August 2016

Olive Branch Wellness Center
Wellness Newsletter

Things I wish you knew

I have come to the conclusion that Americans are suffering so badly in the gut that they are delusional! Yes I said that and don't call the office or write because, well just because.
I spend a lot of time daily talking to people about their intestines. How often they have a bowel, how much gas they have, how much belching, the color of bowels, difficulty of passing. Have they ever had food poisoning? Did you ever have an intestinal flu that just didn't seem to go away? Do you have weird stomach pains? How's your mood?  Are you suffering from being more depressed than you think you should be? How's your energy level? Are you able to do all the things you want to do? Yes, these are all questions I'm going to ask because your gut is one of the most important areas of the body to me.










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

When you are passing regular bowels and getting your food absorbed properly you don't have to worry about any of the things I mentioned above! As a matter of fact you end up being able to live life to the fullest and by that I mean on your terms not on the terms of being near a bathroom. If you are one of those people who have to actually map out where the bathroom is before you go anywhere you know what I'm talking about.
As far as science goes the gut is actually the second brain. So…… when your gut is unhappy I guess you could say that your brain is unhappy as well. Did you know that more than 85% of the Serotonin (feel good hormone) is made in the gut? Well it is. Now hear me loud and clear I'm NOT saying that depression isn't real and I'm not saying that fixing your gut will make ALL of it go away but it will sure give you a handle on most of it.

Did you know that something as simple as taking a good quality probiotic can go a long way to giving you some awesome health? (not from a big box store or the corner drug store, or ordering from that place on line starting with an A) Well it can and I really think you should look into it. We are victimized by so many unwanted microbes that it's just the right thing to do, so just do it!
Which brings me to my next very important statement. WASH YOUR HANDS!!! I'm not talking about rinse and go, I'm talking about with soap and water! Just think, washing your hands can keep those intestines in better shape and healthier. Who would have thought! So the next time you want to do something great for yourself and you don't want to put a whole lot of energy into it just remember a probiotic and wash your hands.

Olive Branch Wellness Center 630-370-7290

The Monthly "Vita - Mini"


Hey,  who knows, without googling, if there is a vitamin B4? Oh oh I do! What did I win? Well basically nothing but information (she said to herself deeply disappointed but she will treat herself to something great later!)  B4 is a nutrient that you actually know by a different name.   The more common name for vitamin B4 is Choline. As we make our journey through the B vitamins we now find our next destination at B4 lovingly known as Choline.

Choline is one of those things most people don’t really think about, but just like the other B vitamins it has a great importance in the system. Let me share just a couple of things that Choline is great for and then you can make up your own mind (pun to come later).

Choline is one of the things that your body needs to properly transmit nerve impulses from the brain to the central nervous system AND its great for gallbladder regulation, liver function, and something you don't even know your body does, but lecithin formation.  Choline does a lot to aid in hormone production and minimizes excess fat in the liver because it helps your body with cholesterol and fat metabolism (I say metabolize all day long baby!) Because of Choline’s benefits to fat metabolism choline has a definite place in helping with liver health, cardiac health, high blood pressure, kidney dysfunction, can help with stunted growth and homocysteine reduction.

Where oh where can you get B4? Guess what Egg Yolks!!! Yep those things you thought you were supposed to throw away, yeah those things! Also found in legumes, meat, and soybeans.
So there you have it. Take your B4 or you will wish you would have AFTER! 

Jeana's Cucina






Paleo Chicken Salad Wraps


    1 whole roasted chicken shredded

    cup finely chopped celery
    2-3 hard boiled eggs chopped

    cup  mayonnaise
    teaspoon cayenne pepper

    teaspoon paprika
             Juice from 1 lemon
    teaspoon onion powder

    2-3 finely chopped green onions 
            teaspoon pepper
    teaspoon salt
    Package of Paleo Wraps


    1. In a bowl, combine lemon juice, mayonnaise, salt, pepper, paprika, onion powder, cayenne pepper and blend well.

    2. Toss chicken into the bowl, combine a few times with a spatula and add in the chopped green onions, eggs, and celery.

    3. Lay wrap on a flat surface. Spread extra mayo if desired. Add chicken salad on top and spread evenly, wrap them tightly and Enjoy!


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