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June's Health Genie In-Depth: Nutritional & Botanical Support for Sufferers of Seasonal Allergies

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By Heather Irvine, Wellness Buyer

Note:The informational in this article is not meant to be an exhaustive list and is based on the traditional uses of plants. Statements about the research have been simplified. This article is meant for informational purposes and it 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.

Many people suffer from seasonal allergies. Allergy symptoms occur when an individual’s respiratory and immune system are reactive to a particular foreign substance whether or not it is otherwise harmful. Below are some popular approaches to alternative allergy relief. While most of these approaches are not recognized by the FDA as therapeutic treatments for allergies, all have a long history of use and current research that supports this information. A few have potential negative interactions with medications; you should always check with your medical practitioner before starting a new remedy.

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February's Health Genie: Romantic Valentines

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 want to make a romantic Valentines Day for my significant other.  What are some foods, flavors or fragrances that are appropriate for the occasion?

Co-op Cupid

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March's Health Genie: Healthy Kids

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 grew up on the Standard America Diet (S.A.D.). Veggies to me meant salad composed mostly of iceberg lettuce or baked potatoes or canned peas. As an adult, I have broadened my horizons and now enjoy a variety of fruits and veggies. In contrast to my own childhood, I am trying to establish healthy eating habits for my kids while they are still young. Getting them to eat a variety of fresh fruits and veggies is important, but a tricky task. Do you have any tips for encouraging kids to eat more produce?

Sincerely,
S.A.D. Mom

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September Health Genie: Energy Support

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.

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Dear Health Genie,

The summer has gotten the best of me.  After my vacations, long summer days, and outdoor activities, my energy is zapped.  I have a hard time waking up in the morning and am easily fatigued, both mentally and physically.  I want to refrain from multiple cups of coffee and energy drinks.  What are some natural remedies to increase my energy?

In need,
N.R.G. Boost

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January's Health Genie: Vitamin D

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,

For the last several years, we have been hearing about the benefits of vitamin D. My husband and I are active, healthy and eat a varied diet, so we don’t take many supplements. Can you tell us a little bit about vitamin D and whether it might hold some benefits for us as we age? 

Thank you,
Dee Winter

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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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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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