The holiday season is a time to celebrate life, enjoy those closest to you, and be thankful for the gift of a healthy life. But during the holidays, it can easy to overindulge, overbook, and overspend, putting that healthy life at risk and increasing your chance of getting sick. At my dental office in Holland, we’d like to share some healthy holiday hints to keep you in tip-top shape all season long.
Avoid Overeating and Overdrinking
Food. It’s probably our favorite part of the holidays, and at every party, there is bound to be a plethora of delicious delights, from the chewy cookies to the succulent hors d’oeuvres. While it’s all surely scrumptious, your dentist in Holland wants to encourage you to keep an eye on how much you consume to avoid overeating. Eating too much can lead to bloating, stomach pain, and a disheartening post-holiday weigh in. The same thing goes for overdrinking. Drinking alcohol in excess can mean a hurtful hangover the next day, lapse in judgement, and isn’t healthy overall. So be easy on the eggnog, watch the amount of wine, brace yourself with the beer, and alternate drinking alcohol with a glass of water.
Relax, Rejuvenate, Renew
You don’t need to accept every invite to every party. In fact, doing so can affect your sleep, make you feel run down pretty quickly, and increase your chance of illness. Don’t let running yourself ragged ruin your holidays. Avoid the stress of constantly having too much to do by maintaining a healthy work life balance, keeping your holiday budget in check, and making sure not to overbook your calendar.
Washing your hands several times a day is always important, but during the holidays it becomes even more so. Throughout the season, we tend to interact with more people, handle more food, and visit friends’ houses a lot. All of these instances can increase the chance of swapping germs and getting sick. Decrease your vulnerability to illness and wash your hands often using warm soap and water and scrubbing for at least 20 seconds.
As always, at my Holland dental office, your health is at the forefront of everything we do. We want to help keep you healthy not only throughout the holidays, but throughout your entire life. Following these hints is just a small step. It’s always important to maintain regular appointments with us as well as your medical doctor to catch any problems before they become big issues and to keep you healthy for a lifetime.
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