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 »

Preconception Nutrition

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There is one aspect of creating healthy babies we can all agree- Nutrition! Prepping for pregnancy is all about eating well, and more than just eating good food, eating GREAT food. Your body will become the house in which your baby is created, and your baby will only receive the abundance of nutrients your body has to give. Your partner’s body will create half of the DNA and cell messaging to create your child, which can be enhanced with great nutrition. Eating a clean diet, robust with great nutrition a minimum of 3 months preferably 6-12 months prior to conception gives your baby a lifetime of wellness.

So, what DO you eat?

Learn more nutrition prior to pregnancy on our sister blog at Natural Preconception with Dr. Sinsheimer.

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


Farm-To-Table Dining at Heirloom Craft Kitchen

Optimal Health Center’s providers make a lot of recommendations to patients regarding healthy eating and treating food as medicine. They stress the importance of whole, unprocessed, organically grown foods. Helping our patients find local resources for healthy lifestyles is a big part of what we do and we’re always delighted when we find one we can share.

Heirloom Craft Kitchen in Indio is a welcome addition to the Desert and especially to the Eastern half of the Valley. We had an opportunity to enjoy a meal there the other night and think our local readers may enjoy it as much as we did.

As a diner, you’ll feel like you’re in your favorite neighborhood joint – comfortable, casual, relaxed, and friendly. You have the choice to sit at booths and tables, inside or on the patio, and enjoy friendly table service; or you can select from the grab n’ go case if you’re on the move. Every surface is impeccably clean and inviting, without feeling sterile.

Just like your favorite neighborhood joint, just about anyone, regardless of dietary preference, will find something delicious on the menu. Small and large plates, as well as sandwiches and salads are planned with special attention to local, organic produce and grass fed/free range meats. You can choose gluten-free and vegetarian options from every section of the menu and you vegans out there will enjoy an entire Vegan Friendly menu. As parents, you’ll be impressed there is a healthier kid menu with dishes kids will actually eat.

When you’re eating healthy and responsibly it’s so much easier to actually enjoy a dessert without feeling guilty about it – so be sure to check out the bakery items – we split a strawberry margarita cupcake and loved it.


Reducing Impact for Earth Day 2018


Earth Day 2018 is this Sunday the 22nd. Earth Day is the world’s largest environmental movement – and this year specifically targets plastic pollution.

Optimal Health Center is participating by, among other things, replacing all of our disposable beverage containers with reusable vessels that are repurposed, recycled, and, most importantly, non-toxic.

We’re loving our 100% silicone to go cups and have been getting raised eyebrows and questions from our favorite juice joints and coffee shops around town.

If you’d like more information, see our series of posts on plastic waste here and here.

Hydrate Responsibly. Really Responsibly.

Next in our series on medically and environmentally responsible hydration: The 16oz and 8z GoSili Cups from SiliKids.

What is it?

A cup/mug made from 100% silicone, with reinforced stainless steel ring embedded in the rim to hold it’s shape. At Optimal Health Center, the 16oz mug comes with the coffee lid and the 8oz cup comes with the SiliSkin sippy cover.

Why this vessel?


It’s a great alternative to the other reusable vessels we often see. No plastic means no BPA/BPB. It’s dishwasher, microwave, and freezer safe. Silicone can even be boiled to sterilize (for the super sensitive among us). Leave it in the cupholder of your car on a Palm Springs summer day without worrying the heat will leech plasticizers or other toxins into your drink.

Silicone is a natural insulator. So hot beverages stay warmer longer and cold beverages stay cooler longer. The wide mouth allows any style of beverage – water, smoothies straight from your blender, coffee, tea, or your favorite juice.

The SiliSkin sippy cover that comes with the kids’ cup can be used on the original cup, the mug, or any other reasonable jar or bottle – allowing you to repurpose those mason jars and apple sauce bottles instead of sending them to the landfill.

These cups can be used over and over again – replacing paper and plastic options and reducing pollution. Step up your non-toxic hydration game.

Side benefit for those of us who love our hot beverages hot, but still want to sip and savor… you can relax and pop your GoSili mug in the microwave for a few seconds to reheat your coffee or tea without worrying you’ll decompose the mug into your beverage.


Bring Your Own… Cup

Billions of disposable cups end up in landfills every year
8 million tons of plastic is dumped in the ocean yearly

5.25 trillion pieces of plastic trash are floating in our oceans. The Pacific Garbage Island alone covers an area ranging from the size of the state of Texas to the size of the country of Russia (!). And there are 5 of these types of islands. Plastic degenerates into fine particles and micro beads, which hover just below the surface, making it hard to see, but causing immense harm to marine life.

We live in a “throw-away” culture. One that enjoys a use-once-then-discard mentality about too many things. As a group, we often try to make ourselves feel better about our impact by committing to recycling. While worthy, recycling simply isn’t sufficient. Worse, it’s often not applicable. For example: did you know that many disposable paper cups cannot easily be recycled due to the plastic or wax coating on the inside that makes it waterproof? This paper biodegrades much slower in landfills for the same reason. The 5 major global garbage islands are just one example of the impact of our fixation on single-use items for convenience as opposed to necessity.

The reduce, reuse, recycle mantra is as important as it ever was. At Optimal Health Center, we took a look at which behaviors we could adopt to make positive change. We’ve elected to replace “convenience vessels” with reusable options at our homes and at our office. In other words, we’re choosing bottles, cups, and mugs made from sustainable, responsible, non-toxic materials that can easily be washed and reused indefinitely.

Why vessels? Everything needs to start somewhere. Our providers frequently recommend patients drink more water. Chronic dehydration is a common cause of health conditions, and in our Desert community, it’s even more prevalent. Life can be busy and hectic, and it’s so easy to just grab a bottle of water from the cooler at the convenience store and then toss it when it’s empty. That’s great for your hydration, but that bottle is terrible for the planet, and the toxicity in the plastic bottle isn’t healthy. The right vessels represent a one-two punch for healthy bodies and healthy environments.

We’ll publish a few posts in a series on medically and environmentally healthy hydration designed to help our patients and readers score points for themselves and for the planet.