Cozy Up With a Cup of Tea

cup-of-teaAlthough I love a cup (or three) of coffee in the morning, there is something about a cup of hot tea on a cold morning that I find so soothing. And I am not the only one! According to the Tea Association of the USA, Inc., tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world next to water, and it can be found in almost 80% of all households in the United States.

And although Earl Grey is still the most popular, more robust teas are gaining popularity. Keep the chamomile and the peppermint tea in stock, but add these teas to your tea repertoire for different flavors and health benefits. Continue reading “Cozy Up With a Cup of Tea”

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8 Reasons to Drink Green Tea

green-teapotGreen tea has many health benefits, including being high in antioxidants. And in a new study out of Sweden, participants noticed increased satiety and fullness after they drank 300ml (just over a cup) of green tea with breakfast. They also reported having a less strong desire to eat their favorite food and finding it less pleasant to eat another mouthful of the same food. Hmm, I wonder if this works for chocolate?

Here are some other great reasons to drink green tea.*

1. Green tea is a superb fat fighter. Continue reading “8 Reasons to Drink Green Tea”

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Life Extension is Our Newest Radio Show Sponsor

We are very excited to announce that Life Extension is our newest radio show sponsor. Life Extension offers a full range of premium vitamins, minerals, and hormones as well as unique, specially made formulas. Their products are developed based on the latest scientific studies from peer-reviewed medical journals and are continually updated as new information emerges. Life Extension’s expertise in the field of disease prevention and anti-aging has led to the creation of some of the best health-promoting, age-defying products and services available in the supplement marketplace today.

Life Extension uses only premium-quality ingredients in their formulations and focuses on three specific areas to ensure products that meet the most stringent standards – high quality raw materials, scientifically validated ingredient efficacy, and strict compliance with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) guidelines for manufacturing, packaging, and storage. Continue reading “Life Extension is Our Newest Radio Show Sponsor”

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10 Tips to Lose Weight

Weight loss can be a struggle for many people and popular shows like the Biggest Loser give us an idea how much of an issue weight is, here in the United States. We all know that a healthy diet and exercise would go a long way to reaching a healthy weight. But I also know that losing weight is one of the most difficult things anyone can do, and maintaining it can be even more difficult. So, the following tips are only meant to act as a guideline for weight loss and general good health.  Here are 10  tips to help with weight loss and maintenance.

1. Increase your fiber

It’s difficult to grasp, how something that actually slows digestion can also help to support healthy weight loss, but that is just the case with fiber. Fiber is very difficult for the digestive system to breakdown, but it tries none-the-less! In the process of trying to break down these hard to breakdown plant fibers, digestion slows. Fiber also slows the rate at which these sugars are being released into the bloodstream. This prevents spikes in blood glucose as well as large bursts of insulin, which inevitably will cause us to store fat. Because fiber slows things down a little, it helps us stave off hunger, leaving us feeling full longer, an added bonus to anyone looking to lose weight. High fiber diets include plenty of fruits, vegetables, legumes, beans, and whole grain products Aim to get anywhere from 25-35 g of fiber/day. Increase fiber slowly and be sure to increase your water intake at the same time to help things move.

2. Eat more protein

Protein, combined with exercise, has a number of weight related benefits. When getting adequate protein, you maintain lean body mass while still shedding fat. You also build muscle faster because protein is a necessary building block for muscle. You may have heard that one pound of muscle burns 70 times more calories at rest than 1 pound of fat. So more muscle, more weight loss. (Make sure you are doing muscle building exercise: More on that later). Some healthy protein choices are fish and chicken, beans, and tofu. Whey protein in your morning smoothie is an easy and tasty way to start off a protein-rich day.

Continue reading “10 Tips to Lose Weight”

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Heart Health Support

Many factors affect the health of your heart and your circulatory system, many of which are fortunately within our control – even if you have a family history of heart issues.

The cardiovascular system consists of the heart and approximately 60,000 miles of blood vessels, called arteries and veins. The heart pumps blood around the body. The vessels nourish cells by transporting nutrients and waste products through the blood, around the body. Any interruption in blood supply, for example a heart attack or stroke, causes tissue death, so the maintenance of a healthy cardiovascular system is essential.

Most cardiovascular disease occurs due to lifestyle factors such as:

  1. Obesity, poor nutrition, and medication usage
  2. Free radical damage due to environmental toxins or smoking
  3. Stress or poor emotional health
  4. Lack of exercise

Luckily, adopting a healthier lifestyle and using natural therapies can help strengthen and protect your heart. Continue reading “Heart Health Support”

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    Paula is a highly qualified and experienced nutrition counselor on the staff at Village Green.
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    Dr. Joseph Pizzorno, ND is a pioneer of integrative medicine and a leading authority on science-based natural medicine.
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    Debi is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in nutrition, a personal trainer, and whole health coach.
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December 2023