6 Blogs to Help With Back to School

back-to-schoolFor some, school has already started, but for many this is the last week of summer before the schedules, homework and activities start up again. It is a hectic and busy time of year and can be stressful for both kids and parents.

From worrying about what to pack for lunch, to wondering what types of germs they are going to be bringing home, these 6 blogs will provide tips, tricks and ideas to make the transition from summer to school a little easier.

Healthy School Lunches: We all want healthy meals for our children – but in a busy world, achieving this is sometimes easier said than done. Continue reading “6 Blogs to Help With Back to School”

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6 Ways to Protect Against the Flu

fluThere 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 also critical to protect against the flu.

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.  Continue reading “6 Ways to Protect Against the Flu”

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Innate Product Demonstration: Flu Prevention Protocol, Monday, November 25

Innate Response Formulas isn’t your everyday vitamin company. They have been in business for over 40 years, long before “whole foods” was a buzz phrase. Innate provides whole food nutrition, with the understanding that optimal health starts from the ground up – and thus, personal and environmental health are one and the same. Protecting health and environment means continuously striving for sustainable manufacturing and business practices.

On Monday, a representative from Innate will be at Village Green to tell you how you can protect yourself and your family from the flu virus by providing a safe, natural approach to strengthening your immune system.

Innate Immune Response is a supplement that does just that. This formula has been designed specifically to take advantage of the immune-supportive properties of some of the world’s most powerful botanicals and nutrients like beta glucans, astragalus, and mushrooms.

The product demonstration will run from 11:30 am until 2:00 pm. For more information, please call Village Green at 800-869-9159.

Please Note: Innate Response prohibits discounts of their products online. You can take advantage of our 25% off discount on these products during our current sale (through December 31) by shopping at our store in Bethesda, MD or by calling in your order. Phone: 800-869-9159.


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Maitake Mushroom: Cancer Fighter, and More?

Maitake mushroom may best be known for its cancer-fighting properties. It contains grifolan, an important beta-glucan polysaccharide. Grifolan has been shown to activate macrophages, a type of cell considered the ” heavy artillery” of the immune system, according to Larry A. Walker, Ph.D., R.D., author of “Natural products update” (published in Drug Topics, June 1997). D-fraction, one of the polysaccharides in maitake mushroom, also energized the cellular immune system.

The evidence confirming maitake’s therapeutic value is impressive. Laboratory studies have shown that maitake extract can block the growth of cancer tumors and boost the immune function of mice with cancer.

Haroaki Nanba reported the following findings of the study, “Maitake D-fraction: healing and preventing potentials for cancer” (published in the Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients, February/March 1996). In a non-randomized clinical study, 165 individuals with advanced cancer used maitake D-fraction. Patients received either maitake D-fraction alone or with chemotherapy. Maitake mushroom was found effective against leukemia and stomach and bone cancers. Continue reading “Maitake Mushroom: Cancer Fighter, and More?”

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‘Tis the Season for Colds and Flus

I got my first cold last week, no thanks to my little guy, who probably picked it up from one his little friends. This is how it starts – you catch a bug from your kids, who picked it up at daycare or at school, and then you pass it along to your co-workers…and a vicious cycle of sneezing and runny noses starts.

There is little that you can do about what your child does at school or daycare, but there are things you can do at home to build your immune system and protect the spread of these viruses. Every week I have been posting about ways to support your immune system with herbs and supplements, but there are other things that you need to consider as well. At Village Green Apothecary, we have made a Cold and Flu Tips sheet to give you the tools that you need to stay healthy this season. I suggest you share this with family, friends and co-workers. Take note of the most important rule: WASH YOUR HANDS! This is the most effective way to prevent the spread of germs and other bugs.

Do you have any tips for fighting colds and flus?

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