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Routine changes can compromise health

During the holidays people tend to travel, eat out, shop, attend parties and stay up late. These factors can all weaken a person’s immune system and make him or her more susceptible to viruses and bacteria.

  • Alisha Mackintosh, allergy and immunity portfolio manager at Pharma Dynamics, gives tips on how to avoid the common triggers: Eating too much sugar weakens white blood cells. The effect can last for several hours after ingesting sugary food or drinks. ) Drinking too much alcohol can inhibit the body’s ability to fight infection. ) Staying up late can trigger migraines. ) Holiday shopping means handling cash more than usual. Money carries about 3 000 different types of bacteria. Wipe shopping trolleys with sanitising wipes before touching it, or wash your hands afterwards.) Traveling by plane heightens the risk of catching a cold by 80%. Boost your immunity before a plane flight by getting enough rest, eating healthy, managing stress and taking an immune-boosting supplement.) Dirty air conditioners could be harbouring harmful bacteria. Debug air conditioning systems at least every two years. ) Too many holiday demands could increase your stress load. Be aware of these stressors and take steps to manage the demands. ) Holidays mean more crowds and airborne germs thrive in crowded environments. Use a natural nasal spray which coats the nasal membrane, trapping viruses and other airborne allergens to keep you healthy. ) Never consume food or water from places where the risk of contamination is high.
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