By Saratoga Wellness Manager • Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
Boosting Our Immunity to Illness
Well, it’s that time again: cold and flu season. We all dread it, and hope we don’t get sick. But it seems every year brings some new strain of flu that we fall prey to, so most of us feel that getting sick is inevitable, and that all we can do is hope that we bounce back quickly. But there is more that we can do than just hope; in fact, there is quite a lot that we can do to build up our immune system, making it more effective at fighting off illness, in the first place, and helping us to get better quicker, if we do fall ill.
Aviva Romm, physician, author and master herbalist, has said, “The physical foundation of health is a properly functioning immune system.” Also, she says, “Emotional health, excellent nutrition, exercise, adequate rest and a relatively low-stress lifestyle are the underpinnings of immune health.” Unfortunately, living up to these standards, in our stressful world, is not always easy to do, but by making these standards our goal, we will see the positive results.
Excellent nutrition is the cornerstone of good health: and eating whole foods, as much as possible, will make a big impact on how well our body fights infection. Dr. Romm says that it is best to avoid artificial colorings and preservatives, as well as hydrogenated oils. Also, she says, avoiding excessive amounts of sugar, or processed flours in our diets, make for a stronger immune system, as well.
For a vibrant immune system, we should be sure that we have adequate protein, essential fatty acids, and Vitamins A, B complex and bioflavinoids, C, and E, as well as magnesium, zinc and selenium, all of which play important roles in a healthy immune system.
In addition, there are many immune-enhancing herbs, which have shown to be very effective at preventing and fighting infection. Just a few of those that Dr Romm has mentioned are Echinacea, garlic and elder.
Andrew Chevallier, author of The Encyclopedia for Herbal Medicine, has called Echinacea one of “the world’s most important medicinal herbs”. Extensive research has shown its ability to fight both bacterial and viral infections. It is available in tincture and pill form.
Garlic has been the subject of over 1,000 studies showing its efficacy, not only fighting circulatory problems, but as a treatment for minor infections, including colds and flu. While the pill form is more appropriate for circulatory problems, the fresh clove is more effective for fighting infection.
According to Chevalier, the flowering tops of the elder tree are very effective for fighting coughs, colds, and flu. It is available in sweet syrup that is both effective and pleasant-tasting, making it great for those less enthusiastic about taking their medicine!
Healthy, Happy Holidays to all!
Jackie Callahan has been interested in health and nutrition for her entire adult life. She is an amateur naturalist and has written over 13 illustrated journals on the flora and fauna of Fish Creek, an outlet of Saratoga Lake, and is currently studying with master herbalist, Dr. Aviva Romm, working toward a certification as an herbal educator. She works as a sales associate in the Healthy Living Market (Saratoga) Wellness department. She lives in Saratoga Springs on beautiful Fish Creek with her husband, John and their son, Alex. She also has two grown children, Danielle and Devin, who live in Marblehead, Massachusetts, and Burlington, Vermont, respectively.
By John Murphy • Monday, December 2nd, 2013
This holiday season, treat your loved ones to a nutritious, delicious, and refreshing juice cleanse! We’ve made it easy to purchase anywhere from 1 to 5 cleansing days for your friends, family, or co-workers—all it takes for them to place their order is a quick phone call! Each day consists of six juices, carefully designed by Whole Health Nutrition to deliver the right types of nutrients to allow your body to detox after (or during!) a hectic holiday season.
1 day: $36.15
2 days: $70.00
3 days: $100.00
4 days: $136.00
5 days: $170.00
What better way to show you care than by giving the gift of health? Stop by our store or give us a call at 802-863-2569 for more information. Happy holidays!
By Outreach Coordinator • Monday, December 2nd, 2013
This year, Make-A-Wish Vermont will be at Healthy Living selling Christmas trees from a VT tree farm owned by Luke Belleville’s family. Luke’s was granted a wish by Make A Wish in the past, and him and his family have decided to pay it forward. The Belleville’s family tree farm has generously donated 50 trees to Make A Wish Vermont that were planted the year of his wish.
100% of the proceeds from the trees sold will go directly to Make-A-Wish Vermont.
Trees go on sale on Saturday, November 30th and will be available until they are sold out. For more information, call our Customer Service desk at (802)863-2569 ext. 0.
To hear more about Luke’s story, check this out: http://bit.ly/1k2ZW9V.
By Saratoga Beer and Wine Manager • Monday, November 25th, 2013
Goose Island’s 2013 Bourbon County Brand Stout
Goose Island’s Bourbon County Brand Stout (BCBS) is officially available at Healthy Living Market Saratoga! Brewed in honor of their 1000th batch at their Original Clybourn brewpub, Bourbon County Brand Stout has a complex nose of charred oak, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and smoke. It is an Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels that boasts an ABV of 14.5% and wide variety of specially selected malts. This award winning beer has been rated 100 out of 100 points by the industry professionals and the public at Beer Advocate and is available for a very, very limited time as it is so highly sought after.
This beer will NOT be available in our cooler; only up at Customer Service behind the counter. There is a 2 bottle per person, per day, purchase limit. Quick! Come grab one to sip and one to savor with your Thanksgiving feast this year (we think it will be perfect with that Pecan Pie you’ve been working so hard on!). You wont want to miss this beauty!
By Richie Snyder • Friday, November 22nd, 2013
This month’s Front End Fundraiser is the Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council. Please donate what you can afford to this amazing organization.
Crisis Intervention Services:
- Housing – pending evictions, landlord/tenant relations, pending utility shut off
- Financial – customers in financial crisis, budgeting
- Domestic violence
- Drug and alcohol
- Mental Health
Emergency Food Pantry: The pantry is located at 39 Bath Street, Ballston Spa, NY.
Soup Kitchen: Lunch is served 7 days a week Monday – Saturday 11:45 – 1:00 pm and Sunday 3:00pm — 4:00pm. It is open to the public and the only information collected is the number of meals served each day. This program is located in the Presbyterian New England Congregational Church, 24 Circular St., Saratoga Springs, NY. Free Baked goods and breads are available most days.
Rural Food Delivery: This service is a bimonthly delivery of food to customers that are elderly and/or disabled and homebound living in Saratoga County. Customers to this program are referred by different sources and accepted into the program by the Family Development Specialist. EOC runs this project in collaboration with the Presbyterian New England Congregational Church from our Soup kitchen program and community volunteers make deliveries 2 Sundays per month except July and August it is once per month.
Summer Youth Feeding: This project provides a nutritious lunchtime meal to low-income children during the summer months when there is no school. In collaboration with the Saratoga Springs Housing Authority, lunches are disbursed at the Jefferson/Vanderbilt Terrace Monday-Friday, between July 5 and August 31. We have also added a site in Corinth and Malta Gardens. This project is run through our Soup Kitchen and is staffed by part time staff and volunteers. EOC also collaborates with Cornell Cooperative Extension to provide nutrition education to customers during the lunchtime meal.
VITA (Free Tax Prep): Free tax preparation service to qualified individuals. Taxes are e-filed and confidential.
Dress for Work: Provides appropriate interview or work clothing to individuals in need. This is a collaboration between EOC and Treasures Consignment/Thrift store. Interested individuals need to come in and meet with a worker to obtain a voucher.
Thanksgiving Baskets: EOC provides a full Thanksgiving meal to families in need in SaratogaCounty. Families receive a basket based on family size. Eligibility: Families of 2 or more, income at or below 125% of poverty level.
Holiday Meals: A full-prepared holiday dinner is also served at our Soup Kitchen on Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and St. Patrick’s Day. Home delivery of meals is available for Thanksgiving and Christmas
Items they are ALWAYS IN NEED OF***
- Personal Care Items
- Cleaning products
- Non-perishable food items
- Pet food
***PLASTIC SHOPPING BAGS***
Volunteers are always needed during food pantry hours!!
By Body Care Buyer • Friday, November 22nd, 2013
The last month of 2013 brings us many wonderful scents from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab.
The December lunacy is Moon of the Terrible, described by the Lab as: “Winter snow with white lavender, benzoin, lychee, white resins, and a cluster of melancholy, lachrymose lunar herbs”.
It’s also Yule time! BPAL has truly outdone themselves this year with Yule themed scents and many of them will also be for sale at our Will Call event on Sunday, December 22 from 4-7 p.m. in the Learning Center!
This is also a very special Will Call because we will be doing a Food and Toy drive as well during the event. Black Phoenix has created two special scents for this event. If you bring a food (non-perishable) donation of $10 you will receive a bottle of :
The Harvesters: Pear trees, boiled oats, and wine beside a ripe field of wheat waving under a late-summer sun.
If you bring a new toy of a $10 value, you will receive a bottle of:
Hunters in the Snow: The scent of a calm, grey winter’s day: bare trees and cooking fires, thick blankets of snow, and icy, frozen rivers.
These special oils are while supplies last and they are an event exclusive, so you must show up to take part!
All of the food donations that we receive will go to the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf and all the toy donations that we receive will be going to the Vermont Children’s Hospital at Fletcher Allen.
Come celebrate the season with Healthy Living and envelope your senses in the winter magic of Black Phoenix.
By Saratoga Beer and Wine Manager • Friday, November 22nd, 2013
The Beer Department is proud to welcome Jack’s Abby Brewing into our set at Healthy Living Saratoga! Jack’s Abby hails all the way from Framingham, Massachusetts. Formally founded in 2011, by three brothers (Jack, Eric and Sam Hendler), Jack’s Abby’s lager-focused brews have been consistently winning awards and gaining them attention since they opened.
We love that they’re family founded, owned, and operated (just like us!), but we also love that they source local ingredients for their brews from their very own farm! All of their beers that are included in the annual “Mom and Pop’s Harvest Series” utilize ingredients that are grown right on the Hendler farm.
Hoponius Union, available year-round in 6-packs, perfectly combines lager yeast fermentation and West Coast IPA hops, which they have deemed as an ‘India-style Pale Lager.’ Cold fermented and aged for extended periods, Hoponius Union is similar to a traditional IPA, but with a twist of classic American hops which creates aromas of tropical fruits and citrusy hops. In line with their other brews, Hoponius Union uses locally sourced ingredients from the farm.
Industry professionals rate this 6.7% ABV American Pale Lager with 96 out of 100 points, making it a world’class choice for your taste buds!
The second item we have available from Jack’s Abby is their seasonal, October release, ‘Kiwi Rising.’ They like to label their Kiwi Rising as a ‘Double India Pale Lager’ due to the face that it is an intensely hoppy and strong lager that has over four whole pounds of New Zealand kiwi-hops added. They continuously add whole leaf hops, and multiple dry hops varieties to the brewing process to produce an intensely floral and citrus aroma.
Industry professionals rate this 8.5% ABV Double India pale Lager with a 97 out of 100 points, making this yet another Jack’s Abby brew that is considered world-class, and certainly worth a try! Available in 16.9oz single bottles only at Healthy Living Market Saratoga.Rising.’
By Outreach Coordinator • Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
The Ooky Spooky 5K took place in Burlington, VT on October 19th, and runners were dressed in full costume to run the course set up by Rock Point School. All the proceeds from the race were donated to COTS (Committee on Temporary Shelter).
We got the full recap in photos!
This race takes place every year. Keep your eyes peeled in fall 2014 for next year’s fundraising event!
By Robin Paulson • Tuesday, November 19th, 2013
Java Love Coffee Roasting Co. is a woman owned and operated micro-roaster headquartered in the Catskills of New York. Java Love focuses on creating coffee with integrity; which means there is a conscious focus on how everyone and everything is treated throughout the entire supply chain – from crop to cup. They source only the highest quality organic, sustainably farmed, Rain Forest Alliance and Swiss Water processed beans, and are committed to providing job creation and job training in an economically challenged area of New York state. Java Love believes you can taste the difference love, commitment and integrity make in every cup.
We are currently offering:
GOOD MORNING BREW
This Java Love Blend of their finest South American, Central American, and Indonesian coffees creates a dynamic cup with the sweet, pronounced acidity, full-bodied taste, and a smooth and silky texture. Tones: Almond, Mocha, Silky
HUDSON VALLEY BLEND
This exceptional blend of coffees from three growing regions offers a unique balance of distinctive flavors. A very smooth and lively coffee with sweet and floral tones and brilliant balanced body. Tones: Floral, Berry, Balanced
COSTA RICA RIO NEGRO CERTIFIED: Rainforest Alliance
This Tarrazu region coffee is extremely balanced – filled with hints of cocoa and grapefruit with savory aromas of dark chocolate and a distinguished sweet and sometimes earthy aroma.Tones: Cocoa, Slight Citrus, Balanced
FRENCH ROAST CERTIFIED: Rainforest Alliance
This smoky, full-bodied coffee is created with our specially selected South American beans. Roasted dark to create an intense cup with rich lingering flavor. Tones: Brown Sugar, Smoky, Intense
For more information on Java Love Coffee Roasting Company, check out their website: http://javaloveroasters.com/
By Saratoga Beer and Wine Manager • Thursday, November 14th, 2013
New Yorkers rejoice as Bell’s Brewery’s world renowned beers are finally available in the Empire State! We are celebrating this exciting progression of their company by inviting them to host a tasting at Healthy Living Market! Please join us Friday November 15th from 3:30-6:30pm at the Demo Center in Healthy Living New York as a representative from Bell’s pours samples of their Two Hearted Ale (an American IPA), and their Kalamazoo Stout (an American Stout). Come give them a big New York-welcome to our home state (and enjoy some tasty beers while you’re at it)!