By: Annie Morgan
There’s nothing worse than being sick around the Christmas season.
And if you pride yourself on staying healthy throughout the year, you may be wondering why every Christmas season you suddenly come down with a wide range of health issues – from running eyes to a stuffy nose – and even a headache or difficulty breathing.
As it turns out, there are many Christmas traditions that could actually be making you sick.
From breathing in toxic fumes from a new Christmas candle to stuffing your body with junk food (while not getting enough sleep)– you’ve just created the perfect storm.
And with your immune system lowered and your body full of toxins – the odds of getting sick are definitely in your favor.
So if you’re wondering what gives, be sure you aren’t falling prey to these common culprits.
Perhaps someone in your home received a new Christmas candle and you are enjoying the fresh scent.
And sure, the “peppermint” or “holly berry” aroma might smell good at first, but as Freedom Health previously reported – you are breathing in a lot of harmful toxins.
Candles contain everything from a phony “fragrance” that they won’t even list (to keep the ingredients a secret) to harmful chemicals which are known carcinogens.
In fact, according to Wellness Mama, the same toxins released from paraffin candles are also found in diesel fuel fumes!
No wonder you are getting headaches!
Stick to diffusing essential oils instead.
Christmas Food Traditions
You might think nothing of sipping a glass or two of eggnog with your family while enjoying a piece of fruitcake.
Then comes the tradition of sampling all the caramel and “cheese” popcorn tins.
And before you know it, you’re completely stuffed.
Suddenly a few hours later, your stomach begins to hurt. And then you wake up the next morning feeling inflamed and swollen.
Well, that’s what happens when you pump your body full of gluten, sugar, and junk!
Just because a food has been a tradition in the past, doesn’t mean you need to keep it going.
Introduce some new keto-friendly foods this Christmas, your body will thank you.
Staying Up All Night Long
Maybe you started this tradition as a child – waiting up all night for Santa (or not being able to sleep because of the excitement).
And today, with all the holiday stressors like entertaining, wrapping presents, and cleaning before your house is full of people the next day, you might feel like sleep is a luxury you simply do not have.
Except by not sleeping, you are compromising your immune system.
And skipping on sleep to partake in the Christmas magic is bound to leave you sick.
Your Health Matters
It might be easy to give yourself a “free pass” this Christmas season to eat whatever you want and forgo sleep.
But everything has a price – and your body will end up feeling the brunt of your decision.
Instead, enjoy Christmas with your family – make sure to cook up some tasty and keto-friendly treats, ditch the scented candles, and get plenty of sleep!
As a bonus, make sure to check out the ways you can boost your immune system naturally!
Do you find yourself getting sick around Christmas?
Which of these 3 Christmas novelties is hardest for you to give up?
Tell us your thoughts in the comments below and be sure to share this article with your friends and family to let them know which Christmas novelties could be making them sick!