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What is Vitamin D? Where do you get it? Could you be deficient?

Did you know Vitamin D is not really a “vitamin”, it is more like a hormone. Our bodies produce it when the sun’s rays react with cholesterol after being absorbed by your skin. So what happens when you avoid the sun, live in a northern climate, or use a daily dose of sunscreen? No sun rays are absorbed, which means no Vitamin D is produced. Most hormone levels decline as we age, and the same is true for Vitamin D production.

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6 Reasons to go the Extra Mile to support your Adrenal Health before, during, and after traveling.

Whether it is a trip for business, pleasure, or both, many times we return from the trip and feel like we need a vacation! I want to do everything possible to minimize, or better yet eliminate that feeling. You may not have thought about the connection between travel and stress, or realize that you could support your adrenal health for the purpose of traveling.

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10 Stress Management Strategies to put into practice everyday.

1. Whenever you feel overwhelmed by stress, practice speaking more slowly than usual. You’ll find that this allows you to think more clearly and react more reasonably to stressful situations. By slowing down your speech you’ll also appear less anxious and more in control of any situation.

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Stress Weight Gain = Belly Fat. Be aware of the connection to hormone imbalance & insulin resistance.

Several studies have demonstrated that people with elevated levels of serum cortisol (caused by continual stress) were at a greater risk for developing insulin resistance, abdominal obesity, and diabetes, in addition to other blood lipid abnormalities and hormone imbalances. Stress weight gain is a completely different topic than simple weight gain.

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Soda Sabotage: weight gain, inflammation, acidity, cavities, osteoporosis, diabetes

Stop drinking soda, and let’s just go ahead and put “sports drinks” and anything “light” or “diet” on this list too.
 These drinks will sabotage your health and vitality, and your ability to maintain your weight in the long run. 
Yes this means “diet” soda – ESPECIALLY diet soda. Diet sodas and drinks are full of weird chemicals. Stop for a second and think about that!

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Fitness Nutrition

Fitness Nutrition

Are you still relying on counting calories to determine your nutritional needs? This is an old way of thinking and involves outdated science. The new approach to fitness nutrition emphasizes nutrient density. What is your workout philosophy? Push – push – push? If so, you may be missing a key component to fitness: recovery.

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Book Review: The Adrenal Fatigue Solution

The Adrenal Fatigue Solution

What is Adrenal Fatigue (AF)? Is it true that almost 80 percent of adults experience AF at some point throughout their lives? Why is it so under-diagnosed yet so prevalent? Why do our healthcare systems and insurance companies have trouble recognizing it?
Wait, do I have Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome? What can I do about it and who can help?

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Lose Weight, Increase Metabolism, and Detox. Step 6: Get these “in check” or they will sabotage you.

Once you have committed to healthy change, you tend to notice positive changes right away. These changes motivate you to “stick with it”. Overtime, even though you are healthier, it can feel like you have hit a plateau. Your perception is that the positive changes have come to an end. This is when you have to dig a little deeper into the issues that can sabotage your progress.

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Guest post: Gluten and GMO’s

A non-celiac gluten-sensitive friend recently returned from Paris reporting that while away, he’d eaten a croissant every morning and felt fine. Another gluten sensitive pal spent a week in Spain enjoying the crusty country bread with no ill effects. More and more, I hear from those who are sensitive to gluten happily eating in foreign countries what makes them so sick at home. How is it possible for the same substance to make you sick here, but not over there?

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Holiday Health Essentials

Before you jump “all-in” to the holiday season, give yourself a fighting chance with some added nutritional support from our list of Holiday Health Essentials. As the New Year approaches, we spend less and less time taking care of ourselves, while we focus on others for the holidays. That isn’t always a bad thing. It is the reason for the season, but at what expense?

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Raise testosterone and lower cortisol with one simple move.

Testosterone literally expands into everyday health and wellbeing for everyone, everywhere, in all walks of life. CEO’s, athletes, managers, performers, and moms, can benefit from the amazing health benefits of testosterone.

What is testosterone?

Testosterone is known as a “male” hormone, or androgen. It also is made in small amounts by a woman’s adrenal glands and ovaries. A woman’s testosterone is highest around age 20 and slowly declines till it is half as high in her 40s.

Testosterone is known as the personality hormone. It gives us motivation, assertiveness, a sense of power, feeling of well being and enhanced sex drive. When we have an adequate level of testosterone we are able to take risks and live our lives with zest.

Testosterone conveys powerful anti-aging effects. It turns fat into muscle, keeps skin supple, increases bone mineral density, gives us a positive mood, and boosts our ability to handle stress. It supports cognitive functioning, and keeps the liver and blood vessels clean.

Low testosterone levels have been associated with heart attack, Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis, and depression. If you are freezing cold all the time and your thyroid levels are adequate, you may be low on testosterone. A little testosterone can go a long way in improving looks, figure, energy level, outlook on life, enjoyment of living, sex appeal and sexual fulfillment.

Sounds like we all want testosterone, but not necessarily want to be able to grow a mustache right? Well, we know of some things you can eat, take, and do everyday, that can give you a boost naturally without having to take synthetic hormones.

3 ways to boost testosterone

Foods that can have a positive role in optimizing your testosterone levels:
Flaxseeds, Pumpkin seeds, Walnuts, cruciferous vegetables – Broccoli, Cauliflower, Kale,

Supplements (including herbs, vitamins, amino acids) that can have a positive role in optimizing your testosterone levels:
Garlic, Maca (make sure it is roasted or gelatinized – not raw) Muira Puama, Fo Ti – (He Shou Wu), B Complex, Zinc, L-Arginine, Acetyl-l-carnitine, Fish oil/Omega 3, Indol-3-carbinol (extract of cruciferous vegetables)

“Power posing” – standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident, can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success. Holding one’s body in expansive, “high-power” poses for as little as two minutes stimulates 20% higher levels of testosterone, and 25% lower levels of cortisol. The most common example of this is the “V for Victory Pose”. This is great news for our nations skyrocketing cortisol levels!

Send us a picture of you in “V for Victory Pose” and we may add it to this post or to our other social media sites such as FaceBook and Tumblr. Like this one from Realtor Christina Pitchford from Sarasota FL
Christina Pitchford
Or Roger Kuhn – San Francisco Yoga Instructor
Roger Kuhn
And our own sweet Lauren
Lauren

References:

Feature photo credit and reference: Vibrant Wellness Seattle

women.webmd.com/testosterone-for-women

Barbara L. Minton for naturalnews.com/022900_testosterone_estrogen_women.html

Amy Cuddy: hbswk.hbs.edu/item/6461.html and ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are.html

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Hormones and your health

We always hear about hormones and how they affect teens, but it seems like no matter your age, hormones are a relevant topic. In your 20’s and 30’s everything from birth control to cortisol are relevant, not to mention the prevalent issues with health concerns such as fibroids and endometriosis. In your 40’s and beyond hormones are in charge of pre, peri, and post menopause, and now we also hear a lot about that retched “disease” Low T.

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Wearing too many hats can cause adrenal stress or burnout. Does this sound like you?

Trying to wear too many hats can cause adrenal stress or burnout leaving you feeling like you need to sleep for days to “recover” from a big event. Has this scenario ever happened to you? You have been “running on adrenaline”, relying on “Red Bull” and “Monster” all day, and then nothing sounds better than a vodka-tonic, or a glass of wine (or two), at the end of the day?

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Brides get out your planner and schedule 30 minutes of heart pumping activity everyday!

Goal: 30 Minutes of Heart Pumping Activity Everyday Walking, jogging/running, biking, group fitness class, rollerblading, skiing….. You get the idea, anything that is fun/enjoyable/do-able for you. The best time to do your exercise is ANY TIME that you will do it and is most convenient for you.

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Stress, Immunity, Nutrition, Cortisol, Inflammation and Adrenal Support, they are all interconnected.

There has been a lot of talk about the connection between stress and immunity lately. We are headed into the typical cold and flu season anyway, but on top of that we are juggling work, school, and holiday planning. Be aware of stress before it sneaks up on you, and be mindful about boosting nutrition. Take time to rest and sleep. Look to high quality teas, herbs, and supplements that are adaptogens and tonics to give you the extra support.

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