Posts Tagged ‘diet’

Detoxing for the Best Summer Ever

by Dr. Jade Dellinger

Are you feeling sluggish, bloated and just not like yourself?? It’s time for a DETOX! Join Dr. Jordan Leasure and Dr. Jade Dellinger for an introductory night for a group detox!  Learn about the 6-day detox kit, ask questions, and pick up your kit that evening.

Lifestyle choices such as processed foods, alcohol, medications, stress and more can cause a build up of toxins in our body holding you back from feeling your best.  There are certain nutrients necessary to help open your cells to RELEASE the toxins to improve your overall function.

Cost includes 6-day detox kit, educational evening, private Facebook group for questions and recipe sharing, and email access to Dr. Jade to help support your 6-day Detox.  Kit comes with an instructional guide, but we will customize the plan for you based on goals, concerns, and sensitivities.

Payment must be received by June 6th to ensure enough kits are in stock.

Interested in learning about the detox, but not ready to commit to taking the plunge?  Join us for free to learn about the program. Free admission does not include access to Facebook group, detox kit or personalized plan.

Detox kit includes:

  • Protein Powder
  • Drainage Liquid
  • Shaker Cup
  • Probiotic Capsules (month supply)
  • Colon Capsules which aid in digestion

Dr. Jade’s Wildtree Meal Prep Workshop

by Kristin Stromberg, ATC

Join us on Wednesday, January 31st at 7pm in Grayslake Illinois for a Wildtree Meal Prep Workshop!

Whether we love to cook or not, for many of us dinnertime is the most stressful time of day! This meal prep workshop is designed to reduce that stress and help you get healthy meals on the table in minutes. Plus, making dinner is more fun with friends! ☺

Not sure what a Wildtree Meal Prep Workshop is?? Check out this quick video
https://youtu.be/s1CqNLFCl8I

Wildtree products are all­ natural, organic and are completely free of MSG, GMOs, high fructose corn syrup, additives, preservatives, food dyes, and all of our products are 100% peanut free. The products are certified Organic, Kosher, and include a Gluten Free line.

So… are you in???
**Registration and payment due on TUESDAY, JANUARY 23rd
Call our office to let us know what your menu choice (Veggie Lovers/One Stop Crock) and your email and Donna will email you an invoice to pay online. You do need to supply your own meat and veggies. The cost is for the kit and products.

Feel free to check out the catalog for our other awesome products
http://issuu.com/wildtree/docs/2017catalog/1
OR online at www.mywildtree.com/dengelhardt

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions!
Donna Engelhardt cell/text- 847-477-7299
[email protected]

Healthy Holiday Gift Guide

by Dr. Jordan Leasure

It’s that time of year again – presents, stockings, sugar and spice! It’s also the time that we start making New Years resolutions. Why not combine the two?

This year I’ve decided that in lieu (or maybe in addition) to the random gift requests of bourbon, winter coats and a Go-Pro I’d add in some healthy alternatives.  Below is a list of my favorite healthy must haves. If someone in your life has a resolution to get healthier in 2018 maybe add something below to their stocking – or put them on your own list!

 

#1 – Vitamix

Anyone that’s heard me lecture or has attended one of our workshops knows how much I love the Vitamix! It’s a must have kitchen gadget because it replaces so many other tools. A blender, food processor, baby food maker, the list goes on! I use it every morning to make my protein shake and every evening to make baby food. I use it at least weekly to make recipes for lunch or dinner including fresh soups, egg “cups” and healthy salad dressings. I use it monthly to make fresh nut butters and even salsa!

I could go on and on but honestly they sell themselves. If you’re local to Chicago register for one of our upcoming Vitamix workshops.

 

#2 – Native Deodorant

This is Dr. Jade’s number one so of course it’s my number two. (The perks of being the older sibling!)  If you’re looking for a natural alternative to traditional deodorant – look no further. They pride themselves on the following: Made in the USA – They never test on animals, except humans. Aluminum Free – Native Deodorant fights odors and wetness, and is made without aluminium. Native Deodorant is made with ingredients you can pronounce, and is paraben-free. And how do you beat free shipping and returns? Trying it is practically risk free!

Direct from Dr. Jade: “Over the years I have tried almost every natural deodorant out there and was yet to find one that worked.  I stumbled upon Native and thought it would be like all the others.  What I got was a cute package, with an inspirational quote and a deodorant that smelled great and worked all day regardless of having a hard workout or day with patients. My favorite scents so far are coconut & vanilla as well as lavender & rose.

 

#3 BeautyCounter

If you’re not familiar with this makeup and skincare line you’re missing out. They put together a Never List™ The Never List™ is made up of more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals that we never use as ingredients in our products. This includes the over 1,400 chemicals banned or restricted in personal care products by the European Union, plus additional chemicals screened by Beautycounter and found to be of concern.

Your skin is the largest organ in the body and since it’s porous it absorbs whatever you put on it. According to the Huffington Post “The average woman puts 515 synthetic chemicals on her body every single day without even knowing. And 60 percent of what we put onto our skin is absorbed into our bodies”. My resolution this year is to eliminate some of those chemicals to I’ve switched my makeup routine to BeautyCounter and I’m loving it.

 

#4 Thrive Market Membership

Who would have thought that we’d go from growing our own organic produce to sitting down at our electronic device to order it and have products shipped to our house? I have to confess I’m a relatively new member but I think they’re onto something here. I promised to bring dessert to Thanksgiving – I decided on a gluten free, dairy free cheesecake. A few of the supplies I needed were not found at my local Whole Foods so I stumbled upon Thrive Market. Thrive Market is a membership community that uses the power of direct buying to deliver the world’s best healthy food and natural products to our members at wholesale prices, and to sponsor free memberships for low-income American families.They have a small annual membership fee but their goal is for you to save 25-50% on your products compared to a traditional retailer. They offer free shipping on orders over $49 and you can find some great natural, raw, vegan products. You can even find beauty products and items for pets!

 

#5. A Vegetable Spiralizer

I have to confess – I do not currently own one of these but it is at the top of my Christmas List. Being Italian it might be innate but sometimes I have a craving for pasta. I’ve tried gluten free varieties but I don’t want to replace the gluten with random chemicals so I’m going the more natural route – if I can fake my brain into it! I’m a big fan of spaghetti squash with marinara so I thought I’d expand my vegetable spaghetti options. 

According to the website The Spruce, “The Best Overall Spiralizer of 2017” is The Paderno World Cuisine Spiralizer Pro, but it appears to me to have quite a few parts and a large storage container. The Spruce also ranked The KitchenAid Spiralizer up there in the top so I might stick with that since I already have the kitchenaid it will be easy to add a few attachments to my pantry. If you’re not ambitious enough right now to jump into this at home run to your local market – I’ve seen a few carrying already spiralized vegetables from beets to carrots to zucchini. Mix up your meals a little and feed your gut some healthy fiber and a dose of healthy instruction for your cells.

 

#6. Think Dirty, Water App, and Insight Timer

So a few things we recommend to all patients is to be aware of their toxic burden, take time to meditate or be grateful as well as drink copious amounts of water. The above FREE apps will help you do just that! The Think Dirty® app is the easiest way to learn about the potentially toxic ingredients in your cosmetics and personal care products. Just scan the product barcode and Think Dirty will give you easy-to-understand info on the product, its ingredients, and shop cleaner options. The Water Drink Reminder app is the easiest way to track exactly how much you’re drinking as well as a mini reminder to drink (or record your intake) of water. It was voted the best of 2016 App, Top Trending App and Best Self-Improvement App selected by Google Play. Obviously we have great taste!! And the best part – the reminder sound is like a little gurgling faucet (you’ll have to download to enjoy!). Finally the insight timer. I am by no means a master of meditation but I’m trying to learn. I’ve installed the Insight Timer on my phone and appreciate the ease of use. Upon signing in the screen shows how many other people are meditating “right now” – am I the only one that pictures Deepak and Oprah in the classic meditation pose when they see this?

 

#7. Salutogenic Life Bergamot

As of September 2017 the Number Two Prescribed Drug in the U.S. was Atorvastatin (Lipitor). It is a statin drug used to treat high cholesterol. Prior to its release as a generic atorvastatin in 2011, it was considered the top drug by sales for most of the previous decade. Meaning if you the reader on not on it – I guarantee you know someone that is. Statins are not without some serious side effects – they decrease hormones (20% decrease in testosterone). They affect mood, how the brain processes information as well as cause polyneuropathy (weakness, numbness, burning pain in roughly the same areas on both sides of the body). Studies have shown an 86% increase in diabetes with statin use. So are you looking to improve your cholesterol without a drug and these scary side effects? Have you looked into Bergamot? Salutogenic Life has an amazing Bergamot product that helps to maintain healthy cholesterol levels as well as provides antioxidant and inflammatory balancing properties to help preserve coronary arteries.

As always speak with your functional medicine physician before starting any supplements and DO NOT stop any prescription drugs unless under the supervision of your physician.

 

#8. Konjac Sponge

Originally designed for baby’s skin the konjac sponge is what you should be using to achieve and maintain beautiful skin – both face and body. They are proud to carry the Leaping Bunny and Vegan Society symbols as signs of our commitment to producing natural, cruelty free skin care. All the sponges are tested for authenticity and purity, “We created the original Konjac Sponges with pure Konjac fibre and nourishing mineral-rich extracts. Deeply cleanse, exfoliate and refine your skin for a radiant complexion. Gentle enough for sensitive skin and babies, our velvety Konjac Sponges are the ultimate tool in natural, effective skincare.”

I haven’t tried this one but came across it while researching healthy alternatives to current loofa’s and sponges. It aligned with my goals to decrease the toxic load I experience daily so it looks perfect for my list.

 

9. Fitness Tracker

We’ve all heard the saying, “what gets measured-gets done”. Or does it? Some of us like the simple accountability of a device on our wrist and others need the specific steps and miles we’ve completed. Either way finding a fitness tracker that works for your lifestyle. After some extensive research (my facebook friends!) we’re at a stalemate for the best fitness tracker. Some like the fitbit, others the garmin. The important thing to note is does it make you change your behavior? Are you parking a little further away from the door? Are you taking the stairs instead of the elevator? Are you competitive with your friends and sharing your results? If the answer is yes then it’s doing its job.

 

#10. Gym Membership

Since we have readers from all over the country I didn’t want to pigeon hole this one but you get the idea. Join a gym! We have a family membership and workout individually as well as spend our weekends at our local facility. Since I recently registered for the Chicago Marathon I will be spending much more time there! Find a friend and sign up together-accountability is key. It doesn’t have to be a full fledged gym, buy a few classes to Soul Cycle or Core Power Yoga (my two personal favorites). Attend a few free classes around town and find out what you like – yoga, spin, weights, HIIT, or pilates to name a few. Commit to a race – maybe a local 5k for a charity you support. I’m running the marathon for the Chicago Chapter of the ALS association.  I remember my first race – I ran to support a girlfriend that had quit smoking. We walked more than we ran but we finished together and it lit a fire in me to enjoy the sport. Prior to that I always said I would run unless I was being chased by a bear or running after Bradley Cooper. I guess I changed my tune. Beyond just joining make sure you schedule time to use your membership. I add my workouts to my google calendar and prioritize them. If you need suggestions please reach out to us – we’re happy to connect you with some amazing facilities we trust and would recommend.

 

I hope the above suggestions inspired you to get out and be healthy. Change one thing each day to improve your health. Park further away from the door, carry your groceries instead of pushing a cart, write down 3 things each night that you’re grateful for, add in one different or unique vegetable each day. Life is about creating new sustainable habits – make sure they’re good ones! If you enjoyed our list please share it with someone you love – if not please send us your suggestions for our next shopping guide! Happy Holidays!

 

D-Day: A Day-to-Day Detox Experience

by Kristin Stromberg, ATC

Do you ever feel tired, run-down, or experience low energy and you’re not sure why?? Have you considered what you eat and drink on a daily basis? Because we are so busy, we don’t take the time to think about what goes into our bodies. I am guilty of all of the above. Since I work in the medical profession, I know what I should be doing to take care of my body, but as Salt N Pepa would say, “Girl’s what’s my weakness!! FOOD!” If you ask Dr. Jordan or Dr. Jade they will tell you that there might be some things I can change in my diet. My biggest weakness is drinking pop. I try to not drink it every day, but you can’t have pizza and water!! (I like to tell myself that so I don’t feel guilty.) However, if I’m going to start feeling better, I need to make some changes. Dr. Jade hosted a seminar called: To Detox or Not to Detox, so I decided to stay and learn a few new things, and boy did I ever. After the seminar, I decided to take the 6 day detox challenge to see for myself. Therefore, during the next six days I will be keeping track of how I have been feeling and eating so I can share with others how a detox works. Wish me luck!!

 

Before we get into the nitty gritty about the last six days I want to discuss what a detox actually means and does. First of all, detoxification is defined as the process of removing toxic substances or qualities. We ingest toxins every day and for the most part our body does a good job by getting rid of them. The toxins can be ingested by the food we eat, environmentally, and also by medicines or the products we use on our bodies. The liver, colon, lungs, lymph nodes and the kidneys do way more than we think to keep us healthy, therefore we can not forget to take care of them.

Detox Kit Overview

First of all, with the detox kit that I am using, I am trying to make my liver work at its full capacity. By doing so I am eliminating pretty much all the good stuff; dairy, soy, eggs, gluten, sugar, wheat, corn, and anything processed. In exchange eating leafy greens, nuts, chicken, fish, fruit and a whole list of other foods. So, what is great about this detox is that it gives you a step by step on what you can and can not eat. I tried a different detox roughly a year ago, and it was miserable. I became dizzy after not eating enough calories. This kit is great because I can eat as much as I want because it is all good for you. With this kit, I received a 6 day detox guide, a brand new water bottle for my shakes, OptiCleanse GHI, ColonX, Drainage, and ProbioMax Daily DF. Here is a description of each product:

 

The OptiCleanse GHI is a comprehensive, fructose-free, low-allergy– potential dietary supplement designed to support GI function and balanced detoxification. OptiCleanse GHI contains macro- and micronutrients, as well as a host of specialized ingredients (some patented or proprietary) that help moderate phase I detoxification and upregulate and support phase II pathways. Generous antioxidant support combats the free radicals produced during phase I activation; and activated cofactors support mitochondrial energy production, which is needed for biotransformation and detoxification. Additionally, this multifaceted formula supports healthy eicosanoid metabolism and cytokine production.*” (1)

 

“ColonX is designed to support GI regularity and complement dietary fiber intake. GI regularity and function is vital to physiological balance and overall well-being. How well the body digests and assimilates metabolic fuel and eliminates metabolic waste determines health at the cellular level. Toxins that enter the body must be detoxified and their metabolites must exit the body. Therefore, gastrointestinal elimination plays a major role in detoxification by expelling the remnants of toxic molecules. If these harmful remnants are not eliminated, they can then recirculate throughout the body.* ColonX features magnesium citrate for its promotion of muscle relaxation and effective elimination of feces through the bowel. Magnesium citrate is also highly bioavailable.  Cape aloe is added to support normal GI transit time and stool bulk.  Triphala, a balanced blend of astringent fruits used extensively in Ayurveda, is present to support all phases of digestion, assimilation, and elimination.*” (1)

 

“Drainage combines homeopathic “drainers” with homeopathic remedies that support excretory function and address symptoms of toxicity. Therefore, cleansing itself of by-products and waste that accumulate is an essential function of the body. Homeopathic drainage, specifically, is a process of detoxifying the body that involves opening the emunctories and elimination channels and discharging toxic accumulation.* (1)

 

“ProbioMax Daily DF is a vegetarian, dairy- and gluten-free, four-strain probiotic formula totaling 30 billion CFU (colony forming units) per capsule. Supplementation with probiotics assists with many mechanisms of action that benefit health, including:

  1. Supporting metabolic activity, such as the production of short-chain fatty acids and vitamins, nutrient absorption, and the digestion of lactose
  2. Adhering to intestinal epithelial cells to help maintain a healthy balance of organisms in the intestinal tract
  3. Helping to establish populations of good bacteria after disruption in balance
  4. Supporting immune function
  5. Promoting intestinal epithelial cell survival
  6. Supporting healthy bowel function
  7. Degrading oxalates.

Each vegetarian capsule is sealed in nitrogen-purged aluminum blister packs that serve as protection from factors proven to compromise probiotic stability, such as heat, moisture, and oxygen.*” (1)

Getting Started

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s get started!! I decided to start my detox on a Monday, since it would be easier for me to bring lunch and have less temptations than I would on the weekend. First, I started by taking the ColonX and Drainage two so I would go to the bathroom regularly. On Sunday, I went a little overboard with my food choices saying that it was “my last meal.” I had Chipotle for lunch, two bottles of Coke, Taco Bell for dinner and a few pieces of Halloween candy. It was Not the best idea in the world, because afterwards I felt awful. Now it was time to detox. The chart below lists my weight every morning, what I ate, my water intake, my symptoms and also if I did anything to help with my symptoms.

Food: Day 1

Breakfast:  OptiCleanse GHI shake with almond milk, almond butter, frozen berries, Life Greens in a 20 ounce container

Lunch: Salad (kale, spinach, romaine lettuce), chicken, red and green grapes, strawberries, almonds

*Daily vitamins

Dinner: Baked cod, zucchini noodles, half a sweet potato

Food: Day 2

Breakfast:  OptiCleanse GHI shake with almond milk, almond butter, frozen berries, Life Greens in a 20 ounce container

Lunch: Salad (kale, spinach, romaine lettuce), chicken, red and green grapes, strawberries

Snack: Chocolate Sea Salt RX Bar

*Daily Vitamins

Dinner: Noodles with peas, carrots and celery

Food: Day 3

Breakfast:  OptiCleanse GHI shake with almond milk, almond butter, frozen berries, Life Greens in a 20 ounce container

Lunch: Leftover noodles from Day 2, green grapes

*Daily Vitamins

Dinner: Baked Cod, green beans and a whole sweet potato

Food: Day 4

Breakfast: OptiCleanse GHI shake with almond milk, almond butter, strawberries, banana, Life Greens in a 20 ounce container

Lunch: Salad (kale, spinach, romaine lettuce, pumpkin seeds, pine nuts), chicken, red and green grapes, strawberries

*Daily Vitamins

Dinner: Leftover noodles with zucchini, cucumbers, peppers, garlic, onion

Food: Day 5

Breakfast: OptiCleanse GHI shake with almond milk, almond butter, strawberries, banana, Life Greens in a 20 ounce container

Lunch/Dinner: Pan seared steak in a spinach wrap with avocado

*Daily Vitamins

Snack: green grapes

Food: Day 6

Breakfast: OptiCleanse GHI shake with almond milk, almond butter, strawberries, banana, Life Greens in a 20 ounce container

Lunch: Roasted turkey with avocado from Panera

*Daily Vitamins

Dinner: Pan seared salmon with a side of avocado

Results

 

DATE WEIGHT WATER SYMPTOMS RELIEF
DAY 1 131.5 LBS Over 60 ounces Headache Nothing needed
DAY 2 129.5 LBS Over 60 ounces

Headache/

Feeling hungry

Chiropractic Adjustment
DAY 3 128 LBS Over 60 ounces

Headache/

Feeling Hungry

Chiropractic Adjustment/ColdLaser Therapy
DAY 4 128 LBS Over 60 ounces No headache Nothing needed
DAY 5 126.5 LBS Over 60 ounces More energy Nothing needed
DAY 6 126.5 LBS Over 60 ounces More energy Nothing needed
  • Final weight: 126.5 lbs

Final Thoughts

I did it!! Finally, I made it through the whole six day detox!! To be honest, I did not think I would do well since I love food so much, but cooking different food was actually fun. In the beginning with the headaches it was not exciting and  I debated why I was doing this. However, by day four the headaches disappeared and it did not seem so bad. When I went to the gym on day five I seemed to have more energy and when I came home I was not that tired. Then, on day six I was super motivated to work on things at home and cooking did not seem like a bother. Usually my husband is the cook, and he was out of town all weekend, so I knew it was up to me. So, taking the time to make fresh food really made a difference. In conclusion, the one thing I could have done was keep better track of my water. I know that when I drink out of the Salutogenic Life water bottle it is 24 ounces, but I just kept forgetting how many I had in a day. Altogether, I lost 5 pounds and I feel better than ever!! Also, I have more energy, I am more productive, and I feel much healthier. The hard work paid off for me, so now I challenge you to do the same!

If you are nervous or afraid to try a detox, DON’T BE!! If I can do it anybody can. Dr. Jordan and Dr. Jade would love to it sit down with you for a FREE Consultation to see if this detox is right for you. Mention this blog and then receive 15% off your kit!!! So call the office today at 847-362-4476.

 

*Daily Vitamins were: Multi for Women, Omega Pearls and Calcium (MCHA)

 

(1): “Detox Renewal Kit.” Xymogen, Biotransformation Program, www.xymogen.com/assets/imageDisplay.ashx?productID=935&attachmentTypeID=1.

 

Beautycounter

by Kristin Stromberg, ATC

You’re Invited

Please join us for what will be the first in a series of Beautycounter Business
Opportunity events featuring local, certified-health practitioners who will speak about current trends in Health and Wellness.

 Our very own Dr. Jordan Leasure, Certified Chiropractic Wellness Practitioner will be talking about A to Zinc supplements and regulation issues. She will also discuss the importance of supplements given the state of ever- diminishing nutrients in our foods.

Space is limited so please RSVP to:

[email protected] or

[email protected]

 

Inflammation: A Silent Killer

by Dr. Jade Dellinger

Inflammation is a word that is used often, yet hard to define.  Most of us have a hard time separating inflammation from an ankle sprain vs. inflammation contributing to heart disease and arthritis.  In order to understand how to fight it, it’s important to understand how and why it occurs!

Inflammation is a very common and innate response to an injury, pain or stress.  It is part of our bodies natural defense system to prevent something worse and/or speed up healing time.

Acute inflammation is the first response to an injury or pathogen.  It’s acute because it should only last several days or less.

Examples of what can cause this:

  • Illness (virus, bacteria)
  • Trauma (punch, kick, sprain)
  • Burn
  • Frostbite
  • Allergic Reaction

There are a lot of players involved in the inflammatory process, but the basics are: heat, redness, swelling, and pain.  Thus leading to loss of function.  Acute inflammation is an important part of healing.  Follow your doctors advice for your particular situation and it should pass within a few days.

More importantly….. Chronic inflammation.  Our bodies go haywire when this seemingly harmless acute reaction becomes chronic and systemic.

There are a few things that cause inflammation to be turned “on” at all times.

  • Toxic Diet : High sugar, high fat, high-gluten & processed foods
  • Low Omega-3 Intake: Omega-3’s are necessary to the anti-inflammatory process (in addition high Omega-6 intake is as bad as low omega-3)
  • Lack of Sleep
  • Lack of Movement: Being sedentary is linked to a low-grade inflammatory state.
  • Chronic Stress

Those are just a few!  If any of those listed above are involved in your daily life, it’s time to make some changes.  Those are the pre-cursors to numerous lifestyle illnesses such as arthritis, diabetes, heart failure and more.  Fixing some of those listed can help manage already diagnosed conditions.  INCLUDING CHRONIC PAIN!

Remember we are always available for lifestyle advice and nutritional counseling.  If you are not feeling as happy, healthy or energetic as you want, Dr. Jordan Leasure, D.C. is offering Intro to Functional Medicine Assessments for $50.  Only 10 spots available for this great deal.  Mention code Inflammation to get started on your journey to wellness!  North Shore Pro-Active Health | 847-362-4476 | www.drleasure.com

New Year, New You Laser Event

by Dr. Jordan Leasure

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You’re invited to Reveal a healthier you in as little as 2 weeks!!
Join us for an event to learn more about how the FDA approved Zerona body contouring laser can help you achieve your goals before the first thaw! The Zerona laser painlessly emulsifies stubborn fat in as little as two weeks.

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Sign up at this event and receive special discounts available one night only!

Seats are limited, grab your tickets today on eventbrite! RSVP for and bring a guest to be entered into a special raffle!

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Walnuts : The King of Nuts

by Dr. Jade Dellinger

Most of us know that incorporating nuts into our diet is important.  If you are like me you don’t necessarily know which nut is going to help with what, so you just eat a mixture and hope for the best.  After a lot of reading I’ve found that most researchers are putting walnuts on top!

Walnuts are part of the tree nut family which also includes hazelnuts, macadamia nuts (my favorite!), cashews, pine nuts, pistachios and Brazil nuts.  If you find you are having trouble getting your plant based omega-3 fats, grab a quarter cup of walnuts!  In that serving alone you will get 100 percent of the daily recommended amount.


Here are a few of the MANY benefits of walnuts for you to snack on:

  1. Heart Health : Walnuts contain l-arginine (an amino acid) and omega-3’s which both offer numerous vascular benefits.  Due to anti-inflammatory properties, walnuts can actually reduce the formation of blood clots.  Walnuts will raise ALA (great for your heart!), and help maintain healthy cholesterol.
  2. Male Fertility issues…look no further : Studies show adding just over a half cup of walnuts daily can significantly improve sperm quality, vitality, motility and morphology!
  3. Brain Health : Walnuts are packed full of Vitamin E, Folate, melatonin and antioxidants.  All of these are known to enhance cognitive and motor function, especially as we age.
  4. Cancer Fighting : A few studies have shown in mice, smaller and slower growing tumors (breast and prostate), in those that ate the human equivalent of walnuts for 18 weeks.  Just two handfuls a day can cut your risk in half!
  5. Diabetes : The healthy fat in the king of nuts can reduce fasting insulin levels in adults with type 2 diabetes who eat one quarter cup of walnuts daily!


Most of all, when you eat walnuts, resist the urge to remove the outer most layer, the whitish flaky part.  This part of the walnut actually holds 90% of the antioxidants and is the healthiest part to eat!  Furthermore, make sure to buy raw or organic nuts and not irradiated or pasteurized nuts.  You will lose numerous health benefits if you buy the wrong kind!

In conclusion, you will reap numerous benefits from a handful of raw walnuts a day! If you have questions about your diet and nutrition, please contact our office. 112 W Lake Street, Libertyville IL. 847-362-4476