Brain Food: Avocado Hummus

This delicious hummus includes two brain foods, avocado and olive oil. Garnishing it with toasted walnuts adds a third. Serving it with raw broccoli and celery sticks will really feed your brain!

INGREDIENTS

½ large ripe avocado
1 15½-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed, drained
⅓ cup tahini, well mixed
¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 garlic clove, chopped or smashed
¾ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
1 cup cilantro leaves
2 tablespoons olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Optional - Toasted walnuts and olive oil (for garnish)

Place the first 8 ingredients in a blender or food processor.
Process until smooth. Slowly add the olive oil, process until light and creamy.

Top with additional cilantro. (Optional - drizzle with olive oil and add toasted walnuts.)

Serve with fresh broccoli and celery stalks.

Bon Appétit !!!


Love your heart this Valentine's Day!

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Healthy, Happy Valentine's Day from the Staff at PureBalance Natural Family Health Center!

 


Immune Boost at PureBalance

Your immune system is a collective of cells, tissues and organs working together to fight off infections. Your body relies on factors such as nutrition, exercise, rest and good posture to maintain optimal health.

At PureBalance, we offer three services which provide a natural path to a healthier you.

1) Get Adjusted!

The systems in your body are coordinated and controlled by the nervous system. The nervous system runs through the spine and interacts with the immune system, learning how to adapt and protect your body. A spinal misalignment may cause neural dysfunctions, which in turn weakens your immune system. Lessen the stress on your body. Feel the benefits of an immune boost. Get an adjustment!

2) Get Acupuncture!

Acupuncture is a tried and true medical practice. At PureBalance we use acupuncture to reconfigure the energies in your body and balance your Chi. Acupuncture charges your body, giving you more strength to fight off viruses. Leave feeling energized, relaxed and recharged. Stay healthy. Get Acupuncture!

3) Get into the Far Infrared Sauna!

Spending regular time in a far infrared sauna can also help to boost your immune system. The far infrared sauna will raise the core body temperature, removing toxins and helping to keep the immune system strong and in good working order. Check out our sauna special and schedule your sauna sessions today!

Call PureBalance at 224-521-1212 and get started on the path to naturally boosting your immune system!

Cheers to a healthier you!


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Exciting News at PureBalance!

PureBalance Natural Family Health Center is pleased to announce a new service for our patients; Brain Core Therapy. What is BrainCore Therapy? BrainCore Therapy provides an unique and drugless approach to treating brainwave dysregulation that may be associated with the symptoms of many neurologically based conditions such as:

  • Seizures
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Insomnia
  • Migraine and Tension Headaches
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • PTSD

Take advantage of our back to school special - a free 15 minute appointment to find out if you qualify for BrainCore Therapy.

For more information and to find out how BrainCore can help you, click here!


Visit a Farmers Market Near You

Summer is in full swing and fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables are readily available at your local farmers market. To find a farmers market near you today visit:  http://www.localfarmmarkets.org/

Happy Summer!


All Disease Begins in the Gut - Hippocrates

This year is my 22nd year in practice and in the words of Jerry Garcia…what a long strange trip its been.  As my knowledge has grown over the years, the types of patients that seek my care have changed.  With allopathic medicine continuing to focus on suppressing symptoms and handing out toxic chemicals with horrible side effects many people sought my help to find the causative factors of their conditions.  The people that have put their trust in me over the years to help them find solutions to their health problems humble me.

Today, approximately 90% of my patients suffer from either a primary digestive issues such as gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, leaky gut, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, candida infection, bacterial overgrowth, and acid reflux, or a secondary digestive issue which I’ll explain in the next paragraph.  The number one reason patients visit their doctor is for digestive complaints.  In addition to these patients I also started seeing more patients suffering from autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and hashimoto’s disease.  Many of these patients had horrible digestive symptoms in addition to their autoimmune diagnosis.  Looking for ways to positively influence their dysfunctional immune systems, I learned that upwards of 80% of the immune system resides in the digestive tract.  If I was going to be able to help these patients in any way I needed to find a way to help their digestion. I also saw first hand that patients with acne, eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis often had poor digestion as the source of their symptoms.  Then there were patients who presented with headaches, fatigue, and hormone imbalances and after a complete review of their condition I realized that, in some cases, their digestion was the source of their discomfort. These are examples of what I call secondary digestive issues…the main complaint is not a digestive issue but as soon as you start to dig around for the cause of their symptoms digestion quickly moves to the top of the list.  At some point I realized if I didn’t have an answer to effectively support digestion then maybe a career change was in order.

My search led me to probiotics.
On paper probiotics seemed to be my answer.  I went to the best conferences and listened to the brightest minds.  They taught me that reseeding the bowel with good bacteria was the solution I was looking for.  Supplementing my patients with billions of lactobacillus and bifidobacteria would correct the imbalance in the intestinal tract and solve all my patients primary and secondary digestive issues.  I jumped in with both feet.

It turned out to be a little bit different in practice than what all those smart guys said.
I would say overall my experience with probiotics was very much a mixed bag.  While I had some success using probiotics, it wasn’t uncommon for a supplement to work for a week or two, and then lose efficacy.  Even in patients who reported improvement if they missed a dose or tried to lower the dose the symptoms came right back.  So the results I saw were transient.  We weren’t making any lasting change we were just treating a symptom.  I saw infections that wouldn’t get better, no matter how many probiotics we threw at them. My frustration grew with every ineffective probiotic strain I tried.

New probiotic formulations came out every day, but none of them worked consistently.
Because of my experience formulating supplements, I had real questions and concerns about the quality and consistency of the probiotic supplements that were on the market. Some had one strain, while others had 15, but regardless, nothing gave me the results I was looking for.  Then the market shifted to “more is better”.  It seemed like overnight we went from recommending 5 billion to 20 billion to 50 billion to 100 billion.  I bought in that more must be better but clinically I just didn’t see the changes in patients.

I questioned how these bacteria would make it to the intestines alive.
In school I learned that the stomach is an incredible barrier to entry.  It doesn’t just let any bacteria pass into our intestines.  If it did then we would always be sick and most people would die from some type of infection.  I also learned that the bacteria that inhabit our intestines are anaerobic, which means they die if they touch oxygen.  If the probiotic company is telling me the bacteria is alive when it is in my hand before I swallow it then it can’t be anaerobic.  So even if these bacteria could magically get past the stomach acid how could it live in an oxygen free environment in the gut.  Plus, where did caveman get his probiotics?  He didn’t have a refrigerated section at Whole Foods to shop from.  Nowhere could he access these bacteria in his environment.  It didn’t make sense.  As more research came out it became clear that this reseeding theory was just not supported by science.

Then something interesting crossed my desk…
A few years ago an article on Bacillus spores was passed to me from a colleague. I was immediately fascinated. Bacillus spores provided an answer to all of my concerns.  First, they are safe. Bacillus spores were the first prescription probiotics in the 1950’s.

Bacillus spores easily survived the stomach.
Because Bacillus probiotics develop a hard shell (an endospore), they are highly resistant to UV and gamma radiation, high and low temperatures, and acidic conditions found in the stomach. Gut model studies proved they survived the acidic stomach to populate in the intestines.

Bacillus spores are a great value.
With Bacillus spores, I got great, consistent results with a wide variety of gastrointestinal issues. As I started to investigate more, I realized that these results came from the unique properties of Bacillus. These spores crowd out harmful bacteria in the gut, produce enzymes to help with food digestion, and fight bloating and cramping. They also produce RDA-equivalent quantities of B-vitamins, vitamin K2, and offer a significant source of carotenoids, important antioxidants that can reduce free radical production in the body.

MegaSporeBiotic was created to provide consistent, reliable effects.
MegaSporeBiotic, is the first pharmaceutical grade, 100% spore form probiotic and carotenoid antioxidant combination formula.  The results we have seen with primary and secondary digestive issues have been remarkable.  Additionally clinical research using Megaspore has given us better insights on how these strains bring us their health benefits.  In June we will be finishing the first ever-human leaky gut study.  Pilot study findings were quite remarkable.

To see if you are a candidate for MegaSporeBiotic, click here and fill out the attached form. We will contact you to schedule a time to chat and see if you qualify.

Yours in health,
Tom Bayne, DC


Product of the Month: Micellized Vitamin D3

PureBalance Micellized Vitamin D3™ is a natural, soy-free, form of Vitamin D in a water-soluble micellized form.

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We’re Soaking in the Vitamin D, What About You?

Spring is upon us. And, with spring, comes Spring Break for many of us. If you are heading out to a sunny destination, be sure to soak up the sun responsibly with lots of sunscreen and water. For those that are not headed to a sunny locale, where you will be getting a good dose of sunshine (approximately 10 minutes with your head, arms and legs uncovered), you should consider a vitamin D3 supplement.

Sun exposure helps our bodies to produce vitamin D, a critical nutrient that is essential for health and vitality. If we don’t get enough sun, or don’t supplement adequately, we risk developing a vitamin D deficiency.

Shockingly, one out of every 2 people in the world are deficient in vitamin D, and deficiency in this nutrient is considered a substantial risk factor for developing chronic disease or death. Thankfully, vitamin D supplements reduce your risk of disease and death and are very easy to take.

My preference is for  PureBalance Micellized Vitamin D3, a highly absorbable liquid form that both children and adults find easy to take.  I usually order labs to see what someone’s level of vitamin D is before recommending a dosage, but for most people 3,000 IU/day is a good amount.

One of the benefits to having a normal vitamin D level is that D works with your body to increase the absorption of calcium. If you also take calcium supplements along with your vitamin D, you definitely should consider adding vitamin K2 to your routine.  Vitamin K2 helps calcium get added to your bones and not your arteries and soft tissues.

Wherever your travels may take you, take a minute to consider adding vitamin D to your regular routine. Your body will thank you! Happy Spring and safe travels!

Yours In Health,
Tom


Fight your Allergies Naturally

If you’re one of the 50 million Americans who suffer from allergies, you know how annoying and disrupting they can be. From a simple case of the sniffles to dry mouth, fatigue, and even trouble breathing, seasonal allergies can really cut in to your enjoyment of spring.Thankfully, there are some really simple things that you can do to combat allergies before they start.

Make sure to drink plenty of water.

Water is critical to helping your body detox as well as thinning the mucus in your sinus cavities. Everyone’s needs for water are different. A simple way I use with my patients is to take their weight, divide it in two, and suggest that they drink that many ounces of water each day. For example, if someone weighs 140 pounds, they should drink at least 70 ounces (equivalent to nearly 9 cups) of filtered water daily.

Try saline nasal irrigation.

A 2012 systematic review and meta-analysis of 10 studies on saline nasal irrigation showed a beneficial effect on nasal symptoms, a reduction in medication use, and an increase in the quality of life. I like to include oregano in my nasal rinse as well as saline (check out our SinuClenz product), because this appears to do a better job of decreasing inflammation and reducing symptoms. If you do use nasal irrigation, make sure you regularly clean your rinsing device. I would also suggest using filtered water rather than tap water.

Get plenty of vitamin C.

Vitamin C is one of those essential nutrients that can’t be synthesized by humans and therefore needs to be present in the diet. Vitamin C is an important immune system supporter and a potent antioxidant as well as having the ability to deactivate histamine.
Great food sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits, berries, watermelon, mango, and peppers.

Take your probiotics.

You may not immediately think of probiotics as a first line defense against environmental allergies, but I do! Beneficial bacteria like those found in Megasporebiotic help to calm down the immune response which is at the heart of your symptoms. Although the normal dose of Megasporebiotic is 2 capsules per day, I will often encourage patients to increase their dose temporarily during periods of stress, illness, travel, or the onset of seasonal allergies! Try 3-4 capsules per day during the first few weeks of spring allergy season, and then decrease back to the normal dose.
If you have had trouble with seasonal allergies in the past, now is absolutely the time to start preventative measures. Make sure to get plenty of rest, reduce stress, and make an appointment with myself or Ingrid to get recommendations that are tailored to you.

Yours In Health,
Tom