What Do Your Heart and Anti-Aging Have To Do With Each Other?

Let’s face it, whether you’re 20, 30, 40 or 50, you are aging, but the closer you get to the latter, the more important it is to help our bodies do what they are supposed to naturally do.

 

As we age, we may need to consider additional or different means of support depending on our individual nutritional status. In most cases we all need connective tissue support, additional immune support and other dietary supplements. Collagen is key, but it may not be the only necessary addition. In order for collagen to get into the cells and to be utilized to the fullest often additional vitamin C is necessary, usually in clinical doses.

Both of these are a good place to start in order to keep skin, hair and nails looking healthy, but what you can’t see is that it also helps muscle and connective tissue, including keeping your heart healthy. Heart health may not be what we typically think of when adding collagen to the diet, but it is an important one and the same goes for vitamin C.

 

So, you may be wondering where to start. It is important to keep in mind there are several types of collagen and the most important types for anti—aging purposes are key. There is a great post regarding how to choose the right collagen supplement for your purposes at Positive Health and Wellness. Click here to learn more.

 

Also, vitamin C is critically important in allowing Collagen to enter cells effectively. Many of us are actually chronically low with our vitamin C nutritional status, which may come as a surprise, so clinical doses may be necessary. Cardiovascular disease is actually a disease where improvement can be made with clinical doses of vitamin C. I am talking about 6 grams or above, which is tough to do orally as there can be digestive upset that comes with doses at this level.

 

I.V. therapy may actually be necessary to get nutritional levels to an optimal place for some people. The form of vitamin C that you use is also critical, at least where heart health is concerned. You want pure ascorbic acid, that is not sourced from China or derived from corn and that is not buffered or that does not include minerals, because this in turn can throw your mineral status off at clinical doses.

 

So, if you’re wondering what you can do to help yourself age gracefully, consider adding some collagen and additional vitamin C to your regimen.

 

Cheers!

Top 4 Ways to Ease the Transition into Fall

 

According to Chinese Medicine, Autumn actually begins in August. If you pay attention closely you will notice the subtle changes taking place, such as less daylight and cooler mornings and evenings. This is a time of transition and there are ways to help your body and mind ease into the season and guard against becoming ill.

 

MIND

This is a season for recognizing any sadness and grief. Its best to allow these to surface and work through and feel any sadness or grief that you are experiencing. If you bottle these feelings and bury them, its more likely that you’ll become sick, most likely with some sort of upper respiratory infection or a G.I. infection. Lungs and Large Intestine are most vulnerable at this time of year. So, Feel your sadness and grief and then release them to the universe after they no longer serve you.

 

 

BODY

If you’ve been working out and you feel its not that effective, it may be the perfect time to change up what you are doing, The truth is, this is the time of year our bodies need more rest and relaxation. This is the time of year to slow down and be more deliberate in your actions. Consider a new yoga practice OR Pilates class. This may be the perfect physical activity to shift into or to add to your workouts to make them more effective.

 

 

SOUL

This is the perfect time for introspection to examine and evaluate your life. It is time to investigate what is inside, what makes you tick and what no longer serves you and to quietly listen to your own needs. This is a great time to allow yourself personal space and a place for your mind to rest and be quiet. I love the sauna at this time of year because it gives me just that, a quiet place away from everything and everyone. It’s a place I can allow myself some peace and quiet reflection even if its just for 20 minutes. Its important to find a way to escape our busy lives even if its for a short period of time.

 

 

NOURISHING THE BODY AND WARDING OFF ILLNESS

This is the perfect time of year to move away from raw, cold foods (such as salads) to eating warm, cooked foods (such as soups). Squash, root vegetables, roasted chickens and plenty of herbs, pungent and sour foods are all great choices at this time of year, but certainly not the only choices. Bone broth is an excellent choice as it is very healing and can be preventative prior to getting sick. Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme are great herbs of autumn and all have healing qualities. Onions and garlic are also good additions to meals as they have healing qualities as well. Mushrooms are a good choice as seasons change. If you feel like you’re on your way to becoming ill, it’s a good idea to eliminate all, dairy, gluten and eggs until you’re feeling much better.

 

If you’re struggling to align yourself with the season, contact me… I can help.

Merrit Bachman

Lifestyle Educator

The Vital Beet

merrit@thevitalbeet.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just Say”NO”

There were so many topics I could have written about for this blog, too funny that it either seems to be feast or famine with me. Just a quick update, my Ketogenic diet is going well, but that isn’t really the topic today. I’m tracking from all aspects on this diet and the nice thing about that is that I can make adjustments very quickly and get things turned around if they aren’t going in the direction of my goals. This is key to doing well with a lifestyle change and eventually I won’t have to constantly track everything.

Are you feeling drained from over-care?

Today I’m coving over-care. Are you someone that is experiencing burn-out due to over-care? You know who you are. You’re the one that is nurturing to everyone else and you go overboard with that nurturing and you’re too tied to the outcome and then you’re so spent you don’t have time or desire to care for yourself. Its an increasing problem. I know I have a tendency to fall in this category. Its not a good place to be and it makes it difficult to appreciate or be grateful for all the good things in life once you’re spent from over-care. When gratefulness is reduced, our immune system is the one that eventually suffers the consequences. Saying “NO” is empowering, though can be difficult. Start by imagining yourself saying “NO” more often. It’s really ok (boundaries are a good thing) and the truth be told if someone can’t handle you saying “NO,” then they just are the quality of person you need in your life anyway. Another thing to think about before you say “YES” OR “NO” to something or someone that requires care and attention is to imagine removing yourself from the outcome. If you’re not attached to the outcome, you’re less likely to be stressed by the action of caring or doing something for someone.

Here’s steps to reducing over-care in your life:

  1. Be aware of your feelings around providing the care that you may say yes or no to.
  2. Center yourself by taking some deep breaths into your chest and imagining a loved one.
  3. Imagine yourself as an outsider observing yourself in providing the care that you may or may not agree to.
  4. Rest in a state of neutrality and objectivity before agreeing to do the care. Remain rational and mature.
  5. Notice anything that makes you feel disturbed or perplexed about proving the care. Try to dissolve the significance of these disturbances or anxieties around providing care… It’s good to remember that its not the problem that is causing the energy drain as much as it is the significance you have assigned to the outcome of the caring.
  6. After dissolving as much significance as possible… Ask your inner self for guidance or insight… If you don’t get an answer, think of something you are truly grateful for and start the process over.

 

With the craziness of Summer time, its easy to over-extend and over-care for others. Fall is right around the corner and usually provides a more restorative time and a way to ease into practicing saying “NO.”

If you’re looking to tend to your self-care, then give me a call. I can help get things in balance. (303) 539-9362

 

 

 

Are You Fat Adapted?

Healthy fats

Well, so far so good on the new diet/lifestyle change. My body is almost fully fat adapted. You may be saying to yourself, what the heck does that mean and I’m not sure that is a good thing. What it means is that my body now prefers fat as a fuel over glucose, which means my body will burn more fat. That is a really good thing.

In less than a month, I’ve lost 7 lbs. I know for most people the number on the scale feels like it’s the most important thing when your goal is weight loss, but the truth is that it’s really only part of the picture and depending on how you go about your weight loss goals, you could actually do more damage than good if you don’t take other measures into consideration.

Here are the good things:

  • I’ve dropped my visceral fat and will continue as I burn fat. Visceral is the most important one to lower. That is the fat that we store around our vital organs and can really lead to tons of problems over time.
  • I’ve gained muscle. Gaining muscle actually helps to lower fat as well. Strength training is key when trying to build muscle and you don’t have to be an intense body builder to make that happen.
  • My glucose levels have dropped significantly and I’m also more aware of what foods and how the timing of meals can affect my glucose levels. I’m still not ideally at 65-85 on a regular basis, but I’m also not above 100 on a regular basis, which is the beginning stages of insulin resistance. I’ve gotten myself to high 80s to mid-90s on a more consistent basis and I’m trending in the right direction, so I’ll eventually be closer to the 65-85 marker on a regular basis.
  • My ketones are well managed and I know how to keep those where they need to be without going into ketoacidosis, which can be a dangerous life threatening state.
  • I was able to indulge in a glass of wine for the first time while celebrating with friends. I took measure to make sure that I planned well and was able to get back into ketosis very quickly. Though this isn’t something I’ll make a regular habit of.

SO, 7 lbs in less than a month is great, but what’s even better is that I can see other health markers improving and if those markers slide back a little, I know just what to do to get back on track. I’m not hungry. I don’t have cravings and I’m happy to finally have some control over getting not only my weight back to where it is most suitable for me, but getting my health markers back to where they ideally should be. Its not been easy, but being able to see all the improvements is keeping me motivated to stay on track. This is a doable lifestyle, but its not for everyone and for the inexperienced, this is one that requires monitoring and professional guidance. If you’re interested in learning more and finding out if a ketogenic diet is right for you, please don’t hesitate to contact me for a consultation: TheVitalBeet@gmail.com or 303.539.9362 ext 2

It’s Not a Diet, It’s a Lifestyle Change

I’ve made many lifestyle changes over the years and although change is good, it isn’t always easy.

 

The beginning of this year was the start of several acute illnesses for me after what was a very stressful year in 2016, the stress finally caught up with me and took its toll.

 

Now half the year is gone and I’ve been feeling very out of shape. I began an Autoimmune Paleo diet or AIP at the beginning of the year, it’s a much more specific and strict diet than a Paleo diet. That was all good and well, but getting sick really derailed the plan. In the meantime I’ve studies up on a Keto Adapted diet coupled with Intermittent Fasting.

KETOGENIC DIET

Ketogenic diet has actually been around for years and can be extremely healing for a multitude of diseases including Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Insulin Resistance and so on. You may be saying great, sign me up, but the Keto diet isn’t for everyone and you really should check with a professional before beginning any diet and specifically the Keto diet. Certain labs should be run in order to ensure you’re body is prepared and perhaps more specific labs if you’re chronically ill. The initial stages of the diet can include symptoms referred to as “Keto Flu.” This is normal while the body is adjusting to burning fat instead of glucose for fuel.

 

Check out this blog depicting what and why Keto Flu happens: https://ketodietapp.com/Blog/post/2015/05/17/quick-guide-to-keto-flu-remedies

Other challenges regarding the diet might include individuals who have thyroid disease or if you’ve had your gall bladder removed. You’ll want to make sure you’re taking extra digestive enzymes, such as Lipase so that your body can process and digest all that fat and you’ll want to check your adrenals and cortisol levels, to make sure those are in a good place if you have thyroid disease.

 

A Ketogenic diet is low in carbohydrates, moderate in protein and high in fat. Percentages of calories are about 5% carb, 20% protein, 75% fat and can vary slightly for each individual. Needless to say, this isn’t an easy one and most individuals start with 60g of carb and drop down to 20 g gradually over time. Fats should be organic, grass-fed and very good quality (butter, ghee, coconut oil, MCT Oil, avocado, olive, cacao butter…). Protein is a tricky one because is can actually raise your glucose levels and take you out of Ketosis. Keep in mind that this is not a high protein diet.

 

Fat is very satiating and satisfying. On a diet like this you’ll find that you won’t be hungry. It definitely takes commitment though. This isn’t the kind of diet that you can go on for the work-week and off on the weekend. You must be consistent or you’ll not only be unsuccessful, you could cause other problems.

 

I’m 1 week in and already able to get my body in ketosis, but my diet was pretty close to requirements prior to starting, so it didn’t take much for me to get there. Most people don’t enter ketosis quite that quickly. I’m not fully keto adapted yet. My glucose levels have been fluctuating and that means I need to tweak the amount of carbs and protein that I’m taking in and increasing my activity level will also help. Now that I’m feeling well, that is the goal. I had hoped to climb another 14-er this year, but I’m behind in training and I’ll settle for just getting into shape after being sick for almost half the year.

 

The goal is to gently ease myself into this new lifestyle and to keep a sense of humor while doing so.

 

Peace out peeps! I’m going to go eat some fat bombs!