Adventure Is Out There! – 7 Inexpensive Ohio Day Trips

Take a Road Trip…It’s Good for the Soul!

With summer just around the corner, are you ready for an adventure? It’s definitely good for the Soul!  Some of you may remember Northeast Ohio’s most popular TV travel reporter, Neil Zurcher’s,  long-running series on fox 8 news, titled “One Tank Trips”.  Mr. Zurcher reported on his favorite local getaways and has inspired me to get out and live a little! I’m ready for a road trip and to spend some quality time outdoors with my family. With a little preparation and a tank of gas, there are so many amazing places to visit in Ohio. My favorite destinations are those that need just one tank and deliver a little adventure. Here are a few of my summer destinations:

Put-In-Bay nicknamed the “Key West of the North” – South Bass Island in Put-in-Bay Township, Ottawa County, Ohio

You can Jet Express to the heart of Put-In-Bay and enjoy a weekend full of shopping, boating, sunbathing and charter boat fishing. The island offers lovely, quaint bed and breakfasts’, historical events and a vibrant nightlife full of live music and entertainment.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Peninsula  – Peninsula Depot 1630 W. Mill Street Peninsula, Ohio 44264

Take an excursion on a Vintage Class III railroad operating on diesel-electric and steam power through Peninsula, Ohio.  My Favorite thing to do is Ride the Rail and Bike the Trail!  The railroad runs along the Towpath trail.  We often bike the trail in one direction, enjoy lunch and then hop on the train for a relaxing ride back to the car or you can even do it in reverse!

Nelson Kennedy Ledges – 12001 Nelson Ledge Road, Garrettsville, Ohio

This destination is popular for cliff diving, hiking, biking, camping, and swimming.  The ledges have a deep history dating back to the Ice Age and were once an operating rock quarry.   Throughout the summer Nelson Ledges is host to many special events!   Be sure to google upcoming events when planning your trip.

The Gorge Located 1160 Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44223

This scenic Metro Park provides access to Mary Campbell Cave, hiking and spectacular sound and scenery.  It’s good for the Soul!

Heineman’s Winery and the Crystal Cave Located 978 Catawba Avenue, Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456

In 1897, while workers were digging a well for the winery 40 feet above, they discovered celestine crystals up to 3 feet in width.  Heineman’s Crystal Cave is home to the world’s largest geode.  You will enjoy Mother Nature’s beautiful creation on a tour of the Winery’s caves.  Then, enjoy tastings in the beautiful wine garden.

Short North Arts District – Address N High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215

Known as the Art and Soul of Columbus!  Explore the arts district known for its wide variety of unique gifts, amazing art, fabulous food, nightlife, home decor and fashion.  This is one of my most favorite places to stroll.  Art is everywhere you look! Be sure to visit my favorite attraction the North Market Farmer’s Market.  The market is full of fresh fish, meat and produce.  You’ll never have the same experience twice!

Topiary Park – 480 E. Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215

This Topiary Garden is both a work of art and a work of nature!  Be sure to take the self-guided tour which provides the “artist’s view”, the history and many fun facts. 

Ohio is full of hidden gems!  I urge you to take a one tank road trip to nourish your soul!  Below are a few tips to successfully plan your next road trip:

  1. Pick 3 must see or do things for each person on your road trip. 
  2. Don’t try and see or do it all on 1 tank. Plan a future destination.
  3. Google your destination for upcoming events. Yelp can also be a very resourceful tool.
  4. Check the weather report.
  5. Buckle up and enjoy the ride!

Have you found a hidden gem in Ohio?  I would love to plan a new destination!

Joy Vale
May 24, 2017

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. Andrew Kender, Dr. David Hardy, Chiropractic Physicians
 
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The Best Summer Fruits and Vegetables!

Favorite Summer Vegetables and Fruits

With summer right around the corner, I’m ready for barbecue season to get started. I thought I would share some of my most favorite summer vegetables and fruits. I love them all! If you can buy local and fresh they taste so much better! Look up local farmers markets in your area.

Cherries

Cherry season starts in June. Cherries dark red color is a clue that they are high in antioxidants and phytonutrients. They are high in both fiber and Vitamin C.

Peas

Fresh peas simply cannot be compared to the frozen kind. They are sweet and delicious, and you can eat them either raw or cooked. Peas are absolutely packed with Vitamin C, and they are also a good source of Vitamins A, K, and B6. They offer plenty of fiber, and can be used as a good source of vegetarian iron.
When using fresh peas instead of frozen in recipes, add them at the very last minute – they should really just be warmed, not cooked, to preserve their sweetness.

Spinach

Local spinach is available fresh all summer long. Spinach is a nutrition powerhouse (just ask Popeye). It’s got fiber, protein, calcium, iron, and other minerals, and is a great source of Vitamins A, C, E, K, and B6.
Fresh spinach is great raw in salads, of course, but it can also be used to great effect in hot dishes. Just be sure not to overcook!

Strawberries

Local strawberries knock the socks off berries that have been trucked across the country. They are a great source of Vitamin C and fiber. In fact, just eight strawberries give more Vitamin C than an orange! They are also rich in antioxidants.
Fresh strawberries are super sweet and incredibly delicious in desserts or on top of ice cream.
Some great strawberry recipes: http://www.southernliving.com/food/entertaining/strawberry-dessert-recipes

Asparagus

Asparagus is an excellent source of folate, a nutrient important in maintaining proper cardiovascular function. It’s a great source of Vitamins A, C, and K, as well as the B vitamins and potassium, plus it provides fiber.
Asparagus is a great vegetable to cook on the grill, so it’s a perfect choice for summer cook-outs.
Here’s the perfect grilled asparagus recipe: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/05/simple-grilled-asparagus-recipe.html

Beets

Beets are available starting in July, and you’ll find them right through October. They pack in plenty of fiber, Vitamin C, and magnesium and potassium.
A big green salad with beets and walnuts offers a full, nutritious meal, and roasted beets ismake an excellent side dish.

Blueberries

Blueberries are about as healthy food as you can get, and they’ll start to hit stores in July. In addition to fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and manganese, they’re loaded with antioxidants and phytonutrients. When they’re in season, it’s a great time to visit a u-pick farm and buy several boxes full of fresh berries.
Eat blueberries as a snack, toss them in salads, and use them for beautiful desserts. Blueberries also freeze really well, so you can save some of that summer sweetness for the dark days of winter, too.
Easy delicious blueberry smoothie recipe: http://www.marthastewart.com/336635/banana-blueberry-smoothie

Corn

Fresh corn on the cob is a late-summer treat that’s perfect for camping or barbecues. It’s a good source of fiber, Vitamin C, and manganese, and it provides some antioxidant phytonutrients. Close to 90% of the corn grown in the United States is genetically modified, so keep an eye out for certified organic or heirloom varieties. And remember, since the sugar in corn starts to turn to starch as soon as it’s picked, you should cook and eat your corn as soon as possible after you get it home.
Grilled corn recipes: http://www.seriouseats.com/2013/07/the-food-lab-three-ways-to-grill-corn.html

Green Beans

Green bean season lasts into early fall, so they’re a great option as some of the other summer produce starts to disappear. They’re a good source of Vitamins C, A, and K, as well as manganese and fiber.
Serve fresh green beans raw in salads or on a veggie plate, or steam them lightly for a deliciously sweet and crunchy side dish.

Zucchini

Is there anything better than a fresh, local Zucchini?
Zucchini is one of the very low-calorie vegetables and is only 17 calories per 100 g.  It has no saturated fats or cholesterol. Its peel is an excellent source of dietary fiber that helps reduce constipation and offers some protection against colon cancers.
It is an excellent source of potassium, an important intra-cellular electrolyte. Potassium is a heart friendly electrolyte and helps bring the reduction in blood pressure and heart rates by countering pressure effects of sodium.
Here are some great Zucchini recipes. http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20509747,00.html

Nancy Boardman
May 17, 2017

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. Andrew Kender, Dr. David Hardy, Chiropractic Physicians

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What is Your Color and What Does it Say About You?

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE COLOR?

Did you know that colors play a role in your health and personality?  Your favorite color can tell psychologists a lot about you.
For instance, RED represents health, fire, heat, blood, passion, will power, survival, anger, temper, danger, destructions.  Red stimulates, excites and acts as an irritant. It gives a person a sense of power.  We use red to energize and encourage movement, instant response, passion.  For example – red traffic lights, the Red Cross, etc.
People who love the color red live life to the fullest and are tenacious and determined in their endeavors.
ORANGE is a happy, joyful, creative and warm color, combining physical energy with mental qualities.  It is the color of creativeness and adaptability. It induces a general sense of well-being and cheerfulness.  Orange symbolizes warmth and prosperity and relates to self-respect.    An orange wall in a dining room promotes family union.  An orange sunset promotes relaxation.
People who love the color orange are forever the optimist.  They fully expect something wonderful is about to happen. They have perfected being present, living in the moment and focusing on what and who is in front of them.  They are social animals/social butterflies and mediators.
YELLOW is the color of intellect and perception.  In the old days, it was the color that symbolized life and joy.  Yellow relates to self-worth and to how we feel about ourselves.  It is the color of the personality and ego.  It is psychologically good for despondent and melancholic conditions. It is the color for clear thinking, detachment, brightness, confidence, charm.  For instance, businessmen often wear yellow ties for self-confidence.
People who love yellow enjoy learning and sharing their knowledge with others.  Finding happiness comes easy to them and others would compare them to the sunshine.
GREEN is the color of love, progress, youth, inexperience, fertility, hope, balance and new life.  It is also the color of jealousy, envy, and superstition as it is the color of feelings.  It is also a calming and quieting color.  Worn by surgeons to calm the patient green builds up the immune system.  It also fights stress: e.g. a walk through a green field promotes relaxation.
People who love the color green are often affectionate, loyal and frank.  Green lovers are also aware of what others think of them and consider their reputation very important.
BLUE is psychologically more soothing than green in emotional conditions.  It is the color for meditation and spiritual expansion, as it relaxes the mind.  Blue is the color of truth, devotion, calmness, and sincerity. It is the color of higher mental qualities. Blue relates to self-expression.  It is the color of peace, comfort, and reliability.  Blue hospital signs support tranquility, patience, and health, while blue uniforms inspire security and reliability.
People who love the color blue love harmony, are reliable, sensitive and always make an effort to think of others. They like to keep things clean and tidy and feel that stability is the most important aspect of life.
INDIGO is psychologically a good color for discipline structure, faith, and efficiency. It is also considered to help clear away addictive emotions.  Indigo brings up fears, encourages and inspires self-responsibility. Service to humanity is one of the strengths of the color indigo. Powerful and dignified, indigo conveys integrity and deep sincerity. It symbolizes structure, focus, and duty: e.g. dark blue indigo business suits, school uniforms, etc.
People who love the color indigo are honest, compassionate and understanding. Integrity is extremely important to them.  They need structure in their life – organization is important to them and they are quite inflexible when it comes to ordering their life.  They love rituals and traditions. They look to the past when planning for the future. They are conscientious and reliable – a good person to have around in a crisis. They may have a great need to acquire qualifications. Being a personality color indigo indicates you are hungry for the meaning of life.
VIOLET is psychologically related to self-knowledge and spiritual awareness.  It is considered a healing color it encourages between ego and spirit.  It is a powerful color and color therapy with violet is not recommended for children. It represents the future, the imagination, and dreams, while spiritually calming the emotions. Violet inspires and enhances psychic ability and spiritual enlightenment, while, at the same time, keeping us grounded.  It’s a relaxing, spiritual color used in churches, funerals (to feel closer to God for comfort and understanding) therapeutic rooms, old people’s homes; it takes people’s minds off daily worries.
People who love violet are artistic and unique.  They have a great respect for people but at times are arrogant. They are sensitive and compassionate, understanding and supportive, thinking of others before themselves. They are a gentle and free spirit. Your feelings run deep and you are quite sensitive to hurtful comments from others, although you would never show it.
So what’s your favorite color? And what does that say about you?
Barbara Schrader
May 11, 2016
Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. Andrew Kender, Dr. David Hardy, Chiropractic Physicians

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Get Sprung – 4 Real Benefits to Gardening

GardeningAs we quickly move away from the winter months and into to spring season, I’d like to take a moment to stop and smell the roses. Figuratively speaking that is, because the roses are nowhere near in bloom yet here in Northeast Ohio. I always forget how refreshing it is to see the new growth on the trees, the perennials blooming from the bare ground, and Home Depot rolling out there spring selection in the gardening center. I catch spring fever knowing that it is time to get outside and get growing. Whether I am setting up a small urban garden or planting new evergreens to bring more life to the land, I am always reminded of how Mother Nature can be such a recharge for the batteries that get drained in my soul from time to time.

Gardening brings an abundance of health and wellness in a variety of ways that we don’t even consider. It is that innate primal instinct that draws us to get our hands dirty and get growing. Think about these 4 key health benefits when you are debating whether or not you are going to get to the landscape this spring and summer season.

#1 Cardiovascular and Physical Well Being

No matter what size of a project you take on, you have to put a degree of physicality into your work. Whether it is lifting those heavy bags of mulch or turning up soil with your hand tools to cultivate the earth, you are sure to work up a sweat in doing so. Like any other form of exercise, you must be active for at least thirty minutes for it to be considered exercise. Studies show that gardening can rank right up there with bicycling and walking in regards to how it can help our bodies stay fit. (1)

#2 Brain Health

Not only will your body benefit from the cardiovascular and strength component of gardening, your brain will also benefit from the increase of blood flow and oxygen to the brain. Other ways that gardening often helps the brain is by stimulating both right and left-brain activity. Maybe you got your tax refund and you are budgeting in that new landscape design which puts you into left-brain mode. The analytical side of the brain is the left-brain and you will shunt more blood flow to that hemisphere. You also can fire off the right brain just as equal when designing that landscape project you just budgeted. The artistic right side of your brain will begin to recruit energy to it when designing any project. The right brain is the creative brain and you will have to be creative to envision a landscape masterpiece and put it together.

#3 Vitamin D

The Center for Disease Control has at one point estimated that at least one third of Americans are living vitamin D deficient. (2) That alone stands as a major reason to get out and do some gardening. When your body is exposed to the sunshine you are naturally synthesizing vitamin D in your skin cells. Vitamin D can be synthesized into healthy levels with only 5-30 minutes of sun exposure twice per week. If this doesn’t encourage you to get out and get some sun then I don’t know what else does.

#4 Healthy Micro biome Potential

For those of you who don’t know what a micro biome is and the importance of it, then I am glad you are reading this blog. The micro biome is a collection of all the natural bugs and bacterium that populate the different regions of the body. Specifically the skin has a micro biome rich with a variety of species that help make up a healthy skin micro biome. It is uncanny the similarities of our skin micro biome and the soil microbes. Each time we put our hands into the soil, we help populate the healthy critters that should be balanced and in abundance for a healthy skin micro biome. (3) Staphylococcus aureus is a nasty little critter that can wreak havoc on the body if one becomes infected. One of the best ways to prevent such infection is to have a healthy variety of skin micro biome to fight off the foreign invaders. One of the most important and abundant bacteria is staphylococcus epidermidis. The skin micro biome is gaining a lot of attention recently and advances in the way you can support it are growing at an exponential rate. Stay tuned to my next blog for more exciting info on the skin micro biome!

All around I can’t think of many reasons why you wouldn’t want to garden this springtime. It has been a part of culture since the beginning of time and can help us reconnect our roots with Mother Nature. The health benefits mentioned above are just the tip of the iceberg. Get out there and get growing.

Dr. Andrew Kender III DC
May 3, 2016

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians

To schedule an appointment, click here.

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https://wellnessmama.com/130266/skin-microbiome/