Holiday season is fast approaching and it’s this time of of year when cold and flu season hits. With the stress of holidays,
lack of sleep and over indulging, good health habits seam to take a back seat. Best Health Magazine suggests to be prepared.
Timing is critical when it comes to tackling an infection, so make sure your medicine cabinet is always stocked. New innovative products, like Cold-Q, will help curb a cough or cold, just as long as you take it as soon as you feel that familiar tickle in your throat.
Best Health offers many other health tips to staying healthy over the holidays. Here’s their list of 20 Ways to Survive Holiday Party Season – with your Health Intact. The full article may be found here
- Be prepared with Cold-Q. Timing is critical when it comes to tackling an infection, so make sure your medicine cabinet is always stocked. New innovative products, like Cold-Q, will help curb a cough or cold, take it as soon as you feel that familiar tickle in your throat.
- Focus on non-food-related activites
- Skip the stretch and wear something more fitted. Form-fitting clothing offers a subtle reminder not to overeat.
- Pamper yourself. Studies show that a 45-minute massage can boost white blood cells, which are responsible for fighting infections.
- Clean your office. It’s important that you keep things clean to avoid picking up any cold and flu germs that are circulating the office.
- Limit your sugar. Sugar has a dramatic effect on the immune system for hours after consumption,so skip the holiday candy each day and you might just keep the doctor away.
- Eat more fruit. Strawberries, grapefruits and oranges, which are all high in immune-boosting vitamin C.
- Make healthy substitutions. Mashed potatoes might be a holiday staple, but mashed cauliflower or mashed sweet potatoes can be just as tasty – with half the calories, and a host of added health benefits. You can also replace sour cream with Greek yogurt or pop with flavoured sparkling water.
- Take probiotics. Probiotic bacteria known as Bifidobacterium bifidum is especially important during the holiday season, as it’s been shown to boost immunity against cold and flu during times of acute stress.
- Sleep more. Get as much sleep as possible during the holiday season, with a minimum of seven hours of sleep per night. In fact, the body requires more sleep during the winter months since fighting off bacteria and viruses requires additional energy.
- Drink less. Not only are cocktails often packed with sugar but they’re also full of empty calories. Too many can lower inhibitions which can also lead to making extremely poor food choices.
- Skip the coffee .If you need a warm drink in the AM, go for an herbal tea instead of your regular cup of joe. A tea like Melissa officinalis (Lemon Balm) carries antibacterial and antiviral properties, and will also improve your sleep quality.
- Divide your plate. It’s easy to pack your plate with seasonal treats like mashed potatoes with gravy and candied yams, but try to limit them. Try filling half your plate with dark leafy vegetables, which will not only keep your caloric intake in check, but have also been found to be the source of a chemical signal that’s key to an optimally functioning immune system.
- Make an exercise schedule. Just like you use your calendar to schedule your social events over the next few weeks, use it to schedule your workouts as well. Staying active will keep the strength of your immune system up, and it’ll also help ease the physical effects of the extra merriment.
- Never skip meals. One of the biggest mistakes you can make during the holiday season is hitting a party on an empty stomach. It’s hard to make healthy choices when you’re hungry, so make sure you stick to your regularly scheduled meals, no matter how great the party menu is going to be.
- Eat fermented foods. One of the biggest mistakes you can make during the holiday season is hitting a party on an empty stomach. It’s hard to make healthy choices when you’re hungry, so make sure you stick to your regularly scheduled meals, no matter how great the party menu is going to be.
- Drink water. It’s easy to go for a white mocha over water when it’s chilly outside, but staying hydrated is key to staying healthy through the holidays. Make sure that you alternate between boozy beverages and H20 – not only will it kill a potential hangover, but it’ll help you fight off any germs that come your way.
- Do your research. Once you know the venue for a holiday soirée, scope out the menu online before you go. Decide what you’re going to order, and call the restaurant if you have any questions. If there aren’t any healthy options, eat a protein-packed salad beforehand, and opt for something small while you’re there.
- Suggest a potluck. Potlucks might mean more work for party guests, but they also mean more menu input. If you can, suggest sharing the cooking, and then make sure you bring a healthy (and hearty) dish.
- Carry a hand sanitizer. Soirées often mean an abundance of air kisses and handshakes, which is one sure-fire way to pick up people’s germs. Always carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer with you to use when a trip to the ladies’ just isn’t in the cards.
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