The Livewell Clinic - March 2019



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Cater to Your Body’s Hydration Needs WATER WOES?

Other than being a medical expert on detoxifying the junk out of your body, I also have a personal connection to the health benefits of proper hydration. I only have one kidney because I donated the other, and this makes my body’s filtration process extremely sensitive.

There are some health and wellness tips people hold strong to— regardless of the contrary evidence we find. Folklore and old wives’ tales are just ingrained in our culture. Drinking orange juice to stave off a cold is one example, while some swear you will get arthritis if you crack your knuckles. And I can guarantee that you have heard people advise you to drink eight glasses of water every day to stay hydrated and healthy. While this isn’t bad advice, it’s not completely accurate. Drinking eight glasses of water is great, but every person is different. At The Livewell Clinic, for example, we suggest our patients drink half their weight in ounces every day. Because setting the bar at eight glasses is limiting to the unique needs of each person. Proper hydration can be one of the most important pieces to keep you on the right track with your overall health and wellness. Being dehydrated can make meeting weight loss goals more difficult, contribute to worsening conditions of chronic diseases, and keep toxins and carcinogens trapped in your body. Dehydration leaves your body stuck. If you don’t have a way to eliminate the garbage in your body, you’re not going to get better. Drinking water is a super power we can all utilize. But as vital as water is to our overall health, it’s really quite bland. Gulping down copious amounts of water on a daily basis becomes old very quickly, and this is often when people indulge in sodas, coffees, and alcohol. I’ll admit that if I go out to eat, I may drink an occasional glass of wine. (I am human, after all.) But I also frequently ask the server if I can have a mineral water with lemon and lime. The citrus additions boost the flavor of the water and make it a fun beverage. More importantly, drinking mineral water gives me all the detoxifying benefits of water with the added power of vitamins and minerals.

This means I have to be more mindful of what I put in my body. Because of this, I adhere to specific herbal formulas to eliminate excess waste my one kidney cannot filter out on its own. In addition to this herbal formula, I have to remember how diuretics I introduce to my body on a daily basis impact my hydration. For example, drinking coffee and alcohol can quickly dehydrate you, but mineral water — and even small amounts of sparkling water — can give your body a boost in hydration with a fun twist. A combination of the two also works great! I often opt for a mineral water with lemon juice, Himalayan salt, potassium, magnesium, and stevia. This creates a sports-type drink mixture without all the garbage that’s typically loaded into these drinks. Hydration doesn’t have to be boring to be effective, and it’s important to remember that what’s great for someone isn’t necessarily designed for you. Once you find the right way to keep your body hydrated, you will notice a difference. I encourage you to see how we can help you meet your hydration goals. Learn more tips and tricks inside this month’s newsletter.


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Spring is in the air, and it’s time to celebrate with another round of spring-cleaning. Banish the clutter and make room in your life for something new! Many charities see a sharp increase in donations as spring-cleaning season starts. Donating your used books, kids’ toys, and gently worn clothing allows your old items to have a second life. However, when filling that donation box, make sure you’re donating each item because it can do good and not just because you feel bad about throwing it away. Charities have a big problemwith well-meaning citizens dropping off items that are better left in the trash. There are many items charities simply cannot handle. Most charities will have lists of items they can and cannot accept on their websites. Some items that you should not donate include: DONATE WITH CARE THE RIGHT WAY TO DONATE AFTER SPRING-CLEANING

Hear From Our Clients Who Are Living Well!

Very big improvement in my neck pain. After three years of constant pain, degenerative disc disease, and an arthritis diagnosis, I am experiencing so much relief. That pain is almost gone! -Dorothy L.

Livewell has literally changed our lives, and I will be forever grateful! Mayo Clinic couldn't even get to the bottom of one of our family member's health issues. Within one month, Dr. Lori knew exactly what the root cause was and had a plan to address it, using a series of tests. Everyone at the clinic is very friendly, helpful, honest, and caring. I can't imagine going anywhere else for chronic illness. Thanks to Livewell, we are on a path of hope and healing! If you or a loved one has a chronic illness, don't waste your time with traditional medicine and drugs. It will just cover up the underlying problem(s) and possibly cause more issues with whatever drug they put you on. Give functional medicine a try ... it's truly worth every penny! –Melissa K.

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Tangled cords or phone chargers Any broken, damaged, or dirty items

These items may be unsafe to sell, costly to ship, or impossible to refurbish effectively. When a charity regularly receives items they cannot use, they have to spend hours of manpower sorting through things that end up in the trash anyway. This process can be expensive for organizations with already-strained resources. Some local charities spend over $1,000 a year on dumpster and trash removal fees for unusable donations. While charities will have no choice but to throw unusable donations in the trash, there are services you can use to make your spring-cleaning eco-friendly, even for items you can’t donate. For example, if you have torn or stained blue jeans, reach out to Blue Jeans Go Green. This program keeps denim out of landfills by turning it into insulation. And while Goodwill can't take your batteries or old flip phone, you can check out to learn how to safely recycle your e-waste.

I hadn’t had a period since January. After two days on the detox and one IV Vitamin C, I got my period. That was important to us because we’re trying to get pregnant! -Kelsey R.

Your donations can be a big help to local charities. Just don’t “donate” your garbage.



For something that is so necessary for our daily living, water and hydration science can be some of the most confusing topics. Fight the uncertainty, and arm yourself with the following water facts to get on the right path toward proper hydration. Track It In today’s growing digital world, apps and digital notebooks are stashed right in your pocket to make tracking your water intake easy. That means meetingThe Livewell Clinic’s suggested quota of drinking half your weight in ounces is easily attainable. For example, Plant Nanny is a popular water-tracking app that requires you to keep a digital plant alive by “watering it” with the amount of water you drink each day. This can be a fun and easy way for you to hold yourself accountable, track your habits, and find ways to improve. Know What It Does One of the most important benefits of staying hydrated is keeping your kidneys and skin in tip-top shape. Water helps both these organs filter toxins out of your body, which in turn can have a positive impact on your nerves, eye sight, and diabetes risk. Additionally, water can help eliminate headaches, stiffness, and pain. On the flip side, hydrating too much can

oversaturate your body and make daily bodily functions more difficult. This is why tracking can be so helpful. Monitor What’s Polluting It

Sometimes it’s not so much the quantity of water you drink as it is the quality. Every city and town’s water supplies have outside, ecological invaders. Cities may run into problems with old filtration systems and factory runoffs polluting their water with high levels of carcinogens, while rural communities may have issues with animal and farm runoffs. Additionally, landfills and medical and pharmaceutical waste contaminates local bodies of water at surprisingly high rates. At-home water purification systems can help you filter out some of this waste, but only if they are regularly cleaned and monitored. Being mindful of ecological toxins in your water can help you reap the positive benefits water was meant to provide. You don’t have to be a hydrology expert to have a great relationship with your water. Learn more about proper hydration from our experts online at or by calling 515.279.9900.

Livewell Events


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Directions In 2019, we deserve a hydration plan that works for us and tastes great too! Below is a sweet recipe for a mineral water mixture that Dr. Watkins created. Once concocted, it tastes similar to sports drinks, but this drink actually includes healthy vitamins and minerals. As an added bonus, it works well with a ketogenic diet. So, mix up your hydration routine, and sip on this tasty — and nutritious — mineral water! Ingredients • 8 ounces sparking or flat mineral water (You can use normal filtered water too!) • 1–2 tablespoons lemon juice • 1–2 packets stevia

• April 1 - 5:00 p.m. • April 10 - 5:00 p.m. • April 20 - 9:00 a.m. • April 24 - 5:00 p.m.

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• 1 teaspoon CALM (magnesium) • 1/8 teaspoon No Salt (potassium) • 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt

• March 27 - 12:00 p.m. Central Standard Time

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1. This one is easy: Mix these ingredients together and enjoy!

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How to Make Your Sailing Dreams Come True



TAKE A DAY SAIL Many day-sail charters exist for those who want to go out a little farther than a dinghy would

If you’re lucky enough to have been aboard a ship under full sail, chances are you know the thrill and serenity sailing can give you. If you’ve never been but have always wanted to know what it’s like to get out on the wind and waves, there are many great options available for beginners. Here are some ideas to inspire your next waterside vacation. START SMALL For those who dream of becoming a skipper one day, a great way to start is by sailing dinghies. These one-sail, beach-launch boats fit 1–2 people and can be rented at most water sports shops. If you want to make it a family experience, shops usually have 16-foot catamarans for rent as well. Catamarans have two hulls rather than one, making for a smoother, more spacious ride. If you’ve never sailed before, inquire about lessons. Most rental operations have instructors on hand who can show you the ropes. The great thing about sailing is that whether you’re in a 12-foot dinghy or a 60-foot sloop, the same basic principles, rules, and skills apply.

permit. If you’ve captained a boat and are familiar with the waters, you can apply for a bareboat charter. However, if you are inexperienced or simply don’t want a local guide at the helm, signing up for a day trip with a skipper and crew is a great option. DO A FULL CHARTER

Short of owning your own vessel, chartering a boat for multiple nights is the closest you can get to living out your nautical dreams. Some of the most beautiful destinations on earth— from the Caribbean Sea to the Mediterranean— are best experienced from the deck of a sailboat. Letting the sea guide you to amazing snorkeling destinations, remote cays, and bustling harbors is the stuff of real adventure.


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