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Boost Your Immunity During the Holiday Season
Get Adequate Sleep
One of the main reasons that people become run-down during the holidays is due to lack of sleep. During the holidays especially, try to get at least seven to eight hours of sleep per night for a strong and healthy immune system. Get into a bedtime routine by unwinding at the same time each night to get the most sleep benefit.
Eat Foods High in Antioxidants
During your day-to-day life there are many toxins that can get into your body through by-products known as free radicals. To reduce the levels of toxins in your body, eat foods that are high in antioxidants! Antioxidants prevent and repair damage done by these free radicals, and help to prevent health problems such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and more. Looking for foods high in antioxidants? Include a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains for powerful antioxidants. Try berries, pomegranate, beans, apples, carrots, nuts, flaxseed and more.
Exercise helps build your immune function and maximize your body’s potential. Keep moving and try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise four or five days per week. Walk to your grocery store, take the stairs, join an exercise class, or get a gym membership. Don’t wait until your New Year’s resolutions to get fit, act now!
Manage Your Stress
Stress can take a toll on your immune system, especially during the holiday season. There are many ways to prevent and manage stress, but each person is different and has their own individual way of relaxing. Stress management can come in many forms such as exercise, eating well, sleep, deep breathing, meditation, yoga and more! Experiment with these options to find what works best for you.
Other good strategies to take care of your immune system include drinking alcohol in moderation, eliminating exposure to smoke from cigarettes, and maintaining your hygiene through proper hand washing. Exercise, eat right and relax for a healthy and happy holiday season!