The winter season has a way of sneaking up, sometimes catching us off guard and unprepared for one of the busiest and most eventful times of the year, the Holidays! For most, it is a time of excitement where festivities are planned, traditions are carried out, and families and friends unite in celebration. But preparing for the holidays can also sometimes be like preparing troops for battle against the most unpleasant of enemies: stress and illness. With so much to prepare for and look forward to, nobody wants to get sick during the holidays. In fact, nobody really wants to get sick at all! So here are few strategies to fight off unwanted seasonal colds and flu and keep you happy and healthy during this holiday season!

Minimize Stress. Stress is unavoidable in the world we live in, especially during the holidays. Whether it is a traumatic life changing event, financial worries, balancing family and work, or even just months of trying to find the perfect holiday gift for someone, the end results can be detrimental to your health. Studies show that stress can impact a variety of functions within the body, including the immune system. Stress is a normal reaction that occurs within the body. If allowed a proper amount of time to recover, the body can heal itself and prepare for the next stressful event. However, in today's day and age, individuals are on the go constantly and stressful situations often occur continually. Long term stress wears the body down and compromises the it's ability to fight off germs and disease. This is why colds and flu are so prominent during the holidays. Finding ways to relieve stress, no matter how busy you get, is critical to staying healthy. This may include exercise, rest, a hot bath, or setting aside more time for yourself to participate in hobbies and activities that you enjoy!

Go to bed! Getting enough sleep is directly linked to proper cellular activity in the body and in maintaining a healthy immune system. There is just no substitute for a good nights sleep and if you are not getting enough, you are more likely to get sick. Getting sick forces you to have to sleep more anyway, so why not make sure to use sleep as a preventative measure instead of having to make up for it later! If you have difficulty sleeping, there are many natural ways to help induce or improve sleep habits. Sometimes, it is challenging to find the right methods or supplements to help your body sleep naturally, but when you do, the results will keep your immune system much stronger and ready to fight off any foreign invaders!

Eat healthier. Easier said than done when pumpkin pies and Christmas cookies are lurking everywhere. No one is asking you to completely defeat these delicious distractions. For some, these treats may actually produce temporary stress relief which can be a benefit if used in moderation and if measures are taken to improve over all diet and nutrition. It is important to remember that sugar and junk foods also tear down our forts of immunity leaving our natural defenses in a weakened state. A few good tactics to employ when trying to defeat holiday stress and illness are: Plan ahead when you are going to eat your favorite holiday snacks. Choose a certain party or occasion to indulge and avoid eating every holiday treat that you encounter. For every unhealthy item that you eat, make sure you eat something healthy too. Increase your intake of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts and seeds, lean healthy protein options, nutritional supplements, and lots of water to give your immune system the nutrients it absolutely needs to function at an optimal level.

Use supplements. Supplements can be that secret weapon used to give your body and immune system the extra edge it needs to conquer any virus or bacteria that comes its way! Single herbs or extracts can come in handy such as Echinacea. Echinacea helps the body to build up germ fighting white blood cells so that if you come into contact with any germs, your body already has its troops in place ready to destroy them before they wreak havoc in your body. Probiotic supplements are also a great way to make sure your body is maintaining healthy bacteria mandatory for a strong immune system. Other great herbs and nutrients to build and balance immunity are goldenseal, holy basil, ashwagandha, garlic, ginger, astragalus, zinc, vitamin C and other antioxidants, and more.

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Have a great season and may the final months of the year be filled with good health and lasting memories!