Turkey time

Large holiday feasts can leave you in the recliner for the rest of the afternoon, but tryptophan, the amino acid in turkey that’s often cited as the culprit, is only partly to blame. In reality, all meats contain similar levels of tryptophan; the most likely cause of tiredness is all of the accompanying carbohydrates that are consumed in a traditional holiday meal.

Calories count

As you grow older, it becomes more difficult to keep those extra pounds off. Age, gender and activity level factor into determining your daily calorie intake. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, men and women over the age of 50 should follow these caloric guidelines:

Vaccination validation

Despite some initial public controversy over the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, research indicates that the new vaccine is working. A study published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases found that rates of HPV infection have decreased by 56 percent in females between the ages of 14 to 19 since the vaccine was introduced in 2006.

Whats grinding your gears

Teeth grinding while sleeping could be caused by stress, sleep disorders or even a missing tooth. You may be grinding your teeth at night if you notice any of these symptoms:

  • Dull headaches
  • Jaw soreness
  • Painful or loose teeth
  • Fractured teeth

Tis the season

The holidays are a happy time to host gatherings and spend time with family. However, the details and preparation can weigh you down. The Cleveland Clinic suggests making a list of potential stressors and your expectations along with how to combat them beforehand to reduce stress and plan for an enjoyable gathering.