fitlife.tv http://fitlife.tv Health and Fitness Education Entertainment and Inspiration Sat, 28 Mar 2015 13:59:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 What You Need to Know About Your Metabolism to Lose Weight http://fitlife.tv/what-you-need-to-know-about-your-metabolism-to-lose-weight-original/ http://fitlife.tv/what-you-need-to-know-about-your-metabolism-to-lose-weight-original/#comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 13:54:31 +0000 http://fitlife.tv/?p=59168 Screen Shot 2015-03-28 at 9.49.22 PMNx86xdrewssexybody-3

By Doris Dahdouh

Anyone trying to lose weight should be interested in the mechanism of the human body and how it works in order to shed those excess pounds.

One of the most important parts of the human body (particularly when it comes to losing weight) is your metabolism. The speed of your metabolism directly affects your ability to burn fat. Understanding the basics may help get you on the path to a healthier and slimmer you.

How Does Your Metabolism Work?

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Your muscle cell contains mitochondria, which are microscopic organelles (cell bodies) that burn fuel. This is considered your metabolism. In addition, the muscle cell includes intramyocellular lipids, also known as fat. According to one of America’s leading advocates for health and nutrition, Dr. Neal Barnard, the cell is delighted to have fat present because, if food ever becomes scarce, that fat can be used for fuel.

However, the presence of fat in the cell interferes with calorie burning. When intramyocellular lipids build up in the cells, the mitochondria starts to diminish in number. The actual genetic blueprint for making mitochondria starts to retire a little bit. And when you make fewer and fewer mitochondria, you burn off intramyocellular lipids much slower. Dr. Barnard recommends getting fat out of your cell in order to boost your after-meal calorie burn.

Simply put, get rid of fat so it does not slow down your metabolism. “How do I get rid of the fat to speed up my metabolism?”  That is a good - and valid - question.

Here Are 5 Simple Steps To Help You Get On That Fat Burning Journey.

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1. Think green: Add color to your life by incorporating more leafy green vegetables to your plate for every meal. Leafy greens are filled with nutrients, are low in calories and packed with fiber so you feel full longer. You can eat them sautéed, steamed, raw, juiced and more. They are usually easy to make because most “green” dishes only require you to wash thoroughly, chop and use. Get creative. Add them to your soups/stews, put them in your omelets, make a tall green juice/smoothie or have them as a big salad. If you’re looking for inspiration, click here for some of my recipes.

2. Chew, chew, chew: I know this sounds simple, but very few people actually chew their food. The longer you chew your food, the less work your digestive system has to do. Chewing food slowly engages the saliva in your mouth to make a mouthful almost like a liquid. This will allow the nutrients to go straight into the bloodstream faster, giving your metabolism a jump! Some recommend chewing 100 times per bite, but I want to be reasonable, so start off small by making sure you chew at least 20 times per bite and work your way up to 50. *Bonus: The longer your chew, the faster you will feel full. Therefore, less eating.   

3. H2O - Drink more of it: Water is so important on so many levels. Drink it first thing in the morning with half a squeezed lemon either warm or room temperature. This signature drink will help flush out some toxins and help your metabolism going. Continue to drink water throughout the day because it helps get the nutrients into your system. Water is simple and very cleansing. Aim for ½ your bodyweight in ounces daily. It sounds like a lot more than it actually is!

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4. Minimize animal fats, vegetable oils and sugar intake: This step is pretty self explanatory. Limit foods that contain animal fats, vegetable oils and sugar. These foods add to the fat in the muscle cell and if increased, hinder your mitochondria from working properly. When you do eat animal fats, make sure it is the best quality. Your body deserves foods that are not injected with hormones, antibiotics and fed with genetically modified organisms. Substitute vegetable oils for healthier alternatives and keep away from white, processed sugar, whether it is in pre-made foods or added to drinks.

5. Eat more frequently: Add a couple more small meals to your day to keep your metabolism operating at its best. You do not want your body to think that it is starving and begin storing fat, which will inevitably slow down your metabolism. You want your metabolism to work, so what better way than to feed it!

About the Author

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Doris Dahdouh has a Master’s Degree in social work and has helped counsel children and help families since 2001. In 2012, she became very ill due to a hormonal imbalance and autoimmune disorder. Doris was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) many years ago and was treated with mainstream medicine which did not help her. She hit rock bottom before finding refuge in holistic living, by juicing, going gluten free and eating clean, organic, whole foods. Over the past couple of years, Doris has educated herself on a healthy lifestyle by reading information by Dr. Joel Furhman, Drew Canole, Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Josh Axe, Vani Hari (a.k.a. Food Babe) and more.  

Doris is enrolled to become a certified health coach with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is very excited to help others achieve their best by combining her psychoanalytic skills and what she hopes to learn in the health coaching certification program. With a heart for others, she is eager to continue assisting as many people as possible towards optimal health.

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The detoxification process can also take in the form of a juice fast.  Here at FitLife.TV, we recommend people to try the Alpha Reset (AR)The Alpha Reset is a 5 Day Juice Fast. It is part of the Juice with Drew System. This is the first step in your detoxification process. If you are just starting out with juicing, do not jump right into a juice fast right away. Just try 1 juice per day along with the rest of your nutrition and see how your body responds. If your body responds well to juicing, then ramp up the number of juices per day. These healthy, nutrient-dense juices can replace that coffee you reach for in the morning or that soda in the afternoon. Here are some of our followers that have tried the Alpha Reset!

If you’re ready to take the first step, begin your transformation by clicking the transformations below!

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Disclaimer: The techniques, strategies, and suggestions expressed here are intended to be used for educational purposes only. The author, Drew Canole, and the associated www.fitlife.tv are not rendering medical advice, nor to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, condition, illness, or injury.

It is imperative that before beginning any nutrition or exercise program you receive full medical clearance from a licensed physician.

Drew Canole and Fitlife.tv claim no responsibility to any person or entity for any liability, loss, or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly as a result of the use, application, or interpretation of the material presented here.

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The Truth About Vulnerability http://fitlife.tv/the-truth-about-vulnerability-original/ http://fitlife.tv/the-truth-about-vulnerability-original/#comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 12:33:45 +0000 http://fitlife.tv/?p=59156 Open-HeartNx86xdrewssexybody-3

By Chase Powell

Neurobiological research suggests that your body is wired for compassion, yet many unknowingly ignore this natural blueprint.

The problem isn’t that you do not know who you are; it’s that you are encouraged to be afraid, ashamed, or dismissive of who you are in the name of appeasing cultural norms. This dishonesty numbs you to being vulnerable with others, but primarily, with yourself.

The Meaning Of Vulnerability

Vulnerability is the genesis of your emotions. It is the courage to be completely honest with yourself; to lay yourself bare and accept your imperfections.

While vulnerability may seem like the source of fear, shame, or sadness, it is also the wellspring of joy, love and happiness. By being truly honest, you liberate yourself from the expectations placed upon you by outside influences and embrace your true self. Vulnerability lets you cultivate the courage to get what you want out of your life. By developing compassion for yourself, you can then spread that love into your relationships, family and community.

Get Honest With Yourself

So how can you become more honest with yourself? How do you find that inner courage to fully be your authentic self?

Meditation is a great practice for building awareness of your vulnerability and unlocking your emotional spectrum. Focusing on the heart Chakra, Anahata, while using the mantra “Yam” will open your heart to self-love. If you are finding that your meditations are not as effective as you’d like, try changing your method. Introduce music (or try new music), use meditation spheres, or try walking meditations.

For those of you who are new to meditation, here is a simple guide:

1. Sit in a quiet space absent of bright light. You can sit cross legged, in the lotus position, or upright in a chair. Be sure to keep your spine comfortably erect.

2. Close your eyes and become aware of your body. Briefly recognize the weight of your body, starting from your toes and slowly shifting to the top of your head.

3. Slowly inhale while counting to 4, momentarily hold your breath, then release when you reach 4. You will discover your preferred tempo after a few meditations.

4. Focus on counting while observing your thoughts. Don’t intervene - you are merely trying to become aware of these thoughts and detach yourself from them. Observing these thoughts will help you become more aware of your honest feelings and desires, and therefore, open the door to self-love.

5. Practicing gratitude is another way to boost your self-love. I find that the simplest way to feel grateful is via a daily writing exercise. Studies show that writing reinforces all aspects of our working memory, thereby solidifying gratitude into your mind for the day.

While starting your day, take a few moments to write down three things you are grateful for in a notebook. Remember that the simplest things can often be taken for granted. Be mindful of your home, health, family, friends and education as sources of gratitude.

Our vulnerability is the doorway to courage, love and compassion. Using these techniques, I guarantee you will start to develop an awareness of your honest desires and build self-love!

To learn more about the power of vulnerability, check out Brené Brown’s TED Talk.

About the Author

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Chase lived in a haze of brain fog and fatigue for years before embracing meditation, supplementation and exercise to alleviate his chronic health issues. Chase is a Level II Reiki Healer, Shaman and an amateur strength athlete committed to improving the lives of others through his knowledge. He believes that meditation, clean eating and regular exercise cultivate perfect health!

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The detoxification process can also take in the form of a juice fast.  Here at FitLife.TV, we recommend people to try the Alpha Reset (AR)The Alpha Reset is a 5 Day Juice Fast. It is part of the Juice with Drew System. This is the first step in your detoxification process. If you are just starting out with juicing, do not jump right into a juice fast right away. Just try 1 juice per day along with the rest of your nutrition and see how your body responds. If your body responds well to juicing, then ramp up the number of juices per day. These healthy, nutrient-dense juices can replace that coffee you reach for in the morning or that soda in the afternoon. Here are some of our followers that have tried the Alpha Reset!

If you’re ready to take the first step, begin your transformation by clicking the transformations below!

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Disclaimer: The techniques, strategies, and suggestions expressed here are intended to be used for educational purposes only. The author, Drew Canole, and the associated www.fitlife.tv are not rendering medical advice, nor to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, condition, illness, or injury.

It is imperative that before beginning any nutrition or exercise program you receive full medical clearance from a licensed physician.

Drew Canole and Fitlife.tv claim no responsibility to any person or entity for any liability, loss, or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly as a result of the use, application, or interpretation of the material presented here.

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How To Start Your Day Positive, Empowered and Happy (44.44% EMV) http://fitlife.tv/how-to-start-your-day-positive-empowered-and-happy-44-44-emv-original/ http://fitlife.tv/how-to-start-your-day-positive-empowered-and-happy-44-44-emv-original/#comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 11:16:56 +0000 http://fitlife.tv/?p=59119 Pretty happy woman smilingNx86xdrewssexybody-3

By Vickie Baker

Every morning, you wake up to a new day; a chance to begin with a clean slate and make that day be whatever you choose it to be.

And therein lies the silver bullet  - YOU CHOOSE.

You make hundreds - if not thousands - of choices each and every day, such as what you do, what you eat, what you wear, how you feel and how you behave. But the most important decision you make is the attitude you choose to embrace.

The longer I live, the more I realize that attitude is everything. Attitude is more important than your appearance,  money,  education, skills, job or career. It is more important than what someone else thinks or says or does to you and it is more important than what happened in your past and all of your successes or failures combined. Life is 20% what happens to you, 80% what you choose to make happen.

Starting your day with a grateful, “can do” attitude will impact not only you, but all those you interact with. There is one moment during each morning of your life and if you catch it, you have the opportunity to set your attitude and program a beautiful, healthy, happy and productive day - before you even step foot out of bed. That moment is just after you shut off the alarm or when you are lying in bed just before you open your eyes. It’s that moment just before the flood of over 70,000 thoughts about your day hit you. This is your moment - your opportunity to choose how you will play today.

I offer you a simple, 3 step ritual you can implement tomorrow and each and every day of your life thereafter that will have an immensely positive impact on not only your day - but that of everyone around you too!

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1. Name at least 3 things you are grateful for: We simply spend too much time focusing on what is wrong in our lives. So, instead, choose to focus on what is right. Quickly name 3 things you are grateful for. For example, your nice warm bed, your partner laying next to you or the children in the next room, your home, your job that pays the bills, your family or friends and you - your perseverance and determination and initiative. I could go on and on here - and so can you.

Starting your day being grateful changes your focus to what is right in your life and away from that which you perceive to be imperfect. Even scientists have concluded that feeling grateful can not only increase your happiness, but can help you cope better with daily stress. There is no more beautiful start to a perfect day than being thankful.

2. Choose one area in your life you will focus on or approach in a more positive manner today: Choose to start that special project you have been putting off. Focus on something meaningful to you or something you’ve been consistently putting off - even for 5-10 minutes each day. Choose to smile at each and every colleague you interact with, or choose to deal with a situation differently.

For example, perform breathing exercises while sitting in traffic or a meeting rather than letting either one get to you. Choose to feel beautiful in your clothes. Choose to treat your body well for the day and drink water or eliminate sugar. Choose to implement just one thing every day that is meaningful to you in a positive way. Then tomorrow, choose another.

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3. Identify one nice thing you will do for someone else: This is your daily pay-it-forward moment. A phone call, email or text to your mom, sister, daughter, son or friend. Pick up a card to mail to someone, or write a positive comment on a post-it note to a partner or spouse and stick it on their computer or somewhere they’ll see it, letting them know you appreciate them. Buy a colleague a cup of coffee or offer to help someone in need. One good deed a day has an enormously positive impact on your attitude and your happiness quotient. It just feels good.

Inserting grateful, empowering and positive thoughts into your mind daily will result in a shift of consciousness. Not only will you be happier, you will be healthier and more productive and those around you will benefit immensely. So, start your day off right. Remember, your attitude is your choice!

About the Author

Vickie Baker

Vickie Baker is a daughter, mother, wife, grandmother, nature lover and author.  A certified project management professional with a bachelor’s degree in industrial and management engineering, she is also a certified health coach accredited through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

Vickie specializes in using project management tools to coach her clients to live long, happy and healthy lives, while making their dreams come true.  She, her husband and dog Izabel, enjoy the beaches of Florida, the mountains and lakes of Montana and a lot of adventure in between.

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The detoxification process can also take in the form of a juice fast.  Here at FitLife.TV, we recommend people to try the Alpha Reset (AR)The Alpha Reset is a 5 Day Juice Fast. It is part of the Juice with Drew System. This is the first step in your detoxification process. If you are just starting out with juicing, do not jump right into a juice fast right away. Just try 1 juice per day along with the rest of your nutrition and see how your body responds. If your body responds well to juicing, then ramp up the number of juices per day. These healthy, nutrient-dense juices can replace that coffee you reach for in the morning or that soda in the afternoon. Here are some of our followers that have tried the Alpha Reset!

If you’re ready to take the first step, begin your transformation by clicking the transformations below!

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Disclaimer: The techniques, strategies, and suggestions expressed here are intended to be used for educational purposes only. The author, Drew Canole, and the associated www.fitlife.tv are not rendering medical advice, nor to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, condition, illness, or injury.

It is imperative that before beginning any nutrition or exercise program you receive full medical clearance from a licensed physician.

Drew Canole and Fitlife.tv claim no responsibility to any person or entity for any liability, loss, or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly as a result of the use, application, or interpretation of the material presented here.

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Natural Homemade Laundry Soap http://fitlife.tv/natural-homemade-laundry-soap-original/ http://fitlife.tv/natural-homemade-laundry-soap-original/#comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 09:24:39 +0000 http://fitlife.tv/?p=59039 Screen Shot 2015-03-28 at 4.27.48 PMNx86xdrewssexybody-3

By Lilla Bessenyei

To be honest, I always wanted to swap out my conventional laundry detergents. At the time, I didn’t know anything about natural alternatives or where to begin. Nowadays, you can likely buy an eco-friendly laundry soap from your local health food store, but this recipe is much cheaper and fun to make. In addition, it works well!

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Ingredients
  • 2.5 oz. grated soap (look for pure ingredients, no fillers or chemicals)
  • ½ cup of washing soda (sodium carbonate)
  • ½ cup of borax
  • About 10 drops of an essential oil of your choice (lavender, lemon and orange are some of my favorite options)

Instructions
  1. Grate your soap with a cheese grater or a food processor.
  2. Next, you’ll need to decide if you want to make a laundry powder or a liquid laundry soap.

  3. For Laundry Powder:

  4. Put all the above mentioned ingredients into a food processor and process them until you get a fine powder.
  5. Use 1-2 tablespoons of this per load of laundry.

  6. For Liquid Laundry Soap:

  7. Put the grated soap into a bowl and add 4 cups of boiling hot water.
  8. Mix them until the soap completely dissolves.
  9. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix them well. You can use a hand blender to accelerate the process.
  10. Store this in a glass jar.

Notes
The suggested amount is ¼ per load of laundry.

And there you have it! Easy DIY detergent you can count on to be natural, without questionable ingredients.

I’d love to hear your thoughts if you make this! Leave me a comment below. :)

About the Author

unnamed999Lilla Bessenyei is a pharmacy student with a passion for health, including exercise, nutrition and helping people to find happiness for themselves. She follows a vegan diet and enjoys it’s numerous benefits. Seeking God’s will is first place in her life and she loves to share her faith with others. Connect with Lilla on Facebook.

 

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The detoxification process can also take in the form of a juice fast.  Here at FitLife.TV, we recommend people to try the Alpha Reset (AR)The Alpha Reset is a 5 Day Juice Fast. It is part of the Juice with Drew System. This is the first step in your detoxification process. If you are just starting out with juicing, do not jump right into a juice fast right away. Just try 1 juice per day along with the rest of your nutrition and see how your body responds. If your body responds well to juicing, then ramp up the number of juices per day. These healthy, nutrient-dense juices can replace that coffee you reach for in the morning or that soda in the afternoon. Here are some of our followers that have tried the Alpha Reset!

If you’re ready to take the first step, begin your transformation by clicking the transformations below!

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Disclaimer: The techniques, strategies, and suggestions expressed here are intended to be used for educational purposes only. The author, Drew Canole, and the associated www.fitlife.tv are not rendering medical advice, nor to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, condition, illness, or injury.

It is imperative that before beginning any nutrition or exercise program you receive full medical clearance from a licensed physician.

Drew Canole and Fitlife.tv claim no responsibility to any person or entity for any liability, loss, or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly as a result of the use, application, or interpretation of the material presented here.

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What many people consider to be your internal gas pedal could be forcing you to live tired, fatigued and overweight! (It’s time to stage a triple-pronged fat attack with these steps) http://fitlife.tv/what-many-people-consider-to-be-your-internal-gas-pedal-could-be-forcing-you-to-live-tired-fatigued-and-overweight-its-time-to-stage-a-triple-pronged-fat-attack-with-these-steps/ http://fitlife.tv/what-many-people-consider-to-be-your-internal-gas-pedal-could-be-forcing-you-to-live-tired-fatigued-and-overweight-its-time-to-stage-a-triple-pronged-fat-attack-with-these-steps/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19:48:29 +0000 http://fitlife.tv/?p=59045 http://fitlife.tv/what-many-people-consider-to-be-your-internal-gas-pedal-could-be-forcing-you-to-live-tired-fatigued-and-overweight-its-time-to-stage-a-triple-pronged-fat-attack-with-these-steps/feed/ 0 How To Make Peace With Your Body, No Matter What Size You Are http://fitlife.tv/how-to-make-peace-with-your-body-no-matter-what-size-you-are_original/ http://fitlife.tv/how-to-make-peace-with-your-body-no-matter-what-size-you-are_original/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 02:48:51 +0000 http://fitlife.tv/?p=59030 women-different-body-sizes-600

drewssexybody (3)Written by: Anna Sperlich

I remember a time when I used to look in the mirror and was totally mortified with what I saw. I hated the way my thighs were touching, how my bloated belly stuck out and my way-too-small boobs.

Did you know that a shocking 91% of all American women and 54% of teenage girls ages 13-19 feel dissatisfied with their bodies?

And I was one of them.

Despite being a size 6 most of my adult life, I never really felt happy with my body and inside my own skin. I was working very hard on creating the “perfect” body in the hopes that I would finally feel good and be at peace with myself.

Creating a healthy body image is essential for our physical and emotional well-being as well as for our overall happiness and life satisfaction. Moving from being at war with your body to accepting, appreciating and yes, even liking your body is an inside job and you can start taking these 4 steps right now towards doing so, no matter what size or shape you are:

1. Use Positive Affirmations

Make a list of all the things your body does for you and what you are thankful for. For example, how it carries you from place to place every single day, how it performed the miracle of childbirth, or it’s incredible self-healing powers. Come up with your top 3 and stick them anywhere and everywhere you can see them to help you shift your mindset from body-horror to body-wonder.

2. Stop Comparing Yourself

Comparing yourself to the airbrushed photo models you see in fitness or fashion magazines is poison to the soul (and body). If you want to make peace with your body and you know that you struggle with comparing yourself and wishing your body would look a little more like theirs, then stop getting these magazines. Go on a women’s magazine-detox until you can look at the picture and see them for what they truly are: an artificially produced, mis-representation of today’s women(hood).

3. Ditch The Diet And Love Yourself Up With Food

Many women find themselves trapped in the binge-dieting cycle, eating for emotional comfort or stress release and then going into diet or over-exercising mode trying to prevent potential weight-gain. Letting go of emotional and binge eating and starting to use food to nurture your body, mind and soul is essential in order to feel good in your own skin.

4. Have Fun And Celebrate Yourself

Go out and play! Do something that sets your heart on fire. Do it, even if your inner self-critic tells you a million reasons why you shouldn’t. Do it anyway and have fun with it. Your body is not only a miracle, it is a joyful playground and it’s your job to explore it, take care of it and enjoy it!


unnamed4444About the Author
Anna Sperlich is an Addiction Psychologist and Food Freedom Coach for women. She’s on a mission to teach women how to ditch the binge and emotional eating in order to thrive in life. She's the author of Eat2Nurture: 6 Simple Steps To Stop Binge Eating & Start Living Guilt-Free and the creator of the transformative, online therapeutic coaching program, the  Eat2Nurture Food-Love-Camp. Grab her free resources over at www.annasperlich.com or get some extra support from her in the  private Facebook community Imprints on the Heart.

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Disclaimer: The techniques, strategies, and suggestions expressed here are intended to be used for educational purposes only. The author, Drew Canole, and the associated www.fitlife.tv are not rendering medical advice, nor to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, condition, illness, or injury. It is imperative that before beginning any nutrition or exercise program you receive full medical clearance from a licensed physician. Drew Canole and Fitlife.tv claim no responsibility to any person or entity for any liability, loss, or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly as a result of the use, application, or interpretation of the material presented here.

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The Start to Your Morning Routine You REALLY Need http://fitlife.tv/the-start-to-your-morning-routine-you-really-need_original/ http://fitlife.tv/the-start-to-your-morning-routine-you-really-need_original/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 02:33:08 +0000 http://fitlife.tv/?p=59018 hot-water-with-lemon-lime

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Written by: Theresa Bonner

If you haven’t seen at least one article about the amazing results you’ll get from starting your day with warm lemon water in your Facebook news feed, you may be living under a rock. The citrusy wonder drink is the biggest thing to have hit the wellness community since quinoa.

Most articles will tell you that drinking warm lemon water will:

 

Yada, yada, yada…

I’ve known all of this for years, but continued to cling ferociously to my morning cup of joe. I needed it. I wanted it. I was infatuated with it.

My caffeine-fueled mornings worked wonders for decades. The flavor, the smell and the kick made me feel like I could accomplish anything that was set in front of me. I would plow through my mornings and right on through to the afternoon with just one 12 ounce mug of coffee and a healthy breakfast.

Then my cup started to get a bit too full.

All of the sudden (it seemed), I was a wife, a mother of two boys, a member of my local Mom’s Club, the chairwoman for my town’s Youth Services Commission, a writer and a health coach. Also, I had just turned 40. My ability to move effortlessly through my mornings with coffee as my co-pilot started to falter. I grew impatient with my kid’s inability to get things done at the pace I felt necessary. I found myself yelling, getting red in the face morning after morning, just to get my oldest son in the car. We were going to be LATE! I started scaring them and myself with my outbursts and tantrums.

All the while, I knew the culprit was my unwillingness to change my morning routine.

I knew that I needed to replace the caffeine craze with something more calming, so I moved on to green tea. With less caffeine and a multitude of health benefits, it seemed like a good option. After a few days of my first taste of green, I felt a little more relaxed. However, I still couldn’t get through the morning without yelling. So I switched one more time to the (yikes) no-caffeine warm drink that was all the rage. I’ve recommended it to clients time after time, but I had never been brave enough to make the leap myself.

What a difference a drink can make.

After a couple of days, my patience levels had risen while my stress levels had plummeted. I now find myself taking the time to listen to my kid’s reasons for their actions instead of jumping on their every fault.

I still get everything done, but at a more reasonable pace and at less of a cost to my family’s happiness. When no other benefits of warm lemon water could get me to stop using coffee as my first line of defence, the love for my kids finally made me see the light. I still enjoy a cup of coffee a little later in the day, because let’s be real here, the flavor is amazing. It’s just no longer part of my morning ritual.

So, if you are a busy mama that finds herself feeling beyond stressed every morning, give warm lemon water a week. See if it boosts your happy levels as much as it did mine.


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Theresa Bonner is a Certified Health Coach that has received her training and education from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She is certified with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and is a member of the International Association of Health Coaches. Before attending IIN, she was an avid health and nutrition researcher for 20 years. She specializes in educating her clients on how to make the healthiest choices for their individual needs. She guides her clients through setting and attaining the goals that will lead to life changing health and vitality. When Theresa is not working with clients, she is constantly continuing her education in nutrition and coaching techniques. She is also a mother of two young sons who loves to cook, write, eat good food, sing, dance and get involved in her community. She is currently an active board member of the Somerville New Jersey Municipal Alliance and Youth Services Commission. Connect with Theresa: Website , Facebook, Instagram, Twitter


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7 Ways to Erase Wrinkles, Sagging Skin and Fine Lines Naturally http://fitlife.tv/7-ways-to-erase-wrinkles-sagging-skin-and-fine-lines-naturally-original/ http://fitlife.tv/7-ways-to-erase-wrinkles-sagging-skin-and-fine-lines-naturally-original/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 08:14:15 +0000 http://fitlife.tv/?p=58994 Screen Shot 2015-03-26 at 3.52.14 PMNx86xdrewssexybody-3

By Karen Azeez

It seems like every magazine features the new cream, lotion or serum that’s touted to be the next “superstar for healthy skin.”  Women will throw down a week’s wages for the promise of banishing fine lines and wrinkles – and are often sadly disappointed.

But in reality, true beauty comes from within. How we live our lives and what we eat can have enormous effects on our outward appearances. By ditching a couple of nasty habits and adding in some healthier ones, you can watch your skin clear, leaving a glowing, smoother complexion and even reverse signs of aging, such as wrinkles and sagging.

But first, it’s important to understand WHY our skin ages like it does, which I am going to explain to you here.

Skin Care 101: Where Did These Wrinkles Come From?

As we age, collagen and elastin - the substances that keep skin firm and elastic - gradually decrease. Without this underlying structure, skin sags, creases form and wrinkles begin to show. How quickly your skin shows signs of aging is largely determined by genetics, but the process accelerates as a result of oxidation - a chemical process during which unstable molecules called free radicals steal electrons from healthy cells. On the skin, oxidative stress can appear as wrinkling, thickening, discoloration and decreased elasticity.

So, the first way to prevent – and begin to reverse skin aging – is by ditching two very unhealthy habits that are the major sources of oxidation.

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1. Quit Smoking -  Cigarette smoke fills your body with free radicals. Smoking also impairs blood flow to your skin, starving the cells of nutrition and oxygen. It also damages underlying collagen and elastin and keeps your skin from its natural renewal process.

2. Limit Sun Exposure - Sunlight, as pleasant as it is, is a form of radiation - Ultraviolet (UV) radiation, to be more specific. UV radiation not only causes free radical damage, it can also cause cells to mutate and potentially turn cancerous. So, excessive sun exposure is a triple threat: sunburn in the short run, wrinkles in the long run and the possibility of skin cancer to boot. Vitamin D is critical for our health though, so just be sure you are enjoying the sin responsibly.

Now the good news… Thankfully, there are simple ways to literally undo years of damage – sometimes in days. The key is adopting these five healthy habits:  

1. Get Your Beauty Sleep - Getting between 7-9 hours of sleep each night allows the skin to heal, repair and build collagen. Cheating ourselves of proper, sound sleep not only cuts short this vital process, but also wreaks havoc on our complexion, eventually leading to dark circles, puffy eyes and an uneven skin tone.

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2. Drink Lots Of Water - It is so basic, but its importance can’t be understated: Hydration is crucial for skin’s health and beauty. Water helps your body flush away toxins and allows the smooth flow of nutrients into the cells. Well-hydrated cells are plump and full, which means that your skin will look firmer, plumper (in a good way) and clearer. Lack of hydration will cause your skin to be dry, tight, flaky, less resilient and more prone to wrinkling. The average hydration requirement for women is approximately ½ ounce of water per pound of weight (meaning a 130 pound woman should be drinking 65 oz of water/day). For bonus points, use a humidifier in your bedroom – especially during the winter or in dryer climates.

3. Eat Your Vitamins And Minerals -  Antioxidants defend against – and in many cases, repair - oxidation  from environmental factors like UV exposure, smoking, illness and aging. Therefore, a diet rich in antioxidants is your best strategy for younger skin. Some examples:

  • Vitamin C (oranges, strawberries, kiwis and brussel sprouts) is a key factor in collagen production and protects cells from free radical damage.
  • Vitamin E (peanuts, pine nuts, olive oil, avocado, broccoli and mangoes) helps protect cell membranes and guards against UV radiation damage.
  • Beta carotene (carrots, sweet potatoes, red and yellow peppers, butternut squash, spinach and kale) aids in the growth and repair of body tissues and protects against sun damage.
  • Selenium (Brazil nuts, turkey and tuna) protects skin quality and elasticity and may prevent skin cancer too.

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4. Eat Your Healthy Fats - Omega-3 fatty acids help maintain cell membranes so that they are effective barriers, allowing water and nutrients in and keeping toxins out. They also have anti-inflammatory properties and can protect skin against sun damage. If the idea of 2-3 servings of fish a week isn’t tempting, this super salmon recipe might make you a fan. Or try versatile pantry staples like chia and flax seeds, which are also good sources of omega-3’s.

5. Exercise – Get at least 20 minutes of cardio a day and don’t forget strength training 2-3 times a week. This increases blood flow that carries nutrients to the skin cells. It also helps create muscles – even in the skin – that lead to firmer, younger looking skin.  

The best way be beautiful skin is by living well. Practicing self-care each day by managing stress, getting enough sleep, eating well, exercising and staying hydrated are the most effective ways to turn back the hands of time to help you look and feel your best. So the next time you’re searching for the newest “miracle elixir” for your skin, don’t rush to the cosmetics counter; start by looking in your refrigerator instead.

About the Author

karen azeezKaren Azeez is a health coach, wellness expert and freelance writer. Karen helps busy men and women incorporate simple lifestyle changes into their daily routine to address issues such as weight gain, insomnia, stress and digestion problems. Karen enjoys cooking healthy meals, hiking with her husband and border collie and watching way too many TV shows about wedding dress shopping.

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Secret Strategies to Heal Cold Sores http://fitlife.tv/secret-strategies-to-heal-cold-sores_original/ http://fitlife.tv/secret-strategies-to-heal-cold-sores_original/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 02:17:19 +0000 http://fitlife.tv/?p=58983 Cold-Sore1

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Written by: Burnette Nguyen

I have to turn in all the paperwork for the wedding, then complete all the handouts for my gluten-free workshop by the end of this week, write my next blog post and create my next article. Wait a minute… What is this itchy feeling in my mouth? Oh no… it’s a cold sore!

What Are Cold Sores?

The technical term for cold sores or fever blisters is Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV-1). HSV-1 symptoms commonly occur around the lips and mouth, even though it can infect other parts of the body as well. Common symptoms are itchiness or pain around the mouth area. The area may become inflamed, causing discomfort. Soon after, clusters of blisters may appear in the irritated mouth area.

How Do You Get Cold Sores?

You first get cold sores by being in direct contact with virus-containing fluid or the cold sore itself. Infection normally spreads by sharing utensils, cups, kissing, towels, cosmetics, etc., with someone who has a cold sore.

Once you get a cold sore, the virus stays dormant in your nervous system forever. You have a risk of recurring symptoms, especially if you are stressed, your immune system is weak, have prolonged sun exposure, menstruation, irritation to the skin or skin trauma.

So you have a cold sore… here are some tips YOU can try to knock it dead in its tracks!

1. Isolate The Infection: Once you feel a cold sore coming on, try to contain the infection and prevent further contamination. If you accidentally touch the cold sore, wash your hands immediately. Avoid kissing others and do NOT share towels, utensils, toothbrushes, food, cups or any other items that come in contact with your mouth. Use disposable napkins or tissues to wipe your mouth. If applying cosmetics, use disposable applicators so you don’t contaminate your makeup.

2. Lysine Is Your Hero: As soon as you feel the itchy feeling, take 2,000 mg of the amino acid, lysine. Since the virus needs the amino acid, arginine to replicate, lysine has been shown to prevent absorption of arginine. Eating foods rich in lysine  - such as most vegetables, fruit, wild-caught fish and grass-fed meat - can also help prevent and heal cold sores. Continue taking 2,000 mg of lysine daily until the cold sore goes away.

3. Apply Lavender Essential Oil: Take a Q-tip with some lavender essential oil on the end and gently apply some to the cold sore. Make sure not to rub or break open the blisters. Lavender will help disinfect the area, reduce the inflammation and promote healing of the skin.

4. Cover It: Most drugstores sell cold sore bandages. These are helpful for concealing the infected area, promoting healing and preventing irritants and further infection. The bandages also enable you to apply a little bit of makeup on top of the site so you can conceal the area without irritating the infected area. I would still recommend using disposable applicators to apply makeup on top of the bandage.

5. Leave The Cold Sore Alone And Chill Out: When I get a cold sore, I look at as a sign for me to relax and take better care of my health. Try to find ways to reduce your stress, get some rest and take care of yourself. Also, avoid contact with the cold sore as much as possible. I’ve noticed that the more I stress about it and “check” on it, the more irritated the sore becomes, which delays healing.

When I was getting treatment for my kidney disease, my immune system was low and I would get cold sores every few weeks. Now that I’m in remission and have cleaned up my lifestyle, I rarely get cold sores unless I’m under a lot of stress. After implementing the above protocol, it cut healing time from 7-10 days to 3-4 days.


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Burnette Nguyen is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and a Certified Foot Zonologist. She was able to overcome a chronic kidney disease through holistic medicine and is now helping others to live a life of wellness too.  For more info about Burnette, visit her website.


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Is Your Thyroid Making You Tired No Matter How Much Sleep You Get? – Saturday Strategy http://fitlife.tv/is-your-thyroid-making-you-tired-no-matter-how-much-sleep-you-get-saturday-strategy/ http://fitlife.tv/is-your-thyroid-making-you-tired-no-matter-how-much-sleep-you-get-saturday-strategy/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 02:47:39 +0000 http://fitlife.tv/?p=58936

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Are you constantly fatigued, no matter how much sleep you get?

Do you lack energy, motivation... possibly even feel depressed?

According to The American Thyroid Association (ATA), more than 12 percent of the U.S. population will develop a thyroid condition during their lifetime.

  • An estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease.
  • Up to 60 percent of those with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition.
  • Women are five to eight times more likely than men to have thyroid problems.
  • One woman in eight will develop a thyroid disorder during her lifetime.
  • Most thyroid cancers respond to treatment, although a small percentage can be very aggressive.
  • The causes of thyroid problems are largely unknown.
  • Undiagnosed thyroid disease may put patients at risk for certain serious conditions, such as cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis and infertility.
  • Pregnant women with undiagnosed or inadequately treated hypothyroidism have an increased risk of miscarriage, preterm delivery, and severe developmental problems in their children.
  • Most thyroid diseases are life-long conditions that can be managed with medical attention.
Thyroid Dysfunction

Source: https://hrexach.wordpress.com/2013/09/06/medical-corner-thyroid-disease/

In this week's Saturday Strategy, I interviewed my friend and acupuncturist, Jim Chialtas, L.Ac. from Laurel Acupuncture Clinic of Functional Medicine.

He had a lot of great info to share with you!

What exactly does your thyroid do?

 

Thyroid Gland

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The thyroid is an endocrine gland that produces and directs various hormones in the body. The health of the thyroid is paramount to overall well being, playing a vital role in cell growth, metabolism and energy levels. The thyroid produces two major primary hormones called triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). T3 is the more bio­active version of the hormone, while T4 is considered the less active, storage form. Surprisingly, the thyroid outputs roughly 20 times more T4 than T3.

Lesser known, the thyroid’s secondary role is the production of the calcium­-regulating hormone calcitonin, which regulates and balances blood calcium levels and calcium deposition in bones.

Thyroid­-stimulating hormone (TSH) released from the pituitary helps regulate the hormonal output and balance of the thyroid, regulating how much of the primary T3 and T4 hormones are manufactured and released. Before all of that happens, the TSH release is first stimulated by the area of the brain that controls neuroendocrine and central nervous system function. The hypothalamus then sends out its own stimulatory hormone called thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH).

This gland - and the hormones it secretes - work to do many things, such as:

  • Electrolyte transportation
  • Cellular protein synthesis
  • Regulate cardiac and muscle activity
  • Improve metabolism and help the body turn food into energy
  • Repair bones
  • Turn beta-carotene into vitamin A
  • Regulate growth during childhood
  • Affects mental processes
  • Aids in the regulation of a person’s sex drive and a woman’s menstrual period
How to Recognize Thyroid Issues

Source: http://massachealth.org/thyroid-awareness-month-what-you-need-to-know/

The most common forms of thyroid disease are:

  • Graves Disease (the autoimmune form of Hyperthyroidism)
  • Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
  • Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (the autoimmune form of Hypothyroidism)
  • Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)

 

Let’s dig into those a bit.

1. Grave’s disease

Is an autoimmune disorder, wherein the immune system has an abnormal response that causes the thyroid gland to produce an overabundance of thyroid hormone. If left untreated, this disease can lead to over activity of the thyroid gland, otherwise known as hyperthyroidism.

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2. Hyperthyroidism

Is defined as an overactive thyroid gland which produces an overabundance of T3/T4 hormones.

Symptoms of hyperthyroidism include:

  • goiter
  • heart palpitations
  • anxiety
  • excess sweating
  • diarrhea
  • weight loss
  • muscle weakness

 

Causes are as diverse as its symptoms, but nevertheless are important to understand. Autoimmunity (attack of self) of the thyroid often leads to Grave’s Disease, a disorder that results in an overactive thyroid. Also, nodule formation and/or goiter formation in the thyroid, leading to inhibition of necessary hormone feedback loops, contributes to excess production of thyroid hormones. Excess dietary iodine intake can also increase risk for hyperthyroidism.

Conventional approaches to hyperthyroidism include beta­ blockers and anti­-thyroid medications, radioactive iodine­, and surgery. Natural approaches are numerous and often boil down to one thing: diet. Eliminating goitrogenic foods may be helpful, as would removing fluoride, bromine and chlorine from water via a high-quality filtration system.

Here are some examples of Goitrogenic foods:

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Kale
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Mustard Greens
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Peaches
  • Soy-Based Foods
  • Peanuts

 

Reducing dietary gluten and dairy casein may also help protect the thyroid gland in sensitive individuals. Nascent iodine, lithium orotate, probiotics, vitamin D3, omega­-3 fats, L­-dopa (mucuna pruriens), and L-tyrosine are possible helpful supplements that can be taken for supporting thyroid health. Make sure to get plenty of sleep to recharge the thyroid, and avoid synthetic chemicals whenever possible. Deep breathing meditation and general relaxation may also be helpful for reducing stress associated with the thyroid.

3. Hashimoto’s

Is a form of chronic inflammation that can damage the thyroid, inhibiting its ability to produce hormones. Roughly 90% of hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) begins with Hashimoto’s.

 

HashimotosThyroiditis

Source: http://blog.naturalhealthyconcepts.com/2013/07/08/what-are-the-symptoms-of-hashimotos-thyroiditis-and-are-there-natural-treatments-infographic/

Hashimoto’s affects 1-2% of people in the United States, with the majority being women. It’s thought to be the result of genetic and environmental factors. Hashimoto’s often appears in adulthood, with signs and symptoms developing gradually over time.

What many don’t realize is that this is an autoimmune condition, whereas the immune system begins attacking itself. In the case of “hashi’s”, your immune system begins attacking your thyroid specifically. If left untreated, it can become full blown hypothyroidism, which can pose greater problems long-term.

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4. Hypothyroidism

Occurs with an underactive thyroid, which produces inadequate amounts of T3/T4 thyroid hormones.

Symptoms of hypothyroidism include:

 

Common causes include a congenital abnormality (thyroid deficiency from birth), autoimmune inflammation of the thyroid, such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, nutritional iodine deficiency, TSH­ hormone deficiency via pituitary gland abnormality, heavy metal toxicity and dysbiosis (imbalance of good vs. bad bacteria).

The Role of Vitamin Deficiency and Thyroid Disorders

We all know that we should eat the right foods in order to obtain all the necessary vitamins, minerals and nutrients to achieve and maintain optimal health and well-being. But did you know…

Lack of certain vitamins and minerals can actually lead to thyroid deficiency and if you have thyroid deficiency, the vitamins you are consuming aren’t being absorbed and utilized properly.

It’s important that we all make sure to get adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals, either by eating plenty of nutrient-dense foods containing or by using quality supplements in addition to a healthy diet.

Let’s face it, most people these days lead very busy lives. While eating healthy all the time can prove challenging, by committing to an 80/20 philosophy (80% clean / 20% less clean), you’re setting yourself up for a healthier mind, body (internally and externally) and spirit. Your mood has the potential to literally shift with simple upgrades to your plate - go figure! :)

I see it often - people skip meals to lose weight without realizing that this can cause problems for their entire endocrine system (hormones, thyroid, adrenal glands). Unfortunately, this also often leads to weight-gain because your body begins to store fat to use for energy and since it doesn’t know when it will get it’s next “fix” of healthy  and nutritious food, it holds on to whatever it can to keep you going with your everyday life.

Lack of protein in a vegetarian or vegan diet of a thyroid deficient person may also cause problems. That’s not to say that these ways of eating are bad - not at all! But often people do vegetarian or vegan incorrectly and because of this, lack the proper amount of protein to support the needs of the thyroid and other body systems.

Checking for vitamin and mineral deficiencies is not common in Western Medicine, but it’s a really easy tool to determine what your individual needs are. You might be surprised to find that you are deficient in quite a few important vitamins!

Here are some common vitamin (mineral) deficiencies [1]. Seek testing from a Functional Medicine Practitioner or Naturopath that understands the importance of having these in balance for overall health and optimal body functions.

Vitamin A  (not carotene)

Vitamin A Benefits

Source: http://www.superherbalfoods.com/vitamin-a.php

Vitamin B Complex

All the B vitamins are vital for good thyroid function, but each plays their own important role in the body. Check out this post for a detailed description of the role of each of the 8 B vitamins - B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12.

A note regarding B vitamins: Testing for the MTHFR gene is a good idea, as it’s estimated that upwards of 50% of the population have at least 1 of the genetic mutations present, making absorption of  certain vitamins - including B’s - nearly impossible without taking the proper form and combination.

5 benefits of vitamin b12

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Vitamin C

The thyroid needs this vital vitamin to stay healthy. Long-term deficiency causes the thyroid gland to secrete too much hormone. People with an overactive thyroid often need extra Vitamin C, as this is actually drained from the tissues in their bodies.

 

Benefits of Vit C

Source: http://eatingmywaytobetterhealth.blogspot.com/

Vitamin D

It has been found that when people with an overactive thyroid take this vitamin, it counteracts the usual rapid excretion of calcium and osteoporosis can be avoided. A large majority of the population tend to be deficient in this vitamin, even in sunny climates! Supplementation is a great idea for many people and testing to see where your levels are is as simple as a vial of blood from your GP.

 

The Power of Vit D

Vitamin E

Again, lack of this vitamin encourages the thyroid gland to secrete too much hormone, as well as too little TSH by the pituitary gland.

A higher intake of this vitamin is often needed by people with an overactive thyroid to counteract the large amounts of the vitamin depleted from the system. As with anything, consult your doctor as some believe that supplementing with vitamin E should be avoided in cases of autoimmunity.

 

Benefits of Vit E

Source: http://theredbikiniproject.com/2014/07/19/vitamins-and-supplements/

Calcium

Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body. This mineral also helps the body maintain healthy blood vessels, regulate blood pressure, and even prevent insulin resistance (which could lead to Type 2 diabetes). Most people consume too little calcium.

Contrary to old beliefs, dairy products are not necessarily the best source either.  White beans, sardines, dried figs, bok choy, blackstrap molasses, kale, almonds, oranges and sesame seeds are all great NON-DAIRY options.

 

Source of Calcium

Source: http://shcwomenshealth.blogspot.com/

Magnesium

It’s estimated that 80% of the population are deficient in this mineral, which is so important to numerous functions in your body, including sleep, stress and you guessed it, optimal thyroid function.

 

Magnesium

Selenium

This is a crucial component of the enzyme that converts T4 to T3 in the body.  Without it, T3 cannot be produced in the right amounts and organs will function as if they were hypothyroid (underactive) even though blood test levels are normal.

 

Selenium Benefits

Source: http://draxe.com/selenium-benefits/

Zinc

Research has shown that both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism result in zinc deficiency. It also plays a role in the functioning of the immune system. Low zinc levels have been found in obese people. Zinc is needed to convert T4 into T3, so this mineral is a must.

 

Zinc Benefits

[1] Thyroid UK

We need the “good guys” in order to function at our peak performance and fuel our immune system to do it’s job efficiently.

While diagnosis may be scary, you have the power to reverse this condition by supporting your immune and endocrine systems using food as medicine, positive mindset and movement, which aid in decreasing inflammation and improving your overall health. Remember, you are not your diagnosis. Your symptoms are merely your bodies way of showing you that you’re out of balance. Creating balance from within helps to ward off disease and bring you back to a healthy state of homeostasis.

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