Since that first “fun size” candy bar on Halloween, many of us have put aside our healthy eating and exercise habits until the New Year. Is there a way to eat, drink, be merry, and still fit in your skinny jeans on January 1? Yes! Commit to these 10 commandments and you’re sure to coast through the holidays without gaining weight.
Monthly Archives: December 2012
The stage is set. After a draft assessment released last week, the FDA has now stated publicly its belief that the genetically engineered Atlantic Salmon known as “AquAdvantage” (or less lovingly, “Frankenfish”) is unlikely to pose a threat to the environment and is safe for human consumption. While this approval process has been underway for 15 years, these major hurdles have been overcome only in the last 2 years. Although the official approval is pending, and it may be a couple years beyond that before we see these fish at the seafood counter, it is widely believed that last week’s report marks the final obstacle to be cleared.
With the man-given ability to grow year-round rather than only during spring and summer, these salmon will grow to market size twice as fast as normal farm-raised or wild salmon. In order to mitigate the environmental consequences of such a fish getting into the wild, AquaBounty (the company behind GE Salmon) will raise only sterile triploid females (with 3 chromosomes instead of the usual two) at exclusively inland facilities where there is little possibility for escape. Read more
If you want to ensure that you’re taking the most scrupulously produced supplements, you may want to consider kosher supplements.
· Kosher supplements are meticulously examined and evaluated to make sure they meet especially strict standards.
· The kosher symbol ensures that the product and its ingredients are being stringently supervised, with each ingredient tracked to its origin, and strict hygienic rules imposed on production.
· Kosher certification guarantees an extra level of purity and quality.
Zinc is an essential trace mineral, important to the immune system. It is also a component of many enzyme systems, as well as a constituent of insulin and male reproductive fluid. Read more
Village Green Apothecary will be closed Tuesday, December 25, 2012 and Tuesday, January 1, 2013.
Even if the holiday season is your favorite time of year, it’s likely still a stressful one. And if you hate the holidays, that seems pretty stressful too. Whatever your personal struggle, tense family relationships or that seemingly endless to-do list, we cannot ignore the toll that stress takes on our bodies. Along with holiday dietary indulgences and the dropping temperatures outside, excess stress can tax the immune system. Before you know it, you’ll have traded in your New Year's Eve tuxedo for a tissue box and a bath robe.
Adaptogens have been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda to regulate the effects of stress. Read more