top 6 Festival Recovery Essentials to help you detox from all that fun and put a spring back into your step!
1) What to eat
Hot dogs, burgers, beer, ice-cream, pizza, sound familiar? Festivals aren’t known for their healthiest selection of food and although tasty at the time, the usual junk food offering is loaded with sugar and carbs. Throw some alcohol into the mix and this can make for a bloated body and sluggish digestive system. Constant blood sugar spikes followed by sharp drops cause fatigue over the course of the day. Keep blood sugar steady by having lean protein along with a whole grain at every meal. Good choices include chicken and brown rice, fish and sweet potato, or salad with meat.
Adding some colour back into your diet with a variety of fruit and vegetables is a natural immunity booster and incorporating freshly made nutrient-rich and hydrating juices, smoothies and coconut water into our diets is a good way to get rid of all the naughty toxins.
2) What to drink
Smoothies are an easy way to nourish your body with essential nutrients. Yogurt, nut butter, fruit, seeds, juice, greens—you name it, you can put it in a smoothie!
The best way to know what’s in your smoothies is to make them yourself - all you need is a blender, fruit and a base, such as water, milk or yogurt.
Give this Kale –Apple one a go.
¾ of a bag of chopped baby kale
¾ of a whole chopped cucumber (with skin)
½ a chopped Gala apple (with skin)
½ rib celery, chopped
½ cup of ice cubes
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
¼ tsp honey
Combine all ingredients in high-power blender and puree until smooth, stirring occasionally and adding honey to taste. Delicious and nutritious!
3) What vitamins to take
Supplements are great for a daily dose of those essential vitamins and they all play their part in preserving health and generating energy. The range of multivitamins available can be overwhelming, but don’t go supplement crazy - the few to focus on are calcium and vitamins E and C. Keeping your immune system healthy not only gives you that added boost, it also protects against viruses and bacteria.
Did you know that nature's hangover remedy, Milk Thistle, has long been used to deal with the less than pleasant side effects of drinking too much? It also helps to settle the stomach, especially if you pick the effervescent tablets to have with water. You can buy Milk Thistle in most chemists and they can be taken before or after your night out.
4) How to get your shine back
Add coconut oil to everything – your smoothies, your cooking, your hair and your moisturising routine.
The anti-bacterial, antioxidant and anti-fungal properties will help soothe your skin and hair on the outside and your gut from the inside.
5) How to revitilise skin
As part of your post-festival detox give your skin a rejuvenating pampering session. Drinking alcohol puts oxidative stress on the skin, making it look dull. Combat this by exfoliating with an ishga face mask which is great for removing dead skin cells allowing skin to breathe.
Next it’s time to cleanse and tone your face. We recommend Decléor Aroma Cleanse Essential Cleansing Milk and Tonifying Lotion. Both of these products repair, soften and awake the complexion….just what you need after 4 days in a field!
Finally, lather on an intensive serum such as the Clarins HydraQuench Intensive Serum. This is an intensive, moisture-replenishing bi-phase facial serum that revives ultra-thirsty skin.
6) Get rid of the straw-like hair
DIY masks for dry hair are the perfect way to restore lost moisture and shine without the extra cost of special hair care products or unneeded chemicals. Making a mask for dry hair isn’t hard at all and it doesn’t require any special skills.
We love this honey, avocado and olive oil one!
Mash one nice, ripe avocado (use it’s flesh only) and add one tablespoon of honey and two tablespoons of olive oil. Blend it all well and apply on your damaged tresses. Wrap a plastic bag over your hair to maximize the effect of this mask and leave it to work its magic. Twenty minutes is okay if you’re in a rush although we always prefer to leave it on at least an hour.
Oh and we have one final recovery tip! If you really want to escape from the outside world, eat well, sleep well and be pampered in a relaxing environment (no silent disco we promise!) then come to Lifehouse for a one or two night break. We have a range of breaks available and you can treat yourself to a detox facial, seaweed wrap or a massage to help get that instant glow back overnight.
Have a look at our top 5 treatments http://www.lifehouse.co.uk/treatments/top-five-treatments/
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