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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

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

Stop Spinning the diet cycle around and around

Why are toning blends some of the Best Selling Essential Oils? There are a number of reasons why so many people enjoy the amazing benefits of a good metabolic blend. Lets start out first by talking a little bit about the oil.

A metabolic blend is a special formula designed to help one manage appetite and cravings between meals during the day. I like using a blend of lemon, grapefruit, ginger, peppermint, and cinnamon oils among other oils. For best results add eight drops to a glass of water and drink in between your meals during the day to help you manage hunger and overcome cravings. The oil also can lift moods and relax your stomach. It has a wonderful taste unlike other sakes and gives a delicious flavor to water. It is great for supporting hydration with exercise. Essential oils also have 0 calories, has no artificial sweeteners or colors. WOOT!! Right?

So how does this work? Well a fit body offers a lifetime of vitality and energy and helps to prevent degenerative diseases. It is important to manage weight and a healthy body which can be done by watching food intake as this is one of the biggest factors. It is best to eat less food and even replace manufactured and processed food for healthy all natural foods.

But for those of us with genetically sugar craving metabolisms… yes that exists… it can be so hard. I mean really, can you imaging looking at a cream pie and not even feeling a urge to consume it simply because you don’t feel the enticing. The food would still taste great but the want for it isn’t as difficult to overcome. Food can be emotionally and physically. When one is hungry they receive strong signals from the brain and various parts of the body letting us know we need nutrients. Generally with the urge we respond with eating and our body feels the rewards.

In the developed countries people often consume many more calories than needed for supporting healthy life. By reducing the calories consumed when dieting feels difficult especially when our bodies are conditioned to our nations higher calorie diet. All it takes is eating healthy foods in smaller amounts, using Slim and Sassy and using a regular exercise program to get to your ideal and healthy weight.

Primary Benefits

  • metabolic blends reduce food cravings which can help you to reduced calorie intake
  • Offers an uplifting support tool to manage appetite and food hunger in between meals

My favorite use of a Metabolic Blend is for those who participate in a weight loss program or portion control program. It is done by eating less and having a regular work out.

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February 12, 2012   No Comments

All the new 2012 Quarter One releases from Beachbody!

You wanted it, so you got it!! Here is your exclusive sneak peek at new releases in the FIRST QUARTER of 2012. Many more products will be released later in the year!

Coach Member Fee Waived: This started as a short-term promotion but will be permanent for any new coach that purchases a Challenge Pack. You must enroll as a coach first (CLICK HERE) place the Challenge Pack in your cart, and you have just became a “product of the product” and got your foot in the door saving up to $54.00. AVAILABLE NOW!

P90x Qualification:

The opportunity to become qualified to teach the P90X format will be available online for $99 (coaches save 10%) AVAILABLE 3-4th week in January!

P90x Certification:

The opportunity to become certified to teach the P90X format will become available by attending a 2-day, extremely thorough and intense training program. It will include everything you need to become certified to teach the P90X format at a cost of $399 (coaches save 10%) AVAILABLE March, 2012! I know they have dates scheduled for Southern California and are looking at different locations around the US for other dates!

Tai Cheng Fitness Program:

The Tai Cheng Fitness Program which is based on classical Tai Chi techniques, ancient Chi Kung practices, and modern corrective exercise patterns that both rehab and prehab the body, improving the body’s metabolism, joint function, stress management, and athletic performance! AVAILABLE 1st or 2nd week in February!

Tropical Strawberry Shakeology: Our very first Vegan recipe. Guaranteed to knock your socks off! Also part of our brand new “Ultimate” line of products. AVAILABLE February 14, 2012!

Energy & Endurance Formula Pre-Workout Drink: Customers have asked for this forever. It’s an amazing pre-workout drink without all the harmful chemicals of supermarket energy drinks

  • Improve energy, endurance, and focus.
  • Burn more calories and fat to get ripped faster.
  • Maximize muscle performance to build muscle faster.
  • Only 20 calories/serving.

Give your body the boost it needs for maximum performance in a delicious lemon lime flavor. AVAILABLE NOW!

21 day Ultimate Reset Body Cleanse: This will include an “Ultimate” line of high end nutritional products to cleanse and nourish your body. AVAILABLE March 2012!

Beachbody Apparel: New styles, new fabrics and now retail commissions of 15% for coaches! AVAILABLE in a few weeks!

If you have ever contemplated this opportunity, DON’T WAIT…DO IT! Feel confident knowing you are joining a company that has just been inducted into the Better Business Bureau’s Hall of Fame!

This opportunity has brought me so much, and I am so excited to share it with you!

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January 31, 2012   No Comments

Chakra simplicity

Seven Chakras  and spirituality symbols

A great way to improve your health and well being is through chakra balancing. The use of essential oils is one way to achieve this balance. The Essential Oils that come from the best sources are something that you will see as being unique, and often the key to your balance. If you feel like you are struggling in your life, it could be that you are out of balance. Using essential oils will give give your body and mind a boost and help blocked or unbalanced chakras heal. And it’s easy to do.

So you might ask me, what are chakras? Chakras are our energy centers. They are the openings for life energy to flow into and out of our aura. Their function is to vitalize the physical body and to bring about the development of our self-consciousness. They are associated with our physical, mental and emotional interactions. There are seven major chakras. The aura is often referred to as the eighth chakra.

Every feeling and all of our senses are integrated with a different chakra. Each chakra is linked to a different part of the endocrine system. As far back as you look in the traditional Chinese medicine there was this practice. In Chinese medicine, these oils are described as yin nourishing and as such, they nourish and balance our endocrine system helping it to better respond and coordinate our body’s response to infection. The Endocrine Connection is truly important to our Chakras and it’s something you may not have heard about before. This new branch of medicine combines the interaction of our immune system and our endocrine system. We know that our endocrine system acts as a communication system in our body, directing and triggering a number of metabolic activities based on information it receives from all our other physiological systems. And we know that our Chakras are set off by the same things.  A number of essential oils  are known to balance and harmonize our endocrine system and balance out our Chakras naturally. Why is this so important?

When we experience stress or other environmental factors, the chakras can become blocked making our bodies natural energies work too hard. In fact did you know that a person does not have to look beyond his own home environment to discover which chakra centers may be problematic or blocked. Hoarders are especially at risk of a complete chakra system shutdown. Taking a tour of your living space will help give you clues as to which of your chakras need attention. Blocked chakras can manifest by letting the laundry pile up, with physical ailments, emotional breakdowns, or spiritual issues. Keeping the chakras open and balanced keeps our energies flowing correctly and can help keep us healthy. I recently had to realize this as I found my house slowly breaking down in front of me.

The Chakra Balancing Kit includes:

10 essential oil blends

1. 15 ML massage Blend contains basil, cypress, marjoram, peppermint, and lavender.

2. 15 ML cleansing Blend contains wild orange, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary.

3. 15 ML uplifting Blend contains lavandin, tangerine, elemi, lemon myrtle, melissa, ylang ylang, osmanthus, and sandalwood.

4. 15 ML grounding Blend contains lavender, sweet marjoram, roman chamomile, ylang ylang, sandalwood, and vanilla bean.

5. 5 ML determination Blend contains rose, jasmine, bergamot, cinnamon, cistus, vetiver, ylang ylang, cocoa, vanilla, sandalwood, and patchouli.

6. 15 ML respiratory Blend contains laurel leaf, peppermint, eucalyptus, tea tree, lemon and ravensara.

7. 15 ML digestive Blend contains ginger, peppermint, tarragon, fennel, caraway, coriander, and anise.

8. 15 ML citrus Blend contains wild orange, lemon, grapefruit, mandarin, bergamot, tangerine, clementine, and vanilla.

9. 15 ML intuitive Blend contains spruce, rosewood, frankincense, and blue tansy.

10. 15 ML purifying Blend contains lemon, lime, pine, citronella, melaleuca, and cilantro.

I personally find that the best way to bring balance to a clogged or congested chakra is to work directly on the chakra by applying a suitable essential oil blend. This kit is the essential way to do this, and so it will include a step by step instructional guide to walk you through the process of chakra balancing as well as other ways to use these oil blends for your health and well being.

Want to find out more about your Chakra? Take this three minute test to learn more. CLICK HERE

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January 15, 2012   No Comments