Monthly Archives: April 2013

Celebrating 30 years with the Whole Wheatery!



Celebrating 30 years of educating and blooming our community WELL, the Whole Wheatery in Lancaster, California draws stellar employees who empower and inform anyone who comes into their store.  Cheryl Hughes, a Champion in our Whole Food Options for decades, tends to her store with her whole Heart, leading by example!  Self Discovery, Hemp Education, Neti Pot for Sinus Health (our first line of defense), Education is Key and FREE at the Whole Wheatery, our Farmacy and Kitchen.


Whole Wheatery showcases the Vita-Mix

 During the Whole Wheatery’s 30th Sale-a-bration, many demos and samples were given to inspire and educate us to greater participation in our own health and well-being.  Cheryl Hughes, owner, knows the power of raw juicing and the excellence of the Vita-Mix.  Marva Greenleaf and Chris Spicher (patrons of the Whole Wheatery for decades) demonstrate, educate and participate as Baby Bloomers AV Nice!,,

Chia Seed Power with Marva Greenleaf

Thousands of years ago, chia seed was a staple in the diets of ancient Mayans and Aztecs. The word chia is derived from the Mayan language, meaning “strength,” and Aztec warriors relied on chia seed to boost energy and increase stamina. Today this tiny seed is a favorite of athletes, especially distance runners, who tout it as an endurance enhancing superfood.

Chia seed contains a wealth of fiber—5 grams in just one tablespoon. It is the fiber in chia that causes chia seed to swell when combined with water, creating chia gel. Whether you eat chia gel or just the raw seeds, the hydrophilic action of chia seed will keep you full longer than many other seeds. Amazingly, chia gel can also be used as a substitute for eggs in many baked goods. Use a proportion of 1 to 6 ratio of Chia Seeds to Water to make chia gel. Use approximately one tablespoon of chia gel to replace one large egg in your baked goods. 

The mild, nutty flavor of chia seed goes well with both sweet and savory dishes. Use chia seed in puddings and smoothies, sprinkle on top of porridge and salads, and add to baked goods in place of flaxseed meal or poppy seeds.  No matter the dish, you can increase the nutritional value of any meal with a sprinkle of chia seed.

Knowledge is Power!

Remember when your taking antibiotics it takes away all the bacteria, including the good ones. That is why the last day of your prescription is the most important because it replenishes the good bacteria.Bacterial infections are a common occurrence in the health care system. There are many types of infections,caused by a wide variety of bacteria, that affect various parts of the body. In most cases, the treatment of bacterial infections requires the use of prescription antibiotics. Unfortunately, antibiotics can also kill bacteria that are part of the normal host flora in your body, resulting in an imbalance that allows the overgrowth of certain species that can result in another infection.


There are many types of antibiotics, each with a unique mechanism of action. The selection of an antibiotic for treatment depends on the type of infection, the likely organisms involved, and local resistance patterns. For most infections, antibiotics are either taken orally or given as an intravenous infusion. Unfortunately, an antibiotic used to treat an infection can also kill normal host bacteria that are susceptible to the effects of the medication.  

Normal Flora

The most noticeable effect of antibiotics on host bacteria typically occurs in the digestive tract. The intestines contain bacteria that are part of the normal gut flora that help to digest and process consumed food. These bacteria may also produce vitamins for the body such as vitamin K. In addition to the digestive system, bacteria that are part of the normal vaginal flora in women can also be affected by the use of antibiotics. Most digestive bacteria reside in the intestines since they cannot survive in the acidic environment within the stomach. However, H. pylori can reside in the stomach, but is not considered a good bacteria since it is responsible for gastric ulcers.

Antibiotic Effects on Normal Flora

The use of antibiotics can cause an imbalance of the normal flora within the digestive tract. Certain types of bacteria may take advantage of this opportunity to prosper and cause an infection. Clostridium difficile is a common intestinal infection that can occur following the use of certain antibiotics. Symptoms of a gut infection include abdominal cramps, bloating, bloody stools, fever, and excessive diarrhea. In women, antibiotics can kill normal vaginal flora, leaving the individual more susceptible to yeast infections.


In order to maintain a normal balance in the gut, probiotics medications can be used for patients who are using antibiotics. Probiotics are live cultures of bacteria that are normally found within the digestive system. In addition to probiotic medications, live cultures may also be available in certain food products such as yogurt. Patients should speak with a physician with concerns about the use of antibiotics and probiotics.