About the Lemon:
We are what we eat. Choosing vibrant and bright colors is thought to bring about similar characteristics to the human frame. Want to feel brighter and more vibrant on an energetic level? Then trying eating foods with similar characteristics, especially in the winter months when gloom sets in.
Lemon Water as a Health Tonic:
Drinking warm water with the juice of 1/4 - 1/2 of a lemon each morning can have a positive impact on health and wellness. Partly because of the constituents of the lemon, and partly because drinking warm lemon water can replace other unhealthy beverages. Listed below, are some of the benefits that I see in my practice among those who drink warm lemon water each morning or throughout the day:
8-16 oz of warm lemon water first thing in the morning can support the bowels and stimulate a bowel movement. Let's be honest, everyone loves to poop!
The acidity of lemons stimulates bile production and release from the liver and bile ducts, which is a necessary component of optimal digestion. Lemon also causes salivation, which is one of the earliest stages of digestion.
Absorption of Nutrients:
Lemons encourage optimal stomach acid production. Acid produced in the stomach is necessary to breakdown food matter into small enough molecules to be absorbed in the digestive process. Without adequate stomach acid production, nutrients from food and supplementation will remain too large to be absorbed and utilized by the body.
Promotes an Alkaline Environment:
Sure, it's no secret that lemons are acidic in nature. However, in the body, lemons and many other fruits and vegetables are actually considered to be alkaline-forming foods due to their mineral content and the effect they have on the body. Foods that are alkaline-forming are often rich in potassium and magnesium and may balance mineral-loss through the urine. In general, alkaline-forming foods are thought to be healthier choices to preserve bone health, reduce inflammation and prevent chronic illnesses.
Vitamin C is a natural antioxidant and is found abundantly in citrus fruits, including lemons. Vitamin C is necessary for many normal cellular reactions in the body and may beneficial in the following ways:
The amount of vitamin C found in 1/4-1/2 a lemon, as used in lemon water, does not satisfy the recommended daily intake for Vitamin C, but can contribute to totals consumed throughout the day.
My Overall Opinion of Lemon Water:
Try it! Water and lemons are both healthy for our body and are definitely worth a try! Drink warm water and lemon every morning or throughout the day.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA, they are not intended to diagnose or treat disease.
By Dr. Danielle Schwaderer
Bone broth is a timeless nutrient-dense broth that has been used among many traditions for centuries. When prepared properly, bone broth is rich in vitamins, minerals, collagen, healthy fats and proteins. There are many health benefits to cooking and consuming bone broth, with the most notable being it's healing effects to the gut, immune system, skin and connective tissues (bone, blood, tendons, ligaments, etc). Many cultures consume bone broth as a wellness tonic or with ailments that effect the skin, gut, immune system, blood, and/or bones & joints. During the winter months (cold & flu season), having a supply of bone broth in the fridge or freezer is always a great idea.
Consuming Bone Broth:
Some sip, some use bone broth as soup stock. You can drink it as is or make a vegetable/meat soup.
Combine all ingredients in a stock pot or crockpot and heat at high heat until a low boil develops. Turn to low, cover, and slowly cook for 12-24 hours. Strain and keep the bone broth.
Nutritional Panel Option
This blood test is perfect for those who would like to know if they are getting the nutrients they need through the diet or supplementation. Optimal nutrition is necessary for optimal energy, vitality and prevention of chronic illnesses. No one likes to spend extra money on everyday supplements when they may not be needed. Testing for intracellular nutrients is an excellent way of establishing a healthy and cost-effective daily routine.
Test components include:
Vitamins (A, B's, C, D, E, K, Biotin, Folate)
Minerals (Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, Selenium)
Amino Acids (Asparagine, Glutamine, Serine)
Antioxidants (Alpha lipoic acid, CoQ10, Cysteine, Glutathione)
Carbohydrate Metabolism (Chromium, Fructose sensitivity, Glucose-Insulin)
Metabolites (Choline, Inositol, Carnitine)
Food Allergy/Sensitivity Test Option:
This package was created to offer a cost effective solution for those who suspect that they may be living with food sensitivities/allergies. 96 of the most common foods (gluten, dairy, sugar, grains, vegetables, fruits and more) are tested and reported in this package. This option is available as a blood draw or finger prick test.
Symptoms of food sensitivities may include:
Bloating, Flatulence, abdominal pain, diarrhea or constipation, unexplained weight gain or difficult weight loss, chronic fatigue, frequent infections, acne, skin rashes and more.
Additional Information About The Fall Health Specials:
The fees associated with each package include the initial visit, laboratory work and the results visit with Dr. Danielle. The initial visit includes a 15 minute consultation for the prep work associated with each package. The results visit with each package includes a 30 minute result review with Dr. Danielle Schwaderer. An additional fee of $18 may be collected for the blood draw associated with the nutritional panel (micronutrient testing).
All package fees are due at the time of service. Although insurance is not accepted for the packages listed above, Health Savings or Flex Spending account funds may be utilized for the packages.
If you are interested in our Fall Health Specials, please schedule your initial visit online or call our office: (707) 996-4656
It's that time again for another round of our seasonal BodyBoost Cleanse! Register today for our free informational class! Learn, explore and get healthy with our 3 or 10 day cleanse options. Our Paleo-friendly whole foods cleanse is a perfect option for almost anybody. The cleanse begins in October.
Blend until smooth and enjoy! My greens drinks are the perfect combo of protein, fat, fiber, and veggie-based carbohydrate. This is the one recommendation that I offer the majority of my patients who are looking to optimize their health and nutrition. Before taking away all of their favorite foods, I start by adding in more nutrition. Before no time, the standard American diet is no longer appealing. Just start with real nutritious foods people!
Cheers to health!
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