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  • Digestive Series: Taking a Natural Approach to IBS

    by Paula Gallagher | October 22, 2014

    irritable-bowel-syndromeIrritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a gastrointestinal disorder that affects the large intestine (colon). It is one of the most common gastrointestinal disorders and is characterized by abdominal distension, constipation and diarrhea, mucus in the stool, gas, and nausea. Individuals with IBS also tend to have mental and emotional symptoms such as anxiety, fatigue, depression and difficulty sleeping. The frequency and severity of IBS symptoms seem to correlate with psychological factors.

    What are the symptoms of IBS?

    Uncomfortable signs and symptoms are:

    - Cramping
    - Abdominal pain
    - Gas
    - Nausea
    - Bloating
    - Diarrhea
    - Constipation
    - Pain
    - Fatigue
    - Mucus in stool

    Holistic Treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

    At Village Green Apothecary, our trained nutritionists can work with you to develop the right natural treatment plan specific to your needs. They can help to discover the root cause of your IBS and recommend natural remedies such as nutritional supplements including vitamins, minerals, herbs, and homeopathic remedies. They can also create a diet and lifestyle plan for you. Natural treatments for IBS include increasing fiber intake, avoiding refined sugar, processed foods, and foods that you may be allergic or sensitive to, stress reduction techniques, regular exercise, and taking nutritional supplements to support gastrointestinal health.  Read more

  • Dinner Tonight: Miso French Onion Soup

    by Paula Gallagher | October 21, 2014

    French-onion-soupI remember the first time I had French onion soup. I was in college and had gone over to a friend's house for dinner. Her mom brought us these handled bowls full of steamy soup, covered in bread and cheese. From that moment on, French onion soup became a favorite.

    As the days turn a little chillier, this soup becomes a staple. The following recipe uses miso paste instead of the traditional beef broth. A staple in Asia for thousands of years, miso is made from soybeans fermented with a grain such as brown rice or barley. The result is a tasty, salty condiment that is live with bacterial culture and excellent for promoting gastrointestinal health. Soybeans also contain lecithin, which provides key ingredients for brain neurotransmitters, an excellent way to boost brain function. The onions provide sulphoraphanes, which increase immunity, counter free-radical damage, and fight cancer.

    French Onion Soup

    1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
    4 yellow onions, thinly sliced
    2 cups water
    3 Tbsp miso paste
    4 slices whole wheat French bread
    4 tsp seeded mustard
    1 cup Swiss or mozzarella cheese or dairy free equivalent, grated

    In a large pot, warm oil over low heat and add onions. Caramelize the onions by cooking them slowly for about 1 1/2 hours, stirring every 20 minutes. I know it is a long time, but definitely worth it to get sweet, delicious onions.  Read more

  • Being Friends With Yourself: Why Speaking Positively Brings Freedom

    by Debi Silber, The Mojo Coach | October 20, 2014

    mirror-reflectionDo you shower your friends with compliments, praise and approval? You probably do, because you know that it makes them feel proud, valued and respected. You see and understand the benefit of speaking positively to your friends when you see the happiness it brings them. It feels good to bring this joy to others, right? So, why is it so hard to speak to yourself this way? Being friends with yourself brings many positive benefits, both to yourself and to others.

    For many of us, negative self-talk is a way of life.

    Without realizing it, many of us willingly put ourselves in a self-made prison. It’s bad enough that we feel negatively about ourselves, but what’s worse is that we keep these negative beliefs going as we continually share these negative thoughts with our co-workers, friends, spouses, and even our children.  Read more

  • Achieving Optimal Health Conference 2014

    by Paula Gallagher | October 20, 2014

    Learn from wellness experts about how to attain vibrant health through proper nutrition, regular exercise, and living a more meaningful life at this one-day health and wellness conference this Saturday, October 25 at Georgetown University.

    Achieving Optimal Health Conference 2014 provides access to innovative leaders in health today. They will challenge you to think and act in new ways and teach you to achieve your own personal optimal health through food, lifestyle choices, and the practice of prevention.

    The conference organizers have gathered an impressive array of speakers recognized as luminaries in the field of wellness today. Learn more about the speakers and details of the conference by clicking on the link below.

    Conference Website

    Saturday, October 25, 2014
    Registration opens at 8:30 AM
    Program from 9:15 – 4:00pm
    Georgetown University
    Washington, DC

  • Digestive Health Series: A Natural Approach to Food Allergies and Food Sensitivities

    by Paula Gallagher | October 15, 2014

    food-allergiesA food allergy is an adverse reaction that occurs from the ingestion of food or a food ingredient such as a coloring or preservative. When an allergenic food (antigen) triggers an antibody immunoglobulin E (IgE) response, IgE binds to white blood cells (mast cells and basophils) and causes the release of histamine, which leads to swelling and inflammation.

    Most symptoms of food allergies occur within a few minutes to an hour of consuming food. A food allergy can initially be experienced as an itching in the mouth or difficulty swallowing and breathing. Then, during digestion of the food in the stomach and intestines, symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain can arise.

    When allergens are absorbed and enter the bloodstream they can reach the skin and induce hives or eczema, and when they reach the airways, they can cause asthma. As the allergens travel through the blood vessels, they can cause lightheadedness, weakness, and a sudden drop in blood pressure. Anaphylactic reactions can occur and can be severe even if they start off with mild symptoms, such as a tingling in the mouth and throat or discomfort in the abdomen. They can be fatal if not treated quickly. Known food allergens should always be avoided.  Read more

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