Last weekend I drove by a nursery and noticed many people excited to get everything they need to grow a perfect garden. While some held plants, some held flowers, some held seeds and others held gardening tools, these people all shared the same intention, to plant and grow a beautiful garden. Well, that got me thinking…
What does it take for a garden to flourish and thrive? Seemed to me that in order for plants or flowers to thrive, they need many of the same things we do.
Think about it. When planting flowers, we want to plant them on moist, nutrient rich soil, water them frequently, plant them where they’ll receive sunlight, adequate space and in an area that encourages their growth. Now take a look at us. What conditions do we need to grow, thrive and be our best? The moist, nutrient rich soil can be compared to eating healthy food. Are you eating a colorful, nutrient rich, healthy diet filled with fresh fruits, vegetables, lean protein, healthy fats and plenty of water? Just as the garden grows best when it has quality nutrients it can absorb, our bodies perform better when we eat quality foods packed with healthy ingredients while hydrating ourselves with enough water. Continue reading “What Would it Take For Your “Garden” to Grow?”
Do your kids constantly ask for treats? Does it seem like cookies and candy, juice boxes and fast food meals are all they’re willing to eat? You’re not alone-many kids are attracted to things that aren’t the best nutritional choices. Maybe you are thinking, “They’re kids, it can’t be THAT bad for them.”
Let me share some frightening statistics from the International Journal of Pediatric Obesity (a problem so large that it has its own Journal!)
- Childhood obesity is the greatest health risk our kids face today
- By 2010 it is expected that 50% of all children will be overweight
- This is the first generation where kids have a lower life expectancy than their parents
We’re spending billions of dollars on healthcare and our kids are unhealthier than ever. What’s going on here? Continue reading “Too Many Treats”
We all have heard how detrimental stress can be to our health. Well, research done at Ohio State University has discovered that women with stage II and III cancers lived longer and had better quality of life when they were given sessions with a psychologist to learn how to reduce stress.
227 women with newly diagnosed stage II or III breast cancer were randomly assigned to an assessment-only group or an intervention group where they received psychological therapy that aimed to help them understand more about cancer and stress, learn practical ways to reduce stress and improve quality of life, and how to stick to a plan to change behavior. The therapy also covered how to improve communication with their medical team, increase their wellbeing during treatment, speed up recovery and improve their overall health. The analysis showed that after recurrence, the women who had previously received the psychological therapy had a 59 per cent lower risk of dying of breast cancer.
Margo, our herbalist, has written a great blog to help with stress. If you would like nutritional guidance, contact us for a consultation.
The most important thing you can do for your health is to be an informed patient. This is especially true in the face of a scary medical diagnosis. While more and more practitioners are becoming well versed in new techniques and integrative medical treatments, many are still quite conservative and unaware (ignorant) of the major impact nutrition can have on one’s health. Therefore, I highly recommend that you do your own research and find the best practitioners to guide you on your health journey.
Continue reading “Number One Thing You Must Do for Your Health”
Your immune system helps to protect you from the onslaught of infectious agents that you come in contact with every day. You may not know that more than half of your immune system is located in the digestive system. So, without a healthy digestive system, your immune system cannot do its job properly. Taking care of yourself and nourishing yourself helps to keep your body functioning optimally
- Eat a low glycemic, whole foods diet, rich in colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains, high quality proteins, and healthy fats
- Limit your intake of refined sugars and processed foods
- Eliminate foods that may be inflammatory for you (often dairy, wheat, gluten, soy, corn, and eggs)
- Drink plenty of clean water
- Manage your stress levels
- Exercise regularly
- Get plenty of restful sleep
- Limit your exposure to toxins
- Take core nutrients such as a multivitamin, omega 3 essential fatty acids, probiotics, antioxidants, and vitamin D
- Laugh, enjoy life, and have fun!
If you would like further guidance on how to best support your immune system, speak to a knowledgeable expert at Village Green Apothecary who can help guide you in creating an individualized health plan just for you.