‘Tis certainly the season to be jolly, with festivities now in full swing across the country. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Omisoka, don’t forget to look after yourself at this busy time!
Here are BPI Dental’s top 12 tips for a healthy Christmas:
1 - Drink lots of water
Staying hydrated will not only aid digestion when you eat all those rich meals, it will also help to counteract the additional glasses of bubbly you may indulge in!
2 - Stick to your oral health routine
Your teeth are for life, not just for Christmas! Maintaining the basics of brushing twice a day and cleaning between the teeth once a day (flossing or water flossing) will keep your smile bright for those festive party photos!
3 - Eat lots of fruit and veg
It’s just the boost your immune system needs to keep all those colds away for the big day. You may also consider taking a multivitamin supplement to help as well.
4 - Have a healthy breakfast every day
If you’re going to be running around in preparation for Christmas, a hearty breakfast will give you the fuel you need!
5 - Get plenty of sleep whenever you can
It helps the body and mind to function correctly and may help to reduce stress levels.
6 - Find time to relax and unwind
Just as sleep is important, so is taking some ‘me time’ between festivities.
7 - Put out snacks of nuts instead of chocolate
There’s no argument that we will be indulging over the Christmas period, but simple swaps like nuts instead of chocolates will offer a healthier alternative.
8 - Offer cheese instead of pudding
Another healthy swap is to offer cheese instead of sweet pudding after dinner. Cheese is believed to offer several (sometimes surprising) health benefits, plus it is great for your bones and teeth!
9 - Avoid too much alcohol
Many of us at BPI Dental will certainly be enjoying a glass of wine or two, but it’s important to try not to go crazy, both for the sake of your health and your family’s!
10 - Keep moving
Going for a walk after a big dinner helps burn off some of the food you’ve eaten and aids digestion. Alternatively, games like charades will help get you moving around, while those like trivial pursuit will exercise your brain instead.
11 - Do something self-less
Whether that’s donating to charity, inviting a lonely neighbour to dinner, giving jumpers to a homeless person or volunteering at a local community event, giving something back is what this time of year is all about.
12 - Enjoy yourself!
From everyone at BPI Dental, we hope you have a fantastic, happy and healthy Christmas!