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:

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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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The 3 Biggest Diet Mistakes To Avoid

 

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3 Secrets to Rapid Healthy Weight Loss Revealed

Currently more than ¾ of Americans are overweight and more than 1/3 are obese. These numbers are increasing each year. The average middle age weight gain is 22 lbs. Obviously these numbers prove that losing weight is no easy feat.  

What’s alarming is that carrying around extra belly fat is linked to just about every disease including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol, liver and gallbladder disease, sleep and breathing problems, osteoarthritis, low self-esteem, all types of cancers and even death.

What is even more scary, is that studies have found that being 20 lbs overweight more than doubles your risk for heart disease and triples your risk for developing cancer.

Below are the most overlooked weight loss strategies that if address could help you lose 10, 20, 30 or even 100 lbs to reclaim their body and health.

1# NOT MANAGING STRESS

You can be eating all the right food and exercising consistently, but if you’re not managing your stress well, your waistline will be greatly affected. Stress is an inescapable part of the human condition, and we all experience stress on different levels and in different ways.

Stress not only causes weight gain, by keeping us up at night but can lower our immune systems making us susceptible to getting sick.
What happens when we feel stress is our bodies ‘fight-or-flight’ (sympathetic nervous system) is activated, reacting to a stressful or perceived stressful event. Notice how I said “perceived stressful event,” because nothing even has to happen for us to activate the stress response. Worrying is a perfect example of this type of stress.

Our bodies produces larger quantities of the chemicals cortisol, adrenaline and noradrenaline, which trigger a series of physical events from higher heart rate, heightened muscle preparedness, sweating, and alertness; all of which help us protect ourselves in a dangerous or challenging situation.

We don’t want to be walking around in a state of this type of stress on a consistent daily basis, because when you are stressed, your body produces cortisol which increases appetite. Cortisol also stimulates the growth and the manufacturing of new abdominal fat cells.

This increase in fat storage increases belly fat. Belly fat is the unhealthiest fat on the body. When cortisol levels are high, serotonin levels are lowered. Serotonin is an important brain neurotransmitter that promotes a ‘feel good’ feeling. Low serotonin causes carbohydrate cravings and depression.

When we feel stressed, many non-essential body functions are also affected and slowed down, such as our digestive and immune systems. This is another reason chronic unmanaged mental/emotional stress causes weight gain, illness and disease.

When we are stressed, the following physical responses happen:

*Stress hormone cortisol released (leading to belly fat)
*Our digestive system slows down
*Immune system goes down
*We do not sleep

The effects of stress on the mind include feelings of anxiety, depression, forgetfulness, mental fog, irritability, restlessness, sadness, fatigue, burnout, and anger.

Which can cause…
1. Eating too much or too little
2. Food cravings
3. Drug and alcohol abuse
4. Relationship problems
5. Rash, poor decisions

Don’t let stress sabotage your weight loss success. Learn to powerfully deal with it using one or all of these proven effective stress busting techniques:

1. Meditation- Studies show that having a daily practice greatly reduces chronic uncomplimentary stress by normalizing blood pressure, reducing tension and perception of stress, helping cope with pain and loss, improving the immune system and greatly increasing concentration and mental focus.

2. Breathe Exercises- These can be as simple as taking ten deep breaths in and out through your nose and can help your body to slow down and greatly reduce stress.

3. Being in Nature- A recent study done in Japan showed that even looking at a picture of nature can greatly reduce chronic stress. Simply placing pictures of beautiful nature scenes at your desk or in your home is a great strategy but even better is getting outside as much as possible to a park, beach, lake or mountain area to decompress.

4. Physical Exercise– Science has now proven that exercise can help you become more resilient to stress. A recent research study conducted by Princeton University has found evidence that exercise actually reorganizes the brain to be more resilient to stress. They also found that physical activity reorganizes the brain so that it’s response to stress is reduced and anxiety is less likely to interfere with normal brain function (Princeton 1).  This new evidence has provided yet another great reason to incorporate exercise into your daily lifestyle. Not only does exercise induce an immediate reduction in stress levels, it is now proven to help recondition our brains to respond better to stressful situations in everyday life and reduce anxiety.

#2 NOT GETTING QUALITY SLEEP

Many people struggle with not being able to fall asleep. In fact, prescriptions for sleeping pills topped 56 million in 2008-up 54 percent from 2004- with over $5 billion in sales in 2010. Not getting optimal sleep can throw off your hormones leaving you feeling hungry, cranky and tired throughout the day.

The main hormones involved are:

Ghrelin, produced in the gastrointestinal tract and stimulates appetite.
Leptin, produced in fat cells and sends a signal to the brain when you are full.
Cortisol, most commonly known as a stress hormone and also regulates appetite.
Insulin, produced in the pancreas and regulates blood sugar.
Growth Hormone, regulates the body’s proportions of fat and muscle during adulthood.


The quality of sleep and the right amount of deep sleep is just as important as the quantity of sleep.When you don’t get adequate sleep, leptin levels decrease; therefore, you don’t feel as satisfied after you eat. Also, a lack of sleep causes ghrelin levels to rise, which means your appetite is stimulated, so you want to eat more. The combination of these two hormones causes overeating because you feel hungry even if you are full.

Sleep loss may interfere with the body’s ability to metabolize carbohydrates which leads to high levels of blood sugar. A rise in blood sugar promotes the overproduction of insulin. This also can lead to the storage of body fat and insulin resistance. Insulin resistance occurs in diabetes.

Articles published in The Journal of the American Medical Association and The Lancet suggest that sleep loss may increase hunger and negatively affect the body’s metabolism, which may make it more difficult to maintain or lose weight.[2]

When you don’t get optimal sleep your body becomes out of sync with its natural sleep-wake cycles or circadian rhythms, which leads to disturbances in hormone regulation.

Abnormal circadian rhythms have been associated with weight gain, obesity, diabetes, depression and many other diseases because of these disturbances.

The most common reasons most people have trouble sleeping is because of stress, consuming too much caffeine, drinking alcohol or not having an ideal sleep environment. Usually it’s a combination of a few of these factors.

If you’re drinking excessive amounts of coffee and having a few drinks in the evening, cutting back on both of these practices is a good place to start. 

#3 SALAD SABOTAGE

First congrats on choosing to eat a salad. The #1 missing food in the American diet today is greens. But when it comes to a salad, you must be a savvy salad connoisseur to make sure that your salad isn’t packing on as many calories as the bacon cheeseburger you just chose it over.

The challenge with salad is to not load it up too much with toppings and heavy dressing, while not making it so skimpy that it will leave you with lingering hunger. You want to feel full, satisfied and energized after eating a salad, not like you want to eat your hand.

The salad sabotage doesn’t happen in the leafy greens or the raw vegetables that are added.

The sabotage occurs in two specific areas:

1. Using too much or the wrong kinds of dressing

Beware! Most commercial dressings are loaded with oil, fat and sugar. It’s super important to read the labels of the salad dressings you buy and when you’re ordering a salad at a restaurant, ask for a lite dressing on the side so you can decide how much goes in. The best way is to just make you’re own salad dressing.

Note: One tablespoon of oil is about 120 calories. One tablespoon of dressing doesn’t go that far on a big salad.

2. Be mindful to not over do it with toppings

 

Adding toppings to a salad not only adds variety but it adds bulk to the salad, helping to leave you feeling satisfied. This is good. But the trick is to add toppings in layers and to be mindful which ones are more calorically dense–contain more calories and not to over do it on these toppings.

The main topping to watch out for is cheese, which is both high in calories and fat. Nuts are also high in calories and fat, but contain much healthier fats than cheese. Nuts are both healthy and filling so using just a small handful will help fill you up and stay full.

Stick to topping your salads with mostly vegetables and 1-2 servings of a lean protein such as beans, eggs, organic animal protein, tofu, nuts and seeds.

I hope these 3 weight loss strategies help you to naturally lose weight to experience how good your body is designed to feel. True healthy weight loss addresses the lifestyle factors that get out of balance and lead to overeating in the first place. Food can never fill what’s missing in your life.

True sustainable weight loss happens when you’re aligned with yourself, when you’re happy and fulfilled.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Resources:

[1] http://www.livestrong.com/article/1011805-build-salad-like-boss/

[2] https://valheart.com/the-5-biggest-mistakes-that-sabotage-fat-loss

[3] https://www.devinburke.com/weightfreedom  

The Difference Between “Weight Loss” and “Healthy Weight Loss”

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Each year thousands of new diet books are published, new weight loss pills, powders and medications created all in an attempt to fulfill the growing weight loss demand.

Worldwide obesity (abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health) has more than doubled since 1980.

According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, nearly one-third of the world’s population is now obese or overweight and nearly two thirds of Americans are overweight, and one third obese.

The world is experiencing an epidemic.

But what most people don’t realize is that there is a difference between weight loss and healthy weight loss.

We have been duped to believe that weight loss and healthy weight loss are one and the same. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

Weight loss is simply the act losing weight by any means possible. This can be accomplished from not eating, taking synthetic appetite suppressants, chemical weight lose pills and injections, liposuction and manipulation of one’s caloric intake temporary such as going on a liquid diet.

Yes, these weight loss solutions do work and some of them work fairly well, but they work at the expense of your health and vitality and are temporary solutions.

These quick weight loss solutions address being overweight as a “symptom” but never address it at its root causes.

Quick weight loss methods lead to an endless cycle of weight loss and weight gain. Have you jumped from diet to diet?  Weight loss program to weight loss program? Searching for the next “miracle weight loss solution” that will finally “fix” you once and for all.

The truth is that treating a symptom will never heal the root cause. In order to make weight loss stick the root cause of the weight gain must first be address.

Life in the 21st century has programmed us to want everything at the snap of a finger.

So we are marketed and sold “quick” solutions; “8 minutes in the morning to the perfect body”, “quick weight loss”, “lose 20 lbs in 20 days with this miracle pill”, “1 minute to a sexy stomach” etc.

Savvy weight loss marketers and publishers prey on the pain of those looking to change the way they look and feel by creating an illusion that healthy weight loss is easy.

Healthy weight loss isn’t easy, but it can be simple, fun and rewarding.

Healthy weight loss is losing weight in a natural sustainable and permanent way and the truth is, it’s not “easy”. Although “easy” is very subjective to the individual, easy to most people means not having to do that much work to accomplish a goal or task.

Treating the root cause of being overweight or obese isn’t “easy”. It takes work, commitment and at times can be uncomfortable but it can also be empowering because healthy weight loss is more than just about losing weight

It’s about reconnecting and creating freedom in your body, discovering your passions, reigniting your relationships, accelerating your energy, and living a fully engaged vibrant life.

Healthy weight loss addresses the lifestyle factors that get out of balance and lead to over eating, using food as pure entertainment or to try a fill what’s missing in your life. The truth is food can never fill what’s missing in your life.

Have you ever used food as a substitute for other things you want in life but were too afraid to take action on? Do you use food to manage your emotions or as a reward? Do you eat when you feel lonely, bored, anger or stressed?

If you’re overweight or obese the answers to these questions is most likely yes. The answers to these questions also hold the keys to healthy weight loss. In order to change or shift something that’s out of balance, that something must first be in your awareness to be shifted.

Often times these feelings, frustrations and patterns are subconscious or have become so routine that we lose touch with them and they become automatic.

To experience healthy weight loss or what I like to refer to it “weight freedom” you must address the root mental and emotional issues that lead to eating too much and the wrong kinds of foods. Without addressing the emotional root causes for why we do, what we do, true lasting change can never occur.

To do this type of deep inner work takes a strong desire to change, an openness, and the courage to be vulnerable. Simply put, doing the inner work, yields amazing outer results…results that are real and that last.

Steps to Weight Freedom:

  1. Recognizing your unresourceful pattern. What situations, people or circumstances in your life lead you to overeat? Where do you feel powerless, out of control, worthless, afraid, and uncertain? What do you consistently focus on that is outside of your control? Honestly answering these questions will bring to the surface inner conflicts that need to be shifted to healthfully lose weight.
  2. Powerfully dealing with these inner conflicts. A good coach or therapist can help with this process. Working through deep inner conflicts can be challenging and scary but the end result by far outweighs the work in moving through them.
  3. Replacing bad habits (emotional eating) with good habits (taking a walk, breathing, reading a book, finding a passion project, starting a new relationship) this step only lasts when step one and two have been taken.

Often times people try to jump right to step three and are only successful for a short period of time until they fall back into their old patterns.

My hope is that this article has connected you with a clear path to truly take the necessary action to healthily and joyfully achieve your ideal weight.

The power to reclaim your weight and health rests in your hands.

There’s no greater satisfaction than seeing, feeling, and experiencing daily incremental improvement in your health and knowing YOU were the one responsible.

Healthy weight loss is possible. Think about all you’ll gain as a result letting go of the inner conflicts that have been unnecessary weighing you down for years.

Don’t believe the weight loss hype, do the inner work, change your lifestyle and experience how good your body is designed to feel….experience weight freedom.

After studying over 100 dietary theories, and hearing the frustrations of many clients, friends and family about their frustrating experience with diets and quick weight loss programs, and after helping many women holistically lose weight and keep it off, I’ve come to realize that there isn’t a “quick-fix” to weight loss because we aren’t broken.

Savvy marketers will try and sell their magic weight loss pills, potions and diets but the true healthy weight loss is and always has been an inner game that takes dedication, commitment, time and support. 

Discover the 6 “No-Diet” Secrets to Permanent Weight loss:

In the guide I share…

  • The 3 biggest lifestyle mistakes dieters make and how to avoid them with ease.
  • What foods burn belly fat and 18 easy to make delicious fiber rich protein dense breakfast recipes.
  • How stress is affecting your weight loss success and 4 effective techniques to powerfully deal with it.
6 no-diet secrets to permanent weight loss

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How To Never Get Sick Again | Immune System Secrets


No one enjoys getting sick. Having a sore throat, coughing, sneezing, body aches, runny nose, feeling low energy, or experiencing a stomach bug is a slog to say the least and extremely inconvenient. Who really has time to get sick?

Interesting many people believe that getting sick is a normal part of life…although getting sick a few times per year is the “norm”, it is NOT normal. With a strong immune system our bodies can and will fight off unwanted invaders to beat sickness.

In this week’s episode I share with you my top secret remedies to never get sick again. These specific remedies can help you stay illness free for life and get rid of your cold in as little as 24 hours or less. Try them next time you feel like your getting sick or if you wish to never get sick again 🙂

Immune System Secrets Episode Summary:

1. Consume immune boosting superfoods like chlorella and camu camu berries
2. Consume fermented foods or take a strong probiotic supplement. The proviotic supplement I recommend is klaire labs click here
3. Eat living organic food (fruits + veggies)
4. Cut out dairy and sugar
5. Get quality sleep to let your body restore and heal.
6. Mediate to reduce stress. Stress is the #1 cause of sickness and destroys our immune system. Try the Head Space App www.headspace.com
7. Reduce alcohol and sugar
8. Move your body

When you start to feel sick do the following…

1. Drink twice as much water as you normally do
2. Use wild crafted oil of oregnol 3-5 drops 3x per day under the tounge or to the back of the throat.
3. Take a shot (1 tsp) of apple cider vinegar
4. Take herbal immunity supplements like “Quick Defense” by Gaia Herb or “Wellness Formula” by Source Naturals
5. Cut out all sugar (even fruit) and all dairy
6. Change your mindset to “I’m vibrant and healthy”


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Top 5 Reasons to Drink Kombucha Everyday

Recently kombucha has taken the 21st century health world by storm. Kombucha breweries are popping up left and right and you’re beginning to find more and more companies producing the fermented health beverage. Today you can walk into just about any larger grocery store and you’re likely to find kombucha in the cool beverage section. A bottle of kombucha costs around $3–$5 , but you can make kombucha yourself at home. A magical, cure-all, panacea… not so much. But nonetheless there are many health benefits to drinking kombucha.

The top 5 benefits of drinking Kombucha:

1. Kombucha has cleansing and detoxification properties 

Kombucha contains glucaric acid, an organic acid that has been studied and shown to help prevent cancer, increase energy, and promote detoxification and cleansing within the body.

2. Kombucha is beneficial for the body’s pH balance and overall joint health

Kombucha contains glucosamines and hyaluronic acid, which benefit joint health.

3. Kombucha is very beneficial for digestive health

Kombucha full of enzymes and probiotics, which help naturally promote digestion.

4. Kombucha is a great source of antioxidants

Kombucha is made with black tea, which is high in flavonoids, to promote antioxidant protection, immune support, and fat loss.

5. Kombucha is great for promoting energy

Kombucha contains varying amounts of caffeine depending on the type of tea you use to brew it, and b vitamins to help support energy levels.

How is Kombucha made?

Kombucha is made from combining a bacterial culture called a scoby aka “the mother” with tea and sugar. Scoby stands for a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. It’s the scoby that creates the healthy probiotics and enzymes and also ferments the tea making it effervesce. Making it from scratch can take anywhere from 2-4 weeks depending on the size of your scoby. Click here to watch a video about how to make kombucha.

What does Kombucha Taste Like?

Unflavored kombucha tastes similar to an effervescence sweet but tart, vinegary, champagne. But many kombucha brewers are creating unique favors profiles by mixing in fruit juices and herbs which can make the kombucha tastes comparable to a soda (only a much, much healthier version).  

How much should you drink?

I absolutely love kombucha…so much that I actually keep a keg of it on tap in my home. But kombucha should be drank in moderation no more than 1 cup per day. It does contain some sugar and depending on the way it’s brewed that amount can greatly vary so it’s always best to read the label.

Kombucha is an excellent replacement for soda, fruit juice, and even beer. Although it can be brewed with an alcohol content close to beer, it generally only contains a small amount of alcohol due to the fermentation process (usually around .5%).

The bottom line

Kombucha is a delicious healthy alternative to soda and sugary fruit juices. It contains probiotics (good bacteria), beneficial enzymes and b vitamins. But it’s best to enjoy in moderation. 

This Month’s Healthy in the 21st century challenge is to try kombucha if you’re new to it or if you’re a long time kombucha try making it yourself. Let me know how it goes in the comments below.

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References:
Axe, Josh. “5 health benefits of kombucha.” draxe.com. Web 10 June 2016. Web <http://draxe.com/5-health-benefits-of-kombucha/>

“Kombucha”. Web 7/7/16. Web <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kombucha>

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Is Organic Food Better For Your Health?

Over the past several years the organic food market has exploded, but is buying organic really worth the extra price?

First it’s important to understand what the term organic actually means. Organic as defined by the USDA stands for Food grown or raised without the use of additives, coloring, synthetic chemicals (e.g., fertilizers, pesticides,hormones), radiation, or genetic manipulation and  meets the criteria of the U.S.D.A. Standard National Organic Program.

So simply put organic foods are not processed using irradiation, sprayed with dangerous pesticides, injected with hormones and antibiotics, grown in chemical fertilizers, genetically modified or contain chemical food additives. Confused? I was too…

Irradiation is a questionable method used in the preservation of today’s conventional foods. Essentially this process involves shooting X-rays or high energy electron beams from machines to increase a foods shelf life. This does kill some harmful bacteria, however, when food is irradiated, many nutrients are such as vitamins, minerals, enzymes and antioxidants are also destroyed. Irradiation also created untested compounds, referred to as unique radiolytic products or URPs. Scientists have not studied the long-term effects of these new compounds in our diet.

Pesticides are poisons designed to kill living organisms and are harmful to humans. Many pesticides that are still being used today were approved long before research linked these chemicals to diseases such as cancer. Today, there are hundreds of pesticides approved for use in the United States that present different health risks. A scary reality is that every year more than two billion pounds of pesticides are added to our food supply. That’s about 10 pounds per person per year!  This is a major reason to do a detox at least once or twice per year. If you’re not eating organic food at the very least make sure you really wash your produce with a veggie wash.

Consuming farmed animals injected with hormones and antibiotics exposes our bodies to those same hormones and antibiotics because we actually eat, what we eat, eats too. Scientists now have clearly shown that these hormones can increase the risk of disrupted development and cancer in humans. Also the use of antibiotics in our farming practices has encouraged the evolution of new strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in our food supply. This is not only detrimental to our health but also to the health of the environment.

A genetically modified organism or GMO is a plant or animal that has been genetically altered by scientists to express different characteristic traits. There is a growing body of evidence that now connects GMOs with health problems and environmental damage. Not to mention, GMOs have only been in our diet since the mid 90’s and long term studies haven’t been done on their impact to the human body. Most developed nations do not consider GMOs to be safe. In fact, in more than 60 countries around the world, including Australia, Japan and all 28 countries in the European Union, there are significant restrictions and bans on the production and sale of GMOs. This is because GMOs  are not only harmful to eat they also pollute our air, water and soil.

Here are the Top 10 reasons to buy and eat organic foods:

1. Keep chemicals off your plate. Pesticides are poisons designed to kill living organisms and thus are harmful to humans. Many approved pesticides were registered long before extensive research linked these chemicals to cancer and other diseases. Organic agriculture is a way to prevent any more of these chemicals from getting into the air, water and food supply.

2. Protect future generations. Children are four times more sensitive to exposure to cancer-causing pesticides in foods than adults.  This is because they are smaller and therefore the dose is much stronger.

3. Protect water quality. Pesticides pollute the public’s primary source of drinking water for more than half the country’s population.

4. Organic farmers work in harmony with nature. Three billion tons of topsoil erodes from croplands in the U.S. each year, and much of it is due to conventional farming practices, which often ignore the health of the soil.  Organic agriculture respects the balance necessary for a healthy ecosystem.  Wildlife is encouraged by including forage crops in rotation and by retaining fencerows, wetlands and other natural areas.

5. Save energy. More energy is now used to produce synthetic fertilizers than to till, cultivate and harvest all the crops in the U.S.  

6. Help small farmers.  Although more and more large-scale farms are making the conversion to organic practices, most organic farms are small, independently owned and operated family farms. USDA reported that in 1997, half of U.S. farm production came from only 2% of farms. Organic agriculture can be a lifeline for small farms because it offers an alternative market where sellers can demand fair prices for crops. 5
7.Support a true economy. Organic foods might seem expensive at first. However, your tax dollars pay for hazardous waste clean-up and environmental damage caused by conventional farming. 6

8. Promote biodiversity. Planting large plots of land with the same crop year after year tripled farm production between 1950 and 1970, but the lack of natural diversity of plant life has negatively affected soil quality. 7

9.   Nourishment. Organic farming starts with the nourishment of the soil, in turn producing nourishing plants. Well-maintained soil produces strong, healthy plants that have more nutrients than conventionally grown produce. 5

10.  Flavor. Last but not definitely not least,  organic food contains more nutrients than conventional food and simply taste better than conventional food.

So is organic food worth the extra price? The answer is absolutely. Now I know it may not be realistic to always eat all organic, all the time. But by trying to eat as much organic food as you can you’re not only insuring your health but the health of the planet.  The truth is it’s the small things you do and don’t do that effect how you look and feel now and in the future.