Why Are the Holidays Stressful?

Why Are the Holidays Stressful?

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. It is also one of the most stressful times of the year. Throughout parties, gathering, shopping, over indulging on food and alcohol, we can put a lot of stress on our immune system. In addition to that our everyday life when sometimes includes poor posture, lack of sunlight, poor diet and we have the perfect combination to health issue. That’s why it’s important to take extra care and integrate a healthier life style

During the holidays we become very busy. Although many of our activities are joyous we also experience great stress from all of the social obligations that we are now a part of. Parties, family gatherings, shopping and over indulging in foods and alcoholic beverages can all strain our immune system. Add that to the regular everyday factors such as lack of sunlight, poor air quality and bad diet and you have a recipe for health problems. When the immune system experiences too much stress it can lead to a breakdown which makes us more susceptible to disease and infection. So during this time of year it is very important to incorporate strategies to keep your immune system strong and healthy.

Supplements that can aid in the healing process

  • Garlic: Natural antibiotic and can reduce free radicals in the bloodstream
  • Ginger: Treat stomach aches and fight off the flu.
  • Turmeric: Anti-inflammatory and will boost your immunity.
  • Green Tea: Numerous studies have shown that the antioxidant polyphenols in green tea help to fortify the immune system. A delicious cup of green tea can keep the flu and cold bug away


1. Room temperature water mixed with salt and honey and a squeeze of lemon, stay away from soda and coffee. Avoid alcohol, tobacco & sugar

2. Beyond a multivitamin, consider taking a calcium and magnesium supplement and extra antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E or grape-seed extract. An omega-3 supplement free of heavy metals will also boost immune function

3. Chicken soup inhibits inflammation and upper respiratory infections. Tasty ingredients, such as onions, garlic, sweet potatoes, carrots, celery and parsley, also exhibit medicinal properties.

4. In a recent study, ginger demonstrated antibacterial activity against pathogens removed from cold sufferers.

5. Green tea amplifies antioxidant activity, decreases inflammation, and helps fight the common cold. Try your green tea with natural honey, which boasts its own cold-fighting properties.

6. Wash your hands, but do not use antibacterial soaps which tend to increase the antibiotic resistant bacteria.

7. Savor sleep, give the body time to heal

8. Stop stress. Emotional stress weakens the immune system and the body’s natural cold-fighting abilities. Learn to meditate

9. Embrace exercise. A small amount of gentle exercise when you’re under the weather will help: Loosen built-up mucus and fluids. Strengthen the immune system. Produce feel-good hormones.

10. Commit to chiropractic care, to keep your immune system strong.

Yours In Health,
Dr. Thuraia Owais


Dr. Thuraia Owais is a Chiropractor and Clinic Director at our Mandarin, San Jose Chiropractic office. Our Mandarin office serves the chiropractic and natural healthcare needs of the communities of Mandarin, San Jose, Julington Creek, Nocatee, Switzerland, Fruit Cove, Orange Park, and Bartram Park.


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