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How to Naturally Lose Weight without Counting Calories

Yes! You read it right. You can actually lose weight–naturally–without counting calories. As discussed last week, the technique “calories in, calories out” is oversimplified and fraught with myths.
 
Instead of putting a lot of time, energy and attention on calorie counting, I invite you to start learning another approach to weight loss (or as I prefer to call it, weight release). 


 
What you need are foods that do the following:

  1. Balance your blood sugar levels
  2. Increase your metabolism

And the result of eating these foods on a daily basis are:

  1. A boost in energy
  2. Adequate sleep — goodbye insomnia!
  3. No more unnecessary cravings
  4. Normal bodily functions

With this in mind, let me share with you some foods that could do this!

  1. Black coffee — Oh the perks of being a coffee drinker! Aside from the burst in energy and concentration, coffee boosts metabolism for a short time.
  2. Green tea — It is rich in antioxidants and is associated with many health benefits, including increased energy and selective fat burning.
  3. Spicy foods — The natural chemicals in spicy foods increase your metabolic rate.
  4. Fiber-rich foods — These foods cause you to feel full because they help release satiety hormones: you will naturally eat less without even trying! Aside from that, fiber feeds the good bacteria in your gut so you’ll reap more benefits. Fruits and vegetables are rich in fiber.
  5. Probiotics — Obese people have different gut microbiome patterns than normal-weight individuals. One way to nurture a healthy gut microbiome is to take probiotics from food sources (like sauerkraut, kim chee, yogurt, etc), make sure you feed your gut flora with prebiotics, and consider probiotic supplements.
  6. Protein — A high-protein diet gives you that feeling of fullness and reduces your appetite. Protein also boosts metabolism for up to 80-100 calories a day. Eggs, meat, seafood, poultry, tempeh, cottage cheese, certain nuts and seeds, and a variety of high-quality protein powders are great sources of protein. 

In addition to choosing the right foods for your body (which is best done with metabolic pattern testing!), hydration, sufficient sleep, managing your day-to-day stress, and moving your body throughout the day are hugely important not only for the weight release but also for your physical, mental, and emotional health.
 
Another tip I can share is to practice mindful eating, meaning you have to be conscious of your food choices, increase your awareness while eating, and listen to your body’s needs. By doing so, you will be able to choose the right foods for you and combat emotional eating and overeating.

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.
 
If you’d like to learn more about how you can 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

Surprising Benefits of Eating Kimchi

Today we’re going to dig into an awesome gut healing food called kimchi. Kimchi is a world-famous traditional side dish in Korea.This food has rich historical roots: It is mentioned in many ancient Korean journals dating back thousands of years ago!


 
From being incredibly sour to crazy spicy, accompanied with that pungent odor–kimchi has a unique and delicious taste. In addition, kimchi is a fermented food and is therefore helpful to the friendly bacteria in your gut.

And your gut is 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. 
 
So it’s great to know about different foods that you can eat to add to the diversity of friendly bugs in your gut…like kimchi! So, kimchi is made from fermented Napa or Chinese cabbages along with other veggies, onion, garlic, spring onions, and gochugaru (ground Korean chili powder).
 
Let’s look at some benefits in the research of regularly eating kimchi:
 

Improves Digestion

Improved digestion is the first obvious benefit of regularly eating kimchi. The lactobacilli (one of your good gut bugs) gets depleted when you are stressed and have an unhealthy lifestyle (eating processed foods, not drinking enough water, not getting enough sleep, not exercising regularly) causing you to have indigestion or diarrhea. Kimchi is rich in fiber and lactobacilli that help restore proper digestion.
 

Boosts the Immune System

Did you know that 75% of your immunity is found in your gut?! Your gut, which is home to countless microorganisms, is your very first defense against disease-causing microbes that enter your body through the mouth.
 
Eating fermented foods, such as kimchi, strengthens immune system
 

May Slow Down the Aging Process

Kimchi is rich in antioxidants–the secret to slowing wear and tear on your cells resulting in fewer outer and inner signs of aging. Think of oxidative stress like this: you know when you cut open and apple and shortly afterward it turns brown? That’s oxidative damage/stress.  Antioxidants fight this rapid aging brought on by stress and pollution from the environment. 
 

May Help With Weight Release

Kimchi is created with ingredients that are densely packed with nutrients: Napa cabbage itself contains vitamins A and C, at least 10 different minerals, and more than 34 amino acids!
 
What makes the vegetables in kimchi good for weight loss is that they are low in calories but high in satiating fiber–meaning you get full more easily. The lactobacillus in kimchi may also support weight balance.
 

May Fight Inflammation and Cancer

The ingredients in kimchi have anti-inflammatory properties and, as mentioned, are full of antioxidants. They promote your overall health and fight inflammatory illnesses and cancer. Cabbage in particular contains indole-3-carbinol, a powerful drug against colon cancer.
 
I did a little search and found this easy recipe on how to make kimchi. If it interests you, head over to this blog and learn to make kimchi on your own. It is also sold in many stores (look for organic and preferably in glass jars).
 
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

Are you ready to move your “health needle?”

Hi there!
Today I have a special announcement to share with you. 📣

Since 2001, I have been helping folks to feel healthier and more at home in their bodies.
Ever since I was a kid, I watched my Dad and other relatives struggling with their weight and other symptoms ranging from anxiety to heart conditions…and I saw a whole lot of unhealthy habits too. As a kid, I didn’t know how to help. I didn’t understand that almost all of those awful symptoms were linked to habits…choices that got made over and over again every day that were keeping the people I cared about sick or unhealthy and definitely not showing up in the world as their best selves. Sound familiar?

Clearly this struggling fueled me to want to be able to help make a difference in people’s lives and to help them discover how they could feel better in their own skin.
As many of you already know, this is the mission that I’ve been on most of my life. 😍

I’ve helped a lot of people over these decades through customized programs, testing, and one-on-one coaching. But there are people (maybe you’re one of them) who just aren’t ready to take that next step to do that level of work either by yourselves or with someone to support you. And that’s okay. I really appreciate that you are part of this community and reading these newsletters and thinking about how you can move your health needle. 🙏🏻

Because of you, during the pandemic, I decided to create a program called Unstoppable Health Basics. 🎉

If you think about health building as climbing a ladder, this is the rung on which we all need to start.
The purpose of UH Basics is for you to start to lay the most essential health foundations so that you can have the physical, mental, and emotional vitality to show up as your best self. In this program we will explore the essential strategies, tools and habits you need to start steering your health in the direction that will lead to long-term, sustainable results. This is a group based and self-paced program which allows me to offer it very affordably and for you to participate flexibly on your own schedule.
Enrollment is officially open!!! 🥳

If you’d like to learn more about it and see if it’s a good fit for you, I invite you to apply for a complimentary Unstoppable Health Discovery Session with me. 

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

Again, I’m so grateful that you are part of this health building community and I’m thrilled by the possibility of you moving your health needle to the next level! 💗

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

The Secret to Healthier Skin

I’m going to make today’s newsletter short and sweet. We’re going to explore something called the gut-skin axis and how you can support BOTH!
 
Sure, there are tons of skin care products on the market, and some of them are undeniably better than others, but none of them are going to override the impact of your primary beauty secret–your gut!
 
Why?
 
Because when your gut is healthy, it shows on the outside in every way, including your skin.

Because your gut is 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. Let’s go deeper.
 

The Gut-Skin Axis

The digestive system and the skin have both endocrine, neurological, and immune functions. They are closely related to each other–so close that a number of studies have shown that gut health affects the skin. How do these two organ systems communicate with each other?
 
Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders are often accompanied by skin manifestations. When your gut microbiome is not healthy, gaps are created in the intestinal lining where your gut bacteria and their metabolites can escape to the bloodstream. They then accumulate in the skin and disturb its homeostasis, resulting in inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema, acne, psoriasis, and rosacea.
 
We also clear toxins out through our digestive pathways–if not, then they must get out another way and your skin is a major organ of detoxification.

Another way the gut and skin communicate is through their immune function. It’s not only the gut that contains microbes; the skin does too! The skin microbiota maintain skin homeostasis by preventing the growth of pathogenic (disease-causing) microorganisms as well as inflammation.
 
The gut microbes seem to play a role in the health of the skin microbiota. When fiber is fermented in the gut, the gut microbes produce short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) which promote the growth of skin microbes, thereby increasing the skin’s immune function.
 
The relationship between the gut and skin is undeniable. And the secret to healthier skin can be found in your very own kitchen. Feed your gut with fiber and probiotic foods, fresh veggies, and clean protein, and drink plenty of clean, filtered water daily and see for yourself –it’ll show!

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.
 
If you’d like to learn more about how you can 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

Healthy “Ramen” Noodle Recipe

I’m going to make today’s newsletter short and sweet. Simply, I want to share a recipe I recently created that is tasty, comforting, and gut friendly.

Why am I ALWAYS going on and on about gut health?!

Because your gut is 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. 

Healthy “Ramen” Noodle Recipe

In past newsletters, I have shared my love for shiritaki noodles made from the Japanese Konjac root. They are extremely low in calories, provide dietary fiber (which feeds a healthy microbiome) and the best thing is that they don’t really taste like much on their own, so you can use them in SO many recipes as a far superior noodle alternative!
 
So last weekend, I decided to try them with some organic, free-range chicken broth and it reminded me of healthy ramen (I ate the crappy, processed version on occasion growing up). Deelish!

How to:

  1. Get some organic broth of your choice (veggie, chicken or beef) (OR powdered miso soup is very tasty too!). I really like the Imagine brand or Butcher’s Broth brand. Pour a cup or two of the broth into a small pot.
  2. Thoroughly rinse the shiritaki noodles (my favorite brand so far is Better Than Noodles. They aren’t clear like Miracle Noodles so they look just like ramen noodles and I think the texture is great.). Pro tip: when you open up a package of these noodles, don’t smell them, lol! They don’t smell awesome, but they are great stuff.
  3. Add the desired amount of noodles to your broth (around 3/4-1 cup is good). Heat on low-med heat to just warm it up and then, if you like, add a dash of black pepper and dried parsley for a bit of extra flavor (or season it however you want, really). That’s it! Pour into a mug or bowl and enjoy!




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.
 
If you’d like to learn more about how you can 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

Can Lack of Sleep Mess Up Your Gut?

Your body works in a 24-hour body clock known as the circadian rhythm. This rhythm controls your daily schedule for sleeping, waking up, the release of certain hormones, detoxification and cell repair, and much more. That’s why, messing with your internal clock affects not only your mood but also your metabolic processes.
 
Over the years, the problem of sleep deprivation has increased due to lifestyle, stress, and other factors. Approximately 50-70 million Americans are affected by sleep disorders today!
 

When you lack sleep even for a night or two, you feel it. You get easily irritable or lose patience with things you normally wouldn’t. Those suffering from sleep disorders have also shown poor concentration and experience reduction in productivity and quality of life.
 
The emotional and psychological effects of sleep deprivation are more obvious compared to the physical, long-term effects. However, the physical effects are equally debilitating.
 

The Physical Effect of Long-Term Sleep Deprivation

Have you heard about sleep debt? Just as it sounds, sleep debt is the amount of sleep you owe your body after a night of not getting enough sleep. If you should be sleeping for 8 hours a night but you only get 7, you have an hour of sleep debt. If you keep on lacking an hour of sleep every night, then you have an accumulated sleep debt of 7 hours in a week. But unlike other types of debt, you can’t regularly deprive your body of sleep and then make up for it by sleeping all weekend. There is a very short window for paying back sleep debt and if you continue to “borrow”, your health will suffer: Lack of sleep weakens your immune system and, over time, the health effects of sleep deprivation adds up and increases your risk of developing chronic illnesses including hypertension, diabetes, obesity, depression, heart attack, and stroke.
 

The Relationship of Sleep and Gut

Your gut is 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. 

Earlier, I mentioned that the circadian rhythm or our body clock also controls the release of hormones. One of these hormones is leptin, a hormone that suppresses appetite. Just a night with not enough sleep decreases leptin. This is part of the reason that people working night shifts often end up binge eating…only they don’t properly digest the food they ate.
 
Because your gut, together with your brain, is also affected when your sleep-wake cycle is disrupted. Your gut is knocked out of sync when you lack sleep. Your gut naturally wants to be in repair mode, not digestion mode during those nighttime hours. Your digestive juices are highest during the day and lowest at night. This explains why people working on night shifts and those having jet lag experience stomach pains and other gut problems.
 
My advice is that you take these tips to improve your sleep:

  1. Keep a sleeping routine – Make sure to sleep and wake up at about the same time every day. Allow yourself to enjoy a full night’s rest with 7-9 hours of sleep. Also, keep in mind that oversleeping also has its own consequences, so do your best to stay within the 7-9 hr range. 
  2. Mind what you eat and drink – It takes hours for the effects of caffeine, alcohol and nicotine to wear off. So make sure to avoid them before sleeping to get quality sleep. Do your best to stay away from heavy or large meals a couple of hours before sleeping so that your food is adequately digested–you’ll sleep better!
  3. Get active – While you need to avoid exercise 3-4 hours before sleeping (as this is the time you already need to slow down), being active during the day is the only way you can prolong deep sleep, according to Harvard Health News.
  4. Go outdoors – Your body’s circadian rhythm is influenced by your exposure to light. Getting enough sunlight, which is many times brighter than any indoor light, is enough to help improve your sleep-wake cycle. You need that light during the day and you need darkness at night to keep your body clock in good shape.

May these tips help you get that good night’s rest and support your gut to be healthy.
 
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.

If you’d like to learn more about how you can 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 Easy Ways to Fight Holiday Stress

While the holidays can be the best time of the year for some, for others it can feel like the worst. The American Psychological Association has actually found that almost half of women in the US experience heightened stress during this season, putting them at increased health risk.

 

Aside from holiday stress, SAD (seasonal affective disorder) or winter depression can make this time of year challenging.
 
To manage stress, it is common to resort to food and alcohol to manage stress. Self-care and stress-management techniques, on the other hand, can help you stay healthy and feeling like your best self during the holidays.
 
I remember a quote by Katie Reed, a writer, speaker, and mental health advocate. She said, “Self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you.”
 
This holiday season, let’s work to keep our sanity and our relationships with others as healthy as possible. Here are 3 suggestions:

Don’t Neglect Healthy Habits

No matter what the season, never ever let go of healthy habits because they are the foundation to a healthy and awesome you. Be mindful of your physical activity–make sure you have ample time for movement and exercise every day. Physical activity does not only boost your energy but also elevates your mood. Get enough rest and sleep and eat healthy meals. 
 
Take a break from social media and news, too. Not all news and updates we see online make us happy. You can choose to go offline and spend more time on yourself.
 
Read a book. Take a night stroll. Go stargazing. 
These are all good for your mental health–to free yourself from stressors by doing something nice for yourself, focusing on the moment, and reducing distractions.
 

Take Time to Reflect on the Meaning of the Season

Most people are stressed out by holiday shopping and hopping from one event to another. But instead of doing that, especially right now with the shelter in place orders, I suggest you take some time off to reflect on the true meaning of this season for you–what can you focus on that you enjoy about this time of year? What are the things that you’d actually like to do with your precious time rather than doing things out of obligation? 
 
If you feel overwhelmed with gift shopping, why not prepare something that money can’t buy or donate to a worthy cause on someone’s behalf? If you are stressed by the busyness of your schedule, you could schedule some activities later, like the first week of January.

Reach Out

While some people are overwhelmed with the company of family and relatives during this time, we are being told not to travel right now and not to gather in large groups, so some are spending Christmas and New Year alone. If you are one, don’t hesitate to reach out to someone–a friend, a family, a relative. A letter, a call, a video conference…find a safe way to connect with someone you care about. It’s a win-win.
 
Stressing out about what we don’t have control over, won’t lift anyone’s holiday spirit, so I encourage you to focus on these suggestions instead.

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

Simple Tips to Keep Your Gut Happy This Holiday Season

Well, the holiday season is already in full swing even though for many of us it feels very different with the pandemic also in full swing.
 
Though this holiday may look and feel very different than in years past, there’s bound to be celebrations of some kind going on. This usually involves a feast or two and the hustle and bustle of holiday traditions.  That’s why I want to talk to you about how to keep your gut healthy throughout the holidays; because a healthy gut is a happy gut!
 
Your gut is home to countless microbes that are continually doing hard work for you to keep your physical, mental, and emotional health up. But without your help, your gut can’t be at its best.  Putting into practice the tips below will help your gut keep up the good work and allow you to not only enjoy your holiday season more, but allow you to feel good in your skin and step into 2021 feeling great!


 

1. Indulge yourself while taking care of yourself.

 A great way to do this is to upgrade your recipes by swapping out processed, harmful ingredients for higher quality and healthier ones (i.e. swap sugar with one of the countless healthier and delicious options like monk fruit, erythritol, allulose, stevia, xylitol or hybrids such as Lakanto, Pure Cane, Swerve, etc; swap wheat flour or high glycemic flours with coconut, almond, flax, hazelnut, or cassava flours; swap vegetable oil or margarine with avocado oil, olive oil, coconut oil, ghee or butter).
You can also incorporate gut-helping foods into your feasts. For example, you can add a good amount of dietary fiber to your dishes because they are good for gut microbes. Other prebiotic foods include asparagus, carrots, Brussels sprouts, sunchokes, onions, garlic, and nuts.
It can also be great to try new recipes so that you can add more gut-friendly ingredients on your dishes.
 

2. Slow down on alcohol.

If there ever was a holiday people wanted to numb out with alcohol, this is it. But do you really want to add a hangover, extra pounds, and gut inflammation to this extremely difficult year? No thanks! Skip the alcohol or drink small quantities of better quality alcohol like organic wine, gluten-free beer, hard cider, kombucha, etc. Mixed drinks that add a lot of extra sugar make it harder to drink in moderation and add a lot of extra work on your liver (which disrupts your hormones, sleep, mood, waistline, blood sugar, blood pressure…the list goes on and on).
 

3. Maintain a normal sleep routine.

Losing some zzz’s lessens the number of your gut microbes. It doesn’t totally mean that you should avoid evening celebrations, but it’s a great idea to opt for earlier celebrations and dinners whenever possible and keep your later nights to a minimum. 
 

4. Increase your level of serotonin.

This is perhaps the busiest time of the year for most of us–which can definitely be a source of stress. When your stress level increases, your colonic bacteria suffers. On the other hand, when your gut microbes are healthy and balanced, they can help you build resilience against stressful situations. A primary reason for this is because most of your serotonin (aka your happy brain chemical) is made in your gut! You can support your mood and serotonin levels in the following ways: exercise (especially aerobic exercise), getting plenty of sleep, getting outside in the light or getting bright light in the morning/day (if you don’t have much sun this time of year, consider a light box), and eat plenty of protein and nutrient dense carbohydrates (veggies, fruits rather than breads and sweets).
 
I’m sure that by choosing healthier options this holiday season, your gut will thank you, and in the end, it’s you who will benefit from it.
 
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

Natural Pain Relief for Arthritis

No one likes to be inflamed and in pain, so today I’d like to share some natural therapies for arthritis pain.

There are 2 types of arthritis:

1. Osteoarthritis – caused by the wear-and-tear damage to the cartilage of your bones. Cartilage plays a role in preventing friction during joint movement, so once it is damaged, bone grinding on bone occurs and causes pain on the joint.

2. Rheumatoid arthritis – an autoimmune type, in which the immune system attacks the joint capsule, the membrane enclosing all parts of the joint. This causes inflammation, characterized by pain and swelling.

While there are many medications available for arthritis, you have a choice to opt for natural alternatives. In fact, according to the Arthritis Foundation, there are 8 natural therapies for arthritis pain. I’ll summarize most of them below. Plus, I’ve got a surprise addition to this list!

First, to reduce pressure on your joints, release excess body fat. Just losing one pound relieves your swollen joints from four pounds of pressure. You can achieve this by combining a healthy diet with ample amounts of exercise and physical activity (and yes, if you have arthritis, you will likely need to modify the types of activity you do: yoga, tai chi, qi gong, swimming, and weight training are some great options).

Second, movement should be part of your daily routine.  Performing a low-impact exercise for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. As I mentioned above, both yoga and tai chi are great options. Yoga originated from India while tai chi from China, but both relieve joint pain and stiffness (and are great for reducing stress levels!).

Third, soothe yourself with techniques such as acupuncture, massage, or physical therapy. Acupuncture uses tiny needles inserted through the skin on different acupoints in the body so that your natural painkillers are activated and your nerves, muscles, and connective tissues are stimulated. Massage uses gentle manipulation of the body while applying some sort of pressure. Physical therapy also provides ways to lessen the pressure on swollen joints, to reduce stiffness, and improve movement patterns and mobility.

Fourth, electrical stimulation, also known as TENS (transcutaneous electrical stimulation) can be helpful. To relieve pain, a bit of electrical stimulation is used by applying small electrodes on the affected area. The electromagnetic current from the device is applied to the skin through the electrodes.

Fifth, is the topical CBD cream, such as the Lassen Labs Nano CBD Relief Cream. I’ve gotten great feedback on this product from clients and family members so I definitely recommend checking it out.

As I discussed in a previous newsletter, you have cannabinoid receptors in every part of the body and they help regulate pain and inflammation (amongst other things).

For more info about CBD use for arthritis, read here.

Lastly, the health of your gut makes a big difference! To have strong, healthy joints and a balanced inflammatory response, you need to be properly digesting and absorbing your food and keeping your immune response in check–this all happens in your gut! You’ve heard me say many times that your gut is at the root of all your health. Diet and lifestyle make a HUGE impact on gut health. Eating high quality protein and produce, hydrating, getting at least 7 hrs of sleep per night, exercising and moving your body regularly, spending time in nature, managing stress…these are powerful healthy habits that build the foundation for a healthy gut.

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

4 Ways to Relieve Acid Reflux without Using Medication

Hi there!

Last week we talked about GERD and an alternative way to manage it. In case you missed it, you can check it out here.

Heartburn can occur after having a large meal, binge drinking, or eating greasy food. That burning sensation you feel around your chest happens because of the rising up of the acidic stomach content to your esophagus.

While occasional heartburn and acid reflux is common, its frequent occurrence is not. This might be a symptom of GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease, which is a chronic disease due to the malfunctioning of the sphincter between the esophagus and stomach. Simply put, when it’s chronic, it’s because the cells are no longer working properly and they need help restoring proper function!

To ease occasional acid reflux, you can try doing the following alternative ways without using medications (always check with your doctor first):

1. Eat smaller meals and go easy on the carbohydrates

Poorly digested food, especially carbohydrates which are quick to ferment, cause bacterial overgrowth in the stomach and upper part of your small intestine and increase the pressure inside (gas), forcing the stomach content to go up the esophagus.

So you can limit your symptoms by not overeating, taking your time when you do eat, chew really thoroughly, and focus on eating healthy, unprocessed foods such as meat, fish, eggs, non-starchy vegetables, nuts and seeds, and fats and oils.

2. Limit beverages including alcohol, coffee, citrus juice, and carbonated drinks

These beverages worsen acid reflux symptoms because they change the stomach pH more readily, weaken the lower esophageal sphincter, increase belching, or irritate the lining of the esophagus.

3. Chew gum that contains bicarbonate

Chewing gum increases saliva production and the bicarbonate content helps to clear the acid from the esophagus.

4. Try CBD Oil

CBD oil can actually treat many health issues as I discussed in previous newsletters. Due to the presence of cannabinoid receptors in all parts of the body, including the gastrointestinal tract, CBD oil is an effective alternative to manage many illnesses including acid reflux.

CBD oil is effective for acid reflux because when it interacts with the endocannabinoid system, it results in the following:It lessens the secretion of gastric acid (so best not to do this at mealtimes unless you have confirmed with your doctor that you have an excess of stomach acid).It reduces inflammatory responses, so it mitigates the inflammation and damage along the esophagus.It decreases the sensation of pain.It soothes and calms down peristalsis.
I hope you find these methods and relieve occasional acid reflux symptoms. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me and let me know what you find helpful!

For more chronic situations of GERD, you need to get to the root cause or it can become quite serious. What you eat and how you eat it matters–choose nutritious, unprocessed foods whenever possible and sit down and chew your food rather than rushing and eating on the go. Look into diagnostic testing such as getting an endoscopy (inside look at your stomach and esophagus; or reach out to a functional practitioner such as myself for a full look at the functioning of your gut, inside peek at gut bacteria imbalance, opportunistic infections, and more. I’m not a doctor and I’m not pretending to be! I don’t diagnose my clients, but rather I help them to identify where function has been lost and then guide them with diet and lifestyle practices so that their body can restore proper function.

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