Most of us look forward to the holidays. It heralds much-needed changes in our routines, giving us plenty of excuses to spend time with friends and family. It means some of our favorite foods, celebratory toasts, and gift-giving. There’s lots of warm fuzzies to go around! But there are some not-so-nice side effects of this season as well.Getting out of your normal routine can cause a host of issues, including stress and anxiety, and stress and anxiety can lead to a weakened immune system, putting you at risk for the common cold, the flu, and a host of other unpleasant bugs. To top it off, you’re likely going to be interacting with lots of people, many of them children, around this time of year, increasing your risk of illness even more.The good news is that there are simple ways to take care of yourself during this time of the year. Perhaps the best thing to do is to give yourself enough down time. Make sure you get enough sleep, and don’t make too many commitments. Also make time to eat wholesome meals in the midst of all that revelry. Easier said than done, right?Well, Brew Dr. Kombucha is crafted so that you can toast to your health any old time, making it easy to do at least that much to help you through this time of year. Allour flavors are loaded with probiotics to help keep your digestive system fit through all the feasting (Kombucha also makes for a great postprandial quaff--the bubbles and mild acidity can help with sour stomach or being a little too full after a big meal).Our Clear Mind Kombucha is formulated to promote focus and concentration, with organic herbs and dandelion root, which also assists with cleansing the liver and provides antioxidants. Ginger Turmeric Kombucha combines turmeric’s anti-inflammatory prowess with ginger’s tummy-soothing spice.Some Brew Dr. flavors contain herbs that aren’t typically found in Kombucha. For instance, our Herbal Uplift Kombucha contains stinging nettle, an extremely nutritious plant that also has cleansing and diuretic properties. It also contains alfalfa, another cleansing plant often used to treat inflammation as well, and lemon balm, which is used to treat indigestion as well as anxiety.Maybe you’re a skeptic (as well you should be), and the notion of “cleansing” your body with herbs and the like doesn’t exactly inspire confidence. There’s still a lot to love about Lombucha! In addition to the pragmatic, tangible benefits of drinking something fizzy to calm your stomach, many Brew Dr. Kombucha flavors contain fragrant herbs and flowers, which can be good for soothing the nerves, combating anxiety, and helping you calm down from the overstimulation of the season. Our Love Kombucha combines lavender and rose for a heady, calming brew, and Citrus Hops contains hops, oranges, and coriander to create a bright, citrusy effect that can give you energy or serve as a pick-me-up during a long day.Taking the time to care for your body during this season can be nearly impossible. While there’s really no substitute for eating well, exercising, and getting enough sleep, Kombucha can help with the small stuff: soothing an out-of-whack digestive system, stimulating the mind and body through uplifting tastes and smells, and giving you much-needed moments of self-care. Take care of yourself and your gut this holiday season.