Weleda Skin Food

skinfoodThe end of Village Green Apothecary’s Earth Day sale on personal care products is fast approaching – tomorrow to be exact. So if you haven’t taken advantage of the 25% off regular price, you still have time to do it now!

A personal favorite is Weleda Skin Food. This cream enjoys a cult following. It is written up as a constant favorite beauty product for one simple reason – it works. It is a rich, intensely hydrating cream that cares for the skin. It is made with pure lanolin and organic pansy, which nourishes and soothes dry and damaged skin. A precious essential oil blend of lavender, rosemary and sweet orange oil refresh the skin and the senses. Apply this whole body cream to your skin anytime, with special attention to extra dry areas such as hands, feet and elbows. I have very dry skin, and I even apply it to my face.

And although what makes Skin Food popular is that it really works, it is also a clean product. All of Weleda’s natural skin care and baby products are natural, made with Biodynamic and organic ingredients for your health and well being. Their products are made without pesticides or chemicals. They have been at this for over 90 years, so they know a thing or two about natural beauty and taking care of the world we live in.

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Metabolic Risk Factors: Five Numbers You Need to Know

vegetable-basketA new study shows statins may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes by up to 46%. That’s especially worrisome, considering this cholesterol-lowering drug nets blockbuster sales and remains a widely popular prescription. The good news is there is an option that not only rivals its pharmaceutical competitors, but tackles symptoms of both heart disease and type 2 diabetes: it’s called a low-fat, vegan diet.

The “side effects” you’ll see with a plant-based prescription – vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes – are all good. Instead of narrowing arteries and insulin resistance, you’ll see improvements in arterial plaque, improved blood flow, and stabilized blood sugar. These three biometric markers, combined with waist circumference and body weight, hold the key to a clean bill of health.

With a dietary intervention, you’ll see results in just a matter of weeks.

Here are five numbers concerning metabolic risk factors that you (or your patients) need to know: Continue reading “Metabolic Risk Factors: Five Numbers You Need to Know”

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April Showers Brings… Fat-Blasting Workouts You Can Do Indoors!

push-up-with-catThe weather is finally warming up for those of us on the east coast and we may be eager to take our workout outdoors. But, we all know that saying, “April showers brings May flowers.” What can you do when rain dampens your workout plans? Here are seven ways to blast fat fast indoors, using no more than your own body weight as equipment. Of course, check with your doctor before starting any fitness program if you have any health issues. By the way, these fat-blasting workouts can be done anywhere, so no excuse for not being able to work out while traveling!

Stair Workout: Got stairs? This one will get your heart rate up and work every muscle you have in minutes. Starting at the bottom of your stairs, sprint up, sprint back down and do 10 push-ups when you get to the bottom of the stairs (regular or modified depending on your fitness level). Get up, sprint up, back down and do 9 push-ups at the bottom. Another sprint up and down, then 8 push-ups at the bottom, then 7, then 6, etc. until you’ve done your last push-up at the bottom of the stairs. Continue reading “April Showers Brings… Fat-Blasting Workouts You Can Do Indoors!”

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3 Simple Steps for an Allergy-Free Season

SS-A-1-breathing-in-natureExperts predict this allergy season to be particularly bad. If you are an allergy sufferer, then you know just how awful the symptoms can be. Fortunately, I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Rob Ivker, the leading authority on sinus health, author of the best-selling book SINUS SURVIVAL: The Holistic Medical Treatment for Sinusitis, Allergies, and Colds, and the creator of the Sinus Survival Allergy Treatment Program. Dr. Ivker gave me some great advice that I want to share with you.

Dr. Ivker’s 3 simple steps for an allergy-free season:

1. Consider food allergy testing – Food allergies and food sensitivities can contribute to allergy and sinusitis symptoms. Especially for individuals who experience chronic sinusitis, Dr. Ivker highly recommends looking into whether certain foods such as dairy, wheat/gluten, corn, soy, and eggs could be making your symptoms worse. Foods that you are either allergic to or sensitive to can cause inflammation in both your GI tract as well as your respiratory tract and result in more severe allergy symptoms. By identifying and eliminating problematic foods, you can reduce your body’s inflammatory burden and help ease your allergy symptoms.

2. Take 3 key supplements to build natural immunity to airborne allergies – Dr. Ivker’s favorite allergy protocol includes the following: Continue reading “3 Simple Steps for an Allergy-Free Season”

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Earth Day Sale on Personal Care Products

earth-dayEarth Day is April 22 and to celebrate, Village Green Apothecary is having a sale on personal care products through April 30, offering 25% off on brands like Dr. Hauschka, Logona, MyChelle, Skincando and Aubrey Organics, companies that strive to make the cleanest and most effective products.

And – now is the best time to arm yourself and your loved ones with sunscreen. One of the companies we love is Goddess Garden. They carry a variety of sunscreens that offer effective protection from the sun without sacrificing their commitment to the environment and to you. They believe that sunscreen should be a natural solution to a natural problem and this why they use minerals, like zinc and titanium, instead of chemicals, to protect you from the sun. Their sunscreen is organic and made without chemicals or synthetic ingredients. It is also non-GMO, 100% biodegradable and 100% reef safe, and therefore not only protects you, but also the world around you.

Aside from using personal care products from companies that care about our world, here are some other ways you can be green on Earth Day… and everyday! Continue reading “Earth Day Sale on Personal Care Products”

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