Five Healthy Tips to Help You Enjoy the Holiday Season

The holiday season is almost here! Beginning with Thanksgiving and continuing until New Year’s Day, there are 40 days and 40 nights of opportunities to eat, drink and be merry!

As you know, too much of a good thing can be detrimental -- sugar, alcohol and poor food choices can wreak havoc on the immune system. But you don’t have to crash and burn-out your health during the holidays. Instead, prepare to enjoy all of the fun and celebrations by following these five healthy lifestyle tips, which are both preventative and curative in the event you do overindulge:

1. Eat two servings of organic fruit and seven servings of organic vegetables every single day. The majority of fruit and vegetables are nutrient dense, high in fiber and low in calories. They also contain a number of essential vitamins and minerals that cannot be found in other types of foods.

Two servings of fruit and seven servings of vegetables will help the body maintain the alkaline pH it needs to fight pain, illness and fatigue. Sound like a lot of produce? You can easily achieve these goals by eating soups, salads or by drinking green drinks and smoothies.

2. Decipher and manage cravings. One of the biggest challenges during the holiday season is to manage food cravings. It helps if you know the real message your body is sending, as well as what steps you can take to bring your system back into balance. Here’s a short guide to some of the most common holiday season, food cravings:

Sweet: Can’t get enough of sugar? More than likely, you’re experiencing an imbalance in your blood sugar metabolism. Take PureBalance Chlorella; eat small protein snacks every 2-3 hours of your waking day; be sure to consume high-fiber foods, as well as complex carbohydrates to help stabilize and rebalance your system.

Chocolate: Yes, it’s truly yummy! But craving chocolate often signals that your body is deficient in magnesium. You don’t have to give up chocolate. But eating other foods high in magnesium, such as nuts, seeds, fish and leafy greens, will be beneficial and can help ease the cravings.

Cheese: Macaroni and cheese, scalloped potatoes with cheese, as well as lots of pizza (to go with all that football) will be in heavy rotation this holiday season. If you find yourself dreaming about deep dish pizza, you may have a fatty-acid deficiency. Supplement with PureBalance Total Omega 3+ or Fish Oil, and include wild salmon, raw walnuts and ground flaxseed in your diet.

Salt: Craving salty and crunchy foods like popcorn and tortilla chips often signal an imbalance in the body’s stress hormones. Give yourself a break and take a few deep breaths to reclaim your center before you pop that salty snack in your mouth. You may also need to support your body with extra B-vitamins. A whole food, green supplement, such as PureBalance Chlorella is contains the entire B-complex, which can help your body do a better job of coping with stress.

3. Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate! But not with soda, energy drinks, coffee, tea or alcohol. Your body needs and craves water. Every day, do your best to drink 32 ounces (1 quart) of filtered water for every 50 pounds of body weight. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, your goal would be to drink 96 ounces (or three quarts). But if you weigh between 151 and 200 pounds, you should strive to drink four quarts. We’ve got the perfect gift -- 40-ounce, stainless steel water bottles – to help you or your loved one stay happily hydrated this holiday season.

4. Move your body – at least every other day for a minimum of 45 minutes. Turn on the radio, watch the news, or open a magazine and you’ll read or hear about a study touting the benefits of exercise. Brisk walking, bicycling, yoga, dancing (NIA or Zumba) contribute to keeping your joints flexible, lowering inflammation, stabilizing your mood, improving the quality of your health and successful aging. There’s no simpler prescription for optimal health and longevity!

5. Probiotics and Vitamin D3 are two of the best supplements for optimal immunity. The beneficial bacteria will help remove the unwanted sugars and refined carbohydrates from the intestinal tract while selectively protecting the intestines from the types of yeast and bacterial infections that foster colds, flu or food poisoning. Vitamin D3 is a major powerhouse, which maintains your body’s calcium balance; aids cell differentiation; boots your immunity, regulates blood pressure, and supports insulin secretion. Not sure about your Vitamin D3 levels? We offer a simple test at PureBalance Health Center that will help you determine your body’s needs. Call the office at 224-521-1212 for details.

In the event that you do party too much, Pure Balance Living Fiber and Florabalance have the added benefit of hangover relief when you drink responsibly! The B-vitamins in Living Fiber help keep the brain hydrated and the probiotic bacteria will consume the sugars before they speed the dehydration process. For best results take 2-3 capsules of Living Fiber and 1 capsule of Florabalance before going out. Upon return, take the same dosage again with at least 12 ounces of filtered water. Be sure to eat a healthy, high protein breakfast, such as eggs, the next morning!

These tips can help you maintain (or restore in the case of overindulgence) your health and keep your spirits bright this holiday season. Of course, your best option is to always think prevention and take immediate action at the first signs of symptoms. PureBalance Natural Family Health Center always has the tools you need to keep you and your family feeling vibrant and healthy throughout the year! Call us today for more information or to make an appointment: 224.521.1212.

Happy Holidays from all the members of the Bayne Family and all of the staff of the PureBalance Natural Family Health Center!

Holiday Hours: In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, we will be closed Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23, 2012. 


Keep Your College Students Healthy and Smart!

Over the next few weeks, many of the young adults I’ve been seeing in my practice for upwards of 10 years will be leaving for college. I have proudly watched them grow up and accomplish many great things. Although most of the parents with whom I’ve spoken are ready for their children to leave the nest, they frequently ask what they can do to help their children remain healthy while away at school.

Like their parents, I’m concerned about the traditional college campus lifestyle where fast food is king; soda and caffeine are used as stimulants to help fight the need for sleep, and alcohol consumption is used to numb the stress. At the same time, I know it’s unrealistic to believe that college students will fill their plates with broccoli at every opportunity. That’s why nutritional supplementation is a simple and affordable way to bridge the dietary gaps and keep your child’s immune system vibrant and strong. Think of it as a College Survival Kit.

While we know important nutritive components will either be missing or limited in the average college student diet, I’d like to focus on the essential role of greens, fats, and probiotics in fostering strong immunity and mental clarity. A concentrated, green-superfood supplement will not only provide some of the needed four to six daily servings of greens, but also essential vitamins and minerals that alkalize the body. Fish oil will lubricate their brains with the proper fats, which will enhance and improve concentration. Fish oil also is vital for boosting immunity, especially during the winter.

Probiotics are the single best supplement for your college student’s optimal immunity. The beneficial bacteria will help remove the unwanted sugars and refined carbohydrates from the intestinal tract while selectively protecting the intestines from the types of yeast and bacterial infections that foster colds, flu or food poisoning.

The PureBalance College Survival Kit consists of proprietary formulas of PureBalance Living Fiber, Pure Fish Oil, and Florabalance, which will provide your child with the real competitive advantage necessary for success in collage, as well as the ability to remain vibrant, focused and healthy throughout the school year.

A healthy diet, proper rest, staying hydrated, getting appropriate exercise, and whole food supplementation are the best tools anyone can use to restore or maintain health, no matter what their age or stress level. But if you can’t get your college students to take the supplements for the immune-boosting benefits, be sure to let them know that Pure Balance Living Fiber and Florabalance have the added benefit of hangover relief when they drink responsibly! The B-vitamins in Living Fiber help keep the brain hydrated and the probiotic bacteria will consume the sugars before they speed the dehydration process. For best results take 2-3 capsules of Living Fiber and 1 capsule of Florabalance before going out. Upon return, take the same dosage again with at least 12 ounces of filtered water. Be sure to encourage them to eat a high protein breakfast, such as eggs, in the morning!

This month, we have a Back-to-School special on the PureBalance College Survival Kit. Stock up and make sure the health and well-being of your children will be protected while they’re away from home.

 



Tips for keeping your children (and yourself) well-hydrated this summer

 

Tips for keeping your children (and yourself) well-hydrated this summer

By Dr. Ingrid Maes

AKA “Dr. Mom”

In the midst of this summer’s heat wave, the question concerned mothers most frequently ask is what their children should drink to stay cool and hydrated. They want to know if soda or pop is OK to drink, or whether they should give their kids sports drinks.

My advice: Ignore the TV commercials and sports-world hype! Forget about soda (including diet) and sports drinks. They are loaded with sugar, artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavorings and excess calories. It takes more than an hour of strenuous activity for highly-trained athletes to deplete their stores of electrolyte and glycogen that sports drinks are purported to restore, and most children don’t engage in that type of demanding workout. That’s why the number one drink to rehydrate the body is still H2O – water!

Why water? Water is the most important nutrient for life. It has many important functions including regulating temperature, lubricating joints and transporting nutrients and waste throughout the body. Unlike animals, our bodies don’t store water. That’s why it’s important to encourage our children to drink plenty of it throughout the day, not just after a baseball, soccer or lacrosse game.

Is room temperature or cold water the best way to re-hydrate? It depends on the circumstances. If your child has been playing outside in record temperatures and sweating profusely, he or she will need cool water to help the body restore its balance. Otherwise, room temperature water won’t shock the body’s systems and it will be able to rehydrate faster. (Vets recommend you can help your pets stay cool by filling their water dishes frequently with fresh cool water, not ice-cold.)  

Is Coconut water a good alternative?

Coconut water, the juice from young, green coconuts, has been marketed as nature's great hydrator, the all-natural alternative to electrolyte-replenishing sports drinks. An independent laboratory, ConsumerLab (https://www.consumerlab.com/reviews/coconut-water-one-vita-coco-zico-review/coconut-water/), tested three prominent coconut water brands and found that only one, Zico Natural Pure Premium Coconut Water, had an electrolyte content equal to popular sports drinks. Sodium, an electrolyte commonly lost through sweat, is the key ingredient here. According to ConsumerLab, Zico has 160 milligrams of sodium per serving compared to sports drinks such as original Gatorade, which contains about 110 miligrams of sodium per cup. The two other coconut water brands tested by ConsumerLab contained less sodium and magnesium than advertised.

You can also include high-water-content foods, such as cucumbers, tomatoes, jicama, celery, carrots or melons, in your daily meal planning to help your family stay well-hydrated. These fruits and vegetables are excellent additional water sources, as well as nutritious snacks. Keep an abundant supply of cut-up fruits and veggies in your fridge so they are ready to be eaten whenever hunger strikes.

Other options

After playing outdoors or exercising, if you or your children require a bit of a pick-me-up, there are other options. Recent studies have shown that some solid foods, such as bananas and raisins, may be just as effective for sustaining performance and restoring the electrolyte balance of hard-working athletes. And with the extra benefits of fiber, vitamins and antioxidants, these fruits may better complement a complete nutrition and fitness plan. And check out the “Workout Recovery” smoothie in our recipes section

Because liquids are absorbed better and replenish the body quicker, when it comes to your children you may want to stick with fluids to rehydrate their bodies. If your children don’t drink enough water, you can mix it up by substituting the following easy, all-natural and healthy “sports drink” recipes:

All-Natural Sports Drink – Lemon Flavor:                                   

  • 1/4 c. honey (optional)
  • 1/2 c. fresh lemon juice (not from concentrate)
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  •  1 tsp (175 mg) ionic magnesium citrate (you can pick up Natural Calm magnesium at the PureBalance Apothecary)
  • 2 quarts water or coconut water(Zico*)

Mix well in high-speed blender. Makes a little over 2 quarts (64 ounces).

*Note: If you use Zico coconut water, eliminate magnesium and sea salt.

All-Natural Sports Drink – Cranberry-Pomegranate Flavor:

  • 2 c. 100% juice cranberry-pomegranate juice (not from concentrate)
  • 1/4c. honey (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp (175 mg) ionic magnesium citrate* (you can pick up Natural Calm magnesium at the PureBalance Apothecary)
  • 2 quarts water or coconut water(Zico*)

Mix well in high-speed blender. Makes 2-½ quarts (80 ounces).

*Note: If you use Zico coconut water, eliminate magnesium and sea salt.

The best way to prevent dehydration is to make sure your kids get plenty of fluids (even when they’re not thirsty) when playing with friends or engaging in sports outside!

Signs of Dehydration:

If your child is sweating a lot on a hot day or during intense physical activity, watch for signs of dehydration, which can include:

  • Lethargy
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Dry or sticky mouth
  • Dry, cool skin

Take immediate action – drink cool water and get to a shaded area. In the case of nausea, vomiting or fever, your child may require emergency medical attention.