We all have felt it. The chill in the air, the crunch of leaves beneath our feet and the smile on your face as you see your first Christmas lights of the year. It’s that time again, the beautiful holiday season. One thing we all know, however, is that with all this comfy fireside sitting and snow days also comes the unwanted. Colds, coughs, and even that extra layer of winter weight to keep us warm.
For this holiday season, be prepared. We at Mg12 have you covered with 7 helpful tips to keep healthy and relaxed this winter, so you can enjoy your time with family without a box of tissues.
7. Resist the Treats
This one is easier said than done. With Santa leaving you stocking stuffers and offices filled with cookies and the likes, it’s no wonder why people pack on the dreaded “Winter Weight”. The easiest way to resist? I don’t know. If you find out, please tell me.
All jokes aside, the easiest way to keep off the candy train to sweetsville is by reminding yourself how much exercise it takes to burn off that pastry. For instance, you would have to walk for 6 hours just to burn off a Cinnabon Classic Cinnamon Roll.
6. Relax and Take a Breather
If you run yourself ragged and don't get a good night's sleep, you risk getting ill just because you've worn down your body's defenses," Dr. Leavey says. 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.
You're not being a Grinch by skipping a party when you feel worn-down; you're being smart. Think of it as preventive medicine. "We know to wash our hands and drink lots of liquids. Reducing stress is another way to avoid getting ill," notes Chicago psychologist Elizabeth Lombardo, PhD.
A great way to relax your body and mind is with our Mg12 Dead Sea Salt Bath Salts. Simply add a cup of our ultra-pure Magnesium Chloride Salts to your warm bath water and relax. The Magnesium with absorb into your blood stream and relax the muscles and cardiovascular system, revitalizing your body like you took a dip in the Dead Sea itself.
5. Wash Those Hands!
This one is EASY. Just wash your filthy, filthy hands. Just kidding. But seriously.
One of the best ways to prevent infection is to wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating or touching your eyes or nose. Dry hands thoroughly with a single-use paper towel and then immediately throw it away to avoid cross contamination.
Fun fact! The use of antibacterial soap has just been repealed by the FDA. It has been found that antibacterial soap causes more harm than good by lowering the immune system. So stay away from this wolf in sheep’s clothing.
4. Pull a Charlie Brown
Rather than buying a tree from a roadside lot where the trees have been drying out for weeks, visit a tree farm that allows you to cut your own. It will be fresher and probably less expensive than they are at the lot. You'll burn off calories and combat some of the blood-sugar effects of the sugar cookie you snuck by traipsing around the grounds in search of just the right tree. And your family will have one more fond holiday memory to look back on.
3. Freeze that Cold in its Tracks
As soon as you start feeling symptoms, start guzzling juice and water. Staying hydrated cuts down on symptoms like a sore throat and stuffy nose, says William Schaffner, MD, professor and chair of the department of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Also, gargle some Mg12 Dead Sea Salt Water to combat a scratchy throat. Add half a teaspoon of Dead Sea Salt to a glass of warm water and gargle for 30 seconds to a minute. Make sure not to swallow! "The salt draws out excess water in your throat’s tissues, reducing the inflammation, and clears mucous and irritants from the back of the throat," notes Philip Hagen, MD, medical editor in chief of Mayo Clinic Book of Home Remedies. The rinse also flushes out bacteria and viruses, which may help whether you’re getting a cold or want to prevent one in the first place. You’ll also be absorbing Magnesium in the process, as well as strengthening your gums, enamel and teeth. Win win!
2. Beware of alcohol. It's empty calories.
We all want to bring in the New Year with a cheer and put 2016 behind us, but the best way to do that is not by drinking it away.
Alcohol, is an appetite stimulant, making you more likely to eat more or eat things you wouldn't normally consume because your inhibitions are lowered.
If you're going to drink, you need to have something in your stomach to act as a buffer. I recommend a serving of almonds or other nuts before drinking, and a glass of water between each drink to slow your pace. Not only will this keep things healthy, but you won’t have one of those family stories that you’ll never live down.
1. Enjoy yourself!
It’s the holidays! Time for cheer, family, and friends. Don’t let worrying about health get in the way necessarily, but don’t indulge because you’ll regret it later. No one wants their New Years resolutions to be bigger than they expected because you are bigger than you expected after Christmas dinner. Live life modestly and go with the flow. Love those around you and have a Happy Holiday!