The holidays are here—a time to celebrate family, spend time with loved ones, and engage in some much-needed holiday cheer!
Unfortunately, with the cold weather comes cold (and flu) season, and many of us have an immune system that’s more vulnerable than ever.
As you get ready for upcoming gatherings, holiday meals (that might not leave your body fully charged), busy schedules, and more time indoors, it’s easy to let your health slip by the wayside.
But with the right plan, you can enjoy your holiday bustle and stay healthy. Read on to find out how to let your immune system operate at its highest level and avoid getting sick this holiday season!
1. Rest Up
We all know we need rest to keep our bodies (including our immune systems) at 100%. But over 80% of adults don’t get the sleep they need.
Even though it gets darker earlier, people tend to battle insomnia the worst during these winter months. This happens for a variety of reasons—the stress of working extra hours at the office, trying to get the last minute errands finished, watching the late night Christmas movies, or all the extra peppermint mochas.
Try to set a sleep schedule and stick with it. Go to bed when your body feels tired, and build in time to unwind a little earlier. Limit your caffeine intake (especially in the afternoon and evening) and set a cut-off time for your day, when you put your phone to “Do Not Disturb” and let yourself get some quality rest.
A great night’s sleep goes a long way in recovering from stress, maintaining your physical and mental health, and letting your immune system focus on fighting off illness.
2. Protect Yourself with the Flu Shot
Help support your immune system by giving it an extra layer of defense against the big sicknesses—the flu. Lately, it’s been easy to forget how dangerous the flu can be, but hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people become very ill with the flu each year.
The flu shot reduces your risk of contracting flu by 40-60%, and lessens the severity of your symptoms if you do catch it.
Getting the flu shot also helps prevent the spread of the virus, so in essence it’s a gift that keeps on giving.
3. Keep Your Body Moving
Between holiday plans and colder weather, it’s tempting to let your usual fitness routine slide in favor of curling up by the couch and snuggling in.
But it’s even more important to exercise in the winter months because your body is spending extra energy to stay warm.
Don’t let your exercise fall by the wayside—it’s crucial for weight maintenance, heart health, and your immune system.
Find a way to keep moving, no matter the weather. If you can’t get outside or hit the gym, find a video of yoga, tai chi, or dancing. Or, pick up a new exercise hobby, like hula-hooping or jump roping. Just commit to staying active and taking care of yourself!
4. Prioritize Self-Care
Stress doesn’t just impact your mental health—it directly affects your physical health as well. High levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) drain your immune system, making it harder for it to respond if you get exposed to illness.
Don’t lose yourself in holiday stress—take time each day to decompress and focus on yourself.
Simple changes such as taking a few minutes in the shower to practice mindfulness and focus on the day ahead, or spending five minutes each morning meditating, can go a long way toward lowering your stress levels and keeping your mind and body healthy.
Do something each day that helps you refocus and let go of some of your day-to-day stresses.
5. Stick to the Right Diet
The winter months are always filled with sweets and treats and heavy comfort meals. While maintaining a healthy diet is very important for your long-term health, most people won’t find it realistic to skip all of the holiday indulgences.
Allow yourself some grace to enjoy treats and sweets—just balance it with healthy whole foods.
Make sure you get plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Produce that’s grown in season has been shown to have the vitamins that your body needs during the winter months.
If you’re going to enjoy a large holiday meal, consider snacking on berries, nuts, and whole grains throughout the rest of the day.
Stick to balance, and give your body plenty of fuel to keep your immune system strong.
6. Amp up the Antioxidants
We all have heard that antioxidants are great immune boosters! But it doesn’t exactly “boost” your system. When our immune system gets busy fighting off free radical damage in our bodies, it can’t provide the full immune response we need to stay healthy.
Antioxidants fight free radical damage so your immune system doesn’t overwork itself. That way, when you inevitably encounter germs and pathogens, your body is more likely to fight them off.
But it’s hard to get the antioxidant levels you need from diet alone—especially around the holidays when our diets get thrown off. Supplement your diet with antioxidants—specifically OPCs.
OPCs (short for Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins) are plant-based super antioxidants that are 20x more powerful than Vitamin C and 50x more powerful than Vitamin E. OPCs are more effective at neutralizing free radicals, which also means they are more effective at preventing free radical damage to help keep your immune system working in high gear!
They even magnify the effects of each other, and other antioxidants, including Vitamin C and E, neutralizing free radical damage and letting your immune system work at its peak efficiency.
That’s why we created OPCXtra, with six super antioxidants, along with Vitamin C and E. OPCXtra supports your immune system when it needs it the most!
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Protect Your Body this Holiday Season
Stick to these principles to keep your body healthy and happy this holiday season. The cold weather doesn’t have to mean suffering from sickness!
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Order OPCXtra today, commit to this list of tips, and stay healthy, no matter what comes your way!
Sources & Further Reading
- Flu shot: Your best bet for avoiding influenza
- Physiological role of antioxidants in the immune system
- Vitamin C
- Herbal and Other Dietary Supplements That Are Antioxidants
- Major flavonoids in grape seeds and skins: antioxidant capacity of catechin, epicatechin, and gallic acid
- Why vitamin C won't 'boost' your immune system against the coronavirus
- Understanding antioxidants