True Lemon

11 Oct

Lemon is a natural product that can help your body in more ways than you may realize. The first thing I recommend to my clients starting a healthy lifestyle change is to start a lemon cleanse first thing in the morning. A lemon cleanse consists of 2 packets of True Lemon (click on the picture below to buy yours now) with 3-4 ounces of hot water mixed together. Drink this little concoction like a shot and you have a lemon cleanse!
True Lemon 32ct
It has been proven that hot lemon water taken on awakening is an excellent liver corrective and is better than any anti-fat medicine ever invented!

Hot lemon water taken first thing in the morning will clean the coating accumulated in the mouth and digestive system which allows the body a fresh start on the digestion of food eaten at breakfast

Did you know that lemon makes an excellent appetite suppressant? Lemon is a natural diuretic and can help aid in the release of toxins. Those who retain fluids will find quick relief by drinking hot lemon first thing in the morning.

For those of you who have been eating a diet high in sodium like, let’s say Chinese Food, drinking lemon in your water all day long will help you eliminate that extra water and toxins your body is retaining.

Here are some tips from True Lemon, True Lime, and True Orange packets:

  • Carry them with you always so you have fresh citrus taste on hand.
  • Use in place of lemon, lime, or orange juice in recipes. (1 packet = 1 tablespoon of juice)
  • Add to iced or hot teas
  • Add to sparkling water or your favorite seltzer or soda
  • Replace fresh citrus in your favorite drink or cocktail
  • Sprinkle True Lemon on your veggies instead of salt
  • Use as a rub or seasoning on seafood, meat, or chicken
  • Make lemon or lime butter by adding to butter or butter substitute
  • Sprinkle on tortilla chips or popcorn
  • Add to tuna fish
  • Sprinkle on fresh fruits
  • Make flavored iced cubes
  • Add some extra packets to pre-made cake or lemon bar mix to give it an extra lemon punch
  • Sprinkle True Lemon on apples, avocados or any fruit to stop browning
  • Sprinkle on vanilla yogurt for an instant citrus kick

Click on the picture to buy yours now for under $5 for a box of 32, you will be taken to the True Lemon store where you can buy other citrus packages as well!! Enjoy!True Lemon 32ct

Diatomaceous Earth – Food Grade

17 Jul

I have found a product that is excellent for many health benefits. It is called Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth (DE). The main ingredient in Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is a mineral called Silicon Dioxide (SILICA). Silica is used for weak bones  (osteoporosis), heart disease and stroke (cardiovascular disease), Alzheimer’s disease, hair loss, and improving hair, nail quality, and much more. It is also used for improving skin healing; and for treating sprains and strains, as well as digestive system disorders.

1 or 2 Heaping Tablespoons Per Day Will Improve Your Life! Mix with your favorite liquid and stir occasionally. There is no unpleasant aftertaste.


Health Grade Benefits of Silica – Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Osteoporosis, Weight Loss, Cosmetics, Hair, Nails, Teeth & Gums, Energy, Bacteria, Mucus, Anti-Aging, Urinary Infections, Headache.

Lower High Blood Pressure:
Just as Diatomaceous Earth has been lowering blood pressure–it has also been lowering cholesterol!!. The website Earthworks Health reports that they have not talked with one person that has high cholesterol that has not had lower numbers after taking Diatomaceous Earth.  Most are reporting 40-60 points lower after only 2 weeks on DE.  I know it sounds too good to be true, but it works!

Lower High Cholesterol: Of the thousands of people that are using Diatomaceous Earth, most that have high blood pressure have reported that it has gone down. This is from the website Earthworks Health.  It has been so thrilling to talk to people all over the United States and have them tell their stories. We are not just talking a few points—we are talking about LIFE-CHANGING numbers.  Doctors are amazed–customers are amazed—You will be too.

Osteoporosis & Joints: Osteoporosis is a symptom of the aging process. As calcium in our body system depletes, our bones become brittle and weak. Taking only a calcium supplement can not correct or stop this threatening and crippling disease because the body cannot assimilate and make use of the calcium without the presence of silica. Evidence suggests that, instead of affecting healing, supplemental mineral calcium, on the contrary, accelerates the leaching away of bone calcium and thus hastens the degenerates process of osteoporosis and similar diseases that affect the supportive and connective tissues in the human body.

For Osteoporosis, silica can stop the pain and even restore the body’s self repair process. Osteoporosis symptoms attack women primarily after menopause but the degenerative process starts much earlier in their younger days. More women are dying of fractures caused by osteoporosis than of cancer of the breast, cervix, and uterus combined.

Silica is responsible for the depositing of minerals into the bones, especially calcium. It speeds up the healing of fractures and also reduces scarring at the site of a fracture. More and more research evidence shows that through a transmutation process, silica is turned into calcium when it is needed. That is why some scientists refer to silica as a precursor of calcium. Even when calcium is insufficient, the body can turn silica into calcium that the bones need.

Natural Weight Loss:
Earthworks Health website reports that they have been getting hundreds of reports from all over the United States that DE is helping people lose weight.  Everyone is saying that DE taken in the morning helps curb their appetite throughout the day.  Just one more reason to take it everyday!!

Nature’s Internal Cosmetic:
In Europe and Asia Diatomaceous Earth is used extensively as a health and beauty product for hair, skin, nails, bones, and joints. They have no FDA.

Tissue degeneration accelerates due to aging when connective tissue develops an increasing inability to retain moisture when left unassisted. Silica can help slow the degenerative process of connective tissue. With silica, vitality and life, which are often lost as the years accumulate, can be naturally maintained or even restored to your skin. Collagen, largely made up of silica, is the glue that holds us together. If our body has enough silica glucosaminoglycane, the collagen will make us look younger. Silica helps with skin problems and injuries including itching, rashes, abscesses, boils, acne, callouses, warts, eczema, burns, frostbite, benign skin sores, insect bites and bed sores.

If you regularly follow a silica regimen, your skin will keep its young look. A good silica supplementation program works far better than other products for maintaining healthier and longer lasting collagen.

Hair That Grows:
Hair is nature’s greatest beauty enhancer. Hair deserves to be pampered. Hair at 90 micrograms per gram is almost as rich in silica as are healthy bones, which contain 100 micrograms per gram. Silica is a major component of hair. Using a good silica supplement should be part of your ongoing hair care program for revitalizing hair. Silica helps to prevent baldness, stimulates healthier hair growth and assures beautiful shine, luster and strength.

Teeth and Gums:
By hardening the enamel, silica prevents cavities and preserves teeth. Silica also prevents bleeding gums, gum atrophy, and recession that causes the loosening of teeth, which could ultimately lead to tooth loss. Silica effectively fights ulceration and the decay of bones, teeth and also lessens inflammation.

Tough As Nails:
Your nail plates are complex protein structures that grow four to five millimeters per month on average. With silica supplementation, fragile nails become normal within a short period of time. Silica will beautify the appearance of your nails and improve their hardness, making them shinier and less prone to breaking.

The restorative effects of silica will be most noticeable on your hair, skin, nails and teeth. Our skin and hair require silica essentially for the same purpose as do other tissues. As we know, the supporting collagen underneath the skin enhances elasticity and beauty. Collagen owes that quality to silica, which provides a beautiful complexion that is more than skin deep.

MORE BENEFITS:

*Silica lowers bad cholesterol and raises good

*Silica fades age spots – Wash your face with the DE powder and use it as a facial mask. Leave on for 10-15 minutes.

*Silica stimulates metabolism for higher energy levels

* Silica can harden your tooth enamel. Brush your teeth with it, dip your tooth brush with tooth paste on it in the DE powder and brush on your teeth.

*Diatomaceous earth has a negative charge and bacteria has a positive charge. It is believed that diatomaceous earth sweeps bacteria out of the body by trapping it in its honeycomb shaped skeletal form.

*Silica supplementation helps repair and maintain vital lung tissues and protects them from pollution. By maintaining or restoring the elasticity of lung tissues, silica reduces inflammation in bronchitis.

*It acts as a cough decreasing agent. Silica tones the upper respiratory tract (nose, pharynx, larynx) and reduces swelling because of its positive action on the lymphatic system.

*Silica supplementation keeps menopause free of stress and helps to prevent many unwanted side-effects of menopause

*Silica works with other antioxidants to prevent premature aging and to preserve youthfulness.

*Silica can help prevent kidney stones and heal infections of the urinary tract. It is a natural diuretic which can increase excretion of urine by 30 percent, thus flushing the water-excreting system and restoring normal function to these vital organs.

*The presence of sufficient silica in the intestines will reduce inflammation of the intestinal tract. It can cause disinfection in the case of stomach and intestinal mucus and ulcers. Silica can prevent or clear up diarrhea and its opposite, constipation.

*Silica will help normalize hemorrhoid tissues.

*In regulating and normalizing the bowels, silica has a pleasant side effect; it can alleviate lower back pain, which often troubles the elderly.

*Silica proves effective with female discharge, abscesses and ulcers in the genital area and cervix, as well as mastitis (especially for breast feeding mothers).

*The intake of silica acts as a supportive treatment for inflammation of the middle ear. Because of the beneficial effectiveness on the lymphatic system, silica can be used for swelling of the lymph nodes in the throat.

*Has anti-inflammatory disinfecting, absorbing and odor binding effects.

*Silica can normalize circulation and regulate high blood pressure (hypertension).

*Silica can decrease vertigo, headache, tinnitus (buzzing of the ears) and insomnia.

*Silica can help diabetes by promoting synthesis of elastase inhibitor by the pancreas.

*Silica can help arterial disease by strengthening the blood vessels. Studies confirm that with age, silica disappears from the aorta, the heart’s key blood vessel, thus weakening its critical connective tissue and resulting in a greater cardiac risk.

*Silica can help prevent Tuberculosis.

*By improving the elasticity of the joints, silica helps rheumatism.

*Silica has inhibitory effects on coronary diseases.

*Silica can help avoiding or alleviating Alzheimer’s disease by preventing the body from absorbing aluminum and may flush out aluminum from the tissues. Silica can stimulate the immune system.

DOSAGE:
Daily silica needs of humans are 20-30 mg. In years past, our bodies would get enough silica from our diet. Unfortunately, many of the foods we now eat have lost their nutritional value due to soil nutrient depletion, food processing, and chemicals. Supplemental use of Perma-Guard Diatomaceous Earth is essential to total body health.

You just take 1 or 2 heaping Tablespoons per day with your favorite liquid. Stir occasionally. There is no unpleasant taste.

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Content on this site is for reference purposes only, based on reviews from users of diatomaceous earth. It is not intended to substitute for advice given by a physician, pharmacist, or other licensed health care professional. User statements regarding this dietary supplement have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition. Those with health problems, pregnancy or who are nursing are specifically advised that they should consult their physician before taking any nutritional supplement.

Any food grade diatomaceous earth uses other than those approved by the EPA, FDA, or USDA are strictly reports of what hundreds of users as well as we ourselves have done with diatomaceous earth.

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Heart Rate Monitors

15 Dec

Heart Rate Monitors are a must when doing cardiovascular exercise. It is imperative for your health to check your heart rate and keep an eye on it. What is your heart rate supposed to be? The calculation for maximum heart rate is as follows: bpm = beats per minute

220bpm – your age = maximum heart rate

Technically your heart rate should never get over this number. But if it gets close and/or over you should not just stop your exercise. You should slow down, take a couple of deep breaths amongst those shallow breaths. Your heart rate will come down. The key here is NOT TO STOP! You can have a serious condition if you just stop exercise at this time.

For great articles and more information about heart rate please read the following blog posts. Also be sure to shop the links below for your own heart rate monitor. I even found one under $15.  A heart rate monitor is a great thing to have handy for healthy exercise!!

5 Heart Rate Zones

Determine Optimum Cardio Exercise

Lemon – The Natural Wonder

03 Dec

Lemon is a natural product that can help your system more than you know. I tell my clients to drink hot lemon water first thing in the morning. That would be a concoxtion of 2 oz. of hot water mixed with 2 wedges of fresh lemon or one to two tablespoons of lemon powder. Hot lemon water will clean the coating accumulated in the mouth and digestive system which allows the body a fresh start on the digestion of food eaten at breakfast. It has been proven that hot lemon water taken on awakening is an excellent liver corrective and is better than any anti-fat medicine ever invented.

Did you know that lemon makes an excellent appetite suppressant. Lemon is a natural diuretic and can help aid in the release of toxins.  Let’s say you have been eating a diet high in sodium, drinking lemon in your water all day long will help you eliminate that water your body is retaining. Click on the link below for your True Lemon today! Hot lemon is also good to help a cough or sore throat when a cold or flu is present. Get your lemon today!!

Tracy Anderson 30-Day Method: Product Review

02 Nov

Tracy Anderson is by far one of the best personal trainer I have found. I firmly believe in her over 3,000 “patented” moves which I have thoroughly researched. I have done and taught a lot of these moves before I even heard of her. The first time I ever heard of Tracy was on E! News where she displayed some of her exercises. I was sold! Her exercises work. No doubt about it.

As for her book/DVD the 30-Day Method I have some doubts. The toning exercises in the book/DVD work but there are many problems with her cardio and meal plan. Tracy says many times throughout the book that the only way her method works is if you follow everything to a tee. But as a Certified Personal Trainer I wholehearted disagree. I took bits and pieces of her workout and went from there. I plan on teaching a class that incorporates her moves in the near future.

The book/DVD is well worth the purchase as it is full of nuggets of great information. But pick and choose your nuggets wisely.

I took the toning exercises and incorporated them in to my fitness regimen. I cannot dance and her cardio is full of dance moves. And she assumes everyone can dance. Her DVD is in black and white and it is not appealing to the eye. I do not recommend her cardio regimen at all, unless you like to dance and have the time to put into it, oh and enjoy the boring black and white boring look to the DVD <- that right there is almost scary.

Her meal plan is absolutely ridiculous. I do not recommend it either. She has 4 “meals” per day and most are made of foods I never even heard of.  One person said, “A grocery list for just one week for only person and it ended up being 2 full notebook pages of just veggie/fruits and two more full pages of other foods. I sent my husband to the store to buy the ingredients and he spent $150 and was only able to find maybe a third of what I needed.” To me it sounds like a movie star diet; one where they have a chef and everything. Oh, that’s right she trains movie stars.

Tracy’s Meal plan is very unrealistic for “normal” families. The menu is very unreasonable and actually very unsafe for how hard you will be working out. You would not be getting enough calories to make up for what you will burn in our workout, you are starving yourself to loose weight. That’s a big no-no on Kathie’s Fitness Blog!!

To be able to afford and find and have time to cook the foods you would need to eat for these 30 days you would need to have a lot of money and hire someone to do it for you. And I hope you’re not a full-time working mommy who so easily has 1.5 hour of extra time to workout on top of cooking those meals. This 30-day method is for celebrities, just like all the ones she mentions many times in this book, not for the average mommy, women. Way too many unrealistic expectations of us.

I like Tracy’s Book just because she does have great fitness information and some great exercises. I would recommend it. But I disagree with her in that you must follow it 100%.

Freezing Fat

23 Sep

Being a Fitness Trainer I am always hearing from my clients about the new and innovative ways people are trying to lose weight and look great. Just the other day I was told about the new freezing of fat cells, so I thought I’d investigate it. Once again, I find this, like most other “quick fixes” somewhat outrageous! But there are some good things about it too. I will let you be the judge.

This type of treatment is not for those who are super over weight but for those who have trouble spots. But I did find while reading about this that while it did remove the fat from the trouble spot, the fat was likely to move elsewhere. So, let’s say your trouble spot is your belly, not your butt. You get the freezing treatment on your belly and then that fat moves to your butt. The doctor’s do say “These damaged fat cells are slowly digested over several months by our bodies and removed through the liver.” But I am somewhat skeptic about that. -Kathie

Zeltiqis a company that has developed a new, FDA appoved, non-invasive technique for improving the body contour called “Cryolipolysis™”. The device has been FDA-approved in the U.S. for skin cooling and anesthetic uses for some time, and used in Europe and Canada for fat reduction since mid 2009. The technique employs cold to reduce fat cells thereby enhancing the shape of the body. It is based on work originally done by Dr. Rox Anderson’s group at Wellman Labs.

How It Works

The cells in our body react to heat or cold at different temperatures levels. The research performed by Zeltiq has helped us better understand what these levels are so we can achieve body contouring through fat reduction. It works by pressing the device against the area to be treated and then becoming cold enough to target only the fat cells in that area. The body reacts with an inflammatory response which causes the body to naturally dispose of the damaged fat cells. By doing so we see a significant improvement in the shape of the body. The Zeltiq Coolsculpting procedure is performed in a doctor’s office, typically under the supervision of a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. There is no anesthesia needed or recovery time. During the procedure, tissue is drawn into a cup with mild vacuum pressure. Patients may also be slightly uncomfortable with the contact of the cold as the procedure begins, which usually goes away after the first 10 minutes or so. If you feel too uncomfortable with the cold, let your doctor know. After the treatment is completed, patients may immediately return to their normal activities including work and exercise.

Results With Zeltiq

Several days after the procedure, the cooled fat cells begin a process called “apoptosis” and begin to shrink. These damaged fat cells are slowly digested over several months by our bodies and removed through the liver. Coolsculpting is highly effective and is producing consistent results for local areas of fat like the love-handles or ‘man-boobs’, though larger areas of fat may require more invasive treatments. Ideal Candidates

The best candidate for Zeltiq is someone who is in relatively good shape, but has modest areas of fat bulges that they’d like removed. It’s not an alternative to healthy diet or lifestyle. Possible Side Effects

Side effects are usually mild and related to the cold of the device which subside within 10 minutes. Skin may be red for several minutes to several hours, if this persists for more than that you should contact your doctor. Other side effects may include temporary bruising, tingling, tenderness, temporary dulling of sensation or cramping.

Product Review: SofSole – The Sole of Performance

17 Aug

Product Review: Sof Sole – The Sole of Performance

It is a fact! The insole of your shoe wears out before your shoe. You do not need to replace your shoe but you do need to replace your insole often. And I have found the perfect insole replacement! It is from a company called SofSole.

SofSole is a company that knows the foot!! They sell everything from insoles to socks. This company sent me soles and socks to try and here is my product review. I can tell you this; I am SOLD on their products. AMAZING is the word I use to describe them!

First of all, let me describe the socks. Wow! These socks were so soft. I wear them all the time. As a Fitness Trainer I wear sock often and I consider myself an expert on socks. Heck, I am an expert on fitness apparel in general seeing how fitness gear is my main attire! These socks provide a comfort beyond belief. They provide support and even a breathing comfort. They were cool, even in Houston’s scorching heat!

The socks SofSole sent me to try were called the Anti-Friction socks. Here is what SofSole says about the sock: “The Anti-Friction sock is designed to inherently limit motion of the sock on the foot. Selective bottom cushioning feels like a cushion sock with the low profile design of a sock liner. Integrated arch support and seamless toes make the Anti-Friction the most comfortable sock ever.” Yes it is! I say! 🙂

Now for the insole! Be sure to replace your insole frequently. This is so important! I cannot stress this enough. And if you are going to replace your insole you might as well use a great replacement! The insole SofSole sent me to try was called The Athlete Sole. Here is what SofSole says about the insole:

Maximum Cushioning for High-Impact Activities

  • Gel heel and forefoot protection
  • Hydrologix™ moisture management system
  • Max cushioning
  • Medium arch

SofSole has two other soles to choose from: The Airr and the Arch. One gives more air and comfort to the foot and the other gives more arch support.

There are many other products to choose from at SofSole, insoles, sock, shoe care and more. Please visit www.sofsole.com today for more information on their great products!! Happy Feet and Happy Training, Kathie 🙂

Testosterone! What You May Not Know About This Remarkable Hormone

20 Apr

I am going to share with you today some facts about testosterone. Some factors that can lower testosterone. And how to increase testosterone naturally.

Testosterone is the masculinizing sex hormone produced by the testes in the male. It is responsible for the development of the male sex organs and secondary sex characteristics (e.g., facial hair, masculine musculature, deep voice, and male-pattern baldness). Testosterone can be manufactured by modifying other, less expensive steroids. It is used in the treatment of hypogonadism, undescended testes (cryptorchism), and certain cancers. Women produce testosterone but men typically have ten times more testosterone than women.

Amazing Facts:

  • Natural testosterone levels begin dipping in men after age 20.
  • According to studies, after age 30, testosterone levels in men may drop an average of 2% per year.
  • Men suffer a gradual decline in testosterone levels between their late 40s and early 70s – a drop totally about 50%.
  • Decreased testosterone production causes an increase in upper-body fat.
  • Higher levels of testosterone are associated with good heart health, while dimineshed levels are linked to heart ailments.
  • Increased testosterone levels do not trigger overly-aggressive behavior. It is the other way around.
  • Diabetes can lower testosterone production.
  • In the general population, men have 10 times more testosterone than women.

Lowered Testosterone Levels can be caused by:

  1. Excess fat – over 30% of your ideal body weight – can increase estrogen levels. With more estrogen in a man’s body, testosterone production will drop.
  2. Smoking will decrease testosterone levels.
  3. Excessive intake of alcohol, including binge drinking will decrease testosterone levels. To read my post about alcohol and a healthy lifestyle Click Here.
  4. Severe calorie restriction in an attempt to lose weight. Testosterone production will wane or even shut down as a nuatrual response to what the body “thinks” is a famine. Remember the starvation mode I always talk about? Yes that! Sign up for my email list and get your FREE copy of my e-book the Body Designer Food Combo Guide as well as our weekly newsletter. In this e-book I discuss the starvation mode/famine.
  5. Skipping meals or going for extended period without food.

You can increase testosterone levels by:

  1. Including compound (weight routines that engage multiple muscle groups) exercises in your strength-training or body-building routine. Examples are squates, deadlifts, and bench press. One suggestion is to perform three sets of squats before upper body exercises, thereby stimulating testerone production ahead of time. I almost always suggest you do compound exercises first. This way you perform the hardest exercises while the muscles are fresh and ready!
  2. Adhering to a 5-6 rep max for most weight routines. This doesn’t mean stopping after 6 reps because 6 is the magic number. No, it means stopping at 5 or 6 because by then, your muscles are smoked out. Or, to see it another way, choose a weight that is heavy enough to make you want to feel like stopping by rep number 6 because you have fatigued the muscle. Always do at least 3 sets!
  3. Take a 30-60 second rest in between those highly intense sets. This will be challenging, because many people take up to a 2 minute break in between a 6 rep max lift.
  4. Include nuts in your diet. Some claims report that nuts boost testosterone levels. For sure, you’ll be helping your heart out! 😉
  5. Get 7-8 hours of sleep a night. If you are getting only 5-6, do what you can to add an hour or two. To read my post on how to get more  healthy sleep Click Here.
  6. Eat every 3 hours. This does not mean a 60-calorie apple for one feeding, and one hardboiled egg for another feeding. Give these feed times some substance. If you want to increase an anabolic hormone, snack on a chicken sandwich or a serving of brown rice mixed with chuncks of lean beef instead.