Why Cleanse BEFORE you get pregnant!

Are you planning on getting pregnant and starting a family? This is surely an exciting time for you! And I am sure you want to do everything you can do to have a healthy pregnancy and baby. Which means that YOU need to be healthy FIRST before getting pregnant! It is not a question IF you have toxicant build up in your body, it is a question of how much. NOW is the time to “clean out”, not when you are pregnant!

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Over the last ten years, many women have joined my cleanse programs to detoxify before they get pregnant. Perhaps these women felt that they were not eating so healthy or drinking too much alcohol. Or they had been on a round of antibiotics or taking NSAIDs like Advil on a regular basis. Regardless, they intuitively felt like they needed to cleanse.

Studies back up these women’s intuition to cleanse before getting pregnant. You see, certain chemicals that are found in a mother’s serum get into the placenta, fetal cord serum, and amniotic fluid. In fact, the placenta barrier is no barrier at all for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). In a study of 200 women, PAHs were found in all placentas!. You can be exposed to PAHs in the environment, in your home, and in the workplace. Fumes from vehicle exhaust, coal, coal tar, asphalt, wildfires, agricultural burning and hazardous waste sites are all sources of exposure. You can also be exposed to PAHs by breathing cigarette and tobacco smoke, eating foods grown in contaminated soil, or by eating meat or other food that you grill. Grilling and charring food actually increases the amount of PAHs in the food. Although more human studies are needed on the impact of PAHs on a developing fetus, animal studies showed that mice exposed to 308 parts per million (ppm) of PAHs in food for 10 days (short term exposure) caused birth defects.

A Swedish mothers’ study in 2003 found PBDEs in all samples of maternal blood, cord blood, and breast milk. Environ Health Perspect. 2003 Jul;111(9):1235-41. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers or PBDEs, are organobromine compounds that are used as flame retardants. Like other brominated flame retardants, PBDEs have been used in a wide array of products, including building materials, electronics, furnishings, motor vehicles, airplanes, plastics, polyurethane foams, and textiles.

PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) were found in all samples as well. PCBs were banned decades ago, so why are they still around? PCBs are highly persistent, which means that they stick around for a long time in our air, water, and soil. PCBs can be carried long distances and have been found in snow and sea water in areas far away from where they were released into the environment. PCBs have been demonstrated to cause cancer, as well as a variety of other adverse health effects on the immune system, reproductive system, nervous system, and endocrine system. PCBs are found in high amounts in farmed raised salmon and non organic butter!

A review article notes that the main focus of studies of neurological effects of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in humans has been on the effects in neonates and young children . “A great deal of concern exists that even low levels of PCBs transferred to the fetus across the placenta may induce long-lasting neurological damage. Because PCBs are lipophilic substances, there is also concern that significant amounts might be transferred to nursing infants via breast milk. Studies in humans who consumed large amounts of Great Lakes fish contaminated with environmentally persistent chemicals, including PCBs, have provided evidence that PCB s are important contributors to subtle neurobehavioral alterations observed in newborn children and that some of these alterations persist during childhood. Some consistent observations at birth have been motor immaturity and hyporeflexia and lower psychomotor scores between 6 months and 2 years old.” Effects of PCB’s  **Hyporeflexia is the condition of below normal or absent reflexes (areflexia).

Chemicals like organophosphate pesticides have been found in the cord blood of newborns and in the breast milk. A study of preschool children in Mexico suggests that this exposure may affect neurodevelopment of the children, such as eye-hand coordination, 30-minute memory, and the ability to draw a person. Choosing to eat organic produce, dairy, and meats can greatly decrease your exposure to pesticides!

We do not know exactly what causes autism. But we do know that the rate of autism has dramatically increased and that environmental factors play a role in autism. A great review article on this topic that included studies looking at exposure measures pertaining to pregnancy or the 1st year of life, found that “some environmental exposures showed associations with autism, especially traffic-related air pollutants, some metals, and several pesticides, with suggestive trends for some volatile organic compounds (e.g., methylene chloride, trichloroethylene, and styrene) and phthalates.” Many of these environmental exposures can be minimized! For example, phthalates, a group of chemicals used to make plastics more flexible and harder to break, are used in hundreds of products, such as vinyl flooring, adhesives, detergents, lubricating oils, automotive plastics, plastic clothes (raincoats), and personal-care products (soaps, shampoos, hair sprays, and nail polishes). Just by switching our your personal care products you can decrease your exposure to phthalates!

Getting educated on how to minimize your exposure to harmful chemicals and how to get these toxins out of your body through dietary and lifestyle changes is key to a healthy pregnancy and baby!

My Beef With Fatty, Hormone Filled Red Meat

Before you take your next bite of that big juicy burger or thick prime steak, you might want to “beef up” your knowledge about the findings in a recent British Study reporting that the average person, eating large amounts of corn- and soy-fed red meat had increased risk for heart disease, diabetes, and colorectal cancer. Another recent study by the U.S. National Cancer Institute claims that consuming red meat contributes to a host of health risks, including cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and stomach ulcers.

No wonder so many people (including me) have a beef with red meat from corn- and soy-fed cows filled with hormones and antibiotics, instead of leaner cuts from grass-fed, drug-free cows or buffalo. Today’s modern lifestyle and tastes have taken a toll on everyone’s health. That has me concerned…and it should have you thinking carefully about eating all that dangerous, fat-laden red meat loaded with antibiotics and hormones.

Here’s why you should care about what goes into the beef you consume. Grass-fed cows are leaner and have less saturated fat. They also have higher amounts of the Omega 3 fatty acids, which are protective when it comes to heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, because Omega 3 fatty acids help decrease inflammation. On the other hand, corn and soy (the kind of feed for the majority of cows) are high in the Omega 6 fatty acids, which are pro-inflammatory in excess. And, as I’ve mentioned in many of my posts, inflammation is at the core of many chronic degenerative diseases and can lead to all types of imbalances.

I think it would be interesting to do a study of people eating only pasture-raised, grass-fed animals. I believe eating leaner, antibiotic- and hormone-free beef could help ward off all those chronic, degenerative diseases, and a medical study is needed to substantiate.

For an easy solution to rid your system of toxins and reduce inflammation, I’ve found that a cleansing and detoxification program is an ideal place to start. Why? Because a cleanse program immediately addresses the bad or potentially harmful foods you’ve been ingesting. To learn more about how a cleanse can help you, CLICK HERE for free information.

The Energy Cycle: How to Get Back Your Get-Up-And-Go Part 5— Body Fat

So far in this 7-part blog series, I have told you about a number of ways you’re losing your energy, including the effects of food sensitivities and allergies, caffeine, stress, and toxins and preservatives. This fifth post in the series talks about the how extra body fat storage is robbing you of your get-up-and-go.

Blubber. Lard. Flab. No matter what you call that extra body fat, it’s another energy enemy.

Fat around the belly is not just a place to store extra calories. Fat around the belly is very active, secreting all kinds of inflammatory chemicals. In fact, fat around the belly, also called “visceral fat,” has even been labeled as another endocrine organ by some folks.

Inflammation resulting from belly fat leads to all types of imbalances…including abnormal insulin responses. Yes, again, inflammation and imbalanced blood sugar affect your energy levels.

So how do you deal with extra body fat and to help get back your get-up-and-go?
You can start with a three week cleanse program. It can immediately help rid you body of the harmful fat it’s storing.

To learn more about how the 3-week cleanse can help you, CLICK HERE!

Plus, be sure to watch for the rest of this 7-part blog post series to find out how lack of exercise and endocrine imbalances can affect your energy.

Breathe, it’s okay!

Welcome to my blog! Thanks for joining me!

My intention for this ongoing communication is:

  • To educate you about how specific foods, nutrients, and lifestyle changes can really impact the way you feel on a daily basis
  • Create a conversation about how to make diet and lifestyle changes, whether big or small, when you have a completely hectic schedule!
  • And to learn YOUR biggest challenges and how I can help you

Do you ever get stressed out or overwhelmed by trying so hard to stay in balance? How do we stay “balanced” in this crazy, busy world? I am often perplexed by this question. It seems that whenever I get a sense of balance going, something comes along to upset it! How do we balance work, eating well, exercising, sleep, taking time for yoga or meditation or any type of spiritual practice that relaxes and nourishes us, spending time with loved ones, having fun, and keeping up on personal appointments, and all of our other obligations?

Personally, I have found that at the beginning of every week I need to re-adjust, figure out what is most important to me that week, and then do my best to be okay with letting something else go. Of course, certain activities like work, sleep, and spending time with my boyfriend are pretty constant! And because I have discovered over the years what a profound effect eating well and exercise have on my overall mood and body, I make it a priority to spend time on Sunday preparing food for the week ahead (sometimes a quick stop to Whole Foods suffices!) and I do schedule in my exercise on my calendar as appointments!

This week I decided that my yoga class (my time to focus inward and de-stress) is going to have to take a back seat to a haircut that I desperately need! I will miss my yoga class, but I will also be very happy after I get my hair cut. And I will go to yoga next week. Hmmm, when am I going to fit in that oil change? Breathe, it’s okay!

What did you choose this week and what did you let go?