By: Shelly Robinson | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: February 2010
Rose Strawser, owner of Riverbend Nutrition in Bixby.
What makes 100 million cells a day and remakes itself every 7 years? Your body! Rose Strawser of Riverbend Nutrition says that with the exception of your eyeballs and part of your brain, your body continually renews itself, and it’s important to provide that busy body with the nutrients needed for optimum health.
Rose has a passion for helping her clients achieve maximum wellness through proper nutrition. “It’s important to know what all those cells are made of,” says Rose. As both a certified natural health professional and a certified phlebotomy technician, she is well qualified to help her customers figure it out.
Rose shared that she and her husband Michael Strawser made a lifestyle change several years ago, deciding to eating fresh foods and become more health conscious. Then they discovered their store-bought vitamins had been on the shelf for several months, sometimes as long as two years. “It didn’t make sense to me to eat fresh food and take stale vitamins,” shares Rose. “So we have made it our business for the last 11 years to provide the community with the highest quality vitamins and mineral supplements available.”
Not all vitamins are created equal, even when they are brand new. Michael creates the supplements at Riverbend’s onsite lab from the freshest, purest ingredients available. Small batches of vitamins are packaged so that they go from the lab to customers as quickly as possible. “We make every single thing in the store fresh, every month. The only way to get something fresher is to make it yourself,” Rose explains.
Rose uses a dried blood cell analysis (DBA) as a screening tool. After a simple finger prick, drops of blood are placed on a slide. When the drops dry, they form specific patterns. Rose analyzes these patterns, looking for potential deficiencies, toxic-heavy metal deposits, parasite infestations and PH imbalances. Rose then makes recommendations of certain vitamins and minerals to address your nutritional needs. Although DBA is not used to diagnose medical ailments, it is a very useful screening tool for nutritional needs, and the process takes only about an hour. Rose discusses the details of the DBA in detail with her clients, and the cost for this screening is only $40.
Rose points out that as people are making New Year’s resolutions and looking for ways to lose weight and become healthier, it’s easy to fall prey to exaggerated claims. “We don’t deal in fads, only products that have been demonstrated scientifically to work. We weed through the marketing schemes and bring you only products that will give you the desired results.” Riverbend also offers blood typing, iridology, blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose screening.
The Strawsers work with Bill Fitzhugh, doctor of naturopathy, and James Hodson, M.D., and Rose will be happy to work with your healthcare provider to customize a nutritional plan for you. The great thing about buying directly from manufacturer is that Riverbend is able to offer the great prices and proprietary formulas that are not available anywhere else. Rose has custom blends to help with depression, appetite suppression, liver repair and immune support, just to name a few.
Riverbend Nutrition is located at 134th Street South in Bixby. Store hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit Rose and the friendly staff at Riverbend to see what you’ve been missing.