Healthy For the Holidays
The holiday season is here, and with it comes ugly sweater parties, mad dashes to get gifts and more than a sprinkle of stress. When the holidays get hectic, catching a cold is the last thing on your wish list. Give your immune system an early present with these easy-to-follow tips.
Sleep It Off
Want to make your flu shot count? Sleep it off. If you aren’t getting enough sleep at night, you’re not doing your immune system any favors. Research shows seven to eight hours of quality sleep boosts the growth of infection-fighting immune cells in your body. One study found people who sleep less than six hours a night are four times more likely to come down with a cold1. Spend more time in bed and maybe you’ll spend less in the doctor's office.
We naturally drink more water in the summer – it's important to keep that habit up when temperatures drop down. Low humidity during cooler months leaves our airways open to viruses and bacteria. Staying well-hydrated not only increases brain power and provides energy, but it keeps bugs out of our system. Even try working in some water between glasses of something heavier – it’s a great way to pace yourself and improve your health at the same time. Also, remember to drink a glass of water before big meals. It’ll temper your appetite when that third piece of pie is calling your name.
A Little Help Never Hurts
The fuel your body runs on helps it fire on all cylinders. A diet high in fruits and vegetables keeps your immune system strong, but loading your plate with leafy greens isn’t always easy or possible.
Vitamins and supplements can give your body what it needs without meticulous meal planning. They aren’t a replacement for a healthy diet, but probiotics, vitamins, and minerals help you get everything you need. And boosting your system without breaking the bank is easy with Premier Value vitamins. They have the exact same ingredients as name-brands but at a more affordable price.
Are you trying to stay away from the sniffles this holiday season? Stop by your local Lewis for all the vitamins, immune boosters and expert advice you need for a healthy holidays.