Fats: The Misunderstood Villain, Part 1

Just the other day, I was in the dairy section at the grocery store trying to buy regular sour cream. Not surprisingly, I found it to be a mental challenge. Low-Fat Sour Cream. Skim Fat Sour Cream. 1% Sour Cream. Full Fat Sour Cream? I finally found one sandwiched in the back shelf. This experience only reconfirmed what I had already known: our society has an obsession with low-fat foods. You don’t have to be a nutritionist to express your aversion to fats. “I don’t eat butter – it’s too much fat.” Or, “I’m trying to keep my cholesterol down, so I avoid eggs.” But how did this begin? Were fatty foods always the villain from the beginning of mankind? If one wants the answer, they have to not only be willing to look back to history, but be daring enough to read between its lines…

The seed of misunderstanding was laid down in 1950 by American scientist and nutrition pioneer, Ancel Keys. Continue reading “Fats: The Misunderstood Villain, Part 1”

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Omega 3: DHA

One of my favorites products, Nordic Naturals Pro DHA is on sale now. DHA is an omega-3 essential fatty acid. It is an essential component of the brain and central nervous system. It seems to concentrate in areas where there is lots of electrical activity such as the synaptosomes, where nerve cells communicate, and the photoreceptors of the eye. This is why a deficiency of DHA can result in poor brain development, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), learning disorders, memory problems and poor visual development.

Supplementation of DHA is especially important in pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers and children. Some infant formulas are now fortified with DHA because in the past, baby formula has contained less essential fatty acids than breast milk.  I am 31 weeks pregnant and I have been taking it religiously! I even give my 2-year-old a softgel and he loves the yummy strawberry flavor.

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Green Living Can Also Be Good For Your Health: Three Tips for Being Green and Healthy

Green living is being embraced by increasing numbers of people. Saving energy at home, using less gasoline, conserving fresh water and recycling paper, plastic and glass products all contribute to a greener lifestyle and a lower carbon footprint.

But there is another reason for going green: green living is also healthy.

Here are three tips for living a green and healthy lifestyle.

1. Start an organic garden at home. In addition to some exercise, gardening offers health benefits by allowing you to make sure that your homegrown fruit and vegetables are chemical and toxin free. And by growing some of your food at home, you reduce pollution and save fuel by not having that food shipped to you from across the country, or even from half way around the world. You also avoid the expense and pollution resulting from driving your car to a local store to buy it. Continue reading “Green Living Can Also Be Good For Your Health: Three Tips for Being Green and Healthy”

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Spring Sale at Village Green Apothecary

Village Green Apothecary is having a huge sale until April 16.  Here are the details:

  • 30% off Pathway products
  • 25% off the following top brands: Metagenics, Xymogen, Nordic Naturals, Thorne, Megafood, Enzymatic Therapy, Jarrow Formulas, Boiron, and Garden of Life.
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TMJ: Natural Solutions

This was a recent question asked in Ask the Expert: what can I do about TMJ pain? Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ) are caused by problems with the jaw muscles or joint or the fibrous tissue connecting them. TMJ disorders are most common among women in their early 20s and between the ages of 40 and 50, however men also experience this condition.

Stress can cause TMJ because it may cause grinding of the teeth. Other factors that contribute to TMJ include jaw injuries, problems with your bite, arthritis, hormonal changes and infections.

Here are some options that may help. Continue reading “TMJ: Natural Solutions”

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