The thyroid is a gland about the size of a half-dollar located in
the front of your throat. This small gland is so vital because it
governs several hormones that affect every organ in your body, and
regulates your metabolism.
If your thyroid isn't functioning properly, it can destroy your quality
of life. If it is underactive, you'll feel exhausted, you might gain
weight, lose hair, experience brain fog, anxiety attacks, and may even
have trouble conceiving or suffer a miscarriage. If it is overactive,
you could experience irregular heartbeat, eye problems, anxiety, loose
bowel movements, and a host of other symptoms.
Ray Ilg, ND
Raynette Ilg, N.D., is the owner of
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
The problem is that
conventional tests for thyroid hormone levels don't always give us a
complete picture of your thyroid health. You can lose up to 70% of cell
function in your thyroid gland before a thyroid hormone test shows
abnormal levels. This is why if I suspect a thyroid problem with my
patients, we dig deeper.
Often thyroid conditions stem from an autoimmune response in the body:
That means your body is attacking its own thyroid gland. The tricky
issue is that if your thyroid problem is cause by an auto-immune
response, thyroid medication might make you feel better, but it won't
stop further damage. It may only mask it.
have to turn off the autoimmune response to truly help you heal.
Autoimmune damage to the thyroid is often triggered by environmental
toxins and food sensitivities. That's why I advise my patients to
eliminate gluten, dairy, and other suspected food triggers. We
also work to get the chemicals out of their cleaning and personal
hygiene products, and get rid of toxic artificial processed foods.
Often, these simple changes lead to dramatic healing and a reduction in
So if you've always been told your thyroid hormone levels are fine, but
you still have a nagging suspicion something isn't right, let's talk.
We'll get the right tests done that pinpoint thyroid trouble, and
explore solutions to restore your energy and hormonal balance.
Olive Branch Wellness Center 630-370-7290
The Monthly "Vita - Mini"
is one of the B-complex vitamins you rarely hear about. Vitamin B11 is
also known as pteryl-hepta-glutamic acid, or sometimes salicylic acid.
It functions as a growth and feathering factor in chickens, and is an
important vitamin for plants that helps with growth and photosynthesis.
In humans B11’s functions are similar to those of B10 (folic acid). B11
is important for DNA and RNA synthesis, cell division, the development
of plasma and red blood cells, and plays a role in the development of
the fetal brain and nervous system.
B11 is often used externally as salicylic acid to help the skin slough
off dead cells and accelerate the growth of new skin cells underneath
the surface. You’ll often find it added to creams to treat acne, corns,
psoriasis, calluses and warts.
Internally, a deficiency in vitamin B11 can result in fatigue, anemia,
lower immunity, and contribute to cardiac conditions. Natural food
sources of B11 include liver, egg yolks, meat, poultry, green leafy
vegetables, oranges and potatoes.
Sweet & Spicy
1 lb chicken tenders
2 ¼ cups almond flour
½ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp pepper
½ tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp onion powder
¼ tsp paprika
¾ cup honey
2 ¼ cups almond flour
2 ¼ cups almond flour
⅓ cup hot sauce
yogurt or sour cream for dipping
¼ cup tapioca or potato starch
the oven to 425 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment
paper. Trim any overhanging edges of the parchment paper.
Place the almond flour, sea salt, pepper, paprika, and onion powder
into a bowl and stir it together. Place the eggs in another bowl with a
splash of water and whisk them.
Dip the chicken tenders, one at a time, into the tapioca or
potato starch, then into the egg then into the almond flour. Lay the
chicken tenders on the prepared baking sheet. Bake the chicken for 25
minutes, or until it is a crispy to golden brown.
While the chicken is baking, prepare the sauce. In a small frying pan
over high heat bring the honey, hot sauce and garlic powder to a boil
then set it aside.
When the chicken has finished baking remove it from the oven and turn
the oven to broil. Dip each of the chicken tenders in the sauce then
lay them back on the baking sheet. Save the extra sauce.
Put the chicken back in the oven for 2-5 minutes for the glaze to caramelize slightly.
Baste with extra sauce.
Garnish with chopped scallions.