Health Notes

Warding Off the Cold and Flu

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.

Purple Coneflower

Dear Health Genie,

I am back in school and the weather is quickly turning.  Most of my friends are sick with the cold or flu and I want to avoid catching what they have, especially before my first round of exams.  What can I do to decrease my likelihood of getting sick?

Thank you,

Allison T.

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.

Licorice Root
Licorice Root

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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Kombucha

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Kombucha

By Cristi Nunziata, Herbal Education Coordinator

You may think that kombucha is not your cup of tea, but if you haven’t already, there are many reasons that you may consider giving it a try. As a healthier alternative to soda, kombucha is fizzy and comes in a variety of flavors. Two brands are made locally, KIS and Aqua Vitea. You may also learn to make this healing beverage at home.

It is believed that kombucha dates back to the Chinese empire of the Tsim-Dynasty in 221 B.C. It was then passed on to Japan and finally India, Russia, and other Eastern countries. It was a popular beverage in World War II when black tea and sugar were sparse. Kombucha has been passed on from person to person for thousands of years and continues to be a popular beverage to this day.

Protein Powders

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Protein Powder

Dear Health Genie,

I have recently stopped eating meat and am thinking of supplementing my diet with a protein powder.  I’d ideally like something that would also be good for my two growing teenage boys and my active husband.  I am a little overwhelmed with all the options available. Any advice?

Thank you,
Pam P.

Cooling Foods for Summer Eating

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Cooling Foods for Summer Eating

By Robert Luby, MD

In western cultures, when we think of the energy contained in a food, we tend to think quantitatively and consider how many calories it contains. However, in traditional Chinese medicine and other ancient medical practices, the energy in a food is also considered from a qualitative perspective.

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