Nutrition

Our Top Picks for Fitness Products, Kitchen Supplies, Recipes, and Outdoors Gear for 2018

Our Top Picks for Fitness Products, Kitchen Supplies, Recipes, and Outdoors Gear for 2018

With 2018 coming to a quick end, it is time for us to showcase our favorite items we have used this year. We have broken it down into 4 main categories that we use:

Kitchen Supplies
Recipes
Fitness Products
Outdoors Gear

We did not order any of these items from favorite to least favorite. These are items we use regularly and recommend the most to our clients.

The Ultimate Guide to Mold Exposure and Steps to Improve Your Health

The Ultimate Guide to Mold Exposure and Steps to Improve Your Health

It is estimated that over 50% of homes in the US have some form of mold damage. With so many people living in homes that have been damaged by mold, it is important to take a look into the possible health issues that mold exposure can cause.

While the health issues from mold exposure typically don’t hit the mainstream media, it is becoming more known that mold can wreak havoc on people’s health. Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker has been one of the biggest influencers in the research done on mold toxicity and how it has impacted the health of families, school district employees, and even large companies.

In his books, Surviving Mold and Mold Warriors, he dives deep into the information on toxic buildings and mold. He has countless stories of people who have suffered with misdiagnosed health issues that all relate back to mold exposure.

In the guide below, you will learn the steps to take to test your home, yourself, and to recover from mold toxicity.

66- How to Get Rid of Bloating and Gas with Ken Brown

66- How to Get Rid of Bloating and Gas with Ken Brown

Excessive bloating and gas and the different health issues that both underlies and might arise from them is something that a lot of people suffer from, but not a lot of people feel comfortable enough to openly discuss about.

More often than not, people tend to brush it off as an annoying but somewhat tolerable inconvenience. But as it turns out, bloating and gas is not just a mere nuisance. It could be, at the least, an early warning system, or worse, a full-scale distress signal from the gut. So if you are presenting with these two symptoms, it is critical that you start on a more involved investigation.

64- Improve Your Thyroid to Fix Fatigue with Heather and Damian Dube

64- Improve Your Thyroid to Fix Fatigue with Heather and Damian Dube

Have you ever gone through a phase in your life where you gained weight rapidly, or your energy plummeted, or your hair started to fall out? If so, these are some common signs of thyroid dysfunction.

If you ever had these symptoms but went to your doctor and had labwork done, and everything came back in the normal ranges, then you are in the same boat as many other people. In most cases, doctors are only testing for one marker, known as TSH. This marker doesn’t tell the entire story of the thyroid.

In fact, even with a full thyroid panel done, it can give a practitioner a lot of information to work with, but it still doesn’t tell the story of the thyroid. On top of other organ systems in the body that can impact the function of the thyroid, your emotional and mental state can also be a factor.

63- The Hidden Toxins Found In Your Home with Debra Lynn Dadd

63- The Hidden Toxins Found In Your Home with Debra Lynn Dadd

There are toxins everywhere in the world, and there is no one that hasn’t been exposed to some form of toxin. Even though this may sound depressing, the truth is that we can limit our exposure to toxins.

Not all toxins are made by humans. Even nature tries to poison us in different ways from exposure to toxic fungi to plants and animals that can make us sick.

However, toxins are hidden in plain site within our homes. The mattress cover can contain formaldehyde, many products contain BPA, and many other products contain lists of toxins that can influence our health.

Autumn Balsamic Quinoa Salad

Autumn Balsamic Quinoa Salad

The holidays are right around the corner, which is why I have prepared a very delicious and easy to make Autumn Balsamic Quinoa Salad for you today!

No one wants to work hard around the holidays. I should re-phrase that, we all want relaxation and rest, but no one wants EXTRA work added to their plate. Let’s be honest, we all know it takes a lot of time and effort to pull off the holiday season for our family.

There’s a lot of parties and events to attend and plan! This Autumn Balsamic Quinoa Salad is the perfect side dish to quickly make and bring to those exact events. You could even add cooked chicken or another form of protein to make it a main dish!

62- How to Improve Your Performance Through Breath Using the Wim Hof Method with Bob Soulliere

62- How to Improve Your Performance Through Breath Using the Wim Hof Method with Bob Soulliere

How often do you think about breathing? During the day, probably not very much, but you probably notice it when you are doing any kind of strenuous activity. However, we breathe all day long, and it is a vital function for our survival.

We follow training protocols to improve our strength and cardio capabilities. When we don’t feel great, we look for natural remedies or medications to make us feel better. There are so many ways that we try to improve our health, yet when was the last time you purposely worked to improve the way you breathe?

Oxygen is important to the body, we all know that. Without it for a couple of minutes, we can lose brain function or even cause death. Oxygen helps to transport nutrients through the body, flushes out toxins, and creates energy.

The Wim Hof Method is a fantastic way to improve the way you breathe. Through these methods, you can retrain your body to better utilize oxygen and to strengthen the muscles needed to breathe efficiently.

Paleo Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

Power-Packed Paleo Chocolate Zucchini Bread

We decide every year that we are going to grow zucchini in our garden. Having access to your own fresh zucchini is amazing. This year it felt like we were drowning in zucchini though! We were picking multiple 4 plus pound zucchini’s every day for a few weeks during harvest time! I knew it was time to make a bunch of batches of chocolate zucchini bread.

By the end of the season, I was pushing and pulling a wheelbarrow stuffed to the gills with multi pound zucchini and spaghetti squash to my garage with a smile on my face and sweat dripping down my back. Now that is what I call a true fall harvest. Throw in a little rain, colorful leaves, and some crisp air and I was ready to go and carve a pumpkin!

I am going to be completely honest, zucchini is not my favorite vegetable. *GASP* How dare I say something like that!? Well, it is true, but you know what is really great?? I have a creative mind and can find sneaky ways for people like me to consume vegetables that I may not necessarily love on their own.

61- How Goat Milk Can Be A Substitute for Dairy Allergies with Joe Stout

61- How Goat Milk Can Be A Substitute for Dairy Allergies with Joe Stout

When thinking of dairy products, most of the time we picture cows grazing in the fields and a farmer milking the cow. The dark side to most dairy products is that many people have hidden sensitivities to cow’s milk that is causing inflammation in their body.

So if you don’t want to give up dairy, but want to avoid reactions to cow’s milk, what are you supposed to do? Interestingly enough, not all dairy products come from cows. In fact, a great substitute for cow milk is to use goat milk.

Sara Russell helps those with hypermobile joints to improve their health

59- Helping Those with Hypermobile Joints with Sara Russell

When you imagine someone who is hypermobile, what comes to mind? Do you think of a contortionist whose hypermobile joints can bend in ways unimaginable? Or what about the people who can pull their finger back all the way to their wrist?

While both of those examples are of people with hypermobile tendencies, it does not mean that they are immune to joint pain and health issues. In fact, many people with increased flexibility tend to run into a lot of health issues, including digestive disorders.

Evan Hirsch Helps you to fix your chronic fatigue

58- Fixing Your Fatigue with Evan Hirsch

Many people are starting to suffer from a condition known as chronic fatigue. Chronic fatigue is defined as fatigue that doesn’t go away with rest.

Fatigue is a very broad topic that can have many different causes. Naturally we feel some levels of fatigue from the stress of daily life, but in many cases this should be remedied with adequate rest. Therefore chronic states of exhaustion is caused by something more underlying, such as an undiagnosed illness.

Learn to create Dairy Free Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream that is also low carb friendly

Dairy Free Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Do you have any mint lovers in your life? I absolutely love mint and I can never get enough of it. It is to the point I have started to grow it in my garden, just so that I can have some fresh and accessible whenever I need it! I clearly knew I needed to share my dairy free mint chocolate chip ice cream recipe so that you too could enjoy some healthy mint in your life!

Finding a great dairy free ice cream that does not taste overwhelmingly like pureed coconut with a lacking flavor profile of anything else can be a treasure hunt if you allow it to be! We ended up saying “No thanks!” to that headache this summer and decided to make our own ice cream!

I crave mint the most during the summer time. Mint is known for its “cooling and soothing” health properties and benefits. This herb has so many more benefits than most people are aware of traditionally. Making a healthy sweet treat, like this dairy free mint chocolate chip ice cream, can do just the trick of cooling and soothing symptoms in your life!

Kiran Krishnan is a research microbiologist who focuses his attention on the microbiome of the human body

57- Weight Loss and the Microbiome Connection with Kiran Krishnan

The gut microbiome is one of the most powerful regions of the human body. A lot of research is coming out about the importance of the bacteria in the body, and Kiran Krishnan is one of the researchers leading the way for all of us.

The microbiome is made of around 1500 different strains of bacteria that all work together to keep the body healthy. Of the 1500 strains, we only understand around 10% of their total functionality.

With more research coming out every single day, soon we will be able to understand how each strain of bacteria impacts the body.

56- Sicker by the Generation with Michelle Perro and Vincanne Adams

56- Sicker by the Generation with Michelle Perro and Vincanne Adams

You may have noticed that we have quite a few episodes that are focused on children and ways to improve their health. In fact, it saddens me that there are so many children out there who are suffering from conditions with little understanding of why it is happening. This is why we keeping bringing up the topic about ways to make children healthy again.

I focus on children a lot because they aren’t in the best position to know what’s best for themselves. They go off of what they have been taught, so it is important as adults that we stay up to date with why each generation is getting sicker.

A common theme that you may have heard between episodes is that the food we are eating is not the best for children, or even adults. Processed foods are stripped of nutrients, sanitized in ways we don’t want to know about, and are designed to make us snack more often.

55- New Discoveries of the Ocular Microbiome with Dr Harvey Fishman

It seems like every single day we have more advancements in the research done on the human microbiome. Word has spread about the gut microbiome, and the genitalia microbiome. But new development is coming out in areas of the body we least expect it.

Such as the Ocular Microbiome, better known as the bacteria of the eye.

Researchers have discovered an ecosystem of the microbiome within the eye. In these early stages of research, the eye is showing to have a much smaller population of bacteria than other areas of the body, such as the gut. This does not mean that the ocular microbiome isn’t important. In fact, it could tell us more about how to protect the eye and how to prevent eye disease.

Wildfire Smoke

5 Ways to Protect Your Health From Wildfire Smoke

Over the past few summers, a new pattern has risen over on the West Coast: an increase in wildfires. Naturally, there will always be the threat of wildfire when the landscape becomes dry, but lately there have been more fires, which leads to more exposure to wildfire smoke.

When the air becomes so thick with smoke, the obvious question is how does wildfire smoke effect your health. As we become more exposed to smoke in the air, we should learn the best ways to protect your health from the wildfire smoke.

54- Fitness and Nutrition for the Older Population with Krysti Slonaker

54- Fitness and Nutrition for the Older Population with Krysti Slonaker

As we start to age, there are different nutritional and movement needs that we need to add into our daily lives. When it comes to the older population, it is extremely important to focus on a couple specifics:

Protein
Water and hydration
Mineral depletion
Coordination
Balance
For the elderly, these start to become extremely necessary to feel great and safe each and every day.

53- Amino Acid Therapy For Optimal Brain Function with Laurie Hammer

53- Amino Acid Therapy For Optimal Brain Function with Laurie Hammer

Over the past couple of decades, we have seen a big increase in neurotransmitter dysfunction ranging from anxiety and depression, to Alzheimer’s and even Schizophrenia. The 4 main neurotransmitters that we pay attention to are:

Serotonin
GABA
Catecholamines
Endorphins
There has been a lot of information coming out about the power of the Ketogenic Diet for optimal brain function, but that relates mostly to the brain cells using ketones as the primary fuel source compared to glucose. What we don’t hear about often enough is the types of amino acids needed to produce neurotransmitters.

52- Intuitive Eating with Katie Garces

52- Intuitive Eating with Katie Garces

It has been estimated that over 45 million Americans participate in diets each year, and less than 5% continue to maintain the diet after a couple of months. This means there is a big disconnect between diets, and how to make it a lifestyle change. Katie Garces says that what we are missing in most diets is teaching about intuitive eating.

As we well know, we have lost most of our connection with the food that we eat because food has become very convenient, and we don’t have to work hard to get it. Because of the convenience, we start to lose our ability to understand what our body needs in terms of nutrients and foods.

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