SophytoPRO® Store Demo: Friday, October 2

sophtyoproIf you missed the store demo we had in August about SophytoPro®’s skin care line, come by Village Green Apothecary this Friday, October 2 to learn more.

SophytoPRO® is a gluten-free, whole-food-based skin care line and has an average of 90% organic ingredients. It is designed to support the skin’s natural environment and encourage its innate restoration and renewal mechanisms. We carry cleansers, moisturizers and serums. Like many of our top-quality practitioner brand supplements, SophytoPRO®  can be purchased only through medical and healthcare professionals, and stores like Village Green, where we have experts on staff. To learn more about SophytoPRO®, come visit us on Friday, October 2, from 2:00 to 6:00 pm for a store demo on these skin care products.

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Dinner Tonight: Harvest Salad

butternut-squashFall is officially here. Which means pumpkins, squash and other seasonal gourds are in abundance. My favorite is the butternut squash. Like its name suggests, it has a creamy, nutty flavor. This salad combines butternut squash, pomegranate seeds, collards and hemp hearts for a hearty fall recipe that can be served as a side or on its own.

Not only is butternut squash tasty, it is also healthy, with plenty of vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium and manganese. Its bright orange hue also signals high levels of beta carotene, an antioxidant that helps ward off diseases while supporting a healthy immune system and glowing skin.

Pomegranates are a superfood and studies have shown positive effects in preventing tumor growth, as well cutting down the risk of breast cancer. Antioxidants in pomegranates can also help to reduce the effects of aging, lower cholesterol, and prevent heart disease. Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Harvest Salad”

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Orange Is the New Pink for Breast Cancer Prevention

orange-is-new-pinkDaily Beta-Carotene Intake Reduces Breast Cancer Risk by 19%

Want to reduce your risk of breast cancer? Walk past the pink balloons, wrist bands, and packaged treats at the grocery store and head straight to the produce aisle. Orange is the new pink.

Research shows women who consume 3 to 6 mg of beta-carotene – the amount you’ll find in six baby carrots, half a sweet potato, or one cup of mashed pumpkin – each day slash their risk of breast cancer by about 19%. Leafy greens count, too. One cup of steamed spinach, kale, and mustard greens provide at least 10 mg of beta-carotene, twice the amount recommended by the Institute of Medicine to mitigate breast cancer risk.

If you don’t have a beta-carotene chart handy, then simply reach for foods with bright green, red, or orange hue.

Here are some seasonal options to get you started: Continue reading “Orange Is the New Pink for Breast Cancer Prevention”

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Stress is a Heavy Topic: The Link Between Stress and Weight Gain

stressUnderstanding the Causes of Stress and Our Reactions

Stress can contribute to aging, weight gain, illness and disease. In other words, stress makes us sick, fat, old and exhausted.

Have you noticed, for instance, a connection between feeling extra stressed and gaining a few pounds, especially around the midsection? That’s because there’s a link between stress and weight gain.

By understanding when you’re prone to stressing and what to do about it, you will not only feel healthier, but also a little lighter on your toes.

When you’re stressed, it’s unlikely that you want to devote any extra effort or energy to reading labels, pre-planning healthy meals or snacks, or making healthier food choices. When consumed with stress, you want relief and don’t want to think about the extra work involved in creating healthy habits. It seems too big a task and you don’t have the energy to take on anything additional because you already feel overextended and overwhelmed. Continue reading “Stress is a Heavy Topic: The Link Between Stress and Weight Gain”

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New Normal For Healthy Blood Pressure?

blood-pressure2Recommendations for healthy blood pressure numbers may change, as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced last week that aiming for a lower blood pressure rate saves more lives. The SPRINT Study (Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial) found that patients who got their blood pressure well below today’s usually recommended level significantly cut their risk of heart disease and death. The benefit was strong enough that NIH stopped the study about a year early.

Approximately 1 in 3 American adults  has high blood pressure, raising the risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney failure and other health problems. Normal blood pressure is less than 120 over 80. High blood pressure is diagnosed once that measurement reaches, or passes, 140 over 90. Current guidelines recommend getting the top number (systolic pressure) down to about 140 in generally healthy adults and to 130 in patients who also have kidney disease or diabetes.

NIH sponsored a nationwide study to test if aiming for a lower systolic rate would either help or harm. The study started in 2010 and looked at more than 9,300 high blood pressure patients. Half received an average of about two medications with the goal of lowering their systolic pressure below 140. The other half received an average of three medications with the goal of getting below 120. Continue reading “New Normal For Healthy Blood Pressure?”

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