Tag: Functional Nutrition

What You Need to Know About Building Muscle

Are you looking to build lean muscle? There are different ways this can be achieved. But understanding how to do so in an efficient, effective, and safe way is most important. In the following, I will discuss the basics of muscle building, what rep ranges to aim for, and how to structure your programs. Your…
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Cardio, Good for Weight Loss?

Is cardio the best option for weight loss? There is a common misconception that cardio is the best option for weight loss. This is far from the truth. Sure, cardio is indeed important for overall health but not necessarily the best option for a weight loss journey. In the following, I will discuss the importance…
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Demystifying Minerals: A Quick Guide to Understanding Their Importance and Overcoming Antinutrient Hurdles

**Below is my attempt to give you this information in a fast-to-read way that hopefully creates further interest.** Minerals are crucial for our well-being as they support the proper functioning of our bones, muscles, heart, and brain by aiding in metabolic functions, enzymes, and hormones. However, the presence of antinutrients like lectins, oxalic acid, and…
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“Balancing Carbohydrates and Hormones: The Crucial Link to Female Ovulation and Cycle Health”

Talking to females specifically… Have you ever been on an extremely low-carb diet with little to no success, or has this caused your menstrual cycle to become imbalanced? You might need more carbs than others and more than males. As a woman, you need a certain amount of carbohydrates to ovulate and have a normal…
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How Functional Health Coaching Is Different Than Healthcare Services

Green, Yellow, And Red Health Illustration When reviewing client cases, I review their Metabolic Stress Questionnaire (MSQ), lab work, and history. Many people come to us in yellow or red (from my image). Here is an excellent example relating it to the gut since this is pivotal in our overall health and well-being. “All disease…
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Read This Before You Get A Trainer

What Does Being Coachable Mean?   Definition of a Coach: A dedicated person who sees the hidden potential and maximizes performance by encouraging, developing, and believing. Additionally, someone that leads by example gives you your plan(s), and someone that helps others overcome fears and struggles.   **What a coach is NOT: Someone that can do…
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At-home Health Tool – Blood pressure monitor.

When Checking Your Blood Pressure, Here Are Some Things To Consider. Ranges: Normal = less than 120 and less than 80. An easy and cheap way to stay on top of your health status is by checking your blood pressure. I prefer to check at home. With an at-home monitor, you can check first thing…
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Common Hormone Disrupters

Hormones don’t stay the same over years, months, weeks, or hours. They will always be in a constant ebb and flow, but what we put into our bodies and lifestyle choices will affect that natural balance of our hormones. The messages we give to our body will influence how well we can maintain hormone health…
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Weight Gain After Hormonal Birth Control

Weight gain when coming off hormonal birth control (HBC) pills, IUD, or any hormonal BC. Hormonal birth control (HBC) is a synthetic steroid hormone “Steroids?” Yes, hormonal HBC is the same as the “steroids” many are familiar with used in untested bodybuilding and sports. Although HBC levels are lower than many people on a steroid…
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The Missing Link To Estrogen-dominance… Gut Health.

Gut Health and Estrogen Excess. Estrogen Estrogen is the primary female hormone (also present in men in lower amounts). It is produced in the ovaries, adipose tissue (Fat), and adrenal glands. Estrogen is built on cholesterol, similar to all hormones, something to keep in mind when looking at hormones. Estrogen Metabolite Pathways Estradiol and estrone…
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