The holiday season is marked by both excess and scarcity. On the one hand, there’s an abundance of food, drink and stress—and on the other, a shortage of sleep and exercise. It’s an intense time that, while fleeting, can wreak havoc on health, energy levels, moods and skin. Happily, certain foods and vitamins can help you get back on track once the fizzle dies down. Spotlight on the power of citrus for helping you hit the ground running on January 1!
Vitamin and mineral depletion: citrus to the rescue!
Excess food and alcohol don’t just lead to weight gain: by depleting the body of vitamins and minerals, they also lead to plummeting energy levels. According to researcher Richard Béliveau (PhD in Biochemistry), citrus fruits help rebalance the body in the wake of overindulgence, bringing vitamin and mineral levels back to normal. Grapefruit, oranges, lemons and clementines contain magnesium, potassium and calcium as well as being a rich source of vitamin C.
- 19 mg of vitamin C in a clementine
- 42 mg of vitamin C in a half-grapefruit
- 53 mg of vitamin C in a lemon
- 70 mg of vitamin C in an orange
One of the body’s strongest allies in terms of health, vitamin C strengthens the immune system, helping you fight off germs and beat fatigue. And — bonus! Since it limits the formation of cellulite and helps burn fat at a cellular level, it also has sizeable beauty benefits. The cosmetics industry hasn’t been slow to catch on to the rejuvenating, restorative qualities of vitamin C, an ingredient increasingly featured in creams and serums.
Bye-bye, extra kilos: hello, satisfying, ultra-low-calorie snacks
Citrus fruits feature in many slimming diets, and with good reason. Low in calories (just 35 or so in a lemon or grapefruit, and 45 to 50 in an orange or clementine), citrus fruits are a great way to stop between-meal hunger pangs dead in their tracks. The perfect lunchbox addition for you and the kids!
A citrus-centric fitness cure can also help protect your heart. Want more good news? Citrus fruits are packed with powerful antioxidants known as flavonoids. Not to mention their high fibre content, a boon to regularity: goodbye, bloating!
Other fruits known for their superlative health properties include guavas, kiwis, blackcurrants, cranberries, acai berries and pomegranates. However, some of them (like blackcurrant, whose vitamin-C content is three times that of oranges!) can be hard to find in the grocery store, especially in winter. Fortunately, these little berries — also known as “nature’s health and beauty pill” due to their unbelievable virtues — are available all year long in OCÓO, the new nutricosmetic drink. Fill up in January for a new year brimming with energy!
Take care of yourself this Christmas by keeping your festive indulgences in check wherever possible. Above all, cherish this special time with your loved ones. Happy Holidays!