Finally, the moment we’ve all been waiting for the holidays! Today I am going to talk about how to improve your immune system to fight off seasonal viruses and stay healthy for family and friends’ gatherings.
At our clinic, we’ve been doing our best to decorate and get into the holiday spirit– and it has really made a difference! It’s easy to be negative about everything that’s happening, but when someone in our office cracks a joke, or tells a funny story, it makes us all laugh and remember to not take everything too seriously.
Tips to boost your immunity for the holidays season:
1 – Stay Active
Keep Moving – It’s easy to get swept up in the hustle-and-bustle of holiday planning, but make sure you’re putting your health first and staying active. Whether this is outdoor walks, going to the gym, or participating in therapy of some kind, make sure you’re not just sitting on your couch, waiting for Christmas to come! Get moving with friends and family, such as taking a walk after a holiday meal.
2 – Maintain a good diet;
When you face a spread of delicious holiday food, make healthy choices easier:
- Have a small plate of the foods you like best and then move away from the buffet table. Start with vegetables to take the edge off your appetite.
- Eat slowly. It takes at least 20 minutes for your brain to realize you’re full.
- Avoid or limit alcohol. If you do have an alcoholic drink, have it with food. Alcohol can lower blood sugar and interact with diabetes medicines.
- During the holidays, managing blood sugar is key. Check it regularly, especially if you take medication. Stick to your usual eating schedule as much as possible to stabilize blood sugar. If meals are delayed, have a small snack at your regular mealtime and adjust your dinner portion.
3 – Stay Hydrated!
Colder weather and indulging in holiday party drinks can make us forget we still need to drink water. Bring a water bottle with you wherever you go to help remind you to stay hydrated. Water accounts for 60% of our body’s total weight and we need to stay hydrated in order to maintain this ratio. If you’re consuming alcoholic beverages over the holidays, try alternating with glasses of water in between your cocktails. Your body will thank you the next morning!
4 – Reduce Stress;
- Get a Good Night’s Sleep! – How are you sleeping these days? If you are like most people, probably not too well. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that people are spending more time watching TV before bed, staring at social media and the news on their phones, and staying awake feeling restless, thinking about what the future will bring. This is highly disruptive to getting restorative sleep. Studies have shown a lack of good sleep makes us more susceptible to getting sick after being exposed to a virus.
- Let go of perfection – Enjoy the holiday season for what it is. If something doesn’t get done, let it go; everyone will still enjoy themselves.
- Enjoy the little things – If this year has taught us anything, it’s that every day counts. Make sure you’re telling the people in your life that you appreciate them, and stay positive. A positive attitude is the best way to tackle any difficult situation head-on!