3 Nutritional Secrets for Longevity

Much as you may want to, you can’t freeze time and stop the aging process. However, there are certainly things that you CAN do to make your body and mind more healthy and youthful.
Today I’d like to share 3 nutritional secrets with you about how you can more effectively protect your cells from accelerated aging so you can experience better energy, less symptoms, and enjoy life more fully.

Secret #1:

Lemon balm tea
Lemon balm tea fends off DNA damage (especially from radiation), increases your master cell protector (antioxidant), glutathione, and boosts brain health.
In the study on how lemon balm tea reduced cell damage, participants drank 2 cups/day for 30 days and significant improvements were shown. Lemon balm also boosts brain health by eliminating free radicals that damage brain cells (it contains eugenol, a powerful antioxidant). It also contains rosmarinic acid which has been shown to improve blood flow to the brain. Lemon balm has also been shown to improve GABA, a calming brain chemical that protects brain cells from over excitation which can result in cell death.

Secret #2:

Reduce toxin exposure. Toxins are unavoidable and yet there’s so much you can do to protect your body against toxins and extend the life of your cells! When your cells get damaged, you can’t fight disease effectively and you certainly don’t feel your best.
Toxins include things like pesticides, heavy metals, and even household products like air fresheners (more on that another time!). You can reduce your toxin exposure by drinking plenty of clean, filtered water; eating organic food that’s free of pesticides and other toxic chemicals, sweating (exercise, sauna), and breathing clean air. What you do consistently and frequently adds up fast so dialing in your food, water, breathing, and movement makes a huge impact over time.

Secret #3:

Replace key nutrients. I mentioned glutathione earlier. It’s your body’s master cellular protector. One of the building blocks your body needs to make glutathione is an amino acid called cysteine. It’s found in high amounts in animal protein (chicken, duck, turkey, pork, cottage cheese, yogurt, eggs, and ricotta) as well as broccoli, red peppers and onions.
Sulfur-rich foods like arugula, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, and eggs are also needed to make glutathione.

When you approach your health with the attitude that your body was designed to be healthy and that how you take care of yourself really matters, it’s a game changer! Symptoms are common at any age. More and more I am seeing younger people struggling with their health. I also know it’s possible to be older in years and feel great in your body because I have clients who are living proof.
Use these 3 secrets to clear the path for your innate healing to occur so you can enjoy your life more fully.
If you would like to explore how to take your health to the next level faster, let’s chat about it!
You can set up a complimentary Unstoppable Health Discovery Session with me here.

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

~Rebecca

The hormone that helps you heal, lose weight, and feel great!

Did you know that there is a hormone that boosts your immune system, wound-healing, longevity, digestion, and weight loss?
It turns out that oxytocin, also known as the love hormone or bonding hormone, has a greater impact on our health than it’s gotten credit for.

Here are some benefits of stable oxytocin levels:

  • Reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Improved blood sugar levels and weight loss (reduce emotional eating and help reduce appetite)
  • Improves gut motility and decreases intestinal inflammation (Both oxytocin and the receptor site for oxytocin have been found in the intestinal tract!)

A little more on that inflammation point, Dr. Michael Gershon, author of The Second Brain (a great book detailing how the gut works) and chairman of the department of anatomy and cell biology at Columbia University, found that oxytocin reduces gastrointestinal inflammation. Besides being painful, intestinal inflammation can also contribute to:

  • Food sensitivities
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Systemic infections within the gut, imbalances in your gut flora

So oxytocin is a healing hormone! And the great news is that you stimulate production of oxytocin when you:

  • Give and receive hugs (20 seconds long is best! And aim for 8 per day)
  • Express genuine gratitude
  • Express love
  • Give a gift or do something nice for someone
  • Talk with a friend (in person or on the phone)
  • Take a walk (in nature is best)
  • Listen to music you love
  • Laugh out loud
  • Have orgasms
  • Get a massage
  • Pet a pet

I’m excited for you to get into the routine of boosting your oxytocin levels and start feeling even healthier and more vibrant.

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

~Rebecca

Why fish oil is the worst supplement you can take

Fish oil is the #1 top selling dietary supplement currently on the market. Americans spend 1 billion dollars a year fish oil supplements because we think it is improving our heart health, brain health, and reducing inflammation.

Today I’d like to share how we have been misled when it comes to the benefits of fish oil and how it is actually harmful for your health. I encourage you to watch this video where Dr. Brian Peskin, medical scientist from MIT, discusses exactly why fish oil supplementation is NOT the miracle supplement we’ve been led to believe. Personally, I was mortified to learn that:

  • People using this supplement experienced a dramatic rise in diabetes, autoimmune system problems, and cardiovascular issues.
  • Overuse of this supplement produces harmful effects that mimic long-term steroid use.
  • Over 15,000 studies ALL SHOW this supplement fails to work.

This research isn’t brand new, but hasn’t gained traction until now.

Here are some reasons to reconsider taking fish oil supplementation or talk with your doctor right away if they recommended supplementation for you.

  1. Shortens lifespan. Fish oil oxidizes or becomes damaged at room temperature. When we take in concentrated amounts of fish oil from supplements, versus small quantities from seafood, it introduces large quantities of damaged oil into your body. This damaged oil starts to damage your cells and decrease the ability of your cells to function properly. Your antioxidants, like Vitamin C and E and glutathione, spring into action to try to protect your cells, but they get depleted in the process. When your antioxidants get depleted, they aren’t available to protect you effectively against other kinds of cellular damage from the environment, toxins or even cancer cells.
  2. Speaking of cancer, a study from Harvard that was published in the Journal of National Cancer Institute also found that taking fish oil supplements led to increases in prostate cancer.
  3. Repeated studies find that “Omega-3 supplements did nothing to reduce heart attacks, strokes, or deaths from heart disease for folks with increased risk.”
  4. Fish oils and Omega-3 supplements are very processed and prone to oxidative damage.

If your head is swarming right now, I know exactly how you feel. This is discouraging and disappointing news. However, it’s also a blessing in disguise and empowering to learn what actions you can take to protect yourself.

So if you’re not going to take fish oil, what could you do instead?

For starters, eat real, whole food including seafood, walnuts, flax seeds, chia seeds, eggs, and algae. Sophisticated as many supplements are, we repeatedly discover that they just aren’t as good as what nature come up with. The way that foods deliver health benefits to your body is superior than relying on supplements to do the work.

We have repeatedly found that when we try to extract the part of the food or plant that seems to contain the “cure all”, we miss the mark. Now, I’m not saying that supplements aren’t helpful, they absolutely can be, but food is powerful medicine.  Make the best food choices that you can rather than mediocre food choices and lots of supplements.

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

~Rebecca