Last weekend, we officially welcomed the holidays season to our town as we watched the annual Santa Claus parade. The lights, music and colours kicked things into high gear and has made every spare thought turn to Christmas presents and to do lists. Between Holiday get-togethers, shopping, and kid focused events, the holidays are an extremely busy time. With stockings to hang, presents to buy, holiday card to deliver and cookies to make, there is little to no downtime for this working mom of 3.
I remember that year that I slept through Christmas. I was a teenager and had four teeth pulled four days before Christmas. It was horrible. Not only did I suffer from the after effects of a multiple tooth extraction but I caught a major infection. I was in so much pain and discomfort that I could barely get out of bed, never mind think about the celebrations I was missing or the last minute things I didn’t get to complete.
Ever since that horrible Christmas, I realized the importance of staying healthy during the hustle and bustle of the holidays! The average adult gets three colds per year, each lasting an average of nine days. Here’s how to beat back that virus before it beats you.1.
1. Stay Hydrated – When you are running from store to store trying to find that perfect gift, it is very easy to forget to stay hydrated. When you don’t drink enough water or stay indoors where the air is dry, our airways become more vulnerable to viruses and bacteria. When we are hydrated the mucous membranes are moist and better prepared to keep bugs out of our systems.
2. Wash your hands – We all know the importance of washing our hand to keep germs at bay. Since the cold viruses tend to spread easier from hand-to-mouth contact than through the air, holiday traditions likes shopping where you come in contact with doors, escalator rails, and ATM screens can be a breeding ground for the passing of germs.
3. Stay well rested – Late night parties and last minute errands on top of regular routines and responsibilities can leave you ragged and worn out. don’t get a good night’s sleep, you risk getting ill just because you’ve worn down your body’s defenses
4. Moderation is Key – Although the holidays is a time were we are bombarded with extra temptations such as cookies, sweets and alcoholic beverages, we need to remember not to over do it. If we stick to healthier options such as veggies and fruit, not only will we have more energy to get the things we need to do done, but our waist line will thank us in the New Year!
5. Take a complete multi-vitamin – Multi vitamins are your bodies best nutritional insurance policy. Not only should they be used regularly throughout the year, but it is also extremely important to remember to take them during the holidays for optimal health!
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