This Holiday Season, Don't Get Sick!

Over the last few days, I've been out and about and coming into contact with people from all walks of life. You wouldn't have to look at a calendar to be able to guess that it's the holiday season: the pinched faces and muttering under the breath are just a few of the symptoms of stress on display.

I'm also hearing people cough throughout the stores, complaining of sore throats, headaches and lethargy. All signs our bodies are under stress. If you know me at all, you know I've got just the things to help get through the holidays in one piece.

Lemons to the Rescue

First and foremost, fresh organic lemons are a must. I use fresh squeezed lemon juice in my filtered water and drink a minimum of 64 ounces every day. I also use it in warm water first thing in the morning to help flush out any toxins that built up overnight.

The main thing I use it in during cold and flu season is my "special tea." It's nothing more than warm to hot water (with or without a tea bag), 1 tablespoon of honey and 2-3 tablespoons of lemon juice. If you're congested,coughing, or have a sore throat, this is better than any over-the-counter medicine on the market. Ask anybody that's ever been sick at my house and they'll tell you... this is the cure.

Mint for Relaxation

The next thing in my bag of tricks is mint tea. I drink a cup at night to help me wind down from the craziness of my day. As soon as I smell it, my body starts to relax enough so that when I crawl into bed, I can close my eyes and fall asleep.

Rest is one of those elusive things we all know we need but can never seem to get enough of. Adding lavender to your pillow will also help you catch some zzz's.

Two Things to Avoid

Along with those 2 do's, I have 2 don'ts: sugar and alcohol.

As much as those 2 things can be the siren song, calling and pulling you towards the rocks, if you are on the verge of getting sick, resist the temptations.

Sugar feeds illness and disease. I know personally that when I'm sick, I crave things with sugar. As much as I might want it in the moment, I know it's the thing that will keep me sick and ain't nobody got time to be sick!

Instead, opt for chicken bone broth and anything with apple cider vinegar in it. Totally not the same, I know, but those things will actually make you feel better and heal faster.

Alcohol and holidays go hand-in-hand. It's hard to avoid and, in times of stress, it's often the go-to stress-reliever. Problem is that when you add alcohol to a body already at a tipping point, you are bound to get sick.

You are less likely to sleep well after a night of drinking. For the record, passing out is not the same as getting a restful sleep. The other thing that happens with the addition of alcohol is you might be more inclined to indulge on foods usually on your "Naughty" list. Trust me, I've been there, done that. The end result? Sick.

Holidays are stressful enough without trying to get through them operating at anything less than 100%. More importantly, the people you bought all those gifts for? They might be less than thrilled at the idea of spending time with you as you cough and sneeze all over the nog.