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D-Day: A Day-to-Day Detox Experience

by Kristin Stromberg, ATC

Do you ever feel tired, run-down, or experience low energy and you’re not sure why?? Have you considered what you eat and drink on a daily basis? Because we are so busy, we don’t take the time to think about what goes into our bodies. I am guilty of all of the above. Since I work in the medical profession, I know what I should be doing to take care of my body, but as Salt N Pepa would say, “Girl’s what’s my weakness!! FOOD!” If you ask Dr. Jordan or Dr. Jade they will tell you that there might be some things I can change in my diet. My biggest weakness is drinking pop. I try to not drink it every day, but you can’t have pizza and water!! (I like to tell myself that so I don’t feel guilty.) However, if I’m going to start feeling better, I need to make some changes. Dr. Jade hosted a seminar called: To Detox or Not to Detox, so I decided to stay and learn a few new things, and boy did I ever. After the seminar, I decided to take the 6 day detox challenge to see for myself. Therefore, during the next six days I will be keeping track of how I have been feeling and eating so I can share with others how a detox works. Wish me luck!!

 

Before we get into the nitty gritty about the last six days I want to discuss what a detox actually means and does. First of all, detoxification is defined as the process of removing toxic substances or qualities. We ingest toxins every day and for the most part our body does a good job by getting rid of them. The toxins can be ingested by the food we eat, environmentally, and also by medicines or the products we use on our bodies. The liver, colon, lungs, lymph nodes and the kidneys do way more than we think to keep us healthy, therefore we can not forget to take care of them.

Detox Kit Overview

First of all, with the detox kit that I am using, I am trying to make my liver work at its full capacity. By doing so I am eliminating pretty much all the good stuff; dairy, soy, eggs, gluten, sugar, wheat, corn, and anything processed. In exchange eating leafy greens, nuts, chicken, fish, fruit and a whole list of other foods. So, what is great about this detox is that it gives you a step by step on what you can and can not eat. I tried a different detox roughly a year ago, and it was miserable. I became dizzy after not eating enough calories. This kit is great because I can eat as much as I want because it is all good for you. With this kit, I received a 6 day detox guide, a brand new water bottle for my shakes, OptiCleanse GHI, ColonX, Drainage, and ProbioMax Daily DF. Here is a description of each product:

 

The OptiCleanse GHI is a comprehensive, fructose-free, low-allergy– potential dietary supplement designed to support GI function and balanced detoxification. OptiCleanse GHI contains macro- and micronutrients, as well as a host of specialized ingredients (some patented or proprietary) that help moderate phase I detoxification and upregulate and support phase II pathways. Generous antioxidant support combats the free radicals produced during phase I activation; and activated cofactors support mitochondrial energy production, which is needed for biotransformation and detoxification. Additionally, this multifaceted formula supports healthy eicosanoid metabolism and cytokine production.*” (1)

 

“ColonX is designed to support GI regularity and complement dietary fiber intake. GI regularity and function is vital to physiological balance and overall well-being. How well the body digests and assimilates metabolic fuel and eliminates metabolic waste determines health at the cellular level. Toxins that enter the body must be detoxified and their metabolites must exit the body. Therefore, gastrointestinal elimination plays a major role in detoxification by expelling the remnants of toxic molecules. If these harmful remnants are not eliminated, they can then recirculate throughout the body.* ColonX features magnesium citrate for its promotion of muscle relaxation and effective elimination of feces through the bowel. Magnesium citrate is also highly bioavailable.  Cape aloe is added to support normal GI transit time and stool bulk.  Triphala, a balanced blend of astringent fruits used extensively in Ayurveda, is present to support all phases of digestion, assimilation, and elimination.*” (1)

 

“Drainage combines homeopathic “drainers” with homeopathic remedies that support excretory function and address symptoms of toxicity. Therefore, cleansing itself of by-products and waste that accumulate is an essential function of the body. Homeopathic drainage, specifically, is a process of detoxifying the body that involves opening the emunctories and elimination channels and discharging toxic accumulation.* (1)

 

“ProbioMax Daily DF is a vegetarian, dairy- and gluten-free, four-strain probiotic formula totaling 30 billion CFU (colony forming units) per capsule. Supplementation with probiotics assists with many mechanisms of action that benefit health, including:

  1. Supporting metabolic activity, such as the production of short-chain fatty acids and vitamins, nutrient absorption, and the digestion of lactose
  2. Adhering to intestinal epithelial cells to help maintain a healthy balance of organisms in the intestinal tract
  3. Helping to establish populations of good bacteria after disruption in balance
  4. Supporting immune function
  5. Promoting intestinal epithelial cell survival
  6. Supporting healthy bowel function
  7. Degrading oxalates.

Each vegetarian capsule is sealed in nitrogen-purged aluminum blister packs that serve as protection from factors proven to compromise probiotic stability, such as heat, moisture, and oxygen.*” (1)

Getting Started

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s get started!! I decided to start my detox on a Monday, since it would be easier for me to bring lunch and have less temptations than I would on the weekend. First, I started by taking the ColonX and Drainage two so I would go to the bathroom regularly. On Sunday, I went a little overboard with my food choices saying that it was “my last meal.” I had Chipotle for lunch, two bottles of Coke, Taco Bell for dinner and a few pieces of Halloween candy. It was Not the best idea in the world, because afterwards I felt awful. Now it was time to detox. The chart below lists my weight every morning, what I ate, my water intake, my symptoms and also if I did anything to help with my symptoms.

Food: Day 1

Breakfast:  OptiCleanse GHI shake with almond milk, almond butter, frozen berries, Life Greens in a 20 ounce container

Lunch: Salad (kale, spinach, romaine lettuce), chicken, red and green grapes, strawberries, almonds

*Daily vitamins

Dinner: Baked cod, zucchini noodles, half a sweet potato

Food: Day 2

Breakfast:  OptiCleanse GHI shake with almond milk, almond butter, frozen berries, Life Greens in a 20 ounce container

Lunch: Salad (kale, spinach, romaine lettuce), chicken, red and green grapes, strawberries

Snack: Chocolate Sea Salt RX Bar

*Daily Vitamins

Dinner: Noodles with peas, carrots and celery

Food: Day 3

Breakfast:  OptiCleanse GHI shake with almond milk, almond butter, frozen berries, Life Greens in a 20 ounce container

Lunch: Leftover noodles from Day 2, green grapes

*Daily Vitamins

Dinner: Baked Cod, green beans and a whole sweet potato

Food: Day 4

Breakfast: OptiCleanse GHI shake with almond milk, almond butter, strawberries, banana, Life Greens in a 20 ounce container

Lunch: Salad (kale, spinach, romaine lettuce, pumpkin seeds, pine nuts), chicken, red and green grapes, strawberries

*Daily Vitamins

Dinner: Leftover noodles with zucchini, cucumbers, peppers, garlic, onion

Food: Day 5

Breakfast: OptiCleanse GHI shake with almond milk, almond butter, strawberries, banana, Life Greens in a 20 ounce container

Lunch/Dinner: Pan seared steak in a spinach wrap with avocado

*Daily Vitamins

Snack: green grapes

Food: Day 6

Breakfast: OptiCleanse GHI shake with almond milk, almond butter, strawberries, banana, Life Greens in a 20 ounce container

Lunch: Roasted turkey with avocado from Panera

*Daily Vitamins

Dinner: Pan seared salmon with a side of avocado

Results

 

DATE WEIGHT WATER SYMPTOMS RELIEF
DAY 1 131.5 LBS Over 60 ounces Headache Nothing needed
DAY 2 129.5 LBS Over 60 ounces

Headache/

Feeling hungry

Chiropractic Adjustment
DAY 3 128 LBS Over 60 ounces

Headache/

Feeling Hungry

Chiropractic Adjustment/ColdLaser Therapy
DAY 4 128 LBS Over 60 ounces No headache Nothing needed
DAY 5 126.5 LBS Over 60 ounces More energy Nothing needed
DAY 6 126.5 LBS Over 60 ounces More energy Nothing needed
  • Final weight: 126.5 lbs

Final Thoughts

I did it!! Finally, I made it through the whole six day detox!! To be honest, I did not think I would do well since I love food so much, but cooking different food was actually fun. In the beginning with the headaches it was not exciting and  I debated why I was doing this. However, by day four the headaches disappeared and it did not seem so bad. When I went to the gym on day five I seemed to have more energy and when I came home I was not that tired. Then, on day six I was super motivated to work on things at home and cooking did not seem like a bother. Usually my husband is the cook, and he was out of town all weekend, so I knew it was up to me. So, taking the time to make fresh food really made a difference. In conclusion, the one thing I could have done was keep better track of my water. I know that when I drink out of the Salutogenic Life water bottle it is 24 ounces, but I just kept forgetting how many I had in a day. Altogether, I lost 5 pounds and I feel better than ever!! Also, I have more energy, I am more productive, and I feel much healthier. The hard work paid off for me, so now I challenge you to do the same!

If you are nervous or afraid to try a detox, DON’T BE!! If I can do it anybody can. Dr. Jordan and Dr. Jade would love to it sit down with you for a FREE Consultation to see if this detox is right for you. Mention this blog and then receive 15% off your kit!!! So call the office today at 847-362-4476.

 

*Daily Vitamins were: Multi for Women, Omega Pearls and Calcium (MCHA)

 

(1): “Detox Renewal Kit.” Xymogen, Biotransformation Program, www.xymogen.com/assets/imageDisplay.ashx?productID=935&attachmentTypeID=1.

 

4 Ways to Avoid the Halloween Candy Temptations

by Kristin Stromberg, ATC

October has arrived, and now you can go to Jewel and buy candy by the truck load without getting weird looks! “It’s fine! The candy is for the neighborhood kids!” The question is, what happens with the candy that is left over?? I always buy the candy I like so I can pack it in my lunch once Halloween is over… Whoops! When it comes to Halloween candy, I do not know where to draw the line!! When I have multiple mini Twix, Kit-Kat or Snickers in front of me, it’s hard not to go for it. This year, I will have some willpower and use the following tricks to avoid the sugary temptations that Halloween brings.

  1. Buy Candy You Don’t Like

This was so hard for me to do. I walked past the bags filled with M&M’s, Twix, Three Musketeers and Snickers and went towards the Sweet Tarts, Whoppers, and Chewing Gum that I knew I wouldn’t eat. I’m pretty sure I could hear them calling my name! I thought to myself, why am I buying candy that I won’t eat?! In hindsight, I’m glad that I stuck to my plan. Now, I’m much less tempted to go in my pantry and sneak out a piece or two. Therefore, I don’t have to go and buy more treats before Halloween because I ate the whole bag by October 12th! It’s a win-win.

  1. Out of Sight Out of Mind

Typically, when you see that tasty treat sitting on your counter, or anywhere in your Halloween-decorated house, you are going to be tempted to have a bite. We’re only human! However, if you do not see it in the first place, you will be less tempted to snack on that evil candy.  Keep it in jars, in a cabinet or in a bowl in the closet. You will forget the candy is there until you need it for Halloween.

  1. Bring it to work

I like to bring extra Halloween candy to work because I know that I can not finish all of it myself, and I simply do not want it in my house. Your coworkers will be very grateful and the pressure to eat your treats at home will be gone! Be sure to put the treats out of arm’s reach so you have to get up from your desk to snack. Usually, I get so focused on my work that I forget I even wanted a piece of candy in the first place.

  1. Donate the Candy

Instead of trying to eat all the candy or pass it off to friends and family, how about donating it?  You can give it to the less fortunate, or to our service men and women who can not be home this Halloween! There are many websites that you can go to and donate your extra candy to those in need. Every little bit helps!

For this 2017 Halloween season, I am going to do my best on working on all of these tips to help with my sweet tooth. So what happens after Halloween you ask? As we head into Thanksgiving and Christmas festivities,  Dr. Jordan and Dr. Jade will come to your rescue!! They know exactly what foods to avoid and how you can control yourself during the holiday season. If you have any questions or need a push in the right direction call today for a FREE consultation to see how they can help at 847-362-4476!!

Supplement of the Month: L-Theanine

by Kristin Stromberg, ATC

September is officially here, and we all know what that means: school is back in session. For parents, this means taking your children to football, dance, cheerleading, swimming, piano lessons, tennis, tutors and much more. Your kids become overwhelmed with homework, reading, working on book reports, and studying for daunting tests. As a result, we are more vulnerable to stress and anxiety. Sometimes we need an extra boost, and luckily, L-Theanine can provide just that.

What is L-Theanine?

L-Theanine is a relaxing and non-dietary amino acid found pretty much exclusively in teas Camellia sinensis (mostly green and black tea) and is known to promote relaxation without sedation. The crucial difference seems to be not in whether the tea is green or black, but how young the tea leaves are at harvest. Theanine is found in highest concentrations in the buds and young leaves of the tea plant (1). It is available as a supplement that helps relieve anxiety. Theanine should be considered as a herbal remedy rather than a supplement, since it’s not found naturally in your body. As a result, like many herbs, it works to boost your body’s functioning in a natural way.

If you’re wanting to boost GABA levels in your brain (which will reduce anxiety for many people) then taking theanine might just be the perfect way to do it. Not only does theanine boost GABA (an inhibitory neurotransmitter), it also tones down some of the stimulating neurotransmitters that make you anxious (2). Moreover, it boosts brain dopamine – which is one of the “feel good” neurotransmitters – which may be the reason many people report feelings of well-being and mental focus when they take theanine.

Can’t I just drink tea instead??? Of course you can!! Some people do not like the taste of tea or they do not have the ability to make tea (at work or out and about throughout their day) and prefer to take a capsule or in liquid form. It is easy to travel with and you do not have to worry about carrying tea bags.

What are the Side Effects?

After 50 years of continual research, there are no known side effects(3). Thus, the only precaution would be if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or wanting to become pregnant. However, this applies to any supplement or vitamin, and therefore, you should always consult with your doctor. There have been no known interactions of theanine with other prescriptions or over the counter drugs. Past studies have found that theanine helps improve the efficacy of anti-cancer drugs by enhancing their effectiveness and reducing their side effects. Altogether, once a patient is able to relax mentally,  they will allow their bodies to focus on self-healing.

 

Dr. Jordan and Dr. Jade are offering a FREE consultation to see if taking L-Theanine can work for you. By mentioning this blog you can receive our L-Theanine liquid for 20% off until the 30th of September!! Call today at 847-362-4476.

 

  1. Liu, Zhi-Wei, et al. “L-Theanine Content and Related Gene Expression: Novel Insights into Theanine Biosynthesis and Hydrolysis among Different Tea Plant (Camellia Sinensis L.) Tissues and Cultivars.” Frontiers in Plant Science, Frontiers Media S.A., 7 Apr. 2017, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5383724/.
  2. Nobre, A C, et al. “L-Theanine, a Natural Constituent in Tea, and Its Effect on Mental State.” Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition., U.S. National Library of Medicine, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18296328.
  3. “L-Theanine Uses, Benefits & Side Effects – Drugs.com Herbal Database.” Drugs.com, Drugs.com, www.drugs.com/npc/l-theanine.html.

5 Ways to Boost Your Energy at Work

by Emily Bauer, CMA(AAMA)

I’m not sure about you, but about 3:30 pm every single day my brain decides to turn off and stop working. I tend to get tired and antsy at the same time, which leads to some seriously shameful unproductiveness. Seeing as the boss (as most bosses do), frowns upon dilly dallying till 5 pm, I decided that I needed to find some ways to boost my energy levels. Here’s a few simple ideas that I’ve found help keep you going till the very last second.

1.Get Moving!

Yes, I know it sounds cliche, but seriously. Get up and go to the bathroom, empty your shred pile, or just take a lap around the office! Your body needs occasional movement to change channels and get oxygen flowing. You don’t need to be away from your desk for an hour but little breaks to stretch your legs here or there won’t hurt.Keeping your body warmed up will prepare you for whatever tasks your boss might throw at you.

  1. Eat Well.

I’ll admit that snacking is my weakness. I’ve found that when I sit at my desk and snack all day, I can barely function in the afternoon. Couple that with a large lunch and I’m done for. If this is something you struggle with, try to start strategic eating. Plan a few healthy snacks to get you through the day, my favorite being apples and almonds. Prepare your lunch the night before so you can make sure you won’t end up ordering out for lunch or grabbing something frozen. Don’t let a food coma stop you from reaching your #goals.  There are many additives in food that may be making you drowsy.  Dairy is a big culprit, but to find out for sure it may be time for a food sensitivity test!

  1. Take Your Vitamins at Lunch

If you’re an awesome person then you’re taking your multivitamins. If this is the case, then try taking them with your lunch and see if that makes a difference. I currently take Salutogenic Life’s Life Pack for Women, which has a couple different vitamins including a B vitamin which really helps with energy. If you have  chronic issues with energy (even when you’re not at work), it might be a good idea to contact your practitioner to check your vitamin levels, you might find you have deficiencies such as iron or B12.

  1. Streeeetch!

If you’re a multitasker, this is a good one for you to do while you’re taking your walk! If you can’t get away from your desk and you’re stuck staring at your screen all day, try to slip in a few neck and shoulder stretches. This helps fatigued muscles that have been stuck in one position and may also increase energy by decreasing muscle discomfort. If you’re starting to feel stiff, stretch it out!

  1. Ditch the Coffee.

GASP! Yes, I did just say that. I know coffee is the go to drink when you start to feel the brain turning off, but just hear me out. Two words. Green. Tea. This is such a great source of caffeine without getting the jitters! This allows me to be more productive without bouncing off the walls. Green tea also contains an amino acid called L-theanine that helps the brain. The combination of caffeine and L-theanine leads to improved brain function and the ability to focus. BOOM. I don’t think I need to say more.

So there you have it. I know not everyone has energy issues at work, but for those who do the struggle is real. As I mentioned before, if energy is something that is constantly a problem or if you’re just tired of dealing with it, give our office a call at 847.362.4476 for a free consultation.

Finding the reason for your low energy will allow you to find the proper treatment. Until then, try out these easy tips to help you out through the day!

Oh Cramp! I Got a Spasm!

by Kaity Mclenithan, ATC

Differences Between Muscles Cramps, Spasms, and Soreness

Who has ever woken up in the middle of the night with the dreaded charlie horse cramp in their calf?? We have all heard about it but have you ever wondered why it happens? Listed below are the differences between a muscle cramp, muscle spasm and muscle soreness and how to help deal with and prevent them.

A muscle cramp is an involuntary muscle contraction. Meaning that the muscles fires without your control, and usually lasts for a short period of time.  There are many possible causes for muscles cramps such as: dehydration, electrolyte loss/imbalance, loss of sodium, low levels of magnesium, muscle fatigue, and lack of oxygen.

A muscle spasm is a reflex to something else that is going on in the body or trauma. There are two types of spasms that can take place: clonic and tonic. Clonic is an involuntary contraction that alternates between contraction and relaxation. Tonic is a hard, constant muscle contraction that lasts for a span of time. Muscle spasms can also cause muscle strains.

Muscle soreness is pain caused by overexertion from physical activity. This most commonly happens when people try something new in their exercise routine/new activity or try a new class.  Unfortunately, the older people get the more often this tends to happen. There are two types of soreness acute and delayed-onset.

Acute muscle soreness happens when the muscle is fatigued.  This can happen during or directly after exercise. Delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) occurs 24 to 48 hours after exercise, and usually subsides 3-4 days later.  DOMS can be characterized by increased muscle tension, stiffness and the muscle being resistant to stretching. Possible causes of this can be small tears in the muscle and disruption of the connective tissue of muscle tendon fibers.

 

How To Prevent DOMS

  1. Start with an exercise routine of moderate activity and intensity, and then gradually increasing activity and intensity.
  2. Stay Hydrated. It is imperative to drink water throughout the day, and not just pre and post workout.  Your body will thank you.
  3. Be consistent with your stretching, foam rolling and lacrosse ball.  These increase blood flow to your muscles, decrease knots and trigger points and help prevent lactic acid build up.
  4. Add Branch Chain Amino Acids during and after your workout.  BCAA’s are great to add to your water bottle to improve athletic performance, aid in muscle recovery as well as help preserve lean muscle mass.
  5. Supplement with Magnesium.  Magnesium will help with leg cramps as well as soreness.

 

Making sure you are not depleted in certain minerals such as magnesium and potassium is important as mentioned above. Even with all of the foods we consume throughout the day we still may need a little help. Magnesium helps to relax the muscles and decrease the risk of them cramping as well as other health benefits including relieving constipation! If the muscle seems to not want to relax then you may find other techniques such as massage therapy or graston therapy may help.

If you are having muscle issues and is not sure what can be done, call the office for your FREE consultation at 847-362-4476. Mention this blog to receive 15% off a foam roller or Tiger Tail and also 20% off our magnesium or BCAA supplement today!

Probiotics : What They Are & Why You Need Them

by Kristin Stromberg, ATC

When I started this blog and typed in probiotics into Google, I was overwhelmed with how much information there was about probiotics. From the top 10 brands to warnings about probiotics. With all of that information out there how do you know what is right? Does it really matter which brand to get?

As a matter of fact; yes it does matter where you buy your probiotics. You can refer to a previous blog regarding tiers of vitamins as that applies to probiotics as well.  It is imperative that your probiotics along with any vitamins you take come not only from reputable sources, but that the manufacturers are at a bare minimum cGMP compliant.  At our office, we will only recommend physician grade supplements because they are the most highly regulated on the market.  The manufacturers that we utilize test every batch for quality, safety and effectiveness.  Not only that, but they are free of fillers and binders.  

The question we get asked the most often is, “Why are your probiotics in the fridge and not out with the rest of your vitamin/supplement line? I can get them at Osco, Walgreens or other places right off the shelf.”

Probiotic products contain millions and even billions of live cultures of friendly bacteria and require appropriate handling to maintain their maximum activity during storage. Probiotics are essential to gut health but they also can help with allergies, decrease inflammation, improve auto-immune disorders and more.

The potency of probiotics can be adversely affected by prolonged exposure to high temperature and humidity, water and the amount of air it is exposed to. Don’t forget these are live bacteria!  You should also avoid touching the capsules as much as possible. Pour the desired number of capsules into the cap so that any extra can be put back in the bottle without handling to avoid introducing moisture present on the hands into the product. Always use a clean, dry spoon to measure probiotic powders.

Can probiotics survive if they are not in the fridge at all times? Yes they can. If you are traveling or going to work, putting them in a separate container will be fine. They can be left at room temperature for a few weeks. After that the capsule will start to turn dark brown and they are no longer viable and should be thrown out.

There are some brands that have each probiotic individually wrapped.  Each vegetarian capsule is sealed in nitrogen-purged aluminum blister packs to serve as protection from factors proven to compromise stability of probiotics such as heat, moisture, and oxygen. This is also a great way for each probiotic not to be exposed to each other and you do not have to worry about the whole batch. They are easier to travel with since they do not need to be in the fridge.

Probiotics are essential for gut health and immune health.  They should have AT LEAST 25 billion CFU per capsule or serving.  This is for broad spectrum use, meaning this type is great for basic everyday use.  If we are treating specific conditions such as IBS, colitis, leaky gut, prolonged antibiotic usage, chronic yeast infections and others, we may use a more specific probiotic strain OR a probiotic with over 100 billion CFU per serving.

You can get probiotics from food including, but not limited to yogurt, kefir, kombucha, kimchi and other fermented foods.  We have found in practice that it’s great to get a variety of probiotics.  Adding some of those foods in your diet is a good start, and supplementing with a broad spectrum probiotic is the icing on the cake!

If you have any questions about probiotics please give us a call at 847-362-4476 for a FREE consultation with one of the doctors. Mention this blog to get 20% off probiotic capsules or powder today!

Supplement of the Month: B12 (Methylcobalamin)

by Kristin Stromberg, ATC

Supplement of the Month: Vitamin B12

One of the typical questions we get asked is, “I went to my doctor and they said from my blood tests that my B12 is low. How do I fix this?” Vitamin B12 goes by many names and one we have in the office is called Methylcobalamin. By sitting down with Dr. Jordan or Dr. Jade they can discuss what the course of treatment can be to get you on track

How do we become deficient in B12?

Your body does not make vitamin B12, so you have to get it from animal-based foods or from supplements. You should do that on a regular basis, because your body doesn’t store vitamin B12 in the liver for a long time. With age, it can become harder to absorb this vitamin. There are a few ways of being deficient:

  1. Not enough intake of B12.  Vegans and vegetarians are at a greater risk due to eliminating certain foods from their diet.
  2. Impaired B12 absorption can be caused by a number of underlying issues, all requiring different treatments. Perhaps the most common problem is pernicious anemia, where your body can no longer produce and secrete an important protein called intrinsic factor (IF).Without IF, your ability to absorb B12 from dietary foods is greatly reduced.
  3. Achlorhydria is a lack of gastric acid in the stomach, which prevents B12 (and various other vitamins) from being absorbed from food effectively. It most often affects the elderly, putting them at greater risk. People suffering from achlorhydria cannot get sufficient B12 because it is bound to proteins in food, and without enough gastric acid, you can’t break it down. Fortunately this is easily treatable with supplements.

What type of food can I get B12 from?

You can get vitamin B12 in animal foods, which have it naturally, or from items that have been fortified with it. Foods high in Vitamin B12 include shellfish, liver, fish, crab, fortified soy products (tofu, soymilk), fortified cereals, red meat, low fat dairy, cheese, and eggs.

It is important to note that B12 is usually found in supplements in the form cyanocobalamin.  This form does not occur naturally in plants or animals.  This type of B12 can be dangerous as your body has to eliminate the cyanide molecule.  Methylcobalamin is not only the safer version of B12, but the most easily absorbed version.

Why do I need to worry if I don’t have enough B12?

A slight deficiency of vitamin B12 can lead to anemia, fatigue, shortness of breath, mania, impaired memory and depression. While a long term deficiency can cause permanent damage to the brain and central nervous system. Vitamin B12 is also important in DNA synthesis.

For the month of June we will be featuring our supplement B12 (Methylcobalamin).  If you have any questions or are concerned you might have a B12 deficiency please call our office at 847-362-4476 to have a FREE consult with either Dr. Jade or Dr. Jordan. Mention this blog to receive 10% of our *supplements.

*while supplies last

 

Inflammation: A Silent Killer

by Dr. Jade Dellinger

Inflammation is a word that is used often, yet hard to define.  Most of us have a hard time separating inflammation from an ankle sprain vs. inflammation contributing to heart disease and arthritis.  In order to understand how to fight it, it’s important to understand how and why it occurs!

Inflammation is a very common and innate response to an injury, pain or stress.  It is part of our bodies natural defense system to prevent something worse and/or speed up healing time.

Acute inflammation is the first response to an injury or pathogen.  It’s acute because it should only last several days or less.

Examples of what can cause this:

  • Illness (virus, bacteria)
  • Trauma (punch, kick, sprain)
  • Burn
  • Frostbite
  • Allergic Reaction

There are a lot of players involved in the inflammatory process, but the basics are: heat, redness, swelling, and pain.  Thus leading to loss of function.  Acute inflammation is an important part of healing.  Follow your doctors advice for your particular situation and it should pass within a few days.

More importantly….. Chronic inflammation.  Our bodies go haywire when this seemingly harmless acute reaction becomes chronic and systemic.

There are a few things that cause inflammation to be turned “on” at all times.

  • Toxic Diet : High sugar, high fat, high-gluten & processed foods
  • Low Omega-3 Intake: Omega-3’s are necessary to the anti-inflammatory process (in addition high Omega-6 intake is as bad as low omega-3)
  • Lack of Sleep
  • Lack of Movement: Being sedentary is linked to a low-grade inflammatory state.
  • Chronic Stress

Those are just a few!  If any of those listed above are involved in your daily life, it’s time to make some changes.  Those are the pre-cursors to numerous lifestyle illnesses such as arthritis, diabetes, heart failure and more.  Fixing some of those listed can help manage already diagnosed conditions.  INCLUDING CHRONIC PAIN!

Remember we are always available for lifestyle advice and nutritional counseling.  If you are not feeling as happy, healthy or energetic as you want, Dr. Jordan Leasure, D.C. is offering Intro to Functional Medicine Assessments for $50.  Only 10 spots available for this great deal.  Mention code Inflammation to get started on your journey to wellness!  North Shore Pro-Active Health | 847-362-4476 | www.drleasure.com

Apple Cider Vinegar : The Miracle Product?

by Dr. Jade Dellinger

Although many people feel that Apple Cider Vinegar is something new on the health scene, it’s actually been around since 400 B.C.  Hippocrates, Father of Medicine, treated his patients with it!  Apple Cider Vinegar has been traced back to Egyptian urns and even Julius Caesar’s army used it to fight off disease.

Apple cider vinegar is made from fresh, crushed apples which are allowed to mature and ferment naturally in wooden barrels.  Natural ACV is brown in color, usually has a cobweb-like substance floating in it and never needs to be refrigerated.  It often has a very pungent odor and may even cause you pucker!  These are all good signs of a natural ACV!  That cobweb-like substance is called the “mother” and that is where all the benefits are found.

You may have noticed over the last few years it has become harder to find natural ACV.  Stores took some of them off their shelves because consumers buy based on looks and natural ACV is not all that appealing to the eye!  They began to sell pasteurized, refined versions that lack ALL the health benefits!

There are enough benefits of apple cider vinegar that I could write for days.  I’ve broken down a list of the top 10 to get you started!  Remember that many of the health benefits cannot be found in distilled vinegar – it needs to be all natural Apple Cider Vinegar with the cobweb of goodness floating in it!

Top 10 Uses of Apple Cider Vinegar:

  1. Remove Teeth Stains: Rub your teeth with it an rinse!
  2. Detox Your Home: All natural cleanser.  No need for harsh chemicals!
  3. Shiny Hair: Rinse after shampoo.  It will boost your hairs shine and body.  Mix 1/2 tablespoon with a cup of water and use a few times a week.
  4. Aid in Weight Loss: Drink 2tsp mixed with 16oz of water.  Sip throughout the day.
  5. Balance your pH: Keeps your body more alkaline to decrease infections.
  6. Lymphatic Improvement: Helps break up mucous and cleanse lymph nodes.  This may help with allergies as well!  Take daily to ward off sore throats and colds.
  7. Reduce Heartburn: Take a tsp of ACV followed by a glass of water.  You should feel relief shortly.
  8. Room Freshener: Pour directly into toilet and allow to sit overnight.  It can also be used for kitchen surfaces, windows, glass and more!  Mix 1/2c ACV with 1c water!
  9. Improve Skin: From psoriasis and eczema to dry skin and blemishes.  It will help reduce inflammation and reduce symptoms.  Just dab with a cotton ball.
  10. Decrease Glucose Levels: Studies show people with type-2 diabetes found that two tablespoons of ACV before bed lowered glucose in the morning by 4-6%!

The one thing to remember is that ACV is acidic.  You want to take small amounts if you are using on a daily basis.  Taking small amounts should offer no risks whatsoever.  It is beneficial to talk to your MD or DC prior to starting a new supplement regimen.  If you have questions about apple cider vineger set up an appointment to see how it might be beneficial for you!

What Do You Really Know About Rheumatoid Arthritis??

by Kristin Stromberg, ATC

Every patient that has come into our office has heard about some form of arthritis. Whether that is osteoarthritis, arthritis, or the infamous rheumatoid arthritis. But when asked if they knew the difference between them, there is always a slight pause followed by silence. This blog is going to go more in depth about rheumatoid arthritis and explaining what the signs and symptoms are as well as treatment options.

Before getting into signs and symptoms let us discuss some basic information about the body.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system – which normally protects its health by attacking foreign substances like bacteria and viruses – mistakenly attacks the joints. This creates inflammation that causes the tissue that lines the inside of joints (the synovium) to thicken, resulting in swelling and pain in and around the joints. The synovium makes a fluid that lubricates joints and helps them move smoothly and prevents the bones from rubbing each other.

rheumatoid-arthritis-diagram

Roughly 1.5 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with RA and nearly three times as many women have the disease than men. The most common age groups to develop RA are between the ages of 40 and 60 years old.

Signs and Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis:

In the beginning stages of RA the smaller joints are affected first; ie; smaller bones in the hands, feet and in the wrists. As it progresses it may go into both shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees and ankles. There also have been cases of patients having issues with their skin, eyes, lungs, heart and the blood vessels. Typically more than one joint is affected with joint pain, swelling, tenderness, redness, warm to the touch, morning stiffness lasting for 30 minutes or longer, fatigue and loss of appetite.

There is no one blood test or specific imaging to confirm if the patient has RA. People with rheumatoid arthritis often have an elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR, or sed rate) or C-reactive protein (CRP), which may indicate the presence of an inflammatory process in the body. Other common blood tests look for rheumatoid factor and anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP) antibodies. A Rheumatoloigist may recommend X-rays to help track the progression of rheumatoid arthritis in your joints over time. MRI and ultrasound tests can help the doctor judge the severity of the disease in your body by checking how much of the bone is damaged, and the narrowing of the joint space.

Treatment:

Unfortunately there is no cure for RA but there are different methods in treating the patient. The most popular form of treatment that doctors like to try are some form of medication. Such as some type of steroid, NSAID’s (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARD’s) and biologic agents. Common names for any of these drugs are Plaquenil, Humira, Enberel, Methotrexatre and Prednisone. All of these drugs have side effects. It can be from headaches, light sensitivity, liver damage, heartburn, high blood pressure, dizziness, neuropathy, itchy skin, vomiting, diarrhea, increasing the likely-hood of getting an infection in the body and many others.

There are other ways you can try and control the symptoms of RA as well as decreasing the amount of “flare ups” the body has.

Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy/Massage Therapy: Patients would be shown how to properly stretch the muscles throughout the body to make sure that the body has the best flexibility it can have. When the body has increased range of motion there is less stiffness and tightness and restoring muscle strength and endurance is easier. The program can easily be tailored to the patient and progression of exercises keeps the body and mind challenged.

Anti-Inflammatory Diet and Healthy Eating: There are 7 main things in someone’s diet that should be avoided; Dairy, gluten, soy, eggs, peanuts, corn and sugar. Many people have a hard time digesting and processing these foods which can cause gastrointestinal issues. Drinking water is also an easy way to help detox the body and to get rid of toxins. A person should be drinking at least HALF OF THEIR BODY WEIGHT IN OUNCES OF WATER A DAY!!!! Water helps the body get rid of all the bodies “junk” and if it is not being expelled then it is just sitting in the body doing more harm than good.

Supplements and Vitamins: At our office we offer a variety of supplements that can help with RA. Natura is a company name that we recommend often to our patients. A few of our popular supplements are InflamAway, Corydalis Plus, Botanbol, and Thermo-Fit. All of them help increase the metabolism, increasing bone health, relieves minor pain and other benefits. Other recommendations can be using probiotics, vitamin D as well as fish oil. These are recommendations that should be discussed with your doctor to make sure that there are no contraindications and to take the correct dosage.

For more information about the brand Natura please go to their website at www.naturahealthproducts.com. For reading this blog you will be able to receive a discount of any of the supplements/vitamins that we have in stock. If you have any questions please call our office at 847-362-4476.