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January 4, 2011

Do you get post-holiday sniffles?

Nearly every time, it's the same: We make it through the holidays just fine, only to have everything come crashing down in a haze-headed, sneeze-ridden mess right after January 1.

I know I'm not alone here. For the first couple of years after moving to Maryland, I thought it was just seasonal allergies, but lately, I'm not so sure.

On a blog almost entirely centered around advocating garlic consumption, one author blames sugar and alcohol for weakening the immune system and contributing to non-allergy sickness after the holidays. The author then suggests eating garlic. (Who'd have guessed?)

Dr. David Katz suggests vitamin D for general health during dark months, and in New York, they're peddling everything from massage to hiking. (For what it's worth, sleep and lots of fluids seem to have helped a lot for me this year.)

Have you run into this? What's your strategy for coping with (or even preventing) sickness during/after the holidays?

Posted by Patrick Maynard at 2:32 PM | | Comments (1)
Categories: Nutrition


I don't know about garlic but I am willing to try anything at this point. My doctor pointed out yesterday that this is the third year in a row that I have gotten a sinus infection in the first week of the year.

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