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Nutritional Supplements

  • 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

  • Magnesium is the Mineral You Need Now

    by Paula Gallagher | February 27, 2017

    magnesiumMagnesium is a mineral that many associate with calcium – for strengthening bones – but this vital mineral is much more than that. It is responsible for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body and impacts blood pressure, metabolism, immune function and many other aspects of health. Unfortunately, it is estimated that as many as 80% of Americans are deficient in magnesium.

    How do you know if you are deficient? There are some simple blood tests that your healthcare practitioner can use to determine magnesium deficiency. The following are common reasons for magnesium deficiency: Read more

  • New at Village Green: Bone Broth Protein

    by Paula Gallagher | February 15, 2017

    bone-brothBroth is a mineral-rich infusion made by boiling bones of healthy animals with vegetables, herbs and spices. It can be the base for stews, soups and other yummy dishes, but it is also a powerful health tonic that you can easily add to your family’s diet.

    Bone broth is an excellent source of minerals and may have many healthy benefits. It is typically rich in protein, collagen, gelatin, glucosamine, chondroitin and key minerals often missing in the diet. These vital nutrients support a wide range of health benefits and body systems including:

    •   Gut and immune system
    •   Joints and lean muscle mass
    •   Skin, hair and nails
    •   Metabolism and a healthy weight

    Bone broth is a very versatile food and can be used by everyone in the family. Read more

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