Individualized Nutrition, Pharmacy and Healthy Living


  • Cold or Allergies - How Do You Know?

    by Paula Gallagher | September 20, 2017

    My neighbor has been struggling with a cough, scratchy throat and runny nose for 2 months. She can't figure out if it's a cold or allergies. She is not alone. Fall is a prime time for allergies, but it's also the time when you start to get more colds, thanks to kids bringing back all sorts of germs from school.

    While colds and allergies share common symptoms, their origin is different. A cold occurs when a virus enters the body. Symptoms are a reaction to your immune system’s fight against the infection.

    Meanwhile, allergies are an adverse reaction to a substance caused by an overactive immune system. Read more

  • Pass the Ketchup

    by Paula Gallagher | September 19, 2017

    ketchupFor the longest time, I feared ketchup would be the only source of fruit my children ingested. Unfortunately, most store-bought ketchups are laden with sugar (high-fructose corn syrup) and other ingredients that I shouldn't want my kids ingesting at every meal (or any meal).

    I found a recipe for homemade ketchup and I made a small batch to test it out. Truthfully, it did not go over well, but I continued to experiment and eventually found something that everyone likes. My kids now ask for my ketchup when we go out, as opposed to the regular stuff offered at restaurants.

    And ketchup isn't just a condiment used to hide the taste of food! It also has – or can have – many health benefits.  Read more

  • Do You Suffer From Protein Anxiety?

    by Neal Barnard, MD, FACC | September 18, 2017

    vegetarian-proteinDo you suffer from “protein anxiety”? It’s a condition commonly seen in people who have never had a protein deficiency, but worry endlessly that they’re not getting enough. They pile on the meat, fish, eggs or cheese, trying to avert an imaginary lack of protein.

    Of course, the body needs some protein to build and repair body tissues. But protein is widely available in beans, vegetables, and grains. It is almost impossible not to get all the protein you need, even without eating meat, dairy or eggs.

    Here are the numbers: An average women needs about 46 grams of protein per day; Read more

  • Dinner Tonight: Vegan Shish Kabobs

    by Paula Gallagher | September 13, 2017

    vegan-shish-kabobBefore pumpkin spice takes over everything and fall officially hits, you need to try these savory marinated tofu skewers. They are the perfect dish to complement your weeknight dinner, or a delicious appetizer to bring along to a potluck or backyard BBQ party.

    Instead of meat, this vegan version of classic shish kabob, uses tofu, which is made from soybean curds. Tofu is naturally gluten-free and low calorie and it contains no cholesterol and is an excellent source of protein, iron and calcium. Organic tofu is best. Read more

  • Best Brands Sale Thru Sept 30: How to Choose Supplements

    by Paula Gallagher | September 12, 2017

    Brian_CustService_sm-v2Village Green's Best Brands sale is currently on. If you haven't taken advantage of the great deals yet, you have until  September 30. Pathway products are currently 30% off, and Thorne, Metagenics, Xymogen, Nordic Naturals and Life Extension are 25% off.

    This is a great opportunity for you to stock up on multivitamins, omega-3s, and other supplements that you take. And if you have never taken a supplement and do not know where to start, we can help.

    When it comes to choosing the most beneficial products, there are four important things to look for: Read more

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