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Food Allergy, Sensitivity, and Intolerance

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By Robert Luby, MD

It’s easy to get confused when it comes to adverse reactions to foods as the medical community itself is laden with controversy in this area. The terms “allergy”, “sensitivity”, and “intolerance” are too often used interchangeably or without precision. This article will attempt to clarify what has become a very perplexing situation.

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.

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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December's Health Genie: Elderberry

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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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Fiber: The Fourth Macronutrient?

By Robert Luby, MD

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.

“Fiber” may be the most underappreciated “nutrient”.  The trio of fat, carbohydrate, and protein are traditionally considered to be the three “macronutrients”.  However, it could easily be argued that fiber is so important for human health that it might be considered the fourth macronutrient.  There are two types of fiber, soluble and insoluble, and they both impart a variety of health benefits.

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