Livewell Design - March 2018



13375 University Avenue, Suite 100, Clive, IA 50325||515.279.9900


W henever I’m not busy, I’m either spending time with my family or trying to better myself. A lot of the time, the latter comes down to reading an endless stack of personal development and business books I’m always buying, working my way through the ideas of authors who know a lot more about the world than I do.

or two, they recognize their mistake and quickly correct their course. As a result, they complete the flight with time to spare. The other pilot starts the journey one measly degree off. Unlike their counterpart, they don’t bother course correcting, confident that they’re going the right direction. They maintain their trajectory the entire time, and end up 150 miles from New York, low on fuel.

In fact, I just recently finished a reread of one of my favorite books, one I read almost once a year: “The Compound Effect,” by legendary speaker Darren Hardy. When I first encountered the book, it helped me bring into focus my priorities for the lofty goals I’d set for myself, transforming the way I managed my time, my business, and even my life. Though it’s billed as a book about achieving business success, I’ve found the lessons found within apply to pretty much any goal you might have in your life, granting purpose and drive to every day. The key to Darren Hardy’s philosophy basically boils down to the fact that the little decisions you make day by day, both good and bad, add up over time, eventually affecting you in a big way. One analogy he often gives in his speeches concerns two planes taking off from L.A. and flying to New York. One pilot directs their plane right at the destination right off the bat. When they skew left or right to a degree

The fact is, if you let life happen to you without carving out time for the things that really matter to you, you’re going to end up somewhere you never wanted to be. However, if you set a goal and make small, consistent efforts every day, you can stumble here and there and still end up fulfilling your dreams and more. When you’re trying to get healthy, there will be times where you fall off your diet, or when you’re not exercising adequately. If you keep the vision for your life in view as often as you can, these will simply be opportunities to reassess and get back on track, rather than reasons to throw up your hands and declare your goals impossible. I would encourage anyone who hasn’t to check out “The Compound Effect,” even if you usually avoid personal development literature. It’s an easy, yet deep, read that really had a huge impact on my life, and I’m sure many of my patients would find it useful.

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MEET DR. LORI MILLER One of Our Incredibly Talented Functional Medicine Doctors


From the very first day of osteopathic medical school, Dr. Lori Miller was set on a different path than the one dictated by traditional medicine. “In our orientation,

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they broke up the word ‘disease,’” she says. “Dis - ease: What’s stopping the patient from being at ease? They told us, ‘You can prescribe a pill all you want, but how can you dig deeper and address the problem at its root?’” After receiving her degree, she took a position at UnityPoint Clinic, where she worked in family medicine for over 16 years. “During the last 10 years or so there, I gave up my afternoons and starting working with medical residents to help them train,” she says. “I was constantly pushed by their young minds asking ‘why, why, why,’ and driving me deeper into my methodologies and philosophies as a medical expert.” As she was searching for ways to improve her skills in her spare time, she came across the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M), now called the Metabolic Medical Institute (MMI), which gave her the foundations to try incorporating functional medicine into her work. “I thought I’d be the one who could do it all,” she says, “incorporating nutritional and natural methods into those more traditional practices.” Still, it never quite meshed, and the organization gave her considerable pushback. “It broke my heart,” she says. But she knewThe Livewell Clinic CEODr. Zac Watkins through a mutual patient and was aware of his passion for functional medicine. They got to talking, eventually meeting every three or four months to discuss how they might realize a new vision for health care, until one day, he asked if she wanted to join the Livewell team. Now, Dr. Lori fulfills her dream of working as a fully fledged functional medicine doctor every day. “I love educating patients,” she says. “Knowledge is power. I can teach people why their body is doing what it’s doing, get them to listen to what it’s saying, and empower them to transform their health from the ground up. I get more satisfaction from taking people off medication that I ever did prescribing it.” All of us at The Livewell Clinic feel lucky to have Dr. Lori on our side, applying her keen sense of compassion, empathy, and medical expertise to improve the well-being of every patient who comes her way. We look forward to seeing her transform lives for years to come.

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As spring approaches, many of us are cleaning out our garages, closets, and drawers, pruning clutter and distraction from our lives. But as we throw out all our old junk, we should ensure we’re not neglecting the most important aspect of all: our bodies. Going through our day to day in America, we inevitably absorb all kinds of dangerous chemicals into our body. From the plastics all around us to the synthetic hormones that are injected into the farm animals we consume to the polluted air we breathe, toxins are unavoidable in modern society. While these toxins may be invisible, they have very real negative effects on our bodies. Experts believe this toxicity is one of the contributors of consistently rising incidence rates of cancer throughout the country, as well as diabetes, obesity, problems with reproductive health, neurological Come and learn applicable information for you and your family’s health! Call our office to register for free. LIVEWELL CHATS (TLC—The Livewell Chat) First Tuesday of every month Tues., Mar. 6 at 5 p.m. - Thyroid Health Tues., April 3 at 5 p.m. - Autoimmune Disease NEW PATIENT INFO SESSIONS

damage, and dozens of other issues. Though your liver is responsible for filtering these toxins from your bloodstream, the toxins of today are just too abundant for it to keep all of them out, leading to a steady buildup of chemicals. Luckily, there are ways to eliminate these toxins for good and maintain a healthy body inside and out. Next month, we’re starting a group “ReSet” Detox on April 2, with a kickoff celebration on the evening of March 29. These sessions will give you all the tools you need to ensure your body’s toxins are at a manageable level. You’ll working in a group setting to maintain accountability and remain motivated. It’s the best way to start off spring the healthiest you’ve ever been. If you’re interested, make sure to contact Melissa Reisinger at to learn more and reserve a spot for you and a friend. These spots are limited, though, so don’t delay. Join our group detox and let us help you spring clean your health!

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Want to spruce up your morning yogurt? Top it with this tasty granola. Even better, swap out the dairy for coconut yogurt and enjoy your vegan breakfast. Ingredients PISTACHIO GOJI BERRY GRANOLA

• 1 cup rolled oats • 1/2 teaspoon salt

• 1/3 cup pistachios, chopped • 1/4 cup coconut flakes • 1 teaspoon cinnamon • 1/3 cup goji berries

• 1 tablespoon coconut oil • 3 tablespoons maple syrup


1. Heat a large skillet over low heat. Add oats in a thin layer and toast for 1–2 minutes. Add coconut oil and salt, then stir. Continue toasting for 5–7 minutes, stirring occasionally. 2. Add maple syrup 1 tablespoon at a time; stir to coat. 3. Once oats are toasted, add pistachios, coconut flakes, and cinnamon. Cook slowly until pistachios and coconut flakes are toasted but not burned, for about 5 minutes. 4. Remove from pan and stir in goji berries. 5. Let cool and enjoy as a snack or on top of your yogurt!

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3 Herbal Teas to Boost Your Health

For centuries, people around the globe have relied on the power of herbal tea. Today, there are more herbal teas on the market than ever before. Finding a flavorful tea that also offers the right health benefits can be a challenge. Here are three varieties of herbal tea that are among the best of the best, both in flavor and healing power. LAVENDER TEA For some people, lavender tea is great for reducing headaches, arthritis pain, and general joint aches and pains. For others, however, it improves sleep. Lavender tea is often recommended to people who suffer from insomnia or who have trouble falling asleep. Drink some before bed and let it do the rest. It helps you feel relaxed and eases you into the Land of Nod. The flowery flavor isn’t for everyone, but if you’re looking for a natural sleep aid, it’s worth trying. If the flavor proves too strong, a great alternative is chamomile, which shares many of the same properties as lavender tea. PEPPERMINT TEA It’s no surprise this is one of the most popular herbal teas around. Thanks to its not-so-subtle aroma and natural sweetness, it delivers THE POWER OF HERBAL TEAS

on flavor and packs a healthy punch. Peppermint tea is known for its ability to aid in digestion. Plus, it works wonders on stomach inflammation, alleviating everything from minor aches to nausea. ROOIBOS TEA A South African tea, rooibos is noted for its high levels of vitamin C and antioxidants. If you’re looking for an immune system boost, rooibos is here to help. Thanks to its antioxidant powers, it’s also great for the skin. Stressed out? Anxious? Have a cup of rooibos tea. It helps ease stress and lowers blood pressure. Furthermore, rooibos tea lacks oxalic acid, an organic compound that plays a role in the formation of kidney stones. If you’re prone to kidney stones but love tea, rooibos may be the answer.


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