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Vol VIII July 2005

Village Green Apothecary is committed to guiding your journey to optimal wellness by providing you the latest research on health, nutrition and lifestyle. This month we’re talking about staying healthy while on your summer vacation. There’s also a note at the end of this newsletter on an issue many customers have brought to our attention, the CODEX which supposedly will regulate dietary supplements. Read on to learn more about the following tips to stay your healthiest while on vacation...

  • Proactive Steps to Stay Well on Vacation
  • Key Items for Strange Lands (even just across the state line)
  • How to Avoid Health Pitfalls on Vacation

Proactive Steps to Stay Well on Vacation

Your immune system is dependent on having an adequate supply of rest, energy, and vitamins and minerals in your body.

Sleep Well
You're likely to keep different hours or at least a different level of activity when you’re away from home. Get plenty of sleep, especially the night before you leave. While away, give yourself extra time to truly rest and relax. Sleep more than you do at home. Most of us are sleep deprived, and insufficient sleep guarantees that your body has not had adequate time to repair itself, which only happens when we sleep.

Eat Well
Eat and drink well in the weeks before your trip, and avoid alcohol. Your liver removes many of the toxins in your body, and making sure it has not been under stress helps it function better.


Key Items for Strange Lands

Your immune system is dependent on having an adequate supply of rest, energy, and vitamins and minerals in your body.

Prescription Refills
Refill any prescription medications before leaving for vacation. Carry medicines with you in the original marked container so you don’t violate any laws by carrying unmarked bottles of pills. As handy as your weekly pill container may be, don’t risk having your medications confiscated or being arrested. Our pharmacy can deliver your prescriptions to your office or home to save you time when preparing to travel.

First Aid Gear
Bring a first aid kit and any OTC medications you might need. They may not be readily available wherever you vacation. Consider traveling with antihistamines, headache medicine, diarrhea medicine, and something for cuts and scrapes.

Sun Protection
Always use SPF15 sunscreen or higher and wear a hat in the sun.

Nutritional Supplements
All the antioxidant formula nutrients are helpful for the stress of travel–vitamins C and ,E, beta-carotene and selenium are the main ones. Others are alpha-lipoic acid, pycnogenol and L-cysteine. You may use B-complex vitamins as tablets or sublingual drops as well for balancing travel stress.

Also, it may be helpful to have some spirulina or blue-green algae tablets for energy support. Store your supplements out of the sun or in the cooler. Herbs like Siberian Siberian may also help you deal with the stress of travel.

Try Village Green Apothecary’s Pathway supplements for optimal potency and purity.


How to Avoid Health Pitfalls on Vacation

Jet Lag
Avoid caffeine and alcohol when flying, these mess up your internal clock. Also, try to sleep during your flight. It’s much easier to start your day, even in the middle, when you first wake up than when you are stretching a day you’re already participating in. Also, when traveling across time zones, melatonin taken at your new bedtime can help reset your biologic time clock.

Food Poisoning
Avoid contaminated food or drinks, which are the major cause of stomach distress while traveling. This is especially true if you are traveling outside the United States, but bad food and water can happen anywhere. To be safe, if it is not boiled, well cooked or peeled, don't eat it. If you do fall victim to traveler's diarrhea, let your stomach rest and be sure to stay hydrated.

Use probiotics (acidophilus and other healthy bacteria) both to prevent intestinal problems as well as to treat them. Some other GI protection can be gained by taking additional nutritional hydrochloric acid when you eat, which acidifies the digestive tract and reduces the ability for bad bugs to take hold. Digestive enzymes also help digest microbes to which we are exposed.

Drink plenty of water; hydration is a key. This is especially important if you are visiting a place that is hotter or drier than your usual environment. Don't wait until you get thirsty to drink; you’re already dehydrated then. Avoid beverages with added sugar, caffeine or alcohol, since these can contribute to dehydration. After exercise and sweating, drink a cup or two of water.

Wash your hands frequently. Anti-bacterial hand gels are to be considered poor alternatives. Regular soap and water (not anti-bacterial soap) are the best method to avoid germs. Anti-bacterial soaps and gels only serve to isolate the stronger bacteria that are immune to it, making them more common, and requiring harsher chemicals to kill them later. Always wash your hands thoroughly. Use the method of singing the “alphabet song” and keep soaping until the song is over…”A, B, C, D, E, F, G…” then rinse off.

When you eat out while on vacation, enjoy yourself, but don’t over-eat. Let some healthy eating habits sneak into your vacation too and try some nutritious foods you don’t usually cook at home.


We hope that you have a wonderful summer vacation, and invite you to Village Green Apothecary to refill your prescriptions or pick up any supportive supplements that may be of use to you. Don’t miss the chance to take advantage of our BIG July sale with up to 30% off all supplements (see store for details).


While we all want to protect our right to choose the way we support our health, the CODEX does not affect the purchase of vitamins and supplements in the United States. This is a big scare that is really misunderstood. We are critically concerned about such issues, but be assured, there is no threat from the CODEX, there is no list of supplements about to be banned by the FDA. You read greater detail of the history of this legend and we recommend you read this summary information sheet on what the CODEX does actually do and say.

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 e-mail

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