Posts Tagged ‘wellness’

Micronutrient Blood Draw Event

by Kristin Stromberg, ATC

How do your micronutrients stack up?? Take advantage of our advanced clinical screening to get a head start on your jouney to optimal health!

Special One Day Pricing on Wednesday December 5th from 8 am to 12 pm on SpectraCell’s Micronutrient Testing as well as the Cardiometabolic, Hormone and Thyroid Testing.

The Micronutrient testing measures the functional levels of 31 vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids in your white blood cells. These tests allow your nutritional assessment for a broad variety of clinical conditions, general wellness and the prevention of chronic diseases including arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular risk, diabetes, various immunological disorders and metabolic disorders.
The CardioMetabolic test offers a clinically relevant assessment of risk for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), Type 2 Diabetes and inflammation.
The male and female hormone panels that reveal the overall state of hormonal balance in a patient.  Like nutrients, hormones influence all aspects of health and disease – mood, sleep, metabolism, immunity, heart health and appearance.  An imbalance of one hormone can initiate cascade of events that alters other hormones
Thyroid hormones directly regulate every cell in our body as most basic functions like metabolism, emotions and thinking. We also test several proteins that affect thyroid function as well as antibodies to thyroid which can detect autoimmunity (when the immune system attacks healthy tissue) and your levels of cortisol, the stress hormone.

Please call to schedule your desired blood draw time which starts at 8:00 am and will be blocked off in 15 minute increments. You do not have to fast but please come hydrated!!

The cost for the event will go as follows: The Micronutrient test and a 30 minute visit with Dr. Jordan to go over your results is $200. The Cardiometabolic is $50 extra and the Hormone/Thyroid Panel are between $45 and $50. Once the results are back in the office we will call to schedule your appointment.

Go to the Eventbrite link below today!!!

Peace, Love & Oils

by Guest Blogger

This blog comes straight from one of our wonderful massage therapists, Julie Hartman!

What is all the “hype” about essential oils?

I think everyone now has either heard of, or used some kind of essential oil. Some think it’s just a gimmick, while others know the simple fact that a good essential oil is all natural, and can help with staying above the wellness line.

What is an essential oil?

An essential oil is the “essence” of a plant, obtained by water or steam distillation, or by cold pressing (for citrus peel oils). Through this process, the oils inside a plant can be extracted into a highly concentrated form.

Most companies are jumping on the essential oil band wagon. Sadly some of those companies still have toxic ingredients in their products so beware…. Just because it contains essential oil, doesn’t mean it’s a healthy product.

When looking for an essential oil you want to be sure it is a pure essential oil with no foreign or synthetic ingredients.  The way the oil is processed is also VERY important.  Some companies do not process or store the oils properly which not only can make them rancid, but can improve all the health properties from them.

Oils can be diffused, used topically, or inhaled directly. While essential oils are natural, they still need to be treated as you would when taking a medication. Do your research and educate yourself. For example, when first using oils topically, a carrier oil should be used.  This will help dilute the high concentration of the oil, and prevent any skin irritation, especially those with sensitive skin. Citrus oils are photosensitive and should not be worn outside in the sun as it can burn your skin.  These are just a couple examples of why you should do your due diligence and educate yourself before using oils. You wouldn’t just take a medication prescribed by your doctor before reading the side effects and warnings; the same should hold true with using an essential oil.

If all the information on essential oils seems overwhelming, a good place to start is lavender, which has many benefits. Lavender can help induce relaxation, calm the pain of burns, including sunburn. It can help ease anxiety and be a mood stabilizer.  You can put it in a diffuser, rub it on pressure points, or even rub it on the bottom of your feet before going to bed.

I love using my essential oils daily!!

Stay tuned for more information about using essential oils. I will highlight different oils and how they can be used. I will also include some DIY recipes you can make to help rid your home/life of toxins.  Keep an eye out for some special oily stocking stuffers coming this holiday season!

Peace, love, and oils

~Julie Hartman, LMT

Dr. Jade’s Wildtree Meal Prep Workshop

by Kristin Stromberg, ATC

Join us on Wednesday, January 31st at 7pm in Grayslake Illinois for a Wildtree Meal Prep Workshop!

Whether we love to cook or not, for many of us dinnertime is the most stressful time of day! This meal prep workshop is designed to reduce that stress and help you get healthy meals on the table in minutes. Plus, making dinner is more fun with friends! ☺

Not sure what a Wildtree Meal Prep Workshop is?? Check out this quick video
https://youtu.be/s1CqNLFCl8I

Wildtree products are all­ natural, organic and are completely free of MSG, GMOs, high fructose corn syrup, additives, preservatives, food dyes, and all of our products are 100% peanut free. The products are certified Organic, Kosher, and include a Gluten Free line.

So… are you in???
**Registration and payment due on TUESDAY, JANUARY 23rd
Call our office to let us know what your menu choice (Veggie Lovers/One Stop Crock) and your email and Donna will email you an invoice to pay online. You do need to supply your own meat and veggies. The cost is for the kit and products.

Feel free to check out the catalog for our other awesome products
http://issuu.com/wildtree/docs/2017catalog/1
OR online at www.mywildtree.com/dengelhardt

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions!
Donna Engelhardt cell/text- 847-477-7299
[email protected]

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.

 

Ice Vs. Heat

by Dr. Jordan Leasure

One of the main questions we are asked here at North Shore Pro-Active Health is; “Should I be using ice or heat?” It is a very good question to ask since many patients are unsure of the answer. The answer is; it all depends on the injury type.  Is the injury in the acute phase or the chronic phase?

There are two basic types of athletic injuries: acute and chronic. Acute pain is of rapid onset and short-lived, or chronic pain develops slowly and is persistent and long-lasting. Acute injuries are sudden, sharp, traumatic injuries that occur immediately (or within hours) and cause pain.  Acute injuries also cause common signs and symptoms of injury such as pain, tenderness, redness, skin that is warm to the touch, swelling and inflammation. If you have swelling, you have an acute injury.

Chronic injuries, on the other hand, can be subtle and slow to develop. They sometimes come and go, and may cause dull pain or soreness. They are often the result of overuse, but sometimes develop when an acute injury is not properly treated and doesn’t heal.

Ice is the best immediate treatment for acute injuries because it reduces swelling and pain. Ice is a vasoconstrictor (it causes the blood vessels to narrow) and it limits internal bleeding at the injury site. To ice an injury, wrap ice in a thin towel and place it on the affected area for 20 minutes at a time. Allow the skin temperature to return to normal before icing a second or third time. You can ice an acute injury several times a day.

Heat is used for chronic injuries or injuries that have no inflammation or swelling. Sore, stiff, nagging muscle or joint pain is ideal for the use of heat therapy. Athletes with chronic pain or injuries may use heat therapy before exercise to increase the elasticity of joint connective tissues and to stimulate blood flow. Heat can also help relax tight muscles or muscle spasms. Do not heat after exercise, you may want to ice the injured area after the activity to reduce or prevent inflammation.

Because heat increases circulation and raises skin temperature, you should not apply heat to acute injuries or injuries that show signs of inflammation. Safely apply heat to an injury 15 to 20 minutes at a time and use enough layers between your skin and the heating source to prevent burns. Moist heat is the best and that can be used from a hot towel.

    If you are ever unsure on which one to use at home, ice is the best choice. If the injury is not improving it is best to call and make an appointment to make sure there are no underlying issues.

~Kristin Stromberg, Licensed Athletic Trainer