THE 12 DAYS OF sickness
Christmas is a time to be jolly, but many people also feel sniffly, itchy or queasy. These quick tips will help you stay healthy during the festive season.
Dusty decorations can make asthmatics wheeze. Maintain your preventative asthma plan, keep relievers handy and shake decorations outside before decking the halls.
COLDS AND FLU
Christmas is a time to share – but not germs. Wash hands regularly and avoid hugs and kisses with any family members who are sick.
Decorating, constructing swing sets and long hours in the kitchen can all lead to backaches. Bend knees when lifting, stretch regularly and rest often.
Avoid tummy aches with portion control. Plum pud is a treat, not a meal!
CHRISTMAS TREE SYNDROME
Mould spores on live Christmas trees can cause hay fever symptoms. Hose down the tree and dry outside before bringing indoors. Keep your house cool and ventilated.
Cold sores pop up when you’re stressed or run down. Lysine supplements can help reduce symptoms, but anti-viral creams are also available over the counter.
Whether from financial strain, family tension or just the chaos of Christmas, manage stress by getting quality sleep and delegating jobs.
Avoid midday sun, apply a broad-spectrum, high-SPF sunscreen every day and always wear a hat and sunglasses.
Keep hot food steaming hot and cold food icy cold. Ensure meat is cooked through and put leftovers in the fridge fast.
Keep track of how much you’re drinking and alternate with water. Be conscious of foods or drinks with hidden alcohol, like cocktails, egg nog and boozy fruit cake.
Rich, fatty foods and alcohol can cause indigestion and heartburn. Probiotics may help, but prevention is better than cure.
According to the American Heart Foundation, more heart attacks occur on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day than at any other time. All these tips can help reduce your chances of a heart attack, but be aware of symptoms and call emergency services on 000, or 111 in NZ, if concerned.