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Curbside Pickup: Update

  • Orders are to be submitted via e-mail: [email protected]
    -Shopping list (as detailed as possible, including substitute preferences) + First/Last Name + Contact Phone #
  • OR complete our Curbside Pickup Order Form located on our homepage:
  • Pickup slots are on a first come/first serve DAILY basis.
    *Our team will be determining pickup scheduling, based on tempo of the day, the size of the orders, etc.*
  • If/when ALL pickup slots fill up for that day, we will place names on a waiting list. Guests will be contacted the following business day, and orders placed.
  • Monday-Friday (10a-6p)
  • Saturday-Sunday (12p-6p)

Flatten the Curve

We would like to notice something “out loud” and hopefully it is of some assistance, or comfort. 

In the US, we’re not used to going out and seeing depleted shelves, anywhere. Over the last few weeks, (in photos, and recently–in our local surroundings) we’ve encountered the wiped out shelves of typically fully stocked items (toilet paper, canned goods, baking essentials, etc.). It’s a little unnerving, and certainly not what we’ve all grown accustomed to. 

But the world is not out of these things. We encourage you to resist the urge to “panic buy.” Yes, it’s good to have some extra pantry staples – but if you’ve had the resources to bulk yours up in the last week or two, try to slow yourself down now. Just like we talk about “flattening the curve” on our need for healthcare access, we can work together to flatten the curve on our demand for groceries.

We are not telling you to starve, or not to prepare.
But once you’ve done some extra shopping – if you’ve been fortunate enough to do so – then relax, eat from your supply. Because a LOT of folks do not have the budget flexibility to stock up, and they won’t have a lot of options while manufacturers and warehouses are replenished. 

The world isn’t out of stuff – but we all just hit the shelves hard, all at once, and so it’s going to look weirdly (and possibly eerily) empty for a while. It looks strange to us, it makes us feel unsettled, but we are not out of things long-term! If you’ve managed to gather more than you usually have, that’s great – but try to give your neighbors a chance now, too.

Winter Ridge will continue to work hard to keep our shelves as full as possible.
We will continue to pass down the savings and offer sales and specials.
We will continue to be here for you. 

Please help us in being here for our community and buy only what you need. 

Your friends at Winter Ridge Natural Foods

An update from Winter Ridge Natural Foods: Actions we’re taking to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Dear Winter Ridge Natural Foods shoppers,

It is often the case, in difficult times, that grocery stores are a vital resource to the communities they serve. Although we do not have an outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our immediate area, our community can rest assured we are a vital resource.
You have come to us in recent days to stock your pantry, replenish cleaning supplies, and prepare alongside others in the community. As a grocery store, we are in a unique position of offering essential services for our communities while also doing all we can to minimize risk to our staff, and shoppers.

In light of the situation our region finds itself in, I want to share the things our store is doing to best serve you, care for our staff, and be a responsible member of our community:

  • While Winter Ridge has had no reported COVID-19 infections in our store, we have asked any staff exhibiting symptoms of respiratory illness or fever to stay home and notify their physician. We have also given our staff who have underlying medical conditions the option to stay home to minimize any potential exposure. We are working with employees on a case-by-case basis to ensure they have the support they need if sick time is needed to be taken.
  • Staff and shoppers have requested hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes to cleanse carts, handbasket handles and registers. With the increased demand nationwide for these items, we are having difficulty procuring them for our stores. While we work to find a supplier, we are tasking staff with frequently cleaning these high-touch areas with available disinfectant.
  • Winter Ridge Natural Foods prides itself on its cleanliness and food safety standards, and has full-time health and safety, and food safety managers on staff. With their support, and following guidance from the CDC, Panhandle Health District and other agencies, we have implemented even more rigorous cleaning practices throughout the store.
    • This includes frequently sanitizing high-touch locations like payment machines, scales, bathroom areas and, as mentioned above, carts and hand baskets.
    • We are also changing out hot and cold bar utensils on an hourly basis.
  • We have heavily invested in training our store’s management teams on food safety, with the majority of store and department leaders having completed advanced food safety training, including all supervisors in our deli departments.
  • We have stopped accepting personal cups at our espresso bars and have ceased self-serve sampling. Additionally, any staff handling ready-to-eat foods are already required to wear gloves or use tongs.
  • We are working closely with our suppliers to ensure we have the essentials that you are seeking, like pantry staples, cleaning supplies, and health and body care items.

We request that if you are not feeling well that you refrain from shopping.
We will offer temporary grocery services for a small fee to our customers that possibly feel ill.

Please call the store (208) 265-8135 by 11am with 15 or less items and our staff will have your items ready to pick up same day.

Throughout all of this, we are making additional efforts to demonstrate our gratitude to our staff who continue to work each day with commitment, compassion, and kindness to ensure our stores are stocked, clean, and ready to serve you.

We know you have many choices when it comes to where you purchase groceries. Thank you for choosing our store and for being an integral part of our community.

Gregg Prummer
Winter Ridge Natural Foods

Coronavirus Update


We wanted to discuss the current situation with the Coronavirus – Covid-19.


First off: there is no reason to panic!  

Even in China where the majority of cases have occurred, there is only 1 case for every 85,000 residents that live there. On another positive note, in 80% or more of those cases, symptoms have remained relatively minor, like a bad cold.  

And unlike China, the US now has advanced warning and can take measures to reduce the likelihood or severity of occurrences here in the states.  


A History of Coronaviruses


Coronaviruses, first documented in the 1960’s, are a family of viruses which, most of the time, cause symptoms similar to a bad cold. Those affected experience moderate upper respiratory problems such as a runny nose and sore throat. 

Unfortunately they can also be potentially deadly, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which occurred in the early 2000’s infecting over 8,000 people and killing over 800, and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), first found in Saudi Arabia in 2012, with 2,500 infected and over 800 deaths.  


The latest coronavirus, COVID-19 (2019-CoV) was first identified in Wuhan China last year.  While the death rate is far less than SARS (10%) and MERS (30%), COVID-19 has spread much more than those two, nearing 90,000 documented infected people around the globe, and so the death rate of over 2% has meant that nearly 3,000 people have already died worldwide.    


While there are only several handfuls of cases in the US, including 1 in Wisconsin, there is little doubt that the virus will continue to spread, which has already caused many to curtail travel plans and will undoubtedly continue to cause disruptions in the economic sector and our daily lives.  


What Is Winter Ridge Doing?

  • We keep a supply of disinfectant wipes at the front of our store, and disinfectant liquid throughout the store–we will continue to do so, and add locations as necessary. 
  • Our restrooms are cleaned regularly, and stocked with cleansing hand soap. 
  • Each register is regularly cleaned and sanitized with disinfectant cleaner. 
  • As always, our employees will continue to frequently wash their hands with hot water and soap, and we will continue to make sure that deli tables and other frequently touched areas of the store will be washed and disinfected to help avoid the spread of germs.    


What can you do to safeguard yourself?


The spreading of the virus occurs by direct contact with infected individuals, or touching or coming in contact with droplets from sneezes and coughs.  While there are no cures or vaccines for the COVID-19, there are several steps one can take to try to avoid the virus and also strengthen your immune system to make sure that if you do contract the virus you increase the odds of recovering:


  • Avoid Air Travel to Infected Regions


  • Wash Your Hands – Frequent hand washing, even with just soap and warm water, is important for protecting against all infectious diseases, and using hand sanitizers and disinfectants can reduce viral spread by over 85%.  
  • Disinfect surfaces – Coronaviruses can persist on surfaces for up to 9 days!  Make sure you disinfect surfaces in your home, especially if you think someone might be infected.
  • Strengthen Immunity – Unfortunately those folks who are older and/or are immune compromised have a much higher rate of death from all viruses, and so doing what you can to strengthen your immune system is vital.




Strategies to Boost your Immune System


Exercise, stress relief, a balanced diet and certain supplements are all effective ways to boost your immune system:

  • Exercise – Regular exercise mobilizes T cells, a type of white blood cells which guard the body against infection.  However, continuous rigorous workouts can actually weaken the immune system, so moderation is key.  
  • Sleep – A solid 7-8 hours is needed to avoid reducing the activities of T cells in your body.
  • Less Stress – Stress can release the hormone cortisol, which negatively affects T cell reproduction.  Try yoga, meditation or deep breathing each day to reduce your stress levels.
  • Moderate Alcohol intake – while moderate consumption of alcohol can positively affect overall health, excess intake (more than 2 drinks/day) can negatively affect the immune system.
  • Stop smoking – Smoking impairs the immune system, and you have a significantly higher chance of being seriously affected by virus infections.
  • Healthier Diet – Vegetables, fruits, seeds and nuts are loaded with nutrients essential to immune health.   A diet rich in colorful food typically will be higher in valuable vitamins. These foods all can help you strengthen your immune system:


Red Bell Peppers








Green Tea




Sunflower Seeds

  • Herbs, Vitamins and Supplements – While the hope is you can get many needed nutrients from your diet, supplementing can help improve your immune system.  Here are just a few things you may want to include in your daily regime:
  • Echinacea, Elderberry & Zinc
  • Vitamins A, B6, C, D & E all help strengthen your immune system, and especially Vitamin C, which you can get from citrus fruits, spinach and strawberries.  And although it’s cold here now, consider getting outside during sunny days to help your body produce more Vitamin D. Even just 15 minutes in the sunlight will help!
  • Mushrooms and mushroom supplements – rich in essential nutrients and very good for your immune system.  


We all hope that the spread of Covid-19 is curtailed as soon as possible. 

Until then! Don’t panic. 

We will continue to provide a clean, safe shopping experience–and aid in keeping you and your loved ones happy, healthy, and immune boosted. 


We’ll see you in the aisles! 

Your friends at Winter Ridge Natural Foods

Nitric Oxide

What is the deal about Nitric Oxide?   Is this a new supplement I need to be taking?  What does it do for our bodies?  Let’s see if I can find some answers to these questions.


First, Nitric Oxide is already produced by the body and is very different from the nitric oxide used in dentistry or the racing industry.  The Nitric Oxide that our bodies produce helps its 50 trillion cells communicate with each other by transmitting signals through the entire body.


Nitric Oxide has been shown to be important in regulating blood pressure by relaxing and dilating arteries, allowing blood, nutrients and oxygen to travel to every part of your body.  Nitric Oxide is also critical in these other cellular activities:

·        Increases endurance and strength, as athletes and body builders know

·        Helps memory by transmitting information between nerve cells

·        Assists with a healthy inflammation response

·        Improves sleep quality

·        Increases blood flow to the heart

·        Improving sexual health


So, this is good news!  But, where does Nitric Oxide come from and how can we be sure we have enough it in our bodies to reap some of these benefits?


Supplement your diet with ingredients known to help naturally stimulate and feed the body’s nitric oxide cycle.


Eating foods rich in the amino acids l-arginine and l-citrulline is a good place to start.  Some of these foods are pomegranates, watermelon, citrus and dark chocolate containing 85% cocoa.


Nitrate containing foods are also thought to contribute positively to the body’s NO production.  Beets top this list, and includes spinach, kale, arugula, seafood, meats, cheese, eggs, garlic and walnuts.


(The nitrates in these food suggestions occur naturally and most are also high in the powerful antioxidant Vitamin C.  The nitrates and nitrites associated with contributing to cancer risks are best known as the nasty pink chemical preservatives -added- to cured meats and hot dogs, and the information can be confusing.)


Also, engage in activities known to help naturally boost Nitric Oxide.  We hear this often, but this suggestion is as simple as exercise.  A 20-30-minute daily walk counts!  And get some sunlight in the process!


Nitric Oxide is not a product, per se, that is purchased as a supplement in a health food store. There are some supplements that contain NO boosters like l-citrulline. Seeking those ingredients, foods and activities that boost an increase in what the body already makes will help bring the desired healthful benefits.


Surprisingly, the overuse of antibacterial mouthwash is detrimental to our body’s NO production.  Mouthwash?  Well, I didn’t do well in chemistry 101, but apparently a conversion of nitrate to nitrite takes place in the beneficial bacteria of the mouth that allows nitric oxide to produce well in the body.


Okay.  I think I’m ready to energize and hopefully you found some of this information helpful.  I’m going to grab a glass of beet juice, take a good long walk while the sun is shining.  Oh, and toss my Listerine!


Pain Bloc-R is a natural pain relief supplement, created to help manage pain discomfort in your body, while helping to relax muscles and quiet the mind.  It can soothe aches and pains by inhibiting substances that may be irritating, while calming the nervous system.


Pain Bloc-R has natural ingredients that do not have the same addictive properties of some pharmaceuticals, making it possible to ease discomfort without side effects.  This pain relief supplement usually delivers the same type of feeling that comes from traditional pain relievers, including decreased pain and increased relaxation.


Life Seasons uses these natural ingredients (plants and natural compounds):


White Willow Bark is used for pain, inflammation and musculoskeletal conditions.  Research has found it to contain chemicals similar to aspirin.


Angelica Root is used in traditional Chinese medicine for soothing aches and pains, as well as for detoxification.


L-Theanine influences brain wave frequencies to induce a state of relaxed wakefulness.  This amino acid, found primarily in tea leaves, has been shown to calm stress and boost mood and cognitive performance.


Benfotiamine is a derivative of Vitamin B1 (Thiamine).  It helps to normalize cellular processes and is used to support the cardiovascular system.  This antioxidant promotes healthy cell and tissue function and it is also frequently used for nerve pain.


L-Tetrahydro Palmatine (THP) is used in Chinese medicine for pain, and for muscle relaxation, without habit forming properties.  There is some evidence that it may be beneficial in treating drug addiction.


This amazing product also has Vitamins B-6 and B-12, for healthy nerve function and support in the process of making serotonin and norepinephrine chemicals that transmit signals in the brain.


We are pleased to carry this Life Seasons pain relief formula.

The Adrenal Connection

Dr. Duebendorfer hosted a free class at Winter Ridge explaining the Adrenal Connection. Here are notes from the class provided by our Wellness Team Member, Rhylaigh.


The Adrenal glands are small glands located on top of the kidneys, and produce hormones that control heart rate, blood pressure, the way the body uses food, the levels of minerals in the blood and other functions involved in stress reactions.  Adrenals come from the Limbic part of the brain, a complex system of nerves and networks involving instinct and mood.  This system controls basic emotions like fear, anger, pleasure and drives hunger, sex, dominance and caring for others.


Our Limbic system affects us in two ways:

1) The Pituitary gland stimulates the adrenal center initiating fight or flight syndrome, which causes our digestion and immune system to shut down

2) The Hypothalmus activates the adrenal mendula and releases epinephren.  Our cardiovascular system is affected, and heart rate, pulse and blood pressure go up.  This, in turn, affects our nervous system


The adrenal glands are also affected by emotions as well as external dangers, either real or perceived.  It is a normal process when we encounter an acute danger:  Our body reacts in a fight or flight mode. However, when “perceived” dangers, such as emotional reactions become chronic (this can result from early childhood patterns of coping associated with defense mechanisms and behaviors are reinforced as we go into adulthood), the body develops a tolerance to the adrenalin released and adapts to it.  We, then, no longer have the capacity to have an appropriate adrenal response, developing a tolerance to the adrenalin and its effects.


The constant release of adrenalin affects many systems in our body:

  1. Fatigue is the first symptom occurring from adrenal stress drain, due to a lack of adrenalin.  Our thyroid is affected by hormones released, exhausting the thyroid and the adrenals become fatigued.  Taking thyroid feels better but our adrenals wear out eventually. In this way, thyroid becomes over prescribed
  2. Cardio system becomes over stimulated, causing high blood pressure, and a breakdown of heart and bones
  3. Immune system shuts down causing more chronic infections, auto immune diseases and allergies, which begin to happen on a tissue level.  The body doesn’t realize what is healthy and white  blood cells are reduced in activity
  4. Digestion is affected and shuts down. We have lymph nodes in out digestive tract that make up 80% of our immune system. A lack of absorption of nutrients causes inflammation and cortisol breakdown that causes oxidative damage
  5. Mood/Depression are an issue as the adrenals effect the hormones that control our moods, as well as reproductive hormones.  Erectile dysfunction and menopause are also affected
  6. Cancer– There is a tremendously strong connection between stress hormones and cancer, as an increase in receptor sites occurs, and cancer cells multiply more quickly and are more mobile


To help rebalance adrenals:

Diet– When adrenals are down, a natural protective function is to eat sugar and carbs when tired.    These cravings are a sign that your body has adapted. Avoid processed sugar and resist starches when you cook.  It is important to eat regular solid meals, ideally four to five hours between meals. The focus of 2-3 ounces of protein at each meal will stabilize blood sugar.  High fiber carbs are best eaten in the evening, as carbs increase insulin, which decreases cortisol.  To reset adrenals, increase cortisol levels so they are high in the morning and low at night.  Protein snacks before bedtime help us to sleep better.

Sleep– It is essential to have proper sleep for adrenals to recharge.  If you experience insomnia, you are not relaxed enough from stress.

Emotional Balance– Check for defense mechanisms and beliefs that are responsible for emotional triggers of fight or flight. Creatively initiate new coping approaches.


In conclusion, adjusting life styles will support a healthy adrenal connection.

  • Decrease stress by letting go of the perception that we are “running out of time”.  This will help to eliminate worry and stress
  • Don’t multitask.  Focus on one thing at a time rather than trying to get everything done all at once
  • Set priorities. What is your passion?  Include activities that you enjoy as a simpler way of life
  • Prayer helps brain waves slow down, which can bring insight, creative thoughts and healing before deep sleep.  Brain waves actually do affect clarity and efficiency.  Give your burdens to a higher principal.  Trust that the appropriate response will arise.  Feel gratitude all day long.  Meditation also causes a positive shift.


Suggested reading:  The Adrenal Reset Diet, by Dr. Allen Christensen

Essentials for a Healthy Heart and Brain!

Most of us have heard the terms ‘fatty acid’ and ‘omega 3’ and that they are good for our health.  But what is a fatty acid, exactly?  What about the other fatty acids?  How much of these do we need in our diets to live a long, healthy life?


In simple terms, the chemical structure of a fatty acid is described as a chain of carbon atoms attached to each other singly and in pairs.  The beginning of the chain is alpha, the end is omega.  The ‘3’ comes from finding the first double bond of the molecule 3 atoms from the end of the chain; omega-6 is 6 atoms from the end, and in omega-9 it’s 9 atoms away.


Fatty acids are important for all systems of the body to function normally, including our skin, respiratory and circulatory systems, our brain and other organs.  Within our bodies, omega-3 fatty acids chemically convert to the compounds DHA and EPA.  These are highly unsaturated fats very important in vision and brain development in infants, children and adults.  Blue green algae is a good source of supplemental DHA and EPA.


However, there are 2 essential fatty acids (EFA) that our bodies do not produce independently, so we must get these nutrients through our foods.  These 2 fatty acids are the omega-3 fatty acid and omega-6 fatty acid.


Omega-3 fatty acid (Alpha-linolenic acid) is important for healthy brain function and may help fight against cardiovascular disease.  Thus, the American Heart Association and the World Health Organization recommend a diet that includes 2 servings a week of fatty fish, like salmon, sardines or tuna.


Research is abundant on other health benefits of omega-3.  Omega-3 may help prevent and fight against asthma, arthritis and osteoporosis, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, attention and depressive disorders, decreasing liver fat, even some cancers.  Some of the richest food sources for omega-3 can be found in raw seeds and grains, hemp and wheat germ oils, raw walnuts and walnut oil, and flaxseeds and flaxseed oil.


Omega-6 fatty acid (Linoleic acid) combined with omega-3 helps with many of the benefits described above and most us get more of this omega than our bodies need.  We need about twice the amount of omega-6 than omega-3 in our daily diet.   If you eat a diet of fast foods, frozen entrees and high calorie snacks, it’s possible to get 15 times, or more, what we need!  Research and studies at Washington DC’s Center for Genetics, Nutrition and Health suggest this high ratio is detrimental and may ‘cancel out’ the health benefits of the other omegas.


Naturally occurring sources of omega-6 are seeds, nuts and grains, and green leafy veggies like broccoli, lettuce and kale.  Cold pressed oils like sesame, hemp, chia, safflower and sunflower are rich in omega-6.


Finally, Omega-9 (Oleic acid) is a non-essential fatty acid that is produced in the body when there is enough omega-3 and 6.  This fatty acid promotes heart health, balances cholesterol levels and improves immune function.  Also found in seeds, nuts and oils, omega-9 is found abundantly in olives and avocados.


By: Teri, Wellness Team Member

KETO – Fat for Fuel

Like every other organ in your body, your brain requires nutrients to perform. The better you feed your brain the better it works. The brain CRAVES FAT! Diets high in healthy fats like coconut oil, whole eggs, olive oil, MCT’s, nuts, salmon and avocodo helps to generate nerve function inside your brain. It boosts energy, memory, cognition and alertness.


The Ketogenic diet is a high-fat, moderate protein, low carbohydrate way of eating. This way of eating forces the body to burn stored fat for energy compared to a typical standard diet where you are burning glucose. The keto diet helps with things like, less hunger, improved hormone function, beautiful and vibrant skin, burning body fat, maintains muscle and as mentioned already, brain fuel!


Ketosis kicks in after 3 or 4 days of eating less than 30-50 grams of carbohydrates per day. When you are burning carbohydrates for fuel instead of fat, your cell’s mitochondria (mitochondria are the cell’s power producers!) suffer more damage from free radicals. When a significant percentage of your mitochondria stop functioning properly, your health can falter and leave you vulnerable to chronic disease. I’m not going to go any farther into that but the fact is that the body was designed to run more efficiently on fats than carbs.


Starting in March the Wellness department is going to start a focus on Keto-friendly products and supplements such as:


* Apple Cider Vinegar. The use of apple cider vinegar for health dates back thousands of years. A new vinegar from Dr. Mercola contains ginger root puree for it’s thermogenic fat burning properties. It also includes turmeric root puree for digestive and metabolic support. Contains the “mother” with naturally occurring gut-friendly probiotics and enzymes and it contains Acetic acid that produces acetoacetate which is one of the 3 most important ketones!


   *MCT. medium-chain triglycerides are a special type of fat that get their name from their chemical structure, or their length or chain of carbon molecules. They are mostly extracted from coconuts, some of are from palm kernel oil (I personally stay away from palm though because of the rain forest devastation). There are four types of MCT’s ranging from 6-12 carbons long (C6, C8, C10 and C12). There are a lot of brands that use combinations of C8 and C10 fats. But C8 is the most expensive MCT fat and converts to ketones far more rapidly than C10 fats and is a bit easier on digestion. C8 fats are water soluble and cross the blood-brain barrier to provide your brain tissue with fuel. Not all types of fat do that! We carry 2 C8  MCT oils in the Wellness department, Dr. Mercola Pure Power Ketone Energy and Bulletproof Brain Octaine. A couple more cool facts about these MCT’s are that they bypass the normal intestinal processes to be used as a clean-burning fuel, it rapidly converts to energy to help squelch hunger pangs and boosts satiety. It is completely odorless, easy to add into food or smoothies or just take plain.


     *Organic Mitomix Seed Blend A great source of quality fats is organic seeds. They can be great sources of omega-6 and omega-3 fats. Dr. Mercola has put together a great mix that includes whole psyllium, hulled hemp seeds, chia seeds, black sesame seeds, black cumin seeds and golden flax seeds. This is one of my all-time favorite blends I have ever tried! The black sesame and black cumin add snap and rich flavor. Most people will benefit from a diet where 60-85% of their calories come from fat and this is a high quality fat ideal for ketosis!


     *Berberine and MicroPQQ Researchers have discovered that berberine activates AMPK, which helps boost autophagy (cellular cleaning and recycling) in your cells. Because berberine and PQQ’s impacts are on different pathways in your mitochondria, putting these two together have synergistic effects and super positive benefits for a ketogenic diet.


*Ubiquinol  Reaching nutritional ketosis is a process and having the right “tools” is going to get you there a lot faster! Ubiquinol is a co-enzyme involved in the energy transfer cycle across your mitochondrial membranes. The higher your levels of ubiquinol or it’s oxidized form CoQ-10, the healthier your mitochondria and cells are going to be. Ubiquinol is responsible for the Q-cycle process in your mitochondria, which is the proton pump that converts fuel into ATP and in turn into energy. Sounds complicated but a very important big deal!


*Instant Ketones Beta-Hydroxybutyrate sounds intimidating and science-y so I’m going to break it down and call it by BHB, one of the top words in the ketogenic diet community. BHB is a molecule that is considered to be a ketone body. A ketone body is one of the main molecules that helps your body produce energy in the absence of glucose. This molecule is essential if you are using your own fat for fuel, or taking BHB as a supplement to increase energy production essentially to be in nutritional ketosis. BHB can be made in the body. When the body is done using up a certain substrate to create energy after eating carbohydrates, it starts finding creative ways to get the job done. If this didn’t happen, you’d be dead after fasting for a very short period of time. The liver steps up and starts making BHB from long chain and medium chain fatty acids that are taken from fat tissue. And this is a truly beautiful thing because it means you are turning fat into fuel. The problem is waiting for the body to make this switch from carbohydrate metabolism to beta hydroxbutyrate metabolism (KETOSIS!) and it can take some time and be a little uncomfortable. So a way to speed this up is by supplementing BHB, Instant Ketones. BHB turns into energy by going into the cell and enters the mitochondria (energy factories) fulfilling a lot of complicated scientific processes until it is churned into ATP which is the energy currency of your cells. Basically BHB is important because through many processes and abilities, it gives us what a lot of other molecules cant: ENERGY! And we are using stored fat for fuel. And the brain loves that! Supplementing with BHB will get you into ketosis faster and cut out some of the misery of giving up the carbs.


     *FatZymes This is an enzyme that has been formulated for the Ketogenic diet by Dr. Colbert. It assists the body in breaking down difficult to digest proteins and sugars, eliminates stress from the GI Tract and enhances nutritional absorption and prevents nutritional deficiencies. It can be a little tricky switching the body over to eating higher amounts of fats and this is the product that makes that easy as well!


We will also have Dr. Mercola’s book “Fat For Fuel” and Dr. Don Colbert’s “Keto Zone Diet” available to purchase which I highly recommend. There is a lot of great information out there and we are training to learn as much as we can about Keto so stop into the Keto Zone with us in March.

Brand Spotlight – Intelligent Elixirs

I think a lot about what we put on our skin, it’s my job to do so, but it’s also a personal passion. Here are some crazy statistics…


In the US, the cosmetic industry’s panel has reviewed just 11 percent of the 10,500 cosmetic ingredients cataloged by FDA (FDA 2010).Canada has a guideline for over 650 chemicals and The European Union Health Commission has restricted over 1,300 chemicals while only 11 Chemicals are banned in the US.


Government regulations when it comes to cosmetics, hasn’t been updated since 1930. There are currently 80,000 synthetic chemicals on the marketplace that are not fully tested.  (Source: Natural Resource Defense Council)


Laws do not regulate the use of words like “Natural” and “Organic” on cosmetics and personal care products. Fragrances are considered trade-secret.  Manufacturers are not required to disclose specific fragrance ingredients on the product label. Instead, the generic term parfum or fragrance is listed, representing a mixture of potentially dozens of chemicals.


This is alarming to those of us that not only eat as cleanly as possible but want the products that we apply to our face and body to be clean as well, not loaded with potentially toxic chemicals.


In the coming months I will be highlighting the cleanest Skin Care/Cosmetic lines that we have here at Winter Ridge and I am going to start this month with a small women owned company called…..


Intelligent Elixirs

From Denver Colorado, Intelligent Elixirs was launched in May of 2017.  The creators of the company, Cat Tatman and Mary Butler have always been passionate about creating quality products that promote healthy youthful skin. With more than 36 years combined experience in the professional skincare market, they were inspired to create a product line for the retail marketplace that was clean and non-toxic but that delivered the same results and efficacy as a professional line.


Blending alchemy with cutting edge technology, Intelligent Elixirs offers progressive treatments to promote healthy, vibrant skin.  At the core of the line is Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant proven to create real change in the skin.  Skillfully formulated, each ingredient was chosen for its transformative, anti-aging effect on all skin types.


With a comprehensive product mix of 13 products that include: Rose Foaming Cream Cleanser, Citrus Facial Scrub, Antioxidant Moisturizer, Ultra Restorative Moisturizer, Pure Squalane (plant derived), Hydrating B-5 Serum, 15% Vitamin C Anti-aging Serum. We carry all of these and will be bringing in the Brightening Serum, total eye repair, Gel Cleanser and Broad Spectrum Tinted SPF (3 shades) soon!


From their website –


Our Commitment:

Our mission is to offer clean products free of toxic ingredients; coupled with a commitment to complete transparency of the ingredients in the products. Our products are focused on anti-aging, improving the skins health and overall appearance. We do not test on animals and we do not formulate with the following:

GMOs, Artificial Fragrances, Pesticides, Parabens, Gycols, DEAs, Artificial Dyes or Fragrances, Phthalates, Oxybenzone, Formaldehyde, PEGs, Petroleum, Sulfates, Nanoparticles, Tetrasodium EDTA.


I have personally used these products for the last few months and can visibly see the difference, they are truly amazing! Intelligent Elixirs is very generous with testers, so come on in and ask for some take home samples today!


In Good Health


Health and Beauty Manager