There’s an 80% Chance You Have This

The Prevalence of Leaky Gut Adrenal Fatigue Leaky gut Thyroid Jenn Malecha

It’s the most under diagnosed or overlooked condition by the majority of western medicine doctors, and the most common issue I see in my functional diagnostic health coaching practice.

It’s called Leaky Gut.

In the functional medicine world, Leaky Gut is widely known and addressed.  As Hippocrates once said “all disease begins in the gut.”

In fact, functional medicine doctors are saying that 80% of the population has this. And I can certainly attest to it- every single one of my coaching clients has had it.

Researchers are starting to call the gut your 2nd brain because it has so much power over all the systems of the body.  So when it’s leaky, that means your health is in trouble.

The gut is where 80% of your immune system is housed.  It’s where you make your sleep hormone melatonin.  It’s where you absorb vitamins and nutrients from food to be used to support all bodily functions.  And it’s where neurotransmitters like serotonin (the happy hormone) and dopamine (the wellbeing hormone) are produced.

So, can you imagine how much disarray can be caused when the gut isn’t performing all of its duties right?

It would be like removing the engine from a car and still expecting it to be able to run.

In this week’s video I talk more about the prevalence of leaky gut, how it comes to be and what you can do to heal it.

Leaky gut doesn’t just happen overnight, it’s something that has been in the works for a long time.  Some of the biggest contributing factors include:

  1. Eating processed or inflammatory foods (gluten, dairy, sugar, soy, alcohol are top of the list!)

  2. Gut invaders- parasites, bacteria, yeast overgrowth

  3. Exposure to environmental toxins/chemicals

  4. Use of over-the-counter and/or prescription medications

I’m sure you could check the box for just about every one of those.  And just think, over the last 5, 10, 15 or more years how often have you encountered those things?  This is the perfect storm that leaves a trail for leaky gut.

Leaky gut means that the intestinal lining of your G.I. tract has been damaged- it literally has holes in it which allows toxins into the bloodstream, resulting in all kinds of metabolic chaos internally.

This chaos can commonly show up as…

  • Food sensitivities or allergies

  • Digestive issues, heartburn, IBS, irregular bowel movements

  • Thyroid problems, particularly Hashimotos thyroiditis

  • Mood swings, anxiety, depression, ADD, ADHD and autism

  • Constant joint and muscle pain, arthritis, headaches

  • Eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, acne

  • Unexplained weight gain or struggle with weight loss

Don’t worry, if you have leaky gut you’re not doomed.  It is possible to come back from it and live a healthy life.  When you clean up your diet, check for and get rid of gut invaders, and implement healing supplements, you can start feeling better in as little as a week!  Healing the gut is a process but it is possible.

This is exactly what I’ll be focusing on in my new Get Your Gut In Gear group program.

In this program you’ll get access to an at-home stool sample screening test to see exactly what is going on in your gut.  You’ll get to work with me one-on-one to personalize a healing plan just for you, and then work through the pieces of that plan in a small group sessions over the course of 4 months.

It’s time to Get Your Gut In Gear! Your body will love you for it.

There are only 10 spots total available, and enrollment closes April 26th.

Get all the details and enroll here!

The #1 Thing Your Doctor Isn’t Talking About (+7 Days left!)

Get Your Gut In Gear Adrenal Fatigue Leaky gut Thyroid Jenn Malecha

Are you tired of getting the runaround from your doctor about your biggest, most annoying and frustrating health complaints?

Does bloating, digestive upset, joint aches and pains, migraines, breakouts, allergies (the list goes on!) get in the way of enjoying everyday life?

Do you feel frustrated or lost because you know something just isn’t right with your body but you don’t know what to do about it?

I totally get it.  I’ve been there too. It wasn’t long ago that I was in your shoes.

My health was declining; allergies were getting worse, migraines more frequent, suffering from joint aches and pains daily, and no matter what I did, nothing seemed to help.

I tried chiropractors, acupuncturists, massage, various over-the-counter medications, and herbal remedies.  Sometimes my symptoms would subside for a few days or weeks and then come back full force. And other weird things starting popping up that I had never had before…teeth grinding, skin breakouts and weight gain.

I literally tried anything and everything that had a hint of a promise to help me feel better.  I must have spent hundreds or thousands of dollars on all different therapies, not to mention hours of energy going to appointments and researching new things to try that I’ll never get back.

And then I became a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (aka health detective).

WHAT I FOUND WAS…

My gut was a mess!  It was leaky (really leaky!) letting all kinds of toxins into my bloodstream and very inflamed.  I also had a serious H. Pylori bacteria overgrowth problem – the reason for my migraines and mid-back pain!

Using my functional diagnostic knowledge I applied a systematic approach to healing and cleaning out my gut- one that was precise in dealing with the root of the problem, targeted towards my individual needs and that consistently produced results.

Now I want to share what I’ve learned to help heal others who are unknowingly also suffering from something in their gut, thus the…

GET YOUR GUT IN GEAR PROGRAM WAS BORN!!! (check it out here)

Check out this quick video to find out more about the program.

I’ve used these principles over and over again with clients, and myself, to improve gut function and maintain health.  Here’s what clients have said about doing gut healing work with me…

“I’ve been working with Jenn to find my energy, clear my mind and to get my motivation back.  Honestly, my doctor is not on top of things like leaky gut and adrenal fatigue, which are my main issues. I am seeing more and more information out there describing the symptoms I’ve been experiencing over the last few years, and Jenn has been the only one to address it. I really find my work with Jenn to be very helpful and it’s actually working for me.”- Jen B., Maryland

Here’s how the program works:

Over the course of this 4-month group program you will…

  • Use an at-home stool sample test to take a deep dive look at your gut health

  • Identify gut invaders and pinpoint healing opportunities

  • Have THREE one-on-one sessions with me to personalize your gut rebuilding plan

  • Attend eight bi-weekly Group Sessions to guide you through the healing process

  • Tackle and eradicate gut invaders with customized herbal supplements

  • Re-build your gut health to prevent invaders and damage in the future

  • Get a 20% discount on all supplements

  • Heal your body using proper diet, rest, exercise, stress reduction, and supplementation

  • Get access to a private Facebook Group for extra guidance and community support

  • Try easy DIY liver flushing and toxin reducing exercises to fully restore health

The great thing about this program is it is personalized to meet your specific gut health needs.  It’s like working one-on-one with me, but at one third of the cost!

To make sure you get the undivided attention you deserve, I am limiting this program to a maximum of 10 people.  There are still a few spots left and enrollment closes Thursday, April 26th at 8:59pm PT/ 11:59pm ET.  

It’s time to Get Your Gut In Gear – grab your spot here today!  

Stomach Cancer Causing Bacteria (+New Gut Group Open!)

This is serious, there’s a 50% chance you have this and don’t even know it.

I’ve had it, the majority of my clients have had it, even my dog has it (currently working on getting rid of it!).  It’s exchanged through saliva, so if you’ve kissed anyone who has it, then you likely have it too.

It’s H. Pylori and studies show that it infects more than 50% of the population.

This opportunistic bacteria that can live in your gut has been linked to ulcers and stomach cancer.  It’s been studied extensively and has also been linked to…

  • Migraines
  • Heartburn
  • Mid-back pain
  • Rosacea
  • Food Allergies,
  • Vitamin B12 deficiency
  • NSAID gastropathy (inflammation from NSAIDs use)
  • Gastric carcinoma (stomach cancer)
  • Lymphoma (cancer/tumors in the lymph system)

My main symptoms when I had it were migraines and mid-back pain.  Once I got rid of the H. Pylori they just simply disappeared and never came back.

The most classic symptom that I see with my clients is heartburn.  They constantly have acid reflux after eating and some even take antacids regularly.  Funny thing is though, heartburn or acid reflux is actually a sign of low stomach acid so medications just mask a much bigger problem.

And H. Pylori suppresses stomach acid even more.  Stomach acid helps to digest food and as we get older we naturally produce less of it.  No wonder heartburn happens then, right?  If you don’t have adequate amounts of stomach acids being produced, then food doesn’t get digested well enough and doesn’t sit well with you.

Most doctors will say that it’s “normal” to have H. Pylori in your gut, and to an extent they are right.  Everyone has a little bit of H. Pylori, even Candida and some other the other kinds of “bad” bacteria or pathogens found in the gut.

However, when bacteria like H. Pylori become overgrown that’s when it becomes a problem.

In this week’s video I talk more about how an H. Pylori overgrowth happens and what’s the right way to go about getting it back under control.

Any overgrowth of bacteria or yeast in the gut cause widespread inflammation in the body.  This inflammation then puts stress on the other systems of the body causing them to get off track, suppresses the immune system and ultimately results in all kinds of symptoms.

If you’re lucky enough to find a doctor who will acknowledge and treat a bacterial overgrowth like H. Pylori they typically want to prescribe an antibiotic for it, but treating it like this can cause it to come back with a vengeance.

In one of the functional tests I run to look for H. Pylori, you can also see what antibiotic it might be resistant to.  I can almost guarantee your doctor isn’t running a test like this.

Plus, when you take an antibiotic it doesn’t discriminate.  It knocks out all the good and bad bacteria, and you need the good bacteria to keep the bad bacteria in check.

(Not to mention that bacteria should be treated on a 60-Day cycle to kill all the adult growth and any younger growth.  Last time I checked the average antibiotic treatment was 3-10 days.

So how do you properly get rid of H. Pylori and keep it from coming back?

It requires a 3-prong approach…

  1. Cut off its food supply so that it struggles to keep growin
  2. Work on healing the gut, boosting good bacteria to keep it in check
  3. Apply some herbal supplements to eradicate it

Healing the gut is the most critical part of this approach.  The reason H. Pylori or its like-kind got out of control in the first place is because the gut was damaged, giving it an environment to thrive in.  So when you heal the gut, you keep it from coming back.

I’ve been H. Pylori free for 3 years now and I regularly test myself once a year, just like getting an annual physical, to make sure my health stays in tip top shape.

Because it can be so hard to get screened for these kinds of bacteria and gut invaders, I’ve created a new group program called GET YOUR GUT IN GEAR.

This program will give you the opportunity to take a deep dive look at your gut health using a simple functional at-home stool test.  This test will help you identify what might be going on in your gut and the healing opportunities.  From there, you’ll work with me as your guide in a small group (5-10 people) setting over the course of 3-4 months to get your gut back in gear and restore balance!

Enrollment for this program is open now and closes April 26th, and there are only 10 spots available.

If you’ve been dealing with unexplained health issues, are frustrated with constant bloating and digestive upset or just want to make sure you don’t have something like H. Pylori creating internal chaos, then this program is designed for you!

Get all the details about my Get Your Gut In Gear Group Program and sign up here!

What is Your Poo Telling You? (LOL, no for real)

What's your Poo Telling You Adrenal Fatigue Leaky gut Thyroid Jenn Malecha

You might be laughing or totally turned off by the subject line of today’s post, but I assure you- you’ll want to read this one closely.

Nothing is TMI in my line of work.

Sometimes I start talking about poop even before I’m on a first name basis with people.  It’s one of the hottest topics of conversations in ALL of my consultations and client sessions.

Maybe that sounds gross, but your poop has so much to say about what’s going on with your gut and your health.  If you don’t have kids, just ask any parent out there about how they monitor their infants health and food tolerances by what’s left in their diapers 😛

It’s often not appropriate to talk about your bathroom habits, but what you might not be talking about could be giving you the best insight as to what’s going on with your health.

In 2011, the Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology reported that over $800 million dollars was spent per year on prescription laxatives. That doesn’t even count over-the-counter ones!

You shouldn’t have to pay to go poop.

It’s a born birthright.  Do you think our neanderthal ancestors had this much trouble in the bathroom department?  I don’t think so.

Never knowing when your next bowel movement will happen can leave you on edge all day- making you feel heavy, bloated and down right sick to your stomach.

And then I talk to some people who have every bathroom in the city mapped out because they never know when that sinking feeling is going to hit and they’ll have to make a run for it.

I’ve had clients who have lived with this fear and struggled for years until we started looking at what their poop is trying to say.

In this week’s video I talk more about what your poop might be trying to tell you and how to tell if your bowel movements are healthy or not.

So how can you tell if your poop is healthy or not?  Here are the top 3 things you should be looking for…

1- Frequency. Everyone is different, but you should poop every day. Going 1-3 times a day is typically healthy and each day can be different. Poop is waste and helps to remove toxins, so you should be getting rid of it daily.  If you find yourself going only a couple times a week, you’re probably constipated. And if you’re going 5+ times a day, you’re on the diarrhea side of things. Both could be a sign of serious health risks over the long term.

2- Time.  It’s normal to decorate your bathroom with reading material but it’s not so normal for you to actually need something to read while you’re in there.  Healthy pooping should only take a matter of a few minutes.  You shouldn’t have to push or strain too much, but you also shouldn’t be running to the bathroom in fear of not being able to hold it in.  Also, typical transit time from the point of eating to elimination should be around 12 hours.  If you’re not sure what yours is, eat some red beets and wait for them to show up on the other side.

3- Presentation.  There’s even a poop scale for this.  The color, shape and smell can all be indicators of healthy poop or not.  Color that is too dark or pale, and undigested food can be a sign of unhealthy poop.  Anything that smells too fowl, has a film or mucous can also be an unhealthy indicator.  In essence, it should resemble a brown snake-like shape and not have a very offensive odor.  Check out the Bristol Stool Scale and Dr. Mercola’s charts here.

If one of these areas seems a little off to you, then it could mean there something disrupting your gut.  Gut disruptors can indicate a wide range of things – parasites, bacteria, yeast, food intolerances, stress, emotions and even toxin exposure.

Irregularities lasting for long periods of time or that go in cycles could be a HUGE sign that something is festering in there and needs to be addressed.

Want to learn more about what your poo could be telling you and your gut health?

Then my upcoming Get Your Gut In Gear Group Program is just for you!

This program will give you the opportunity to take a deep dive look at your gut health using a simple functional at-home stool test.  This test will help you identify what might be going on in your gut and the healing opportunities.  From there, you’ll work with me as your guide in a small group (5-10 people) setting over the course of 3 months to get your gut back in gear and restore balance!

Enrollment for this program is going to open next week and space is limited to 10 people.  If you want in on this, then get on the INTEREST LIST HERE to get first dibs at scoring a spot!

I’m a Recovered Teeth Grinder

I'm a Recovered Teeth Grinder Adrenal Fatigue Leaky gut Thyroid Jenn Malecha

I wasn’t always a teeth grinder.

It was a new thing for me that popped up late last Spring.  All of a sudden, one of the porcelain crowns that I had replaced the year before on my back lower molar started giving me trouble.  It was super sensitive to cold and hot, and would ache for no reason occasionally.

Being the health boss that I am, I went in on a mission to find out what was causing this to happen.

Strike Out #1- I went to my then holistic dentist to see what she had to say.  She did an exam but came back with no real answers.  She couldn’t explain why my tooth was aching.  Her solution, three rounds of ozone therapy to kill off any bacteria that could be causing it at $400 a pop!  No thanks!!

If I was going to spend that kind of money on my health, I at least needed an explanation.

Strike Out #2- I then went to see my old traditional dentist who had originally replaced the crown to see if they had messed something up.  I was even less impressed with the answers I got there.  They couldn’t figure it out either so a root canal was suggested.

Yeah freaking right was I going to do a semi-invasive procedure when I couldn’t even get a real explanation as to why I should!

I had to be my own health advocate, so the search for answers continued.

It was time for a 3rd opinion.  I found a new holistic dentist that a friend had seen and had great results with.  The appointment was booked and I was pleasantly surprised with his extremely thorough evaluation and recommendations.

He concluded that I was aggravating the root of the tooth because of clenching or grinding my teeth at night.  He asked me all about my eating habits, lifestyle and stress (like a good dentist should!) and attributed it to stress and convinced me to buy a $500 night guard to alleviate the pressure on the root of my tooth.

The night guard helped a bit, but you won’t believe what I found out later about what was really causing me to grind and clench in the first place!

In this week’s video I talk more about what was really causing my tooth pain and how I was able to cure it in 2 months after I figured it all out.

At the same time as this nagging tooth issue, I had also recently discovered that I was dealing with some unwelcome guests in my gut.  I had recently run an annual stool sample test on myself and to my surprise I had not only a parasite, nasty but common Blastocystis Hominis, but also some Candida overgrowth.

Something made me wonder if these gut invaders could be contributing to my tooth aches in some way since I knew that Candida can affect the environment of the mouth.

I did some research and in less than 2.5 seconds found my answer!

One of the symptoms of having a parasite like Blasto is teeth grinding (bruxism)! Those damn bugs where the root cause of all my pain.  I went on a mission to eradicate them and in less that 2 months of starting an anti parasite herbal supplement protocol, I was pain free!

And now here I am, almost a year later and I can call myself a recovered teeth grinder.  I haven’t used that night guard in well over a year.  Once I got rid of the Blasto, I was pain and suffering free!  No more teeth grinding for me 🙂

Bugs like Blasto and other types of bacteria and and yeast overgrowth such as Candida can cause all kinds of symptoms that seem far removed from the gut.  Here are some other signs that these invaders might be inhabiting your gut:

  • Depression, anxiety, irritability
  • Strong cravings for processed and sugary foods
  • Hives, rashes, eczema, itchy dermatitis, acne, ulcers, sores, lesions, etc.
  • Recurring yeast infections like Candida
  • Bleeding gums, teeth grinding and drooling during sleep
  • Food allergies/food sensitivities, loss of appetite and/or hungry all the time
  • Sexual dysfunction in men/menstrual cycle problems in women
  • Chronic fatigue/constantly tired
  • Persistent digestive problems (cramps, bloating, gas, etc.)
  • Sore/stiff joints
  • Itching – especially around mouth, nose and anus

If you think you might be suffering from some unwelcome gut guests then you’ll want to check out my upcoming FREE webinar on April 6th at 6pm PT/ 9pm ET-The Gut, Mind, Body Connection: Decoding The Signs And Signals Your Gut is Sending About Your Health And Wellbeing – where I dive into even more detail about the about what might be going on in your gut!

***BONUS***

And for registering for the webinar you’ll get my FREE DECODE YOUR GUT GUIDE so you can begin investigating what might be causing some of your nagging aches, pains and ailments.

REGISTER & GET YOUR BONUS FOR THE WEBINAR HERE

Full Moon’s Effects on Your Health

The Full Moon and Your Health Adrenal Fatigue Leaky gut Thyroid Jenn Malecha

You might think this is a little superstitious, but there is something real about how the full moon impacts people, animals and the things around us.

You can call me crazy but just hang in here with me for a minute…

Have you ever noticed with yourself or others that there seems to be something cyclical when it comes to being moody and irritable, and I’m not talking about PMS.  A fluctuation in mood that only lasts for a few days for some reason and is unexplainable.

Or what about sleep disturbances- going through periods of time when you have trouble falling asleep or tossing and turning that only last for a few days or a week at a time?

How about your digestion?  Do you experience phases of really great bowel movements and then all of a sudden they seem to go on the fritz?

And then there’s stuff such as skin rashes or breakouts, teeth grinding, and joint aches and pains.  Do those come and go too every few weeks?

Looking back now, were any of these things, or other ailments that you might suffer from worse this past week or so leading up to the full moon that we had last night?

It’s not a coincidence, it’s science.

In this week’s video I talk more about the scientific connection with the full moon cycles, your gut and what to be on the lookout for.

During a full moon, ocean tides are higher than usual from an increase in the gravitational pull from the moon and sun.  Considering that the body is 80% water, scientist and astrologers have often thought that similar effects happen in the body creating almost a “human tidal pull” that can affect brain function.

But PARASITES are likely the real thing driving you crazy or causing suffering during a full moon.

The gravitational pull on water balance in the kidneys causes a shift of movement or an “awakening”, making these little buggers more active during the full moon cycle, wreaking havoc on your gut, digestion and hormone balance.  Overgrowth of gut bacteria and/or yeast can also have similar effects during a full moon.

Textbook symptoms of parasites include; bloating, fatigue, flu like symptoms, low immune function (get sick or allergies often), excessive hunger, constipation, diarrhea, grinding teeth especially at night, hives, irritability, rashes, sleep disturbances, changes in weight, joint pain, headaches, gas, and bloating.

The most common parasites in my health coaching practice is Blastocystis Hominis.

Blasto can be persistent and likes to hang out with another gut offender, H. Pylori. And H. Pylori’s classic symptoms include; heartburn/acid reflux, ulcers, migraines and mid-back pain. But there are a bunch of different species that could be disrupting you.  We come across them all the time, and if the gut is already compromised, they move in and take over.

So here’s what I want you to do.

Now that the full moon has officially risen and we’re moving into a new moon cycle I want you to jot down any symptoms, aches, pains, ailments or health complaints that you’ve been experiencing this past week.

Then you’ll start tracking the progress of those things.  You’re looking to see if they improve and/or go away in the coming weeks, especially leading up to the new moon on April 7th when these gut infestations are most dormant.

If you think you have a gut bug now or after tracking this then you can set up a FREE Ideal Health & Weight Discovery Session with me to chat about the right plan of attack for you.

P.S. If you want to learn more about gut bugs and all things gut related then mark your calendar for April 6th at 6pm PT/ 9pm ET and register for my FREE webinar here where I dive into more details on this stuff!

2,100,000 Toxins Daily (+ LAST DAY!)

Uncontrollable vs. Controllable Toxins Adrenal Fatigue Leaky gut Thyroid Jenn Malecha

2,100,000 is the number of toxins you have the potential to come in contact with DAILY.

  • 230,000 Toxins from Radiation (x-rays, cell phones, computers, hair dryers)
  • 130,000 Toxins from Heavy Metals (cookware, toothpaste, deodorant, cosmetics)
  • 200,000 Toxins from Physical & Emotional Stress (depression, anxiety, fear, stress)
  • 525,000 Toxins from Microbes (Parasites, bacteria, yeast, worms, viruses)
  • 180,000 Toxins from Prescription Drugs (vaccines, fillers, binders)
  • 160,000 Toxins from Beverages (coffee, alcohol, soda)
  • 325,000 Toxins from Food (soy, white flour, pesticides)
  • 150,000 Toxins from Water
  • 200,000 Toxins from Air

How scary and absurd is that?

More and more researchers are becoming convinced that these chemical exposures con­tribute to obesity, endometriosis, diabetes, autism, allergies, cancer and other diseases.

Studies have found that women with higher levels of the chemicals in their bodies experience menopause two to four years earlier than women with lower levels.

Some of the chemicals that are all around us have the ability to interfere with our endocrine systems, which regulate the hormones that control our weight, our biorhythms and our reproduction.

Simply said, toxins impact weight loss/gain, energy, hormones, and much more.

The average female in the U.S. uses 12 personal care products and/or cosmetics a day, containing 168 different chemicals, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG). Most men use fewer products, but they’re still exposed to about 85 chemicals daily.

The four key players of the body that remove toxins are the liver, lymph system, digestive system, and cellular waste disposal.

The rate of toxin removal is different for everyone based upon how well these four key players are functioning. Even if you could remove 1 million toxins in 24 hours, that would barely put a dent in what you come in contact with daily.

This is exactly why it is SO important to control what you can when it comes to toxins.

In this week’s video I talk about more about daily toxins that you encounter and the 3 simplest, most effective ways to reduce your controllable toxin exposure.

The 3 simplest, most effective ways to reduce your controllable toxin exposure are:

  1. Eating organic foods of all kinds
  2. Drinking spring or filtered water
  3. Using biodegradable personal care and household products

To avoid a backup in your detoxification systems, it’s important to take a break occasionally and flush out toxic waste buildup from the less controllable factors, such as your computer and cell phone (we have to work, right?), microbes and prescriptions.

This is exactly why I’m starting my Seasonal Cleanse Challenge next week- to help health-mind people like you and me flush out all that toxic build up, and to get our detoxification systems running optimally so we can reap the benefits of weight loss, energy, hormone balance and much more!

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO SIGN UP! GET ALL THE DETAILS AND YOUR SPOT HERE.

The most awesome part about my Seasonal Cleanse Challenge is that it doesn’t take much time or effort at all. Using foods, exercise, sleep, water and some easy-to-do home remedies, we’ll be tapping into the body’s natural abilities and taking the four key detoxification players from the minors to the major leagues.

Are you game?

Ask yourself what have you got to lose?  Nothing but a bunch of weight, energy and hormone disrupting toxins.

The deadline to register for the challenge is tonight at 11:59pm PST.

SIGN ME UP! 

P.S. Just think of all the things you stand to gain from the challenge (weight loss, energy, a better immune system to fight off this season’s allergies, etc.) AND I’m giving away FREE personal training and health coaching to the winners, plus weekly prizes!

P.P.S.  Today is the last day for early enrollment and to save $20 for my Seasonal Cleanse Challenge! Wondering what my Seasonal Cleanse Challenge can do for you?  Then shoot me an email with your questions and I’ll be happy to answer them! See what past participants have to say…

“The challenge has been great!  I’ve been super happy with how it’s been going.  I’m down 6 lbs. and I definitely feel better and slimmer!”- Jessica W.

“My energy is up and my stomach is feeling so much better! I feel great overall and my clothes are fitting good again.”- Christy J.

Top 3 Reasons Juicing Doesn’t Work (+ Last Day to Save $20)

Juicing Adrenal Fatigue Leaky gut Thyroid Jenn Malecha

Have you been caught up in the juicing and smoothie craze lately? Seems like all I see on Facebook and Instagram are pictures of everyone’s latest favorite homemade smoothie or fancy juice from the new juice bar in town.

But did you know that juicing isn’t all it’s cracked up to be?

I commonly get questions about the benefits of juicing from friends, family, clients and potential clients… basically just about everyone.

And to be honest I’m not the biggest fan of juicing or smoothies IF they’re not done properly. Juicing and smoothies do have a proper place in your health regimen, but only if you use them correctly.

In this week’s video I talk about why juicing doesn’t work and what you should be doing instead.  And here’s the link to last week’s Facts & Myths About Cleansing webinar replay where I touch on juicing even more and what you should be doing instead.

Here’s the Top 3 Reasons Why Juicing Doesn’t Work and what you should be on the lookout for to make sure you get the most out of your juice or smoothie…

#1-Juice Lacks Protein

This is the biggest problem I see with juicing, ESPECIALLY if you’re using it to detox or cleanse your body. There are 3 phases your body goes through to detox and get rid of toxins, and proteins are essential in order for phase 2 to happen. If you aren’t getting enough protein your body can’t use the detoxifying nutrients in juice adequately. To get the full benefits of juicing make sure you get in some protein.

#2- Not All Juices Are Created Equal

If you’re going to juice you better do it organically otherwise it’s just not worth it. Think of it this way, would you drink dirty water?  Probably not, so why would you drink non-organic juice contaminated with pesticides and toxins?  Not all juice bars, and certainly not all juices found in the grocery stores, are organic. I have found a LOT of juice bars that don’t even offer organic as an option, or you have to ask and pay a premium for it (well worth it!). And store bought pre-made juices, even the organic ones, can contain all kinds of preservatives. Drinking non-organic juice defeats the purpose and exposes you to more toxins. Go for fresh and organic or pass it up.

#3- Loss of Nutrients

Ever notice how if you cut a piece of fruit and save the rest for later it almost immediately starts to turn brown? This is called oxidation, when the cells begin to become damaged and die off, losing their nutrient value. The same happens to juices if they are not consumed right away. So that $15 juice you bought that was juiced yesterday now has less nutrient value than you think. Warm pressed juices lose their nutrient value within a few hours (commonly the pre-packaged store bought kind) and cold press juices maintain their value up to 48-72 hours. So if you’re receiving your juices ahead of time for a 3-5 day cleanse then by the time you drink them they have lost most of their cleansing properties and value. Make sure your juice is made on the spot or pick it up pre-bottled early in the morning and drink it ASAP.

And don’t even get me started on the sugar content in store bought juices! These are just a few reasons why I decided to start my Seasonal Cleanse Challenge(enrollment now open!)- to teach health-minded people like you how to Cleanse Your Body Naturally and Right! To bust myths about things like juice cleansing and to show you simple and effective ways to rid your body of toxins so you can have more energy, lose weight, and boost your immune system and health.

If you want to learn a simple and effective system for cleansing your body then you need to check out my Cleanse challenge. Or, if you want more energy, weight loss, to get rid of belly bloat and a stronger immune system then you also need to check out my Seasonal Cleanse Challenge here. (Today is the last day of early bird enrollment, save $20!)

It’s a no brainer, over 4 weeks I’ll be teaching you this simple and effective system for cleansing your body and you get all the benefits!

P.S.  Today is the last day for early enrollment and to save $20 for my Seasonal Cleanse Challenge! Wondering what my Seasonal Cleanse Challenge can do for you?  Then shoot me an email with your questions and I’ll be happy to answer them! See what past participants have to say…

“The challenge has been great!  I’ve been super happy with how it’s been going.  I’m down 6 lbs and I definitely feel better and slimmer!”- Jessica W.

“My energy is up and my stomach is feeling so much better! I feel great overall and my clothes are fitting good again.”- Christy J.

I Poisoned Myself With Splenda

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Who knew you could poison yourself with something like Splenda, right?  This allegedly ‘safe’ sweetener changed my whole outlook on what I thought was healthy at the time.

It was the summer of 2009 and I was training for my second fitness competition. This time I was trying a carb cycling diet to get really lean- three days of eating less than 60 grams of carbs and then one day of loading with 130 grams of carbs.

Needless to say, my sweet cravings were insane.  I used to have a major sweet tooth. I still love my sweets now, but back then my whole life revolved around them.

So in order to satisfy my cravings I started adding Splenda to everything- oatmeal, yogurt with berries, smoothies, baked goods, etc.

At the time I was also suffering from some major joint aches and pains, especially in my left hip down to my knee.  I thought it was just from the extreme training I was doing for the show and from being a runner.  All runners get hip and knee pain! It’s normal, right? Wrong!

After weeks of pain and trying everything from chiropractic to acupuncture, massage and foam rolling I was at my wits’ end!  I was even spending the last 10 minutes of each expensive session with my personal trainer for assisted stretching and nothing was working.

Finally, one day after complaining to my trainer about the pain for so long he mentioned an article that he had just read about something called Splenda poisoning and how my symptoms were very similar.

I googled it right away and found I had been poisoning myself with Splenda!

Turns out there were hundreds of other athletes, runners and everyday people out there posting on blogs and other sites about how they had been experiencing the same thing as me.  So I immediately stopped using Splenda and within a matter of days my pain was completely gone!

In this week’s video I tell more of my Splenda poisoning story, how it changed my outlook on the meaning of ‘healthy’ and what to do about toxins like this in your food.

This made me question what is ‘healthy food’ really?

Healthy food is real, natural food from the earth, not something manufactured to be fat free or low calorie.

It also made me question what other chemicals was I being exposed to that could be contributing to health issues I was experiencing like my worsening allergies and struggle with weight.

In a recent article in The New York Times, it’s pointed out that we’re exposed to hundreds of toxins on a daily basis, most of which are completely invisible.

“Scientists have identified more than 200 industrial chemicals from pesticides, flame retardants, jet fuel, and neurotoxins like lead in the blood or breast milk of Americans, and in people all over the planet. These have been linked to issues like cancer, genital deformities, lower sperm count and obesity.”

I’ve personally been affected by these toxins and so have you.  This is why I’m on a mission teach more people how to take back control of their health and weight by cleansing the body naturally.

Early bird registration is now open for my Seasonal Cleanse Challenge!

Sign up now, before March 10th and save $20!!!

In the Seasonal Cleanse Challenge you’ll learn how to use foods and simple DIY cleansing techniques to rid your body of toxins that have built up over the years which are taking a toll on your energy, weight and overall health. There’s no gimmicks, requirements for juicing or deprivation in this cleanse. If you’re worried about the timing of it or how much effort you’ll have to put in, it’s personalized to meet you where you’re at, and you’ll still get great results!

Get all the details and sign up by March 10th to save $20 here!

You’ll see how easy it can be to cleanse your body naturally once you see what past participants have had to say here.

P.S. If you or a loved one have been feeling frustrated with your energy, weight or health then the Seasonal Cleanse is a good tool to get you started. You will be supported to sort through the various pieces of the puzzle that might be stopping you or holding you back from realizing your full potential.

Calorie Counting is a Big Fat Lie

Apple Burger Scales Adrenal Fatigue Leaky gut Thyroid Jenn Malecha

How many calories do you think you’ve counted in your lifetime? We’ve been taught for so long that the formula to weight loss, and even health, is to manage calories-in versus calories-out, to be consuming less and burning more.  But what if I told you that was a BIG FAT LIE?

This might come as a shock to you or sound absurd, so I’m going to ask you to keep an open mind and to carefully contemplate the facts I’m about to put on the table…

Fact #1- You actually aren’t consuming as many calories as you think.

A recent study at the Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center found that “our bodies sometimes extract fewer calories than the number listed on the label. Participants in their studies absorbed around a third fewer calories from almonds than the modified Atwater values suggest. For walnuts, the difference was 21 percent.” (Read more on the study here.)

Wouldn’t we all be losing weight all the time if we were chronically under-absorbing calories in comparison to what we thought we were eating and burning?

Back in my days of calorie counting I targeted an intake of 15-1800 calories and was burning about 24-2600 (according to my old Bodybugg).  With this new research that means I was actually absorbing less calories, putting me in even more of a deficit, yet I struggled to lose weight.

Fact #2- One pound of fat is not 3,500 calories.

This is what we’ve been told forever!  To lose one pound a week you need to be in a deficit of 500 calories a day which equals 3,500 calories in a week, and voila you’re supposed to lose one pound.

Researcher Zoe Harcombe so eloquently debunks this myth.  In her research she shows that one pound of fat actually does not equal 3,500 calories, but in fact it could be anywhere from 2,843 to 3,752 calories. (See Zoe’s full breakdown here.)

Frustration sets in again. If one pound of fat could be less than 3,500 calories then why are people still struggling to lose weight if they are restricting calorie intake and working out more?

Fact #3- We are not a closed system.

The weight loss formula of calories-in versus calories-out is said to be based to the first law of thermodynamics- energy is neither destroyed nor created, it’s simply transformed- the energy of a calorie is transformed as you work out and burned off in the form of heat.

Here’s the flaw, this law only applies to closed systems where there are no outlets.  And as Sean Croxton says in his book The Dark Side of Fat Loss “The human body seems pretty damn open to me. It pees, poops, and sweats into the environment.” (Check out his book here.)

Don’t worry, I felt lied to also when I came across these facts.  I majored in fitness, nutrition and health, and counting calories was the cornerstone of all my studies.  This is what lead me to do my own research and what I found was…

You have to get healthy to lose weight, not lose weight to get healthy.

In this week’s video I go into more details about these calorie counting facts and explain what’s really going on with weight loss and your health.

Bottom line is that our body is a complex system and all parts need to be firing correctly in order for it to be in a healthy place to allow weight loss to happen.

The most overlooked piece of the puzzle when it comes to weight loss, and frustration over calorie counting, is the detoxification system.  When it gets jammed up and clogged, it becomes overloaded and puts the breaks on weight loss.

This is why showing your liver some love and cleansing the body of toxins regularly is SO important.  Not only does it promote weight loss but it also helps with energy, brain fog, sleep, hormones and so much more!

This is why I’m hosting an upcoming call on March 1st at 6pm PST all about Facts & Myths About Cleansing: How To Boost Energy and Reduce Belly Bloat Without Deprivation.

Register for the call here!

My personal mission is to stop the frustration and teach more people how to take back control of their health and weight by cleansing the body naturally.

If you’re tired of having low energy, are over counting calories without results, and want to get rid of belly bloat for good then you need to be on this call! Register for the call here!