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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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Protein Primer – Protein Principles

By Robert Luby, MD

On September 25, City Market is offering a free class entitled “Protein 101.” Dr. Luby offers up some additional information to help you understand the difference between plant-based and animal-based proteins.

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

In recent years protein has received much less emphasis in the media than fats and carbohydrates.  Together, these three categories of nutrients are known as “macronutrients”.  This is to distinguish them from vitamins and minerals (“micronutrients”).  Proteins are composed of amino acids, 22 of which are considered “standard” amino acids.  Of these 22, nine are considered “essential”.  That is, they are required in our diet because the human species is incapable of synthesizing them.  All living things contain protein, therefore every plant or animal-based item in your diet will contain some protein.  The focus of this article is the main differences between plant-based and animal-based proteins.

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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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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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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