Avoid Illness during the Holidays

Avoid Illness during the Holidays

The Holidays are a busy time of year for most people with so much on those to-do lists. It's not uncommon for illness to strike at the worst possible times when we still have so much to do. An illness during the holidays can stop you in your tracks and put you in your bed for days to a week or even longer. Colds and flu are the most common illnesses that you'll succumb to but, you don't have to!

Follow this article and these tips to avoid illness during the holidays to be and stay healthy the whole season long. When you are healthy and happy you can then take care of others.

Tips to Avoid Illness during the Holidays

Wash Your Hands

Many people know the importance of proper hand washing and the holidays are no exception to this rule. You'll no doubt be in contact with many people at stores, work, parties and home. Here's a reminder of how to wash your hands:

Run warm water, add soap, vigorously rub hands together while singing happy birthday to you, rinse with warm water, dry your hands with paper towel and shut the water off with the paper towel.

If using a public facility, use the paper towel to open the door instead of your bare hands as this is where many bacteria stay and you could defeat the purpose of just washing your hands by touching this dirty area.

Boost Your Immune System to Avoid Illness during the Holidays

Eat small frequent meals per day to keep the body loaded with the fuel it needs to stay healthy and avoid illness while preventing bloating and an uncomfortable stomach.

Avoid prepackaged foods that contain unhealthy ingredients.

Drink plenty of fluids daily, at least 6-8 glasses of water to keep the body hydrated.

Avoid sugared beverages that contain only empty calories without nutritional value.

Get the proper amount of sleep daily which is usually at least 7-9 hours a day but, could be more or less for your age and health status.

Nap during the day for 20-40 minutes to rest the body during high stress or large amounts of work to complete. Napping is healthy for us and if you're aware of what your body needs and provide it, you can avoid illness during the holidays.

Snack every several hours on fresh fruits and fresh vegetables to ensure the body gets a variety of vitamins and minerals it needs to avoid illness and stay healthy.

Include a wide variety of fresh vegetables with each meal. They're loaded with vitamins for energy and we can safely eat as many as we like without gaining weight.

Add fresh garlic to meals since it helps the production of our white blood cells and they are the ones responsible for fighting illnesses.

Include fish or fish oil with omega 3 fatty acids at least twice a week since they assist with headaches, joint pains, depression, fatigue, blood pressure, migraines, cholesterol and memory. These are all conditions that can cause illness during the holidays and any time so stay healthy by adding salmon, mackerel or omega 3 supplements.

Add turkey, green beans, beef or oysters to the diet twice a week for the added benefit of zinc which helps to fight illness.

Include whole grains to your daily diet with at least two servings per day. The whole grains provide fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and the good fats our bodies need for good energy and reducing heart problems. Be sure to read the labels of ingredients on all packages to be sure the first ingredient is whole grain and avoid enriched which removes all the healthy grains and nutrients.

Drink Green Tea or Black Tea

Tea is soothing and calming which can help your mind relax as well as relaxes the digestive system and can even prevent some cancers due to the amount of phytochemicals that tea contains.

Add seeds and nuts to the diet for omega 3 fatty acids and protein.

Include Vitamin C to the diet to boost the immune system and prevent illness.

Get a flu shot from your doctor's recommendation if you are young, elderly, work in the health care industry, are pregnant, are a health care giver or have any health and wellness conditions that reduce your immunity. Note that some people will develop a brief cold, fever or lack of energy after taking a flu shot but, it shouldn't last long. Contact your physician for more severe side effects. Flu shots are routinely started at various local locations in the early fall and you can check to see if you are eligible. When even doses of the flu shot are readily available, even healthy people are recommended to receive it.

Exercise to Avoid Illness during the Holidays

Exercise as you regularly do without missing a beat!

If you don't exercise regularly, start a program today to improve your overall health and wellness. Start slowly by walking 10 minutes a day until you can gradually increase your time to 20 minutes, then 30 minutes, then 45 minutes. You'll quickly start to feel an increase in energy and the more you do it, the more you'll want to do it. Start today!

Exercise helps to keep the body strong, increases energy, prevents stiffness and pain of bone and joints as well as increases your endorphins – the happy hormones.

Exercise helps to keep the body strong and boosts the immune system so that we can avoid illnesses.

Exercise reduces stress, anxiety, depression, mental health issues and heart disease as well as can prevent stroke, osteoporosis, cancers and even death.

Avoid or at least limit the consumption of alcoholic beverages which weaken the immune system by decreasing the production of antibodies that fight illness.

There are many things that you can do to get healthy, stay healthy, boost your immune system and avoid illness during the holidays. Focus on your health this holiday season so that you can stay healthy and avoid illness. When you take care of yourself, you'll be better able to take care of those around you.

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