Mardi Gras Festival 2008 has exhausted even the most energetic of us. Our cellular structures require some major attention, our hormones need TLC, and our respiratory system, circulation and liver need a little more than a one-off 100,000km service.

So let’s do it. Flushing out the system is relatively easy. Drink, drink and then drink some more -“ water, of course. Make sure the water is free of fermented hops, potato starch, barley, grapes, caffeine or guarana.

Omega III fish oil and vitamin E will gently rebuild cells whose homeostatic balance remains precarious, having been besieged for weeks by chemical warfare.

As the black knights are sent on their way by an army of white leukocytes, the chemical cleansing plant housed in the liver cranks up its output. Improve the movement of the life blood of the system with ginger, gingko and vitamin C.

Most importantly, do not neglect hormone production. Feelgood substitutes have caused the partial shutdown of the feelgood system. The natural stimulus, thought by some to be Viagra, is in fact high-power exercise.

Adrenalin causes the interaction of many systems within the body, along with increased levels of dopamine that leave one feeling refreshed, enlivened and guilt-free. Now why should that be important following Mardi Gras?

Winter sports are gearing up for the best season in years: the grounds are soft but not slushy, the weather is cool -“ not a freakish blend of global warming and a belated fire season -“ and clubs have the structures for you to make a smooth transition to physical and social wellbeing. Join a sporting club, team or association. They are all listed on the web:

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