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Ask the Trainer: How Do I Maintain Motivation?

Ask the Trainer: How Do I Maintain Motivation?

By Allen Gardner Allen is in his second year as a professional triathlete and trains out of Boulder, Colo. Pharmaca sponsors Allen, 26, who competes in 12-14 triathlons around the country each year. Motivation (noun): Initiating and maintaining a path of goals over a given period of time. It’s the key to waking up...

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The 411 on Allergies

The 411 on Allergies

Yup, it’s the beginning of allergy season. If you’re already dealing with itchy eyes and a runny nose, you may wonder why exactly you fall victim to the ravages of ragweed each year. Here’s how allergies work. Pollen, let’s say from a juniper bush, is for some reason seen as an invader in your...

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A Holistic Approach to Menopause Relief

A Holistic Approach to Menopause Relief

Menopause symptoms manifest in a variety of different ways. For some women, it’s just a matter of losing some sleep and experiencing a few hot flashes. But for others, it can mean dramatic mood changes and prolonged physical problems. Fortunately women now have access to a range of solutions, including individualized doses of compounded...

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The Skinny on Cholesterol

The Skinny on Cholesterol

So many things can affect our heart health—blood pressure, inflammation levels and, of course, cholesterol levels. In case you need a reminder of how cholesterol functions in the body (and why it’s important to our cardiovascular health), here’s a little primer. Cholesterol is a waxy substance that helps to build cells, produce hormones and...

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Mushrooms and Long-Term Immunity

Mushrooms and Long-Term Immunity

Looking for a way to boost long-term immunity for cold and flu season? Mushrooms may be the next big thing in the fight against sickness. “Mushrooms are used to strengthen the immune system in a deep way over a long time,” says Matthew Becker, herbalist and lead practitioner at our North Boulder store. “They...

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The Ins and Outs of Immunity-Boosting Herbs

The Ins and Outs of Immunity-Boosting Herbs

Ever wonder what is it about Echinacea that helps fight colds? Or why practitioners often recommend elderberry? Anne Salazar-Dunbar, herbalist and lead practitioner at our La Jolla store, tells us about these immune-boosting herbs. Echinacea Echinacea’s ability to boost the immune system’s performance has been extensively documented over the years. Research suggests that the...

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Simple Steps to a Healthy Cleanse

Simple Steps to a Healthy Cleanse

It happens every year: We overindulge around the holidays and by January we’re desperate to give our systems a break from heavy foods and sugary treats. If your body is telling you to ditch the junk food and give it a break, listen to it. “It’s best to go with the flow of how...

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Ask the Trainer: How Do I Increase My Endurance?

Ask the Trainer: How Do I Increase My Endurance?

By Allen Gardner Allen is in his second year as a professional triathlete and trains out of Boulder, Colo. Pharmaca sponsors Allen, 26, who competes in 12-14 triathlons around the country each year. Endurance is the ability to sustain an effort over a long period of time. Endurance is typically needed for sports such...

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A Little Help for Your New Year’s Resolutions

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....

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Ask the Trainer: Which Workout is For Me?

Ask the Trainer: Which Workout is For Me?

By Allen Gardner Allen is in his second year as a professional triathlete and trains out of Boulder, Colo. Pharmaca sponsors Allen, 26, who competes in 12-14 triathlons around the country each year. As a personal trainer and a professional triathlete, I often get asked questions about the types of training that are best...

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