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Nutritional Tools and Supplements for Holistic Weight Loss

In the last post we covered the important lifestyle changes that need to be made to start living a truly healthy and strong life. Once a person commits to eating whole, real food, incorporates quality sleep and exercise into their daily life and really commits to investigating what it takes to live this type of lifestyle there are some nutritional tools and natural products that can help individuals along. When a person has been relying on a lot of heavily processed and artificial foods their bodies are often malnourished and they may feel constantly hungry, regardless of how much they eat, because their body is constantly craving those missing nutrients. So once an individual starts eating real, whole foods they may find that they don’t require as much food to feel fueled and satisfied and many cravings will disappear.

One of the complaints that is often heard from people embarking on a healthy living journey is that it takes too.

Posted by pharmacist at Oct 02, 2013 Category: Other
Tags: weight loss, nutrition, macs, adaptogen, mutlivitamins, smoothie, recipes, nut butter, healthy fats, coconut oil, greens, protein, whey, egg white, cacao

Holistic Weight Loss

Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is integral to feeling our best and living a healthy and active lifestyle. There are unfortunately many quick fix solutions floating around out there though that often leave people yo-yo dieting, hungry, frustrated, and most times either unable to loose the weight or ending up gaining it back plus some after a quick, unsustainable weight loss gimmick. When someone is truly ready to achieve a healthy lifestyle and put forth the commitment to changing their habits permanently, weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight can come with very little effort. Our bodies naturally want to be healthy and if we consistently feed them healthy, nourishing foods and move them appropriately they will eventually settle at a healthy weight and also reward us with much improved energy and a general happier outlook on life. With this realization however comes the need to accept that what we may consider our “ideal” weight, which is often fueled.

Posted by pharmacist at Sep 26, 2013 Category: Other
Tags: diet, sleep, exercise, holistic, soy, gmo, transfats top

Natural Supplemental Support for Sleep

Sleep is an integral factor in helping us feel our best. During sleep is the time our bodies recuperate, detoxify, grow, and help get us ready for the activities of the following day. Getting good quality sleep affects many factors in our lives, from our mood, energy levels, performance, immunity, and even our digestion. Most people should be aiming for around 8 hours of good quality sleep per night. To ensure this, the first thing that needs to be addressed is sleep habits. Our bodies and minds need some down time in the evening to prepare for sleep. This means turning off electronics at least an hour before bedtime and engaging in relaxing activities such as reading or spending time with loved ones or pets. The bedroom should also be completely dark with no glowing lights from alarm clocks or nightlights and should be at a comfortable cool temperature. Also, not eating large heavy meals right before bed will ensure there won’t be.

Posted by pharmacist at Jun 07, 2013 Category: Other
Tags: sleephabits, mood, 5HTP, aminoacids, VitaminC, Magnesium, Passionflower, lemonbalm, GABA, glutamine, thianine, melatonin top

Mood Health

Our mood and emotions are dependent on, and affected by, many factors in our lives. The way we choose to live our lives and what we decide to focus on has a huge impact on how we feel about ourselves and the world around us. The first step in living a fulfilling and joyful life is to make sure we are living a life that is true to us and that feeds our passions. These sorts of questions can be explored with the help of therapists or counselors or many of the other wonderful resources available out there. Then there are obviously some serious medical psychological conditions that will require drug therapy and which require treatment under the supervision of a specialized medical professional. However, for more mild or moderate concerns regarding mood health there are many great options out there.

The first step in feeling our best emotionally is to nurture our bodies.

Posted by pharmacist at May 24, 2013 Category: Other
Tags: mood, 5-HTP, Maca, St.Johns Wort, multivitamins, Omega-3, Vitamin D, sleep, emotions, SAMe top

Healing a Compromised Digestive Tract

In the last blog post I discussed the importance of a healthy digestive tract and how it can affect nearly all the other systems in our bodies, from our immunity to our mental health. We also covered how the first step in healing our digestive tracts is to improve our diets. Whole, healthy, unprocessed foods are easily recognized by our systems and digested easily as long as there are no intolerances to that specific food.  Processed, artificial foods, or foods high in unhealthy fats and sugars, on the other hand, are taxing on our systems and can slowly damage them, with the consequences sometimes not showing up for months or years. So, switching to these healthy, life-sustaining foods is the first step and then an elimination diet done with the help of a nutritionist may help to identify any food intolerances that may be present. The patient can then remove.

Posted by pharmacist at May 17, 2013 Category: Other
Tags: digestive health, glutamine, probiotics, whole foods, multi vitamins, Omega-3, sleep, stress, digestive enzymes top

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