wellness

Are Your Food Choices Robbing You of Energy?

Tuesday, 06 October 2009 15:32

By Stacey Weeks-Purdy

Do you find that you are grabbing an extra cup of coffee or a sugary snack every afternoon just to get through the day? Have you ever wondered what your life would be like if it were full of energy and vitality instead? What you eat may make the difference.

Everything that we put into our body affects how we feel; sometimes food increases our energy level and sometimes it decreases it. Eliminating, or at least decreasing, the foods that deplete our energy can be helpful. Think about what foods you depend on the most to get through the day. It could be that they are actually making you more tired.

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A Vision of Health

Monday, 31 August 2009 12:28

By Joe Romano,

Marketing Manager

 

 Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

 

 —World Health 
Organization, 1948


If you were an English person whose time had come and you were to die today, your remains might well be handled by the largest consumer-owned cooperative in the world. It is simply called The Co-operative, and they operate food stores just as GreenStar does, but they also operate travel agencies, pharmacies, farms, clothing stores, auto showrooms and many other businesses, including funeral homes.

 And while they offer home, life and auto insurance, the one business they are not involved in is health insurance.

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Holistic Veterinary Care Focuses on Pet Wellness

Monday, 31 August 2009 12:19

By Dr. Karen Gellman
Most pet owners love their vets, especially ones who have helped them throughout the lives of their beloved animals.  But, wow — how a trip to the vet has changed in the past twenty years!  Modern veterinary medicine is following the same path as human medicine — innovative drugs, high-tech imaging and testing, genetic research, etc. Many of these advances are consumer driven.  If owners know that a person can be helped by a particular treatment, they want it for their animal.  Top veterinary clinics are now performing organ transplants, chemotherapy — all the amazing things you find in human hospitals.

Interestingly, though, recent human health care research is showing that many high-tech medical practices are not only less cost-effective, but have less successful outcomes than practices that use fewer tests, but emphasize better communication between doctors, and focus on the whole patient, rather than the test results.  In conventional medicine, we have become slaves to statistics — treatments and prognoses are determined by published infection rates or survival percentages.  This is intended to give a greater precision in predicting health outcomes.  But if your own dog is diagnosed with cancer, what is more important — how correct your vet is on his survival time or maximizing his health so that his cancer can be a condition, not a death sentence?

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New in Wellness

Local Toothpaste!

Anna Stratton,
Wellness Manager

dragonfly effect toothpasteDetox your mouth with a new locally made toothpaste, or try a new organic mouth rinse to leave your teeth sparkling clean.

If you're doing some spring cleaning this month, why not put your money where your mouth is? We've got a new locally made "detox" toothpaste from Dragonfly Effect out of Oneonta. How can a toothpaste be detoxifying, you ask? A blend of bentonite clay, diotamaceous earth, and other pure ingredients, this paste is meant to be swallowed, functioning as both tooth cleanser and internal cleanser. Vegan, gluten-free, and non-GMO, it's available in three fresh flavors. Also for squeaky-clean teeth, we're happy to introduce Essential Oxygen's Organic Brushing Rinse. It can be used as a mouthwash, of course, but it also doubles as a liquid toothpaste. Simply squirt it into your mouth, swish, brush, and spit! The makers recommend using it first thing in the morning to rid yourself of the bad bacteria that builds up in the mouth overnight. It's good not only for your teeth but for your entire immune system.

  • GreenStar recently installed 18 solar panels on the roof of the receiving area on the southern side of the store, and as of mid-September, they’re providing clean, renewable power to the store. The 4.05 kW grid-tied system, installed by Ithaca’s Renovus Energy, is made up of 18 SunPower 225 Watt panels. The system is designed to generate an average of 11.1 kWh per day, or 4,038 kWh per year. Of course, energy production is both weather- and seasonally-dependent. General Manager Bini Reilly estimates that the system should provi...

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