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  • 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

  • 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

  • July 29: Vibrant Health In-Store Product Demo

    by Paula Gallagher | July 22, 2014

    Visit Village Green Apothecary on July 29 from 11 am to 2 pm to sample Vibrant Health Green Vibrance and Vibrant Health PureGreen Protein.

    Vibrant Health's products provide supplemental nutrition that supports human biochemistry. One of their main principles is "Be The Best." This can be seen with their most popular product, Green Vibrance.

    Green Vibrance was the first green superfood introduced into health food stores in 1992. Since that time, it has undergone 12 reformulations. The trace nutrients help each cell function at peak efficiency; when we push each cell toward peak efficiency through diet and supplementation, the result may be increased energy and endurance, greater clarity of thought, and more robust immunity. There are a whopping 74 ingredients in Green Vibrance, put together to maximize the synergism among nutrients.

    PureGreen Protein is vegan and offers the amino acid ratio of human muscle by combining a variety of plant proteins in correct amounts and adding a few specific free amino acids. PureGreen Protein is a non-GMO protein from pea, rice, spirulina and alfalfa combined with four select free amino acids to create the first all-vegetable protein ideally balanced for human consumption.

    To try these two wonderful products and to learn more about Vibrant Health, please come by on July 29 from 11am to 2pm!

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