A: As entertaining and enjoyable as the holidays may be, it’s also a stressful time, and that’s why it’s important to follow a few simple guidelines that will help you stay healthy through this season.
1. Get enough rest. You’ll be asking a lot of yourself, physically, mentally, and emotionally – it puts tremendous pressure on your brain to not only handle all the extra work, but also to maintain itself, clean itself, and nourish itself.
2. Pace yourself on holiday foods. Our holiday diet tends to be heavier, sweeter, saltier, and more fried, among other nutritional indiscretions. We also tend to eat too much, as if it’s okay because of the date, though we know deep down it isn’t.
3. Drink lots of water. Those same heavy, salty, sweet, fried foods will tend to clog up your system, and nothing cleans it out like having enough water.
Typically, you probably need at least half an ounce a day for every pound of body weight, between eight and twelve glasses each day for most people. But during the holidays, drink a little extra, to give yourself an advantage in stressful times.
4. Be careful when doing heavy work. You may be called upon to move furniture, hang decorations, scrub floors, carry bags of gifts or groceries, and dozens of other laborious tasks that stress our bodies and put us to the test physically.
5. Breathe. In stressful times, one of our first responses is to shorten our breath, costing us valuable oxygen and robbing the cells of their primary fuel, required to perform at peak efficiency.
Information provided by Dr. Paul Kerkhoff, Kerkhoff Chiropractic, 260 Highway 6, 987-4747.