Individualized Nutrition, Pharmacy and Healthy Living

  • Let Your Energy Soar... Using Your IQYOU Food Recommendations

    by Joseph Pizzorno, N.D. | October 29, 2014

    jump-for-joyYou could be preparing personalized nutritious foods matched to your unique needs, using food recommendations created specifically for you.

    IQYOU is the world’s smartest personal health tool, but it’s also an amazing resource for planning what to prepare to eat. My team assisted with the development of George Mateljan’s World’s Healthiest Foods website, and we also integrated the IQYOU Smart Tool to help give you exactly the nutrients your body needs.

    George Mateljan spent many years traveling the world looking for foods that were associated with cultures renowned for their health and longevity. To be added to the list, these foods also had to be nutrient-rich and familiar, readily available and affordable at your local market. And not least of all, they had to taste great!

    Use any of the recipes on this site, especially the ones that are recommended for your specific nutrient needs. People who begin to integrate these foods into their lifestyle find that their energy soars, and they may also notice that they rarely get sick. We all have to eat, so why not select whole, fresh, nutrient-rich World's Healthiest Foods for an easy enjoyable way to vibrant health and energy?  Read more

  • 6 Ways to Protect Against the Flu

    by Paula Gallagher | October 28, 2014

    fluThere are many precautions that you can take to decrease your chance of contracting the flu. Practicing good hygiene is one of the most important ways to prevent the spread of germs. As with any illness, supporting your immune system with healthy diet and lifestyle practices is also critical to protect against the flu.

    Here are some steps to reduce your risk of getting sick:

    1. SCRUB! Wash your hands with soap for at least 30 seconds – and wash them often. If you can’t wash, then use hand sanitizer. Use sanitary wipes to clean phone mouthpieces, door knobs, computer keyboards, and other hands-on surfaces.

    2. COVER! Don’t cough or sneeze into your hands, where germs will be spread onto everything you touch. Instead, use a tissue or the crook of your elbow.

    3. HANDS OFF! Don’t touch your face. Flu viruses enter your body through the eyes, nose, or mouth. If you travel or are exposed to lots of people, you may increase your resistance by using throat sprays and zinc lozenges.  Read more

  • Workplace Stress: 10 Tips for Better Health on the Job

    by Debi Silber, The Mojo Coach | October 27, 2014

    stress-at-workDid you know that workplace stress continues to be the cause of many health issues, including:

    • Physical and emotional illnesses
    • Chronic conditions and diseases
    • Premature aging
    • Weight gain
    • Digestive issues
    • Sleep problems
    • Depression... and more

    So, if you’re feeling stressed on the job, here are ten tips to help relieve workplace stress for better health.

    1. Learn how to say “No”... and mean it! Though it should be a no-brainer, when you’re already overextended, taking on additional tasks only creates more stress and anxiety. Learn to say “No” and mean it, instead of piling more onto your already overextended workload.

    2. Make your workspace work for you. Personalizing your workspace with things that calm and soothe you is one of the best (and easiest) ways to create a more peaceful environment on the job. Use pictures of loved ones or photos of serene settings, a calming figurine or inspirational quote placed on your desk, even music playing softly in the background to change your workplace atmosphere. There are also apps you can download with sounds like waterfalls, birds, rain, wind or whatever sounds give provide you with serenity and calm.

    3. Keep things in perspective. You will always have projects to finish and deadlines to meet, but since stress is tied to many illnesses and diseases (and is a main reason for many emergency room visits), consider this: is what you’re getting stressed over really worth the risk to your health?

    4. De-clutter and organize. For many, the workplace is your "home away from home." Keeping it clutter-free and clean just makes sense when you spend so much time there. Decide what to keep, file or toss. Organize everything that must remain within your space so that things are easy to find. Decrease clutter and you decrease stress – and de-clutter your mind – for better health.

    5. Improve your productivity. How you’re scheduling your workday and what you’re spending your time on matters. Try delegating certain times to check your email, make necessary phone calls, and schedule much needed breaks so you have better clarity to focus on specific tasks.

    6. Be realistic – not overwhelmed. Making progress the goal, not perfection, will keep things in check and prevent the overwhelming feeling that threatens your workday. Trying to be perfect is such a perfect recipe for stress, so prevent it wherever you can. Yes, you want to do a good job – but making progress is more important than making yourself sick. Keeping the right perspective keeps your stress in check.

    7. Steer clear of “energy vampires.” Feeling drained, depleted and uninspired? You could be surrounded by “energy vampires.” They’re the people who drain you of your time, energy and motivation... if you let them. While sucking the life out of you, they also increase your stress. By spending as much time as possible in the workplace with those who are positive, uplifting, fun and inspiring, you’ll reduce stress and energy depletion on the job, while being encouraged to be, do and have more, which equals better health.

    8. Exercise. When things begin to get overwhelming – maybe even unbearable – burn off some steam by taking regular breaks to move and stretch throughout your day. Also:

    • Exercising before your workday can set the tone for a productive, energetic day.
    • Exercising after your workday can help reduce your stress before you get home, for a more enjoyable evening.

    No matter when you exercise, the benefits to working out regularly include:

    • Reduced stress levels
    • More restful sleep
    • Reduced risk for stress-related conditions and disease
    • Better physical, mental and emotional health

    9. Look at your job/career objectively. What is the truth about what you do for a living? Are you enjoying your work? Does it bring you satisfaction and fulfillment, or is it simply the means to a paycheck?

    Stress is often a result of dissatisfaction and a lack of joy and if this is the truth about your work, maybe it’s time to change what you do, take on a new challenge, or possibly a new career. Work doesn’t feel like work when you’re doing something you love, so take a clear look to see how you truly feel about how you spend your day.

    10. Have more fun on the job. Being responsible doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Lighten up and laugh more, being mindful of who and what you’re allowing into your life. Negative people, programs and information increase anxiety, stress and fear. Surround yourself with positive influences, to strengthen your immune system and make life – and work – more enjoyable.

    Be strict about the messages you allow yourself to see, hear and absorb in every area of your life, including the workplace, for better health – physically, mentally and emotionally.

    Photo from here, with thanks.

  • Digestive Series: Taking a Natural Approach to IBS

    by Paula Gallagher | October 22, 2014

    irritable-bowel-syndromeIrritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a gastrointestinal disorder that affects the large intestine (colon). It is one of the most common gastrointestinal disorders and is characterized by abdominal distension, constipation and diarrhea, mucus in the stool, gas, and nausea. Individuals with IBS also tend to have mental and emotional symptoms such as anxiety, fatigue, depression and difficulty sleeping. The frequency and severity of IBS symptoms seem to correlate with psychological factors.

    What are the symptoms of IBS?

    Uncomfortable signs and symptoms are:

    - Cramping
    - Abdominal pain
    - Gas
    - Nausea
    - Bloating
    - Diarrhea
    - Constipation
    - Pain
    - Fatigue
    - Mucus in stool

    Holistic Treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

    At Village Green Apothecary, our trained nutritionists can work with you to develop the right natural treatment plan specific to your needs. They can help to discover the root cause of your IBS and recommend natural remedies such as nutritional supplements including vitamins, minerals, herbs, and homeopathic remedies. They can also create a diet and lifestyle plan for you. Natural treatments for IBS include increasing fiber intake, avoiding refined sugar, processed foods, and foods that you may be allergic or sensitive to, stress reduction techniques, regular exercise, and taking nutritional supplements to support gastrointestinal health.  Read more

  • Dinner Tonight: Miso French Onion Soup

    by Paula Gallagher | October 21, 2014

    French-onion-soupI remember the first time I had French onion soup. I was in college and had gone over to a friend's house for dinner. Her mom brought us these handled bowls full of steamy soup, covered in bread and cheese. From that moment on, French onion soup became a favorite.

    As the days turn a little chillier, this soup becomes a staple. The following recipe uses miso paste instead of the traditional beef broth. A staple in Asia for thousands of years, miso is made from soybeans fermented with a grain such as brown rice or barley. The result is a tasty, salty condiment that is live with bacterial culture and excellent for promoting gastrointestinal health. Soybeans also contain lecithin, which provides key ingredients for brain neurotransmitters, an excellent way to boost brain function. The onions provide sulphoraphanes, which increase immunity, counter free-radical damage, and fight cancer.

    French Onion Soup

    1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
    4 yellow onions, thinly sliced
    2 cups water
    3 Tbsp miso paste
    4 slices whole wheat French bread
    4 tsp seeded mustard
    1 cup Swiss or mozzarella cheese or dairy free equivalent, grated

    In a large pot, warm oil over low heat and add onions. Caramelize the onions by cooking them slowly for about 1 1/2 hours, stirring every 20 minutes. I know it is a long time, but definitely worth it to get sweet, delicious onions.  Read more

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