summer-nutrition

As we recently enjoyed a beautiful Memorial Day this past weekend it seems the summer sun is upon us and so are the pool, lake, and beach outings. Like many of you, I will be taking advantage of the sun and making sure I max out my vitamin D levels and get that good tan. We all have places we go to where our best thoughts come to us, we feel one with nature, and anything that could possibly fog our mind begins to clear itself. Growing up in Charleston, SC my whole life I always make a point to get to the water as much as possible in the summer as it is my place of peace and serenity.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a very important article about staying healthy through the summer which should be read before moving on. This article stresses 3 important tips you and your family can take to boost your health this summer.  Also, we will be doing a Whole Foods Shopping Tour on June 4th at 7:00 PM. At this event I will give everyone my best recipes, how to alkalize your body, good breakfast, lunch, and dinner ideas, and other ways you can boost your health this summer. Click Here to Register

A follow-up to that article which many of you have requested is what supplements should you be taking this summer. I will go into this in further detail a the Whole Foods tour but if you look at our glass case you will notice a change in product. As seasons change we will put in the glass case the supplements my family and I take to maintain our health throughout that particular season. So for each season you will notice new products and those would be recommended for that time of year based on what our bodys will need. The following products are what I begin taking the day after Memorial Day until Labor Day.

Let me take a moment to explain the 3 below and if interested please let me know and I will hold them for you so you can pick-up on your next visit. If you buy all 3 together then it will only be $45    instead of $51 separately and please ask Samantha for the “Summer Pack”.

1) Cataplex F –  Over the next 3 months one thing which will be common for some of you is sunburn. When this happens you can create excess vitamin D in the body which means the skin overproduced vitamin D. Excess vitamin D will send too much calcium to the bones and can deplete the calcium available for muscles. This is why many people will notice an increase in cramping and muscle cramps through the summer.

The natural balance to vitamin D is vitamin F.  Vitamin F is the calcium mobilizer that facilitates calcium to be transported to your muscles where it is needed.

Vitamin F will also help reduce sunburn if taken before going out into the sun.

2) USF Ointment – USF ointment can combat dry, scaly, cracked or sensitive skin without the harsh chemicals often found in lotions. This Ointment contains Vitamin F, lanolin, linseed oil and lecithin. If you are out in the sun for too long and get sunburnt then this would be the lotion to put on you or your family’s skin to help the healing process.

“Lanolin is made up of water and fats, making it a natural emollient to damaged skin. Linseed oil provides essential fatty acids required by every living cell to rebuild and produce new cells. Lecithin, a phospholipid, is a major component of cell membranes. The cell membrane acts as a gatekeeper for incoming and outgoing nutrients and wastes, Lecithin helps cells absorb essential fatty acids. These three ingredients supply oil and moisture to support healthy skin cells. The Vitamin F Complex contains important fatty acids that promote healthy skin and hair. The vitamin F Complex also brings needed oxygen and calcium from the blood to also help promote healthy skin. The natural oils in lanolin and linseed oils help to restore elasticity to dry and brittle skin. Lecithin promotes absorption of these precious oils into the cells. As moisture is restored, the tight feeling, itching, and flaking of skin is often significantly relieved.” – USF Ointment Product Detail

3) Tuna Oil – I know each week it feels as if I am promoting this product but it is because I think it THAT important for everyone to take. Every educated healthcare practitioner would tell you how important omega 3 is for your body and the benefits it can create which is why I keep harping on this topic. Too many of you say “I get plenty of omega 3 from the Atlantic salmon I eat”. Unfortunately Atlantic salmon is completely farm raised AND it is VERY difficult to get enough quality omega 3’s from your fish. Also, I know some you take other brands which is completely fine but the only other brand I would recommend is Nordic Naturals. They are another quality brand like Standard Process.

Our diets consist of a high amount omega 6’s which can create inflammation in the body and by balancing it with omega 3 we begin to reduce inflammation. In other countries medical doctors will prescribe fish oil or omega 3 for their client before they put them on drugs.

As we recently enjoyed a beautiful Memorial Day this past weekend, it seems the summer sun is upon us and so are the pool, lake, and beach outings! Like many of you, I will be taking advantage of the sun and making sure I max out my vitamin D levels and get that good tan. We all have summer vacation places to go where our best thoughts come to us and summer foods we crave. We feel one with nature, and anything that could possibly fog our mind begins to clear itself. Growing up in Charleston, SC my whole life, I always make a point to get to the water as much as possible in the summer as it is my place of peace and serenity.

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a very important article about staying healthy through the summer which should be read before moving on. This article stresses 3 important tips you and your family can take to boost your health this summer. These can be taken along with the healthy summer foods you eat like like the local summer salad recipe we have.

Also, we will be doing a Whole Foods Shopping Tour on June 4th at 7:00 PM. At this event I will give everyone my best recipes, how to alkalize your body, good breakfast, lunch, and dinner ideas, and other ways you can boost your health this summer. Click Here to Register

A follow-up to that article which many of you have requested is what supplements should you be taking this summer. I will go into this in further detail a the Whole Foods Tour but if you look at our glass case, you will notice a change in product. As seasons change, we will put in the glass case the supplements my family and I take to maintain our health throughout that particular season. So for each season, you will notice new products and those would be recommended for that time of year based on what our body’s will need.

The following products are what I will begin taking the day after Memorial Day until Labor Day. These are 3 Must-try supplements to boost your nutrition and still get fit this summer season. I’ll take a moment to explain their benefits to you and your family:

1) Cataplex F

cataplex f.jpgOver the next 3 months, one thing which will be common for some of you is sunburn. When this happens, you can create excess vitamin D in the body which means the skin overproduced vitamin D. Excess vitamin D will send too much calcium to the bones and can deplete the calcium available for muscles. This is why many people will notice an increase in cramping and muscle cramps through the summer.

The natural balance to vitamin D is vitamin F.  Vitamin F is the calcium mobilizer that facilitates calcium to be transported to your muscles where it is needed. Vitamin F will also help reduce sunburn if taken before going out into the sun.

 

2) USF Ointment

USF ointment can combat dry, scaly, cracked or sensitive skin without the harsh chemicals often found in lotions. This Ointment contains Vitamin F, lanolin, linseed oil and lecithin. If you are out in the sun for too long and get sunburn, then this would be the lotion to put on you or your family’s skin to help the healing process.

usf ointment.jpg

“Lanolin is made up of water and fats, making it a natural emollient to damaged skin. Linseed oil provides essential fatty acids required by every living cell to rebuild and produce new cells. Lecithin, a phospholipid, is a major component of cell membranes. The cell membrane acts as a gatekeeper for incoming and outgoing nutrients and wastes, Lecithin helps cells absorb essential fatty acids. These three ingredients supply oil and moisture to support healthy skin cells. The Vitamin F Complex contains important fatty acids that promote healthy skin and hair. The vitamin F Complex also brings needed oxygen and calcium from the blood to also help promote healthy skin. The natural oils in lanolin and linseed oils help to restore elasticity to dry and brittle skin. Lecithin promotes absorption of these precious oils into the cells. As moisture is restored, the tight feeling, itching, and flaking of skin is often significantly relieved.” – USF Ointment Product Detail

 

3) Tuna Oil

tuna oil standard process.jpgI know each week it feels as if I am promoting this product, but it is because I think it this (tuna oil) is important for everyone to take.

Every educated healthcare practitioner would tell you how important omega 3 is for your body and the benefits it can create, which is why I keep harping on this topic. Too many of you say “I get plenty of omega 3 from the Atlantic salmon I eat”. Unfortunately Atlantic salmon is completely farm raised AND it is VERY difficult to get enough quality omega 3’s from your fish. Also, I know some you take other brands which is completely fine, but the only other brand I would recommend is Nordic Naturals. They are another quality brand like Standard Process.

Our diets consist of a high amount omega 6’s which can create inflammation in the body and by balancing it with omega 3, we begin to reduce inflammation. In other countries medical doctors will prescribe fish oil or omega 3 for their client before they put them on drugs.

 

Want to be healthy this summer?

Get this 3 best recommended supplements to boost your health and nutrition this summer! If you are interested how to get this, let me know by commenting below. I will hold them for you so you can pick-up on your next visit.

SAVE $18 if you buy all 3 together!  Regular price is $51 for each and please ask Samantha for the “Summer Pack“.

Have a fun and healthy summer, everyone!

maximize-health-this-summer

Summer is right around the corner and this is the best time to refresh your body and build it up for the upcoming cold months. If we look at trends most people get sick in the winter and allergies in the Spring not because of the external environment but more commonly because of how they neglect the internal environment such as:

1) Less working out

2) Decrease sunlight meaning less vitamin D

3) Eating sugary foods from all the holidays

4)More emotional stress from the holidays and end of year

5)Staying indoors more based on colder weather

Even though we should ALWAYS be caring for our bodies, Summer must be an action oriented time to rebuild our health. Here are 3 important tips to maximize your Summer and accelerate your health.

1) Eat Greens Abundantly – During the summer months many of us will be outside for barbecues, hanging out by the pool, and heading to the beach to load up on Vitamin D, which is amazing! However some of us will overdo it and this creates extreme oxidative stress to the body and more free radicals for the system. Research is now showing that by eating greens that are rich in antioxidants can reduce sunburn and help your body absorb the levels of Vitamin D properly. My favorite is kale which should be bought organic as it is on the Dirty Dozen list. My favorite recipe for the summer is: 1 kale, 3 avocados, 1 red onion, and 1 red pepper all cut up put into a bowl and mixed together. Throw some Himalayan sea salt to taste and enjoy this antioxidant rich summer salad.

2) Sweat Once A Day – One of my favorite traditions that Lululemon is bringing to the market is to “Sweat Once A Day”. Many stores challenge their employees to be an inspiration to the community and get a sweat in at least once a day through physical activity. Sweating is a powerful tool to detoxify the body especially as most people are not sweating enough during the colder months so make sure to take extra yoga classes or go for a run outside this Summer.

3) Chemical Free Sunscreen – As many of us start looking for sunscreens and sunblocks to get I strongly encourage you to look out for a toxic chemical called “parabens”. Parabens are artificial preservatives that companies put in to the sunscreens to make them last longer. This is unfortunately sad because these chemicals are cancer “contributing” and have a severe negative impact on our health. According to cancer.gov, in 2004 a research study found an excess of parabens in 18 out of 20 breast cancer tumors. Parabens are also found in deodorants and soaps so be sure to look out for the following toxic ingredients: methylparaben, butylparaben, or propylparaben. You can get nontoxic chemical sunscreen on mercola.com or vitacost.com.

favorite-recipes

As I have heard from many you the most difficult meal to put together is breakfast. Many of you say you want a quick, easy, and healthy meal yet resort to bowls of cereal and oatmeal.

I want to share with you 4 of my favorite breakfast meals so you can keep you and your family healthy. These take less than 10 minutes to make and are super cheap.

Lastly, many of your friends, family, and co-workers are not on this e-mail list and are missing out on some vital information to their health. Please invite them to our quarterly Dinner With Doc at Eclipse Di Luna on May 20th at 7:00 PM. Click here to register. 

4 Breakfast Ideas

1) Egg and Avocados

Hard boil 4 eggs (Do not overdo them. Should not have a gray ring around yolk). Place eggs and avocado in a bowl and mash up using a fork. Some people like to slice the hard boiled vertically and put yolk in a bowl with the avocado. They will then mash up the yolk and avocado and place it back in the egg to make avocado deviled eggs. When I make these for guests I like to put some cayenne pepper on top of this.

2) Beyond Organic Hot Dogs

I know this one is going to sound strange but one of my favorite breakfasts is hot dogs and onions. Don’t knock it til you try it! The beef is 100% grassfed and raised in beautiful pastures in the Ozark Mountains. They are treated humanely and are never fed a grain their entire life. The only ingredients are: beef, water, organic honey, sea salt, organic mustard, organic paprika, celery powder, organic coriander, organic garlic, and organic black pepper. They take 5 minutes to heat up on a stove top with coconut oil and make a fast, delicious breakfast. Recently, Sam has become a Certified Health Coach with Beyond Organic so talk to her about getting some hot dogs as they are currently running specials.

3) Banana/Almond Butter

An all time favorite in the Cohen household is cutting up an apple or banana and putting it together with raw creamy almond butter from Trader Joes. The key is buying organic apples and making sure the almond butter is raw and unsalted. It is rare to find raw almond butter anymore especially at the $4 price at Trader Joes. Also, apples are highly sprayed fruit so make sure to buy them organic.

4) No Granola Granola Cereal

Recently I have found this company that makes grainless granola which is AMAZING. The only ingredients are: Organic Coconut, Almonds, Prunes (unsweetened, unsulfured), Carrots,Himalayan Sea Salt. We take this and mix it with almond milk as it is a super healthy bowl of cereal. Much different than the other crap you find in grocery stores where the box is probably better for you than the “food” inside.