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December 17, 2009

How To Stay Healthy For Hectic Holiday Travel!

By Liz Kaadou

Commoncold Holidays are hectic enough without the additional stress of planning glamorous get-a-ways during the busiest travel time of the year! This added anxiety coupled with the fact that our physical activity level decreases during the wrath of winter's weather, form the perfect formula to develop the dreaded common cold. Let's face it, what kind of vacation would it be if you were stuck in the hotel room surrounded by boxes of tissues, bundles of blankets, and massive amounts of medication? Not exactly what you had in mind? In order to save yourself from this sickening scenario, follow these simple suggestions to keep yourself in tiptop health for happy holiday travel!

1) Tea time anyone? Dutifully drinking herbal and spice teas are age-old options for furiously fighting off the common cold. Not only does tea have healing properties, but green tea for instance is loaded with antioxidants, is stress-reducing and has immune boosting components! Other excellent options include chamomile, rosemary, thyme and mint. Try Bigelow Organic Green Tea and sip your way to healthy holidays!

2) Catch some zzzz's before beginning your travel adventure! Making sure to get at least 8 hours of sleep a night will greatly reduce your susceptibility of transmitting the common cold. The more your body is able to rest, the better your immune system will be at fighting off any unwelcome germs!

3) Earnestly exercise! This is essential to a healthy lifestyle and of course making sure you are in high spirits for the holidays.  Working out on a regular basis has been shown to greatly bolster the immune system.  Cold weather is not an excuse to reduce your exercise regimen.  Buy some workout DVDs and utilize your home as an exercise venue. 

4) Take hot baths, it is that simple. Soaking in a bath for 20 minutes raises your body's temperature enough to sweat viruses out! It is definitely a great way to up your immunity before heading out of town to celebrate the holidays.

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