Monthly Archives: June 2017

Healthy Recipe: Watermelon Salsa

Watermelon is the quintessential summer treat; and while it’s delicious just as it is, we like to shake things up a bit. This watermelon salsa is fresh, tasty, and easy to whip up on a whim. We like serving it with plantain chips, but feel free to serve it with your favorite salsa accompaniment.

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What You Need:

  • Zest from 1 lime
  • 1/4 c. fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3 c. seeded, finely chopped watermelon
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 1 mango, peeled and diced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
  • 1/2 c. chopped red onion
  • 1/3 c. chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • Plantain chips, for serving
What To Do:
  1. Mix lime zest, lime juice, and honey in a small bowl. Stir well.
  2. Combine remaining ingredients, except for plantain chips, in a large serving bowl. Fold together until combined. Pour lime and honey mixture over watermelon mixture. Toss until evenly coated.
  3. Serve with plantain chips.
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Watermelon: Five Reasons to Eat the Summer Fruit

Watermelon has become an unofficial mascot of summer. It’s almost impossible to go to a picnic or a barbecue without seeing the juicy red fruit as part of the spread. You might choose watermelon because it tastes refreshing and delicious, but did you know that the melon also provides some remarkable health benefits?

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1. It’s hydrating.

We know that drinking water prevents dehydration, which is especially important during these summer months; but did you know that eating foods with a high water content can also help keep you hydrated? Not only that, foods with a higher water content help keep you full.

Although there is a slight variation, most sources agree that watermelon is somewhere between 90 and 92 percent water, making it one of the most water-packed foods you can eat.

2. It’s low in calories, but packed with nutrients.

Because of its high water content, watermelon is low in calories, but don’t let that fool you. The summer fruit is a powerhouse of nutrients. A cup of cubed watermelon contains:

  • 17 percent of your daily vitamin A
  • 21 percent of your daily vitamin C
  • 5 percent of your daily potassium
  • 4 percent of your daily magnesium
  • 3 percent of your daily vitamins B1, B5, and B6

and the antioxidants lycopene and cucurbitacin E, which help fight inflammation and chronic disease.

3. Watermelon might combat cancer.

Watermelon is one of the richest source of lycopene, a phytochemical that’s responsible for the fruit’s red color. Studies have shown that lycopene may help prevent and treat prostate cancer, although no official conclusions have been reached. In addition to combating cancer, lycopene can help improve heart health and bone health. One cup of watermelon contains 7 to 10 milligrams of lycopene. Other sources of lycopene include tomato, red grapefruit, and guava.

4. It can improve heart health.

Watermelon contains an amino acid called citrulline, which converts to another amino acid — arginine — in the body. Both of these amino acids can help improve circulation and blood flow, two factors that are important for the health of your heart. A study done in 2012 found that taking watermelon extract supplements may even help reduce high blood pressure.

5. It may reduce muscle soreness.

In addition to helping your heart, the improved circulation and blood flow from the amino acids citrulline and arginine may also help soothe muscle soreness. In a study published in the Journal of Agricultural Food and Chemistry, researchers reported that athletes who drank watermelon juice before a hard workout experienced a lower heart rate and reduced muscle soreness the next day.

And aside from these health benefits, simply put, watermelon tastes great! What is your favorite thing about watermelon? Are you a fan of the summer treat?

Childhood Obesity: Is Technology to Blame?

The World Health Organization declared childhood obesity as one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century. Since the 1970s, childhood obesity rates have tripled in the US, and now, 1 in every 6 American children is obese. But in addition to the estimated 12.5 million children that are obese, there are also about 11 million more who are overweight.

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Childhood obesity is not just a physical health concern, it can negatively affect a child’s emotional and social development too. And the record shows that obese children are more likely to become obese adults, which sets them up for the development of chronic health problems like heart disease and diabetes at a much younger age.

Cause of Childhood Obesity

So what’s to blame? There isn’t a simple answer to that; but experts agree that it’s a combination of a diet filled with processed and fast foods and lack of physical exercise due to an increase in “screen time” — or the amount of time spent with technology. Because increasing technology use is such a big thing right now, we’re going to focus on that. That’s not to say that it’s the only culprit, but we want to give you a little perspective on why technology may not be as harmless as you think.

Technology Usage Soars

The American Academy of Pediatrics estimates that the average child spends around seven hours each day watching TV, browsing the internet, and playing video games. An obvious issue with this is that as the amount of screen time increases, the amount of time spent outside running around and burning off calories — and energy — decreases; however, there are other not-so-obvious issues too.

Food Marketing

In a 2008 study, the Journal of the American Dietetic Association reported that nine out of 10 food advertisements shown during Saturday morning children’s cartoons are foods that are low in nutrients, yet high in fat, sodium, and sugar. Even though you may not realize it, this food marketing has a major impact on the foods your child wants to eat. Children are said to be even more susceptible to this food marketing because, unlike adults, they have a hard time telling the difference between the TV show they’re watching and the advertisements.

Technology Increases Snacking

Screen time is also associated with an increase in snacking or mindless eating. According to research from the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, kids who spent more time in front of a screen — regardless of whether it was a computer, TV, or video game — not only snacked more than children who spent less time using technology, but they also ate fewer healthy snacks. Other research shows that the more stimulating programs, like action games or high-paced cartoons, can also lead to an increase in snacking during the day.

Technology Interferes With Sleep

Technology can also disrupt sleep, which can translate to weight gain. On one hand, focusing on a screen right before bed can disrupt circadian rhythms and melatonin, which can lead to difficulty falling asleep and cause restless sleep. On the other hand, if a child has a television in his or her bedroom and usage is not being monitored, it may lead to later bedtimes, and a decreased amount of the restorative sleep needed for the body to function properly. As we discussed in a previous article, a lack of adequate sleep can cause an increase in ghrelin, the hormone that tells you you’re hungry, and a decrease in leptin, the hormone that tells you you’re full. On average, a person who doesn’t get enough sleep eats an extra 300 calories per day and snacks more often than someone who is well-rested.

Technology Recommendations

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children and adolescents spend only one to two hours per day in front of a screen, at most. This means time spent watching TV and playing on the computer or a tablet combined.

You can help limit screen time by getting involved in playtime with your kids. Pick an activity that you both enjoy and get outside and work up a sweat together. Encourage your kids to get off the couch by playing with them. Model good behavior by putting away your cell phone or tablet and getting fully engaged in the moment.

Weight Loss Program

If you have a child who is overweight or obese, we can help. Valley Medical Weight Control’s program for adolescents includes 4 weeks of FDA-approved medication for children aged 12 and older, a bottle of our Mega Multivitamin and Minerals, a bottle of probiotics, a physician consultation, and weekly weigh-ins: all for just $120!

To learn more, stop by or call us at any of our locations:

North Phoenix: 602-374-3374
Phoenix: 602-441-3305
Tempe: 480-968-5673

Product of the Month! Metasol ™ Low-Molecular-Weight Lychee Polyphenol (Oligonol®)

June is here; and although it’s not officially summer, that summer feeling is in full force.  It’s time to start shedding some layers and showing off that body you’ve been working hard for. If you’re not where you want to be yet, our product of the month will help with that final push.

When you purchase our monthly special, which includes:

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

in June, you’ll also receive our product of the month – Metasol™ Low-Molecular-Weight Lychee Polyphenol (Oligonol®) – for FREE!

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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 Metasol™ at absolutely no additional cost.

What is Metasol?

Metasol™ is a low molecular weight polyphenol that helps boost your metabolism. The low molecular weight makes the polyphenols in Metasol™ easier to absorb. In fact, Metasol™ has been shown to be five times more bio-available than other polyphenol supplements.

A published, randomized, double-blind human clinical trial lasting 10 weeks found that compared to placebo, taking 200mg of Oligonol daily:

  • Reduced visceral fat volume by 15%*
  • Shrank waist circumference by 3 centimeters*
  • Caused a significant reduction in body weight*
  • Increased sensitivity to insulin*

The main ingredient in Metasol™ is an Oligonol Proprietary Blend which comes from lychee fruit extract and green tea extract.

Learn more about Metasol™ here.

Contact Us

If you want to advantage of this special offer and sign up for our monthly special, drop in or call us at either one of our locations to find out more!

North Phoenix: 602-374-3374
Phoenix: 602-441-3305
Tempe: 480-968-5673

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