Vol XVIV December 2010 | The Village Green Apothecary E-Newsletter

Don't Let Holiday Stress
Get to You

Ho Ho Ho or Humbug?

imageThe holiday season should be a joyful time of celebration, family and charity. But for many of us, stress and anxiety can overwhelm any hint of happiness. Family issues, financial pressure, time crunches, and the pursuit of the perfect holiday experience are just a few stressors that can make this season difficult.

According to the American Psychological Association, men and women who experience elevated levels of stress are more likely to experience a range of health ailments and symptoms including sadness (59%), sleep problems (56%), and lack of energy (55%).

True or False?

Suicide rates are higher during the holiday season than any other time of year.

Answer:  FALSE! This myth continues to thrive despite numerous studies that have debunked it. Why? Perhaps people associate suicide with depression, which is prevalent during the holiday season...
or maybe they’ve watched the movie
“It’s a Wonderful Life” too many times.

Don’t Forget “The Three Cs”

Healthy foods that are natural stress fighters

Citrus:  Winter fruits like oranges, grapefruit, and kiwis are all excellent sources of vitamin C, a potent stress-busting vitamin. And the vitamin C found in citrus fruits is involved in the production of collagen, which helps keep your skin firm and reduces wrinkling.

Cranberries:  Rich in antioxidants, these berries may help keep the pounds off. Studies have shown that the sweet tart scent of fruits helps curb cravings caused by stress. Just the aroma of cranberries can stimulate your hypothalamus, controlling your urge to eat too much.

Chocolate:  Now don’t go crazy, but do consider indulging occasionally in dark chocolate. Studies have shown that it can reduce levels of cortisol (“the stress hormone”) as well as hormones known as catecholamines (the “fight-or-flight hormones”) in highly stressed people.

imageRecipes to maintain good health this holiday season image

For all of your health and nutrition questions


  • Plan. Before becoming overwhelmed with events and obligations, grab your calendar or organizer and note IN RED the activities you must complete, and the dates you plan to do them. Then give yourself permission to say “No, thank you – my calendar is full” to any other requests for your time. And be sure to schedule some quiet time for yourself!

  • Budget. Holidays are traditionally a time for giving, but overspending can bring major headaches and financial problems come January. Consider spending cash only, and leaving the credit cards at home. And remember that homemade gifts are more personal (and affordable) than many lavish items.

  • Take care of yourself. Sleeping well, eating right and exercising shouldn’t be kicked to the curb during the holidays. Exercise is a proven stress reliever and depression alleviator, and can help combat the holiday "battle of the bulge."

  • Be realistic. Don't worry about creating the perfect party, the perfect tree, or the perfect pumpkin pie. It's okay to make mistakes, and to have a less-than-magical family gathering. Toddlers are going to spill things, kids are going to be noisy, and adults will have their differences in many families. Patience and a realistic attitude can go a long way towards making holidays less stressful for everyone.

  • Volunteer. If you’re alone during the holidays, or battling depression, helping others may be the answer to your holiday blues. It can also overcome the isolation that augments stress and depression. Many organizations are desperate for volunteers during the holidays, and you could help make others happy while getting your mind off your own problems.

  • Breathe. When things are beginning to get hectic, take a minute to close your eyes and inhale deeply and slowly a few times. These "cleansing breaths" deliver oxygen to your body and help relieve tension. Try doing this a couple times daily, and think about something pleasant and relaxing. You’ll be amazed at how refreshed you feel.
Winter Sale

Four Fabulous Formulas to Help with Stress

Travel, tension, and dietary changes can throw your system for a loop, so consider trying the following Pathway supplements to help fortify you for the holidays.

Sleep Support
Pathway Digest-Ease

If indulging in rich foods has your digestion in a knot, consider trying Digest-Ease. This herbal formula promotes a healthy balance of digestive enzymes for optimal protein, fat and carbohydrate digestion. It also contains ginger, fennel, and peppermint – great herbs for calming an upset stomach.

MelatoninPathway Immune System Support

This immune enhancing formula can help support your body’s natural defenses. It contains herbs that have a long history of supporting the immune system, including goldenseal, garlic, echinacea, and astragalus, as well as medicinal mushrooms, maitake TD fraction, shitake, and reishi. Immune supportive vitamins and minerals are also part of this formula.

MelatoninPathway Relaxation Support

This calming formula contains a blend of relaxing herbs, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids to gently quiet the mind and body, allowing for rest and relaxation. Its two patented ingredients, Relora® and SunTheanine®, help to calm, focus, and relax you without making you drowsy.

MelatoninPathway Adrenal Support

Stress can put extra demands on your endocrine, nervous and immune systems. Supplementing with “adaptogenic” nutrients that help the body adapt to stressful challenges can help to more quickly restore energy and vitality. Pathway Adrenal Support contains key adaptogenic herbs along with select B vitamins to support the body’s stress response.


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The information in this newsletter is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice.
Consult your physician if you have any questions regarding a medical condition.

Village Green Apothecary has been providing individualized nutrition, pharmacy, and healthy living products for over 40 years. We are committed to providing you with expert guidance, knowledge, and a custom-tailored mix of nutritional and pharmaceutical products needed to achieve and maintain optimal health. Our staff of 45 professionals (including a team of pharmacists, nutritionists, naturopathic doctor, and clinical herbalist) offers private wellness consultations, personalized health plans using the Essentials of Healthy Living (EHL), and individualized custom compounding. Our pharmacists are available to review and address drug/nutrient interactions and depletions to ensure your health and wellbeing. Please contact us with any questions. We are here as a resource for you.

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