Author Archives: Diane Vich

Categories Advice, flare up, Health

Open the door!!

Do you feel trapped? Trapped in a vicious cycle of anxiety, stress and tension.  Feeling trapped was a huge part of my health journey but I was completely oblivious until now.   The emotional journey began this summer after I had healed the physical pain and symptoms.  The time for emotional healing and reflection was here and I was ready and open for it.  I began my emotional journey with holistic treatments and finally decided on hypnosis.  The hypnosis and transformational regressions helped me identify my feelings and emotions.  These emotions continued to reemerge and my progress would come to a halt.  Now, I realize I had been trapped in a vicious cycle of emotional pain that continuously locked the door to my future.  Little struggles, obstacles, relationships and stress continued to cause me to feel trapped.  I didn’t realize that theses emotional struggles were causing me physical symptoms as well.  It sounds crazy, I know, but its true.  Every time I felt trapped and unable to move forward in my career, a new symptoms would emerge and my progress would stop.  I have experienced many symptoms through this emotional healing journey.  I have felt physical pain, skin eruptions, illness and infections. I didn’t realize the emotional and physical symptoms were all linked together, until I started to reflect and journal.  I noticed some people and situations in life caused me to continue this pattern of disruption and destruction.  I’m sure you have heard this before, connect with people that boost you up and break the bonds with those that don’t.  It is often hard to identify the individuals that are harmful to our happiness and joy.  Trust me it is a lifelong journey to wellness and disconnecting from these people that bring you down is the key.  People that give off negative energy will pass it on to you.  I realized months ago that I feel the pain and stress of others I am close too.  If I have an emotional connection then your physical and emotional pain resonates throughout my body.  It can be a burden and a curse if I don’t break that connection with those that don’t want to be helped.  Absorbing the pain of others is toxic and harmful to my health.  It brings me down and shuts my progress.  Breaking that physical connection and identifying those people that bring be down has been the most difficult part of my journey.  The first step is breaking the connection and the second is tapping back into my positivity.  I had become disconnected from my physical need to unwind, relax and stress.  I had become so stuck in the pain of others that I had forgotten about my own.  I forgot that I am important and I come first.  It isn’t easy to tackle emotional pain and obstacles but I am determined to succeed.  I am finally free of the toxic pain I’ve been holding.  I am here with open arms for those that choose happiness.  I am ready to open the door to my future.  I am ready to help those heal that choose to make themselves the priority.  I am Finally Free…..

Categories Biohacking, Health, Inflammation, Sexual life

Yeast infections No more

Yeast infections used to be a monthly occurrence for me and it went hand in hand with frequent urinary tract infections.  I would finish one treatment to start a new one a few weeks later.  It was a constant battle to dealing with infections, OTC treatments, prescriptions and little hope for improvement.  The infections were so frequent, I ended up on daily antibiotics to prevent urinary tract infections.  I also had huge sensitivities to feminine products, lubricants, condoms and soaps.  These allergies resulted in frequent skin infections as well.   My infections and treatments were spiraling out of control.  I decided something had to change for my health and symptoms to improve.  These infections disappeared like magic after using Nutrigenomics for 3 months.  Nutrigenomics is the science of using nutrient rich compounds to impact genetic expressions and wellness.  To establish a healthy vagina the body needs to have a healthy balance of good bacteria in the gut and vagina.  A huge part of my treatment was finding a good probiotic that was effective for both vaginal and gut flora.  Before nutrigenomics, I had used a multitude of products with little improvement.  At the time I didn’t realize that not all probiotics are created equal.  Probiotics don’t always have the right bacterial strain for both areas.  Probiotics also have to pass the stomach acid and make it to the intestines to be effective and not all probiotics make it past the acid.  This probiotic was the answer to my prayers, it had an immune component and a special coating to protect it in the gastic acid.  It finally offered a way to combat my weak immune system, weak digestive tract and vaginal flora.  Thankfully, the treatment was very effective, I have been infection free for almost 1 year and a half.  I recently acquired my first infection from using a new vaginal lubricant.  Since, I am so sensitive to latex, vaginal products and lubricants, I knew it was a possibility and tackled it quickly.  I actually was excited that I found an OTC test to check for yeast infections.  The test is a simple way to test your vaginal flora at home.  It contains a small swab to insert into the vagina and test your vaginal flora for bacteria or yeast infections.  If the swab stays yellow you have a yeast infection and using an OTC Monistat product of your choice will treat the problem.  If the swab changes color then you need to see a doctor for further testing and treatment.  My results showed a yeast infection and I chose 1 day Monistat treatment which worked great.  My symptoms resolved quickly and I was back to normal in a few days.  You can also call your doctor for a prescription cream or pill for the yeast infection. Diflucan is an oral medication that kills the yeast with one dose.

Now, let’s tackle yeast infections and find the root cause of the problem.  It seems simple, get an infection use an OTC medication and its over.  But the fact is most women don’t experience only one infection.  Yeast infections are a sign of an underlying medical problem that is lingering in hiding.   Candida can be growing rapidly throughout your body and symptoms can be vague and seem unrelated.

Some common signs of Candida:

  • Fatigue
  • Cravings for sweets and sugar
  • Brain fog
  • weak immune system (frequent infections)
  • Bad breath
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Frequent UTI (urinary tract infections)
  • Lack of libido
  • Chronic sinus and allergy issues
  • Digestive problems (gas and bloating)
  • White coating on your tongue
  • Joint pain

So let’s talk about the systemic yeast infections a little further.  There can be a bigger health issue at hand when you have frequent yeast infections.  Some health concerns that are related to yeast overgrowth are leaky gut, diabetes, weak immune system and even medications. The list above explains a bunch more symptoms of yeast infections.  Some medications that cause issues are antibiotics, birth control, corticosteroids and cancer treatments.  If you are experiencing multiple symptoms then its time to look at your overall health because systemic yeast can continue to grow and multiply.  Building your immune system with nutrient-rich compounds, probiotics and omega 3 fatty acids will help strengthen the immune system, build gut flora and support your body.  Diet is also a huge factor in yeast infections.  A diet high in sugar and carbohydrates feeds the yeast and allows overgrowth to continue.  So truly combating yeast is complex and the body needs the right nutrition to fight back.  If you simply have vaginal symptoms than keep reading, you might have some sensitivities.  I will write a more thorough article about system yeast soon.

Something that may surprise you about yeast infections.  Safe sex might be giving you yeast infections.  Sounds crazy, I know but I experienced first hand.  If you are a using condoms or lubricants and experiencing yeast or bacterial infections, then stick around.  Speaking from experience with frequent UTIs and yeast infections, vaginal sensitivities could be the culprit.   Vaginal tissue is already very delicate and finicky but add skin sensitivities to the mix and you have a big problem.  Over the years, I had to learn my body, patterns, symptoms and products that caused irritation and flare ups.  I learned that I have an extremely sensitive and allergic vagina.  I experienced tons of yeast infections and UTIs after safe sex practices and learned a lot about my body.  Soaps, lubricants, feminine products (tampons and pads) and condoms are all part of the phenomena.  These products are filled with chemicals, irritants and fillers that can impact vaginal flora and irritate the delicate skin.   Body wash and soaps can cause irritation to the vulva and outer labia when you shower.  If you feel dry, itchy or irritated after a shower, try buying a hypoallergenic feminine wash with out scents.  I have been using Summers Eve feminine wash for more 20 years to avoid this issue.  Now there are store brand options as well with the same ingredients, so use those if you prefer.  Not all lubricants are created equal, it might take several tried to find the right lubricant for your vagina.  If you are not using condoms coconut oil is a great natural option that hydrates the skin.  There are a bunch of water based hypoallergenic options.  Definitely, look at the labels and read ingredients, less is better, so read and compare.  It make take a few tries and repeat infections before you find the right one for you.  I found one lubricant called aloe cadabra that appears to be very pure, no chemicals, additives, hormones or estrogen.  I am trying this one myself to see how it works.  But the battle is not over, trying to find the right condom is also essential.  So now that you have a pure lube, if you continue to develop issues with safe sex practices, then its time to look at the condoms.  First, eliminate latex condoms and try another option.  There are a variety of options out there but remember lamb skin does not protect against STDs, so use only to avoid against pregnancy.  The condoms are also tons of options, so read the boxes and compare to find your best option.  It make also take a few tries before you find one that works for you.  Be patient and learn your body, its okay if you don’t figures it out right away.  I know the infections are uncomfortable and annoying but your health is important and learning your own body is key.   Now, back to feminine products, tampons and maxi pads can also irritate your delicate skin.  I experienced tons of issues with feminine products and learned a lot about my body by testing my options.  Maxi pads and tampons are filled with chemicals to absorb the menstrual blood and stop odor.  These chemicals can irritate the delicate tissue and even cause abscess or infections.  I experienced monthly abscesses and infections with menstruation until I figured this out.  I tried all the top brand maxi pads and experience symptoms requiring frequent antibiotics.  Vaginal abscesses are extremely painful and sometimes require draining by a physician.  Hopefully, you don’t need one because draining an abscess in the vagina can be extremely painful because the skin has a huge blood supply and does not numb effectively for procedures.  Let’s just say, ouch, I hope you don’t need an incision and drainage  in your vaginal labia.  I tried for months, maybe even years to find my answers because there was just no information out there for people like me.  I went from top brand to to organic options and ended up with washable fabric pads.  In my case, I stayed away from tampons completely because there was no way I wanted irritation inside my vagina, it was bad enough to have issues in the labia.  I stayed using fabric washable pads for years and then alternated between those and organic cotton disposable pads.  But I can tell you eventually, i just got sick of the trouble and decided to get an IUD to avoid menstruation completely.  Thankfully, after my hysterectomy, I have one less vaginal issue.

More facts about vaginal sensitivity you might not realize.  Vaginal sensitivity can go beyond the typical products I mentioned before.  It can include exam gloves and foley catheters too.  I am a huge advocate for myself at the doctor and hospital to ensure any product to approach my vagina is absolutely free of latex.  Unfortunately, I learned it the hard way with a severe kidney infection.  After having a c-section for my first son, I got a severe bladder infection that went to my kidneys.  I felt irritation with the foley but didn’t pay much attention.  After the infection, I started thinking and realized the foley was latex.  I learned and started advocating for myself quickly after that day.  I keep an eye on doctors and gloves to make sure they are latex free.  I also ensured the hospital was aware for my second c-section.  So, if you are sensitive to latex condoms, advocate for yourself and make sure your doctor and hospital know, before they come anywhere near your vagina.  The most important thing to remember to to listen to your body, learn your symptoms and advocate for your health.

Simple tips for vaginal yeast infections:

  • warm soaks in bidet or tub to soothe skin
  • keep area dry
  • avoid excess sugar in your diet
  • drink plenty of fluids
  • use a topical cream for the itch
  • take a test before using OTC vaginal treatments
  • avoid irritating soaps

Preventions is key:

  • wear cotton panties
  • keep area clean and dry
  • wash area with feminine soap and water after sex
  • take off wet bathing suits and put on a dry one
  • pay attention to soaps, lubricants, feminine products and lubricants

Categories Uncategorized

Psoriasis

Psoriasis truly sucks and the unsightly spots impact self-esteem. Flare ups can come out of the blue and target any part of your body. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease triggered T cells that travel to the skin to attack.  The skin becomes over active and swollen as skin begins to pile up and develop patches of scaly skin.

The common causes of psoriasis are:

  • Poor diet
  • Overactive immune system
  • Emotional stress
  • Poor small intestine permeability
  • Bad protein digestion
  • Genetics
  • Poor liver function
  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Hormonal changes
  • Increased T cells floating in the bloodstream attacking the dermis and epidermis

Some people develop large patches at joints or scattered patches throughout the body.  There are different types of psoriasis.  Studies show a link between leaky gut and psoriasis.  In my case, I have leaky gut, food allergies, stress and anxiety that impacts my break outs.  Looking at the common causes of psoriasis basically puts my weaknesses to light.  I have 8 of the 10 common causes which means I really need to tackle the problem.  My breakouts have changed over the years.  During periods of extreme stress, like my wedding, I develop patches at my hairline and scalp.  My nails have always been weak and scaly.  I have always gotten scattered tiny red spots around my body.  This past month the quantity of these tiny spots has increased and spread from my head to my toes.  I have spots on my face, neck, chest, back, torso and legs.  The worst breakouts have occurred all over my face.  The patches are red, swollen, itchy and unsightly.  As the days progress my face gets more red, blotchy and swollen.  The patches will worsen if I don’t fight back quickly.  These last few weeks, I have had multiple flare ups and blotchy days.  This week was the worst of all with patches on my nose, forehead, jawline, cheeks and hairline.  It is time for me to fact back fast and hard.  I have reached a point in my life that I refuse to use steroids or prescriptions to tackle my health issues.  My body has enough stress to deal with adding a prescription and side effects is not an option. So I tackle it using holistic health strategies and natural remedies.

Here are the images of my most recent flare up:

Saturday Morning    11.24.18                                                Sunday Morning 11.25.18

 

Natural treatments for psoriasis:

  • Hydrate- drink plenty of water
  • Reduce stress- meditation, yoga, stretching, deep breathing and mindfulness
  • Exercise – reduce stress and remove toxins throughout the body
  • Natural topical remedies- essential oils, aloe, avocado oil, tea tree oil and Oregon grape extract.
  • Homeopathic treatments, acupuncture and ayurvedic medicine.
  • Psoriasis diet
  • Salicylic acid

Salicylic acid is a great way to dry up the psoriasis, remove the dead skin and reduce the redness.  I notice huge difference in just a few treatments.  Using essential oils remedies helps soothe and moisturize the skin but the salicylic acid is the most effective treatment I have done.  Salicylic acid is sold in facial soaps, body wash, shampoo and facial peels.  The strength of the acid ranges but they are all effective.  I used 3% shampoo this week, scrubbing all my scaly skin and scalp.  I allowed it to penetrate the scalp and skin for 5 minutes then rinsed.  Since my redness was at extreme heights I reapplied it again.  Using this several times a day helps speed the recovery and remove the scaly skin quickly. I woke up the next day and my face was no longer red and blotchy. I only had light pink patches on my face and neck today.  But my problem is far from over, it’s time to treat the root cause fast.

Tackling the true root cause of the problem with stress reduction, supplementation and diet.  You see if you don’t target the actual cause of the inflammation the problem will continue to flare up.  I realize my diet has been less than ideal lately.  I also have not been compliant with my Omega 3 and probiotic supplements.

Psoriasis diet is important to reduce the inflammation throughout the body.   Leaky gut syndrome causes poorly digested food to travel through the bloodstream throughout the body and attack the skin causing psoriasis to flare.  Leaky gut also can lead to a variety of other health issues like migraine headaches, muscle pain, chronic fatigue, anxiety and depression.  Eliminating inflammatory foods from your diet involves identifying your harmful foods.  Diary has never been my friend, even though I love to eat it.  Dairy causes constipation, gas and psoriasis flare ups.  I am also sensitive to sugar and sweets which it turns out flare up psoriasis as well.  It is essential to avoid foods that trigger symptoms like, fried food, simple sugars, conventional dairy, hydrogenated oils, processed foods and alcohol.

Psoriasis diet:

  • Probiotic foods – this enhances digestion, removes toxins, boosts the immune system and reduces inflammation. (kombucha, cultured kefir and fermented vegetables)
  • Aloe- soothes the skin and digestive tract to enable healing.
  • High fiber foods – reduce constipation and support healthy digestion to detox the digestive tract. (Fruits, beans, vegetables and seeds)
  • Wild-caught fish
  • High antioxidant foods
  • Zinc – reduces pain and inflammation. (grass-fed beef, lamb, kefir, chickpeas and pumpkin seeds)
  • Vitamin A – essential for skin healing (fruits and vegetables that are orange, yellow and dark green: mango, watermelon, carrots, kale and collard greens)
  • Raw dairy – rich in enzymes and vitamin D (I’m skipping this one)
  • Herbs & spices – provide an anti-inflammatory effect and filled with antioxidants. Pile on the turmeric.

Getting the right balance of nutrients can be hard with just diet alone. Supplementation with high quality supplements enhances healing and promote quicker recovery.

Supplements to support healing:

  • Fish oil –(1,000-2,000 grams daily) Omega 3 fatty acid with vitamin D3 to reduce inflammation, enhance immune system function and aid skin healing.
  • Hydrochloric acid (1-3 capsules with meals) – aids in protein digestion and reduce flare ups
  • Milk thistle (250 milligrams three times a day) enhances liver detox and reduce cellular growth
  • Probiotics (6 billion daily) enhance digestion by increasing good bacteria in the digestive tract.  The probiotic I use enhances immune function, promotes gut integrity, builds flora and promotes brain gut connection with its unique controlled-release technology.

Essential oil remedies:

  • Tea tree oil – promotes healthy immune system while cleansing and rejuvenating skin
  • Frankincense oil– rejuvenates skin and reduces blemishes
  • Myrr oil- helps sooth skin, cleansing and promotes youthful skin
  • Cedarwood- relaxing and soothing aroma and promotes healthy clear skin
  • Lavender- promotes calm, relaxation and enhances speedy skin recovery
  • Geranium- calming, stress reduction qualities and promotes healthy skin
  • Roman chamomile- calming and soothing effect on mind, body and skin
  • Thyme- purifies and cleanses skin
  • Bergamot- reduce tension and stress while promoting clear skin
  • Helichyrsum- increases localized blood flow and promotes rapid skin healing.

These essential oils are all safe to use topically without dilution.  Creating blends enhances the benefits by combing a variety of oils with carrier oils.  Coconut oil or avocado oil are great carrier oil options.  They promote skin healing by hydrating skin and reducing inflammation.  Using blends helps facilitate using oils by creating personalized blends that are easy to use quickly and carry with you.  I used avocado oil to create my blend, combining a variety of oils with 15 ml of carrier oil.  I added 5 drops of each oil into the carrier oil.  You can easily combine all of the oils together or use the ones you have on hand.

My Psoriasis Blend

Avocado oil – 15 ml

Tea tree oil – 5 drops

Lavender oil – 5 drops

Bergamot oil- 5 drops

Helichyrsum- 5 drops

Roman chamomile- 5 drops

Frankincense oil- 5 drops

 

Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition and will be a life-long struggle but they key is learning your body, trigger foods and strategies to fight back.  The psoriasis diet and supplementation will help keep you on track and reduce symptoms.  Keeping salicylic acid on hand and using peels periodically on psoriasis spots will tackle the problem on the spot. Using essential oils helps hydrate and soothe the skin to promote healing.  Remember to eat healthy, exercise, stress reduction strategies and use supplementation to support a healthy lifestyle and support your immune system.

Categories Chronic Pain, Diet, fatigue, Health, pain, Physical Pain

Chronic Fatigue

I remember so vividly the day I decided to take my health into my own hands.  I had just arrived home from a long day at work with the kids.  My husband was away on a business trip and all the responsibility was in my hands.  I was absolutely exhausted, my head was pounding and my body pains were intense.   Moving was impossible because nausea and dizziness accompanied my headache.  I had a debilitating migraine, chronic fatigue and chronic pain.  I felt like I had been hit by a truck.  It was going to be another afternoon where I just laid on the couch unable to do anything.  My children needed me and I wasn’t able to move.  My oldest Gabriel was around 5 and Lucas was 2.  Gabriel spent the afternoon caring for me and his little brother.  I needed time to rest for the stress and symptoms to diminish.  I needed time for my  migraine prescription to take effect.  Gabriel brought me whatever I needed and watched his brother.  He played with him and changed the TV channels to keep him entertained.  They both were so well behaved and worried about me that it was heart breaking.  Lucas came to hug and kiss me periodically and try to get my attention.  It took some time for my migraine pill to take effect and looking at their sweet little faces broke my heart.  I was laying on that couch close to 2 hours.  Eventually, I had to get up and prepare dinner, even-though I was still excruciatingly exhausted.  I managed to feed and bathe them pushing through my exhaustion.  On these extra exhausting days, I would fall asleep with the kids right after dinner.  There was no watching TV or alone time, I was just too drained to stay awake any longer.  As soon as the clothes was prepared for the next day, I would pass out.

I knew that feeling this exhausted and drained everyday was not normal.  The problem was my doctors didn’t always understand or believe it.  They often told me its normal, you are a young mom with a career, it comes with the territory.  They said its normal for you to feel tired and drained.  But they just didn’t grasp the true extent of my extreme exhaustion.   I was exhausted every day all day long and there is no way that is normal.  It didn’t matter if I had slept 7, 8, 9, or 10 hours, I woke up exhausted and spent the day exhausted.  This type of extreme fatigue is nothing like being tired because the baby didn’t let you sleep.  This was beyond sleepless night and new mom exhaustion.  This was beyond fatigue from raising an infant.  This was something much more profound and I was determined to figure it out.  I knew that all my health issues and symptoms were related.  I knew that I had to find an answer.  I knew that I had to advocate for my health.  I knew that I wanted my body back.

What I didn’t know, was that it was going to take me many years of specialists, prescriptions and health struggles to get my answer.  I went to countless doctors ranging from primary care, gastroenterologist, psychologists, pain specialists, neurologists, orthopedists, rheumatologists and geneticists.  I am sure there are more specialists that I missed but the point is after endless years and tons of money on prescriptions and doctor visits, I was still sick.  Eventually, I became “Sick and tired of being Sick and Tired.”  I knew I wanted to be there for my children, enjoy time with them, teach them, play with them and be a fabulous mom.  But the fact was to accomplish that I had to change my health fast because they were growing quickly and I wasn’t getting any better.  The problem was I needed to put myself first to accomplish my goals and I had always put everyone else first.  If I wasn’t a healthy mom then I couldn’t care for my children the way they deserved.  I had spent years focusing on everyone else, my patients, my students, my coworkers, my children, my husband and my family.  This vicious cycle of caring for everyone but myself was ready to spiral if I didn’t take action.  I had hit rock bottom and I needed to climb out of the hole.   It was me now or death.  Sounds strong but true, if health continues to fail, symptoms and prescriptions multiply, then death is eminent.

In 2013, I finally took the leap.  I decided that I needed to be my priority.  I changed my diet by removing foods that were harmful to my body.  I started seeing a homeopathic physician and undergoing IV vitamin infusions, immunoglobulin and treatments.  I also started incorporating fitness into my weekly routine.  I was still fatigued most of the time but my energy levels were starting to change.  I noticed I wasn’t exhausted the entire day.  I slowly felt like my body was coming back.  Of course, the treatments became very expensive and I had to stop.  I continued the diet, supplements and fitness regimen.  I made sure that I had some alone time to relax periodically but my body was still in pain, exhausted and filled with other symptoms.  I spent years trying to wean of prescriptions and tackle things with OTC supplements. I researched and made my own OTC regimen but they really were not working.

I knew that there had to be a better way.  But I just hadn’t figured it out yet.  I knew my body was missing nutrients to enhance my health.  Thankfully, I had a friend that was about to share a revolutionary new concept with me and I was open to learn more.  She told me about her Multiple Sclerosis and the supplement she was taking.  She shared a video that would change my future.  It took me 5 months of research to finally take the leap but I did.  I am thankful everyday for her and finding my way to nutrigenomics.  Nutrigenomics is the science of using nutrient-rich compounds to impact your genetic expressions.  This revolutionary supplement activates a pathway in the body that enable your body to produce its own enzymes to activate your good genes.  It removes toxins, fight free radical damage and supports the body for the daily assault of oxidative stress.  The research showed me that oxidative stress was the leading cause of disease and illness.  It impacts more than 200 diseases and is published in PubMed.  I realized pretty quickly that Nrf2 activation was a good step for me to take.  So, I started and was amazed.  A week after starting Nrf2 and Nrf1 my energy levels were increasing, I was sleeping better and less achy.  I knew it would take time to reverse the damage my body had undergone over these 39+ years, so I was patient.  After 1 month, my energy and sleep continued to improve.  Like anyone, stressful nights with less sleep would make me tired, but I wasn’t exhausted all day long anymore.  Month by month my symptoms kept getting better.  I knew after 3 months, nutrigenomics was going to be a staple in my life.  My health journey, was far from over and healing was still progressing but I was finally on the right path.  Over the next year, I realized autoimmune disease and chronic illness is a lifelong battle.  I learned that tweaking and adjusting diet routines, exercise, yoga, medication and my supplements were essential.  I learned to deal with flare ups and create a plan that worked for me.  I am thankful that I achieved my goals, I reduced my fatigue and pain successfully. It is essential to advocate for your health and remember your health needs to be a priority everyday.  It is also important to find resources and holistic health treatments that enhance your healing throughout your journey.  I still remember the exhausted mom with excruciating pain but I am thankful I don’t have to live that way anymore.  Now, I live my life helping others find their own health and stop the constant struggle.

Categories Health

Hair loss Sucks!

Hair loss sucks in general wether you are a man or a woman. But there is more of a stigma for woman and it impacts their self-esteem significantly.  My hair loss began 22 years ago and doctors didn’t pay much attention to it.  It took years and countless doctors for someone to finally look a little further and explain what was happening to me.  I knew there was a reason behind my hair loss and it was more than stress.  I had spent years telling doctors it had to be related to my digestive issues, my nutrient absorption had to be part of it.  But they ignored me. I also felt being on birth control since 15 years old had to be a factor.  Nope you are fine, keep taking it.  After each child, the hair loss got worse and worse.  Finally, I found a dermatologist that did a biopsy. She found that my hair was in the resting phase called telogen effluvium, which typically lasts 2-3 months.  For most people 15% of the hair is in the resting phase and 85% in the growing phase.  But people with telogen effluvium there is an imbalance in the hair cycles.  This hair loss occurs due to severe stress and usually resumes hair growth again in 2-3 months.  Of course, for me nothing is simple, I was under chronic stress.  Guess what happens with chronic stress and telogen effluvium, the hair stays in this phase and if it falls out, the follicle dies.  I continued with the same pattern for years. I was using rogaine, topical steroids, scalp injections, etc.  The hair would grow and then I was right back in the resting stage again.  I was sick of using treatments and the need to use them consistently.  I decided to get a virtual consultation by a hair loss specialist that was recommended to me.  I sent my pictures in for his team to review. They recommended a hair transplant and the laser cap, which provides low-level laser therapy to the scalp.  I am not ready for a hair transplant, so I went for the cap.  I’ve been using it for years now.  It has helped my hair slow down the hair loss and promote hair growth but like anything you need to use it.  I go through phases of being really good and then I forget.  Recently, I started using it again because I am back to losing hair again.  There are several types of hair loss but treatments are pretty much the same regardless of the type of hair loss.

Here are some causes of hair loss:
? Genetics
? Pregnancy
? Psoriasis
? PCOS
? Seborrheic dermatitis
? harsh hair treatment
? Menopause
? Medical problem
? Extreme stress
? Rapid weight loss
? Nutritional deficit
? Medications

I made a bunch of changes over the years to fight back against my hair loss.  I cut out birth control and other prescriptions.  I stopped using highlights and harsh treatments.  I also kept my medicine handy for psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis flare ups.  It is definitely a lifelong battle with hair loss for me.  I have also tried a bunch of haircare products and treatment plans.  I am very excited about a new treatment that is coming out this year in December.  I am going to combine it with the laser cap and see where I go.  The pictures below are of a client with remarkable results. I can’t wait to take pictures of my progress.  I am super excited because I know the products are high quality and contain Nrf2 ingredients.  Nrf2 activation has changed so much of my health already. I am so excited to see what it will do for my hair.  May the biohacking continue…

 

Categories Advice, Biohacking, Health, libido, orgasm, Sexual life

My burning desire…

My burning desire is for women to truly enjoy their bodies, embrace their desire for pleasure and have fantastic orgasms.  The funny thing is my burning desire changed drastically over the past year.  It used to be a desire to help people feel healthier, happier, motivated and energized.  This desire transformed because my female clients all expressed desires for better orgasms and improved libido.  The interesting phenomenon is that people that are experiencing symptoms of disease or illness, also express concerns with libido and orgasms.  This was the same thing I experienced in my own journey to wellness.  I worked hard to reduce symptoms and inadvertently regained my libido.  There are a variety of factors that influence libido and orgasms.  Some examples are: stress, inflammation, disease, illness and medications.  My libido returned after I started fighting the root cause of illness which is known as oxidative stress.  Oxidative stress causes more than 200 diseases as a result of free radical damage.  This is the leading cause of cellular stress and inflammation which impacts the human body in a multitude of ways.  The fact is a body filled with toxins and stress is bound to develop illness and disease.  Physical decline and symptoms begin to arise as we age. Decreased libido is one of the symptoms of oxidative stress.  It is inevitable for libido to decline when illness prevails.  I saw this personally, you see my libido was intense in my teens and college years, yet as disease continued to progress, it slowly began to dwindle and disappear.  I’m not the only woman that has experienced this phenomenon.  Women all over the world experience decreased libido as they age.   The impact it places on your life depends on the individual.  So I ask you, are you willing to accept it and live with no libido.  Its up to you to take a leap and change your outcome.  Do you accept a future with no libido?  Do you want to spend the rest of your life experiencing difficulty with orgasms?
You can have fabulous orgasms everyday and enjoy the moment fully.  Regaining your sexual desires and libido in this busy stressful life is hard for most adults, specially women.  Trust me I know first hand, how difficult it can be to relax and enjoy the moment.  Our exhausting lives prevent us from fully embracing the moment but it doesn’t have to be that way.  I have struggled with my own libido throughout my 17 year marriage.  Yet, there were no issues with libido the first 8 years of my relationship.  But guess what, my responsibilities and stress was also less before marriage.  The stress, anxiety and tension of life impacted my health, happiness and libido.  Thankfully, my health journey took me from 0 to 360.  What do you mean 0 to 360?  I went from thinking sex was a chore with no desire to initiate to an exponential desire for sex.  Now I desire sex everyday, sometimes multiple times a day.  I went from sex as a requirement to sex as a staple to end my day with a bang and release tension.   I was so preoccupied with emotional and physical stress that I could not enjoy myself and embrace my orgasms.  I’m not saying I didn’t have orgasms, but I simply didn’t have any desire to initiate anything.  I preferred an excuse or performed the act with little enjoyment.   I was so exhausted all the time, I preferred sleep over sex.  My orgasms were few and far between.  They went from a few orgasms a week to multiple orgasms a day.  I am talking about a huge amount of eye rolling orgasms everyday.  It is possible for everywoman to enjoy their bodies and embrace the gift of orgasm.  Sex doesn’t have to feel like a chore, it can be like your teenage years again.  No more faking an orgasm or a headache to avoid sex altogether. Sex can be fun and exciting again by reconnecting with your body and your own desires.  You can rekindle the romance and fireworks with your partner.  You have to do a little fun homework to get it back.  Remember, the vagina is a muscle, it needs to be used regularly to enhance the sensations.  The more you engage in foreplay and sex, the better the experiences becomes.  Overtime, the orgasms become more intense and satisfying.  So, here are some simple things you can do today.
  • Stretch your tight muscles & breathe deeply– combining deep breathing and stretching your tension areas will progressively stretch your muscles and reduce tension.  This little routine everyday will promote relaxation and prepare your body for the ultimate sexual experiences. I call this “You Play,” its about relaxing the body, embracing the sensations and preparing for deep intense orgasms.
  • Massage your feet – use a cream or essential oil and really dig in and stretch your toes and massage the sore spots.  Our feet hold a lot of tension and toxins.  A good foot rub will remove toxins, reduce tension and enhance relaxation to prepare you for fantastic sex.
  • Kegel daily – building those vaginal muscles again takes a little hard work and dedication. Strengthening your pelvic floor muscles will enhance muscle tone, increase blood flow and promote lubrication. You can also use vaginal weights to tighten up those muscles faster.
  • Lubricate – the vagina needs lubrication to enhance sensations and promote orgasms.  As we age, lubrication decreases and lack of sex makes the body forget its function.  Using coconut oil or water based lubricant will enhance the experience and help you reach orgasm more effectively.  Don’t be stingy reapply and use plenty.  This will prepare your body and enhance the sensations, to enable your own juices to flow.
  • Fight Oxidative Stress every day with Nr2 activation–  This was the most significant factor in regaining my libido.  Taking 1 little yellow pill everyday changed my sex life forever.  Stop the environmental and physical assault on your body and help it work the way you want.  Removes toxins from the body that cause inflammation and illness.  This is my most powerful secret to create the young vibrant orgasmic body you want.

Do you want more tips and strategies to enhance your orgasms and sexual desires? 

Check out my Fireworks class…..  A video series created to spice things up and teach you how to make your body experience the most intense orgasms ever.  Learn the benefits of sex, tips to spice things up and ways to target your body for a more intense experience.

Categories Anxiety, Emotional pain, Health, motivation, Physical Pain, positivity, Support system

Embrace your Pain!

Emotional and physical pain has a huge connection in our health.  We usually ignore our emotional pain and it builds up throughout our bodies every day.  The tension, anxiety and turmoil intensifies creating health issues and stress.   The emotional pain festers into a physical symptoms, illness and disease.  In my case, I suffered from chronic pain, anxiety and fatigue, since childhood.  I started my health journey undertaking the physical symptoms (pain, fatigue & digestive issues) and realize now that it stemmed from emotional trauma.  It took me a year to truly tackle the physical pain and heal my body, but it doesn’t have to be that hard.  My struggle to regain my health, tackle my pain and symptoms was an essential preparation for this final step.  The sense of accomplishment helped me create a happy positive life.  Once that phase of my life was complete, it was time to tackle the emotional pain.  The emotional journey is definitely a work in progress as new obstacles arise daily.  It requires dedication, perseverance and persistence to tackle your emotions, feelings and beliefs.  I realize now, that you don’t need to tackle it alone.  Creating a positive support system is essential in dealing with your pain.  Developing a group of friends and family that truly create a positive, nurturing and supportive environment for you to learn, grow and flourish is essential.  It is an important part of the journey to break ties with those individuals that bring you down and hold you back.  I realized the importance of finding key influential positive people in your life this year and connected with a multitude of supportive peopl.  I found many influential and supportive people in my local community with BNI Rainmakers, Luly B and Adrianna Foster.  There are many more supportive people that have helped me in my journey to wellness but these have been the most significant in my emotional journey.  These fabulous empowering business owners have given me confidence, support and guidance to continue to build my business and embrace my purpose in life.  My purpose in life is to help people accomplish their health and wellness by providing guidance and support through the process.   I teach my clients to embrace and understand their feelings, develop goals to meet their needs and support them in their journey.  So whether, your journey is to lose weight, enhance orgasms, tackle a chronic disease or just feel healthy, then I am your girl. I am here to help you tackle the pain, overcome the obstacles and succeed in your endeavors.

Categories Advice, libido, motivation, orgasm

Sexting for Some fun

Sexting with your partner can be fun, exciting and ignite a fire in your body.  Sexting is a fun and provocative form of communication.  It is an thrilling way to flirt with your partner and rev up your engine.  Pumping up the electrifying conversation will prepare both of your bodies for a great evening.  Society has placed this label of taboo on anything to do with sex.  There is no reason for this feeling of wrong doing or inappropriate behavior when it comes to your relationship.  Your relationship is a safe place and sharing with your partner is fun, exciting and perfectly normal.  Flirting is a big part of courtship and relationships.  There is no reason why the flirting needs to stop just because you are married.  Flirting doesn’t have to stop when you are in a committed relationship either.  Its up to you to change the rules for yourself.  Develop a plan that makes you feel sexy, happy and alive.  It can be simple or complex depending on your desires and fantasies.  Your relationship is a safe place to share your desires and fantasies.  There is no need to keep your desires and fantasies secret from your partner.  Let them truly understand your needs and appetite for your sexual experiences.  We all have fantasies and your relationship is a safe place to share them.  Your partner will embrace your fantasies and desires to develop a more intense and deep bond between you.  I know it can be hard to step out of your comfort zone.  I lived it, I was hiding my desires and fantasies for 15 years from my husband.  I was scared to express myself and truly tell him what I needed.  It doesn’t have to be such a struggle.  Everything started to change the moment I started to share my likes and dislikes with my husband.  Our relationship grew in exponential ways once I finally took the leap and truly expressed myself.   The passion we felt during our courtship returned and our sexual relationship flourished once again.  You can start simple with sexting or sending a pictue.  Sometimes sending a text is easier than speaking your mind.  Sometimes a little love note or email is even easier.  For me that was how it started, writing a letter via email was the medium for me to regain the voice that I had hidden for so long.  Once you open the door the communication begins to flow easily and the walls you have built tumble down.  Sexting doesn’t have to be difficult or scary.  If you don’t know what to say, there are so many options today. It doesn’t have to feel dirty or wrong to share with someone special.  There are now a variety of applications with phrases to help guide you.  There are even quotes on the internet that you can use to get ideas.  If you are scared of sending pictures you can use SnapChat.  Once you start exploring and engaging in sexting it becomes easier and the excitement builds.  Taking a few minutes to tell your partner that you are thinking of them makes them feel appreciated, wanted and desired.  It brings you closer and opens the door for communication and fantastic sex.  So take a leap, send your partner a sexy text message, the results will surprise you.

Categories Advice, Fitness, libido, motivation, orgasm, pain, Supplements

Foreplay or You Play!

Foreplay is essential for women because it takes longer for us to get to the point of orgasm. Foreplay creates excitement and initiates the bodies responses for fun by dilating blood vessels and increasing blood flow.  Foreplay also improves oxygen and nutrient delivery throughout the body to prepare your genitals and erogenous zones.  But the truth is foreplay doesn’t have to be what you think.  Foreplay is about engaging the body and creating sensations that stimulate your desires.  “You play” can be done all alone with the same wonderful benefits.  I have created a few simple routines that create the benefits of foreplay in a non-sexual way, let’s call it “you play.”  I developed these routines to help relax my body, reduce stress and inflammation.  The fun fact I learned was that stretching, yoga and deep breathing provide a variety of unexpected benefits.  My yoga stretch, kegel yoga and tension buster routines impact your body similar to foreplay.  The best thing is that you can do it all alone and you don’t have to feel ashamed or embarrassed about stretching and relaxing your body.  All three routines use your body weight, the environment and gravity to impact each and every muscle in your body. Through progressive relaxation with deep breathing your body relaxes and gets revved up for a fabulous orgasm.  Incorporating deep breathing and focused stretching targets the body in a unique way that promotes relaxation, tension release, restful sleep and even orgasm.  Foreplay serves a females needs by meeting the physical and emotional preparation we need for fabulous sex.  The hugs, kisses and caresses of foreplay prepare the body by increasing lubrication which is essential for orgasm.  Yoga Stretch, tension buster and kegel yoga provide the same benefits as foreplay.  Both foreplay and my routines help prepare the vagina for a great orgasm by enabling muscles throughout the body to relax.  By engaging your pelvic muscles during the routine your natural fluids build and prepare your for sex.   Females need vaginal lubrication and blood flow to the clitoris to achieve orgasm.  Preparing the body by engaging in targeted relaxation provides the same benefits as foreplay.  The best part is it also prepares you for restful sleep.  Wether you perform this routine for restful sleep, self-play or pre-sex routine, you will reap the benefits.

Are you serious? Does this work?  Yes it does. You see 1 year ago, I had no libido or desire for sex. I was suffering from chronic pain and inflammation.  Stress and anxiety didn’t let me shut off my brain and relax for sex. Sex was more like a chore than a desire for me.  Over this year, week by week, I started to reap the benefits of my routine.  I noticed I was more ready for sex and relaxed in the moment.  My mind was not wondering as much and I was more present in the moment.  The best part was that my libido and interest in sex slowly creeped back.  As my libido returned, my orgasms intensified and multiplied.  Orgasms became more intense and more pleasurable because my blood was flowing more freely throughout my body.  The inflammation was being targeted through supplementation and daily relaxation techniques.  My body was no longer blocked by pain, inflammation, stress or anxiety.  I was able to relax and enjoy sex to truly connect with my husband and achieve better orgasms.  The fun fact, I learned is that the routine also helped me sleep better with or without sex.  Wether you are comfortable playing alone, engaging in sex or not the routine helps prepare your body for relaxation, stress release and sleep.  So why, not try a routine that enhances your bedtime routine and takes 20-30 minutes to reap the benefits.  You play classes: Tension buster, Yoga Stretch, Kegel Yoga or Fireworks series, you choose the class for you.

 

Categories accomplishment, motivation, positivity

Embrace Life

We only get one chance at this Life, Embrace it. Embrace the life you have and enjoy every day you have on earth. Trust me I know it can be difficult sometimes. We often get stuck in a negative mindset and feel trapped. This negativity stops us from enjoying the happiness and fun around us. Staying positive and enjoying life has changed a lot for me. Positivity has opened my life to new possibilities for today and tomorrow. It has given me the power to tackle obstacles and challenges. I tackled my obstacles and created the life I love. I have learned to embrace and enjoy the little things. I learned to truly enjoy the life I was given. Don’t get me wrong, it took time to establish this positive routine and effectively use it daily. It was a struggle to heal my body and develop a positive outlook. But my journey was worth every moment because I am worth it. You are worth it too. You deserve to be happier, healthier and enjoy the life you have. Sometimes you need a helping hand to change your mindset. Maybe you need a little push in the right direction. I know for me, I had an internal desire, motivation and dedication to accomplish my desires. But the journey doesn’t have to be as hard as mine was. If I would have had a helping hand to show me the way, I would have accomplished it so much sooner. I am here to guide your way. Let me help you find the motivation you need, the support you desire and the helping hand to change your future. Don’t let the negativity bring you down. Shout out and spread positivity to yourself and the world around you. Positivity will change your life and the lives of those around you. Let me help you find the obstacles that are holding you back, create strategies to tackle them and develop the life you want. Let’s embrace life now, don’t wait until tomorrow, it might be too late. Live the life you want now. Love the life you have, embrace it and live the way you want, now and forever. Create the life you want today. There is nothing stopping you…