Your Healthy Holiday To-Do List

With the holiday season in tow, more and more of us are reaching for those fuzzy blankets, comfort foods, and the TV remote. Whether it’s just the festivity of the season or the unforgiving cold, we all seem to become homebodies during this time of year. However, it is important to avoid this behavior and maintain proper nutrition, exercise regularly and balance your hormones to prevent the onset of long-term diseases.

Stress Less

What should I bring to the potluck? What should I get my great Aunt? Where are my thanksgiving placemats? The holidays are a stressful time for anyone. Stress increases inflammation-promoting hormones in the bloodstreams to fight disease and start the healing process. However, prolonged inflammation can result in diseases such as atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disease, aging diseases and type II diabetes. Activities like yoga, specifically the alternate nose breathing exercise, have been associated with a reduced level of stress-related hormones in the body and concordantly a decreased risk of these chronic illnesses.

Try A Mediterranean Style Diet

It’s a new season, and a new you. If you are thinking about changing your diet, try a Mediterranean style diet. With a reduced emphasis on red meat and lots of nuts, fish, and vegetables, this diet is associated with a decreased chance of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.

Add Cinnamon

Cinnamon is not only just the go-to in your holiday desserts anymore. Studies show that a dose of about 120 mg of Cinnamon per day can help boost your metabolism. This magical spice is said to be anti-microbial, anti-cancer, cardioprotective, anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant.

Let Your Body Rest

With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, most of us seem to be getting less sleep, or more specifically, less deep sleep. Sleep deprivation and excess sleep are correlated with an imbalance of the hormones involved in regulating metabolism. This imbalance increases the level of glucose in your bloodstream and with it your risk of diabetes. Improper sleep is also associated with higher levels of stress and an increased perceptibility to pain. Shoot for 7 hours of sleep a night to give your body the care that it deserves.

It is crucial to remember that aging and its resulting symptoms can be prevented. By maintaining healthy habits like these throughout the holidays and consulting programs like HealthSpringMD, you can take your body into your control and attain optimal health.

Dr. Susan K. Linder is a Diplomat of the American Board of Anti-Aging, Functional & Regenerative Medicine. She is also board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, with a subspecialty board certification in Pain Management. Dr. Linder is the Medical Director of HealthSpringMD conveniently located in Fort Worth, TX. For more information on nutritional health, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, and overall Optimal Wellness visit Dr. Linder’s website or call today to reserve a seat at one of her free educational seminars 817-926- 7671.