Are you suffering from Inflammation?

5 Inflammation-Causing Foods and 1 Easy Fix

The subject of Inflammation has been in the news quite a lot lately, and for good reason. Inflammation plays a role in most of the chronic diseases we see today, including heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and even acne!

Temporary inflammation is good—our bodies depend on inflammatory processes to heal injuries and fight off infection. But when acute inflammation turns chronic, the immune system starts attacking normal cells and the normal healing process turns harmful.

One great way to reduce inflammation is to reduce or remove the following 5 inflammation producing foods from your diet. But sometimes that isn’t enough. Read to the end to discover my go-to solution for inflammation!

  1. Sugar

Sugar is at the top of my list for inflammatory foods, and it’s one of the most prevalent in our diets. The average American consumes 32 teaspoons of added sugars daily! This increased sugar consumption releases inflammatory messengers called cytokines which can wreak havoc in your body. To avoid sugars, eat whole, non-processed foods. When you do eat processed foods, read the labels to avoid any word ending in “ose” such as fructose or sucrose.

  1. Trans Fats

Trans fats are known to trigger systemic inflammation, and even small quantities can be problematic. Most trans fats are found in fast foods, processed snack foods, cookies, doughnuts, and most stick margarines. Check food labels for the presence of trans fats, but be aware that food products with less than 0.5 grams per serving do not need to list trans fat on the food label. Instead check the ingredient list for partially hydrogenated oils—these are a sure sign that trans fats are present.

  1. Oils with Omega-6 Fatty Acids

Though our bodies need omega 6 fatty acids for normal growth and development, we often don’t get a good balance of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. Eat too many foods containing omega-6 fatty acids and the body starts to produce pro-inflammatory chemicals. Avoid cooking with oils such as corn, safflower, sunflower, soy, peanut, and vegetable. You may also find these oils in mayonnaise and salad dressings.

  1. Refined Carbohydrates

Foods made with white flour, white rice, and white potatoes, as well as many other cereal grains have high levels of refined carbohydrates. Processed carbohydrates send your blood sugar into the stratosphere, and also create advanced glycation end (AGE) products that boost inflammation. Picture a candied apple: the sugar that forms around the apple hardens in the same way that advanced glycation products harden around nerves and arterioles, restricting blood supply and creating dysfunction.

  1. Gluten and casein

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley whereas casein is found in dairy products. Both substances can promote inflammation and should be avoided, especially by people who are prone to inflammation.

While you should work to remove these inflammatory foods from your diet, no one eats perfectly 100% of the time. Even if your diet is perfect, often stressors and environmental toxins can lead to inflammation.

1 Easy Fix

One of the products I love to use with people who suffer from inflammation is Omax3 Professional Strength, a professional strength omega-3 supplement. The omega-3 oils in this supplement were developed by Yale University-affiliated physicians, and contain a balanced 4:1 ratio of EPA to DHA (two omega-3 fatty acids) which research shows is the best ratio to reduce inflammation.

Clinical research shows that the omega-3 in Omax3 Professional Strength reduces joint discomfort and increases mobility, improves mood health, and enhances cognitive function. This supplement has also been shown to significantly improve cardiovascular risk factors. In one 3-month study, patients experienced a 31% reduction in triglycerides, a 13% reduction in total cholesterol, an 11% reduction in LDL, and a 9.8% improvement in cholesterol/HDL ratio.

The main reason that I recommend Omax3 Professional Strength over other omega-3 supplements is its purity. If you want to test your omega-3 supplement for purity, place it in the freezer for 24 hours. While Omax3 Professional Strength stays clear, other omega-3 supplements cloud over with impurities such as saturated fats, omega-6 fats, and toxins like mercury, lead, and PCBs.

Along with removing inflammation-causing foods from your diet, the omega-3 fatty acids in Omax3 Professional Strength will help reduce inflammation in your body and reduce your risk of chronic disease!


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Paleo Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, I wanted to share what the Bayne family will be feasting on this year. Check out the “Nomstastic Paleo Thanksgiving Menu" deliciously put together by one of my favorite paleo bloggers and Chef Michelle Tam from Nom Nom Paleo. Enjoy!


Product of the Month

Vitamin K2 is a fat-soluble vitamin that plays a critical role in your bone health by facilitating the transport of calcium from the bloodstream into the bones.

Without enough vitamin K2, calcium in the blood does not adequately bind to bone and instead infiltrates into the arterial wall, resulting in calcification, or arteriosclerosis.  Adequate amounts of K2 will simultaneously improve bone health and heart health by directing calcium to its proper spot in your bones!

Vitamin K2 is found in meat, organ meats, eggs and dairy products and is also made by bacteria in our digestive tract. Dietary vitamin K2 is found almost exclusively in the MK-4 version, which has a very short half-life in the body, approximately 6 hours. To supplement your diet, improve bone and cardiovascular health, or to speed healing from a fracture we suggest the MK-7 form of K2, which stays in the body up to 6x longer than MK-4.

Vitamin D3 has become a very popular supplement for bone health. Did you know that vitamin D3 and vitamin K2 work synergistically to improve bone health? In fact high doses of vitamin D3 actually depletes you K2 levels leading to continued bone loss. If you are taking vitamin D3 through the winter be sure to also supplement vitamin K2.

Recent research has also shown vitamin K2 to be very important in the healing of neuropathy as well as improved endurance in athletes.

The quality of your K2 supplement is very important. There are poor quality K2 products being produced in China and Italy that are flooding the market. We only recommend MennaquinGold Vitamin K2 since it is the only pharmaceutical grade vitamin k2 in the marketplace.

Get your Vitamin K2 next time you are at PureBalance …your bones and heart will love you for it!


NEW at PureBalance!!!!!

Transformation 360 Program

The Transformation 360 is a weight loss program designed to teach you healthy eating habits for lifelong health.

Transformation 360 is a unique weight loss program because it is based on functional medicine. The program identifies the root cause of the patient’s health challenge based on the results of the Wellness Questionnaire.

The Wellness Questionnaire evaluates 15 functional health conditions and establishes your WICO Score and graph. This information allows us to identify the root cause of your excess weight, fatigue, chronic inflammation, headaches, chronic pain etc.

The T-360 program biochemically sets your body to burn fat, to use excess abdominal fat for fuel so you can experience heightened energy and mental alertness with NO hunger or cravings.

The program provides an easy to follow guidelines book filled with delicious recipes and information.

The first step is to take the Wellness Questionnaire and find out what your WICO score is.

First 10 callers will receive a free access Code to take the Wellness Questionnaire and find out what their WICO score is!

Call PureBalance today at 224-521 1212!


Food For Thought!

Did you know that Fat-soluble vitamins are absorbed and stored differently than water- soluble vitamins? Fat- soluble nutrients are best absorbed when taken with a meal providing healthy fats. Healthy fats support brain health, hormone health and much more. Some of the “good for you” fats are grass-fed butter, coconut oil, avocadoes, nuts, seeds, olives, olive oil and fish.

Remember this health tip next time when you take your vitamins A, D, E or K!

 

 

 

 

 


Summer Fun!

Summer Fun!

Information guide to help you make the best sun screen protection decision for your family this summer!

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Cheers to a healthier you!

dr. ingrid


Weight Loss Help: Could It Be Your Hormones?

 Weight Loss Help: Could It Be Your Hormones?

Congratulations to all those patients who have already started the hormone balancing program—way to go!

If you filled out the body quiz, and want to know more about what this program entails, Dr. Ingrid is offering free 15-minute phone consultations to answer all your questions. Ccall our office at 224.521.1212 to schedule your free consultation!

If you haven't already taken the body quiz,  want to learn about your body type and whether your hormones are affecting your weight loss, take the quiz!

You have nothing to lose but weight!


I Can't Lose Weight, Could it be my Hormones?

I can’t lose weight…could it be my hormones?

Absolutely!

Hormones are chemical messages produced by the liver, thyroid, adrenals, and ovaries. If these glands aren’t operating well, hormonal imbalance occurs.  This imbalance can cause weight to accumulate around certain body parts—this is why we carry unwanted body weight in different places according to our own unique glandular weakness.

Thankfully, you can repair your metabolism. First, we identify the culprit—the root cause of your hormonal imbalance. Then, once we have identified your unique imbalance we can create a food and exercise plan that will help your hormones work with you and not against you.

Different body types need different solutions. Take the body quiz to find out what your body type is.Lose weight, feel great and enjoy lasting weight loss.

Lose weight, and feel great this spring!

Cheers to your hormonal health!

dr. ingrid


Are You Vitamin D Deficient?

Are You Vitamin D Deficient?

Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin, plays an important role in many of the body’s processes. Vitamin D is produced by your skin in response to exposure to ultraviolet radiation from natural sunlight. It Is not only Important for our immune system, skeletal and nervous system health but for our overall mental health as well.

Vitamin D deficiency is very common these days, especially in colder climates.

Statistics show that:

  • 40% of the U.S. population is Vitamin D deficient.
  • 48% of young girls (9-11 years old) are Vitamin D deficient.
  • Up to 60% of all hospital patients are Vitamin D deficient.
  • Up to 80% of nursing home patients are Vitamin D deficient.

Are you vitamin D deficient?

If the dark winter days are keeping you down in the dumps you might want to have your Vitamin D levels checked.

Don’t know your Vitamin D levels? No problem…we can help  Call PureBalance at 224-521-1212.

To bring low Vitamin D levels up into a healthy range, you will need a little bit more than just sunlight. Add PureBalance Vitamin D to your routine and feel the difference it can make.

Let the sun kiss your face once in a while. Your Vitamin D levels will love you for it!

Cheers to a healthier you!

dr. ingrid