Products We Love – For Springtime Allergy Sufferers

Looking for an allergy free spring?

Spring has finally arrived in the midwest and if you are an allergy sufferer, so has your stuffy nose.  D-Hist and D-Hist Jr, by Ortho Molecular Products are here to save the day.  The great thing about the D-Hist line is that it works on preventing allergy symptoms before they start, without the side effects found in many

D-Hist for Seasonal Allergies

D-Hist for Seasonal Allergies

over the counter allergy medications.  D-Hist consists of the following active ingredients:

Naturally found in onions, quercetin supports mast cell stability (these are the cells that cause your allergic reaction).  Quercetin  promotes sinus and respiratory health.

Stinging Nettles Leaf
Studies show stinging nettles provide positive support for nasal passageway function.

A strong pineapple enzyme, bromelain supports normal mucousal tissue function and enhances the absorption of quercetin.

N-Acetyl L-Cysteine (NAC)
An amino acid, NAC helps to promote the normal viscosity of mucus.

These supplements together form a wonderful combo to help you enjoy spring without a stuffy nose!  Ask Dr. Patel or Dr. Kolbaba if these supplements are right for you and can help you enjoy an allergy free spring without over the counter drugs!

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Get Outside and Walk Already

Enjoy Spring Weather

Take advantage of the warmer spring weather and take a walk!

In case you haven’t noticed, spring is here! This might be a shock to anyone who has been outside lately. It’s still freezing and just downright cold. Many of us have been hibernating indoors, eating lots of unnecessary calories, sleeping for longer hours, and engaging in sedentary behavior. I know I got caught up on my movie watching and sleep. Some of you may even be a little depressed from being without the vitamin rich and energy carrying sunlight all winter long, a condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). According to the CDC, one in ten people over the age of 18 are clinically depressed. This number of depressed people tells me one thing. It’s time to get up off the couch and get moving again.

Before you know it, the birds will be chirping for no reason, the sun will be shining without interruption by snow clouds, and the days will be longer. We already had our traditional “springing” forward an hour for daylight savings time. So it’s time for a new hobby, activity, or exercise that involves being outside. Patients in my office are always asking me what they should be doing to get into better shape. I ALWAYS recommend walking.

Walking is one of the best exercises you can do. It’s easy, fun, allows for alone time (I call this time “me” time or Tim-me time) and gives you an opportunity to burn some calories while getting some exercise. Walking does great things for your body and mind. The top three killers in the world are heart disease, circulatory issues in the brain resulting in strokes and respiratory illnesses. Amazingly, all three of these conditions can be combated by simply walking every day. Walking allows for better circulation and helps build up the muscle tissue in your heart. Good circulation is also very important for lung health, brain health and even helps with mental health. Walking can even help improve your mood and make you less depressed.

Many of us suffer from bone density loss from being inactive and not doing weight bearing exercises such as walking. It use to be a prevalent problem in the elderly, but recently conditions like osteopenia and osteoporosis are showing up in middle-age and even in  young adults. When I see a patient with either of these conditions in my office, I put them on two great supplements and instruct the patient to walk. If the patient adheres to this protocol for 6 months, they will see significant progress in fighting bone loss.

The three main minerals that make up bone are calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. So, when a patient presents with bone loss, I put them on a supplement called Cal-Mag by Douglas Labs. This supplement, if you couldn’t tell by the name, has calcium citrate (a form of calcium that is highly absorbable) and magnesium. There is only one problem. The body also needs vitamin D to absorb calcium in the gut. You can get vitamin D three ways: through the skin (sun light), through diet or through supplements. If you are not getting enough vitamin D, the body can’t form enough of the hormone called calcitriol (active vitamin D) which is needed to absorb calcium in the gut. This then results in insufficient calcium absorption from the diet causing the body to take calcium from your bones. So, I put my patients on Vitamin D3 with K2 by OrthoMolecular Products. These two supplements coupled with weight bearing exercise such as walking will fight the bone loss and help make new bone.

So how long or how far should you walk a day? I know we live in a fast paced society here in the Chicagoland area. But just 30 minutes a day can really impact you and over time lower your risks for the top three killers in the world. It’s just that simple.

I practice what I preach. Besides motorcycling, walking and running are my favorite ways to get outside and enjoy this body of mine. I recommend you do the same. If you have any questions about anything in this blog, let me know. Until next time, get outside and walk already.


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Dr Tim (3 Posts)

Dr. Timothy Kolbaba is a chiropractor at Advanced Physical Medicine & Therapy in Mt Prospect. Dr. Kolbaba has earned numerous degrees during his extensive education including Bachelor’s degrees in Biochemistry, Biology, and Human Anatomy, a Master’s degree in Human Anatomy, and he earned his Doctor of Chiropractic from the prestigious National University of Health Sciences. Dr. Kolbaba also served in the military, flying CH53E Super Stallion helicopters for the United States Marine Corps. Dr. Kolbaba grew up in West Dundee, IL in a family filled with chiropractors. As a chiropractor, it is Dr. Kolbaba’s goal to help people get out of pain and become well, and to teach people lifestyle modification and ways to improve health. Dr. Kolbaba offers the most recent knowledge that is out there to help patients achieve their goals in health.

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Products We Love – For Detox

Douglas Labs Core Restore

Douglas Labs Core Restore

There are many detox programs out there.  Dr. Vijay particularly likes this product from Douglas Labs, that helps restore healthy liver function.  The liver’s purpose is to remove toxins from our body.  Our bodies are assaulted everyday with chemicals and toxins that tax our liver.  It makes common sense to provide our liver with the nutrients it needs to detox and repair its cells.  This formulation provides high quality vitamins, minerals and herbal supplements to heal and support liver function.  If you are not sure about the need to detox, this link can help you determine if detox is right for you.  Call our office and schedule an appointment to begin a detox plan with one of our doctors.

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Effective Detoxification

Greens to Support Detoxification

Greens to Support Detoxification

Detoxification is an important process that all living organisms go through in one form or another annually.  Detoxification allows our bodies to feel unloaded, refreshed and re-energized. The optimal time to perform this process is in the spring.  Just as spring rains cleanse our air of debris and dust, we should clear our skin, digestive tract, and cleansing organs such as the liver and kidneys.

Many cultures recognize the essential nature of detoxification.  Traditional detox rituals include fasting, sweat lodges and ritual cleansing.  Our increased knowledge of the body and how it works allows modern people to support and nourish our bodies as we detox, no sweat lodges required!

There is no better time than the present to begin planning your jump-start into spring.  A cleansing program can help you shed a few pounds and energize you for an exercise plan to get you in shape before Memorial Day.

If you Google “detox” you will come up with a list of solutions ranging from expensive spas to juice fasts to crazy one  food diets .  Medical advice is conflicting as to the importance of detoxification and its necessity.   Part of this confusion is the wide range of modern-day detoxification rituals.  Detoxification needs to be reasonable and safe, using common sense.  Any detox program that involves restricting dietary intake to a few ingredients or calorically depriving the body can be dangerous.  Be wary of any program that says that their detox system is the only way to go.

 There are many high quality, safe detox programs.   Key factors to look for in detoxification programs are two-fold.  Programs should stress the reduction of exposure to toxins.  This generally includes the elimination of the following from your diet:

  • processed  foods
  • artificial coloring
  • natural and artificial flavorings
  • artificial  sweeteners
  • alcohol
  • excessive caffeine
  • conventionally grown produce and meats

 In addition to the elimination of toxic items, high quality programs include the addition of the following to your diet to support  the kidneys and liver:

  • milk thistle
  • B vitamins
  • fiber
  • lots of clean fresh water
  • increased consumption of organic fruits and veggies
  • limited consumption of organic, grass fed meats

It is always recommended that any detoxification program be completed under medical supervision.

In my office, I prefer detox programs that allow patients flexibility to incorporate the plan into their current lifestyle.  Many programs have the flexibility to choose one to four week plans, dependent upon how often you detox and your individual toxic load.  For a first time detox, my general recommendation is to go for the full 28 days program.  This allows a patient’s body time to heal as well as making some of their new healthy eating programs habits.  I also tend to prefer programs that combine homeopathic detox with herbal and vitamin supplementation.

Detoxification can be a healthy routine to be completed annually or semi-annually to help maintain optimum health!

Vijay Patel (74 Posts)

Dr. Vijay Patel earned his doctoral degree in Chiropractic from National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Illinois. Dr. Patel is board certified in electrodiagnostics by the American Chiropractic Neurology Board. Dr. Patel has recently received training in Manipulation under Anesthsia (MUA). Constantly striving to give his patients the most up-to-date care possible, Dr. Patel attends many post-graduate seminars including such topics as neurology, research review, and sports performance enhancement. Dr. Patel has practiced medicine at Advanced Physical Medicine and Therapy in Mt. Prospect, Illinois since 1999. Dr. Patel currently serves as president of the Chicago chapter of the Illinois Chiropractic Society. He is also a member of both the National College of Chiropractic Alumni Association and the American Chiropractic Association. Dr. Patel is fluent in Gujarati. A lifelong runner, he has completed marathons and still competes in triathlons with his college mates.

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March is National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month

In honor of national nutrition month, you can make significant changes to the quality of your food. Two events are happening this month that can help you make healthy changes to your eating habits.

Close to home is the CSA Expo at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, March 15 from 6:30 – 9:00.  Meet local farmers, taste samples and listen to tips on how to best use a CSA.

A little further afield, but still close by is the Good Food Festival at the UIC Forum March 14-16.  Attend one day or all, this event sure to be fun and informative.

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