Celebrating 30 Years of
Bringing the Wellness of Tomorrow, Today 
March 16, 2015
Dear Steve, 

that according to new study in the Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism, the sweet spot for vitamin D levels should be between 50 and 100, with 70 being the most preferable level. The research sheds light on the fact that levels below 50 or above 100 both increase the risk of mortality.

While it may surprise you that having a level above 100 can be unhealthy, this is something we have said before. As with low levels of D, uncharacteristically high levels can indicate there is something wrong.

Like with any supplement, you should only take in coordination with a licensed health professional who is knowledgeable with supplements.

Have a happy, healthy day. Steve and Bonnie
Today's NCI Well Connect
Steve Minsky
From Editor Steve Minsky
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  • Green Tea: What Is It This Time?
  • The Perfect Disrupters of Skin Heath
  • Three Thirst-Quenching Waters
  • Declutter and Spring Clean Your Kitchen
  • What a Cold Shower Can Do for You
  • eInspire

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Thermogenic Supplement Combo
Steve: Supplements of alpha-lipoic acid, with or without EPA omega-3, may help promote body weight reduction in obese and overweight women on a reduced calorie diet.

Alpha-lipoic acid supplements enhanced body weight reductions in the women, compared to the reduced calorie diet alone, according to a study in the February issue ofObesity. Adding EPA to the supplementation regime was found to counter the reductions in levels of leptin (the satiety hormone) that occur during body weight reduction.


This is not the first study we have seen on Alpha Lipoic Acid for body weight. A dose of between 300-600 mg/day helps promote adenosine production which, in turn, ramps up thermogenesis (turning white fat into brown fat). Alpha-lipoic acid, the most broad-spectrum antioxidant and co-factor for mitochondrial enzymes, has also been found to boost satiety. 

Locavore Tidbit
Sign Up for a CSA This Spring

Steve: One of the easiest ways to control what kind of food you put on your table is to get to know your local/regional farmers.  Participating in Community-Supported Agriculture is a great thing to do for your piece of mind and the planet's! If you are local, it just so happens that three of our clients have CSA's:


Kingshill Farm - pickup every week on Park Avenue in Glencoe

Sandhill Organics - locations all over Chicagoland and Wisconsin

Turtle Creek Gardens - Illinois and Wisconsin sites


For non-locals, go to localharvest.org to find a CSA near you.

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
Action Plan of the Month
Spring Cleanse 3-Day Challenge

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 want a short-term, smart cleanse. Our Spring Cleanse 3-Day Challenge has been a favorite of our clients since we came out with it two years ago.


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.

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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.

Movement Videos
Qi Gong
Tai Chi
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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