How to Stay Healthy Through the Holidays

Sad young beautyThe cold is the most common infectious disease in the United States and unfortunately it becomes prevalent during the holiday season. In the United States it is estimated that the average adult will get a cold typically two times a year, while children may have up to ten. The typical cold accounts for more missed work and absences at school than any other illness. People typically see their primary care physician for colds, however it is a viral infection and all doctors can do is say to get plenty of rest and drink plenty of fluids. Treating colds with antibiotics are virtually useless because antibiotics treat bacterial infections and a cold is a viral infection.

There can be an abundance of reasons why during the holiday season our immune systems can become compromised:

-Eating too much sugar and grains

-Not getting adequate sleep and rest

-Low levels of vitamin D & C

-Emotional stress can be elevated during these times

Colds can typically last one to two weeks in duration. How can you curb colds and make them go away faster? What can I do to prevent cold from occurring in the first place? Here are some great ideas to keep you healthy during the holiday season.

-Coconut oil- It has great anti-septic properties and is high in Omega 3’s

-Eat organic local fruits and vegetables-mushrooms especially have great immune enhancing properties

-Eat garlic- It is a potent antimicrobial agent that kills bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Other herbs and spices with high healthy promoting properties are: turmeric, oregano, cinnamon, and cloves.

-Stay hydrated-Instead of gulping down Gatorades and sports drinks which have an overabundance of sugars try cutting up some grapefruit and basil, or cucumber and lemon for a great way to make your water sparkle with flavor.

-Get plenty of exercise and sleep- With the stresses or work and finances your body needs time to heal and recuperate.

-Introduce supplements such as zinc, vitamin C, and oregano oil into your daily routine.

Stay Healthy!

Dr. Sabrina Quinene

GRATITUDE

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Whew -my busy season is officially over (except for the few custom jewelry orders that I will be making before Christmas). So, as this year comes to an end I find myself reflecting on the many things that I have to be grateful for.

This past weekend was my last show creative jewelry show of the year. While it was successful monetarily, it was more successful for me – emotionally. The craft show was held at a local Catholic church. I was raised Catholic, but do not practice my faith in church (although I do usually attend on the BIG holidays). And, being around people of faith in the church atmosphere reminds me that there is still a kind, gentle and thoughtful sense of community in houses of the Lord, regardless of what religion one is . But this blog is not about religion – it is about being grateful. So, here is my partial list, as the full list would go on for too many pages.

I am grateful for all the things I am given by God.

I am grateful for the trials that I have endured and conquered.

I am grateful for the large and small successes of my husband with his health struggles, getting stronger most days, and not on many days.

I am grateful to be able to give of my time and talents to those in need. And while I give freely and unconditionally, I unashamedly DO receive emotional happiness in helping others. I see this as a win-win.

I am grateful to have been able to share my life with those close to me who have passed this year: my oldest brother, my nephew’s lovely wife, and my dear cat of 20 years.

I am grateful for every day I wake up and can get out of bed with ease.

While life may be challenging at times, I will always keep gratitude close to my heart.

Simply… Grateful~

Lynette

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