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July Product of the Month

Young Living Mineral Sunscreen Lotion
  • Broad-spectrum SPF 10 sunscreen protection
  • Blocks UVA and UVB rays
  • Water- and sweat-resistant for 80 minutes
  • Helps prevent sunburn
  • Smooths easily onto skin and won’t leave a white residue
  • Formulated for those with sensitive skin
  • Made with naturally derived plant- and mineral-based ingredients
  • Dermatologist tested and hypoallergenic
  • Formulated without UV chemical absorbers, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, animal-derived ingredients, synthetic preservatives, synthetic fragrances, or synthetic dyes
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It’s Hot Out – Drink More Water!

Why do we need to drink more water? Because water is healthy for you. 

You might not feel that this is a good enough reason to drink water. Maybe this will seem like a better reason for you.

Water makes up about two thirds of our body. Without water we would not be able to survive.

Every day our body loses water in normal processing, in chemical reactions, when we go to the bathroom (both urination and defecation), sweating, and small amounts each time we exhale.

Water is important for temperature regulation, lubricating your joints, protecting our SPINAL CORD and other sensitive tissue, and as stated earlier, removing waste from the body.

It is important for us to drink water or eat foods that our bodies can convert to water, every day.

When the weather is extremely hot our bodies lose water faster than it normally does. When we are exercising we lose water faster too.

If you’re exercising when the weather is hot, it is even more important to make sure water is part of your daily routine. This means drinking water even when you don’t feel thirsty.

Hydration comes from drinking water or something that adds water content to your body.

Fluids that contain caffeine can act as a diuretic and cause your body to lose water content instead of gain water, especially if you are drinking more than 40 ounces per day.

Sodas (regular or diet), coffee or teas that have caffeine should not be considered hydrating, especially during the hot weather.

According to the Institute of Medicine women need about nine cups of fluid and for men it is about 13 cups of fluid daily.

During the summer months enjoy the weather and stay hydrated by drinking water every day, thirsty or not.

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Red, White, and Blue Parfait

red-white-and-blue-parfaits-873bIngredients:

4 ounces Mascarpone cheese, softened to room temp.
4 ounces whipped topping
1 tablespoon white chocolate chips
2 dozen fresh strawberries
1 cup of fresh blueberries

Instructions

  1. To make the cream, microwave 1 tablespoon of white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl for about 15 seconds. Stir until melted and add in 4 ounces of Mascarpone cheese. Stir until smooth and then fold in 4 ounces of sugar free whipped topping. Stir gently to combine.
  2. To assemble your parfaits divide the ingredients equally among 4 serving glasses by adding a tablespoon or two of diced strawberries first and top with a dollop of whipped topping mixture. Add a layer of blueberries and top with a dollop of whipped topping. Add another layer of strawberries and top that with a few blueberries. Garnish with a strawberry dipped in the whipped topping mixture. Continue with remaining ingredients and serving glasses. Serve and enjoy! If you make these up ahead of time, you can just cover them and refrigerate until ready to serve.
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Enjoy Summer Activities without Back Pain

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The summer months are generally more active for everyone. There are events and day trips, added work around the house, and summer sports activities that require us to be more physically active and can put additional strain on our backs.

We’ve compiled a few tips to ensure you’re aware of situations that could pose a risk for developing back pain so you can enjoy summer to the fullest, pain free!

1. Taking the Family Out for Day Trips
If you’re taking your family out for a fun-filled day to the park, zoo, or amusement park, back pain might be the last thing you’re worried about. However, while carrying extra packs, bending, twisting, or even picking up small children, you’re bound to experience aches and pains. Through all the chaos fo your family day out, it’s important to be aware of the strain you’re putting on your back and take frequent breaks.
2. Enjoying a Day on the Golf Course
If you decided to take a Friday afternoon off to enjoy a day of golf in the sunshine, you’re definitely lucky! Warm up before your game with a few quick stretches and stay hydrated in the warm sun. Be aware throughout the game that you maintain proper posture and take breaks as needed to avoid fatigue or excessive strain.
3. Activities on the Water
A weekend or day on the lake is the perfect way to spend hot summer days. Exhilarating water sports like tubing and wakeboarding are really fun, but can also cause serious back injuries. Before you hit the water, ensure you’re well aware of the risks involved and be safe!

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June Supplement of the Month

zypanZypan, a great supplement to have during the summer to support healthy digestion while we tend to lose our healthy eating habits!
  • Supports gastrointestinal pH
  • Provides enzymatic support for protein digestion
  • Stearic acid included to coat the pancreation, helping it to be digested in the correct area of the digestive tract. 
For more information on this product, make sure to talk to Dr. Brent or Dr. Moe when you come in the office!
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Sunscreen Awareness: Top 4 Things to Avoid

  1. Spray Sunscreens
    • One in every four sunscreens in this year’s database is a spary. People like sprays because they’re easy to squirt on squirming kids and hard to reach areas. But they may pose serious inhalation risks, and they make it too easy to apply too little or miss a spot.
    • The FDA has expressed doubts about their safety and effectiveness but hasn’t banned them. As long as they’re legal, sunscreen manufactureres will make them.
  2. Sky-high SPFs
    • One eighth of the sunscreens we evaluated boast SPFs above 50+. SPF stands for “sun protection factor,” but that outdated term refers only to protection against UVB rays that burn the skin. It has little to do with a product’s ability to protect the skin from UVA rays, which penetrate deep into the body. The worst thing about high SPF’s is it gives a false sense of security and tempt them to stay in the sun too long.
  3. Oxybenzone
    • Half of the beach and sport sunscreens in this year’s guide contain oxybenzone. When it penetrates into the skin, it gets into the bloodstream and acts like estrogen in the body. It can also trigger allergic skin reaction.
  4. Retinyl palmitate
    • Nearly 20 percent of the sunscreens and SPF-rated moisturizers and 13 percent of SPF rate lip products in this year’s guide contain retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A. On sun-exposed skin, retinyl palmitate may speed development of skin tumors and lesion, according to government studies.
Look for these ingredients: Zinc, Titanium dioxide, Avobenzone or Mexoryl SX,
Look for these products: Cream, Broad spectrum protection, Water resistant for beach, pool, and exercise, SPF 30+ for beach and pool
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If you do happen to get too much sun, add a few drops of Young Living Lavender oil to coconut oil or your carrier oil of choice, and apply topically for a cooling effect on your skin! Great for adults and children! Ask Mary at the front desk how to get you a bottle!
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Beat the Heat – Stay Hydrated!

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Since it is getting hotter and everyone is ready for summer, we wanted to give you some tips to stay hydrated this summer! Drinking water is  fundamental to your health. It’s the primary liquid that you and all humans can’t live without. Every part of your body (your bones, skin, muscles, lungs, brain, and even the blood that flows through your veins) is dependent upon the health-enhancing benefits of water.

Other health benefits of water:

Supports digestion: drinking clean water helps your digestive system break down the food you eat and enhances your rate of metabolism

Promotes circulation: water makes up most of your blood, which is responsible for transporting nutrients to every cell.

Lubricates and supports your joints: water enables you to move your joints more freely and comfortably. It prevents you from having sprains and cramps.

Maintains the health of the skin: Increasing your water intake helps condition and moisturize your skin, giving you a youthful appearance.

Regulates temperature of the body: When you drink water, it keeps your body temperature under control and gives you more energy when doing physically demanding tasks.

Other benefits of drinking water include relief from headaches and back pain. When your brain and the discs in your back are lacking this fluid content, they induce pain and fatigue. To prevent headaches and backaches then, you’ll need to replenish your body with water on a regular basis.

 

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