A Pharmacist’s Advice on how to have a Happy & Healthy Holiday Season

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Lisa King

I love the holiday season.  If you are like me, it is full of family, friends, shopping, eating and germs.  As much as I enjoy this time of year, I always end up getting a bad cold or a tummy bug that seems to occur at the worst time.  Luckily, this year I have a secret weapon and thanks to my friend, Lisa King sharing her insider tips, so do you!

I have been a big fan of Lisa’s blog, The Fulfilled Pharmacist and her Instagram page, @thefulfilledpharmacist for a long time  She always has  important health tips that are easy to understand and easy to incorporate into your daily life.  When I asked her to guest write a post for me about some tips for staying healthy during  the holiday’s, I was thrilled when she graciously accepted.

Lisa is an exceptional woman,  she is truly dedicated to helping people live their best, healthiest  lives possible.  To understand her passion, you need to know her story…………

How did you decide to pursue a career as a pharmacist?

This year I celebrated my 30th year as a pharmacist! I always knew I wanted to go into medicine but as a young college student my mind told me I didn’t want to have to get close enough to have to deal with blood or injuries so pharmacy was the perfect answer. My grandmother loved her pharmacist and always encouraged everyone to become pharmacists. I always say I was the only one who took her advice! I’ve always enjoyed pharmacy and knew I wanted to go into community pharmacy to have a close relationship with my patients. 

What part does nutrition and gut heath play in your wellness plan?

I started on a healthy living journey several years ago because my mom and sister are both breast cancer survivors. I soon learned how important food and nutrition really are as part of a wellness plan. That includes cold and flu season too! One of my top tips for staying healthy this year is to improve your gut health. A healthy gut not only boosts your immune system but also your mood which is so important during the stressful holiday season! 

To improve your gut health be sure to take a probiotic daily. Foods that are high in Probiotics include fermented foods and also yogurt. If you are following an anti inflammatory diet that does not include dairy there are also non dairy yogurts available like almond milk or coconut milk yogurt. 

Fruits and vegetables are a must this time of year! Not only are they nutrient dense but include fiber too. Fiber helps push the waste out of your GI tract which helps give you a healthy gut as well. 

Many people swear by Greens and green juices as a natural way to prevent the flu. Eating healthy foods really is one way to keep the doctor away! 

What do you have in your medicine cabinet at home?

I have a few key items  in my home medicine cabinet. 

  • Zicam which is an over the counter remedy that my family uses at the first sign of a cold. It contains zinc and zinc helps shorten the duration and severity of colds.
  • Thieves oil to diffuse or put on the soles of our feet when we feel a bit under the weather. 
  • Elderberry syrup which you can get at a natural grocery or even the pharmacy. This is also part of my family line up when we feel we may not feel our best.  
  • Vitamin D, it is great for helping to boost the immune system, especially for this time of year.

What are your best tips for staying healthy during this busy Holiday Season?

The holidays are a great time of year to spend time with family and friends and take care of yourself too! The best things in life are free and taking time to do those things really helps to renew your spirit which improves your health as well! One of the top things to remember during the holidays and all through the year is self care. Rest if you are tired and do not over schedule your plans. Rest and self care are important to stay well and stress free during the holiday season. 

Staying healthy for the holidays doesn’t have to be hard. Making a few tiny changes in your daily routine will truly help you feel your best so you can spend time with loved ones and doing the things you love! 

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Easy Advice to improve your health and life

 

Sometimes incorporating all of this into a wellness plan can seem overwhelming. I’m all about  tiny changes giving big results and even making small changes in your diet can lead to big results in better health. I talk about this in my coauthored book ‘ Tiny Life Changes’. 

This post is designed for some quick tips for the Holiday season. Lisa is  an expert at giving solid advice for living a healthy and happy life all year long.  She is a best selling author, her is the link to her book, Tiny Life Changes  Do yourself a favor, give this book a read, I promise you will be able to make some small changes that will really lead to big results!

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You can also follow Lisa on Facebook at The Fulfilled Pharmacist

 

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