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How to Have Your Cake and Eat it Too This Holiday Season

After a close inspection of our professional development calendar and a peek at next year’s desk calendar — still wrapped in cellophane — we’ve finalized our holiday schedule and office hours here at BioDesign Wellness Center.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • We will be closed beginning Saturday, Dec. 22, for some advanced training and a well-deserved holiday break for all of our doctors, nutritionists, health coaches and back-office staff.
  • We will reopen at 9 a.m. sharp on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019.

If you have a need to call our Tampa Functional Medicine practice with any important or urgent health issues over the holidays, our answering service will be taking messages and we will return calls on Dec. 27 & 28. If you have a medical emergency, please do not call BioDesign Wellness. Instead, call 911 or go directly to the emergency room.

We are so grateful for our patients

Now that we’ve got all that out of the way, we wish you and your families a fantastic holiday season and a healthy and happy New Year!

We were just talking about the past year and reflecting on the hundreds of patients who became empowered to take charge of their own health by making permanent lifestyle changes in 2018.

We’d certainly like to take credit for some of that improvement, but it’s truly you — our ambitious patients — who did the heavy lifting.

And speaking of diets, the holidays always present the opportunity to forego your exercise and eating regimen in exchange for unhealthy foods or beverages that magically appear at nearly every gathering you attend during the next few weeks.

Because we care so much about your health and well-being, below is information on supplements that can often alleviate some of the suffering, bloating, or indigestion you’re likely to experience as a result of poor food and drink choices.

Keeping in mind that moderation is the key, here are some items you can take when you do overindulge — and right now, we’re offering a 20 percent discount on each of these:

  • Antioxidants: For those who might consume a little too much alcohol, we recommend Liposomal glutathione, which is encased in fatty acids that improve the delivery of glutathione to the cells that need it. (See our previous post, “Glutathione Treatments 101,” for information on the health-related benefits of glutathione.)

  • Gluten Supplements: Gluten Flam is a supplement featuring enzymes and amino acids that protect the intestinal lining against any inflammation caused by gluten. That’s good news for those who might accidentally ingest some holiday gluten often found in baked goods or meals you may eat at restaurants.

    But it doesn’t mean you can eat as much gluten as you want — especially if you have celiac disease or have a sensitivity to gluten. For those who don’t want to stand out from the crowd this holiday season, the Gluten Flam supplement enables you to ingest small amounts of gluten.

  • GlutAloeMine — Another supplement — features four natural ingredients that help protect the stomach lining from all acid-forming foods, thus helping you limit your exposure and reduce the side effects of acid reflux.

  • Probiotics: Among the most effective probiotics is Xymogen Probio Daily, which strengthens the immune system as a defense against the pending parties.

  • Vitamins: Another supplement with the mission of replenishing all the vitamins being destroyed at a casual holiday party are Methyl B vitamins. Available in liquid form, these are easy for the body to absorb and assimilate.

You should know that all of these supplements can be purchased from us at 20 percent off the regular price. Visit us at 3200 Henderson Blvd, Floor 1
Tampa, Fl 33609, or call on (813) 445-7770 before the end of the day next Friday, Dec. 21.

Well prepared is well armed

Steering back to the moderation model we mentioned above, you don’t necessarily have to grab the biggest portion of meat on the platter, nor do you need to drink a six-pack of beer when you could nurse one or two.

And remember that the foods and alcohol you do consume contain plenty of sugars so you might limit — or even bypass — the dessert table.

Here are several “advanced planning” suggestions for your holiday party participation:

  • Stay hydrated. If you drink alcohol, think about consuming a glass of water between each drink. And you might consider using electrolytes — which we sell in our office — in order to remain hydrated.
  • Avoid chips and snacks containing processed meats — not only because they are fattening. These have oils that can really promote weight gain and clog the arteries.
  • Pay attention to the salad dishes — they’re usually delicious, filling, and so much better for you. And remember that potato and pasta salads aren’t really “salads” in the larger scheme of things.

Making up for “lost” time

After a week or so of heavy social activity, you’re probably going to find yourself looking forward to a good workout.

So, hit the gym, the pool, or the track. A good sweaty workout will help you detox, as will drinking copious amounts of water with electrolytes. And keep on taking those supplements, probiotics, and vitamins to restore your overall health.

Finally, check back here next Wednesday for a surprise offer from BioDesign that promises to save you hundreds of dollars on a critical test and treatment program related to a common health-related issue that many of us who live and work in Tampa experience.


Disclaimer: The information in this blog post on nutritional supplements to consider taking during the holidays is provided for general informational purposes only and may not reflect current medical thinking or practices. No information contained in this post should be construed as medical advice from the medical staff at BioDesign Wellness Center, Inc., nor is this post intended to be a substitute for medical counsel on any subject matter. No reader of this post should act or refrain from acting on the basis of any information included in, or accessible through, this post without seeking the appropriate medical advice on the particular facts and circumstances at issue from a licensed medical professional in the recipient’s state, country or other appropriate licensing jurisdiction.