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  • Stress Series: A Natural Approach to Dealing with Depression

    by Paula Gallagher | August 26, 2014

    depressionIn this installment of our series on stress, we are going to look at how stress affects depression, and how a natural approach to dealing with depression can be beneficial.

    Depression is very serious, and in no way is the following information meant to be diagnostic, or encourage self-medicating. If you think you are dealing with depression of any kind, please consult with a professional to discuss your options.  

    Stress is a factor in many illnesses. In fact, it is estimated that 75-90% of visits to the doctor are related to stress – either acutely or because of chronic problems associated with stress. It is also believed that nearly 75% of the diseases prevalent in Western society are related to the stress mechanisms of the body.

    Chronic exposure to stress results in chronic engagement of the fight-or-flight mechanism (increased blood pressure, heart rate, blood sugar, blood shunted away from the digestive system, increase in stress hormones such as cortisol and epinephrine). Studies show that physiological and psychological consequences of acute/chronic stress can persist well past the cessation of a stressful event.

    The body is designed to adapt to stressors to help maintain equilibrium and healthy functioning. The stress response influences many biological and biochemical processes that begin in the brain and spread through nearly all body systems including the adrenals, thyroid, neurotransmitter systems, digestive system, and cardiovascular system. But everyone has an individual "load" that they can manage, which is why stress can express itself in a variety of symptoms throughout the body.  Read more

  • Why Stress is Dangerous: Types, Causes and Risks

    by Debi Silber, The Mojo Coach | August 18, 2014

    stressThere are two types of stress and most of us have experienced one or both, at times. There are many causes and more risks involved than you may realize, but the good news is that not all stress is dangerous and there are ways to lessen your stress and enjoy better health.

    Acute Stress: Momentary help in times of danger

    Acute stress is the term for what occurs when your body senses danger and adapts to the threat by making physical changes, enabling you to avoid greater potential harm. This protective mechanism, crucial to your safety and designed to protect you, causes your body to secrete chemicals and stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol, in response to your thoughts and prepares your body for “fight or flight.”

    For example, let’s say you’re crossing a street to meet your friend at the local coffee shop and notice a car quickly approaching. You see the car and understand the risks, which causes you to feel fear and anxiety (learned behaviors that we only feel when we decide something is dangerous or anxiety provoking). Your body adapts to this stress by secreting chemicals and hormones, sending messages to your heart, lungs and organs to prepare them to handle the crisis.

    • Your heart rate increases
    • Blood flow is diverted to muscles allowing for quick movement
    • Pupils dilate and more oxygen flows through your lungs for an extra burst of energy

    These changes allow you to react quickly, enabling you to jump onto the curb to safety. Within a short period of time, your body calms down and things return to normal, allowing you to continue on to the meeting with your friend over your favorite cup of coffee.  Read more

  • Sore Throat Remedies

    by Paula Gallagher | August 12, 2014

    Ginger teaIt started with a tummy ache and a fever at 4am, and then ended with a 3-minute strep test. My youngest tested positive for strep. This time I did choose to do antibiotics, which was not a decision I made lightly. I am also pairing it with Udo's Infant Probiotics to provide digestive and immune support. (Probiotics should be taken separately from antibiotics, so as not to interfere with the efficacy of the antibiotic.)

    Here are some additional tips to provide relief from any type of sore throat:

     

    1. Warm soothing liquids, including homemade chicken soup. I use lots of garlic, onion and real chicken.
    2. Teas – drink ginger tea with honey throughout the day. (Steep raw ginger in boiling water for 10 minutes and add honey.)
    3. Cool washcloth on the forehead will provide relief from fever.
    4. Pathway Kids Biotic: 30 drops 3 times per day (it's based on weight, so check the label).
    5. Pathway Throat Ease: a little spray whenever needed.

    Before you dismiss antibiotics, keep in mind that if your child does have strep, if left untreated it can become something more serious. However, not all sore throats are strep (only about 30%). So, talk to your doctor about the possibility of waiting to administer antibiotics.

  • Stress Series: A Natural Approach to Dealing With Anxiety

    by Paula Gallagher | August 7, 2014

    In this next part of our series on stress, we will talk about a natural approach to dealing with anxiety.

    Anxiety is a normal human emotion. You may feel anxious, or nervous, when faced with a problem, taking a test, making an important decision, or when afraid. When these feelings cause such distress that it interferes with a person's ability to lead a normal life, then it can be considered an anxiety disorder.

    There  are different types of anxiety disorders:

    Panic disorder: Panic anxiety disorder is having the feelings of terror that strike suddenly and repeat with no warning. Anxiety symptoms related to panic disorders include sweating, chest pain, palpitations (irregular heartbeats), and feeling of choking.

    Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD): OCD is having constant thoughts or fears that cause you to perform certain routines or rituals. The disturbing thoughts are obsessions and the rituals are compulsions.

    Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): PTSD can develop following a traumatic and/or terrifying event, the unexpected death of a loved one, or a sexual or physical assault, among other things. People often have lasting and frightening memories of the event and tend to be emotionally numb.  Read more

  • We’re Here to Help and Support You With Extraordinary Health Resources

    by Marc Isaacson, President, Village Green Apothecary | August 5, 2014

    Our team at Village Green Apothecary has one main goal – to help our customers optimize their health and feel extraordinary. We are here to provide you with resources, support and tools to assist you toward achieving your health goals. For us, this simply means doing everything possible to stack the deck in your favor to help you get to where you want to be as quickly and simply as possible. We believe that getting to the root cause of health issues is the most direct route to extraordinary health. We believe that each person is different, and that we need to work with you based on your own unique biochemistry and DNA.

    At Village Green, we have a lot of resources to help you. I mean, a LOT! Did you know we have a team of 50 and have been gathering tremendous knowledge over the last 50 years of business to make sure you get the answers you need? Starting with our extremely knowledgeable nutrition advisors, we can answer all sorts of questions about nutrition and supplements (vitamins, minerals, herbs, homeopathic remedies), and we carry some of the best and highest-quality product lines available anywhere. We also know that prescription drugs can interact or interfere with some vitamins and minerals, causing secondary health issues; our pharmacists are trained in drug interactions and depletions and can help you with that, too.  Read more

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