This Holiday Season Give Yourself The Gift of Kidney Health

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Make sure to check out the easy, all natural Fruit Crisp recipe video below, perfect for the Holidays!

Kidney season is upon us, what does this mean? It means it is time to pull inward, to hunker down and make ready for hibernation. Its time to stuff our cheeks with nuts and seeds, soups and stews, and more steamed and boiled. It is a dry season and we forget to drink water, as we are not hot and sweaty like in the summertime.  Try incorporating more leeks, garlic and onion as they moisten the lungs as well as help to kill fungus and mold, which are also prevalent at this time of year. Try my favorite onion soup, perfect for a chilly day!

This season can be the most challenging season for many of us due to all the holidays. We typically deplete the kidneys with sugar, alcohol, caffeine, late nights and heavy concentration of poor quality animal fats and/or dairy. Sadly these are all the things we indulge in during the season of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years!

So how do we create a healthier and happier holiday season? Simply going to bed earlier during the week will help the kidneys and adrenals to heal. Eat the alternative sugars, like coconut sugar, agave and stevia, which are lower on the glycemic index. Make modifications in your drinking, maybe try only drinking on the weekends and not mixing your alcohol with sweet sugary beverages, but instead simply a lime or lemon or even soda water. Tequila, Tito’s gluten free vodka, and organic, gluten-free beer are better options.

Better quality animal fats, like grass-fed beef and lamb are good choices, as well as more greens to alkalinize your bodies’ terrain. Making more soups and stews will give you the grounding yang you need, so if you must indulge in some sugary yin-like substances you will already have a strong base.

Stay warm. Your feet, neck/throat, and ears relate to your kidney, so make sure to bundle up. Add a little ginger, lemon and a pinch of cayenne to hot water if you run really cold in the morning. Rub and beat your kidneys in your lower back to stimulate, detoxify, and move stagnant qui.

Your kidney houses your Jing essence, which is your life force qui or essence, so take care of them and do not abuse them with drugs. Why do you think that all prescriptions medications come with warnings of kidney damage? Too much Marijuana depletes the kidney of Jing also. I see a common occurrence from my pot-smoking clients of dark skin under the eyes, especially my teenage clients, showing me weakness in their kidneys. With the legalization of the already addicting Marijuana, we can become overindulgent, as some believe these new laws give us the ticket to over use. Careful, Marijuana will deplete your kidneys creating a weak constitution and eventually all manner of issues including premature balding, since kidneys rule the hair.

Here’s a video of an easy, all-natural Fruit Crumble, just in time for the holidays! Make sure to take a look at DHU’s free, downloadable Cookbook- filled with delicious, quick, anti-inflammatory recipes.

So enjoy the holiday season responsibly and treat your kidneys with care!

Have a happy and healthy thanksgiving,

Dena Mendes

Dr. Dena has joined the FitRats Wellness Community!

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Dear Friends,

We have an exciting announcement:  We have joined a new online Fitness and Wellness Community called  This is a free online resource that features the best in fitness and wellness on the North Shore, cutting-edge blogs, the lowdown on what’s happening in your neighborhood each week and more. Make sure to head over to FitRats TODAY as Dr. Dena Shares the Health here!


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Health and Light,


Metagenics & Harvard University teamed up to create Ultra Glucose Control

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
Take Control with Ultra Glucose Control

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Metagenics has teamed up with Harvard University’s Joslin Diabetes Center for the next generation medical food formulated for the nutritional management of Glucose Response.

This powder is a breakthrough in Glucose Control Management for individuals who may need additional support in controlling their blood sugar levels and support a healthy insulin response. It also provides satiation and supports muscle-building capacity. What makes Take Control with Ultra Glucose Control so great is that it delivers a ratio-balanced combination of carbohydrates, protein and fat (40-30-30), it also features 22 essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin D3 chromium and biotin, which supports overall health. Take Control also has 15 gram of pea/rice protein blend enhanced with added branched-chain amino acids (leucine, isoleucine, valine) to support energy production and promote muscle growth and retention. Take Control with Ultra Glucose Control comes in Chocolate and Vanilla flavors, making it extremely easy to add to your smoothies!

Make sure to head over to Dena’s Healthy U today to order some!


Health and Light,

Dena Mendes

Improve Your Libido Naturally!

Thursday, October 16th, 2014


Metagenics from Dr. Dena Mendes


Make sure to take a look at Metagenic’s newest products, HisSynergy and HerSynergy. Both are formulated to improve libido which can support multiple key markers of sexual function and arousal. HerSynergy’s formula has targeted vitamins and minerals to help address estrogen metabolism and other issues related to libido, such as mood and stress. While HisSynergy provides premium Ayurvedic, an herbal extract that supports male sexual function, libido, and vitality all in ONE formula. Head over to Metagenics today and order a bottle for you AND your significant other!

Emotional Healing

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

During this time of year in the Jewish religion, it’s common practice to reflect on both mistakes and the bad you’ve done or said to others. Asking for repentance, making amends and atoning for our sins are all supposed to grant people forgiveness from G-d.

Meditation class, at Full Bloomed Lotus, offers other options to consider. This story Rama shared shed much light on the subject for me.

Monks are not supposed to even look at women, much less talk to them. One day the Monk and his pupil were walking by the river when they saw a woman who needed help across the river. The Monk quietly picked up the woman, carried her across, set her down and kept walking, all without saying a single word. The pupil was very upset that the monk broke his vows and after walking away said, “You are not supposed to have any contact with women, why did you carry her?” The monk calmly replied, “I left her back there; you are still carrying her.”

This is what most of us do, right? We carry old baggage filled with shame, blame and guilt well-past when we should This is what occupies our minds and creates liver-stress and toxic-overload mentally, which in turn effects our physical health. I wrote in my book, A Survivors Guide to Kicking Cancer’s Ass, about the emotional connection to dis-ease. I am again looking at this concept in my life, studying more on the liver’s connection to anger, frustration and old, deep resentments. I am exploring the possibility of being free from the constraints of my mind and past wounds, and reclaiming my power to be happy, instead of stuck in the emotions that create physical illness.

We are not meant to be perfect; we are simply meant to be in the present moment while we are having a human experience. We are not our minds, or our thoughts; indeed our mistakes and problems do not define us. I am learning that we are, in fact, our attention, which is our true essence. This means that whatever we focus on or give our attention to is what shall be. Whatever we allow will continue. If we focus on being angry then we shall live in anger. My meditation guru says it perfectly: “Whatever we turn our attention to will be like MiracleGrow; it will thrive!” I tell people not to claim cancer by saying “my cancer.” Likewise, Rama says that if you keep saying, “I am sad,” then sad is what you shall be.

More than just reflecting on how we have treated others, though, perhaps we should take a long, objective look at how we have treated ourselves. Have we allowed people to be unkind to us? To abuse us? To shame, blame or label us?  Have we neglected to put up healthy boundaries and love ourselves unconditionally, no matter how we are bombarded with messages of being “bad”?

Many clients of mine exhibit signs of being depleted and exhausted, and many of their illnesses are caused by being mal-nurtured. Not malnourished, but quite-literally depleted in self-nurturance. I too am guilty of this.

In meditation we learn that we don’t have to be perfect, or even “good;” the greater gift is to be present and appropriate. And guess what? If we are not perfect then we should forgive ourselves, as we are simply beings having a human experience. Forgiveness for our past imperfections or crazy behavior is imperative for our sanity and health. The greatest gift we can give ourselves is to be imperfect; to be in the moment, no matter what that moment brings us. Try choosing forgiving friends and partners. Stay away form eggshell people – those who ridicule and judge you for every word and move you make. Steer clear of anyone who continues to remind and ridicule you of your past mistakes and doesn’t allow you to grow and move on.

This time of year is the time of the goddess – a time when we are supposed to take care of, be gentle and kind to ourselves. It’s a time for nurturance of the goddess energy in all of us. So start with forgiving yourself.


Health and Light,


Share the Health with Dr. Dena at the “Knocking Out Cancer” Fashion Show

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Come share the health with Dr. Dena and the Barbara Bates Foundation at the “Knocking Out Breast Cancer” Fashion Show and Gala. The evening will begin with a reception and a silent auction, then at 7pm there will be a fashion show featuring Dr. Dena and other breast cancer survivors! All proceeds will go towards a $500,000 commitment to Mt. Sinai Hospital to create the Barbara Bates Foundation Imaging Center. Purchase your seat here!


254Hope to see you all there.

Health and Light,



Join Dr. Dena and the American Cancer Society at the Making Strides Event!

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014


Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 9am

Independence Grove Forest Preserve

16400 W Buckley Rd, Libertyville IL


The fight for breast cancer begins with one single step…

Email to join Dr. Dena’s team!

Join Dr. Dena as she teams up with the American Cancer Society for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. The 5 mile walk will take place at the Independence Grove Forest Preserve at 9am on Sunday October 19th. The Every Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event is an amazing and inspiring opportunity to unite those who have been affected by breast cancer in any way, raise awareness about the fight against breast cancer, honor survivors and raise money to help the American Cancer Society for breast cancer research. Click here to sign up for the walk, to support a team or to help volunteer at the event! We have already raised over $50,000! Join us in finishing the fight with breast cancer today! Hope to see you all there.

Health & Light,

Dena Mendes

Dr. Dena at Chicago Ideas Week!

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Dena’s Healthy U: Become a Health Detective

Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 3pm at LYFE Kitchen.
419 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60654

Please join us at Lyfe Kitchen for Chicago Idea’s Week! Learn to take Dr. Dena Mendes’s approach to health—treating health like a detective, unfolding the clues to build an optimal life style. Dr. Dena will guide you through a transformative exploration of each person’s individual issues. You’ll walk away having received a health makeover, with targeted modalities and insights into leading a healthy lifestyle.

Limited space available, so make sure to get your ticket here!

Also check out what other great events are happening at Chicago Ideas Week.

Health and Light,

Dena Mendes

How To Cleanse Cancer Causing Toxins From Your Life

Thursday, September 18th, 2014


Passengers walk through the newly opened Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal in Atlanta, Georgia            The Atlantic Images

So I’m sitting at the airport waiting for a flight…and I notice all around me people are opening packages of Orbit gum, drinking Diet Coke and eating Cup-o-Noodle soup (pure MSG) like it’s 1990… I mean aren’t we in the year 2014?

Are these people from another planet? Don’t they know that the chemicals in these products are filled with toxic, cancer causing chemicals?

I start thinking that these products have chemicals in them that make us too tired to think, creating lemming-like zombies. I certainly can’t imagine that any human with half a brain would be interested in poisoning themselves like this… how could there be a human left on this planet that would want to indulge in…

the artificial sweetener aspartame that is metabolized inside your body into both wood alcohol (a poison) and formaldehyde (which is a carcinogen used as embalming fluid and is not eliminated from your body through the normal waste filtering done by your liver and kidneys)? It’s been linked to birth defects, cancers, brain tumors and weight gain. In addition to potentially causing cancerous growth, aspartame has been linked to up to 92 physical side effects. One study found that when depressed patients were given an aspartame pill, their symptoms of depression worsened or did not improve, even with treatment.

Monosodium glutamate (MSG), is a flavor enhancer that’s known widely as an addition to Chinese food, but that’s actually added to thousands of the foods you and your family regularly eat, especially if you are like most Americans and eat the majority of your food as processed foods or in restaurants.
MSG is one of the worst food additives on the market and is used in canned soups, crackers, meats, salad dressings, frozen dinners and much more. It’s found in your local supermarket and restaurants, in your child’s school cafeteria and, amazingly, even in baby food and infant formula.
MSG is more than just a seasoning like salt and pepper, it actually enhances the flavor of foods, making processed meats and frozen dinners taste fresher and smell better, salad dressings more tasty, and canned foods less tinny.
While MSG’s benefits to the food industry are quite clear, this food additive could be slowly and silently doing major damage to your health.

What is wrong with us? Why would we purposely indulge in this cocktail of disease?

Yet I’m looking around and it’s everywhere, as a matter of fact it’s hard to miss. It’s as if these people have never seen the news, read an article in any magazine these days or how about even seen a talk show lately? Good Morning America has even recently talked about chewing coconut oil as a pulling technique to cleanse the liver! The information is everywhere! It is not hard to find, look at Dr. Mercola for more or Food Babe, two of my favorites.

I don’t know about you, but I am an absolute rebel! If “they” are trying to brainwash me, make me sick, or kill me, I say NO to “their” poison! I won’t go easily, I will go fighting with every last ounce of brain, brawn and breath in my healthy body!

Just say NO to “their” drugs!!!

Check out UltraClear pH Plus and more ways to cleanse these toxins at Dr Dena’s Metagenics Store. 

Health & Light,

Dena Mendes

Let Your Genes Decide Your Diet!

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Every day in my practice, people tell me that it’s “their genes’ fault.” “My father had acid reflux.” “My mother had breast cancer.”


I say you can eat to defeat your poor genes!

Genetic variation makes up a mere 1% of human DNA, but it’s this variation that programs our differences. This would explain why one’s eyes are blue, while another set of eyes are brown.

With the human gene sequence, experts believe that when one cell is out of place, called the SNP (Single nucleotide polymorphism,) imperative information about your chronic disease development can be revealed.

Nutrigenetics expands on this theory by exploring the influence of diet on these cell variations. The goal of Nutrigenetics is to be able to recommend a diet specific to each person’s individualized gene makeup. Nutrients have the power to either activate or silence gene expression.


So often people ask me “What diet is best to follow?” I tell them that each person is as unique as their fingerprint, or there genes, and must make a individualized food plan!

Diet will always lead the way in fixing what ails you; even helping to fix the deadliest of diseases, such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

Here’s the bummer-part of all of this: one person who expresses the Glu27 gene is particularly sensitive to carbohydrates and will become obese when they consume them, while another person who does not express this gene will not have the same effect while stuffing their face with all the bread they can eat. Nothing could be more frustrating than this for our teenage girls.

Another common variation is the APOE gene; a highly-polymorphic gene that plays a role in removing cholesterol from the blood stream. People generally have one of three variations of this gene makeup. However, about 20% of the population carries a variant known as APOE-4 – this polymorphism is associated with elevated cholesterol levels, as well as an increased risk of type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s.

Scientists have shown that people who express this gene should definitely stay away from wine, as it increases risk of vascular disease.

These people also see increased triglycerides with fish oil and respond very well to a diet low in fat. Using this customized gene-information, physicians will be able to cater to a specific nutritional regime around their patients’ genetic makeup.

Now how do we find out what our genes look like, so we can get sense of what the best-fit diet for our particular genealogy is?  Dr. Raymond Rodriguez, PHD, director and professor at the Center of Excellent for Nutritional Genomics in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of California, Davis, says that there are some companies who are actually selling tests that will look at your SNP and give you your risk factors for specific diseases. You then bring those results to a holistic-based doctor, such as myself, who can help develop a personalized way-of-life that helps to prevent, mitigate, or delay the onset of disease – specifically the diseases which you are predisposed to.

Traditionally, the medical professional will focus on illness. It might, instead, be time they focus on the solution rather than the problems. The good news with this gene diet is that it opens up a line of communication between doctor and patient in terms of nutrition, so doctors might one day need to learn more about how foods effect their patients, and subsequently be equipped to advise us on the specific nutrition that would be best for us.

Dr. Dena Mendes

Dr. Dena Mendes, ND is a well-respected public health specialist and personal health advisor, author and motivational speaker. Dr. Mendes is a licensed and certified health coach, breath and qi yoga instructor and holistic chef. Dena is a five-time cancer survivor who bravely combines alternative with traditional therapies.

Dr. Dena Mendes offers a full array of personal wellness services. Dr. Dena can help you establish personal goals, plan meals and even prepare a personalized apothecary kit for you or for your loved ones. For more information, please contact Dena Mendes, or call 847.909.3362 NOW!