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 (77 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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Pregnancy Changes Foot Size

by Dr. Vijay Patel
Recent research supports the long-held notion by women that pregnancy changes your feet.  Based upon my experience in clinical practice, these changes in women contribute to incidence of low back pain; sciatic pain; hip, knee and leg pain.  I have found that early intervention utilizing specific exercises in combination with custom orthotic devices and supportive footwear dramatically decreases the likelihood of these complaints. These regimens may also reduce future incidence of musculoskeletal complaints that have arisen following pregnancy in many women. This advice is true whether you are just  considering starting a family, currently pregnant, or have had a past pregnancy.
Please contact our office in Mount Prospect (847)222-9060 to schedule a consultation with our chiropractic physicians to help you with this issue.

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Stay Healthy This Winter

Winter is a prime time for colds, flus and respiratory illnesses.  Spend some time talking to Dr. Vijay or Dr. Tim about what you can do to stay healthy and avoid these illness.  The best defense, of course, is a healthy, well nourished, well rested body, but every one can use a little boost now and again!

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