SALE: Integrative Wellness Programs

Take advantage of our summer sale: $50-$100 OFF all TLC™ Integrative Wellness Programs!  Sale ends August 31, 2020.

Programs can incorporate tele-health visits, if preferred.

What is Total Lifestyle By Couri, TLC™

TLC™ is a customized lifestyle program based on traditional and integrative medicine principles. Total Lifestyle by Couri is science-based and incorporates your lab results, detoxification, nutrition, physical/exercise goals, and infrared sauna therapy. Together, your provider and our Registered Dietitian/Certified Personal Trainer, prepare a wellness program based on in-depth labs including:

  • Food sensitivity testing
  • Hormone balancing/labs
  • Metabolic and expanded lab profiles

Whether you need a boost to lose weight & improve eating habits or a comprehensive wellness program, our experienced team 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 and programs can incorporate tele-health visits, if preferred.  At your complimentary consultation, we’ll help you determine what best suits your needs:

  • Integrative Consultation: 60-minute consult with nutrition/labs/detox/exercise
  • TLC™ Core: 12-appointment program
  • TLC™ Plus: 15-week program

Each is customized just for you. Some also utilize our infrared sauna therapy. Schedule your complimentary consultation for details and to review pricing options.

How do I get pricing and learn more?

What I Learned During COVID-19 By Leslie Rusch-Bayer, RD, LDN, CPT

It is hard to believe it has been almost four months since we unexpectedly altered our lives due to COVID-19. Schedules, plans, trips, and vacations are cancelled. Gym memberships are put on hold. Jobs are in limbo. Trips to the grocery store cause anxiety. Social media is anything but safe or positive. Stress is immense. Unlike celebrities, most of us have not had the ability or time during this pandemic to perfect our summer body.

Anxiety, depression, and mental health issues continue to rise throughout this pandemic. Increased stress often results in stress eating. Alcohol sales are skyrocketing. Soda, sugar-sweetened coffee drinks, and candy help many people push through their mid-day slump. Inexpensive, processed, and packaged foods, which are often calorie-rich and nutrient-poor, may be the only form of substance for families struggling with the unexpected financial loss. The stress of this pandemic, children and spouses at home, gym closures, sports cancellations, and ever-changing Illinois spring weather has also decreased personal and family physical activity. No wonder #COVID15 is trending.

The medical community is starting to accumulate new research and hypothesize what affects the broad spectrum of COVID-19 symptom severity. Symptoms could be affected by duration of exposure, vitamin D levels, gut health, uncontrolled chronic disease, and overall health. COVID-19 has exposed possible insecurities in our health.

We must all take measures to understand, protect, and improve our health, especially during the pandemic. Do not let COVID-19 negatively affect health and weight. Instead of relying on “youth” and hoping for immortality, we should focus on improving health, instead of depending on medical options that manage health. Treating a symptom is not the same as finding the root cause of the symptom. The most significant lesson I have learned during COVID-19 is to protect and prioritize my family’s health.

As sunshine, summer weather, and slightly looser regulations approach Central Illinois; it seems many are starting to seek change. Is it possible to flourish and avoid the #COVID15, while maintaining proper risk reduction from COVID-19?

Taking Charge of Your Health:

  1. Understand your health. Seek information and new recommendations if you do not understand your current health. If current medical recommendations are not helping, seek alternate options. The Couri Center specializes in women’s health and integrative medicine. Objective and comprehensive labs will identify areas where improvement is needed. If you have never had labs drawn, the time is now! Consider a personalized disease prevention program like TLC: Total Lifestyle by Couri, which is now on sale in JULY!
  2. Move. Exercise at an intensity that challenges your lung capacity. Sweat! The heart and lungs are organs that require exercise and adapt to intensity levels over time. Remember to alternate low, moderate, and high-intensity levels throughout a variety of exercise options.
  3. Consider your gut health. If you struggle with IBS, acid reflux, bloating, constipation, or diarrhea, I recommend a consultation to further discuss dietary options.
  4. Evaluate your weight and your lifestyle. Plant a garden to help decrease grocery store costs. Decrease consumption of inflammatory foods. Consider an exercise buddy for accountability. Quit nicotine use. Seek positivity. Weight loss is never easy and can be very frustrating. If you are struggling to implement weight loss changes, please call the office to discuss our new TLC: Weight Management program.
  5. Check your mental health. Prioritize stress management. Reflect. Enjoy the sunshine. Talk to your spouse or a friend. Enjoy the sounds of your children laughing. Breathe. Figure out ways to appreciate what you have. Consider counseling or therapy.
  6. Detox. Detoxification may look different for many people. Consider a dietary, alcohol, financial, social media, or mother-in-law (HA!) detox. Everyone has a weakness for something unhealthy. Balance is key. A detox will help “reset” your lifestyle. If you are looking for a dietary detox, consider the 6-Day Micro Detox by Xymogen.

Women’s “health” is multi-factorial, complex, and never the same for each person. Let the practitioners at the Couri Center help you to understand better and improve your health. Consider a complimentary consultation to discuss our many programs and options.

Difficult circumstances and “storms” in life force great change, and most challenges are understood in hindsight. Charge yourself to implement positive change during this pandemic. Dr. Mark Hyman, MD said “As a doctor, on the front lines of the chronic disease epidemic, it is increasingly clear that our health crisis, along with our social, environmental, climate and economical challenges start with food.” Seeking an “outside the box” perspective may change, and improve, your life. Do not be the person looking back wishing things would have turned out differently.

 

Leslie Rusch-Bayer, RD, LDN, CPT

 

 

SALE: Integrative Wellness Programs

Take advantage of our summer sale: $50-$100 OFF all TLC™ Integrative Wellness Programs!  Sale ends July 31, 2020.

Programs can incorporate tele-health visits, if preferred.

What is Total Lifestyle By Couri, TLC™

TLC™ is a customized lifestyle program based on traditional and integrative medicine principles. Total Lifestyle by Couri is science-based and incorporates your lab results, detoxification, nutrition, physical/exercise goals, and infrared sauna therapy. Together, your provider and our Registered Dietitian/Certified Personal Trainer, prepare a wellness program based on in-depth labs including:

  • Food sensitivity testing
  • Hormone balancing/labs
  • Metabolic and expanded lab profiles

Whether you need a boost to lose weight & improve eating habits or a comprehensive wellness program, our experienced team 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 and programs can incorporate tele-health visits, if preferred.  At your complimentary consultation, we’ll help you determine what best suits your needs:

  • Integrative Consultation: 60-minute consult with nutrition/labs/detox/exercise
  • TLC™ Core: 12-appointment program
  • TLC™ Plus: 15-week program

Each is customized just for you. Some also utilize our infrared sauna therapy. Schedule your complimentary consultation for details and to review pricing options.

How do I get pricing and learn more?

Healthy Gut, Happy Skin! By Leslie A. Gilstrap, LE

Your skin is the largest organ of the body. Not only is it affected by external factors like the sun, free radicals, and of course, the normal aging process, it’s also affected internally by our digestive system. It’s not as hard as you think to follow a few essential tasks to increase elastin, collagen, decrease inflammation, and have more glowing, healthy skin. After all, we are what we eat.

Drink warm water with lemon

Drinking warm water with lemon will help your digestive system throughout the whole day. The citric acid aids in a productive digest system.

Eat plenty of fiber-based foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and seeds.

You’ll be less likely to crave carbohydrates. These fibrous foods are filling and also provide antioxidants.

Consider taking a digestive enzyme

Digestive supplements are important for people who have trouble digesting food.  Consider scheduling an appointment with our Registered Dietitian if this is an area of concern.

Be mindful of snacking

Say no to chips and other junk food. Instead, reach for plant-based, whole foods like carrots, celery, and broccoli.

Make sure to chew your food

Ample chewing allows for proper digestion.

 

If you struggle with digestive issues, acne, psoriasis, eczema, or unknown rashes, consider food sensitivity testing.  As a Licensed Esthetician, I am also available for a complimentary skin care consultation to help with a proper skin care regimen.

 

To happy skin,

By Leslie A. Gilstrap, LE

 

 

 

Do you have Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance? You may be COVERED!

Do you have Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance?  You may be COVERED!

The current COVID-19 pandemic has thrust the importance of optimal health and disease prevention into mainstream conversation. Do you understand your current health? Are you truly healthy?

It is understood that chronic inflammation contributes to chronic disease, but did you know 80% of the human immune system is found in the gut? Many factors, including medication, environment, and DIET can impact your immune health.

If you struggle with any of the following symptoms, BCBS may cover appointments with a Registered Dietitian.

Gut dysfunction:

  • IBS
  • diarrhea
  • constipation
  • acid reflux
  • bloating
  • food sensitivities

Abnormal labs:

  • cholesterol
  • triglycerides
  • blood sugar
  • insulin

Bone health:

  • osteopenia
  • osteoporosis

Other issues:

  • autoimmune disease
  • migraines
  • acne
  • chronic congestion
  • fatigue
  • joint pain

The time for change is now. It is not worth the risk.

To schedule an appointment call 692-6838 or visit our 24/7 online patient portal.

For questions regarding your BCBS coverage email Leslie.

Couri Girl Proud

Isn’t It Time You Become a Couri Girl?

At the Couri Center, we specialize in women’s health.  From traditional gynecology & surgical procedures, integrative health programs & aesthetics, take comfort in knowing you can trust the Couri Center. We are proud to provide Central Illinois women with an individualized approach to optimal health and well-being during every stage of life.

  • Well-Woman Exams
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Menopausal Management
  • Family Planning
  • Contraception
  • Pap Smears
  • Pelvic Ultrasounds
  • Treatment of Heavy Menstrual Bleeding and/or Fibroids
  • Treatment of Abnormal Pap Smears
  • da vinci® Robotic Surgery/In-Office Surgeries
  • MonaLisa Touch™ Vaginal Laser
  • Emsella for Bladder Leakage
  • harmonié Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Food Sensitivity Testing
  • Customized Nutritional Supplements
  • TLC™ Integrative Lifestyle Programs
  • Weight Loss Programs
  • Integrative Cancer Programs
  • Genetic Screening
  • Infrared Sauna Therapy
  • Aesthetic Studio:  Laser Hair Removal, Wrinkle/Age Spot Removal, Scar & Stretch Mark Removal, Rosacea & More
  • SkinCeuticals Skincare

New patients welcome!  Telemedicine appointments also available. Schedule today: 692-6838  

Complimentary Tele-consults with Registered Dietitian Leslie Rusch-Bayer

Complimentary Tele-Consults with Registered Dietitian Leslie Rusch-Bayer

Just because you are staying safe at home during the COVID-19 situation, does not mean you have to make unhealthy choices, over-eat or continue to feel less than optimal.  Now is the perfect time to take steps to improve your health!  In your private consultation, Leslie will review your health history, concerns, and goals.  She will explain the options available to you and help you get started on the path to success.

Schedule your free tele-consult now: leslie@couricenter.com.  You will receive a call or email generally within one business day, M-F 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM.

 

 

Spring Has Sprung; How Will You Grow? By Leslie Rusch-Bayer, RD, LDN, CPT

With the current state of our medical, personal, social, and economic environment, did you miss the first day of spring? Instead of searching for signs of spring like the start of tulips, green grass emerging, longer days, and warmer temperatures, have you been hyper-focused on social distancing, politics, daily press conferences, and all the stressors that come with our current environment? Once considered a difficult spelling word, quarantine is now a regular term, the subject of many memes, and may define the year 2020.

Integrative Health

The Couri Center was created and structured on the principles and pillars of integrative medicine. Our model of integrative medicine uses a total-body screening approach to our patients. Our providers also highlight and educate each patient on the importance of using tools to prevent disease. Many of us take our good or manageable health for granted. Do you?

Age, busy schedules, lack of interest, or an unhealthy reliance on medications collectively impact the effort we each put toward our health. The current COVID-19 environment is highlighting and proving the utmost importance of disease prevention. Hand washing, good hygiene, and social distancing are all measures to prevent, or reduce, the spread of this virus. We are all depending on and seeking healthy immune systems. 

Current statistics show those at highest risk for COVID-19 are aged older than 65 and have pre-existing chronic diseases. Unfortunately, the United States is finding a higher number of young, healthy children and adults suffering from the symptoms associated with COVID-19, than found in China and Europe. Many factors could be influencing this statistic; however, it would be irresponsible not to consider the negative impacts on health and the immune system created by an unhealthy diet, poor sleep, excessive stress, and a sedentary lifestyle. 

Many of us have relocated our work office to a room in our house. We are not spending time commuting to work. Some are temporarily out of work. Children are home from school, sports, and social gatherings. Instead of letting stress and life’s complications (stress eating, lack of exercise, increased alcohol consumption, over-thinking and sleeping less) rule our current lifestyle, recreate and follow a daily schedule. Focus on improving your nutrient intake. Manage your grocery budget by limiting the amounts of processed foods, soda, or alcohol your purchase. Take a walk every day. Meditate. Cook! Stop cruising through life on auto-pilot. Stop buying overly processed, unhealthy foods because you have a “right” to eat them. Activate a change in attitude. We now have the time to take action and improve our health and well-being. 

Tele-Consults Available

Just as spring is the season of growth and new beginnings, it would benefit each of us not to waste this season, but to use the season of COVID-19 as a season of growth. The Couri Center is also transitioning and growing due to COVID-19. We are as focused as ever to the importance of staying connected to our patients and providing the BEST information regarding women’s health and integrative medicine. Telemedicine appointments are easy, effective, and now available by calling 309-692-6838 or via our patient portal to schedule.  Some insurances are even waiving co-pays on telemedicine video calls through April 30, 2020.

Email your topics/questions

We also understand and value the questions many of you may have regarding COVID-19, disease prevention, integrative medicine, and overall women’s health. Over the next few weeks, we will focus on answering these questions through articles, live videos, and interviews with many of our providers. We would love to discuss the topics and questions you have. Please email your questions to leslie@couricenter.com.  Stay connected to the Couri Center by following our Facebook page. You will see us providing the women of Central Illinois with the most comprehensive, prevention-based, cutting-edge tools and information during this transitional time of growth.

Wash your hands and stay healthy-

 

Leslie Rusch-Bayer, RD, LDN, CPT

Beet Soup (Smooth and Velvety)

Beet soup isn’t just delicious, it’s also jam packed with nutrients. Beet soup is a mix of beets, parsnip, ginger, onion and garlic. This blended version is creamy, savory, and rich in flavor. Perfect to serve on it’s own, next to a salad or hearty main.
PREP TIME: 10 mins
COOK TIME: 30 mins
TOTAL TIME: 40 mins
SERVINGS: 4 servings
CALORIES: 145kcal 
AUTHOR: Lisa Bryan

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil or olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger peeled and finely chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 large beets peeled and diced (or 4 beets, if smaller)
  • 1 medium parsnip peeled and diced (approx 1 cup)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth or more for desired texture

Garnish

  • coconut cream or yogurt
  • parsley
  • black sesame seeds
  • cracked black pepper

Instructions

  • Heat the avocado oil in a large stock pot on medium high heat. Add the onion and cook for 3-4 minutes, until softened.
  • Add the garlic, ginger, salt and pepper and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, until fragrant.
  • Add the diced beets, diced parsnips and vegetable broth. Turn the heat to high and bring to a boil. Then reduce the heat to low, cover the pot and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until the beets are fork tender.
  • Use a ladle to transfer the soup to a high-powered blender. Blend for one minute or until creamy.
  • To serve, pour the soup into a bowl and garnish with coconut cream or yogurt, parsley, black sesame seeds and cracked black pepper.

Nutrition

Calories: 145kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 994mg | Potassium: 394mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 521IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg

How Your Weight May Affect Your Risk of Breast Cancer By Dana Humes-Goff

We now have substantial evidence that overweight/obesity is strongly associated with breast cancer, and with poorer prognosis and increased mortality, especially in postmenopausal women. In fact, women over 50 who are obese have a 20% to 40% increased risk of developing breast cancer compared to normal-weight women.

A quick calculation based on U.S. Census Bureau data indicates that there are about 45 million women in the United States between the ages of 45 and 75 years, and it is estimated that 40% of them are obese. These findings are a strong motivator for two-thirds of American women to consider changing their lifestyles to reduce their risks.

It’s never too late to embrace a healthy lifestyle change. A recently published, large prospective study evaluated 180,000 women, 50 years of age and older, over the course of 18 years and found that even a modest weight loss was found to reduce breast cancer risk. An over-accumulation of fat cells raises breast cancer risk by increasing the body’s estrogen levels. Women who are overweight also tend to have higher levels of insulin, and higher insulin levels have also been linked to breast cancer.

A healthy diet and a consistent exercise routine can help reduce breast cancer risk by 20-80%. That’s huge! And, losing even a small amount of weight can make a difference in your risk—not to mention your overall health. Without a doubt, even losing a small amount can be a big challenge. That’s why the Couri Center has an integrated health care program to address this critical issue. Our providers and our registered dietitian offer a team approach to a healthy diet, nutrition, food sensitivities, and exercise; thus, combining conventional medicine with functional medicine to provide care specific to your individual needs.

To get started, call 309-692-6838 or email and let us assist you in reducing your risk.