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Quick Tips & Facts » November/December '10
Christmas was once a move-able feast celebrated at many different times during the year. The choice of December 25, was made by Pope Julius I, in the 4th century A.D., because this coincided with the pagan rituals of Winter Solstice, or Return of the Sun. The intent was to replace the pagan celebration with the Christian one.
According to the National Christmas Tree Association in 2009, more than 28.2 million real trees and 11.7 million fake ones were sold.
The first Christmas card was created in England on December 9, 1842.
After a hard workout, sip green tea instead of sports drinks. A recent study in the journal Nutrition, found that healthy men who drank three cups of green tea throughout the day after a workout recovered faster than those who drank other beverages.
The Annals of Internal Medicine say that if you have 2 to 3 cups of caffeinated coffee every day you lower your risk of dying from heart disease by 25%
Put on your favorite red shirt. Research shows the color red can increase blood pressure, heart rate, and adrenalin—all of which can increase your mood.
Vitamin D: Does a body good
Cancer: Getting enough can help regulate cell growth, preventing cells from becoming cancerous.
Chronic Pain: Deficiency is recognized as a cause for muscle pain and weakness.
Auto-immune Diseases: Studies show it offers protection against diabetes, MS, and rheumatoid arthritis by strengthening the immune system and reducing inflammation.
Cardiovascular Disease: Some studies show that low levels increase the risk of coronary artery calcification and congestive heart failure.
Osteoporosis: Vitamin D may strengthen balance and muscles, which leads to fewer falls and bone fractures as we age.
Recommended: 15 minutes a day without sunblock to soak up the most vitamin D you can. You can also supplement the amount of vitamin D you get by taking 800 to 1000 IUs daily.