Individualized Nutrition, Pharmacy and Healthy Living


  • Breakfast Tomorrow: Healthy Smoothie

    by Paula Gallagher | July 23, 2014

    Mornings in my house can sometimes resemble a carnival. Four people going in four different directions can be very challenging and exhausting. To be honest, many times I find myself sitting at my desk with a rumbling stomach and waning energy by 10:30 am because I haven't had time or completely forgotten to nourish myself. A healthy smoothie can be the answer.

    A few months ago, I decided to make a conscious effort to make a healthy breakfast. About three times a week, I make a healthy smoothie or energy shake. It tastes great, is packed with nutritional goodness, and provides me with energy that lasts me through the morning.

    Another benefit has been that my kids and husband love it. So for those mornings that are extra busy, the smoothie gets poured into a to-go cup and we can have breakfast on the way to school, daycare or work... and no need for a drive-thru!

    I vary what I put in my shake depending on what fruit I have in my fridge or freezer, but the basics are the same.  Read more

  • July 29: Vibrant Health In-Store Product Demo

    by Paula Gallagher | July 22, 2014

    Visit Village Green Apothecary on July 29 from 11 am to 2 pm to sample Vibrant Health Green Vibrance and Vibrant Health PureGreen Protein.

    Vibrant Health's products provide supplemental nutrition that supports human biochemistry. One of their main principles is "Be The Best." This can be seen with their most popular product, Green Vibrance.

    Green Vibrance was the first green superfood introduced into health food stores in 1992. Since that time, it has undergone 12 reformulations. The trace nutrients help each cell function at peak efficiency; when we push each cell toward peak efficiency through diet and supplementation, the result may be increased energy and endurance, greater clarity of thought, and more robust immunity. There are a whopping 74 ingredients in Green Vibrance, put together to maximize the synergism among nutrients.

    PureGreen Protein is vegan and offers the amino acid ratio of human muscle by combining a variety of plant proteins in correct amounts and adding a few specific free amino acids. PureGreen Protein is a non-GMO protein from pea, rice, spirulina and alfalfa combined with four select free amino acids to create the first all-vegetable protein ideally balanced for human consumption.

    To try these two wonderful products and to learn more about Vibrant Health, please come by on July 29 from 11am to 2pm!

  • How to Enjoy Summer Success: 6 Steps to Maintain Control and Achieve Goals

    by Debi Silber, The Mojo Coach | July 21, 2014

    How do you enjoy the summer, accomplish all that you want to do and maintain control over those areas you struggle with most? As always, to achieve goals you need to start with a plan. Whether you want to maintain your weight, tackle a sport, or begin a new relationship, summer success is possible with these six steps.

     

    Step One: Re‐evaluate the previous summer. How did it go last summer? How did you handle things? Did you maintain the way you wanted to? Using the following areas we typically struggle with most, answer the following:

    • Nutrition/Healthy Eating: How did you handle yourself with food? Did you do a lot of social/binge/emotional or mindless eating?
    • Fitness/Exercise: How was your fitness? Were you motivated, did you enjoy your workouts and did you get the results you wanted?
    • Stress Control: How did you handle stress? Who or what was stressful for you and how did you handle it?  Read more
  • Enjoy Nature and Be Healthier

    by Paula Gallagher | July 16, 2014

    My family and I just got back from 2 weeks away at our little cottage far up north. No television, no internet, no cell service. Instead, my family and I took advantage of the surrounding lakes, hills and forests as an opportunity to enjoy nature. I can truly say we were all more relaxed and happier. I believe in the connection between nature and health.

    Many studies have shown that nature acts as a stress buffer and promoter of health – mental health in particular. Researchers from the United Kingdom, Japan, China, and the US have connected parks, gardens, green areas, and forests with lower mortality from cancers, circulatory diseases, stroke, and other causes.

    You don’t have to have a cottage or even be outside all day to enjoy the benefits, but even an hour a day spent in some sort of green space can be beneficial for your overall health.

    Here are 6 ways that nature can help your health.

    1. Better overall health and quality of life – A Danish study that looked at associations between green space and health found a link between distance to green space and health-related quality of life. The researchers believe that green spaces may help manage stress.

    2. Boosting your immune system – In a 2011 study, researchers found that visiting a forest – but not a city – enhances natural killer (NK) cell activity. Moreover, further visits to the forest maintained a higher level of NK cell activity. Natural killer cells are a type of white blood cell that’s a key component of a healthy immune system.  Read more

  • Tired? It May Be Anemia

    by Paula Gallagher | July 15, 2014

    Did you know that anemia is the most common form of malnutrition found in women of all ages? Anemia is caused by reduced levels of hemoglobin, which is the iron-containing protein that is responsible for delivering oxygen to the cells. When hemoglobin is low, the body is unable to burn off the sugar to produce energy.

    Symptoms are varied and ranging and can include, weakness, vertigo, headache, tinnitus, spots before the eyes, loss of libido, amenorrhea, drowsiness, irritability and sometimes changes in behavior.

    There are different types of anemias, and the treatment depends on its cause and severity.

     

    • Aplastic anemia is a rare condition characterized by low levels of red and white blood cells and platelets.
    • Hemolytic anemia occurs because red blood cells are destroyed in the liver and spleen faster than they are produced.
    • Pernicious anemia relates to a decreased body store of vitamin B12. Vegetarians are more prone to develop B12 deficiency because this nutrient is found primarily in animal protein.  Read more

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