With thousands of nutritional and dietary supplements on the market, choosing vitamins, minerals, and herbs can be quite overwhelming and confusing. At Village Green Apothecary, we only carry quality supplements we believe in and that we would take ourselves. Not only that, we have pharmacists, nutritionists, an herbalist, as well as naturopathic doctor to ensure that you are getting the answers you need to tough questions like:
1. Is this safe to take with my prescription medications?
2. What dose can I take?
3. What are the possible side effects?
We work with you to support you in your healthy endeavors through individualized nutritional consultation and educated personnel.
The majority of Americans (both children and adults) are deficient in vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with numerous diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, stroke, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, depression, osteoporosis, psoriasis, periodontal disease, macular degeneration, mental illness, propensity to fall, and chronic pain.
Beyond its role in enhancing calcium absorption, new research has shown that vitamin D improves immune function (fights colds and flus) and can reduce the risk of a variety of cancers.
Factors that affect vitamin D status include: latitude, season, time of day, air pollution, cloud cover, melanin content of the skin, use of sunblock, age, and the extent of clothing covering the body. Also, prescription medications can deplete vitamin D levels. Continue reading “Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?”
What did you eat for breakfast today? A spinach omelet? A bagel? Pancakes with syrup? Or, did you skip breakfast altogether? The food choices you make and timing of your meals play a very important role in blood sugar balance. A diet that promotes optimal blood sugar balance consists of nutrient dense meals and snacks eaten regularly throughout the day. Eating frequently promotes the burning of stored fat and helps to keep you feeling satisfied and energized.
Insulin is the hormone that responds to the food that you eat. Its role is to regulate fat metabolism and control blood sugar levels. Blood sugar (glucose) is the fuel that all cells in your body use to make energy. To best support your blood sugar levels, you want your snacks and meals to contain a combination of high quality protein, fat, and carbohydrates. Examples of well-balanced snacks include celery sticks with nut butter, yogurt with nuts and berries, or hummus and red pepper strips. Whole grains, fiber, protein, and fat tend to break down slowly in the digestive system and result in a gradual rise in blood sugar. Continue reading “5 Tips for Balancing Your Blood Sugar Levels”
Research has shown that women are not the only ones affected by postpartum depression (PPD). The study out of Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA, showed that at least 10% of men also suffer from PPD. The difference is that it seems to be situational rather than hormonal, as depression is believed to be in new mothers.
According to study co-author James Paulson, a clinical psychologist and associate professor of pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School, “If you put 100 per cent of your chips on that bet, then really, there’s nothing left that you would expect with dads. If moms are getting depressed because of hormone changes, why would dads get depressed? They don’t go through the same hormone changes – they don’t have to be pregnant, they don’t have to deliver the baby. That bias has had a lot do with what people think,” Paulson says. Continue reading “Men Suffer from Postpartum Depression, Too?”
Village Green’s weekly radio show – Essentials of Healthy Living – has a new time and station.
Starting this week, catch our show on Sundays from 10:00 to 11:00 am (Eastern Standard Time) on WFED, 1500 AM. If you’re in the Washington DC area, you can tune in directly, or from anywhere, stream it live through WFED’s website. You can also listen to past shows and check our upcoming show schedule on our website.
This Sunday, May 23, our topic will be Nutrition-Based Psychiatry: Can Dietary Supplements Help Improve Your Mental Health? Host Kevin Passero and his special guest, Dr. Charles Moseley, will discuss the importance of food and nutrition in the treatment of psychiatric issues. Learn about nutritional supplements that can support your mental health, and other current developments in the field of nutrition-based psychiatry.
Each week, EHL radio also features:
- The Green Corner – helpful hints and information
- News of the day
- Nutrition updates
- Lifestyle and exercise advice