The Top 5 Natural Ways To Battle Rheumatoid Arthritis

Joint Health - The Top 5 Natural Ways To Battle Rheumatoid Arthritis

Have you ever experienced joint pain? Many Americans struggle with arthritis, joint pain, and the autoimmune form of arthritis called RA or rheumatoid arthritis. All of these hurt, all of these are uncomfortable, and all of these cause a level of discomfort to our daily lives. So what do we do? Do we just call it genetics? DO we just call it what has been passed down from Grandma and Grandpa? Or do we see how there are many natural ways to battle these forms of arthritis? I want to focus on the most difficult version of all of these, rheumatoid arthritis. RA as its called is a form of an autoimmune disease. Autoimmune just means that the body’s own immune system has decided that the joints are an invader of the body and the immune system actually starts attacking our joints. Weird isn’t it? However it is a real condition. As time goes on, the joints can break down to the point where there is a deformation of particular joints such as the hands. Hopefully you are reading this before that time has come. Catching rheumatoid arthritis early is the key. There are so many ways to support this condition in a lifestyle-oriented manner. 

Here are some natural lifestyle methods to help support and battle the challenges of RA. Keep in mind with any autoimmune disease such as RA, lupus, or Hashimoto’s, that the autoimmune condition is typically not going away. However, I always compare it to a light switch. Once you turn the light switch on, you may not be able to turn it off. However, there is the ability to add a dimmer switch to keep the light levels down. So even though the condition is there, there is hope to keep the symptoms down. That is how you battle it. And that is how you win. So lets look at some ways to add some new lifestyle choices into your daily routine. 

1.Eat Anti-Inflammatory Foods 
This is the golden rule. You can’t do anything in health without great nutrition. It all starts with what we eat. Follow the foods in our coaching system eating plan. 

2.Use Tart Cherry Juice 
I can’t tell you how many people I have personally seen benefit from using tart cherry juice. The research is nothing short of amazing. I have used it clinically with patients with RA and seen dramatic results. Reducing inflammation and joint pain are some just some of the amazing healing benefits of tart cherry juice. Cheribundi is the one we use.

3.Get Moving 
Forever science has been saying don’t do it if it hurts when it comes to arthritis. Now we know differently. You have to move the body…daily. So if it hurts to run, swim or bike. If it hurts to lift weight use bands and balls. Whatever you have to do, get moving. It is vital for your success

4.Check Your Fatty Acids 
This is a key. In medicine we simply don’t check what our fatty acid levels are, yet it makes up the majority of how our body functions. We must know our omega 3 fat levels to have any success with any autoimmune health challenge. These key fats make up every cell wall in our bodies. They are essential for all functions. If you want to get them tested, we test them in our advanced coaching system. 

5.Determine Your Immune Pathway 
There is a simple test that we use in our coaching system that will help you learn the exact pathway for the autoimmune to be suppressed. Certain foods can keep the symptoms to a minimum and give you ultimate relief and better quality of life. 


If you want more information or a complimentary consultation with our Health Coaching system please lets us know and one of our team members will be glad to help!

The Top Keys To Have A Healthy Heart

Heart Health - The Top Keys To Have A Healthy Heart

Heart disease is still the leading killer in America today. Why? With all of the research out there, it is believed now that stress may be the contributing factor. Our mental health is a result of our lifestyle choices in many ways. Lets face it. We all have stress. Stress is a part of life. I believe it is not really the stress we have in our lives, but how we choose to deal with that stress. There are some great natural and lifestyle ways to handle keeping a healthy heart. It all begins with your own personal stress management plan. Our lifestyle choices will directly determine how well our health will be. So we must choose wisely. Let’s look at some basic tips to keep our heart healthy in the middle of life’s most difficult challenges. 

1.Your Network Matters 
Who we choose to spend our time with truly matters. We must spend time with those that keep us encouraged and have our best interest at heart. Healthy relationships create a healthy heart. Just like stressful relationships can actually create damage to our heart and overall health. It matters. 

2.Your Eating Matters 
When it comes to eating for your heart there are some core principles that make the difference. Eating real natural, unprocessed foods as listed in my anti-inflammatory diet will get you on the right path. It includes equal amounts of lean protein sources, low glycemic carbohydrates, and healthy fats. 

3. Your Exercise Matters 
You have to get moving. Stop telling yourself that walking the dog and gardening are healthy activities. They are better than sitting on the couch. Yes. However, they will not generate the kind of heart healthy benefits that you are looking for. Focus on getting out and doing some form of strenuous exercise that gets your heart rate up.

4.Your Sleep Matters 
If you are not sleeping, then you are headed toward some potential challenges with your heart health. Numerous studies have been performed to show us how important sleep is to our body’s ability to recover from the stress of the day and keep our heart performing at its best.

The Top 5 Ways To Help With Focus

Brain Health - The Top 5 Ways To Help With Focus

Do you feel like you have a lack of focus? Is it becoming more difficult to concentrate on your everyday tasks? If you feel scattered and are unable to complete tasks with efficiency and focused effort, you might be dealing with a form of ADHD. Our kids in America make approximately 6.1 million visits per year to the doctor as a result of not being able to focus according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Do we just put our kids on medications? Or are there some lifestyle-based solutions that we can follow that can help? Let’s look at some new ways to support some of these common symptoms of ADHD can show themselves on a regular basis even when you may least expect it. The biggest challenge for young people is the inability to focus. The typical stimulant drugs are great at focus, but can also be great at addiction as well. So what are you left to do as a parent if your child just can’t keep up with school and they want to put them on medications? The answer is there is so much that you can do. 

Here are some basic tips to help create focus naturally in the brain. Remember the old saying from Grandma, we are what we eat! 

1.Eat Tart Cherries 
There are several brain chemicals that help us focus. Serotonin is a primary one. Interestingly enough, the serotonin medications are some of the top prescribed medications today. Tart cherry juice helps increase melatonin, which is a large component in the production of serotonin. That’s why drink a tart cherry juice like Cheribundi, can increase sleep patterns and improve mood and focus. It one of my top picks.

2.Eat More Fish 
The omega 3 fatty acids are the essentials when it comes to optimizing brain health, attention, and focus. Eating fish like salmon and mackerel can boost your overall levels. The best way to see where your levels currently are is by doing a blood test. 

The omega-3 blood test is highly specialized. You can call our office to get more details on how to attain this test. 

3.Get More B6 
Vitamin B6 is the key when it comes to the powerful B vitamins and brain health. A great source of food is in red and yellow bell peppers. If you get a supplement, look at pyridoxal-5-phosphate. 

4.Drink Caffeine 
Do what? Yes, I just said that. Caffeine actually stimulates the frontal lobe of the brain much like the stimulant drugs do. However, naturally occurring caffeine such as in green tea, has some strong benefits in aiding with focus. 

5.Maintain Healthy Vitamin D levels 
Get tested every 4-6 months if you are dealing with any kind of ADHD type symptoms. Vitamin D is crucial for memory and brain function.

The Top 5 Natural Anti-Aging Keys To Growing Younger

Anti-Aging - The Top 5 Natural Anti-Aging Keys To Growing Younger

Growing Younger. Sounds great doesn’t it? It’s the idea that many are searching for. How can we turn back the hands of time? Can we actually do it? The Fountain of Youth was a concept that we read about in early writings. It seems that losing your youth and aging was many times associated with something negative. However aging doesn’t have to be a challenging process. There are many natural solutions to keep the clock turned back. The major key to begin the process is creating some discipline with your health habits. Anti-aging is not a reactive process, but rather it is a proactive process. If you make great lifestyle choices today, you will reap the benefits tomorrow. Now keep in mind there are hundreds of tips that I could give you. However, I like to keep things concise and practical. Lets look at some simple ways to keep the aging process to a minimum.

1.Exercise 
You may not like to hear it, but you have to do it. And please understand that gardening and walking your dog doesn’t count! Its proven in more studies that can be counted how important exercise is to the anti-aging process. Aim for 5-6 days a week doing something that involves some level of intensity for empowering your health. Fast walking, jogging, weightlifting, playing a sport, or walking the entire golf course.

2. Get Your Omega Fats 
We know now how important the omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids are to our overall health. Not only for heart, brain, immune, and hormone health, but also for our appearance, performance, and overall skin health. We often think fish to get these healthy fats, and salmon is the king. However, these fats can be found abundantly in walnuts, flaxseed,  and even squash if you are vegan. Regardless, make sure to know your levels by having an omega fatty acid blood test to know your exact numbers. It is vital for turning back the clock.

3. Keep The Adrenals Healthy 
You can start by drinking green tea. My personal favorite. Nothing keeps the skin radiant and glowing like green tea. Its great for specifically losing targeted belly fat and lowers the stress hormone called cortisol. Green tea along with additional herbals can help keep the adrenals healthy which will keep you looking and feeling younger. 

4.Keep Up The Protein 
Stress demands a lot from us. Our cells are built primarily with protein. However, getting enough each day is essential. Look for organic sourced proteins and follow the protein rule that we use in all of our coaching systems. Getting the right amount for your body type is essential.

5.Get Your Sleep 
Here is your secret weapon. Get at least 6-9 hours of sleep each night. Not sleeping is a sure path to accelerating the aging process. A real key for getting your best sleep is following a great nutritional routine like a sleep protocol to get your brain chemistry set for a deep stage of sleep.

Best Exercises for Back Pain

Back Pain - Best Exercises for Back Pain

It is estimated that over 98 percent of the population will experience back pain at some point in their lives. Have you ever had any back pain? Clinically we have seen thousands of cases and I can tell you personally that it can be extremely debilitating if it is not handled effectively. There are many natural treatments to help with back pain and it starts witth proper exercise. Consistent core exercises will help you maintain a strong mid-section and ultimately a stronger ability to ward off the back pain. There are some basics to understand when it comes to exercising to stay away from back pain and empowering your health.

1.Be Consistent 
Aim for 5-6 days per week with your exercise. Look into full body movements to keep your core strong. Ab- type exercises are great and will help keep your core stable. Also look to build and strengthen your lower back.

2.Work on Your Posture 
When you are exercising make sure to watch your form. An arched lower back is a healthy back. You can easily keep your back arched with all of your movements. When you stand upright and focus on it, it actually is a workout! You will feel how over relaxed your muscles have been and how hard your core has to work to keep your posture healthy .

3.Be Functional 
Avoid using too many machines. Focus on using natural movements including the stationary ball and bands to help keep your core at its peak.

4.Great Nutrition 
Keeping your inflammation levels low is vital. There are key nutrients that will ensure that as you exercise, the inflammation will stay down. You can see our anti-inflammatory kit in the store along with an eating guide to help you with your success.

The Top 5 Ways To Eliminate Allergies

Allergy - The Top 5 Ways To Eliminate Allergies

No matter what time of year it is it seems I am constantly bombarded with questions about how to get rid of allergies. The constant symptoms of itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, and the list goes on. Do you just take an anti-histamine and hope for the best? Or what do we do? There are many natural ways to eliminate allergies that we struggle with each day. So lets get to it. Here are some natural methods proven to help the allergies that we face every day. First we have to understand what causes our allergies. We struggle with allergies usually due to a digestive system that is not working up to its potential. When we eat foods that we are sensitive to, or our digestive system is weakened, then we create a substance called histamine. Listen, this histamine is what causes the bulk of what we struggle with as far as symptoms go. Here are some basic natural methods to implement into your daily routine that can help you overcome these allergies. 

1.Probiotics 
Probiotics are found in certain fermented foods and made in a supplement form. My favorite is called Theralac. The quality of a supplement is vital if you choose to use one. In a recent study in the British Journal of Medicine, it was proven that using probiotics cut allergies in half. 

2.Vitamin C 
Eat your fruits and vegetables. Its amazing to me that only 1.5% of Americans eat fruits and vegetables. The foods richest in Vitamin C are the ones that help lower the histamine levels in the body. 

3.Magnesium 
This is one of the keys. We are so deficient in magnesium. Our soil just doesn’t have what it needs to function at its highest level. Most nuts and seeds are loaded with magnesium. Magnesium is a powerful bronchodilator and anti-histamine. The best form of magnesium is glycinate. It is also best to take before bed and watch how your sleep will improve for empowering your health

4.Fish 
The higher our omega 3 fatty acids, the lower our histamine will be. I always recommend having an omega 3 fatty acid blood test to see where your overall levels are. Low levels of omega 3 fats are one of the main contributing factors for increased allergies. Salmon and mackerel are some of the best choices. And don’t forget your cod liver oil

5.Vitamin E 
Make sure to get your vitamin E. gamma-tocopherol is the version that tends to work the best. There was a study done recently at Michigan State University that lowered allergies and overall inflammation. I get asked about supplements. If you use a supplement, make sure it’s the natural vitamin E marked as d-alpha, rather than the synthetic version called dl-alpha.

Does Cardio Exercise Make You Younger?

Fitness - Does Cardio Exercise Make You Younger?

Cardiovascular exercise, including running, is used by many to achieve great health and fitness. The great news about running is that researchers have found that it may turn back the clock and make us younger. Running increases our production of human growth hormone which helps us produce new youthful cells and can make us appear younger. Running also helps to override many of the health challenges we face today. Recent studies have shown that running actually impacts our DNA. It can affect our telomeres, which typically start to wear down with age. Therefore running can really boost our immune system, lower inflammation, and increase our overall vitality. The other great discovery about running is that it strengthens our skeletal structure. Running typically increases bone density and can ward off those age-related diseases like osteoporosis. 

So how do you start a running plan if you haven’t in a long while? You have to just start. Yes you might be a little older. Yes you might be a little heavier, but now is the time. Here are some basics in getting started on a running plan that can impact your life. 

1.Just Start
Look at adding running into your weekly exercise routine with just 5-10 minutes of jogging on the treadmill or venturing outside. Do what you can with what you have. There are even great programs available like the couch to 5k. 

2.Do Intervals
Start with interval running. Jog for 1 minute. Then walk briskly for 1 minute. Then repeat. Build up your body this way and soon your system will adapt. 

3.Find A Track
If you are heavier and need to lose some weight, it might be a little tough on the joints in the beginning. Find a local track, such at a high school, that has the softer surface. This will be easier on your body and help you in the early phase. 

4.Eat The Right Foods
If you are going to start running or increasing your cardiovascular activity, then make sure you are getting the right fuel. It is best to not be super low carb with this new plan. Plan on adding some brown rice, sweet potatoes, and quinoa to your meals. 

5. Glutamine and Vitamin C
Don’t forget the supplements. These two can help you recover from your workout and reduce muscle soreness. Vitamin C is good to have in a ascorbate form with minerals and glutamine by itself. Use a bracketing method of taking before and after your workouts.

The Food That Helps You Live Longer

Anti-Aging - The Food That Helps You Live Longer

There is a powerful wonder food that can actually help you live longer new research says. This food has been known to have many health related benefits, and now we can add longevity to the mix. This food has been used by just about every culture as a great source of nutrition and has been heavily researched. The challenge is that many people have developed allergies to the food and therefore steer clear of eating it on a regular basis. This wonder food is found in most everyone’s kitchen at some point. So let’s jump in and discuss the amazing healing benefits of nuts. Yes this simple snack that we all tend to love has been proven to add years to our life and life to our years. A recent study showed us that just a 1 ounce serving of nuts each day like walnuts, cashews, almonds, hazelnuts, etc can give us a 20 percent reduced risk of death. Sign me up for that! So think about it. To your normal routine, just consider adding a handful of nuts to the mix. They also found in this study that it wasn’t just certain health challenges, but it was a reduced risk from all causes of death. Listen, that’s amazing. Our food choices directly impact our health in so many ways. And this is just one of them. The National Institute of Health was part of this study and it was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. When asked, we have known that nuts are loaded with a power punch. They are full of healthy fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. They are also huge proponents at helping fight against high cholesterol and heart disease for empowering your health

Researchers looked in the study and found that if you eat 1 serving of nuts per week, your risk of dying decreases by 11 percent. If you eat 2-4 servings per week it will go to 13 percent. And if you eat a serving 7 days per week you will have the full 20 percent reduced chance of dying. Simply amazing. 

The question always is just how much is a serving. I always say don’t overthink it. Usually it’s about 20 pieces. So 20 almonds or 20 walnuts. 

Get it? 

A handful of nuts a day may just be better than the apple to keep the doctor away.

The Foods I Never Eat

Nutrition - The Foods I Never Eat

All health experts have their own do’s and don’t’s. There are many of them. I am a big fan of being balanced when it comes to making great lifestyle choices. The big key is that you have to set yourself up to win. Winning is the game when it comes to your health. If you go on the extreme, then you will burn out every time. However, there are certain things I just don’t do when it comes to my health and well-being. I am going to list some of the top foods that I never eat to keep my health at its peak level.  Some of these foods are s ome that you may think is no big deal, however they can wreak havoc on your overall health. In our health coaching company  we always teach the 10 percent Rule. Eat well 90 percent of the time and 10 percent do what you want. That’s right, eat and do as you please for about 3 meals per week. Your body can handle some cheesecake and pizza every now and then. However, there are certain foods that just aren’t worth even putting in your body due to the cumulative effect of what it can do in the long term. So let’s dive in and look at some of the foods that I have learned to simply stay away from.

1.High Fat Luncheon Meat 
Loaded with nitrates and nitrites, these types of luncheon meats can increase your risk of dying from cardiovascular disease and cancer. Listen,  it’s just not worth it. Instead choose the newer versions they are making now that don’t have all of the chemicals.

2.Shellfish 
I have to say that I used to love raw oysters. However, after learning how much toxic load are in these shells, it’s just not worth it. Oysters, clams, lobster, and shrimp have a large toxic load that can be challenging to our health.

3.Added Sugar 
It’s the big one. When sugar is added to the diet it causes more than double the risk of dying from heart disease.

4.Trans-Fat Foods 
I get asked  often. However, I just won’t touch them. To me there is nothing worse than fake fat. Fat is actually great for our health and will help it improve in an amazing way. However trans fats can be extremely hazardous to our overall health. Processed foods like margarine, and many partially-hydrogenated oils like we find in many shelf products can cause a tremendous amount of cellular damage.

5.Sugar Packed Cereal 
I realize that they have fiber, however the processed grains and sugar aren’t worth the inflammatory response it creates in our gut forempowering your health.Again, you can eat some fun items throughout the week, the key is to make your 90 percent of meals count toward creating extraordinary health so you can thrive.

The Top 10 Most Addictive Foods

Addiction - The Top 10 Most Addictive Foods

Can’t resist the chocolate? Maybe it’s the slice of pizza? There is a good chance you might be addicted. People seem to be heavily addicted to certain foods and unable to control the desire and even the need for them. Researchers at the University of Michigan recently found how the neurotransmitter, Dopamine can be stimulated by eating certain foods. The interesting part is that they are comparing food addiction to be as powerful as many of the strong drugs that we see today. The reason for this is the brain chemical dopamine seems to be stimulated in the same way for food as it does for the drugs themselves. There are several categories of foods that were reviewed to see what really caused the most challenges. So listen, the higher the processing of the foods, the more addictive they became. The main concern was the heavy link to uncontrolled overeating. Neuro-imaging studies showed similar brain activity in drug addicts as it did in food addicts. 

Here are some of he most common traits that were noticed:

  • Loss of control with how much food is typically consumed
  • Repeated behavior despite the consequences to our health
  • Inability to stop

So you might ask, what about the foods? There are many that fall into this category. However, we will be looking at only few. 

Researchers at Yale placed foods into certain categories. 

1.French fries/chocolate 
2.Bacon/Cheese 
3.Soda/Pretzels 
4.Chicken/Broccoli

Guess which one had the highest response? Yes you guessed it, the chocolate and french fries category. The reason is the high response to sugar and fat content. These tended to stimulate the brain at its highest level of food addiction.

So the Top 10 Foods that will keep you addicted are:

1.Pizza

2.Chocolate

3.French Fries

4.Chips

5.Cookies

6.Cheeseburger

7.Soda

8.Cheese

9.Cake

10.Ice Cream

One of the great ways to overcome many of these food addictive behaviors is to know what your own brain chemistry is doing for empowering your health. By monitoring your neurotransmitters and keeping the dopamine receptors full, you can better help your body fight against the body’s own signaling for the wrong kind of foods.