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Shape up with better sports nutrition

June 11, 2012
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Shape up with better sports nutrition

Proper nutrition is vital for athletes at all stages of activity. Whether you’re already heavy into a routine or just getting started, congratulations! Activity can benefit you mentally, physically and emotionally. Here are some nutrition and supplementation recommendations to keep your body feeling strong and healthy throughout your workouts. Nutrition Since athletes use more...

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What Makes a Superfood a Superfood?

May 25, 2012
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What Makes a Superfood a Superfood?

Though it’s not exactly a scientific term, the word “superfood” is often used as a marketing tool. So what does it mean exactly? Something is referred to as a superfood when it is nutrient-rich and provides multiple health benefits to the body. Those nutrients can include phytochemicals (compounds found in plants that have beneficial...

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Natural Relief for Yeast Infections and Candida

May 12, 2012
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Natural Relief for Yeast Infections and Candida

Experts think that more than 100 million Americans suffer from yeast overgrowth, commonly called candida. Women often experience it as a vaginal yeast infection, and it’s one of the most common reasons women go to the doctor. It’s also one of the most common health complaints we see at Pharmaca. Yeast overgrowth occurs when...

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Herbal Remedy: Nettle (Stinging Nettle)

May 4, 2012
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Herbal Remedy: Nettle (Stinging Nettle)

Hopefully you haven’t had many real life encounters with nettle (Urtica Dioica)—also called “stinging nettle,” it grows in temperate climates and its stinging hairs and leaves can cause nasty hives. The hives, formally called urticaria, produce pale red, itchy, raised bumps (in fact, the Latin root of Urtica is uro meaning, “I burn”). The...

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What’s the Difference Between Food Allergy and Sensitivity?

April 25, 2012
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What’s the Difference Between Food Allergy and Sensitivity?

The term “food allergy” and “food sensitivity” are thrown around a lot these days. But it’s important to know that these two things are not the same.  In fact, there’s a very big and important difference between the two. As described by the Food, Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, a food allergy “occurs when the...

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Herbal Remedy: Turmeric

April 10, 2012
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Herbal Remedy: Turmeric

Even if you’ve never taken turmeric as a supplement, there’s a good chance you’ve tasted it; it’s a common spice and kitchen staple used in almost all Indian dishes, as well as many Thai and Persian foods. Turmeric (Curcuma longa) grows mainly in southern and southeast Asia and is known for its brilliant deep...

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Herbal Remedy: Ginger

February 20, 2012
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Herbal Remedy: Ginger

There’s a reason ginger ale has long been the go-to remedy for anyone with an upset stomach: Ginger is an important aid for digestion–and a variety of other health concerns. Ginger (zingiber officinale) is most commonly grown in India, China, Indonesia, Mexico, Nepal and Thailand. A member of the zingiberaceae family, the utilized part...

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Expert Advice: Beating Cold & Flu Symptoms

February 3, 2012
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Expert Advice: Beating Cold & Flu Symptoms

We’re still in the midst of cold and flu season. Here’s the rundown on common cold and flu symptoms–so you can make sure you know what you’ve got–before you start treating it. The common cold is caused by viruses that infect the upper respiratory tract (including the nasal passages). Most people only suffer one...

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Herbal Remedy: Goldenseal

February 1, 2012
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Herbal Remedy: Goldenseal

We often hear about goldenseal in combination with echinacea. But goldenseal is a powerful herb in its own right, useful in treating everything from digestive upset to canker sores.  Goldenseal commonly grows in southeastern Canada and the northeastern United States, and was commonly used by Native American tribes, and later by European settlers, in...

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Good Digestion All Stars

November 3, 2011
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Good Digestion All Stars

Digestion issues? Good news. There are a variety of tools that can help smooth out indigestion and other intestinal issues. Here, Kate Brainard, naturopathic doctor, gives some suggestions for natural digestive aids that can make everyday meals more pleasant. If you need long-term digestive support “There’s not anyone out there that shouldn’t be on...

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