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Boost Your Holiday Health With These Tips

By Brandi Goodman 

Your holiday health needs to remain in top shape if you hope to enjoy the season. A few days of sickness can put a major damper on your plans when you have lots of tasks to accomplish. Consider these tips to boost your holiday health and make the most of the winter festivities.

Bundle Up

You need to be sure to bundle up on particularly cold days. Even though California isn't a state that normally sees snow, there are some days when the temperature will be much colder than what you're used to feeling. Bundling up in a hat, gloves, coat, and boots can keep your body as warm as possible so the cold doesn't have the chance to mess with your immune system.

Stop Stress

Stress can quickly lead to health problems if you let it. It may affect your sleep, put tension in your body, and impact your immunity. Stop stress in its tracks by keeping your to-do list short. It's easy to become overwhelmed during the holiday months with all there is to do. Buy bags instead of wrapping paper so you have less to do to get your gifts ready. Shop at just one store or stick to the same vicinity of places so you don't have to drive all around town. If you're really feeling stressed, skip what you have planned for the day and just take some time to yourself so you can unwind and be better prepared for the next day.

Eat Well

The holidays are a time to indulge for many. It's fine to have a piece of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving or eat a few Christmas cookies meant for Santa as you're getting gifts together. You don't want to overdo it, however, and eat nothing but junk all winter long. Be sure you're eating well. Keep fruits, vegetables, and whole grains on your daily menu so your body is getting the nutrition it needs to stay healthy and strong.

Fire Safety

Lots of people have fireplaces in their homes that they run during the cold months. You need to use extreme caution when using fireplaces or any other heating devices. This isn't just about preventing fires from destroying your home. Your health may depend on what you're doing as well. Burning the wrong things in a non-vented environment, for example, could cause you to breathe in carbon monoxide. It's important to use your fireplace's ventilation system and have a carbon monoxide detector in your home.

A few holiday health tips in mind will help you make the most of your winter celebrations. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year's celebrated throughout November, December, and January require a lot of time and attention. Being sick won't allow you to enjoy them as planned.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Roseville, Calif.

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