The holiday months are a busy time for everyone. As early as October we start planning Halloween events, family gatherings, holiday parties, all kinds of memory-making fun. In the midst of it all, it’s important to keep your family’s immune system strong so that everyone is well enough to experience every occasion. These tips will help you do just that!
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With all the excitement the holidays offer, having a sick child or even being sick yourself isn’t something you want to deal with. We all strive for memorable family experiences full of smiles and laughter, great company, tasty food, and just an overall enjoyable few months. What gets in the way are changes in the weather, stress, being around others who are sick, and believe it or not, all those sweet treats the holidays are known for.
The good news is, unwanted sickly symptoms can be prevented and it starts with boosting the immune system. Implement these tips with your family and you’ll be well on your way to the healthiest holiday season ever!
Eat a Balanced Diet
What comes to mind when I think of the holidays is family and food. Lots of food! And I’ve said it many times before, a lot of family memories are made in the kitchen or revolve around food. But before you indulge in all the delicious sweet treats the holidays bring, think about your family’s immune system.
All those sugary foods are not going to help the body fight off germs and bacteria. In fact, spikes in sugar intake, like those around the holidays, suppress your immune system, making the body more susceptible for illness when exposed to viruses.
When creating a holiday menu, consider incorporating more immune-boosting foods that everyone will enjoy.
- Bright-Colored Vegetables like Bell Peppers
- Citrus Fruits
- Green Vegetables like Broccoli and Spinach (but cooked as little as possible so they don’t lose their nutrients)
- Fish and Shrimp
- Poultry or Lean Meats
It’s no surprise that germs and bacteria are everywhere. We have germs all over our hands and not only our own germs, but the germs of others as well.
Think of how many objects you touch each day. The handle on every door you walk through, the grocery cart handlebar, the counter at your favorite lunch spot, money or the card swipe machine, the swing at the playground, desks and chairs at school, library books, all of which are covered in everyone’s germs and bacteria who have touched it.
Now, imagine how many times you touch your face every day. Germs from your hands enter your immune system through your eyes, nose, mouth, or any open cut or sore on your body. So yes, regular hand washing is a great way to keep unwanted bacteria at bay and support the immune system.
Sometimes it’s a little harder to get small kids to wash their hands properly. Try playing this hand washing song while they wash their hands.
Stress creates a physiological effect, lowering the body’s ability to fight off infection. Everyone has stress of some sort, so it’s not a matter of eliminating everything that’s causing you stress, but removing whatever stressors you can, will help.
For example, if time is an issue and you feel like there’s never enough time to accomplish everything on your plate, don’t overcommit this holiday season. It could be that your family gets invited to multiple parties. Don’t RSVP to more gatherings than you’re comfortable with.
Are you hosting Thanksgiving dinner and responsible for preparing the entire meal? That would stress anyone out! Host a Thanksgiving potluck instead of cooking everything yourself. It will save you lots of time, which means less stress for you, but doesn’t take away from the holiday tradition.
Maybe you experience financial stress during the holidays. Hosting a Thanksgiving potluck not only saves you time, but also saves you money. Just imagine how much you’ll save by not having to buy food for the whole dinner. You can also relieve financial stress during the holidays by making DIY Halloween costumes and changing how you gift at Christmas.
If all else fails, laugh together! I know it sounds silly, but laughing activates and relieves your stress response. When you start laughing, your heart rate and blood pressure increases, then decreases as the laughing comes to an end. This stimulates the body’s circulation and helps you relax. And if you need a little help with laughing, check out these printable holiday jokes!
Positive Sleep Habits
Sleep is essential for the immune systems of both adults and kids, alike. Not getting enough sleep can lead to the body having a reduced ability to fight off infection. Creating and implementing a good sleep routine could be all your family needs to ensure everyone is getting enough sleep to stay healthy.
Your bedtime routine may look a little different than your kids’ bedtime routine, but there are still some of the same things to look for and incorporate in both.
Signs More Sleep is Needed
- Struggling to wake up in the morning.
- Difficulty concentrating during the day.
- Feeling sleepy throughout the day.
- Unusually irritable and moody towards others.
How to Get a More Restful Sleep
- Create a regular bedtime routine. This will look different for every family, so do what works for you.
- Before bed, incorporate your family’s favorite ways to unwind – read a book, listen to soothing music, etc.
- Avoid caffeine and sweets close to bedtime.
- Turn the electronics off – tablets, phones, TVs – to eliminate extra stimulation.
Anything that has to do with the body almost always improves with regular exercise. The same applies to the immune system. Exercise increases blood flow, reduces stress (hey, another stress-reliever) and can strengthen antibodies, allowing immune cells to perform more effectively.
During the holidays, as the weather starts to cool down, think about taking an evening walk or bike ride with the family before or after dinner. Round the neighborhood and enjoy all the holiday decorations.
Try a 10 minute family yoga session in the living room. Pick a free beginner video, like the one below, and start there. Who knows? It might become a regular activity your family does together once or twice a week.
Or how about a family-friendly game of holiday charades? Yes, that counts as exercise too. Everyone moves around as they act out their clue. And you know there’s going to be laughing involved, so you’re actually double dipping in stress relief.
There’s always the option to go straight to the source. No family lives a perfect life and no single person can effectively implement every tip here, every single day. So it makes sense to take a supplement that helps with immune support. Norm’s Farms ElderKids and Elderberry Organic Gummies are an easy and tasty way to help boost the immune system.
These gummies are made with black elderberry, a superfruit that’s packed with antioxidants and vitamins that support the immune system. And just 1-2 gummies a day, depending on age, is all it takes.
You may not be able to put a price on your family’s health, but you can certainly put a price on boosting their immune system! At $22.49, one bottle of Norm’s Farms ElderKids Organic Elderberry Gummies will provide kids ages 4-12 a full 2 month supply of immune support. One bottle of Norm’s Farms Elderberry Organic Gummies will provide adults and kids aged 12+ a 1 month supply of immune support. To make the deal even sweeter, you can save 10% with promo code MOM10.
My 8 year old son is becoming quite the reviewer of products. I first introduced Norm’s Farms ElderKids Organic Elderberry Gummies to him a couple of weeks ago. Cold and flu season is in full effect and our family’s holiday events start later this week. There is absolutely no room for illness in our house.
As the picky eater in the family, my son is always brutally honest about how things taste. He was pleasantly surprised at how delicious these elderberry gummies actually are. In his own words, he described them as “having sugar pellets in the middle, tasty for kids,” and says he’s “happy to have something helping his body fight off bad germs and bacteria.” Sounds like a win to me!
As for having sugar pellets in the middle, I was curious what he meant by that, so I tasted one myself. While there aren’t actually sugar pellets in the middle of the elderberry gummies, they do have a very sweet flavor. I can only imagine that’s what he was trying to relay. So after tasting the gummies myself, it’s easy to see why my son loves them so much. And the elderberry gummies for adults taste just as great!
My family is all geared up for the holiday fun ahead and I’m sure your family is too. And with these immune-boosting tips, we’re all prepared for the healthiest holiday season ever. Do you think you can get your family on board with all of them? I’ll bet it’s easier than you think. Cheers to a healthy and happy holiday season!
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