A Little Help for Your New Year’s Resolutions

Have some healthy goals for your 2011? Whether you’re hoping to detox, de-stress, or just de-compress this year, we got some expert tips from Karin DiGiacomo, Wellness Counselor at our La Jolla location. Here’s what Karin says:

Resolution: Lose weight
Most people benefit from a detoxification program to prepare their bodies for losing weight. Homeopathic Heel Detox Kit is gently effective. Throughout the first month take these drops to eliminate toxins and stimulate cleansing of liver, kidney, blood and lymphatic systems. If you’re looking for a more vigorous, quicker program, Natural Factors RevitalX or Detoxitech may be suitable. I also recommend a detox tea, like Traditional Medicinals EveryDay Detox because it’s slightly diuretic.

After the detox, you can turn to Natural Factors PGX to support glucose management and curb appetite. Depending on a variety of factors, homeopathic Lobelia from Boiron can also cut cravings, while Pharmaca’s Hoodia works as an herbal appetite suppressant (traditionally used by Bushmen in the Kalahari Desert when food is scarce).

Resolution: Reduce stress
I like Hyland Nerve Tonic, a homeopathic formula with phosphates that effectively supports nervous system health. Look for Pharmaca brand essential oils like Lemongrass for giving fresh energy and Perfect Harmony, a blend of oils that includes emotion-calming clary sage. If you’re experiencing adrenal burnout as a result of stress, look for adaptogenic herbs like soothing-yet-invigorating Rhodiola (I like Gaia Herbs or New Chapter). To better manage stressful situations, introduce Bach Flower Essences (e.g. Vervain or Elm) or Rescue Remedy to defuse tension.

Resolution: Increase brain power
Pharmaca offers a number of options for brain nutrients and balancers to enhance cognitive function and long-term and short-term memory. I like Bluebonnet Power Thought, which contains a number of cognitive enhancers like phosphatidyl serine and choline, gingko and taurine. On the homeopathic side, Heel Cerecomp helps with mental fatigue and better focus. Getting good rest is important, so if the problem is a disruption of circadian rhythm, try Melatonin. If the problem is not day/night rhythm but general anxiety, I recommend Source Naturals GABA or Boiron Sedalia, which helps calm the mind and relieves nervous tension. Pharmaca also offers plenty of ways to help keep those other resolutions, whether it’s making sure your household cleaning products are non-toxic and eco-friendly or your cosmetics bag is filled with all-natural beauty products.

Your resolution not here? Pharmaca also offers plenty of ways to help keep those other resolutions, whether it’s making sure your household cleaning products are non-toxic and eco-friendly or your cosmetics bag is filled with all-natural beauty products. Stop in and speak with a practitioner today!

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