Four Tips for Back to School Health

back to school the healthy way Going back to school can be a positive experience for both you and the kids with just a little bit of planning. Here are four of our best tips to minimize stress, keep the little ones healthy, and get the year started on the right foot.

Think of the immune system
Getting sick stinks. And closed spaces + lots of kids + playgrounds + sharing = a good level of yuck. But you can stop the spread before it happens by using a few good tricks.

Preparing the immune system for the wild of an elementary school is really about offering it constant support. A good diet chock full of necessary vitamins and a cornucopia of variety is the perfect base for immune system support. Probiotics and Immuno DMG, as well as supplemental vitamin C in some cases, can support immune system health year-round.*

Sleep is also hugely important. Begin a sleep schedule that works for both you and your child, and stick to it. It will soon become routine and will allow for both mental and physical recovery after a long day of hitting the books and playing tag. Continue reading

H2O and Y.O.U.

Zippy and ZoeyBy Karen Sturtevant

Zippy and Zoey are my Russian tortoises. Their lineage originates from the dry, arid regions of Afghanistan, Northern Pakistan and the Soviet territory, Kazakhstan. They can go days, even weeks, without water. What liquid they do get comes primarily from their diet of deep greens (kale, spinach, Romaine lettuce).  I give them a bath once a week and if thirsty, will drink then. They don’t have access to water and don’t care much for it when it is offered to them.  You and I are not tortoises and need water for survival and to function at our best.

Our bodies are made up of 75 percent water. Our brains: 95 percent, blood: 82 percent, bones: about 22 percent and our lungs are 90 percent H2O.  The most important nutrient to the human body, water serves several functions: maintains muscle tone, delivers essentials nutrients, aids in digestion, regulates appetite and flushes harmful toxins. Water is the quiet hero regulating body temperature and metabolism, and keeps our brains sharp and skin supple.We’ve all heard that eight glasses a day is the amount we are advised to drink.  What if water isn’t your first beverage of choice? What’s a self-proclaimed water hater to do?

flavored waterJazz up your H2O!

    • Add slices of lemon, kiwi, strawberry, lime or a few blueberries. The fruit will release just a hint of flavor and provide a most refreshing beverage.
    • Try freezing fruit or herbs in ice cubes – pretty and pleasing to the palate.
    • Drink different varieties like seltzer, sparkling, soda water, club soda, mineral or carbonated.
    • Drop two or three three DMG tablets from FoodScience of Vermont® in your water each morning. DMG acts as a metabolic enhancer and supports the body in times of stress, throughout the aging process, and during immune system challenges. We think of DMG as Does Me Good!

The general daily water rule is to drink one cup for every 20 pounds of body weight. The intake for a 120 pound person, excluding exercise time or extreme climate conditions, is six cups per day. This is completely doable, right?

On average 20 percent of the foods we eat provide us with water. Tomatoes and a juicy watermelon slice are almost all water (90 percent).  Most adults lose between two to three quarts of water each day by normal body function. Athletes and warm climate dwellers lose more. Exercising? Drink every 15 – 30 minutes of activity, depending on the intensity.

According to sgirl waterome sources, Americans spend 21 billion (with a b!) annually on bottled water. Save your hard-eared cash, and planet Earth from all those plastic bottles and use tap water,(as we reported last week 40% of those bottled water companies use municipal water supplies anyway, so you are really spending $1.89 on a plastic bottle) water fountains or the water cooler at work.  If your at-home water doesn’t pass the taste or safety test, due to toxins, invest in a filter – your cells and skin will thank you.

We can survive months without food, but only days without H2O – it’s that important.  Most people (adults and children) don’t drink enough water. By some accounts, 75 percent of us consistently have mild chronic dehydration. Do you ever get the ‘afternoon slump’ or drowsy feeling? You may be, and probably are, dehydrated.  As little as a two percent drop in our water supply can affect focusing, basic math skills and short-term memory.  By the time a person feels thirsty, he has lost over one percent of his total water amount.

Water is one important key to a healthy, strong body and mind. Drink it to look and perform at your best.  The more we replenish the better our bodies will function and look.  Make H2O a habit for Y.O.U.  Fill your fancy water bottle throughout the day and sip, sip, sip (or gulp, gulp, gulp – whichever you prefer).

Strive to meet your daily water intake and make this habit part of a healthy lifestyle worth keeping.


Understanding Lead and PCB Warnings on Supplement Labels

By Ashley Watson

If you are familiar with FoodScience® of Vermont products, you may have questions about the lead or PCB warning on a few of our labels. FoodScience® does not intentionally add these chemicals to any of our products, but we receive daily calls about these warnings.

ImageThe simple answer is that we decided to add these warnings due to a law passed in California in 1986, commonly known as Proposition 65. Read on to learn more about this law and our warnings.

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The Synergy of Perna and DMG

By Ashley Watson

131758677You may have seen the term, “synergistic,” in our product descriptions, as an explanation of how the ingredients work together to provide the end result. The basic definition of synergy is “the interaction of multiple elements in a system to produce an effect different from or greater than the sum of their individual effects.” While this explains what synergy means at the basic level, it doesn’t specifically explain how our ingredients work together in our supplements. The combination of Perna and DMG is a perfect example. This week’s blog post explains how we choose the ingredients in a joint health supplement that is carefully designed to be the sum of its parts.

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FoodScience® of Vermont: Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Herbal SupplementsBy Ashley Watson

At FoodScience® of Vermont, our company was founded on providing solutions for optimal health. Since our inception over 40 years ago, we have been a problem solver when specific health needs are concerned, and we have led the health supplement industry with the formulation of pure, innovative nutritional supplements. We have always been known as a company that sets new standards of quality and safety in our industry. Now, as we carry on the tradition and mission of our founders, we embrace the future with even more dedication to spreading the word about our quality products and our commitment to your health!

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Safety Tips for the 4th of July

FireworksLast week, we posted some tips on staying healthy on the 4th of July. But it’s also important to remember to be safe. Did you know that traditionally this holiday is the one with the most fires? In fact, there is approximately $35,000,000 per year in fire damages due to fireworks. Even worse, many children are injured in these fires, either due to not handling fireworks safely or not watching firework displays from a safe distance. There are plenty of ways to prevent injuries and damages. This week’s post lists some of those tips. We hope that all of our readers have a safe and happy 4th of July!

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4 Simple Tips for Staying Healthy During the 4th of July Holiday

By Ashley Watson

4th-of-julyWhile you may be trying to get that extra weight off for your new summer swimsuit, overindulging at the annual 4th of July BBQ can be easy to do. Additionally, the constant noise of fireworks in the weeks prior to and after the 4th may cause stress, along with planning family gatherings.

Dealing with general stress, overeating, and drinking alcohol are just a few ways to bring your energy and your mood down. Stress can also wreak havoc on your immune system. But you can stay healthy during the 4th of July and throughout the summer with these four simple tips.


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Should You See a Naturopath?

By Ashley Watson

Healing herbsMany health conscious people probably visit the doctor at least once a year for a checkup. If you have specific health needs, you may have also considered seeing a Naturopath for a more holistic approach. According to the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), Naturopathic medicine is defined as “a distinct primary health care profession, emphasizing prevention, treatment, and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances that encourage individuals’ inherent self-healing process.” If you are considering a Naturopathic doctor and aren’t sure if it’s right for you, this week’s blog post gives an overview of the benefits of each type of discipline.

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas for the Healthy Dad

By Ashley Watson

Working-outAre you looking for that last-minute gift for Father’s Day? You’re in luck! Whether your dad is a health nut or you want to find a gift to encourage better health habits, FoodScience® of Vermont has put together a list of health-related Father’s Day gifts for the hard to please dad.

Gifts for the Heart, from the Heart

Show your love and appreciation for dad by giving gifts that support his cardiovascular health. For the fitness dad, you can’t go wrong with gadgets and clothing that help him stay in shape. Here are some popular ideas for gifts for runners:

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The Top 5 Nutrition and Food Infographics

By Ashley Watson

School-lunchesThis week, we are trying something a little different on the FoodScience® of Vermont blog. After reading an article in Health magazine that contained some startling facts about sugar, I decided to do a little research. I found some interesting infographics about sugar online, which then led me to other infographics about food and nutrition.

Here are the top 5 infographics about food that were chosen based on the information provided, design, and age relevance to name a few deciding factors. Be sure to click in the link in each paragraph to view the entire infographic. Let us know what you think and share your comments on our Facebook!

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