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How to balance your immune teeter totter!

Today I’d like to talk with you about in internal teeter totter you might not have even known you had…and that’s between your gut/immune system and your detoxification system.
Now, we could keep this simple or get really complex. I don’t know how you’re doing with our current pandemic, but chances are, your mental bandwidth is a bit tapped out at the moment, so I’d like to keep today’s health tip nice and simple.


 
You know by now that the gut is the root of your health. It’s where roughly 80% of your immune system is.

All your systems work together to keep you alive (and hopefully healthy). They all require energy to run. When one part is under more demand, your body will divert energy to deal with that increased demand. For example, if your body was working on detoxifying some chemicals that you had inhaled (i.e. pollution) and you all of a sudden accidentally cut yourself or fell down and hurt yourself, your body is going to shift priorities!

Likewise, if your body is busy building more white blood cells and addressing an infection and you take in toxins through your diet (i.e. sugar, processed flour, vegetable oils, pesticides), your body is going to shift some energy away from your immune system to address those toxins. Like a teeter totter, both sides aren’t going to be all the way up at the same time!

An action that you can take to balance and support your immune system right now is to reduce the work that your body has to do to detoxify by eliminating or limiting the amount of toxins coming into your body on a day by day basis.

3 tips to support your immune system teeter totter

  1. Drink plenty of filtered water daily. Water helps to flush toxins AND support your immune system…but not if it’s full of toxins. Check here for what toxins were tested in your local water supply.
  2. Eat clean, unprocessed food. Processed foods are full of energy-draining chemicals (trans fats, vegetable oils, sugar, food coloring, pesticides, synthetic additives)…and they are deficient in the vitamins and minerals your body needs to function properly. The more simple you can keep your food, the better. Eat whole foods rather than processed versions (chicken versus chicken nuggets).
  3. Set up mealtimes rather than eating all day. Digestion takes a lot of energy and your digestive system needs a break! If you are eating more often than every 3 hrs, you may need to make some adjustments to what you are eating. I know that in the past when I ate a lot of carbs and not enough fat (for my body), I was constantly hungry! When I tested myself and discovered that my body needed a different approach and then made those changes, I got much better results.

I hope that these tips are helpful for you to keep your body strong and healthy!
 
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

Potassium Broth for Immunity and More!

With the threat of the corona virus going around, I want to share with you a simple recipe to boost your immunity. Potassium broth is a powerful elixir to promote your immune health.
 
Potassium is an electrolyte that works together with sodium to regulate your fluid balance, control your heart rhythm and blood pressure, regulate digestion, and maintain nerve impulses, muscle contractions and pH balance.

 

With that being said, potassium is very important for your body to maintain its vital functions. Lack of potassium results in fatigue, weakness, and constipation. These symptoms can go worse to paralysis, respiratory failure, and painful gut obstructions.
 
Since your body doesn’t produce potassium, you should be getting it from your diet. It is recommended that adults consume 4,700 mg of potassium per day. Sadly, though, less than 2% of Americans meet the RDA.
 

Potassium Sources

You can take potassium supplements, but food sources are healthier. The best food sources of potassium are fresh foods (versus canned or processed).
There are a lot of foods that contain potassium:

  • Bananas, oranges, and avocados
  • Parsley
  • Mushrooms
  • Cucumbers
  • Peas
  • White beans
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Potatoes
  • Lentils
  • Lima beans 


Potassium Broth Benefits

Another way to get potassium is potassium broth.

Potassium broth can:

  • Strengthen your immune system.
  • Help prevent you from catching colds and flu (and get over them more quickly). 
  • Fights cancer and diseases.Potassium broth is prepared from vegetables that contain phytochemicals, chemical compounds in plants other than vitamins and minerals. These phytochemicals serve as the plants’ defense against predators, pathogens and competitors. If they can do so for themselves, it means they can also fight pathogens and diseases in our body.
  • Rejuvenates and hastens recovery. Moms who have just given birth or people who have been ill or just came out of surgery need this tonic to regain their energy and aid them back to health.
  • Prevents muscle weakness, twitching, and cramps. For pregnant women and the elderly, leg cramps are very common. A sip of potassium broth every night is a great home remedy for this problem.

A not-so-secret ingredient to increase the absorption of potassium and minerals in the gut is a tablespoon of liquid whey in a cup of potassium broth (omit if you are sensitive to dairy).

Now here are 3 potassium broth recipes you don’t wanna miss:

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 (Free) Ways to Protect Yourself Against Coronavirus

A lot of you are on the spectrum between “feeling some concern” about the coronavirus to “freaking out” about it! 

Today I’d like to give you 3 simple and free tools to help you protect yourself against this infection.

1. Avoid sugar. Sugar is one of the worst things you can eat when it comes to supporting your immune system. Even a few teaspoons of sugar knocks your immune system down for HOURS. If you eat some sugar throughout the day, your immune system is going to be operating at partial strength all day long. Sugar suppresses or weakens your immune system. Use this health scare as an excuse to clean up your diet and kick sugary foods, drinks, and refined carbs (think white flour) to the curb.

2. Get your rest. Sleep is a vital time where your body recovers and prepares for the next day. Make sure you’re getting 7-8 hours every night.

3. Manage your stress. Did you know that your stress hormones temporarily lower your immune system’s ability to fight infection?
Checking in with yourself often throughout the day, taking some deep breaths, noticing when you are worrying and shifting your focus to either a helpful action or a place of compassion are all great ways to keep your stress hormones in check and your immune system working more effectively.

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 am here to help you to regain your health so you can feel great and free to enjoy life fully.

If you would like more tips for keeping your immune system strong, check this out, or feel free to message me directly.

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

How to Choose the Best Probiotic

Would you believe that not all probiotics are good?
 
Though probiotics have received a lot of attention over the years for their gut-friendly benefits and overall impact to well-being, it is unfortunate to say that some brands are not only not helpful, but may even make your symptoms worse.
 
According to the World Health Organization, probiotics are “live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host.”
 
If you have been reading my newsletters, you know how much I recommend customizing gut support. This may include probiotics because of their ability to keep support a diverse gut bug environment and in turn make your immune system and digestive system strong. A healthy gut gives you more benefits than any other area of health which is why it is considered to be the root of all health (or disease if it isn’t working well).

So in this newsletter, I will shed some light on how you can find a probiotic that actually works for your gut, so you get the maximum benefits.
 
First, in order for a probiotic to be effective, it must be “alive.” It sounds funny that I should emphasize that because, by definition, probiotics are, in fact, live microorganisms.

Probiotic Essentials

Here’s the gist:
 
Some probiotics are not bottled in a way that they can survive supplement production or resist the acidity of the stomach. So they are dead even before you take them or by the time they reach the colon, and you have wasted your money on something that you thought could benefit you.
 
Second, for a probiotic to be effective, it must contain identified strains of bacteria that were proven to provide health benefits to humans. It’s not just about taking something that has a high level of bacteria per serving (in probiotics, this is called CFU or colony forming units). More CFU’s doesn’t mean it’s better or more effective.
 
Remember that each species of bacteria has thousands of strains. Some have no proven benefits to human health, while others remain unstudied.
 
All you need are the bacterial strains that have proven benefits and that can survive bottling preparations and the acidic journey towards the colon.
 
I recommend spore-based probiotics because they are specifically designed to make it through the acidic environment of the stomach. Spores are the building blocks of a new cell and they can remain dormant for a long time and “hatch” or “come to life” in the intestines where they can colonize, increase the diversity of the microbiome, and boost your immune system.
 
Again, they are more effective than ordinary probiotics because they have an endospore or outer shell that keeps the strains highly resistant to stomach acid.
 
I also recommend specifically the spore form of the bacillus strains. The benefits are powerful!

  1. One bacillus strain, Bacillus Indicus HU36(TM), produces important nutrients at the absorption site of your intestines. These nutrients are lycopene, astaxanthin, zeaxanthin, beta carotene, and lutein. It’s considered to be the most effective antioxidant probiotic strain on the market. 
  2. Bacillus strains keep bad bacteria away. According to studies, bacillus strains stop the growth of disease-causing bacteria in the intestines.
  3. Bacillus strains can fight SIBO or Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth. SIBO causes diarrhea, bloating, stomach pain among other symptoms. Other probiotics might increase SIBO, but there are specific bacillus strains that don’t such as Bacillus Clausii.

Overall, spore-based bacillus strains are helpful if you are on the journey to healing your gut so that you can reap the maximum benefits of a healthy microbiome.
 
I pick brands that I believe are worth the price and get the best health benefits. So with probiotics, I choose MegaSpore Biotic by Microbiome Labs. They have tons of legit research to back up their claims and I’ve seen great results with it.

It is recommended that you ease in with new probiotics rather than starting at the full amount on the label and I doubly recommend working with a practitioner to get the most out of your supplementation.

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

How to Keep Your Immune System Strong

 Boosting your immune system always–and most especially during the cold seasons–is vital.
 
The outbreak of the coronavirus (or 2019-nCov) has caused global fear, but it’s a reminder of how important it is for us to keep our resistance strong against whatever viruses or bacteria that may come our way and cause disease.
 
There are many ways to strengthen your immune system. You’re probably already familiar with some of these methods. For example, you can give your immune system the upper hand by living a healthy lifestyle, which includes eating unprocessed and nutrient dense foods, staying hydrated, getting enough sleep, exercising, not smoking, drinking alcoholic drinks in moderation, and managing stress effectively.
 
But one thing that can help your body’s immune defense tremendously is getting enough Vitamin C…and there’s a catch!
The catch is that it’s not enough to get plenty of Vit C daily: you also have to make sure to not rapidly deplete the Vit C you are getting. Two things that deplete your Vit C quickly are sugary foods and stress.

So I want to briefly tell you about how Vit C works and then let’s talk about how to plug the Vit C Drain so that you stay healthy and feel great. Sound good?

Why Vit C is Awesome

Vitamin C has gained popularity over the years because a high level of vitamin C in the body is considered to be the ideal nutrition marker for overall health.
 
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin that is found in foods, particularly in fruits and vegetables.
 
Here are some of its benefits:

  • It works as an antioxidant. — It protects the cells from the damage caused by free radicals. Actually, the formation of free radicals in the body is important because they are byproducts of our cells’ conversion of food into usable energy. However, when free radicals accumulate, they cause damage to cells. Free radicals are also found in air pollution, UV light, and cigarette smoke. Antioxidants, like vitamin C, fight the free radicals. So in a way, vitamin C prevents or delays cell damage, including certain cancers, and promotes healthy aging.
  • It is needed to make collagen. — Your body naturally makes collagen with the help of vitamin C and the minerals zinc and copper. Collagen is a substance needed for your body’s connective tissues, which is vital to support your organs. Are you familiar with scurvy? This is a condition of vitamin C deficiency in which in the late stage of the condition, the person loses their teeth because there is no more connective tissues holding them in. Collagen is also important for healthy skin and bones and for healing wounds.
  • It helps in the absorption of iron from plant-based sources. Iron is important in transporting oxygen through the blood, and vitamin C increases the absorption of iron in the small intestines. So, iron must be taken together with vitamin C to get the maximum benefits.
  • Finally, and our main point here is that it helps in strengthening our immune system.

But how does vitamin C do the work?
By supporting various cellular functions of the immune system, vitamin C promotes the cellular activities of the immune cells that ultimately kills the invading microbes.
 
Studies have even shown that vitamin C deficiency decreases immune resistance and increases the individual’s risk for infections.

How’s your vitamin C status?

Make sure to support your immune system by taking vitamin C every day. You can get vitamin C from a variety of food sources such as citrus fruits, guavas, papayas, Brussels sprouts, black currants, kiwis, kale, bell peppers, broccoli, spinach, and organ meats.
 
Vitamin C, however, can be easily destroyed during food preparation because it’s sensitive to light, heat, and air so fresh and lightly cooked is best.
 
As an alternative, you can take vitamin C from rose hips. Rose hips are the seed pods of roses and are rich in vitamin C as well as other compounds that further boost the antioxidant function of vitamin C. A few weeks ago, I also shared some of the best forms of supplemental Vit C (check that out here in case you missed it).

Plug the drain

Lastly, the more mindful you are of avoiding sugar and choosing alternatives like monk fruit or Lakanto or small amounts of honey, the more Vitamin C you’ll retain. This goes for lots of fruit or any foods that cause your blood sugar to increase strongly (this depletes your Vit C!).

Same goes for stress. Stress is like flushing your Vitamin C down the toilet! And I know that you can’t avoid all stress, BUT you can absolutely manage how you respond to it much of the time. HeartMath tools are my favorite way to transform stress right there in the moment you are feeling it (so you plug the drain right away). Other great tools are exercise, music, meditation, getting out in nature, talking with someone, yoga, journaling…the more quickly you can change how you are feeling in the moments you have stress, the better your life experience will be and the better Vit C levels you’ll have.

Truly, prevention is better than cure so build up your immune system well. I’m not saying you won’t ever catch a cold if your immune system is strong, but you’ll certainly be more resilient and quicker to fight it off.
 
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

The Powerful Benefits of Vitamin C

Happy 2020!!!

Let’s kick the New Year off right by giving your body some powerful health advantages.

Vitamin C is famous for making your immune system strong, but did you know that it also has other health benefits?
 
Yes, in fact, this water-soluble vitamin has attracted attention among researchers over the years. Let’s explore some of its benefits!

Vitamin C Supports Your Immune System

Vitamin C protects you from infections and even helps combat chronic diseases. It supports the cellular processes of the immune system so that they can prevent infectious organisms from causing harm to your body.
 
Do you easily catch colds? That may be a clue your system needs more vitamin C.

Vitamin C Has Anti-Aging Effects

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant–meaning, it fights the free radicals in the body. One source of free radicals comes from your own tissues as they produce energy. You are also exposed to free radicals in your environment such as air pollution and UV light from the sun.
 
Free radicals cause damage to your cells.
 
One theory about aging is that we age because we have accumulated free radical damage over time. Vitamin C, being one of the most potent antioxidants (stops free radicals from damaging your tissues), can slow down the signs of aging.
 
Also, vitamin C supports the formation of collagen, a protein that acts like glue holding your body together. It also helps heal wounds, keeps bones and teeth strong, and maintains the health of your skin.
 
No wonder why vitamin C serum is a popular part of a skin regimen to maintain healthy, young-looking skin.

Vitamin C Fights Cancer Cells

When vitamin C breaks down in the body, it produces hydrogen peroxide. This substance damages tumor cells because they don’t have the capacity to remove hydrogen peroxide, like your normal cells do.
 
However, you need high doses of vitamin C to attack cancer cells. For example, some therapies administer vitamin C intravenously to bypass gut metabolism and excretion.
 
For those of you who don’t want to go the IV route, but want the health benefits of vitamin C, a great option is liposomal vitamin C. With this option, the vitamin is encapsulated in spherical vesicles made up of lipid bilayer. The liposome capsule is more effective in delivering vitamin C compared to other oral forms because it increases the absorption rate of vitamin C: PLUS it doesn’t cause irritation to the stomach.
 
This way, you get all the benefits of high-concentration vitamin C without the invasive method of an IV infusion or irritation to your gut.
 
PuraThrive Micelle Liposomal Vitamin C and Seeking Health Optimal Liposomal Vitamin C are both trusted brands. Check out the reviews and decide which one you’d prefer and then check with your practitioner before adding it in.
 
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

How Stress Weakens Your Gut Lining (and what to do about it!)

Today I want to talk with you about something really important involving your gut lining.

Why?

Because 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.

Part of what protects you is a part of your immune system called Secretory IgA (or SIgA). This is a substance that your gut makes and it acts as your first line of defense against toxins and microorganisms (like unfriendly bacteria, yeast, and other pathogens). Think of SIgA as your powerful gut warriors! You want to keep these warriors happy (functioning well and in the right amount).

What Disrupts Your Gut Lining

Some things that can get in the way of your gut and SIgA levels from doing their best are:

  • Highly processed foods
  • Pesticides and insecticides
  • Poor sleep
  • Sugar
  • Refined carbohydrates
  • Gluten
  • Parasitic infections
  • Fungal infections
  • Imbalances in your gut flora
  • Heavy metal toxicity
  • Chemical toxicity
  • GMO’s
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Stress!

Common symptoms you might experience are:

  • Gas and bloating
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Indigestion or heartburn
  • Thyroid problems
  • Low or inconsistent energy
  • Food sensitivities
  • Chronic skin problems
  • Joint pain
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Poor sleep

How to Support Your Gut Lining

You can do a lot to support your gut lining and reduce or eliminate your symptoms through diet and lifestyle. Don’t underestimate the value of stress management!!! It can make a world of difference in your gut health and quality of life. There are lots of ways to help manage your stress including breathing and meditation, but I’m an especially big fan of things that you can do on the go, during your day, to nip the damaging effects of stress in the bud and break out of the habit of stress (yes, it can become a habit!).

Here are some things that you can do to support your gut:

  • Avoid vegetable/industrial seed oils (like soy, cottonseed, corn, canola, and safflower) 
  • Get to bed by 10:30-11pm
  • Move your body
  • Reduce or phase out processed foods, refined carbs and sugar
  • Increase whole, unprocessed foods that are right for YOUR body
  • Hydrate
  • Use stress management tools DURING your day to reset your stress hormones (like HeartMath tools)

Beyond these basics, there are TONS of ways to create a customized self-care plan to help you take your health to the next level and feel great.

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

Autoimmunity and being “too clean”

Today I’d love to share some helpful information on how you can support your immune system.
You or someone you care about may be struggling with your immune system (and I’m not just talking about getting an occasional cold: I’m talking about autoimmunity). Autoimmunity is when your immune system attacks YOU rather than invading germs. It affects about 14-22 million people in the United States (heart disease, the most common disease in the U.S. affects 22 million).

Examples of autoimmune disease are celiac disease (intestines), inflammatory bowel conditions such as Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis (intestines), Hashimoto’s and Grave’s (thyroid), multiple sclerosis (nervous system), and eczema and psoriasis (skin).

I’m reading this great book right now called Healthy Gut, Healthy You and there is a whole section on the research behind autoimmunity and hygiene.

Did you know that about 80% of your immune system is in your gut? Since a big part of how I help people to regain their health is through creating foundations for a strong healthy gut, I wanted to share a couple tidbits with you.

Your gut is the root of your health and it 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, sleep well, maintain a healthy weight, build muscle, clear out toxins that need clearing out daily, and have a properly functioning immune system so you can thrive. 

Everything you eat has an impact on your gut health. So does your environment.

Why am I telling you this? Because my passion is to work with people like you whose health symptoms–like gut/digestive issues, excess weight, low energy, 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 your life.
 

Hygiene and Your Immune System

What we’re realizing is that being too clean and disinfecting everything from our hands multiple times each day to every surface of our work and home could actually be a big problem.

Is it good to wash your hands after you go to the bathroom? Yes. Is it good to wash up before you eat in general? Yes. But the research shows that people “who live in non-Westernized societies have far less inflammatory, autoimmune and allergic diseases” (H. Okada The Hygeine Hypothesis, Clinical & Experimental Immunology).

Using anti-bacterial soaps, hand sanitizers, anti-bacterial household cleaners reduce our interaction with bacteria–because they kill them off. And we need bacteria in our lives: our lives depend on it. You are more bacteria then you are human cells! It is now believed that by constantly reducing our exposure to bacteria makes your immune system restless. It is also believed that those who develop autoimmunity or allergies have a strong immune system…but it doesn’t have the constant exposure to dirt and germs it needs to train it to function properly. So when that immune system is really strong, bored and poorly trained from having a sterile environment, it is more prone to react quickly and strongly to your own tissues (autoimmunity).

If you already have developed one or more autoimmune condition, absolutely work with someone who can help you dial in your diet and support gut function. This can help you from anywhere from managing symptoms to going into remission. If you are having symptoms with allergies, skin, gut, energy, weight, poor sleep…well, these are signs that your health needs support. You can make a huge difference to the direction your life and health are headed by taking action now before autoimmune disease develops.

Generally, you can support your body by getting regular contact with nature. Get outside in nature as often as possible. Get your hands dirty if you’re taking a hike. Breathe in the fresh air. Have plants in your home and a pet if you can and aren’t allergic. Your body needs interaction with bacteria! Wash your hands with soap (not anti-bacterial) and warm water.

This is the tip of the iceberg. There’s so much you can do to support your health in addition to this. 
Please contact me if you’d like to explore what you can do to support your health and immune system. I’d love to help you.

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

~Rebecca


P.S. Do you know someone who is struggling with their weight, digestion/gut, or energy?
Send them my way! They can set up a complimentary Unstoppable Health Discovery Session with me here and so can you!