A New Test Can Help You Sleep Again

You lay your head down on the pillow. Its 10:00 pm. Your body is tired but your mind races. 11:00 pm rolls around. The thoughts in your mind continue to keep you awake. And now anxiety sets in. “If I don’t fall asleep soon, I’m going to be tired all day…”

Sound familiar?

You are not alone. In fact, the National Sleep Foundation reports that 64% of individuals surveyed experience a sleep disruption more than once per week. Over 40% report sleep disruption on a nightly basis. What keeps us from getting good sleep?

Sleep is an extremely complex process that is influenced by many factors in our external and internal environments. Our brains are ultimately responsible for processing the external and internal information and transitioning the mind and body into sleep. To make the transition, our brains use chemical messengers, called neurotransmitters and hormones, to “shut off” brain pathways that keep us awake. Continue reading “A New Test Can Help You Sleep Again”

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Addressing Addictions

Do you experience any of the following health concerns?

  • Low blood sugar
  • Digestive disorders such as leaky gut syndrome and overgrowth of candida (yeast)
  • Food allergies and sensitivities
  • Depression

Wondering what they might have in common?

These symptoms are just a few of the commonalities that people struggling with recovery from an addiction – whether it be sugar, alcohol or another drug – can experience.

Do these health concerns/disorders cause the addictive behavior in the first place? Or are they side-effects of a life that involves excessive intake of refined sugar, alcohol, and/or other addictive substances (such as ‘street drugs’)?

It is hard to answer this question completely authoritatively, as it’s a bit of a “chicken-or- the-egg” type of scenario, but what does seem to be clear is that nutritional deficiencies are linked to addictive behavior…AND low blood sugar, digestive disorders, food sensitivities, and depression are common symptoms for addicts to experience on a daily basis. Continue reading “Addressing Addictions”

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Nutrients to Support Digestive Health

Perma Plus combines four key nutrients to help strengthen the integrity of the intestinal wall and enhance the digestive process.

L-Glutamine  is the most abundant amino acid in the human body, where it functions as a major fuel source. Glutamine also is important for the health of the intestinal wall, protecting against bacterial translocation and promoting healing. Glutamine is stored in muscle tissue in order to meet the needs of other body tissues and inhibits muscle atrophy induced by stress hormones.

N-Acetyl-D-Glucosamine (NAG) is a major component of mucopolysaccharides and as such is a key component in connective tissue. The gut and gastric epithelium (especially the glycocalyx) contain high concentrations of mucopolysaccharides, which help provide structural integrity in the intestinal wall. NAG has been shown to accelerate wound healing.

Aloe Vera extract contains polysaccharides and other substances that stimulate tissue growth and repair processes, reduce inflammation, inhibit pathogens, and strengthen immune function. Fructo-Oligosaccharides (FOS) enhance the growth of healthy bacteria that are necessary for digestive processes.

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The Stress Response

Watch this video about the negative effects of chronic stress on the body.  I will be discussing this topic at length in videos to come, so stay tuned.

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I’m How Old?! The Real Age Test

I am guessing that most people know about Dr. Oz. If you don’t, he is the guy on television who takes the mystery out of how our bodies work, on The Dr. Oz show. He is a huge proponent of healthy eating, supplementation and most important, awareness of how our bodies work.

Well, he also has this nifty tool called the Real Age Test. This “test” quizzes you on everything from how much fruit you eat per day to how happy you are in your relationships. It also addresses, smoking, sun exposure, family history, and supplement intake, as well as how often you visit your family doctor. Once it calculates your answers, you get your “real age,” which is the biological age of your body based on over 100 factors – many that you control.

So I took the test and I was older than my numerical age. I am not going to tell you either number but after getting over my initial shock and disappointment, I went over the reasons that my age was higher than I had hoped. Here they are, for all the world to see: Continue reading “I’m How Old?! The Real Age Test”

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  • Paula Gallagher
    Paula Gallagher
    Paula is a highly qualified and experienced nutrition counselor on the staff at Village Green.
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    Margo's impressive knowledge base is the result of a unique blend of educational and professional experience.
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    Dr. Barnard leads programs advocating for preventive medicine, good nutrition, and higher ethical standards in research.
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    Dr. Joseph Pizzorno
    Dr. Joseph Pizzorno, ND is a pioneer of integrative medicine and a leading authority on science-based natural medicine.
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    Debi Silber
    Debi is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in nutrition, a personal trainer, and whole health coach.
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    Teri Cochrane
    Teri is a is a Certified Coach Practitioner with extensive certifications and experience in holistic medicinal practices.
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    Dr. Rav Ivker is a holistic family physician, health educator, and best-selling author.
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    Susan writes about the connection between plant-based diets and a reduced risk of chronic diseases.
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July 2010