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The #1 Drain to Energy & How to Reverse it

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7 Amazing Benefits Of Infrared Sauna Therapy

Sauna therapy in some form or another has been used for centuries for it’s many amazing health benefits. Native Americans conducted sweat lodges for spiritual and physical cleansing and the Egyptians use it to treat tumors. But now more than ever sauna therapy is necessary to experience how good you body and mind are designed to feel because of the toxic world we live in.

Detoxification is unfortunately no longer an optional health strategy if you want to experience incredible health.

Toxins come from the food we eat, air we breathe, water we drink, skin products use and our environments. Toxins are impossible to avoid and they are responsible for upwards to 80% of cancer deaths.

We are exposed to six million pounds of mercury (linked to hypothyroidism, immune systems, digestive problems learning disabilities, autism, ADHD) and more than two billion pounds of other toxins each year – one reason cancer statistics are skyrocketing.  

The Environmental working group reports that the average newborn baby has 287 known toxins in his or her umbilical cord. It’s scary!

1) Detoxification

The first amazing benefit of infrared sauna therapy is detoxification.  Sweating is one of our bodies most natural and effective ways to eliminate stored toxins.

The skin is a major detox organ, and sweating through skin is a critical human detox function, yet most people don’t sweat enough. Because of this, we miss out on a major source of toxin elimination: the skin.

To combat these effects, an infrared sauna helps to purify the body from the inside out, eliminating metals and toxins that are stored in fat cells, which can be release upon exposure to heat.

Infrared saunas help your body release toxins, including heavy metals like mercury and lead, and environmental chemicals. When compared to traditional Swedish saunas, infrared saunas allow you to eliminate about seven times more toxins.

2) Relaxation

The second amazing benefit of infrared sauna therapy is it promotes relaxation by helping to balance your body’s stress hormones. The heat generated by the sauna helps to relax muscles and relieve tension throughout the body, allowing you to relax and de-stress.

Researchers have found that a sauna can help provide a deeper, more relaxed sleep, relief of chronic tension, and relief of chronic fatigue issues, most likely due to a release of endorphins (feel good hormones) from the sauna. As endorphins are released into your body, they create a soothing, tranquilizing effect that can help with relaxation and sleep.

3) Pain Relief

The third amazing benefit of infrared sauna therapy is pain relief.  If you suffer from muscle aches or joint pain, infrared saunas can help ease muscle and joint pain by increasing circulation and decreasing inflammation.

In The Annals of Clinical Research Volume 20, research results show the benefits of sauna for relief of pain. Pain relief induced by a sauna was attributed to an increase in the release of anti-inflammatory compounds. More than 50% of participants reported relief of pain in the study.

4) Weight Loss

The fourth amazing benefit of infrared sauna therapy is weight loss. The heat generated by an infrared sauna causes your core body temperature to rise, which leads to an increased heart rate — the same increase in heart rate that you experience when exercising.

When your body has to work harder to lower your core temperature or keep up with an increased heart rate, your body begins to burn more calories, resulting in weight loss.

An article, titled Effect of Sweating, in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that a 30-minute infrared sauna session could burn roughly 600 calories!!

5) Longevity

The fifth amazing benefit of infrared sauna therapy is increased longevity and heart health. A study found in Journal JAMA Internal Medicine showed that regularly spending time in a sauna may help keep the heart healthy and extend life.

Researchers from Finland tracked 2,300 men for an average of 20 years. They found that the more sessions per week men spent in the sauna, the lower their risk of sudden cardiac death and fatal coronary heart disease.

The sauna also extended the life of participants with other illnesses, including cancer. The study found that fatal cardiovascular disease was 27% lower for men who used the sauna 2 to 3 times a week and 50% lower for men who used the sauna 4 to 7 times a week compared with men who just used the sauna once per week. Moreover, they found that using the sauna 2­-3 times per week was associated with 24% lower all­ cause mortality and 4­-7 times per week 40%.

6) Skin Radiance

The sixth amazing benefit of infrared sauna therapy is skin radiance. When your body produces sweat via the deep sweating you experience in an infrared sauna, the rate at which dead skin cells are replaced can be increased.

At the same time, heavy sweating helps to remove bacteria out of the epidermal layer of the skin and the sweat ducts. This pore cleansing also causes increased capillary circulation, which can give the skin a softer-looking, younger appearance.

When you sweat, the movement of fluid to the skin delivers mineral-rich nutrients and also helps to fill spaces around the cells, increasing firmness and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. So by continually flushing waste through skin cells via the use of sauna therapy, you increase skin health, tone and color, and cleanse the pores.

7) Immune System Boost

The seventh amazing benefit of infrared sauna therapy is it can boost your immune system.The Journal of Human Kinetics investigated the effect of sauna on the immune system, specifically white blood cell profile, cortisol levels and selected physiological indices in athletes and non-athletes.

After the sauna session, an increased number of white blood cells, lymphocyte, neutrophil and basophil counts was reported in the white blood cell profile, showing that sauna use stimulates the immune system.

German medical research also shows that saunas are able to significantly reduce the incidences of colds and influenza and Dr. Nobuhiro Yoshimizu, M.D. author of “The Fourth Treatment for Medical Refugees” found that just a 2% increase in body temperature results in a 40% increase in immunity.

How Do Infrared Saunas Work?

So you may still be wondering how infrared saunas work…infrared saunas raise our body temperature and put our bodies in a state of hyperthermia. Essentially, they create an artificial fever which has tremendous healing benefits as you now know.

Infrared saunas produce 3 different type of heat waves – near, middle and far infrared heat waves that penetrate into the body and induce sweating. It has been found that near-infrared levels are best for wound healing and increased immune function. Middle-infrared levels are ideal for increasing circulation and promoting muscle relaxation and far-infrared levels are used primarily for detoxification. It’s best to purchase a sauna that has all three.

There are 2 phases of sauna therapy:

Phase 1:

  • Sweating begins and is very light
  • Inhibits the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight – stress response)
  • Improves oxygenation
  • Relaxes the muscles

Phase 2: This is where the magic happens

  • Starts 10-30 minutes into a session
  • Body temperature rises rapidly
  • Blood circulation increases
  • Heart rate and sweating increase
  • Weaker cells die – cancer cells, bacteria, fungi, parasites, cells infected with viruses
  • The immune system is activated
  • Increases alkalinity of the body

As we sit in the infrared sauna, the blood vessels open, muscles relax, pain starts to subside and the body starts to actively heal. Our modern life, with all its demands with technology and sensory input, keeps us in a constant state of “fight or flight.” We were never designed to stay in this place all the time, but rather only for shorter periods to help us get out of bad situations. Chronic “fight or flight” can keep us feeling chronically tired, anxious or sick.

The sauna I recommend…

There are many different sauna companies out there. The company I recommend and I believe is the gold standard is Clearlight Sauna. Clearlight Saunas were designed by a doctor, not simply endorsed by a doctor and are used at the most prestigious holistic healing centers in the world including Hippocrates Institute.

They are the leader in the sauna industry because they are the only company that has True Wave™ full spectrum infrared heaters with the highest output of near infrared, mid infrared and far infrared available, patent pending virtually EMF free infrared heating technology and just as important as eliminating EMF, Clearlight is the only infrared sauna company in the industry that shields against ELF (extremely low frequencies.)

Their saunas are made with 100% eco-certified sustainably harvested Canadian Cedar Wood or North American Basswood and come with a complete limited lifetime warranty on the entire sauna and all its components for the lifetime of the original owner. They come in a variety of sizes, shapes and budgets.

Click here or speak with a clear light sauna specialist at {800} 317-5070 to find the best sauna for your home and your health. Be sure to mention Devin Burke to receive – $100 off the lowest sale price and a complimentary ergonomic backrest, free shipping, Chromotherapy lighting and a Bluetooth sound system with Nakamichi ceiling speakers, at no extra charge.

 

 

Resources:

jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=360118

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/2130724

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-12265/6-benefits-of-infrared-sauna-therapy.html

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How to Stop Being TIRED All the Time

How to Stop Being TIRED All the Time

Three of the most powerful energy increasing principles to skyrocket your energy:

1) Optimize your nutrition. We literally are what we eat, and are able to digest. It’s so important that you’re eating a plant-based, whole foods diet and avoiding the four foods that rob your energy. What are the four foods? Gluten, dairy, sugar, and caffeine. You could be eating all the healthiest foods, but if you’re still including a lot of those foods in your diet, your energy is gonna suffer.

First, cut back or cut out the four energy draining foods and instead start including more plant-based, alkaline foods. What does that mean? Well, it means fruits and vegetables, it means whole grains, nuts, seeds, and beans. It means food that was once alive.

The number one energy food, which also happens to be the number food that’s missing from most people’s diets, is greens. Green food is loaded with chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is kinda like the blood of a plant and it’s amazing for our blood, it helps support our red blood cells which carry oxygen, which give us energy.

You want to start incorporating more greens into your diet. How you do that? Eat a salad, eat a massive salad every day, either for lunch or for dinner. This is a super simple strategy and there are a million different ways that you can jazz it up and make it fun…from salad dressings to toppings but the key is to keep it simple. Also, commit to incorporating a green smoothie or a green juice in your diet.

Smoothies are a lot easier to kinda put together. All you need is a blender, some fresh fruits and vegetables, throw all that in there, super simple, super easy. Now, juicing does take a little bit of time, but now, most stores carry fresh cold-pressed juice, green juice. You want to go for the green juice because the fruit juice is loaded with sugar which can harm our energy.

2) Optimize your digestion. Yes, you can be eating all the most amazing, alkaline, plant-based, healthy organic food, but if your body’s not able to absorb and assimilate the nutrients, you’re not gonna be getting optimal energy. So pretty much, you’re eating all this good stuff, but if your digestion is compromised, your body’s not gonna know what to do with all that nutrition. To optimize your digestion start by eating mindfully. Mindful eating is such a powerful practice and it’s so simple. Mindful eating is slowing down and really being present with your food, taking one bite at a time and really chewing your food, instead of inhaling it.

Also, consider supplementing with digestive enzymes. Enzymes are just catalysts that help break down our food. Supplementing with a high-quality enzyme formula supplement can do wonders for digestion. Also, supplementing with a high-quality probiotic can also help with digestion.

3) Master your stress. Stress is the number one drain to our energy and it’s pretty much impossible to avoid. So, you have to learn, not just to manage your stress, but to master your stress. There’s a lot of amazing tools in order to do that. Most of the stress that we experience today is, chronic, unmanaged, mental emotional stress.

We’re not getting chased by tigers, our life generally isn’t being threatened. So, it’s this chronic mental stress that we need to learn to deal with. Have to get a handle on stress by implementing some simple practices and in many of my other videos I talk about this, but meditation.

Meditation can be as simple as just taking five deep breaths just to relax yourself and reset yourself, it’s so powerful. Transition meditations in between activities are also a great practice. Let’s say you’re picking the kids up from school and then you’re coming home and you have to get to work in between that, that’s a little bit of a transition. High performance studies show that a lot of energy is lost in that transition, so taking a moment to reset yourself by simply taking five deep breaths to center yourself. This will really have a massive impact on the level of energy you have…try it.

The number one reason that people have trouble sleeping, which massively impacts our energy and our recovery, is stress. So there are some simple practices and simple things that you could implement into your bedtime routine that would really help you get to sleep a lot quicker and help you stay asleep. Click here for those strategies.

To your health and performance,

Devin

What is High Performance Health?

First let me start by saying high performance health isn’t just for elite athletes or top performing entrepreneurs, CEOs, executives and business leaders.  It’s really for anyone who seeks to experience more energy, focus, and vibrancy! 

High performance health is experiencing how good your body and mind are designed to feel consistently over the course of your life. It’s an ongoing feeling of physical, mental and emotional energy, vibrancy, passion, purpose and personal power. It’s the state of a calm, focused, mind and strong, vibrant, balanced body.

It’s intentionally choosing to elevate your energy and health to increase your performance.

Living and leading a high performance health lifestyle allows you to maximize your physical, mental and emotional energy to make the greatest impact on your family,  business, community and world. It’s using the tools and technology available to revitalize, optimize and transform your level of physical health and energy.

When you look and feel vibrant and energized you’ll begin to optimize the other important areas of your life…relationships, finances, career…everything gets better.

Health and high performance are directly related. Think of your body as the hardware and your mind the software. If your body and mind are in poor shape your performance greatly suffers as does your ability to contribute your highest and best to your family, career, community and the world.

Developing high performance health habits will allow you to experience how good your body and mind are designed to feel on a consistent basis, helping you to perform at your full potential, contribute your best and leave a lasting legacy.

You can’t have an extraordinary quality of life without the vessel that’s going to get you there.

To operate at our full potential, it’s essential to develop new ways of thinking and being. We must be more conscious about what we choose to believe, think, and do regarding our health because if we are not we’ll be conditioned by our environmental norms which foster low energy, poor performance, sickness and disease.

The 3 Pillars of high performance Health

1. Psychology (mind)
2. Physiology (body)
3. Purpose & Meaning (spirit)

Each of these pillars effects the other. For example, a busy, stressed-out mind creates tension and tightness in the body. A physically tense and tight body leads to poor decisions. Consistent poor decision lead to a lack of purpose and connection to something greater.

4 Elements of High Performance Health

1. Mindset: (Habits, routines, practices)
2. Nutrition: (Habits, routines, bio-individuality)
3. Movement: (Habits, routines, methods)
4. Rest & Recovery: (Habits, routines, practices)

Each of these elements must be optimized to experience high performance health. It’s through creating structured balance in how you think, move, eat and relate to others that high performance health is experienced.

The best news is I’ve found it’s often the simple choices and changes done with consistency and intention that make the biggest impact leading to the experience of high performance health.

You can take your health and performance to the next level by using the simple tools, technology and strategies now available…

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Medicinal Mushrooms – Nature’s Most Powerful Immune Support

2018 has been named “The Year of the Mushroom” as they’ve become one of the most popular and consumed superfoods for their proven and powerful immune support and healing properties!

Why Mushrooms?

Medicinal mushrooms help our bodies maintain a state of balance. They are adaptogic producing a non-specific biological responses that improves the body’s ability to recovery from physical, chemical, emotional and other biological stressors.

Adaptogens help the body maintain its homeostatic balance. For example, if stress hormones are too high, they help lower and stabilize them and if stress hormones are too low, they help to raise and stabilize them.

Adaptogens increase the body’s resistance to stressors and help us overcome health challenges more quickly.

What Are The Best Medicinal Mushrooms?

Medicinal mushrooms are specfic mushrooms with extremely potent healing properties. Not all mushrooms are created equal! There are many amazing medicinial mushrooms but these are my favorite…

  • Cordyceps
  • Reishi
  • Chaga
  • Lion’s Mane
  • Turkey Tall
  • Maitake
  • Shitake
  • Oyster

Scientific research has shown that mushroom fruiting bodies (the tops of the mushroom) contain hundreds of therapeutic compounds and have immune enhancing properties, sharpen cognitive function and provide an adaptogenic balance to help our bodies function optimally. They’ve even been revered by the Chinese for centuries for providing energy and as an aphrodisiac.

Mushrooms are just now becoming popular health tonics in Western culture and offer real therapeutic value. Mushroom fruiting bodies contain therapeutic compounds such as beta-glucans, triterpenoids, ergosterols and other polysaccharides known to boost vitality, balance hormones, fight stress, improve brain health, support healthy cholesterol and blood sugar levels and more.

These compounds elevate immune fighting compounds including T Killer cells, macrophages and interleukins. Research is continually finding new evidence on mushroom’s health enhancing properties.

Over 600 species of mushrooms have shown at least some level of antitumor or immune-stimulating activity. Mushrooms are truly the ultimate superfood and many people use them as a coffee or tea substitute because they has a similar flavor profile, stimulate blood flow and provide natural energy and mood enhancement without the crash most coffee drinkers experience because they don’t contain any caffeine.

MEDICINAL MUSHROOM FRUITING BODY BENEFITS
– Stimulates immune response and resistance to pathogens, viruses and cancer
– Improves cognitive function and enhances mood
– Provides natural energy without a crash
– Assists in detoxification
– Supports cellular health and DNA protection
– Supports a healthy hormonal balance
– Increases anti-inflammatory response
– Relieves stress and adrenal fatigue
– Promotes healthy aging
– Supports healthy cholesterol levels
– Supports healthy blood sugar levels
– Increases athletic performance, oxygen utilization and recovery
– Supports healthy weight management

Top 6 Myths about Mushrooms!

MYTH 1: ALL MUSHROOM PRODUCTS ARE CREATED EQUAL
The vast majority of mushroom products on the market use mushroom mycelium, a cheaper and less potent form that contains starch fillers from the brown rice grain substrate they are grown on. Always look for the word “mushroom fruiting bodies” on your labels as studies have shown they have up to 50 times the beta glucan levels of the more common mycelium-based products grown in artificial conditions on starchy substances.

Note: It’s not required by law to disclose on the label what part of the mushroom a company uses in its products.

MYTH 2: CHINESE MUSHROOMS ARE BAD
China is the leading supplier of mushrooms worldwide and supplies over 85% of the world’s mushrooms. If you are getting a high quality mushroom supplement they are tested multiple times before and after bottling to ensure purity and strength. The product I reccomend supports the traditional practices of organic farmers in China, Asia and North America. In Asia, these farmers and herbalists have thousands of years of experience growing, preparing and treating illness with mushroom fruiting bodies.

MYTH 3: MUSHROOMS FEED CANDIDA AND FUNGAL INFECTIONS
If you’re fighting these conditions, you should avoid molds and yeast, but Mushrooms Are OK. Much of the worry about fungi (mushrooms) in the diet of Candida sufferers is unwarranted. Mushrooms can be a healthy part of your Candida diet, and in fact their immune-stimulatory properties may be quite helpful. Sugar and stress are the big candida feeders, mushrooms are the body’s great healer!

MYTH 4: MUSHROOMS TASTE BAD
This one is up to debate of course, but may products have a very pleasant nutty and earthy flavor similar to a mild coffee. In fact, many people use it as an enlightened alternative to coffee. It can be served simply by mixing with water, your favorite juice, milk substitute or smoothie. It can also be mixed into hot water as a coffee or tea substitute. Since the mushroom fruiting bodies are hot-water extracted to break down cell walls to make the beta-glucans available, nothing is destroyed when you mix it at higher temperatures during consumption. It also tastes great when you add cacoa powder!

MYTH 5: GROUND RAW MUSHROOMS ARE BETTER THAN HOT-WATER EXTRACTION
Hot-water extraction helps to break down the cell walls of the mushroom fruiting bodies which makes their valuable immune-modulating beta-glucans and other compounds more prevalent and bio-available at higher levels. Compared to simply grinding raw mushrooms into powder which results in beta-glucans levels below 1%, hot-water extracted mushroom blends consists of 100% mushroom fruiting bodies with guaranteed beta-glucan levels not less than 30%.

MYTH 6: MUSHROOMS ARE NOT SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN TO HEAL THE BODY
Many studies have examined the effects of mushrooms on immune response pathways and on direct anti-tumor mechanisms. The immune effects are mediated through the mushroom’s stimulation of innate immune cells, such as monocytes, natural killer cells, and dendritic cells. The activity is generally considered to be caused by the presence of high-molecular-weight polysaccharides in the mushrooms, although other constituents may also be involved. Clinical trials in cancer patients have demonstrated that G. lucidum (Reishi) products are generally well tolerated. The power to heal our bodies is always found in Nature! PubMed, The National Institute of Health, Cancer.gov and many clinical studies demonstrate the anti-tumor and healing properties of over 600 species of mushrooms and everyday we are learning more! For more info: https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/cam/hp/mushrooms-pdq

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT MUSHROOM PRODUCTS
The majority of mushroom supplements are not 100% mushroom fruiting bodies but mycelium grown on grain. That means you’re paying for BROWN RICE not mushrooms! The grain material that the mycelium grows on ends up being a significant portion of these products. Independent analysis has shown that due to this high amount of grain, they contain very little active compounds. Read your supplement panels very closely and look for the words “mycelium”, “myceliated brown rice”, “mycelial biomass”, “full spectrum”, “whole life cycle” or other derivatives of mycelium.

The Mushroom product I personally use and reccomend is Ultimate Shrooms by Live Ultimate

How to Stay in Peak Performance While Traveling | Health GoBag

Traveling in one of the most challenging times to maintain high performance health habits.

While working with top entrepreneurs, CEO’s and executives over the past several years in my executive health coaching practice, I’ve found that what I call “travel transitions” were always a real challenge for my clients when it came to maintaining good physical and mental well-being practices and habits.

Staying in a healthy routine is hard enough when not traveling but throw in long flights, different time zones, unfamiliar places and schedules and “boom” even a discipline super achiever can really get thrown off. 

Let’s be honest, traveling even for the savvy health-conscious consumer can be a real challenge without a plan and the right tools and habits necessary to keep our health in balance.

In this article, I share my favorite high-performance health travel tools and strategies.

I put together what I call a High Performance Health GoBag. It’s essentially a bag that is stocked with travel essentials to keep you on the top of your game and solve the biggest challenges that most high performing health-conscious travelers face.

I highly recommend if you’re someone who travels often or even a few times per year that you put together a “High Performance Health Gobag” for yourself that can be ready when you are to help you stay at the top of your game no matter where in the world you go.

Below are high performance health products I’ve curated, why I keep them in my bag and how/when to use them.

For your convenience, most of the items can be ordered over amazon…you’re welcome 😉

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The Bag:

Your high performance health go-bag should be small enough to fit under an airplane seat without you having to sacrifice that precious leg room yet big enough to carry the essentials in.

My choices:

 

 

 

 

 

I choose this “Tactical Shoulder Backpack” for my go-bag because it had the water bottle holder built in and was about the right size for the essentials. Click here to add to your High Performance Health Travel GoBag

For business travelers, you can always go with something more classy like this click here and or all my high performing ladies is something for you click here

InFlight Comforts:

There is nothing worse than getting on a plane with a screaming baby when you’re trying to get some rest or work done when flying. That’s why noise-canceling earbuds or headphones are a must for any flight. This is an essential.

My choices:

Noise canceling headphones

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bose Quiet Comfort- Noise canceling headphones

When it comes to sounds quality Bose is the best. These headphones are top rated and for a reason. They are fairly large and on the expensive size so for thrifty travelers a good pair of noise-canceling earbuds like the ones below also work well and leave more space in your bag. Click here to add to your High Performance Health Travel GoBag

Noise canceling earbuds

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to add to your High Performance Health Travel GoBag

Sanitizing Wipes

Airplanes are loaded with germs and bacteria. That’s why it’s essential to have hand sanitizing wipes readily available. Use these wipes to clean your hands before eating while on the plane and to wipe down arm and headrests for a clean flight.

My choice:

Eo Hand Sanitizer Wipe, lavender scented

Lavender Hand Sanitizer Wipes by EO Products features ethanol which serves as an antiseptic that works as a sanitizer. This formula also includes a blend of essential oils, including aloe vera and chamomile, which naturally moisturize the skin.

This product also scored a 1 on the Environmental Working Groups Skin Deep Database which evaluates and scores cosmetic products toxicity level on a 1-10 hazard and toxicity scale. 

Click here to add to your High Performance Health Travel GoBag

Hydration + Antioxidant Support in flight:

Dehydration is not your friend when traveling. Dehydration is one of the major causes of fatigue. The first thing you should do when getting through security at the airport is purchasing a 1L water bottle of water to drink on your flight. Even though most airlines provide water with their in-flight services it’s not enough. Savvy travels should shoot to drink at least a 1 liter on every flight.

Note: Avoid alcohol when traveling it dehydrates you and lowers our immune system which is the complete opposite of what you need when flying.

My choice:

Smart water, Fiji or Avion + 1 MegaHydrate tablet

I recommend using mega hydrate when traveling to optimize and enrich your water with molecular hydrogen. In a state of dehydration, body cells cannot assimilate nutrients and efficiently remove waste. MegaHydrate helps fight the negative effects of alcohol, stress, and free radicals as hydrogen is a super powerful antioxidant.

MegaHydrate™ is a cutting-edge dietary supplement boasting one of the highest antioxidant potentials on the planet. It was created by physicist and medical doctor Patrick Flanagan as a way to boost cellular hydration by reducing the surface tension of water within the body, essentially making the water in and between our cells more hydrated. The idea is that with optimal hydration and surface tension of this fluid we are able to more efficiently eliminate toxins and metabolic by-products on the most basic level. Add to this a potential increase in the delivery of important nutrients and you have a recipe for healthier cells and a healthier body.

Click here to add to your High Performance Health Travel GoBag

Healthy Snacks:

It’s essential to have healthy snacks readily available when traveling as airports are a haven for unhealthy snacks and food. However, over the years I have noticed a slight increase in healthier options at several airports.

My choices:

Busy Bar – Busy Bars contains 13 grams of grass-fed whey protein, 1 gram of sugar, between 8-9 grams of fiber and between 140-160 calories per bar depending on the favor. They are gluten free, soy free, and low carb; which make them work with almost any diet. I’m usually not a fan of whey protein supplements but the Busy Bar uses the very best grass-fed whey protein which is free of hormones and pesticides.

Why I love them… The bars taste great and only contain 1 gram of sugar which means your blood sugar will not spike and crash. They also contain a fairly high amount of fiber which helps you feel full.

Click here to add to your High Performance Health Travel GoBag

 

Thunderbird Bar –Thunderbird Bars are another great option to have on hand. These all natural, real food energy bars contain a delicious mix of fruits, nuts, seeds and spices. They are dairy free, soy free and grain free making them easy to digest and contain no added sugar.

Why I love them…they are made from real food and taste amazing.

Click here to add to your High Performance Health Travel GoBag

 

Immune System Support:

Traveling really puts our immune systems to the test. Being in close quarters with potentially sick people, breathing in recycled airplane air, increased stress levels and changes in sleep all really test the health of our immune system.

My choice:

North American Herb and Spice P73

North American Herb and Spice P73 is the true wild oregano oil, a blend of edible species of wild oregano grown on natural, mineral-rich soil and is highly effective.

Oil of oregano is a powerful medicine to have handy when you feel your immune system has been compromised or even as a pre/post flight preventative immune protectant. Oil of oregano is antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and a digestive aid.  I take 5 drops under the tongue (sublingually) at the first sign of sickness or before/after flying. The taste is a bit intense for some people so consider capsule form if the taste is a concern.

Click here to add to your High Performance Health Travel GoBag

Energy Support:

Green Superfood Elixir

When traveling it can be challenging to eat good quality health food and to be honest even if you’re eating all organic health food it’s still difficult to get enough whole food nutrients in your diet. That’s why I personally use and recommend that all my clients start their day with an alkalizing green superfood elixir especially when traveling.

My choice:

 

 

 

 

 

Ultimate Elixir by Live Ultimate is my personal favorite green superfoods powder because it contains over 25 alkalizing superfoods. It’s easy to make just mix it with 8 oz of cold water an enjoy.

Click here to add to your High Performance Health Travel GoBag

Digestive Enzymes

Most people don’t realize that it takes a lot of energy to digest food. A compromised digestion system happens to be of the most common energy leaks for most people. One the easiest ways to improve digestive health is to simply eat slower and chew your food.

However, beyond those simple recommendations taking digestive enzymes really help to optimization digestion. I recommend having and using a quality enzyme formula to help digest heavier meals not so common meals when traveling.

If you have a digestive issue such as gas, bloating, constipation etc. supplementing with digestive enzymes can really help.

My choice:

Digest Gold by Enzymedica. It’s an advanced formula that breaks down carbohydrates, fats, fiber and protein. The enzymes in Digest Gold support optimal digestion by helping the body absorb nutrients and convert food into energy. Digestive well-being improves concentration and helps to increase energy and vitality. Digest Gold is an excellent choice for individuals seeking a high-potency enzyme formula.

Click here to add to your High Performance Health Travel GoBag

 

Sleep Support:

My choices:

Rest-ZZZ Sleep Support

This sleep support formula has been shown to be an effective sleep aid. Rest-ZZZ combines plant-based ingredients like Valerian, Passion Flower, and Chamomile with hormones and neurotransmitters found in the body to help lessen muscle tension, restlessness, and nerve-related sleeplessness by calming the nervous system without feeling that groggy feeling the next morning.

Click here to add to your High Performance Health Travel GoBag

Essential Tulsi- By Gaia Herb

I always like to travel with high-quality adaptogenic teas. One of my favorites is Tulsi Tea by Gaia Herb. I’ve personally toured Gaia Herbs farm in Brevard North Carolina and their on-site manufacturing facilitates with the owner of the company Ric Scalzo and was extremely impressed with the knowledge and quality of care that goes into their products.

Why Tulsi Tea? Tulsi has been used to support a healthy response to stress, maintain blood sugar levels within a normal range, promote longevity, nourish the mind and elevate the spirit. Tulsi, also known as “Holy Basil” exhibits impressive adaptogenic activity. Meaning it helps the body adapt to stresses of various kinds plus I like the taste.

I recommend drinking this tea inFlight or as a nightcap after a long day at a conference or meetings.

Click here to add to your High Performance Health Travel GoBag

Human Charger – Invented in Finland, HumanCharger® is a bright light therapy device that has a unique and patented mechanism of action which stimulates the photosensitive proteins on the surface of the brain using a calibrated white light that passes through the ear canals.

Exposure to light helps maintain the rhythm of our natural body clock. TheHumanCharger® helps to alleviate jet lag symptoms. If your flight is eastward, use HumanCharger® from the morning until noon, at two-hour consecutive intervals up to four times. For a westward travel, use HumanCharger® from late afternoon to evening, at two-hour consecutive intervals up to four times. Repeat each day until you feel recovered.

Using the HumanCharger® for only 12 minutes a day has been found to significantly increase energy levels, improve mood and increase mental alertness.

Click here to add to your High Performance Health Travel GoBag

Structural and Physical Health:

Before I share about some cool travel tools to help support your structural and physical health while away from home let’s start with some basic recommendations.

1) When flying stand and stretch at least every 30-60 minutes. This will make a big difference in how you feel when you land.

2) Book hotels that have an onsite gym to stay on track with workouts.

3) Request a hotel room with a bathtub and sink into a hot Epsom salt or magnesium flake bath after a long day followed by some foam rolling.

Don’t have room for your workout shoes? Get a pair of minimalist travel workout shoes like these. They are super lightweight (5 oz) and can slide into any bag easily. Click here to add to your High Performance Health Travel GoBag

 

 

 

 

Sitting for long periods of time is damaging to our structural health because sitting shortens the hamstrings which and compresses the back leading to pain

After sitting for a while, gravity takes over, slumping starts and the spinal column pushes the sacrum down causing the hips to spread and back pain to begin. The Sacro Wedgy is a great little device to have handy in your High Performance Health Travel GoBag to for all my back pain suffers.

My choice:

The Sacro Wedgy

What the Sacro Wedgy® does is simply fill in the gap and stops the drop. We sit on it on the plane, car, computer, couch, meetings, movie – your lifestyle determines when it’s best to use.

The Sacro Wedgy helps maintain structural alignment of the spine while sitting. Many of the Sacro Wedgy testimonials are about being able to travel with less or no pain when using it.

You will receive most of your correction and relief from lying down on the Sacro Wedgy® with a neck support, but it’s recommend sitting on the Sacro Wedgy® for preventive maintenance when traveling if you suffer from back pain.

Click here to add to your High Performance Health Travel GoBag

Travel Foam Rollers:

Although a foam roller probably won’t fit in your High Performance Health Go-Bag (at least not in the bag I recommend in this post) if you’re going to be traveling for more than a week I recommend packing one.

Foam rolling is amazing modality to relieve tight sore muscles and keep the body in proper alignment. Want to maintain for peak performance? Foam rolling helps users recover from injuries, relieve muscle and joint pain, and improves circulation, flexibility, balance and mobility.

My choices:

TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller – Unlike traditional foam rollers, the distinctive, multi-dimensional surface of the GRID replicates the feeling of a massage therapist’s hands to help channel blood, improve oxygen flow, and heal tissue.

Click here to add to your High Performance Health Travel GoBag

 

 

The Morph – Collapsable travel foam roller. When collapsed, it is smaller than two folded t-shirts. This functionality allows you to take it anywhere, unencumbered…pretty awesome.

Click here to add to your High Performance Health Travel GoBag

 

 

Okay, I hope this post was helpful and that you’ve decided to take action on creating a high performance health Go-Bag of your own to stay in peak performance while you travel.

If you know of any other high performance health gadgets, recommendations or suggestions please drop me a line via my contacts page with your thoughts.

To your health and performance,

Devin

Yuri Elkaims Healthprenuer Live Event Review

I have to admit, I love attending events and seminars. I live for learning experiences and connecting with other like-minded amazing people. In the past two years, I’ve been to at least ten personal and professional development seminars and workshops… in this post, I’m happy to share my experience and review of Yuri Elkaims Healthpreneur Live event.

Warning: Learning new tools and strategies to improve your life and business while meeting other amazing high-level people doing incredible things can become a bit of an addiction 😉

A few of my favorites seminars I’ve attended over the years include Tony Robbins, signature 5 day  “Date with Destiny” experience and Brendon Burchard’s  “High Performance Academy.” Both absolutely incredible learning experiences and events.

However, Yuri Elkaims Healthprenuer Live event hosted in beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona takes the cake for the best wellness industry event I’ve ever been to thus far. Unlike Tony and Brendon’s large few thousand attendee events, Yuri’s was more intimate and personal. I actually got to connect with him personally as well as pretty much all the other event speakers…one of the biggest reasons the event was a personal favorite.

Let me explain…

I came across Yuri’s Elkaims stuff about 1 year ago, while searching for someone who ran a 7 figure online health and wellness company with integrity (one of my goals).  I started following Yuri and was surprised by the level of accessibility and quality content he shared in his healthpreneur facebook group. He answered my tough marketing questions and even filmed an entire 15-minute video about a pressing issue I was having with one of my online health program funnels. It was apparent that he wasn’t just another online marketing guru looking to sell one of their “7-figure success formulas.”

Yuri actually cares.

Who is Yuri Elkaim?

Yuri Elkaim, is the founder and CEO of Healthpreneur, is a leading online business strategist and coach for visionary health and fitness entrepreneurs who want to multiply their impact, income, and freedom. He’s also a New York Times bestselling nutrition author, sought-after health expert, and CEO of his own multiple 7-figure online health and fitness business that has helped over 500,000 men and women to better health. His Youtube videos have been by more than 24 MILLION people and he’s shared his message of health on major media including The Dr. Oz Show, The Doctors, and more!

Even though Yuri had already helped me quite a bit with my marketing and content strategy before the event, I have to admit when I first got the email about his Healthpreneur Live event I was a bit skeptical. Usually the first time anyone holds an event like this there are a bunch of things that need to be ironed out (surprisingly not the case with Yuri’s event).

I remember it was Thanksgiving the final day before the VIP prices went up for the event and I was sitting in my car with my now Fiance before going into our friend’s Thanksgiving dinner trying to decide to invest in the event or not. Honestly, even though I love attending events, I had already been to a bunch of health events in 2017 and wasn’t sure it was going to be worth my money or my time.

“Just do it, I have a good feeling about it,” my fiance encouraged. Trusting my gut and with the encouragement of my fiance, I decided to take a chance and bought a VIP ticket and I’m SUPER glad I did. Healthprenuer was the perfect balance of learning, connection, and fun.

What is Healthpreneur LIVE?

It’s an epic 3-day event for leading health and fitness entrepreneurs to connect with cutting-edge marketing strategies, breakthrough ideas, and each other to multiply their impact, income, and freedom.

It’s an intimate LIVE in-person event that’s dedicated to connecting health, fitness, and wellness entrepreneurs with cutting-edge marketing strategies, breakthrough ideas, and meaningful relationships to help take your business, message or product, and overall impact to the next level.” [1]

Most health events are more geared toward professional development (certifications, CEUs, etc…) instead of actually teaching marketing and business systems which are essential for business growth and maximum impact. I’m always looking to learn new ways to get in front of more people and convert them into clients and customers to do the work I’m called to do.

“Healthpreneur LIVE is a unique 3-day event that gathers an extraordinary community of change-makers and visionaries in the health and fitness industry who are driven to impact the world in a bigger way.The event is limited to just 150 attendees who are mostly entrepreneurial-minded naturopathic and functional medicine doctors, chiropractors, personal trainers, nutritionists, dietitians, health coaches, and health crusaders who are hungry to expand their online platform to reach more people, make more money, and enjoy more free time instead of being confined to the clinic, gym, or coaching clients 1-on-1 for hours on end.

The event is limited to just 150 attendees who are mostly entrepreneurial-minded naturopathic and functional medicine doctors, chiropractors, personal trainers, nutritionists, dietitians, health coaches, and health crusaders who are hungry to expand their online platform to reach more people, make more money, and enjoy more free time instead of being confined to the clinic, gym, or coaching clients 1-on-1 for hours on end.” [1]

The 2017 Healthpreneur live event was held at the beautiful boutique resort and spa “The Andaz” in Scottsdale, Arizona.

5 Reasons I Went

  1. To learn to attract more leads and customers without feeling salesy or slimey in the process.
  2. To discover the latest trends and strategies to position myself as a standout “thought-leader” in the crowded online wellness industry.
  3. To streamline my business to free up more of my time
  4. To clarify my message to better connect with my audience and be more influential.
  5. Above all to create meaningful new connections with other health & fitness industry experts in a relaxed, intimate setting.

What I Got Out of Attending the Event

  • I learned to attract more leads and customers without feeling salesy or slimey in the process.
  • I discovered the latest trends and strategies to position myself as a standout “thought-leader” in the crowded online wellness industry.
  • I learned how to streamline my business to free up more of my time
  • I got to clarify my message to better connect with my audience and be more influential.
  • I created meaningful new connections with other health & fitness industry experts

Who Attended

  • Several NYT bestselling authors in the health and diet space…Youtube sensations in the fitness and wellness space who, collectively, have more than 2 MILLION subscribers…
  • Youtube sensations in the fitness and wellness space who, collectively, have more than 2 MILLION subscribers…Fitness celebrities who travel the country (and
  • Fitness celebrities who travel the country (and the world) growing their brand…
  • Dozens of health supplement business owners…
  • The CEO of one the most successful supplement companies in America…
  • Health coaches looking to expand their reach from local to global…
  • Online health business owners generating 6-, 7-, and even 8-figures per year…
  • E-Commerce entrepreneurs with health products taking over Amazon.com

What Set This Event Apart?

  1. Quality and attention to detail (The lunches were amazing, the venue was beautiful, the event staff was professional and on point)
  2. Caliber and quality of attendees (Not only did I meet amazing business connections I made some awesome new friends)
  3. Quality and accessibility of speakers
  4. Fun surprises (swag bag, attendee note wall, surprise party, VIP receptions, hiking Camel Back Mountain, sunrise am yoga)

Should You Attend?

Entrepreneurial-minded naturopathic and functional medicine doctors, chiropractors, personal trainers, nutritionists, dietitians, health coaches, and health crusaders.

If you are a visionary health or fitness entrepreneur with dreams of helping more people with your knowledge, idea, or an important message, then yes, I recommend you attend.

The event is limited to just 150 attendees so don’t wait to sign up.

Click here to learn more and I’ll see you at the next event.

Resources: http://healthpreneurgroup.com/ [1]

Highlights from the 2017 Healthpreneur Live Event:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Quick Tips For More Energy

It’s time to put down the coffee! Take action on these 5 simple wellness tips to quickly boost your energy now!

Tip 1: GET THE JUNK FOOD OUT OF YOUR HOUSE!

Junk food is everywhere. From salty snacks and fried foods to sodas, candy bars, and cookies, many feel it’s hard to choose healthy options. Junk foods contain addictive ingredients like sugar, artificial flavorings, and MSG that makes it hard to stop eating them.

We all know these foods cause serious health issues, but can’t seem to stop eating them. This is because these foods are designed to be addicting! The easiest way to overcome an addiction is too change your environment (aka stop buying the junk). If it’s not around you’ll be less likely to eat it.

Ingredients to avoid:
• Anything with a long shelf-life; packaged in plastic containers, metal cans, or cardboard boxes is usually highly processed
• Artificial food coloring, flavoring and presevatives such BHT, sodium nitrite, sulfites and sodium benzoate
•Artificial sweeteners like aspartame, splenda, and sucralose.
• Trans fats, often called hydrogenated oils, partially hydrogenated oils, or shortening

Take action RIGHT NOW to purge your kitchen of any artificial junk food!

Start by reading the labels of the foods you currently have in your home. If there are artificial chemical ingredients such as preservatives or artificial coloring/favoring get rid of it…give it away, donate it…do anything but eat it!!

It’s time to stop bombarding your body with food chemicals. Take action by cleaning your kitchen and body out of junk food. Get started now! Click Here for a simple 1 day green smoothie detox.

Tip 2: EAT REAL FOOD

Okay so now that the junk is gone…it’s time to get eating some REAL FOOD!

It’s scary today the vast majority of the food we eat isn’t really food. A more appropriate term for the vast majority of food we’re eating would be “food-like” products.

Real food is food that was grown on a tree, comes from the ground or from a farm not a lab.

Today focus on eat three meals comprised of REAL FOOD… lean protein (chicken, wild-caught fish, beans), good carbohydrate (quinoa, farro brown rice, sweet potato), healthy fat (avocado, olive oil, coconut oil) and as much green veggies as you can eat (salad, broccoli, kale, spinach)

REAL food will nurture and nourish your body and provide long lasting energy throughout the day without the crash.

Today make it a priority to eat REAL food and plan WHAT and WHEN you’re going to eat it.

Click Here for a healthy shopping list to get started.

Do this: Schedule and plan 3 meals made of REAL food. Replace one junk food snack with real food today:

Some ideas…
Apples, oranges, and bananas are great on the go snacks. Feel free to have two if one leaves you hungry!

Slice of sprouted or gluten-free whole grain toast with almond butter and preserves.

Homemade trail mix of almonds, raisins, chia seeds, pecans, and dried blueberries.

Addition tips…
Always eat breakfast. Eat a fiber and protein dense breakfast to stabilize blood sugar and help reduce cravings.

Make sure that you are getting a balance of protein, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats at every meal.

Get high quality sleep! Our hunger cues get thrown off track when we don’t get quality sleep. Sleep balances leptin and ghrelin, the hormones that tell us when to start and stop eating.

TIP 3: HYDRATE

The #1 thing that could be robbing you of your precious energy…dehydration!!

Imagine sailing through your work day with steady energy.  Yes, as simple as this is many people over look it. Aim to drink 1/2 your body weight in oz. per day

Many people crave sweets when they are dehydrated.

Water is one of the most neglected sources of nourishment in standard diets.

Next time your feeling low energy ask yourself “did I drink enough water, today?”

We need water to balance our electrolytes and keep hunger cues in check.

Fill up a large glass and keep it on your desk – hydration is critical to proper
health, and a crucial step to avoiding junk food binges.

A good way to judge if you’re hydrated is to observe the color
of your urine. The clearer your urine is the better. If you urine is really yellow most likely you need to drink more water.

If the taste of pure water really doesn’t appeal to you, try adding one of the following to jazz it up:
• Lemon and lime slices (my personal favorite)
• Strawberries and mint
• Chia and pomegranate seeds
• Grapefruit segments
• Blueberries and basil
• Sliced grapes

TIP 4: CREATE A BEDTIME RITUAL

There have been drastic changes in lifestyle during the past decade. Due to technology (especially computers) and the hustle and bustle of society, overall people sleep less.

Before all the advancements of technology, including electricity, people went to bed when the sun went down and awoke when it rose.

Studies have found many people are getting less than eight hours a night.
How much sleep do you typically get? If you’re not getting enough quality sleep, it’s time to upgrade your poor sleep habits!

1. Create an optimal sleep environment
Keep your bedroom as dark as possible and cool. Sleep on a supportive mattress with clean bed sheets. No LED lighting from electronics such as TV, cell-phone or other devices should be allowed in your sleeping space.

Shoot to limit watching TV and using your phone at least 30 minutes prior to your ideal bedtime.

2. Implement a ‘bedtime ritual’

A ‘bedtime ritual’ is something you do every night to prepare your body and mind for sleep. Creating a bedtime ritual or a routine that winds the body and mind down is important for two reasons.

The first is that when done consistently, it triggers the body to prepare for sleep, and second, it helps create deeper, more restful, quality sleep. Create a ‘bedtime ritual’ that is relaxing and involves minimal stimulation.

Examples I highly recommend are:
• Drinking herbal tea (specific blends formulated for sleep)
• Read an empowering or inspirational book
• Meditation or simple breathing exercises
• Gentle stretching or foam rolling
• Listening to relaxing music

TIP 5: ACTIVATE YOUR MIND AND BODY THROUGH MOVEMENT

Have you ever felt stressed and tired from carrying the days little frustrations but after a little physical activity (walking, or working out) felt lighter and more energized?

Although it may not seem like it, physical activity actually revs up the body and provides sustainable energy. Unlike junk food and the imminent energy crash it leads to, the effects of exercise last long after you stop activity.

Action Item:
1) Schedule physical activity on your calendar every day!

You don’t have to engage in strenuous activities to see results. The goal is to find a type of exercise you enjoy, and then integrate it into your life on a regular basis.

Here are some ideas to help you get started:
If you’re already a work-out devotee, consider mixing up your routine to
jump start your body:
If you love to dance, take a class at a local gym or dance studio.
If you’ve never done yoga, drop into a beginner class and see how it feels.
If you like to jog in your neighborhood, try strength training.
Do something different to keep it fun and your body guessing.

Whatever activity you choose, treat it like an important meeting on your calendar and stick to it. Trust me your mind and body will thank you.

TRY THIS:
Next time you’re at the office or at home with the kids, refresh your energy and combat stress by taking a break in the middle of the day.

Instead of surfing the web or grabbing a snack, get away from your desk or the kids and take either a 15 minute walk while taking 10 deep breaths… I guarantee you’ll feel so much better.

In order to keep our bodies happy and healthy, we need to get and stay moving!

Imagine what you could do and how good you’d feel in just a few months after continuing to make these small changes!

I offer many online group and personalized 1-on-1 health coaching programs to help people experience how good their bodies are designed to feel.

CLICK HERE  to learn more

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The 3 Biggest Diet Mistakes To Avoid

 

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