Do you remember when you first noticed that you had a health issue holding you back from enjoying life completely?
It may have quietly crept up, so slowly that you didn’t notice it until it started creating a challenge for your daily life.
It may have rushed in so fast, that you found yourself desperately trying anything just to get by on a day to day basis.
Suddenly, months, then years have gone by, with the symptoms only building on top of each other and the feeling that your health has spiraled out of your control.
If you were to measure your health on a scale that goes from disease to optimal health, you may find yourself currently heading in a negative direction. Just like 133 other million Americans suffering from a chronic disease, you may be wondering how to turn your issues around, and if it is even possible!
Allow me to present to you, the continuum of wellness model that helps you locate where you are in your current health status:
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You know it’s not good for you. You know you should shut the door and walk away.
And really, you know you should have never bought it in the first place. But it’s there.
In all its shiny, packaged glory. Bright, attractive letters describing the scrumptious flavors of what’s inside.
Your hesitance is only building up anticipation of your desire for it.
So, you give in and you eat it.
And what about that gym membership you signed up for?
Summer hit, so you figured you would rather exercise outside. But you haven’t.
You wake up too tired. You have too much to do.
There is work, social events, activity groups you belong to and people you feel you must meet up with.
With all of this, making healthy changes and living a balanced healthy life seems like something only Instagram or Facebook influencers can achieve. But that’s not true.
How do you know how to drive a car? How did you become a manager, a CPA, writer or caregiver, a good parent or a...
Did you do something to cause your illness? What are you not doing to cure it?
These are questions that loom over your head if you suffer from chronic disease. They can be the real or perceived questions from those around you or are ones you personally battle with daily. As if dealing with the physical symptoms were not enough, the emotional experiences attached to chronic disease can be an overwhelming and limiting factor in your healing journey.
If you have a chronic disease, you may experience more social, interactional and existential problems than those with acute illnesses, because your illness persists. Serious illness can pose challenges to your daily lifestyle, prior beliefs, moral judgements, ethical dilemmas, identity and your ways of understanding yourself.
For example, if you are diagnosed with SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), every day presents a challenge. SIBO occurs when bacteria that normally grow in other parts of your gut, start growing in your small...
Have you ever stood in the vitamin and supplements aisle at the store and felt overwhelmed? The wall of bottles and their labels all boast health-promoting benefits. As your eyes glazed over all the options, you started to wonder if you even needed them, as you may eat a healthy, well-rounded whole foods diet. On top of that, conflicting information you’ve read in articles or posts online made it impossible to feel like you could make the right choices.
Scientific evidence confirms that some dietary supplements are beneficial for your overall health and for managing some health conditions. They are not drugs and, as such, are not intended to treat, diagnose, mitigate, prevent, or cure diseases. They are intended to supplement your diet to support your biochemistry and metabolism. You can think of supplements as the oil that greases the wheel of your metabolism.
Why do you need supplements?
If you are dealing with chronic disease or health issues, vitamins and supplements are...
Your body is full of cells that are constantly at work to keep you alive and well. In your early years you need those cells to be working as fast as you are growing. Then you hit a point where you recognize that you are maintaining a regular height, shoe size and ideally, weight. This is a good time to start considering your personal mTOR control to make sure you are aging your best. So...what is mTOR?
mTOR is an enzyme in your body that interprets signals from multiple pathways in your body. This includes nutrients like glucose, growth factors such as insulin, hormones such as leptin and stresses from starvation, DNA damage and more to regulate a wide variety of cellular functions. It translates how your cells handle protein turnover, cell growth, cell survival, metabolism, energy balance and stress responses… all of which impact your health and how you age.
mTOR is essential to your growth as a healthy child, HOWEVER...as an adult you need this cell regulator to slow down....
Where do you see yourself and your state of health in five years? Where are you living? Where are you working? What is your energy level like? I want to know the food you are eating, the people you spend your time with, and the thoughts you are thinking.
No doubt, you want your answers to be optimistic. You want to see yourself with mental clarity to stay on top of work schedules, be able to play with your children, vibrant energy to exercise and tackle the demands of daily life.
See, the problem is that our healthcare is focused on sub-specialty care, managing the diseases in their late irreversible stages, instead of the front end of chronic disease. Chronic conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, and autoimmune disease are caused by behaviors such as poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, smoking & excessive alcohol use, stress, and lifestyle choices. It is estimated that six in ten adults have a chronic disease in the US!
How can you create...
What does toe fungus, sinusitis and vaginal yeast infections have in common? The answer is candidiasis. While candidiasis is often thought of as a common issue for women, when there is too much of it in your body, it can spread to many places-in women and men.
Candida is a form of fungal yeast whose original function is to help you digest and absorb nutrients from food. Along with other bacteria, candida is naturally present in your mouth, gut and within your reproductive organs and urinary system. But when the amount of candida in your body gets overproduced, it can lead to infections, or what is called, candidiasis. This excessive growth causes negative reactions throughout various areas of your body.
Candidiasis shows up as toe fungus, can be a part of your sinus issues, a cause for eczema, digestive issues, UTI’s, joint pain and can prevent you from losing weight. It can even enter the bloodstream or internal organs like the kidney, heart, or...
You have made it through your day, completing chores, making dinner and are settling down for the night. Ideally, candles are lit, your softest PJ’s are on and you’ve got your favorite mug of tea in hand to sip while you cozy up in bed to read. But then, your phone vibrates. A string of messages starts coming through and before you know it, you’ve spent 30 minutes staring at your phone.
Rather than winding down from your day, you may often find yourself prey to the attractions of text messages, emails, Facebook, YouTube and other social media. It is so easy to allow your attention to be drawn into the world within screens. But these LED’s, along with LED TV screens could be causing you sleep and weight issues, depriving you of energy you need to tackle the next day.
How Technology Interferes With Your Sleep & Energy
Your body has an internal timeclock, or circadian rhythm that helps determine your sleep patterns. When naturally aligned with daylight,...
Meditation 101: Why You Must Meditate And How To Easily Do It
You've heard of meditation and you may have heard of some of its benefits. The people you've met who meditate speak of their meditation time with a sense of peaceful euphoria that you wonder if you could ever feel!
When you think of meditation, the images that come to mind may be a dim-lit room with candles, incense, calming music playing, yourself sitting lotus position with your eyes closed lost in some zenned-out mental space.
But who has time for this? You have laundry, toys and work material everywhere, so where in your home does this meditation space exist? And what if you can't fold your legs like a pretzel in lotus position? Do all these things have to be in place for you to meditate?
The answer is no. And while creating a special space for your practice is great, the beauty of meditating is that it can be used by anyone, just about anywhere. It will also benefit you in ways you may have never thought.
Why Toxins Make Losing Weight Hard
Did you know that chemicals impact your weight? You may be surprised by how many synthetic chemicals in your everyday life increase your chances of gaining and holding onto excess weight!
You might be exercising every day, eating healthier and managing your stress better than ever but you haven’t achieved your desired health and weight-loss results as soon as you hoped. Undermining all of your efforts are chemicals called ‘obesogens.’ Obesogens are environmental toxins that increase your sensitivity to gaining weight and make it harder to get rid of.
These toxins can be found in outdoor and indoor air pollution, foods and drinks, and common products and materials that you use every day. Not only do these toxins target your waistline and general well-being, they also adversely affect your appetite. With their heavy influence on your hormones, you may be susceptible to craving foods that are high in sugar and fats.