February Newsletter

Thinking of Spring…

Though we are still in the throes of Winter, I wanted to update you on some news from the practice and upcoming projects with our first monthly newsletter.  Thank you to all of you that answered the survey I sent by email, it helps with discovering what is important to our patients.  Future projects will likely include videos and groups – hang tight for more info on those soon!

     Medication dispensing…  and now available by mail!

Many of you are already seeing the huge savings with our generic medication program at the office.   Did you know that we can now mail you your medications automatically every 90 days?  For a $3-4 charge per shipment, we can provide you with automatic refills by mail for the medications you usually get from our office.  This is ideal for someone who takes medication every day for chronic conditions.  Please email us at [email protected] if you would like to start receiving your medications by mail.  Charges for these will automatically be applied to your next month’s invoice.

     Now is the time to enjoy citrus fruits

Citrus includes grapefruits, oranges, lemons, limes, and tangelos among others.  Vitamin C is what most people know already that is found in high levels in citrus.  Did you know vitamin C is an antioxidant?  Antioxidants are compounds that help to avoid cellular damage in the body.  Vitamin C may also prevent heart disease by helping to reduce plaque formation.  Vitamin C is used to build connective tissue in the body such as collagen, and is used to repair and heal tissue.  It also helps you absorb iron-containing foods in your diet.  The key is to get vitamin C from real foods.  Supplements are rarely needed as most people can enjoy the beautiful fruit itself and do not need to buy pills for this purpose.  

     Get your vitamin D somehow

We have seen an unusual amount of sunshine the last few weeks, but most people still do not spend a lot of time outdoors in the winter.  Taking a vitamin D3 supplement during winter months can help keep your levels from dropping too low.  Usually 1,000 IU daily is enough for most people, but if it is already too low, you may need more.  Vitamin D helps prevent some chronic diseases and increases your absorption of calcium, keeping your bones strong.  It can also be found in wild fish, some mushrooms, and egg yolks.  

     Recipe of the Month – Mango, lemon, ginger, turmeric smoothie

2 cups frozen mango chunks
1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
2 small bananas or 1 large
Juice of 1 lemon
1 inch chopped or grated fresh ginger
Generous sprinkle turmeric
Dash of nutmeg
1 can coconut milk (not from a carton)
Water to desired thickness

Makes 3-4 servings

     We would love to hear from you!

Have a suggestion, some feedback, or a concern?  Shoot us an email at [email protected]  Our goal is to keep you engaged, educated, and healthy.  I hope you enjoyed our first newsletter!  – Dr. Donna Givens