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Let the Detox Begin February 5, 2014

 

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Today marks the first day of  my annual detox process, and this time I wanted to share with everyone my personal experience. I think it’s important to give your body a chance to reset, clean up and start fresh. For whatever reason I seem to feel the most need to do my cleanse/detoxes  in February each year. I think it’s because I get a little stir crazy in winter, and loose motivation/drive, and feel like I have become lax in my diet. This process helps me emotionally and spiritually as well. In fact the first time I did a detox program 3 years ago was to help myself get through some very difficult and emotionally taxing issues.  Yes, it worked in both detoxing my body of built up waste, but it helped me detox myself of some emotional baggage as well.

Enough about my baggage, let’s get down to the nitty gritty of the whole process. Some important things to keep in mind when doing a good detox program: 1- You should never have to stop eating foods, you’re body still needs nutrients so simply drinking a liquid beverage for 3 days doesn’t really do the right things. 2- No good detox should keep you in the bathroom all day. Things like that are just putting you at risk for dehydration which can be very serious. 3-If you have never gone through a good detox program I suggest you do one with the supervision of a natural health practitioner of some sort who has experience.

The whole point of doing a detox is to restore optimal function to your organs that naturally detoxify you every day and to get rid of any waste build up that happens over time. This is important more and more as we are continually exposed to more and more harmful substances in our air, food and water supply. The main focus of my detox is to help my liver and kidneys function at optimal levels, as well as clean up any built up waste in my colon and lymphatic system as well.  I am combining an herbal detox kit with a few additional herbal products of my own and following a diet that will increase it’s optimal function.

*Please note that some of what I have included in my own program is products that I currently have at home and would like to use up. I am in no way getting paid to advertise brands, just utilizing some products that I have used before and found effective for me.

My personal program for the next 12 days:

1)Garden of Life Wild Rose Herbal Detox- consists of wild organic herbs only. Purpose is to detox the liver, kidneys and lymphatic systems.

2)Indole -3- Carbanol – supplement intended to help my body metabolize and get rid of excess estrogens. I’m one of those estrogen dominant people and have been feeling a touch “overly moody” lately.

3)Psyllium husk powder- source of fiber done at night to help grab onto all the nasty stuff my body is kicking out and excrete it in a safer way.

4)Oregano oil- useful as a natural antibiotic and also has been known to kill candida, which I am suspecting to be a possible problem due to my not as strict dietary habits as of late.

5)Functional foods- consuming foods on a regular basis that promote the detoxification process just to make it that much easier for my body to optimize faster.

 

Today’s breakfast was a green smoothie. I used almond milk, 1 scoop of vanilla Raw Fit protein, 1 banana, 1 scoop of greens powder, 1 Tbs of spirulina powder, 2 tbs of flax seed meal/chia seed mix, a healthy squirt of omega 3 emulsified oil, and a spoon full of peanut butter that has coconut oil in it. Honestly, it’s delicious and keeping me full throughout the morning. Sure…it’s dark green and probably scary looking to others but it’s for my health!

During a normal detox process you are supposed to rest to allow your body’s energy to focus on cleaning and healing, but I plan on going home tonight and walking for at least 30 minutes on the treadmill. I need to get back into a healthy routine all around, why wait is my theory!

Looking forward to keeping you updated on the whole process as I progress. Right now, feeling great about making positive changes and feeling better!

Health & Happiness,

Dr KalliDr. Kalli

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Dr. Kalli is now a Columnist! September 11, 2013

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Last week I was honored to be asked to become a regular columnist for Optimal Performance and Health of Chicago! I will be writing a weekly article for them about healthy diet and nutrition topics- my love and passion if you all haven’t figured that out yet!

 

I encourage everyone to check out their website for articles on exercise and physical health, as well as Foundation Training Classes and personal training opportunities.

 

Thank you Optimal Performance and Health!! I am so happy to be a part of the Optimal family!

Health and Happiness,

Dr. Kalli Prater, DCDr Kalli

 

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.

Sincerely,

Dr. K

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You are what you eat….and drink. June 17, 2013

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You are what you eat… yup it really is that simple. Eating includes drinking in this case as well… so drop the sugary pro-inflammatory (aka pro-disease) drinks too please. Most people have the hardest time changing their diet. Note I didn’t say “going on a diet”. Healthy eating is a way of life… not something you do for a short period of time. Food is the fuel for our bodies. We need to stop and take a minute and examine what we are fueling up with and think about the effects what we consume will have down the road. When you know and realize that you are either feeding your body for proper function, or feeding disease processes, it isn’t as hard to make the right choices. It comes down to caring about yourself and making a conscience decision to be healthier. I’m not saying you have to be perfect, nobody is and you can’t be too hard on yourself when you make “less than desirable” choices, but at least make it a conscience one.

Dr. Kalli Prater, Chiropractic Internist

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Salad in a Jar…. Make Wellness Your Reality March 19, 2013

Make Wellness Your Reality.  A 12 week journey to achieving Optimal Health, hosted by Tranquility Spa & Wellness Center.  The 12 week program includes:  12 – 90 minute group sessions broken down into 45 minutes of Wellness Coaching and 45 minutes of Acupuncture.  The sessions are led by Kelly Brubaker (Wellness Coach) and Dr. Susan Sterling (Licensed Acupuncturist).  Each week the class of “students” will be educated and challenged with “Baby Steps” for changing bad habits, moving more, making better food choices…

Week one:

On Wednesday, March 13, 2013  week one began with 8 ladies looking to make personal, physical and spiritual changes in their lives.  And to be clear the objective of this program is  not weight loss (although hopefully a side effect for some, including myself) but to become a healthier, more active person.  Our first task was to create a personalized wellness wheel that highlighted 8 aspects of life’s importances, ie. diet, exercise, stress, digestion….  We all rated individually on a scale from 1 – 10 how we are addressing these importances in our own CURRENT life.  We then picked one piece of the wheel to focus on for the week and set a “baby step” for ourselves.  Mine was to not eat fast food. That’s it! Totally attainable. I said it out loud to the class to make it official. Each person set their goal of “walking on the treadmill for 20 minutes 3x/week” or “rebounding on the trampoline for 10 minutes/day”….. doesn’t seem like much but when you are in the habit of not doing anything, this is alot. Setting small goals that can be repeated week after week is the foundation of creating new habits.

In addition to the weekly meetings and acupuncture, Kelly and Dr. Susan have started an online support group where we talk to each other and tell about our struggles and successes.  Salad was a big talking point this week, which got my wheels turning about being prepared with food to avoid grabbing the wrong things. So here you go…. Salad in a Jar. You can make these tasty creations on Sunday and they will stay fresh all week long in the refrigerator.  Each morning just grab and go….. the new fast food!

How to Put a Mason Jar Salad Together

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The key to mason jar salads is in the assembly of the ingredients.

To keep the lettuce crisp you have to keep it separate from the dressing or other liquid. Also, you need to make sure the jar is completely dry before you start filling them. I add this tip because more than likely you will wash your jars or ingredients prior to using so there might be a chance of moisture. Give the jar a quick wipe with a paper towel and completely dry all ingredients before you start to assembly.

Layers should go like this.

  1. Bottom layer is dressing or other wet ingredient. Again, this is key. You need to keep the dressing away from the lettuce to keep it from getting soggy.
  2. Second layer needs to be a hearty vegetable like tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, etc. Think about veggies that would taste good marinated in dressing. You will need a good amount of these vegetables to keep the dressing and lettuce separate.
  3. Third layer is proteins or grains. This could be eggs, beans, rice, quinoa, gluten-free pasta, etc. Next add the lettuce or greens.
  4. Last you would add seeds or nuts. I would also add crumbled bacon to the last layer.

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Mix and match for a variety of flavors. Remember to chose organic ingredients when possible and stay away from dressing that are loaded with fats and sugars. Hmmmm….. a post about making your own salad dressings….. to be continued!

Dr. Emily Loveland, DC

 

7 Foods to Naturally Cleanse Your Liver December 12, 2012

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Our livers work extremely hard everyday to protect us from adverse affects from toxins and often it is easy for our livers to become overworked compromising our health significantly.

Here are 7 common foods you can include daily to help cleanse your liver naturally. 
By: Jonathan Benson, NaturalNews.com

The primary way in which your body expels toxins is via the liver, which detoxifies and cleanses your body by continuously filtering the blood of poisons that enter it through the digestive tract, the skin, and the respiratory system. But when your liver becomes overworked as a result of stress or excessive exposure to toxins, your entire system can be thrown off balance, and your health severely compromised.

Since the liver is also responsible for producing bile, another form of detoxification that is metabolically necessary for the breakdown and assimilation of fats and proteins from your food, it is exceedingly important that your liver be properly maintained. Without a well-functioning liver, your body will be unable to cleanse itself and absorb nutrients, which is a recipe for a health disaster.

“The thousands of enzyme systems that are responsible for virtually every body activity are constructed in the liver,” writes Dr. Karl Maret, M.D., about the importance of vibrant liver function. “The proper functioning of the eyes, the heart, the brain, the gonads, the joints, and the kidneys, are all dependent on good liver activity.”

“If the liver is impaired from constructing even one of the thousands of enzyme systems the body requires, there is an impairment in overall body function and a resultant greater metabolic stress on the individual.”

So here are seven important foods you may want to begin incorporating into your diet in order to maintain a healthy liver.

1. Garlic

Garlic contains numerous sulfur-containing compounds that activate the liver enzymes responsible for flushing out toxins from the body. This bulbous relative of the onion also contains allicin and selenium, two powerful nutrients proven to help protect the liver from toxic damage, and aid it in the detoxification process.

2. Grapefruit

Grapefruit is rich in natural vitamin C and antioxidants, two powerful liver cleansers. Like garlic, grapefruit contains compounds that boost the production of liver detoxification enzymes. It also contains a flavonoid compound known as naringenin that causes the liver to burn fat rather than store it.

3. Green Tea

Green tea is loaded with catechins, a type of plant antioxidant that has been shown in studies to eliminate liver fat accumulation and promote proper liver function. This powerful herbal beverage also protects the liver against toxins that would otherwise accumulate and cause serious damage.

4. Green Vegetables

Leafy green vegetables such as bitter gourd, arugula, dandelion greens, spinach, mustard greens, and chicory also contain numerous cleansing compounds that neutralize heavy metals, which can bear heavily on the liver. Leafy greens also eliminate pesticides and herbicides from the body, and spur the creation and flow of cleansing bile.

5. Avocado

Rich in glutathione-producing compounds, avocados actively promote liver health by protecting it against toxic overload, and boosting its cleansing power. Some research has shown that eating one or two avocados a week for as little as 30 days can repair a damaged liver.

6. Walnuts

Walnuts, which contain high levels of l-arginine, an amino acid, glutathione, and omega-3 fatty acids, also help detoxify the liver of disease-causing ammonia. Walnuts also help oxygenate the blood, and extracts from their hulls are often used in liver-cleansing formulas.

7. Turmeric

Turmeric, one of the most powerful foods for maintaining a healthy liver, has been shown to actively protect the liver against toxic damage, and even regenerate damaged liver cells. Turmeric also boosts the natural production of bile, shrinks engorged hepatic ducts, and improves overall function of the gallbladder, another body-purifying organ.

 

 
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