NorthCrest Q/A: Stay Healthy Through the Holidays

This year, Christmas looks a lot different than it used to. As the pandemic surges on, it’s normal to question how you can enjoy the holiday season while still prioritizing your health and safety.

To help you make the most of the season, we’re answering a few of your top questions on how to stay healthy through the holidays.

How to Stay Healthy Through the Holidays

  1. How can I safely gather with family and friends for the holidays? 

As the pandemic continues to escalate in Tennessee, we suggest limiting gatherings to no more than eight people. If you plan on gathering with high-risk friends and family, it’s suggested that you quarantine at least 14-days before gathering. When together, it’s important to maintain a social distance of six or more feet and wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose. Want to gather with out-of-state family? Instead of traveling, try hosting your dinner via Zoom this year!

  1. How can I distinguish between the flu and COVID-19? 

Unfortunately, the flu and COVID-19 have similar symptoms, including sore throat, stuffy nose and fever. If you start experiencing any of these symptoms, we recommend visiting your doctor for appropriate testing and self-quarantining to reduce the potential spread.

To learn more about the difference between the flu and COVID-19, click here to view our latest interview with Brittany Jepson, PA-C

  1. How can I boost my immune system during the winter months? 

As we all continue to quarantine and work-from-home, it can be hard to focus on overall wellness. As a result, our immune systems may not be working as hard as normal, increasing our risk of illness. Here are some things you can do to boost your immune system: 

– Get an adequate amount of sleep

– Consume vitamin-packed fruits and vegetables

– Incorporate healthy supplements like Vitamin-C and Zinc

– Move your body for at least 30-minutes a day

  1. Are there any foods I should avoid this holiday season?

Between the holiday meals and celebrations, it’s easy to overload on food that can have a negative impact on your health. Foods that contain high amounts of sugar, saturated fat and salt have shown to greatly increase the risk of heart attack or stroke in adults. While it’s not as threatening to enjoy these foods every once in a while, we recommend keeping these substances out of your regular diet, including red meat, soda, baked goods and processed meats.

  1. Is it safe to visit the doctor right now? 

Yes! In fact, we encourage you to visit a healthcare professional as soon as you or a loved one experiences concerning symptoms. Especially before coming in contact with at-risk friends or family, it’s important to stay on top of your health and get appropriate health screenings to reduce the risk of spreading infections. 

With the new year right around the corner, NorthCrest is ready to help you achieve your health goals in 2021. To schedule your next appointment and get started towards a healthier you, visit us online at or give us a call at (615) 985-4100.