Individualized Nutrition, Pharmacy and Healthy Living

  • Back-to-School Germs: Hand Washing

    by Paula Gallagher | August 25, 2015

    hand-washingAs your children get ready to go back to school (if they aren't there already), it is important to remind them to wash their hands often. According to my doctor, this time of year keeps her especially busy.

    Colds, viruses and strep throat are common illnesses seen in those first few weeks of school. Kids spend the whole summer collecting germs, and once they start school, they are back in close quarters and those germs are easily spread. The best defense is good hand hygiene, including proper hand washing. Show your children how to wash their hands with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds. If you have very little ones, tell them to sing the ABCs while they are washing.

    Here are four other tips to help strengthen your kids' immune system:

    1. Get your kids to eat breakfast in the morning. Fuel them. Eating breakfast is the most important meal of the day and should include complex carbohydrates and protein to get them through the morning. Read more

  • Nutrition Rx: Portable Food for the Whole Family

    by Neal Barnard, MD | August 24, 2015

    vegetable-wrapsAs we fit in last-minute travel excursions and summer day trips, it’s easy to stray from the healthful choices we’ve made all summer. The good news is that eating healthfully – in the air, on the road, or at the beach – is now easier than ever.

    Here are five tips for packing portable food that provides stable energy and an abundance of nutrients.

    1. Colorful Vegetable Wraps

    All you’ll need to make your favorite wraps is a handful of ingredients: whole wheat tortillas, low-fat hummus, and your favorite vegetables. Try grated carrots, fresh spinach leaves, and radishes or bean sprouts for an extra crunch. Wrap up and take on a family or poolside picnic, include with fresh fruit for a healthful lunch, or keep on hand for a grab-and-go meal. Read more

  • Village Green Events: Aubrey Organics and SophytoPRO® Demos

    by Paula Gallagher | August 24, 2015

    store5_TatiWe have some Village Green events coming up! Visit us for the following in-store demonstrations.

    Thursday, August 27, 11am to 2pm: Aubrey Organics

    Aubrey Organics is a pioneer in the natural skin care industry. They use only the purest natural and organic ingredients from fair trade sources, and use them in handcrafted, all-natural products that are good for you and good for the earth. It is this commitment that has made Aubrey one of the finest manufacturers of hair, skin and body care products.

    Monday, August 31, 12 to 4pm: SophytoPRO® skin care

    SophytoPRO® is gluten-free, whole-food based and has an average of 90% organic ingredients. It is designed to support the skin's natural environment and encourage its innate restoration and renewal mechanisms. We carry cleansers, moisturizers and serums. Like many of our top-quality practitioner brand supplements, SophytoPRO® has can be purchased only through medical and healthcare professionals, and stores like Village Green, where we have experts on staff. To learn more about SophytoPRO® come visit us on Monday, August 31 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm for a demo on this skincare line.

  • Village Green Welcomes Dart Clancy

    by Paula Gallagher | August 19, 2015

    Dart-ClancyWe are excited to welcome Dart Clancy to Village Green Apothecary. Dart’s passion for the healing power of nature began in 1995 while working at a local health food store. During that time, she began to study and explore herbs and traditional healing modalities. In 2007, Dart received her Master of Science degree in Herbal Medicine and began practicing in Columbia, MD, at Clinical Herbal Care, a private practice focusing on herbal medicine and nourishing foods. After receiving her Certified Nutrition Specialist designation and nutrition license in 2009, she joined the staff at Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) and in 2013, she began working in the Nutrition Department as a Clinical Supervisor. Through her experience and training, Dart has learned one central fundamental – healing comes from within. She believes herbal medicine, diet, and lifestyle are essential to support a lifetime of wellness.

    Dart focuses her practice on supporting those with chronic imbalances, such as autoimmune disorders. She is available for phone consults on Thursdays from 12:00 to 4:00 pm, and Fridays from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. To schedule a consult, click here.

  • 'Tis the Season: How to Protect Against Lice

    by Paula Gallagher | August 18, 2015

    liceSome kids have started school already, but for many it is still a few weeks away. Personally, there is nothing that gives me more anxiety than the thought of lice coming home on the heads of my kids. I am itching right now, just thinking about it. Here are some ways you can help protect against lice.

    Head lice lay tiny, teardrop-shaped, whitish eggs in shells called nits. The nits attach to individual hairs with a tough, gluey cement, making them impossible to remove with ordinary shampooing. After a 7 to 10-day incubation period, the nits hatch, leaving behind a dull gray casing. They mature within a week and start the cycle again.

    Lice are very contagious and spread through direct contact. So when kids lie together or touch heads, or when their toys touch or when they share hair brushes, lice can be spread easily. And then, guess what... they spread it all over the house when they come home. Read more

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