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  • The Documentary FED UP

    by Paula Gallagher | August 24, 2016

    documentary fed-upI ran across the documentary Fed Up while perusing Netflix one weekend. It is a film that investigates the food industry's influence on U.S. dietary guidelines and the resulting impact on the health of Americans.

    According the to documentary, many diseases can be attributed to the amount of sugar we consume on a daily basis. The amount has increased dramatically in less than 40 years and so have heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Sugar is added to everything – ketchup, pasta sauce, salad dressing, breakfast cereals, juice and energy drinks, baked goods, yogurt, and even baby formula. And more.

    The addiction to sugar starts young. Addiction? Yes, addiction. One  study showed that of 43 cocaine-addicted rats given the choice between cocaine and sugar water over 15 days, 40 of them opted for sugar!

    Another problem is that, unlike fat, protein, salt or any other nutrient, there is no recommended daily allowance for sugar. Look at a nutrition label. See what's missing? Read more

  • Breakfast Today: Blueberry Smoothie

    by Paula Gallagher | August 23, 2016

    blueberry-smoothieLast week I gave you 10 reasons why you should be eating blueberries. And here is one more... a blueberry smoothie is incredibly delicious! Although fresh and organic blueberries are second to none, frozen can easily be used once blueberry season is past. For now, though, blueberries are still in season, and fresh blueberries are readily available at local stores and farmers' markets.

    This smoothie also makes a fantastic post-workout snack. Packed with antioxidants and protein, it is a great way to recharge your body. In fact, a blueberry smoothie is a great idea for any meal, or to give your kids as an after-school snack. Read more

  • Why Stomach Acid is Good For You

    by Margo Gladding | August 22, 2016

    good-mealLots of people experience heartburn on a regular basis, where acid refluxes up into the esophagus and burns the tissue resulting in pain. Doctors commonly recommend medications such as Nexium, Prilosec, or Prevacid to suppress stomach acid (HCl) and treat heartburn pain. However, more and more research is showing that the long-term use of these medications can do more harm than good. That is why it is critical to look for the root cause(s) of heartburn rather than simply reducing stomach acid, and to understand the reasons why stomach acid is good for you.

    Two very important roles of stomach acid include: Read more

  • NEW! Village Green Offers Direct-to-Consumer Lab Testing

    by Margo Gladding | August 17, 2016

    lab-testWe field a lot of questions from customers who are seeking more comprehensive lab testing than they are able to get through their doctor(s). Ongoing or unresolved medical issues often drive customers to want a more in-depth look into various areas of their health such as digestion, toxin levels, hormone balance, thyroid health, or nutrient status. But, many people also just want to stay on top of their health and wellness and desire advanced lab testing on a regular basis.

    Whether you are trying to get to the root cause of your symptoms or simply want to learn more about your body, lab testing can provide important insights into your health. Read more

  • Want to Eat Like an Olympic Athlete? Seven Tips for a Healthy Gut

    by Susan Levin, MS, RD, CSSD | August 16, 2016

    fruits+vegetablesPrebiotics, like rice and beans, pair well with probiotics, like kimchi, and may provide a natural doping effect, powering athletes through their training and to the 2016 Olympic Games.

    Olympic athletes often make waves for all-star performances and for bringing home the gold, but few talk about one of the secrets to staying in the game: a healthy gut.

    While additional research is needed, preliminary findings suggest probiotics – available in fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi and miso – may provide a natural and clean “doping effect” when paired with prebiotics, or fiber-packed foods. Read more

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