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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!



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.

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New Year, New You Laser Event

by Dr. Jordan Leasure


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.


Reduce stubborn fat from your waist, hips, thighs and arms
FDA clinical trials demonstrated a 6 inch loss in 6 weeks

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!


Ch, Ch, Ch, CHIA!

by Dr. Jade Dellinger

Chia seeds are a magical food that need their time in the spot light!  I’ve been using chia in my protein shakes for awhile now, knowing they were a super food, but never knowing ALL the benefits they possess.

Chia seeds originated in Mexico where they were viewed with such admiration they were even used as currency.  The Aztecs used chia to sustain their energy while running long distances or during battle.  They would say a spoonful would give them enough endurance for 24 hours.  This all makes sense since In the Mayan language, chia means “strength”.

Chia seeds are filled with everything from Omega 3’s, protein, fiber , vitamins, minerals AND antioxidants.  Due to their content, they have a vast array of health benefits.

Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

  • Digestive Health – Due to the high amount of fiber alone, chia seeds will help with digestion.  The appropriate amount of fiber will help with regular bowel movements and help keep you full longer.
  • Heart Health – Chia seeds have been known to lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure and decrease inflammation.  They are also high in Omega 3’s which are extremely beneficial for your heart.  Because they are high in Linoleic acid, they help absorb your fat soluble vitamins such as A, D, E and K if they are taken together!
  • Bone Health – Chia seeds are high in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and protein.  All of these nutrients are essential for bone health.
  • Fight Breast and Cervical Cancerstudy in the Journal of Molecular biochemistry found that ALA limited the growth of cancer cells in both breast and cervical cancer.  Guess what’s high in ALA? Chia Seeds!
  • AND MORE!  The more I research Chia, including their ingredients the more benefits I find!

How to make Chia Seeds?

  • Ground Chia – This is my favorite way.  I add ground chia to my protein shake in the morning.  You could add this to oatmeal, cereal and shakes!
  • Full Seed – you can soak the chia seeds in water, or a milk substitute.  They soak up anywhere from 10-15 times their volume in liquid.  THis is great for chia pudding (add in fruit),
  • Mix with Sauces, omelets, pancake mix
  • Use as a thickener for stews
  • And more!

The one warning I can give about chia seeds is if you use the whole seed without soaking it, it can cause dehydration.  The seeds want to absorb liquid, and if it’s not absorbing liquid in the food, it will absorb it from you!

Do you have recipes you would like to share? How do you incorporate chia into your daily routine?  If you have questions or concerns regarding your diet and nutrition, please contact our office.  Mention this blog for 10% off a supplement of your choice!

Facebook & Instagram Giveaway Contest

by Dr. Jade Dellinger


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(1) There is only 1 Winner. (2) Not redeemable with any other offers or for cash. (3) Winner will be contacted thru Direct or Private Message via Facebook and/or instagram (4) Package includes SIX sessions that will be completed 1x/week for 6 weeks. Winner is required to complete initial consult and final measurements. (5) Package will be 6 sessions on the Winners one body area of choice between arms, waist or thighs.

Body Sculpting Magic Wand?

by Dr. Jordan Leasure

Non-invasive body sculpting or contouring as it is often called is gaining heavy traction in the marketplace. There are multiple options from cold laser to freezing the fat to radio waves. We’ve done our best to scour the internet to get you details on some current options. This list highlights the top contenders but we recommend that you still research what is best for you. It’s always recommended to complete a complimentary consultation so that you can determine the best treatment for your specific needs and goals. You should always be assessed by a physician to see if you are a candidate for any body sculpting procedure. 

When researching body sculpting options we found it best to compare pricing, side effects and results. Being from a conservative background, side effects and possible complications are rated very highly in my book. We’ve had personal encounters with individuals with irreversible damage to their body from certain techniques so please do your research. Make sure your consultation is with a qualified physician and also interview people who have had the procedure done. Be realistic in your expectations and recognize that any body sculpting procedure is not meant to be a substitute for a healthy diet, exercise and self love.  Use it as a kick-start to maintain or boost your healthy habits.



Be aware when pricing this out that their advertised prices are STARTING AT $1,295 per body area with a minimum of three areas treated. This means your ACTUAL STARTING PRICE is $3,885 minimum. There may also be a fee added for surgery. Depending on the area being treated it appears they use a combination of three techniques. Localized anesthetic is used and micro-liposuction is performed (yes, the aggressive cannula style) as well as radio frequency and magnetic pulses. The final technique shrinks fat cells and reduces the appearance of cellulite. This appears to be the most invasive of the current body sculpting options on the market.

The side effects to be aware of are the same as those with any surgical procedure. Those at most risk are probably those drawn to this type of procedure; overweight, high blood pressure, and female. Side effects reported online range from blood clots to keloid scaring to death.  TriSculpt™ Body Contouring may not be suited for individuals with: uncontrolled diabetes, liver problems, blood disorders, kidney problems, heart problems, history of keloid scarring, a BMI (Body Mass Index) over 40.



CoolSculpting, a device approved by the FDA, reduces fat by freezing (cryolipolysis) while part of your skin is held under vacuum by an applicator. About 20% of the fat cells freeze and are reabsorbed by the body in each treatment. Multiple treatments may be required depending on desired results. Your skin is not affected.

Side effects of this treatment can include freezer burn, scaring, hyper-pigmentation and pain. Upon weight gain you may see fat in areas that were not previously treated. Cool Sculpting does not reduce the appearance of cellulite. Fat cells killed during the procedure are permanently removed. The sensations noted during treatment may include intense cold, pulling, tugging, and mild pinching. You may start to see changes as quickly as 3 weeks after your treatment, and will experience the most dramatic results after 2 months. Your body will still continue to flush out fat cells for up to 4 to 6 months after treatment. 

The size of the area treated determines the price. We have two friends who both did their lower abdomen. One used the small applicator and the price was around $700, the other used the larger applicator and the price was around $1,300 per treatment.

The CoolSculpting treatment works best for people whose BMI is “normal”, or less than 25. They recommend at least two treatments per area for best results.  If your BMI is between 25 and 30, they suggest 2 to 3 treatments.



We found the best body sculpting option to offer in our Wellness Clinic in the Chicago Suburbs to be Zerona. Zerona is the first FDA Approved non-invasive body contouring procedure to effectively remove excess fat without the negative side effects associated with surgical methods. The fat empties out of a temporary pore created in the fat cell by the laser. Once empty the cell shrinks. Your body then disposes of the fat through bowel movements or the fat enters the lymphatic system and is utilized as extra energy! (Who couldn’t use more of that?)

Unlike other “non-invasive” body contouring procedures; the Zerona Cold Laser does not rely on heating tissue which can cause discomfort and permanent damage. Zerona clients can return to their activities immediately. There are absolutely zero risk of tissue damage or side effects.

During the Zerona procedure the client lays on a massage table while the 5 lasers simultaneously pass over the treatment area. Typical treatments last from 20-40 minutes. No sensation is detected, most of our clients sleep, others surf the web and catch up on work! The treatment protocol is once per week for six weeks. Depending on the desired results multiple series of sessions may be suggested.

A series of 6 sessions generally runs about $1,250. Two main categories of those excluded from treatment are pregnant women and those breastfeeding. BMI is used as a good guideline for the number of treatments necessary to see desired results. 20-30 BMI will probably be satisfied with 1 series of 6 sessions. 30-35 BMI will probably require 9-12 sessions. A BMI of 35-40 will likely require 2 series of 6 sessions.

It’s an exciting time when it comes to health! Consumers are more aware of what they put in their body. They exercise smarter and now even have a magic wand to fix those hard to reach areas. We’d love to hear your experiences and comments below. Please reach out if we can answer any questions about the above procedures!