10 Integrative Tips for Holiday Health

Celebrating the holidays without gaining weight, being stressed, or becoming exhausted can be challenging for anyone. The key to enjoying the season to its fullest is finding balance. 

Here are some tips to stay healthy during the holiday season and into the New Year:

  1. Remember to frequently wash your hands. Frequent hand washing will help from spreading germs and getting sick. Wash your hands with mild soap and warm water for at least 15-20 seconds. If you are on the go, you can also use Theives Essential Oil Hand Wipes, which are available in Alma.
  2. Manage your stress. Try not to over commit yourself and take time to breathe and destress. Try meditation, acupunctureyoga, or massage here at the Raby Institute.
  3. Don’t forget to eat healthy. Don’t let your nutritional health fall to the wayside this holiday season. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, and limit your portion sizes and foods high in fat and sugar. Try eating before you go to holiday parties so that you won't be tempted by any less nutitrional food being served.
  4. Stay hydrated. The winter season can be very dry, so try to drink half yor weight in ounces of water (for example, 100lbs would equal 50 ounces of water). Plenty of water will keep your skin moist, help boost your immunity, and flush out toxins.
  5. Stay fit. Being active will help keep you energized and refreshed with all the holiday eating and socializing. Try to engage in physical activity at least 30 minutes a day for 5 days a week. You can even run one of the many holiday-themed 5K’s, such as the Jingle Bell Run/Walk or the New Year’s Day 5K.
  6. Protect you immune system. While travelling in planes, keep areas around you clean. Use Thieves’ Oil spray or wipes to clean contaminated surfaces. Take vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin D to help prevent infection, and boost your immunity. You can also take NAC Defense as directed before travelling or at the onset of viral infection.
  7. Get plenty of sleep. Since the daylight is growing shorter and nights are longer, take advantage and make sure to optimize sleep by getting at least eight hours a night. Taking two magnesium glycinate at night can help aide in getting to sleep.
  8. Beat the winter blues. Increase your intake of vitamin D and omega3 by adding walnuts, fresh ground flax seeds, fish varieties, and mushrooms to your diet. Consider taking supplemental forms of vitamin D and fish oil to ensure your body is receiving the optimal levels. Be sure to visit your Primary Care Physician to discuss dosage levels.
  9. Take time to update your annual medical evaluations. While you have time off during the holidays, schedule your annual medical check-ups and make sure you are up to date on all the screening exams for your age. Be sure to also discuss behaivors that affect your health and update your supplements and medications.
  10. Project positive energy. The holidays are a time to celebrate family and togetherness. Remembering that will ensure the true spirit of peace, love, and health this holy season. 

Call to schedule your annual exam with Dr. Raby, Dr. Thurer, or Dr. Patawaran to capture this opportunity of health and wellness.

"Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one."
- Ancient Chinese Proverb