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6 ways #adulting during the holidays takes guts

(BPT) - The holiday season is full of wonder and merriment, but in between the hustle and bustle, there are challenging moments that hit at the essence of what it means “to adult.” You can either say bah-humbug or build up the guts to conquer these holiday responsibilities … literally and figuratively.

The “gut” is considered the core of your body’s overall health and well-being and can affect your entire body, including mood, memory, immunity, digestion and more. Check out these six common #adulting holiday moments that take guts, followed by the No. 1 way to survive them.

Engulfing indulgent foods takes guts

Hello holiday meals, endless buffets and dessert indulgences at family gatherings, work celebrations and “Friendsgiving.” You tell your kids to limit themselves, but it can be hard to resist the goodies yourself. Those rich holiday foods and treats can take a toll on your stomach. So if you’re finding it too hard to just say no, remember this: Bacteria in your gut sends molecules out, making certain foods taste great and others taste not so great. A healthy gut can help fight food cravings, as well as help protect against stomach discomforts after eating a huge, rich meal.

Dodging germs takes guts

'Tis the season for sharing, except when it comes to germs. Now that we’re indoors due to colder temps, you're exposed to microscopic germs and viruses everywhere — in school, at the office, in your own home — you just can't hide from them. Did you know that 70 percent of your immune system is in your gut? Boost your immunity with a healthy gut and wash those hands frequently.

Overcoming crazy holiday schedules takes guts

Capturing the perfect family photo for your holiday card, attending ugly sweater parties and shopping for just the right gift for everyone on your list are just a few of the things on your to-do list. No matter how much you plan ahead, the holidays are still hectic. And when the sun goes down before 5 p.m., it makes it hard to motivate “after hours.” Make time for yourself and savor the simple things. Keep in mind a healthy gut can help lower stress, improve mood and expand energy levels so you can handle the craziness and keep up with the pace.

Avoiding potential baking blunders takes guts

You may be making something new for a holiday feast or have been tasked with perfecting Grandma's famous cookies while keeping your kid’s hands out of the dough. Either way, it’s a lot of pressure to tackle new recipes. Maintaining a healthy gut is the stress-busting secret ingredient to helping keep your cool no matter how it turns out.

Traveling takes guts

Whether it's a delayed flight, untamable kids in tow, a sick seatmate on the train or a lack of healthy convenient food options, traveling during the holidays takes patience, persistence and guts. Not only is your body more susceptible to getting sick while traveling, the gluttony takes a toll on the gut leaving you feeling discomfort and tired. Be prepared and boost your immunity beforehand by taking care of your gut.

Getting a good night’s sleep takes guts

Whether you’re on the couch, in a hotel room or bed-sharing with your kid to free up space for visiting relatives, holidays can disrupt sleep. Try to maintain a regular bedtime, plan for adequate rest (7-8 hours each night), and remember that a healthy gut helps improve sleep.

So how do you achieve a healthy gut and power your potential to survive these common holiday season #adulting situations? Nutrition experts agree that one of the most efficient and impactful ways to bring balance to the digestive tract is with a daily probiotic like Renew Life Ultimate Flora Probiotics, recommended for their blends of multiple strains and billions of live cultures, which reflect the natural diversity in the gut. Visit www.RenewLife.com/gutcheck to take an interactive quiz to identify which probiotic is right for you.

 
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