March 2016

Olive Branch Wellness Center
Wellness Newsletter

I clean, you clean, we all need a detox!

As I sit looking out my office windows at the sunlight and the miniscule, and I do mean miniscule, piles of snow, I'm reminded that spring is just around the corner! I asked some friends how they knew spring was coming last week and what it meant to them and I got some really crazy answers. One said "the beginning of the yard work I hate". Another one said that she knew it was coming because she could get the "Shamrock shake". Ummm yeah we won't go into that one. Someone else said something I thought was a little closer to right up my alley. This person said "I consider it spring when the snow is done scrubbing the ground of its last year's debris!" Now that's a concept I can get into.
We all hear about detoxing from all different places; the TV, our friends, the vitamin isles at the store, books, radio (my personal favorite is;" you aren't fat your just bloated and loaded with sludge"!! LOL). I want to talk about what it's really like for your body to detox. First of all, we are exposed to so many chemicals on a daily basis.  Especially our water that has fluoride in it which is typically used as a preservative and an anticoagulant product for biological specimens. I know it as something that can cause calcification of arteries, joints and ligaments, and contributes to so many forms of cancer and osteoporosis.           










Ray Ilg, ND

Raynette Ilg, N.D., is the owner of Olive Branch Wellness Center in South Elgin, IL. A Naturopath who earned a Bachelors of Science in Biological Medicine and then a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from National University of Health Sciences, she employs Nutritional Guidance, Herbal Medicine, Hydrotherapy, and Homeopathy in her clinic. Dr. Ray can be contacted via her website,
Olive Branch Wellness Center

Fluoride has been linked to behavioural disorders, birth defects, flu-like symptoms and arthritis. Fluoride can cause a malfunctions in hormone receptors and increase bone cancers as well as hip fractures. Also present in water as well are many of the prescriptive drugs that people flush down the toilets. Cities cannot remove the prescriptives from the drinking and bathing water. So you might be drinking part of your neighbor's prescription for anxiety and not even know it because the village or city you live in doesn't have the ability to filter those particulates out of the drinking/bathing water.

Then there is the Chlorine found in your drinking water. It’s been used for decades to kill bugs in drinking water, and as a home cleanser however, it also is a free radical initiator (that's a bad thing), that elevates cholesterol and accelerates aging. Chlorine drills holes in your arterial walls and that is called lipid peroxidation. At that point the body has no choice but to try and plug that hole up and calls cholesterol to the rescue to plug the hole before we bleed out into ourselves. Chlorine also is notorious for promoting hardening of the arteries, various types of cancers of the rectum and bladder. Yes all of this and more in your drinking and bathing water, thank you very much since you pay for it monthly!

Since water is the body's most important basic need (ranked just under air!) we have some problems here. Water has long been considered one of the body's most important detoxification tools, something that helps give us energy, cleans our cells out, moistens us purely on the inside and the outside and helps keep our ph normal. But, the problem is that it's becoming more and more polluted. You say to yourself at this point "That's okay I drink bottled water that I get from the grocery store." Well……………. Here's the deal on that one. The water in those bottles is not guaranteed pure nor is it stored properly. What I mean by that is all of those nice shiny new plastic bottles are wrapped up in 12, 24 or 36 size packages. Then they are shipped off to the local "box store". Along the way those packages of your precious water are not guaranteed to be kept refrigerated and so when they get heated up whether on the loading dock, in storage or just on the store shelf, even just a small amount the toxins from the bottles escape into the precious water you are paying for. Add to that the fact that the manufacturers do not put the water into a BPH free plastic bottle. No, they put the water into a bottle that can be cheaply (short for poor quality and high in chemicals) made for mass production. I know that sounds like a gloom and doom story and now you have visions of being up in the mountains drinking water out of your cupped hands from a crisp flowing stream with birdies flying above and a fawn drinking downstream from you right.

The other problem with these chemicals is that your organs which you actually need to function properly get affected in a negative manner. The fluoride and chlorine wreak havoc on your liver, your kidneys and not to mention your brain (this is your brain on fluoride!).
I guess the point I'm trying to make in this short article is we need to help the body get rid of this stuff and like the snow scrubbing the ground clean from a long winter's debris, we need to concentrate on getting these chemicals OUT of the body (there are so many more to list but I only chose two).

One of the ways that is extremely beneficial for our body's to detox is the use of Infrared Sauna Therapy. Infrared Sauna Therapy is beneficial for: Detoxification because the sweating it causes is the body's safe and natural way to heal and help keep itself healthy. Maybe best said as getting the gunk out! Infrared sauna benefits the body by heating it directly and causing a rise in the core temperature of the body which results in a deep, detoxifying sweat at the cellular level where all of the nasty toxins sit (think fluoride and chlorine for today). Infrared saunas also help with: weight loss, relaxation, relieve unwanted pain, increase your circulation (think lower blood pressure), and purify your skin. Sweating is one of the body's most natural ways to eliminate toxins, making it a crucial part of detoxification. Several studies have looked at using infrared saunas in the treatment of chronic health problems, such as high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and rheumatoid arthritis, and found evidence of benefits for those situations.

If you are going to use an infrared sauna for detox you need to make sure you are properly hydrated (with good water) before you start that visit usually about 1 quart before, then 1 quart during and follow up with another quart after all is said and done. You won't believe how amazing you feel when you finally get all of those detox pathways opened up (they are called an Emunctory for those of you looking to add a word to your vocabulary today). You'll look better, feel better and heaven knows you will have more vitality!! But, most of all you can start kissing those chemicals good by for good!
If you'd like to try an infrared sauna, give us a call and we'll get you scheduled!

Olive Branch Wellness Center 630-370-7290

The Monthly "Vita - Mini"

You Little Zinc-er!

Oh so many things to tell you about Zinc, but then this is a mini so here we go. First of all it comes in five forms:  Picolinate, citrate, aspartate, gluconate and oxide. Zinc has some pretty cool functions which include the synthesis of cholesterol, protein, and fats. It also regulates the release of vitamin A from the liver which helps the immune system and eye sight. Then there’s all of the positive effects it has on taste, skin, the prostate and testosterone. It can be found in its highest food amounts in eastern oysters (no wonder they are an aphrodisiac!) 

 Zinc is actually regulated in small part by sulfur containing amino acids so what does that mean?  It means that basically Methionine, cysteine are the two most active transports for the zinc in the system.  Zinc is enhanced by soy proteins, red wine, glucose and lactose.  BUT, it gets inhibited by iron, copper and phytates. So what does that mean? It means that if you are taking your zinc with those types of foods or chemicals it might not be doing you any good.
As always we recommend getting tested to see if you are deficient in Zinc or you might just be throwing your money down the drain!

Jeana's Cucina






Eggplant Bolognese


    1 eggplant peeled and chopped into cubes
    1 onion diced
    2 garlic cloves peeled and minced
    1 carrot grated
    1/4 cup cremini mushrooms sliced
    1/2 to 1 T olive oil
    2 T tomato puree
    1 can chopped tomatoes
    2 T dried mixed herbs
             2 to 3 t dried basil
    Salt and pepper to taste


1. Add the olive oil to a medium-high heat pan.

2. Add the onion, carrot and garlic and cook for a couple of minutes.

3. Add the eggplant, mushrooms, tomato puree, canned tomatoes, mixed herbs, basil, salt and pepper. Stir everything together.

4. Add water so that it just covers the vegetables by 1 inch.

5. Cook the Bolognese on a low-medium heat for 30 to 40 minutes with a lid placed on top but keep a little gap to allow steam out of the pan.

6. Stir occasionally. Add more water if required. The whole mix should reduce to a rich tomato Bolognese.



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