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Health at the next level.

Health at the next level.

Increase. Productivity. Profitability. Conversions. Relationships. Joy. Success. You know, when you have financial success, you’re not concerned about your finances not being there for you or enough… you’ve reached the next level of success financially, you’ve got a flow managing your success. Your health relies 

The year of Lifestyle Medicine

The year of Lifestyle Medicine

This year has proven to be a year of great change,especially for the medical community. The underlying issues faced with health are more than sickness, they are dis-ease, where the body mind and emotions are not at ease.  Now more than ever a light is 

BUCKLE UP….

BUCKLE UP….

This year has been interesting…

For some we see opportunity, growth and neccessary changes.

For others the changes have been traumatic and life changing in a way you’re unclear on how to make changes. Everything falling apart at once.

Paying attention to your health is actually an important value system now. More than ever.

Your health gives you physical, mental and emotional strength.

Focus, discipline, consistency, resiliency are KPI’s for well-being your overall health. You see you live, work, play, relate to others because of how you are. The way you act, feel and do.

When you act, feel and do from places of focus, discipline, consistency and resiliency you are giving yourself permission and opportunity to grow and thrive.

When you can put habits and actions in place for you health to strength you, you set yourself up for more, something greater. You get to a place where you’re adding to your life by being healthy.

When everything falls apart at once it is essential you focus your energy on what you can control, build and lean on. You must start with one thing, work consistently and diligently. Your health is the best place to begin as it builds all of your inner strength and outer strength.

Focus is the ability to put attention and energy on something specific. Why not health.

Discipline is the ability to carry out tasks and habits on a regular schedule and effort. Why not health

Consistency is the ability to show up, act and apply with the same level of intensity and application each and every day. Why not health

Resiliency is the ability to bounce back from set backs through actions, habits, mindset and response to become stronger. Why not health.

Now is your time…. 2021 is around the corner. Are you stronger?

KPI’s for Optimal Performance is geared to get you in alignment and activate your skills for a jump start towards 2021. If you feel moved organize your thoughts and actions, to get yourself on a clear path you’ll find that right here.

How are your resiliency skills?

How are your resiliency skills?

Resilience is one of my favorite topics. Mostly because of the experiences I’ve learned, grown from and now have as skill sets. Here’s a few pointers I can share with you.   Resilience in today’s growing and changing world is a necessary skill to have.  Many 

How I built my foundation of success doing the opposite.

How I built my foundation of success doing the opposite.

They thought I was crazy. “Who would need or want what you have to offer”,  they said. I was determined in my ethics, clear in my feelings and actions. I knew without a shadow of a doubt my head and heart were aligned, in integrity, 

STRESS AND YOUR RESPONSE

STRESS AND YOUR RESPONSE

Your body is smart. It responds to how you think and feel. SUBCONSCIOUSLY. That means if you have had a challenge in areas of your life, those challenges will repeat themselves through your body because of a feeling or belief from your past that left a negative imprint. You can overcome the programming and that requires you to understand your Stress Response. That’s the programming your body took on at the point of the initial stress trigger.

This process takes practice, patience and processes. It requires safe space to feel and express the feelings and emotions left behind. This is where physical work, mental work and emotional work all intersect. Think of it as the point of release, like when a baseball pitcher releases the pitch. He just lets go, all his energy moving out. There becomes a calm presence and focus.

Let’s look at how the stress response is flared up and triggered.

Firstly, our body judges a situation and decides whether or not it is stressful. This decision is made based on sensory input and processing (i.e. the things we see and hear in the situation) and also on stored memories (i.e. what happened the last time we were in a similar situation).

If the situation is judged as being stressful, the hypothalamus (at the base of the brain) is activated.

The hypothalamus in the brain is in charge of the stress response. When a stress response is triggered, it sends signals to two other structures: the pituitary gland, and the adrenal medulla.

These short term responses are produced by The Fight or Flight Response via the Sympathomedullary Pathway (SAM). Long term stress is regulated by the Hypothalamic Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) system

Physiological stress occurs when conditions perturb homeostasis. There are a multitude of stressors commonly encountered by organisms, including environmental factors such as temperature, pathogens, toxins, and food or oxygen availability, or internal disturbances caused by genetic defects or damage accumulated over the course of ageing. Here is the fundamental relationship between stress and homeostasis. 

Once you begin identifying your Stressors, the goal and objectives are to transform your reactions by training your body through lifestyle habits, support and tools. It’s here you move from stress to empowerment, and gain power and control back where you one felt helpless, powerless and

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Your Endocrine System- The Hypothalamus: CEO of your Body

Your Endocrine System- The Hypothalamus: CEO of your Body

Your endocrine system is made up of glands found throughout the body. These glands, which produce hormones, send hormones into the bloodstream or into the fluid around cells, and receptors to be distributed among organs and tissues, and “programmed” to respond to the hormones. Essentially 

Glutathione and your body- the Cellular Level of You.

Glutathione and your body- the Cellular Level of You.

Glutathione is an antioxidant produced in cells made up of three amino acids: glutamine, glycine, and cysteine. One unique thing about glutathione is that the body is able to make it in the liver, which is not true of most antioxidants. Glutathione has many important 

What you need to know about Toxicity and why Detoxification is so important for your health and well-being.

What you need to know about Toxicity and why Detoxification is so important for your health and well-being.

Toxicity is a build up of toxins with the body. It affects every area of your body and your health. Detoxification is the process and pathway in which your body removes toxins. There are two key detox pathways that your hard-working liver is organized around: phase 1 and phase 2.

Phase 1 is oxidation, whereby your liver utilizes oxygen and enzymes to remove toxins by making them soluble in water, so they can be excreted in your urine and poop more easily.  Phase 1 is essential to detox. Phase 2 is called conjugation, which is necessary to remove the metabolites. Conjugation is how your liver combines oxidized metabolites with sulfur, methylation, glucuronidation, by adding certain amino acids or organic acids, and ultimately excretes them in bile.

Most environmental toxins overactivate in phase 1, and then exceed the capacity of your liver to complete the detoxification in phase 2. When that happens, you generate signs of toxicity.

Here are 6 signs of Toxicity.

1. Fluid Retention– Fluid retention is your body’s signal that it is working to flush itself out as there are factors disrupting your pathway to detoxification.

2. Increase in belly fat– Your body is unable to move and distribute the toxins being caught in your visceral fat.

3. Cravings and blood sugar issues– This related to your body being able to distribute and absorb nutrients and vitamins. Toxicity interferes with your body’s ability to absorb necessary vitamins and nutrients as they become caught in the toxicity.

4. Abdominal bloating– Bloating is a common issue with retaining water. Intestinal distress and inability to release excess fluid and excretion is a sure sign of toxicity.

5. Weight loss resistance– Unable to loss weight is a common problem for those with toxicity issues. Toxicity interrupts the flow and process for detoxification and purifying the body. This metabolic function is essential for weight loss. No amount of exercise and clean eating will in itself help with weight loss resistance caused by toxicity.

6. Insomnia, especially between 1am- 4pm– Your body is at it’s greatest REM- rest sleep during this time. When your body is awake at this time it is a sign it needs more help and support to reduce the toxic load it is carrying for improved rest and recovery.

To unburden your liver here is what you need to do:

1. Eat more antioxidants such as berries, citrus and spinach.

2. Taking vitamin C & E helps in neutralizing the free radicals that are made in the detox phase 1 to support the pathway to phase 2.

3. Metagenics Clear Change Detox Antioxidant protection & detoxification support- promotes vitality and health by supporting balanced activity of the Phase 1 and Phase 2 detoxification pathways. This formula provides methylated vitamin B12 and folic acid along with nutrients designed to enhance the activities of several liver detoxification enzymes.*

Monica Heiz

Lifestyle Advisor

Mental and Emotional Key Strategies to Wellness

Mental and Emotional Key Strategies to Wellness

Just as we go through life stages, growth and development physically, we as humans are designed to go through growth and development mentally and emotionally.