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The festive season is around the corner, and after a long busy year, you no doubt need a break to relax, travel, and indulge in delicious food and beverages for a few weeks.


“While the holidays are the perfect time for a mental holiday with family and friends, the body can take a knock with all the festive season activities,” said Lelani Rautenbach, Head of Marketing for Releaf Pharmaceuticals, a leading manufacturer of scientifically verified vitamins and supplements.1 “And if you’re overindulging and not taking the right vitamins you won’t feel good and can cause harm.”2


Fortunately, there are herbal and complementary supplements to keep you healthy and your energy levels up, so you can make beautiful memories and feel your best at the happiest time of the year. Health care professionals recommend adding the following vitamins and supplements to your diet.


L-Theanine for healthy sleep and less stress 3, 4, 5

While avoiding snacks and limiting screen time before bed can help you sleep better, experts recommend the powerful supplement, L-Theanine. “Late nights, busy schedules and a break in your routine can impact your sleep, which is detrimental to a person’s overall health,” Rautenbach said. L-Theanine helps the body relax and is scientifically proven to improve sleep which is exactly what you need at the end of the year.


In the correct dosage, L-Theanine can also reduce anxiety and relieve stress for up to eight hours. “The festive season can be stressful on many levels,” said Willco Janse van Vuuren, Managing Director at Releaf Pharmaceuticals. “But taking care of oneself, physically and mentally, can help you can get the recovery you need at this time.”


Alkaline for perfect balance6, 7

High sugar and fast-energy food come with the holiday territory, and it can be challenging to be mindful of what to eat. This is not good news for the gut and overall health, as some foods can increase acid levels in the body, make you feel ill and more vulnerable to illness. “Do your best to include high-fibre foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, in your diet this festive season. Do your best not to overindulge in sweets and refined carbohydrates to maintain a healthy gut and optimal pH,” Rautenbach suggested. Add an alkaline supplement to reduce acid levels and keep the body healthy and free of nausea, bloating and heartburn.


Stock up on your vitamins and supplements before the holidays begin so that you’re ready for all the end-of-year action. Talk to your doctor if you need guidance and select a brand that is manufactured using quality ingredients and is scientifically proven to do what it claims. 




Releaf Pharmaceuticals is an innovative and trusted alternative vitamin and supplement manufacturer that formulates, manufactures and distributes world-class alternative and health supplements. All Releaf’s brands are scientifically proven to fulfil their claims and deliver alternative medicines to relieve pain, aid digestion, improve immune support and promote good overall health.


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1. Healthline. The Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Your Body. Accessed on 11 August 2022.

  1. Government of South Australia. The Risks Of Poor Nutrition. Accessed on 12 August 2022.
  2. Pix11. How vitamins can help you stay healthy this holiday season. Accessed on 11 August 2022.
  3. Healthline. The 7 Best Vitamins and Supplements for Stress, According to Dietitians. Accessed on 12 August 2022.
    5. Releaf Pharmaceuticals. Releaf Theanine Tablets. Accessed on 11 August 2022.
    6. Doctor NDTV. 7 Alkaline Foods To Remove Acid From Your Body. Accessed on 12 August 2022.
    7. Releaf Pharmaceuticals. Releaf Alkaline tablets. Accessed on 11 August 2022.


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