Olive Branch Wellness Center

Wellness tips, health news, nutrition insights, encouragement and more...

April 2018 Issue

Raynette Ilg, ND

Raynette Ilg, ND, Founder
Olive Branch Wellness Center

This Month's Vita-Mini: "Vitamin I"

Technically, there is no vitamin called vitamin I. However, on the workout circuit or at athletic events, “vitamin I” is slang for “ibuprofen,” a common over-the-counter pain reliever. Many athletes have started calling ibuprofen vitamin I and take it before a workout thinking it will help stave off muscle pain afterwards or help reduce the pain of yesterday’s workout or injury so they can perform better. Some ill-informed athletes take ibuprofen daily just for this reason.

This is actually a very bad idea. Why? Ibuprofen, like all non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drugs, has side-effects. It can cause kidney damage, impaired fertility in men, heartburn, skin rash, tinnitus, and a higher risk of heart attack and stroke.

The right way to prevent pain and reduce inflammation is to eat an anti-inflammatory diet, include anti-inflammatory supplements like turmeric or a high-quality fish or krill oil to your daily routine, and soothe muscle and joint soreness by natural means, such as ice, a good after workout soak with natural salts like our Livin’ LaVida Grande Workout Relief Soak, or booking regular massage therapy sessions.

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Dr. Ray

Good Bacteria: The Magic Key
to Better Health

Normally when we think of bacteria, we think of “bad germs” we want to get rid of.  True, there are many strains of bacteria that can make us very sick, or even kill us! However, there are many bacteria we absolutely need both inside and outside of our body to survive and thrive.

By now, most of my patients understand how important it is to take their probiotic to increase both the number and the variety of good bacteria in their gut. They understand how good bacteria help digest and extract the full spectrum of nutrients from the food we eat. Good bacteria also protect our gut lining so that allergens and toxins can’t pass through our intestinal walls and into our bloodstream (otherwise known as “leaky gut syndrome”).

But the benefit of good bacteria in the gut doesn’t stop at digestive health and staving off food allergies. Your healthy gut flora delivers a wide range of health benefits!

Scientists are only now starting to find out how many health issues are tied to whether or not we have enough “good” bacteria in our gut. The latest research is showing a link between gut bacteria and:

  • Depression and mood disorders
  • Susceptibility to rheumatoid arthritis
  • Protection against cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Immune function
  • Attention Deficit Disorder

A recent article published by the National Institutes of Health even called gut bacteria our “forgotten organ!”

So just because you don’t have digestive problems, or don’t suspect a leaky gut in your case, you still need to be vigilant about maintaining a healthy “microbiome.” In next month’s newsletter we’ll talk about how to do that

A Personal Note from Dr. Ray . . .

So many patients tell us how thankful they are for gaining back their health and for the great people here at our Center. Now you can let others know too! We'd LOVE it if you would leave a review on Facebook and/or Google for us! Thank YOU to our tribe! - Dr. Ray