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With the flu running rampant throughout the country, and the virulent strain affecting so many, it’s more important than ever to practice good virus prevention.  Growing up my family always had the mantra “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” and that’s never been more applicable than now.

Here are some suggestions for mitigating the inevitable contact you will have with these viruses and the ill people carrying them:

Wash your hands:  Every time you shake someone’s hand wash yours!  In fact, wash your hands often regardless to get rid of as many germs as possible.

Don’t touch your face:  Touching your eyes, nose, or mouth are the ways germs get into your system.  These sebaceous glands are the quickest way to introduce germs into the body so avoid touching them and increase your chances of staying healthy.

Eat healthy:  Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables along with lean protein to support your immune system.  It’s a lot easier than fighting off an illness.

Stay hydrated:  Be sure to increase your fluid intake (water mainly) and limit excess sugary drinks and empty calorie selections.  Dehydration is taxing on the body and can weaken the immune system.

Get quality rest & sleep more:  Give your body a chance to fight off germs by not burning the candle at both ends.  Resting and getting plenty of restorative sleep (at least 8 hours) is vital to maintaining a healthy body and supporting your immune system.

Get some exercise:  Get your heart pumping and work up a sweat to enhance healthy immune function.  It’s also a part of keeping your body running at optimal levels.

Stay away from symptomatic people:  Keep your distance from people who are sneezing, coughing, and generally looking unwell.  It seems obvious but keeping a safe distance goes a long way in preventing illness.

Sanitize yourself:  Alcohol-based hand sanitizers and wipes can really help keep you healthy.  Not only clean your hands but also things like your cell phone, stationary phone, tv remote, door knobs, faucets, cabinet & refrigerator handles, steering wheel & dashboard controls, along with any “community surfaces” (both at home and at work) that are suspect.

Practicing some good prevention techniques goes a long way in staying healthy.  It’s a frightening thought how many people we come in contact with on a daily basis and then come home to our loved ones, possibly carrying some dangerous germs.  Keep yourself and your family safe and healthy with some of these necessary things and enjoy your illness-free winter!


Everyone knows about those annoying (and sometimes painful) sounds your joints can make:  POP!  CRACK!  SNAP!  GRIND!  There are different benign reasons why joints make these noises, but sometimes it’s not a good reason.

In a joint there is synovial fluid that acts as a lubricant and this fluid contains the gases oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide that “pop” or “crack” when you stretch the joint capsule.  This gas is rapidly released, forming bubbles.  In order to crack the same joint again you have to wait until the gases return to the synovial fluid.

Sometimes the movement of joints, tendons, and ligaments can cause the “pop” or “crack”.  When the joint moves then the tendon’s position changes and it moves slightly out of place and when it moves back into place you might hear the sound.  The noise can also be attributed to a tightening of the ligaments so they become noisy with movement.

The more alarming (and sometimes painful) reason for loud joints is damage to the joint.  Arthritis (Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis), bursitis, gout, strains, sprains, and other injuries all cause joint problems.  Inflammation also plays a role in joint pain and is usually present with all joint damage.  The goal of any treatment is to reduce pain and inflammation while preserving joint function…and sometimes it’s possible to achieve some level of joint “repair”.

Creative Bioscience has a very effective product…Joint Formula…that contains a clinically tested type 2 collagen ingredient believed to promote joint health and structure as well as joint lubrication and mobility.  Along with tart cherry and ginger our Joint Formula addresses reducing joint inflammation, providing lubrication, and repairing the structure of the joint.  You can read about the product and benefits of each ingredient on our website

When combined with a healthy, anti-inflammatory diet and some regular, gentle exercise our Joint Formula might help you improve your joint issues for better mobility, pain reduction, and joint protection.  Start the year off by helping your body help you not only feel better but move better as well!


Show your liver some love!

by Michelle on January 9, 2018

With the holidays behind us I think we all might be dealing with the downside of excess.  Whether you spent too much money, ate too much, drank too much, or just overdid “life” in general there is always the recovery period that seems to take a toll.  Sometimes the recovery takes more than a few lifestyle “tweaks” to accomplish, but with January being a time of renewal and a focus on health some things are easier to accomplish than others.

Everyone jumps into a regimen of exercise and healthy eating, but are you caring for your insides so your body can benefit from your efforts?  There is a lot of talk about “gut health” and yes, that’s important for overall health, but sometimes an important organ is forgotten…your liver.  The liver is responsible for several important metabolic functions:

  • Converting nutrients into usable substances, storing and supplying cells with these substances by filtering blood coming from the digestive tract
  • Detoxifying chemicals from the blood and metabolizing medications
  • Recycling old red blood cells and making proteins important for blood clotting
  • Producing bile for the breakdown of fats for energy
  • Keeping blood glucose at a constant, stable level

These are just some of the important functions of the liver.

Many people aren’t even aware that they might need to do a bit of detoxing of their liver to help it complete the many important functions that contribute to a healthy body.  Sometimes only when the liver is ailing and presenting a problem do people pay attention to this important organ.  Even healthy individuals could benefit from some sort of liver-supporting regimen and product so why not start the year off with this?

We have our Liver Formula that contains many beneficial ingredients shown to promote liver health and deep detoxification of not only the liver but the whole body.  You can read all about the product ingredients on our website using this link:

Our Liver Formula can help in your efforts to be healthier through diet and exercise by getting your liver in the best shape in can be and keeping it there so its important functions can support your body.


A nice cold drink on a hot day is very satisfying but not something you might want when it’s freezing outside.  While water is always vital for your health regardless of the season, staying hydrated during the colder months is crucial if you want to remain healthy.

Your body needs water to not only stay hydrated but it also helps regulate body temperature and is essential to the function of cells, tissues, and organs.  Water can also give your immune system a boost and help you keep from getting sick during peak cold and flu season along with increasing your metabolism and helping you feel full longer.

Many people don’t like “plain water” and want to use flavor “drops” or “powders” to get in the necessary hydration.  While these aren’t that terrible they do add unnecessary elements that sometimes cause bloating and adverse reactions.  You can try adding lemons or limes for flavor and even berries, cucumber, mint, etc. if plain water just isn’t for you.

Hot beverages count towards your water content as well.  Tea, hot water with lemon or a nice cup of green tea not only keep you hydrated by are known to boost your metabolism as well.  Be cautious of powdered hot drink mixes as most contain a lot of sugar.

You can also eat your water!  Several fruits and vegetables have a high water content that can help you reach your daily intake goals.  Broccoli, celery, cucumbers, mixed greens, strawberries, watermelon, pears, and grapefruit are just a few of the foods that help you stay hydrated.

Don’t drink the wrong things either!  Caffeine and alcohol can dehydrate your body and so can soda and coffee.  Many people feel that wine isn’t going to dehydrate them but that’s just not the case…wine still isn’t a good option for hydration so limited consumption is advised.

Remember too that a humidifier is useful in adding moisture to the dry winter air and can help keep you hydrated while preventing a scratchy throat and dry skin.  It’s crucial to stay hydrated in cold weather and with a little bit of forethought and planning it’s really not that difficult to do.



Dieting myths to ditch!

by Michelle on January 2, 2018

With the “new year new you” craze in full swing there are a lot of things you’re going to be hearing about what you “should” be doing, eating, thinking, etc. but here are some things that aren’t worth much when it comes to dropping pounds, getting healthy, and just feeling better in general.

Myth #1

You can eat whatever you want if you workout

Weight loss requires fewer calories eaten than burned…that’s it!  You must work out AND eat smart/healthy to see results.

Myth #2

You’ll burn more calories/fat if you don’t eat before a workout

You have to properly fuel your body in order for it to garner the benefits of a workout.  Also, if you’re overly hungry afterwards you run the high risk of eating more calories than you just burned…undoing everything!

Myth #3

All calories are created equally

Eating 300 calories of chicken is NOT the same as eating 300 calories of cake!  The body uses and stores calories differently depending on the nutrients that each food is comprised of.

Myth #4

You can’t eat at night if you want to lose weight

Eating too many calories all day long is what causes weight issues…not just at night.  Although, eating too late at night can interrupt quality sleep and/or cause digestive problems.

Myth #5

You can eat as much as you want as long as it’s healthy

While healthy food options contain very beneficial elements they also contain calories…some more than others.  Be sure to keep track of not only the portion size of healthy fare but ALSO the calories!

Slow and steady wins the race is the best approach to permanent weight loss!  Eat better, eat less, and move more…that’s what works every time!


Yoga poses for stress reduction

by Michelle on December 28, 2017

Sometimes more than breathing or a nap is needed to help us calm down.  Yoga is a good way to restore some balance and serenity to your life when things seem hectic and out of control.  Whatever fitness level you might be on there is a yoga pose and an adaptation you can do for stress relief.

Check out the website for step-by-step instructions on how to do these and many more poses:

Child’s Post:  quiets the mind and eases stress; benefits the nervous system and lymphatic system.

Bridge Pose:  provides gentle stretching of the back and legs, reduces anxiety, fatigue, backaches, headaches, and insomnia; may be therapeutic for high blood pressure.

Standing Forward Bend:  stretches the hamstrings, thighs, and hips; thought to relieve stress, fatigue, and mild depression.

Corpse Pose:  puts the body at ease and emphasizes total relaxation; can trigger a state of deep rest that slows breathing, lowers blood pressure, and quiets the nervous system.

Legs-Up-The-Wall Pose:  Helps reduce stress, and helps renew blood and lymphatic drainage back into the heart area.

Cat Pose:  Soothes and stretches the lower back, and relieves stress while massaging the spine.

Cow Pose:  Gently warms the spine, relieves stress and calms the mind; massages and stimulates the organs and creates emotional balance.

Dolphin Pose:  Quiets the mind, alleviates stress, and reduces anxiety; stretches the shoulders, neck, and spine.

Head-To-Knee Forward Bend:  Calms the mind, helps relieve mild depression, anxiety, fatigue, headache, menstrual discomfort, and insomnia.

Easy Pose:  Promotes inner calm, opens the hips, lengthens the spine, and increases serenity; eliminates anxiety, and relieves physical and mental exhaustion.


Foods that help fight cold & flu

by Michelle on December 26, 2017

It happens to us all at one time or another, and colder weather seems to bring it on even more.  Helping your body fight off the bacteria and viruses that cause the common cold and even influenza is easier when you eat items that aid your immune system…and can even make your symptoms better.

Here are some of the beneficial foods that can get you on the path to beating that bacteria and even in overcoming whatever virus plagues you:

Garlic:  Allicin, garlic’s major active component, is responsible for its antimicrobial & antibacterial properties.  Garlic helps promote healthy gut flora which rids the body of toxins, bacteria, and viruses.  Eating garlic is the best way to reap the benefits but you can also take a garlic supplement.

Beef:  An immune system booster and a good source of zinc (important in the development of white blood cells…the body’s defenders).  The extra protein in beef also supports the body in building antibodies & fighting off infection.

Sweet Potato:  A great source of vitamin A which plays a key role in maintaining the health of your mucosal surfaces (inside the nose, in the gastrointestinal tract, and your skin).  Keeping these mucus membranes healthy is key to keeping infections at bay.

Turmeric:  A superfood that has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine for a myriad of applications.  It’s high in antioxidants and is considered a natural anti-inflammatory that when taken on a daily basis is known to relieve the body of toxins.  People who consume turmeric are less susceptible to colds, coughs, and congestion.

Dark Leafy Greens:  Items like spinach, kale, Swiss chard & arugula are great sources of vitamin C (a cold-fighting powerhouse).  Getting adequate amounts of Vitamin C can reduce the duration of a cold.

Wild Salmon:  This food item is rich in not only healthy omega-3 fatty acids but also Vitamin D, which is critical or fending off colds and flu.  It’s been shown that healthy levels of Vitamin D helped people have fewer respiratory tract infections and aided in helping you feel better faster after getting sick.

Chicken Soup:  The hot broth raises the temperature in the body and airways, loosening mucus secretions.  The amino acid cysteine in chicken resembles a medication that’s used to treat bronchitis (keeping the lungs clear) while the protein and vegetables give your body a “super-vitamin” of sorts to aid in getting better.

What to Avoid:  Dairy (tends to promote mucus production), fatty foods (may cause stomach upset), sweets (sugar can suppress the immune system and cause inflammation), spicy foods (may cause stomach upset).


How to burn off those calories!

by Michelle on December 22, 2017

After a beautiful holiday meal the only thing on most people’s mind is relaxing…and maybe taking a nap!  That’s fine sometimes, but if you want to try and burn off some of those calories you might want to get moving.  With a full stomach it’s not advisable to be too active since your body is trying to process what was eaten, but some gentle activity is actually good for digestion.

Here are lists of some activities that you can try for about thirty minutes to an hour:

(Total calories burned depends on variables like gender, age, weight, muscle mass, etc. as well as intensity)

Yoga (light effort; NOT hot yoga) 86 calories burned 171 calories burned
Walking (light to moderate) 93 calories burned 185 calories burned
Cleaning (moderate activity) 113 calories burned 225 calories burned
Dancing (mild movements) 137 calories burned 273 calories burned
Biking (light, moderate effort) 197 calories burned 393 calories burned


(Please be sure to wait 3-4 hours after you have finished eating to try these activities)

Swimming (moderate effort) 202 calories burned 403 calories burned
Skiing (general downhill, moderate effort) 239 calories burned 477 calories burned
Ice Skating (moderate effort) 239 calories burned 477 calories burned
Basketball (moderate effort) 248 calories burned 495 calories burned
Running (moderate speed) 256 calories burned 512 calories burned


Even if you don’t feel like being active after eating a lot keep in mind that staying vertical is key to good digestion.  Even reclining beyond forty five degrees can cause problems.  So enjoy that delicious meal and those that you share it with!




To help you keep track

by Michelle on December 20, 2017

Regardless of what holiday you may celebrate this time of year, food seems to be a uniting theme of them all.  And if you’re trying to keep from gaining weight it can be difficult with all of the delicious temptations.  Here are some charts that will hopefully help…keep in mind these are just estimates, read labels carefully:


Food Item Serving Size Calories Fat Grams
Olives (green) 1/2 cup 77 8g
Cheeseball (w/ nuts) 2 Tbsp. 246 20g
Mixed Nuts 1/2 cup 407 35g
Crackers 10 177 7g
Potato Chips (regular) 1 oz. (10 chips) 150 10g
Tortilla Chips (regular) 10 chips 140 7g
Onion Dip 2 Tbsp. 60 5g
Ranch Dip 2 Tbsp. 70 6g



Food Item Serving Size Calories Fat Grams
Roasted Turkey (no skin) 4 slices (4 oz.) 190 6g
Baked Ham (fresh, cooked) 3 slices (4 oz.) 345 21g
Beef Brisket (cooked, lean) 3 slices (4 oz.) 291 15g
Beef Pot Roast 3 slices (4 oz.) 387 27g
Rib Roast 3 slices (4 oz.) 336 21g



Food Item Serving Size Calories Fat Grams
Cornbread 1 square 152 5g
Biscuit 1 2″ roll 106 5g
Crescent Roll 1 100 6g
Cornbread Stuffing 1 cup 363 18g
Giblet Gravy (w/milk and flour) 1/2 cup 178 13g
Sweet Potato Casserole 1 cup 276 6g
Mashed Potatoes 1 cup 238 8g
Green Bean Casserole 1 cup 143 8g
Carrots (glazed) 1 cup 217 12g
Cranberry Sauce 1/2 cup 209 0g
Potato Salad 1 cup 277 15g



Food Item Serving Size Calories Fat Grams
Cheesecake 1/12 of 9″ cake 412 25g
Apple Crisp 1 cup 402 9g
Pumpkin Pie (w/o whipped cream) 1/8 of 9″ pie 323 15g
Apple Pie 1/8 of 9″ pie 356 17g
Pecan Pie 1/8 of 9″ pie 456 21g
Sweet Potato Pie 1/8 of 9″ pie 295 14g
Coconut Cream Pie 1/8 of 9″ pie 429 24g
Bread Pudding 1 cup 311 10g



Food Item Serving Size Calories Fat Grams
Eggnog (w/whole milk and alcohol) 1 cup 439 19g
Eggnog (w/o alcohol) 1 cup 342 19g
Wine (dry, red or white) 7 oz. 142 0g
Wine Spritzer 7 oz. 91 0g
Beer 12 oz. 148 0g
Apple Juice/Cider 1 cup 117 0g



Winter keeps us all indoors (both at home and at work) more than we might like sometimes, and with that comes air that might not be so great to breathe consistently.  And considering that even the air outdoors is frequently deemed “unhealthy” it’s important to do all we can to help out our lungs.  Changing air filters on heating and cooling units is vital to having clean air to breathe, but you can also enhance the air quality indoors even further with a few powerhouse plants that also look quite nice as well.

Volatile Organic Compounds, or VOC’s are potentially harmful pollutants that come from paint, furniture, printers, dry-cleaned clothes, and other household products.  They’re frequently in buildings, whether old or new, in rather high concentrations (sometimes nearly 100 times more than outdoors), and can cause dizziness, allergies, and breathing problems.  Using plants to purify the air (technically known as biofiltration, or phytoremediation) makes certain plants part of what NASA calls “nature’s life support system”.

Here is a list of 10 houseplants you might consider using:

  1. Bromeliad: removes acetone the most but is the “superstar” at removing 6 of the 8 VOC’s; an “around-the-clock” air purifier that works both day & night, prefers bright light without direct sun exposure, prefers humidity, and keep it moist but not soggy (with adequate drainage), fertilizing sparingly.
  2. Spider Plant: removes formaldehyde and xylene; one of the easiest houseplants to grow and loves bright, indirect sunlight.
  3. Draceana: removes benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene; comes in more than 40 different varieties but is toxic to cats & dogs when eaten so use caution.
  4. Ficus: removes benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene; grows 2-10 feet tall and loves bright, indirect sunlight.
  5. Jade Plant: removes toluene; flourishes in medium light at room temperature, and allow the soil to dry between watering.
  6. Peace Lily: removes ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene; blooms fragrant flowers throughout the summer, and grows best in shady areas.
  7. Boston Fern: removes formaldehyde and xylene; needs to stay moist, prefers high humidity & indirect sunlight.
  8. Snake Plant: removes benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene; one of the hardiest houseplants requiring occasional watering, prefers dries conditions, and some sun.
  9. Bamboo Palm: removes benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene; thrives in full sun or bright light, and grows 4-12 feet high.
  10. Aloe Vera: removes formaldehyde; allow for proper drainage (doesn’t thrive in standing water), and the leaves hold a fluid used for everything from wound healing to anti-inflammatory uses.

Besides being aesthetically pleasing, plants can do a lot for our health as well.  If possible, try incorporating a few of these air purifying superstars into your environment and “breathe ease” knowing how hard they’re working for your well being!