For many people, the holidays are a time for traveling and visiting loved ones.
It is also a time where millions of Americans catch some cold or flu.
Staying Healthy During The Holidays
Whether you’re catching a flight, piling into the family car, jumping on a train, or hopping on a bus, remember the following tips that are provided by the experienced Chiropractors at AICA College Park to keep you and your family healthy for the remainder of this holiday season.
Many people can overdo it on alcohol over the holidays, and it is often the drink of choice on flights, but try to limit or avoid it altogether.
Alcohol can be detrimental to the body in many ways; one, it can decrease your ability to fight germs and two, it can increase nutritional deficiency.
Avoid Setting Bags Down in Public Restrooms
While you may think that the toilet or toilet seat is the grimiest spot in the place, it is the floors. Look for places on the wall or door to hang your bags.
Bring Your Own Pillow
If you are flying or using another form of public transportation, it is always better to use your own pillow or light blanket. Even if the airline washes those items frequently, you never know if someone who is sick used it right before you.
Stock Up On Water
If you are traveling by car or public transportation, be sure to have sufficient quantities of water on hand, so you and your family stay hydrated. Drinking enough water flushes out waste and toxins, increases energy, eases congestion and may also elicit a stronger immune response to viruses.
Try to Keep your Distance—About Six Feet—From Those Who Appear Sick
While this is not always possible, try to steer clear of those who are sneezing and coughing. Experts say six feet is about the distance flu virus particles can travel.
Wash Hands Regularly—and Don’t Forget The Kids
Seems like common sense, but it is easy to forget when you are on the move. Every time you stop at a rest stop or gas station, try to corral everyone inside to wash up.
This will help get rid of some germs on your hands, as studies have shown that frequent hand washers experience fewer cold and flu symptoms.
Watch Sugar Intake
Yes, it is a celebratory time of the year, but it is important to keep an eye on too many sweet delights. Just two cans of soda can weaken white blood cells’ ability to kill germs by up to 40 percent!
Last, but Certainly Not Least: Get Adjusted!
Chiropractic is an important instrument for maintaining a healthy immune system—especially during the busy, cold and illness-filled months.