Posts Tagged ‘wellness’

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!!!

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