Tips for a Happy & Healthy Holiday
How to stay merry-healthy this winter season!
Everyone wants to feel their best around the holidays. Unfortunately, it is also a time of year when we see an increase of people getting a cold and flu bugs. There are measures you can take, besides getting the flu shot, to get your body winter-ready for this season.
Wipe away germs
- We recommend that you carry disinfecting wipes with you, especially when travelling on a bus, train or airplane. It’s a good idea to wipe down armrests, air vents, tray tables and seatbelt buckles (basically anything you will touch), so that you avoid picking up any germs that the previous passenger might have left behind.
- Did you know that being exposed o low humidity and high altitudes makes our airways more susceptible to bacteria and viruses? This is why it is especially important to Coloradans to keep our mucous membranes moist, in order to better defend our bodies from bugs. The higher the altitude, the more hydration your body requires.
Resist the urge for high-calorie treats
- Tis the season to go shopping, and while out and about around the mall, you may be tempted (more than once) to treat yourself to some high-calorie snack; like a Cinnabon. This is when you have to remember that, on average, a person weighing 150 pounds burns about 150 calories an hour – which means that they would have to walk for about 6 hours to burn off that sweet. In other word, try to resist falling for those high-caloric temptations and go for the healthier snack.
- On the note of resisting temptation, it is a good idea to carry some healthy snacks, like fruit, an ounce of nuts, or a granola bar (150 calories and less than 10 g of sugar and at least 3 grams of fiber) to tame your appetite.
Get your rest
- It’s important to get your ‘down’ time, and get enough sleep, in order to avoid wearing downs. Studies suggest that people that sleep for at least 8 hours are at least 3 times less likely to get a cold than those who only get 7 hours of sleep. We’re not suggesting that you skip the party, but it’s definitely a smart idea to head to bed if you start to feel worn down. Like the Chicago psychologist, Elizabeth Lombardo, PhD States “We know to wash our hands and drink lots of liquids. Reducing stress is another way to avoid getting ill.”
From the whole team at Horizon Pediatrics & Primary Care (an IMMUNOe company) we hope you have a safe and happy holiday!