Hats and scarves are more than accessories. Keeping your neck, throat and head covered will discourage external pathogens from attacking and causing illness.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This old saying still holds true. Boost your immune system with acupuncture and/or a preventive herbal formula, such as Jade Windscreen.
Give your digestive system a hand by eating cooked foods and warm beverages rather than raw foods and cold drinks during the cold weather. Foods that are in season, such as sweet potatoes, yams, and squash, are particularly strengthening at this time of year.
While enjoying the holiday delicacies, be aware of your sugar consumption. Research has shown that your natural immunities plummet for several hours after eating sugar.
Work with the flow of nature. The winter is the most yin time of year. It is meant for us to rest, to look inward, to contemplate and to renew our energy in preparation for the spring when the yang begins bursting forth in new growth. So listen to your body if you find you need more sleep or more solitary time.
Keep your first line of defense working. Your skin and mucous membranes are natural physical barriers to illness. Drink plenty of water to keep them moist and healthy. You will be less likely to touch them with contaminated hands and to scratch or cut the skin, which leaves an entrance for germs. In addition, adequate water intake helps your body efficiently process food and eliminate waste and toxins, as well as keeping your mood up.