Hydration Strategy: Intravenous


Summer climates make people prone to dehydration, not only when spending long periods outdoors, but also from going about daily activities in the heat. Travel, strenuous physical activity and compromised immune systems exacerbate the risk.

If you are drinking the recommended amount of water (aim for 3 liters daily) and replenishing lost minerals by using an electrolyte product but still feel lethargic, consider I.V. hydration to get you back to feeling better.Read More »


Healthy Hydration


We write often about the importance of hydration. Here’s a healthy drink to prevent dehydration when you’re planning to be out in the hot summer sun or have spent too much time in dry, air-conditioned settings.

Coconut water is known for providing electrolytes, and this concoction will make it even better than sugary, artificially-colored rehydration beverages.


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The Ketogenic Diet: Pros and Cons


True ketogenic diets, which provide up to 90% of calories from fat, are still used to treat epilepsy, other neurological conditions and cancer. Those who follow a ketogenic diet for better athletic performance or longevity tout the benefits for its effects on cardiac and metabolic markers.

But as with most issues related to human health, the evidence is mixed. Below we examine the pros and cons of a ketogenic diet. First, the good news…

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Jessica Needle, ND practices at Optimal Health Center


The Many Benefits of Hemp Oil

Hemp Oil

Do you know someone who uses hemp oil and touts its health benefits? Have you heard of CBD oil and wondered if it would be good for you? If so, read on to learn more about this herbal agent and its wide range of benefits.

Hemp is a plant in the cannabis family. It is related to, but not the same as the herb used for recreational and medical marijuana use. Hemp contains a natural constituent called cannabidiol (CBD) in large quantity, while marijuana contains much larger amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is responsible for marijuana’s psychoactive effects and is regulated as a drug. Because hemp seeds contain no THC they are for sale without a prescription, will not cause a “high,” and can be consumed as food. Think of hemp milk or hemp powder on the shelves of your local health food store.

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Dr. Needle is a contributor to Desert Health News

Jessica Needle, ND practices at Optimal Health Center


Our Favorite Green Juice Recipes

shutterstock_232897306We all know we should eat our vegetables. With a green juice or green smoothie, you can drink your vegetables, too. Juicing provides an easily absorbed boost of vitamins and minerals in the form of a fresh, raw food. Green juice contains magnesium, potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C and it reduces acidity and inflammation in the body. An 8-ounce serving of green juice generally has 80-100 calories and it can provide more than one third of the recommended daily allowance of the nutrients mentioned above.

Learn to make juices at home, with or without a dedicated juicer with these simple recipes.Read More »