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  • Women's Health Series: Hormone Imbalance

    by Paula Gallagher | January 20, 2015

    thoughtful-womanFrom puberty to menopause, symptoms such as mood swings, bloating, headaches, hot flashes, and insomnia are indicators of hormone imbalance. Stress, poor nutrition, lifestyle changes, toxins, and other factors can exacerbate symptoms. At Village Green Apothecary, we see symptoms as a sign of disharmony within the body that needs to be addressed. Finding and resolving the root cause of your symptoms will almost always lead to feeling better and living a healthier lifestyle.

    Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance

    Hot flashes and night sweats
    Insomnia
    Fatigue
    Weight gain
    Vaginal dryness
    PMS
    Low libido
    Mood swings
    Depression
    Foggy memory
    Endometriosis
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  • Women's Health Series

    by Paula Gallagher | January 13, 2015

    mikakuOver the next couple of weeks, we will be looking at natural solutions for hormone balance and menopause. At Village Green Apothecary, we believe in taking a comprehensive approach to supporting your health and wellness. For women’s health concerns, such as osteoporosis, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), peri-menopause, menopause, thyroid conditions, and fatigue, we recommend natural remedies such as nutritional supplements, herbs, and homeopathic remedies, as well as custom compounded formulas that address the underlying root cause(s).

    Village Green’s wellness counselors, including naturopathic doctors and certified nutritionists, are available for individualized consultations for a personal assessment of your unique situation. During your appointment (either by phone or in person), our professionals will:

    • Review your symptoms and health history
    • Examine your diet and lifestyle
    • Recommend specialized testing
    • Assess possible drug-nutrient interactions or depletions
    • Answer any questions you may have
    • Create a customized plan that includes natural remedies, custom compounding, diet, and lifestyle recommendations.

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  • Cut Back on Sugar to Reduce Blood Pressure

    by Paula Gallagher | January 12, 2015

    blood-pressureFor years, we have been told to cut back on sodium for healthy blood pressure, but research is showing that cutting back on sugar may be just as important, if not more important than putting down the salt shaker.

    Researchers at Louisiana State University conducted an 18-month study on 810 people without high blood pressure or the early stages of high blood pressure (hypertension). Their goal was to evaluate how exercise, weight loss and diet affect blood pressure.

    The results found that cutting back on sugar would in fact lower high blood pressure. The study focused on sugary sweetened beverages, which they referred to as SSBs. After 18 months they found that that overweight adults with high blood pressure who drank one less serving of sugary soda per day had a significant decline in blood pressure. Although further studies are needed to determine exactly why this is the case, they did conclude that reduced consumption of SSBs and sugars were significantly associated with reduced blood pressure, and that reducing SSBs and sugar consumption may be an important dietary strategy to lower blood pressure. Read more

  • Pain Series: A Natural Approach to Joint Pain

    by Paula Gallagher | January 6, 2015

    joggersThe last topic in our pain series is joint pain. Joint pain refers to discomfort, aches, and soreness in any part of the body where bones connect. Joint pain is a common complaint, and frequent causes include arthritis, gout, strains, and sprains. Common sites of joint pain include: knee, shoulder, hip, and wrist. In the absence of an injury, pain in one or more of your joints is often caused by inflammation or infection. Persistent pain that may occur after a viral infection requires a doctor's attention. Joint pain symptoms include:

    Pain
    Swelling
    Stiffness
    Warmth in your joints

    Diet and supplements are an integral part of managing joint pain.

    Diet plays a critical role in regulating pain and is the foundation for good health. The foods you eat have the ability to trigger either pro-inflammatory chemicals or anti-inflammatory chemicals.

    Pro-inflammatory foods increase pain, swelling, and cellular damage. An increase in inflammatory chemicals has been associated with most chronic diseases including joint pain, arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and various cancers. Click here to learn about what foods to avoid. Read more

  • FODMAP Diet – A Way to Eliminate or Reduce IBS Symptoms

    by Margo Gladding | December 30, 2014

    FODMAPIf you experience IBS symptoms such as abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, gas, and bloating, then you know the serious impact that it can have on your quality of life. One in five Americans suffer from IBS and many also experience anxiety or depression along with their painful digestive symptoms. But, did you know that a dietary approach can eliminate or significantly reduce IBS symptoms?

    Following a low FODMAP diet has been clinically shown to provide an effective approach to managing IBS/functional gut disorders. FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides And Polyols.

    An Australian research team developed this dietary approach and it is considered the primary management strategy for IBS in Australia. FODMAPs are specific types of carbohydrates (short-chain carbohydrates), which are incompletely absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract. As a result, they stay in the small intestine where bacteria feed on them and produce byproducts and waste materials. Read more

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