8 Tips to Keep You Healthy For The Holidays

Dec 16, 2013 9:11:57 AM

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In the run up to the holiday season, we’re all rushing around with a million things on our minds and an ever-increasing ‘to do’ list, which for many of us means that our health takes a back seat. However, taking care of yourself is always important, and even more so at this time of year, as the last thing you want is to be sick over Christmas. Not only will keeping healthy mean you won’t have to spend the holidays nursing a cold, but maintaining a healthy lifestyle while taking Phen Caps will help maximize your weight loss potential and mean that you’ll be off to a great start before the New Year even begins!

1. Stay Hydrated

Keeping enough fluids in your body lets blood circulate more freely, which allows virus-fighting white blood cells to properly position themselves to fight off infection. Aim for the usual eight glasses of water a day, or more if you feel that you may be coming down with something to keep your throat lubricated. Water-rich fruits and vegetables, like watermelon, cucumbers, and grapefruit also count, plus they’ll keep you feeling full for longer with their high liquid content and aid the appetite-suppressing effects of Phen Caps. However, dehydrating liquids (those containing caffeine or alcohol) don’t count, and even more so during flu season you should be pairing each alcoholic drink with a glass of water to keep hydrated and healthy.

2. Spread Good Cheer, Not Germs

It may seem obvious, but catching the germs from coughs and sneezes into a tissue greatly reduces the chance of spreading any viruses which you may be carrying. Washing hands regularly also stops the spread of germs; flu viruses enter your body via your nose, eyes, or mouth - and contaminated hands are the most likely way they’ll get there. Lather up before eating or handling food, and always after using the toilet. When using soap and water, it’s the friction that gets rid of germs, so the more rubbing, the better.

3. Eat Health-Boosting Foods

The holiday season is definitely not the time to skimp on your daily dose of vegetables, healthy fats and whole grains. A balance of the vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes you need from a well-balanced diet helps keep your immune system in top shape. Research has shown that vitamin C may help lower the risk of catching a cold, while other studies suggest extra vitamin C may lessen the severity of symptoms if you do catch a cold. So, load up on citrus fruits, kiwis, green and red pepper, spinach, and tomatoes. Another powerful flu-fighting food is shiitake mushrooms; these oriental favorites have been found to contain a strong antiviral substance called lentinan that stimulates the immune system to such an extent, that in tests it proved more effective against the flu virus than a powerful antiviral drug, which is particularly important at this time of year.

4. Give Your Immune System a Workout

Whether you hit the gym or just take a walk, studies show that regular, moderate exercise improves circulation, which boosts the immune system and makes you less likely to get sick. So, use the energy boost that Phen Caps gives you to do at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day and help to avoid sickness, while also boosting your weight loss potential. However, be especially sure to wipe down gym equipment before and after using it to avoid the spread of germs, and if you do catch a bug, take a few days off so your body can use that energy to kick your virus.

 

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5. Catch Your Z’s

Clocking seven to eight hours of sleep a night helps keep your body working at maximum capacity and gives your immune system the chance to do its job - pushing out white blood cells to kill germs. If you start to feel under the weather, let yourself hit the snooze button when you can, as extra shut-eye gives the body more time to fix itself.

6. Seasonings Greetings

Not only do seasonings like black pepper and chilies add flavor to your warming winter dishes, they also boost your metabolism and help fight off colds and flu – in fact, these spices have been used in traditional cold remedies for centuries. Adding onion and garlic to a dish can help soothe an inflamed throat, as they both have a strong antibacterial activity. Last but not least, Christmas wouldn’t be the same without cinnamon, which also helps fight colds and flu, and is great for keeping sweet cravings at bay and stabilizing your mood and energy levels.

7. Stub It Out

One more reason to ditch cigarettes; smoking affects both the upper and lower respiratory tracts, making you more likely to get infections such as the flu, colds, or pneumonia if you get exposed to a virus. The same goes for those of you exposed to second-hand smoke, so be aware of the people around you lighting up during cold and flu season.

8. Release the Stress

Schedule some time for you during all of the madness; whether that means hitting the yoga mat, taking a long bath or relaxing with some music. Both mental and physical stress can throw-off your immune system-influencing hormones, making you more likely to pick up a cold or the flu. Be on the watch for stress that causes headaches, changes your appetite, or affects your sleep—all are indicators that your body’s having trouble coping and that you may be overdoing it.

 

Making sure you’re healthy and ready to fight off infections is an integral part of your new healthier lifestyle as you lose weight with Phen Caps, and even more so at this time of year when seasonal stresses can overwhelm us and make us forget to look after ourselves. Hopefully you now feel better prepared to take on everything before Christmas, and that you can at least tick off ‘stay healthy’ from your ever-growing list of things to do!

 

What do you think? Do you use any of these strategies to stay healthy? Let us know how you stay healthy at this time of year by commenting below!

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