Genetically Modified Foods: Why Doctors Advise Getting Them Out of Your Diet

Americans have been eating genetically modified (GM or GMO) foods for over 10 years, mainly in the form of corn, soy, canola, and cottonseed oil. Most Americans are unaware that GM foods are a new introduction to the human diet, and that they are guinea pigs in one of the largest food experiments of all time. Because GM foods are not labeled in this country, consumers are not able to make an educated choice and avoid GM ingredients when they purchase food. Continue reading “Genetically Modified Foods: Why Doctors Advise Getting Them Out of Your Diet”

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Tips to Support Brain Health

Healthy brain function requires many important nutrients as well as an active, social lifestyle. Factors such as aging, emotional stress, and exposure to free radicals affect cognitive health. A diet rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids is very important for enhancing memory, cognitive skills, learning ability, mood, and stress tolerance.

• Keep in mind the old saying, “Use it or lose it!” Challenge your brain by learning new things and keeping your brain busy.
• Regular exercise and deep breathing increase circulation to the brain.
• Practice stress-reducing activities such as yoga and meditation. Make sure that you are well rested by getting enough sleep.
• Keep hydrated. Drink at least 64 ounces (8 glasses) of filtered water daily to help flush toxins from the system.
• Consume foods that are high in lecithin (a source of phospholipids) and B vitamins, including leafy green vegetables, nutritional yeast and soy products.
• Don’t skip meals and avoid junk food. Fluctuating blood sugar levels do not support optimal brain health. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grains to give your brain the fuel it needs.

For more information, including a list of specific nutrients and some supplement recommendations, check out Village Green’s tip sheet for supporting brain health.

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Comprehensive Flu Prevention Guide

As cases of swine flu continue to spread, we want to better arm you with tools to keep you and your loved ones healthy. Therefore, we have created a comprehensive flu prevention guide that includes diet, lifestyle practices and stress management, as well as key recommendations for nutritional support. Please feel free to contact our health experts with any questions. We are committed to your health and wellness and are here to help! Download our Flu Prevention Guidelines here.

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Much Ado about Swine Flu…

Lately, every time we turn on the news, swine flu is the top story of the day. The disease is becoming more widespread and people are concerned for their health and safety. Swine influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza viruses that causes regular outbreaks in pigs. Normally, people are not affected by swine flu, but human infections can happen and as we have seen recently, have happened.

The symptoms of swine flu include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting, as well. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warn that people may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 7 or more days after becoming sick. That means that the flu is contagious before you even know you are sick, as well as while you are sick.

There are many precautions that you can take to decrease your chance of contracting the flu. Practicing good hygiene is one of the most important ways to prevent the spread of germs. As with any illness, supporting your immune system with healthy diet and lifestyle practices is critical.

Here are some steps to reduce your risk of getting sick:

1. SCRUB! Wash your hands with soap for at least 30 seconds — and wash them often. If you can’t wash, then use hand sanitizer. Use sanitary wipes to clean phone mouthpieces, door knobs, computer keyboards, and other hands-on surfaces.

2. COVER! Don’t cough or sneeze into your hands, where germs will be spread onto everything you touch. Instead, use a tissue or the crook of your elbow.

3. HANDS OFF! Don’t touch your face. Flu viruses enter your body through the eyes, nose, or mouth. If you travel or are exposed to lots of people, you may increase your resistance by using throat sprays and zinc lozenges.

4. AVOID CLOSE CONTACT with people, especially if they are sick. Skip the hugs and kisses and just say hello.

5. SUPPLEMENT! Keep your immune system strong with a powerful immune formula such as Pathway IMMUNE SYSTEM SUPPORT. New research also strongly supports the role of vitamin D3 in flu prevention. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to lowered immunity. Experts suggest taking at least 2000 IU daily to boost immune function and for its anti-inflammatory activity.

6. STAY HOME! If you are not feeling well, do yourself and everyone a favor and stay home to stop the spread of the flu.

These tips are not meant to take the place of your physician’s advice. If you think you have the flu, please follow the guidelines from the CDC and contact your doctor immediately.

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