Illinois Wellness Group Says Salt And Fat Deadens Your Taste Buds, But You Can Get Them Back

The Illinois Wellness Group, leaders in whole-body wellness, cover where excess salt and fat are hidden, how they affect our taste buds, and what people can do to make food taste better than ever.

Naperville, IL – June 9, 2014 – The Illinois Wellness Group published a new article discussing the effects of salt and fat on how we perceive taste. Restaurants and processed foods tend to pack excess salt and fat into every bite to enhance flavor, but the real result is a deadening of taste buds, which means more salt and fat are needed to satisfy.

The article reads: “People on whole foods diets tend to enjoy their diet more, preferring the flavors of their lower fat and lower sodium diets to anything that comes out of a bag or box. This is because our tongues are masters of adaptation, becoming more sensitive to salt and fat when we eat less of them, which means we need less butter on our morning toast and less salt in our soup to get the same enjoyment.”

The Illinois Wellness Group includes a team of chiropractors dedicated to leading the way in helping patients achieve whole-body, ultimate wellness throughout the Naperville and Elmhurst areas. Built on the belief that your body was made to be well, IWG clinics are the home of integrative wellness care.

The entire article can be found at http://iwellnessgroup.com/blog

Learn more about Illinois Wellness Group at http://iwellnessgroup.com/

About Illinois Wellness Group (IWG):

Built on the belief that your body was made to be well, Illinois Wellness Group (IWG) is leading the way in helping patience achieve whole-body, ultimate wellness. IWG clinics are the home of integrative wellness care with state-of-the-art clinics designed to be warm and welcoming.

Our knowledgeable and compassionate multi-disciplinary team of chiropractors, physical therapists,, nutritionists, massage therapists, acupuncturists and doctors stand ready to give care and encouragement to patients and their families.

Salt & Fat: The Hidden “Flavors” of Restaurant Meals

eatoutEating healthy at restaurants is harder to do than you think, but at least with chain restaurants now being required to post calorie counts, the “hidden” waist-expanders are forced into the light of day. But many restaurants are not chains. For example, your mom-and-pop diner down the street dishing out heaping platefuls of biscuits and gravy, or the fancy French restaurant in town serving deceptively small portions of gourmet fare.

Of course, having some fat and salt in your diet is good – but many restaurants tend to overdo these two ingredients as flavor-boosters. Think of it this way: Would you go out in your back yard, pick snails off of your azalea bushes, and eat them like strawberries off the vine? No! But cook them in garlic butter and they become delicious. If chefs can do that much with snails, just think how much butter and salt can boost the flavors of other foods.

Sometimes the worst choices on the menu are the ones that look the most innocent, like salads. Salads, drenched in oil and covered in nuts, croutons and cheese can easily be 1000 calories or more.

You can even go wrong with ordering “crusted” salmon – “crusted” means it has been breaded (sometimes with nuts, which are healthy in moderation) and cooked with lots of oil or butter. And that vegetable-packed sizzling fajita? It’s sizzling because of all the oil in the pan.

Going out for sushi can be a high fat, and extremely high salt, binge too. While raw fish is very healthy and packed with Omega 3s (the good fats!), that miso soup has around a thousand mgs. of sodium in just one cup. And anything that says tempura is deep fried in oil.

The worst part of having all of this salt and fat served to us daily is that they can actually alter our taste buds to consider these elevated levels normal. This is because taste buds become deadened by excessive quantities of salt and fat. The good news is, if you cut out excess salt and fat for a few weeks, your tongue will regain its sensitivity – and every food you eat will taste better.

There are many health-conscious restaurants, delis, and grocery stores now that give us better control – and better knowledge – of what we put into our bodies. But there’s no substitute for good, home-cooked whole foods. Then you always know exactly how much salt and fat you’re eating.

Recent studies have shown that cutting down on processed foods for just a few weeks actually changes how we taste. People on whole foods diets tend to enjoy their diet more, preferring the flavors of their lower fat and lower sodium diets to anything that comes out of a bag or box. This is because our tongues are masters of adaptation, becoming more sensitive to salt and fat when we eat less of them, which means we need less butter on our morning toast and less salt in our soup to get the same enjoyment.

Illinois Wellness Group Recommends Changing Workplace Culture To Encourage Physical Activity

The Illinois Wellness Group, leaders in whole-body wellness, discusses the ROI companies can enjoy from encouraging physical activity in the workplace, as well as providing two suggestions of how to do it.

Naperville, IL – May 30, 2014 – The Illinois Wellness Group published a new blog post, titled “Sitting for 8 Hours a Day? Try Changing Your Workplace Culture,” in which health experts present the many benefits of incorporating physical activity into the work day and how offices might become more active.

The post reads: “Yoga is an especially great way to start each day with focus and energy, so why not pass around a group signup sheet for a daily pre-work yoga session in an empty room? Most people would be happy to pay for such convenient access to daily exercise, and many yoga instructors would welcome that addition to their work schedule as well.”

The Illinois Wellness Group includes a team of chiropractors dedicated to leading the way in helping patients achieve whole-body, ultimate wellness throughout the Naperville and Elmhurst areas. Built on the belief that your body was made to be well, IWG clinics are the home of integrative wellness care.

The entire blog post can be found at http://iwellnessgroup.com/blog/sitting-for-8-hours-a-day-try-changing-your-workplace-culture.php

Learn more about Illinois Wellness Group at http://iwellnessgroup.com/ 

About Illinois Wellness Group (IWG):

Built on the belief that your body was made to be well, Illinois Wellness Group (IWG) is leading the way in helping patience achieve whole-body, ultimate wellness. IWG clinics are the home of integrative wellness care with state-of-the-art clinics designed to be warm and welcoming.

Our knowledgeable and compassionate multi-disciplinary team of chiropractors, physical therapists,, nutritionists, massage therapists, acupuncturists and doctors stand ready to give care and encouragement to patients and their families.

Sitting For 8 Hours A Day? Try Changing Your Workplace Culture

office-exerciseIncreasing your physical activity during your work day not only helps you focus longer and better on the tasks at hand, but also results in better job performance, better moods, lower stress and fewer sick days. Essentially, talking your boss and fellow employees into incorporating physical activity in the course of the work day will positively affect your boss’s bottom line (and yours).

One office went in on a walking fitness challenge, forming competing groups armed with individual pedometers, to see which group could log the most steps during a one-month period. The winning group received a prize, but the best part was watching workmates marching in place in their cubicles while filling out forms and entering data into spreadsheets. Lunchtime became an opportunity for bond-building group walks around the city, and if the after-work happy hour was a half-mile away, so much the better.

Yoga is an especially great way to start each day with focus and energy, so why not pass around a group signup sheet for a daily pre-work yoga session in an empty room? Most people would be happy to pay for such convenient access to daily exercise, and many yoga instructors would welcome that addition to their work schedule as well.

Corporate-level commitment to employee health is cost-effective, with the best return on investment coming when the entire corporate culture changes from sedentary to active. You don’t have to install a pricey salad bar in your cafeteria (although that would be nice), or hand each new recruit a yoga mat with their employee benefits packet – just placing a priority on supporting everyone to live healthy lifestyles may be enough for everyone to reap the benefits, and increase productivity in the work place.

Illinois Wellness Group Says Take A Vacation: Doctor’s Orders!

The Illinois Wellness Group, leaders in whole-body wellness, discusses the health benefits proven to be associated with taking regular vacations their conclusion: You need one.

Naperville, IL – March 31, 2014 – The Illinois Wellness Group published a new blog post on several studies that show the health benefits of taking regular vacations. In the post, titled “Vacations Help Prevent Heart Disease,” health experts discuss how vacations work to reduce stress and actually improve overall health.

The post reads: “In fact, missing just one year’s vacation was associated with increasing risk for heart disease. The study’s conclusions also stated that the frequency of annual vacations was associated with reducing risk of “all-cause mortality” as well as specifically coronary heart disease.”

The Illinois Wellness Group includes a team of chiropractors dedicated to leading the way in helping patients achieve whole-body, ultimate wellness throughout the Naperville and Elmhurst areas. Built on the belief that your body was made to be well, IWG clinics are the home of integrative wellness care.

The entire blog post can be found at http://iwellnessgroup.com/blog/vacations-help-prevent-heart-disease.php.

Learn more about Illinois Wellness Group at http://iwellnessgroup.com/

About Illinois Wellness Group (IWG):

Built on the belief that your body was made to be well, Illinois Wellness Group (IWG) is leading the way in helping patience achieve whole-body, ultimate wellness. IWG clinics are the home of integrative wellness care with state-of-the-art clinics designed to be warm and welcoming. Our knowledgeable and compassionate multi-disciplinary team of chiropractors, physical therapists,, nutritionists, massage therapists, acupuncturists and doctors stand ready to give care and encouragement to patients and their families.

Vacations Help Prevent Heart Disease

Early Spring is when many American families start to think about their summer vacation plans – but only if they’re planning to take vacations at all. The U.S. – out of all the developed countries – is the stingiest with vacation time. Did you know that paid vacation is mandated in 137 countries? The United States is the only industrialized country that doesn’t make that a standard rule. Yes, we’re more productive than our rested and recuperated European counterparts, but not by a very wide margin. In fact, not only are they enjoying life more, but they’re in better physical shape.

More vacations = less stress = better health  

The Framingham Heart Study is one of the longest running health studies in the history of medicine, and is an invaluable resource for researchers. Looking at 20 years’ worth of questionnaires filled out by 749 women, researchers found that women who took a vacation once every six years were eight times more likely to develop heart disease than women who had at least two vacations per year.

Consider the risk factors for heart disease:
High blood pressure
High cholesterol
Physical inactivity
Obesity
Stress

Taking vacations has been proven to reduce stress, and stress is related to all of these risk factors.

Another study found similar benefits for middle-aged men – when they skipped vacations for five consecutive years, they were 30 percent more likely to suffer heart attacks. In fact, missing just one year’s vacation was associated with increasing risk for heart disease. The study’s conclusions also stated that the frequency of annual vacations was associated with reducing risk of “all-cause mortality” as well as specifically coronary heart disease.

So there you have it – taking a vacation is scientifically proven to reduce stress and improve the quality –and quantity – of your life. If you were talking yourself out of taking a vacation (or two, or three) this year, you may want to reconsid

Illinois Wellness Group Weighs In On How Genetics Increase Weight Gain From Fried Foods

The Illinois Wellness Group, leaders in whole-body wellness, discuss the recently published study from the Harvard School of Public Health that people with obesity genes gain more weight from fried food than others.

Naperville, IL – March 27, 2014 – The Illinois Wellness Group published a new article discussing two studies of how people with “obesity genes” metabolize fried foods and sugary drinks differently than those without the same genetic risk factors. What does it mean for the obese dieter?

The article reads: “The good news is that the findings of these two studies don’t change much when it comes to losing weight. Exercise more, consume fewer calories, and build your daily diet out of whole foods. That method works for everyone – we promise – but you might also want to eat fewer foods high in saturated fats and sugars (like alcohol, cheese and red meat).”

The Illinois Wellness Group includes a team of chiropractors dedicated to leading the way in helping patients achieve whole-body, ultimate wellness throughout the Naperville and Elmhurst areas. Built on the belief that your body was made to be well, IWG clinics are the home of integrative wellness care.

The entire article can be found at http://iwellnessgroup.com/uncategorized/are-you-genetically-predisposed-to-gain-more-weight-from-fried-food.php.

Learn more about Illinois Wellness Group at http://iwellnessgroup.com/

About Illinois Wellness Group (IWG):

Built on the belief that your body was made to be well, Illinois Wellness Group (IWG) is leading the way in helping patience achieve whole-body, ultimate wellness. IWG clinics are the home of integrative wellness care with state-of-the-art clinics designed to be warm and welcoming. Our knowledgeable and compassionate multi-disciplinary team of chiropractors, physical therapists,, nutritionists, massage therapists, acupuncturists and doctors stand ready to give care and encouragement to patients and their families.

Are You Genetically Predisposed to Gain More Weight From Fried Food?

Your spouse can eat all the fried foods he or she wants – but you gain weight if you even look at the stuff. Well, doctors from the Harvard School of Public Health have confirmed what you may have suspected: Genetics can significantly influence how much weight you gain from eating fried foods.

The study shows that those with a higher genetic risk for obesity gain more weight from fried food than people with lower risk. While a number of previous studies have reported links between eating fried food (and the Western-style diet pattern of fast-food consumption) and obesity, they haven’t tried to account for genetic factors until now. The Harvard study confirms that obesity related genetic factors have a significant effect on how much weight two people gain from eating the same amount of fried food (which was correlated in the study with saturated fat intake).

There are a few limitations to the Harvard study, however. For one, they couldn’t isolate exactly which gene, or combination of genes, was responsible for the difference in metabolizing fried-food. For another, the study only asked about fried food consumption in their questionnaires, ignoring all of the other foods eaten with the fried foods. Consider the typical fast food meal: Cheeseburger (not fried, but high in saturated fats), fries and a soda. Only one of those foods is fried.

The Rest of the Not-So Happy Meal

A few years ago, however, this same group examined the effects of weekly sugary drink consumption (including soda, fruit juices and lemonade). It turned out that participants who carried 10 of the obesity genes also metabolized sugar differently. Participants without these risk genes experienced half the BMI increase from drinking at least one sugary drink every day than participants with the risk genes.

Neither of these studies examined other unhealthy habits that might go along with increasing BMI, like leading a sedentary lifestyle. If an athlete eats an entire large pepperoni pizza after the game, he or she won’t gain the same weight as a typical office worker would. However, despite these gaps in the data, it does seem plausible that some people are genetically predisposed to gain weight more easily than others. 

If I Gain Weight More Easily, What Can I Do?

While the explanation that genes play a part in weight gain is comforting, it’s also cautionary. Those with predispositions to obesity have to be even more careful with their diets than people who don’t carry those risk factors. The good news is that the findings of these two studies don’t change much when it comes to losing weight. Exercise more, consume fewer calories, and build your daily diet out of whole foods. That method works for everyone – we promise – but you might also want to eat fewer foods high in saturated fats and sugars (like alcohol, cheese and red meat).

Ultimately, your body is a combination of nature and nurture, of genetics and choices. However, understanding your genetics may help you improve your choices and help you lead a better, healthier, and happier life – minus the “Happy Meals.”

The Top 10 Cheapest Superfoods in the Supermarket

If you’ve seen the price on a bag of Goji berries lately, you might have come to the conclusion that superfoods are just not in your budget. Unfortunately, the sheer hype around superfoods makes these nutrition-packed fruits and vegetables seem as rarified as Beluga caviar – and just as pricey. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. In fact, many superfoods are the humble staples that have always graced your table. And others are easy, and inexpensive, to add in to your diet.

Tomatoes

Lycopene is the star of the show in these ubiquitous vegetables, which you can grow in your own back yard. Superpowers include fighting cancer, lowering cholesterol, and promoting bone health and heart health.

Green Tea

So many health benefits have been linked to Green Tea, from having better breath to living a longer life. At an average .15 cents per tea bag, you can’t afford not to drink it! Superpowers include improving blood flow and brain activity, and protecting cells from damage. It fights cancer and fatigue!

Steel-Cut or Rolled Oats

Oatmeal for breakfast is a great, budget and diet-friendly way to start the day. Add some walnuts and honey in for even more superfood power, but even by itself, Oats are a top source of fiber. Superpowers include controlling blood sugar and lowering bad cholesterol.

Black Beans

Beans aren’t just the “musical fruit” – they’re downright magical. At $1.45 per pound, beans contain some of the most cost-effective fiber and protein money can buy. Pair them with a tortilla to provide your body with the tools it needs to make a “complete protein.” Superpowers include muscle-building protein, and digestive tract-aiding fiber. Beans also are great for dieting, helping you to feel fuller, longer.

Oranges

Best known for their vitamin C content, Oranges economically help you stay healthy year-round. To maximize benefits, eat the whole orange – not just the juice. That way, fiber helps balance the sugar. Superpowers include supporting your immune system, lowering cholesterol, and lowering your risk of colon cancer.

Eggs

Unless you go for the fancy Free-range, farm-raised variety, eggs are pretty cheap, especially when considering all their health benefits. You might have heard that yolks are high in cholesterol, but that pales in comparison with the health benefits in a whole egg. Superpowers include being a complete source of B vitamins, high in omega-3 fatty acids, and for pregnant women, stimulate brain development in fetuses.

Kale

The sweetheart of the health-conscious community, kale’s price tag hasn’t caught up with its reputation. It’s still just around $1 per pound. Superpowers include helping your body detox, and helping to prevent colon and breast cancer.

Spinach

Fresh or frozen, spinach is inexpensive at an average $1 per bunch ($2.64/pound), and is packed with vitamins A, K, Folate, and antioxidants. Superpowers include fighting cancer and promoting bone health.

Walnuts

As with any nut, you don’t need to eat a lot to reap the benefits, which makes them extra cost effective. Walnuts are some of the least expensive nuts around, averaging just .83 cents per ounce, and feature omega-3 fatty acids. Superpowers include lowering bad cholesterol and promoting brain function. It’s even been called a “good mood food.”

Avocados

Avocados are the priciest “cheap” food, depending on what part of the country you live in. They range from $1 to $2 a piece, even as high as $3. But their health benefits still make them a great occasional buy. Superpowers include helping brain function and lowering inflammation.

Illinois Wellness Group Says The Link Between Diet, Inflammation & Heart Disease Is Worth Looking At

The Illinois Wellness Group, leaders in whole-body wellness, discusses the viral article by Dr. Dwight Lundell, a heart surgeon, and examines the effect of inflammation on heart disease.

Naperville, IL – March 18, 2014 – The Illinois Wellness Group published a new blog post on the viral article by Dr. Dwight Lundell on inflammation as the root cause of heart disease. In the post, titled “Does Inflammation Cause Heart Disease? Viral Post Says It Does,” health experts review the causes and prevention of inflammation.

The post reads: “We like Dr. Lundell’s end prescription: A diet of natural, unprocessed food that reduces inflammation and prevents heart disease. Eat more Omega-3 fatty acids, far less Omega-6 acids (found in corn and soybean oils that saturate processed foods), and more protein and complex carbs (lean meats, fish, fruits and vegetables).”

The Illinois Wellness Group includes a team of chiropractors dedicated to leading the way in helping patients achieve whole-body, ultimate wellness throughout the Naperville and Elmhurst areas. Built on the belief that your body was made to be well, IWG clinics are the home of integrative wellness care.

The entire blog post can be found at http://iwellnessgroup.com/blog/does-inflammation-cause-heart-disease-viral-post-says-it-does.php.

Learn more about Illinois Wellness Group at http://iwellnessgroup.com/

About Illinois Wellness Group (IWG):

Built on the belief that your body was made to be well, Illinois Wellness Group (IWG) is leading the way in helping patience achieve whole-body, ultimate wellness. IWG clinics are the home of integrative wellness care with state-of-the-art clinics designed to be warm and welcoming. Our knowledgeable and compassionate multi-disciplinary team of chiropractors, physical therapists,, nutritionists, massage therapists, acupuncturists and doctors stand ready to give care and encouragement to patients and their families.

Whole Body Wellness!