Helping Adrenal Fatigue with Fasting and Detoxing

2020-10-05T03:00:17+00:00Health|

It’s common to experience adrenal fatigue at some point in your life. Your adrenal glands release cortisol in a daily rhythm, normally peaking in the morning, just before waking and continue to drop until bedtime. However stress causes cortisol to spike outside of this normal daily rhythm. The rise isn’t a bad thing (and actually could be a good thing, keep reading to find out why), as it helps us deal with recovery and ability to adapt following a stressful event.  What happens though, is that depending on what else is going on with your body, organs and toxic load, adrenals can become overworked and overwhelmed. This is when you may begin experiencing symptoms of adrenal fatigue.  Common symptoms

Benefits of Oxytocin: Improved Fasting, Weight Loss, and Insulin Resistance

2020-09-24T16:08:39+00:00Health|

Let's talk about the many benefits of oxytocin. Oxytocin, also called the feel-good or “love and connection hormone” is a secret linchpin to so many mechanisms in our body. Originally discovered in 1906, scientists believed the primary purpose of oxytocin was for reproduction, mother-child bonding, lactation and appetite regulation. However in 1963 studies on oxytocin began to reveal that oxytocin had several other powers as well, specifically that oxytocin had a metabolic effect on the body. So what are the benefits of oxytocin on the body? A meta analysis of oxytocin revealed that when people had higher levels of oxytocin in the body, it improved glucose uptake, insulin sensitivity and induced the breakdown of fat!  So, what this tells

Balancing your Hormones: The Hormonal Hierarchy

2020-09-24T02:48:19+00:00Fasting for Women, Fasting Techniques|

The key to balancing your hormones lies within the concept of the hormonal hierarchy. I know, who knew that hormones had a hierarchy? What I mean by this is that certain hormones have more power over others. So, if you want to influence sex hormones (at the bottom of the hierarchy), you need to work on your oxytocin, cortisol and insulin levels.  So, if you’re struggling with fasting or balancing your hormones (PCOS, mood swings, menopause, etc), there are a few things that you should understand... Let's start by understanding the hormonal hierarchy. Oxytocin Oxytocin is at the top of the hormone hierarchy, thus the most influential hormone. It’s known as the "cuddle hormone" or the "love hormone," because

Women Should Be Fasting… Here’s Why!

2020-10-17T00:58:25+00:00Fasting for Women, Fasting Techniques, Health|

Let me say this loud and clear, women should be fasting. There are a lot of myths and misunderstandings about how fasting affects women, so I wanted to dive in today into the science and research around women and fasting.  In a meta analysis of over 44 peer reviewed studies done on fasting and women, the study concluded that “fasting can be prescribed as a safe medical intervention, as well as a lifestyle regimen which can improve women’s health in many folds.” Read that again! Specifically, they found 5 different categories where fasting helps women. Cancer This meta analysis looked at 3 different types of fasts and how they affected cancer. The first was the fast mimicking diet, made

Anti-aging benefits with fasting!

2020-09-10T15:52:43+00:00Fasting Techniques, Health|

We know that fasting has tremendous health and anti-aging benefits, like stem cell production, DNA repair and neurological benefits that combat mood disorders and Alzheimer’s. However new research suggests that there is a specific type of fast that can increase longevity!  In a human study done in 2019, scientists at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) and Kyoto University found that fasting may “boost human metabolic activity, generate antioxidants, and help reverse some effects of aging.” 3 Specific Anti-Aging Benefits of a 58 hour fast 1. Heightened Repair Mode Researchers found that fasting forced the body into repair mode. We actually know this from many other studies done on fasting, however this study was able

Improve Athletic Performance with Fasting

2020-09-10T14:38:11+00:00Fasting Techniques, Health|

We know that fasting can turn on good genes and turn off bad genes, like those linked to liver, breast, lung, colon and brain cancer. So I wondered whether fasting could have the same effect on genes that promote athletic performance. The answer I got was yes, fasting can improve athletic performance!  A study on Russian elite endurance athletes found the group of athletes had an increased frequency of the UCP3 (mitochondrial uncoupling protein 3) gene compared to a control group. Simply put, more UCP3 equated to better athletic performance.  They found that two types of fasting could activate the gene expression of UCP3 independent of genes necessary for lipid transport and oxidation in skeletal muscle. Specifically, it found

Toxins that Trigger Autoimmunity & How Fasting, Detoxing Can Help

2020-09-01T17:35:54+00:00Detoxing, Health, Heavy Metal Detoxing|

The world we are living in today is full of people with autoimmune disorders, and 70% of autoimmune conditions are caused by environmental factors. If you think about it in the last 50 years we have seen a dramatic increase in the production and use of chemicals, pollutants, and toxins, so no wonder we've seen an increase in autoimmune (and other diseases) conditions, which is exactly why I will never stop shouting how important lowering your toxic load and toxic exposures are. Last week I talked about lifestyle changes you can make in your life to overcome your autoimmune condition, and this week I wanted to focus on the 6 toxins in particular that are linked to autoimmunity. If

Lifestyle Changes to Help Your Autoimmune Condition

2020-08-28T01:17:20+00:00Health|

There are many lifestyle changes we can make in our every day lives to help autoimmune conditions. First, ask yourself if you believed your autoimmune condition to “run in your family”? Think again. Science is now showing us that that genetic predisposition accounts for only 30% of all autoimmune conditions, while the remaining 70% are a result of environmental factors.  Keep an eye out for these environmental factors: Avoid exposure to toxic chemicals like mercury and lead Mold is common in many of our households, schools, and workplaces. The products you use for your daily skincare and makeup routine might contain parabens. Be careful when you shop at the grocery store to avoid foods with pesticides. Many plastics and furniture contain

Keto and Fasting for Kids

2020-08-27T16:58:28+00:00Fasting Techniques, Health|

I get it, instilling healthy eating habits in kids can be challenging. Kids’ taste buds are programmed from a young age by the food industry to crave chemical, preservative and additive-filled foods while we’re over here trying to get them to like broccoli!  But childhood is the prime time for laying the foundations of positive and life-long healthy eating habits. We know that our immune system relies on strong metabolic health, which is determined by the foods we eat! Teaching healthy eating habits to your kids at a young age is essential for their health into adulthood. During my Fast Training week I focused on sugar-free eating for the whole family, kids included! It has come to our attention

Should You Break Your Fast?

2020-08-21T21:36:40+00:00Fasting Techniques, Health|

A common question I get when people begin fasting is, "when should I break my fast?".   Fasting is an incredible tool used for weight loss, bringing down inflammation, improving mood, metabolism, and so on. However, there are certain times during a fast that we need to pay close attention to what our body is telling us in order to fast safely. Oftentimes, we find that people who have other underlying health conditions, such as diabetes, will experience certain symptoms when making the jump from daily intermittent fasting to longer fasts, like 24+ hour fasts.  My goal is to help you achieve optimal results from fasting, in a safe manner. The most important thing to know when fasting is, when

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