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Blog #1 New year - New You
Written by Margaret Strause Dec. 29th, 2022
What is your intention for 2023? To get healthy, lose weight, get fit? Maybe spend more time with family or relax a little more?? Or be more organized - get more projects checked off that to-do list...
Blog #2 Make Healthier Easy in 2023
Written by Margaret Strause January 4th, 2023 
Is your intention for 2023 to eat healthier? Start eating clean, paleo, keto, whole 30, or something similar? 

Well, it can be time-consuming and exhausting to meal plan and meal prep every day AND if you miss a day or two of prep because you’re just too busy it more often than not derails your good intentions. In addition, if you have to cook something that will make everyone in the family happy - including...
Blog #3 Exciting News!
Written by Margaret Strause Revised January 23rd, 2023
Starting in March, we will be hosting our VERY FIRST PODCAST!!  
Yes, we are jumping on the podcast bandwagon to better educate our patients and communities via a more widespread platform. We will be introducing PHARMACY REDEFINED and we can’t wait to discuss how pharmacy is changing as well as all things health.  
What can you expect from Pharmacy Redefined...
Blog #4 How to build health
Written by Margaret Strause January 23rd, 2023
Although the answer is multi-faceted, one way we can build health is by providing our bodies with the essential nutrition it needs - through food first.  

What is essential nutrition...

Blog #5 Check Your Blood Pressure Regularly
Written by Margaret Strause, Published February 1, 2023
At Hometown we believe in Test - Teach - Therapy - Test. One of the easiest ways to determine overall health is blood pressure...

Blog #6 How Do the Foods You Eat Impact Your Heart Health?
Written by Daniel Strause, Published February 2, 2023
At Hometown we believe in Test - Teach - Therapy - Test. One of the easiest ways to determine overall health is blood pressure...

Blog #7 How Your Heart Benefits From Eating Beets
Written by Genevieve Varela, Published February 3, 2023
Beets are an excellent source of dietary nitrate, which has been linked to improved cardiovascular health. Studies suggest that decreased nitrate levels can increase the risk of developing high blood pressure and other cardiovascular-related issues...
Blog #8 Compounding: Are You Getting the Medication You Need?
Written by Margaret Strause, Published February 6th
Have you ever needed a medication that your standard retail pharmacy can't provide? For example, maybe your 4-year-old won't take a medication because it tastes "yucky" or maybe you are diabetic and need a sugar-free option.

If so, perhaps a compounding pharmacy might be...
Blog #9 How Does Magnesium Support Heart Health?
Written by Alyson Harris, Published February 7th
Magnesium is a mineral that is essential for maintaining good health, and it is especially important for heart health. 

Magnesium plays a critical role in the functioning of the heart, helping to....
Blog #10 The Omega 3:Omega 6 Ratio. Why is it Important?
Written by Margaret Strause, Published February 8th
Eating anything with fat was once a no-no. So many foods were no fat this or low fat that, but we now know that fats, especially healthy fats, play a significant role in satiety, hormone health, heart health, and cognitive function. ...
Blog #11 Why is Sleep Important to Heart Health?
Written by Danny Strause, Published February 9th
Sleep is an essential part of maintaining good overall health, and this includes heart health. Studies have shown that people who don't get enough sleep have a higher risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke. Additionally, lack of sleep can also lead to weight gain and obesity, which are also major risk factors for heart disease.
Blog #12 Avo-Cardio
Written by Genevieve Varela, Published February 10th
Did you know? Avocados can be a great snack after a workout! They are full of healthy fats and protein, which can help your body repair after a cardio session...
Blog #13 How Does Your Pharmacist Work for You?
Written by Margaret Strause, Published February 13th
Your pharmacist is a vital part of your healthcare team. They provide essential services such as helping you fill prescriptions, checking for drug interactions, and providing advice on medication use. But there are many other ways your pharmacist can work for you...
Blog #14 Heart Health VS Hand Dynamometer
Written by Alyson Harris,  Published February 14th
A hand dynamometer is an evaluation tool that's used to measure isometric grip force (hand grip strength).

Grip strength is an important indicator of overall health and fitness. Recent studies have shown that a strong grip is associated with a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular problems...
Blog #15 Natural Solutions to Maintain a Healthy Heart
Written by Margaret Strause,  Published February 15th
When it comes to heart disease, there are some risk factors you can’t change. But with healthy lifestyle choices, you can lower your risk of developing heart disease or even prevent it and keep your heart healthy and happy.

At Hometown our science team has sourced and vetted natural, alternative solutions that have proven to be successful in maintaining and often improving patient heart health...
Blog #16 Stress and Heart Health: Understanding the Connection
Written by Danny Strause,  Published February 16th
Stress is an inevitable part of life. However, it can take a significant toll on our health, particularly on our heart health. Chronic stress can lead to physical and emotional wear and tear, contributing to heart disease and other heart-related conditions. In this blog, we will explore how stress impacts heart health and how you can minimize its impact...
Blog #17 How Your Heart Benefits from Eating Reishi Mushrooms
Written by Genevieve Varela,  Published February 17th
Reishi mushrooms have a range of heart health benefits, including helping to reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and improve circulation. Research has also suggested that Reishi mushrooms can help to protect against oxidative stress, which can lead to heart disease...
Blog #18 Are Your Heart Medications Causing Unpleasant Side Effects?
Written by Margaret Strause,  Published February 20th
Heart medications are essential, life-saving, and important - there is NO DOUBT about it!

However, as health care professionals, our pharmacists, doctors, and other practitioners are taught to be on alert for side effects from the drugs we prescribe and administer. Unfortunately, very little attention has been focused on nutrients depleted by these medicines, which can leave patients feeling...
Blog #19 Fish Oil Helps With Heart Health!
Written by Alyson Harris,  Published February 21th
Fish oil is a dietary supplement that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to have a variety of health benefits. One of the most well-known benefits of fish oil is its ability to promote heart health...
Blog #20 The Bruce Ames Triage Theory
Written by Margaret Strause,  Coming February 22nd
Only a small fraction of the population is adequate in all micronutrients. High consumption of calorie-rich, micronutrient-poor unbalanced diets exacerbates the problem... 
Blog #21 The Importance of Movement for the Heart
Written by Danny Strause,  Published February 23rd
Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death worldwide, but there is good news. Regular physical activity can help lower the risk of developing heart disease and improve overall heart health. In this blog, we will explore the ways in which movement can impact heart health and...
Blog #22 Berries are Good for Heart Health
Written by Genevieve Varela,  Published February 24th
Berries are incredibly nutritious and can be incredibly beneficial for your heart health. They are an excellent source of antioxidants and fiber, which can help reduce inflammation and lower cholesterol levels. Berries also contain vitamin C and other essential vitamins and minerals that can help reduce the risk of...
Blog #23 How to Keep Our Heart Healthy as We Age
Written by Margaret Strause,  Published February 27th
Keeping the heart healthy as we age is crucial and while some aspects of our heart health are out of our control, like our family history and our age, there is still plenty we can do to maintain a healthy heart...
Blog #24 Antioxidants Are Essential to Heart Health
Written by Alyson Harris,  Published February 28th
Antioxidants are compounds that protect our cells from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals. These free radicals can cause oxidative stress, which has been linked to a variety of health problems, including heart disease....
Blog #25 Less Stress With Medication Synchronization Refill Pickup
Written by Margaret Strause,  Published March 6th
Some weeks, even the smallest things make us feel even more harried than usual. For example, having to make several trips to the pharmacy to pick up our medications!  

Med Sync (or medication synchronization) is when your pharmacist coordinates the refill of your medications so that you may pick them all up on a single day each month.
Blog #26 How Does Gut Health Effect Mental Health and Vice Versa
Written by Margaret Strause,  Published March 8th
The gut-brain connection is no joke; it can link anxiety, depression and other mood and mental states to stomach problems and vice versa. 

Have you ever had a "gut-wrenching" experience? Do certain situations make you "feel nauseous?" Have you ever felt "butterflies" in your stomach? We use these expressions for a reason. The gastrointestinal tract is sensitive to mood and emotion. Anger, anxiety, sadness, excitement - all of these feelings and more can trigger symptoms in the gut...
Blog #27 Spring looks are coming! Just in Time to Thwart the Winter Blues
Written by Margaret Strause,  Published March 13th
Well, it's March in Wisconsin and we've all had just about enough of the dark and cold, the snow and ice and well, sweater weather. It's as per usual for this time of year - but we don't have to take it laying down - under our warm quilts and with our fuzzy socks on mind you....We can GO SHOPPING!!
Blog #28 Legs up the Wall Pose (Viparita Karani)
Written by Margaret Strause,  Published March 15th
Legs up the wall Pose is a pose that just about anyone can do. It lowers stress and anxiety. Legs up the wall also relieves tiredness in the legs, back and hips and almost everything in between. It is a deeply nourishing pose that refreshes the lower body and calms the nervous system. It activates the parasympathetic nervous system which causes the body to relax.  
Blog #29 The Benefits of Melatonin
Written by Margaret Strause,  Published March 20th
Stress seems to be inherent in most individuals' lives these days. Constant worries and anxiety - related to work or school, relationships, health, finances, loss and so on.

Oftentimes, stress makes sleep impossible. Even if we are able to fall asleep, we may not be able to stay asleep. One reason this occurs is that stress causes cortisol levels to increase and in turn high cortisol levels can cause sleep issues. Stress causes sleep issues - sleep issues cause more stress and...
Blog #30 The Effects of Stress on Nutrient Absorption and Depletion
Written by Margaret Strause, Published March 22nd
Because stress can alter the digestive function and microbial populations, nutrient absorption from foods eaten and/or nutrient production may be affected. 
Stress can affect the body's use of calories and nutrients in various ways. It raises the body's metabolic needs and increases the use and excretion of many nutrients. If you do not eat a nutritious diet, a deficiency may occur...
Blog #31 Are You Looking for Natural Mood Support Options?
Written by Margaret Strause, Published March 27th
Everyone is different and experiences depression, stress, anxiety and other mood disorders differently.

Choosing a natural mood stabilizer may partially depend on your symptoms, your preferences, and what fits into your lifestyle. A healthcare professional can help guide your decision by making recommendations...
Blog #32 Adaptogens for Stress
Written by Margaret Strause, Published March 29th
Adaptogens are plants and mushrooms that help your body respond to stress, anxiety, fatigue and overall wellbeing. You can take adaptogens by adding them to food or beverages or take them as tinctures.

Adaptogens may bring your body back to a steady balance by managing both physical and mental stressors...
Blog #33 The Effects of Toxic Skin Products on Health
Written by Margaret Strause, Published April 5th
We spend a lot of time and money on the products that we put on our bodies – from face serums, moisturizers, and shampoos, to body lotions, the list goes on. But have you ever paused to consider how these products may affect our health? The answer is quite simple – they do, indeed, affect our health. In fact, the products we use on our skin can profoundly impact our overall health, both positively and negatively. 
Blog #34 The Effects of Drugs on Our Drinking Water
Written by Margaret Strause, Published April 10th
Water pollution is a serious problem that affects us all. From pesticides and fertilizers in agriculture to industrial waste from factories, there are numerous ways that we can inadvertently contaminate the water supply.

However, one of the most insidious forms of water pollution is from drugs...
Blog #35 The Effects of Pollution on Nutrition
Written by Margaret Strause, Coming April 12th
As one of the leading causes of nutrient depletion in our environment, pollution is a major problem that affects us all. From severe weather events to toxic pesticides, pollutants can have a detrimental impact on the dietary choices we make and the nutrition we consume. Reaching far beyond just individual health outcomes, the effects of pollution on nutrition are felt throughout society and around the world...