Holiday Smarts: Did You Know?

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Filed Under: General Health
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Turkey is a good source of crucial B vitamins.* Turkey, like other poultry, is a good source of crucial B vitamins, including niacin, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12, which are important to healthy brain and nervous system function.

* Acetaminophen in conjunction with alcohol can damage your liver, sometimes fatally. Instead, if you have a hangover headache, steep wintergreen tea for 10 minutes and spike it with as much hot pepper sauce as you can tolerate.

* You can enjoy some holiday indulgences without jeopardizing your weight or your health by exercising before breakfast. This forces your body to burn stored fat for energy, rather than relying on the food you just ate.

* When feasting at a holiday gathering, remember that a serving size of animal protein is about the size of a deck of cards and a serving of plant protein is the size of a tennis ball.

* Adding ginseng to your daily regimen can help your body adapt to holiday stress, and boosts your physical and mental function. There are many types of ginseng products out there; look for one with a standardized percentage of ginsenosides, the active component in ginseng, and take as directed during the holidays.

* To protect the air quality in your home, make sure the candles you burn this holiday season have lead-free wicks.

Now it’s your turn: Do you have a holiday season tip to share?

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