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Natural Solutions for 5 Common Holiday Ailments

By Dr. Carrie Jones Expert HERWriter
 
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'Tis the season to overeat, overspend, over-travel, over-stress, and over-do-it until New Year's Day ... and then people plan their resolutions to get healthier.

Since Thanksgiving, many find themselves throwing caution to the wind and bending their typical health rules in favor of the holiday season. Exercise decreases, sugar consumption increases and people find themselves sleeping less, which all leads to unpleasant symptoms.

1) Heartburn/over-eating

No explanation needed here. Thanksgiving was delicious. Sunday dinner divine. Baking desserts required multiple samplings, as did the cookie exchange. The office party was over the top, and everyone has chocolate on their desk.

There are many over-the-counter treatment options. Consider drinking 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar or real lemon juice in some warm water before meals to stimulate digestion.

Take digestive enzymes to help break the food down better. For heartburn use 1-2 teaspoons of baking soda in a little water to neutralize the acid.

2) Constipation

Did the above foods cause a major backup? Time to get serious about colon motility and get things moving again.

Remember to stay hydrated and drink a lot of water. Increase fiber through vegetables or consider using a fiber supplement to bulk up stools. Induce movement with 200-500 mg of magnesium or 2000-4000 mg of vitamin C taken at night before bed.

3) Insomnia

Late nights with the family, poor dietary choices during the day, alcohol-infused parties, stressing over holiday financial obligations, and unfamiliar beds while travelling can all lead to insomnia.

Consider 1-3 mg of melatonin before bed, which is known to maintain sleep. Taking 1-3 mg of magnesium used for constipation can also help with sleep. Drinking a calming night time tea with herbs such as valerian, chamomile or lavender may help.

4) Sore muscles

With all this winter weather, many are enjoying winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding, sledding, and snowshoeing, which lead to sore muscles at the end of the day.

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