Are you looking for a holiday gift for your health conscious sister, wife, friend, or co-worker? Well, we have you covered! We are sharing a few of our favorite things that we actually use on a regular basis. We are not being paid to talk about these, but just feel like these are so great that we have to share with you guys! Let us know if you have tried these products and what you think! Happy shopping!!

Facial Products

Dr. Rachel: Rhonda Allison Skin Brightening Cleanser

  • I have acne-prone skin and this is the first face wash that I have used that has cleared up my skin and made it glow. I love Rhonda Allison products because they use pure, clean ingredients. I also have a travel sized face cleanser so I can be sure that I am maintaining clear and soft skin anywhere I go.
  • Dr. Katie uses this product as well and loves it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Katie: O.R.G. Mineral Enzyme Peel

  • Does your skin ever feel rough or flaky? This product will be your new bestie if so! Some peels can be harsh and irritating to the skin, but this one is very gentle and will leave your skin feeling so soft. If my skin gets too dry I will use it to slough off the dry skin and then hydrate well afterwards. Never drying and always soothing, this is a winner! Oh, and it is paraben and alcohol free! ** Check Amazon for better pricing ;).


Supplements

Dr. Rachel: Metagenics Ultra Flora 

I can’t live without my probiotics. I have quite a sensitive intestinal system so I often have episodes of bloating, gas or irregular bowel movements. My probiotic keeps me regular and supports my immune system. 

 

 

 

Dr. Katie: Vital Protein Collagen Powder 

  • Concerned about gut health? Skin? Joints? We have you covered here! I love this because it has so many benefits and is incredibly easy to take. Simply add a scoop to your coffee and/or soup and you won’t even know it is there. Support your local business and pick this up at Tailor Made Nutrition in Woodbury.


In the Kitchen

Dr. Rachel: Vitamix Blender

  • This one is a bit of a splurge, but is so worth it! You can use it to make so many different types of things from protein shakes to soups to riced cauliflower to making your own almond flour and almond butter! If a blender and food processor had a baby, this is what you would get! It is easy to use and to clean and it keeps my food choices healthy and affordable. And that copper blender – so pretty!!

 

Dr. Katie: Food Processor

  • Ok, so I have to admit I don’t have a Vitamix, but if I did, I may not use the food processor as much as I do. This was a birthday gift from my besties a few years ago and it has come in handy in the kitchen. I use it most often for making dressings and sauces, but have also used it for crushing cashews for dairy free recipes, and it quickly chops veggies and garlic. Lastly, these peanut butter date balls were made in the food processor too – a great healthy holiday treat! There are many options for food processors – mine is no longer available but the link is close to it.

 


Beauty Essentials

Dr. Rachel: Lush Shampoo Bar, or really anything from Lush

  • This is my most favorite thing as of late. First of all it is completely natural, so no toxins or exogenous estrogens absorbed into my body. Second, it makes my hair so soft, shiny, voluminous and tames and accentuates my curls. Third, it is easily portable so I can bring it to shower at the gym, on vacations or to my friend’s house! Be sure you look for one that’s best for your hair (ie. I have drier hair so I use one with oils in it).

 

Dr. Katie: Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish

  • I don’t know about you, but I am not one to splurge on nail polish which is why this is such a great gift. I love the gifts that I use, but wouldn’t splurge on myself. Now these are only $18-$20 per bottle, but I tend to stick to the $10 range typically. Why spend the extra $10? This nail polish will dry faster (less chance for smudges am I right?!) and lasts longer. The colors are great too! My favorite is ‘Shape of My Heart’


Good-Morning!

Dr. Rachel: Organo Coffee

  • My new favorite part of the morning is drinking my Organo Black coffee. It’s super easy to make and it makes me feel energized and gives me mental clarity to get through the entire day with just one cup. With other coffees I often get headaches, stomachaches and the jitters, but I don’t with this coffee. Plus it’s affordable and I know it’s healthy because it has a superfood antioxidant in it.

Dr. Katie: Electric Toothbrush

  • This is a game changer! I have no idea what I was doing before this. Seriously. My teeth feel so much better. These last forever and just require changing the head of the brush. I like the Philips Sonicare brush and recommend purchasing it through your dentist for the best quality. Hurry up and grab one of these for yourself and a gift for that special someone.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

As Naturopathic Doctors, our goal is to address the underlying issues and treat using natural therapies and nutrition as much as possible. We practice in Edina and Woodbury specializing in digestion, women’s health, nutrition, anxiety/depression, and sports medicine. Schedule your complimentary 15 minute consultations to learn more. 612-564-2218.

The fall harvest is in full swing. Hopefully you’ve gotten your hands on some seasonal Minnesota fruits and vegetables. Most of us are aware that apples and pumpkins are abundant this time of year, but so are beets, Brussels sprouts, green onions and so much more.

Your major grocery store is probably stocked with some of this seasonal produce, but the produce found in large supermarkets have typically traveled hundreds and sometimes thousands of miles to get there. In these cases, fruits and vegetables are picked before their prime in order to ensure their shelf lives. This premature harvest disrupts the natural ripening process and limits the ability of the produce to obtain its full nutrient potential.

With that said, there are many places in the Twin Cities where you can find locally grown food that is picked at its prime. The following are just five examples of where to get your Minnesota grown produce.

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  1. Farmers Markets

The Minneapolis and St. Paul metropolitan area is home to over 70 Twin Cities farmers markets. With so many markets to choose from, chances are high that you’ll find a market with an array of locally grown produce near you.

Farmers markets ensure that you are buying the freshest locally grown produce around. In addition to purchasing the most nutrient dense fruits and vegetables, shopping at farmers markets also keeps money in the local economy, encourages you to talk to those who grow the food you eat, and provides you with a sense of community. You can find farmers markets in your area through the Minnesota Grown Directory: http://bit.ly/2yN7bBp.

  1. Food Hubs and Community Supported Agriculture

A food hub is a business or organization that actively manages the collection, distribution and marketing of local and regional food. Food hubs can vary in size, but their main goal is to provide the appropriate infrastructure and support for small and mid-sized farmers.

The Good Acre[i] is a non-profit food hub in Falcon Heights, MN that provides space and the infrastructure necessary for farmers to wash, process and store produce fresh from the field. Additionally, The Good Acre purchases seasonal produce from its network of growers and distributes these in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) boxes to its 450 members.

As a CSA member you pay an upfront fee. In return you receive a box of fresh picked produce every week, typically from mid-June to mid-October. Minnesota is home to a number of CSA programs. You can search for a CSA in your area through the Minnesota Grown Directory: http://bit.ly/2wCK5wG.

  1. Food Co-operatives

Food co-operatives or food co-ops are food distribution channels that can sometimes look like a smaller version of a large supermarket. What makes a co-op grocery store different from the typical grocery store is that the co-op is usually member-owned and frequently purchases its products and produce from local sources. Often times, co-ops will detail where exactly its produce came from.

Normally, you do not have to be a member of a co-op to shop there. Being a member, however, may provide you with benefits not available to non-members, such as specials and discounts. Minnesota is home to a number of grocery co-ops. You can find a list of them here: http://bit.ly/2z4gL3J.

  1. U-Pick Farms

If you really want to appreciate the work and dedication of those who grow the produce we eat, visit a u-pick or pick-your-own farm. A u-pick or pick-your-own farm is usually a family farm where you actually go out into the fields or the orchards and handpick your own produce.

U-pick farms can be a great family activity and the satisfaction you’ll receive after eating produce you picked yourself is second to none. You can locate a pick-your-own farm near you through the following website: https://pickyourown.org/MN.htm.

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  1. Grow Your Own

If you are completely committed to the benefits of locally grown food, why not experiment with growing your own? Plant and garden centers like Mother Earth Gardens[ii], with two locations in Minneapolis, are committed to providing plants and products that have been grown in a sustainable way. At Mother Earth Gardens you can find seeds, fruit trees, plant starters and bulbs to help you prepare for next year’s harvest.

There are plenty of resources throughout the Twin Cities including The Good Acre, Mother Earth Gardens, grocery co-ops and more that can help you with tips and advice for cooking locally, and how to start an organic garden.

The health benefits of locally grown fruits and vegetables should help build up your immune system during this cooler season. However, if you find yourself or your family members feeling ill, please reach out to the naturopathic doctors at Balanced Care. We can run tests to determine the root cause of your illness and provide you with natural treatments for all of your ailments.

 

Drs. Katie and Rachel are wishing you a spooky Halloween!! They see patients in Edina and Woodbury, MN serving the Twin Cities. Their goal is to address the root cause by using natural medicines and nutrition. They offer complimentary 15 minute consultations if you would like to learn a little more. 612-564-2218

[i] www.thegoodacre.org

[ii] http://www.motherearthgarden.com

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“It’s been about 4 weeks since I came in. I don’t want to jinx myself, but I honestly haven’t felt this good in YEARS. I haven’t gotten sick and I can make it through almost every meal with virtually no pain or discomfort. I tried adding gluten back in yesterday, my stomach was all knotted up and my digestion was super noisy. Definitely seems like I should keep avoiding that for the time being. Thank you so much for the ideas – I am loving every day I get through without any issues!” 



Angie Nippert is a Health Coach and Doctor or Sport and Exercise Psychology. She specializes in helping families integrate food sensitivities and healthy eating into their lifestyle.

Dr Katie Corazzo

Dr. Katie is a Naturopathic Doctor practicing in Edina and Woodbury, MN. She offers natural treatments for digestive issues like IBS, constipation, diarrhea, IBD, reflux, GERD, SIBO, and more.