Letting Go of Stress

Stress Relief

Stress is a part of life. There are good stresses like moving, starting a business or getting married. There are negative stresses like losing a loved one, divorce or sitting in rush hour traffic.

Though we are not immune to stress, we can control how it affects us. We can use helpful tools to work through and release stressful situations or we can let it build up damaging our health and over well-being. The choice is ours!

I work with people using the Emotion Code to release trapped emotions from past experiences that have been negatively affecting their health, relationships, finances and other areas of their lives. The results are amazing!

How great would it be if we’d address the emotions connected to stressful situations right away so they don’t get trapped in our subconscious negatively affecting our lives.

Here are some suggestions for letting go of stress:

1 – Feel the emotion – stuffing down the emotions without recognizing what you’re feeling is how they get trapped.

2 – Process the emotions through prayer, journaling, talking with a friend, pastor, counselor, someone you trust – do what works for you to work through the emotions and situations you’re facing.

3 – Let it go – after processing you can let it go, release the emotions or events that happened. If it’s a big event, such as a death, it may take a longer process of grieving. However, no matter what has caused you stress in your life, there should be a time of recognizing the emotions you feel, working through them and releasing them.

Please note: If you are having trouble letting go of negative emotions or events that have happened in your life, ask yourself if you’ve forgiven those involved or people involved in similar situations in the past.

If you are having trouble letting go and you’ve forgiven those in your present and past concerning those emotions, you may have trapped emotions that are keeping you stuck. You can contact me or another Emotion Code Practitioner to complete some sessions of emotional release.

Here are some of my favorite ways to reduce the effects of stress:

  • Prayer
  • Singing
  • Walking outside
  • Dancing
  • Journaling
  • Laughter… get with some friends or watch a good comedy
  • Listen to a positive message
  • Get a massage
  • Eat healthy, whole foods
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Take an epsom salt bath with lavender oil
  • Start a new hobby or pick your favorite hobby!

Get Essential Nutrients Daily for Best Health

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Consume Whole Foods and Whole Food Supplements

Eating foods grown and raised for human consumption adds to our health by providing various nutrients our bodies need to grow, rebuild and repair. It’s important to take in a wide variety of foods that contain different vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and other essential nutrients. If we are missing key nutrients our bodies need, they will not operate efficiently and we will experience symptoms of deficiencies.

In the past century, our soil has been depleted of nutrients that were once abundant, providing less nutritious foods. Even when we consume the best whole foods in our diet, we could be missing key nutrients. There are various tests you can have done to see if you are deficient in essential nutrients. The testing we use here at Pure Life Nutrition is an accurate and effective form of kinesiology, called Quantum Reflex Analysis.

Whether you test your levels or not, I recommend supplementing your whole food diet with whole food supplements, such as the professional grade line, we use personally and with our clients: Premier Research Labs

What are Key Supplements You Can Use Daily to Improve Your Health?

  • Daily One or Greens (full range of daily vitamins and minerals)
  • Coral Legend Plus (ideal ratio of calcium to magnesium, plus vitamin D and trace minerals for proper assimilation)
  • DHA or EPA/DHA Marine Liquid (Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids – need to be consumed daily because our body doesn’t make it)

These are basic supplements to help anyone get their daily needs of vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids. If you are addressing a specific illness, you may need more specific herbal support. You can contact us for a free phone consultation or schedule a personalized test to discover your specific needs. Click here for details on our services.

Supplements are essential for best health today, however, a healthy diet is the first and most important factor. If you can afford organic, it’s best because there are less toxins and more nutrients. If you go the conventional route, it’s ideal to eat leaner cuts of meat, since toxins are stored in fat cells. Also, you can use fruit and vegetable wash to clean produce. It doesn’t remove pesticides within the fruits and veggies, but at least it’s removing what’s on the outside.

Everyone is unique and each individual will do well with different foods, while not so well with others.

As a Basic Recommendation, I Suggest:

  • Plenty of greens and vegetables;
  • High quality protein: chicken, turkey, wild-caught fish, grass-fed beef, cage-free eggs, whey protein powder;
  • Good fats: avocado, raw nuts and seeds (sprouted is best), extra-virgin coconut oil, grass-fed butter;
  • Minimal grains: brown rice, quinoa, oat groats;
  • Fruits: eaten alone or before other foods for best digestion

Questions or Comments? I’d love to hear your feedback!

Signs You’re Deficient in These Essential Vitamins

B Vitamins are essential for a healthy mind, body and soul.

B vitamins are water-soluble, meaning they are not stored in the body. You need to consume the full range of B vitamins daily through food or supplements to prevent deficiency.

Do you have any of these Symptoms of B Vitamin deficiency?

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Abdominal discomfort

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)

  • Fatigue
  • Slowed growth
  • Digestive problems
  • Cracks and sores around the corners of the mouth
  • Swollen magenta-colored tongue
  • Eye fatigue
  • Swelling and soreness of the throat
  • Sensitivity to light

B3 (Niacin)

  • Indigestion
  • Fatigue
  • Canker sores
  • Vomiting
  • Poor circulation
  • Depression

B4 (Choline)

  • Low energy levels of fatigue
  • Memory loss
  • Cognitive decline
  • Learning disabilities
  • Muscle aches
  • Nerve damage
  • Mood changes or disorders

B5 (Pantothenic Acid)

  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach pains
  • Burning feet
  • Upper respiratory infections

B6 (Pyridoxine)

  • Muscle weakness
  • Nervousness
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Short-term memory loss

B7 (Biotin)

  • Hair loss
  • A scaly red rash around the eyes, nose, mouth, and genital area
  • Depression
  • Lethargy
  • Hallucination
  • Numbness and tingling of the extremities

B8 (Inositol)

  • Tiredness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Rapid fatigue
  • Mental confusion
  • Depression
  • Dry, brittle hair and skin
  • Hairloss and rashes

B9 (Folate)

  • Poor growth
  • Tongue inflammation
  • Gingivitis
  • Loss of appetite
  • Shortness of breath
  • Diarrhea
  • Irritability
  • Forgetfulness
  • Mental sluggishness

B10 – PABA (para amino benzoic acid)

  • Depression
  • Nervousness
  • Irritability
  • Inflammatory diseases
  • Delayed growth in children
  • Peyronie’s disease and other skin problemsResearch has documented that vitamin B10 deficiency is more prominent in women than men. Women who are deficient in vitamin B10 may experience the following symptoms:
  • Skin rashes
  • Premature skin aging
  • Premature graying of the hair
  • Scleroderma
  • Vitiligo
  • Constipation
  • Eczema
  • Breakdown of estrogen in the liver

B12 (Cobalamin)

  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Diarrhea
  • Nervousness
  • Numbness
  • Tingling sensation in the fingers and toes
  • Severe deficiency of B12 causes nerve damage

What depletes B vitamins:

  • Stress
  • Sugar
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Processed foods
  • Medications

How to Get Your Daily B Vitamins:

  • Take a subliminal B complex
  • Eat Leafy Greens, Whole Grains, Bananas, Eggs, Chicken, Turkey
  • Consume superfoods high in B vitamins, such as Royal Jelly, Chlorella or Spirulina
  • Reduce or eliminate things that deplete B vitamins, as listed above

Did this blog help you discover one or more B vitamins you may be deficient in? We’d love to get your feedback!

Best Water to Drink for Hydration

Is the water you’re drinking hydrating your body?

Our bodies are made up of about 70% water, actually a salt water fluid, similar to sea water.

Drinking enough water that is hydrating to your body is key to your health.

Ideally, you are drinking half of your body weight in ounces of water daily.
(For example, if you weigh 200 lbs, drink 100 ounces of water a day.)

The quality of water is as important as the quantity.

Tap water contains toxins such as fluoride, chlorine, hormones and medications from people using the restroom after taking birth control and other drugs.

Purified water may seem like a great alternative, however, it is missing minerals needed to be used by the body for hydration.

I recommend adding unheated sea salt or trace minerals to your drinking water to make it hydrating to the body.

Adding lemon to water makes it more alkaline and detoxifying but doesn’t add the minerals needed to make it hydrating. I suggest adding lemon in addition to Sel De Med (sea salt), Pink Salt or Polar Mins.

If you drink enough of the right water – half your body weight in ounces of mineralized water – and you are still dehydrated, you may need to address an underlying health condition. For example, the adrenals are in charge of maintaining proper fluid balance in the body. If you are highly stressed, you may need adrenal support, such as Adrenaven. If you retain water, you may need heart or kidney support, such as Renaven.

If you aren’t drinking much water right now, build up to the full amount slowly.

*The amount of sea salt (unheated, unprocessed) the average adult benefits from is 1/2 tsp daily or up 1 tsp for those who sweat a lot. Water and sea salt are especially important to consume enough during the heat of the summer.

Ways to Improve Your Sleep

Do you get restful sleep or do you wake up tired and sluggish?

While you’re sleeping your body is resting, repairing and rebuilding itself.
The amount and quality of sleep you get each night affects your weight and overall health and well-being as much as what you eat. Your sleep affects your mood, memory, energy, hormones, bowel function and much more!

Here are some tips to help you improve your sleep:

– Get sunlight during the day. Sun exposure helps you produce melatonin, the chemical that helps you sleep.
– Turn down the lights to prepare for bed. This will help your body start releasing melatonin.
– Do something relaxing for the hour before bed – read or take an epsom salt bath.
– Avoid electronics before bed. Electronics cause the mind to be active and the electromagnetic fields emitted can disturb melatonin production.
– Turn the thermostat to a comfortable temperature. Being too warm or too cool can disrupt your sleep.
– Darken your bedroom – use an eye mask or blackout curtains.
– Keep the room quiet, use earplugs or use a white noise machine.
– Pray or meditate to calm your mind and body and get into a restful state.

Supplements that can assist you in improving your sleep are:

Magnesium – take 4 capsules an hour before bed to get relaxed
Melatonin-ND – 2-4 mg an hour before bed if you have trouble staying asleep (other than waking up to use the restroom)
Gallbladder-ND – take 1-2 tsp an hour before bed if you can’t fall asleep because you lay in bed thinking and can’t stop your thoughts
Tranquinol – take 3-4 capsules before bed if you just have trouble falling asleep for no reason

If you wake up during the night at the same time, this can be a sign that you have a deficiency or toxicity with a specific gland or organ.

If you need assistance addressing the root issue of sleep issues, contact us to schedule a consultation, or contact a local natural health practitioner to help you.

Sleep is so important to our health. I hope these tips help you get a deeper, more restful sleep!

How to Recover from Adrenal Fatigue

Your adrenals are the small glands seated above your kidneys. They help your body deal with stress. Your health, energy, endurance and overall quality of life depend on their proper functioning. Adrenal Fatigue occurs when they are overstressed for long periods of time resulting in fatigue and exhaustion.

As part of the endocrine system, your adrenals secrete over 50 hormones, including Glucocorticoids (such as cortisol), Mineralocorticoids (such as aldosterone) and Adrenaline.

Glucocorticoids help your body convert food into energy, normalize blood sugar and support your immune system’s inflammatory response.

Mineralocorticoids help keep your blood pressure and blood volume normal by keeping proper balance of sodium, potassium and water in your body.

Adrenaline helps the conversion of glycogen to glucose in your liver, increases your heart rate and controls blood flow to your muscles and brain.

Common causes of excess stress, resulting in Adrenal Fatigue:

– Negative emotions, such as anger, fear, anxiety guilt and depression

– Excessive sugar, caffeine and other stimulants

– Excessive exercise

– Sleep deprivation

– Trauma or injury

– Temperature extremes

– Exposure to toxins, such as metals and chemicals

– Nutrition deficiencies, such as  B vitamins, vitamins A, C & E, manganese, zinc, chromium, selenium and other trace elements

– Severe allergies

– Chronic infections

Common symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue:

– Wake up during the night for no reason

– Low blood pressure

– Low libido

Low thyroid function

– Hypoglycemia

– Depression

– Hair falling off for no reason

– Irritable under stress

– Anxiety

– Foggy thinking

– Inability to handle stress

– Waking up feeling tired

– Feeling tired in the afternoon around 3 pm

– Cravings for salty or fatty foods

– Dry skin

– Chemical sensitivities, such as paint, nail polish, etc

– Joint pain

– Constipation

– Cold hands and feet

– Tinnitus (ringing in the ear)

– Shortness of breath

– Dark circles under eyes

Systemic Candida

– Hormonal imbalance

– Poor memory

Steps to Recover from Adrenal Fatigue:

– Get plenty of rest

– Exercise regularly but don’t overdo it – listen to your body

– Eat healthy, nutrient-dense whole foods, including cooked vegetables and animal proteins

– Avoid stimulants like sugar, coffee and soda

– Eat small meals or snacks every three or four hours to stabilize blood sugar

– Use nutritional supplements to support adrenals and address deficiencies

– Detox with near infrared saunas and enemas or colonic irrigation

– Attitudes of forgiveness, letting go, positive thoughts, gratitude and prayer are very helpful in speeding up recovery

– Laugh – watch comedies or have fun with friends

– Do fun and enjoyable hobbies and activities

This can help you get started on your road to recovery, however, it would be beneficial to work with a knowledgeable natural health care practitioner to find out if you have adrenal fatigue and then remedy it.

Improve Digestion for Weight Loss

Healthy Digestion is Key for Weight Loss

In order to receive the nutrients from your food and supplements and get rid of toxins and waste, you need healthy digestion. As you get enough nutrition and release waste, you will have an easier time losing weight and keeping it off.

Having proper stomach acid production supports digestion of protein and kills off bad bacteria. How do you support your own stomach acid production? Using unprocessed sea salt helps your body produce hydrochloric acid (stomach acid.) We recommend Premier Pink Salt which is a blend of unheated, air-dried sea salt and himalayan salt. 1/2 – 1 tsp daily is best for most people. People under the age 30 can usually produce enough stomach acid with just the sea salt. Some people, especially over the age of 30, require additional support with Premier HCL – 2 capsules after each meal.

Another important factor in healthy digestion is supplementing with digestive enzymes. If you are eating cooked food, we recommend taking Premier Digest – 1 capsule before each meal. If you are experiencing digestive symptoms such as gas, bloating, diarrhea or constipation, it’s best to take Critical Digestion by Enzyme Science – 1 capsule before each meal.

If you have ever been on an antiobiotic, it’s important to replenish your gut with the beneficial bacteria that was killed off when the bad bacteria was treated. An imbalance of probiotics in the gut can hinder digestion and cause such health symptoms as skin problems, immune deficiency, sugar cravings, weight gain and more.

What eating habits help you Improve Digestion for Weight Loss?

  • Eat slowly
  • Eat when relaxed – not stressed
  • Chew food completely
  • Limit liquid intake with your food
  • Eat wholefoods – not processed or refined

Be aware of how you feel an hour or two after you eat a meal. If you feel tired, anxious or out of sorts physically or emotionally, you may be eating foods you are sensitive to or that contain a toxin such as msg (often disguised by other names such as “natural flavors.”)

If you are following these tips and eating healthy whole foods, and still experiencing digestive problems or weight gain, it would be a good idea to contact us or another nutritionist or natural health practitioner. Some other underlying root causes of digestive issues are: parasites, congested colon or gallbladder, adrenal fatigue, lack of deep sleep, emotional blockages, dehydration, scars or injuries causing interference fields and more.

At Pure Life Nutrition, we use muscle testing to find root issues of weight and health challenges. You can contact us to have an in-person consultation and testing in the central Texas area or to schedule a phone consultation. There are many other healthcare practitioners who do the same or similar testing as we do that can help you find underlying causes to the weight or health issues you are experiencing.

You can do your part by eating a diet of healthy whole foods, drinking at least half your body in ounces of water daily and following the digestive tips above. If you need additional help, it’s out there. Whether you choose to work with us or another health professional, we want you to get the help and support you need.

Contact us at 512-773-8173 or info@purelifenutrition.com for help today!

Get Healthier with Houseplants

As you probably know, our homes and indoor spaces now days have poor air quality and are highly toxic. With us spending more time inside buildings and homes, it is more important than ever for us to breathe in clean air.

There are chemicals known as VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) found in our walls, flooring, furniture and even our clothing. These chemicals include formaldehyde, benzene and Trichloroethylene, just to name a few. These same chemicals in our homes have been found to make people sick from allergies to chronic illnesses. According to the EPA, indoor air pollution is one of the top 5 threats to public health in the US.

A study was conducted by B.C. Wolverton, Ph.D. at NASA on these chemicals. It showed that having indoor plants help to filter and clean the air from these chemicals.

Get Healthier with Houseplants…

The 10 best indoor plants for air filtration are:

1. Aloe Vera
2. Peace Lily
3. Spider Plant
4. Boston fern
5. Bamboo Palm
6. Dracaena
7. English Ivy
8. Heart Leaf Philodendron
9. Rubber Plant
10. Chrysanthemum

To properly filter a home, the recommended amount of plants is 1, 6-8 inch size potted plant for every 100 sq. ft.  But, even just a few plants are better than none!

Blog written by guest blogger, Shellee Winkler. Thank you, Shellee, for giving us this information!

What an inexpensive and beautiful way to improve the air we breath and our health!

Personally, I keep a Spider plant in my bedroom because it is one of a few plants that does well with less sunlight. And, I have an Aloe plant in my front area where I see clients.

If you have plants (or plan on getting some), please share what you have and if you’ve noticed a difference since having it/them!

Symptoms of Digestive Enzyme Deficiency

Enzymes: Life Cannot Exist Without Them

Enzymes are needed for every chemical reaction that takes place in the body.

Many people today eat highly processed and highly heated foods that are void of enzymes.  This puts a strain on the body to provide all of the digestive enzymes needed to digest the food.  Even those people who are eating a relatively healthy diet have a diminished production of digestive enzymes in the body.

Here are some symptoms of digestive enzyme deficiency:

Protease (digests protein) Deficiency Symptoms:

Anxiety, low blood sugar, kidney problems, back problems, candida, bacterial and viral infections, constipation, gingivitis, hearing loss, parasites, insomnia, water retention, cancer, arthritis.

Lipase (digests fat) Deficiency Symptoms:

High cholesterol, cardiovascular problems, obesity, diabetes, cystitis, diarrhea, chronic fatigue.

Amylase (digests carbs) Deficiency Symptoms:

Allergies, cold hands and feet, depression, fatigue, mood swings, neck and shoulder aches, PMS, skin problems (rashes, hives, herpes, canker sores), hot flashes.

Cellulase (digests fiber) Deficiency Symptoms:

Candidiasis (yeast infections), gas, bloating, acute food allergies, facial pain or paralysis.

Sucrase (digests sugars) Deficiency Symptoms:

Lung problems, asthma, bronchitis, seizures, hyperactivity, mood swings, insomnia, depression, chronic diarrhea, dizziness.

Combination Deficiency Symptoms:

Chronic allergies, chronic fatigue, colds, diverticulitis, irritable bowel syndrome, sinus infections.

Supplementing with digestive enzymes is as easy as taking 1 capsule before each meal. Try Premier Digest for regular digestive support or Enzyme Science Critical Digestion for more advanced digestive support!

Helpful Tips for Weight Loss

Drink More Water

Drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water for proper hydration. Drinking enough water flushes out toxins and gives a feeling of satiety helping stave off false hunger pangs and overeating.

The quality of water you drink is as important as the amount you drink. Purfied water with added minerals or ionized water is the best for proper absorption and hydration.

Get Enough Sleep

Lack of sleep can disrupt the balance of key hormones that control appetite which can result in overeating.

  • Go to bed at the same time every night. The hours of sleep before midnight are more effective and beneficial than the hours after midnight.
  • Wind down with a bath, book or other restful activity for an hour before bed to prepare your body for a deep, restful sleep.
  • Avoid bright lights, loud noises, electronics or stressful activities before bed.
  • Get fresh air and sunlight during the day. Sunlight helps with Melatonin production which is needed for proper sleep.

Eat Less Carbs

Many studies show that when people cut carbs, their appetite goes down and they lose weight. Eliminate processed carbs, such as flour and sugar and limit other carbs, such as wholegrains.

Vegetables, leafy greens and fruit are carbs that are healthy and nutritious and can be beneficial in a healthy, wholefood weight loss program.

Eat High Quality Protein

According to studies, protein has been shown to reduce cravings by 60%, boost metabolism by 80-100 calories per day and help you eat up to 441 fewer calories per day.

Sources of High Quality Protein include:

  • Organic Grass-fed beef
  • Organic Free Range chicken and turkey
  • Organic Cage-Free Eggs
  • Wild Caught Fish/Seafood
  • Raw, organic milk
  • Raw, organic, aged cheese
  • Homemade yogurt or kefir
  • Premier Whey protein powder

Increase Fiber

Eating plenty of greens and raw or steamed veggies provides fiber to help you feel satisfied, eat less and maintain bowel regularity.

Get Exercise

Whether you go to the gym and lift weights or go for a walk in your neighborhood, exercise is an important part of being healthy and losing excess weight. Find activities you enjoy to burn calories and build muscle.

Do you have other helpful tips for weight loss to share?

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