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A Day in the Life of a Pro Triathlete

A Day in the Life of a Pro Triathlete

By Allen Gardner Allen is in his second year as a professional triathlete and trains out of Boulder, Colo. Pharmaca recently agreed to sponsor Allen, 26, who competes in 12-14 triathlons around the country each year. You can hear him speak next month at our North Broadway and Table Mesa stores in Boulder (check...

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Back Pain Relief Now

Back Pain Relief Now

Back pain can be debilitating, whether it’s the result of trauma or simply a pulled muscle. But there are natural solutions that can help your body heal, reduce inflammation and offer relief. We spoke with Matthew Becker, herbalist and lead practitioner at our north Boulder store, about what he recommends for customers’ back pain...

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Healthy Hydration for Hot Summer Days

Healthy Hydration for Hot Summer Days

Good hydration isn’t just about drinking lots of water—especially when you’re out in the hot summer sun. Even if you get your requisite 64 oz of water a day, exercising in the heat require the right minerals and electrolytes to keep your body moving. To determine whether you’re dehydrated, the simplest rule of thumb...

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MyChelle’s Secret Ingredient: Matrixyl synthe’6

From our friends at MyChelle Dermaceuticals Throughout the years the face starts to reflect the times of fun, stress and memories. There are external and chronological factors that play a leading role in the aging process.. Sun exposure, pollution, dry climates, smoking and other bad habits that assault the skin lead to a breakdown...

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Dirty 30: How to Avoid Toxic Ingredients and Choose Safer Products

From our friends at MyChelle Dermaceuticals Every day, millions of us reach for products that help keep our skin clean, hair shiny, teeth white and body smelling lovely. From moisturizer and lipstick to sunscreen and shampoo, these products are indispensable in today’s busy world. Skin care ingredient lists use scientific names and it’s hard...

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Aching for Arnica

Aching for Arnica

Ah, summer weekends. They can be filled with exciting activities, but also with the potential for sprained ankles and bruised knees. Get ahead of the game with Arnica, one of the most common ingredients in pain-relieving homeopathic remedies. What is Arnica? Arnica (full name: Arnica montana) grows naturally in Europe, the northern U.S., Canada...

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Expert Advice on Prostate Health

Expert Advice on Prostate Health

By Dr. Brad Jacobs, MD, Chair of Pharmaca’s Integrative Health Advisory Board Prostate cancer is a real concern—in the US, 230,000 men are diagnosed each year, and 30,000 die from this condition. Here are my recommendations for keeping yourself healthy.   Screening As you may know, the US Preventive Services Task Force recently recommended...

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Ask the MD: Men’s Heart Health

Ask the MD: Men’s Heart Health

By Dr. Brad Jacobs, MD, Chair of Pharmaca’s Integrative Health Advisory Board Heart disease and related health problems, such as cerebro-vascular accidents (e.g. strokes), comprise the leading cause of death in the United States. I recommend using the Reynolds Risk Score calculator to calculate your risk for developing a heart attack or stroke over...

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Your Sunscreen Buying Guide

It’s time to plan your summer fun-and your summer sun protection. Don’t forget that experts recommend replacing your sunscreen every year, since it can lose effectiveness quickly, especially when they spend time in the hot sun. Use these basics to simplify your next sun care shopping trip at Pharmaca. Mineral vs. chemical Where chemical...

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Your Body: A Well-Oiled Machine

Your Body: A Well-Oiled Machine

Want the dewy, glowy look of hydrated and nourished skin? Turn to these versatile oils, many of which can be used inside and out, to smooth, heal and repair skin–and keep it glowing for years to come. Sea Buckthorn Oil (Internal & External) Over the centuries many populations have used sea buckthorn for a...

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