April 2016

Olive Branch Wellness Center
Wellness Newsletter

  What's the big deal about Burping?


How many times have you been out socially or maybe even home with family and only had some water and then……. BUUUUURRRP! What the heck is all of this belching? A belch is the body's way of getting rid of excess gasses kind of blowing them off. Whether the gas is expelled from the top or the bottom (my nephew calls these bottom burps!) can be a sign that your digestion is off. Well then your next question is how did that happen? 

Digestion can be disrupted by many things. Things like; Hormones, raw foods, cooked foods, foods that you can't see have"gone over", small intestine bacterial overgrowth, parasites, ova (eggs of parasites) hospital acquired infections, glucose levels, liver function, immune system, magnesium levels, quantity and quality of protein, thyroid function, calcium levels, and that just names a few. Did you know that by the time you are in your early 30's the stomach loses about 30% of its naturally occurring digestive enzymes?  30%!!!!! That's a big amount isn't it?










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

Those are responsible for breaking food down in the 3rd phase of break down. And, to top that off every year after that you lose a small amount of enzymes. So what are those digestive enzymes used for?  Well the enzymes in your stomach are used as the 3rd part of digestion. (First is your teeth, second is the amylase that is secreted by the parotid gland close to your ear for starches). By the time the food gets into your stomach it is EXPECTED by the stomach to be at a certain consistency for the next stage of digestion to begin to occur in the stomach before it can pass the food which is now called chyme to the intestines.

The poor stomach. If it can't get things right everyone on down the line is effected and they have no problem letting you know someone didn't do their job. A small amount of belching here or there is pretty normal as certain foods let off gasses when they are being digested. However, then we step into the embarrassing amount of belching (from either end). Some of the bacteria that shouldn't be there are things that produce the gas called methane. Other bacteria that shouldn't be there produce too much hydrogen and that also is a problem.

So whether you have to much methane or hydrogen you probably aren't doing well in the gas department. Then there's the gas that doesn't get to escape via one of the two routes and is trapped in there making you feel all bloated and irritable. You know that feeling like you just want someone to take a big pin and pop your belly so it feels better!!
Naturopaths use this frequent belching along with frequent flatulence and how frequent you pass a bowel to assess your intestinal health. So if you are struggling with excess gas from either end or your just feeling bloated its time to see someone who can get the gas outta you!!!     

Olive Branch Wellness Center 630-370-7290


The Monthly "Vita - Mini"

Next time B1~!!!!

For this months "vita mini" I thought we would start a journey through the B Vitamins.  First of all the B vitamins are water soluble so you usually urinate them out (there's a couple when we get to them we need to be a little cautious of but I'll let you know what those are when we get there). When you urinate them out you can usually tell. Why you ask? Well because they change the urine to a bright yellow as they pass through the system. The bright yellow however does NOT mean that you didn't absorb them. It does mean that some of them have been excreted. So let's talk about a B complex first.

A B complex is essential for the health of the nerves, skin, eyes, hair, liver, mouth, muscle tone in the gi tract and basically essential for brain function.  All of the B vitamins at as something known as Co-enzymes or things that help enzymes to react with other substances in the body which can make them helpful for energy production. There is even research to prove that B vitamins  can relieve depression and anxiety.  Older individuals require B vitamins because as we age the digestion is off and so B vitamins are not absorbed as easily.  Elderly who are also suffering from dementia may be deficient in B12, B vitamins should usually be taken together but you can add in additional of a certain B vitamin.

Since B vitamins are masters of manipulation, they can so called make up each other.  What does that mean? It means if you are low in one you are probably low in all of them as they have done their best to make the most.

Jeana's Cucina






Mini Quiches with Almond Flour Crust

Ingredients For the Crust:

    3 cups almond flour
    2 eggs
    2 egg whites

For the filling:

    2 tbsp sliced green onions
    1 tbsp diced red pepper
    1 piece bacon, cooked and diced
    1/2 cup almond or coconut milk
    2 eggs
    1/4 tsp salt
    1 cup shredded cheddar cheese or other
    tsp nutmeg


Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray the muffin tin with some coconut spray oil. In a medium bowl, stir together the almond flour, eggs, and egg whites until a dough forms.

Spoon about a tablespoon of dough into each tin, pressing towards the outside to form a mini crust. Bake crust for 15-20 minutes, until it starts to turn golden brown.

While the crust bakes, whisk the filling ingredients together and season with salt and pepper. Pour egg mixture into the baked crust. Bake for an additional 20-25 minutes, until the center is just set.

Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes. Using a knife, lift quiches from muffin tin. Serve warm.

Servings: 12 miniature quiches



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