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Health Concerns

  • New Sugar Limit Recommendations For Children

    by Paula Gallagher | August 30, 2016

    soda-drinkingThe American Heart Association (AHA) is suggesting that children consume no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar per day. That is only 25 grams.

    According to the AHA, children are now getting way more than the suggested sugar limit of 25 grams and it is adversely affecting their health. A diet high in added sugars is strongly associated with weight gain, obesity, insulin resistance, abnormal cholesterol and fatty liver disease in children.

    What is added sugar? Added sugar is anything added to a food that it wouldn't normally contain. Table sugar, fructose, maple syrup or honey used as an ingredient in processing, preparing foods or beverages, eaten separately, or added to a meal at the dining table are all considered added sugar. Common foods that have added sugar are soft drinks, candy and baked goods.

    One can of soda alone contains on average 35 grams of sugar!!!!

    If you want to learn more about sugar and its effects on the body, watch the documentary Fed Up and read these five things you may not have known about sugar, but you should: 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

  • 10 Reasons to Eat Blueberries

    by Paula Gallagher | August 15, 2016

    blueberries2This summer is providing us with an incredible bounty of peaches, strawberries and now blueberries. The ultimate superfood, the little blue orb is packed with minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and fiber.

    Blueberries have wonderful health boosting properties. Here are 10 benefits that might encourage you to eat blueberries every day.

    1. Memory loss – Researchers at Tufts University in Boston found that aging mice that were given blueberry extract improved their balance, coordination and short-term memory. Anthocyanin, which gives the blueberries their strong bluish purple color, appears to protect the neurons in the brain.

    2. Anti-aging – Blueberries contain high levels of antioxidants which help get rid of free radicals in the blood. Free radicals can damage cell membranes and DNA through a process known as oxidative stress. Free radicals cause many of the physical signs of aging. Read more

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