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Have A Healthy & Happy Holiday Season!

We all know it can be hard to stay healthy during the holidays. Amid all the holiday stress, comfort foods and various gatherings, it can be difficult to stay on track. Luckily, there are some smart ways to make healthy choices.

Stay Active
We all lead busy lives, and for whatever reason, it seems to be heightened as the year draws to an end. Our normal routines are inundated with parties, shopping, special traditions and more, but we must remember to make our health a priority. Despite a busier schedule, you should still set aside some time to exercise. Remember,  a little goes a long way and something is better than nothing.

Keep Plates Small & Colorful
Indulging during the holidays can feel like a tradition for many of us. To prevent yourself from going overboard, choose small plates and fill them with naturally colored foods (think fruits and vegetables). Bu choosing fruits and vegetables, you are getting more nutrients and less calories, which is a win-win. If you can’t commit to a full plate, set a goal for filling at least half of your plate with fruits and vegetables.

Make A Healthy Dish
To make it easy on the host or hostess, most gatherings are potluck style, which works in your favor. You can choose to bring a healthy dish so that you have a smart option if the rest of the food available is too heavy. And while it’s fine to sample the other dishes, it’s important to be mindful of portions.

Watch Those Drinks
Eggnog and hot chocolate are nearly synonymous with the holiday season. They can be a nice treat, but if you drink too much, you’ll end up with an excess of sugar and calories. The same goes for soda, alcohol, and other sweet drinks that often take the place of water at holiday events. Stay hydrated and healthy by drinking water and remember that beverages also affect our caloric intake.

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Friendly reminder, in order for our staff to enjoy the holidays, we will be closed on Monday & Tuesday December 24-25, 31, 2018 and January 1, 2019. We appreciate your understanding.

Season’s Greetings from the Brick family to yours!

How To Stay Healthy During Flu Season

To avoid getting sick this flu season, ignore those juices and supplements which claim to “boost your immunity” or “support immune function” as these are simply marketing terms. Instead, make sure you are eating your way to a healthy immune system all year long.

When it comes to getting sick, there are a number of factors that can influence your susceptibility. After being exposed to a virus, these factors determine whether you actually get sick, and the severity of it.

First off is your pre-existing immunity, either from being previously exposed to a similar strain or through a vaccine. It is said that the first flu strain you were exposed to can affect your protection against new strains.

The status of your immune system plays a role as well. For example, people with untreated HIV or those who have just received a bone marrow transplant have weakened immune systems and, therefore, cannot fight off infections like healthier people can.

Age is also a factor, with the very young and elderly often experiencing more severe flu symptoms.

And, not surprisingly, what you eat matters. A healthy diet supports a healthy immune system. It should include protein as well as micronutrients such as vitamins C, A, and E and zinc. The best way to get your nutrients is through a varied diet with sufficient amounts of proteins and a variety of fruits and vegetables.

Whether you eat a healthful diet or not, you are likely getting your nutrients through fortified packaged foods (ex. cereal). Though relatively uncommon in the United States, nutrient deficiency does occur. According to the Centers For Disease Control (CDC), less than 10% of the population is deficient in micronutrients. Those at risk are vegans who are not careful about their food choices and elder adults whose diets are limited and monotonous.

If you are neither malnourished nor nutrient deficient, taking extra vitamins will not “boost” your immune system or prevent you from getting sick. While vitamin C is believed to be beneficial in warding off sickness, it does not prove to reduce the incidence of colds. However, some evidence shows that it may cut down the duration of the cold. Still, it is better to get nutrients by eating fruits and vegetables rather than using supplements or fancy juices.

The best way to stay healthy and keep your immune system in tip top shape is to consume a healthful diet, get sufficient sleep, exercise, keep up with flu and pertussis vaccinations, avoid sick people, and wash your hands.

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Warm up at the Brick Your Neighborhood Deli in Pomona. Choose from our signature sandwiches, fresh salads, soup of the day, and our variety of desserts. We’re open weekdays from 10:30am-7:30pm and Saturdays from 10:30am-4:30pm. We hope to see you soon!