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Five Tips to Reduce Holiday Stress

The information provided herein is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be construed as medical advice or to replace professional medical care. You should always seek the advice of a medical professional before starting any new medication or dietary supplement, as well as when starting new exercise regimens.

Each day you wake up, you put your best foot forward in working toward your wellness goals. With your holiday stress and sometimes – hectic schedule, that journey can be interrupted by a few hiccups. So, if you’re feeling a little less than your top-notch self, chances are your body is trying to tell you something. Don’t take your holiday stress management for granted. A lot begins (and ends) in the gastrointestinal tract, so it’s important to keep it supported.

Here are five holiday stress tips:

Give your diet attention.

Incorporate foods high in fiber and cut down on fatty foods. Fiber aids the digestion process, helping to move things along. Choose lean proteins, as well as plenty of fruits and vegetables. It can be easy for your eyes to get bigger than your stomach as holiday parties fill up the calendar, making it even more important to be highly conscious of your intake—use small plates, eat slowly and don’t forget to hydrate.

Manage your stress

An out of balance GI tract can have adverse effects on other elements of your wellness—and daily stress can put additional strain on your digestive system. Gift lists, travel and social engagements—while fun—can be hectic. Whether it’s a morning yoga routine or evening meditation, don’t forget to take care of your mental wellness. This time of year calls for special care and attention—and that includes your health.

Get your exercise

It’s cold, you’re busy and the excuses to put off that workout class get easier and easier. Not for you. Exercise and keeping your body moving can aid in taking care of your digestive system. Take a break from your desk chair throughout the day, make sure to make time for your morning run or spin class during your hectic weekly schedule, even a walk after every meal can be beneficial.

Remove bad habits

Small things that you might not even think about can make a difference in your digestive health. Drinks and treats are prevalent during the holidays—Late night snacking(even the healthy kind)doesn’t give your body much time for digestion and can lead to other unwanted effects. Also, consider having your lunch away from your desk. Give your meals your full attention and be conscious of what you’re eating. You may be a great multitasker, but in this case, it can do more harm than good.

Introduce probiotic supplements

All that overeating, trying new or rich foods, or holiday travel can impact your tummy! To support your wellness in one easy step, including at holiday time, try introducing a probiotic into your daily routine.* up4® Probiotics supplements selectively chosen probiotic strains designed to work naturally with your body for daily digestive and immune support.* up4® Adult is formulated to help balance the bacteria in the digestive tract to help relieve occasional digestive upset.* Your wellness goals are much more attainable when you’re pursuing them on healthy and stable ground. Take on your next adventure with up4® Probiotics, with selectively chosen probiotics trains to help support your digestive and immune health to help keep you well.*

A balanced GI tract supports a healthy you, so don’t forget about your tummy. Your story continues to grow, live it well. What are you up4™?