Posts Tagged ‘vitamins’

Vitamin A to Zinc at Heather’s Gym

by Dr. Jade Dellinger

Join Dr. Jordan Leasure and Dr. Jade Dellinger for this exciting workshop about vitamins! Have you always wondered if you were taking the best vitamins out there?? Or what really is the difference between all of them??

Dr. Jordan and Dr. Jade will teach you:

  • The different tiers of vitamins
  • What should and should not be in the vitamin
  • Where to start if you have never taken anything before
  • And why they are important to take

What should you bring to the workshop?

  • A pre-emailed list of any current medications
  • Bring the supplements you are are currently taking
  • Any and all questions about vitamins!

Cost: Nothing!!! Get a chance to receive some FREE goodies that day as well!

 

Transforming Health: All About Functional Medicine

by Kristin Stromberg, ATC

If you’re not feeling as happy, healthy and energetic as your could, join Dr. Jordan Leasure to learn about the possibilities!!

Functional Medicine asks how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual.

The Functional Medicine model is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. It relies on a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and leverages that data to direct personalized treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcomes.

Learn how Dr. Jordan can help change your life and receive 20% off your first Functional Medicine visit!

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.

Beautycounter

by Kristin Stromberg, ATC

You’re Invited

Please join us for what will be the first in a series of Beautycounter Business
Opportunity events featuring local, certified-health practitioners who will speak about current trends in Health and Wellness.

 Our very own Dr. Jordan Leasure, Certified Chiropractic Wellness Practitioner will be talking about A to Zinc supplements and regulation issues. She will also discuss the importance of supplements given the state of ever- diminishing nutrients in our foods.

Space is limited so please RSVP to:

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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!

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

 

All Kinds of Minds

by Kristin Stromberg, ATC

May is National Mental Health Month so please join our guest speaker Kevin Stromberg MS. ED. LCPC, NCC in talking about the stigma of mental health.

Kevin has earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and his Master of Science in Counseling from Northern Illinois University.  He has experience in providing counseling services to children, adolescents, adults, families and groups. Kevin has a background in working with social skills deficits, behavioral issues, trauma, anxiety and mood disorders, as well as a variety of other presenting issues.

Kevin will be discussing:

  • ADHD, anxiety, depression and a few others
  • Self-care techniques
  • Interacting and communicating with someone that has a mental illness
  • And more!!!

Finding Balance

by Dr. Jade Dellinger

A condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions.

I was reminded of balance today from the owner of The Dailey Method in Lake Forest where I work out.  She was discussing the importance of finding the time for yourself, regardless of the joys and obstacles in your life.

Balance has a different meaning for everyone, but I want to focus on the importance of health in your life and how that plays a huge role in feeling centered.  We’ve all been in a place where we ate whatever was convenient, didn’t have the time to work out and went to bed still answering emails.  More than likely this caused a need for more coffee in the morning and the entire cycle started over.  Not only will this decrease your energy and your mental focus, but this will start to increase pain in your entire body.

How do we find balance in a world where we are pulled in multiple directions everyday?  It comes down to planning and making time for what is important to you.  We get stuck thinking about what needs to be done right now, and don’t think of the impact we are having on our bodies long term.

“Take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live” ~Jim Rohn

Daily and monthly activities that make a long term impact on health

  • Take Vitamins – 2 minutes
    • There is a lot of back and forth regarding the validity of supplementation.  In 2004, the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found significant declines in the mineral and vitamin content of 43 crops grown in the United States.  Some of these crops showed declines for 40-80% loss of vitamins such as C, A, potassium, magnesium and more.  Those statistics have only continued to decline.  We now have to eat 8 oranges to get the same amount of Vitamin A that our grandparents got from a single orange!
    • In my professional experience and expertise from these studies and others, a person should be taking physician quality vitamins and at a bare minimum a multivitamin, omega, probiotic and Vitamin D3.  Always remember there are tiers to supplements, and recommendations are made individually.
  • Daily Activity – 20 minutes
    • Daily activity is a necessity for all systems of our body.  Daily physical activity can improve mood, boost energy, boost good cholesterol and more!  Find something you enjoy, and put it on your schedule!
  • Sleep – 5-8 hours
    • Sleep is where your body restores all systems. The National Heart, Lung and Blood institute has shown that ongoing sleep deficiency can raise your risk for numerous chronic health conditions. If you are finding it difficult to sleep you should contact your MD or DC to see what may be the cause of your sleeplessness.
  • Get Adjusted – 10 minutes once a month
    • Chiropractic adjustments restore balance to the most important system in the body, your nervous system.  Every person, of every age can benefit from a chiropractic adjustment.  There are research studies linking improvement in pain, blood pressure, scoliosis, frozen shoulder, ear infections, neurological conditions and more from chiropractic adjustments.
    • Every spine should be checked, just like having your oil changed and your teeth cleaned.  Preventive care of your spine and nervous system will help you experience “overall increased bodily function” as studies state.  Who couldn’t use an improved immune system, improved mood and energy, decrease mental stress and more?

These are just a few of many items I make the time for to feel balanced and healthy.  There are always pieces being added to the health puzzle such as balanced home cooked meals, meditation, socializing and more.  What is important is that you create your own list and find a way to fit them into your schedule.  It’s important to remember the long term benefits of these suggestions instead of looking at the short term obstacle of fitting them in your schedule.

“Balance is not about better time management, it’s about better boundary management. Balance means making choices, and enjoying those choices.” – Betsy Jacobson