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4 Tips For a Healthier and Happier Holiday Season

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4 Tips For a Healthier and Happier Holiday Season

The holidays are a time of year when we all want to feel our best. But they can also be a time when our health can be comprimised by colds and flu, stress and over indulging in holiday treats.

Here are 5 tips to stay healthy this holiday season:

1. Avoid Germs

Most cold viruses are spread from hand to mouth. When traveling by air or out at the mall shopping and dining during the holidays, there are coutless points of contact with germ covered surfaces. By carrying an alcohol-based hand sanitizer and using it regularly, you can reduce the risk of catching a cold.

2. Stay Hydrated

Low humidity during the winter months makes our airways more prone to viral and bacterial infections. Flying on airplanes and traveling to high altitudes further decreases the humidity in the air.

Drinking plenty of water and avoiding alcohol and caffeine will keep your mucous membranes moist so they can better keep the germs out of your system. When flying, drink 8 ounces of water for every hour you're in the air.

3. Eating Healthy

The holidays are time when we want to endulge in holiday treats food and deal the consequences of a few extra pounds until after the new year. To control over your caloric intake, use a salad plate to keep the portions smaller. Sucking on hard candy will add fewer calories than rich cookies or cakes.

4. Stay Well Rested

A study in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that people who slept at least eight hours nightly were about three times less likely to catch a cold than those who snoozed for less than seven. Staying rested will help your body's immune system fight off infections, reduce your stress level and improve your mood.
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