The days are shorter and yet your pace is picking up—that can only mean one thing—the holidays are rapidly approaching! They bring family, friends, and fun but all of that togetherness can mean a bit more exposure to colds & flu. (About 1 billion cases of the common cold happen annually in the US and many are during the winter months). These viruses are unpredictable and vary in severity from year to year. While over-the-counter medicines can relieve some of the symptoms like sore throat, cough, and congestion, the best medicine is prevention! Use some of these ideas to help stay healthy & happy during the coming months:
1. Eat Protein-Rich Foods that help your body build and maintain strength. Limit the starchy snacks and desserts that send your blood-sugar soaring but leave you
2. Eat on a regular schedule whenever possible. This will help to keep your energy levels balanced and provide you with the will-power to avoid those cookie plates.
3. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Put them under the water for 15-20 seconds. Keep hand sanitizer in your car or desk.
4. Get plenty of water every day. 64 or more ounces of water will help keep your energy levels up and your body running smoothly. It keeps the tissues of the respiratory system moist and flushes out toxins.
5. Treat yourself to a massage! It helps you relax and de-stress while increasing your circulation which boosts immunity.
6. Get to bed on time. 7-8 hours of sleep each night will help your body to stimulate an immune response to attack viruses.
7. Hit the gym. Keep your workouts to a moderate level to improve immune function. Long, arduous workouts can undermine the immune system and place you at risk.
8/ Take your vitamins. Cat & Tina can point out the Anti-Oxidant Vitamin Pack. It’s an excellent choice this time of year. Antioxidants protect the body against stress and inflammation. We have a new Vitamin C tablet in the store as well and offers additional protection from viruses.
There is no cure for the flu or common cold, but keeping ourselves fit and healthy is crucial in preventing it. Stay healthy and enjoy the holidays!