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. 

Are You One of 50 Million Americans Suffering With This Type of Bowel Pain? Here’s Your Solution…

If you suffer from bowel pain, you are not alone. In fact, while there are many reasons for bowel pain, one of the most commonly diagnosed is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

About 20% or 1 in 5 Americans have been diagnosed with IBS. That’s 50 million people! [i]

In this article, you will learn the symptoms that help doctors diagnose IBS and what to do if you have an IBS diagnosis. The good news is, there are natural solutions for IBS!

Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

While 50 million people have received an IBS diagnosis, it is estimated that another 50 million people live with these symptoms but never seek medical care:

  • Bloating
  • Chronic abdominal pain and discomfort
  • Constipation or diarrhea (or alternating constipation and diarrhea)

What Causes IBS?

What causes IBS is still unknown. However, having spent 18 years treating thousands of patients with IBS, I have discovered some common threads in all my patients with an IBS diagnosis or IBS symptoms.

5 Common Findings in IBS Diagnosis

Here are the 5 basic things common to all people suffering with IBS:

1) Loss of normal intestinal contraction - All people with IBS have somehow lost the normal muscular contractions of the intestines that are necessary for normal elimination.  This leads to congestion and spastic release of the intestines.

2) Overgrowth of pathogens - Every IBS patient has pathogenic organisms in their bowel.  Yeast, fungi, parasites, and bacteria are the most common bugs that prefer to inhabit the sluggish, dysfunctional environment of the intestines of the IBS patient.

3) pH Imbalance - The intestinal pH is altered, which in turn causes a systemic pH imbalance.

4) Suppressed Immunity - The immune system of the intestines is suppressed.

5) Lack of good bacteria - There are not enough beneficial probiotic bacteria.

The good news is, there is hope!  You don’t have to live with the uncomfortable symptoms of IBS.

Here are 5 steps you can take to begin the reversal of symptoms associated with IBS:

1)   Reduce stress - Experts believe that emotional stress plays a large role in creating or exacerbating the symptoms of IBS. [ii]

This is backed by the fact that studies have shown that constant stress from life events have either exacerbated IBS symptoms, or lead to the development of IBS in asymptomatic individuals.

Stress reduction is one of the best first steps to alleviate the symptoms of IBS.

Exercise, Yoga, and meditation are different forms of stress reduction that many of my patients have found to be beneficial in dealing with the symptoms of IBS.  Patients with IBS have also shown to have a higher incidence of traumatic events such as physical and sexual abuse.

Emotional clearing techniques like Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and the Lifeline Technique are very effective at releasing stored emotional traumas from the body and eliminating the associated IBS symptoms.

2)   Avoid trigger foods - Foods in the diet are frequently the source of symptoms in IBS.

Some of the most common foods that are most likely to cause IBS symptoms are: dairy products, eggs, and wheat.  Other potential food triggers include high fatty foods, caffeinated drinks, and raw fruits and vegetables. Foods like beans, onions, bananas, and carrots have been associated with increased gas and the source of IBS symptoms in some patients.

3)   Dehydration is a key factor in IBS.  The colon helps with water absorption for the body.  If the water levels in the body are low the symptoms of dehydration will be felt first in the colon and the dryness in the colon can lead to inflammation and irritation in the lining of the digestive tract.  This can trigger IBS symptoms.  Drink your water!

4)   Supplement with Chlorella - Chlorella is a fresh water algae that restores the normal muscular contractions of the large intestine.

Chlorella also binds to toxins in the intestinal tract and eliminates them from the body. Although there are few clinical trials using chlorella with IBS patients, I have been using it for 18 years, and find it to be one of the most effective products I have used.

5)   Supplement with Probiotics - Many research articles have concluded that probiotics are an effective treatment for IBS.  Spore form probiotics are best at passing the acid barrier of the stomach and triggering a healthy immune response in the gut tissue. These probiotics are most effective for the IBS patient.

After decades of experience with detoxification and treating bowel pain, I began to search for an all natural solution to IBS that would be easy for my patients to take. Several years ago, I decided to design an all natural remedy that would combine the benefits of the right type of chlorella and probiotics to alleviate the symptoms of IBS.

What resulted is Living Fiber. Living Fiber is the first product of its kind that combines cracked shell chlorella and Bacillus subtilis probiotic. Bacillus subtilis is a spore form probiotic that attacks pathogenic yeast and bacteria, while changing the environment of the intestines.

This unique combination makes Living Fiber a gentle intestinal cleanser that restores the normal muscular contractions of the intestines, while shifting the pH of the bowel, killing off intestinal pathogens, boosting immune response, and creating an environment conducive to the colonization of beneficial probiotic organisms.

While I highly recommend all of the 5 steps above to break the IBS cycle, Living Fiber is a simple way to achieve steps 4 and 5 with one effective supplement.

Ingrid and I would love to support you in your recovery from IBS and bowel pain! Please comment below with your questions. We will be monitoring your IBS related questions and comments and respond to them by video over the next month.

As always, we want to provide information that is relevant to you and your family’s health needs!


[i] National Digestive Disease Clearinghouse (NDDCH). A service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Institutes of Health (NIH). A Division of the US Department of Health and Human Services.

[ii] ibid.