Hey Hey Hotstuff,
For the last few months, I have – to put it bluntly – felt like dog crap! It snuck up on me because early Summer I started a new vitamin and supplement program and was feeling fairly energetic. In August, I felt faint a few times and my energy was like a yo yo. One minute, I felt fine then the next day like I was living life through mud. By the beginning of October, I was beyond fatigued and so foggy brained I was fishing for words. The PMS was intensified (poor Aaron) and I was weepy the week before my period and the week after. Do the math – that means I only had one good week. My weight fluctuated like a blow fish without changing my eating or workout program. Yes, I know at my age the hormones are ever-changing, but there seems to be more to it. With all the beautifully blessed things going on in my life- I want to be fully present to appreciate every minute of it. Not just one week a month. That simply is not God’s plan for how we should live. One of my life verses is John 10:10 which says that He came that we might have life and have it to the full until it overflows. Ummm- overflow means a lot, not just one week a month.
SCREECH!! Slamming on the breaks. No mam, I’ve had enough and this started effecting my work. Part of being a great TV Host is thinking quick on your feet. My head was feeling disconnected and for someone who is high energy and usually super sharp- this just sucks. I listened to the signals my body was giving me and consulted my holistic doctor to find out the root of my issues!
My lifestyle is healthier than most people so how on earth can I feel so lethargic, blue, achy and overall crappy? Ladies, I share this journey with you because I am on a mission to help women live their best and healthiest lives. Transparency about my journey (the good and the bad) is important to me. If I am open about my life and it helps just one of you — mission accomplished. You’ve heard me say this a million times, but – true beauty shines from the inside out. When we feel good, we look good then we can go out and do good in this world. It shocked me to find out from talking to other women that too many are living life with low energy, anxiety, depression and aches. They are misdiagnosed or the doc puts them on an anti-depressant without treating the real issues.
ARE YOU CHECKING IN WITH YOURSELF REGULARLY?
ARE YOU IN TUNE WITH YOUR BODY OR DO YOU IGNORE THE SIGNS?
Many women are living with a combo of thyroid imbalance, clogged lymphatic system, candida (if you wonder what that is, watch my old video) and shot adrenal glands. If you live a high stress and anxious lifestyle, your adrenals are fatigued from working over time. First off, you need to lighten your schedule and remove as many stressors as you can. I was told that living in a high stress, congested city like Los Angeles as long as I did would definitely fatigue my adrenals. I found out this is exactly the combo of issues that I am dealing with. When both your thyroid and adrenals are out of whack- EVERYTHING in your body goes out of whack! I also found out that I’m “chronically dehydrated”. This was puzzling because I thought I was good about drinking water. Ask all my friends- I go everywhere with a large water bottle filled with water. When the body is dehydrated, it is a breeding ground for all kinds of bacteria buildup and infection. Just like a stagnant pool of water.
WHAT AM I GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?
There are several simple holistic methods to balance the body. I admit, since moving to Texas- I have veered from my strict health program. Shame on me! On top of that when life gets too busy, our health and well being are the first to suffer. This week I began a detox program and happy to say- I am already feeling a bit better. Over the next few weeks, I will share some of my detox activities, but if you are having serious issues, please talk to you doc.
[DISCLAIMER] These are holistic/Ayurvedic tips — which is one of the world’s oldest whole-body healing systems. (Developed centuries ago in India) Results may vary for each person.
DETOX TIP #1: REBOUNDING (jumping on a mini trampoline)
Your mom may have had one of these in the 80’s. Remember the Jazzercise craze and high cut leotards? Well, this is actually one of the very best exercises for overall vitality and stimulating the lymphatic system. The lymph system bathes every cell carrying nutrients to the cell and waste products away. The lymph is totally dependent on physical exercise to get it moving! It’s the best 15-20 minutes you can do for your body daily. I jump after my morning devotional time while I’m catching up on the news. A cup of coffee, green smoothie and 15 minute rebounding session gets my day started off with plenty of energy. I can literally feel the oxygen flood my body. It’s amazing! I researched several brands and chose the Gold’s Gym 36″ Circuit Trainer – shown above. It is quick and easy to assemble, lightweight and super sturdy. If you kept it in your bedroom, it would slide easily under the bed.
Here’s the 411:
The lymphatic system is the metabolic garbage can of the body. It rids you of toxins such as dead and cancerous cells, nitrogenous wastes, infectious viruses, heavy metals, and other assorted junk cast off by the cells. The movement performed in rebounding provides the stimulus for a free-flowing system that drains away these potential poisons.
Without adequate movement, the cells are left stewing in their own waste products and starving for nutrients, a situation that contributes to arthritis, cancer and other degenerative diseases. Vigorous exercise such as rebounding [jumping on a therapeutic mini-trampoline] is reported to increase lymph flow by 15 to 30 times. Also, bones become stronger with exercise.
Vertical motion workouts such as rebounding are much different and much more beneficial and efficient than horizontal motion workouts, such as jogging or running.
It is important to realize that as you age, your body may become more toxic due to the pollutants in today’s world. It is also important to realize that if you have a disease, your cellular structure is compromised, as your cells are already being robbed of the correct oxygen, mineral and nutrient compounds that they need to stay healthy.via Wellbeingjournal.com
LIST OF 10 BENEFITS:
- 20 minutes of rebounding = 1 hour of running for cardiovascular workout
- Strengthens the heart muscle
- Great for skeletal system and increasing bone mass
- Helps improve digestion
- Increases endurance on a cellular level by stimulating mitochondrial production (these are responsible for cell energy)
- Improves balance by stimulating the vestibule in the middle ear
- Helps circulate oxygen throughout the body to increase energy
- Improves muscle tone throughout the body
- Helps support the thyroid and adrenals
- Helps improve the effects of other exercising
Please take care of yourself sista. Life is short and we are only given one body to carry us through. I want to enjoy all of it! Be conscious of what you are putting in your mouth and drink half your body weight in ouches of water daily.
Your body is a Temple, not a Trash can.
Don’t worry- we still have the style videos on the schedule I just need to focus on this program and sorting it all out right now. I’m excited to find out the issues and make the changes, then share those findings with you.
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I would love to hear from you and if you’ve dealt with any of these issues.