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Vol II November 2004

Village Green is committed to guiding your journey to optimal wellness by providing you the latest research on health, nutrition and lifestyle. Read on to learn more about the following health topics...

Keep your Health Strong During the Cold and Flu Season
A healthy immune system is our first line of defense against infection and disease. Working around the clock, our immune system protects us from all sorts of harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites, funguses, and other invaders. Our immune systems are composed of a variety of specialized cells that identify, seek out, and destroy pathogens. Some of the most important cells that help prevent infection and disease are macrophages, lymphocytes, T-cells, B-cells interferon, and Natural Killer (NK) cells. All these cells stand ready to fight for your health.

When your immune system weakens from factors such as stress, poor diet, or lack of proper rest you are vulnerable for viruses or bacteria to strike. With flu vaccine shortages this season, be at your best: get your rest, eat healthy, exercise, manage your stress levels, and support your immune system naturally whenever possible.

Smarter Pets
For years, scientists have stressed that DHA, a fatty acid, is essential for a baby's brain development (healthy human brains are 60% fat) and that the most rapid development occurs in the first year of life. Now veterinarians say the same is true for puppies. In a recent study, pups fed high levels of DHA appeared to be smarter and more trainable than their peers. In the words of Dr. Dan Carey, who worked on the study: "Good nutrition, combined with training and loving care, primes pups for healthy lives."

Ginseng Tea and Stress
Drinking a cup of ginseng tea each day can regulate the adrenal glands and stress hormone production to increase energy stamina in just 16 days, Chinese research suggests. "Ginseng contains ginsenosides, active herbal components that heal and revitalize overworked adrenals." Says Dr. Cass, author of Natural Highs (Avery, 2003)

Nutrients and Creativity
Eating foods high in vitamin B6 can get your creative juices flowing, a city college of New York study shows. Participants who consumed the nutrient before bedtime had more vivid dreams and were better able to recall details. The vitamin stimulates the cerebral cortex, the brain region that processes visual information. And since experts at the University of Iowa link imaginative dreaming with creativity, having B6 rich veggies, such as a stuffed potato or bell pepper with dinner, can help you dream up innovative ideas that will set you apart from the competition.

Help for a Constant Runny Nose
A constant runny nose is a sign of perennial nonallergic rhininits, a common condition that affects 24 million women. It's triggered by pollutants that inflame sensitive nasal membranes, prompting the production of excess mucous. Until you see an allergist, avoid common culprits, such as smoke and dust, whenever you can. And try rinsing nasal passages to flush out problematic particles. (Source Donnica L. Moore, MD)

Top 10 Reasons to Exercise in the Morning

1. Exercise consistently brings results
Over 90% of people who exercise consistently exercise in the morning. If you want to exercise consistently, odds are in your favor if you exercise first thing in the morning.

2. Exercise burns calories all day
When you exercise early in the morning, it "jumpstarts" your metabolism and keeps it elevated for hours, sometimes up to 24 hours. That means you're burning more calories all day long just because you exercised in the morning.

3. Exercise is energizing
When you exercise in the morning, you'll feel energized for the day. Doing stretches prior to exercise better prepares the body.

4. Exercise is a natural appetite suppressant
Many people find that morning exercise regulates their appetite for the day. They aren't as hungry and they make better food choices.

5. Exercise regulates your body
If you exercise at about the same time every morning, and ideally wake-up at about the same time on a regular basis, your body's endocrine system and circadian rhythms adjust to that. Physiologically, some wonderful things begin to happen: a couple of hours before you awaken, your body begins to prepare for waking and exercise because it "knows" it's about to happen. You benefit from that in several ways.
a) It's MUCH easier to wake-up. When you wake-up at different times every day, it confuses your body and thus it's never really "prepared" to awaken.
b) Your metabolism and all the hormones involved in activity and exercise begin to elevate while you're sleeping. Thus, you feel more alert, energized, and ready to exercise when you do wake-up.
c) Hormones prepare your body for exercise by regulating blood pressure, heart rate, blood flow to muscles.

6. Exercise is time for yourself
For many people, that appointed time every morning becomes something they look forward to. It's time they've set aside to do something good for themselves - to take care of their body, mind, and soul. Many find that it's a great time to think clearly, plan their day, or just relax mentally.

7. Exercise increases your brain power
Research has demonstrated that exercise increases mental acuity. On average, it lasts 4 to 10 hours after exercise.

8. Exercise is proactive
Exercise first thing in the morning is really the only way to assure that something else won't crowd exercise out of your schedule. When your days get hectic, exercise usually takes a back seat!

9. Exercise is key to your health
If finding time to exercise is difficult, try getting up 30 to 60 minutes earlier to do it. If necessary, you can go to sleep a little earlier. Research has demonstrated that people who exercise on a regular basis have a higher quality of sleep and thus require less sleep overall.

10. Exercising makes you feel great.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, nor are they or these products intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Information presented is of a general nature for educational and informational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health, you should always consult with a physician or other healthcare professional. References are available upon request. If you would like more information at any time, please email Sources: Stephen Sinatra, MD; Parade;; Hyla Cass, MD; Donnica L. Moore, MD; Pioneer Ayurvedic; B. Riordan, G. Hall, Village Green nutritional coaching staff.

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