Look Younger and Feel Better this Holiday: How to Boost Your Immune System

With every year that passes, the holiday photo changes just a bit. You and your family pose every December for the photo, and every year, you ask yourself, “Is that really what I look like?” Maybe you weren’t feeling your best when the camera flashed. Winter is cold and flu season, after all. Regardless, you want to look younger in this and next year’s family portrait.

If this is you, there are some changes that you can make that will help you achieve your goal. Are you ready for your holiday close-up?

Look younger this holiday season with these tips:

Choose a Healthy Lifestyle to Look Younger

Looking younger starts with your lifestyle. If you don’t practice healthy habits, your anti-aging efforts will be for naught. Healthy habits also keep your immune system working properly, which is essentially what keeps you feeling good.

Try practicing these healthy lifestyle choices to look younger:

  • Exercise for 30 minutes, three times per week.
  • Get control of your blood pressure.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Get more sleep.
  • Add more fruits and vegetables to your diet.

Learn Some Strategies to De-Stress

Stress is a major contributor to feeling poorly during the holidays. With all the preparations that need to be completed, it’s no wonder! If you find yourself getting overwhelmed, take 15 minutes and practice one or more of these stress reduction techniques:

  • Meditate in a quiet room.
  • Practice deep breathing.
  • Be in the present moment.
  • Ask others for help.
  • Listen to what your body is telling you.

Re-Evaluate Your Diet

When it comes to feeling good, diet is a very important variable of the health equation. What you put into your body can have immediate and lasting effects on how you look, feel, and even think! Nutrient deficiencies can affect immune responses, which can lead to you getting sick. If you feel you’re not getting enough vitamins and minerals, increase your intake of fruits and vegetables. Still feel deficient? Take a multi-vitamin.

Get Up and Move!

One thing is true about an aging body—if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it! If you want to look and feel better (barring any medical obstacles), there really is no better solution than getting exercise. You don’t have to do an intense workout, either! Instead of sitting in front of the TV, take a walk. Going out to eat too often? Try cooking at home. Because exercise improves cardiovascular health, and your immune system depends on good circulation to function properly, getting the proper amount of exercise can prevent you from getting sick this holiday season.

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