We don’t really look for excuses to indulge on Thanksgiving, but if you’re in need of one, we’ve got a few! Read on to find out how your favorite Thanksgiving foods help prime your body for optimal health.
Turkey is a great source important minerals like iron, zinc, potassium and phosphorus, all of which help your cells do their jobs. You also get B-vitamins, which help regulate chemical reactions in your body. Turkey is also a fantastic source of protein, which your body uses to build new cells and carry out basic functions.
Pumpkin is a wonderful way to get a healthy dose of Vitamin A, which helps your eyesight, boosts your immune system, and keeps your skin healthy. Pumpkin also has carotenoids, a powerful form of antioxidants, which help fight cancer. They’re also a great source of fiber, potassium and Vitamin C, so feel free to go back for that second slice of pumpkin pie!
Cranberries also give you a nice dose of Vitamin C (a.k.a. the body’s building block), and they are second only to blueberries when it comes to cancer-fighting antioxidants. They’re also a great source of fiber, which gives you the perfect excuse to go back for seconds of cranberry sauce.
We’re from the school of thought that you can never have too many potatoes at Thanksgiving. Whether you like them mashed, smashed, scalloped or twice-baked, these humble tubers contain a bevy of vitamins and minerals like Vitamins C, B, potassium, magnesium and iron. They’re especially rich in Vitamin B6, which aids cellular renewal, keeps your nervous system healthy, and keeps your mood balanced — especially helpful if you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year!
Potatoes also contain unique blood-pressure-lowering molecules called kukoamines, and potato skin houses heart-protective flavonoids. Just the excuse we needed to have a helping or two of each type of potato this Thanksgiving!
Get Your Vitamins and Minerals Year-Round at IVX Health
While we take great pleasure in indulging in a large Thanksgiving meal (or two) every November, our waistlines wouldn’t appreciate eating so much food — even with its health benefits — all the time. Luckily, we can get our vitamins and minerals with fewer calories all throughout the year.
Whether you’re dealing with a chronic illness, searching for more energy, or looking to boost your immune system with a Myers’ Cocktail, we’re thankful we’ve found a way to make IV therapy a convenient and enjoyable experience for our patients. You can reach our Lee’s Summit office at 816-272-0174 or our Overland Park office at 913-948-2020. We look forward to helping you live a healthier, more satisfying life!