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Are you ready to take control of your health? You have a choice! Let’s get you started on Nutritional Therapy with our new practitioner Bryan Carroll at FF Studio. We can set you up your first Nutritional Therapy appointment for our “New Client Start-Up Special” next week – Mondays or Wednesdays with Bryan. Let me know and I can schedule your appointment for you on Mindbodyonline.

Here is our new client start up special we are offering now:

Get started with our New Client Nutritional Therapy Start Up Package! Take advantage of our Start Up Special rate of only $395 – three sessions in 30 days to start transforming the WHOLE you from the inside out!

• First Session: Initial Disclaimer, Interview, Confidential Client Health Questionnaire, Food Journal and the NAQ Review
• Second Session: Functional Evaluation and/or Muscle Testing with LNT supplement testing
• Third Session: The Success Plan for you including nutrition, health and additional nutrients/supplements needed based on your bio-individual needs from our assessment.

Three sessions are suggested to help you be successful with starting out on a new nutrition and health plan. We all know nutrition is the toughest part to change! The WHOLESTIC Method approach will help you set specific health and nutrition goals for your needs!

Bryan Carroll, an outdoor adventure photographer and athlete, has passionately been pursuing a way to integrate many different health practices to better create programs for each individual’s needs in their journey to health. With studies in personal training, physical therapy, movement therapy, functional medicine, neurology, Chinese Medicine, nutritional therapy, and yoga, he is able to seek out the root cause to any injury or ailment, and develop a plan based on your needs to make you successful in reaching your health goals.

Bryan’s Specialties include:
1. Injury Rehabilitation/Prevention
2. Outdoor Sports Training
3. Endurance Nutrition
4. Chronic Injuries or health ailments that no one can figure out a cause.
5. People who have tried everything to get better, but have had no luck!

He is available by appointment on Mondays 9am-1pm, Tuesdays 9am-1pm, Wednesdays 6am-12pm, and Thursdays 10am-2pm.  Bryan Carroll CPT, NTP, FAFS

The WHOLESTIC Method Coach,
Debbie Potts
Owner of Fitness Forward Studio
Host of ‘The WHOLE Athlete’ Podcast
Author of ‘LIFE IS NOT A RACE’ & ‘The WHOLESTIC Method’ on Amazon
Nutritional Therapy Practitioner -7/17
NASM CPT, CHEK HCL, USAT Coach

Fitness Forward Studio

118 105th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

Nutritional Therapy New Client Summer Start Up Special!

What is Nutritional Therapy?

The Nutritional Therapy Association’s Philosophy: Real Education for people who Believe in Real Food

“That the myriad of health problems that plague modern society result from weaknesses in the body’s physiological foundations as a result of poor nutrition. As an education organization, NTA is dedicated to helping individuals and healthcare professionals understand and reverse the tragic and unsuspected effects of the modern diet on their patients and clients based on their bio-individual nutritional needs. Throughout our training programs and seminars, students access a wide range of education tools and connect nationally with other practitioners in the healing arts.”

 

We help individuals with different health goals to improve their vitality and energy from the inside out by building their foundations. The foundations not only focus on eating a properly prepared, nutrient dense whole foods diet, but also focusing on strengthening the five pillars:

Digestion
Blood Sugar Regulation
Essential Fatty Acid Balance
Mineral Balance
Hydration
Everyone can benefit from improving our digestion – and balancing our nervous system (slowing down-pushing pause-reset). Our digestion system needs to work right or else we don’t absorb our nutrients then we have a cascade of other events and complications that can occur. How do we get started? A three-part series of sessions to begin our journey and transformational program.

1. Client interview, food journal review and Nutritional Assessment Questionnaire Form (NAQ)
2.  Functional Evaluation: hands on portion of your treatment to tap into the innate intelligence of your body to see where your health priorities are based on the evaluation on reflex points. We will connect your brain to your body systems – and I will ask you to be energetically open minded so you can receive the messages your body is telling you. This information we receive from the functional evaluation will be combined with the information we gathered together from our first session as we do some investigation together to find the root causes of your symptoms to help reach your main concerns and goals. Another part of our functional evaluation is doing lingual neural testing to determine which nutrients your body asking for to heal. Very exciting and learning experience to listen to our bodies and make that internal connection!
3.  The third session will be our follow-up to create a WHOLE individualized plan based on our interview, NAQ, food journal and functional evaluation. I will provide a plan including nutrition suggestions, review any supplements the body asked for and re-assess to continue helping you reach your goals.


We also include the option to add on our The WHOLESTIC Method Detox Program including strength training, mobility, myofascial release yoga, Athletic Stretch Therapy, Cauldron healing broth, Pruvit ketone supplement and the Full Spectrum Sunlighten Infrared Sauna. Ask about our The WHOLESTIC Method Nutritional Therapy packages!
I am also excited to team up with other practitioners as Bryan Carroll and healers to offer seminars and workshops at Fitness Forward Studio to offer more method to help you transform the WHOLE you from the inside out with the elements of The WHOLESTIC Method.Describe how you see yourself using your NTP training in the next year. Our goal is to slow down the aging process for the maturing athlete at Fitness Forward Studio- that includes detox programs, digestion, leaky gut, joint health, brain health and more educational opportunities to help you take care of your WHOLE health!

Get started with our New Client Summer Start Up Package! Take advantage of our Summer Special rate of only $395 (based on the $460 value)- three sessions in 30 days to start transforming the WHOLE you from the inside out!

First Session: Initial Disclaimer, Interview, Confidential Client Health Questionnaire, Food Journal and the NAQ Review
Second Session: Functional Evaluation and/or Muscle Testing with LNT supplement testing

Third Session: The Success Plan for you including nutrition, health and additional nutrients/supplements needed based on your bio-individual needs from our assessment.

Three sessions are suggested to help you be successful with starting out on a new nutrition and health plan. We all know nutrition is the toughest part to change! The WHOLESTIC Method approach will help you set specific health and nutrition goals for your needs!

After the 30 days, You have these options to continue on your The WHOLESTIC Method Journey:

Single Session for Non-members: $200 per 1 hour appointment

The WHOLESTIC Method 3-month membership package: $540 (based on $600 value, save $20 per month)
Receive 1 follow-up appointment per month
Receive text and email support
5% discount on supplements
10% discount on additional follow-up sessions each month (if needed)

The WHOLESTIC Method 6-month membership package: $1050 (based on $1200 value, save $25 per month)

Receive 1 follow-up appointment per month
Receive text and email support
10% discount on supplements
10% discount on additional follow-up sessions each month
Options:

Infrared Detox Sauna
Pruvit O/S
Gut Guru Healing Broth
Personal Training Sessions – 30 minutes shared training
You have a choice to start taking control of your WHOLE health from the inside out… you decide if you are going to put the oxygen mask on first… schedule your intro special package today!

New Nutritional Therapy Services include:

Treatment for digestive issues as GERD, Leaky Gut and more.
Fatigue, Sleep & Stress Management
Detoxification Systems
Hormone Balance
Metabolic Efficiency
Athletic Performance
and more symptoms we can improve with Nutritional therapy once we go the the process, identify stressors and do some investigation to find the root cause…just like putting the pieces of a puzzle together.
The WHOLESTIC Method approach is a unique total health transformational program which incorporates the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner skill set along with Debbie’s Metabolic Efficiency coaching and CHEK Holistic Lifestyle coaching skills into one program or Bryan Carrol’s muscle testing and Chinese Medicine background.

Naturapaths and Functional Medicine Practitioners will be helpful to work as a team with The WHOLESTIC Method as well as Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture treatment. We are all bio-individuals and sometimes we need to find different approaches to determine which treatment or method helps optimize our health from the inside out. We should feel amazing each day- there is no reason to feel low energy, over weight and brain fog just because “we are getting older” or “that is how I am now”… we can find solutions to make you feel ten or more years younger, slow the aging process down and continue doing the sports or activities that you love to do as we age up! We should feel younger as we get older!


Remember The WHOLESTIC Method Coaching with Nutritional Therapy is not a quick fix program- but rather a transformational program that will be long-lasting as we will be getting your body to function and operate correctly (efficiently) and build new healthy habits!

Sign up and schedule your New Client Special to Nutritional Therapy with Debbie Potts or Byran here. See our new client forms on the website www.fitnessforwardstudio.com to get NTP paperwork (steps 1-4) and then return to me (scan or fax) before our first session. Please take time to complete paperwork- don’t rush through it as it won’t be accurate and as honest. Take time to answer questions and do your food log with symptoms throughout the day (not at the end of day when you don’t remember details). Focus and relax when doing the forms for best results!

New NTP Client Summer Special Package: $395 through August 300th 2017

More reasons to do a detox challenge…learn why!

We all have our own personal internal housekeeping service – our detoxification system.  Sadly our internal “housekeepers” get over scheduled, overused and abuse- so much that they can’t keep up with their job description, responsibilities and assignments.  Our detoxification system gets overwhelmed from the constant toxins we breathe in everyday, put on our skin, drink and eat plus more sources are created inside of us from a digestion system that has become dysfunctional or too much stress.  A well done detoxification program as the “7-Day Miracle Detox” can help you fight disease and promote your health from the inside out!  You will strengthen your body from the inside out by improving the function of every cell and its function- while revitalizing the body’s ability to heal it’s own self!

As I say in my book “LIFE IS NOT A RACE“- too much of anything can be TOXIC and too little of anything can lead to deficiencies.  We need to find our own individual tipping point of how much of anything we can tolerate before we break something as over heating our engine in our car.  We are surrounded by toxins- so many these days that our natural detox “housekeeping” service can’t do the job on it’s own without taking a vacation.  

We take our car in for a tune up and oil/lube job to keep our car in good shape…we go to the dentist every six months to get our teeth cleaned – so why don’t we do a better job about taking charge of our own health by clearing out the excess toxins left in our body?  As they talk about in the “7-Day Miracle Detox Program”- we need to take ownership of our body and nourish every system, organ and cell in order to properly function on full capacity- not on our reserves or back-up engine.  The air, water, soil, foods, lotions, body products, swimming pools, household products, mold, stress and more toxins build up in our body- and we need to help our liver to remove them.

Our liver has over 500 jobs to do and detoxing the toxins in our cells, tissues and organs needs to be a priority.  We need to make sure our detoxification elimination pathways are functioning correctly and “open for business” before we dive into a serious detox program as the 7-Day Miracle Detox program or my The WHOLESTIC Method 5-Day Detox Jumpstart Challenge .  If you want to help improve the health -at a cellular level- of your organs including the brain, kidneys and liver plus the immune and cardiovascular system then we need to detox our body to ask for it to operate at peak performance- or else we risk disease:

Disease is a state in which certain cells in the body cannot perform the job they are meant to do.  Symptoms are a sign that cells are damaged and function has been lost…proper cellular function is expressed as optimum physical, mental and emotional performance” -source “The 7-Day Detox Miracle” by Peter Bennett and Stephen Barrie.  

Remember that we don’t need to eat three meals a day plus snacks… we want to train the body how to become fat burners and not rely on sugar to keep us fueled up for the day.  Think of it as burning kindling in a fire – or a large type of Duraflame log that is slow burning and long lasting energy!   After your 5-7 day detox where we eat more vegetables, juices, water, detox tea and one meal per day, then you can move to phase two of The WHOLESTIC Method to help break our past habits and transform the WHOLE person from the inside out.

In Phase Two, we eat two meals a day of nutrient dense whole foods then snacks as needed- while continuing to eliminate common food allergens as gluten, grains, soy, peanuts, cow’s milk and of course SUGAR!

  • Drink lots of clean water throughout the day- but not to over consume that you are up all night in the bathroom!
  • Add sea salt or electrolytes to your water if not feeling hydrated plus add more water (12 oz) for every diuretic beverage you consume!
  • Add some relaxation breathing exercises and mindfulness before bed if you struggle with sleep- plus avoid eating a meal before bed.

The next The WHOLESTIC Method 5-day Detox will be week before Memorial Day—and will be slightly different as it will include more detox exercises to do in the five days as cleaning your closets, dry brushing, hydrotherapy and detox sauna sessions.  

Now focus on proper digestion as poor digestion is the root cause of my health problems as it leads to fermentation of your food, gut inflammation, fungal and parasite type of infections in the intestines.  Fermented foods become bacterial infections or poisons in the gut- impacting the immune system (60% in your gut and where feel good hormone serotonin neurotransmitters are produced).  Leaky gut is something that most all of experience and need to heal based on our past eating habits and types of food we eat.  If our digestion is dysfunctional- then we probably have more toxins in our body as our body’s natural detoxification system is altered.  We ignore the symptoms or don’t even realize the signs of poor digestion!

We want to slow down the aging process- not speed it up!  So make sure you keep up with our The WHOLESTIC Method 5-Day Detox Challenges each time we offer them in the future as we should continue doing an occasional type of detox- from the inside and out!

Read the book “The 7 Day Detox Miracle” to really learn WHY we need to detox frequently throughout the year as well as how our detoxification system is supposed to work- as well as what frequently goes wrong with our detox system.

Symptoms of a sluggish or dysfunctional digestive system include:

  • Uncomfortable sense of fullness after eating
  • Flatulence, abdominal pressure, belching or burning sensation in the stomach after eating
  • Headache, congestion, sleepiness or mental dullness after eating
  • Depression and brain fog
  • Speed up aging
  • Body aches and pains (food allergies)

If you continue to ignore these signs then the conditions can get more serious over time when ignored… then we find more and more people experiencing:

  • Obesity
  • Food allergies
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Increase leaky gut (intestinal permeability)
  • Intestinal bacteria overgrowth (as Candida and SIBO)
  • Bowel Diseases
  • Constipation
  • Prolapsed abdomen
  • Headaches
  • Sinus infections and other allergies
  • Anemia
  • Cancer
  • Immune disorders
  • Liver disorders
  • Accelerated aging
  • Colic

Stay subscribed for more information coming soon….

Your WHOLESTIC Method Coach,

Debbie Potts

COMING SOON ON AMAZON!

Nutritional Therapy Intro Packages!

I am excited to announce that me, Debbie Potts, will be offering Nutritional Therapy services starting this summer at Fitness Forward Studio in downtown Bellevue, WA.  

After 25 years working in the health and fitness industry as a fitness instructor, personal trainer, program manager, run coach, triathlon coach, health coach, podcast host and fitness studio owner… I will now integrate all of my training together to become a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner by Nutritional Therapy Association and build The WHOLESTIC Method program to our community as well as online.

I will be continuing to host my weekly podcast called “The WHOLE Athlete” to discuss one of the eight elements of The WHOLESTIC Method with guest co-hosts to help transform lives and improve performance for life and sports!  Locally, I will continue to train clients but I will be focusing more on nutritional therapy sessions with clients.

What is Nutritional Therapy?  Nutritional Therapy Association’s Philosophy:  Real Education for people who Believe in Real Food

 

“That the myriad of health problems that plague modern society result from weaknesses in the body’s physiological foundations as a result of poor nutrition. As an education organization, NTA is dedicated to helping individuals and healthcare professionals understand and reverse the tragic and unsuspected effects of the modern diet on their patients and clients based on their bio-individual nutritional needs. Throughout our training programs and seminars, students access a wide range of education tools and connect nationally with other practitioners in the healing arts.”

We help individuals with different health goals to improve their vitality and energy from the inside out by building their foundations.  The foundations not only focus on eating a properly prepared, nutrient dense  whole foods diet, but also focusing on strengthening the five pillars:

  1. Digestion
  2. Blood Sugar Regulation
  3. Essential Fatty Acid Balance
  4. Mineral Balance
  5. Hydration

My niche varies as I know so many clients don’t feel their best and nutritional therapy can help most everyone!  Most of us can benefit from improving our digestion – and balancing our nervous system (slowing down-pushing pause-reset).  Our digestion system needs to work right or else we don’t absorb our nutrients then we have a cascade of other events and complications that can occur.  How do we get started?  A three-part series of sessions to begin our journey and transformational program.

  1. Client interview, food journal review and Nutritional Assessment Questionnaire Form (NAQ)
  2. Functional Evaluation:  hands on portion of your treatment to tap into the innate intelligence of your body to see where your health priorities are based on the evaluation on reflex points.  We will connect your brain to your body systems – and I will ask you to be energetically open minded so you can receive the messages your body is telling you.  This information we receive from the functional evaluation will be combined with the information we gathered together from our first session as we do some investigation together to find the root causes of your symptoms to help reach your main concerns and goals.  Another part of our functional evaluation is doing lingual neural testing to determine which nutrients your body asking for to heal.  Very exciting and learning experience to listen to our bodies and make that internal connection!
  3. The third session will be our follow-up to create a WHOLE individualized plan based on our interview, NAQ, food journal and functional evaluation.  I will provide a plan including nutrition suggestions, review any supplements the body asked for and re-assess to continue helping you reach your goals.
  4. We also include the option to add on our The WHOLESTIC Method Detox Program including strength training, mobility, myofascial release yoga, Athletic Stretch Therapy, Cauldron healing broth, Pruvit ketone supplement and the Full Spectrum Sunlighten Infrared Sauna.  Ask about our The WHOLESTIC Method Nutritional Therapy packages!

I am also excited to team up with other practitioners and healers to offer seminars and workshops at Fitness Forward Studio to offer more method to help you transform the WHOLE you from the inside out with the elements of The WHOLESTIC Method.Describe how you see yourself using your NTP training in the next year.  Our goal is to slow down the aging process for the maturing athlete at Fitness Forward Studio- that includes detox programs, digestion, leaky gut, joint health, brain health and more educational opportunities to help you take care of your WHOLE health!

New Nutritional Therapy Services include:

  • Treatment for digestive issues as GERD, Leaky Gut and more.
  • Fatigue, Sleep & Stress Management
  • Detoxification Systems
  • Hormone Balance
  • Metabolic Efficiency
  • Athletic Performance
  • and more symptoms we can improve with Nutritional therapy once we go the the process, identify stressors and do some investigation to find the root cause…just like putting the pieces of a puzzle together.

The WHOLESTIC Method approach is unique as Debbie (me!) incorporates the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner skill set along with Metabolic Efficiency coaching and CHEK Holistic Lifestyle coaching skills into one program.  Naturapaths and Functional Medicine Practitioners will be helpful to work as a team with The WHOLESTIC Method as well as Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture treatment.  We are all bio-individuals and sometimes we need to find different approaches to determine which treatment or method helps optimize our health from the inside out.

I know from my years of battling Adrenal Exhaustion/HPA-Axis dysregulation issues, I have seen over ten different health providers until I found a more holistic mind-body approach to help determine what part of my body was causing the cascade of events and imbalances.  Our bodies are similar to a bike wheel- one spoke is out of alignment then the entire wheel is impacted.  You need to find a practitioner that you feel comfortable with, build a trusting relationship and keep communication open as you work together to get the results you are looking for.  We should feel amazing each day- there is no reason to feel low energy, over weight and brain fog just because “we are getting older” or “that is how I am now”… we can find solutions to make you feel ten or more years younger, slow the aging process down and continue doing the sports or activities that you love to do as we age up!  We should feel younger as we get older!

As a health coach, personal trainer and soon to be a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, I hope to continue learning about repairing gut health, immune system, detoxification system and the adrenal/HPA Axis function.  We are all multi-tasking and rushing all day long… I want to help others stop living life as a race and start pacing themselves to not only teach the body to burn fat, but also to optimize our health and improve performance in life – and sports!

I know I have learned new information from my body after working with a Nutritional Therapist (NTP) as my stomach acid wasn’t the right Ph to digest my food- proteins, my pancreatic enzymes were not working to help breakdown my carbs, protein and fat- plus my liver/gallbladder were not working correctly to detox the toxins in my body or emulsify the healthy fats I was consuming in my higher fat/lower carbohydrate food plan that I thought was working well for me.  If you can’t breakdown and absorb the nutrients from your food then we have a long chain of events that will occur as a result… a dysfunctional digestion system is related to dysfunctional hormone, adrenal, detox, minerals, fatty acid and more dysfunctional systems!   

Remember The WHOLESTIC Method Coaching with Nutritional Therapy is not a quick fix program- but rather a transformational program that will be long-lasting as we will be getting your body to function and operate correctly (efficiently) and build new healthy habits!

Sign up and schedule your intro special to Nutritional Therapy with Debbie Potts here.  See our new client forms on the website www.fitnessforwardstudio.com to get NTP paperwork (steps 1-4) and then return to me (scan or fax) before our first session.  Please take time to complete paperwork- don’t rush through it as it won’t be accurate and as honest.  Take time to answer questions and do your food log with symptoms throughout the day (not at the end of day when you don’t remember details).  Focus and relax when doing the forms for best results!

New NTP Client Package:  Summer Start Up Special valid through August 2017 for total $395

Package includes three appointments:

  1. Disclaimer, Health History, Lifestyle, Food Journal Review and NAQ review
  2. Functional Evaluation and supplement testing

  3. The Plan including nutrition, health and additional nutrients/supplements needed based on your bio-individual needs from our assessment.

    Start taking control of your health- you have a choice!  Put the oxygen mask on first… schedule your intro special package today!

Nutritional Therapy for Mental Health!

We all battle different levels of depression from time to time…perhaps a let down in a job situation, a death in the family or post-pregnancy.  We all know someone we care about that battles with more serious depression.  Once again we are talking about a health issue that could be improved, decreased or eliminated by improving our nutrient, our digestion and our WHOLE self.  Sadly, most people in our society are trained to go see their doctor when they don’t feel well physically or mentally.  The solution for most all health problems – fix it with medication or pharmaceutical drugs.  Drug therapy may help temporarily but does it really help figure out what the ROOT cause is of the problem and WHY we are experiencing symptoms?  No.

Mental health includes depression, anxiety and attention deficit disorder (ADHD).  We all have challenges we face everyday but some people can tolerate the stress and demands of daily life more than others- this could be partially related to our genetic make up but also our nutritional status.  Our lifestyle habits as in The WHOLESTIC Method eight elements impact our mental health – if we over eat sugar, over consume caffeine or alcohol then we are going to impact our brain health.  Then if we don’t keep ourselves hydrated (remember to drink half your body weight in ounces of water per day or more!), exercise regularly (include 2-3 x strength training and 2-3 outdoor walking/hiking/running/playing), eating whole nutrient dense food and properly digesting our food then we are going to have more problems.  Other treatments may include acupuncture, hypnotherapy, detox infrared saunas, massage as well as a whole food nutrient dense diet!  

A “happy pill” from the doctor to help with depression, anxiety and ADHD doesn’t always help and isn’t always the answer but it may be the quick and easy solution for most people as transforming the WHOLE you with The WHOLESTIC Method takes commitment, patience and motivation.  If you are on medication, please do not stop taking it – instead talk to your doctor about suggestions and perhaps weaning off the drug.  I am not a doctor so I am only sharing what I read and learn from Nutritional Therapy- as well as my own observations from 25 years as a personal trainer!

Did you know that food allergies and over consumption of refined sugars leading to hypoglycemia could aggravate the feelings of depression, mood swings, anxiety and more mental health disturbances?  Our bodies rely on proper hydration and nutrition to operate- without it we are nothing…actually we would be dead!

We need to identify and treat the following area in order to get off the mental health psychological roller coaster and find a more stable road in life to follow:

  • food allergies
  • vitamin and mineral deficiencies
  • eliminate refined sugars
  • eliminate caffeine
  • stabilize blood sugar levels
  • eliminate alcohol addictions

 

We need neurotransmitters to act as chemical messengers.

A Neurotransmitter: A chemical that is released from a nerve cell which thereby transmits an impulse from a nerve cell to another nerve, muscle, organ, or other tissue. A neurotransmitter is a messenger of neurologic information from one cell to another. –www.medicinenet.com › home › medterms medical dictionary az list

We have five neurotransmitters in the brain…the chemistry of our emotions:  and they each have nutritional precursors needed to be functioning at the optimal level needed for our mental health and well-being.  Vitamin B-6 seems to be the most important vitamin to make sure we are not deficient in for mental health.  Stay away from caffeine especially when low dopamine levels as our receptor sites will be interfered.  The five neurotransmitters involved in our chemistry of our emotions:
1. Gaba
2. Serotonin
3. Norepinephrine
4. Endorphin
5. Dopamine

Why is adequate digestion is key to maintaining optimal levels of mental wellness??  We need to eat quality protein as well as able to properly digest the protein to cleave off the amino acids needed for neurotransmitter and hormone production.  Do you feel depressed?  Loss of control over eating, gambling, computer games, technology, drinking ….?  You may be deficient in neurotransmitter production – likely due to eating and drinking the wrong foods and dysfunctional digestion process!  Digestion is a north to south process… and a parasympathetic nervous system function.  Are we eating foods that cause an allergic reaction in our body? Is our gut lining inflammed?  Brain inflammation?

Start with correcting vitamin and mineral difficiencies, making dietary changes, stabilize blood sugar, eating essential fatty acids, hydrating and finding what moves your soul in life!

But we need to digest our food properly even if we are selecting nutrient dense whole foods.

How can we improve our mental health with proper digestion?

  • If we can’t relax and be in the “rest and digest” nervous system when we eat then we are going to be having digestion problems since we would be shutting off our digestion process when we are the sympathetic dominance mindset.
  • We need to have the appropriate stomach acid (pH 1.5 – 3) in order to break down our proteins that give us our amino acids that are needed for building our neurotransmitters in our brain.
  • We need our nutrient dense diet to get our necessary precursors for our neurotransmitters – our brain chemicals needed for our mood and emotions.
  • The liver and gallbladder needs to have open detox elimination pathways to remove toxins
  • The gut health is vital- as it is the primary site to produce serotonin
  • If we have gut inflammation or leaky gut from eating foods that have become food allergens
  • We need proper gut flora in our large intestines/colon in order to produce vitamin b1, b2, b12, Vitamin K and Butyric Acid so if we are not digesting/breaking down our food properly then when the leftover food (chyme) enters the colon fermented, putrified and rancidfied then we won’t be able to feed the gut flora so it can produce the energizing B12 vitamins.
  • We need sufficient co-factors as B6 and Zinc to digest proteins (amino acids to neurotransmitters)
  • If we eat excessive amounts of sugar we then can deplete the micronutrients that are needed (co-factors) to make healthy neurotransmitters.
  • We need to eat healthy essential fats but be able to digest them properly as fat is the main ingredient in the brain and needed to help the proteins bind in neurotransmitter production.
  • Minerals are needed to keep in balance- and important to mental health.  Drinking bone broth (available now at Fitness Forward Studio) daily will help provide the needed minerals and more.
  • We need to drink enough water as dehyration is critical to transporting our neurotransmitters around our body.  Our tissues need to be hydrated!

Once last item to briefly review- as this is so important and is an entire podcast and another blog topic. Good nutrition is key to mental health but provides energy for your body and mind!  We need to avoid foods that cause allergic reactions in our body.

FOOD ALLERGIES impact your brain health!  Try to avoid common food allergens and even get a food sensitivity test (link coming soon to Athletes Blood Test) or take your pulse before then after eating to avoid creating a histamine reaction to foods.  The problem starts when we eat foods too often or inappropriately digest the food (chew your food and slow down when eating!) then we have an inappropriate response in our body causing a variety of inflammatory type of reactions.  The body is designed to fight off foreign substances – and be able to identify self and non-self then produce anti-bodies to protect us.  When we have too many types of stressors- well we could go on but another day.  LIFE IS NOT A RACE.

Start improving your mental health by slowing down, pausing and pushing reset each day.  Re-charge yourself with proper nutritious foods, getting outside to play, exercise, avoid chemicals as caffeine and alcohol, walk outside, go to be earlier (meditate before) and be with people who make you laugh! Take the challenge…start to eliminate refined sugar, refined flour, wheat, corn, cows milk, food chemicals, caffeine and alcohol for at least 21 days to see how you feel – physically and mentally!  See our next The WHOLESTIC Method 5-Day and 21-Day Challenge to help break these food habits and improve your mental health from the inside out.

Your WHOLESTIC Method Coach,

Debbie Potts

Learn more on my podcast – a new episode every Tuesday!

 

 

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