Monthly Archives: November 2016

Immune Booster: Your First Line of Defense This Flu Season

It’s the last day of November, and you know what they say: “’tis the season”. We wish that just meant it was the season to be jolly, but no, it means flu season is steadily creeping up on us.

Couple giving two young children piggyback rides smiling

According to the CDC, although the flu season can vary, it typically begins in October and peaks between December and February. Although you can’t guarantee protection from the flu, the CDC recommends some preventative tips for keeping the flu away:

  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Avoid contact with anyone displaying symptoms of the flu
  • Stay home from work or school if you’re sick

In addition to these simple preventative measures, you can also do things to boost your immune system to help you fight off any invading pathogens that might be trying to make you sick. Some easy ways to boost your immune system include:

  • Staying away from sugar
  • Eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Exercising regularly
  • Supplementing with vitamin D
  • Getting at least 8 hours of sleep a night

At Valley Medical, we also offer the Immune Booster injection, which contains a combination of Engystol and Gripp-Heel, two homeopathic ingredients that are scientifically proven to both prevent viral infections, like the flu, and reduce the duration and severity of an infection, should you get one. These homeopathic remedies give your body a natural immune boost by increasing white blood cell count by as much as 41 percent!

Arm yourself against the flu this season, by coming in for your Immune Booster injection. Want to know more? Contact us now!

Healthy Recipe: Golden Milk (Haldi Ka Doodh)

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Last week, we talked about turmeric and the potent health benefits associated with this powerful spice. While you could easily add the spice to savory dishes and soups, we wanted to help you think outside the box a little bit by introducing you to Golden Milk.

Golden Milk, traditionally known as Haldi Ka Doodh, dates back thousands of years with roots in the ancient branch of medicine called Ayurveda. According to Ayurvedic medicine, in addition to the benefits we discussed last week, the components of Golden Milk help support a healthy inflammatory response in the body, balance emotions, and support mental clarity. Traditionally, Golden Milk is consumed right before bedtime, but you can enjoy this simple and delicious “tea” at any time of the day.

What You Need:

  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon raw honey

What to Do:

  1. Combine all ingredients in blender until completely smooth.
  2. Transfer into a small saucepan and stir over medium heat until heated, but not boiling.
  3. Pour into a mug, sprinkle with cinnamon, and enjoy!

10 Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving

Although the real reason for this holiday – giving thanks and practicing gratitude – is spelled out right in its name, let’s be honest: a big part of Thanksgiving is the FOOD. And although we might not like to admit it, typically that food is full of fat, calories, and sugar – things that don’t really go hand in hand with weight loss. But just because it’s Thanksgiving doesn’t mean you have to completely blow it. You can still enjoy the holiday healthily with your friends and family with these simple tips.

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1. Eat Before Dinner

Yes, you read that right. One way to help keep you on track during Thanksgiving is to eat BEFORE the big meal. Many people make the mistake of skipping breakfast or lunch in an effort to “save” the calories from these meals for later, but this method of thinking actually works against you. If you skip meals, you’ll end up feeling ravenous later in the day and you’re more likely to overindulge or reach for the extra fatty, extra carby options on the table. Instead eat a healthy breakfast, like oatmeal or a veggie omelet prior to heading out the door for your big meal.

2. Wear Your Sunday’s Best

A lot of us have a tendency to pre-plan our Thanksgiving outfits. We may choose stretchy pants or a loose flowing shirt to prepare for the bloat and discomfort that comes after eating too much. Instead of doing this, wear a form fitting dress or fitted slacks. Doing so will force you to be a little more mindful of what you’re eating since the discomfort of being too full will be harder to ignore.

3. Ditch the Alcohol

Alcohol isn’t just a major source of calories, it also lowers your inhibitions, so you’re more likely to eat more than you would if you had a clear head. We’re not telling you that you shouldn’t imbibe at all, but set a limit for yourself of one to two drinks. Opt for wine or vodka and club soda over fancy, sugary cocktails.

4. Get Active

Instead of giving yourself the entire day off, hit the gym or go for a walk first thing in the morning. If you’re out of town visiting friends or relatives, ask them to join you. That way, your still engaging in family time while also paying attention to your health goals. Another way to get some exercise in is to round everybody up for a walk or a game outside after the meal. It’s tempting to just veg out on the couch, but if you resist this urge, you can get a nice calorie burn post-dinner. As a bonus, moving after a big meal can help improve digestion.

5. Take 10

When you finish your first plate, wait at least 10 minutes before reaching for a second serving. You may not even realize your full until you give your body time to register the meal it just ate. Another reason to wait 10 minutes is that that’s the time it usually takes for a craving to subside.

6. Drink Up (Water, That Is)

Drink a glass of water 30 minutes before your meal. This helps to fill up part of your tummy and may reduce your hunger. Many times, thirst is mistaken for hunger and the best way to quench it is with some fresh water.

7. Focus on Family

During Thanksgiving, there is a lot of focus on food, but the holiday is really about family, friends, connection, and gratitude. Try not to put so much focus on what you can and can’t eat, and instead focus on good company and good conversation. When you shift your mindset, you won’t feel like you’re missing out on what the holiday is really about.

8. Volunteer for the Cleanup Crew

Instead of moving right to the couch after your meal, volunteer to help clean up. The movement will help get the food moving through your digestive system, and you’ll burn approximately 100 calories in an hour of clean-up. Bonus points: your host will be happy.

9. Bring a Better-For-You Dish

If there is something that you absolutely cannot live without this Thanksgiving, make a healthier version of it and offer it to bring it to dinner. That way, you’ll know for sure there will be something healthy for you to eat and you won’t feel like you’re missing out. If you’re the one hosting, put a healthy spin on all dishes. In most cases, your guests won’t even know. If you’re low on ideas, we have some modified recipes for you to check out.

10. Be Gentle with Yourself

The most important thing you need to do to stay healthy on Thanksgiving is be gentle with yourself. If you overindulge or don’t stick to your intended plan, forgive yourself and move on. One day of indulgence isn’t going to throw you completely off track, but guilt and stress can do a number on your health, so be mindful and have fun!

Make Time for Turmeric: A Super Spice with Enormous Health Benefits

Turmeric is nothing new. In fact, the ancient spice dates back nearly 4,000 years to the Vedic culture in India. Indians have been using turmeric from everything to flavoring food to relieving gas to improving energy for thousands of years, but it’s not until recently that modern medicine has caught on. It’s clear that researchers are becoming aware of the health benefits that turmeric provides based just on the number of scientific studies available on its effects. If you do a Google search for the health benefits of turmeric, you’ll be hit with hundreds of different articles and studies telling you why turmeric should be a regular part of your diet. As you know, we’re big fans of making your life a little easier, so we’ve compiled a summarized list of those health benefits.

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Benefits of Turmeric

  • The main ingredient in turmeric, called curcumin, has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and is an extremely strong antioxidant. Combining turmeric with black pepper, which contains a compound called piperine, enhances the absorption of the curcumin by 2000%.
  • Curcumin has been shown to increase levels of a hormone called Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor in the brain. Because of this, it may help delay or even reverse brain-related diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and depression.
  • The curcumin in turmeric may help improve the health of the lining of the blood vessels, called the endothelium, which can reduce the risk of heart disease. Some studies show that regular consumption of curcumin may be as good for the heart as regular exercise.
  • Several studies have shown that curcumin may help reduce the growth of cancer cells and the growth of new blood vessels in cancerous tumors.
  • Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, curcumin has been shown to greatly improve symptoms in those with arthritis. Some studies comparing curcumin to anti-inflammatory drugs show that it’s just as, if not more, effective.
  • The curcumin in turmeric also aids in the proper metabolism of fat and may help with weight maintenance and/or loss.

How to Enjoy Turmeric

Now that you know the benefits of turmeric, the next step is to make it a regular part of your diet; but the task can seem daunting, especially if you’re not familiar with the spice. The good news is that there are several ways to consume the super spice that go beyond food.

  1. On Your Food.

Turmeric has a very distinct flavor, so this is a wonderful opportunity to try some new, authentic Indian-inspired recipes. You can also keep things simple by sprinkling turmeric on top of eggs or adding it to the water when boiling rice.

  1. In a Smoothie

One of our favorite ways to enjoy turmeric is in a morning smoothie. We add a turmeric mix that contains black pepper, along with our Skip-a-Meal, a handful of berries, a handful of spinach, and just enough coconut milk to allow it to blend.

  1. As a Supplement

If you’re not a fan of the taste of turmeric, you can take it in supplement form. There are many different options available – from capsules to tinctures. Just make sure the supplement you choose contains black pepper, or piperine, in addition to turmeric.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Nothing mentioned here is intended to cure, diagnose, treat, or heal any disease.

Healthy Recipe: Paleo Apple Crisp

When we hear the word “November”, the first things that come to mind, of course, are Thanksgiving and gratitude, but we also can’t help but think of all the flavors of the fall, like apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin. When you’re trying to lose weight, a lot of the things that incorporate these flavors tend to be “off limits”. We don’t want anyone bummed out during holiday celebrations, so we always do our best to find ways to take traditional treats, like apple crisp, and make them healthier without sacrificing anything in the flavor department.

apple crisp

Unlike other recipes, this apple crisp contains no white flour, no white sugar, and no trans fats. Of course, it’s still considered a treat, but with apples and healthy fats from the nuts, it’s a treat that you can feel good about.

What You Need:

  • 6 large apples (we recommend Empire, Granny Smith or Honeycrisp – or a mix of all three! – but you can use whatever you like/have)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup of honey (we recommend using raw, local honey, if you can)
  • 1 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 1/4 cup crushed pecans

What to Do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Peel, core, and slice apples. Combine nutmeg and cinnamon, and then toss spice mixture in a mixing bowl with slice apples, lemon juice, and honey.
  3. Once apples are evenly coated, transfer apple mixture to a 9 x 9 glass baking pan.
  4. In a small saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Stir in almond flour and crushed peach. Place crumb mixture on top of apples.
  5. Cover with foil. Bake for 30 minutes, remove foil, and then continue baking for another 30 minutes.

Enjoy!

Product of the Month! Go Bean Green Coffee Supplement

November marks the unofficial start of the holiday season. In addition to gratefulness and holiday cheer, there’s also temptation (in the form of food and drinks) everywhere. We’re big believers in balance — focusing on your goals while allowing yourself a treat here and there — but for this month, we wanted to include an amazing product that will help keep you on track.

With this special you receive 4 WEEKS of everything listed below for only $295 (that’s a savings of over $200)!

Physician Consult & Weekly Weigh-ins
Meal Plans
FDA ApprovedMedications
MetaBlast Supplements
Craveaway Supplements
Weekly Upgraded Injection of B-12
Bi-Weekly Injection of Lipo X
Full Body Analysis on our BODYCOMP Scale
Product of the Month

This month, our product of the month is Go Bean Green Coffee Supplement.

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With this special you receive 4 WEEKS of everything listed above for only $295 (that’s a savings of over $200) – and we’ll throw in the Go Bean for FREE!

Go Bean

What is Go Bean?

Go Bean is the ONLY green coffee product made with USDA certified organic pure green coffee beans. Each 500 milligram capsule contains 60 milligrams of caffeine and 185 milligrams of chlorogenic acid — a powerful phytochemical. Together, this combination of ingredients (which is the exact amount recommended by Dr. Oz) slows down the conversion of excess sugar into fat, increases energy, boosts weight loss, and helps you recover from fatigue more quickly*.

Read more about Go Bean or purchase the supplement now!

If you’re interested in taking advantage of this special offer and signing up for our monthly special, drop in or call us at either one of our locations to find out more!

Phoenix: 602-374-3374
Tempe: 480-968-5673

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These products are not meant to diagnose‚ treat or cure any disease or medical condition.