Health! Tips

September 2015  

In this issue...                
Hello Everyone! I can't believe that summer is almost over...time sure flies when your having fun! This edition of Health! Tips will cover: 
  • September office hours for Labor Day Week...I am going on vacation!
  • Introducing my new personal assistant, Stephanie Bennett 
  • Health article on Blood Sugar Metabolism
  • Recipe for Superfood Avocado Smoothie
  • Announcement for my Nutrition at the Library Series 
  • Announcing the MindBody Online Appointment Scheduler...go to this link at MindBody Online to schedule appointments to see Kathy...this will make scheduling appointments easier for you and To Your Health! staff 
Special Office Hours for Sept.7th to 11th

Kathy will be out of the office from Sept. 7th through Sept. 11th... Please note: Library Presentation is moved to Tuesday, September 15th at 7:00 pm at the Old Town Library

Stephanie will be in the office to  sell supplements, set up appointments, and answer questions on:

Monday the 7th from 9:00 til 2:00

Wednesday the 9th from 9:00 til 11:00 

Friday the 11th from 9:00 til noon


Kathy will be back on Monday, Sept. 14th

Introducing Stephanie Bennett                

Originally from Indiana, Stephanie has recently moved to Fort Collins to attend graduate school at CSU in the Master of Public Health program. She has also lived in St. Louis, MO; Taichung, Taiwan; and Nashville, TN. She loves to travel and explore new places, and is very active in the outdoors. Stephanie is excited to be working with Kathy and all of you toward a healthier lifestyle!
Healthy isn't a goal, it's a way of living.

Kathy Westover
Health! Tips
is a "mini" newsletter devoted to improving your nutrition and your health one step at a time. By making small changes in your lifestyle, you can make big improvements in your health. Enjoy!
Kathy Westover,  MA, MNT
 Nationally Board Certified in 
Holistic Nutrition®

 Upcoming Events:


Library Series

Second Thursday of the Month

7 pm -8:30 pm



Oldies But Goodies

Catch up on presentations you may have and updated information! 


September 15th

Blood Sugar Balance

(Old Town)


October 8th

Cancer: Prevention and Support (New presentation!)

(Council Tree)


November 12th

Hormone Balance

(Old Town)


December 10th

Healthy Aging

(Council Tree)



For more information and the dates of the rest of the series go to 





2015 Library Series: Oldies But Goodies
Kathy  has been presenting cutting-edge nutrition information at the Poudre Valley Libraries since 2009. In this year's series of presentations she will update some of her most popular topics with the newest information to help you become your own best health resource.  Healthy aging is not merely surviving; it is thriving!    
The presentations will be given at the Poudre Valley Libraries; rotating between the Old Town Library and Council Tree Library. They will always be on the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 to 8:30.  The next presentation is:
The Secrets to Balancing Blood Sugar and Preventing Diabetes

According to the CDC more than 29 million people have Type 2 Diabetes, yet this metabolic "process" is preventable and reversible with some nutritional and lifestyle changes. This presentation will provide you with the secrets to getting your blood sugar under control and stop the process of Type 2 Diabetes in its tracks.   

Note the date change due to Kathy's vacation:

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015
7:00 - 8:30 PM 
Old Town Library
201 Peterson Street 
Fort Collins, CO 80524  

Image: Bigstock
Rising Blood Sugar in Healthy People Linked to Poor Memory

By Byron Richards, CNN

Kathy's note: This article by the late Byron Richards illustrates that even healthy people can negatively affect their health by consuming too much sugar.
Researchers have shown for the first time that even  small increases in blood sugar  are linked to declining memory and shrinkage of a key region in the brain crucial for memory. This study shows that changes in metabolic efficiency, even small changes, set the stage for cognitive decline.
The study evaluated 141 men and women, average age of 63. They were not overweight, suffering from insulin resistance, or diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. In other words, these people compared to many would be considered quite healthy for their age.
The researchers measured fasting blood sugar levels and hemoglobin A1c, which measures how much sugar "sticks" to red blood cells over time and is an excellent test demonstrating the trend of blood sugar management. They also used MRI scans to measure the size and microstructure of the hippocampus, an important brain structure involved with memory. The participants went through a battery of memory tests.
The researchers showed that even small increases in blood sugar or hemoglobin A1c, despite being in the normal range, were linked to poorer memory performance and disturbed structure of the hippocampus.  
Yesterday I reported on another  groundbreaking study explaining the precise mechanism by which high blood sugar causes damage to the memory function of the brain, a finding highly relevant to overweight, insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetic patients. This new study documents that such adverse changes are happening at even earlier levels of inefficiency of metabolic function.
This science is painting the picture of a sliding scale of function, with optimal blood sugar metabolism at the high end which correlates significantly with better memory. As a person falls away from optimum in terms of blood sugar metabolism then the brain is progressively "punched in the nose" by the problem. Smaller levels of blood sugar problems are smaller punches, but they are still enough to deteriorate the structure of the brain and optimal human performance.  
This data demonstrates that every person should work diligently to optimize their body weight and blood sugar metabolism. And one good reason for doing that is to maintain your ability, competitive edge, and quality of mental function as you grow older.

Image: Bigstock

Fresh Avocado Smoothie



*    1 whole avocado

*    1 cup of torn kale leaves, no stem

*    ½ cup organic blueberries

*    ½ cup fresh pineapple

*    1 cup of organic baby spinach

*    ½ sliced cucumber

*    1 cup unsweetened coconut water

Pour coconut water into blender. Add the avocado, kale, blueberries, pineapple, spinach, and cucumber. Cover with lid and blend until smooth. Pour into two glasses and serve immediately.

A Great New Resource for Health Food Choices
   I have taught you well and you are shopping for less processed, organic, and non-GMO foods. But as we all know, the cost can add up. That's where ThriveMarke t comes in. They're an online shopping club that offers healthy, organic, non-perishable products at 25-50% off retail prices Foods that we use all of the time, like coconut oil, canned wild caught salmon, and nutbutters. Even baby products, cleaning supplies. and body products.

Just click on the link above and it will take you to the Thrive Market website. Cruise around and see if you see anything you like. If you place an order using the link above you will get:
  • an additional 20% on your first order
  • a free month subscription (after the first month it is $55 per year)
  • your own code to send to friends and family that will give them 20% off of their first order and you will get a $25 gift certificate 
  • free shipping on orders of $49 or more 
  • and every time you place an order Thrive will send a free order to a family in help you, me and the world all in one order!
I use it about 2 times per month...I just add to my shopping cart until I get to the $49 free shipping amount and then order. Last week I had 2 gift certificates from friends who have placed an order ($50) on a $65 order...I got the whole thing for $15 and still got free shipping! I have saved a ton already!

If you are ready to try it, here is the link again, Happy shopping!
By making small changes in your lifestyle,
you can make big changes in your health! 
Contact Info
To Your Health! Nutrition    

Kathy Westover, MA, MNT  
Nationally Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition ®




New Auto-Order Progam...earn 10% discount automatically


Call now and ask about our new Auto-Order Service. Work with Kathy to determine a maintenance supplement plan and order two to six months worth on a scheduled basis and earn a 10% discount with each order. 


We will still offer our Frequent Buyer Loyalty Program for supplements, but beginning July 1st, filling your card will change to a 10% discount on an entire order of less than $150. No need to worry about where you put your card, we will keep it on file for you. For more information call To Your Health, today.