“I am going through menopause and I can’t seem to lose the weight. What can I take?” We hear this question a lot, and most of us would like to hand over a magic pill that would shed those extra pounds, but this pill doesn’t exist, although certain infomercials might have you believe otherwise. Diet, exercise, genetics and hormones all play roles in weight control. Two of these four can be easily remedied for most people. Continue reading “Weight Gain and Menopause”
This is a guest blog by Dr. Anna Cabeca, who will be a guest on our radio show, Essentials for Healthy Living, on Sunday, March 10.
Hot flashes can hit at the most inconvenient times. While you’re having a business meeting with an important client. Maybe you’re out with friends, having a great time. Perhaps while you’re in bed with your partner during an intimate experience. With absolutely no warning, your face flushes. Your heart rate accelerates. Your body feels like a steam vent. Perspiration washes all over you. Hot flashes are like an unwelcome guest – often ill-timed, uncomfortable and you can’t wait for them to leave. Continue reading “Putting Out the Fire on Hot Flashes & Other Menopausal Miseries”
Menopause refers to the time when women end their reproductive cycle – ending menstruation. The ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone, and the adrenal glands and fat cells take over sex hormone production. The body is designed to accommodate this natural process, but can only do so if the body is in a healthy state. For many women, menopause can be a time of tremendous physical, emotional and social change and support is needed to help them through the hormonal transition. Continue reading “Women’s Health Series: Menopause”
Over the next couple of weeks, we will be looking at natural solutions for hormone balance and menopause. At Village Green Apothecary, we believe in taking a comprehensive approach to supporting your health and wellness. For women’s health concerns, such as osteoporosis, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), peri-menopause, menopause, thyroid conditions, and fatigue, we recommend natural remedies such as nutritional supplements, herbs, and homeopathic remedies, as well as custom compounded formulas that address the underlying root cause(s).
Village Green’s wellness counselors, including naturopathic doctors and certified nutritionists, are available for individualized consultations for a personal assessment of your unique situation. During your appointment (either by phone or in person), our professionals will:
- Review your symptoms and health history
- Examine your diet and lifestyle
- Recommend specialized testing
- Assess possible drug-nutrient interactions or depletions
- Answer any questions you may have
- Create a customized plan that includes natural remedies, custom compounding, diet, and lifestyle recommendations.
Continue reading “Women’s Health Series”
A couple of months ago, we wrote a blog about the powerful antioxidant potential when you combined ellagic acid and quercetin. This week’s dynamic duo is calcium and vitamin D for bone health. For many, this vitamin and mineral combo is well known to help prevent osteoporosis, but sometimes a reminder is a good idea.
Vitamin D is the main regulator of bone-building calcium absorption. Without it, your bones won’t get the full benefit of the calcium you consume. According to betterbones.com, without enough vitamin D the body absorbs 65% less calcium. The benefits of calcium and vitamin D extend beyond osteoporosis. Research out of Harvard Medical School found that premenopausal women with the highest intakes of vitamin D and calcium had a 30% lower risk of developing breast cancer!
So how can you ensure that you are getting enough? Sun, diet and supplementation. Getting 10 to 15 minutes of strong, direct sunlight on exposed skin should fill your stores of vitamin D for the day, but the reality is that many of us don’t get that for one reason or another.
Eating sustainably harvested wild Alaskan sockeye salmon can also provide you with vitamin D – and if you eat the bones that are in the canned salmon, you also get 20% of your calcium intake. For a quick lunch that is high in vitamin D and calcium and is great for your bones, combine plain yogurt with salmon, add some spices and serve on a bed of lettuce! Continue reading “Boost Bone Health with Synergistic Calcium and Vitamin D”