With all the excitement of the holiday season, our immune systems definitely take a beating.
As parents we try our best to eat right and stay on top of sanitizing everything, but let's face it, our kids are magnets for every germ under the sun.
Stress alone lowers our ability to fight infections and with the daily exchange of money, food, shaking hands, hugging relatives, and traveling exposes us to some nasty bugs. Especially when we're navigating the holidays with our little petri dishes, aka our germy kids.
Keep an Eye on Symptoms
If you notice your loved ones have the sniffles, stay away. They'll understand. Keep contact to a minimum and make sure your family is washing their hands throughout the day. Keeping your hands away from your face, mouth and eyes will also make germ transfer a little more difficult. When you suspect you might have some cold or flu symptoms, pop some zinc and vitamin C and see your doctor! The earlier you suspect you're getting sick, the faster you can start your recovery. Make hand sanitizer your best friend.
Avoid the Mall
The mall is a necessary evil in the weeks ahead, a germ infested necessary evil that is. Don't underestimate the power on online shopping, allowing you to skip out on the crowded malls. Part of the problem is the lack of fresh air and too many people breathing on each other. Every so often you should seek out some fresh air and give yourself a chance to breathe.
Stock up on Superfoods
You are what you eat, so eat healthy! Soups with vitamin rich broths will give you an immune system boost and fill your tummy with winter warmth. Look for dark leafy greens, and in-season produce that has rich colors. Preservative rich foods and heavy fats will weigh down your digestive system and keep your body from fighting off the common cold. You should also be staying hydrated. Eggnog is tempting this time of year but water is what your body really needs to fight off those yucky germs and help keep your nutrition on track.
The best defense against the common cold this winter is prevention.
Nothing puts a damper on your holiday plans like a sick household.