The festive seasons are a perfect time to get together with family and friends, be it by attending gatherings, doing some holiday shopping, or going on vacations together. The holidays are pressure free times of relaxation. So while enjoying the good times, how conscious are you about your health?
The reasons why our health may be compromised during the festive seasons:
- Consumption of excessive or unhealthy foods
- Excessive alcohol intake
- Sedentary routines (no or lack of exercise)
- Inadequate rest
In addition, holidays mean that places become more crowded, creating the ideal conditions for airborne germs to thrive. This increases one’s risk of getting sick, especially when one’s immune system is already weakened.
Here are some tips for you and your family to better protect yourself during the festive season.
EAT HEALTHY, SNACK WISELY
It’s easy to over-indulge and neglect healthy eating during these festive seasons. We should always be mindful of what we eat and stick to quality over quantity. You can use a plate to help keep track of your food intake to avoid binge eating. If you must indulge in seasonal treats like Kuih Kapit, Pineapple Tarts, or Peanut Cookies, remember to take everything in moderation. You may also opt for fruits, salads, or vegetables with a yogurt dip for healthy snacking!
CONTROL ALCOHOL INTAKE
Excessive alcohol consumption can raise your blood pressure and heart rate which may lead to a heart attack or stroke. To reduce the risk of alcohol-related issues, adults of legal drinking age are advised not to drink, or limit their alcohol intake to 2 drinks or less a day for men and 1 drink or less a day for women. If you don’t drink to begin with, don’t start, especially those with underlying health conditions.
GET MOVING & STAY ACTIVE
Allocating time for workouts during the festive season may not seem easy but you can definitely plan some activities such as going on walks or playing sports in your local park. Regular exercise increases your overall level of fitness, which in turn helps to boost your immune system and improve your heart health, helping you stay healthy throughout the festive season.
PRIORITIZE YOUR SLEEP
Sleep is an essential daily body function, playing a key role for maintaining optimal health. It aids in strengthening our cardiovascular and immune systems as well as regulating our metabolism. So, if you want to go through the festive season feeling rested and energetic, prioritize your sleep! Make sure you are getting at least seven hours of quality sleep every night.
Staying healthy over the festive season is easier than you think, all it takes is a bit of balance. Other than keeping up with a healthy lifestyle and diet, supplement yourself with BElixz SHIRUTO which contains high-potency fermented wheat extract (IP-PA1), Vitamin C and Beta-glucan which can help boost your immune system. BElixz BEFIL, on the other hand, is formulated with L-Arginine and CoQ10, and enhanced with Pomegranate, Beetroot and Tomato Extract which can help to improve your overall heart health.
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2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2022
3. Pflugers Arch. 2012