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Natural Ways to Lower Your Cholesterol

Need to lower your cholesterol? Here, Dr. Brad Jacobs talks about natural ways to maintain healthy cholesterol levels through diet, exercise and supplementation. This video is part of a series of educational videos we’ll be posting from members of our Integrative Health Advisory Board.

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Love Your Lips

Want a side-by-side comparison of what’s in a natural lip product vs. a synthetic one? Check out the ingredients in Juice Beauty’s Reflecting Lip Gloss or ZuZu Luxe’s Lipstick (available on their website). Ingredients of many common drugstore brands can only be found at EWG’s cosmeticsdatabase.com. If you’re concerned about what you’re putting on...

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Yoga’s Proven Health Benefits

Here’s some great news about yoga to take with you for the weekend–turns out it’s been clinically shown to be effective in treating a variety of health issues, from stress and depression to back pain. This is the first in a series of educational videos we’ll be posting from members of our Integrative Health...

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Expert Advice on Sports Nutrition

Expert Advice on Sports Nutrition

Ever wonder what a professional triathlete eats for breakfast? Chocolate chip pancakes, it turns out (among a few other things). Allen Gardner, in his second year as a professional triathlete, trains out of Boulder, Colo. Pharmaca recently agreed to sponsor Allen, 26, who competes in 12-14 triathlons around the country each year. We caught...

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Your Skin Care Ingredient Glossary

Your Skin Care Ingredient Glossary

Ever wonder exactly what a peptide is? Or what’s so great about argan oil? Here, we demystify a few of the most common skin care ingredients that promise to smooth, firm and plump. (And check back soon-we’ll continue to update our skin care ingredient glossary as we learn about new exciting ingredients.) Aloe Vera...

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The Difference Between Synthetic and Bioidentical Hormones

The Difference Between Synthetic and Bioidentical Hormones

By guest author, Mark Stengler, Naturopathic Doctor Known as “The Natural Physician” to his patients, readers and audiences across North America, Mark Stengler is a licensed naturopathic physician, author and lecturer with expertise in nutrition, herbal therapy, vitamin therapy, homeopathy, natural hormone replacement and integrated medicine. The term “bioidentical hormones” refers to hormones that...

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FDA’s New Sunscreen Rules About to Go Into Effect

FDA’s New Sunscreen Rules About to Go Into Effect

The FDA’s new sunscreen labeling regulations take effect this summer. Announced last year, FDA is hoping this labeling overhaul will help users make more informed decisions about choosing the right sun protection. (Here’s a link to FDA’s answers to frequently asked questions on the topic.) Here’s a round up of the changes we’ll be...

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New Sun Care Products at Pharmaca

New Sun Care Products at Pharmaca

We’ve just added a few new sun care products we think you’re going to love. Here’s a little about some of our favorites. Best for: Backyard Gatherings Badger SPF 30+ Anti-Bug Sunscreen Badger’s well-loved sun care line now includes the handy addition of bug repellant! This new formula includes bug-repelling essential oils like citronella,...

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Chia Seeds: A Tasty Way to Get Your Omega-3s

Chia Seeds: A Tasty Way to Get Your Omega-3s

Chia seeds are enjoying something of a renaissance these days—researchers are rediscovering their nutritional benefits, something the Maya and Aztecs cherished hundreds of years ago. Chia seeds come from the plant Salvia hispanica, which grows abundantly in the deserts of southern Mexico. As such, chia was a staple in the ancient Maya and Aztec populations...

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Allergy Relief to the Rescue

Allergy Relief to the Rescue

With the warming weather, many people are already experiencing some serious allergy symptoms. And it seems like everyone’s got their own favorite remedy for quelling sniffles and sneezes. We asked a few customers and practitioners about what works for them–and why. “AllerDx by Plantiva is my favorite–I’ve gotten a lot of positive customer feedback...

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