Sick at Christmas?

12 Days of Sickness

Too much celebrating over the Holidays can result in a few ‘sick days’  that could dampen your spirits.  Here are a few possible solutions to help you avoid the ‘sick’ days of Christmas.

On The 1st Day of Christmas my true love gave to me…The Flu  Perhaps the most common of all winter ailments, the flu will usually pass within a week or so. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep and plenty of fruit and veggies in your diet to keep your body’s defenses alert.

On the 2nd Day of Christmas my friends watch out for me… Alcohol Poisoning  Keep an eye on your friends during end of year parties when drinks of ‘Cheer’ welcome in the New Year. Alcohol poisoning isn’t a condition to take lightly. How much and how fast you drink can increase the chance of our 911 buddies escorting us to the hospital; so remember to pace yourself, even if everybody else isn’t doing the same.

On the 3rd Day of Christmas French Hens not good for me…Food Poisoning  The best way to avoid food poisoning is to make a plan of what needs to go into the oven and when, and remember that overloading your oven can reduce oven temperature and affect cooking times.

On the 4th day of Christmas some Desserts are bad for me… Allergic Reaction

The traditional Christmas dinner certainly presents hazards for those with severe food allergies. Prawn cocktail (shellfish allergies) and sprouts roasted with chestnuts (nut allergies) are just two potential triggers for those prone to food allergies. If you’re having people over, checking everyone’s dietary requirements beforehand and making your guests aware of any potential allergens is essential.

On the 5th day of Christmas the bathroom was the place to be…Diarrhea

Watch out for overindulgence of rich foods you’re not used to eating. Running to the bathroom frequently can put a damper on the party and on your wardrobe! Imodium is your friend.

Stay tuned next week for 5 more days of sickness…

 

 

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Pam Batey

Moved to Tanglewood in August 2016, with husband, Steve and dog, Maggie. Retired Paramedic, now continuing my hobby writing short stories and information in the "You and Your Health" Section of the newsletter. Active Member of Tanglewood Community Church.