What’s in your cold and flu arsenal?

submitted by GNC Newtown

Every year, millions of dollars are spent on cold and flu remedies. Lately, more and more health conscious consumers are choosing products that actually prevent symptoms from occurring in the first place. Here are some of the most effective products on the market:

SAMBUCUS ELDERBERRY EXTRACT – In numerous clinical studies, elderberry extract demonstrated potent anti-viral properties. It is particularly effective against the flu virus because of its ability to prevent it from reproducing in our bodies.

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Urge Fitness: Bringing affordable family fitness to the community

by June Portnoy

The first Urge Fitness in Pennsylvania has opened its doors at 495B S. Oxford Valley Road in Fairless Hills. This full-service facility features over 20,000 square feet of a full-service fitness center with 24-hour access, childcare, a juice bar, and 70 plus classes per week, along with a youth and adult performance center.

However, its primary focus is family fitness.

“Our goal is for your entire family to come here together,” says General Manager, Matthew Budden. “We want children to come watch Mom and Dad work out and then follow their lead by doing the same. With child obesity out of control, it’s time for kids to put down their iPad and get fit in our friendly, welcoming environment.”

Even Urge Fitness’s childcare offers opportunities for young children to be active by providing Mommy and Me Yoga, Baby Zumba and Kids Boot Camp, available to children up to the age of 12. Five thousand square feet of this fitness center consists of turf and track, dedicated to the youth performance center, to be launched in January.

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Understanding the power of probiotics

submitted by GNC Newtown

Probiotics are dietary supplements containing healthy strains of bacteria. They are intended to assist the body’s naturally occurring flora in the intestinal tract, maintaining the proper balance between “good” and “bad” bacteria. This delicate balance can be adversely affected by the use of antibiotics, resulting in candida from an overabundance of yeast in the digestive tract.

Other factors inhibiting the growth of good bacteria are the consumption of excess alcohol, stress and exposure to toxic substances. The good news is that studies suggest a wide range of health benefits when supplementing with probiotics!

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Arthritis pain? Attack it with something new!

submitted by GNC Newtown

If you suffer with arthritis pain, you’re certainly aware how everyday activities are affected by the discomfort and stiffness associated with this condition. Most likely, you’re also aware that many traditional supplement formulas have produced limited results.

The good news is that there are now more effective formulas available which combine a variety of new ingredients along with some of the more familiar remedies. For maximum pain relief, look for products containing the following compounds.

CETYL MYRISTOLEATE – This is an all-natural compound, commonly called “WD-40 for the joints.” It is actually a combination of fatty acid esters. Cetyl myristoleate has four basic functions regarding arthritis pain. First, it has a lubricating on joints, decreasing stiffness. Second, it functions as an anti-inflammatory reducing swelling. Third, this compound acts as an immunomodulator, helping to regulate or “calm down” immune responses for those with auto-immune diseases. Last, cetyl-myristoleate has analgesic or pain-killing qualities.

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The health benefits of ‘taking in a forest atmosphere’

by Yvette Hickman

Forests are environments of wonderful serenity, immense beauty, and fresh clean air. Personally, I feel wonderful when I take a walk through a forest. I feel more at ease, think more clearly, and leave in a better mood. Many of you have probably had the same experience. And a growing body of scientific evidence confirms that visiting a forest does have quantifiable effects, both physiological and psychological.

In the 1980s, Japan developed a practice called ‘forest bathing’ (‘Shinrin-yoku’), which has become a basic part of their preventative health care. It involves spending time under a forest canopy, walking slowly, and opening up all five of the senses to the surroundings. Essentially, ‘taking in the forest atmosphere.’

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Free McCaffrey’s nutrition event is April 21st

Calcium is not only important for bone health, but some studies show calcium along with vitamin D may help protect against cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Since our bodies do not produce calcium, we need to get this important mineral from other sources. Unfortunately, many of us do not get the recommended amounts of calcium and vitamin D from our usual intake.

Join Jill Kwasny, MS, RD on Thursday, April 21st at 10:00am, in the Yardley Mccaffrey’s Food Market to learn about many other calcium sources, other than dairy products: “Calcium, Vitamin D and Your Health.”

Find out if you are consuming the recommended amount of calcium each day. Explore fun ways to incorporate more calcium in your diet. They will be upstairs in the bistro area.

Come prepared to sample a delicious, calcium-rich dish! Please RSVP to Jill at mccaffreys/events, nutritionist@mccaffreys.com or 215-750-7713.

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Switching to clean energy sources can improve your health

submitted by Sarah Bergen, Blogger/Publicist, Exact Solar

Breathing clean air and drinking clean water is key to good health. However, water and atmospheric contamination caused by the extraction of fossil fuels poses major health risks. As a result, people around the world are plagued by unavoidable symptoms and illnesses, driving up health care costs and causing missed days from work and school.

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