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  • Five Ways to Strengthen Your Immune System

    by Paula Gallagher | November 29, 2016

    sneezeIt seems like all it takes is one child to come home from school with sniffles, and then the rest of the household catches it, too. Cold and flu season is definitely upon us. Being prepared can play a huge part in how well you feel. Follow simple steps like keeping hydrated, getting enough sleep, practicing good stress management, good hygiene, and eating a well-balanced diet.

    The following five tips are additional supports to strengthen your immune system. They are best used when you are just starting to feel sick, as they can help your body get on top of it and fight back quicker and stronger. Consult with your doctor and our nutrition experts to get the right supplements for you.

    1. Vitamins and minerals: Vitamins A, C, and D are natural immune boosters Read more

  • Five Ways to Slash Your Diabetes Risk

    by Neal Barnard, MD, FACC | November 28, 2016

    beansFatty foods are public enemy No. 1 when it comes to developing type 2 diabetes. Why? Fat molecules, or lipids, enter our cells and cause a condition called insulin resistance. When that happens, glucose (blood sugar) has trouble getting into the cells and starts to build up in the bloodstream. This creates the foundation for type 2 diabetes and can force us to rely on oral medications, insulin injections, and other treatments.

    The good news is we can fix it. A plant-based vegan diet is clinically proven to restore insulin function naturally. By building meals around the four food groups – vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes – you’ll rebalance fat stores Read more

  • Enjoy Thanksgiving Without the Heartburn

    by Paula Gallagher | November 23, 2016

    thanksgiving-meal_aFirst of all, Village Green Apothecary would like to thank all of our wonderful customers, from those who have been with us since the beginning, to those who have just discovered us through our blog or our website, or from a friend.

    Tomorrow many of us will be sitting down with loved ones to a really big meal (just one of many things to be grateful for). Unfortunately, for many that also comes with a dose of heartburn. Read on to learn about some tips on how to enjoy Thanksgiving without the heartburn.

    If you suffer from heartburn on a regular basis, you may need to change the way you eat, and what you eat. Read more

  • Natural Remedies for Menstrual Pain

    by Margo Gladding | November 21, 2016

    crampsMenstrual pain is a common experience for many women. Symptoms such sharp abdominal cramping and digestive complaints can be debilitating. As a nutritionist and herbalist, I have had a lot of success recommending natural remedies for addressing menstrual pain. These remedies are highly effective and safe, whereas conventional treatments such oral contraceptives and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen) can have serious side effects, may require increased doses to maintain efficacy, and do little to address underlying causes of pain.

    In addition to recommending natural remedies for menstrual pain, I also advise eating an anti-inflammatory diet, Read more

  • Nutrients Can Help Regulate Blood Sugar

    by Paula Gallagher | November 14, 2016

    healthy-foodBlood sugar imbalances can signify a disorder in carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism, and can lead to hypoglycemia and/or diabetes. Chronic blood sugar problems greatly increase the risk of adrenal exhaustion, heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and loss of nerve function. Diet and lifestyle factors play a significant role in regulating blood sugar levels. Since nutrients can help regulate blood sugar, incorporating key nutritional supplements and making positive dietary and lifestyle modifications can make a dramatic health difference. It is essential that diabetic individuals consult with their physician and carefully monitor their blood sugar levels because insulin requirements or drug levels may need to be adjusted when changing or adding elements in your diet.

    Here are five nutrients that can help balance blood sugar levels. Read more


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