Your healthy post-holiday guide: Start 2021 off right

Your healthy post-holiday guide: Start 2021 off right

The holidays bring plenty of cheer and a healthy dose of seasonal stress – especially in 2020 as we navigated how to bring joy and wonder to the season while also being sensitive to social distancing and regional health guidelines.

This year, more than any other, don’t let the over-indulgence of the holidays cause you to slack on your own health and wellness.

The healthy post-holiday diet

The holidays can be a difficult time to eat healthily. Abundant leftovers and holiday fatigue make it easy to mindlessly consume. However, recent research indicates that the foods you eat can actually impact your likelihood of getting sick.

Start 2021, off right by choosing the right foods to reduce the risk of illness and the prevalence of inflammation in your body.

Holiday stress and your immune system

Chronic holiday stress can take a toll on your immune system. Cortisol creates an inflammatory response that causes a cascade of aches and pains. Stress is a vicious circle – the more stressed you are, the more prone you’ll be to engage in a not-so-healthy coping mechanism like eating inflammatory foods, smoking, or skipping out on sleep.

Look for ways you can proactively combat stress in the new year.

The well-adjusted holiday

Nagging low back or neck pain during the holidays can quickly turn into a flare-up that can last well into the new year.

By getting back on your chiropractic maintenance schedule, you’ll give your body the best opportunity to remain pain-free and yourself the best chance to start the new year off right.

By Dr. Bryen A. Bell, a Board-Certified Chiropractic Physician with over 20 years of professional experience. Contact Dr. Bell at True Potential Chiropractic family care facility. Call 503-574-4872 or visit