Keto or vegan diets have gained popularity over the last couple of years because they work… For some. Somehow, we’ve convinced ourselves that what works for some must work for us.
I hate to break it to you, friend… That’s not true.
Those fad diets or systems may not work for your body.
Recently, I had a client ask me if I believed in certain systems (keto, vegan, paleo, etc.) or if I thought getting healthy and reaching goals relied on tips and tricks.
My answer…. Neither.
My answer will always be “honor your body”. Tips and tricks are more of a Band-Aid approach. They may relieve symptoms temporarily, but they never address the real issue. Let’s learn why fad diets may not work for your body.
The Most Important Pillar To Reach Your Fullest Health Potential
Why did I say “honor your body”? Because it’s all-encompassing of my 3 stage framework to help busy professionals reclaim their health. This phrase repeats itself over and over in my mind. It’s become my go-to response to anyone asking me health questions.
If you want to know a little more of what that encompasses, here are the 3 pillars to reaching your fullest health potential:
Eat For Your Body
Uncover Hidden Stressors
Master Your Mindset
You could even alternate “honor your body” with the last pillar. We must master our mindset when it comes to honoring our body
Fad Diets Result In Negative Downstream Effects
When there’s a fire, you spray it down with a hose. But if embers fly in the wind and land on a dry patch of grass, that hose is not going to suffice. You’ll be dealing with a wildfire (much like we’ve seen on the West Coast lately).
Likewise, fad diets only address the short term symptoms. While they may work for some time, they may not work in the long term (and may actually damage your health).
Let’s talk about the negative downstream effects fad diets have.
When you get stuck on a certain lifestyle approach, system, or fad diet, it’s easy to stay stuck living in that lifestyle. We dismiss the subtle signs our body is trying to communicate to us. We shrug it off as something unusual.
One of my clients was on a ketogenic diet for 3 years. She was always sick but was so afraid to leave that system to try something better for her body.
When we make the decision to go on a fad diet, we force ourselves to continue following that diet even if our body is screaming it’s unhappy. We fail to listen to our bodies and honor what it’s saying.
Our commitment (or stubbornness) to these fad diets or systems is dishonoring our body’s needs.
When you honor your body, it will honor you back.
(Learn how to balance your plate to feel satisfied, energized, and uplifted in this free guide.)
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Why Fad Diets May Not Work For Your Body
The same client mentioned above was stuck following her ketogenic diet for 3 whole years. She knew it wasn’t working for her body, but she wouldn’t stop. Instead, she continued to gain weight. Everyone else around her on the same diet was losing weight. It didn’t make sense.
She wasn’t honoring her body.
Her body was screaming at her to stop in every possible way…. Headaches, irregular menstrual cycles, weight gain, stress, and anxiety were through the roof.
But she stubbornly kept following the system.
When she sat down to chat with me, we addressed her current eating patterns. She wasn’t eating for what her metabolism needed.
After a series of assessments, we quickly learned that a keto diet was not right for her.
She was crippled with fear at first. Something as simple as incorporating fruit in her diet scared her. She avoided it for 3 years. But she trusted the process and chose to try something new.
In addition to the guidelines I created for her, I coached her on honoring her own body and giving what it was asking for.
Transformation After Honoring The Body
Her story didn’t end there. After she implemented those changes, she couldn’t believe how much a small change in her diet could do for her energy. She enjoyed eating things like fruit again! The best part… Her stress levels improved, her hormone related symptoms improved, and she lost over 10 pounds in 3 weeks.
This all happened after following the wrong diet – a fad diet – for years.
There is no perfect diet for everyone.
Ripping The Band-Aid Off To Discover The Root Problem
Just like I don’t believe in Band-Aid approaches to health, I don’t believe in following systems either. Systems don’t work for all people.
Tired after meals
Have no energy throughout the day
Feel foggy after you eat and need to lay down to take a nap
Feel like you’re hungry within 1 to 2 hours after eating
… Then you may not be honoring your body.
These are all great indicators that your current diet is not right for you.
It’s time to rip off the Band-Aid to discover your personalized system.
Start Honoring Your Body To See Transformation
The simple technique I use helps my clients understand which foods are right for your body. In this technique, you’ll assess how you feel after each meal to determine if you have the right balance of carbs, fats, and proteins.
You don’t need to count calories or weigh your food (if you don’t want to do that).
Simply look at your plate to determine how much of each macronutrient you need to fuel your body appropriately. And it goes without saying that you have to be eating nutrient dense foods.
This technique helps you gauge how you’re going to feel by the types of food you have on your plate. It is transformational. And the best part is, it allows you to even go into a restaurant and pick foods that will fuel you instead of depleting you.
Your body is super intelligent. And if we honor what it is asking for, it will honor us in return. We just have to tune in. And part of tuning in is having the right tools to do the job. Download this free guide on how to balance your plate. Start seeing the transformation today!
The last time you went to your doctor, they likely ran labs or panels on your
Even if the labs came back “normal”, you may not feel like you’re normal. This is not your best life.
“Normal” health is not optimal health.
I constantly hear this story over and over and over again.
But that doesn’t have to be your story anymore. Today, I want to share with you something that may go against the grain for what you believe or understand to be true. It’s time to start living in optimal health, not just settling for “normal” health.
“Normal” Health Is Not Normal
What we call normal health may be common, but it is not normal.
It is not normal to drag yourself out of bed every morning and fuel yourself with three or four cups of coffee just to get going.
It is not normal that you are too tired to do anything else at the end of your work day because you’re completely exhausted.
And it’s not normal for you to continue to pack on body fat year after year no matter how hard you think you’re trying to get it off.
We’ve become accustomed to the word normal health, and we’ve associated it with the normal aging process.
But I’m here to tell you today that what is common is not always (and should not be classified as) normal.
“What Is Common Is Not Always Normal.”
Unfortunately, our society has simply accepted our poor health as the norm and something that we just have to live with.
You may be in the place I was for many years. Doctors told me all my lab tests were normal. I’d just had to live with my symptoms. My health was not optimal, and conventional medicine was not able to see that clearly.
Looking In The Wrong Places for Health Advice
After much frustration and exhaustion, I realized I was searching for health advice in the wrong places. Today, I see my old, tired, depleted self in so many others – searching for advice and relying on their doctors for the answer they simply cannot give.
People walk around every day with preventable diseases like high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, and even cancer (which is becoming more and more common).
Instead of taking ownership over these diseases, we blame our diseases on our genetics or age and truly accept them as a part of those processes.
But there is a better way.
It’s not metformin, insulin shots, blood pressure medication, or chemotherapy.
While I’m not against pharmaceuticals (there’s a time and place, there is absolutely a better way to heal our bodies without these harmful medications.
You see, I spent much of my life falling into the same trap. Now that I’ve learned the truth about health and prevention, I’m on a mission to share that with as many people who will listen and coach those who are ready to truly live their best life. If that’s you, stay tuned for some great tips to start living in optimal health.
(I want to help you break past your “normal” health. Let’s chat about your specific health issues and discover a path to live in optimal health.)
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Choosing Optimal Health
Are you ready to start living in optimal health?
When it comes to choosing optimal health, you should…
… Wake up in the morning with plenty of energy to get out of bed easily.
… Still have that same great energy into the day and the evening.
… Be able to lay down at night when you get ready and go to sleep without the need for sleeping pills.
… Eat meals and feel satisfied without having cravings.
… Not be packing on the pounds when you feel like you’re working out and eating right.
The truth is, there is a better way of looking at health.
So what’s stopping you?
The Problem: Underlying Malfunction
The health problems you’re experiencing today, like fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, irritability, and indigestion, may not sound like life-threatening diseases. But they are a sign something more serious is to come.
And these problems don’t just happen by chance! They’re happening because there is an underlying malfunction going on in the body. Partner with someone like me to conduct and evaluate functional labs.
How to Live An Optimal Health
The beautiful thing is that your body knows exactly how to achieve this optimal health state if you give it what it needs. All you have to do is support it.
When you get the support right, you’ll wake up in the morning happy and full of energy, excited to start your day. You’ll have steady energy throughout the day without feeling sluggish. And you won’t need caffeine or sugar to keep you going. You’ll also have higher resistance when it comes to illness. And we could definitely all use a little bit of that right now.
Optimal health will allow you to think more clearly, remember more easily, and have a higher tolerance to stress.
Maybe you’ve met those easy going people that seem to just allow everything to roll off their back?
Those types of things come with optimal health.
When you have a healthy body, you have a healthy mind.
And you’ll also have an easier time maintaining a healthy body weight and moving freely without pain.
You’ll have better digestion and won’t have to worry about things like heartburn, gas, diarrhea, constipation. Food cravings will become a thing of the past.
Where are you in this list?
If you think it seems unrealistic that you could live the life I just described, then you’re doing it wrong. While that may sound harsh, you can live with every one of these health benefits. The only thing you have to do to make a change is make a commitment to do so and take action. Change doesn’t happen on its own.
7 Tips to Start Living in Optimal Health
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms or you feel you’re not living in optimal health, know that you can regain it. This simply means investing in yourself.
You are worth the investment.
So here are some things you can start doing today.
1. Improve Your Breathing
First and foremost, improve your breathing. The body requires a steady flow of oxygen to function properly. Beyond this, stress, poor posture, and poor diet interfere with our ability to breathe properly. That’s why you need to focus on deep belly breathing into your nose and out your mouth for a few minutes several times throughout the day to train your body to breathe properly so you can relax.
2. Drink Plenty of Clean Water
Then, drink plenty of clean water. Two-thirds of your body is water. The average person is drinking two to four 8 ounce glasses of water per day. This is astonishing! We are so dehydrated, yet we fill our bodies with food when we’re probably not even hungry. We may just be thirsty.
Water supports the brain, digestion, immune system, detoxification pathways, and our muscles and joints. So if you have issues in any of these areas, I encourage you to increase your water intake to 50% of your body weight in ounces.
3. Eat Whole Foods
Eat whole foods. We live on processed foods, sugar, toxins, additives, and flavorings. These encourage disease in our bodies. Our cells are a picture of what we eat, and they only thrive when we are feeding them fuel from natural whole foods (meat, fruit, and vegetables). Anything else may be a driver behind disease.
4. Think Positive Thoughts
Your daily actions are a clear picture of your thought life, so think positive thoughts.
Your thoughts drive your beliefs, which drive your actions. And your actions drive your results.
If you’re living a miserable thought life, you’re going to show up like that in your life. Your daily actions are a true reflection of what you’re thinking.
Make sure you think positive thoughts and take positive actions, since these will have positive results in your life.
5. Get Enough Sleep
Get enough sleep. We are living in a sleep-deprived nation. We wake up in the morning tired and fatigued, needing those 3 cups of coffee because we’re not spending enough time in the bed at night.
If you’re sleeping only 6 hours a night, you’re doing your body no favors. When I interview my clients, this is the average amount of sleep they get every night.
During sleep, our immune system is working for us, our physical breakdown and damage is repaired, and we process our thoughts and memories. Sleep helps us recover from our day and refreshes us for the next day.
6. Get Outside in Nature
If you’ve been here for any length of time, then you know I’m a nature girl. And you should be a nature person too! If you haven’t experienced the healing properties of nature, you are missing out. When you take a walk in the forest, you are boosting your own immune system.
Did you know nature has its own immune system? We spend so much time indoors in front of our computers, yet our healthier ancestors spent the majority of their days outside in the sun and in nature. So many people are going out of their way to avoid the sun, but it’s critical for our body’s immune system.
Get outside for at least 20 minutes per day – even if it’s for a short walk in your neighborhood.
7. Move Your Body
Finally, move your body every day! One of the biggest reasons I see for chronic pain and inflammation is due to lack of exercise and movement. We have to do this in order to improve circulation, immunity, mental clarity, and physical resilience. It helps us think. Exercise even improves our mental health.
(Bonus points if you break a sweat!)
Experience Optimal Health With Professional Guidance
So what happens if you’re doing all these things and you feel like you’re still not making progress in your health? If that’s the case, there may be an underlying reason you are not experiencing optimal results. That means it’s time to work with someone to help you dig a little bit deeper into the reasons you may be experiencing pain and suffering. Learn how I help busy professionals start living their optimal health here.
There’s a subject I’m pretty passionate about, but I don’t talk about it often.
You see, I’m saddened by the state of health people are in. I see the desperation in their eyes and hear it in their voice.
And every single day, I talk to people who will do anything for their health. It’s so ingrained in our behaviors; even my clients are looking for the next pill to solve their problems instead of giving the body the time it needs to heal. We have a “hurry up” mentality when it comes to everyday life. And we expect that with our health as well.
But that mentality gets us in a lot of trouble.
We’re willing to turn to supplements so quickly. And while they do help, they don’t fix the root cause of the problem.
We’ve gotten off-balance in our bodies due to poor nutrition, stress, toxins, bad relationships, poor sleep habits, and simply not taking care of ourselves as we should. We’ve let go of the simple practices in life that our ancestors held so dear and actually worked!
Instead of relying on God given medicine for our healing, we trust man’s medicine, the government, and the FDA.
We’re simply not taught how to care for our bodies. This lack of knowledge even extends into our medical schools. Medical schools teach med students why herbs don’t work, how they are harmful, and how pharmaceuticals are the answer.
What you don’t hear from people who use pharmaceuticals is that a certain drug gives them strength, vitality, confidence, freedom. Yet I hear those things every single day from people who are adopting natural health strategies.
The truth is… God created everything on this earth to heal our bodies. And you should start relying on God given medicine for your healing if you want to experience true freedom.
While I can’t go against my clients’ desires, I watch those drugs or antibiotics destroy their gut and health. It’s a never-ending cycle of covering up symptoms and side effects and not addressing the root cause of the issue. Then they want a cure for the symptoms or side effects that come along with them. If you’ve been on antibiotics lately, you likely know the bad after-effects.
There is absolutely a time when pharmaceuticals may be necessary for healing. But I will say that sometimes we should allow nature to work and even use more gentle herbs to do the job. It may take it a little longer to get the results you’re searching for, but you’ll be much healthier.
Addressing The Body’s Imbalance
The difference is most pharmaceutical medications never address the imbalance in the body, which is something that God took care of for us when he created the earth. His medicines can bring balance back to the body.
In Exodus 15:26, the Lord says to the Israelites, “for I am the Lord, your healer.”
Did you know that pharmaceutical companies derive most of your medications from the things of this earth? They’ve just had their natural chemistry manipulated in a lab.
Do we really think we can do it better than the Creator of the universe?
The answer… No, we can’t do better (even if we try).
But when more money can be made or saved, it’s often done at the expense of people’s health. Your health.
I hope this doesn’t surprise you.
After all, we are a people of convenience these days. And it’s not just you who feels that way, wanting everything to happen yesterday. It’s even the big guys making all the decisions about your health.
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Relying on God Given Medicine For Your Healing
So it’s up to you to decide where you’re going to turn for healing. When you start relying on God given medicine for your healing, you’ll sidestep the pharmaceutical companies’ greed and see a bounty of freedom.
Unfortunately, natural medicine often fails… Not because it doesn’t work, but because people aren’t willing to change their lifestyle – the root of the disease process.
I work with forward-thinking people, busy professionals, and health-minded individuals (who have investigated natural health). But even my clients – among the general population – are still so conditioned to believe that the answer is in a magic pill. And they’re willing to spend thousands in that direction when the answer is not found in the pill alone.
So what is God given medicine?
It starts with your food.
Our God Given Food
Before I start working with my clients , I interview them to discover opportunities for healing. It’s interesting to find that there is so much willingness to simply ingest dietary supplements. Yet, there’s so much hesitancy around giving up convenience foods.
Microwave meals, fast food, and packaged meals… man-made convenience foods, not natural healthy foods.
And when you buy those packaged foods, they are likely filled with additives to extend the shelf life, colored dyes, and flavor enhancers like MSG. These things are literally exciting our cells to a premature death. It’s no wonder why we age early and have diseased organs.
There’s a big trade off when you consume convenience foods. You trade in your health and perhaps part of your lifetime.
We allow these companies to genetically engineer our foods (just like our medicines) and believe their pitch about “it’s to end world hunger.” Their priority isn’t to end world hunger or feed you healthy food. It’s to create more shareholder profit.
Even the farmers that grow our foods are being fed lies by big companies and are using their manipulated seeds, which have destroyed their land for good, making it impossible to grow clean, healthy, organic produce on that abused land ever again.
The foods they produce lack nutrients. Then, they make it worse by using pest control chemicals that are poisons which ultimately destroy our guts. This is a devastating combination when you think about it.
Foods with less nutrients and poisons that destroy the villi (which are responsible for nutrient absorption) can only mean 1 thing – malnourished people – which leads to disease.
You may have heard the term “overfed and under-nourished.” People are becoming malnourished even when consuming a so-called “healthy diet.”
This even occurs when we eat whole foods. We may still need dietary supplements to boost our nutrient levels.
The truth is, you’re doing your body no good if you’re taking a bunch of supplements without the ability to absorb them. This is another conversation, but keep this in mind… It ALL starts with your gut.
Experiencing True Freedom With God’s Medicine
There is a great deceiver prowling amongst us.
And it is my mission to call out the lies and deception.
My hope is that you heed this warning before you end up as sick as I did, in need of significant repair.
If this message reaches you and you feel it’s too late, just know that the body is super intelligent. Even when damaged, there’s opportunities to improve your health and help you live your best life possible.
We have all these symptoms, and we don’t think about how our environment impacts it.
So what does the liver do? Often, the liver is called the “grandfather organ”. It’s one of our organs responsible for detoxing our bodies from the things we eat to the air we breathe.
The liver takes on a lot of strenuous duties, which includes processing everyday lifestyle and nutritional choices. Often, the biggest contributor to strain on our liver is not the choices we make, but the toxic world we live in. The air we breathe is filled with toxins from our environment.
Outdoor pollution is bad enough, but what’s worse is the indoor pollution that contaminates your body.
Unfortunately, we are constantly bombarded with toxins in the air. From the cotton clothing we wear that was sprayed with pesticides, to the off-gassing of furniture/carpet/paint on the walls, and to the fire retardant found in our bedding…
Outside of the air we breathe, chemicals and fluoride fill our water systems. While they’re supposed to keep us safe, they fill our bodies with toxins.
The things we eat or drink on a regular basis are filled with pesticides, herbicides, toxic medications, processed chemicals our body was never meant to handle.
These things can create havoc on our detox organs – especially our liver. It’s honestly no surprise as to why so many people are struggling with decreased liver function when you think about all the modern-day stressors and toxins we’re exposed to.
If you ask me, taking care of your liver is one of the most important things you can do for your body. In this blog, I’m going to share how to love your liver by keying into these 10 clues you need to detox your liver (and signs that it may be congested).
When you think about a toxic liver, you may not realize some of the things you’re struggling with on a daily basis could be a result of toxic overload in the liver. The more toxins the body is exposed to, the harder the liver has to work to remove them. Unfortunately, our poor liver gets bogged down and is unable to keep up with the demand for detoxification.
Over time, the ability to filter out toxins diminishes. When this occurs, there are many signs that come along with it. Unfortunately, these signs might look like other common health issues and most of the time medical professionals focus on alleviating the symptoms instead of addressing the root cause, which is toxic overload in the body.
10 Clues It’s Time To To Detox Your Liver
If you feel like you may have a congested liver after reviewing the signs and symptoms, you will need to work with a qualified professional like myself to help you out. Yes, I know there are liver dedicated supplements that you can take over the counter. And many people reach out to me on a regular basis and ask me if the supplements they are taking for their liver are good. My standard answer after reading a list of ingredients is typically yes. The truth is, there are supplements that support the liver. But true detox is a process that includes specific vitamins, minerals, and amino acids as well as antioxidants to enable the liver can go through a true detox.
If you have more than one of the following clues you need to detox your liver, please connect with me or someone else.
A congested liver will set you up or other disease processes to take place in the body. The beautiful side of that is once you understand true detox and how to implement it in your own life, it is a tool you will be able to keep in your arsenal for years to come.
1. Poor Digestion
One of the things the liver is responsible for producing is bile. Bile is there for digestion and breaks down fats. You want to make sure you have enough bile to break down those fats to get the nutrients you need to be healthy.
If you’re experiencing poor digestion, that’s an indicator you don’t have clean processes to reuse your bile – which helps you consume necessary vitamins. As a result, you’re going to be malnourished and sick.
2. Hormonal Imbalance
The liver is critical in ridding the extra hormones that our body doesn’t need at that time. When there’s a buildup of hormones, you may experience any of the following symptoms:
● High blood pressure
● Weight gain
● Sleep problems
● Low libido
● Low immune function
● Craving junk food
Many of my clients before working with me brush these symptoms aside. It’s just part of life. What they don’t know is that these symptoms are a result of a stressed out liver.
3. Weight Gain
We often experience weight gain (and can’t keep it off) if the liver is stressed and cannot rid itself of the toxin buildup. In fact, the body holds onto fat as a protective mechanism if it doesn’t feel safe to release those toxins.
If you’re experiencing this symptom, think about your blood sugar imbalance and hormones. They are all interconnected.
4. Skin Problems
If you have toxins building up in your system and your liver isn’t able to process those toxins, then your skin becomes a detox pathway. As a result, your skin starts to clog up, causing things like:
Many clients come to me asking what they can put on their eczema. But that’s not the problem. The problem is that they have a congested liver. Their skin issues are showing up as a result.
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Fatigue is a super common problem I see and another clue you need to detox your liver.
But what is fatigue actually?
It’s feeling like you didn’t get enough sleep the night before
You feel like you can’t function properly throughout the day (especially after meals).
There’s not enough caffeine in the world to curtail the effects your congested liver is causing.
6. Bad Breath Or A White Coating On Your Tongue
Stick out your tongue right now. Does it have a white coating on it? If so, that’s a clear indicator that something is going on with your liver.
That white coating actually leads to your bad breath. People often try to scrape the coating thinking that they are fixing the problem. Unfortunately, unless you address the root, the white coating will return.
So why does this happen? White coating on your tongue is a sign that you aren’t digesting your food well. It also shows things like candida or other bacteria overgrowing in your gut. Since the mouth, gut, and liver are all part of your digestive tract, they all play a role in your digestion. A sluggish liver is going to contribute to the white coating on your tongue. It’s all one pathway.
7. Chemical Sensitivities
Do you feel like you can’t stand certain cleaning products and get a headache, anxiety, or irritability when you’re exposed to them? Or do you feel like a lightweight when drinking alcohol? If you said “yes”, you are experiencing chemical sensitivity. This often happens when your body already has too many toxins on board and your liver cannot detox. When you add these chemicals to your system or environment, your liver simply cannot handle it.
If you’re having cravings for sweet treats or highly processed foods (what you would find in a bag or a box), it can be caused by blood sugar and hormone imbalance. Those are signs that the liver is not functioning well.
9. Gallbladder Problems
The gallbladder and the liver are connected. The liver produces bile. The bile salts are responsible for breaking down the fats. The bile is stored in the gallbladder until it’s needed for digestion. If there’s not enough bile produced, then it’s more difficult for your body to digest and break down those fats.
When the gallbladder isn’t functioning properly (if you still have your gallbladder as it’s often removed), you experience symptoms like:
● Abdominal bloating
You have an intolerance to fatty foods. You want to get the liver working so it produces enough bile, so that the gallbladder stores bile appropriately, so it’s utilized when it’s required to break down those foods and fats.
Remember back to clue #1, if you aren’t breaking down those fats properly, then you risk being malnourished. That leads you into a whole other ball game. Your body needs vitamins and minerals to operate
10. Pain In The Upper Right Portion Of Your Abdomen
Your liver sits in that upper right corner of your abdomen, underneath your rib cage. Sometimes, it’s going to feel inflamed when it’s congested. And when there’s a lot of inflammation, you’re going to feel pain. That’s an indicator that your liver is enlarged.
Here’s the thing… If you don’t resolve these issues, you may be diagnosed with Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD). This means you have a compromised liver and need to work on detoxing your liver.
No longer are only alcoholics experiencing this, but other people as well. And it all stems from a congested liver.
The toxic environment that we live in is dumping more and more toxins into your liver. If we’re not working to clean up our physical body, then we aren’t doing it any favors.
That’s why I talk about detoxification so frequently. It’s a common method I use to restore a client’s health. This is not a one-size-fits-all approach to rebalance the liver and the body.
If you’re not getting well, think about what might be the root to your health problems. You’re not going crazy. Sometimes, nutrition and exercise just isn’t enough. The key is getting to the root so you can be happy, healthy, and whole.
Several of these symptoms disrupted my life for many years. I worked on my health and thought I was detoxing appropriately. I actually went through some miserable times with detox. But once I learned how to detox properly, my health drastically changed. If you can’t move the needle in some of the symptoms mentioned in this blog, liver detox could be your simple answer.
Don’t leave this unresolved! It could lead to fatty liver disease. There is good news though! Poor liver function can be reversed using a combined approach of proper detoxification methods and appropriate nutrient support. These methods will greatly assist in restoring function and balance to all the systems in the body.
Obesity is at an all-time high – varying between 30-40% of adults in the United States being obese. So many people are struggling to feel better in their bodies. They even say they’re “willing to try anything to lose the weight”. As a result, they sign up for these unfounded weight loss challenges. And many of these weight loss challenges lead to toxin overload and prevent fat loss.
When it comes to sustainable fat loss, healthy eating and exercise are a necessary part of the equation. If you feel like you’ve tried everything (including healthy eating and exercise) and you’re still at a standstill, I have one question for you… Have you thought about your toxic load?
In this blog, I’m sharing how weight loss challenges lead to toxin overload and prevent you from sustaining fat loss.
What is Toxic Load?
So, what is a toxic load? Toxins are impossible to avoid. They are unnatural chemicals that are everywhere we look. We live in them every day. We wear them in our clothing and in the products we put on our skin. Without realizing it, we even eat these toxins.
They contaminate water, soil, and even organic farms where we grow food. When we raise animals to eat, we also expose them to toxins and stressful living conditions. This leads to toxins and stress in our bodies when we consume them.
The seriousness goes even beyond the things we’ve purposefully altered. It is impacting animals in the wild. We damage wild animals with toxins when we feed them by mistake. They rummage through garbage cans to fill up on goodies we leave behind. In the ocean, they fill up on plastic that didn’t make it to the recycling bin. When we study these animals, they are filled with high levels of the same toxins we’re exposed to on a daily basis. If we consume these animals, even from the wild, we are still getting exposed.
Why do I tell you this? I want you to understand that toxins are unavoidable. We all have some amount of toxins in our bodies. This is your toxic load. Now that you know, the best thing to do is lower your exposure to those toxins.
Why Does Toxin Overload Matter for Weight Loss?
When toxins are at high levels in your body, they will quickly bring an unwanted plateau in your health. Toxin overload prevents even the most determined person from reaching their desired level of fitness and fat loss.
We try to go on a walk during our lunch break, but have trouble breathing because of unbearable allergies…
When we finally have a night open to try that ZumbaTM class, we’re sore for weeks after because our joints can’t keep up with our rhythm…
We want to make a healthy meal full of whole foods for our families, but we are so tired by 6pm that ordering takeout seems like the only option.
Many people don’t know that allergies, joint pain, and exhaustion – which already weigh us down everyday – are related to toxin overload. It has been clearly documented in scientific literature that environmental toxins are linked to chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, ADD, diabetes, allergies, and so much more.
Decreasing toxin exposure is the first step to clearing these all too common set-backs from your path to wellness. What would having that kind of freedom help you achieve?
If you’re ready to decrease the amount of toxins in your daily life, then let me tell you one of the most important things to avoid: weight loss challenges
How Weight Loss Challenges Lead to Toxin Overload
As you hear me say often, the body is a very intelligent piece of machinery. It tries to naturally get rid of toxins through our poop, sweat, breath, and urine. But so many people live their lives every day constipated, working sedentary jobs, and getting very little water intake. What do you imagine that does to the body’s natural detox pathways? I imagine we either use them or lose them.
When our detox pathways are closed (or “sludgy” as I like to say), our body is not given the chance to rid of toxins naturally. The body has to find another way to stop them from harming us.
So, what does this have to do with fat? When the body can’t detox, it stores toxins in our fat instead so they won’t burden our organs. That means fat is actually a protector when it comes to toxic overload on the body.
This is how weight loss challenges lead to toxin overload… When people do extreme weight loss challenges, they aren’t just signing up for fast fat loss. They are also signing up to overflow toxins into their organs. This is why one of the first things I do with every client I meet is help them understand detox and take them through it rather than focus on the weight loss first. Weight loss becomes a side effect of detoxification, which is many times a root of excess body fat.
6 Ways to Detox Your Internal and External Environments
So let’s talk about some of the ways you can begin to detox your internal and external environments.
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Food is only half the battle when it comes to Fat Loss…
Even though some of the foods we eat can expose us to toxins, the right foods will have the opposite effect. Focusing on foods that naturally detox the body (antioxidant foods like leafy greens, beets, and grapefruit) is a simple way to get started. If we take more detoxing nutrients in, we can naturally let more toxins out. Thus helping you reach a healthier body weight.
When someone has trouble opening certain pathways that need a little push, I also like using personalized detox formulas based on that person’s specific needs. Interested in learning more? Let’s chat about it!
3. Mental & Emotional Healing
Detox is more than just a physical experience… It is also a mental and emotional one.
Emotional release takes place when a person begins to realize the reasons for their pain and suffering. They then begin to choose and create new patterns by releasing old belief patterns that are no longer serving them.
Some people are more open to this process than others. For those who are open to the emotional aspects of healing, the benefits will be clear. Afterall, everything we feel and think impacts our physical being.
4. Clean Up Your Skin Care
Did you know that your skin is your body’s largest organ? It is also like a large sponge when it comes to the things in the environment – absorbing everything we put on it. One of the best things you can do is make sure the things you use daily on your skin are clean. They should be free from carcinogens, hormone disruptors, and other toxins that lead to disease in the body. I use clean products for bathing like castile soap. I’ve also recently partnered with a wonderful line that has EWG certified skin care products that give amazing results.
5. Get in a No-Stress Sweat
Of course, exercise is a great way to break a sweat; however, one of my favorite ways to sweat is with my infrared sauna. Infrared rays penetrate your core, sending internal heat to your body which often only receives external heat. This targets the release of toxins, which has a different impact on the body as a whole. Plus, it’s a great way to relax and get in a no-stress sweat!
6. Understand Your Physiology
When our immune system gets bogged down with toxic burden, it suffers. In turn, it impacts our organs negatively. Everyone is different in the way they respond to these stressors. So the stress on the body, along with the toxic burden, can then lead to bigger issues within.
Taking a look at your internal environment through functional lab tests on a regular basis can help you determine where the body is being impacted so you can detox those areas specifically.
For these tests, you’ll need to partner with a medical professional like myself to look at the health of your gut, hormones, and potentially food and environmental sensitivities. You can also test sources of inflammation, the health of your liver, and the impact of oxidative stress (AKA stress related to toxic overload) on the body.
Bottom Line: Food is Only Half the Battle When It Comes to Weight Loss
Bottom line is this… Our obesity epidemic is not only getting worse because of the foods we are consuming. That is only half the battle. Our environment is filled with chemicals. And more and more chemicals are being dumped into our environment every year. Many people will not lose weight or resolve their medical problems because they have damaged their bodies with toxic burden. If you’ve tried everything and your weight won’t budge, you may be dealing with more of an issue than what’s on your plate.
If that’s you, I have created something with you in mind. My “Jumpstart Your Health” Program is back, and we’re doing something new. If you’ve been around for any length of time, you probably figured out that I don’t talk about weight loss often. There are usually other root cause factors that we need to fix that will actually correct most weight and metabolism issues.
In this 90 day program, we’re diving head first into reaching your goals of sustainable weight loss. When we start to correct some of the issues we discuss in this blog, you’ll start to see your body respond the way it should.
Choose to invest in yourself. You’re the only one who can.
February is the month of love. While the heart shaped chocolate boxes and swoon-worthy acts of love come out in full force, it’s time to talk about why you need to detox and balance your hormones to protect your reproductive health.
This is not your typical Valentine’s Day blog.
The reason why I want to talk about this very topic today though is because we probably do not fully consider how much of an impact our hormones have on our
health in general. Additionally, we often do not understand how the things in our environment impact our hormone health. This topic applies to both female and male reproductive health.
Let’s take the 40,000 foot view of where we’re going…
● What nutrients you need to help your hormones to work properly
● Consider what toxins in your environment impact your hormones
● How to resolve hormone disruptors or endocrine disruptors naturally
● What some birth control methods do to cause hormone imbalance
Put on your seatbelt, and let’s get started
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Detox and Balance Your Hormones to Protect Your Reproductive Health
What does detoxification have to do with balancing your hormones?
When I work with my clients, I have them take a hormone test. This gives me a whole lot of information about their health. With a dried urine sample, I’m able to see the following:
● Whether or not you have enough estrogen ● If your body is utilizing it appropriately or taking a cancer causing pathway ● Whether you’re getting rid of it like you should or just recycling old estrogen
Knowing the amount of estrogen you have in circulation simply isn’t enough.
If we find that any of the markers mentioned above are moving in the wrong direction, then we can often course correct. Many times, I coach individuals through a little estrogen detox. This helps them balance their hormones.
Women who experience PMS and other types of symptoms like cravings, bloating, water retention, mood swings, and severe cramping before their menstrual cycle likely have some hormone imbalance. Although this imbalance is often talked about with women (as previously mentioned), these imbalances can also impact men.
These imbalances also do not stick to any given age group. I’ve seen all ages experience these issues.
Hormone imbalance does not discriminate.
When I was 12 years old, my doctor put me on birth control for severe menstrual cramps. 18 years later, I was still on that birth control experiencing horrible hormone symptoms.
By the time I was 29 years old, I was in perimenopause – my ovaries were gradually releasing less and less eggs. This condition usually impacts women in their 40s and 50s.
After a little hormone detox and a little balancing act, my hormones are healthy as they would be for any woman my age now. I’m glad this was the case for me; however, many people don’t have the same experience.
The truth is, when we start giving the body what it needs, it will often course correct naturally.
Main Problem With Hormone Replacement
The main problem with hormone replacement – whether it be synthetic or bioidentical replacement – is that our own body will stop producing its natural hormones.
This is exactly what happened to me.
There is absolutely a time and place for hormone therapy, but I believe that giving the body herbal support when it’s able to make its own hormones is the best route. If you opt for hormone therapy, make sure you choose a safe alternative like bioidentical hormone therapy instead of using synthetics.
It’s the best way to prevent cancer and other diseases from forming in the body.
Hormone Disruptors In Our Environment
We come into contact with hormone disruptors in our environment on a regular basis. Unfortunately, there’s no way to completely avoid them. You can, however, start today by eating a nutrient-rich diet, controlling your stress, getting plenty of sleep, using resistance training, and supporting your body through detox if you want to naturally balance your hormones.
Let’s go deeper into how to resolve hormone disruptors.
3 Steps to Resolve Hormone Disruptors
When our hormones are disrupted, we experience weight gain, mood swings, insomnia, depression, hair loss, lack of energy, water retention, brain fog, miscarriages, and/or inability to conceive. Unfortunately, this list continues, depending on the hormones that are causing the issue.
Before I realized what was going on with my body, I remember having a similar laundry list of symptoms. It wasn’t until I found someone who could help me that I was able to bring my hormones back into balance.
If you’ve known me for a while, you know I do not address symptoms because symptoms always have a root cause – hormone disruptors. So if you’re experiencing any of the above indicators, take the following 3 steps to resolve hormone disruption.
1. Balance your diet (this will help more than hormone balance)
2. Avoid hormone disruptors found in your environment
3. Detox your body on a regular basis
1. Balance Your Diet
Focus on your diet. Balance your diet. Diet. We hear this on repeat, and sometimes, we simply ignore it. Your nutrition impacts more than just your health.
The animals we consume today are filled with hormones.
In today’s environment, they are stressed and filled with “bad” hormones like cortisol. Those stress hormones are released into the animal’s tissues, which then become a part of us when we consume them.
If you want to detox and balance your hormones to protect your reproductive health, you must look at where your food comes from. How are they treating their animals? Are those animals stressed or happy? These are all things that you need to consider if you want to improve your reproductive health.
2. Avoid Hormone Disruptors From the Environment
Just as animals have stressors in their environment, we too have stressors in our environment. Those stressors, if consistent or elevated, can disrupt our own natural hormone production.
Consider the things in your environment that are toxic to your hormones. Things like…
… can cause hormone imbalance and lead to negative symptoms in the body.
You can find plastic hardeners, like BPA and BPS, in everything from plastics to sales receipts to canned goods.
Many of the toxins we wear on our skin (lotions, potions, and shampoos) may have toxins that are disrupting your hormones and endocrine system.
Additionally, you’ll find more hormone disruptors in you the products you clean your home with. Those chemicals destroy hormones.
So, how do you practically avoid hormone disruptors from the environment? Read the labels. If you don’t know an ingredient, look it up. Chances are that if you’re not familiar with it, it’s probably not good for your hormone health.
You may not be able to avoid all hormone disruptors in your environment, but try to remove as many as you can. You can also look for non-toxic lines. My favorite skincare line is Beauty Counter. I also love Branch Basics for household cleaning and laundry.
3. Learn to Appropriately Detoxify the Body on a Regular Basis
Finally, you need to learn how to appropriately detoxify the body on a regular basis. It’s not a one-and-done situation. You’re continually exposed to toxins that build up in your system. In March, I’m starting another Seasonal Cleanse Challenge. This challenge happens only a couple times of the year to help people understand the importance of detoxification and how it is different from just cleansing the body.
We will never get rid of every single toxin that we’ve ever come into contact with. But we can literally remove years of toxins from the body if we provide the body what it needs and allow it to intelligently do its job.