Real Salt


In 2011 we began our Healthy Stuff goody bag program here at Sanoviv Medical Institute to help our guests to make “healthier” product choices in their lives.  Our product suggestions come from our own research and experiences of our professional staff.  Our very first contributor was Redmond Trading Company, L.C., they donated a generous amount of their ‘Real Salt’ product. This year they have generously donated more ‘Real Salt’ and two other great products (Redmond Clay and Redmond Bath salts) which have been included in this year’s Healthy Stuff goody bag which is given to each guest who visits Sanoviv Medical Institute.

Health benefits of salt

Some people have asked “why are you giving salt to your guests? Everyone knows that salt causes high blood pressure, right?” Our answer is this…

We would definitely encourage anyone with high blood pressure to consult his or her practitioner or physician. Here is why we give Real Salt (which is  certified ‘Gluten Free’) to our guests. Sodium is crucial for maintaining the health of every cell in the human system. It permeates the fluid between cells (often called the extra ‘cellular fluid’) and potassium exists mainly on the inside of cells (in the ‘intracellular fluid’)… If either of these minerals is deficient or in excess, cell permeability becomes compromised and the health of the cells suffer.

Besides being a component of extracellular fluid that bathes every living cell. Sodium is important in two other ‘salty oceans’ in the body- our blood and our lymphatic fluid. It is also necessary for the production of hydrochloric acid, the digestive enzyme secreted by the stomach in order to help digest protein. Along with potassium, sodium is required for the proper functioning of our muscles…

With the many crucial roles sodium plays, it’s clear that if we had no sodium, we would cease to exist.

So, we offer a great big Thank You! To Redmond Trading Company for their donations. Please, visit them at for more information on Real Salt and their other wonderful products.

The Clean Fifteen … and The Dirty Dozen

Sanoviv's organic garden

We all know that organic foods are healthier for us but very few of us can afford to go 100% organic overnight. We wonder where to begin and if it’s an all or nothing proposition.

Luckily there are some easy guidelines that can help you get started. According to the Environmental Working Group there are two lists that can help you make decisions when buying fresh fruits and vegetables. The first list is commonly referred to as The Dirty Dozen. These are the fruits and vegetables that are the most heavily sprayed and highest in pesticide residue. Every effort should be made to buy the organic version of the following fruits and vegetables:

· Apples

· Celery

· Strawberries

· Peaches

· Spinach

· Nectarines- imported

· Grapes- imported

· Sweet Bell Pepper

· Potatoes

· Blueberries- domestic

· Lettuce

· Kale/Collard Greens

You can significantly lower your exposure to pesticides by avoiding the non-organic produce on this list.  The second list is called The Clean Fifteen.  These are the fruits and vegetables lowest in pesticides:

· Onions

· Sweet Corn

· Pineapples

· Avocado

· Sweet Peas

· Mangoes

· Eggplant

· Cantaloupe- domestic

· Kiwi

· Cabbage

· Watermelon

· Sweet Potatoes

· Grapefruit

· Mushrooms

At Sanoviv, we serve only organic vegetables and meat.  You are welcome to join us for a week of detox no matter how healthy you may be!  Learn more about our MedSpa Detox program here:

Keep these lists handy when shopping for produce!

“Nutrition for the Holidays” Recipes

Sanoviv's Chief of Nutrition, Research, and Education, Sue Ward CCN

Our medical team at Sanoviv loves preparing and giving our free monthly webinars.  A thousand thanks to Sue Ward for hosting ‘Nutrition for the Holidays’ November 2011. 

Below are the recipes Sue referenced during the webcast.  Let us know how they turn out – photos welcome! 

Angeled Eggs

Blueberry Mint Lemonade

Breakfast Vegetable Pie

Chocolate Dipped Bananas

Coconut Sweet Potatoes

Green Bean Casserole

Limeade with Raspberry Ice Cubes (or just add the ice cubes to water)

Shrimp Dip

Sparkling Ginger Cider

Spirulina Coconut Snacks 

Water = Life

Thank you for being part of our Sanoviv family.  Our admissions team would be happy to help you understand the benefits of a visit to Sanoviv for you and your loved ones.

Top 3 Travel Snacks

Crunchy sauteed crickets are a delicacy in many parts of the world.

Last year, I flew more than 100,000 miles through countless time zones.  Being an adventurous eater, I always look for the local specialties, like the calcots in Barcelona.  But the one place I try not to eat the local food is on airplanes.

The average meal served on an airplane contains approximately 1,000+ calories, more than half of which are from fat.  And the plane is not the only thing sky-high, the salt content in most meals and snacks is terrifying. I am thankful when Delta has their fruit and cheese plate available, but on most flights, the food options are not optimal for my health.  No matter where in the world I may be, you’ll find the following in my flight bag:

Organic Almonds

90 percent of the fats in almonds are unsaturated, and the nuts are high in protein, fiber, calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin E, and other antioxidants. Almonds help prevent osteoporosis, may lower cholesterol, and they regulate blood pressure.

USANA snack bars:

These yummy low-glycemic bars have added fiber and ten grams of protein to keep me feeling full while everyone else is snacking on sugar filled cookies or overly salty peanuts.  At 160 calories per bar, they are a perfect snack or light meal.  Click here to find out my favorite flavor!  

On long flights, I pack my blender bottle and vanilla Nutrimeal.  Flight attendants are happy to load me up with water, and these shakes are my comfort food.  Bonus – shaking the bottle for three minutes gets my blood and lymph flowing :)

We all know the benefits of drinking water while traveling (and living!).  In addition to my H20, I ask for a glass of plain tomato juice on each flight.  Knowing I am going to ask for tomato juice also ensures that I’m not looking at the high sugar juices and sodas that promote inflammation in my body.  Our friends at LiveStrong have great information on the benefits of tomato juice at  Remember to ask for plain tomato juice, NOT the spicy version that is loaded with salt.

Get a great start on your vacation, family, or business travel by nourishing your body with good food even while you are on the airplane. 

Note:  Although I enjoyed the crickets, they are NOT on the menu at Sanoviv Medical Institute.