September 2016

Olive Branch Wellness Center
Wellness Newsletter

Things I wish you knew

It seems daily I get to hear people in the office talking about a lot of health issues that have such a strong correlation to diseases caused by Inflammation it's unbelievable. If I took the time to write on inflammation here, we would be sending you at least an 800 page article so at this point and for the sake of postage we will keep this a little shorter!

First of all inflammation is defined as "a localized physical condition in which part of the body becomes reddened, swollen, hot, and often painful, especially as a reaction to injury or infection." This can happen on the outside of the body so that you can see and actually it's a part of the healing process. Inflammation is basically the body's attempt to heal itself and a healthy part of the body's immune response.










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

Inflammation on the outside has a couple of stages to it as well. The first stage is the irritation stage. The irritation stage is where something, usually an outside stimuli, causes the irritation. Then the body moves itself to the repair and then remodel. However, when stress is on the inside of the body and you can't see it or you don't even know it's there, what happens? One word, Disease. Some of the diseases that are linked to inflammation and believe me this isn't even close to the complete list are; all auto-immune diseases, arthritis, asthma, allergies, fibromyalgia, migraines, hypertension, diabetes, GI disorders, adrenal issues and the list goes on.

Now based on the previous statements you would think that all you would need to do is remove the inflammation and yes you are partially right. Removal of inflammatory agents is a part of the key, however, supporting the damaged organs and finding out what exactly was damaged is part of the investigation that needs to happen. For example; you have breakouts on your skin. In your mind you want to treat the skin, but in the Naturopathic mind we want to find out what is dumping its problems out into the system and aggravating the skin. It could be that the liver is mad, the intestines are having problems, the sinuses are over loaded….. and the list goes on. So…. What can you do about it?  Well some easy things are getting some great anti oxidants in the system.

Things like Astaxanthin, vitamin E, Resveratrol, vitamin C, CoQ10 and that's just to name a few. How about skipping the drive thru and bringing some real food? Trading out candy and baked goods for some veggies. Just little changes can really give you a big bang. I know everyone seems to think that they need to make these huge changes and yes you just might need to, however let's start with some small doable changes and go from there!

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The Monthly "Vita - Mini"


So here in our little tour through the b vitamins we find ourselves on to the next victim which is B5. B5, aka Pantothenic acid is a water soluble vitamin which basically means that it will be urinated out if not needed. The active form of B5 is Coenzyme A which is involved in the production of ATP. B5 holds its importance due to its relationship with the adrenal glands (those little things that sit on top of your kidneys) so it may even be called the "anti stress" vitamin.  As a matter of fact B5 is used by every single cell in the body and seems to have a higher concentration in the organs. Pantothenic acid is also extremely important for the production of neurotransmitters which are things like; adrenaline, GABA, Acetylcholine, glutamate, noradrenaline, dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins. B5 is a great stamina enhancer for those big days/weeks when life is just a little bit more than you can handle. It plays a roll in helping the GI tract, treating depression, anxiety, headaches, nausea, tingling in the hands, allergies, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, dermatitis, eczema and can help prevent some forms of anemia. One of the other benefits of B5 is that it helps to convert fats, carbohydrates and proteins into energy!

Some sources of B5 are: Avocadoes, beef, eggs, fresh veggies, kidney, legumes, livers nuts, and lobster so eat up!!

Jeana's Cucina






Bacon Mushroom Stuffed Meatloaf


    1 lb ground turkey or ground beef

    ⅓ cup Ketchup
    2 tbsps mustard

    1 large egg, beaten
    cup almond meal

    2 tbsp butter
             ⅓ cup minced onion 
    cup chopped mushrooms

    3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
             salt & pepper to taste
    4 slices Swiss cheese
    3 slices uncooked bacon


    1. Preheat oven to 350 F and grease or oil a 9x4 standard size loaf pan. In a medium size skillet over medium high heat melt the 2 tbsp butter. Add onions and mushrooms. Stir occasionally and heat for 5 minutes. Let cool.

    2. In a large mixing bowl combine: ground turkey or beef, ketchup, mustard, egg, almond meal, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Combine thoroughly.

    3. Add all the butter mushroom garlic mixture to the meatloaf mixture. Stir and combine thoroughly. Add half of meatloaf mixture to the loaf pan and spread across the bottom of the pan.

    4. Layer 3 slices of uncooked bacon on top of the meatloaf layer. Layer the cheese slices on top of the bacon. Add the other half of meatloaf mixture to the top bacon & cheese layer, and spread across the loaf pan to cover the last layer.  Bake in oven for 60 minutes. Might need a little more or less time, depending on your oven.


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