5 Tips to Boost Your Immunity During the Holidays

The cold morning breeze, the Christmas carols, the sparkling and colorful lights at night remind us that the most awaited season of the year is here. The season of sharing and giving has finally arrived!

Christmas is a very joyful season, a celebration we all look forward to. Personally, Christmas is about making up for lost time with friends and loved-ones. To others, Christmas means giving and completing items from their Christmas wishlists. While others associate Christmas as an opportunity to relax and unwind from heavy work demands. 

Blissful and festive as it is, the so-called holiday rush can be stressful. Attending parties, reunions and merry-makings here and there is exhilarating but can be tiring. Many people in popular establishments mean crowded places and heavy traffic; which adds to the normal holiday traffic because of shopping mall sales and extended mall hours. Making your way through the crowd just to find that perfect gift can be exhausting. Brainstorming for your Christmas gift list can be draining and completing your noche buena items can cause increased stress levels because of long lines at groceries and department stores.

Increased stress levels weaken our immune system and make us more susceptible to illnesses. While they say that stress is inevitable, there are some ways to keep our bodies strong and healthy this season:

1) Begin the day with a positive mindset.

As the old cliche says, mind over matter; our brain is very powerful that whatever it conceives, there's a big chance it will happen. Say you wake up and think of how bad this day is because of the deadlines you have to meet, most probably, you will really end up having one.

Waking up to a new day is one of the best blessings to be thankful for. How lucky are we to be given another day to enjoy, learn and make a new start. So why destroy a brand new day with a negative thought in mind? We all have our fair share of struggles so never let them affect your day and life. Remember that there's a solution to every problem and every time you think of stressful things, you are not just ruining your day but you are also harming your health. So the moment you wake up, be thankful and think of positive thoughts to attract them.

2) Consume healthy and nutritious food.

Living in this generation where everything is literally 'fast', we are very busy that we settle with what is accessible and easy even with food. Food is a major predictor of our health, some food help strengthen our body while there are some that triggers development of diseases. It is just unfortunate that not all appetizing food endorsed commercially are nutritious and beneficial.

Eating healthy need not to be complicated, you can do them in simple ways: consume more fruits and vegetables, consume in moderation foods rich in carbohydrates and high in protein and cut down on fats and sugars. 

When you find it very difficult to resist the lechon, ham and the barrel of alcoholic drinks this season, just key in your mind the phrase in moderation. It's not bad to have fun but always do them in moderation because anything that is excessive is definitely bad.

3) Be physically active.

Physical activity is very beneficial but it is a fact that even if we know how important exercise is to our health, we really do not perform them. Apart from time constraints and lack of will to do physical activity, modern inventions like cars, escalators and elevators make our lives so easy and comfortable that we opt to use them instead of walking or using the stairs.

Studies recommend that we perform at least 30 minutes of physical activity daily. You have many options when it comes to choosing your physical activity. There's yoga, zumba, tae-bo, you can hit the gym, run or engage in different sports activities. Just find the one that fits your schedule and needs perfectly. A friend of mine exercises while watching the television, so I guess there's really no excuse for getting physical.

If you can't really perform exercise outright, at least flex and stretch those muscles. For short distances, brisk walk to your destination. If climbing not so high floors, use the stairs to burn calories and fats.

4) Get enough sleep at night. 

Sleep is not only essential for growing children but for adults as well, although sleeping patterns may change as age declines.  Based on several studies, adults need an average of 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep every night. While we sleep, our cells regenerate. Cell regeneration is very essential for our bodily functions and is even associated with higher life expectancy. We also renew our energy every restful sleep to help us go through another day.

5) Find time to do the things you love.

Relaxing is the one of the secrets to keep a sound body and the good news is that there are no rules that come with it. All work and no play makes Johnny a dull boy, says an old line. So, do the things that you passionately love - if you love books, find a good spot and read; if you find the beach soothing, drive to the nearest one and feel the sand in between your toes, swim and enjoy the beautiful horizon every sunrise and sunset; you could also treat yourself to the spa or get manicures and pedicures or spend quality time with people you love.

Want to know another secret to boost your immunity this holiday? The answer is:

Credits: Fern-C website

The composition of Fern-C is sodium ascorbate which is a form of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is essential for growth and repair of tissues in our body, aids in wound healing and acts as an anti-oxidant that protects our cells from damage and boosts our resistance against diseases and infections. A capsule of Fern-C a day acts as our daily dose of added immunity.

The difference between sodium ascorbate and ascorbic acid (another form of Vitamin C) is that the former is non-acidic and more soluble. Hence, Fern-C can be taken with an empty stomach minus the stomach upset.

Fern-C is available at all leading stores nationwide. To learn more about Fern-C, you may visit their website or follow their social media accounts:

Website: www.fern-c.com

Have a stress-free holiday everyone!

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