Currently, you may have a lot of time on your hands with quarantine. On the other hand, you may be extremely busy – working on your business, keeping the family entertained, and staying safe. All of the sudden, your time and energy has been depleted by the end of the day and you haven’t even left your house.
If the second description describes you, you’re not alone.
When many of my clients start their health journey they experience the same dilemma…
“Where do I begin exercising when time and energy are tight?”
That’s why I put together 7 effortless tips to get started on your personal health journey.
7 Effortless Tips To Start Exercising When Time and Energy are Tight
I get it… Time is money. That’s why it’s important to create habits that seem effortless. You don’t need to add more onto your plate. So what are these tips?
Do something you enjoy
Try high intensity interval training (HIIT)
Build a home gym
Follow a fitness trainer on social media
Give up the excuses
Move your body throughout the day
Tip 1 | Start Simple
The most important step to making this transformation effortless is to start simple. It’s easy as creatives, professionals, and business leaders to take it to the extreme. But your time and energy is strapped. Keep it simple.
When I first started my health journey and began working out, I would follow yoga videos on YouTube that were 5 to 7 minutes long. My time and energy didn’t allow for anything more than that. If I stood up too quickly, I would feel like I was going to pass out. A short yoga session was all my body could withstand at that point of my health journey.
If you’re beyond yoga, try to go a little longer. The key is to start simple.
Next, it’s important to do something you actually enjoy – if not, you’ll dread exercising. If you love weight lifting, do that. If you’d rather chase your kids around the yard and play ball with them, that’s okay too. Some of my clients like the idea of yoga and encourage their kids to join them for their at-home sessions. You could also have a beach day and include some exercise while you’re there.
People ask me all the time… What is the best exercise?
My answer is always the same… The one you’ll actually do and will continue to do.
Some days will look different than others. My preference is alternating days between high intensity weight training and yoga for rest days.
At the end of the day, it’s all about doing something you enjoy.
Tip 3 | Try High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
We all have 24 hours in the day. Don’t let the “lack of time” excuse get in your way.
If you’re looking for something to do quickly and get the most bang for your buck, I recommend high intensity interval training (HIIT). To get a better idea of what this looks like, search burst training videos on YouTube. HIIT includes working out in short bursts and taking small breaks in between.
How do you do it?
Start with a set of weight training (e.g. bicep curls), then alternate with a set of cardio (e.g. jumping jacks).
If you don’t have weights available, include bodyweight exercises like squats or push-ups. Alternate those with some sort of cardio.
Do 50 seconds of weight training with a 10-second break.
Then do 50 seconds of cardio training with a 10-second break.
Alternate back and forth between the 2 sets.
Your weight portion of the session should be slow and controlled – to slow your heart rate a bit. During the cardio session, you want to go all out as hard and fast as you can to really raise your heart rate.
Some people do as little as 4 rounds of this!
Now that I’m deep in my health journey, I do HIIT for up to 30 minutes of exercise.
You should honor your body and listen closely. If you’re exercising to the point of exhaustion, then you need to back off some.
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Tip 4 | Build a Home Gym
Another tip to make exercise effortless is to take out any possible excuse. That starts with building a home gym.
To exercise, you don’t need a fancy gym membership. It can be expensive and time-consuming. Plus, you may feel self-conscious working out in front of strangers. By building a home gym, you’re taking out any potential to make an excuse.
Plus, it’s easy to do!
Start with one set of dumbbells – or $10-$20 of equipment. Remember, start simple. Start small.
As you’re ready to level up in your equipment, purchase that next set of equipment. When I level up, I spend anywhere between $20 and $100. You can save more expensive equipment purchases when you can afford it.
Before you know it, you’ll have a home gym – built for you – without paying a monthly recurring membership or maintenance fees.
Tip 5 | Follow A Fitness Trainer on Social Media
An average adult spends over 2 hours on social media per day. While you’re scrolling and liking posts, follow a fitness trainer. They have the expertise in exercising in a home gym or by yourself that you don’t have. This also improves your productivity as you aren’t fumbling to create a workout routine.
Consider Hiring an Online Trainer
I used to watch YouTube videos for workout ideas. Now, I have an online trainer. To me, it’s a no-brainer because I don’t have to think about my workouts. I just follow the advice of someone else. It also helps me with variety. I alternatebetween 2 great programs – one for interval training and the other for yoga. When I exercise, I watch the recorded videos based on what I planned for that day.
The best part is that it only costs $20 / month – less expensive than a gym membership and a personal trainer. For me, it’s totally worth the investment.
Tip 6 | Give Up the Excuses
I’ve already mentioned it throughout this blog… To make exercising part of your schedule, you need to give up any excuse to not work out.
I allowed my excuses to stop me for a long time. My workouts used to be about an hour long. Not only did I realize I was working out too long, but I couldn’t find the time to do it consistently. Instead of just shortening my workout, I would often skip it altogether.
Now, I realize how silly my mindset was, but I used to believe that if I couldn’t give it my all, then I wasn’t going to do it at all.
Now, I do what I can.
My workouts are an average of 30 minutes long. I also get in the sauna.
But there are many days that I do not sit in the sauna. There are also days when my workout is only 10-15 minutes long because that’s all my schedule will allow. Those minutes still add up over time. And they really do matter and make a difference.
So if that is all you have… Then give it all you’ve got.
Tip 7 | Move Your Body Throughout the Day
Make sure you’re moving your body throughout the day.
This is the best way to condition the body for longevity.
Many of us now sit at our desks all day and don’t really move around much. Sitting is the new smoking. From what I see by looking around me and the studies I’ve read, I believe that statement is true.
We can mitigate this poor health habit by taking breaks during the day.
And if we’re honest with ourselves, our brain could use those breaks.
Studies prove that when a person takes a break every 60-90 minutes, they are more creative and productive. Who doesn’t want that?
I encourage you to set an alarm on your watch to remind you to stand up from your chair. Completely walk away from your work. Take a break outside, get some sunlight on your skin, and take a walk for about 5 minutes. You will feel more refreshed and more energized throughout the day.
And you will also help your body stay conditioned or get that way over time.
Allow Yourself Room to Grow and Improve
Allow yourself room to grow and improve. We live in a day and age where we can look on social media and see a multitude of fitness models. We expect that one day we will look like them, yet we don’t live the lives they live.
Stop comparing yourself to them, and just do what you can.
Be okay with meeting yourself where you are. As my husband often says, “you are exactly where you are supposed to be; so make the best of it.”
And if I can do anything to help you along the way, I would love to offer you support.
If you need help to take your health to the next level and need someone to partner with, I welcome you to connect with me so we can chat about some of your goals. During our discovery call, we can decide whether or not a partnership between you and I would be beneficial.
On the inside, the only thing sweet was the sugar that filled my belly from my sugar addiction – the candies, cookies, brownies, cake, and ice cream.
To me, there was nothing wrong. It wasn’t the sugar or anything else. There was simply something going on that I would suffer with for the rest of my life.
Health or the lack of health doesn’t always show itself. From the naked eye, you would have never even thought that I was suffering. I’m not a complainer, and so none of my friends or family were aware that I was suffering in silence.
This same story is one that many people experience, but silently suffering with toxic burden doesn’t have to be your story
Silently Suffering with Toxic Burden Doesn’t Have to Be Your Story
I think about my grandfather who was diagnosed with a rare cancer the day before his death. He had been silently suffering with toxic burden, and for how long, no one knows!
It’s interesting now that I’ve experienced my silent suffering, I can see it clearly in the people I interact with.
Today, I watch people with their energy-depleted faces. I physically see toxic burden on their bodies and the pain in their eyes. I hear their hurt in their words. And I can see their suffering through their tough exterior.
It’s a gift I gained through my silent suffering.
The thing is, you don’t have to suffer in silence anymore.
There’s hope, life, and light at the end of the tunnel. Your story is just getting started…
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Getting Out of the Silent Suffering Cycle.
So, how do you get out of this silent suffering cycle or toxic burden overload? I spent many years throwing every supplement I could possibly get my hands on at many of the symptoms I was experiencing, hoping to get well.
I call this a hodgepodge approach now.
Fighting symptoms with supplements is no better than fighting them with medication.
We hear a lot about root cause analysis in today’s health and wellness world. The truth is, we may not always know the exact root of a person’s illness. Why is this?
We come into contact with stressors on a daily basis that may or may not push us over the edge enough to drive a disease process. It is my experience that a major life stressor can be the turning point for someone when it comes to illness. Major life stressors might include moving to a new city, changing jobs, growing your family, divorce, or a death in the family.
So how does all this work?
Those who want to heal the body naturally from the inside out would likely work on things like detoxification, gut healing, and hormone balance.
In the event that cleaning up a person’s environment doesn’t work, then I, or other wellness practitioners, will do a little more detective work.
This usually happens when we discover that there is an environmental culprit preventing the disease process from healing. For example, this could look like constant exposure to mold or allergens in a person’s environment. It can be viral infections, parasites, or any number of other invaders.
The key is to expose the culprit when possible – that is where the detective work comes in.
Cancer & Toxic Overload
The C-word – cancer – is one that seems to creep into our lives. I recently lost my grandfather due to cancer. Like I said previously, he silently suffered for a long time. I’m sure of it. He even seemed to be in severe pain last time we were together.
As my family is recovering from this loss due to cancer, here are some things that I want you to think about today.
Cancer is Preventable
Did you know that we can prevent cancer if we live a life of health? I also don’t imagine that cancer has to be a death sentence, although many people do die from it.
“More people live off cancer than die from it.”
Our bodies are in a very acidic state as a whole. We also lack nutrients, are depleted in our hormones, in toxic overload, and are bogged down with life stressors.
Did you know that when many oncologists are interviewed they say they would not subject themselves or their family members to the same treatments they give their patients?
Isn’t that a shocking statement?
The truth is, whether it’s cancer, autoimmunity, diabetes, or high blood pressure, treatment with medications is no fun.
What if you could prevent diseases like this though?
What if basic lifestyle adjustments could actually be what would bring the body back into balance so these symptoms and the underlying disease could clear up?
Would it be worth it to you to give up those sodas and drive thru window meals to get rid of some of the things that are preventing you from feeling your best?
Thomas Edison – the inventor of the light bulb and – once said, “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will educate his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
Edison had a good point – prevention is the best medicine. But there’s an issue with his statement. Many don’t think anything is wrong with them until they feel unwell. As a health and wellness practitioner, I see more people that are feeling less than their best and less people who want to prevent disease. When they come to me, they are too far in their disease to bypass some sort of preventive medicine or natural intervention.
It’s time to tune in to your body’s signals.
As someone who believes that God provided everything on this earth for our wellness, my methods include course correction and working with natural substances (or supplements), which in my experience, gives individuals a whole new life.
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Using Medicine for Healing
I desire to see others thriving and well – not just managing their symptoms. When I was studying to become a nurse, I never realized I would learn so much about what I didn’t like about conventional medicine. Let’s take a look at how to use conventional medicine and God’s medicine for healing.
I realized my patients were just like me – suffering with no end in sight without some medication to mask the symptoms, surgery to explore a little further, or remove an organ that had failed.
I knew from the very beginning this type of treatment didn’t resonate with me.
What I didn’t realize at the beginning is that I had a choice, and so do you.
It was when I became sick that I started looking for treatments outside of conventional medicine.
Before I go any further, please hear me loud and clear… I believe there is a time and place for conventional medicine. But I also believe that the “pill for the ill” world we live in has us in a heap of trouble.
Did you know (at the time of this writing) the 3rd leading cause of death is medical error? That’s shocking to say the least!
Why do we continue to trust in man’s medicine over God’s medicine? Everything we need to heal our bodies has been placed on this earth in nature. The medicines we need are found on the earth, and their leaves are to be used for healing (Ezekiel 47:12).
“And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither, nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.”
I see this type of medicine work every day of my life.
I watch people with chronic illness transform before my very eyes – people who have been on prescription medications for 20 years suddenly heal their bodies naturally. Plus, they don’t need their prescriptions anymore.
I’ve watched countless clients be released from their doctors care, not because I told them to, but because the numbers on their lab tests literally reversed after implementing natural healing methodologies.
What a miracle!
If you want to kickstart your 2020 goals, I’m starting a free 5-day challenge that focuses on the area many have problems losing – the spare tire. Over those 5 days, we’ll also look at the communication signals that drive inflammation and disease your body
If you’ve been stressed recently (a divorce, a big move, an illness, or a loss), it can negatively impact your adrenal health. It’s time to slow down and rest a little to recuperate. Listen to your body. There are herbal mixtures that can bring healing to your adrenals and rescue you during those high stress times. One of my favorites is a simple amino acid called l-theanine.
3. Adjust Length of Workouts If You’re Exhausted
Exhausted after your workouts? Complete exhaustion after a workout is your body’s signal that you’re doing too much and pushing yourself too hard.
This is especially common in individuals workout out for over an hour a day. Adjust the lengths of your workouts to shorter increments until you feel more energized.
Not everyone is in a place physically that they should push to the max on a daily basis. Learn to rest when your body is telling you it’s exhausted.
When we declutter our lives, we declutter our minds.
4. Create a Bedtime Routine
If you feel wired before bed and feel like you can’t fall asleep easily, it’s time to pay attention to your bedtime routine.
We enforce bedtime wind-down with our children, but we quickly dismiss bedtime routines as adults. Turn off technology an hour before bed, take a warm bath, read a relaxing book, and prep a healthy lunch for work for the next day.
Do something to chill out.
5. Take a Breather
Stressed at work? Maybe you need to walk away and take a breather. Literally, walk away and do some deep breathing. I call this “box breathing.”
Breathe in 4 counts, hold 4 counts, breathe out 4 counts, hold 4 counts.
Repeat this for at least 1 minute and work your way up to longer periods over time.
Work to fill your belly, not your chest, with air. This will calm your nervous system. If you do this on a regular basis, you will find that you’re naturally more calm during stressful times.
These are a few ways you can tune in to your body to give it what it needs throughout the day.
Stress is a driver of disease.
As a nation, we are chronically stressed. Stress is not only emotional, but it is chemical, physical, and even goes on inside our bodies. It can be a fight with our partner, a bad work relationship, traffic jams on our commutes, eating inflammatory foods, and even illness in our bodies.
Think about the things you come in contact with on a daily basis that your body perceives as stress. I encourage you to slow down on a regular basis.
Helpful Tips To Prevent Disease And Reclaim Your Health
When we find something that truly drives us, and we know why, then we can set our focus on getting there, and the rest just kind of happens. That’s exactly what happened with me. Today I want to start from the beginning and tell you a little bit about why I do what I do.
I grew up on a typical Standard American Diet, however, my family was blessed with fresh farm foods, straight out of my grandparents garden. Like many of you, I also snacked on a lot of those fast food items growing up, like candy bars and sodas. I loved a good Snickers bar.
My symptoms of sickness actually started when I was a child. I remember my mawmaw looking at me one day and saying, “child you get every sickness that comes down this family line.”
What was she talking about?
Blood sugar issues, inability to pay attention, gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, nausea after meals. These were just some of the things I was experiencing as a very young child.
To my doctors, these things were called IBS, hypoglycemia, and ADD. This was me in grade school. The older I got, the more diagnoses I received. In college, my doctors called it depression, anxiety, hypothyroidism, and then came the dreaded perimenopause at age 29. Now all of these were just diagnoses, not to speak of the symptoms that actually came with them.
Migraines that lasted sometimes a month with no relief, chronic fatigue that would land me on the couch for a daily nap, sugar addiction, hair loss, stuttered speech, foggy thinking, poor memory and concentration, chronic pain and inflammation, acne… the list goes on. This list kept growing and growing, year after year, with no end in site.
I decided that I would not live like this forever. I made a decision to get well, no matter the cost. I didn’t care how much time, money, effort, or pain it took. I was determined. One of the things I ask anyone who comes to me for advice on health today is, “rate yourself on a 1 out of 10 – how committed are you to living symptom-free, or as close to it as possible?” When you’ll do anything to change your current circumstances in your health (or any area for that matter), then you’re ready. It’s unfortunate, but I’ve had to turn people away who weren’t committed to making the changes needed to live in health.
What many people don’t tell you is that for some people, it’s hard work. When I started looking at what it would cost me to get well, I never worried about the finances- and we weren’t rich. It was everything I felt like I was giving up to get there. If the truth be known, that’s probably why I stayed sick for so long. I wasn’t ready to be well. I see people in that same place every single day, and it saddens me.
As a nation, we are getting sicker every year. How is that, when we’ve advanced so much in the field of medicine? I imagine it has a lot to do with the fact that we’re relying on big business to tell us what to put on the end of our forks, and what pills to take for our ailments.
We’ve forgotten the simple principles of healthy living, but another missing component is that there is so little education on the amount of toxins in our environment and in our food that we aren’t even aware of what we’re doing to our bodies to cause them harm. We’re also not educated on how to get rid of these toxins once our bodies become sick and diseased because of them.
What can we do about it?
On my journey to health, I learned that many of the chronic ailments we deal with on a daily basis can be taken care of by getting back to the basics of healthy living as our ancestors did, and implementing protocols that help us rid much of the toxicity we bring in on a daily basis, not only in our physical bodies, but in our minds as well.
It’s important that we begin to take an active role in our health instead of letting someone dictate how it should look for us. Our bodies are intelligent, but we were never intended to live on chemicals and call it food. Our convenience driven society has us in a place of sickness, and it’s my greatest desire for you to understand that you don’t have to stay there forever.
Hippocrates said it well, “if someone wishes for good health, one must first ask oneself if he is ready to do away with the reasons for his illness. Only then is it possible to help him.”
In the book I wrote, Healed His Way, you’ll find many of the same resources that I used to heal my body naturally, the way God intended. I use those same healing principles with the clients I work with today. They can work for you too.
It starts with you. You have a choice to bring health and healing into your own body. You make those decisions every single day, whether you realize it or not. When you’re ready to heal, your teacher will appear.
I’d like to share with you a recent testimony from a client so that you understand how simple this process can look. My client is very similar to me. She came to me at age 22. I fell in love with the idea of helping her, because it was about the age I was when I started feeling my symptoms kick into high gear. When she came to me, she was looking to relieve what she called, “period episodes” right before her menstrual period began. Short story… This was so severe for her that she got so physically ill that she would pass out and even ended up in the hospital the week before we started working together.
Listen to what she has to say:
” I was looking to relieve period episodes/cramps. I would say it’s a 180-degree turnaround. I went from living in fear of what would happen when my period starts, eating foods that made me feel sluggish, not being very active or energetic throughout the day to a new version of me. Now I feel great with little to no symptoms. I don’t even know when my period is about to start. I eat healthy and I love it. I go to the gym because I want to, and feel awake and energetic throughout the entire day! My greatest accomplishment is that I have learned to do what is right for my body; I understand what certain foods do to my body; and I now take action to make the right food choices every day! I enjoyed working with Chelsie because of her honesty, confidence, encouragement, wisdom, and willingness to help me understand and go through the process with me. She is very relational and caring! She created the perfect plan that fit exactly what I needed. Her goal was to help me get to the root of my issue, resolve it, and to help me overcome whatever I was facing.
Thank you Chelsie for teaching me and walking with me through my health journey. I know things that I never learned in school about health. I am now confident and feel free to do the things I love (like travel) without feeling anxious or fearful of what could happen because of my health. I am beyond grateful to God that our paths crossed and that you imparted such wisdom and knowledge. Thank you for your passion and excitement and for changing my life!”
Tanya Yaremkiv Engelwood, CO
What are you doing to live your best life?
I encourage you to take authority over your future self today, whatever that may look like. Only you can determine what optimal health will look like for you.
Make today amazing, because you are amazing, and you deserve an amazing day!
I’m currently in the middle if a cleanse challenge with a group
of phenomenol ladies. I’ll say, for most people, cleansing brings weight loss –
especially if it’s done right. But my experience tells me that weight loss is
more than a simple diet. It can look quite different for a lot of people.
So many diets fail because they treat us human beings as if we were calculators. And the truth is, it’s not that simple. You can’t just say something as simple as high fat low carb works for everyone. Another truth for you– all diets work– at least for a period of time. And depending on if you have found the right one for your body or not, will determine how long it works for you. If they didn’t work, then people wouldn’t do them.
So why do we fail?
1. We don’t work on toxin removal
2. We give up way too soon
3. We aren’t honest and cheat our way through
4. We aren’t on the right program for our individual body
When we create a change in the body, the body begins to
respond. So something as simple as going on a diet and removing things like
starchy carbohydrates or sugar or sodas or junk food will give us somewhat of a
And as a matter of fact, a lot of people stop dieting because they hit a plateau. But the truth about a plateau is that it’s also normal.
Plateaus can actually happen for many reasons.
1. The body holding water in place of the fat. It does this
as an energy saving mechanism. And when the body realizes you aren’t going to
refill those cells with fat, you’ll release it. That’s why some days on a diet,
you’ll wake up 3 pounds lighter and wonder how you lost all that mover night.
2. Body fat to muscle ratio Exchange. If you’re exercising,
you’re gaining muscle and the exchange prevents the scale from moving. Plain
and simple. BIA ( bioimpedance analysis) is a more accurate way of measuring. It
looks at more than just weight and can measure things like water and fat % as
well. If you talk to my clients, they will tell you that I believe your
bathroom scale is a big liar.
3. Inflammation. Releasing fat and toxins as well as stress
on the body, even in the form of good stress like exercise can lead to small
amounts of inflammation.
The reasons for plateau above are just a few obvious ones, but as I said earlier, the body is not that simple, and if we trust the process and keep pushing, we will overcome the plateau, if we’re on the right plan for our body.
What if you feel like you’re doing everything right with no
You’re eating supposedly the right Foods, doing your aerobic
activity and weight lifting exercises, getting appropriate sleep, ridding your
body of toxins the best way you know how, and implementing stress-reducing
practices. You’ve been meditating, praying, starving, fasting, fueling yourself
on excess protein, trying diets like keto that supposedly work for everyone.
You get the point.
As I mentioned earlier, the body is not a calculator and
sometimes all of those things are great, but what if you have not found the
root to your weight problem?
What if eating all those healthy foods are actually poison in
your system? Take salmon, for example. It’s a healthy food for most people, but
if you have a sensitivity to it, then you’re actually adding fuel to your fire
of inflammation every time you consume it.
Food sensitivities are just one piece of the puzzle that I like to investigate when helping someone implement a healthy lifestyle change that will actually help them get to the root of their issues so they can live a life of freedom from the yo-yo diet.
There are many things that can upset our systems in a way that prevents us from overcoming our weight and metabolism issues. Things like:
-Eating the wrong foods for your body or in the wrong ratios
-Problems digesting your food appropriately or not absorbing
-Overgrowth of certain gut bugs or imbalance
Yep! You heard me right gut bugs can get in the way of you losing excess body fat. What am I talking about here? Parasites, bacterial infections, fungal infections, yeast. These are all things that can live in our bodies, but we need to get rid of certain ones and the balance of these bugs needs to be addressed. And the great thing is, you can test your gut to see what’s in there.
I love to empower those who are overweight and sick for
unknown reasons so they can get to the root of their health issues and live the
life they desire. Truth is, you were created for greatness. You were created to
live a life of free from sickness. You should not struggle everyday for the
rest of your life, whether it’s in your weight or suffering from nagging or
chronic symptoms like headaches, fatigue, food cravings or anything else for
How long have you been struggling, friend? That is a very
important question. And what are you willing to do to end that struggle?
After dealing with symptoms of sickness in almost every organ
system of my body, I worked with some of the greatest mentors in the field of
functional medicine and have gained knowledge and understanding on how to
implement protocols that have helped thousands of others get to the root of
their health issues so they can truly live the life of their dreams.
What are you waiting for? I remember being sick of being
sick. My rock bottom was after years of suffering silently. I know you may be
doing the same right now. Or maybe you’re complaining. Either way, there’s hope
for you! All it takes is the right plan.
I’ll be sharing more about my journey and what I’ve done to
get well and help others do the same in upcoming articles. So stay tuned.
And if you feel a connection in a way that encourages you to do a little detective work in your own life, I’d love to share more about how you could do that. My book, Healed His Way is a simple straightforward read, and it’s a great place to start. And when you’re ready to go deeper with some one on one support, I’ll be here to provide you with the resources you need to do that.
I’m wishing you an amazing day of health and happiness!
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Our intestinal lining is made up of a layer of cells that helps
us absorb nutrients, but it also acting as a barrier to things that have the
potential of being harmful to our digestive system – like toxins, pathogens, or
other microorganisms. When the gut is exposed to certain environmental
triggers, it can lead to a condition known as intestinal permeability or leaky
This is something I suffered from for many years. I had severe
gastrointestinal symptoms from the time I was a child all the way through
adulthood. Diarrhea, constipation, stomach aches, constant nausea, gas,
bloating, pain, irritable bowel… You name it, and I had it.
I was overweight, underweight, had a gallbladder that was
barely functioning, I would go weeks without having a bowel movement and then
all the sudden the bottom would fall out. I hope you don’t know what I mean. But
if you who do, you know it’s no fun.
I want to give you overview of what leaky gut syndrome looks
like, the signs and symptoms, causes and risk factors, associated health
conditions, as well as an overview of the four R’s, which is a therapeutic
approach to Healing your leaky gut.
What is leaky gut syndrome?
The intestinal barrier is made up of a single layer of
epithelial cells which are separated by tight junctions that act as a physical
barrier. If the gut is healthy, tight junctions in the intestinal lining are
selectively permeable, which means they will do their job to absorb of certain
nutrients, water, and electrolytes. But these tight junctions also provide a
protective barrier, preventing the absorption of the harmful molecules such as
the toxins, pathogens, and other antigens mentioned previously.
How does leaky gut happen?
There is a protein called Zonulin that is secreted by the
intestinal tract that is associated with leaky gut syndrome. Environmental
factors may stimulate the release of zonulin, which has been shown to
down-regulate these tight junctions. When the gut becomes imbalanced in its
microbes, this is known as dysbiosis, and it plays a role in the development of
leaky gut. This can be reversed by removing environmental triggers and cleaning
up the gut.
What are the causes and risk factors?
Poor gut health
Certain medications like NSAIDs,
Excessive alcohol consumption
Chronic or excessive stress
Related health conditions
The latest research tells us that increased intestinal
permeability may be associated with a number of health conditions like
irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s and
ulcerative colitis, celiac disease, and chronic inflammatory conditions like
rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, and type 1 diabetes.
What can you do about it?
This is where the 4 R’s come in.
Remove the pathogens and inflammatory triggers. This can be done with elimination diets, that remove inflammatory foods like gluten, dairy, soy, sugar, alcohol, peanuts. Food sensitivity tests can also be helpful in determining foods that are causing inflammation in individuals. Stool testing helps determine pathogens present and is another way to look at zonulin markers.
Replace essential nutrients that are supportive for healthy microbiome like fiber rich foods, prebiotics, and anti-inflammatory foods.
Reinoculate with probiotics and introduce fermented foods when the timing is appropriate.
Repair with certain nutrients that promote health of the gut lining, like immunoglobulins, L-glutamine, zinc, and Ganoderma.
There is a systematic approach that promotes healing of the gut when intestinal permeability creeps in. This Protocol can take as little as 60 to 90 days when the appropriate steps are taken to correct it. I encourage you to work with your functional wellness practitioner who can recommend specific testing and provide you with a personalized treatment plan.
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