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  • Women's Health Series: Menopause

    by Paula Gallagher | January 26, 2015

    menopauseMenopause refers to the time when women end their reproductive cycle – ending menstruation. The ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone, and the adrenal glands and fat cells take over sex hormone production. The body is designed to accommodate this natural process, but can only do so if the body is in a healthy state. For many women, menopause can be a time of tremendous physical, emotional and social change and support is needed to help them through the hormonal transition.

    Common symptoms associated with menopause are:

     

    Hot flashes & night sweats
    Insomnia
    Fatigue
    Weight gain
    Vaginal dryness
    Low libido
    Mood swings
    Depression
    Foggy memory
    Heart palpitations
    Anxiety

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  • 10 Tips to Reduce Stress-Related Cravings

    by Debi Silber, The Mojo Coach | January 21, 2015

    food-cravingsSo many of us eat unhealthy foods when we feel stressed. With food available everywhere, it’s easy to see how easily food can be being used as an unhealthy form of stress relief. Unfortunately, using food to relieve our stress is a temporary solution at best, with the long-term consequences ranging from obesity to poor health, to a lack of confidence, poor self-esteem and more. Want some healthy alternatives to dealing with stress when it hits? Here are 10 tips to reduce stress-related cravings and binge eating.

    1. Watch funny comedies or videos!

    Did you know that on average, a child laughs 300 times a day and an adult only laugh 17 times a day? There are studies that prove multiple health benefits that laughter has on health. Laughter decreases the amount of stress-related hormones in our brain!

    2. Drink water to curb appetite.

    Water helps to keep you hydrated and energized.
    A study showed that people who drank about 2 cups of water before a meal ate about 75 – 90 calories less than people who did not drink water before a meal. (2)
    Find ways to flavor the water with all-natural ingredients such as lemon, lime, mint and a bit of stevia for sweetness.

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  • Women's Health Series: Hormone Imbalance

    by Paula Gallagher | January 20, 2015

    thoughtful-womanFrom puberty to menopause, symptoms such as mood swings, bloating, headaches, hot flashes, and insomnia are indicators of hormone imbalance. Stress, poor nutrition, lifestyle changes, toxins, and other factors can exacerbate symptoms. At Village Green Apothecary, we see symptoms as a sign of disharmony within the body that needs to be addressed. Finding and resolving the root cause of your symptoms will almost always lead to feeling better and living a healthier lifestyle.

    Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance

    Hot flashes and night sweats
    Insomnia
    Fatigue
    Weight gain
    Vaginal dryness
    PMS
    Low libido
    Mood swings
    Depression
    Foggy memory
    Endometriosis
    Fibroids Read more

  • Snack Tonight: Beet and Walnut Dip

    by Paula Gallagher | January 19, 2015

    beetWhen I think of a food that is a nutrient powerhouse, the deep red-colored beet always comes to mind. Beets contain the powerful antioxidant betacyanin, which several studies have shown helps both to fight and prevent various types of cancer, especially colon cancer. Beets are also an excellent remedy for constipation, act as a cleanse for the liver, and provide overall support for kidney, gallbladder, stomach, and intestinal problems.

    Rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus, as well as vitamin C, carotene, and B vitamins, beets nourish the nerves, aid lymphatic function, and increase energy.

    And... aside from the many healing properties beets have to offer, they simply taste great. This recipe combines all the wonderful properties of beets and walnuts to make a tasty dip that no one will be able to pass up.

    Beet and Walnut Dip

    2 medium beets, peeled
    1/3 cup chopped walnuts
    4 oz firm tofu
    1 Tbsp walnut oil or extra-virgin olive oil
    1 garlic clove, peeled and sliced Read more

  • 30-Day Self-Guided Whole Body Detox

    by Margo Gladding | January 14, 2015

    asparagus-saladIf you have been struggling with trying to kick bad food habits, experiencing annoying symptoms, or simply want to feel better, then consider doing a whole body detox. This can be a great way to jump-start your health and reboot your system. Detoxifying or cleansing your body involves reducing your toxin intake while replenishing your system with healthy nutrients.

    We have created a 30-day detox program that is specifically designed to help you cut your sugar and carb cravings, for good. Sugar and flour are two of the most addictive substances in our diet and are linked to so many of our chronic health problems. By eliminating these destructive foods, you will be promoting better health on so many levels  weight loss, brain health, hormone balance, energy, inflammation support, digestive wellness, and greater vitality.

    Our detox program outlines key foods to avoid, healthy must-have foods, supplement recommendations, as well as helpful detox tips. Click here for the full 30-Day Self-Guided Whole Body Detox, or to download a PDF.  As a special bonus, our top four recommended products outlined in the detox protocol are on sale through February 4.

    Photo from here, with thanks.

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