best sleep supplements

Best Sleep Supplements

P.S. Whenever you’re ready… here are 3 ways I can help you reclaim your health and energy and performance.

1. Join “Unlock High Performance” and connect with purpose-driven entrepreneurs and leaders 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
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2. Can’t get or stay asleep? Watch the New Sound Sleep Master Class
I’ve realized how important sleep really is to mental and physical performance, so I put together a new workshop to help you get and stay asleep! If you’d like to sleep like a baby every night, reclaim your energy, take back your health and experience more freedom in your mind, body, and life… 
— Watch it here

3. Work with me privately
If you’d like to work directly to improve your sleep and performance… just shoot me a message here … 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!

Simple Sleep Secrets

Simple Sleep Secrets

P.S. Whenever you’re ready… here are 3 ways I can help you reclaim your health and energy and performance.

1. Join “Unlock High Performance” and connect with purpose-driven entrepreneurs and leaders 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. Can’t get or stay asleep? Watch the New Sound Sleep Master Class
I’ve realized how important sleep really is to mental and physical performance, so I put together a new workshop to help you get and stay asleep! If you’d like to sleep like a baby every night, reclaim your energy, take back your health and experience more freedom in your mind, body, and life… 
— Watch it here

3. Work with me privately
If you’d like to work directly to improve your sleep and performance… just shoot me a message here … 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!

What’s it REALLY costing you?

When asked what surprised him most about humanity, the Dalai Lama replied:

“Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

Is this your current reality?

Are you living in-ease or on your way to dis-ease?

Do you…

Feel constantly stressed, physically drained and can’t seem to stop thinking about your work even when you’re not working?

Have trouble getting or staying asleep and it’s a battle to get up in the morning?

Often have low energy in the afternoon and rely on coffee or stimulants to get you through the day?

Have difficulty focusing on one thing at a time and get easily distracted during the day especially by email?

Yes?

I’m going to be blunt here because I care…

You are living in dis-ease and will eventually get a disease and that’s simply the truth.

I want you to think for a moment what’s it REALLY costing you right now to NOT start taking better care of yourself?

In your level of productivity…

In your relationships with your husband/wife…kids…are you a proud example of how you want them to show up?

In your level of confidence and joy?

You don’t have to sacrifice your health in order to make money. Then sacrifice money to recuperate your health. That’s a BS (belief system) myth.

You don’t have to wait until it’s so painful that you can’t take it anymore or you get sick…

Is the life you’re leading worth the price you’re paying to live it?

There is a better way. I can show you.

Apply for a breakthrough call and let’s talk click here

Health & Mindset Mastery

Health & Mindset Mastery is a ultra-premium world-class health, lifestyle and high performance training program for entrepreneurs, business owners, self-employed professionals, and high-performing individuals.

Before you apply to be a part of Health & Mindset Mastery, I’ll answer some basic questions for you:

What is Health & Mindset Mastery?

It’s a 3 month (12 week) TOTAL TRANSFORMATION step-by-step group coaching program. Through the cutting edge training you follow weekly, you’ll discover and experience a breakthrough in your energy, confidence, productivity, weight, mental clarity, stress, sleep, and emotional health…

AND you’ll learn a completely new mental framework for how you tackle and deal with life biggest challenges.

Hint: The biggest roadblock is NOT the physical, it’s your internal belief system or what I call “mindset.” 

In addition, we have weekly live coaching sessions where we cover the following topics:

Mindset Mastery – Finally breakthrough what has been holding you back from reaching your next level of health and performance. You’ll discover how to condition your mindset for success. Without the proper mindset for you just fail. Period. (This piece alone is worth the investment in the program)

Stress Mastery – We go WAY beyond just “managing stress” in this program. Making sure you’re identifying the root cause of your stress is the KEY to success. And we don’t just manage stress for the sake of a “stress relief”. You’ll know exactly WHY you’re doing what you’re doing and HOW it connects to the bigger picture of what you’re trying to accomplish.

Nutrition Mastery – Eating the “right” foods at the “right times” can be a REAL challenge if you don’t know…. the what, the why and how of 21st-century nutrition. During the program, you’ll uncover what foods to eat specifically to maximize your energy and health through advanced microbiome genetic testing.

Movement Mastery – We take learning your body to whole another level. We go far beyond just the what. We all know we need to move more. In the program, we focus on the how and you’ll create what I call a personal movement plan (PMP) tailored to your unique lifestyle, goals, and preferences… they don’t teach this stuff in a classroom, a textbook or (even medical school.)

Advanced Training – Because many of the participants in the program achieve their goals within the first month and a half (this obviously varies depending on your current situation), we coach past the surface level strategies, tactics, routines, and rituals and we discuss in detail how to go WAY beyond what you believe is possible in your physical, mental, and emotional energy.

When you know the “why” and the “how” and get the support and accountability you need…you get results. 

What is the investment in this program?

There’s a couple of things you need to know about “price”. I DO NOT give it out ahead of time. Before we even talk investment, I determine if you’re actually a great fit for the program AND the community. 

If we’re still good, I’ll tell you all the details of the program (the above is just the surface) and then we’ll talk investment (And yes, we can be pretty flexible with payment plans for those who are a fit for the program).

And no, do not email me asking for the price. That’s not the way I do it. If that doesn’t work for you, you’re not a good fit and shouldn’t apply.

But here’s what you need to know for now:

The investment into the program is going up every other month since its inception. The longer you wait the larger the investment will be. And the next price increase is happening VERY SOON.

Transformation isn’t cheap. If you’re thinking this program is in the hundreds, think about this… hiring a qualified personal trainer just for a couple months (I know I used to be one) will cost you $3000-4000 easy. This program is on an entirely new level, not just on the training itself or the structure of it, but on the content, support, and most of all the coaching.

It’s world-class. And I’m not saying that from a place of ego, I’m saying it from a place of truth and results (see the video testimonial from a recent past client here)

You don’t show up to the Bentley dealership expecting to get a new Bentley for $20,000. It’s just not happening.

If you want to know what I could charge for this program, go find the very top trainer, nutritionist, psychologist and performance coach in your area and find out what it would cost you to work with them all several times a week for 3 months (In South Florida, where I live, that’s easy $15,000 – $30,000+) 

What kind of results can I expect to get from this program?

Over the phone, I’ll tell you exactly how high this program will take you. 

But typically it’s this:

  • Driving your business/career forward while enjoying the process feeling fully present in the moment…
  • Feeling charged, confident and on the top of your game, accessing the best part of who you are… organized, mentally clear, centered, grounded and focused…
  • You’ll know how to set clear boundaries between your life and business and have a clear vision for not only your business success but for your life fulfillment.
  • You’ll more control over your schedule to spend more time with the people you love… doing the things you love…AND greatly improved your relationships.
  • You’ll wake up feeling energized, refreshed, excited and READY to take on the day after a deep restful nights sleep even if sleep has been a struggle for years.
  • You’ll feel more physically strong, mentally focused and emotionally connected than you ever have and be able to handle your businesses and life’s biggest challenges with greater ease… within the first few weeks.

This is just some of the results and feedback I’ve gotten from current and past clients…


I’ll be able to tell you exactly where you’ll go over the phone after I know with 100% certainty what you are dealing with.

Sound good?

So, If you think you’re a fit, you’re an extraordinary person and you want to be part of an extraordinary group of high performers experience how good their bodies and minds are designed to feel, schedule a call to speak with me AND fill out the application and we’ll get started:

Click to Apply for a Breakthrough Call 


Ps. I reserve the right to refuse service to anyone, for any reason. And unfortunately, I don’t accept about 30% of people who apply for this program. As I said, you need to be a FIT not just for the training itself, but for the community. If I sense you’re not a good fit, I won’t even offer you the opportunity to enroll. No hard feelings.

PPs. I offer a one-time-only fast action discount over the phone for participants who are committed and ready to rock NOW. I make it easy for people who are willing to be decisive. Do your thinking, do your talking with your spouse or partner, do your finances ahead of time.

One other very important thing: If you schedule a phone call with me and decide you no longer want to do it, please take the time to cancel it. You’re not only taking up my time but you’re taking the time slot from someone else who could really use it. If you don’t cancel your scheduled call and don’t show up for whatever reason, you lose one-time fast action discount, sorry.

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…

Join my community of those seeking high performance health for exclusive content on how to start experiencing high performance health.

 

 

 

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11 Brain Boosting Foods

 

We literally are what we eat and the food we consume 100% effects how sharp and clear out thinking is on a day to day basis. Interestingly, two-thirds of our brain is made of fat. Fat is essential to our brain’s health to to produce brain cells. Foods that are high in good omega-3 fats, are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and are anti-inflammatory protect us from brain disease and help increase cognitive ability, understanding, learning, and the ability to stay focused.

1. Walnuts: Walnuts are chock full of good fats, antioxidants and vitamins such as vitamin E that help ward off Alzheimer’s and can boost memory and focus. These nuts, ironically shaped like the human brain can naturally increase serotonin levels helping fight depression, and are loaded with omega-3 anti-inflammatory fats that can help improve focus and concentration

2. Wild Salmon: Wild-caught salmon is one of the best brain boosting foods on the planet. It’s loaded with anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats that are great for our brains. Farmed-raised salmon is not as good as wild-salmon because it can be filled with mercury, coloring and other toxins which damage our brains.

Important Note: Farmed-raised salmon is not as good as wild-salmon because it can be filled with mercury, coloring and other toxins which damage our brains.Wild salmon is a fish that contains low levels of mercury

3. Avocados: Avocados contain healthy brain boosting monounsaturated fat. They also contain potassium which is essential to mental function and nerve impulses, vitamin K and folate. Folate helps protect against stroke as well as increases brain power. Avocados also contain vitamin B and C which are essential vitamins for brain health.

4. Beets: Beets are great for mental performance because they contain natural nitrates that increase blood flow to the brain, can help lower blood pressure, fight cancer and increase athletic performance. They are rich in vitamin c, fiber, potassium, manganese and folate. Be sure to eat the beet greens along with the beet for they actually contain more iron than spinach and contain a higher nutritional value than the beetroot itself.

5. Wild-Blueberries: wild-blueberries are now referred to as  “brain berries” because they’re loaded with antioxidants and brain boosting properties. They are on of the highest antioxidant-rich foods and contain gallic acid which helps protect our brains from oxidative stress.  “New studies have also shown that diets rich in blueberries significantly improved both the learning capacity and motor skills of aging rats, making them mentally equivalent to much younger rats.” 

6. Lion’s Mane: Is a edible mushroom native to china and japan that can now be found in most gourmet food stores. It has been shown in several studies to greatly enhance cognitive function, memory, recall and even help reduce anxiety and depression. This is because the lion’s mane mushroom can increase nerve growth factor (NGF) a protein that has neuro-protective and neuro-enhancement qualities. NGF is essential for growth and survival of neurons, and can help reduce inflammation in the brain, resulting in neuronal growth and brain performance. Lion’s mane is traditionally consumed as a tea. A great company I know like and trust for lion’s mane is four sigmatic.

7. Egg Yolks: Egg Yolks contain a high amount of the b-complex vitamin choline, which is essential for brain health. Choline aids in concentration and neuron health because it reduces inflammation. Choline also helps break down bethane which in return produces those “feel good” hormones serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. Egg yolks also provide the essential mineral and brain and immune enhancing nutrient zinc. Two large egg yolks provide about 230 mgs of choline which is about half the recommended daily amount. Other foods that are rich in choline are dark leafy greens and broccoli

8. Flax Seeds: Flax seeds are another great source of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats which are essential for brain development and function. Flax seeds contain a specific type of omega -3 called alpha-linolenic acid that can enhance the cerebral cortex. The easiest way to include flax seeds into your diet is by putting them in a superfood smoothie or sprinkling them on a big green salad.

9. Chia Seeds: Chia seeds contain high amounts of antioxidants and other brain minerals such as iron, copper, magnesium, manganese and zinc. They are also an excellent source of plant-based omega 3 essential fats which combat body and brain inflammation. Gram for gram chia seeds contain more omega 3s than wild salmon.

10. Dark chocolate: Dark chocolate 70% cocoa or greater contains antioxidants called flavonols which can help improve blood flow to the brain and help reduce inflammation. Flavonoids have recently been linked to improved cognitive performance. Cocoa also contains theobromine, an alkaloid similar to caffeine which helps improve focus and energy.

11. Rosemary: For centuries rosemary had been linked to improving memory. Scientist now confirm that rosemary actually is in fact amazing for our memories. A recent study conducted by found that smelling rosemary essential oil enhanced memory function in participation significantly. Also carosic acid found in rosemary helps protect the brain from neuro-degeneration by protecting it from free radicals. Rosemary contains high levels of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties making it an excellent brain boosting food.

This week’s healthy in the 21st century challenge is to try incorporating more of these amazing brain boosting foods into your diet.

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-Devin

 

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Healthy Eating in the 21st Century

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We all eat every day, but somehow, no one really quite knows what to eat. Despite all the nutritional research, diet books and theories, how is it that most Americans are still baffled about what to eat to achieve a long and healthy life?

Nutrition is the only field where people can scientifically prove opposing theories and still be right. No wonder everyone is confused. Also the vast majority of public nutrition information is created by the publishing industry and their job is to sell books, so they have to create new diets each year. 

That being said, we’ve come a long way in understanding how the food we eat affects our health. Each year new scientific research is solidify what we intrinsically always knew to be best…eating real food. By real food I mean food that comes from an animal or farm.

So how did we get so confused about what to eat? Well it all comes down to food politics and greed. Public nutrition policy is commanded by the political process, which is orchestrated by large food corporations, all to maximize their profits unfortunately at the expense of our health. It all started in the industrial revolution and spiraled way out of control.

The truth is that the majority of food we are eating, is not really food at all, but rather engineered processed food that puts dollars in the food corporation’s pockets and leaves the rest of us overweight, diabetic or worse.

Sadly about 70% of the calories Americans are eating today are from processed artificial foods. These foods are making us fat, sick and tired. Between misleading food marketing, untruthful labels and a food industry with a focus on profits and not health, we are experiencing a global health epidemic. It has never been more important to know how to eat healthy.

In order to eat healthy in today’s modern world, you first need to know 3 things

  1. What role food plays in your health and life (holistic nutrition)
  2. How to read a food label
  3. How to put together a few quick healthy meals

If you master the above 3 things, you’ll be on your way to eating healthy which in turn will help you achieve and maintain your ideal weight and sky rocket your energy levels to fuel your life.

So what role does food play in your health and life? In other words what is your relationship with food? How do you view food? Do you use food as fuel and nourishment or do you use it to cope with emotions? Is food a reward? A punishment? It’s a good idea to really consider these questions because they will help uncover your relationship with food.  A great book on this topic, is by Deepak Chopra titled “What are you Hungary for?

Once you have a better understanding of your relationship with food, the next step is to determine what to eat AND what not to eat. This is where the confusion usually sets in. Should I be vegan? Vegetarian? Paleo? Plant-based? Raw? Should I eat meat? Not eat meat? How much should I being eating?

The answer to these valid questions is completely based on several factors; specifically age, gender, lifestyle, geographic location and heritage.  For example, an 80 year old women should eat differently than a 16 year old teenage girl. A male college athlete has different nutritional goals and needs than a middle aged mother. I think you get the point.

As you go through your life journey your diet should change. Well how do you know when I’s time to change your diet? Well this is were being in touch with your body comes in. Our bodies are absolutely beyond amazing! They actually give us signs and signals as when it’s time to change things up.

You’re mood, energy level, skin, and digestion all respond based on if you’re on target or not. It’s essential to eating healthy in the 21st century to become in tune with your body wants and needs and to listen to them.

I teach a concept I learn at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition called bio-individuality, that there is not one right or wrong way of eating only a right or wrong way for your unique body chemistry (gender, ancestry, age) and lifestyle (how active you are, where you live).

It’s important to understand that we literally are what we eat. As food goes into our bodies it gets digested and absorbed into our blood and our blood is what created our cells, tissues, and organs. This is the reason it’s essential to EAT REAL FOOD.

So much of the food available and consumed today is not real, it’s manufactured in a food plant instead of coming from a plant. Above all this is the biggest challenge most people face when it comes to healthy eating in the 21st century? Why? Because processed food is convenient, fast and tastes good. The vast majority of food found in grocery stores today is processed.  Sadly, even health food stores like Whole Foods contain mostly processed food. This is one reason it’s essential to do a good detox program once or twice per year to clear out built up dangerous toxic build up.

But to be honest it’s virtually impossible to eat all real food unless you live on a farm which is why being an educated consumer and learning to read a food label is so essential to healthy eating in the 21st century.

So what do you look for when buying packaged food?

  • Amount of Calories
  • Artificial ingredients
  • Amount of Sugar
  • Amount and type of Fat
  • Amount of Sodium

Calories

It’s important to know about calories, what they are, where they come from and how they affect your body. A calorie is simply a unit of energy.

Protein, carbohydrates and fats all contain calories but in different amounts per gram. Protein and carbohydrates contain 4 calories per gram and fat contains 9 calories per gram. Notice how fat has more than double the amount of calories per gram than protein and carbohydrates. This is why eating a diet consisting of a lot of fat leads to quick weight gain. Although not all fat is necessary bad. Good fats play an essential role in optimal health.

Simply put, when you eat more calories than you burn, you gain weight usually in the form of fat. For this reason it’s essential to know how many calories you’re consuming a day and how to properly manage the amounts of calories going in and calories going out.

After tracking the amount of calories most people consume in a day, they are usually greatly surprised at the total daily amount. This is because calories add up very fast and can be hidden in many foods. But what’s even more surprising to people is when they realize how much energy it actually takes to burn these calories off. For example, let’s say you weigh 155 pounds. You’d need to run for about 26 minutes to burn off the calories you consumed from eating just a Snickers bar according to a Harvard Medical School study.

For optimal health, you’ll want to stay within your daily calorie range to maintain a healthy weight (click here to calculate your the amount of calories your should be consuming). I am not a huge fan of counting calories. However, if you are overweight, to get an idea of how many calories you’re consuming, you’ll need to track you daily caloric intake for at least a week. 

Artificial Ingredients

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Artificial chemical ingredients and additives to preserve the shelf life and “enhance” the flavor of processed foods. When buying packaged food, simply look for any unpronounceable ingredients on the label. This usually is a good indicator that it’s artificial.

Below is a list of the most detrimental artificial chemical ingredients to look out for. This list is by no mean extensive! Again the easiest way to determine if a packaged food is healthy or not is simply by looking if the ingredient listed are whole foods or chemical ingredients you can’t recognize.

  1. Artificial sweeteners: related side effects such as headaches, nausea, anxiety, depression, dementia, and skin rashes.
  2. Refined sugars: High consumption of sugar and the corresponding elevated insulin levels can cause weight gain, bloating, fatigue, arthritis, migraines, lowered immune function, obesity, cavities and cardiovascular disease. [1]
  3. Monosodium glutamate (MSG): MSG is a common food additive used to enhance flavor in a variety of foods. Canned vegetables, frozen entrées, fast foods and soups are just a few products that contain MSG. Many people have experienced a variety of side effects ranging from headaches, itchy skin and dizziness to respiratory, digestive, circulatory and coronary issues. [2]
  4. Artificial colors and flavoring: Food coloring and flavoring is usually a synthetic chemical produced by scientists to color foods and increase a product’s visual appeal. Many colorings are derived from coal tar and can contain up to ten parts per million of lead and arsenic and still be generally recognized as safe by the FDA.[2] Artificial colors can cause allergic reactions and increase hyperactivity in children with ADD. [3]
  5. Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and Butylated hydroxyuene (BHT):

BHA and BHT are two food additives commonly used in the food industry to prevent oils from going rancid. Studies have shown that BHA has caused stomach-focused carcinogens in trials involving mice, hamsters and rats. The

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has deemed BHA “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.” [4]

  1. Sodium nitrate and nitrite: Sodium nitrate and nitrite are preservatives that are added to processed meat products to enhance red color and flavor. These compounds transform into cancer-causing agents called nitrosamines in the stomach. Noticeable side effects include headaches, nausea, vomiting and dizziness. [4]
  2. Partially hydrogenated oils (trans-fats): Partially hydrogenated oils are made by reacting different varieties of oil with hydrogen. When this occurs, the level of polyunsaturated oils (good fat) is reduced and trans-fats are created. These oils are added to products to enhance appearance and prevent spoiling. They are associated with heart disease, breast and colon cancer, atherosclerosis and elevated cholesterol. [5]

Sugar 

It’s scary that Americans consume about 150 pounds of sugar per year and 80 pounds of those 150 pounds is in the form of high fructose corn syrup. [1] That’s about ½ pound a day per person. High fructose corn syrup is the unhealthiest kind of sugar because it’s absorbed more rapidly than regular sugar and doesn’t stimulate ghrelin or leptin production, the “hunger” and “full” signaling hormones, which leads to over consumption of food and disease. Research has now linked excessive amounts of sugar to cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

Unfortunately, sugar is found in almost everything, even “healthy” products today; and when sugar isn’t used or burned, it’s stored as fat in the body. Sugar also causes inflammation in the body, and inflammation is at the root of almost all chronic diseases today.

But even worse than refined sugar and high fructose corn syrup is chemical artificial sweeteners such as Splenda (sucralose), Sweet & Low (saccharin), Equal and NutraSweet (aspartame). These sugar substitutes have been created in a lab and recently linked to a long list of related negative side effects, such as headaches, nausea, anxiety, depression, dementia, skin rashes and cancer.

Start checking the labels of the products you’re buying for sugar…even the “healthy” ones. To maintain optimal health, avoid processed refined sugars and sugar substitutes as much as possible. 

Sugars to Avoid: refined sugars (sucrose), high fructose corn syrup, artificial sugars (Splenda, Sweet & Low, Equal and NutraSweet)

Fat

The worst kind of fat is trans-fat or trans-fatty acid, also known as partially hydrogenated oil. Most trans-fats are created industrially by adding hydrogen bonds to liquid oils to make a more shelf-stable product. However, some trans-fats occur naturally in beef, lamb, butterfat and dairy.

Trans-fats raise LDL (bad cholesterol) and lower HDL (good cholesterol). When a fat molecule is partially-hydrogenated, the body doesn’t recognize it and the fat is carried around in the blood which leads to plaque buildup in the arteries which leads to heart disease.

When reading labels, your eyes may be trained to search for “trans-fat,” but there are some loopholes food manufacturers are allowed in order to sneak trans-fat into their products. Although a product may say ‘0 g trans-fat,’ this may not be true. Only foods and supplements with 0.5 g of trans-fat and greater are required to be listed on the food label.

Next time you browse a label, search the ingredient list for the term ‘partially hydrogenated’ and pass it up if you find it on the label.

[1] Trans-fat may be found in margarine, processed foods, candy, chips, soda, flaky pastries and some peanut butters.

As far as the other types of fat, saturated, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, they all play a role and are necessary in a healthy diet. The amount and different types of fats really depends on your bio-individuality and current health goals.

Sodium

Consuming too much sodium (salt), causes your body to hold onto water putting an extra burden on your heart and blood vessels leading to high blood pressure.

According to the American Heart association, people with high blood pressure (140-160/90-99 mm HG) are more likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke. The average American consumes about 3,400 mg of salt per day, and the AHA recommends no more than 1,500 mg of total salt per day for optimal health.

The best way to reduce salt intake is to eat less packaged, processed foods and by reading the food labels of the packaged foods you do buy.

The most common high sodium foods in the 21st century are, breads, pizza, cheeses, canned soups, cold cuts, salted snacks, frozen dinners, sauces and seasonings. Eat less of these foods and add favor to your food in other ways such as cooking with fresh herbs and spices.

The last important factor to eating healthy in the 21st century is being able to prepare a few quick, simple, healthy meals. Generally people buy and eat the same food week in and week out. Humans like routine because it takes less thought energy when we’re on autopilot and in the 21st century we are constantly being bombarded by information. However, it’s time to jump into the pilot seat and take control of what foods and meals you eat.

Most people rotate between 3-5 meals options for breakfast, lunch and dinner and usually these options aren’t the healthiest choices just choices that somehow just became part of a routine. Below are the routine standards and some healthy eating in the 21st century recommend healthy meal upgrades.

Healthy Eating in the 21st Century Meal Upgrades

Standard 21st Century Breakfast

  1. No breakfast (most people don’t eat breakfast)
  2. Milk with processed cereal
  3. Coffee with a bagel and cream cheese
  4. Doughnuts
  5. Eggs bacon/sausage fast food sandwich
  6. Pancakes/waffles

Nutrient-Enhanced Healthy Eating in the 21st Century Breakfast Upgrade

  1. Always a eat nutrient dense breakfast
  2. Steel cut oats topped with mixed organic fruit and small handful of walnuts and 1 tsp raw honey.
  3. Healthy superfood breakfast smoothie
  4. A slice of sprouted grain bread with 1 tsp almond butter spread on top.
  5. 2-3 whole fried organic eggs
  6. Organic quinoa pilaf topped with organic raspberries and blueberries

Standard 21st Century Lunch/Dinner

  1. Hamburger and French fries
  2. Pizza
  3. White pasta and creamy alferdo sauce
  4. Fried chicken or chicken wings with macaroni and cheese
  5. Lunch meat sandwich and bag of chips
  6. Grilled steak and mashed potatoes

Nutrient-Enhanced Healthy Eating in the 21st Century Lunch/Dinner Upgrades

  1. Bison burger or veggie burger on a whole wheat bun and a side steamed vegetables
  2. Vegetable chili, legume soup varieties with a large salad
  3. Whole grain or bean pasta with organic tomato
  4. Grilled organic chicken, turkey
  5. Vegetable wrap and fruit
  6. Grilled wild-caught fish with a large mixed greens salad

Standard 21st Century Snacks

  1. Potato chips
  2. Cookies, brownies and cakes
  3. Pretzels
  4. Ice-cream
  5. Candy bars

Nutrient-Enhanced Healthy Eating in the 21st Century Snack Upgrades

  1. Any type of organic fruit
  2. Handful of nuts (almond, walnut, cashew)
  3. Rice cakes with almond butter on top
  4. Hummus with sliced vegetables
  5. Healthy snack bars (whole foods based, low in sugar selections)

In order to break this routine, choose new nutrient dense meal options you’ll enjoy and start rotating through these healthier versions of your not so healthy “normal” meal choices. Having several healthy meal and snack options for breakfast, lunch and dinner takes the guesswork out of food shopping and meal planning. Meal options should be fast and simple to prepare and nutrient dense. This will allow you to say goodbye to fast food—and hello to healthy food, fast.

Use a meal planning and preparation guide to get started on choosing new healthy meal options to incorporate in your new healthier way of eating. I recommend simply learning to prepare just 3 new healthier meal options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Then gradually incorporating new options over the weeks and months.

In order to eat healthy in today’s modern world, you must master…your relationship with food, learn how to be an educated consumer and be able to put together just a few quick, simple, healthy meals.

My hope is this by reading this article you’re now much more clear on how to eat healthy in our modern world.

I want to invite you to join the healthy eating in the 21st century movement…to join thousands of other people who are changing the way they eat to better themselves, their families and the world. Now is the time to take control of your health, by first taking control of your diet. Take your healthy eating to the next level by downloading the free healthy shopping list and meal planning guide.

Shopping List and Meal Guide

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The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Detoxes

Have you’ve been overindulging? Feeling tired and sluggish? Experiencing digestive discomfort such as constipation or bloating? Having trouble losing weight or experiencing skins issues such as acne? Chances are it’s time to detox.

What is Detoxing?

Simply put detoxing is removing impurities also called toxins from your body. Removing and cleaning out toxins will help your body fight disease and can reset your body systems creating an optimum internal health environment. It’s also a great way to jump into a healthier lifestyle and lose unwanted pounds fast.

There are many different ways to detox. But the common goal of most detox’s is to remove toxic buildup from body organs and fatty tissue as well as restore the digestive, lymphatic, circulatory and endocrine body systems. Often detoxing specifically helps cleanse the blood, liver, kidneys, intestines, lymph, and skin. Detoxing also called detoxification has been practiced in every culture around the world for centuries.

Detoxing is necessary especially in the 21st century because we live in such a toxic world. Sadly the need to detox our bodies has never been more important because of the toxic build up from the food we consume, water we drink and air we breathe has never been greater. Over the days, weeks, months and years toxins lodge and accumulate in our body tissues especially in the liver and fatty tissue which can cause weight gain, low energy, poor digestion and even an increase in the risk of developing diseases such as cancer.

Detoxing can greatly reduce oxidative stress and inflammation in our bodies which is at the root of all disease, as well as assists in fighting free ­radicals or cancer causing cells. It can also jump start our digestive system, increase energy, boost the immune system, help with weight loss, and create vibrant glowing skin.

3 Main Steps to Detoxing:

1. Toxins must be mobilized from their storage site inside fat cells

2. Transformed into compounds that our bodies can excrete

3. Eliminated from the body via elimination pathways (through the bowel, urine, and sweating)

A detox program can help the body in the following ways:

Give the liver, kidneys and digestive tract and other body organs a much needed break

Provide cells with nutrients to function properly and more efficiently

Promote the elimination of toxic impurities lodge in our body systems

Experts agree that detoxing at least once a year is a good idea. But depending on the type of detox, your current health, lifestyle, geographic location and unique biochemistry and health history detoxing a few times a year may be greatly beneficial and necessary to experiencing health.

How do you know if you need to detox?

These are all common signs it’s time to detox…

Easily feeling fatigued, tired and sluggish

Experiencing digestive discomfort such as constipation, bloating, or gas

Headaches

Having trouble losing weight

Experiencing skins issues such as acne

Puffy baggy eyes

Mental fog

Food cravings

Low energy

Bad breath

Unexplained nausea

Irritability and mood swings

Should you Detox?

If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms or you eat a lot of takeout packaged processed foods, use commercial personal care products, have never done a detox, or find your becoming hypersensitive to eating certain foods, then a detox program will greatly benefit your health. Detoxing does for your body what changing the oil does for you car. Detoxing is kind of like hitting a reset or reboot button for you body.

Types of detoxes:

There are many different types and ways of detoxifying the body. The most common way is through a detox diet which usually includes drinking detox drinks such as fruit and vegetable juices and detox smoothies, taking detoxifying cleansing herbal supplements, fasting, and following specific detox recipes and protocols. These detox diets usually last any where from 3 to 30 days in length and usually involve a combination of a specific way of eating combined with herbal supplements. Many popular detoxes also recommend dry brushing, light exercise, drinking lots of purified water, stress management, good sleep, epsom salt baths, colon hydrotherapy, massage and sauna therapy in addition to following a detox diet plan protocol.

When choosing a detox it’s important to do your homework. Over the past several years cleanses and detoxing have become quite popular. Especially as celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Demi Moore and Beyoncé all tout their benefits. But many of the detox’s out there expensive, time consuming and involve days of running back and forth to the bathroom which just isn’t realistic for our busy 21st century lives.

Also after completing a detox it’s essential to learn how to eat after the detox. It doesn’t make much sense to cleanse your body, then return to toxic lifestyle habits after the fact. If you’re interested in detoxing your body naturally to restore energy, drop belly bloat and reset your body, I created an awesome FREE 1-Day Green Smoothie Detox Plan for you. Click here to get it now.

This is a great starter detox that will help your body naturally reset it’s self.

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