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Is Your Water Filter Making You Sick?

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There is so much CRAP in our city water…drug residue, chemicals, pesticides, you name it. And you are DRINKING that every time you drink from the tap. What’s worse is even when you try to filter it out with water filtration systems, sometimes you are not only filtering out the bad stuff, but all the good stuff too like the minerals!

In this episode, I dive into which filters suck and which are the best. I discuss the difference in tap water, well water and natural water. Did you know you can get a water report from your municipality to see what is floating around in your drinking water? After this episode, you’ll definitely reconsider drinking from the tap and figure out if your water filter is making you sick.

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Berkey Water Filter - https://www.berkeywater.ca/

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Hey, guys. How's it going? Welcome to another fantastic episode of HIGH on Energy Podcast. I'm Kendra Perry. I'm your host, and today, we're going to be talking about topic that I really enjoy talking about.

We're going to be talking about water, which is incredibly important. This really is one of the basics of health, and it's one that a lot of people are not honoring and wondering why they feel sick and tired when really, it could be their water, or even their water filter, so even their best attempts to filter their water could actually be making you or them sick, okay? Today, we're going to talk about why water is so important, why one of the first things that you should invest in when you want to spend some money and invest in your health is your water. We're going to be talking about water filtration, what the worst types of water filtration systems are, and these might actually surprise you because one of them in particular is a water filter that a ton of people use. A lot of people use it.

We're going to be talking about that, and we're going to be talking about what is the best type of water you should be drinking in order to be healthy, in order to have energy levels, to feel your very, very best, okay? Guys, if you're on with me on Facebook Live right now, make sure to say hey. Let me know you're here, and I love engaging with you, so ask me questions. If you have anything that you want to ask me, I'm more than happy to ask you, and remember, this livestream also goes out as a podcast on Thursdays, so if you guys want to listen to me, rather than hang out with me on video, you can do that as well. It's just the HIGH on Energy Podcast, and you can subscribe on iTunes or pretty much any podcast app.

It's everywhere. Okay. Guys, let's talk about first why water is so important. This is something really important to consider, okay? 65% of your body is actually made up of water, right?

That is a massive portion of your body, right? 65%. 65%, that is a lot, okay? If you are drinking toxic, unclean water, full of chemicals and metals, and that goes in and makes up 65% of your body, do you actually think that that's going to allow you to be healthy? Hopefully, when you think of it that way, you easily come to the conclusion as no, right?

It's not. It's not a way to be healthy, and it's really, really important that we drink clean water because so much of our body is actually made up of water, right? Really, really important stuff. You might be thinking, "Well, my city or my town has the cleanest water in the world. We have clean water," but I'm going to counter that with, "Well, it's not clean water."

Almost no water that is coming out of your tap is actually clean water, okay? What do I mean by this? If you are drinking city or municipal water, so you live in a town, you're drinking water out of a tap that doesn't come from a creek or a well, you are drinking city water, municipal water, okay? It is not clean water because there are actually a lot of chemicals that your city or municipality is adding to your water that can actually be making you sick. The reason why they call it clean water is because it's more than likely free of organisms, parasites, bacteria, salmonella, E.coli, things that can make you sick from a microbial standpoint, but in order to do that, they are actually putting chemicals in the water to disinfect it, okay?

They are putting in chlorine. Chlorine, pretty much across the board, if you are drinking city, municipal water in North America, you are drinking chlorinated water, okay? The other thing that might be in there is chloramine, which is similar to chlorine, and also has the same sort of disinfectant type effect, and depending on where you live in the world, you may also have fluoride, okay? Not all city, municipal water systems add fluoride, but they are all adding chlorine and chloramine. If you don't believe me, just go Google your city water's report.

It's online, it's available to the public, and you can actually read and see that they add those things to the water, and that is a big frigging issue, okay? This is a big issue for a number of reasons. First of all, chlorine, chloramine and fluoride are the halide metals or chemicals, okay? They actually are incredibly toxic, and they actually compete with certain minerals in the body. Specifically, they compete with iodine.

Now, iodine is a really important mineral for your thyroid, and also for energy. Your thyroid hormone, the hormone that regulates your metabolism and gives you energy is actually made from iodine, okay? It's made from iodine. The halide chemicals, like the fluoride, the chlorine, the chloramine, they actually compete with iodine and drive it out of the body. This is a big reason why people have so many thyroid issues and why people are so fatigued because they're drinking water that is actually pushing energy and downregulating their thyroid hormones.

Iodine actually sits below these chemicals on a periodic table, so if we get super nerdy here, we think about high school chemistry class, we think about that periodic table that lists all the elements. They're actually in the same column, which means that they have similar properties, which means that they can confuse each other on binding sites in the body, okay? One of the biggest reasons that people don't get enough iodine, even when they're consuming an iodine-rich diet is actually exposure to these types of chemicals, okay? These can go in your body and actually interfere with all kinds of different processes and chemical reactions in the body. The other thing that is really important to consider with these types of chemicals is that they have low vapor points, so they easily vaporize into gas when heated, okay? Basically, when you have a shower in hot water that has chlorine, or fluoride, or chloramine in it, these will vaporize into a gas, and you will actually absorb them when you're breathing or into your lungs, okay?

It's pretty interesting stuff. That is a really big deal with city and municipal water because even if it comes from a clean source, even if you're living in the mountains like me, I live in a mountain town, but the tap, the water that comes out of my tap is municipal water, and it is chlorinated. That in itself means that you are not drinking clean water. It is not clean water. It is chemical water, okay?

The other things that you need to consider with city and municipal water is contamination from metals. A lot of this water is running through pipes of different materials. It could come from copper pipes, which might be in your house. You live in an old house, your water is running through copper. That copper can contaminate the water.

There may be lead pipes, there may be iron pipes, or maybe all these different types of pipes that actually leach these metals into the water. Metals are incredibly toxic. There is no physiological function, okay? There's zero, and they are going to interfere with your metabolic processes, okay? The other thing that is a really big issue for city, municipal water is the leaching of pesticides, environmental chemicals, fertilizers, that sort of thing, even radiation.

Radiation can be a really big factor in certain water supplies, and all these things actually get into our water supply, and when we take that water and we drink it out of the tap, you are putting those chemicals into your body, okay? The other thing ... There's another issue. There is another big issue, is drug residues, okay? This is a big issue mostly in cities, but it can also be in small towns, depending on where you live.

A lot of people are taking drugs, right? They're taking prescriptions, they're taking hormone replacement therapy, birth control, cholesterol-lowering drugs, blood pressure medication, antidepressants, all these things, and the residues of these drugs get peed out, and that water, that sewage water actually goes back into the water system. It gets filtered, it goes through a bunch of filtration processes, it gets disinfected with the chlorine, but those drug residues actually will remain in your water. Really, really interesting stuff. We are getting exposed to all the drugs that people are taking in the town or city that we live in, and right now, as far as I know, there is no city or municipality that is actually filtering for this type of water, or for these contaminants in the water, so this is a really big issue.

I have a lot of people tell me, they're like, "Well, I drink clean water." I'm like, "Does it come from a tap? It's not clean water." What about well water? That's what you might be asking about because I know a lot of people who live in the country might be on well water.

Well water has its own issues, so it may not have drug residues, but it can still have chemical fertilizers and pesticides, especially if you live in an area where there is agriculture near you. You may also have iron, manganese, or copper, or cobalt. Those are metals I tend to see, and minerals I tend to see really high on hair mineral analysis when those people are drinking well water, okay? You also have to consider that your water is running through some sort of metal pipe, whatever that is, and that could also be leeching into your water. Recently, I had a member in my HIGH on Energy membership, lots going on health wise, and she is drinking well water, and we actually found her well water to be completely contaminated in uranium and arsenic.

That's what it said on her hair mineral analysis. She was incredibly high in uranium and arsenic, and then interestingly enough, she ran a water report, and the water report also found arsenic and uranium that were several times the normal limit, and the chemist who ran the panel was blown away, okay? What is in your water is getting into your body, okay? It's making you sick. This is a really big thing.

When we think about reducing our exposure to toxins and metals, the most important thing is to clean our water because the primary way that we are actually getting exposed to these things is through water. So much stuff can be in water. So many contaminants. If you've been paying attention, there can be so many chemicals, metals, environmental contaminants, drug residues, pesticides, fertilizers, chlorine, chloramine, fluoride. All these things are in the water, and then you're drinking that all at once, and it's water. It's so important.

We can't live without it. We would survive such a short time without water. Remember, our bodies are 65% water, and if that is contaminated, that is a big issue. If you are drinking any type of water, well water, municipal, city water, you probably need a filter. Even myself. I'm building a house right now out in the country, and we're going to be on creek-fed water.

That's non-chlorinated. It just goes through basically a carbon filter. It's going to be super, super basic. I'm still going to filter my water, because there's all kinds of things that can leach into the water from our environment, okay? Really, really important you need to be filtering your water. If it's a well, if it's municipal, if it's city, if it's tap water, you have to filter your water.

You are getting exposed to a lot of crap through the water, and I can usually tell when I run hair mineral analysis testing because I'll just see so many metals being excreted, and I'm like, "Hey, are you drinking tap water?", and usually, the answer is yes. It's pretty much across the board making you contaminated, and that is going to ... If you follow this podcast, if you watch HIGH on Energy, you know that metals and environmental toxins, these sorts of things really do have a massive impact in your energy levels, and they are going to totally crush your energy levels, so water filtration is incredibly important. Now, I want to talk about water filtration because your water filter, as is the name of this episode, can actually be making you sick because all water filters are actually not created equally, so really important to have a proper water filtration system, okay? When you purchase a water filtration system, these are the questions you need to be asking the manufacturer. First of all, "What contaminants does it filter?"

It should be filtering the widest variety of contaminants, so that should include radiation, drug residues, metals, copper, it should be filtering chlorine, chloramine, fluoride if it's in your water, and you can pull up your water report to check for fluoride because it's not in everybody's water, okay? Pesticides, fertilizers. It should be filtering for all of those things, so the widest spectrum of contaminants, okay? The most important thing is that it doesn't [inaudible 00:13:35] remove minerals from the water, okay? You need to drink mineral-rich water to be able to absorb water into your cell.

Without minerals, that water actually does not get into your cell, so you might notice that when you increase your water consumption, that you just pee a lot. You just pee it out. That's because you're filling up the ocean of water outside the cell, but you're not actually getting that water into the cell. Cellular dehydration is a real thing. I see it all the time.

A lot of people have that going on, and if you're drinking mineral-poor water, that water doesn't get into the cell, okay? Lacking minerals in water also makes water acidic. We don't want to be drinking acidic water. We want to be drinking alkaline water that is naturally alkaline from having lots of minerals in it. This is a big reason why I always tell people to salt their water.

Helps add minerals back into water, but you want to make sure that you're drinking naturally mineral-rich water, and then on top of that, you want to be adding salt into your water to help remineralize it, okay? This is going to help you get hydrated in your cell. It's going to actually help you hold onto that water, okay? Let's break down some of the most common filters, okay? Number one, this is probably the most common water filter that I see people have, and it's reverse osmosis, okay?

A lot of people have reverse osmosis. Reverse osmosis is probably one of the worst culprits for water filters. Yes, it is not a good water filter. It is definitely making you tired and fatigued, and this is why. Reverse osmosis is actually really, really good at removing contaminants from the water, but it takes all the minerals with it, so it makes dead water mineral-poor water, zero mineral water, and you can actually not hydrate yourself from reverse osmosis water, and I really noticed this.

When I go traveling and I'm in the airport, and typically the water they give you on the plane is reverse osmosis. Like I could drink that water until the cows come home, and it does not quench my thirst, and I just go into the bathroom, pee it out, okay? You cannot actually hydrate yourself from reverse osmosis water. It is impossible, okay? It's really unfortunate because a lot of people have reverse osmosis.

They spent a lot of money to put that system into their house, but it is not acceptable. A lot of people will ask me the question, "Well, can I actually add salt into the water or re-add the minerals back into the water?" You can't. You've artificially disrupted the structure of that water, and adding minerals back in isn't actually going to help, okay? It just can't be reverse osmosis, and this is a little bit of information.

Kamloops, which is a town in British Columbia actually added reverse osmosis into their entire water system, which is really unfortunate because now, if you want to drink mineral-rich water in Kamloops, you have to go buy bottled water because if you're taking it from your tap, it is not healthy water to actually drink, okay? Okay. That's reverse osmosis. reverse osmosis is a nah-ah, not good, okay? Next, I want to talk about distillation.

Distillation basically uses heat, uses steam to remove contaminants, and distillation is actually a lot like reverse osmosis in that it is very good at getting rid of contaminants, but it also destroys the mineral structure of the water, so again, you actually can't hydrate yourself with distilled water. I do not recommend it. It's less common than reverse osmosis, but I do see a lot of people still using it, so distillation is not a good water filtration system. The next one that a lot of people have is ionizers or alkaline water systems. Yeah.

Again, not my favorite. A lot of them are really expensive. They're incredibly expensive, and I don't think it's a good use of your money. They are not very good at removing all the contaminants, and a lot of them actually alkalize the water by running water over metal plates, which will temporarily make the water alkalized, but if you test it 30 minutes later, it will go back to acidic, so not a very good way to filter your water easily and really not a good use of your money. They tend to be very expensive, like I said, and they don't really get all the contaminants, and they don't actually mineralize your water very well.

I actually think they're kind of hokey, because really, like just natural water, natural mineral-rich water that comes off the mountain is actually naturally [alkaline 00:18:15] from all the minerals that are in it, okay? When it comes to filtering your water, really, really important to make sure that you are removing the contaminants, but you're not affecting the mineral structure of the water. These are the questions if you're looking ... I'm going to make some recommendations. I'm going to tell you what water filter to actually buy, because I have a couple that I think are really good, and currently, there's only two that I recommend, and there's one that I recommend the most, but these are the questions you need to ask your manufacturer of your water filter.

First of all, "What contaminants does it remove?" It should remove metals, copper, pesticides, fertilizers, VOCs, Volatile organic compounds, chloramine, chlorine, fluoride if you have fluoride in your water ... It's not added to all water, but definitely check your water report, radiation and drug residues. Drug residues is a really important one because in city, municipal water, everyone's on drugs. We peel it back out into the water.

Super gross. Gets back into the water supply, okay? That water is just recycled. We are just drinking recycled water. We are no longer drinking water that runs over rocks, and picks up minerals as it goes, right? You want to know that, but you also want to know, "Does this filter affect the mineral structure of the water?"

If the answer is, "Yeah, it does, but we put it back in," that's not good enough, okay? That's a bad sign. That is a big red flag, because there is nothing ... Once you pull the minerals from the water, there's nothing you can do to really add them back in because you've basically irreversibly affected the structure of that water. The other thing to keep in mind is if they're adding minerals back in, they're not adding back in all the minerals.

They're probably just putting some calcium, some potassium, some sodium, a few of the basic minerals back into the water, but they're not putting all the minerals back in. They're not doing it, okay? That's why it's really important to get a filter that doesn't disrupt the mineral structure of the water to begin with. Very, very important, okay? My personal favorite filter is Pure Effect Filters.

I love it. I absolutely love it. Best filter by far. The creator of this filter is this ... He's a European dude, and he's a fish researcher, and he was trying to raise his fish and allow them to thrive so he could research them, but what he found, because obviously fish, they absorb all the water through their skin, they are very sensitive to contaminants and mineral levels in the water.

What he found was that either the water filter didn't remove enough contaminants, and his fish didn't thrive or they died, or they removed all the contaminants, but they pulled all the minerals out of the water, and the fish didn't thrive. This water filter, he actually created to allow his fish to thrive, which I think is very cool. It pulls out all the crap that we just talked about, but it does not affect the mineral structure of the water. It's called Pure Effect Filters. I'll put that in the show notes in the chat box, and basically ...

Just let me write that in there. Basically, it's probably one of the cheaper filters on the markets, which is why I really like it, because a lot of them, you can spend a lot of money on, and they're not even very good. If you don't have fluoride in your water, you can go with their Compact version, which is their cheapest version. It's about 179 bucks U.S.. I have this one. It attaches to your faucet, which I love.

It's not a canister filter, which you have to fill up every night. You literally just attach it to your faucet, and it comes out. You can get ones that go over the sink or under the sink. The cheapest one just goes to the top faucet, but you can get ones that actually go below the sink, but if you do have fluoride in your water, then you probably want to go with the Pure Effect Ultra, which is a bit more expensive, but it will get the fluoride out of the water because you absolutely do not want to be drinking fluoride. Now, if you live in an area that has really high uranium levels, if you have a lot of granite rock in your area, you probably want to go with the Ultra because it will filter the uranium.

Now, I live in the Kootenays. We actually live in a really high uranium area, so at some point, when I move into my new house this fall, I'm probably going to be upgrading to the Ultra filter because I actually do want to filter out that uranium as well. The good news is the Compact does filter out radon, and uranium and radon do tend to come together, okay? That is a fantastic filter. Love this filter. Honestly, it makes your water taste like a glacial stream.

It's funny, like I've been drinking clean water for a couple of years now. Now, when I go to someone's house and I have a glass of water from the tap, I can't even drink it because it tastes so disgusting to me, it tastes like pool water. You will really start to notice the chlorinated water once you stop drinking it, because we get accustomed to it, but then, once you actually drink it, you're like, "Holy crap." When I go to my parents' house in Vernon, and I take a hot shower, all I can smell is the chlorine. I have to have these super short showers because I'm super sensitive to it, because I can just smell it in the air and I can feel myself absorbing it into my lungs, so really, really important.

Asthma, a lot of respiratory issues are very connected to the inhalation of those Volatile organic compounds like chloramine, chlorine, fluoride, all those things that we're absorbing through our lungs into our water. That is a really good filter. Now, Berkey is the other one I typically would recommend. It's a canister filter, so if you live in a rental or you can't attach, you have an older faucet, or maybe some random faucet, you need to actually fill up your water every night. Berkey is a really good option.

It's not quite as good as Pure Effect, but a Big Berkey is a really good option for filtration, so you want to make sure you're drinking pure water because even if you are drinking water from a mountain creek, which not many of us are, it's still picking up environmental contaminants because those are everywhere, right? They're in our air. They're in the rain that falls. It's not going to be as much, but I would still recommend filtering your water. Really, really important.

You just can't be healthy if you're not drinking clean water. It is the most important thing. I do believe that you should invest in clean water before you should buy any supplement, before you should invest in anything else. It really should be something that we prioritize. It should be the number one thing that we bring into our life when we are trying to improve our health.

It's interesting because I work with practitioners. I do a lot of training with practitioners, and this is something that they don't even know about, so the information isn't really out there. It's not your fault that you don't know this, but we've just been told that we are drinking clean water when in fact, we are drinking incredibly toxic water that is making us sick, okay? That's my spiel. I hope that helps, guys.

Let me know what you think of this episode. Send me a comment. Leave me a review on iTunes Let me know that you like this information. I will continue to put this information out there. I love you guys as always, and I will see you guys in the next episode. Bye, guys.

6 Ways to Boost Energy Levels (Without Caffeine)

 

Today is the 1st day of December and I couldn’t be happier. Unlike a lot of people out there, I love winter. Skiing is one of my favorite sports and my winter is spent maneuvering my work schedule around my play schedule.

 

It has been an incredibly rainy fall. I can count every moment on one hand when I felt the sun on my face in the last couple of month. And all three of those times I was literally blinded by it’s intensity.

 

As much as I love winter, I struggle, like many people, with the lack of day light. I am an early riser so waking up at 6am isn’t easy when it’s pitch black out and it feels like the middle of the night.

 

These days my energy levels have been pretty low. I always struggle to feel as energetic in winter as I do in the summer. Anyway, enough about me. Let’s talk about you and your energy levels!

 

I feel that we could also use a little bit more energy. Low energy is one of the most common complaints I get from clients, and well, just about anyone else. With busy lives, questionable diets and poor sleep habits, most of us struggle to feel energized all day long.

 

That’s why I put together this list of 6 ways to improve energy levels.

 

1. Eat a High Protein Breakfast

 

I doubt I am the first person to tell you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s true. Breakfast sets the stage for your energy levels and blood sugar balance for the rest of the day.

 

Many people eat a breakfast that is too high in sugar or carbohydrates and too low in protein. Things like granola, cereal, toast and pastries do you no energy favors. Opt for a breakie higher in protein like eggs, non-starchy vegetables and meat.

 

Protein is fantastic for stabilizing your blood sugar and helps keep you energized all morning long. My favorite breakfast? Poached eggs on roasted yams with sauerkraut and avocado.

 

2. Take B Vitamins

 

B vitamins are incredibly important for your energy levels. They power important chemical reactions involved in cellular metabolism. They are water soluble and not easily stored in the body. They are also easily depleted by stress.

 

You can think of B vitamins as catalytic sparks plugs for the body. They function as co-enzymes to catalyze many reactions including ones that convert carbohydrates into glucose.

 

Make sure you eat a diet rich in B vitamins. Highest food sources are animals products, nutritional yeast and organ meats.

 

If you are under a lot of stress, it may also be useful to supplement with B vitamins. My favorite product is Stress B Complex from Thorne Research.

 

 

3. Get to bed for 11pm

 

If low energy is your issue, the first thing to consider is your sleep habits. If you don’t get enough sleep, or go to bed too late, you will be tired the next day.

 

Shift your bed time to sometime before 11pm. Also make sure you are getting 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep.

 

If you struggle to get to sleep at night, examine your sleep hygiene. Make sure to avoid looking at screens an hour before bed time. Sleep in a dark, cool room and turn off your wifi.

 

If you need to more tips on how to get a better night’s sleep, click here.

 

4. Stay Hydrated, but Not Too Hydrated

 

Who knew? Water is healthy! While many of us don’t drink enough water, some of us drink way too much water. The media and beverage companies have led you to believe that you need to be drinking water and sports drinks all day long.

 

When was the last time you saw a deer walking around with a Nalgene bottle? Hopefully never.

 

How much water a person needs to drink depends on each person, their activity levels and their diet. If you exercise more, you need more water. If you eat lots of veggies, you need less water than your friend on the meat and cheese diet.

 

The best way to stay hydrated is to monitor your urine color. If it’s clear, you are over hydrated, probably depleting your electrolytes and taxing your kidneys. If it’s brown, you need to increase your fluid intake. You urine should be a pale yellow. Make pale yellow your goal.

 

Additionally, make sure to consume electrolytes with every glass of water. I am not talking about the electrolyte packets that are full of sugar and chemicals. Try sea salt. It’s cheap and you only need a pinch.

 

5. Ditch the Gluten

 

I know, gluten-free is trendy. There are more and more people these days on a gluten-free diet. Hold the bread please!

 

I don’t necessarily believe that everyone in the world needs to be gluten free. But what I can say is that removing gluten from the diet seems to be the single quickest way to giving a person more energy.

 

Give it a try. Cut gluten out for 30 days and see if your energy levels improve.

 

6. Get a Light Box

 

I went on a bit of an Amazon shopping spree last night. I feel my recent low energy levels have a lot to do with the lack of light in my life.

 

Normally, I get up and go for a walk or run first thing in the morning. The point is to expose myself to light and get my circadian rhythm firing for the day. Now that winter is nearing, my morning walk/run is in darkness. And when the sun finally does come up, it’s generally cloudy and dark out.

 

So I bought myself a light box. Apparently using one of these light boxes (which mimics the wavelengths of a sunny day) for 20-30 minutes a day can improve energy levels, mood and sleep.

 

It was inexpensive and I am willing to give it a try. I will keep you posted.

 

Final Thoughts

If energy is a struggle the first thing to examine is your diet and lifestyle Get the basics in place before spending money on supplements. Make sure you eat a healthy, whole foods diet, get enough sleep and exercise and reduce stress. If you are doing all these things and you still feel exhausted, it may be hormonal or digestive. Consider lab testing.

7 Non Food Uses for Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is my very favorite. I am not lying when I say that I use it for everything. Right now I have a big gallon bucket of it sitting in my kitchen cupboard.

 

Coconut oil is an excellent cooking oil. Since it is mostly a saturated fat, it stays stable at higher temperatures. This makes it great for frying and baking. And I think it makes vegetables taste awesome.

 

Not only is coconut oil great for cooking but it also has a number of non food uses that you may not know about.

Here are 7 non food uses for coconut oil

 

1. Shaving Cream

 

This is one of my favorite uses for coconut oil. Shaving cream is not only expensive but laden with harsh chemicals that get directly absorbed into your skin and can end up in your bloodstream. Once chemicals are in your bloodstream they have the potential to affect every single cell in your body.

 

Since you absorbed at least 60% of everything you put on your skin, this is a legitimate concern. Coconut oil is great because it moisturizes your skin and makes shaving super easy as well.

 

2. Body Lotion

 

I’ll admit, it’s a little greasy as a moisturizer but I still love using coconut oil for body lotion. I find the best way to apply it is while in a hot shower. I then use a towel I don’t care so much about or a dark colored towel to dry off. This way some of the oil is still on your skin, keeping it all silky and smooth, but with out the greasiness.

 

3. Sunscreen

 

Did you know coconut oil has an SPF of 8É It doesn’t seem like much but it’s enough if you don’t plan to fry yourself in the sun all day long.

 

There are two types of UV rays; UVA and UVB. UVB is what allows your body to produce Vitamin D and UVA is considered to be skin damaging. Both can cause tanning and burning but UVB does so at a much faster rate.

 

While using commercial sunscreen will block damaging UVA radiation, it will also block UVB and compromise your body’s ability to produce Vitamin D. Vitamin D is a necessary hormone that supports the immune system and protects against cancer.

 

Using coconut oil for sunscreen provides a mild protection that will keep your skin safe while allowing you to produce vitamin D at the same time. And don`t forget, when getting moderate sun exposure, pay attention to signs of burning so that you can cover up or get out of the sun.

 

Commercial sunscreen is also full of carcinogenic ingredients that are known to mutate DNA and actually cause cancer. Switching to natural sunscreen is not only cancer protective by increasing your vitamin D levels but will  also reduce your exposure to toxic carcinogenic chemicals.

 

If you are fair skinned or have to spend long periods of time in the sun and need something more potent than SPF 8, check out CARROT SEED OIL 100 % Natural Cold Pressed Carrier Oil. 2 Fl.oz.- 60 ml. Skin, Body, Hair and Lip Care. "One of the best oils to rejuvenate and regenerate skin tissues." by Botanical Beauty""“>carrot seed oil which have SPFs of 25-50 and 35-40, respectively.

 

4. Sexual Lubricant

 

When it comes to sexual pleasure or even dealing with vaginal dryness, at some point or another most women will need to use sexual lubricant.

 

Unfortunately, most commercial lubricants are laden with chemicals that are easily absorbed through the wall of the vagina. Coconut oil provides a great natural alternative for sexual lubricant(and smells delicious too!).

 

Be aware though coconut oil may not be compatible with latex condoms. There is a chance that the coconut oil will cause them to break.

 

Also be wary that coconut oil may disrupt vaginal pH in some women. While coconut oil has anti-fungal properties (which is great for vaginas), it may also take some of the healthy flora down with it. If you notice any irritation from the coconut oil, consider using a vaginal probiotic cream to restore balance and lay off the coconut oil.

 

5. A Cure for Chapped Lips

 

At this point in this article you have noticed that a lot of commercial skin care and beauty products are laden with chemical additives that can have a negative effect on your health.

 

I think this is especially true for lip balm as it goes on your lips. Not only can it be absorbed through your skin but you can swallow a lot of those chemicals as well.

 

Chapped lips are a total bummer. Whether its from too much sun exposure, wind burn or harsh winter days, it can be hard to think about anything else. And it’s almost impossible not to lick your lips.

 

You can combine 1 teaspoon of coconut oil with 1 teaspoon of sea salt. Dab this mixture over your chapped lips and then scrub gently with your fingers. You can do this for a couple of minutes or until your lips feel smooth. Rinse your lips with warm water and dry.

You can continue to use the coconut oil daily until they are no longer chapped.

 

6. Eye Makeup Remover

 

Coconut oil is absolutely great for removing eye makeup like eye liner, mascara and shadow. It works quickly and doesn’t require much rubbing. You can dab a little coconut oil on a cotton ball or makeup pad and wipe around the eyes until clean.

 

This is a great alternative to commercial makeup remover which can irritate they eyes.

 

7. Dental Health

 

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique that is used to cleanse the mouth of toxins and bad bacteria. There are numerous scientific studies that support this process and I know many people who absolutely swear by it.

 

It basically works by removing biofilm and plaque from your teeth. The bad bacteria get “stuck” in the coconut oil and dissolve. While some plaque is normal, too much plaque and biofilm can lead to poor dental health and even heart disease.

 

Oil pulling is simple. Put a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth and swish it around for 10-15 minutes. Make sure to spit it out when your done as it now contains toxins and bacteria.

 

You will be amazed by how fresh and clean your mouth feels after doing this.

 

What is your favorite way to use coconut oil? Leave me a comment below and let me know.

Why Hormone Imbalance is Not Normal

Girl in painFor as long as I can remember I have had menstrual cramps. Periods were always incredibly painful. I had to miss school and work on a regular basis. And I always had to load up on Tylenol and Ibuprofen.

 

I thought that was just the way it was. All the girls around me were also struggling with menstrual cramps or other PMS symptoms like mood swings, bloating and cravings. As far as I could tell, it was normal and there wasn’t much to be done about it.

 

My cramps were so bad that I asked my doctor about it. She put me on birth control pills. This didn’t help with the cramps but it helped me feel “normal” since all my friends were on birth control pills too.

 

Many women would agree with me, that PMS is normal, and there isn’t much to be done about it.

 

This is wrong.

 

Just because something is common, does not mean that it is normal. Hormones are meant to be balanced. They don’t go all crazy and out of whack on their own.

 

When you experience the symptoms of PMS or menopause, you are experiencing a hormone imbalance. And that hormone imbalance is a symptoms of some deeper malfunction in the body.

 

Let me explain.

 

It really comes down to your adrenal glands. The adrenal glands are two pyramid shaped glands that sit above each kidney. They produce your sex hormones (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone). The ovaries produce sex hormones as well.

 

The adrenal glands also manufacture the stress hormones, like cortisol. Cortisol, while a stress hormone, is also needed in certain amounts every single day. It is meant to be highest in the morning and the lowest at night. Having cortisol in proper amounts is crucial to having motivation, energy and happiness.

 

When you are stressed, cortisol will be produced in increased amounts. The excess of cortisol is what allows you to react quickly in times of danger. Elevated cortisol is what gives people super human strength to survive emergency situations. Cortisol is a survival hormone.

 

So because cortisol is a survival hormone, when there is stress, cortisol always gets made first, at the expense of your other hormones.

 

That means when stress is acute or short duration, it isn’t a big deal. Once the stress is over, your adrenal glands go back to producing your much needed sex hormones. The problem is that many of us are chronically stressed. Chronic stress means stress is ongoing and this means that cortisol gets made first. Your sex hormones get put on the back burner.

 

See what I’m saying? Hormone imbalance is a generally a symptom of chronic stress.

 

Let’s talk about stress. What is stress? When we talk about stress most people default to talking about mental and emotional stress. But this is only a small piece of the puzzle. Stress can be anything that disrupts homeostasis or equilibrium in the body.

 

Stress can be a food intolerance, liver congestion, gut dysbiosis, leaky gut, inflammation, a biomechanical alignment issue or Candida overgrowth. Stress can be a lot of things and often times we don’t always know about it. The stress is hidden in the body.

 

So the key to unwinding hormone imbalance is to start removing each and every stress from the body so that the adrenal glands no longer need to constantly make cortisol.

 

The interesting thing is that women in underdeveloped and primitive societies do not suffer the way Western women do when it comes to PMS and menopause. In many primitive societies women have easy child birth, painless menstrual cycles and smooth transitions through menopause.

 

So what’s going on in the West?

 

Western women have a lot of stress, both mental and emotional and also an excess of hidden stress.

 

Poor diet and nutritional deficiencies play a large role in the development of hormone imbalance. Poor liver function can also lead to excess hormones in the blood which can bring on hormone imbalance. Additionally, we are exposed to chemicals daily which disrupt our endocrine system and mimic human estrogen.

 

We have a lot of challenges.

 

How do you know you have a hormone imbalance? Here are some of the most common symptoms:

  • Irregular menstrual cycle
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Mood swings
  • Headaches
  • Acne
  • Brain fog
  • Cravings
  • Weight gain
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia

 

Since hormones are the chemical messengers of the cells, when hormones get depleted and unbalanced, sh*t goes sideways. The cells are no longer getting the message about what to do. And this is why you can end up with so many different types of symptoms.

 

I believe that there is a lot we can do to balance our hormones. And it all starts with having the proper information.

 

5 things you can do now to improve your hormone balance

 

 1. Eat Real Food

Eating a healthy diet is truly the foundation of any healing protocol. Before you do anything, take a good look at your diet. The most important thing is to remove processed and refined foods and sugar and eat as many whole foods as possible.

 

2. Ditch Chemical Skin Care

Statistics say that women put up to 515 different chemicals on their bodies before they even leave their house in the morning. And unfortunately, many of these chemicals contain synthetic estrogens and endocrine disruptors. Switch to organic skin care products of make your own in your kitchen

 

3. Meditate

Learning how to deep breathe is critical to managing your stress. When you are overwhelmed, angry or running late you can signal to your brain that danger is near. When this happens cortisol increases and the brain shuts down digestion and detoxification, two crucial bodily functions. By breathing deeply when your stressed out, you can signal to your brain that the stress has passed. This means you can get back to those important rest and digest functions.

 

4. Eat Your Fat

Dietary fat is one of the building blocks of hormones. If you don’t enough, your body will struggle to make hormones. We have been fed a lot of lies about fat. The result is that many of us are eating low-fat diets. Don’t be afraid of healthy fat. I often recommend that my clients eat 2 tablespoons of fat with every meal. Healthy fats include coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil, grass-fed butter, red palm oil, tallow and lard.

 

5. Get Enough Sleep

Sleep is so important for not only health but also for hormones. Not getting enough sleep not only affects you energy levels but generally leads to poor food choices and inactivity. Make sure to get to bed before 10:30pm each night. Implementing a no screens rule after 8:30pm can help wind your body down for sleep.