October 2016

Olive Branch Wellness Center
Wellness Newsletter

Falling Down

I 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 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

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 bread, 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 of your 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 be 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 level checked!!

Jeana's Cucina






Paleo Crockpot Beef Stew


    2 pounds stewing beef

    2 cups of beef or chicken stock 
    1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

    1 medium onion, chopped

    2 stalks of celery, roughly chopped

    2 large carrots peeled and chopped
             1 cup of butternut squash, cubed 
    1 to 3 cloves of garlic, minced
    1 tbsp paprika
             1/2 tsp of salt & pepper
    3 bay leaves
    1 tbsp each of dried rosemary, basil, and oregano


    1. Place meat into crockpot.
    2. Add liquids then all other ingredients.
    3. Cover and cook on low for eight hours.


Header_BookLink Livin' LaVida Grande

This email was sent to *|EMAIL|*
why did I get this? unsubscribe from this list update subscription preferences