Your Healthy Holiday To-Do List

Keep Unhealthy Habits In Moderation This Holiday Season With This Healthy To-Do List

holidays-eat-healthy-mediterranean-diet-stress-santa-christmas-sad-depression-susan-linder-top10md-blogWith the holiday season in tow, more and more of us are reaching for those fuzzy blankets, comfort foods, and Netflix. Whether it’s just the festivity of the season or the unforgiving cold, we all seem to become homebodies during this time of year. While this rest is much needed, it is important to keep this behavior in moderation. Make sure to keep some healthy habits in your schedule, like maintain proper nutrition, exercise regularly and balance your hormones to prevent the onset of long-term diseases.

Your Healthy To-Do List

Stress Less

The holidays are a stressful time for anyone. If it isn’t visiting relatives you aren’t thrilled about seeing or managing money when trying to get everyone you love a gift to remember, it can feel as if a lot is on your plate. Manage your stress. 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 a decreased risk of these chronic illnesses.

mediterranean-diet-holidays-healthy-food-susan-linder-top10md-blogTry 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. Even recent studies claim it may reduce your risk of depression if you’re prone to experience seasonal affective disorder.

Add Cinnamon

Cinnamon is not only just the go-to for 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 for a good night’s rest.

It is crucial to remember that aging and its resulting symptoms can be prevented. Take the steps necessary to keep your unhealthy habits in moderation.

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Susan Linder, MDDr. 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.