Have a Holly, Healthy Christmas

Last Christmas - no illness other than the mental illness that resulted in the color coordination. Can't believe my husband didn't change when he realized what everyone else had on!

Mary really should’ve planned the birth of her son a little better. The busiest time of the year is also the germiest (not a real word). The only thing that can ruin your Christmas faster than a maxed credit card, is a bad cold, or worse, the stomach flu. In addition to back pain, headaches, TMJ, gastrointestinal problems and depression, stress decreases the effectiveness of your immune system. I will not insult your intelligence by offering ways to reduce your stress. I know the only cure for holiday anxiety is December 26th. I will though, share the simple steps I am taking this week to try to support my immune system. It may not work, but at the very least I can say I tried.


1. Drink 8 glasses of water a day. I started the day with 8 pennies (that’s all I have left) in my left pocket. Each time I have a glass, I am moving them over one at a time until they are all in my right pocket. I sometimes use silly bandz to keep track, starting on my left wrist and moving them to my right. Usually, I am tripping over silly bandz, finding them in the sugar bowl and the oven. Of course, today, I couldn’t find one. Another useful trick is to drink your water out of a wine glass – it goes down easier.

2. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Even if they are smothered in sweet and sour sauce and come in a to-go container, you will still benefit from the vitamins and minerals.

3. Consider supplementing with vitamin C and zinc. I don’t take supplements on a regular basis — although, I should definitely be taking calcium and vitamin D. So should you. This week, I will be taking 1000mg of vit C each day and prophylactically sucking on cough drops with zinc.

4. Get enough sleep. HA!

5. Limit your caffeine and sugar intake. Double HA! But … I’m going to try!

Good luck! I wish you all a week void of any unexpected bumps in the road, unforeseen expenses and last minute shopping emergencies. Fa, la, la, la, la ….

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