What Can I Take for Chronic Heartburn?

heartburn 1Recently, a friend asked me what he could do for heartburn. He popped antacids like candy, just to get through a meal. Tired of this, he was searching for a more a natural approach.

Heartburn is all too common and can no doubt become a difficult challenge. The good news for him and many others who suffer from chronic heartburn is that with the use of both dietary modifications and supplementation, symptoms can improve.

Antacids are often used to provide temporary relief from heartburn through inhibiting the production of digestive enzymes and decreasing the amount of digestive acid produced in the stomach. While they can take away the symptoms initially, with long-term use the situation can worsen as the continued inhibition of enzymes and acid causes further digestive sluggishness and difficulties.

Here are a few supplements I suggest:

1) Heartburn Free: The key ingredient, orange peel extract (ROH10), provides lasting relief without shutting down the production of stomach acid and the dose is every other day.  Continue reading “What Can I Take for Chronic Heartburn?”

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Dinner Tonight: Fennel Salad

fennelIn my organic bin last week, I received  beautiful and fragrant fennel. Although the idea of fennel has always been intriguing, I had never cooked with it before. Fennel tastes like anise or licorice and you can use the whole plant. I decided to try this fennel salad recipe and it was refreshing and so tasty!

Fennel, Apple and Celery Salad

1/2 cup thinly sliced fennel
1/2 cup sliced celery
1/2 cup red seedless grapes, halved
1 Red Delicious apple, peeled, cored and chopped
1/4 cup toasted, chopped walnuts  Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Fennel Salad”

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Headache or Migraine?

headacheDo you have a headache or migraine? What’s the difference? A migraine is a severe, painful headache that can last anywhere from several hours to several days. Migraines differ from traditional headaches in that they are usually accompanied by other symptoms such as sensitivity to light and sound, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, or flashes of light.

Migraines can affect adults and children, but are most often reported by adults. Women are three times more likely to suffer from migraines than men.

To better understand headaches and to differentiate migraine headaches from other types, check the list of common signs, symptoms and frequencies of headaches below. Our certified wellness counselors recommend keeping a headache diary—noting when your headaches occur, what your headache signs and symptoms are, and any diet or lifestyle triggers you can identify. These details can help a professional assess your situation and make recommendations for natural relief of your headache or migraine.  Continue reading “Headache or Migraine?”

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5 Best Summer Food Blogs

DSC04056Here are some blogs about food and summer (two of my favorite things). Summer food blogs offer a great reminder about how bountiful and varied summer eating can be!

1.Guest Blog by Dr. Mark Hyman: 10 Reasons Why Summer is THE Season for Eating Well – There are so many reasons why I love the summertime: the green grass and warm sunshine, longer days and warmer evenings, more time to savor all the beauty of the outdoors. But the best part by far is the amazing abundance of healthy, fresh, whole foods everywhere you look. In celebration of the richness of the season, I’ve put together my top 10 reasons why there’s no better time to eat well.

2. Dinner Tonight: Summer Zucchini Pasta and Pesto – This delicious recipe combines raw zucchini and pesto made with pumpkin seeds, basil, garlic and lemon juice for the perfect light dinner on a hot day. Vegan and gluten free, too!  Continue reading “5 Best Summer Food Blogs”

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Pregnancy and Iodine

pregnancy and iodinePregnancy and iodine have an important connection. A new report by the American Academy of Pediatrics says that pregnant and breastfeeding women should make sure that the mineral iodine is in their prenatal supplements.

Iodine is a trace mineral that is essential in the human body. Many people know iodine is essential to thyroid hormone production, but it is also crucial to healthy brain development in a developing baby.

This is the first time that the American Academy of Pediatrics has made a statement regarding the use of iodine. It is estimated that about one third of pregnant women are deficient in iodine and only about 15% take a supplement that contains it. Severe iodine deficiency is associated with stunted physical and mental growth, and even marginal iodine deficiency can decrease brain functioning.

Pathway Prenatal Plus is a complete multivitamin, formulated to meet a woman’s nutritional needs during pregnancy and lactation. Extra amounts of calcium, folic acid and iron are included to support fetal development and maternal health. Also included in this formula are DHA from trademarked ingredient Neuromins™, iodine and choline, which are important nutrients needed for healthy neurological functioning and brain development of the fetus.

Pathway Prenatal Plus is currently 30% off at our big Summer Sale, through July 15.

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June 2014