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Summary on Blood Sugar

Summary on Blood Sugar

  Written by: Dr. Claire Arcidiacono, ND For further questions or concerns email me at carcidiacono@invitehealth.com Blood sugar concerns can range from pre-diabetes to full blown diabetes. Even those with healthy blood sugar may want to monitor their blood sugar if they have a family history 

Sweet but not Sugar?

Sweet but not Sugar?

Written by: Claire Arcidiacono, ND For further questions or concerns email me at carcidiacono@invitehealth.com† In our modern world we have many alternatives to sugar. These alternatives include artificial sweeteners and those that are considered natural sweeteners. In this blog I will be going over sugar substitute’s 

Moon Milk The Perfect Sleep Remedy – Healthy & Helpful Tips with Melissa

Moon Milk The Perfect Sleep Remedy – Healthy & Helpful Tips with Melissa

Moon Milk The Perfect Sleep Remedy

Created By Melissa Bistricer, MS, RDN

Our remedy for a restful nights sleep is referred to as moon milk. Moon milk has nothing to do with worshiping the moon rather it got its name for helping to calm you down and have a restful night’s sleep. Moon milk is simply just warmed milk, seeped with apoptogenic or relaxing herbs such as ashwaghanada, turmeric, lavender or chamomile, and sweetened with honey. †

Moon milk has been around in India for hundreds of years, even though it has only gotten popular now in the US. Although in the US and other countries warmed milk has always been a common drink for children or adults to drink before bedtime to promote sleepiness, reduce anxiety, or insomnia. Just now we add other components that make it taste better and have additional health benefits to help brain health and stress management. †

Traditionally ashwaghanda and turmeric are used but lavender and chamomile have also been used as well. I purposely used chamomile since it will provide a mild flavor for kids and have a calming relaxing effect. Chamomile has also been used to treat insomnia, calm colic infants, and eczema. As well as chamomile has been used to help with colds, teething, indigestion, anxiety, and irritability. Perfect for toddlers and kiddos to us when their caregivers want to relax them to fall asleep. †

Not only have I added chamomile to our remedy, I have paired it with two amazing components from our line of supplements. The first being the Tranquil Tx®, a combination of herbs – additional chamomile, passionflower, and lemon balm which have a calming effect to reduce stress and nervousness. This allows our bodies to relax and supports a more restful night’s sleep without a hangover effect.†

I also decided to add in our Cocoa Hx® every kid but also adults love chocolate so why not make this a chocolate moon milk? But the real reason for adding in the Cocoa Hx® is because this will help ensure a restful night’s sleep and improve blood flow to the brain, which can benefit memory, processing speed, attention, and overall mental performances after the great night’s sleep! †

Yields: 1 cup



1/2 cup Water

1 Chamomile tea bag

1 cup Milk (choose your choice: Nut Milks, Regular Milk, or Oat Milk)

1 dropper Tranquil Tx® 

1 Scoop Cocoa Hx® 

1 teaspoon Honey

Steps To Making The Perfect Sleep Remedy

  • Add hot water to a mug and seep the chamomile tea for 10 minutes. Remove the tea bag, and warm the milk (this is optional but defiantly recommended) add the milk, then add Cocoa Hx®, 1 dropper of Tranquil Tx® and the Honey mix together and enjoy a restful night of sleep!
  • Variations: You can choose to make ahead of time and keep in the refrigerator and enjoy the moon milk cold or make as needed and warm the milk and have a calming and sleepy hot chocolate
  • Again you can use the milk of your choice: Almond Milk, Oat Milk, Coconut Milk, Whole Milk, 1% or 2% Milk

Nutrition Facts  Serving 1 cup

Calories 141.3 kcal                Carbohydrates 18.5g                 Protein 7.5g                              Fat 4.6g

Saturated Fat 2.8g               Cholesterol  14.6mg                   Sodium 97.2mg                       Fiber 1g

Sugar 13.8g                            Vitamin A 7%                             Vitamin C 1%                            Calcium 22% 

Iron 5%

(Note: Nutritional Facts using 2% milk) 


For more information or questions about the recipe feel free to contact melissa@whiskingnutrition.com

@invitehealth If you have trouble sleeping, this is the tea for you! Our Moon Milk makes the perfect sleep remedy for a sleepless night!1/2 cup Water1 Chamomile tea bag (for loose tea refer to bag for instructions)1 cup Milk of your choice1 dropper InVite Health Tranquil Tx1 Scoop InVite Health Cocoa Hx1 teaspoon Honey#invitehealth #moonmilk #sleep #goodnight #fyp #recipe ♬ Sky Aesthetic – Tollan Kim

A Healthy Take on Muddy Buddies or Puppy Chow – Healthy & Helpful Tips with Melissa

A Healthy Take on Muddy Buddies or Puppy Chow – Healthy & Helpful Tips with Melissa

Uplifting the Muddy Buddies on the back of the Rice Chex Cereal. This is a Healthy snack you will not regret making for your family to snack on!

Learning about the SUPER in Superfoods

Learning about the SUPER in Superfoods

Are you tired of all these marketing schemes to get you to purchase “superfoods”? Let me explain to you what superfoods are and why you should purchase them from InVite Health.

Thyroid and Weight Management

Thyroid and Weight Management

weight management 

Written by Dr. Claire Arcidiacono, ND

For further questions or concerns email me at carcidiacono@invitehealth.com

Thyroid Impacting Weight Management

Almost everyone knows the thyroid controls weight. But did you know it also controls metabolism? What exactly is metabolism? In the medical world, it is known as basal metabolic rate or BMR. Basically, it’s the number of calories you use to just live. Sleeping, breathing and even sitting are all things that contribute to the BMR. Being very active and engaging in physical exercise will cause it to increase. BMR is usually calculated based on the following factors: age, gender, height and weight. (1) In addition to the thyroid, other hormones can and do affect weight. However as this is a series on the thyroid, I’ll focus solely on how thyroid affects weight.


To recap, the thyroid is in charge of BMR. Studies show that people with low thyroid function had lower BMRs, compared to those with a higher than normal amount of thyroid hormone, who had higher BMRs. (2) Meaning, those with a decreased thyroid function gained weight easily; while those with an increase in thyroid function were able to lose weight.

Now, it is very important to first determine if weight loss or weight gain is related to the thyroid. Blood work is always a great place to start. In the article regarding blood testing, I gave you some things you should go over with your doctor. After that, you’ll have some time in between doing blood work and getting results back. During that time, you should utilize it by starting a food diary or log of anything you eat throughout the day. It’s very important to be honest about what you’re eating if you want to try to balance your food intake. I know it might be embarrassing to write down or tell a nutritionist you had 4 slices of pizza, 3 times this week; but it’s easier to understand what we need to do when someone is honest about what they eat; rather than saying what they think we want to hear. Why do I seem to be harping on this issue? Even with a thyroid disorder, what we eat is one of the most important things to help regulate our weight. While it is true that having a lower/higher level of thyroid hormone will make it easier to gain or lose weight, it’s not the only concern regarding a healthy weight. Having a healthy or unhealthy relationship with food is just as important to talk about. (3) If you have a thyroid disorder and an unhealthy relationship with food, it’s like throwing gasoline on a fire; it will only make it worse.

So what can we do?

Well first, get blood work down then do your food log. Once you have your blood work and food log feel free to contact an InVite Health nutritionist. I am always happy to go over your food log. Email me at carcidiacono@invitehealth.com, if you’re interested in working with me! Next, work with a nutritionist to determine what is going on with your thyroid. Is it higher than normal? Lower? Is there an autoimmune problem going on? All of these are topics we have covered in this series. Feel free to look back on any of our previous blogs!

Supplements For Weight Management

In addition to working on the thyroid and what you are eating, there are supplements that studies show can help with weight loss and weight gain.

For weight loss the following have been found to be helpful, Green Tea: This has been found in studies to help with weight loss. (4)

See InViteⓇ Health’s Supplements: Green Tea Tx™ , Green Tea HxⓇ, and Green Tea Fat Burner


For weight gain the following have been found to be helpful, CLA: in a study with obese men, they supplemented CLA for 4 weeks, which showed a decrease in belly fat. (5)

See InViteⓇ Health’s Supplements: CLA 

Phase 2: A great addition to green tea, it has been found to potentially help both obesity and triglycerides. (6)

See InViteⓇ Health’s Supplements: Phase 2 Carb Controller 

Helpful Weight Loss Drinks

*The following smoothie recipes can be used as a meal replacement

Citrus Smoothie
InViteⓇ Health Whey Protein
Oranges HxⓇ
Collagen HxⓇ
Add 1 dropper-full Green Tea Tx
Open 1 capsule of Probiotic HxⓇ Weight into the shaker.

Shake well and enjoy over ice!

Detox Smoothie
InViteⓇ Health Whey Protein
Collagen HxⓇ
Dr Pressman Daily Detox
Dr Pressman Organic Greens Plus
Open 1 capsule of Probiotic HxⓇ Weight into the shaker.

Shake well and enjoy over ice!

For more information see Allie Might’s podcast on this fantastic topic!

Helpful Weight Gain Drinks

*The following smoothies will be best eaten in between meals for weight gain benefits (not instead or in place of one of the three meals eating each day)

Retro Weight Gainer
Milk of choice
Weight Management Powder
Cocoa HxⓇ
Dr Pressmen Organic Greens Plus
Collagen HxⓇ
1 Avocado, or banana or 1 tablespoon coconut oil

Superfood Weight Gainer
Milk of choice
Weight Management Powder
Reds HxⓇ
Greens HxⓇ
Collagen HxⓇ


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