Health Genie Articles

May's Health Genie: Probiotics

Dear Health Genie,

I recently purchased an acidophilus probiotic supplement from the refrigerator in the wellness department. I assume I am supposed to refrigerate it at home. If warm temperatures are not good for the viability of the probiotic bacteria, then how is it going to live inside my GI tract?

Thanks
Probiotic Pete

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August's Health Genie: DHA

Note:This article is not meant as a substitute for proper medical advice. Please consult with your medical practitioner before using any type of remedy, herbal or otherwise.

Dear Health Genie,

Someone suggested I add a DHA supplement to my child’s multivitamin to support concentration, learning and positive mood going into a new school year.  What is DHA?

Thanks,
DHA-curious Debra

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September's Health Genie: Breakfast Protein

Dear Health Genie,

Can you help me convince my family to eat breakfast rich in protein? I think it would improve their mood and help them have better energy, performance and lunch choices.

Thanks,
Margie Marmalade

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October's Health Genie: Essential Oils

Note: This article is not meant as a substitute for proper medical advice. Please consult with your medical practitioner before using any type of remedy, herbal or otherwise.

Dear Health Genie,

I heard another customer asking about essential oils. I enjoy different scents but I am not sure I understand exactly what essential oils are. Are these perfumes, extracts or something else? Can you suggest a few practical uses for essential oils I could explore?

Thanks,
Nosey Josey

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November's Health Genie: Sleep

Note: This article is not meant as a substitute for proper medical advice. Please consult with your medical practitioner before using any type of remedy, herbal or otherwise.

Dear Health Genie,

What tips can you give me for healthy sleep? Sometimes I experience a night when I feel restless or do not sleep very deeply most of the night even though I am tired. It frustrates me throughout the night and my lack of sleep drags me down the next day.  

Sleepless in Shelburne

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December's Health Genie: Elderberry

Note: This article is not meant as a substitute for proper medical advice. Please consult with your medical practitioner before using any type of remedy, herbal or otherwise.

Dear Health Genie,

Elderberry is very popular among my friends. I have noticed that City Market offers a few different brands of Elderberry syrup.  How and why does one use it?

Thank you,
Curious Customer

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April's Health Genie: Sunscreen

Dear Health Genie,

SunEvery year I buy several different sunscreens thinking one may be better than the other. Even though I work outside, I end up with extra tubes left at the end of the summer. Some sunscreen has irritated my face but I didn’t have any way of knowing this until I’d purchased it. Now I choose a baby sunscreen because it doesn’t make me itchy or one for faces or one that sprays on because those feel lighter. I enjoy being tan so I choose a low or medium SPF, skip sunscreen some days, and around midsummer I stop using sunscreen except on the very brightest days. Is that ok once I am tan? Sometimes people who see my dark tan warn me that I should always cover up even if I don’t think I am getting burned. Is it safe to continue using the sunscreens I bought last year, this year? Will you advise me about what to look for on the label? I know about SPF. What else should I know? 

Thanks,
Outdoorsy Sun Lover

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March's Health Genie: Iron

Dear Genie,

IronWhat can you tell me about iron? My husband and I have a new baby. I feel I could be anemic. We could both use something to support our energy. I never took multivitamins until my pregnancy so I am unsure about what to take now that I am no longer pregnant. My husband’s doctor urged him to avoid iron supplementation. I have heard that too much iron can be harmful to children. Should I be cautious about how much iron I take while I am nursing? Should we try to get our iron from food alone?

Thanks,
Tired Tina

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February's Health Genie: Zinc

Dear Genie,

ZincI want to help my family miss less school and work. There are so many products in the cold and flu section. I am unfamiliar with most.  My kids would appreciate it if I didn’t make them take so many different supplements every time a cold is going around. They get exasperated if I offer too many remedies. My wife won’t take anything that is not backed by research. Can you suggest one supplement that could help us this season?

Thanks,

Devoted Dad

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June's Health Genie

Dear Genie,
We have an outdoor wedding to attend in July (where we’ll be standing at the edge of a beautiful pond). My wife says she doesn’t want me to wear my favorite dark blue suit. She claims that I will attract mosquitoes and pledges not to sit next to me if I do. We choose not to use conventional bug sprays. If I take my chances and wear my favorite suit, do you have any suggestions on ‘natural’ bug sprays?
Thanks,
Got the Blues for Bugs

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