Posts Tagged ‘wellness’

Kick Sugar to the Curb for Good

by Dr. Jordan Leasure
The United States ranks as having the highest average daily sugar consumption per person.

According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in 2014, more than 2 in 3 American adults were overweight, and 1 in 13 were obese. (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)
We can contribute those statistics to our overwhelming addiction to sugar. What does your daily consumption look like? You may be surprised to find how much sugar is hidden in the things you consume almost daily. That grande vanilla latte – 34 grams of sugar – that’s over 2 Tablespoons. Add a blueberry scone to the order and you’re passing 50 grams of sugar and it’s not even 9am!
Obviously there’s a considerable amount of sugar in things like doughnuts and candy bars – but most of us are consuming sugar hiding in our processed foods and condiments. Did you know ketchup has about 3g of sugar in each Tablespoon?

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the maximum amount of added sugars you should eat in a day are (7Trusted Source):

  • Men: 150 calories per day (37.5 grams or 9 teaspoons)
  • Women: 100 calories per day (25 grams or 6 teaspoons)

Why is decreasing sugar important?
Most of us are motivated to limit sugar to help decrease our waistline but there are many other reasons to cut it out of your life. Your ability to fight infection is directly correlated with your sugar consumption. Those glucose molecules fight Vitamin C for receptor space on your cells. That Vitamin C can’t help you fight infection if all the seats at the table are taken up by sugar – that’s part of the reason we’re all more susceptible to disease around the holidays. We’re too stressed and we’re consuming too much sugar.

Sugar is known to suppress the immune system. Consuming just 100 grams of sugar (similar amount found in a medium soft drink) can already suppress white blood cells functioning by 40% for at least 5 hours. (Daily Mail)


A longitudinal clinical study that spanned over 10 years found that individuals with high blood sugar had a much faster cognitive decline rate than individuals with normal blood sugar range. Those who suffered from type 2 diabetes at the beginning of the study were twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than healthy individuals. (The Atlantic)
Have you seen Alzheimer’s disease referred to as Type 3 Diabetes? It is. This results from insulin resistance and insulin deficiency. One of the best things you can do for your brain is balance your blood sugar – both for short term functioning as well as avoiding chronic disease.

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What can you do about it?
Honestly – go cold turkey and see how you feel. It’s really not as hard as it sounds. Replace your sugary drinks with non sugar counterparts – or better yet WATER. Do some structured meal planning and travel with snacks so you aren’t pressed to plan what to eat when hungry and tired.
There’s still time to join my 21 Day Sugar Detox – register today: 21 Day Sugar Detox
Try cutting out sugar for 5 days and I guarantee you’ll feel like a new person. You’ll look and feel better than you have in years.

Mancow in the morning with Dr. Jordan!!

by Kristin Stromberg, ATC

Tune in on Friday morning from 7:30 am to 9:00 on WLS-AM 890

to hear Dr. Jordan!!

 

She will be talking about the practice, Salutogenic Life, her sister Dr. Jade and more information about the Women’s Wellness Weekend in October!!

Live the Life you Deserve ~ our Fall Women’s Retreat

by Dr. Jordan Leasure

He who has health has hope; and he who has hope has everything.
~ Arabian proverb

As busy women we have a million reasons to NOT take a minute for ourselves, let alone a whole weekend getaway. We have family to protect and care for, businesses to drive forward and lives to show up for. Vacations are often times expensive, inconvenient and contain variables out of our control. At a retreat you probably won’t know anyone else, you’re taking time away from other priorities and in reality – change is scary.  Are you willing to open that box? Take the first step towards accountability and responsibility? If your answer is yes – read on.

stressed woman in front of computer, planner & notebook.
Feeling pulled in All Directions – exactly why you should Retreat.

Most of your reasons “not to” are the exact reasons you SHOULD attend a retreat. When you commit to an experience – with time or finances you’re more likely to elicit the changes you require. That’s exactly the results we see in our clients. Retreats are different from vacations – they are organized, you can actually relax instead of having to plan activities and you typically leave with more than you brought. 

Here are my Top 5 Reasons you should consider a Women’s Retreat.

  1. We all Need to Unplug – Can you imagine a weekend away from responsibilities?? No making dinner, no laundry, no answering client emails. A study in the Applied Cognitive Psychology Journal demonstrated that changing environment improves memory. Having the opportunity to change your surroundings and attend a retreat with allow you to better absorb the information provided.  Enjoy food made with love by someone else, be pampered!
  2. Learn instead of Lead – Be exposed to what works for others. Deepen your knowledge of the topics covered, learn others’ interpretation. It’s amazing how you can hear the same information a million times but when you’re ready to listen it finally sinks in. I’m often asked how I balance it all so we’ll teach real life implementation of some necessary self care techniques.
  3. Connect with Yourself – When was the last time you took time out for yourself? Refill your vessel. Remember who you are outside of the labels of friend, boss, mother, daughter, partner. Who are YOU really? Who do you want to be? Are there characteristics of your personallity that you miss? Are there others you’d like to eliminate? You may learn something new about yourself.
  4. Find your Tribe – Women are more empathetic and can relate to your struggles. Allow yourself to be taken care of, looked after and nourished. Make life long friends and accountability partners. Who knows what will pop up in those brief 15 minute chats between activities – love, loss, struggle, accomplishment. We all have them – when was the last time you honestly shared that with someone?
  5. You will leave Energized, Empowered and Enthusiastic for Change. – The experience will provide life long benefits from a new way of learning. You may receive one tool that creates the change you, your family or your business needed at this exact moment. Do you find yourself just floating along – this year the same as last? Do you yearn for a change, a new outlook or simply an expanded version of you?  

We have four spots left in our next retreat in Lake Como, Wisconsin this October. Trusting Your Gut is our topic. We’ll learn about how different aspects of life impact your gut health and how your gut health impacts EVERY area of your health and life.

Retreat Location – Workshops on the Water Lake Como, WI

We will enjoy restorative treatments including massage, acupuncture and yoga. A private chef will provide healthy meals throughout the weekend and teach us how to nourish ourselves and our families. Click here for full details.

Whether you choose to join us in October, attend a yoga retreat in Bali or just escape to Canyon Ranch we hope you’ll find time in the next 12 months to attend a Women’s retreat. You’ll thank you for it!!

FREE Postural and Backpack Screenings with Dr. Jade

by Kristin Stromberg, ATC

School is quickly approaching and Dr. Jade Dellinger, DC at North Shore Pro-Active Health wants to make sure that your kids are happy and healthy! From now until September 13th we are offering FREE Postural Screenings as well as Backpack screenings. This free 10 minute appointment with Dr. Jade will demonstrate how to properly position your child’s backpack and assess their posture.

Call today at 847-362-4476 with any questions or email at [email protected] and to see how Dr. Jade can make this school year the best one yet!

Just for you Teachers!

by Kristin Stromberg, ATC

Attention all teachers!! We hate to say it but school is creeping around the corner and we want you to enjoy the rest of your summer. As a token of our appreciation here is a little gift for you.

From now until August 2nd enjoy a 60 minute massage for only $60!!! Normally they are $90 so call today and get on the books with Julie, Kristie or Kevin! 847-362-4476.

*limit of 3 massages and don’t forget to mention this deal when scheduling

5 Things To Do Before Becoming Pregnant

by Dr. Jordan Leasure

Deciding to take the plunge into parenthood in itself is a big challenge. But before you do that, pause for a second – or even a month or two. In order to give yourself the best opportunity for a healthy pregnancy and ultimately a healthy baby, here are the top 5 things you need to know and do before trying to hop on the conception train. At North Shore Pro-Active Health we see patients, pre -conception, pre-natal, during pregnancy, post partum and even adjust our smallest patients within 5 minutes of birth!  Pre-conception is a very important time as you can change the DNA of your follicles, which leads to the DNA of your fetus!

1. Schedule a Prenatal Checkup

Schedule an appointment with your chiropractor, midwife, ob/gyn, or family practice physician for a preconception health check. At North Shore Pro-Active Health we will thoroughly analyze your personal medical history, family history, any supplements or medications that you are on, etc. We may recommend consulting your prescribing physician if you’re taking certain medications that might affect your pregnancy.

We will also discuss your weight loss regime; pre-pregnancy diet, exercise, and any other unhealthy habits (like alcohol consumption, smoking, and drug use). You might be advised to dive deeper into your history with our functional medicine model if you have any health conditions like asthma, high blood pressure, or diabetes.  These must be managed before you try to get pregnant. If you have not undergone any health assessment in the last year, your OBGYN may schedule a pelvic exam and a pap smear to identify the presence of any STDs.

2. Consider Genetic Screening

Your doctor should give you genetic carrier screening before you begin conceiving to see if you or your significant other is a carrier for major hereditary diseases such as sickle cell disease, cystic fibrosis, and many others. If both you and your spouse are carriers, then your baby will have a 1 in 4 chance of getting the disease. Meeting with your genetic counselor will help you learn more about the condition and help you sort out your reproductive choices.

3. Go off The Pill

Although at North Shore Pro-Active Health we recommend natural birth control methods, we recognize that many of our clients are on hormonal birth control. Do stop your birth control a few months before you plan to start trying to get pregnant. This allows you sufficient time to really see what your menstrual cycle is like – 25 days? 30 days? – so you can find out when you are ovulating, the period of the month when you are most fertile. If you don’t menstruate even after three months of pill absence, then you should definitely see your Chiropractor.

4. Get Fit

Getting fit is not the same as ‘losing weight’. Being fit and healthy is an excellent way to prepare for conception and childbirth; a healthy body will be able to handle giving birth and minimize the recovery time. So if you are not much of a fitness freak, now is the best time to start looking into different exercises that will work best for you. If an exercise program is not for you, WALK, WALK, WALK. Get a Fitbit, or a smart watch and be consistent!

5. Start Taking the Required Vitamin Supplements

Because our food sources are depleted of vitamins, supplements should be a part of your daily routine already.  When planning to become pregnant you should add methyl folate to your regime. Begin taking this a month before trying to conceive and continue throughout your pregnancy. When consumed correctly, folate might help minimize the risk of spina bifida and other midline deformities in the fetus. Other useful vitamin supplements for moms to be include fish oil, vitamin D3, choline, Iodine, and iron. Our supplement company, Salutogenic Life carries an armory of supplements for women in general, expectant mothers and new mothers who are nursing. You can even find a few that will benefit the little ones including a multi-vitamin, probiotic, fish oil and allergy reliever!

Pregnancy can be an exciting and enjoyable ten months, if you’re prepared for it! If you have questions or concerns please feel free to reach out for a complimentary consultation. If you’re not located in the Chicagoland area please visit the ICPA for a list of pediatric trained chiropractors who can assist with your prenatal and postnatal needs.

Heavenly Hearty & Healthy Soup

by Kristen Brown


With the fast paced lifestyle many families are living today, most don’t have the time to put a healthy, delicious meal on the table for dinner. It may be easier and more convenient to go through a drive-thru, order a pizza or some other unhealthy, non-nutritious food from a restaurant. But for many of us who are looking to be healthier, lose a few pounds/inches, and/or teach our children better eating habits, what good does that do for us? I have found that using my crockpot has helped me and my family in more ways than one. It is super easy just throwing a bunch of ingredients in to the crockpot, turning it on low and then letting the crockpot work its magic. When you come home from work later that night, you have dinner ready to go and the family can sit down to a hot, cooked meal and you don’t have to feel the added stress about what to feed your hungry family.  

One of my favorite “go to” crockpot recipes is super delicious, figure friendly, and full of vegetables and spices. With the winter months being as cold as it is in Chicago and most other places, who doesn’t love a new soup recipe to try?! This recipe has a tomato juice base which is nice because it is different from your typical broth based and creamy soups which aren’t always the healthiest for you. I find myself purchasing a lower sodium tomato juice and you can swap out the canned vegetables for fresh (the green beans and I also add wax beans to my soup at times). The recipe is as follows:

Ingredients:

1 pound ground turkey, uncooked

1 cup chopped celery

½ cup thinly sliced carrots (I tend to have baby carrots at home and just cut them in thirds)

2 ½ cups tomato juice (I tend to add more juice because I find the 2 ½ cups not to be enough)

1 (14 ½ ounce) can French cut style green beans, drained (use fresh if you desire and doesn’t have to be French cut style)

1 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced ¼ inch thick (can use canned mushrooms- just drain them)

½ cup chopped tomato

1 tablespoon dried minced onion

1 ½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon dried basil, crushed

1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed

½ teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon sugar

¼ teaspoon pepper

1 bay leaf

Directions:

1. In a large skillet, cook the ground turkey, celery and carrots until turkey is done; drain.

2. Add to a 3 ½ or 4 quart crockpot (or whatever size you have).

3. Stir in tomato juice, green beans, mushrooms, chopped tomato, dried minced onion, Worcestershire sauce, dried basil, dried oregano, garlic powder, sugar, pepper and bay leaf.

4. Cover and cook on low heat setting for 6 hours.

5. Remove bay leaf before serving.

*This soup makes 4-6  servings; Prep time is 20 minutes*

With the many different directions families are pulled in now a days, there is no crime in taking some help from all of the handy-dandy kitchen appliances which were meant to make life even a tad more stress free! If you are an avid crockpot user like I am, this recipe is right up your alley. If your crockpot has been sitting on the shelf collecting dust over the years, it is time to wash off the cobwebs and put the crockpot to good use!

Please don’t hesitate to call NSPAH if you have any questions about the Hearty and Healthy Soup. Until then, Bon Appetit and stay warm!

4 Tips to Stay Healthy While Traveling

by Kristin Stromberg, ATC

My sister has been a flight attendant for over five years and she already has some good stories from flying. She started working for a major commercial airline and now she works with charter airlines and private companies. She is in the sky all the time and doesn’t have the luxury to call in sick. I asked her what she does to keep healthy and these are some of her tips.

  1. She is consistent with her vitamins. Her flights are mostly domestic but there have been some to Asia, Australia, Mexico, Canada and a few others. On a regular basis she takes vitamins from the Salutogenic Life Line. Her go-to products include: Multi For Women, Omega Pearls, Vitamin C, Zinc, Vitamin D3 with K2, Seasonal Life, Probiotics (blister pack) and she just started taking Turmeric. Because of all of her traveling she can not bring all the bottles with her in her carry on bag so she preps them in a container for how many she needs for how many days she will be gone for.


Her Vitamin Choices:

  • Multivitamin– keeps the thyroid healthy, balances her hormones, Improves energy, works with a stressful lifestyle & gets her the basics.
  • Omega Pearls– great for her cardio health, eye health, brain health and keeps her glucose and insulin numbers in check with all the eating out.
  • Vitamin C– boosts her immune system, great antioxidant, promotes collagen growth to support her joints and ligaments.
  • Zinc– protects the body from free radicals, works with her immune system, helps with her acne
  • Vitamin D3 with K2 boosts her circulatory system, keeps her blood sugar balanced, immune system support and more!
  • Seasonal Life Natural allergy support so she can breathe easy.
  • Probiotics– in the blister pack are easier to travel with and do not need to be in the fridge. Improves gut health, immune system and regularity.
  • Turmeric– great for inflammation in the body, decreases soreness, supports brain and joint health

2. Going to the gym. Yes she still has time for the gym. Even if she has a few hour layover she will go the nearest LA Fitness and workout. When she does not go the gym consistently she says he feels “gross” and that her body does not feel right. When patients tell me they do not have time to do any of their rehab at home I frequently bring up how my sister is never in the same city for more than a day and finds time to do something. She has brought resistance bands with her and worked out at the hotel if their gym selection is poor. She will literally look up the hotel amenities and see if she needs to bring any of her own equipment.

3. Making good food choices. Sometimes she is limited to eating at the airport and other times they have to stay overnight in a hotel. It is very hard to eat healthy when you are not making the food and you are limited on time. Your best option is a sit down restaurant. More and more places are going gluten free, soy free and working with customers on their diet needs. Pick out fish instead of fried food. If you want a burger try a grass fed bison burger or turkey burger. Fries? Sweet potato fries are not really that bad. Also try not to eat too late in the evening or eat right before bed. Your body will be focused on trying to break down the meal instead of focusing on trying to prep your body for sleep. Bring your own snacks on the plane and for the trip. You are allowed to bring food on the plane but it will just need to be checked during the security checkpoints.

4.  Staying hydrated. I wonder sometimes who goes to the bathroom more; my sister or my husband. She does not drink any pop or sugary drinks so water is her go-to. She brings her blender bottle everywhere she goes and fills it up as often as possible. Keeping yourself hydrated is super important to flush out any toxins you may have in the body. From touching people’s luggage, making their food, walking thru the airport you can only do so much to protect  yourself. On a good day you should consume half of your body weight in ounces of water. If you workout then that number automatically increases and the same goes for travel! Flying dehydrates your body, so it’s important to add in extra! Your pee should be nice and clear and never yellow or dark yellow. That is a big sign of dehydration as well as feeling thirsty.


These are some easy to do tips that can incorporated in your everyday life as well. If you would like to learn more about the Salutogenic Life vitamins you can sit down with one of the doctors for a FREE consultation and receive 20% off your first vitamin order by mentioning this blog. Call the office to schedule today at 847-362-4476.






MALA and the CLA Present Healthy Habits

by Kristin Stromberg, ATC

Have you set all your health goals for 2019? Are you ready to make the long term commitment towards your wellness goals? Join us on Jan. 23rd for MALA’s first Health and Wellness event in partnership with the Chicago Leadership Alliance. Dr. Jordan Leasure will share 3 things you can do in 2019 to reboot your health. 

About MALA: 

The Muslim American Leadership Alliance (MALA) is a 501(c)3 civic & community organization committed to promoting individual freedom and diversity, and celebrating heritage. An alliance dedicated to leadership through integrity, MALA provides a platform for people to share their individual stories and to speak for themselves; nurtures emerging community leaders; and unites Americans of all backgrounds to advance constructive solutions to extremism and human rights abuses. MALA is open to choice and creed, and we embrace free expression, gender equality, and pluralism as cherished universal ideals.

About CLA:

The Chicago Leadership Alliance is a community of young leaders; altruistically motivated to drive actionable change to make a better Chicago. The organization brings together Chicago’s most dedicated leaders from the private, nonprofit and public sectors in a passionate and consolidated effort to leverage activism in our communities and workplaces to impact progressive change.

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!!!