The Importance of A Quality Vitamin C Supplement

Vitamin C is an essential nutrient that the body is unable to produce on its own. It’s needed for the normal growth and repair of tissues in the body. Due to the body’s inability to produce vitamin c on its own, it’s important to include plenty of vitamin C-containing foods and supplements into your diet.
This essential nutrient plays a role in healing wounds, repairing tissue, and controlling infection. It’s also needed to make collagen. If not consumed regularly, it is very possible to suffer from a vitamin C deficiency, which can be detrimental to your overall health. 
The most common signs and symptoms of a Vitamin C deficiency are:
•Bright red hair follicles
•Dry, damaged skin
•Bleeding gums, and tooth loss
•Poor immunity

Vitamin C supplementation can be taken in capsules, gummies, liquid, or powder. Each of these forms varies in quantity, quality, and absorbability. When attempting to choose a quality supplement that is right for you, it’s crucial to get a supplement that is closest to the source.
It’s important to feel confident about what you put in your body. From the moment the raw materials are sourced, it’s then encapsulated and made into the uncompromisable gold standard of products. Each product is a masterful accumulation of quality ingredients that help you achieve an inherent state of vitality.
Vitamin C Complete helps to:
•Strengthen immune system
•Naturally detox
•Nourish skin with antioxidants
•Increase iron absorption 

BIG Reasons to eat MicroGreens!

Microgreens provide BIG nutrition! Come learn the how, what, why of this growing practice!

Join us March 5 at 12:30!

Dr. Allie welcomes Matt Collins, co-owner of Hartford Plant Company (HPC), a family-run business based in Hartford.* Come hear the HPC’s interesting start-up story as well as watch a sowing demonstration, learn the benefits of these tiny and delicious greens, and samples will be available while supplies last.

What’s the difference between sprouts and microgreens? Come to this workshop to find out!

Dr. Allie will talk about the benefits to eating sprouts and microgreens and she will teach people how to grow sprouts.

*The Hartford Plant Company took shape serendipitously. Valentina, who is the principal microgreen grower, needed to leave Belarus in late 2020, affected by the tragic political circumstances in her country. Shortly after joining her daughter and son-in-law, Anastasiya and Matt, in West Harford, she began experimenting with microgreens… come to the workshop to hear the whole story!

IV Therapy Day at Essential Health 1/22/22

At Long Last, I Found IV Therapy Practitioners to Introduce to You!

by Dr. Allie Mendelson, DC

Come meet the nurses and practitioners who run the CT-based “LIVation” IV Therapy on Saturday, January 22! I’ve been searching for a professional group to teach my patients about this beneficial form of therapy and I’ve revamped what was originally my “Wolverine/Heal Yourself” workshop to spotlight LIVation.

I am always exploring and researching the best ways to support your immune system through healthy habits like getting adjusted regularly, eating well, supplementing properly, resting, exercise, and hydrating. I have helped hundreds of patients with the best ways to support their bodies through all kinds of health challenges.

Due to the increase in numbers of residents seeking more information for the best alternative, natural care for prevention and recovery from illness, this workshop has been revamped to put the spotlight on LIVation, IV Therapy.

Joe Baczewski, RN and owner of LIVation will be here to spotlight his company’s IV Hydration, Infusion Therapy, Boosters, Mobile IV Therapy & more. LIVation’s CT registered nurses have helped their clients obtain the wellness they need to help achieve their health goals. They strive to be excellent and at the top of what they do!

Now’s the time to come learn and watch a live demonstration (on me!).
Please register. Space is limited.

Heal Yourself life Wolverine!?

UPDATE: Focus of this workshop will be on LIVation IV Therapy. Please go to this page.

Would you like to have healing powers like Wolverine?

New Registration link HERE.

Dr. Allie has been exploring all the good parts of Wolverine’s powers, and you don’t have to be a Marvel comic fan to join us for this workshop!

Wolverine’s main mutant power is rapid healing or “mutant healing factor”. This rapid healing allows for regeneration of damaged (or even destroyed) bodily tissues that exceed anything a “non-mutant” is capable of. In the movies and comic books Wolverine almost comes out as indestructible, like Superman.

While we are mere mortals, and not comic book heroes, as humans we do have the power to heal when we do the right things for our bodies. Avoiding toxins is difficult in our world, but our bodies are powerful healing machines! 

SPECIAL GUEST! Joe Baczewski, RN and owner of LIVation will be here to spotlight his company’s IV Hydration, Infusion Therapy, Boosters, Mobile IV Therapy & more. LIVation’s CT registered nurses have helped their clients obtain the wellness they need to help achieve their health goals. They strive to be excellent and at the top of what they do! 

Want Wolverine’s secrets? Come to this informative talk on January 22, 2022.

January Yoga Workshop – New Date TBA!

This Introduction to Yoga is for All Levels – postponed

UPDATE: 1/12/22 We are postponing this workshop and the new date will be announced soon!

ORIGINAL POST: This “Happy New Year Yoga” is designed for those who have been curious about yoga, but don’t know where to start! The new year is the perfect time to check it out! Kristi is an awesome teacher. You’ve heard about how yoga is good for flexibility and balance, but there are so many more physical benefits of yoga… check it out! Event date is Saturday, January 15, 2022 from 12:30 – 1:30. Pre-Registration Required

Food isn’t the same today as it was a decade ago!

The World Health Organization estimates more than 2 billion people worldwide experience essential vitamin and mineral deficiencies. 

The quality of our food has decreased tremendously. The fruits and vegetables that we eat today are not as rich in vitamins and minerals as they were decades ago. Quality supplements can help to restore and maintain the essential nutrients that the body needs for overall health and optimal bodily functioning. Supplementation is a great way to fill in the gap of nutrient depletions where today’s food lacks.
Four reasons why we are nutrient depleted:
1-We have evolved away from eating wild foods that contain dramatically higher levels of all vitamins, minerals, and essential fats.
2-Because of depleted soils and industrial farming and hybridization techniques, the animals and vegetables we eat have fewer nutrients.
3-Processed, factory-made foods have no nutrients.
4-The total burden of environmental toxins, lack of sunlight, and chronic stress lead to higher nutrient needs.

There are a variety of things that can happen during the process of preparing our food that can affect its nutritional content. The absence of certain nutrients in your diet can be supplemented by vitamin D, vitamin C, optimal omega. Supplements paired with positive lifestyle changes such as regular exercise, a healthy diet, and sufficient sleep are the makings of an effective plan to reach optimal health.

Source: Maximized Living, Dr. Allie Mendelson.

Meet Working H Farms!

Tucked in the northwest corner of Maryland in a town named Friendsville is Working H Farms. From their USDA-inspected shop Essential Health sources the highest quality beef, pork and chicken, meeting our strict specifications.

Their farms are located in the rural area of Cranesville, West Virgina, perfectly situated to provide an outstanding environment for naturally-raised beef, pork and poultry.

All livestock is raised without antibiotics, growth hormones or other drugs. All pastures are fertilizer and chemical free and stock is rotated daily to ensure an excellent supply of rich lush grass for the livestock’s enjoyment and health.

When you buy meat from Essential Health, you can be confident the animals are raised at the highest level of care. See the list of our Farm Partners here

Order online for in-store pick-up, or come browse the selection during our market hours!

Market Hours:

Mon-Thurs: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Fri: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sat: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Welcome Kristi Sullivan, Yoga Instructor (updated)

Kristin Sullivan, Yoga Instructor.

Kristi has been teaching yoga since 2004, has trained with and been influenced by the teachings of Seane Corn, and completed her 200-hour teacher certification at West Hartford Yoga in 2009. Her classes at Essential Health are vinyasa flow style for all levels.

Kristi encourages her students to be empowered by their yoga practice – uniting the mind and body while transforming the spirit. When she isn’t teaching, Kristi hosts a virtual community to support personal development and self care. She also is a speaker, workshop teacher, retreat leader, and co-author of 3 best-selling books written and published during the 2020 pandemic.

All Levels Vinyasa classes take place on Mondays and Thursday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30. Starting on September 14, 2021, a Beginner/Gentle class will be on Tuesday afternoons from 5:30 to 6:30. Drop-ins welcome.

Don’t Panic, Eat (Mostly) Organic

One of Dr. Allie Mendelson’s favorite things to do is to present informative workshops to improve our health and wellbeing. On Monday, January 11, 2021 she had the chance to talk to the town of West Hartford about a subject important to her and her patients: Organic eating.

We had an engaged and eager group of 30 people ready to learn some new, healthy tips from Dr. Allie, and thanks to the wider audience provided by Zoom, this online class drew attendees from Texas and Florida!

The setting provided attendees with an “Ask Dr. Allie” format and once we got rolling, the hour flew by.

The “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen” were a great place to start when it comes to produce shopping. Dr. Allie explained that this report is actually updated every year by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and includes the two main categories. You can find it online or you can even download an app to keep track of the trends.

As a basic rule, it’s always best to buy organic when you are produce shopping, but the Dirty Dozen list includes produce that, when grown conventionally, is heavily sprayed with dangerous pesticides, so buying organic is much safer and healthier.

The Clean Fifteen list includes items that are not heavily sprayed, as a rule, and are safe to buy as conventional. The example Dr. Allie gave was avocados, which are a staple in many ketogenic lifestyles, and they are grown with little or no spraying needed, so shoppers don’t need to spend the money on organic.

Topics ranged from organic and GMO foods, to grass-fed beef, water, cooking oils/fats, grass-fed butter, nuts, and raw milk.

Dr. Allie talked about taking supplements if you are deficient in certain minerals. Most people need a little extra calcium, Vitamin D and Vitamin C. Also magnesium is important. But it’s advisable to get tested by a naturopath to see what your body needs.

Dr. Allie shocked participants with the point she made about eating pink Himalayan salt to help your body, she said “A great way to get minerals is to buy pink Himalayan salt because it has eighty-four minerals in it. Regular salt is very acidic and has only three minerals.” Himalayan salt has iodine in it.

She went on to say, “most people are deficient in salt.” If you don’t have enough sodium, you can’t absorb the minerals your body needs.

When thinking about organic products, it’s important to keep that in mind for what you put in your body, and on your body. When you eat, your liver will help filter the bad ingredients. Of course you’ll tax your liver if you over do the synthetic ingredients. When you use lotions and beauty products on your skin any it’s extremely important for what you put on your skin to be natural because it goes right through your skin and into your bloodstream without the benefit of your liver/filter. Anything you put on your body you should be able to eat.

“What you put on your skin should be organic and clean… that’s why we like essential oils for things like cleaning and more,” said Dr. Allie.

Special thanks to Robin Collins, Gina Marino and Deborah Kennedy with the town of West Hartford Senior Center. Thanks also to Essential Health’s Marketing Manager Joy Taylor for moderating the discussion.

The Q&A style session ended with a quiz on the healthiest countries. Wondering what they are? Watch the video!

Keto Lifestyle May Be For You, If you Like to Eat!

Dr. Allie walked us through the ketogenic lifestyle, “It’s not a diet, it’s a way of life,” she explained at a recent workshop.

Some of the very basic lifestyle tips came to the forefront in the keto talk (see complete class video below), and attendees walked away with some awesome tips.

The ketogenic lifestyle includes the following for a healthy mind, body and spirit:

  • High fat, moderate protein, very low carb, right nutrients, fatty acids
  • Intermittent fasting
  • Hydration
  • Electrolytes and salt
  • Food has dopamine effect, thirst and hunger center right next to each other in Hypothalamus… eating increases dopamine a lot, drinking stimulates much less (which may explain why many of us will turn to food for comfort)
  • Gratitude. Be grateful for our lives, show forgiveness, and express love.
  • Stress stimulates fight/flight. Find ways to cope with — or better yet — release and eliminate stress

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry During The Holidays

Did you know that the average American consumes between 3,500 and 4,500 calories during a big holiday meal and during the course of all the feasting between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, the average person gains about eight pounds.

I’m not going to preach to you about not eating the once-a-year treats, although I can show you plenty of substitutes to avoid the up-and-down energy levels, and potential fat gain. (Refer to my Sugar Is Bad blog and Sugar Crash video).

Here are my top 3 tips to allow you to eat, drink, be merry and stay lean during the holiday season.

1. Fast First

The easiest way to balance the oops-I-did-it-again holiday overeating is with some fasting. (If you watch my “Longevity” workshop, you’ll know that fasting is an important part of giving our bodies a break and preparing for digestion.)

Fasting anywhere from 14 to 24 hours leading up to the big meal can help you burn some fat, reset your palate so you enjoy your favorite foods even more, and create some caloric wiggle room so you can say “yes” to slice of pie. All you have to do is eat an early dinner the night before, skip breakfast, maybe say no to lunch, and THIS IS IMPORTANT, stay hydrated.

To make it easier, you can drink some black coffee or hot tea during your fast. I suggest decaffeinated organic coffee or tea. This will help you metabolize a little more fat, keep your energy levels up, and keep your appetite down.

2. Exercise Pre-Meal

Squeeze in a workout at the gym, a vigorous walk, or yoga class prior to your feast to prime your body. This will help turn any excess calories into muscle-building rather than fat gain, not to mention giving you more energy. A 20-60 minute workout that combines some reasonably heavy strength training and medium to high-intensity cardio will prime your body for eating.

To make it easier, fuel your workout with a high-quality essential amino acid supplement, which will help you stay focused, energized, and help you maintain muscle while working out in a fasted state.

3. Manage Your Blood Sugar

Most fan-favorite holiday foods are loaded with sugar and likely to spike—and subsequently crash—your blood glucose. Luckily, to stay off the energy roller coaster all you have to do is get in some light physical activity right after the meal. My good friend always takes a 30-minute walk with her family after the holiday meal, before dessert, and it’s a great way to re-energize and help the body with the work of digestion.

There are so many safe and natural sugar substitutes for cooking and baking. Plus you can enjoy chocolate and ice cream without sugar. Some of my patients will serve the gluten free/grain-free/sugar-free treats without announcing it to the family. I’m not encouraging lying to the family, LOL. But if you alter grandma’s recipe a bit, no one really needs to know you used monk fruit sweetener instead of sugar but you!

I also suggest a digestive enzyme before every meal to aid the process since we tend to eat a little more and a few things we may not eat during the rest of the year.

Enjoy your holidays and many will find it is easy to enjoy without sugar! (originally published 12/14/19)

How to Use a Far Infrared Sauna

Using an infrared sauna can reap an incredible amount of rewards. But before you hop in, it’s important to know infrared sauna time limits, usage guidelines, and other tips for your sauna session.

 Infrared Sauna Usage Guidelines

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to use your infrared sauna safely:

  1. Warm up the sauna to the temperature of your choice (when you book your appointment to use our sauna, we make sure it is pre-heated for 20-30 minutes before your scheduled appointment.)

For a far infrared sauna, most people set the temperature for anywhere between 100-140 degrees. If you are a beginner, and particularly if you are not in great health, you’ll want to start at 100 degrees or less. This way you’ll give yourself a chance to get used to the heat.

It’s okay to get in after 10-15 minutes after you’ve turned it on, even if the temperature is not up to your target temperature yet (infrared sauna time limits can vary, but typically that is more than enough time to wait before you hop in). It doesn’t take longer than that for infrared sauna heaters to warm up, and once they do, you’ll be getting the infrared heat effect. The infrared-emitting heaters will be on continuously until the heat gets up to the temperature you set.

(Please note: For a traditional saunas, most people set the temperature for anywhere between 160-200 degrees. Be mindful as this is not a traditional sauna).


  1. Drink Water

Have a glass of water before you enter the sauna. Take some water with you into the sauna as well. This is the most important “how to take a sauna” step! Other good drinks to take into the sauna with you would be a sports electrolyte replacement drink (or coconut water, which is nature’s electrolyte replacement drink!). It’s important to stay hydrated, as your body will sweat.


  1. Bring a Towel With You Into The Sauna

You’ll need a towel to sit on and a smaller towel to wipe down with once you start sweating. Remember, your body will be sending out toxins, including heavy metals, with your sweat, and you won’t want your sauna bench or floor to absorb these. (If you forget yours, towels are available to rent for $2 each.)


  1. If possible, don’t wear clothing into the sauna

If not wearing clothing isn’t an option, then wear the absolute minimum of clothes that you can—not more than a bathing suit, for example.

Why, you ask? Well, some people think they’ll sweat more if they enter a sauna with clothes on. This is dangerous and a mistake! When you cover your skin with clothes, your sweat can’t help cool you down by evaporating on your skin. You will quickly overheat and also lose the benefits of wiping away your toxin-loaded sweat. When you wipe away the toxin-filled sweat, the toxins don’t sit in contact with your skin and possibly be reabsorbed. Remember this, as it is one of the most important infrared sauna usage guidelines.

You will also want to remove jewlery that dangles (some necklaces get hot!)


  1. And finally, relax, reflect, listen to music, read a book, or socialize

This is your time and it’s a time to relax, reflect on your day. Try resting your eyes and mind or meditate for a while. The sauna at Essential Health is made for up to three people, so consider inviting a buddy along. (Add a friend for 50% off).

Standing Desk

Sitting is the New “Smoking”

It took over 40 years for people to realize cigarette smoking causes lung cancer, heart disease, and other serious illnesses.[1]  This lack of understanding destroyed the health of millions of people. In this article we provide a simple plan to overcome what experts believe is another emerging health risk; sitting too much.

What are the risks of sitting too much?

The problem with sitting too much is simply that it’s the opposite of standing, moving or doing exercise, meaning you use less energy than being active. When you stop and think about it, sitting accounts for a lot of time in most all our lives. This inactivity is part of many things we do every day like, surfing social media, watching TV, Netflix, playing video games, etc. Not to mention driving your car or sitting at your desk at work.

Regular Exercise Isn’t the Cure

If you’re thinking “I work out regularly each week” research shows, exercise does not offset extended periods of sitting.[2] This can be deceiving, but if your workouts take up 3 hours per week the reality is, that same week you’ll spend half your waking time – or 56 hours sitting down doing the things listed above. So, while we may get regular exercise, the lack of movement between workouts or activity make it an independent risk factor for heart disease, obesity, blood sugar regulation, certain cancers and genes that regulate chronic disease.[3],[4]

The MaxLife Perpetual Motion Plan

In her breakthrough book “Sitting Kills, Moving Heals” Dr. Joan Vernikos states the human body was not designed to sit. This inspired us to create the MaxLife Perpetual Motion Plan. Here’s how it works.

Take Active Breaks

The plan calls for taking active breaks of 1-2 minutes after 30 minutes of sitting. This is consistent with research maintaining that people who regularly use this method have lower health risks. For best results, we suggest using a timer to remind you to get up and move every 30 minutes. You can do this on your phone, fitness tracker or any basic timer.

Simple ideas to get you moving on your active breaks

  • Stand up and walk around
  • Do some standing like bodyweight squats
  • Try standing up to touch your toes or any stretching that involves the hips and lower body
  • Get up to use the bathroom or get some water
  • Use a desk that can be adjusted to various levels so you can work standing up
  • Switch from sitting to standing at your desk every 30 minutes to break up your workday

Get Active While Sitting

Now, if you must sit, you can place the MaxLiving Inflatable Wobble Cushion on your chair.  This product is an effective yet simple to use, round inflatable device designed to strengthen your core and improve balance. A wobble cushion is strong enough to sit and/or stand on with the benefits of an unstable surface. It’s a fun and easy way to warm up and stretch your spine throughout the day.

Health Benefits of Inflatable Wobble Cushion

maxliving inflatable wobble cushion

Sitting on a wobble cushion makes the simple act of sitting an active experience that targets and strengthens your core muscles, decreases back pain, and improves your posture.

  • Encourages and develops core strength and stability
  • Increases energy levels
  • Reduces back instability, fatigue, and pain
  • Improves balance

We hope this article opened your eyes to the power of movement and with just a few simple steps can bring remarkable benefits. By following our MaxLife Perpetual Motion Plan, you’ll burn more calories which may help maintain a healthy body weight and improve energy levels. At a minimum, committing to moving more will help sustain muscle tone, flexibility and your mental well-being, at any age.

[1] Cummings, K. M., & Proctor, R. N. (2014). The changing public image of smoking in the United States: 1964-2014. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention : A Publication of the American Association for Cancer Research, Cosponsored by the American Society of Preventive Oncology, 23(1), 32–36.
[2][3] Grace, M. S., Formosa, M. F., Bozaoglu, K., Bergouignan, A., Brozynska, M., Carey, A. L., … Kingwell, B. A. (2019). Acute effects of active breaks during prolonged sitting on subcutaneous adipose tissue gene expression: an ancillary analysis of a randomised controlled trial. Scientific Reports, 9(1).
[4] Patel, A. V., & Rees-Punia, E. (2018). Causes of Cancer: Physical Inactivity. In Reference Module in Biomedical Sciences. Elsevier.
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Insurance and Chiropractic Care – In Network with Cigna!

Insurance coverage for chiropractic care can depend on a variety of factors. Most plans cover the cost of chiropractic care for acute (short-term) conditions. Furthermore, most will cover initial and some rehabilitative care for acute conditions.

Co-pays are typically from $30 to $55 per treatment, but individual plans will vary.

Regarding maintenance or wellness treatments, our patient care manager will check on your particular plan and coverage when you come to Essential Health. Please be sure to bring your insurance card to your first visit.

We are now in-network with Cigna, as well as:

  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Connecticare
  • United Healthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Medicare

Call 860-269-3228 x1 to learn more.

Please note, if your plan doesn’t cover our services, know that our cash plans typically are about the same cost as many plans’ co-payments.

Rich Reggero will Lead Yoga Classes at Essential Health

Starting August 3, 2020, Richard Reggero (Rich) will lead an “All Levels Vinyasa” class twice a week. Classes will be held Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Rich has been a competitive athlete most of his life, and before finding yoga, his list of sports spanning the past 30 years include baseball, golf, swimming, football, hockey, running, triathlons, and basketball.

Rich turned to yoga in 2010 after suffering a series of knee injuries (due to the multiple sports he participated in.) Yoga gave him a perfect way to help his injuries. Rich initially used yoga to help rehabilitate his knee. He found that Baptiste-inspired yoga could be an athletic practice while being soothing at the same time. Over eight years of practice, he strengthened his body, mind, and spirit and wants to help others do the same.

Vinyasa Yoga is said to work at the physical, mental, and emotional levels, and helps to connect the mind to the body. Yoga movements are great exercise and helps to relieve anxiety and stress.

Rich completed his 200hr YTT training in December 2017 and attended an additional 35 hours of training in 2018 and 2019 specializing in the art of assisting and in bringing yoga to veterans and first responders. He is thrilled to be joining the Essential Health team!

Rich has been an Army officer, a schoolteacher, tutor, and a youth sports coach. He considers it his calling to lead and inspire others.