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Must-Have Supplements to Survive the Holidays

Holtorf Medical Group

The holiday season is full of food and festivities but that is not always the best environment for your stress level and health. Increased consumption of large meals containing high amounts of sugar and starches can negatively impact the body’s ability to deal with stress. Stress sparked by holiday pressures and planning can result in heightened anxiety. This combination of health inhibiting factors can suck the joy out of the holiday season, but it doesn’t have to! One method of alleviating these detractors is through supplementation.

Optimizing nutrition with proper supplementation can help resolve common issues caused by stress, feasting, and lack of sleep during the holidays.

The following substances can support multiple bodily systems and make it easier to maintain good health throughout the holidays.

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is an essential vitamin that must be acquired from sources outside the body. Even though it is a common substance, B12 deficiency is seen at a global scale among adults and children.

Dietary changes during the winter may cause you to become deficient in B vitamins leading to symptoms such as crankiness, difficulty thinking clearly, and mental problems such as anxiety and depression.

Normalizing B12 with a high-quality supplement such as HoltraCeuticals’ Mega B can keep stress away and help the body better manage stressful situations. In addition to helping reduce stress, Mega B may reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and other conditions.

If you are not acquiring enough B12 or other members of the B family of vitamins, Mega B can be an effective tool for resolving deficiency and lowering stress. Supplementing with B vitamins is considered quite safe as any excess is simply flushed out of the body and expelled through urine.


Magnesium is essential for proper bodily function and influences a variety of areas including heart health, digestion, combatting osteoporosis, and relieving headaches.

Furthermore, this essential nutrient is needed for regulating multiple hormones that help calm and de-stress the brain. Benefits of the hormone balancing effect of magnesium include relaxation of the mind and relieving muscle tension, which allows for improved sleep quality that can further aid stress relief.

HoltraCeuticals offers two formulations of magnesium, Magnesium Citrate, and Magnesium Glycinate. Both contain magnesium but focus on treating different aspects of magnesium deficiency. People suffering from magnesium deficiency and experiencing constipation will likely benefit more from Magnesium Citrate while those without constipation may achieve better results with Magnesium Glycinate.

Watch this video to learn even more about the differences in magnesium as Holtorf Medical Group's Dr. Nancy Evans discusses the difference between glycinate and citrate.


CoQ10 influences many bodily functions but perhaps its greatest impact is on energy production. CoQ10 is stored in mitochondria, which are responsible for producing cellular energy in the form of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP is the most widely utilized form of energy throughout the body. Therefore, without an adequate supply of CoQ10, cells can experience a cellular energy deficit resulting in widespread dysfunction.

Supplementing with CoQ10 this holiday season will help maintain your energy levels for holiday festivities (even if they look a little different this year) as well as support your immune system, particularly in times of stress.


Although the holiday times are filled with good times and cheer, they can also be stressful. Supplementation can help ease the stress of buying gifts, decorating, cooking, and holiday planning. HoltraCeuticals' MaxRelax provides several benefits including stress relief, increased focus, better sleep quality, anxiety relief, and mental and physical relaxation. These benefits are facilitated by regulating the activity of neurotransmitters and hormones that dictate mood, stress response, and focus. Unlike most other stress-reducing medications or relaxants, the use of MaxRelax is not accompanied by sleepiness or drowsiness.

Holtorf Medical GroupThe Holtorf Medical Group specializes in optimizing quality of life and being medical detectives to uncover the underlying cause of symptoms, rather than just prescribing medications to cover-up the symptoms. We are experts in natural, prescription bioidentical hormone replacement and optimization, complex endocrine dysfunction, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and Lyme disease. We’ve dedicated our practice to providing you the best in evidenced-based, integrative medicine that’s not only safe and effective, but provides measurable results.

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