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Health Concerns

  • 3 Simple Tips for Healthy Teeth, a Healthy Smile and a Healthier You

    by Paula Gallagher | April 21, 2014

    Two weeks ago, I took my two kids to the dentist. My oldest is a great brusher, loves to floss and grabs a Granny Smith for a snack. Unfortunately brushing my youngest one's teeth becomes a wrestling match every time she sees a toothbrush. But we keep at it, because having healthy teeth and a healthy mouth are important and can boost overall health. Plus, one day she will like brushing and flossing... right?

    Here are three tips to keeping your smile healthy.

    1. Brush and floss. According to the American Dental Association, you should brush twice per day with a soft-bristled brush. The size and shape of your brush should fit your mouth, allowing you to reach all areas easily. Flossing should go hand-in-hand with brushing because decay-causing bacteria still linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. Flossing helps remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line. If bacteria is left there to grow, the periodontal disease gingivitis may occur. Gingivitis (gum disease) is an infection of the tissues that support and surround your teeth and can even cause tooth loss. Research has shown a strong correlation between periodontal disease and other health problems like heart disease, diabetes, stroke and respiratory illnesses. There is even increasing evidence that people with periodontal disease are more likely to develop osteoporosis. So, brush and FLOSS!   Read more

  • Important Nutritional and Genetic Tests for Your Health

    by Margo Gladding | April 7, 2014

    Nutritional and genetic tests can be very useful for determining whether you are getting optimal amounts of vitamins and minerals, and whether your body is able to properly absorb them. You can be deficient in micronutrients and not even know it. Studies have shown that 50% of patients taking a multivitamin are functionally deficient in one or more essential nutrients that are vital to long-term health. Scientific evidence also confirms such deficiencies are associated with disease processes and the overall condition of your health. Deficiencies suppress the function of the immune system and contribute to degenerative processes. So, anyone who is interested in feeling his or her best can benefit from these tests.

    Determining your MTHFR (methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase) genotype gives you valuable information about your body's ability to methylate. Methylation is a crucial part of cell processes and reduced function has been linked to numerous medical conditions including neurological and cardiovascular disorders, mental dysfunctions and diabetes.  Methylation is necessary for turning genes on and off, processing chemicals and toxins, building neurotransmitters, processing hormones, building immune cells, synthesizing DNA/RNA, producing energy, and producing the protective coating on nerves. Read more

  • IQYOU: A New Smart Tool for Individualized Healthcare Solutions

    by Joseph Pizzorno, N.D. | April 2, 2014

    I’m pleased to join Village Green as a Medical Advisor and will be highlighting information on specific health topics that can directly benefit our readers. To begin with, I’d like to talk about a new program that can provide individualized healthcare information to help optimize your health.

    Let’s review the typical healthcare scenario. You get a check-up once or twice a year and receive health feedback, but the only other time you see your doctor or other health practitioners is for managing an ache, pain or sickness. Often a prescription is provided and over time, you may be taking a variety of prescriptions for multiple conditions. By the time the average person is 45, they are taking 4.5 different prescriptions per year, and by age 65, they’re taking 7 or more. And just think of all the costs involved with multiple prescriptions and managing chronic illnesses!

    The solution is to promote health, rather than simply treat disease, and to address dysfunctions and deficiencies BEFORE they become ill-health. By addressing the underlying causes, versus masking symptoms with prescriptions, many drugs may never be needed and others may be reduced or eliminated.  Read more

  • Antibiotics and the Need for Probiotics: Pathway 35 Billion

    by Paula Gallagher | April 1, 2014

    Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that help overthrow harmful bacteria that can cause a whole host of illnesses. They also prompt your immune system to fight off disease. Basically they help maintain and even restore health.

    Probiotics are particularly important when taking antibiotics. Antibiotics do not discriminate between good and bad bacteria – they tend to wipe out both. Taking a good, high dose probiotic like Pathway 35 Billion will help restore beneficial microbes that are destroyed by antibiotics.

    The key is to take the probiotic and antibiotic several hours apart, so they aren't cancelling each other out. I recommend taking one capsule of Pathway 35 Billion Probiotic 2 hours after an antibiotic dose. After you are done with the round of antibiotics, take one capsule per day for a month. If you are one of the unfortunate people who experience antibiotic associated diarrhea, this may even help reduce it. For more information regarding Pathway probiotics, contact Village Green Apothecary.

  • Boost Bone Health with Synergistic Calcium and Vitamin D

    by Paula Gallagher | March 25, 2014

    A couple of months ago, we wrote a blog about the powerful antioxidant potential when you combined ellagic acid and quercetin. This week's dynamic duo is calcium and vitamin D for bone health. For many, this vitamin and mineral combo is well known to help prevent osteoporosis, but sometimes a reminder is a good idea.

    Vitamin D is the main regulator of bone-building calcium absorption. Without it, your bones won't get the full benefit of the calcium you consume. According to betterbones.com, without enough vitamin D the body absorbs 65% less calcium. The benefits of calcium and vitamin D extend beyond osteoporosis. Research out of Harvard Medical School found that premenopausal women with the highest intakes of vitamin D and calcium had a 30% lower risk of developing breast cancer!

    So how can you ensure that you are getting enough? Sun, diet and supplementation. Getting 10 to 15 minutes of strong, direct sunlight on exposed skin should fill your stores of vitamin D for the day, but the reality is that many of us don't get that for one reason or another.
    Eating sustainably harvested wild Alaskan sockeye salmon can also provide you with vitamin D – and if you eat the bones that are in the canned salmon, you also get 20% of your calcium intake. For a quick lunch that is high in vitamin D and calcium and is great for your bones, combine plain yogurt with salmon, add some spices and serve on a bed of lettuce!  Read more

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