Individualized Nutrition, Pharmacy and Healthy Living


  • Pain Series: A Natural Approach to Headaches and Migraines

    by Paula Gallagher | December 16, 2014

    headache-painMigraine Basics

    What is a migraine? It is a severe, painful headache that can last anywhere from several hours to several days. Migraines differ from traditional headaches in that they are usually accompanied by other symptoms such as sensitivity to light and sound, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, or flashes of light.

    Who is affected? Migraines can affect adults and children, but are most often reported by adults. Women are three times more likely to suffer from migraines than men.

    Migraine Versus Headache: Which Do I Have?

    To better understand headaches and to differentiate migraine headaches from other types, see common signs, symptoms and frequencies of headaches listed below. Our certified wellness counselors recommend keeping a headache diary—noting when your headaches occur, what your headache signs and symptoms are, and any diet or lifestyle triggers you can identify. This detail will help our professionals provide a personal assessment of your situation and make recommendations for you. There are many options for taking a natural approach to headaches and migraines.  Read more

  • Holiday Eating Survival: Part One

    by Debi Silber, The Mojo Coach | December 15, 2014

    holiday-cookiesThe holidays are upon us! If you celebrate by traveling to be with those you love, using the time to vacation and overindulge, I’ve got the perfect "survival guide" to help you avoid packing on the holiday pounds.

    While we all look forward to the many warm feelings, anticipating the variety of experiences a holiday can bring, one of the things no one looks forward to is giving ourselves the “gift” of a few extra pounds. If weight gain, frustration and larger clothes aren’t on your wish list, you’ll be happy to hear there’s a way to enjoy the holiday season – guilt free. It starts with a plan that I call the “Holiday Eating Survival Guide” and here’s how it works.

    Your Holiday Eating Survival Guide

    PART ONE: The first part of your “Holiday Eating Survival Guide” begins with asking yourself what do holidays, time away and vacations mean to you? If you’re a chronic dieter, time away from home often signifies time off from your healthy eating routine. Unfortunately, this mindset leads to making drastic changes to eating behaviors, so you find yourself either “on or off.” Chronic dieting creates an “all or nothing/good or bad” mentality, leaving holidays a prime opportunity for going overboard on choices, portions and behaviors.  Read more

  • We’re Here for You: Join the Personalized Health Revolution with IQYOU

    by Marc Isaacson, President, Village Green Apothecary | December 10, 2014

    iqou-introIn the last few blog posts, I’ve focused on many of the resources we’re providing for our customers. I’ve also been sharing our message that, “We’re here for you.”

    I’d like to invite you to join our Personalized Health Revolution and, more specifically, IQYOU. I’ve already shared that IQYOU is a powerful and intelligent personal health tool. It’s like your personal health genie to help you make more informed and effective choices to achieve a healthier lifestyle. Many who have joined are benefitting through improved energy, symptom reduction and a renewed excitement for their future, as they continue to feel better.

    How does IQYOU work?

    First, IQYOU sets your feet on the path to personal improvement by expediently analyzing your current health. It’s a smart yet simple process. Start by answering some questions about your health, which you can do while enjoying a cup of coffee, over your lunch break, or in the privacy of your own home.  Read more

  • Dinner Tonight: My Family's Chicken Soup

    by Paula Gallagher | December 9, 2014

    chicken-soupChicken soup isn't just good for the soul. Experts at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha found evidence the soup contains anti-inflammatory properties that may help prevent a cold’s miserable side effects. Although they couldn't pinpoint the exact biological reason, they did find that eating chicken soup can help prevent cold symptoms.

    Here is one of my family's favorite chicken soup recipes. It is loaded with veggies, herbs and spices and it always makes us all feel better.

    Chicken Soup

    • 1 whole chicken or a few chicken legs/breasts (whatever you have on hand)
    • 6 cups (or more) of water or organic broth (if you are using just the breasts or the thighs)
    • 3 celery stalks, chopped
    • 3 large carrots, chopped
    • 2 medium onions, chopped
    • 6 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 bag of fresh or frozen spinach (or you can use kale, bok choy, swiss chard)
    • 1 head of broccoli, chopped (fresh or frozen)
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  • Pain Series: A Natural Approach to Arthritis

    by Paula Gallagher | December 8, 2014

    hand-drawingAccording to the CDC, over 50 million Americans suffer from some sort of arthritis. Arthritis occurs when the body’s cushioning cartilage breaks down and bones may begin to rub against each other, causing inflammation and joint pain. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which is a degenerative joint condition that affects over 40 million Americans, most of whom are older individuals. The onset of arthritis may be gradual and most often affects the hands and weight-bearing joints (hips, knees, and spine). Taking a natural approach to arthritis can help.

    Arthritis sufferers often experience early morning stiffness, stiffness following periods of rest, pain that worsens with use, and loss of joint function. The most common arthritis symptoms include local tenderness, soft tissue swelling, bony swelling, and restricted mobility. Joint pain may occur in the hips, knees, shoulders, heels, and neck, as well as other places.

    Fortunately, there are many holistic approaches that can provide relief. Diet, exercise, nutritional supplements and topical support are just some options that may assist with pain management. Read more

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