Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Sleep

By disturbmenot.co

Are you interested in getting the best night’s sleep ever? Do you want to learn more about what good sleep hygiene is and what might interfere with a good night’s sleep? If so, you’re in the right place.

The infographic below will give you the lowdown on getting the perfect night’s sleep. You’ll learn a lot more about sleep, and actual stats on how we tend to sleep.

Did you know, for example, that 10% of Americans suffer from chronic insomnia? Or that insomnia is twice as likely to affect women as it is to affect men? That’s just a smattering of the information that you’ll learn if you check out the infographic.

All of the information is evidence-based so you only get real facts, not something cooked up by the denizens of the internet. You’ll learn:

·         About historical sleep trends: Believe it or not, sleep was so important in ancient times that it was worshipped as a god.

·         More about the different sleep stages: The body goes through several distinct stages during sleep. If it doesn’t get through the full cycle, you’re not getting a restful nights sleep.

·         The right amount of sleep: Most adults need between seven and eight hours a night. The amount that you need depends on your age.

·         Daily naps: Naps, when approached correctly, can be a valuable part of your sleep routine.

·         The reality of sleep duration worldwide: How much do people really sleep? What are the numbers globally?

·         How to improve sleep quantity and quality: If you’ve been short of shut-eye, skip to this section to help improve your sleep straight away.

·         Things to avoid to improve sleep: We all know that caffeine is a no-no before bedtime. Did you know that acidic food can also keep you awake, though?

·         How technology affects sleep: There’s bad news for tech-heads. Too much artificial light affects your sleep quantity and quality. It’s not just the excitement of watching your favorite show that keeps you awake – the light from the screen does too.

·         Sleep disorders: There are around ninety different sleep disorders. Find out which are most commonly experienced.

·         Sleep facts about children: Find out what sleep means for your kids.

·         Myths about sleep: Do you wake a sleepwalker or leave them alone? Find out the truth about common sleep myths.

I think that’s enough preamble, let’s get to the infographic itself.

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My 3 Diet Suggestions to Combat Hormonal Acne (and other skin problems)


Are you dealing with hormonal acne as an adult? What about other skin conditions like eczema?

Your skin condition might be telling you that you need to give attention to your gut health. As they say, you are what you eat, and given the fact that skin is the largest organ of the body, it is a visual representation of what is actually happening inside of you.

Your gut is truly at the root of your health.

Your gut is where you take all the good stuff you eat and drink and transform it into the many building blocks your body needs to make energy, think clearly, sleep well, maintain a healthy weight, build muscle, fight infections, and clear out toxins that need clearing out daily so you can thrive. 

It is my passion is to work with people like you whose health symptoms–like low energy, gut/digestive issues, excess weight, mood imbalance, chronic infections, and skin & sleep problems–are getting in the way of you living life fully and with a sense of freedom in your body. I help you to regain your health so you can feel great and free to enjoy life fully.

Today, I will give you 3 diet suggestions to improve your gut health and support your skin.

1. Eat More Healthy Fats

The right kinds of fats help you absorb fat-soluble vitamins like A and E which are essential to healthy skin. Healthy fats are also anti-inflammatory. Your body also creates hormones from the fats that you eat and if you aren’t eating good quality fats, your hormones are going to pay for it (this can contribute to skin breakouts).
Great fats and oils to consider are avocados, olive oil, salmon and other fatty fish, egg yolks, walnuts, coconut oil, and chia seeds.

2. Increase Fiber-Rich Vegetables and Fruits

More isn’t necessarily better when it comes to fiber, but it is important to eat some fiber rich veggies and fruits to feed your good gut bugs and have good quality, daily bowel movements. Be sure to drink plenty of water as well!
Having bacterial imbalance, inflammation, or leaky gut(when your gut cells malfunction and start letting things pass through into your bloodstream that it shouldn’t) will reflect in your skin. If you want to heal your skin, you’ve got to heal your gut!
Here are some high fiber veggies and fruit to consider.

3. Include Fermented Vegetables

Fermented foods are loaded with gut healing benefits(help to increase beneficial gut bacteria, diversify gut bacteria). This supports healthy digestion which is good for your skin. When digestion is sluggish, food sits around too long and starts to ferment (but not in a good way). This produces toxins that can cause skin breakouts (acne, eczema, rashes).
There are lots of tasty options. Some of my favorites are sauerkraut, pickles, kimchi, and fermented green beans.

I hope this information is helpful to you.

Until next time, I’m wishing you unstoppable health!

-Rebecca

P.S. If you’re ready to discover where your best health has been hiding, I’d love to connect with you!
Apply for a complimentary Unstoppable Health Discovery Session. http://bit.ly/schedulinghealth (subject to availability).

Leaky Gut Repair and Prevention

What is leaky gut and what can you do about it?


Today we’re going to talk about leaky gut. The term itself seems to be pretty harmless, but studies show that leaky gut is linked to many health concerns such as autoimmune disease, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, arthritis, chronic fatigue, acne and other skin conditions, obesity, and more.

Your gut is truly at the root of your health.

Your gut is where you take all the good stuff you eat and drink and transform it into the many building blocks your body needs to make energy, think clearly, sleep well, maintain a healthy weight, build muscle, fight infections, and clear out toxins that need clearing out daily so you can thrive.
 
It is my passion is to work with people like you whose health symptoms–like low energy, gut/digestive issues, excess weight, mood imbalance, chronic infections, and skin & sleep problems–are getting in the way of you living life fully and with a sense of freedom in your body. I help you to regain your health so you can feel great and free to enjoy life fully.

So what exactly is Leaky Gut?

First, let’s have a little review on the process of digestion. Food that enters the mouth is mechanically broken down by chewing before being passed down to the stomach through the esophagus. Once in the stomach, food is mixed with the digestive juices gastrin and pepsin creating a mixture called chyme. This phase takes place for approximately 2 hours.
The second phase occurs when chyme enters the first part of the small intestine, the duodenum. Digestive enzymes come together to break down food into small molecules so that the microvilli can absorb them. Absorption mainly happens in the second portion of the small intestine, which is the jejunum. Microvilli, the tiny finger-like tissues at the sides of the small intestine, serve as the passageway for the food molecules to enter your bloodstream.
 
The absorption phase is the most important of all! Absorption must be functioning optimally or else eating healthy and balanced meals would be useless. We don’t want all  of those nutrients in your food to go to waste!
 
But the sad truth is, more and more people have damaged their small intestines without knowing it. How? Stress, medications, pesticides, high sugar foods, processed foods, high intake of gluten…these all damage your gut.

When there’s damage in the small intestine, your microvilli can’t absorb the food molecules inside the jejunum effectively. This can lead to another problem: the passage of large food molecules to the blood. This is leaky gut.
You see, these large food molecules are yet to be broken down into smaller molecules before they should be absorbed to your bloodstream. Unfortunately, they have managed to escape the intestines through the gaps between your gut cells. Meanwhile, a normally functioning immune system considers these large molecules as foreign bodies causing them to be attacked and tagged. An immune reaction happens, and if there are too many large molecules in the bloodstream, this can cause the immune system to overreact. This can lead to food sensitivities, digestive symptoms, depression, brain fog, fatigue, and even more serious issues like autoimmune disease.

How do we prevent Leaky Gut?

Your gut deserves the best and it is certainly in your best interest, as you can see, to support your gut as much as possible.
 
First, modify your diet by choosing healthy food (organic whenever possible to avoid pesticides!) over processed foods. Increase water intake with clean sources of protein, high-fiber fruits and vegetables, and good quality fats and oils.
Keep in mind to also decrease your sugar intake (Lakanto is one of my favorite substitutes for sugar!) and limit drinking coffee and alcohol.
 
Next, assess your lifestyle. Are there things you do regularly that increase the toxins coming into your body (i.e. smoking; poor air quality, chemical exposure)? Take a look at other areas of stress in your lifestyle. We all have some stress. Consider doing some relaxation and stress-busting techniques to help you manage it. Check this article for tips on how to deal with stress or contact me so I can support you.

Preventing and Repairing Leaky Gut through SBI

In addition to these basic suggestions, there’s something really powerful for you to consider using called an SBI. SBI stands for Serum Derived Bovine Immunoglobulin. This substance is loaded with something called IGG. IGG works by blocking and binding toxins in the gut. With this mechanism, these toxins won’t have the opportunity to destroy your intestinal lining and disrupt your normal digestive function. It’s like stopping the wood before it can feed a fire that you don’t want to burn.
 
IGG is naturally made by your body, but because diet and lifestyle can wear down your levels significantly.
 
Colostrum powder provides IGG, but if you are allergic or sensitive to dairy products, this isn’t a good option for you (as colostrum is derived from cow’s milk).
 
SBI, on the other hand is safe for individuals with dairy allergy or sensitivity (avoid if you have a beef sensitivity).
 
SBI contains more than 90% proteins and also over 50% immunoglobulins as well as other peptides and growth factors commonly found in milk and colostrum. These components bind to microbial antigens and toxins in the gut that would potentially cause damage to it. This allows your immune system to safely get rid of these potential triggers. 
 
If you are ready to heal your leaky gut or just strengthen your gut health, Mega IgG2000 by Microbiome Labs is a great option. Reach out to me if you are interested!

I hope this information is helpful to you.

Until next time, I’m wishing you unstoppable health!

-Rebecca

P.S. If you’re ready to discover where your best health has been hiding, I’d love to connect with you!
Apply for a complimentary Unstoppable Health Discovery Session. http://bit.ly/schedulinghealth (subject to availability).