A healthy diet could save $$$ in medical costs. September 12, 2013
Happy 13th Birthday Tranquility! September 5, 2013
Happy Birthday Tranquility! 13 years of growth from a one-woman show to a house of many! On September 5, 2000, Beverly Miller, Esthetician, opened the doors to Tranquility Skin & Body Care at the Stone House in downtown St. Charles, IL. “I was everyone- receptionist, esthetician and cleaning lady,” stated Beverly. By 2003, Tranquility moved into a larger space to accommodate the growing staff of another esthetician, a nail tech and a general manager/business partner, Loreta Lescelius.
Now known as Tranquility Spa and Wellness Center, Beverly’s vision has continued to expand into the present 4000 square-foot space at 113 N. Second Avenue, St. Charles, IL, adding an infrared sauna & steam shower, yoga sanctuary, and multiple treatment rooms. No longer “just a spa”, Tranquility has blossomed into a haven for beauty, health and wellness.
Tranquility was built on Beverly’s principle that, “Taking care of the skin is a lifelong commitment. It’s taking care of the skin and aging gracefully… It’s about health and wellness.” Relax at Tranquility with services including:
Skin Care & Waxing
Natural Nail Care
Eye Lash Extensions
Yoga Therapy & Classes
Sound Healing & Meditation
As a THANK YOU to all the supportive and loyal patrons, Tranquility is offering a 13% discount on select products each month for the entire year! During September all Anti-Aging products and serums are 13% off. “Like” Tranquility Spa & Wellness Center on Facebook to find out about upcoming sales, promotions, events and for knowledge & inspiration.
Here’s to another 13 years and beyond!
Health & Happiness,
Dr. Emily Loveland, DC
Put yourself first, Choose your health July 23, 2013
Making the choice to live a more healthy lifestyle isn’t always the easiest thing to do, but it is a choice you always have.
Small changes are changes that will stick with you over time, let’s remember Rome wasn’t built in a day. Slow progress is still progress, we all need to take a step back and be realistic with ourselves and our health goals.
There are no miracle pills, diets, exercise plans, etc. If it were that easy everyone would be doing it!! It takes work to get to your goals, but with a well thought out plan anything is possible.
Part of changing your health is changing the way you think about it, and the last time I checked the “doctor” never talked about that one with you. Staying positive is key to your success in anything- be it dietary changes, exercising more or being happier in life.
You are the maker of your own destiny. Take ownership of your life. You get to control how you think, what you eat, basically your own happiness!! When you think about that it’s kind of empowering really.
My goal is to help empower you to be the healthiest, happiest YOU that you can and want to be, everyone is different and that is a beautiful thing.
Take the time out and put yourself first, you won’t regret it. Please call 630-762-9864 and schedule your FREE 15 minute consultation or your first appointment and start your journey to a personalized health TODAY.
Health and Happiness,
Probiotics can impact more than digestion. July 18, 2013
What are Probiotics anyways?? They are the good bacteria living in your intestinal tract that make up about 70% of your immune system, produce serotonin that travels up to your brain, produce vitamin D when you go out into the sunshine without sun blocking agents, and aid in the digestion of your food.
Some other fun facts:
Probiotic imbalances can cause depression, and cause you to become overweight.
Probiotic populations get killed off when you take Antibiotics, even natural ones like oregano oil!
There are 10 TRILLION probiotics in your gut ( or there SHOULD be) and only 1 trillion cells of you in your entire body… The majority rules!
“I get my probiotics from my yogurt” – Not so much… the sugar in the majority of commercially produced (not to mention the chemicals) feeds the bad bacteria in your body and can throw off your balance!
Proper populations of probiotic strains are anti-inflammatory!
Here are just a few signs your good bacteria aren’t in the right numbers or are losing the war against bad bacteria in your body: Fatigue, constipation, allergies, auto-immune disorders, diarrhea, gas, burping,bloating, feeling full hours after eating, depression, weight gain, chronic infections, nutrient deficiencies, chronic disease, inflammation (aka are you in pain?)… the list could go on for days!
It’s easy to get back in balance by supplementing with the right good bacteria and consuming the right foods to keep your populations alive- the health of your body depends on these little guys for 70%+ of your immune response remember! By keeping your numbers up your body is prepared to fight off infection and colds much easier than a body that has little or no supply.
Please call 630-762-9864 to schedule an appointment with Dr.Kalli or a FREE 15 minute consultation TODAY to learn how easy it can be to get back into good health and well being.
Food Cravings July 16, 2013
Whether it’s a late night trip to the refrigerator or a mid-day break room encounter, many people experience food cravings throughout the day. Is there a reason why we feel the need to consume more calories right before bedtime and why most of the time the cravings are for unhealthy, fattening foods?
Focusing on controlling these cravings and opting for healthier snacks should become a daily habit, especially with trends like obesity and diabetes increasing. By understanding why you’re experiencing these cravings we can come up with solutions to provide you with healthier and more beneficial options.
There is actually a science behind the consumer’s addiction to eating the whole bag of potato chips or whole box of crackers. Processed foods are engineered down to an exact formula using math, science, regression analysis, and energy to find the perfect amount of salt, sugar and fat in products to ignite our taste buds.
Expressions researchers in the food industry use to define what’s appealing to consumers are terms like mouth feel, maximum bite force, and sensory specific satiety.1 In a study funded by Unilever (one of the world’s largest food companies) researchers found that consumers even perceived a potato chip as crisper and fresher simply based on the sound level of the crunch. They determined these consumers are often unaware of the influence of such auditory cues1. Did you know that even the reason behind the round shape of chocolate candies has a purpose? The softer shape is comforting and allows the morsel to melt more evenly on the tongue which triggers the proper taste buds to create a satisfying response in the brain.1
How do they do it? “Salt, sugar and fat are the three pillars of the processed food industry,” Michael Moss, author and investigator of the New York Times said after he spent four years prying open the secrets of the food industry’s scientists. “And while the industry hates the word ‘addiction’ more than any other word, the fact of the matter is, their research has shown them that when they hit the very perfect amounts of each of those ingredients … they will have us buy more, eat more.” 1
To mask the bitterness or sourness that the formulations can cause, the food industry uses flavour enhancers. Preservatives are also used to increase shelf life. So the jumbo box of crackers you purchase will stay fresh for months.
One of the most common flavour enhancers is Monosodium Glutamate (MSG). MSG is an excitotoxin, a substance that overexcites cell neurons causing cell damage, and eventually, cell death. These excitotoxins are able to enter and cause damage to the brain which can lead to abnormal development. Read more about MSG in our August 2006 Newsletter. You might even see MSG under different names such as hydrolyzed soy protein, yeast extract, or “natural flavors”. It adds flavor to the canned chicken soups and salad dressings used by many American home cooks, as well as the cheese of Goldfish crackers in many of your children’s lunchboxes. Nacho-cheese-flavor Doritos contain five separate forms of glutamate! 2 Imagine what they would taste like without it?
Bruce Bradley, a former food industry executive says, “We’re not talking about food actually being real anymore. It’s synthetic, completely contrived and created, and there’s so many problems about that because our bodies are tricked and when our bodies are tricked repeatedly dramatic things can happen, like weight gain” or endocrine disruption, diabetes and hypertension.” 1
Instead of simply blaming the industry for our food cravings, we need to take a step back and take responsibility for our guilty indulgences and late night binges. One of the most simple and overlooked problem solvers is exercise. Not only does exercise boost your mood and get you in shape, but it also releases endorphins… the same neurotransmitter that chocolate releases.
Peppers, spicy foods, and protein are also endorphin releasers that help you stay focused, more alert, and can lift a depressed spirit. You may even want to try a massage or acupuncture. Trained Acupuncturist’s can utilize a well documented protocol to help alleviate food cravings, sometimes in as few as 2-3 treatment sessions.
Are you getting enough sleep? Multiple studies show sleep deprivation leads to food cravings (especially targeting sugar and carbohydrates). This is due to the fact that sleep deprivation negatively affects the production of a hormone called Leptin (a hormone responsible for telling the body when it’s full), making one want to consume more calories than actually needed.
Sugary and caffeinated beverages (such as soda and energy drinks that many depend on for their mid-day “pick me up”) are over-consumed and a non-nutritive food. Basically, you’re spending time filling up your tank with volume that’s incapable of helping your body heal/repair or overcome infections. In fact, consuming those foods actually reduces your body’s ability to heal/repair and increases inflammation. The two most common ingredients found in energy drinks are sugar and caffeine, both of which provide temporary stimulation but can result in actual long-term energy loss and increased inflammation. Also, the processed sugar in energy drinks and soda overwhelms the pancreas, which over time can lead toward diabetes.
Opt for a glass of ice water with fresh organic lemon squeeze or try and snack on protein sources. Energy-efficient snacks like almonds, a fresh piece of fruit, or even a couple bites of leftover chicken balance high-quality calories with the nutrients needed to convert calories into enduring energy. These may seem unappetizing to you but this is exactly what the processed food companies have designed. When you eat their foods containing flavor enhancers, it makes natural foods taste less desirable. Now you’ve got to go through the pain and discipline of retraining your taste buds.
Another reason why you might be craving those sweet and salty foods may be a deficiency of certain minerals. Common deficiencies of magnesium, chromium, iron, zinc or calcium can all contribute to different types of cravings. But how do you know for sure what you’re deficient in?
The best way to find out exactly what you need is to consult with Dr. Kalli Prater, Chiropractic Internist at Tranquility Spa and Wellness Center. By getting a comprehensive exam and laboratory testing (if warranted), your individualized results can explain what lifestyle habits and deficiencies may be contributing towards the imbalances of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It’s also important to seek answers because being short on key nutrients can lead to many illnesses and diseases, and in children, a failure to grow to their fullest potential. Let Tranquility Natural Medicine help you get on the road to better health…today!
Today I joined the Paleo Physicians Network, you will be able to locate me and other like minded physicians who are all about getting back to the basics! Because I like the “Keep It Simple Stupid” method! There’s no need to get complicated.
Below is a link to a simple 3 minute explanation as to why we get fat, and yes, this is pretty much what happens to most of us, even those who think they’re doing the “right things” and still gaining those pounds while working their tail ends off:
Most people gain weight because when it comes down to it, they’re not eating real food and their body DEMANDS the proper nutrients to function. Plain and simple. If you supply the body with the proper fuels it is easier to lose weight and you feel better- because you’re body isn’t in starvation mode all the time!
Don’t think this is the case?? Next time you feel hungry after you’ve done all your “dieting” I want you to try this…. Replace all your snacks and grain consumption with vegetables. To consume the same amount of calories in vegetables as you do in pasta or a hamburger (eat lean meats those are great) is SO MUCH that you could eat a pound of veggies and still not come close to the amount of calories other Processed Products pack in a single serving (guess what you probably had more than 1 serving too).
Getting back to basics and making lifestyle changes REALISTIC and MANAGEABLE is what I’m all about. It isn’t easy but I’m here to make it happen, one small step at a time. You’re not going to change overnight-and if you did you might not make it a WAY OF LIFE, so progress at a slow and steady pace is great. After a while you’ll realize how great you feel and I’ll have to remind you of how far you’ve come and how crappy you felt to keep you motivated, but that’s for me to worry about and not you.
In short- I’m here to make the tough stuff easier, make you want to embrace a new lifestyle, and make your quality of life so much better than you ever realized. That’s my passion, that’s my goal, and my driving force.
It all starts with a SMALL step in the right direction. Please, call Tranquility Natural Medicine at 630-762-9864 and schedule your appointment today so we can start working on a healthier, happier you!!
Health & Happiness,
Learn how making small changes can have a HUGE impact on your health and well being by calling 630-762-9864 and scheduling an appointment with Dr.Kalli today! July 1, 2013
Being gluten free isn’t always about being diagnosed as celiac, or even gluten sensitive. I have never been formally tested for either condition, but have been proudly gluten free for 3 years now. It is not a diet, it is a lifestyle. I do it because to put it frankly, when I consume gluten I feel like crap-all around. Being gluten free to me is more about being anti-inflammatory. Inflammation causes so many preventable conditions that if we learn to limit or eliminate our consumption of gluten containing grains we can take back a huge chunk of our health and well being. The greatest part of my job is helping people realize they have a MAJOR choice in how they feel and their overall health just by choosing what foods they eat. I’m here to make the changes in lifestyle manageable and realistic for you, because nobody wants to hear “you can’t eat that anymore” I’ll be here to tell you all the amazing things you CAN enjoy- it’s a longer list than you think. Make the first steps towards reclaiming your health and call today.