Individualized Nutrition, Pharmacy and Healthy Living

  • Stress Series: How Stress Affects Mood and How a Natural Approach Can Help

    by Paula Gallagher | September 17, 2014

    stress-moodIn the last of our series on stress, we will be looking at how stress affects mood and how it can contribute to mood swings. A mood swing is an extreme or rapid change in mood or personality.

    Mood swings can last a few minutes, a few hours, or a few days. If mood swings are happening frequently, are disruptive, or lasting for longer periods of time, it might be helpful to seek support in getting to the root cause.

    What are Common Causes of Mood Swings?

    Healthy brain function requires many important nutrients as well as an active, social lifestyle. Factors such as aging, emotional stress, and exposure to free radicals affect cognitive health and memory function.

    Hormone and Neurotransmitter Imbalances
    Hormone and neurotransmitter imbalances are often at the root cause of mood swings. Your brain and body chemistry affects the way you think and the way you react, and can make you both more emotional and more prone to rapid negative emotions. Low levels of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, GABA, and norepinephrine can lead to anxiety and mood changes. Hormone imbalances (thyroid and sex hormones) can also play a major role in mood swings.  Read more

  • Jump-Start Your Immune System for Fall

    by Heather Gunn | September 16, 2014

    cottagefallFall is the season of change. During this season it becomes obvious that change is necessary for the beauty of life to unfold. We learn to let go of old ways of being and embrace the cooler temperatures that bring us indoors and into the company of family and friends. As we let go of the high energy of summer fun, festivities and travel, we begin to settle down – we turn inward.

    With the change in weather, this too brings a transformation to the way we live. There is an inward momentum driving us into warmer dwelling spaces to seek shelter from nature's frost. Our earthly hempishere is now tipping away from the sun, thus changing the angle of sunlight and removing the abundant vitamin D we were soaking up not too long ago.

    The beauty of fall is that we learn to adapt to these changes. The cooler air forces our internal thermostats to ignite their flames and circulation to move heat through our colder extremities. With the change in sunlight and temperature comes a challenge to the adaptability of the human body, as it now needs to work harder – if we are strong enough, our bodies will respond appropriately. However, when we are living and working on fumes, not eating appropriately and barely resting, we are functioning under a health deficit.

    It is estimated that on average, children get eight to ten colds annually, and adults get at least three. How can we boost our immune system for the fall season? Here are a few natural ways to enliven your immune system and improve adaptation for fall, the season of change.  Read more

  • A Different Approach to Setting Goals: "One More"

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

    Resolutions-goalsDo you set goals, then look forward to the feeling of success when those goals are finally achieved? Setting goals and looking forward to the day you can celebrate reaching your accomplishments can be a great feeling... unless those goals aren’t met. How can you prevent disappointment and the feeling of failure while ensuring those goals are achieved? First, a look at why goals can be disappointing.

    The Goal May be Too Overwhelming

    Many set the bar high for personal or professional goals. Don’t get me wrong, that’s a great thing, but what about all those successes along the way as you’re working toward that goal? The goal might be to lose 20 pounds, regain health, improve business or financial status, or maybe reconnect with loved ones. Whatever the goal is, how can you chunk it down so each milestone is celebrated and you can enjoy a continual feeling of success that’ll keep you motivated and on track, instead of waiting to celebrate when that big goal is reached? Getting inspired to be, do, and have more is great – but if it’s too overwhelming and you’re uncertain of the outcome, self doubt may creep in and you may start thinking that you can’t make it happen, can’t reach the mark, can’t meet the deadline... and what follows is a feeling of disappointment that leads to feeling like a failure.  Read more

  • The Key to Optimal Health: Understanding Nutritional Deficiencies

    by Heather Gunn | September 9, 2014

    healthy-familyWhy do we get sick? Can we blame it on age? Is it because a co-worker or family member shared their germs? Maybe it’s because we are genetically at risk? Each of these factors has some influence on your wellness, but the bigger influence may be your micronutrient status. Micronutrients are the small compounds we identify as vitamins and minerals and include vitamins A, C, D and minerals such as calcium, magnesium and zinc. Everybody needs them and everybody should be getting their own required amount of them. The U.S. National Academy of Sciences has given us a system of nutritional recommendations to follow for wellness, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration now monitors these guidelines. Their purpose is to inform us on how much nutrition a normal, healthy person needs to be healthy... but these guidelines are very general. Some questions that should be asked are, “What does a normal, healthy person look like?” and “Does every normal, healthy person need the same amount of nutrients?”  Read more

  • Village Green Celebrates 1,000 Blogs!

    by Paula Gallagher | September 9, 2014

    bloggingSince we started this blog just over 5 years ago, we have written 999 blogs with topics ranging from beauty to green living, from to stress to exercise. The goal for the Village Green Blog was, and continues to be, to provide information on current events related to all aspects of health.

    We hope that you have enjoyed the last 999 blogs, and tune in for the next 999.

    Here is a look at some of the earliest blogs we posted, that are still applicable today!

    Lower Lipids Naturally: Dr. James Brodsky takes a look at how to manage cholesterol using holistic methods. Dr. Brodsky practices in Chevy Chase and his focus includes preventive aspects of health care utilizing complementary and alternative methods, integrative concepts, functional medicine, and nutritional healing.

    Harmful Chemicals in Shampoo:  Beth Ritchie, a green living expert, looks at what ingredients to avoid when you are buying shampoo, or any personal care product.  Read more

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