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Healthy Happenings May 2010

We have two Healthy Happenings features this month. Below the Moonflower Market is the Moab Acupuncture Clinic.

Moonflower Market

Moonflower Market, Moab Utah
Moonflower Market

Moonflower Market, your community natural food store, is proud to offer a wide selection of locally and regionally produced products. We have produce, frozen, dairy, grocery, supplements, personal care, bulk, and to go food available for purchase. In each of these departments we feature several local and/or regional items. As global awareness grows, so does the demand for fresh local food. Moonflower strives to stock our shelves with these products.

Local produce is in high demand here in Moab. Manzana Springs, Sol Food Farms, Youth Garden Project, Hole Foods, and others are on line to provide produce to the store this year. Moonflower offers a between Farmers market venue for produce in season when available.

Our bulk department features locally roasted coffees. Fresh Moab Coffee , a customer favorite, provides the store with 2-3 freshly roasted whole bean coffees each week from Bali, Peru, and other exotic locales. Bob, FMC roaster and CEO, has a personal relationship with many of his coffee providers. We also carry Caffe Ibis coffee beans from Logan, UT. We are currently featuring their Café Femenino blend, produced by a self help women’s cooperative in Peru. Premium pecans from Del Valle Pecans and garlic chile pistachios from Heart Of The Desert are both produced in New Mexico and available in our bulk nut section. Pinto beans from Dove Creek, CO are found in our bulk bean section and are one our lifeline staple items. Lifeline items at Moonflower are basic foodstuffs offered at special order case discount price everyday on the shelves. Please check out the other Lifeline options on the shelves in each department.

Our grocery department carries several brands of regionally produced honey. Dan-kin honey from Loma, CO is available in affordable quart and half gallon jars on our shelves. Blane Colton of Epicurean Honey from Parachute, CO offers honeys from different regional floral sources such as rabbit brush and flattops wildflowers. Blane’s single origin honeys are from growers he knows personally. You can really taste the difference. Kathy’s Krackers are raw, gluten free, whole grain crackers produced in La Verkin, UT. They are a delicious, nutritious snack that is hard to keep on our shelves. Silverton Chocolates are fair trade chocolates created in Silverton, CO that are a treat to your taste buds. Silverton offers single origin bars and omega 3 infused truffles that artistically blend delicious with medicinal. Real Salt, produced in Heber City, UT, is loaded with beneficial trace minerals and available our bulk bins and on our shelves.

Moonflower Market local products
Moonflower Market local products

High Country Kombucha is an independent regional beverage producer from Eagle, CO. One of Moonflower’s hottest tickets, Kombucha is a fermented tea beverage that provides billions of probiotics, enzymes, antioxidants among other purported benefits in an assortment of delicious flavors. Come join the growing fan club of this wondrous drink.

Moonflower is lucky enough to be one of the few providers of Castle Valley Creamery’s goat yogurt and cheese products. Wet feta, dry feta, and, spreadable chevre in a rainbow of flavors flies off the shelves of our dairy coolers. Locally made by Eric and Margot Seacrist, who keep __ goats on their 5 acres in Castle Valley, these cheeses give new meaning to most of our palates’ definition of fresh! We also carry Beehive Cheeses hand crafted in Uintah, UT. Flavors such as Seahive, Barely Buzzed, and apple wood smoked Promontory are available. Fresh local eggs are bought and sold here. A dozen or more local egg providers bring in their wares when available.

Moab is lucky to have the Synergy Company make its home here. Moonflower is the sole provider of their products in the area. Created by Mitchell May, Pure Synergy sets the standard for green superfood products. This energizing and healing product is available in powder or capsule form. We carry the whole Synergy product line including: Vita Synergy for men and women, Radiance C, Healing Honey, and Klamath Blue Green Algae.

Moab made Wise Raven products line our supplement shelves here. Created by master herbalist Molly McClish, Wise Raven offers tinctures, cough syrup, salves, lip balms, and bath salts. Allergy season relief and children’s remedies are available through Wise Raven. Regional herbalists are represented by Shining Mountain Herbs in Ridgeway, CO and Hummingbird Herbals from Durango, CO. Nulife Herbs in Lehi, UT, makes a vegan meal replacer, “Matrix Meal”, that has become quite popular with our customers. A recent addition to the supplement department is a colloidal silver by Baby Boomer Tonics, manufactured in Castle Valley, UT. Also found in our supplement department are several electrolyte replacement formulas created by Trace Minerals Research, located in Roy, UT, useful for anyone out in our desert heat and for athletes desiring quick recoveries. Super Salve body care products from Mogollon, NM are a seasonal must for river runners, bikers, hikers, and gardeners. Sore No More, produced in Moab, is distributed here as well.

Supporting local and regional businesses is a sustainable, feel good policy at the Moonflower Market. A high quality variety of products are available on our shelves. We strive to fulfill our mission statement as a non profit business in Utah by providing affordable natural foods to the community and by taking it one step further by supporting local and regional companies.

Moab Acupuncture Clinic

Moab Acupuncture ClinicMoab Acupuncture Clinic is now offering Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture: A holistic and healthy alternative to plastic surgery, BOTOX ® Cosmetic injections, chemical peels, and other procedures: a natural Approach to Youthful Appearance
The non-surgical Mei Zen cosmetic acupuncture procedure is the beauty secret used by Asian nobilities for thousands of years. It is a holistic, natural and comprehensive skin rejuvenation program designed to restore, rejuvenate and relax. Drawn from the ancient texts of Chinese medicine, the Mei Zen cosmetic acupuncture is a natural technique. Small, less than hair-width acupuncture needles are placed in a precise configuration just under the skin's surface to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin.

What to Expect from Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture
The results of cosmetic acupuncture anti-aging treatments reflect not only a change in external appearance, but also an improvement in total body wellness. Specifically, you may notice:

More radiant, beautiful & firmer skin
Disappearance of fine lines
Smoothing of deep lines
Fading of age spots
Improved muscle tone
Enhanced overall appearance and health

Additionally, there are positive side effects to both the facial skin rejuvenation and neck cosmetic acupuncture procedures that include:
A clearing of acne and rosacea;
Reduced depression and less anxiety;
Better digestion and sleep cycles; and
Fewer hot flashes and night sweats.

The Benefits of Mei Zen Facial Rejuvenation

Promotes blood and lymph circulation; increased circulation dilates peripheral blood vessels for better distribution of oxygen and nutrients as well as cellular regeneration.
Rehydrates the skin's external layers; through stimulation of the secretion of the sweat and sebaceous glands which encourages the regeneration of healthy skin cells.
Helps exfoliation, aids the proliferation of new skin cells, increases nutrition to the skin's surface, improves the quality of the skin and promotes a healthy glow.
Allows healthy "breathing" of the skin; increasing the skin's protective ability to ward off infections and clogged pores.
Increases oxygen consumption of the skin's external layer speeding up the release of carbon dioxide and nitrogen at the cellular level, helping to keep skin deeply clean; contributes to reducing the accumulation of excess grease on the skin's surface.
Stimulates the production of elastin and 4 collagen proteins in the skin to firm, reduce and soften wrinkles.
Reduces and relaxes the tension in the nerves and muscles improving the integrity of the skin resulting in improved overall facial appearance.
Success of Cosmetic Acupuncture & Facial Rejuvenation

How successful is cosmetic acupuncture? A study published in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture showed that of 300 people who received facial acupuncture, 90% saw marked results after one course of treatment. The acupuncturist Flora Najafi explains: "Fine wrinkles can disappear and deeper ones may 'level' out. Your basic facial ‘personality’ remains - except that you're happier and more vibrant looking. You retain the character in your face since the structure of your face isn't changed with Cosmetic Acupuncture."

How long your new look will last depends a lot on your lifestyle, and whether you are willing to address other areas that may need attention such as exercise, nutrition, and stress reduction. But at a fraction of the cost of other procedures, cosmetic acupuncture is a sound alternative that can restore your radiant glow both inside and out.

Mei Zen Rejuvenation Treatment
A typical protocol begins with a consultation to determine your overall health and if you qualify for the procedure. We will also discuss your goals and which procedure you are interested in (facial vs. neck). This consultation runs 15-30 minutes and is free of charge. This can be conducted over the phone.

If you qualify for treatment, then a 1 1/2 hour session is scheduled to include a complete evaluation, diagnosis and overall body balancing treatment. We then schedule a course of treatments that run two times per week for five weeks. During this time, herbs and foods may be prescribed that are specifically tailored for your overall health and your stated goals for facial rejuvenation. You may also be given Qi gong exercises and recommendations for skin.

Mei Zen will make an ideal birthday and mother’s day gift. Gift certificates are also available.

For more info contact Moab Acupuncture Clinic at: 435.259.8483
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