Adaptogens are herbs that improve a person’s resistance to stress, or their ability to cope with stress.

Generally, adaptogens can reduce fatigue, improve mental performance, improve physical endurance and stamina, improve immune function, and support healthy moods in people under physical, mental, or emotional stress.

In this crazy, unpredictable, fast-paced world we live in, most of us could benefit from a little adaptogenic support.

Ask us today which herbal adaptogen is right for you! 🌿

Allergies and Supplements

Did you know that ragweed not goldenrod is to blame for your itchy eyes and runny nose during the fall season?? 🤧

These plants tend to bloom and grow in the same places. Goldenrod flowers contain nectar to attract pollinating insects, and the large, heavy pollen grains attach to the insect bodies. It is an important nectar source for pollinators.
Ragweed flowers do not contain nectar, and the plants are dependent on the wind to transfer the small, lightweight pollen. This pollen has the ability to blow for miles.
A single ragweed plant is capable of producing over a billion pollen grains!

Don’t fear, we’ve got you covered; with whole food supplements and ingredients that can help the body naturally defend itself from indoor and outdoor stresses.

Ask us on your next appointment which supplement is appropriate for you!

Sugar Intake

Did you know that the recommended daily added sugar limit for men is 9 teaspoons or 36 grams and 6 teaspoons or 25 grams for women?

For reference, 1 serving of:
Coca Cola contains 16 teaspoons of sugar
Gatorade contains 9 teaspoons of sugar
Fruit juice contains 10 teaspoons of sugar

All of these beverages are taking you well over your recommended intake! 😲😲

Sugar has been shown to increase inflammatory markers in the body, thus causing more inflammation in the body.
In a time where we want to focus on our health more than ever, you may want to rethink that sugary beverage and opt for a glass of water instead. Consider adding some fresh lemon juice, mint, or cucumbers for flavor! 🍋

Are you having trouble kicking the sugar habit? Talk to us!
We can help ease your body off the sugar and create a healthier lifestyle.

Nourishment with Real Food

With how much that is out of our control these days, one thing you can personally control is what you put in your body!

Sugars and empty carbohydrates can actually increase your body’s inflammatory response, leading to not just increased pain, stiffness, and achiness, but also enhanced feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression.

During this already stress-filled time, it’s important to continue to feed your body nutrient-dense foods. Also, cooking can be very therapeutic! 😊

Not sure where to start or which foods you should be eating?
Let us help you!

Both Dr. Samuels and Dr. Smith are highly trained in whole food nutrition. 🥦🥗
We can help you establish healthy eating goals, whether it’s to lose an extra 5-10 lbs, alleviate digestive symptoms or prepare for spring allergy season.

Added bonus: we can accomplish all of this while practicing safe social distancing!

Call the office at (724) 834-5600 to set up a phone, Zoom, or FaceTime consultation and start feeling your best today!

Immune system health

During this chaotic time, we ask for you to take care of yourself and each other as best as you can!

Here are some basic things you can start incorporating into your daily routine to help you stay healthy.

+Eat plenty of immune-boosting foods such as garlic, broccoli, spinach, mushrooms, bone broth, and berries.
+Try to get 7-8 hours of sleep per night to help your body reset and repair.
+Go for a walk after dinner for exercise and stress relief.
+Take whole food supplements! Whether you are not getting certain vitamins and minerals in your diet or want to better protect yourself, we have a couple of different options available at the office!

Call or stop by today with any supplement questions or orders!

Zucchini Noodles with Pesto

One of our favorite quick and easy recipes that can be enjoyed while cleansing and afterward! Perfect on its own or enjoy with sliced baked chicken on top!

Easy Cleansing

Most of us are looking for a fresh start at the beginning of a new year and what better way to kick off the year than with a cleanse! The basis of a cleanse is to help detox toxins and reset bodily functions and enzymes so that you are functioning at your highest level. Cleansing doesn’t have to be a scary word. Let us help you select the right program so that you can start 2020 feeling your best!

Avocado Superfood

🥑Happy National Avocado Day!🥑

Avocado popularity has grown immensely over the past couple of years and there are many reasons as to why.
This superfood is jam-packed with healthy omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids, polyunsaturated fats, as well as a rich source of fiber and Vitamins C, E, and K.

The article below has additional information and research articles about the many benefits of this amazing fruit.

A quick and easy way to get avocados in your diet is to put half of a ripe avocado in your protein shake!

Miracle of Water

75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. 🤭
We may think of dehydration only happening during the hot summer months or after strenuous exercise.
However, dehydration can become a chronic condition from continuously not having enough water on a daily basis.
The demographic below demonstrates how important water is for many functions of the body, including lubricating your joints!

How much water does your body need each day?

It is recommended to aim for 1/2 your body weight in ounces. i.e. if you weigh 140 lbs, drink 70 oz of water.

💧Let’s get hydrated! 💧

Happy Valentine’s with Pomegranates

Today is a day of love and indulgence, typically involving sweets and chocolates. However, you can easily celebrate with this super fruit that will satisfy that sweet tooth while giving you tons of nutritional benefit.

Here are some health benefits of pomegranates and their juice:

*Contains higher levels of antioxidants than most fruits. It also has 3X more antioxidants than red wine and green tea. These antioxidants can help remove free radicals, protect cells from damage, and reduce inflammation.
* The juice of a single pomegranate has more than 40% of your daily requirement of vitamin C.
*Flavonols in pomegranate juice may help block inflammation that contributes to osteoarthritis and cartilage damage.
*Small studies have shown that the juice improves blood flow and keeps the arteries from becoming stiff and thick. It may also slow the growth of plaque and buildup of cholesterol in the arteries. Pomegranate may react negatively with blood pressure and cholesterol medications like statins so be sure to consult your physician about these possible interactions.
*In addition to vitamin C and vitamin E, pomegranate juice is a good source of folate, potassium, and vitamin K.

For our Ideal patients, you can enjoy the blueberry, cranberry and pomegranate drink 🙂

Have a healthy and happy Valentine’s Day!