Avoiding Sickness

Avoid sickness

Do you find yourself falling ill around the same time each year? The stress associated with the holidays, if not managed carefully, can wreak havoc on your immune system. When you're stressed, your immune system's ability to fend off harmful bacteria and infections is compromised. The stress hormone cortisol can suppress the effectiveness of your immune system, making individuals more susceptible to adopting unhealthy coping mechanisms such as consuming inflammatory foods, smoking, and experiencing reduced sleep.

Why It's Important:

Chronic holiday stress can significantly impact your immune system. Cortisol can trigger an inflammatory response, leading to a cascade of aches and pains. Additionally, your body decreases lymphocyte production, essential white blood cells crucial for combating infections. With fewer lymphocytes, susceptibility to viruses and colds increases. Seeking proactive ways to combat stress this season? Follow the health tips listed below to alleviate stress and enhance your immune system function.

  • Opt for a healthy snack, such as a handful of nuts or sliced fruits, instead of a sugary dessert when feeling stressed.
  • Dedicate a few minutes before bedtime to reduce stress through activities like reading a calming book or practicing meditation.
  • Stay active throughout the day by tracking your steps using your favorite fitness app. For instance, aim for at least 10,000 steps daily.
  • Ensure an adequate intake of vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin C and zinc, to support your immune system. High-quality supplements are available at our office, and you can fill out a lifestyle questionnaire to determine your daily or seasonal supplement needs.
  • Incorporate stress-relief practices such as deep breathing exercises or yoga into your daily routine.
  • Prioritize sufficient sleep to promote overall well-being and strengthen your body's resilience against illnesses.
  • For those seeking app support, consider using the Oura Ring, which provides highly accurate heart-rate monitoring and solid information on your sleep cycles, aiding in stress management and overall health.

Remember, a holistic approach to stress management and immune support can make a significant difference during the holiday season.

What to Do Next:

If you're concerned about maintaining your healthy habits this holiday season, utilize your smartphone to stay on track. Set daily reminders incorporating the health tips mentioned above and stop by for your adjustment. Ask the doctors for additional strategies on how to prevent illness during the holidays!

Yours in health,

Your Energize Team

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