just love the fall it's my favourite time of the year! Pumpkin and
cinnamon in the air (no I'm not into the Latte's). The crisp nights for
bon fires and the cool mornings when I leave for the gym and get to
wear a hoodie. I know it all sounds kind of nostalgic but really I'm
that kinda person.
Unfortunately for many people as the weather turns cooler their joints
begin to have more problems than ever. They feel every morning like the
Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz! It's hard to get going in the
morning but once they move around the joints seem to limber up. Hope no
one yells fire! LOL. However it might not be all their fault either.
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
Stiff and swollen joints
don't have to
be a product of being "NOT 20 ANY MORE!" Did you know that a lot of
times your joints can be a reflection of what you eat, what's going on
in the gut and/or some other metabolic things that might not be all
you're fault? Most people find that when they back off of the
pasta, cookies, crackers and candy things begin to improve like no
body's business. For the rest of them just getting their stool checked
for the things that shouldn't be there is an amazing answer to pain.
For others it's a metabolic thing. Then there are those that have a
combination of the food, GI and metabolic problems. I like to think
that if the body has inflammation in the joints that there is a good
chance there is inflammation in other places like the liver, heart,
brain, sinuses, gallbladder and intestines. We usually find that it's
true when we talk to people in the office. I know it's hard to put down
the apple spice fresh donut that's rolled in cinnamon sugar like your
grandmother used to make but then again you have to wonder if eating
that food is worth the pain and suffering of the joints you are going
to feel for the next couple of days.
You see you think it's out
system in one day but the truth is that aggravation can be there for up
to 5 days and guess what? Since you bought a bag of those wonderful
fresh, apple spice, rolled in cinnamon donuts you are not going to eat
just one and throw the rest out are you? No you will eat them and
suffering for about 3 weeks from all of that inflammatory food and
worse than that your poor body is looking for somewhere, anywhere to
dump the problems from those donuts and right about now your joints are
looking like the best place to store it outta the way.
Now I'm not saying a little bit of donut is going to kill you but think
about what you're putting in your mouth and see if that helps first of
all. Then, if that's not the answer you will probably need to seek
professional help and get the GI tested. Lastly it might not be all
your fault, there might be something else going on that needs some
futher tweeking in your system. Any way you slice it you should be kind
to your joints.
Olive Branch Wellness Center 630-370-7290
The Monthly "Vita - Mini"
Did you know that the most
utilized B vitamin is B6? It affects both the physical and mental
health. B vitamins are water soluable and most of them are urinated out
if you aren't in need of them, but that doesn't mean you can't over
take them. One of the great things about B6 is that it helps with water
retention in the body. So if you are feeling a little "puffy"
your body may need some B6 STAT! B6 is one of those can't do without
kinda vitamins. If it isn't in the system in a high enough
dosage, you will more than likely have problems with the absorption of
the B12 you need, as well as some immune system problems. B6 inhibits
the formation arteriosclerosis. It inhibits the formation
of homocysteine, which usually attacks the heart muscle and allows for
deposits of cholesterol around the heart muscle.
A deficiency of B6 can result in anemia, headaches, nausea, flaky skin,
a sore tongue and vomiting not to mention convulsions. Some other signs
of a deficiency could be acne, arthritis, conjunctivitis, cracks or
sores on the mouth and lips, depression, dizziness, fatigue, impaired
wound healing, inflammation of the mouth and gums, hair loss and those
are just a few!
If you think you are B6 deficient or are becoming deficient then you
may want to seek a qualified health care professional and get that
Paleo Crockpot Beef
2 pounds stewing beef
2 cups of beef or chicken stock
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 cup of butternut squash, cubed
1 medium onion, chopped
2 stalks of celery, roughly chopped
2 large carrots peeled and chopped
1 to 3 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 tsp of salt & pepper
1 tbsp paprika
3 bay leaves
1 tbsp each of dried rosemary, basil, and oregano
Place meat into crockpot.
2. Add liquids then all other ingredients.
3. Cover and cook on low for eight hours.