Brides have plenty to worry about the week of their wedding, but if you're a bit of a hypochondriac (like some over us here, oops) you can also add staying healthy to your list of concerns. To calm your worrying mind, here are five ways to make sure your maintain your health the week of the wedding. We also suggest that you just stay off WebMD... forever... for all of our sakes.
1. Avoid the Undercooked
Salmonella poisoning, while not common, is a real thing. If you're truly concerned about maintaining tip-top health, avoid raw fish, eggs, and meat the week of your wedding. You probably would have been fine eating that steak tartar or tuna sashimi, but with an event as big as your wedding coming up, why risk it?
2. Plan Ahead
Stress is not only mentally taxing, it also weakens your immune system. To keep your immunity high, get as much as possible done well in advance of the week of the wedding. We know, it's easier said than done and last minute issues will come up, but your body will appreciate the forethought.
3. Up the Vitamins
Proactively counteract stress by upping your intake of vitamins in the weeks leading up to your wedding. Incorporate foods rich in Vitamin C — like bell peppers, citrus, or broccoli — into your diet to prevent colds. Also consider taking Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Garlic, or Zinc supplements, as all are said to prevent illness and up your immunity.
__4. Sleep! __
Catching your zzzz's is a crucial part of staying healthy. Sleep not only boosts your immune system, it also keeps your skin glowing, your mood pleasant, and your mind sharp — all essentials in our book. If wedding planning has your mind too scrambled to sleep, consider taking a natural melatonin supplement to help you doze off.
5. Wash Your Hands
Yes, you're a functioning adult with good hygiene so you likely know to wash your hands, but did you know you should suds up at least five times a day? Doing so cuts your risk of illness nearly in half, so excuse us while we go run to the nearest sink ...