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Time to Balance Out Hormones and Fitness

Have you heard about the hypothalamic–pituitary–thyroid axis or the HPT Axis for short? This is the most important hormone area in my opinion for those trying to lose weight or balance hormones. A study done found that when you do long high intense workouts the Serum T and Free Testosterone will start to decrease in a number of weeks. This has an effect of that “low t” syndrome that you may have heard about. When you exercise you want to feel those great endorphins that are released by your pituitary gland when it’s working well. Overexercising then starts to cause this inflammatory issue within the HPT Axis. And then add in this over abundance of hormones that you don’t want raised and you start to inhibit your endorphin production.

Also they’ve studied and found that for both men and women this decrease, especially the lower FT level is a significant predictor for loss of muscle mass. I saw a Finish study that showed that doing a heavy lifting session of just 5 reps produced the highest testosterone response. And so for those lifting to increase testosterone you want to make sure most of your resistance training is being done with compound exercises that work many muscle groups at once. Think CVX or Total Synergy.

I know so many moms that get 3 hours of sleep, then do a long run and cannot figure out why their testosterone is so off. Let me share with you, cortisol reduces and antagonizes free testosterone levels.This cortisol dysfunction promotes abdominal fat gain and again, muscle loss. Stressing your body out by overtraining, too much stress and not enough sleep is a one way ticket to this HPT Axis crash.

Yesterday I talked a lot about estrogen, but that is because estrogen inhibits thyroid activity. That leads you down the road to low thyroid. If you have the right compliment of progesterone, testosterone and balanced cortisol levels your thyroid is a happy camper. That means you have to balance out the testosterone in order to have functional estrogen.

Dr. Willian Hrushesky believes that natural killer cell activity and interleukin 2, both powerful immune system components, are compromised by estrogen dominance and promoted by adequate progesterone. His opinions were presented in the Journal of Women’s Health.
Dr. John  Morrow, PhD and Dr. David Isenberg PhD say that estrogen has been shown to decrease the size of the thymus [depresses immune system] and to cause a reduction in the level of thymic hormone in the blood.

So how are you going to balance out that testosterone, for you that means less heavy, and more HIIT. Something like Focus T25 is going to be better for someone dealing with PCOS and higher testosterone levels than someone that has low testosterone and needs to boost it.

So it’s time to balance out those hormones

Paleo Vegeo I Barbara Christensen I Balance Your Hormones With Fitness
And having overdone it your entire life by keeping those estrogen levels low has been linked to dementia. I think that’s another reason why you are seeing more and more fitness professionals asking women to reduce their workouts, get them done quicker and placing more value on taking time to stretch and relax. It’s time to think, since if you are here you hopefully are already thinking ancestrally, so when you think about movement think about your ancestors a little bit more. 

Mark Sisson has said you should lift heavy things, sprint a little, and move at a slower pace. And my favorite doc, Dr. Daniel Amen, recommends to optimize your hormone levels throughout the day you should do daily interval training, balance your insulin levels, sleep well and lower your stress. Getting the right workout matters, and it has to be the right one for your hormones, too. Am I right? You will give your body a better fighting chance if you functionally approach your fitness in a manner that works with your body. Otherwise you will be like most of the studies I have seen that show group after group that saw almost no changes in their weight regardless of weeks of putting in hours and hours of time on the treadmill. So make sure you balance your hormones with the right workout. Lower estrogen, lower testosterone… eat right and try something fast and simple like P90X3 or even Body Beast. For those with high testosterone, struggling with PCOS give a good HIIT workout like Focus T25 orCombat a look over.

Finally, take a listen to Dr. Hill as he talks about hormone balance, and natural ways to support your system which you know I am very passionate about.

If you are looking to get tested to see where your hormone levels are head over to my coaching lab and order your own tests. http://bijacoaching.com/LabTests I would be happy to help you in any way that I can, but this can help and you can take your results to your doctor to start putting together an action plan for health.


January 11, 2014   No Comments

Supplementation supporting our DNA, Vitality and overall Health more than you know

Supplementation supporting our DNA, Vitality and overall Health using doTERRA

Athlete, Nutritionist & Exercise Physiologist Melissa Guthrie, teaches us about the key points of why you need supplementation in your nutrition.
In a perfect world you would eat mostly plants, very clean foods and get all of the nutrients you need from your food. But most of us do not have that ability. And many things we consume are not highly dense nutritionally, but we need to start learning how to fill in those gaps.
I love using nutritional supplements to get that gap filled in. I use Shakeology and WheySmart for these reasons, but I am such a fan on making sure you are getting the essential fatty acids, bioavailabile nutrition, minerals and cellular energy. That is where the LifeLong Vitality supplements come into play.

You know that I use essential oils in my life a lot. Right now my morning capsule of lavender, lemon and peppermint allows me to go outdoors without dying from the pollen. I am a girl that should live in a bubble with all of my allergies, and my environmental allergies are huge! I have learned to use nature to heal myself, and real foods are the foundation, essential oils come from these real foods and plants. Also the LifeLong Vitality supplements come from real whole foods. And at a cellular level we’ve seen some clinically supported benefits like: healing digestive issues, bone and joint pain subsiding, depression and other neurological problems getting better, boosted metabolism… all because of the way that these supplements work within the cells of our bodies.

Take a short time to watch this webinar, and learn a little bit about what is happening inside and outside of your body, and what you can do to live a longer, healthier life. I believe very strongly that doTERRA is going to help me as I continue to age. I’ll be 45 this year, and I feel like I’m in my 30′s… and in fact often times people believe I’m in my late 20′s or early 30′s. That’s health. Health = Life!

doTERRA LifeLong Vitality Program
Look, Feel, Live Younger Longer

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March 29, 2013   No Comments

Clinical studies on weight loss and immune support products like Beachbody, Ocean Avenue and doTERRA

Clinical studies on weight loss and immune support products like Beachbody, Ocean Avenue and doTERRA
Clinical Studies on weight loss and immune support products


Be concerned about companies that aren’t doing clinical studies on their products. I feel good knowing that Beachbody, Ocean Avenue and doTERRA all have clinical studies as an important foundations. Why is this so important to me?

The OIG reported just last month how it was very concerned about the lack of compliance

with substantiation and notification requirements for structure/function claims on both weight loss and immune support supplements. Seven percent of the supplements lacked the required disclaimer by the FDA, and 20 percent included prohibited disease claims on their labels. These results raise questions about the extent to which structure/function claims are truthful and not misleading. And what about where they are actually manufacturing your products?? Twenty-eight percent of contacted companies had facilities that failed to register with FDA as required. Of the companies with facilities that did register, 72 percent failed to provide the complete and accurate information required in the registry. Finally, 20 percent of dietary supplement labels did not provide the required telephone numbers or addresses. Seriously??

You need to do your homework on a product before you jump in. I know that the products I recommend, both products I sell and products I do not sell; I know that they are being testing, processed safely and that I would give them to myself or the people I love without being concerned.

Let’s talk about just one clinical study done by doTERRA

Clinical study done on doTERRA LemongrassLemongrass has been proven to lower cholesterol. The University of Wisconsin has published the results of a clinical trial, involving 22 people with high cholesterol.  The participants were given 140 mg capsules of lemongrass oil daily.  On average, cholesterol was lowered from 310 to 294.

Others involved in this study also had a significant drop in blood lipids.  They experienced a 25-point drop in cholesterol, after one month, and this positive trend continued over the course of the short study.  Once the responders stopped taking lemongrass, their cholesterol returned to previous levels.

Companies like this, and the studies they are doing are amazing to me. I hope it showcases why I’m so passionate about the products.


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November 12, 2012   No Comments

doTERRA’s new vital supplements – DDR Prime and Mito2Max

doTERRA’s new vital supplements – DDR Prime and Mito2Max

Mito2Max Doterra from Life Essentially Barbara ChristensenSomeone just asked me about the two new doTERRA supplements (Mito2Max and DDR Prime). For starters Mito2Max is like your wake up pill, and no diet coke or coffee needed. It’s got the ALA in it, and that’s a huge deal. ALA can prevent or cause improvement in numerous health problems. Benefits include: preventing diabetes, assisting with blood flow and blood triglyceride levels (which limits atherosclerosis), limiting hypertension, exhibiting powerful antioxidant activity, protecting nerve cells, and decreasing several risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease (the number-one killer in the Western world). It increases your energy naturally, and I’m using it help increase the anerobic function in my body. ALA is “scientifically proven” ability to enhance creatine uptake – so that should make you muscle Body Beast guys really really happy!!

What about the amazing formulation of DDR Prime with the Nanosomal Lipid Delivery System

DDR Prime doTERRA Essential Oil Nanosomal Lipid Delivery System from Life Essentially Barbara ChristensenSecond is the DDR Prime.  You may not have realized it but when cellular DNA and other structures are compromised, cells can fail to regenerate, fail to function as programmed, and fail to initiate the normal and healthy process of cellular turnover and renewal. DDR Prime includes the pure aromatic compounds of frankincense, wild orange, lemongrass, thyme, summer savory, clove, and niaouli that have been shown in clinical studies to support cellular health and vitality.  So this amazing supplement has the Frankincense, Thyme & Lemongrass help to prevent that DNA damage. Lemongrass, Clove & Wild Orange induce apoptosis, which is the programmed cell death of the bad cells (like cancer) in your body. Imagine it is like sending in the troops to get rid of the damaged cells in your body. YAY!! You can learn more at http://shop.LifeEssentially.com or msg me. It uses Nanosomal Lipid Delivery System that can take on the stomach acids and still be able to get the job done. Lipids or fats, in this case essential fatty acids and essential oils, cannot pass the water layer in the intestine without being emulsified or broken down into micelles. Technically, the Nanosomal Lipid Assimilation System is nutrient delivery technology that pre-emulsifies dietary lipids and lipid-soluble essential oils for enhanced absorption in the gut and distribution through the lymph channel.

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November 6, 2012   4 Comments

Cleansing to prepare for a healthy pregnancy naturally

Cleansing to prepare for a healthy pregnancy naturally is the best option for a healthy pregnancy

Preparing for pregnancy with a good healthy cleanse is a great start to your things off right. It’s really important when you are preparing for conception to renew your body, blood, and uterus because there are many so toxins that can accumulate in the liver, uterus and your fat tissues over the years. Some of these toxins are:

  • -Mercury
  • Copper
  • Medications
  • Environmental toxins
  • Candida
  • Birth control
  • Smoke
  • Pesticides
  • Excess hormones

I was just taking to a friend yesterday about how a lot of children these days are born with excessive tissue copper. It is passed from high-copper mothers to their children through the placenta. Why be interested in copper?? Copper imbalance in children is associated with delayed development, attention deficit disorder, anti-social and hyperactive behavior, autism, learning difficulties and infections such as ear infections. Anyone seen a rise in these issues in our society today? There are also a lot of forms of bad bacteria that you may have that you can pass onto your baby via the placenta. These are things that our grandparents didn’t have to worry about, but you should!

If you are ready to get ready…. then contact me to get started. I have two separate options, and if you are already pregnant, I can offer some suggestions as to which one would be the best for you, but once pregnant you should not cleanse, but I can still offer some healthful essential oils to support a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby.


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November 3, 2012   No Comments