• Creating A Healthy Holiday Season

    by Dr. Susan Sklar
    on Dec 4th, 2014

This is such a hectic time of year. It is also a time of excesses. We tend to get lost in the holiday crush of spending, shopping and eating and, at the end of it, we’re sorry we weren’t more moderate. How about implementing some ideas right now for being more moderate?

Balance blood sugar. Blood sugar highs and lows drive primitive food cravings. If you get famished between meals, that’s a sign that your blood sugar is crashing. When blood sugar is low, you’ll eat anything. To better balance blood sugar, eat a small meal or snack that includes healthy protein, like seeds or nuts, every 3 to 4 hours. Glycemic Foundation is a high fiber, protein shake that keeps blood sugars even. I recommend it for breakfast if you are short on time and not able to snack during the day.

Decide your ideal bedtime: Lack of sleep contributes to mood disorders, weight gain, and fatigue. It’s especially important at this time of year to get enough sleep. Commit to turning off your computers, TV, smart phones, pads and tablets an hour before your ideal bedtime. Develop a bedtime routine to prepare your mind and body for sleep. It could be a cup of soothing tea, a warm bath, or best yet, a meditation prior to bedtime.

Go for a walk. Even a short walk, especially after meals, will significantly lower blood sugar following a meal. Be sure to schedule some exercise into your holiday schedule. It will be a stress reliever and weight management help.

Plan for sickness: These supplements will help you avoid seasonal illnesses like colds and the flu.
* VITAMIN D. Vitamin D is an important immune modulator. Maintaining good Vitamin D levels (in the 60-80 ng/ml range) will help you fight infection.
* PROBIOTICS. Much of your immunity resides in your gut. It is the first line of defense for many exposures to illness. Taking a good quality probiotic helps you fight infection.)
* IMMUCORE. If you do feel like you are on the verge of getting sick, take Immucore , a supplement that strengthens your immune system and can help to avoid getting a full blown illness. It is a preparation of immune mushrooms, zinc and vitamin C. Start out by taking 3 pills twice a day until your illness has passed.

Author Dr. Susan Sklar

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