Before we dive into this episode and I roll out the red carpet for my guest I want o read a review from iTunes. Natural easy detox happens daily when you eat and drink the things that makes your body thrive.
Heart of electrolytes? Of course, you have! Don’t confuse those common exercise electrolyte sources (full of chemicals, sugar, or both) with what we’re talking about today.
Post-mold, and pre-triathlon competition, I’ve been sipping on this stuff daily. It’s a huge help for staying hydrated and for making it easier for your body to do what it should and can every day.
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Really, I can choose one from all the infrared sauna benefits I’ve gained in the 15 months I’ve enjoyed my solo sauna. But I got one for sure I hadn’t even counted on.
For me, infrared sauna was a health investment, but it was mostly for relaxing and recovery. I loved the idea of natural detox and increased metabolism. But it wasn’t until I was exposed to months of mold in the house I rented that I realized how fortunate I was to already have it right there in my home.
I invited my friend Alicia Botryruis from Sunlighten to share some news during Sunlighten’s anniversary. I saw her recently at a conference and they’ve got a new toy! It makes it easy to enjoy infrared sauna benefits on a budget of any size! So I wanted you to hear about it!
Alicia has been a health and wellness advocate for over 25 years. She is passionate about sharing the full-spectrum of a vibrant lifestyle, which empowers people to live a healthier, happier and more colorful life. Alicia believes wellness is equal parts nurture, perseverance and listening to your intuition.
Her success is attributed to her belief in servant leadership, copious amounts of artisanal dark chocolate and very high heels.
I have personally noticed these infrared sauna benefits (in addition to mold detox!):
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Let’s get the obvious out of the way: I’m a summer girl. I don’t heat the “lower level” in my house unless I’ve got guests and at 8800 ft. elevation, baby, it’s COLD, INSIDE! So popping into my sauna warms my bones…literally.
The real reason I love it is this: I’m a two-for-one girl.
I love habits that give me instant gratification. I’m a part of the “right now” economy… aren’t we all?
And … yet I’ve given up my once response, “not right now.” I worked at the Cone ‘n Bun in highschool. [I can’t make this sh__ up!] My best friend’s dad owned it. We enjoyed eating marshmellow-carmel-hotfudge sundaes plenty of whipped cream often enough. I remember someone observing me do this (I was probably a size 4 at the time) saying, “you’re going to have a weight problem some day”… and I responded… “maybe, but not today.”
Talk about a little flip.
Suffice to say I’ve come a long way. I did struggle with food and weight during both undergrad and grad school and immediately after. I tool lots of short cuts for energy that sabotaged me. During grad school, some days by noon I had probably had 3 Diet Cokes with some sugary carbs between.
Today I choose habits that give me a boost NOW and LATER. [I’m sipping a cup of matcha as I write this.] My sauna is another one of them. Stimulating cellular renewal, infrared light is good for so many things. I’ve healed road rash (bike crash) sweat out toxins, improved my skin and sleep too.
I’m not really into most gadgets and fitness toys… you’ve noticed that I don’t promote many tools and props. It’s kind of “not about the bike”for me. It’s you. There are a LOT of gadgets, trends, and fads out there, claiming to benefit your health. I’ve got a few staples for fitness, and yet they’re pretty much the same I’ve used for decades. Every toy begs to have you use IT and it’s protocol instead of looking at YOU and your status and your need. That’s how I choose for me and for clients. What are my goals, my status, and my needs? If I have a gap – there’s an exercise I need to accomplish it and can’t do it without a prop – then I’ll be inclined to buy it.
Walking through five expo halls at amazing conferences this last couple months I could have dropped some serious dough on the newest toys and tools. But I don’t.
I wanted a sauna for years though.
When you can’t always exercise as much as you want to, infrared sauna stimulates your cardiovascular system. So yes, for those of us that are super busy it’s a boost to the metabolism. But if you’ve got arthritis, degenerative disks, fibromyalgia, or you’re healing from an injury, it’s a great way to improve your health too. Infrared light has been proven in many studies to support health in these special conditions. If you suffer from depression or seasonal affective disorder (S.A.D.), you could benefit too.
This is one investment in health is worth it and using it as often as daily (during a month-long detox) or 2-3 times a week regularly. Most often I use it two or three times a week. Oddly, it’s one of the first things I do after a trip. I’ll walk in, turn it on and let it heat while I unpack and then pop in.
We are being called the longevity economy. We’re changing aging. I think sauna and stem cell rejuvenation (naturally through fasting) are a part of it. I don’t look at the one time investment. I look at whether I’m going to be glad I did this in 20 or 30 years, or regretting that I didn’t!
Your own personal infrared sauna can help you eliminate chemical toxins and heavy metals, and it’s proven by many published studies. It helped me turn my liver enzymes around in a few months.
That’s saying a lot, in a world where so many industries–the food, pharmaceutical, beauty, fitness and diet mega-billion dollar industries, all conspire to make us WANT quick fixes and addictive habits. Even those of us exercising and eating a clean diet have a lot of chemical exposure.
I’ve been enjoying my Sunlighten Infrared Sauna, for six months now–especially in the evening before my bedtime routine. I’ve been amazed how much it’s helped me to sleep – since I already love sleep! I too had my share of wakeful nights, believe me. Now, they’re rare.
And for weight loss, or maintenance, there is no better tool, besides maybe a treadmill or a mountain! Many people – maybe YOU cannot run on a treadmill, and for them, as well as the rest of us, this passive stimulation for the cardiovascular system, in the sauna, is very powerful.
If you’ve got “limiters” – degenerative discs, special conditions like arthritis, or chronic fatigue, this can be an amazing way for you to support changes you want. Unlike your treadmill or exercise bike catching laundry, it doesn’t take much motivation to lie down and relax!
1) EAT MORE whole foods
2) EXERCISE LESS, and
3) DESTRESS or detox the body so FAT doesn’t have a job to do and you can release it!! (Fat traps toxins to keep it away from critical organs. That’s protecting you from circulating toxins. But then guess what? It makes fat HARD to lose.)
4) STIMULATE the cardiovascular system–to boost metabolism (and yes, help cellulite as a part of the skin rejuvenation)
The nice thing about having a healing-infrared-rays sauna at your home is how easy it is: just turn it on, and 30 to 40 minutes later, GET IN!
Not interested or in need of weight loss? There are dozens of other benefits you DO want! Infrared improves:
When I fell in love with mine, and experienced the health benefits, I wanted to make the Flipping 50 community aware of the benefits – and at a great rate.
If you decide now is the time you can save $200 and shipping of Sunlighten sauna. I love the personal sauna – more actually than I thought I might. It at first just made the most sense for me while I’m renting.
You want to make sure that you do this before 11/21/18 though because the special Flipping 50 discount goes away then.
Listen to this podcast for more about infrared light, sauna, and Sunlighten.
I also blogged about it when I first got turned on and still had to go seek one out at gyms – not knowing if they were emitting harmful chemicals at the time I was trying to get “healthy.”
P.S.There is a big difference between what you might know as the old dry sauna that just heats you up and the infrared that does this from the inside out. Don’t mistake just any dry sauna at a gym (where you’re pouring water on hot coals – No!) for the same thing unless you’ve researched it specifically.
Do you sauna? Why would you want to?
How would you like a passive way to boost your energy?
Not to mention detox, improve skin, sleep, heal wounds…
And a convenient way to do it at home? In minutes?
[Image: me next to a Sunlighten full model last August! Do you recognize fellow fitness pro Betty Rocker sitting inside?]
I’ve discovered a passion for my personal sauna in the last six months and I wanted an expert to share the details and unpack the difference between infrared wave lengths and the benefits with you.
My guest Brooke Basaldua started her career with Sunlighten over 11 years ago. Brooke has a personal passion for wellness and loves working directly with wellness thought-leaders and elevating Sunlighten’s vision to make the world a healthier, happier place. During her time at Sunlighten, she has served on the product development team and played a role in developing the most advanced 3-in-1 infrared technology that allows users to customize infrared treatments for their individual wellness goals.
[Image: me getting in a sauna session at home in my personal sauna. I shoot for 40 minutes a few times a week now. It’s not the no-sweat way to weight loss, but it’s a inside out sweat sessions and I LOVE it!]
Confession: sometimes I return from a trip and turn it on before I even walk upstairs so it can heat up while I unpack! Before I do anything else! It helps me shed the toxins from travel and get a good night sleep after sleeping in strange beds for days!
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You can enjoy benefits of improved blood pressure, skin enhancement, detox, weight loss, sleep enhancement, would healing, and more from the regular use of a sauna. I love mine!
It doesn’t feel like something I’m doing for health markers. It feels indulgent, like me time, right at home.
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Is Detox Really Necessary? Why would you consider detox? and if so, how to detox naturally. These three keys are the focus on this episode.
Ever wondered how to detox… or why you should.. and if it’s just a trend, or fad? Your doctor, after all has probably never suggested it. Is it just a quick way to lose 5 lbs before the weekend? Or after hormones have had their way with you?
We answer these questions during this episode with a woman who had a front row seat to why detox is necessary and who also knows and teaches how to detox naturally. For her, it’s not a quick fix for the weekend. She’s been doing it for herself – and her familiy – for seven years.
You’ll hear how to detox naturally on this episode. Even if there are no signs of mold in your house, you’ll want to hear how your exposure in the past (before we knew better) and incidental exposure now may matter to you.
If you’re exercising, and eating “right,” and yet not reaping the rewards, it may not be hormones alone but something else acting on them. Toxins may be getting in the way of your weight loss, and your energy levels.
My guest Bridgit Danner has been a licensed acupuncturist since 2004 and certified Functional Diagnostic practitioner since 2015.
Her interest in natural health grew from an interest in protecting the environment. Even as a child, she was donating her allowance to Greenpeace and writing cosmetic companies to ask about their practices!
While busy running an integrative wellness center in Portland, Oregon, she developed an environmental illness due to toxic mold in her home. Already experienced in hormone management and nutrition, she became acutely aware of the powerful impact of the environment on her health.
Bridgit now educates about toxins and detox through her online community, and coaches women on her functional natural approach to detox.
On this episode I play devil’s advocate with Bridgit!
So if you’ve ever had doubts about detox being necessary or trendy and a fad that will fade… then this is for you!
Bridgit shares her story of mold toxicity so you can understand the severity and longevity that it can have.
Questions we cover in this episode:
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Healthy eating often brings to mind scarcity and deprivation. It feels like a diet even if you don’t use those words.
How would you like to lose weight eating Mexican food? If it sounds too good to be true and you’ve struggled with good food bad food or need to make peace with food, this is your episode.
“I discovered food can be my #1 tool if I can learn to use it right.”
My guest Maru Dávila is a celebrity weight loss coach, healthy chef and best-selling author of “The Mexican Food Diet™: Healthy Eating that Feels Like Cheating.” She is also the creator of the revolutionary Flaca Forever™ Program (“Flaca” is a Spanish word for “fit” or “lean”), a fun and straightforward program that helps people get in the best shape of their life: physically, mentally and emotionally.
“I treasure and value my health and wellness.”
She is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, and a frequent writer, speaker and TV guest on weight loss, empowerment, healthy eating and wellness topics.
“I don’t like to be hungry at all.”
Questions Maru and I covered in this episode:
“Every bite I eat counts.”
Maru discovered Mexican food was packed with many ingredients that lend themselves to detox. Healthy eating has never been more delicious.
Two things you need during detox:
Visit: www.MexicanFoodWeightLoss.com for 11 of Maru’s favorite healthy eating recipes from her bestselling book.
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Using 3oz. containers: divide your smoothie/shake, protein powder or almond milk, cooked or raw veggies, nuts & seeds, nut butter.
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I’ve been enjoying green drinks all month in a month-long [natural] detox. Between that and some favorite creamy (no cream) veggie soups I’m feeling so refreshed, recovered from Ironman Cozumel. Today as I post it’s been exactly one month of short 20 minute workouts, tons of restorative activity, and green drinks since race day. I’m ready to rock 2018! I’m sharing two favorite green drinks here with you in the hopes you too are ready to see in an amazing new adventure as you turn the calendar.
(I shared my whole list of favorites inside the Cafe membership December 2016 – more info on the Cafe below)
Coupling the right nutrition with the right exercise for your goals right now is crucial. Too often I see women getting lost in doing more exercise, eating less, expecting fast results. You’ll get better results while feeling better, and sustain them, with a more sane approach.
Green drinks all boost health. This one is full of inflammation reducing ingredients. If you’re a little puffy after sweets, treats, or hot toddies this month, here’s your jam. Your skin will love this. Digestion and any water retention will improve too, naturally.
Blend well. Enjoy with ice if you prefer.
Blend all ingredients. Enjoy.
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To think all of this began with hormone testing. I had a chat with my GI doctor yesterday (and no, I didn’t know I wanted one of those). Before I launch into what he thought about my recent elevated liver enzymes, I want to share his response when I asked his thoughts on a liver/gall bladder cleanse. He is after all a Western doctor. Liver and gall bladder cleanses are definitely on the more functional side of things. He wasn’t for or against. Here’s why. He said he’s wholly willing to embrace something outside of Western medicine but there hasn’t been enough conclusive science about it for him to have a strong opinion.
His point is this. Studies could have had too few subjects, or no organized studies may have been done to show anything. Some natural methods could in fact work but not have ever been tested and published with any science to support. It leaves things wide open for trust and experience. He did say nothing harmful can happen from it. So in the end, like a lot of tests or info gathering you and I must do: I have to make my own decision.
Like my friend Chris Wark’s opted to do everything that he could naturally instead of chemo (whether you want to prevent cancer, or you’d opt to do traditional therapies or not), I’d choose to do everything in my power no matter what I else I chose. I do believe the body can heal itself. I also believe that sometimes science is necessary to help.
So I’m back to the prospect of coffee enemas and a protocol of apple cider vinegar, Epsom salt water, and olive oil and grapefruit juice. During a light physical training weekend, that’s the plan. You don’t want to go through that during heavy stress or chaotic days.
My doc’s plan? A new blood test checking for an arm-long list of things that go a little deeper than a usual blood tests or even those hormone testing draws and then we either have something targeted to treat or eliminate them and then we just leave it as a normal abnormal and recheck in 6-12 months.
What’s been a wake up call for me and I hope for you too, is that our environment is full of toxins. They get lodged and stored in our bodies. None of my habits point to the usual reasons for non-alcoholic fatty liver – one reason for abnormally high liver enzymes. In fact, they all point away from anything that would cause it. Thus, even without external signs and symptoms, the aggressive steps to find out what it might be and eliminate anything serious.
That said, its time to dial up self care and detox. Hormone testing does one thing for sure. When you start looking, you can’t bury your head in the sand. It is all connected. I’ve loved that since I began self-ordered tests in 2014 for the research on You Still Got It, Girl! I’m temporarily at least doing filtered water until I get test results back from my tap water. Ridding yourself of old fillings, reducing exposure to large fish with mercury, eating whole foods and avoiding processed, and upgrading makeup and personal products are other things you should consider if you haven’t. I’m also spending time doing saunas. The elevation of core temperature from “full spectrum” infrared saunas has positive health benefits.
Infrared wavelengths are the invisible part of the sun’s spectrum consisting of near (NIR), mid (MIR) and far (FIR) rays. These rays have the ability to penetrate human tissue. This characteristic makes infrared beneficial because it heats the body directly at the core rather than simply warming the air resulting in a deep, detoxifying sweat at the cellular level, where the majority of toxins reside.
Infrared heat is completely safe and healthy for all living things. You can be exposed to infrared light for hours without the risk of burning. Infrared is a naturally occurring output of the sun, but does not contain the harmful UV rays associated with unprotected sunlight. In fact, infrared’s gentle heat is used in hospitals to warm newborn infants.
Toxins such as sodium, alcohol, nicotine, cholesterol and carcinogenic heavy metals (like arsenic and mercury in my case that are “high normal”) accumulate in the body during modern daily life. Studies have shown that FIR raises core body temperature stimulating the sweat glands resulting in a deep, detoxifying sweat ridding the body of toxins. Hormone testing can reveal your need to reduce these literal stressors that overwhelm your system.
Several studies have shown that near infrared properties can help improve cell health, enhance muscle recovery and boost immune defenses. A NASA study concluded that NIR LED technology can quadruple cell health and tissue growth. Another study done at the Medical College of Wisconsin demonstrated that LED-produced near infrared helps promote cell health and regeneration. Lastly, a study from The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology concluded that LED near infrared (NIR) restores enzyme activity and reduces cell death by half.
IR improves circulation, expels dirt & chemicals and removes dead cells on the surface of the skin resulting in a better complexion. I for one, have been least excited about pimples and wrinkles in the same decade when it comes to skin. That two-for-one I don’t recall signing up for. Friends of mine shared a recent study published in The Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy with me that showed significant improvements in skin appearance after just 12 weeks of NIR therapy. That’s better skin by 2018. I’m in though it probably isn’t motivation enough alone to get me to do sauna time regularly, it’s a perk! Reduced wrinkles and crow’s feet, improved overall skin tone, softness, smoothness, elasticity, clarity and firmness? I’m in.
With my additional training right now (September is a bigger volume month), recovery is of course a concern, but when isn’t it? With a full life, a busy schedule, and very active (mentally and physically) days I don’t want any of it to slow me down. Infrared can increase recovery and reduce soreness from exercise.
As you can see, infrared saunas are worth their weight in gold, and they are not terribly expensive either. After some research and personal recommendations from friends, I’ve found Sunlighten to be one of the best on the market at an unbeatable price. So if you want to create your own wellness stay-cation and detox sanctuary like us, be sure to check out Sunlighten Saunas.
While I’m renting a home, the portable option is the answer. My ideal is a larger model for a little more relaxation that isn’t quite so mobile. I know others who like not having their face inside but I want the full benefits from total immersion.
This all seems like a little road trip I didn’t plan on taking. I came close to canceling that appointment yesterday. I felt silly really. I feel fine. Great in fact. Full of energy, no signs and symptoms, and no bad habits or issues that would seem to be indicators of the test levels. In fact, I double-checked that he had the referring Dr.’s reasons and lab tests prior because I was imagining this moment where he’d say, “Why are you here?” and I’d say, “I don’t know! Nothing seems wrong and I have 5 other things I’d rather be doing!”
Now to make time to stop and get the blood tests. More on results next week! Meanwhile, loving some of the therapies I’m making regular habits because of this!
The rest of the world may be full of green beer and green bread, and enjoying it. You can have the color, the taste, and love the way you feel tomorrow! A few of my favorites. Happy St. Patrick’s day! If you’re reading this on St. Patrick’s Day weekend you can stock up on the protein shakes that make these a metabolism-boosting treat. Shop this weekend for 20% off your protein shake order!
1 serving vanilla protein shake
6 leaves romaine
¼ bunch cilantro
1½ c pineapple
Sweet and Tart at the same time. Let’s face it though, drinking this without protein in it has some good for you things but also has about 19 grams of sugar. So add vanilla protein shake mix and the mild taste of vanilla still allows the green to come out.
Heat the milk but not to boiling. Place the matcha powder in the bottom of your lucky Irish mug and pour in ¼ cup of the milk. Whisk together and then add the remained of the milk. Add a little stevia to sweeten if you prefer.
*remember that this is a great pre- interval training drink if you’re interested in burning 29% more fat after.
1 apple, diced
2 kiwi, peeled and diced
Juice from 1 lime
1 handful spinach
1 stalk celery
Few drops stevia to taste
1 serving vanilla protein shake
Full of natural inflammation fighters and antioxidants with a taste you’ll love. Let your body naturally do it’s job with a tall glass of green goodness.
I’d love to say I did this the week between Christmas and New Year’s a started the 1st with a clean slate. I cannot tell a lie! January is actually a full month of cleaning out, weeding out, and getting cleared in every possible way. In my business, my support team, my personal space, and work and home environments. It ends up being a huge life detox! The freedom and lightness, the room for better, not more to come in opens up real opportunities, right along with the very possibility you will say “no” and feel good about that!
In each of my programs and most recent book I discuss the stress from a toxic environment and the effect it has on your goals of optimal weight and energy. Here’s how I take the plunge to really deep cleanse and prepare for better every year and then maintain as well as possible throughout.
A Tech Cleanse
Cleaning and Air Care
One of the best ways to learn more about how much toxins might be getting in the way of your fitness is to grab my free resource below and take a simple Do It Yourself challenge for 14 days: