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Juicing for Better Health 2/21/19

Thursday 2/21/19 at 7:00pm
399 Campus Drive | Somerset, NJ

Cost:  $10 per person, or 2 for $15 if you bring a friend.
RSVP:  Email or call 908-218-1004 to reserve your seat by 2/20

Juicing vegetables is great for anyone who is interested in becoming healthier. Juicing your own fresh vegetables is not only more cost effective than purchasing prepared juices, but it is also healthier.  Learning how and what to juice is important in gaining all the health benefits of juicing to help combat everything from a cold to chronic diseases.

Many store bought juices contain large amounts of fruit instead of vegetables which can spike your blood sugar and insulin levels.  Other than green apples, fruits should not be juiced but eaten fresh.  Vegetables of all colors and varieties such as carrots, beets, spinach, chard, kale, broccoli stems, cabbage and celery should make up most of every juice. When blood sugar is a concern, leafy greens should make up to 80% of each serving. Store bought juices are also usually pasteurized to give them a longer shelf life which destroys many nutrients.  Fresh juice is unpasteurized so the taste and nutrients are preserved providing the most health benefits.

Juicing is different than making smoothies.  A juicer breaks down the food into a liquid form and separates it from the fiber.  Removing the fiber and extracting the juice enables the body to instantly absorb nutrients to nourish our cells, facilitate detoxification and optimize our health.  It gives your body more of what it needs with less food to digest.  This gives your colon, liver, kidneys, bladder and intestines a break and can help you have a healthier digestive system.  Our ability to absorb nutrients can be deficient due to unhealthy lifestyles, pollution and gut dysbiosis.  With juicing you increase your chance of getting better absorption, almost instantly! Consuming large amounts of nutrients found in juice also supports your immune system which can help you gain control of many chronic diseases and health issues.

Many people who struggle eating their veggies can consume more by juicing.  It’s a great way to help you eat your 6-8 servings a day! Juicing allows you to consume more nutrients by adding a variety of different vegetables which perhaps you normally wouldn’t cook, but throwing them in a juicer is simple. Without the pulp, the body can quickly and easily absorb the nutrients to improve your nutrition and health.  Drinking just one freshly pressed juice each day is an excellent way of infusing your body with a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that can protect your cells against premature aging and disease. Although, juicing should not replace eating fresh whole fruits and vegetables because having fiber is your diet is important for your digestive system.  To be sure you get enough fiber and nutrients in your diet a proper balance between juice and solid food is important.

Come see how easy it is to juice! Learn how to combine powerful ingredients to cleanse, detoxify, hydrate and nourish your cells to help fight inflammation, ward off colds and flu, help prevent cancer and/or reduce harmful side effects of cancer treatments, soothe an upset stomach, and much more to help your body thrive! You’ll also get to sample some of Dr. Claudia’s favorite juices and take home her recipes.

Thursday 2/21/19 at 7:00pm

Natural Medicine & Rehabilitation | 399 Campus Drive | Somerset, NJ
Cost:  $10 per person, or 2 for $15 if you bring a friend.
RSVP:  Email or call 908-218-1004 to reserve your seat by 2/20

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Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

To show our appreciation and to thank you for serving and protecting our community, during the month of January we are offering a  free health and wellness consultation to all new patients who work in law enforcement.

Already our patient? 

  • Receive a 50% discount on our protein powders
    (limit one per person)
  • Refer a family member or friend and they’ll receive a free health & wellness consultation and YOU’LL receive an NMR wellness package including Multi Vitamins, protein bars, protein powder and a foam roller.

2019 Detox Rituals to Nurture your Body and Soul

Start 2019 by establishing healthy habits that will nurture your body and soul and improve your health.  Remember!  We are body and soul beings.  If you are only detoxifying your body you only complete half of the task toward optimal health.

Immediately upon rising:

  1. 10 minutes of prayer/meditation
  2. 10 deep diaphragmatic breaths
  3. Set the tone for the day by setting a positive mindset
    1. Turn your complaints into positive affirmations.  Be mindful of the words you are speaking.  They are defining YOU:  are they all negative, complaints, criticism?
    2. Make a point of performing at least one act of kindness for another person each day (and record it at the end of your day)

Throughout your day:

  1. Prior to eating your meals:  practice expressing gratefulness for your meal
  2. Put your phone/and other devices away while eating.  Digestive enzymes are released when we think about food and as we see and eat our food. If your brain is focused on other tasks the release of such enzymes essential for digestion will be arrested or delayed and your food will be harder to digest – indigestion!

For those who love themselves enough to put the effort in to get healthier, Dr. Claudia is sharing her 7-Day Detox program. The 7-Day Detox Meal Plan includes super-foods that fight chronic disease and is great for everyone who is interested in becoming healthier. The best part is…it doesn’t require a juicer!  Email to receive your copy.

If you are interested in learning about juicing, join us on 2/21/19 for a demonstration on Juicing For Better Health.

Here is one of the Breakfast options from the 7-Day Detox Meal Plan:

Turbo Charge Smoothie:

  • 1 handful spinach (or mixed greens : baby kale, spinach, chard)
  • ½ cucumber
  • 1 tbsp. parsley leaves
  • 1 tbsp. cilantro (coriander) leaves
  • ½ inch knob ginger
  • ½ lime, peeled
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds (or less if preferred)
  • 12 oz. (355 ml) coconut water
  • 1 scoop protein powder

Keep up your Exercise Routines over the Holidays

Schedule exercise into your week. Look to see where you’ll have a little window of opportunity to fit in some exercise during the busy holiday season. If you have already invested the time into being physically fit, it won’t take much time to maintain that during the holidays. Exercise has shown physiologically to be one of the greatest therapies to temper stress hormone output. It’s just too important to neglect!

Healthy for the Holidays


Ahh the holidays…a time when we typically lose track of healthy habits, i.e. crazier schedules, parties with more unhealthy foods, late nights, alcohol and high stress (both positive and negative). Being out of our normal routines can cause many things including stress, a greater tendency for our immune system to break down and sometimes…tummy trouble!

If you find yourself engaging in foods that are processed, sugary and chemically laden on a daily basis over the holidays you may experience digestive issues.  Here are a 10 remedies to help reduce gas and bloating:


  1. Take a probiotic regularly and eat fermented foods. Intestinal dysbiosis (lacking the right bacteria in your gut) is one of the causes of bloating and gas as well as a main cause for many autoimmune diseases. Make sure to take a good quality probiotic recommended by your healthcare professional. Eating fermented foods is another great easy way to keep our intestinal flora balanced. You will find fermented veggies in glass jars in the fridge at your health food store .They have to be raw and not pasteurized. Don’t get conventional sauerkraut if you see “pasteurized” on the bag. Pasteurization destroys the good bacteria in this food. Start using this amazing healing food by adding one tablespoon a day with your lunch or dinner.
  2. Take digestive enzymes. These improve food breakdown speeding up and facilitating good digestion and absorption. This way the food spends less time in the gut therefore reducing the possibility of fermentation.
  3. Don’t skip meals!
  4. Eat your fruit first, or on its own. Enjoy your favorite fruit before a meal especially if that meal has animal protein in it. Fruits are made of simple sugars which are digested very easily and fast as opposed to complex sugars from whole foods and proteins. If we eat protein first and then fruit, the fruit will be “stuck behind” the proteins that take longer to digest and will start fermenting in your gut. This fermentation process causes gas and bloating.
  5. Eliminate dairy, processed foods and grains. These foods are inflammatory for most humans.
  6. Use activated charcoal before a heavy meal. This is good if you know you will be eating out or at a party. Charcoal will bind to toxins in your gut and improve their elimination. Don’t use every day as it is shown that every day use can cause magnesium deficiency.
  7. Don’t eat when upset or angry. In these situation stress hormones are released as the body is under stress. These hormones are designed for “fight or flight” response and shut down digestion. If food is introduced in the gut at this time the appropriate digestive processes are not activated therefore you will end up with an indigestion, gas and bloating.
  8. Don’t eat while working, watching TV or when being on your phone. We know that appropriate digestive enzymes are released when our brain is just thinking about food and our eyes and nose are watching/smelling food. If we are not mindful at the time we eat and we distract our brain with other tasks, these processes are delayed or arrested which will result in indigestion.
  9. Chew! Digestion starts in the mouth. By chewing our food into small pieces we expose it to the digestive enzymes and stomach acid to be further processed. The smaller the pieces, the better the digestion. Take your time and chew your food at least 30 times before you swallow!
  10. If you are experiencing bloating here are some techniques to use for relief: drink peppermint tea, ginger tea, or fennel tea. Lay on you back with your knees bent for 5-10 minutes. Use a warm compress on your lower abdomen if available.

Natural Medicine & Rehabilitation

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