The holidays are upon us and that means family gatherings, parties with friends, and lots of opportunities for germs to spread. As the weather cools down, more and more people host events indoors, which means we’ll be in close proximity with many others. If someone is feeling under the weather, the chances of catching a cold or the flu increase, especially when everyone is gathered together. Desert Wellness wants to make sure you’re ready to manage the holidays this season without sacrificing your health so you can start 2020 off right. That’s why we’re excited to announce a new, easier way to order your supplements online. All you need to do is click on the link provided to order your Immune Support Kit so you’re well equipped to battle the toughest germs this cold and flu season. When paired with the following preventative measures, your body will be at its best so you can successfully manage the holidays.

Up Your Vitamin D Intake

High levels of vitamin D are linked to stronger immune systems and a greater ability to fight infections. However, many people don’t get enough naturally occurring vitamin D. Regular exposure to sunlight isn’t always sufficient and when it’s not, it’s important to supplement your diet. To make sure you’re getting adequate amounts of vitamin D, consider getting a blood test. Your doctor will test your levels and offer recommendations to remedy any deficits for a stronger immune system.

Keep Germs at Bay

Since germs can thrive on any surface, it’s important to stop them in their tracks. The most effective way to reduce the spread of germs is to wash your hands regularly, especially after using the bathroom and prior to eating. Use a generous amount of soap and scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds before rinsing. To make sure you’re instilling lifelong healthy habits in your family, teach your children how to wash their hands using a song. Carry hand sanitizer with you for those moments you don’t have access to soap or running water.

If you’re preparing food for your friends or family this holiday, make sure you always wash your hands before handling any ingredients and after touching any raw meat or eggs.

Avoid Cross Contamination

We try to teach our children to share, but sometimes they need to keep things to themselves. This is especially true of food and drinks. Avoid sharing any food or drinks to reduce the spread of germs. Oftentimes, things are contagious before symptoms present themselves, so avoiding cross contamination is a great way to reduce your chances of catching a cold or the flu. Consider packing extra snacks to share and a personal water bottle for school lunches.

Get Some Shut Eye

We know that holidays bring stress and endless to-do lists, but don’t neglect your sleep schedule. Getting a healthy amount of sleep each night is one of the best ways to keep your immune system working at its best. If the kids are on break from school for the holidays, make sure they stick to their regular sleeping schedules. Aim for 11-12 hours of sleep per night for 3-5 year olds, 9-11 hours for 6-12 year olds, 9 hours for teenagers, and 7-8 hours for adults.

Eat for Nutrition

Just because the holidays are here, doesn’t mean you have to throw your healthy habits out the window. Try to eat for nutrition first and then allow yourself to indulge on some of your favorite holiday foods. Keep your diet full of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains for optimal immune boosting powers. To help keep things interesting, try finding some new, healthy holiday recipes to try this year. Hydration also plays a big role in immune function, so aim for more water and less eggnog.

Schedule an IV Treatment

Sometimes, we need a little outside help. A great way to help manage the holidays this year is to schedule an IV treatment. IV therapy treatments work with your body to help boost your natural immune system and prevent disease. IV therapy will restore your body’s hydration and help you feel your best. Vitamin injections are also a great way to help you maintain optimal health throughout the year.

Boost Your Immune System

To complement your IV treatment, order one of our Immune Support Kits. Our Kids Kit ($39) comes with great tasting Vital Kids Berry Well Immune Support, a uniquely concentrated botanical formula containing Elderberry Extract, and Zinc Plus Lozenges. Our Adults Kit ($49) includes Rapid Immune Support, Zinc Plus Lozenges, and Immune Tea.

To learn more about managing the holidays and staying healthy year ‘round, contact the doctors at Desert Wellness Center today. We offer same or next day appointments and can get you and your family feeling better quicker. With our Immune Support Kits, cold and flu prevention is easier than ever since you can now order the supplements you need online through us. When paired with our IV Therapy and Vitamin Injections, you’ll fight off illnesses and feel your best.