Holiday health to remember

By: Health Local Staff Dec 19, 2011
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Here are some tricks to keep yourself healthy & feeling good over the holiday season.

Trimming trees, shopping, parties, and baking: the holidays are here and that means the activities are endless. You can easily schedule too much, do too many things, and make yourself so busy that you miss out on all the holiday fun because you have run yourself ragged. But remembering several tricks to keep you healthy during the holidays will leave you enjoying your time and help you create lots of memories.

Drink Plenty of Water
Staying hydrated is one of the easiest health tips to follow during the holidays. Drinking plenty of water is convenient and affordable and is essential to keeping your body in perfect balance during the winter months. Even though it is cooler, consuming water can still be an easy task. You can drink plenty of hot decaffeinated tea, eat fruits and vegetables, and keep a water bottle handy at all times.

Wash Your Hands
Although this tip is not limited to winter days only, it is more important during the holidays than ever before. Not only do the holidays bring family and friends, they also usher in cold and flu season. Consistent washing of your hands, for at least twenty seconds under hot water, will help keep germs away, leaving you plenty healthy.

Eat Healthy
One of the absolute best things about the holiday season is the food, and there is more of it during this time than any other time of the year. Sweets, comfort foods, warm drinks. Anything is fair game during the holidays and you will have plenty of access to it. But, just because it is around for two months doesn’t mean you have to over-indulge in it. Combat overeating during the holidays by taking a little extra time to eat healthy. Snack on healthy treats before you head to a party where a buffet will be served. Drink plenty of water to curb the extra appetite. If you enjoy cooking, research a few healthy alternatives to the traditional holiday fare. Eating healthy leaves you feeling better, which will let you enjoy more of this special time.

Get Plenty of Rest
It is easy to overbook your schedule during the holiday season. There are parties to attend, people to see, and there is baking to do. But, you have to remember to schedule in sometime for yourself. If you don’t take the time to rest and relax, you can easily become rundown. When that happens, you are sure to catch the local cold. So, stock up on your naps and build some rest time into your schedule!

Take Your Vitamins
Finally, while you are shopping during the holidays, don’t forget to add Vitamin C. Incorporating this important vitamin into your daily routine is one the best ways to avoid catching every little cold that is dying to make friends with you. You can take a daily supplement or add it into your diet through food. Your best edible sources of vitamin C are broccoli, oranges, and tomatoes. Make sure you get at least 500 mg of Vitamin C every day.

It is easy to get lost in the excitement of the holidays but if you don’t take care of yourself, you will end up watching the holidays pass you by from the living room couch. Take the time to follow these simple steps to keep you healthy enough to make your holidays spectacular!

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