January 2019: The Girlfriend’s Guide to an Integrative Lifestyle

Girlfriend's Guide to integrative health event 2019

Free January Event: The Girlfriend’s Guide to an Integrative Lifestyle

Girlfriend, are you ready for a change?

What IS an integrative lifestyle anyway?  Why is it so vital to weight loss and optimal health?

Join us for a casual, FREE Q & A interview with Dr. Couri & our team of providers!  Couri Center’s Registered Dietitian, Leslie Rusch-Bayer, and our Couri Center providers for an open discussion on how food sensitivities, hormones & our personalized lifestyle programs have helped women lose weight, reduce medications, & restore health!  We’ll give you all the tools you need to achieve your wellness goals! From in-depth labs to personalized nutrition & fitness, we’ll guide you to feeling great again!

Invite your girlfriends.  RSVP today!

 

ECS Care CBD Oil By ECS Therapeutics

Why we use ECS Care CBD Oil?

At the Couri Center, Dr. Couri proudly uses ECS Therapeutics CBD Oil because they meet the highest quality standards:

  • ECS Therapeutics uses organically grown, non-GMO whole hemp plants, gently extracted without harmful solvents.
  • ECS Care extracts are blended with organic hemp oil that is cold-pressed from hemp seeds for added synergy and nutritional benefits.
  • ECS Therapeutics products are rigorously tested to ensure they are potent, pure and safe.  In addition to the testing during manufacture in their GMP compliant facilities, every batch of their products is third-party assayed by an independent, ISO-certified laboratory.  As part of a full analysis, testing confirms that our products contain only trace amounts of THC that can stimulate and nourish the body’s endocannabinoid system, but without causing undesirable “euphoric” effects.
  • With ECS Care products, you’re getting not only hemp-derived CBD but also nature’s phytocannabinoid complex.  ECS Care full-spectrum hemp products stimulate the body’s endocannabinoid system and interact with cell receptors to support balance in many important areas of health.

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Your provider can help you determine if CBD Oil is best for you and can guide you in determining the optimal dosage.  Schedule your visit today to learn more.

 

SUMMER 2019 Sale $50 OFF TLC™ Integrative Wellness Programs

Take advantage of our summer sale: $50 OFF all TLC™ Integrative Wellness Programs!  Sale ends August 30, 2019.

What is Total Lifestyle By Couri, TLC™

Science-based, TLC™ incorporates in-depth labs, nutrition, and exercise. TLC™ is based on traditional and integrative medicine principles.

Tailored just for you, TLC™ incorporates food sensitivity, hormone, metabolic and expanded lab profiles. Whether you need a boost to lose weight & improve eating habits or a comprehensive wellness program, we can help guide you.

In 2012, Dr. Couri, MD graduated from a 2-year Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona under the direction of the all-inspiring Dr. Andrew Weil. Inspired to share the integrative principles gleaned from her Integrative Fellowship, with her patients, Total Lifestyle By Couri was born.  The TLC™ program combines the power of Integrative Medicine with the foundation of traditional Western Medicine for an unsurpassed experience that you will benefit from for years to come.

Is TLC™ a one-size-fits-all program?

No.  TLC™ is completely personalized!  Choose from a 60-minute integrative consultation, TLC™ Core, a 12-week program or TLC™ Plus, a robust 15-week program.  Each is customized just for you.  Schedule your complimentary consultation for details and to review pricing options.

How do I get pricing and learn more?

Explore the Connection. Food Sensitivity Testing at the Couri Center

Food Sensitivity Testing

Research indicates that upwards of 70% of the US population has food intolerances.  These sensitivities can cause chronic inflammation and may be displayed in a variety of symptoms.  Food sensitivities can also contribute to weight gain and difficulty losing weight, despite positive dietary changes and exercise.

Food sensitivity reactions can cause inflammation, bloating, and slow digestion.

Common Signs of Food Sensitivity:

  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Indigestion
  • Acid Reflux/GERD
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Joint Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Weight Gain or Inability to Lose Weight
  • Obesity
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Depression/Mood swings
  • Skin Disorders (Dermatitis or Eczema)
  • Autoimmune Disorders
  • Chronic Congestion

Schedule your consultation today: 309-692-6838

Explore the connection between what you eat & how you feel.  

By identifying which foods you are sensitive to you can alter your diet to avoid the foods that are causing symptoms. Testing is easy.  We perform an extensive range of tests from a single blood sample taken right here in the Couri Center lab.  This test can determine the degree, class, and extent of your food sensitivity.

Food Sensitivity Testing Includes:

Our panels are comprehensive and include either 96 or 184 of the most common offenders.  With each food panel test, you receive a private consultation and an educational session with our registered dietitian, trained in integrative health.  We don’t just hand you the results, we provide detailed feedback and answer all the questions you will have to guide you moving forward!

 30-Minute Consult with our Registered Dietitian includes:

  • Explanation of results
  • Personalized nutrition recommendations
  • Dietary alternatives/replacement education
  • Supplement recommendations
  • Guide to processed foods

Discover optimal health & reverse signs of inflammation and dysfunction in your body.

Schedule your consultation today: 309-692-6838

Mental Fortitude By Hope Placher, MMS, PA-C, IFMCP

 

Photo by Angelo Pantazis on Unsplash

During the winter that has seemingly never ended, I’ve found the need to escape in a good book. Completely by accident, I stumbled upon Dr. Edith Eger’s memoir, “The Choice: Embrace the Possible.”  Although this book would never be classified as medical literature, I wanted to share it with you in regard to something equally as important, mental strength and how that can affect the physical body.

Dr. Eger’s book is a powerful, moving memoir about her experiences as a Holocaust survivor, as well as a practical guide to healing, in which she shares stories of how she helps patients escape the prisons of their minds.

Incredibly, Edith Eger became a clinical psychologist after surviving Auschwitz and immigrating to the United States. She still practices to this day at age 90. Fear not, this book is anything but a bullet point self-help book -far from it. Dr. Eger shares her remarkable story of physical survival, and can recognize the mental blocks that prohibit her from complete healing following the brutality of Hitler’s reign. She reflects back on the power of her mental fortitude to not only physically survive, but to prosper years after living through trauma emotionally.

One of my favorite pieces of wisdom that she shares is that “Our painful experiences aren’t a liability—they’re a gift. They give us perspective and meaning, an opportunity to find our unique purpose and our strength.” I know that so many of us have walked through very dark seasons in our life. Maybe you’re in the midst of the shadows right now. I hope you cannot only learn from Dr. Eger but find healing from the pages of her eloquent transcript.

 

Hope Placher

Vaginal Discharge 101 By Hope Placher, MMS, PA-C, IFMCP

All women should be concerned about their vaginal health, but what constitutes a healthy vagina? Is it normal to have vaginal discharge?  While it depends somewhat on a woman’s age, the vagina generally has an acidic pH, contains rich quantities of beneficial bacteria that help fend off infections, and is naturally lubricated. That’s a long-winded answer to say, yes, vaginal discharge is normal and good (most of the time.)

A healthy vagina secretes small amounts of discharge. While some women might not even be aware of it, others “can notice anywhere up to a teaspoon or tablespoon of discharge a day,” says Leah Millheiser, MD director of the female sexual medicine program at Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto, California. “Discharge is a normal physiologic reaction — it’s essentially shedding of cervical and vaginal cells.” It’s important to realize that discharge can and will change in appearance and consistency throughout a single menstrual cycle:

The days immediately after your period:

Expect little to no discharge. Some women report “dryness” during this time, but over the next several days, the discharge will likely increase and appear yellow, cloudy, or white in color, and may be sticky.

Days approaching ovulation:

Before an egg is released, up to 30 times more mucus is produced than after ovulation! It is also more watery and elastic and may be cream-like in appearance

Ovulation (Around day 14):

Discharge can be at its highest in the days around ovulation, with an egg-white color and consistency—this is sometimes called ovulation discharge.

Days after ovulation and before you menstruate:

Less discharge may be present and it may have a thicker consistency.

So what are signs that vaginal discharge is not normal?

  • Pus-like
  • White and clumpy (like cottage cheese)
  • Grayish, greenish, yellowish, or blood-tinged
  • Foul- or fishy-smelling
  • Accompanied by itching, burning, a rash, or soreness

If you experience any of the above symptoms, I recommend that you schedule an appointment for a physical exam. We are able to take a detailed history of your symptoms, check your pH and collect a vaginal culture to send to the lab to help get your body back in balance quickly.

 

Hope Placher, PA-C

SkinCeuticals

PREVENT PROTECT CORRECT

ADVANCED SKINCARE BACKED BY SCIENCE

Born from decades of skin cancer research that led to pivotal breakthroughs in antioxidants, Skinceuticals high potency formulas are concentrated in pure actives and proven to penetrate optimally into skin.  Clinically proven topical antioxidants, corrective serums and creams, feature pharmaceutical-grade ingredients that have the scientific proof to back up their claims.

By combining a customized at-home regimen with powerful in-office treatments and targeted skincare solutions, the result is healthier skin with visible improvement in fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of premature aging.

SkinCeuticals philosophy centers on three main pillars: PREVENT. PROTECT. CORRECT.  These principles work synergistically to provide the healthiest skin possible, and optimal anti-aging results.

To customize your skin care regime, call 692-6838 to schedule your Free consultation with our Licensed Esthetician today!

 

MedPax: Custom Monthly Supplements

Dr. Michele Couri, FACOG, ABIHM has personally created several customized MedPax™ (individualized daily supplement dosing packs) based on the most common symptoms and conditions patients discuss with Couri Center providers.

Couri girl MedPax™ are available for:

  • Bone Health (Osteopenia and Osteoporosis)
  • Heart Health (elevated cholesterol)
  • Menopause Relief
  • PMS Management
  • Gut Health
  • Mood and Anxiety
  • Stress and Sleep Issues
  • Hair, Skin and Nails
  • Inflammation and Joint Pain
  • Diabetes
  • Athletic Performance

MedPax™ are able to be further customized to each patient’s individual supplement needs to maximize effectiveness and affordability. So, if you have a certain medical issue or constellation of symptoms (other than the ones listed above) that you want resolved, we can customize MedPax™ just for you.

How it works:

After reviewing your medical history and any pertinent lab work, we will make recommendations for appropriate supplements for you. After we meet with you, we will input our recommendations for your personalized MedPax™ securely online to Xymogen®. You will then receive your supplements shipped directly to your house.

MedPax™ Benefits:

  • MedPax™ is convenient. You can easily take your nutritional supplements on the go.
  • It takes the guesswork out of organizing and remembering if you took your supplements.
  • MedPax™ clearly tells you when to take your next dose.
  • You don’t have to ever worry about running out. Your MedPax™ can be automatically sent to you every 30 days.

If you would like to find out if Couri girl MedPax™ are right for you, email info@couricenter.com or call 692-6838 to set up an appointment to learn more. Or if you are tired of buying several different bottles and brands of supplements to achieve optimal results, switch to MedPax™ and let us make it easier and more effective for you to achieve your goal. And our Earth will thank you — less bottles in our beautiful oceans!

 

Meet harmonié . Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy

Anti-Aging at the Couri Center:

The proper balance of hormones is vital to a woman’s health. Recent studies show that women are experiencing menopause at much earlier ages. By age 40, most women are totally depleted of normal levels of estrogen and have lost nearly all their progesterone and more than half of their testosterone. While a normal part of aging, these changes can greatly affect the way we feel. Untreated, imbalanced hormones cause a variety of undesirable symptoms.

Symptoms of hormone imbalance:

  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Fatigue/Loss of energy
  • Weight gain
  • Decreased libido/Sex drive
  • Hot flashes/Night sweats
  • Hair loss
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of muscle tone
  • Brain Fog/Loss of memory
  • Irritability
  • And more…

Dr. Michele Couri, MD, FACOG, ABIHM has specialized in gynecology and women’s health for over 18 years.  Passionate about treating changing hormones & symptoms of menopause, the Couri Center is the leader in women’s bio-identical hormone replacement therapy pellets.  Trust the experts.

If you suspect fluctuating hormones are causing undesirable changes in your body, it’s easy to get your hormone levels checked:  Schedule here: info@couricenter.com or call 309 692-6838.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rotational Diets are Crucial.  Here’s Why. By Leslie Rusch-Bayer, RD, LDN, CPT

For over eight years the Couri Center has offered food sensitivity testing. Many patients struggle with a variety of symptoms like bloating, abdominal pain after eating, diarrhea, constipation, headaches/migraines, skin irritations, acid reflux and even chronic sinus issues. Food sensitivity testing helps to identify single or multiple foods that contribute to these symptoms. The results are helping patients better manage, reduce and even eliminate these symptoms. At the Couri Center, food sensitivity testing includes a consultation with a registered dietitian. This consultation is customized and allows time to better explain your results and provide you with education on how to alter and plan your diet.

 

During most food sensitivity consults, after reviewing the results, I wait for the patient to interrupt me and say “BUT I EAT THAT EVERYDAY!” I know. It happens nearly every time. The second most common statement; “but how can something that is supposed to be healthy be bad for me?” Eating too much of a single food has been shown to increase risk of food sensitivity. Patients who have already had food sensitivity testing may remember me saying “if you learn anything, your health will benefit most from eating with the calendar and following a rotational diet.”

 

Modern conveniences, like cross country and international shipping, provide grocery stores with fruits and vegetables year-round, that are traditionally seasonal foods. Blueberries, strawberries and raspberries are classic summer foods, however they are not grown in the freezing winter temperatures of the Midwest. When foods are shipped cross country or imported from other countries, they are picked early, and show lower nutrient profiles and less phytonutrients than produce picked when ripe. Another downfall of having produce consistently available year-round; single food items are consumed repeatedly and the nutrient profiles of less “advertised or popular” foods, traditionally grown during that season, are eliminated.

 

Daily, I discuss the downfalls of publicized diets, weight loss plans and advertised health claims. Every so often a different trend or plan gives numerical values to food. Classifications like Top 10 lists, calories and the glycemic index give food numbers that represent a single dimension of health value. When values are interpreted without proper professional guidance and patient history, foods are often restricted or increased dependent on their numerical value. Protein shakes made with blueberries and kale, Greek yogurt or scrambled eggs are generally classified as ‘healthy’ foods and often consumed daily. These foods are also found to commonly cause problematic symptoms in patients.

 

Being a creature of habit may be beneficial in many areas of life, however, it should not be part of a diet. Following a rotational or seasonal diet encourages consumption of a full spectrum of nutrients and vitamins. Remember that winter foods, such as vitamin C rich citrus foods, keep our immune system strong during cold and flu season. Spring and summer produce is full of antioxidants and beta-carotene which protects against sun and contain sweetness which helps maintain energy during long, hot summer days. Nature tends to keep us healthy, if we choose to listen.

 

Here are a few ideas to help increase the rotation in your diet:

  1. Grocery shop weekly. Each week when planning your meals, try to purchase different foods than the week prior.
  2. Research which foods are in season. In-season produce tends to be less expensive than out-of-season foods. Summer produce that is currently in season include greens, beets, broccoli, berries, garlic, peppers, peas, potatoes and watermelon. Shopping our local farmer’s markets is an easy way to purchase seasonal food as well as support local farmers.
  3. Look for color within the produce. Strawberries that are white are providing limited nutrients and flavor.
  4. Think before you buy. Do not avoid OR over-buy produce due to preconceived ideas of their health benefits. Remember too much of any good thing is usually a bad thing.

 

If you are struggling with understanding how to eat for your individual body, I encourage you to look no further. The Couri Center does not recommend any one diet, nor do we make generalized recommendations without proper data.  We take the time to learn about and listen to our patients, put together a group of labs that provide detailed information and challenge ourselves by stepping outside the box for solutions to our patients’ concerns.

Please contact the Couri Center for more information on food sensitivity testing, nutritional analysis and our one-of-a-kind lifestyle and wellness program TLC: Total Lifestyle by Couri.

 

Leslie Rusch-Bayer