How to Boost Energy Naturally | Avoid These 4 Energy Sucking Foods

Avoid these 4 energy draining food for all-day natural energy.

Food #1: Gluten

Gluten is simply a protein is found in wheat, barley and rye and in recent years has been linked to a ton of books and research that has found gluten to be the cause of many gastrointestinal disorders. Gluten is the glue-like substance that holds bread together.  Unfortunately, the more you consume gluten the more damage takes place to the intestinal walls which eventually can lead to a inflammatory condition termed “leaky gut”. Many people don’t even realize gluten is affecting their energy.

Energy tip: Try going gluten free for 7 days and reintroduce it to see if you notice a difference in your energy.

Food #2 Sugar

Sugar is found in just about everything today. It’s extremely hard to avoid sugar because it’s hiding everywhere and it’s robbing you of your energy. You have to super conscious of how much sugar you’re consuming…sugar is hiding even in “health food”. Sugar is hiding in foods like peanut butter and pasta sauce and many other different types of foods that you wouldn’t even realize. Even if you’re not eating cakes and cookies and candies you still most likely are getting a lot of sugar in your diet and it’s robbing you of your precious energy.

Energy Tip: Start reading labels to cut back your sugar intake and notice a massive increase in your level of energy.

Food #3 Caffeine

People drink coffee when they feel tired and need energy but drinking coffee or consuming caffeine is kind of like borrowing from Peter to pay Paul. What happens is caffeine blocks the receptors in our brain which tell us when we’re tired. If you’re someone who’s consuming a lot of caffeine start to eliminate the amount of caffeine you consume. Drinking one cup of coffee in the morning isn’t going to make that big of a difference but if you’re adding sugar and cream you definitely want to start reducing sugar and cream with the goal to completely remove it from your coffee to maximize your energy.

Energy Tip: If you drink coffee, only drink one small cup before 2 pm and drink it without added cream or sugar.

Food # 4 Dairy

Dairy is very hard to digest and a lot of energy is used up in trying to digest dairy. Most people are lactose intolerant or lactose sensitive and don’t know it. Lactose or milk sugar builds mucus in the body and causes inflammation. Instead of consuming dairy eat more alkaline based foods such as fruits and vegetables to start experiencing more energy. If you decide to limit your dairy intake or completely remove dairy from your diet, you will notice a massive difference in your mental clarity, digestion and your energy.

Energy Tip: Cut back on the amount of dairy you consume or completely cut it out of your diet. If you do decide to continue to consume dairy make sure you are getting your diary from the high quality source possible – raw, grass-fed and organic.

Ultimately, it’s what you do and chose not to do on a daily basis which will make the biggest difference in how you look and how much energy you feel.

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How to Stay in Peak Performance While Traveling | Create A 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 Gobag 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I choose the “Kensington Triple Trek Slim Backpack” for my go-bag because it had the water bottle holder built in and was about the right size for the essentials and a MacBook Air.

Click here to add to your High Performance Health Travel GoBag

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 essential.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Sanitizing Wipes

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

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 to purchase a one-liter bottle of water to drink on your flight. Even though most airlines provide water with their in-flight services… it’s not enough. To maintain high performance health while flying drink at least one liter on your life flight (longer flights you should drink even more)

IMPORTANT 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 + one Bio H2 tablet.  I recommend using Nordic Clinical – Bio H2 – Molecular Hydrogen Additive – An antioxidant supplement 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. Bio H2 helps fight the negative effects of alcohol, stress, and free radicals as hydrogen is a super powerful antioxidant.

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 On the Go Bar & 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 great.

Click here to add to your High Performance Health Travel GoBag

 

Immune System, Energy and Nutrient Support:

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

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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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 to get your daily dose of supergreens and superfoods while on the road.

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 optimize 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.

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:

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 just like the taste. I recommend drinking this tea inFlight or as a nightcap after a long day at a conference or meeting.

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 or these are a great (more premium) option also.

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

Travel Foam Roller:

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 choice:

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 Travel GoBag 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.

When you’re ready here are 3 more ways I can help you reclaim your health, energy and performance:

1. Join “Unlock High Performance” and connect with purpose-driven entrepreneurs who are unlocking high performance.

It’s my new Facebook community where smart entrepreneurs and leaders learn to get more energy, freedom, influence and impact — Click Here

2. Join the NEW Ascend Program and be a Case Study

I’m putting together a new high performance coaching case study group this month.  If you’d like to work with me to reverse burnout, reclaim your energy, take back your health and experience more freedom in your mind, body, and life… book a breakthrough call here

3. Work with me privately

If you’d like to work directly with me to access the best of who you are… Click here and tell me a little about your health, business and life and what you’d like to work on together, and I’ll get you all the details!

To your on going health and performance,

Devin

14 Of the Most Asked Questions About CBD | Hemp Oil

14 Of the Most Asked Questions About CBD | Hemp Oil

 

CBD also known sold as hemp oil is quickly becoming one of the most highly sought after and used supplements in the world. Why? Because it’s benefits are finally being discovered and shared. It also just so happens to help alleviate 3 of the most common 21st-century health conditions.

  1. Stress and Anxiety
  2. Trouble sleeping
  3. Physical pain

In this short article, I share some of the most frequently asked questions about CBD. Enjoy!

1) What is CBD (Hemp oil)?

CBD also known as cannabadiol, is a non-psychoactive (it won’t make you feel high) compound found in cannabis. It is one of over 60 different compounds present in cannabis. CBD is usually present in cannabis in high concentrations along with THC (the compound in cannabis that is psychoactive and makes you feel high).

It’s non-psychoactive because of its lack of affinity and attraction for CB1 receptors (the receptors that cause one to experience a cerebral high). There are two types of cannabinoid receptors in the human body; CB1 and CB2. Both are naturally found throughout the body but are most common in the brain and immune system.

CB1 receptors are responsible for marijuana’s psychoactive effects. These receptors affect memory, mood, sleep, appetite and pain sensation. CB2 receptors have anti-inflammatory effects and are found in immune cells. Cbd does have a great affinity and or attraction for CB2 receptors making it a great natural anti-inflammatory and immune system enhancer.

2) Is CBD legal?

Unlike marijuana, CBD is 100% legal in the USA. On February 7, 2014 President Obama signed the farm bill of 2013 into law which defined industrial hemp as distinctly different from marijuana. It further states that as long as the cannabis sativa plant has less than .3% THC it qualifies as industrial hemp and is legal to be grown in the United States.

3) Will CBD make me feel high?

CBD offers many of the same benefits of marijuana without the “high” because it contains minimal.  if any amounts of THC tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). It is completely safe and non-­addictive.

4) What are CBD known benefits?

CBD has been proven to be highly beneficial in the treatment of seizures, neurological conditions such as MS and cerebral palsy and anxiety disorders.

Studies have found that CBD can…
1. Relieve nausea and vomiting making it a great digestive aid
2. Help control and reduce seizures
3. Help Fight tumors and cancer cells (it’s a powerful anti­oxidant)
4. Help relieve anxiety and depression
5. Calm and protect the nervous system
6. Promote relaxation and deeper sleep
7. Help reduce stress
8. Help relieve insomnia
9. Anti­-inflammatory effects which help reduce swelling
10. Help relieves muscle and joint pain

5) What are the most popular uses of CBD?

Right now the general popular is using CBD as a natural alternative to help support anxiety, physical pain and promote relaxation to improve sleep. As mentioned before it’s also been proven to be highly beneficial treatment of seizures, and neurological conditions such as MS.

6) What is the best way to use CBD? What form is best to take?

CBD is extracted as an oil from cannabis or hemp plant and comes in various concentrations and forms. It can be consumed orally in the form of a supplement or gummy, in a capsule form, as a liquid tincture, vaporized, or sprayed into the mouth. It can also be used topically and absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin from an externally applied cream.

7) Does CBD have side effects?

CBD rarely has side effects when using the commonly recommended doses of anywhere between 2.5 mg to 1500 mg

However, studies have found Possible side effects include…

  • Drowsiness
  • Diarrhea
  • Increases or decreases in appetite.

Minus diarrhea, these sides effects could potentially be beneficial depending on the reason you’re taking CBD in the first place. Often CBD users are using CBD to help them get higher quality sleep. The majority of studies currently available were performed for treatment of epilepsy and psychotic disorders. Here, the most commonly reported side effects were tiredness, diarrhea, and changes in appetite/weight. In comparison with other drugs, used for the treatment of these medical conditions, CBD has a better side effect profile. More clinical trials with a greater number of participants and longer chronic CBD administration are still lacking.

However, there are a few upcoming CBD clinical trials for the treatment of the following disorders:

  • Autistic Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic Pain
  • Epilepsy
  • Infantile Spasms
  • Lung Cancer
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinsons
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • And a few more

8) Is CBD addictive? Is CBD safe?

CBD is nonaddictive and safe when you’re getting your CBD products from a reputable source. Unfortunately, because the benefits of consuming CBD are becoming more and more known many companies are flooding the CBD market with poor quality and ineffective products. You want to look for reputable companies that offer organically grown, full spectrum, Co2 extracted CBD.

9) Will taking CBD fail my drug test?

This is a very common question and the simple answer is no. This is because legal CBD products contain no traceable amounts of THC (the chemical in marijuana that causes people to get high). However, consumers using extremely large doses of CBD rich hemp oil products above 1000-2000 mg daily could potentially have a false positive during initial screening due to other non-THC metabolites which may cross-react with the test. This is extremely rare.

10) How much should I take? How do I dose CBD?

There is no one size fits all or easy answer to this question. It really depends on several factors. First, it depends on the quality of the CBD product that you are using. Second, it depends on the reason you are using CBD. Are you using it to relieve pain? Help you get to sleep or to manage anxiety? Are you using it to manage MS or Parkinsons? Everybody is different so it’s best to experiment with different dosages until you achieve the desired effect.

I recommend the following protocols:

  1. Start small – start with the smallest dose possible. Everyone reacts differently to various supplements so it’s important to become familiar with how your body responds
  2. Size Matters – larger individuals may prefer a high dose of CBD than smaller people. With CBD, you can easily scale up just a few mg at a time to meet your needs
  3. Consult with a medical professional – if you have a serious medical condition, always consult with a qualified healthcare professional before consuming CBD
  4. Consistency is key – using CBD consistency stimulate a healthy, functioning endocannabinoid system. As cannabinoids enter the system, your body becomes more sensitive over time.

11) When is the best time to take CBD?

Again it really depends on why you are taking it in the first place. Generally speaking most people take CBD and hour before bed to help improve sleep, in the morning to manage pain and anytime help alleviate stress and anxiety.

12) How long will it take for CBD to take effect? How long do the effects last?

Again it depends. In this case, it depends on the method of ingestion.This is a challenging question to answer because it depends on several factors

  1. Quality of product
  2. Amount of MG’s
  3. Method of delivery (capsules, sublingual oil, vape or topical)

Generally…

  • Consuming CBD orally takes over an hour for the CBD to arrive in the bloodstream.
  • Using CBD through inhalation via vaporizing it produces more rapid effects because it bypasses the liver.
  • Consuming CBD sublingually in the form of an oil is relatively fast acting and is my recommended and preferred method.
  • Using CBD topically in the form of a cream can be relatively fast acting when used locally for (inflammation, pain and other skin conditions).

13) Can my dog benefit from taking CBD?

Yes, animals can also benefit from taking CBD. Pets can consume CBD for many of the same ailments that humans do.

CBD had been found to help with the following pet conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Allergies
  • Cancer
  • Digestive Issues
  • Seizures
  • Inflammation
  • Joint & Mobility Issues
  • Pain

Click here for CBD for pets.

14) Where can I purchase the best CBD products?

As more and more scientific studies are released on the benefits of CBD more and more products will hit the consumer market. Right now you can purchase and a wide variety of CBD products online and in some health foods stores across the country. As with all supplements, it’s important to consider the quality, extraction, storage and manufacturing methods before purchasing a product. Many supplements on the market today are ineffective and a complete waste of money because they simply aren’t of quality ingredients or have poor extraction methods making them ineffective at best.

I recommend BioCare CBD. It’s all natural, Co2 extracted, tested for purity and derived from organic CBD.

I recommend a company called Biocare CBD for the following reasons…

  • Organically grown hemp at a federally registered facility.
  • Nontoxic, pesticide free and 3rd party tested for quality.
  • Oil is full spectrum CBD – meaning if contains all of the cannabinoids which work in synergy to unlock the full potential of CBD
  • Whole plant extracted CBD oil – extracted from the stalk, flowers and leaves no just the stalk
  • Manufacturer is both GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) and PETA approved.

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