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May 21
How to Shop & Eat Seasonally for your Health
Posted by mbsilbs in Chiropractic, Detox, Diet and Nutrition on 05 21st, 2020| icon3Comments Off on How to Shop & Eat Seasonally for your Health

How to Shop & Eat Seasonally for your Health

Blog from @fourwellnessco:

A century ago, most Americans knew where their food came from—be that their own family farm, vegetable garden, or the local butcher they purchased meat from. But significant changes in food production and processing in the early half of the 20th century ended up disconnecting us from our sources of food, and ultimately leading us to eat less locally and seasonally than ever before in human history.

Today, we can find most fruits and vegetables in a grocery store year-round (though this convenience does come at a cost—more on that below). Yet, eating seasonally has many health, environmental and financial benefits that make it worth considering what we choose to eat, and when.


So, what does eating seasonally entail? Exactly what it sounds like—consuming fruits and vegetables when they’re in season. But, unfortunately, this seemingly obvious dietary practice has become increasingly less common.

An ancient Ayurvedic practice, ritucharya (translated literally to “seasonal regime”), involves living in harmony with the seasons. This includes understanding the effect of changing weather on the body and how to eat in accordance with the seasons to promote health and prevent disease. Ritucharya is based on the six traditional Indian seasons, but the same principle can be applied to the four seasons we experience here in the U.S.

While seasonal eating has been practiced for most of history, modern lifestyle (and convenience) has encouraged Americans to consume less local, more processed foods. Expanding transportation networks and new technologies (such as refrigeration) have given us greater access to a variety of crops year-round.

But should you reconsider eating avocado toast in the winter?

Let’s review why knowing how your food is grown and where it comes from matters for a few different reasons.


There are many reasons to eat seasonally for yourself, your community and the environment. Here are a few:


Ever notice how farmers’ market strawberries tend to taste sweeter than grocery store strawberries? Large commercial farms mass-produce crops to meet high demand, but they have some different logistical challenges in getting their ripe crops to consumers. Genetic innovation in plant breeding has helped increase crop size, yields, uniformity, shipping quality, and shelf life—but in some cases (like strawberries), at the expense of being able to provide fresh, vine-ripened fruit.

(Indeed, some people in the U.S. don’t even know what it’s like to taste a fresh, vine-ripened strawberry, because it’s so rare to find in mainstream grocery stores!)

In contrast, food sourced locally is grown closer to you and has a shorter journey to the store, meaning it tends to be fresher by the time it gets to you. And, fresher produce is better tasting (and better for you, as we’ll see below!).


Fewer pesticides & preservatives. Fruits and vegetables grown out of season often require premature harvesting and artificial ripening agents to slow the maturation process. Some produce is even coated with an edible film (ick!) to protect it from bacteria en route to the supermarket.

Consuming fruits and vegetables grown locally in season (and organic, when possible) limits the amount of pesticides and preservatives needed to keep the produce fresh until purchase. Pesticide exposure has been associated with numerous long-term health concerns, from cancer to neurological deficits and reproductive issues (more on this in The Health Benefits of Eating Organic). While most of these studies have been focused on those occupationally exposed (farm workers and pesticide applicators), researchers continue to study the effects of high pesticide consumption on long-term health (remember, these chemicals are relatively new in our diets!).

More nutrient dense. When a fruit or vegetable is picked before it’s ripe, its nutrients haven’t fully developed (and they can’t continue to develop, as the plant is starved of the sunshine it needs to grow). Foods consumed closer to when they are harvested are fresher and more nutrient dense—quite simply, shorter transit means less degradation. And, the seasonality of crops also affects their nutrient profile: for example, one study found that broccoli grown in fall (its peak season) had higher levels of vitamin C than when grown in spring.

More balanced diet. Eating seasonally also encourages a greater variation in diet. Proper nutrition is necessary to prevent disease, infection and fatigue. Fruits and vegetables are an essential part of a balanced diet, as they are the primary sources of vitamins and minerals. Eating seasonally supports seasonal-specific needs. Spring vegetables (such as spinach) help to alkalize and detoxify the body (much needed after a long winter of over-indulging!).

Try purchasing fruits and vegetables in their frozen form when not in season. They are picked at the peak of their ripeness and flash frozen to retain nutrients (and flavor).


Eating seasonally can also be a money saver. Fruits and vegetables are more abundant in peak season, and subsequently cost less for farmers and distributors to supply to you—typically resulting in lower prices for the consumer (cha ching!).


Local, seasonal eating also supports local farmers, which helps support your local economy. Check out a farmers market in your area or sign up for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share (more on that later!).


Buying seasonally and locally also has environmental benefits. Fruits and vegetables sold out of season travel thousands of miles by truck or airplane across the country (or ocean) to reach your store shelves. This transit accounts for 10% of the carbon footprint of food production—which, of course, makes “out of season” foods not a very eco-friendly choice. Eating seasonally can certainly reduce the environmental impact of your food choices.


Now that we know why it’s so important to be conscious of seasonal food choices, how can we tell what’s actually in season?

What’s considered “in season” largely depends on where you live. This seasonal food guide can help determine which foods are grown in your area throughout the year.

The following general seasonal guide can also help you get started:


  • Asparagus

  • Chives

  • Greens

    • Arugula

    • Kale

    • Spinach

  • Peas

  • Radishes

  • Ramps

  • Rhubarb

  • Turnips


  • Avocados

  • Berries

  • Cucumbers

  • Eggplant

  • Herbs

    • Basil

    • Cilantro

    • Dill

    • Mint

    • Oregano

    • Parsley

    • Sage

  • Lettuce

  • Melons

  • Peaches

  • Peppers

  • Plums

  • Summer squash

  • Tomatoes


  • Apples

  • Beets

  • Broccoli

  • Brussel sprouts

  • Cabbage

  • Carrots

  • Cauliflower

  • Garlic

  • Potatoes

  • Sweet potatoes

  • Winter squash


(Think storage crops!)

  • Beets

  • Brussel sprouts

  • Carrots

  • Leeks

  • Onions

  • Oranges

  • Potatoes

  • Rutabagas

  • Sweet potatoes

  • Turnips

  • Winter squash


Okay, so you’ve got an idea of what to look for! Now, where can you find seasonal produce in your area?

You’ll likely have no problem finding seasonal fruits and vegetables at your nearby supermarket (remember, peak season means abundance of supply). That being said, many chain grocery stores source from larger commercial farms year-round, which means that fruits and vegetables “in season” may still be shipped from distant places.

Here are a few alternatives to find seasonal, organic and sustainably-grown food from your local area:


Food cooperatives (co-ops) are member-owned grocery stores that offer benefits (such as reduced prices) to shoppers who buy a share in the cooperative. Co-ops typically focus on more organic, natural and sustainably-sourced food options, supplied directly from local farmers and producers in the area.


Farmers’ markets (season and weather permitting) are great sources of fresh, local produce, meats, dairy and bakery products, among others. Given that the food is produced in your local area, it’s typically seasonal by default!


Another avenue of shopping directly from your local farmers is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Some farms offer seasonal CSA “shares” to the public. Consumers can purchase a share of vegetables at the beginning of a growing season and receive a box of seasonal produce regularly (usually weekly or biweekly, depending on the share) throughout the growing season. Each box contains an assortment of vegetables that coincide with the growing season.

This model also helps farmers because the early payment benefits the farm’s cash flow. Additionally, CSAs build a connection between the farmer and the consumer. Some farms even offer special perks to their members including farm tours, pick-your-own harvesting opportunities and additional share add-ons (such as meat, eggs, honey etc.). Most CSA boxes are not customizable (you get what you get!) which expose consumers to vegetables they may not otherwise purchase—ever tried kohlrabi or celeriac?


And finally, what better connection to your food than growing it yourself? Grab some seeds/plants, dedicate some space and happy planting (and watering, and weeding and harvesting). There’s nothing like tasting a homegrown heirloom tomato!

Here are a few tips for getting started:

Consider your space. Plants require sufficient soil depth to grow. Smaller crops with less extensive root systems (such as herbs and greens) will grow better in pots than larger crops requiring more space (like tomatoes and potatoes).

Maximize sunlight. Plants also, of course, require sufficient sunlight to grow. South-facing gardens or windows are optimal, as they get the most sunlight during the day. If you’re growing indoors, consider purchasing a grow light to mimic natural sunlight.

Plan that water source. Fruits and vegetables typically require about 1 inch of water per week. Choose a garden site with close access to a water source.

Check your soil quality. Some soil contains heavy metals (such as lead) or depleted nutrients, both of which will impact the growth (and safety) of your produce. It’s best to test your soil before planting directly in the ground—or, you can use potting soil in raised beds or pots.


Today, the farm-to-table culinary movement promotes food traceability at all points of food purchase and consumption. This makes eating seasonally while dining or carrying out possible. Farm-to-table restaurants highlight local and seasonal ingredients on their rotating menus. (Yum!)

Apr 2
March – Live Balanced & Well Adjusted! FREE Initial Chiropractic Consultation + Exam!
Posted by mbsilbs in Acupuncture, Auto Accident, Chiropractic, Diet and Nutrition, Specials, TEAM Live Well, Whiplash on 04 2nd, 2020| icon3Comments Off on March – Live Balanced & Well Adjusted! FREE Initial Chiropractic Consultation + Exam!

Welcoming this March, as we start to enter the spring season.  We’re here to bolster your immune system and have you feeling your absolute best this winter season. Our doctors will see you as we always, but with a few safety precautions. We’ll take your temperature upon arrival and require that you wear a mask. If you’ve forgotten yours, we have extras in the office. We encourage you to make a serious commitment to your spinal health and overall wellness with regular chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, ultrasound + outdoor activity and the many exercise options available in and around MN! As always, follow us on Facebook (Live Well Chiropractic Spa & Acupuncture Center) and Instagram (livewellchirospa), for motivation, information and overall wellness tips!

Come visit us today, mention this ad and receive a FREE initial chiropractic consultation & exam (up to a $170 value). To schedule your chiropractic evaluation appointment, call 952-746-8150, or drop us a note in the “contact us” tab of our website!

We can’t wait to see you at Live Well this month! Call today to schedule!

Jul 29
Testimonials for our chiropractors – Dr. Jo and Dr. Andria
Posted by mbsilbs in Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Diet and Nutrition, TEAM Live Well on 07 29th, 2019| icon3Comments Off on Testimonials for our chiropractors – Dr. Jo and Dr. Andria

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results – Albert Einstein

My name is Rick and I became a patient/believer of Live Well Chiropractic in the fall of 2009. I have spent the last 15 years with chronic neck, shoulder and back problems. I felt like at age 54 I had the body of an 80 year old man. I have spent all that time bouncing between doctors, MRIs’ and physical therapist. I would follow all the procedures allowed by insurance, and at times I would feel pretty good. Eventually though it would comeback as bad as ever and we would start the cycle all over again. I just kept doing what the insurance company allowed.
Then a miracle happened! I was invited to an open house at Live Well Chiropractic and met Dr. Jo. I attended the open house and was the most skeptical person in attendance. I was able to ask all the tough questions that had been bothering me through all the years of on again off again pain. Dr. Jo didn’t shy away from any of my questions. She explained that when things are out of alignment and you do things I had been doing that I am going to get temporary relief from my symptoms. She went on to explain that when your body is in alignment and you do those things that are recommended, those things tend to be more permanent. I told her all my negative feelings about chiropractic treatments including cost and insurance or lack of coverage. Dr. Jo didn’t bat an eye as she explained a treatment plan. The first thing she told me is that they would contact my insurance company and find out my coverage and work within those limits, (boy what a relief) and that there would be no surprises. How many doctors offer to do that? Dr. Jo told me that it would take approximately 16 treatments and I would be on the road to permanent recovery. Well it has been 11 months and I haven’t felt this good in 15 years. I have lost 25 pounds because I finally have felt good enough to exercise. I have gone from feeling like the body of an 80 year old to the body of a 40 year old and I have Dr. Jo and her unbelievable team to thank for that.

My only regret about feeling so great is that I only get to go in once a month now. No matter how bad you feel going in you in, just walking in the door and being greeted by this caring group you start to feel better. That is the finest and most caring group you will ever meet. They have truly become friends that care about you and your family. Try to find that relationship anywhere else.

The team at Live Well Chiropractic is the best!!!

So to anyone out there that has the same fears and concerns that I had, please rest assured that you cannot be in any better hands then the team at Live Well Chiropractic.
To Dr. Jo and team, thank you for giving me my life back. No more chronic pain and no more fear that it’s coming back.
Thank you for everything!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Your friend and customer for life,
– Rick S.

A Testimonial related to Pregnancy Back Pain:

 “In my second pregnancy, I had severe sciatic and lower back pain. I could barely do regular household chores, or care for my two year old son. I was seeing Dr. Jo for chiropractic adjustments, when she suggested acupuncture. I was skeptical, but I gave it a try. The next morning, after acupuncture, I woke and the pain had disappeared…I am now a believer!”
– Nicole F.  (Chaska, MN)

A Testimonial from Studio L2 Pilates Training Center:

“Dr. Mandy, you are INCREDIBLE!!! Thank you thank you thank you for taking such great care of my pilates students (and my husband!).  Everyone commented on how wonderful, kind and engaging you are — and give amazing massages, too!  I have a feeling you’ll be getting some new patients!”
-Laura L.  Eden Prairie, MN

A Testimonial for Dr. Jo – From car accidents and sports injuries to pregnancy and postpartum care:

“I have been a patient at Live Well Chiropractic since 2010 receiving chiropractic treatment from Dr. Jo for car accidents and sport related injuries. Most recently my chiropractic treatment plan was for pregnancy and postpartum care.  Throughout my pregnancy I continued to see Dr. Jo on a regular basis which I feel contributed to limited back and hip pain while I was pregnant.  In addition, Dr. Jo worked with me to help reduce the pain associated with pregnancy carpal tunnel and overall swelling. Towards the end of my pregnancy Dr. Jo worked on specific pressure points and used acupuncture to help start labor.  Since the birth of my son I have continued to see Dr. Jo to help realign my body from the stress of pregnancy and delivery which has contributed to a quicker postpartum recovery.

Thank you, Dr. Jo for making the past 10 months as comfortable as possible.

– Heather L.


Another Testimonial about Pre and Post Natal Care:

I went to Live Well my entire pregnancy for prenatal physical care. This was my second pregnancy so my pain was much more and different than the first. Being adjusted once per week with the doctors here made my pregnancy much more tolerable. The atmosphere along with the wonderful care they provide is amazing! Thank you for getting me through a rough pregnancy!!

– Julie J.


A Testimonial for Dr. Andria from a family of Five:

Dr. Andria and the Team at Live Well are wonderful! Each member of our family of five see Dr. Andria. We had our newborn daughter seen a week after she was born to ensure she was properly aligned. We have found it also reduces fussiness. Our boys play hard and are hard on their bodies and if properly aligned they can grow as should.

– Emily B.


A SWEET Testimonial for Dr. Andria

Many happy moments come from us at Live Well. My husband and I struggled with getting pregnant. Dr. Andria suggested weekly chiropractic treatments to help with fertility. After a few months of care with Andria, I came for my weekly adjustment and decided to take a pregnancy test before my treatment… and I was pregnant!

I continued with my treatments until my last week of pregnancy when Andria did acupuncture and made me go into labor! We had our little girl 8 hours later. Thank you Live Well for the help getting Adella Fair Barber.

– Kari B.


Expertise in Healing and Recovery?

I am very thankful for the care, and level of expertise at LiveWell. They have done a great job of helping me heal and recover multiple times.

Eric L 11/2019 (from Google)

Chronic Hip and Back Issues?

I’ve been going to Live Well since 2013. I have a chronic hip and back issue that needs periodic maintenance.

My back recently locked up due to work and personal stress and I could barely walk, but Dr. Mandy had me much more mobile with less pain and inflammation within just 2 visits.

This center prepares the body for an adjustment, and offers post adjustment techniques to speed healing and reduce inflammation.

Very friendly place. They’re my go-to, whether I need occasional chiropractic care or monthly maintenance.

Thanks, Live Well Chiro!

– Cindy D 9/24/2019

Extra Muscle/Light Massage Work, Anyone?

Excellent provider. They are always on time and I never feel rushed. I love that they offer extra ‘muscle/light massage ‘ work before adjustments. It seems to help release tension. Cupping and acupuncture are great to have during the same visit when needed vs. scheduling another appointment. Dr. Andria is a gifted chiropractor. I’m thrilled to have found this clinic!

Patty M. 7/24/2019

Scared of Chiropractors?

I was scared of chiropractors after a bad experience that happened years ago. This chiropractic clinic completely changed my perception. I’ve seen Dr. Jo, and Dr. Andrea, and was completely at ease with fantastic results! Highly recommend!!

Jan H.  7/2019

Pregnancy, Car Accident, Sports and Work Related Ailments?

I have been a patient here for about nine years and they provide EXCELLENT care! The doctors have seen me through a number of issues: pregnancies, care after a car accident, sports- and work-related ailments. They are very thorough and intuitive, and I appreciate the wonderful care! Plus they are awesome with my kids. Everyone is so friendly and it is a joy to come here!

Alisson Rasmussen 6/2019 (from Goggle)

Massage and Cupping before Adjustment

Live Well goes above and beyond! I had tried a couple local chiropractors in the area and was not happy until I found Live Well.  The staff is wonderful and service is amazing! I especially enjoy the massage and cupping before the adjustment

Melissa S. 02/2019 (from Google)

An Athlete and Cupping.

I hadn’t been the the chiropractor in years, I found Live Well via Google and I am so thankful for a place like this. Dr. Mandy answered all my questions, made me feel comfortable, and I had cupping done along with my adjustment.
I’ve been training for a marathon and my body was all out of sorts, I felt immediate relief and my daughter said “you seem calmer” as we were walking out.
I highly highly highly recommend Live Well

Katie N. 1/26/2019

Mom and Baby Love!

I saw Jo, Andrea and Mandy throughout my pregnancy. Not only did my body feel great but I left every appointment feeling relaxed and taken care of. I now go in with my baby and chiropractor days are our favorite! Jen loves him up while I get massaged and adjusted. He then gets adjusted and inevitably has a a “chiro” nap afterwards – which is the best one I get out of him all week! I tell all my friends to go. It’s truly like being at a spa! Because, well, you are!

Katie E. 1/3/2018

Muscle Work & Cupping – 10 Star!

Absolutely 5 star service from the minute you walk in the door, until you walk out. Dr. Mandy is amazing. She has great technique, is so knowledgeable & very sweet. The muscle work and optional cupping is 100% priceless. I’ve never left a chiropractic appointment feeling so great in my 10+ years of receiving monthly chiropractic care. I would give 10 stars if I could.

Jordana C. 12/18/2017

May 20
Treat your FEET – Custom-Made Orthotic Inserts & Flip Flops!
Posted by mbsilbs in feet, Footlevelers, Specials on 05 20th, 2019| icon3Comments Off on Treat your FEET – Custom-Made Orthotic Inserts & Flip Flops!


Treat your Feet with Stabilizing Orthotics and Summer Flip Flops!

It’s important to understand that all Foot Levelers individually designed Stabilizing Orthotics and Flip Flops are custom-made to support all three arches of the foot, which creates a balanced foundation. That means that no matter which Stabilizing Orthotics you choose, you can get optimal results to satisfy your individual needs.  Ask us for your complimentary Foot Scan today!  952-746-8150

“As the foundation is laid, so the walls of the house will rise” — Our feet are the foundation of our bodies and the bones of our feet, when properly positioned, form arches to support our body weight and spinal alignment.  Footlevelers puts those feet in their optimal position for your best balanced foundation and health!

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Jan 8
Car Accident or Injury? Whiplash Prevention and Treatment!
Posted by mbsilbs in Acupuncture, Auto Accident, Chiropractic, Whiplash on 01 8th, 2019| icon3Comments Off on Car Accident or Injury? Whiplash Prevention and Treatment!

whiplash-GIFIt’s here!! Snow and ice can be beautiful, but the gorgeous winter weather makes for hazardous driving conditions! DRIVE CAREFULLY, but if you are involved in an accident, here are TIPS to PREVENT WHIPLASH injury! Our doctors at Live Well Chiropractic Spa & Acupuncture Center are skilled in the treatment of car accident related injuries including neck pain, stiffness, headaches, dizziness, shoulder and back pain. CLICK on the picture (on left) for all the details!  Call our office at (952) 746-8150 or drop us a note under “CONTACT US”.

Whiplash injury occurs when the body reacts to a deceleration or acceleration force by hyperflexion or hyperextension of the neck. Live Well Chiropractic Spa & Acupuncture Center specializes in treating whiplash injuries, car accident injuries and bicycle accident injuries. Whiplash injuries are very common in car accidents and occur, in part, due to the fact that the muscles do not have enough time to brace themselves.

If you have been involved in a car accident, whiplash injuries need to be taken very seriously. Because symptoms of a whiplash injury can take weeks or even months to manifest, it is easy to be fooled into thinking that you are not as seriously injured as you really are. Symptoms from a car accident and whiplash can include anything from radiating pain into the shoulder, elbow pain, wrist pain or hand pain, lower back pain, headaches, jaw pain and more.

Schedule your complimentary evaluation with Dr. Jo, Dr. Andria or Dr. Mandy at Live Well Chiropractic Spa & Acupuncture Center today!

(952) 746-8150

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