20th Anniversary Specials-You Choose Your Gift! (Or Take All 3!)

We’re celebrating 20 years and YOU get the gifts!!

#1: Detox Kits 20% off now til December 31

Hit the Refresh Button!!
10 Day Detox Kits: Regularly $119.50, on sale for $95.60
28 Day Detox Kits: Regularly $334.50, on sale for $267.60
Great way to refresh after all the holiday fun!
#2: Refer a friend:
They receive 20% off their initial consultation
(Francie and Patty only, must complete appointment by December 31)
Receive 20% off one purchase!
(Valid after new patient appointment is completed)
#3: MSA Special – Call by December 31st for $25 off an initial 1-2 hour session.
We have two techs working toward excellence at LOL:
$200 initial 2 hour session
$120 follow-up 60 minutes
$75 initial one hour session
$75 follow-up one hour
$60 follow-up 45 minutes
$45 follow-up 30 minutes
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I am one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and have been married to my supportive husband for 10 years. We have 2 wonderful daughters ages 8 and 10. I have been employed with Leaves of Life as the Lab Technician for 2 ½ years and love what I do. I feel very privileged to be able to help people in a natural practice focusing on the root cause of the problems and healing with foods and supplements.

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As a mom of three, I am often the resident health care provider in our home. I was happy to find Leaves of Life because I have been interested in holistic medicine for over 20 years. I use essential oils, chiropractic care, and try to eat well and exercise. I enjoy walking and yoga. I also enjoy spending time with friends. While working at Leaves of Life, I’ve learned a lot, and discovered a wonderful place to find answers to my family’s health concerns. Seeking out the root cause of an ailment is what I’ve believed in for so long, and now we have the expertise we need.

Cristine is a front desk receptionist at Leaves of Life and the newest member of our team.

Dairy-Free, Detox, Elimination Diet, Gluten Free, Recipes, Uncategorized

Overnight Oats

Overnight Oats


  • 1/3 cup steel cut oats
  • 1/3-1/2 cup milk (any variety will work)
  • Stevia to taste (optional)
  • Pinch of salt (optional)
  • Cinnamon or vanilla to taste (optional)


  1. Mix stevia, salt and cinnamon in milk and shake to mix thoroughly
  2. Add steel cut oats and shake
  3. Put in refrigerator overnight
  4. In the morning, add your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Think outside the recipe:

For creamier oatmeal, add 1/2-1 tbsp chia seeds before allowing to sit overnight, or some Greek Yogurt after the oats have set overnight (the yogurt seems to inhibit the oats from soaking up the milk). Some topping suggestions: berries, nuts, coconut crisps or shredded coconut.


Dairy-Free, Detox, Elimination Diet, Gluten Free, Grain-Free, Paleo, Uncategorized

Baked Chicken “Wings”

Photo courtesy of Leaves of Life


  • 6-8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (or 3-4 breasts split in half)
  • 1/8-1/4 cup Frank’s Red Hot (aged cayenne pepper sauce)
  • Salt and herbs to taste (rosemary, pepper, garlic, thyme are all great choices)


  1. Spread chicken out flat in baking dish
  2. Evenly coat with Frank’s Red Hot sauce
  3. Sprinkle salt and herbs on top
  4. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes or until cooked through


Take advantage of the hot oven to roast some cauliflower or other veggies at the same time, and maybe a sweet potato, too!

Reserve the extra juices to drip over fresh veggies when you plate it up!


Sale Items

Sale Items 2018 – stop by to shop our sale shelves or call to have products shipped ($3 handling + USPS cost)

Product Original price Sale price Expiration

Xymogen ActivNutrients

$31.25 $20.00 10/19

Xymogen AngiNOX

$49.25 $35.00 6/17

Xymogen Aromat8-PN

$27.00 $14.00 3/18

Xymogen Hormone Protect

$43.75 $30.00 8/19

Xymogen Immune Essentials

$30.00 $20.00 8/19

Xymogen MaX VRL

$23.50 $12.00 7/17

Xymogen MedCaps T3

$37.50 $19.00 12/17

Xymogen NeurophX DPN

$67.00 $38.50 11/17

Xymogen CheleX

$38.75 $30.00 11/17

Pure BenfoMax x2

$42.50 $21.00 6/17

Pure Chromium (picolinate)

$33.50 $10.00 8/19

Pure L-Lysine (open bottle)

$11.00 $10.00 8/20

ReadiSorb Liposomal Melatonin Spray

$25.00 $13.00 6/17

ReadiSorb Liposomal Methyl B-12 Spray

$25.00 $5.00 10/16

OrthoMolecular CereVive

$36.75 $18.00 2/17

SP Betacol

$12.00 $5.00

SP Boswellia Complex

$26.00 $20.00 4/20

SP HiPep

$28.50 $15.00 11/17

Thorne Niacel x2

$40.00 $20.00 1/18

Thorne Children’s Basic Nutrients

$25.50 $15.00 6/23/17


$16.50 $9.00 8/17

Tasty Tonics Adrenal Tonic

$28.00 $14.00 8/19

Metagenics Estrovera

$35.00 $25.00 4/17

Metagenics Mag L-Threonate

$53.00 $40.00 8/19

Metagenics Testralin

$59.25 $33.00 8/17

Metagenics HisSynergy x2

$28.00 $15.00 $20.00 4/18 8/18

Allergy Research ButyrEn

$18.75 $15.00 1/20

Allergy Research TMG

$21.25 $12.00 8/17

Integrative Therapeutics L-Theanine

$47.00 $23.00 9/30/17

NEO 40 Lozenges

$60.00 $5.00 11/16

Host Defense REISHI

$20.00 $10.00 9/17

Transformation Immune AV Complex x5

$18.00 $5.00 11/16

Transformation Protease (open bottle)

$35.00 $31.50 6/19

Nature’s Sunshine Methyl B12 Complete-Liq.

$20.25 $18.00 7/19

Nature’s Sunshine Nervous Fatigue

$34.50 $28.00 7/18

Energique Una De Gato (Cat’s Claw)

$23.00 $15.00

Moducare x3

$34.00 $21.00 1/18

Organic Infusions Rosemary Morocco

$28.00 $20.00

Organic Infusions Amyris

$23.50 $18.00

Organic Infusions Sleep Aid Blend

$36.00 $25.00

Organic Infusions Purification Blend

$31.00 $20.00

Organic Infusions Immune Protection Blend

$30.00 $20.00

Sea Buckthorne force

$34.00 $30.00 12/19

NutraMedix Sparga Sulphur Detox x3

$24.00 $13.50 1/18

NutraMedix Samento Microbial Defense

$48.00 $5.00 6/16

Designs for Health Olive for Health

$31.25 $18.00 1/18


$18.00 $13.00 4/19


$37.00 $25.00 12/18

Recidivil Hair Tonic

$13.00 $7.00 2/18

Progressive Labs Caprylate Complex

$26.75 $18.00 2/18


$51.00 $35.00 8/19

Douglas Labs Hydrolyzed Collagen Plus

$36.00 $25.00 8/19

Douglas Labs TestoGain

$54.00 $35.00 12/18

Carlson Kids Calcium +D3 gummies

$15.00 $12.00 5/18

Carlson Calcium + D3 gummies

$15.00 $12.00 7/19

Theratech Inflazyme

$51.00 $27.00 12/17

Biotics Research Bio-CardioSirt BP

$51.00 $27.00 9/17

Xymogen Drainage 1oz.

$25.00 $20.00

Professional Formulas Anti-Inflammation Drops

$16.00 $13.00 5/21
Bodywork and Energy Treatments, Brittany Baumgartner, LMT, Education and Newsletters, Uncategorized

Cupping Therapy

Cupping is an ancient medical treatment; its Chinese roots date back to 300 or 400 A.D. Egyptian and Middle Eastern cultures also have ancient records of the practice.

Cupping is still regularly used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in Chinese hospitals and elsewhere. Suction cups of varying sizes are attached to the body, and the suction draws blood to the surface of the skin. Hence, the bruise-like marks.

The treatment is said to improve blood circulation, thereby speeding up healing, reducing pain and easing muscle soreness. Cupping helps “jumpstart” the body’s natural healing process.

You may remember watching the Olympics, seeing marks that looked like hickeys on swimmers Michael Phelps and Cody Miller. Phelps and Miller both swear by the treatment. At a press conference, Phelps said he gets cupping done before most meets, and Miller told USA Today that cupping has been a “secret … that keeps me healthy. It’s been better than any money I’ve spent on anything else.”

What Should I Expect?
Cupping is not painful, most say it’s a very relaxing experience. You may feel suction, similar to the feel of a vacuum placed on the skin. Most cups are placed in certain areas, depending on what you need work on. Some are placed where you are having areas of tension. Others will be placed in areas to work on whatever ailment you suffer from. Some cups may be used as a way of massage, gliding with oil applied to the skin. Depending on what the treatment calls for, cups are typically left in the area from 5-20 minutes.

Will I Be Bruised or Have Hickey-Like Marks?
The color and pattern of the marks depend on the level of stagnation in the area, and range from a light pink to dark purple, sometimes small bumps may appear, as well as a slight clear liquid. These usually last 3 days to a week – sometimes longer if the person is very sick or sedentary. If there is no stagnation present, there will be only a pink marking which disappears in a few minutes to a couple of hours.

If the person receiving treatment sweats a lot on a daily basis – no marks may ever occur. People who live/work/play in toxic environments (or were exposed to a heavy dose of toxic material) may consistently mark. Sites where there is old trauma or injury may require multiple treatments to remove all stagnation. You will find in follow-up treatments, marks will be progressively lighter, as pathogens are systemically removed from the body.

Suction pulls toxins, pathogenic factors, blood poison, dead lymph and cellular debris from deep within the tissues to the surface. These debilitating agents are then more easily expelled from the body. The deposits dissipate from a few hours up to several weeks, depending on the amount of stagnation and the patient’s post treatment activities.

Cupping is Good For:

• Blood disorders such as anemia and hemophilia
• Rheumatic diseases such as arthritis and fibromyalgia
• Fertility and gynecological disorders
• Skin problems such as eczema, cellulite, and acne
• High blood pressure
• Migraines
• Anxiety and depression
• Bronchial congestion caused by allergies and asthma
• Varicose veins
• Muscle injuries or tension
• Cellulite and weight management
• Detoxification

If you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment, call Leaves of Life at (614) 888-HERB (4372)

I look forward to meeting you and helping you on your journey to wellness.

Brittany Baumgartner, LMT


Histamine Intolerance

Have you tried to consume gluten free, anti-inflammatory, organic, probiotic and prebiotic foods and still experience gastrointestinal or inflammatory symptoms? Histamine intolerance (HIT) is a possible reason. There is currently no definitive test for histamine intolerance, other than eliminating high histamine foods while observing for symptom improvement, which may take as long as 2-4 weeks.

We can only do so much and try our best because there is no such thing as perfect. Keep this in mind as you read on because increasing your stress can worsen symptoms of HIT. Finding your individual path to health and nutrition takes time, patience, education, and support. Be gentle with yourself and remember that it’s a process!

What is Histamine Intolerance?

Histamine naturally occurs in all plants and animals and is produced in our body by the amino acid histidine. Histamine is essential to many processes, such as defending our body from toxins, thus it is essential in moderation. Even though essential, overexposure to histamine in our foods (as well as medications and hygiene products) and environment (seasonal allergies or insect bites/stings) can be harmful for some.

Our body loves homeostasis (or balance) and also produces two enzymes that break down histamine: histamine-N-methyltransferase (HNMT) and Diamine Oxidase (DAO). If we are consuming or being exposed to histamine faster than HNMT and DAO can break it down, then we may have an intolerance. Some of us may not produce enough of these two enzymes and that can cause or contribute to histamine intolerance. This is similar to someone with lactose intolerance due to a low production of lactase enzyme.

Symptoms that may be related to Histamine Intolerance:

  • Hives, rashes, psoriasis, inflammation, acne, extreme reactions to insect bites/stings, flushing/redness, hyperpigmentation (HIT contributes to melasma, as well as “freckles” from sun exposure), vitiligo
  • Nausea, vomiting, heartburn, acid reflux, stomach pain, food sensitivity, diarrhea, gas, bloating, chronic constipation
  • Asthma, post nasal drip or runny nose, watery eyes, migraine, joint pain, difficulty concentrating, sleep issues, fatigue, depression, feeling hyper

These symptoms can also be a result of an abundance of other conditions. If you have been tested for allergies from a medical professional and the results are negative, a low histamine dietary approach may alleviate your symptoms.

Disorders that may be Linked to Histamine Intolerance:
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Eczema
  • Diverticulitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Psoriasis
Potential Causes of Histamine Excess:
  • Foods that are not fresh
  • Fermented foods
  • Bone broth
  • Aged or cured foods
  • Food additives
  • Gastrointestinal disorders or bacteria overgrowth
  • Bacteria overgrowth in our gastrointestinal system
  • Environmental allergies
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Some medications
  • Hormones
  • Stress
Dietary Management

As with any dietary intervention, most people automatically think about all the foods they cannot have. This outlook is not mentally or emotionally healthy. Our mental and emotional health are just as important as our physical health. I prefer to educate and focus on what you can consume. Diet is a 4 letter word in my vocabulary and often, when done for aesthetic reasons, not sustainable. Additionally, behavior change is very difficult. However, I have seen many clients improve their lab values and quality of life, while decreasing symptoms and pain from allowing their gut to heal when they approach their dietary changes for their overall health. This involves removing any known food allergens and intolerances for a brief period of time and then a methodical reintroduction of foods one at a time.

An elimination diet is the gold standard to allow the gastrointestinal lining to heal and is only meant to be consumed for a short duration (approximately 4-6 weeks). Along with this, a symptom journal is key to determining the foods you can eat while remaining symptom-free. The goal is to get you back to optimal health and discover all the foods you can consume on a regular basis. So even though it may start out as an elimination process, the end goal is to determine your individual dietary needs and reintroduce as many foods as possible, while maintaining health.

Elimination diets are also short-term due to the fact that nutrient deficiencies can develop, especially if supplementation is not considered. Also by trying to consume less histamines you may inadvertently increase your intake of oxalates, salicylates, or FODMAPS foods. Foods have many components and combinations that are complimentary and opposing. It’s not possible to live in a bubble. REMEMBER, there is no such thing as perfect and you can only do your best.

Focus on consuming the following foods:

  • Asparagus, artichoke, beetroot, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, cucumber, green beans, lettuce, radish, scallion, carrot, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, fennel, celery, onion, garlic, and sweet potatoes

Apple, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, grapes, melons (except watermelon), nectarine, peach, and raisins


Butter, cream cheese without additives, goat’s milk, mascarpone, ricotta, and mozzarella cheese


Fresh chicken, beef, fish, duck, quail, turkey (or cooked and immediately frozen). Avoid ground beef or chicken and canned fish


Amaranth, millet, oats, potato, quinoa, rice, spelt, sweet corn


Macadamia, chia, and hemp


Canola, olive, rape seed, nigella sativa


Basil, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, caraway, cinnamon, fennel, paprika, cumin, distilled white vinegar, turmeric


Honey, stevia, beet sugar, cane sugar, maple syrup


Antioxidants/bioflavonoids: vitamin C (from ascorbyl palmitate), E, and quercetin; vitamin B-complex, nigella sativa, garcinia mangosteen, basil, and probiotics.

Remember to supplement where diet may not meet nutrient needs.

Try to eat consistently throughout the day to avoid overeating at meals and keep blood sugar stable. Focus meals around plant-based foods, mostly vegetables, then fruits, lentils/beans, grains, and nuts/seeds. Keep symptom-free foods most visible in your pantry and refrigerator. Keep moderate- or high-symptom foods on shelves that are high or low in your pantry or in drawers or opaque containers in your refrigerator. Create a kitchen that promotes your individualized nutrition needs. Visibility enhances your choices.

To save time and money, prepare food ahead of time and buy in bulk. Keep in mind that foods must be kept frozen to minimize histamine. Freeze in single serve containers. Soups, rice and beans all freeze and reheat beautifully. Cooked vegetables also freeze well and can be used later to make a stir fry.

Histamine Food Lists

If you’ve looked into a low histamine diet you may be more confused after reviewing the information. Many of the lists contradict themselves. Some lists have been derived from different surveys where other factors that affect symptoms, other disorders, and single foods versus food combinations may have not been taken into account. One of the main reasons that lists vary is that histamine levels fluctuate in foods depending on the time it has been stored, the food temperature, and the time from when the animal was butchered versus consumed or when food was harvested versus consumed. The most important take away is to remember everyone is individual and to track what works for you. Just like in GERD the foods that may exacerbate symptoms are different for each individual. A list of resources is available at the end of this article.

Minimize Stress

Stress will cause more issues than any food. Minimizing stress in your life will be the best gift you can ever give yourself. It sounds cliché, but it’s true. If you’re stressed, it disrupts sleep, digestion, mood, heart health and more! And it definitely impacts HIT.


Practicing mindful eating is a great first step to aid your digestion and help decrease stress. These days, we do everything on the go and that includes eating—many clients even eat standing at the sink! If I could give one blanket piece of advice when it comes to food and nutrition, it would be to eat more slowly.

Practice mindful eating by:
  1. Setting aside 20-30 minutes to eat a meal, even if you can only start with one meal per week. It takes a minimum of 20 minutes for your stomach to signal to your brain that you’re satisfied. Eating until overfull can decrease proper digestion.
  2. Sitting down at your kitchen table or island without the TV or your phone.
  3. Take 3 to 5 deep belly breathes before you even pick up your fork.
  4. Pick up a bite-size piece of food and smell it.  (Taking large bites decreases proper digestion. Smelling a food helps activate digestive enzymes.)
  5. Place the food in your mouth and roll it around on your tongue to truly taste it.
  6. Chew thoroughly, allowing the enzymes in your saliva to begin to digest your food.
  7. Swallow and repeat. Pause by placing your fork down and taking a deep breathe every few bites.

Other ways to decrease stress are meditation, deep breathing exercises, sleep, and exercise.


Exercise is great for us but also must be practiced in moderation. If you do not currently exercise, I prefer to focus on movement. Just find ways to move in your day. Park further at work and take the stairs. All movement counts; cleaning your house, gardening, playing with your children, etc. If you are very reactive to histamine, weight bearing activities such as moderate walking, strength training, Pilates, and yoga are recommended over cardiovascular intensive exercise. As a bonus, yoga has the added benefit of stress reduction through focus on breath work and poses.

What’s most Important?

Your physical, mental, and emotional health are all connected and equally important. Take care of yourself first. Use support and guidance from a medical professional, preferably one who keeps abreast of current research and evidence-based information that can help guide you to making the best decisions for your health.





  1. Healing Histamine Workshop: Beyond the low histamine diet. Yasmina Ykelenstam. www.healinghistamine.com
  2. Histamine intolerance and dietary management: A complete review. Jounral of Allergologia Immunopathology. 2016 Sep-Oct;44(5):475-83. San Mauro Martin; Brachero, S.; Garicano Vilar E.
  3. German guideline for the management of adverse reactions to ingested histamine: Guideline of the German Society for Allergology and Clinical Immunology (DGAKI), the German Society for Pediatric Allergology and Environmental Medicine (GPA), the German Association of Allergologists (AeDA), and the Swiss Society for Allergology and Immunology (SGAI). Allergo Journal International 2017;26(2);72-79. 2017 Feb 27. Reese I, Ballmer-Weber B, Beyer K, Fuchs T, Kleine-Tevve J, Klimek L, Lepp U, Niggemann B, Saloga J, Schafer C, Werfel T, uberbier T, Worm M.
  4. Is Food Making You Sick? ; The strictly low histamine diet. Gibb, James L. 2015
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2695393/http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/85/5/1185.long