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Nutritional Supplements

  • 5 Pathway Supplements for a Strong Immune System

    by Paula Gallagher | November 18, 2014

    coldsThey are calling it Snowvember in my parts... and along with all the fluffy white stuff comes runny noses, nagging coughs and itchy throats. Although we were caught off guard with the early snowfall, I am determined to not to let our immune systems suffer the consequences.

    Pathway supplements are effective, safe and contain only the highest quality ingredients. And until December 31, they are 35% off at our Winter Sale! Here are five great Pathway supplements that help support the immune system and kick colds to the curb a little bit sooner.

    1. Pathway Cold and Sinus Blaster is designed to provide immediate relief for sinus and nasal congestion. This unique herbal formula also stimulates and supports the immune system. Several key ingredients include horseradish, echinacea, elderberry, garlic, peppermint oil, and goldenseal.

    2. Pathway CongestEeze offers respiratory support for those who suffer from congestion, colds, asthma, and recurring lung congestion. CongestEeze contains fresh osha, lomatium, yerba santa leaf, garlic, mullein thyme, licorice, oregan grape root, echinacea, ginger, oregano and wild cherry – all of which provide respiratory support. CongestEeze helps maintain respiratory health and supports lung immunity.  Read more

  • Nutrient Deficiencies Are Common: We’re Here to Help

    by Marc Isaacson, President, Village Green Apothecary | November 12, 2014

    family-in-woodsRecent studies show that many people are not getting the nutrients their bodies need. In spite of the fact that 65% of Americans take supplements, 98% have nutrient deficiencies. Why is this? There are many factors at play here, and one of them is that taking a multivitamin without an understanding of what you need is like throwing darts in the dark.

    Here are a few more reasons why nutrient deficiencies are so prevalent:

    • Prescriptions can rob you of specific nutrients that are not taken into account in mass-produced multivitamins.
    • Our diets are not always nutritionally balanced.
    • Over-farming and other commercial farming practices have created foods with less nutrient density.
    • Stress, negative emotions and poor diet can lower body pH, which affects vital nutrients as the body works to rebalance pH.
    • Each person has unique biochemical needs that may be different from other people’s needs.

    Why does matching your body’s nutrient needs matter?

    • Nutrient deficiencies are a leading cause of chronic health conditions and diseases.
    • Nutrients are the essential building blocks for maintaining good health.
    • Nutrients allow the body to build, repair and to help you feel your best.  Read more

  • We're Here to Help You: Prescription Risks and Nutrient Deficiencies

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

    leaves-nutrient-deficiencyDid you know that many prescription medications cause nutrient deficiencies? In plants, you can tell the signs of nutrient deficiencies just by looking at the leaves. In humans, symptoms may show up as fatigue, discolored nails, lackluster or brittle hair, or in other ways. Prescription risks and nutrient deficiencies, often shown through symptoms such as these, are the precursors to future ill health.

    Prescription interactions are the fourth leading cause of emergency visits in the U.S. If you take a prescription, there are risks that can cause future conditions unless you know how to balance them.

    Many common medications can rob the body of vital vitamins and minerals, leading to numerous symptoms and future chronic conditions. Other prescriptions may have negative interactions with specific supplements, for example, a medication might need to be taken several hours before or after taking supplements to avoid interference with the medication’s absorption. Empowered with knowledge, you can make better-informed decisions and even balance out nutritional deficiencies, eliminating symptoms and future health risks.

    We have many resources to help you with your questions about prescriptions, including:  Read more

  • Digestive Health Series: A Natural Approach to Food Allergies and Food Sensitivities

    by Paula Gallagher | October 15, 2014

    food-allergiesA food allergy is an adverse reaction that occurs from the ingestion of food or a food ingredient such as a coloring or preservative. When an allergenic food (antigen) triggers an antibody immunoglobulin E (IgE) response, IgE binds to white blood cells (mast cells and basophils) and causes the release of histamine, which leads to swelling and inflammation.

    Most symptoms of food allergies occur within a few minutes to an hour of consuming food. A food allergy can initially be experienced as an itching in the mouth or difficulty swallowing and breathing. Then, during digestion of the food in the stomach and intestines, symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain can arise.

    When allergens are absorbed and enter the bloodstream they can reach the skin and induce hives or eczema, and when they reach the airways, they can cause asthma. As the allergens travel through the blood vessels, they can cause lightheadedness, weakness, and a sudden drop in blood pressure. Anaphylactic reactions can occur and can be severe even if they start off with mild symptoms, such as a tingling in the mouth and throat or discomfort in the abdomen. They can be fatal if not treated quickly. Known food allergens should always be avoided.  Read more

  • The Key to Optimal Health: Understanding Nutritional Deficiencies

    by Heather Gunn | September 9, 2014

    healthy-familyWhy do we get sick? Can we blame it on age? Is it because a co-worker or family member shared their germs? Maybe it’s because we are genetically at risk? Each of these factors has some influence on your wellness, but the bigger influence may be your micronutrient status. Micronutrients are the small compounds we identify as vitamins and minerals and include vitamins A, C, D and minerals such as calcium, magnesium and zinc. Everybody needs them and everybody should be getting their own required amount of them. The U.S. National Academy of Sciences has given us a system of nutritional recommendations to follow for wellness, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration now monitors these guidelines. Their purpose is to inform us on how much nutrition a normal, healthy person needs to be healthy... but these guidelines are very general. Some questions that should be asked are, “What does a normal, healthy person look like?” and “Does every normal, healthy person need the same amount of nutrients?”  Read more

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