At DentalHouse, we believe in the importance of taking care of your overall health so that you can smile brightly and with confidence at Christmas and throughout the year.

Here are our 5 top tips for keeping your health in check this holiday season:

1. Don’t overindulge (too much)

Let’s face it, food plays a major role in the festivities of the season. Between Christmas and New Year’s, food excesses can lead to digestive troubles including indigestion and gastroesophageal reflux. The best way to prevent these issues is to moderate your food intake, and the best way to do that is to know when you’ve had enough. Try to eat slowly as the brain takes about 20 minutes to let you know you’re full. Fill half your plate with veggies and drink plenty of water, which will help with digestion.

2. Stay active

Don’t neglect your physical activities during the holidays. It’s even more important to stay active this time of year. Besides being good for your overall health, exercise can help you get rid of stress and forget about your worries for a while.

3. Prevent infections

Handshakes, kisses and hugs are great ways to spread infections like colds, flus and gastroenteritis. Prevent them by washing your hands often and keeping your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth. Also, remind people who are coughing or sneezing to cover their mouths with their elbows. A single cough or sneeze can project thousands of saliva drops into the air. Always keep a small bottle of antibacterial gel on hand—even better, leave a big bottle out for everyone to use—to protect yourself from the many viruses you’re sure to come into contact with over the holidays.

4. Watch out for food poisoning

it’s important to follow basic rules for safely preparing, manipulating, cooking and storing food: wash your hands often and thoroughly clean all cooking utensils and work surfaces; avoid cross-contamination (cooked or ready-to-eat foods coming into contact with raw meat or poultry); cook foods at recommended temperatures and refrigerate all leftovers right after a meal. Finally, remember to thaw the turkey in the fridge.

5. Take some “me” time

You may not have the time to take a spa day during the season’s festivities, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take a little time for yourself. Between cooking, hosting and (more than likely) last minute shopping, make sure you take a moment each day to just relax and clear your mind. Go for an evening stroll, listen to some relaxing music, or get lost in a good book.

And on that relaxing note, Merry Christmas!

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