Alleviating Allergies Naturally

Allergy - Alleviating Allergies Naturally

There is probably nothing that can disrupt our day more than dealing with a short burst of allergies, or even more challenging, chronic allergies. I always think about actor Will Smith in the movie “Hitch” where he ate some food that gave him such an allergic reaction, that his ear, nose, and face began to swell and he rushed into the drugstore to get an antihistamine. Whether it’s runny nose, itchy eyes, fatigue, or congestion, none of it is fun. So what can we do naturally? There are so many options when it comes to our health and allergies. First we have to look at what causes allergies in the first place. Allergies are usually started by the body’s inability to break down proteins. There are different reasons for this, however, it happens often to many. The proteins release a substance called histamine produced by the basophils or mast cells. This is what creates the reaction that we have to whatever we are allergic to such as foods, pets, pollen, chemicals, etc. So what can we do? There are some basics that will help you when dealing with allergies. Here can be a great place to start. And not only do I understand this due to years of working with people, but I took allergy shots for over 10 years as a youth and struggled tremendously with allergies. 

1.Consider Hydrochloric Acid 
After age 40 we start to lower our ability to be able to break down our proteins due to diminishing HCL in our digestive system. The lack of HCL causes our digestion to not work as effectively and can cause issues with allergies and poor digestion.

2.Apple Cider Vinegar 
It’s one of the oldest remedies that we have known that can be a great help for the body. A major key is that it helps with digestion of proteins. My favorite drink is seltzer water, 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, and stevia. 

3.Eliminate The Wheat and Dairy 
I get asked and no it’s not forever. Consider it for 8 weeks. These are the two categories of foods that can create the greatest challenge for people. By eliminating them, and then slowly adding them back in, you will be able to determine if they could be a culprit. 

4.Exercise 
The lymphatic system is on that can be a player in whether you are going to have issues with allergies or not. The more active you are, the more it pumps the lymphatic system. This will help the body push out more histamine and improve digestion. 

5.Get Fresh Air Daily 
We all tend to stay indoors for work. If you are indoors all day, you might consider that indoor air quality is a major contributor to allergies. Even if you get your internal environment right, you must get your external environment right to really make a difference for empowering your health.  

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Why Your Woman Is So HOT!

Hormone Health - Why Your Woman Is So HOT!

When it comes to hormones we tend to think about women saying they are HOT! The hot flashes, night sweats, and temperament fluctuations tends to be during the late forties and early fifties of a woman’s life. However, hormones fluctuations can occur at any age. And many times it doesn’t have to do with that time of life. There are several factors on what may be causing the hot flashes and discomfort with perceived hormonal issues. One piece that we have to look at is that our daily lifestyle choices can make the biggest difference in how our hormones are working. Environmental toxins and life stressors can play a large impact in how our bodies are working. Many times what is seen as hot flashes may just be other aspects of the body that might be breaking down. Here are some reasons other than menopause that you might be dealing with hot flashes.

1.Excess Weight 
Excessive weight has been shown to mimic hot flashes at any age! So coming up with a games plan to drop the weight is a great idea. Even 5 lbs will make a difference. 

2.Food Allergies 
Many times allergies to certain foods can be the root cause of why the hot flashes may be at work. Look at temporarily eliminating the top allergenic foods such as wheat products and dairy for about 8 weeks. See how your body responds. 

3.Medications 
There are certain medications that can cause hot flashes and similar symptoms. Make sure to ask your doctor about this for empowering your health

4.Uncontrolled Diabetes 
Millions never realize that they have diabetes and blood sugar instabilities until the health challenge has progressed. Hot flashes and night sweats are classic signs that you may be dealing with an underlying blood sugar condition

5.Thyroid Issues 
This is a big one and we are seeing it grow by the year. The thyroid is responsible for our overall mood, energy output, and metabolism. When it begins to go haywire, then life can be challenging. Hot flashes and night sweats are signs that the thyroid may not be working at its peak level. Make sure to ask your physician to get lab work done and get the proper assessment.

5 Essentials to Watching Your Weight

Diet and Weight Loss - 5 Essentials to Watching Your Weight

When it comes to losing weight there are some guidelines that we all must follow. It seems like there is a mystery on how to lose the weight with so many diet plans and available ways to get lean. But what really works? The keys are found in some of the basics and the lifestyle choices that you make each and every day. Losing weight has to do with how your metabolism breaks down the food you eat every day, how the hormones are working, and how well and effective your body can break down the calories. So lets take a look at some of the essentials that, if a part of your daily routine, can leverage greater weight loss and keep your energy levels at an all-time high. 

1.Learn Your Macros 
Your what? Our macronutrients are called our proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. There is a perfect balance for each person and what you are attempting to accomplish with your body and fitness goals. Learn what your exact macro breakdown is and discover how well your body can function. 

2.Manage Your Hormones 
Make sure you have your hormone levels tested routinely. There are so many variables with toxins in the environment, poor air quality, and emotional stressors, that can be a great impact to our hormones for empowering your health

3.Be Consistent With Exercise 
You must do it 5-6 days a week. I don’t care if you don’t like it. Do it. Find a way. You have the time. We all have the time. Make the time. Make sure you do at least 20 minutes. Just do something. Go biking, weightlifting, swimming, play sports, anything except gardening. Have fun gardening-just don’t call that exercise

4.Get Your Sleep 
It’s is the key for weight loss. Deep, quality sleep for 6-8 hours is a must to detoxify the body, restore cells, and improve your output for the next day. Plus studies and research have shown that getting proper sleep increases weight loss by over 50%. Pretty strong stats.

5.Drink Water 
I get asked and I say this a lot. And I will keep saying it. It is the vital link for weight loss and optimal health. We must drink more water. Do the gallon jug challenge. Take a gallon jug with you everywhere. See if you can drink an entire gallon in one day. You will be amazed how full it still is by 6pm. Focus on the water, and you will start hitting new goals for your target weight. 

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Can You Prevent A Stroke Naturally?

Heart Health - Can You Prevent A Stroke Naturally?

When we hear the word “Stroke”, it can be alarming for anyone. A stroke can be listed as fairly harmless to deadly. It is a challenging situation for anyone to face with his or her health. So the question is, how do we avoid it? What can we do to naturally keep our bodies healthy enough to potentially never have one? If we understand what may be the root cause for many strokes, then we can ask and understand what to do to support the body. First we must understand what a stroke is. In radio, I hear this a lot. A stroke occurs when there is a weakness in the wall of a blood vessel causing it to tear or rupture. There are many theories on why this takes place. The plaquing of the arteries called atherosclerosis has been one universal theory in medicine that has caused the medical community to function off of the cholesterol premise to monitor good and bad cholesterol. The late Linus Pauling won a Nobel Peace Prize for his research on Vitamin C and its role in collagen production and stabilizing the vessels. He challenged much of the medical community of his day. It is a theory that is still being examined. At the heart of any health challenge, we must look at the physiology. A stroke is a weakened vessel in the body. What causes the weakness? Typically it has to do with the collagen and elastin that makes up the vessels themselves. Collagen is a protein that we get from the foods we eat. The challenge is that over time, our bodies break that collagen down. This is why you see much of the aging in the skin, the wrinkles, etc. Poor dietary habits, smoking, drinking, lack of sleep. These are all contributing factors.

But I thought strokes were genetic? Kind of. Yes genetics play a role in a stroke, but a limited amount. Our lifestyle choices that we make daily will usually override the genetics. So I am going to share some of the basics of what it takes to have a strong cardiovascular system. Ultimately, that should be the goal. Great stroke prevention is found in a healthy cardio system. So here we go…

1.Eat More Hydrolized Collagen
We just don’t get enough from chicken, fish, beef, etc. After age 40, our bodies don’t produce enough hydrochloric acid to properly break down the proteins. We must utilize a form of collagen that we can digest. Taking in about 10g per day has been shown in research to be helpful in addition to an anti-inflammatory diet. I personally like Great Lakes Hydrolized Collagen.

2.Increase Vitamin C
We are generally low in the levels we need in vitamin C. Getting it from natural sources like fruits and vegetables are the best option. Vitamin C is a catalyst for making Collagen to support strong and healthy vessels.

3.Exercise
Get moving 6 day per week. You don’t have the option of being lazy anymore if you want a strong cardio system. If you ache and hurt, then go swim. No more excuses.

4.Vitamin E
It’s been proven now that Vitamin E is a powerful source to help in collagen production and increasing the strength of the vessels. Make sure to get a natural source. Look on the label for the d-Alpha rather than the dl-alpha version.

5.Beef and Chicken Stock
Make your own bone broth and stock. Drinking the broth up to 16oz per day can have dramatic effects for empowering your health.

6.Sleep
The restoration that we get from sleep can be dramatic. The increase of our HgH growth hormone will help increase collagen and strengthen the vessels.

How Do You Get Younger Looking Skin?

Anti-Aging - How Do You Get Younger Looking Skin?

Younger looking skin is something that many choose to achieve. When you look at all of the skin care products claiming to make you look younger and have that ultimate glow. Just how do you achieve it? Is it even possible to have younger, more vibrant looking skin? The answer is a resounding… yes! Younger looking skin is not difficult to achieve with some great science and a little discipline. The one thing to know is that our skin is the largest organ of our body. On my radio show, I talk about how our daily habits influence our skin as much as it influences our heart, lungs, or kidneys. So the great news is that the way we eat, sleep, exercise, and live will be a direct reflection in our skin. Our skin becomes like a meter to show us how our inside is doing. Usually that means healthy skin outside will be a good reflection of a healthy body inside. So let’s take a look at some easy ways to keep our skin looking younger and healthier. 

1.Sleep 6-8 Hours 
Looking for the magic potion to get rid of the wrinkles? Sleep. This is a major key to longevity in your skin. It must be quality sleep. Getting into the deep stage of sleep is proven to help rejuvenate the skin and keep your skin glowing. 

2.Drink Green Tea 
It’s so easy to do. Green tea has so many powerful antioxidants to help keep your skin glowing and protected. Try the green tea test. Take a picture of your skin, then drink fresh unsweetened green tea every day for 30 days. Take another picture and see what you notice

3.Drink Your Water 
Pure, non-chlorinated water is an essential for naturally glowing skin. Most people are dehydrated and don’t even know it. The typical goal is half your bodyweight in ounces per day.

4.Eat High Omega Fatty Fish 
Your best bet is to eat wild caught fish daily. The better fish are salmon, tuna, and mackerel. The rest of the fish are typically good, however, these contain the higher levels of the good fats for empowering your health

5.Get Your Vegetables 
This seems to be a struggle for many. Statistics tell us that only about 1.5% of Americans eat fruits and vegetables. For optimal health we need between 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables each day! That’s a lot! 

One of my favorite ways to get in my fruits and vegetables is with our FRUITY MATRIX powder. Each scoop tastes amazing. You just mix with water and it provides you with 5-9 servings of organic fruits and vegetables each day plus over 90 antioxidants and super nutrients that the body needs. 

We must get our vegetables in. 

These are some of the basics to help get your skin looking younger. Remember, there is much more you can do for great health. It just takes time and the willingness.

The Diabetes Myth

Blood Sugar - The Diabetes Myth

Diabetes can be a scary diagnosis. For many, it comes out of nowhere and there is not a lot of information given on what you can proactively do. One thing is for sure. Diabetes is absolutely reversible. Yes it is. So if you take away anything in this article, know that you have the chance to come out of it. If someone you know is struggling with diabetes, then offer them some hope. You don’t have to be stuck with the fear and despair that can come with this health challenge. There is a way out. So how do you do it? There is a systematic way of building back your health. I am going to show you what is typically in the research and what we know works. So let’s jump right in. The most important step is to understand that 
takes time. Diabetes didn’t happen overnight. It takes time to beat this health challenge. The great news is that if you can lifestyle your way into a health challenge, then many times you can lifestyle your way out. 

1.You Must Be Consistent
Your daily habits are the key to your success. Decide that you want to beat this condition and it is amazing what the body can do. Make your daily routines and habits stick, even when you don’t FEEL like it. It is essential for empowering your health

2.Keep Blood Sugar Stabilized With Food
Poor food choices got you into diabetes, and the great news is that better food choices can get you out. Focus on the right combinations of protein, fats, and carbohydrates to keep everything in balance. The best pace is eating between 5-6 small meals per day. 

3.Eat Before Bed
Stop worrying about getting fat. One of the worst things you can do with blood sugar issues is go all night without food. That’s when blood sugar goes haywire. When do most doctors tell you to take insulin? Exactly…So like my anti-inflammatory diet says, start by eating a protein, like eggs or meat and some nuts or some fat like avocado or handful of nuts is a great way to provide a slow release of stabilization of blood sugar throughout the night. And when blood sugar is stable, you sleep better. 

4.Exercise Is A Must
This is not an option. You must move between 5-6 days per week if you are going to support healthy blood sugar levels. It doesn’t matter what you do for exercise, just do something for at least 20-40 minutes. Make it happen. Research has proven that blood sugar will stabilize. 

5.Remove The Emotional Stress
This one is the one no one is talking about. Just ask me.We can say fluffy things like sprinkle cinnamon on your meals and drink more water, but no one is talking about how to get rid of the emotional toxicity out of your life. It has been stated that 85% of most of our health challenges come from environmental toxicity and emotional toxicity. If there is drama in your life, it may well be the root cause of what is going on with diabetes. The body can only take so much stress before it breaks down.

Can You Naturally Increase Your Testosterone

Men's Health - Can You Naturally Increase Your Testosterone

When it comes to Men’s health there are a variety of areas that can be addressed. The number one concern that I get on my radio and television broadcasts for men is about testosterone levels. Guys are concerned about why their levels are dropping and what it takes to bring the levels back up. Testosterone is not that difficult to manage if you understand how the body works. Sure we produce less as we age, however, there are ways to slow that process down and maximize your body’s potential. First you must realize that your testosterone levels are dependent on several factors. The first is that you daily lifestyle choices will directly determine your results. Let’s look at the steps to make sure your testosterone levels stay at their peak. 

1.Exercise with Resistance 
This is a must. I prefer free weights, however, bands and bodyweight will work as well. Aim for 5 days a week for the best results.

2.Get Your Sleep 
Sleep is vital to get your testosterone levels to their peak. The typical goal is between 6-8 hours per night of quality sleep. Research shows that getting enough sleep can increase testosterone levels up to 20 percent. We did a show recently on the Dr Asa Network

3.Eat Plenty of Healthy Fat 
Low fat eating is a myth. Its old school and it will wreak havoc on your hormones. Aim for the healthy fats including fish oil, nuts and seeds, and avocados. Oh, and don’t forget the egg yolks. I eat 6 per day. 

4.Get Your Minerals 
The two most vital for your testosterone levels re zinc and magnesium. Men are heavily deficient in both. They are your secret weapons for bringing back your levels. Magnesium comes in many forms. Make sure to look for the aspartate, threonate, or glycinate versions for empowering your health

5.Get Your Protein 
Study after study shows how vital protein is in us building a lean body. The reason that is important is the lower your body fat, the higher your testosterone levels will be. It all starts with protein. The goals of your protein intake should be in the range of about 1 gram per pound of bodyweight. 

Getting your hormones tested is also a great practice so you know where your numbers are. You can check with your doctor to have this done. However, if your levels are low, you might not have to run to the hormone clinic just yet. There are some great lifestyle methods to implement first.

Is There Actual Nutrition for Memory?

Brain Health - Is There Actual Nutrition for Memory?

Our memory is something that we take for granted when we are younger and later we realize how important it is. It seems that we are experiencing a greater surge in memory-related health challenges like Alzheimer’s and dementia. So what can we do? Brain health has always fascinated me. The neurological system is in control of so much of how we function every day. Many times if you can correct the basic nutritional deficiencies, then you can generally support better brain and memory function. So what is the best nutrition for the brain? It starts with the basics. So let’s take a look below on what it takes to reach your potential with overall brain health.

1.Eat Healthy Fats 
Like I say on my radio show, the king of fats are the omega 3 fatty acids. You must get these from specific sources like fish and even certain vegetables like squash. The omega 3 fats help set the stage for a great functioning memory and overall brain cognitive capacity. People like to take fish oil supplements. That is great, just make sure you understand the quality. 

2.L-Theanine 
Found abundantly in green tea. L-Theanine is a powerful amino acid that helps in memory, focus, and concentration. The typical dosage in the research is around 200mg per day. Several cups a day of green tea will usually yield this. 

3.Caffeine 
Yes , the doctor said it. Caffeine actually has amazing, restorative benefits for the brain. I prefer the natural kind found in green tea. You can also get it in a great tasting supplement powder we have called Shred Stix. But don’t be scared of the occasional cup of organic , low acid coffee to get your brain going and enjoy its protective effects. 

4.Huperzine – A 
Used in Europe for years as a brain protector by prescription only, Huperzine A is known to restore brain health and preserve function very well. You can easily find it in certain natural based supplements like Think Balance

5.Exercise 
I know. You didn’t want me to say it. That means you actually have to sweat. Research has proven time and time again that exercise will improve our memory and up entire function for our memory for empowering your health

I truly believe that we can beat our brains deteriorating. If you have ever walked through a neurological deteriorating health challenge like Alzheimer’s, it will break your heart to watch and see your loved one fade away. Do what it takes now to take care of your brain, so fear and a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the catalyst.

Is 70 The New 40?

Anti-Aging - Is 70 The New 40?

Can we really turn back the clock? After watching medical science for over two decades now I am certain about many facts. One is that we are aging much slower than our parents did. Today, just look at someone that got into fitness in their twenties, when it just became popular around 1985. Now that person is in their fifties. How do they look? How is their energy? Amazing right? Do you think they will retire at 65? No way. There is a way to turn back the clock if you understand some basic principles about our health. Lets look at what it takes to make 70 the new 40. I am convinced that 70 can be the new 40 if we follow some basic principles that we have learned throughout medical science. 

1.You Are What You Eat
Your body is a direct reflection of what you put inside it. If you do the basics, actually eat 9 servings of greens per day, 1-2 pieces of fruit, ample protein, eat healthy fats, and limit processed foods, you will win for empowering your health

2.Drink Tons Of Water
You must do this to win. The old adage is ½ your bodyweight in ounces. We are beginning to think now that is closer to your entire weight in ounces of water. Drink up. 

3.Exercise
Like I say on my radio show, you must move every day. The old walk 3 day per week will not work. I’m so serious. You have to get moving at least 20 minutes of relative activity each day. Push yourself. 

4.Get Your Head Right
This is what makes people more sick and age faster than anything. You have to have a great mental game. You must forgive, forget, love unconditionally, and move on toward your goals. Do this, and you will master the aging process. 

5.Sleep
The older I get at this, the more I realize how important recovering the body is. Research still says 7-9 hours of sleep. However I spoke to many researchers in my network on sleep that have said that if it’s high quality sleep, then we can make it with 6-7 hours. Regardless, the body must recover for you to slow the aging process. 

These are some of the basics. I have more of these principles and teaching in my Health University system. Follow these principles consistently and make your 70 your new 40.

Is It Possible To Rebuild Your Joints?

Joint Health - Is It Possible To Rebuild Your Joints?

When most people get diagnosed with arthritis they feel as if their mobility is gone forever. I have often said on my radio and television shows that if the body can get sick, then it can also get well. That statement is proven time and time again by medical science. Yes, the joints can break down in the form of arthritis and degenerative joint disease. However, the body can also regenerate and rebuild these areas as well. Whether it is your knees, hips, shoulders, or even your feet, the achy joints can come back to life again. But how? There are some proven principles that have been shown in numerous studies that our joints can rebuild. The first key is to make sure you keep some form of exercise routine on a consistent basis. That has been a proven theme in the research. There are several keys to follow to get your joint health going on the right track. 

1.Exercise with Resistance
I prefer weights, but the bands and bodyweight will work. Researchers found that when you exercise with a repetition range of 15-20 reps, it actually triggers the DNA to activate the joints to regenerate and rebuild. Yes, that’s right. So if you have knee pain and a degenerative knee, you can do certain exercises with resistance that will help to trigger the knee joint to begin healing. 

2.Exercise Daily
We have to move daily. Performing exercise 3 days a week is old school and it just won’t cut it. You have to get moving daily. It is essential for our joint health. 

3. Reduce Inflammation
Your eating habits will set the stage for a great growth environment or a destructive one. Follow the anti-inflammatory diet and it will give you your best chance of winning the battle of healing the joints for empowering your health

4.Stem Cell Therapy
This is a long topic. I would look into stem cell therapy. It is now cleared by the FDA and physicians are getting amazing results. There are two different kinds of stem cells. Embryonic, Mesenchymal, and Amniotic. The mesenchymal and amniotic stem cells are the ones to look for to help repair and regenerate the cells and tissue. Clinics are getting amazing results from knees to the spine to even conditions like diabetes and COPD. 

5.Omega 3 Fats
I get asked about these often. These are vital to understand. Make sure you have a blood test done to assess what your omega 3 fatty acids are. The higher the level, the greater the capacity for your joints to heal. Keeping your omega 3 fatty acids elevated will help ensure the best environment for the joints. You can easily get your omega 3 fats from fish, nuts, and even vegetables like squash.