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  • Proton Pump Inhibitors Linked To Kidney Disease

    by Paula Gallagher | May 23, 2016

    sick-manAnother reason to be wary of antacids. Research published online in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology found that patients who regularly use proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) may be at increased risk of developing chronic kidney disease.

    The new study findings are based on medical records from 173,321 Veterans Affairs patients who were prescribed a PPI and 20,270 other patients prescribed a histamine H2-receptor antagonist (H2-blocker). Over 5 years of follow-up, the results showed that 15 percent of people using PPIs were diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, versus 11 percent of those on H2-blockers. After the researchers weighed other factors, PPI users still had a 28 percent greater risk.

    Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid are over the counter PPIs. Many people use them on a daily basis without realizing the negative consequences. A recent study also showed that long-term use of PPIs may be linked to Alzheimer's disease. It is important to know that most people can take steps to ease heartburn symptoms through lifestyle changes. Losing weight, avoiding fatty and salty foods, and not eating late at night can be very helpful.

    It is also critical to get to the root cause of the reflux. Consider doing micronutrient testing, food sensitivity testing, and testing to check for overgrowth of bad bacteria or yeast or H. pylori.

    In addition, nutrients and herbs can be a safe and effective approach to supporting gastrointestinal health. Deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL), glutamine, aloe, zinc carnosine, magnesium, digestive enzymes, and probiotics can all promote digestive wellness and help with reflux. One of my favorite digestive supplements is Pathway GI Optimal Support. Available in both capsule and powder form, this product provides comprehensive support for gut health.

    If you have any questions or concerns about the medication you are taking, we encourage you to talk to your doctor. We also invite you to call our health experts at Village Green to discuss natural ways to support your gastrointestinal health.

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  • Lunch Today: My Favorite Salad

    by Paula Gallagher | May 18, 2016

    salad-ingredientsOnce the weather gets warmer, I start turning away from soups and stews and love eating salads, especially ones with interesting flavors and lots of color. This salad has plenty of flavor and color!

    My favorite salad offers tons of antioxidants, fiber and even some protein. You can add more protein by serving it with a side of fish or chicken, if you like.

    4 cups fresh spring greens, washed
    2 cups thinly sliced Savoy cabbage
    2 large carrots
    1 yellow beet (you could use purple or red)
    4 whole green onions, thinly sliced
    1/2 cup very thinly sliced radishes Read more

  • Yoga Keeps Your Mind Sharp

    by Paula Gallagher | May 17, 2016

    yoga-classDownward dogs and child pose may not just help you relax and keep you limber, but may also help with mild cognitive impairment, according to a study published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.

    Researchers from UCLA and Australia's University of Adelaide compared yoga and meditation against memory training, which has often been considered the best way to manage mild cognitive impairment.

    Participants had all shown signs of mild cognitive impairment, reporting problems with their memory such as easily misplacing things, or forgetting names, faces or appointments. Participants were divided into two groups. One group performed daily memory exercises and the other practiced yoga and meditation. Read more

  • Free Seminar on Risks of EMFs – Do US Government Standards Protect Us?

    by Paula Gallagher | May 16, 2016

    cell-phone-childDid you know that governments worldwide such as the UK, India, Israel and France are recommending people – and especially children – reduce exposure to wireless radiation? And, did you know that many household electronics have electric and magnetic field (EMF) emissions that can be easily remedied?

    Learn about how governments worldwide recommend the public – and especially children – reduce exposure to wireless radiation and risks of EMFs. Learn some little-known history about how FCC regulations for wireless evolved. Get the facts on the NIH rat study and why the EPA and the CDC flip-flopped on their public statements. Read more

  • 5 Reasons to Exercise in the Morning

    by Paula Gallagher | May 11, 2016

    exerciseMost mornings seem rushed and chaotic. Between getting ready for work and kids off to school, it's hard to fathom squeezing in 30 minutes to exercise... but that's what I did and it feels great.

    The key was going to bed earlier and waking up 30 minutes earlier. Initially,  I would set my phone alarm and place it on the other side of the room, so I was forced to get up. Once I was up, I just made my way downstairs and did a HIIT (High Intenisty Interval Training) program. At first it was tough, but as the weeks went by I began to feel more energized and it has become routine. Here are 5 reasons why you should exercise in the morning! Read more


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