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


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


Are You Vitamin D Deficient?

40% of the world is deficient in Vitamin D…are you?

Your body can make its own Vitamin D from sunlight and a very small amount comes from a few foods you eat. When your Vitamin D levels are low, sun exposure is not enough to increase that number especially if you live in the Chicago land area.

Some of the benefits of Vitamin D include:

  • Boosts your immune system’s ability to fight infection
  • Improved muscle function
  • Improved cardiovascular function, for a healthy heart and circulation
  • Improved respiratory health, for healthy lungs and airways
  • Brain development
  • Cancer fighting effects

A lack of Vitamin D has also been linked to some other conditions such as cancer, asthma, type-II diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, Alzheimer’s and autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s Disease and type-I diabetes.

What is the ideal level?

The ideal level to aim for is between 60-80 ng/ml.  Most doctors are happy if your numbers are over thirty, but new research shows a large reduction in the incidence of chronic disease in patients whose levels were consistently over 60.

We recommend that adults take 5,000 IU/day of Vitamin D supplement in order to reach and stay at this level.

Interested in finding out your Vitamin D level? 

At PureBalance you can find out what your Vitamin D levels are through a simple blood test. Call now to take advantage of the $45.00 summer special.  224 521-1212.

What to take when your numbers are low?

We suggest PureBalance Vitamin D to quickly restore your Vitamin D levels into the healthy range.

Cheers to a healthier you!

dr. ingrid

 

 


Natural Solutions to Seasonal Allergies

Are you experiencing congested sinuses? Headaches? Watery eyes?  Uncontrollable sneezing? Allergy season is upon us, and millions of American’s are going to turn to Benadryl, Claritin and other harmful drugs in search of temporary relief.

Natural solutions for Seasonal allergies:

1. Neti Pot: Using a Neti Pot cleanses, refreshes, and protects the nasal passages to help  alleviate sinus and allergy problems. We recommend adding 2 drops of Oregano oil and/or special Neti pot salt to your Neti Pot.

2. Liver Cleanse: Congestion of the Liver is often associated with allergies...so why not cleanse your liver?  PureBalance has an easy to follow Liver cleanse program available to you...get started now!

3. Probiotics: Upwards of 80% of your immune system resides in your gastrointestinal (GI) tract! We highly recommend MegasporeBiotic to meet your probiotic needs. Research shows that the specific strains present in MegasporeBiotic modulates the immune response and improves the symptoms associated with allergies. MegaSporeBiotic is available at the PureBalance apothecary.

4. Vitamin D:  Do you know your Vitamin D levels? Exposure to allergens and irritants can trigger the immune system to produce chemicals called cytokines, which cause inflammatory allergy symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, and itchy, watery eyes. Research shows that healthy Vitamin D levels keep cytokines in control.  Low levels of vitamin D are not the cause of allergies, but controlling the symptoms of allergies is a lot easier when your D levels are in the healthy range.

We recommend Micellized Vitamin D3.  It is a highly absorbable form of Vitamin D that has been shown to be 4x more absorbable than standard Vitamin D supplements.  Micellized Vitamin D is available at the PureBalance apothecary.


What is your Cardiovascular Health Risk?

What is your Cardiovascular Health risk?

February is American Heart Health Month.  At PureBalance we are celebrating the heart all month long and want to share some tips on how to get a head start to a healthier heart!

A healthy heart goes beyond your cholesterol numbers.  Did you know that 50% of all heart attacks occur in people with normal cholesterol levels?  Why do most Americans base their cardiovascular health on a number that at best is relevant only 50% of the time?  At PureBalance we go beyond the lipid panel.  Our Advanced Cardiovascular Health Blood Panel measures other risk factors that give us a much more in depth picture of your cardiovascular health.  This panel will allow us to better understand the specifics of your situation so we can create a customized dietary, lifestyle, exercise, and supplement program to restore health and balance to your cardiovascular system.

The Current state of Cardiovascular testing…

For most people in the US testing for cardiovascular disease consist of a total cholesterol count, triglyceride count, HDL, and LDL values.  Although these are risk factors that we believe everyone should get checked yearly, it is important to understand that cardiovascular disease is not only about blood fats. Our Advanced Cardiovascular Health Blood Panel uncovers information related to inflammation specific to the cardiovascular system.  We look at the size of the lipids because research shows that smaller dense particles are associated with increased heart attacks.  We look for nutrient deficiencies that play a primary role in heart disease such as folic acid and vitamin D, and evaluate other markers associated with arteriosclerosis.

Why doesn’t my Cardiologist offer this test?

Cardiologists are trained to manage heart disease.  The tools they are familiar with consist of drugs and surgery.  The markers in our Advanced Cardiovascular Health Blood Panel are markers that indicate dietary and nutrient deficiencies and chronic inflammation.  They require specific dietary changes and food supplements to correct these imbalances. Some Cardiologists around the country are learning more about these important markers in cardiovascular health and the importance in preventative medicine.  Can you afford to wait for your Cardiologist to jump on board?

Cardiovascular disease is an inflammatory condition, and inflammatory markers can predict cardiovascular stress up to 10 years before a heart attack.  If you can control inflammation now you may be able to prevent a cardiovascular event in the future.  Get started today and get the PureBalance Cardiovascular Health Blood Panel, Your Heart will love you for it!

A cardiovascular health plan will be put together depending on your unique needs based on your blood work results.

4 Heart Friendly Tips:

1) Heart Friendly Product Tip!

Total Omega 3+ our best product for Heart Health!

Total Omega 3+ is the perfect supplement to support a healthy heart.   TO3+ is a combination of pharmaceutical grade Fish Oil, Ubiquinol, Vitamin K2, Vitamin D3, and Vitamin E with Tocotrienols.  This combination works specifically on decreasing inflammation in your cardiovascular system.

Fish oil is one of the most potent anti-inflammatory products available, and crucial to keeping your blood fats balanced.  Ubiquinol is the active form of CoQ10, and the preferred form to use when taking statin medications.  Ubiquinol is one of the most potent antioxidants in the heart tissue.  Vitamin K2 is very important for proper calcium metabolism.  Research shows the K2 transports calcium to the bones, where it belongs, and not to the arteries where it can become part of atherosclerotic plaques! Healthy Vitamin D levels are important for heart and immune health.  Vitamin E with Tocotrienols is one of the most studied natural ingredients for the treatment of heart disease.  Studies show Tocomin softens the arteries and helps with the absorption of fat.

2) Heart Friendly Treatment Tip!

Far Infrared Sauna

Medical research shows that regular use of a Far Infrared Sauna may be as effective for cardiovascular conditioning as exercise. The cardiovascular cleansing properties of a far infrared sauna allow the circulatory system to have increased circulation and oxygenation while lowering blood pressure. A passive cardiovascular work out!

A study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that repeated use of a far infrared sauna improved vascular endothelial and cardiac function in patients with chronic heart failure.

High daily stress levels put constant strain on the body's nervous system and can contribute to chronic disease. The far infrared sauna helps to reduce physical stress by boosting circulation and triggering the production of endorphins, the "feel good" hormones. Besides these physiological effects, a sauna session also contributes to stress reduction simply by providing a peaceful and relaxing environment away from it all.  Book your Sauna time today.  Another reason for your heart to love you!

3) Heart Friendly Dietary Tip!

De-junk your diet! Processed foods are rich in one thing and that is trans fats, the worst fat you can consume. Why are trans fats unhealthy?

Trans fat may increase the levels of “bad” cholesterol in your body and decrease your levels of “good” cholesterol doing nothing good for your heart. Small amounts of trans fat occur naturally in foods such as milk, butter and animal meat. But this type of trans fat doesn’t seem to be as harmful to your health as the trans fat found in commercially prepared baked goods, fried foods and snack foods.

Read food labels carefully and check for trans fat. Food labels must list trans fat, total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol. Trans fat will appear in the ingredient list as “hydrogenated vegetable oil” or “partially hydrogenated vegetable oil.”

When you read a nutrition label, keep in mind that companies are allowed to list the amount of trans fat as “0 grams” if the product contains less than 0.5 grams of trans fat per serving. This means that your food may still contain some trans fat even if the nutrition label says “0 grams” per serving, be aware of foods that say “trans fat free” on the package. Better yet, eat a diet rich in fruit and veggies…no label to decipher!

Heart Friendly recipe: Basic Chicken Stir Fry

4) Heart Friendly Exercise Tip!

To maximize the benefits of exercise on your heart, mix up what you do. Strength-train a couple of days a week. Walk as much as possible, mix in some jogging, running or uphill walking just to change this up.  Consider taking a yoga class for increased circulation and relaxation. Weight training can help lower high blood pressure, improve cholesterol levels and help control blood sugar levels. By increasing lean muscle tissue and decreasing fat tissue in the body you help boost your metabolism and maintain a healthy weight.  Different exercises have different cardiovascular benefits.  Variety is the key to exercise when it comes to supporting heart health.

The best exercises are the ones you enjoy and that are convenient for you to do. Those are the ones you'll keep doing. Remember, staying active is vital to a healthy heart!

Get on track to a healthy, happier heart!

 

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Protect Yourself and Your Family from the “Flu Epidemic”

The bombardment of daily news reports about the “flu epidemic” sweeping the nation has prompted us to send out this special newsletter. The best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu is to bolster your immune system.

Remember: Prevention is the key to protecting your health!

The Real Reason You Become Ill

Most people believe they can catch a cold or the flu from other people. However, the truth is only a small percentage of people exposed to a pathogen will become ill. The vast majority will not experience any symptoms at all! That’s because viruses and bacteria are not the only source of colds or the flu. The internal environment of your body is the real reason you’re susceptible to any infection. Germs will only lead to illness when the body is out of balance and the immune system is in a weakened state.

Factors that contribute to the body being out of balance and a weakened immune system include poor nutrition, dehydration, overuse of antibiotics, lack of sleep, excessive environmental toxins, and physical, mental or emotional stress. But, by making a few changes now, it’s possible to strengthen your body’s natural immunity.

At PureBalance Natural Family Health Center, we offer a simple and gentle approach to prevention – the PureBalance Botanical Remedies PureLung and PureLymph. These remedies are the perfect combination of organic or wild-crafted herbs, which work synergistically to boost your body’s immune system and bolster its ability to defend against bacteria and viruses. In addition, this combination actually destroys and eliminates any existing infections in the body. All of the PureBalance Botanicals are the most complete and potent botanical remedies available!

Health-Protecting Tips:

The best offense available for preventing colds or flu is to follow these health-protecting tips:

  •   Keep your body well-hydrated
  •   Get plenty of rest
  •   Eat a balanced diet rich in greens, fruit, lean proteins, nuts, seeds, and limited sprouted grains
  •   Be sure to eliminate processed foods, fast foods and refined sugar.
  •   Take 30 drops each of PureLung and PureLymph diluted in some water daily

Another way to ensure your immune system is up for the “epidemic” battle is to check your serum vitamin D levels. Low levels of vitamin D are associated with weather-related depression, low immunity and increased risks for infection. Vitamin D should be taken with your heaviest meal to insure the body’s optimal absorption of this essential nutrient. Don’t know your vitamin D levels? Call us we can help!

 Just in case:  The Best Response

Sometimes the levels of stress in your life can deplete the immune system, making an even well-balanced body susceptible to illness. In that case, a swift response to the onset of cold or flu symptoms can greatly shorten the duration and severity of being ill.

The first step is recognizing the changes in your body as soon as they occur:  a runny nose, glassy eyes, sore throat, headache, sinus pain, cough or fatigue are the most common, first signs of a cold or the flu.

When those signs appear, immediately increase the dosage of PureLung and PureLymph to 30 drops, three times per day. These same botanicals serve as both a barrier to entry and the ammunition to eliminate infection.

Also be sure to drink plenty of water, get extra rest, drink immune boosting green drinks, and eat our immune-boosting soup.

If an infection sets in…

If a routine cold turns into full blown sinusitis (inflammation of the sinuses) or an upper respiratory infection, consider Neurological Stress Reduction Therapy (NSRT). NSRT will help you better understand the nature of the infection, as well as check the function of all the systems of the body. The subsequent protocols we develop will work specifically against the type of infection your body is experiencing, and work to reverse the organ and gland weaknesses responsible for chronic infection.

A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that antibiotic therapy for sinusitis was ineffective. However, sinusitis does respond very well to acupuncture sessions, which are available at our clinic. The best results are achieved when acupuncture is combined with low level laser for specific anti-inflammatory and immune boosting effects.

Bounce Back Faster with Far-Infrared Sauna

Far-Infrared Sauna (FIR) is an excellent way to boost your immune system and mobilize your body’s defenses against infection. FIR saunas are safer than traditional saunas because there are no hot surfaces or high temperatures. Less than 20 percent of the infrared energy heats the air, leaving 80 percent available to be directly converted to heat within the body.

FIR creates two to three times more sweat volume of the body than conventional saunas. This deep heating, along with sweating, is responsible for the healing effects and the other health benefits associated with FIR, including detoxification, cardiovascular conditioning, and calorie burning.

Research also shows that using the FIR Sauna shortens the duration of colds and the flu. The immune benefits are unsurpassed, and the relaxation effects alone make it worth the time and trip to our office. We provide a rain-shower, organic soap and shampoo and towels to enhance your sauna experience.

PureBalance Natural Family Health Center Is Your Prevention Center

Your best chance for avoiding the “flu epidemic” is to think prevention and take immediate action at the first signs of symptoms. Be sure your family has on hand the supplements needed to stay healthy this winter.

PureBalance Natural Family Health Center is your ultimate resource for maintaining health year-round. Call us today for an appointment or more information: 224.521.1212.

 


The Best Way to Beat a Cold or the Flu is to PREVENT it – Get Started Today!

The fall season is here and with its arrival we’re experiencing cooler temperatures. You can take action today to prepare yourself and your family for the coming “cold and flu season.”  Prevention is the key!

The Real Reason You Become Ill

Most people believe they can catch a cold or the flu from other people. You’ll often hear someone say, “The flu is going around,” and then express concern that they may get it from an ill person who shares their workspace or living environment.

But the truth is only a small percentage of people exposed to a pathogen will become ill. The vast majority will not experience any symptoms at all! That’s because viruses and bacteria are not the only source of colds or the flu. The internal environment of your body is the real reason you’re susceptible to colds, flu or any other infections. Germs will only lead to illness when the body is out of balance and the immune system is in a weakened state.

Factors that contribute to the body being out of balance and a weakened immune system include poor nutrition, dehydration, overuse of antibiotics, lack of sleep, excessive environmental toxins, and physical, mental or emotional stress. By making a few key changes now, however, it’s possible for you and your family to avoid becoming ill this winter.

Take the offense

At Pure Balance Natural Family Health Center, we offer a simple and gentle approach to prevention: Pure Balance Botanical Remedies PureLung and PureLymph. These remedies are the perfect combination of herbs, which work synergistically to boost your body’s immune system and bolster its ability to defend against bacteria and viruses. In addition, this combination actually destroys and eliminates any existing infections in the body.*

Coupled with keeping your body well-hydrated, and eating a balanced, predominantly alkaline diet, taking 30 drops, one time per day of PureLung and PureLymph is the best offense for keeping your body in balance and able to prevent colds or flu.

All of the PureBalance Botanicals are manufactured in a unique way, based on the ancient tradition of spagyrics processing, which makes them the most complete and potent botanical remedies available anywhere!  In addition, all PureBalance botanicals use herbal ingredients that are organic or wild crafted.

Just in case:  The Best Response

Sometimes the levels of stress in your life can deplete the immune system, making an even well-balanced body susceptible to illness. In that case, a fast response to the onset of cold or flu symptoms can greatly shorten the duration of being ill.

The first step is recognizing the changes in your body as soon as occur:  a runny nose, glassy eyes, sore throat, headache, sinus pain, cough or fatigue are the most common, first signs of a cold or the flu.

When those signs appear, immediately increase the dosage of PureLung and PureLymph to 30 drops, three times per day. These same botanicals serve as both a barrier to entry and the ammunition to eliminate infection.

Also be sure to drink plenty of water and other warm liquids (like our yummy soup recipe), and get extra rest.

Check Your Vitamin D Levels before Winter Arrives

One of the best ways to ensure your immune system is up for the cold-weather battle is to check your serum vitamin D levels.  Low levels of vitamin D are associated with weather=related depression, low immunity and increased risks for infection. Call our office today to schedule a vitamin D assessment.

If Infection Sets in…

If a routine cold turns into full blown sinusitis (inflammation of the sinuses) or an upper respiratory infection, consider Neurological Stress Reduction Therapy (NSRT).  NSRT will help us better understand the nature of the infection, as well as check the function of all the systems of the body. The subsequent protocols we develop will work specifically against the type of infection your body is experiencing, and work to reverse the organ and gland weaknesses responsible for chronic infection.

A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that antibiotic therapy for sinusitis was ineffective.  However, sinusitis does respond very well to acupuncture sessions at our clinic. The best results are achieved when acupuncture is combined with low level laser for specific anti-inflammatory and immune boosting effects.

PureBalance Natural Family Health Center: Your Prevention Center

Your best chance for a healthy winter is to think prevention and take immediate action at the first signs of symptoms.  PureBalance Natural Family Health Center has the tools to keep you feeling vibrant and healthy year-round, especially during the “cold and flu’ season. Call us today for more information: 224.521.1212.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.