Celebrating 30 Years of
Bringing the Wellness of Tomorrow, Today
March 2, 2015
Dear Steve, 

that people who have low levels of vitamin D are more likely to have diabetes, regardless of how much they weigh, according to a new study published last week in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism?

Have a happy, healthy day. Steve and Bonnie
Today's NCI Well Connect
Steve Minsky
From Editor Steve Minsky
  • UPDATE of Natural Foods Shopping List Gluten-Free and Corn-Free versions
  • Our Favorite Dispensed Bottled Water for Your Home or Office
  • Relying on Genetic Tests for Wellness
  • St. Patrick's Day Smoothie
  • Simple, Daily Meditation Tips
  • Two Vitamins for Cognition Vindicated
  • This Will Make Your Kid Smarter
  • Ways to Use Ginger
  • Naturally Sweet Snack
  • Body Wash for a Good Cause
  • Date Me, Wake Me Bars
  • eInspire

Read stories like these twice weekly from our award-winning eNewsletter, access two titles per month from our Action Plan Library, and book free wellness coaching sessions on topics such as Immune System, Detox, and Shedding Weight, all for one dollar per week! Become a NCI Well Connect member here.

Aspirin-Like Substances in My Food
Meditation Has Officially Arrived
Not Meditating Yet? What Are You Waiting For?

We may be living longer, but the years we gain may come with increased risks for mental illness and neurodegenerative disease. Fortunately, a new study from Frontiers in Psychology shows that meditation could be one way to minimize those risks.


Building on earlier work that suggested people who meditate have less age-related atrophy in the brain's white matter, the new study found that meditation appeared to help preserve the brain's gray matter, the tissue that contains neurons. There was a widespread effect from meditation that encompassed regions throughout the entire brain.


Not to be outdone, a study published recently in JAMA Internal Medicine stated that you may be able to significantly improve your ability to get a restful night of sleep by practicing a popular form of meditation.


In one group, the adults learned behaviors that could help them develop good sleep hygiene, like establishing a regular bedtime routine and avoiding caffeine and alcohol before bed. The other group underwent a six-week program on mindfulness meditation - the nonjudgmental awareness of the thoughts and feelings drifting through one's mind - led by a certified teacher.


At the end of the yearlong study, the people who learned the mindfulness approach had greater improvements in sleep quality and fewer symptoms of insomnia, depression and fatigue than those who received standard care.


Steve: "If my mind starts wandering, I must not be cut out for meditation." This is not true. There's a reason meditation is called a practice: it takes practice! You are doing it right just by becoming aware that you're thinking about other things. Take it as a sign of progress. See my meditation tips in today's Mental Minute.

Far Infrared Sauna Therapy
One way to thaw out from the deep freeze is to experience Far Infrared Sauna Therapy. We have had one in our office for several years and it does not disappoint.


Aside from the fact that you are taking one hour out of your busy lives to relax, Far Infrared Therapy offers numerous therapeutic benefits, most importantly enhanced detoxification. Many clients use it to relieve painful joints, rev up metabolism, and remove buildup of heavy metals.


A recent study in JAMA Internal Medicine found that increased frequency of sauna bathing reduced the risk of sudden cardiac death, coronary heart disease, cardiovascular disease, and all-cause mortality.

Contact us to schedule a session.

eNews Briefs
 Eat Nuts. Live Longer.
In the upcoming April issue of American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, nut consumption was associated with lower risk of all-cause, CVD, and cancer mortality.

Action Plan of the Month
Salicylates...The Most Universally Ignored Food Intolerance

One of the perks of being a NCI Well Connect subscriber is that you have monthly access to our Action Plan Library (37 plans: total value over $275). 


The perk comes in handy when you need information or support on how to live with salicylate intolerance. Our Salicylate Action Plan is is the most complete protocol for incorporating a salicylate-free lifestyle. If salicylate are an issue for you, this Action Plan is a must-have.


Action Plans are free by email request for NCI Well Connect Members or can be ordered separately. To activate your NCI Well Connect Membership, click here.

All Star Award
We are excited to announce that for the seventh year in a row, we have been named a Constant Contact All Star by the largest eNewsletter service in the world!


We are particularly proud of this accomplishment because each year, more companies join Constant Contact, making  it that much more competitive. Only 10% of the more than 250,000 businesses with Constant Contact win this award.


Obviously, we could not achieve this without your participation. Our eNewsletter exists because of your consistent interest and passion for the content we provide. Hopefully, we can keep the streak going, with your help of course!

New Year, New You
Get Back to Wellness

We have a multitude of options for simple fine-tuning or the toughest cases.

  • Balanced Eating 101 (focus on eating style only)
  • Full Wellness Evaluation (with bloodwork)
  • NCI Well Connect Membership
  • Food/Med/Supplement Interaction Evaluation
  • Food Intolerance Screening (with menu plan only)
  • Dietary Supplement Update
  • Wellness and Lifestyle Coaching Sessions
  • Far Infrared Sauna Treatment
  • Grocery Shopping Tours and Pantry Raids
  • Workplace Wellness Evaluations
  • Chiropractic and Acupuncture

Consulting prices range from $45 to $225. Contact us at 847-498-3422 or email for details.

Food Intolerance: Silent Assassin
Natural Food Shopping List
Are you completely overwhelmed with finding trustworthy foods that fit your individualized eating style? Don't fret.Natural Foods Shopping List does the work for you.

Natural Foods Shopping List consists of food items that meet our strict criteria for safety, clean ingredients, and of course, palatability.

We are always open to your recommendations. As long as it meets our criteria, we will add it to the list.

Natural Foods Shopping List is revised quarterly and updates are available online to NCI Well Connect Members. The latest update is from March 1, 2015.
Snowbirds & Out-of-Towners
Whether you leave Chicago for the winter or live out of state, don't be a stranger. Stay connected!
  • If you need Bonnie's guidance, she is only a phone call away.
  • Read our eNewsletters to reinforce your wellness plan.
  • If you need to order supplements, we ship anywhere in the United States. We use green and recycled shipping materials. We ship probiotics that require refrigeration.

Do not hesitate to contact us to serve all of your out-of town needs.

Thirty years of serving your wellness needs. We appreciate your continued patronage and support.

Have a happy, healthy day,
Bonnie, Steve, and all of us at Nutritional Concepts

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