How to reverse muscle “osteoporosis”

If it is important to you to lead a high quality, independent, functional, long life, then listen up!
Have you heard of something called sarcopenia?
When we are young, our hormones make it easy to put on muscle mass, but as we get into our 30’s and 40’s (and beyond), things change.



Sarcopenia is a condition where you slowly and gradually lose muscle (hence why it is sometimes referred to as muscle osteoporosis). Sarcopenia has been associated with many negative outcomes, such as functional disability, falls, health care costs, and even death
Additionally, the gradual loss of your muscle tissue is associated with accelerated aging (shortening of your chromosomes)!
Now, I’m not telling you that you need to become a body builder or anything, but preserving a healthy balance of muscle tissue relative to fat tissue is essential for preventing sarcopenia and all the risks that come with it. True, you can’t stop aging but you sure can stop some of the things that greatly reduce your quality of life!
Here are 3 tips to help you build your health and help prevent sarcopenia:
1. Get enough protein. Experts advise 1.2-1.5 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight to support muscle building and repair. To calculate your weight in kilograms, take your weight in pounds and divide by 2.2. Then, take that number and multiply it by 1.2 to get your daily protein requirements. And the type of protein matters too! Certain amino acids (the building blocks of protein), such as leucine, are more helpful for building muscle tissue and preserving muscle tissue. Foods high in leucine include beef, lamb, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy and to a lesser extent soybeans, chickpeas, almonds, lentils and peanuts. 
2. Do muscle building activities 3x/wk. Activities that load your muscles are critical. Examples include progressive resistance training such as body-weight exercises like pushups (can be modified to start), squats, and step ups; resistance bands, PACE interval training (here’s a sample video) and exercises with added weight like hand weights, medicine balls, and kettlebells.
3. Block ATF4. This protein reduces muscle building and there are 2 molecules that block it: ursolic acid and tomatidine. Tomatidine is found in green tomatoes. Ursolic acid is found in a variety of foods including apple peel, cherries, prunes, holy basil, lavender, oregano, sage and thyme.

I hope this information is helpful to you! Bottom line, your muscle tissue is incredibly important for quality of life, reducing the risk of falling and other injuries, and longevity. Your diet and lifestyle have everything to do with building and preserving your precious muscles.

It is my passion to work with people like you whose health symptoms are getting in the way of you living life fully and with a sense of freedom in your body. I can help you to regain your health so you can feel great and free to enjoy life fully.

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. bit.ly/schedulinghealth (subject to availability).

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

Why Does Your Health Matter To You?

From early in life, my health mattered to me.
I struggled. I got headaches. Had spinal/structural issues. Kept getting injured. Was on crutches way too often in middle school and junior high. Had mold illness before that was even recognized as a thing.

I could’ve made up a story that I was weak, unhealthy and that I’d always struggle. I certainly could’ve easily found evidence to support this story…but for whatever reason, I didn’t. Instead I gave all of those struggles (and the health struggles I saw family members having) a different meaning: My health is my greatest wealth and I am committed to do whatever it takes to have unstoppable health and live my life fully. Now, at that time in my life, I certainly didn’t say it in those terms! But you get my point. I DECIDED that I was going to make my health a priority and commit to transforming my life.


There’s nothing special in me that makes me able to do that and you not do that. Believe me, I don’t have extraordinary genes that make it easier for me…in fact, I’ve had to overcome many challenges that were genetic as well as socioeconomic. What made my transformation possible was that I made it (and still make it) an absolute priority. I work with clients every day who have come to the very same conclusion: if you don’t have your health, you can’t life your life fully. If you don’t have your health, it’s impossible to bring your best to yourself, your family, your friends, your community, and into this world in which we all share. Put another way, if you are suffering, it extends out into the world.

There is one step, one action, that you can take today to start creating a healthier life for yourself. You have the choice. Even if you don’t know what the “right” action is, you can still take action. Your health transformation starts by committing to have one!
Message me and tell me what health transformation you are committed to having (and share it with the people in your life who care about you).

It is my passion to work with people like you whose health symptoms are getting in the way of you living life fully and with a sense of freedom in your body. I can help you to regain your health so you can feel great and free to enjoy life fully.

If you’re ready to discover where your best health has been hiding and you really need some help making it a reality, I’d love to connect with you!

Apply for a complimentary Unstoppable Health Discovery Session. bit.ly/schedulinghealth (subject to availability).

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

The Gut-Thyroid Connection

Thousands of years ago, Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, said that “All disease begins in the gut.” 
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.



Poor gut health affects every part of you, including your thyroid or master gland of metabolism! But it’s not that simple: poor thyroid function can lead to poor gut health as well.
So today, I want to share some helpful info with you about the gut-thyroid connection and give you some tips for how you can support both.

3 Ways Your Gut & Thyroid are Connected

  1. Thyroid hormones influence the tight junctions of your gut (tight junctions are what protect you by acting as a selective barrier between your gut and your bloodstream…without it, your entire immune system is compromised).
  2. Imbalances in your gut bugs leads to poor thyroid hormone conversion (the enzyme required to convert thyroid hormones into their active forms, intestinal sulfatase, are dependent on healthy gut bacteria).
  3. Low stomach acid and constipation both decrease available thyroid hormone (because hormone clearance is impaired)…and low thyroid hormone can worsen constipation (slows gut transit time).

Top Tips to Support Your Gut-Thyroid Connection

  1. Get plenty of sleep. Your body needs 7-8 hours of sleep each night (click here for guidelines and tips).
  2. Eat a healthy diet of high quality, whole foods (tips here).
  3. Support your microbiome. Current research shows that lactobacillus and bifidobacterium-based probiotics play a role in supporting thyroid function and reducing thyroid antibodies (when your own body attacks your thyroid). Click here for more tips.


It is my passion to work with people like you whose health symptoms are getting in the way of you living life fully and with a sense of freedom in your body. I can help you to regain your health so you can feel great and free to enjoy life fully.

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. bit.ly/schedulinghealth (subject to availability).

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

Plant Foods That Can Cause Skin Damage

I’ve had sensitive skin my whole life and sunburn easily, so when I learned about psoralens recently, it felt valuable to share.
If you or someone you care about are prone to sunburns, age spots/liver spots or skin cancer, listen up.
Psoralens are a naturally occurring substance found in certain foods that have been found to effect the skin. Specifically, when your skin is exposed to sunlight or another source of UV light, psoralens may have phototoxic effects as well as increased risk of skin cancer.



Two things to consider: There is a topical component and a dietary component. First, foods like citrus contain psoralens and if you have some on your skin and then go in the sun (like lemon juice, for example), it can lead to burns, rashes or blisters (phytophotodermatitis) because the psoralens make your skin extra sensitive to sunlight. So for anyone thinking of doing lemonade stands this summer, make sure to wash your skin of any juice before hanging out in the sun.
Second, eating a diet rich in psoralens combined with exposure to sunlight or UV light can also increase skin sensitivity and has been associated with an increased risk of skin cancer. This doesn’t mean that eating these foods will cause skin cancer, to be clear. But if you are celery juicing regularly, for example, and you are prone to skin damage and sun spots, you may want to consider the effect psoralens may be having.

Foods rich in psoralen include:
·  Anise seeds
·  Caraway seeds
·  Carrots
·  Celeriac
·  Celery
·  Chervil
·  Cilantro
·  Coriander seeds
·  Cumin seeds
·  Dill
·  Fennel seeds
·  Figs
·  Grapefruit
·  Lemons
·  Limes
·  Lovage
·  Mustard seeds
·  Parsley
·  Parsnips
·  Root parsley

I hope this information is helpful to you!

It is my passion to work with people like you whose health symptoms are getting in the way of you living life fully and with a sense of freedom in your body. I can help you to regain your health so you can feel great and free to enjoy life fully.

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. bit.ly/schedulinghealth (subject to availability).

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

4 Unique Tips for Increasing Mobility

There’s an amazing feeling you get when you can move your body with ease. Today I’d like to share some tips with you to improve your mobility that you may find surprising.
Mobility can be restricted for many reasons: injury, lack of movement, loss of strength or balance, chronic diseases like arthritis and diabetes, scar tissue, and obesity.


 
And there are many useful ways to improve mobility ranging from physical therapy, yoga, qi gong, tai chi, myofascial release, bodywork, stretching daily…but here are 4 tips I’d like you to consider.

  1. Hydration. Your body must be hydrated to optimize mobility. Your tissues cannot move properly with insufficient hydration. This links not just to your water intake, but also your diet since minerals from your food tell the water where to go within your body! I read an excellent book many years ago called “You’re Not Sick, You’re Thirsty!” by Fereydoon Batmanghelidj that covers this in great detail if you are interested. The takeaway is that every part of your body needs CLEAN water (filtered), about half your body weight in ounces per day, and you need minerals to absorb water properly. Eating a whole foods diet with plenty of high quality protein and nutrient dense plant foods (mostly veggies) and high quality, mineral rich salt is a great general approach to achieve this.
  2. Breathe from your armpits. I know that sounds very strange, but in a great interview with Aaron Alexander and Dr. Michael Ruscio (https://drruscio.com/physical-mobility-emotional-flexibility/), they discuss the limitations to “belly breathing”. Here’s a quote from that interview to help illustrate the suggestion to breathe from your armpits versus your belly: “A lot of “belly breathers” are not really engaging their diaphragm and they’re still very limited. They’re just distending; they’re pushing their belly out and in. That’s not effective breathing…{and breathe into} the low back, and the lateral side of the ribs, like breathe into your armpits man. You want the whole system to expand and contract. In a good breath, you’re going to have a subtle medial and external rotation of the arms, of the hips. As you’re laying down and you’re breathing, people can do that, just lay down, just sitting down you can feel it. Breathe in, my arms kind of expand out. Open, open, open. As I breathe out, there’s a subtle medial rotation. Through my spine, I breathe in, and I feel a little extension. My spine literally gets longer. I traction my vertebra. That’s how you feed yourself, and feed yourself at a cellular level.”
  3. Just move. That may sound strange considering that lack of mobility makes it hard to move, but less movement begets more immobility. Use it so you don’t lose it! If walking hurts, what about moving in the water? If you don’t feel strong enough to lift heavy things, start lighter or start with moving just your own body in ways that aren’t painful. There are tons of options. Commit to finding a solution. As your mobility improves, you will have even more opportunities. 
  4. Embrace a growth mindset. Oftentimes, when we feel limited, it can make us feel like a victim and that life isn’t fair. A growth mindset is when you are open to the possibilities rather than focusing on the limitations. I’m not saying that you don’t have challenges–of course you do, that’s life–what I am saying is that you approach those challenges with as much curiosity as possible. This goes for physical limitations, but did you know there is an association between loss of mobility and lack of emotional flexibility?? They discuss this in that interview I linked to above. An example would be: show up each day with the intention of not letting your past dictate your future—show up with curiosity. Be courageous and communicate from a loving place what your needs and preferences are…and when possible, provide those things for yourself! Having a growth mindset means that you are open to having a different future experience. This openness shifts you from looking at things from the angle of a victim and empowers you with accountability.
     

I hope these tips are helpful for you!
It is my passion to work with people like you whose health symptoms are getting in the way of you living life fully and with a sense of freedom in your body. I can help you to regain your health so you can feel great and free to enjoy life fully.

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. bit.ly/schedulinghealth (subject to availability).

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

5 Superfoods You Should Know

When it comes to health, what goes in your mouth plays a huge role. Today, I’d like to tell you about superfoods.

What is a superfood?
 
Superfood is a term coined to describe food products that are low in calories and jam-packed with nutrients and minerals. They also contain active ingredients that prevent diseases and promote good health.


 
Here are 5 Superfoods that are easy to incorporate into shakes, smoothies, salads, or on the side of one or more of your meals.

  1. Acai Berries  — Acai berries are technically not a berry but a drupe. They grow on acai palm trees found in Central and South American rainforests. They are rich in healthy fats yet low in sugar. Being high in antioxidants, too, acai berries are used in most beauty products in the form of acai oil.
  2. Blueberries — Just like acai berries, blueberries are rich in anthocyanin, the pigment that gives the berries their deep black and bluish-purple colors. Blueberries are low in calories but loaded with nutrients including Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and manganese. They are rich in antioxidants so they make the best defense against aging and cancer.
  3. Tea — There is nothing like a good ol’ cup of tea! Any tea contains antioxidants, but if you want more, green tea has double antioxidant content. There are a lot of benefits in drinking tea, such as preventing heart disease, some types of cancer, and diabetes. In addition, tea helps in burning fat, protects the brain from damage due to oxidative stress and aging, and kills some bacteria and viruses. All of these benefits are made possible by the catechins found in tea. Some of my favorite teas include lemon balm, dandelion root, peppermint, and rooibos.
  4. Chia Seeds — These are the tiny black seeds of Salvia hispanica, a plant in the mint family. Chia is the ancient Mayan name for “strength.” No wonder chia is a great energy source. In addition to the many nutrients in chia, it is composed of high soluble fiber and protein. Chia seeds are high in healthy Omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. They should be soaked prior to eating because they hold 12 times their volume in water!
  5. Dark Chocolate — I’m talking about high-quality dark chocolate with high cocoa content. Although dark chocolate contains stimulants and caffeine, it’s lower than coffee. Why dark chocolate is a superfood is because it is very nutritious, containing antioxidants and minerals. Among the active compounds in dark chocolate are flavanols, which support blood vessels for healthy blood circulation. In addition, dark chocolate was found to increase HDL and lower LDL, thereby lowering one’s risk for heart diseases.

 
It is my passion to work with people like you whose health symptoms are getting in the way of you living life fully and with a sense of freedom in your body. I can help you to regain your health so you can feel great and free to enjoy life fully.

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. bit.ly/schedulinghealth (subject to availability).

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

How to Prevent Bone Loss

How to Prevent Bone Loss

Did you know that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men will experience osteoporotic fractures in their lifetime?
 
And did you know the number one culprit for developing osteoporosis?

 
Eating foods high in sugar, salt, and caffeine, which basically compose the modern American diet, was proven to increase the excretion of calcium from the body and contribute to osteoporosis.
 
Calcium is a common mineral found mainly in your bones and teeth. Calcium is necessary to maintain bone mass to support the skeleton, so without it being deposited in your bones, you’ll eventually lose bone mass, making your bones weak and brittle so that you will easily get fractures even with a little tension.
 
Too often, though, the focus of preventing bone loss is to just take in more calcium, take supplements. This strategy misses the boat AND can lead to other health conditions that are more life threatening such as heart attacks and stroke.

So let’s instead look at this issue a bit more holistically. Here are 3 tips I’d like for you to consider:

1. Slow your calcium loss by focusing on fresh, unprocessed foods. Replace sugar-rich and high-salt foods, as well as caffeinated drinks with other options like monk-fruit sweetened treats, herb & spice seasoned dishes that use sea salt versus processed salt in moderation, and choose non-caffeinated or limited caffeinated beverages.
 
2. Supplement wisely
 
Most of us don’t get enough calcium in our diets. Yes, food is the best source of calcium and all other nutrients your body needs, but the truth of the matter is there is a steady decline in the quality of nutrition we get from our food. Not to mention our hectic lifestyles which increase your stress hormone cortisol…which increases nutrient loss!
 
So if you are not getting the right amount of calcium from your meals, it’s better to take calcium supplements to get 1000-1200 mg of calcium daily.
 
However, calcium is not the only mineral that is important for bone health. You have to take other vitamins and minerals for calcium to do its work.
 
These vitamins and minerals include:
 
Vitamin D–helps absorb calcium and balances calcium and phosphorus levels. Your skin produces vitamin D when exposed to sunlight and there are also dietary sources of vitamin D such as egg yolks, liver, and oily fish. However, if you aren’t getting outdoors regularly, you likely aren’t going to get the production of Vit D you need. Vitamin D deficiency can be a problem (easy to have it tested by your doctor, and I recommend yearly testing). If your Vit D levels are low, it will inhibit healthy bones. You may need to increase your dietary intake, outdoor sun time or consider supplementation.

Vitamin K supplementation increases bone mass and mineralization of the bone matrix. A long-chain vitamin K2 molecule known as menaquinone-7 (MK7) decreases the risk of bone breakage and protects against osteoporosis. When combined with vitamin D, MK7 promotes bone health by increasing the production of osteocalcin in osteoblasts while decreasing the production of osteoclasts. Osteoblasts build bones while osteoclasts break down bones.
Natto, egg yolks, liver, fermented foods, and dark leafy greens are food sources of MK7. I also recommend Microbiome Labs’ MegaQuinone K2-7 supplements which have natural vitamin K2 as well as K1 and minerals to help its absorption.

Boron is a mineral that prevents calcium loss and promotes calcium absorption.

Phosphorus is the other mineral needed for bone mass. It has to be in balance with calcium levels because too much of it would cause calcium to leave the bones and bind with it to remove it from the blood.

Magnesium helps absorb calcium and affects the parathyroid hormone to regulate calcium metabolism.

Daidzein is an isoflavonoid found in soy that maintains bone health. Always opt for organic, non-GMO soy.
 
3. Do Weight-Bearing Exercises
 
Supplementation alone is no good without you moving. Weight-bearing exercises are essential for bone formation and in strengthening the muscles surrounding your bones. When these muscles, which are pulling and tugging on your bones, are strong, your bones get stronger too.
 
In addition, weight-bearing exercises improve your balance, strength, and coordination which will help you to avoid falls and injuries.
 
It is my passion to work with people like you whose health symptoms are getting in the way of you living life fully and with a sense of freedom in your body. I can help you to regain your health so you can feel great and free to enjoy life fully.

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

Oil for Varicose Veins

Before we delve into varicose veins, I want to make sure you know that I am teaching a new online class this Fri, Dec 4th! The details and link to sign up for free are on the right under Upcoming Events.

Okay so back to your veins. Do you have varicose veins? If you are overweight or obese, pregnant, older, on hormonal birth control or hormonal therapy, or if you sit or stand for prolonged periods of time (more than 4 hrs at a time), you could be at higher risk for developing varicose veins. Varicose veins are more common among women than men because female hormones (estrogen and progesterone) tend to relax the walls of veins.

Varicose veins are typically described as having heavy, uncomfortable legs accompanied by dull pain. Feet and ankles can swell and you can have nighttime muscle cramps.

In a healthy vein, blood from all the different parts of the body flow toward the heart. This function is carried out smoothly with the help of tiny valves inside the veins. These tiny valves open and close to allow the blood through and not move backward.

When the walls of the veins are weak, the tiny valves are destroyed and blood flows backwards causing the vein to swell (varicose).

There are different treatment options for varicose veins, some of which are invasive while others are as simple as wearing compression stockings and elevating the legs to relieve the swelling.

But another great and natural remedy for varicose veins is amaranth oil!

Amaranth oil is produced by pressing amaranth seeds (from the amaranth flower). Amaranth seeds are packed with nutrients and antioxidants and benefit your health in many ways besides vein health.

Specifically, there is one nutrient and one antioxidant in amaranth oil that is responsible for the relief of varicose veins.
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Rutin – Amaranth is high in flavonoids including rutin. Rutin strengthens the walls of the veins and even repairs the damage that is already there. Even if you don’t have varicose veins, taking amaranth oil can help prevent its development in the future.

Squalene – It is a very powerful antioxidant that regulates blood circulation and even prevents damage on the walls of veins due to high blood pressure. It is otherwise known as Omega 2.

Squalene, which is also found in olive oil and in high amounts in shark oil, protects the body against cancer, regulates cholesterol levels, and helps keep the cells and skin healthy.

Here’s the link for my preferred amaranth oil. Check it out and let me know what you think.

It is my passion to work with people like you whose health symptoms are getting in the way of you living life fully and with a sense of freedom in your body. I can help you to regain your health so you can feel great and free to enjoy life fully.

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).

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

3 Eating Habits that Increase Your Risk for Metabolic Diseases

What you eat is a fundamental tool for building your health, but did you know that the way you eat your food is important too?
 
I’m sure you’ll agree that metabolic diseases, such as diabetes, are best avoided–and my goal today is to share some valuable insights into the three common eating habits that increase your risk for developing metabolic diseases so that you can make more empowered choices.


 Snacking

Snacking is a mixed bag. 
 
When you snack, you don’t give your gut the chance to regenerate and heal itself. When your gut has to constantly digest food, it has less time to clean and heal. Your gut has a cleansing mechanism called the migrating motor complex or MMC for short. This “housekeeping” mechanism is interrupted by feeding and needs about 4-5 hrs between meals to kick in.
 
If you are struggling with an imbalance in blood sugar such as high blood sugar or insulin resistance, prolonging your eating frequency might help you (aka less snacking). This is less helpful if you have adrenal issues, low blood pressure, or low blood sugar so please work with a practitioner if you are unsure.
 
Another consideration is if you have inflammation, especially if you are experiencing symptom flare ups after eating. Around four hours after eating, the food you eat crosses from the gut into your bloodstream. If your gut isn’t functioning optimally, your gut microbes and their components leak into the bloodstream, which triggers an immune response. Normally, this inflammatory response is short-term or temporary, BUT it can be exacerbated if you always put food in your system (aka snacking). This low-grade inflammation is associated with conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.
 

Eating Late

Eating right also means eating at the right time. When you eat late at night, your body tends to metabolize slowly due to differences in body temperature, hormonal levels, biochemical reactions, and the ability of your gut to digest and absorb food nutrients (digestive juice output).
 
Some studies show that eating late at night (think 8-10pm or later), reduces fat burning even when caloric intake is equal AND worsens blood sugar balance.
 

Not Eating Enough or Skipping Meals

Some people tend to misinterpret diet programs or adhere to diet fads that lead them to not eat enough, and the result can be undernourishment, reduced metabolic function, ironically storing more body fat (especially around your organs), and even being underweight. True, most people under eat because they are trying to lose weight, but it can be dangerous to do so. 
 
Check out these nine signs and symptoms of undereating here.
 
If you are experienced with intermittent fasting or other types of fasting and you feel great doing it–awesome! However, if you are feeling depleted, cranky, light-headed, and find that your appetite goes UP regularly, those are indications you need to fine-tune your approach.

Some great habits to add at mealtimes are to practice mindfulness and gratitude during meals. By being present while eating, you are going to be conscious of the food you put on your plate and appreciate the nutrition you are providing to yourself.
 
It is my passion to work with people like you whose health symptoms are getting in the way of you living life fully and with a sense of freedom in your body. I can help you to regain your health so you can feel great and free to enjoy life fully.

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. bit.ly/schedulinghealth (subject to availability).

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

Top Reasons Why You Feel Bloated

Do you have a problem with bloating?

Did you know that how much you eat isn’t the only reason for feeling bloated?

Certainly overeating can overburden your digestion and cause bloating, but you can still develop bloating because of the ingredients in what you eat.

Let’s check out some of these ingredients.

Salt

Salt is important, but too you need the right amount. Too much or too little and your body will want to retain extra fluid.

However, it’s not just the salt shaker that contains salt.

Processed foods, convenience foods, and foods you get from restaurants tend to contain A LOT of salt even when they don’t taste salty.

Opt for good quality salts like Himalayan and Celtic sea salt on fresh foods and limit what you take in from packaged foods.

Fat

Fats are very important for good health. However, fried foods, vegetable oils, and trans fats don’t fit into that category. Moreover, if you metabolize fats more slowly or have gallbladder or thyroid issues, you likely feel better when you consume foods that aren’t loaded up with fat or oil even healthy options. You may also want to consider lipase which is an enzyme that helps your body break down dietary fat.

Soda and carbonated beverages

Some people do just fine with carbonated beverages while others get distended by the bubbles. If you do notice that you experience bloating and it tends to show up after drinking bubbly drinks, it would be worth experimenting leaving them out for a few days to see if that’s a primary cause of your bloating (and possibly other symptoms).

High-fructose corn syrup

High-fructose corn syrup, which can be found in soda and fruit drinks…and many processed foods, cannot be absorbed quickly by your body. It’s one of the culprits of gas buildup in the abdomen, and in some people, it causes pain. 
 
Dairy products and Gluten


Some people are lactose intolerant, some gluten intolerant and many are intolerant to both. Their bodies are not able to break down the milk sugar lactose effectively or the protein gluten in wheat/rye/barley. In either case, it’s going to lead to breakdown in your gut and often bloating.

I hope that this is helpful to you in pinning down what’s causing your bloating so you can make some shifts and feel better. Now of course there are plenty of other reasons for bloating like hormonal imbalance, low stomach acid, and infections, but many times, making adjustments like I mentioned here are very helpful.

It is my passion to work with people like you whose health symptoms are getting in the way of you living life fully and with a sense of freedom in your body. I can help you to regain your health so you can feel great and free to enjoy life fully.

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. bit.ly/schedulinghealth (subject to availability).

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