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Nutritional Supplements

  • Alternatives to NSAIDs

    by Paula Gallagher | June 14, 2017

    knee-painAccording to the CDC, as many as 54 million Americans  have been told by their doctors that they have arthritis. Arthritis usually leads to restriction of physical activity, increasing the risks of heart disease, obesity, osteoporosis and depression. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen and naproxen, are most commonly prescribed to provide pain relief for arthritis.

    These drugs only provide temporary relief and may even lead to further deterioration of the joint and surrounding tissue. Read more

  • Nutrients for Healthy Eyes

    by Paula Gallagher | May 2, 2017

    eyeEyesight is often the first sense affected by time and poor nutrition. The three most common eye disorders are macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and cataracts. Fortunately, regular eye exams can help in early detection and treatment of serious eye disorders. Natural interventions can also help deter the development of the above eye conditions, improve eye health, as well as support ongoing eye health.

    Vitamins, minerals and antioxidants from diet and supplements are essential for supporting and maintaining eye health. Nutrients for healthy eyes include the following: Read more

  • 5 Tips to Get Your Kids to Eat Their Vegetables

    by Paula Gallagher | March 28, 2017

    kids-vegetablesThis is a daily struggle in my household. My kids love fruits but getting them to branch out and try different vegetables is hard and I know I'm not alone. In the past I have hidden vegetables in sauces and soups so I could ensure my kids had a more balanced meal, however, research shows that hiding veggies is not the best way to promote lifelong healthy eating. In order to do that, we have to build a child’s taste for veggies that will last them into adulthood, choosing healthy choices for life. I still hide them when I can just to get them into their bodies, but I also try and follow these tips to get my kids to eat their vegetables.

    1. Stick an apron on them. Studies show that kids who are involved in meal preparation will try different foods and generally prefer fruits and vegetables and overall healthy food choices. Plus, measuring ingredients can help with math skills too! Get the kids in the kitchen to help out as much as possible, and choose age-appropriate tasks. Good tasks for little ones include tearing lettuce, mixing ingredients, and helping to set the table. Read more

  • Pet Supplements for Our Furry Friends

    by Paula Gallagher | March 21, 2017

    dog-catMany of today's most prevalent health conditions have been directly linked to improper nutrition and poor lifestyle habits. Even small nutritional deficiencies can compromise immunity, vitality, and damage health. Taking care of your own core nutritional needs creates a strong foundation for your body and helps establish a strong foundation to help rebuild, restore and repair your body if needed. So wouldn't it make sense that taking care of our furry friends in the same way would be just as important? Here are some thoughts on pet supplements. Read more

  • Lower Blood Pressure Naturally

    by Paula Gallagher | March 14, 2017

    blood-pressure"I have high blood pressure, what can I do to lower it?" This is one of the most common questions I am asked. Whether it's linked to stress (and who isn't stressed), or diet, or even if it's because of Grandma Lucy and your genes, there are many things that you can do to support your heart and keep your blood pressure in check. If you are looking for ways to lower blood pressure naturally, please read on.

    According to the World Health Organization (WHO), normal blood pressure is anything under 140 over 90. However, the OPTIMAL blood pressure is 120 over 80. Elevated blood pressure poses a major risk for heart attack, stroke and kidney disease. Lifestyle and dietary factors play a significant role in the regulation of blood pressure. Elevated blood pressure can be affected by numerous contributing factors such as coffee and alcohol consumption, smoking, stress, lack of exercise (as well as obesity), a high sodium-to-potassium ratio, low fiber, high sugar, high saturated fat and/or low essential fatty acid intake, and a diet low in calcium, magnesium, and/or vitamin C. Read more

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