5 Ways Taking High Quality Multivitamins Changed My Health

At one time I used to think that I don’t need a multivitamin as I eat very healthy and I include plenty of superfoods in my diet. Plus, I never actually felt a real difference when I did take multivitamins. Prior to taking a high quality multivitamin, I had no idea that you truly should feel and see a difference from ingesting these nutritional gap fillers.

We don’t know what we don’t know, until we know. Am I right?

For most of my life I had taken various multivitamins on and off, yet it never was a full time lifestyle as like I said, I had not experienced any substantial benefits. That is, until I found a high quality multivitamin that was giving me results from the get go, and three years later I still continually see results. It is just a natural part of my everyday lifestyle now. Why would I ever not want to feel this good?

I will say, multivitamins do not make up for a bad diet. They are gap fillers and an addition to make a good diet – great! In this day and age it is no secret that our soil is depleted and so is the nutritional value of our foods. Adding in the vitamins to fuel our cells gives our body what it needs to combat what it’s missing. Feeding my cells this nutrition is also what aided my body to have a successful summit on Mount Kilimanjaro last year.

Here are 5 ways my health changed from taking a high quality multivitamin.

1. I have increased energy

This I noticed withing the first two weeks of taking the multivitamins. It was the first thing I noticed along with a general sense of more wellbeing. I was really surprised. Throughout the day my energy remains much more consistent. Instead of crashing and burning mid afternoon, I remain much more high every, alert and clear minded.

2. Clear skin and healthier hair

This has been a progressive change. Within the first month of me taking these multivitamins, people were commenting on how I was glowing and asking what I was doing different. As the vitamins I use work on a cellular level, they do say you will get a ‘glow’ after a period of time on them. Once people began to comment, I was suddenly aware of the glow they were talking about. Over the last three years my skin and hair look better then they did 10 plus years ago. I feel like they just keep getting better and better.

3. A more balanced appetite

This was unexpected. However, from providing my cells with the highest rated cellular nutrition, my appetite became much more balanced. I used to be plagued with cravings for sweet or starches, alot to do with being an emotional eater growing up and suffering from various eating disorders. My cravings completely plateaued and became much more natural to manage. I love how balanced my appetite now is.

4. Reduced stress and built my immunity

Stress is the number one killer in the world. Like a domino effect, if our body and minds are under stress, ailments will begin to arise and multiply. Stress also suppresses the immune system. Stress and immunity work hand in hand. By fueling my cells with the proper nutrition, it has assisted them in repairing, renewal and protection. Which in turn has reduced stress in my body and made my immunity even stronger. I rarely get sick and if I ever do, it’s just a touch of whatever flu is going around. A barely there touch.

5. Faster recovery after working out

This was a recent and very exciting discovery for me. I have gotten back into high intensity HIIT workouts lately. Things such as Orange Theory Fitness and Crossfit. Prior to this high quality supplement lifestyle, it would take days for my body to repair itself after some of these workouts. Literally, I would be hobbling around for days until my muscles bounced back. This was even though I was taking aminos and eating plenty of super foods. Now I do these workouts and no matter how intense they are, my body always bounces back in a day. I was blown away. I love high intensity workouts and I also love a fast recovery.

It is so important to know the quality of what we are putting into our bodies. Without even realizing it we could be putting our money down the toilet and getting no real beneficial results. I use this book that rates over 1500 supplement companies from the America’s edition. It is a great tool to know exactly where you are putting your money. Health is an investment and we want to be sure we are getting the most sound return.

No matter where in the world I am, my action steps to support my health and well-being always come with me. For myself there is no way I want to just let it all go because I am on a trip. Doing damage control when I get back is not my cup of tea. Although, I do of course end up indulging a bit more then usual when I am off adventuring.

That being said, my health kit is more stocked then anything else in my bag. Well, I do also have a soft spot for beauty products. At the moment I am traveling in Spain so I just ordered my vitamins to be delivered here as it is a non-negotiable in my lifestyle.

If you are interested in what I take, I use Usana. It is the highest rated supplement company in the world, and the results speak for themselves. I take my healthpaks daily as they have my minerals, antioxidants, calcium, magnesium and a cell booster pill(to take the cellular nutrition to an even deeper level).

The healthpaks are a bit more expensive then just buying the bottles of minerals and antioxidants. So, some months I will just buy the bottles if I am on a bit more of a budget.

Whatever your taking be sure to know the quality of your products as your body deserves the best. The better we are to our bodies, the better they will be to us in return. Because, without high quality health, we can not have a high quality life.

A Healing Soak in a Volcanic Mud Bath In Columbia

Lying on the top of a mud volcano soaking the soothing minerals of the earth, was by far one of my most memorable travel moments.

While I was in Cartegena, Columbia, I had heard about this active mud volcano called the Totumo Mud Volcano, which was located approximately 50km away in an area. Having no idea at the time what I mud volcano actually was, it only made sense for me to check it out.

A group of us hired a van to take us there, and after some time on the main highway, we turned off onto a dirt road that led us through a totumo forest where located at the end of the road, on the shores of a lagoon, was the Totumo mud volcano.20180522_182955.jpg20180522_182935.jpg

Its mound has a prominence of 15m, with a staircase leading to the top. The volcano itself goes about a mile and a half into the earth.

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The mud is so buoyant that it is impossible to sink.

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It is the strangest feeling upon entering the earthy smelling clay. You can literally stand up straight in the mud and try with all your might to push yourself down, yet it will be to no avail. When you come to terms with the fact that you will not be able to sink no matter how hard you try, then you can stretch out and lie on the surface, totally surrendering to the experience. It is truly a surreal feeling.

The temperature of the mud was very intriguing also, as some spots were cool and then when you moved you would suddenly enter a warm spot.

There are locals at the top that offer massages in the mud, which definitely adds to the experience. While you float effortlessly in the volcano, they gently rub you down the front of your stomach and your back at the same time as are you suspended there on the mud. It is well worth the tip they ask for at the end of the massage, as that adds a relaxing charm like none other to the whole experience.

 

Eventually, you can’t help but get yourself totally submerged in the clay, feeling the mud fill all orifices of your head.

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Relaxing in the mud, taking the in the rich nutrients and enjoying some top notch company is healing for the mind body and soul.

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After floating around and absorbing the mineral-rich mud deep into your pores for well over an hour, you climb out holding on for dear life as it is slippering when you are coated in mud and so is the surface you are walking on feeling totally blissed out. There is an undeniable surcharge of healing energy pumping through your veins.

Down at the shores where you wash off, there are some local women waiting, whom also for a small tip will give you a good scrub down. Seeing as how this is there only source of income, I could also not decline.

It’s a rigorous cleaning, with buckets of water being poured over you and barely time to take breaths in between, hands rubbing away all the mud, fingers poking and cleaning your ears, and bathing suits and shorts being pulled in all sorts of directions. I will say, watch your lady and gent parts if your shy, as they will unexpectedly do their best to thoroughly clean you like no big deal. There are some areas I can’t help but prefer cleaning myself. You actually walk or possibly stagger away quite stunned at the end.

A few tips if you are visiting the Totumo Mud Volcano.

  • Do leave valuables behind as there is no place to keep them at the sight
  • Make sure to bring some money for the small entrance fee and the tips for the massage and washing
  • Try and time your visit so it is not at the same time as big tour groups from hotels and such
  • Go with an open mind and enjoy every minute of it!

The whole experience is as unique as they come in life and one that will leave you feeling totally rejuvenated. It is the epitome of natural healing, health and wellness while you travel.

How To Maintain Your Gut Health While You Travel

It is no secret that keeping a healthy gut while you travel can be quite the feat. From airplane food to the uncertainty of food quality abroad and all the foreign germs in between. Our micro domes in our guts can sometimes become very unhappy with us. Introduce something that doesn’t belong and a serious revolt can happen faster than a blink of the eye.

With digestive issues and illnesses looming around every corner when travelling, it is important to not only be ready to treat it should it so arise, but to also take preventative measures, as to avoid it at all costs if possible. Plus, you will have a much more enjoyable travel experience without any gut setbacks.

Our bodies are introduced to so many different foods and germs while travelling, and our immune systems tend to also be compromised which makes it easier to have issues.

Here are a few tips to help keep your gut in tip-top shape and happy while exploring the world.

Always have probiotics on hand.

Preferably probiotics that made for on the go. I love this one from Usana. They come in convenient individual packs that you can put in your bag or pocket, add to water, juice, or simply open the pack and pop it in your mouth and then wash it down with a sip of your beverage of choice.

Many places offer probiotic kombucha drinks, and in virtually every country you can find yogurt or sauerkraut, which are also full of live healthy bacteria for your gut flora. Our gut is what regulates our immune system, so implementing as many probiotics as possible is a great way to prevent anything dodgy from causing you problems.

Carry a bottle of therapeutic grade Oregano Oil with 80% or more carvacrol when you travel. 

Oregano is a powerhouse against viruses and bacteria, among a whole host of other incredible benefits. Which includes tummy bugs, foreign bacteria, and food poisoning. The main ways we have gut issues when we travel.

When ingesting it, be sure to only add a few drops to a carrier oil such as coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil, or whichever oil you can get your hands on. Oregano oil is very strong, so a few drops in a carrier oil held under your tongue for a couple minutes, repeated a few times a day, will rid you of any pesky bacteria that is causing mayhem in your gut.

Have a bottle of Olive Leaf Extract Capsules made with 25% Oleuropein Extract on hand.

Not only does olive leaf extract lower high blood pressure and preserve cognitive function, but it also is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-parasitic. Which means if you end up with a not so friendly bacteria or parasite, olive leaf extract will save the day. combined with oregano oil and there is no bacteria, virus or parasite that will get by unscathed.

Ingest gut health promoting superfoods daily. 

I always travel with chlorella on hand, and I always eat things such as chia seeds and drink hot lemon water. Lemons are available worldwide, and chia seeds also are often not hard to find. Both will keep things moving swiftly in the gut region. Chlorella cleans the blood, filters out heavy metals and greatly improves your overall digestion while also providing very important digestive enzymes.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

Often the importance of hydration is overlooked or forgotten. Hydration keeps things flowing in your gut, and helps to prevent bacteria and viruses from latching on. Plus if you do catch something, it will flush it out. When your illness strikes your gut, it can easily get dehydrated, so it is best to always have water or tea on hand and on the go. Coconut water is another great option for hydrating and getting in those electrolytes.

A happy gut makes a happy traveller. It sucks when you get stricken with gut issues when on the road. Nobody wants to hug the toilet if they don’t have too. With a few prevention methods and a good natural emergency kit, you will be happy, healthy, radiant and ready for life’s endless adventures.

 

 

 

Easy, healthy, anywhere in the world – Flax Tortilla

I absolutely love nothing more than taking care of my body. Well, I actually love a lot of things in life, and that just happens to be one of the tops! It is so vital that we love and nurture our bodies, as they do so much for us, and the better we take care of our body the better it will take care of us. Especially in times of illness. If you love and nurture your body daily, it will bounce back from unforeseen illness so much faster.

No joke, travelling the globe I have experienced some seriously crappy travel illnesses. Something you can’t really get away from when travelling. Plus, just being home in the city also brings about some bugs. So, regardless of where I am, I prefer to keep my immune system in extra good shape, that way, in turn, my body is stronger and can naturally be healthy, vibrant and awesome.

Not to mention, when it comes to food, I like it to be easy, and tasty!! Something I can do anywhere and anytime. Travelling, camping, at home. You name it, I like to always have the ability to bring health and wellness to the table.

This flax tortilla is incredibly tasty and so easy to make.

All you need is 3 things.

  • Ground Flax Seed
  • Salt
  • Water

For this one tortilla, I used about 3/4 cup of ground flax seed, a dash of salt and about 1/4 cup of water.

You can also add any spices or herbs that you would like to change up the flavour. What can I say?! So versatile.

Once you mix it up, roll it in a ball, and let it sit for a couple of minutes while the pan heats up, then place it in the pan and use the back of a spoon to flatten it out gently.

I say gently as it will break if you are too rough, but if you are gentle, it will flatten super easily.

Cook both sides until golden brown, and then add your choice of toppings. Voila! You have an incredibly tasty morsel, chalked full of Omega 3’s, fibre and antioxidants.

I change my topping’s all the time. This time around I put, organic grass fed cream cheese, avocado, cherry tomato and fresh mint.

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It’s even better when combining it with a fresh smoothie.

So easy to make, and even easier to get addicted too. Here’s to glowing, no matter where in the world you are.

Health While You Travel: Benefits of Dry Skin Brushing To Keep You In Your Best Shape For Adventuring

Travel, adventure and being awesome, are so much easier and more natural to do when your health is in top form. If you don’t take care of number one and make solid investments in your health and well being, you won’t be able to enjoy your adventuring to the fullest. Whether you are abroad, or at home setting time aside for self care is a priceless way to keep your health at it’s best right now, and as a prevention measure for  the future.

Just because you are away from home on an adventure or a trip, doesn’t mean you also should leave your daily health and self care rituals behind there too. I always do my utmost to keep on my self care regime no matter where I am, so that way I don’t have to work harder when I return home to simply repair and get myself back to where I was before I left.

One of my favorite ways to keep my immune system flowing, and my skin glowing – is by dry brushing my body.

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The benefits of dry brushing are:

  • It exfoliates the skin and promotes shedding of dead skin cells while encouraging cell renewal. I can tell you from personal experience that it gives your skin a newfound glowing radiance that only gets better with time.
  • It helps your skin absorb nutrients as it unclogs and opens your pores. After I do my skin brushing and have a shower, I always lather on a rich healing cream. For me its either my home made mixture of raw virgin coconut oil combined with essential oils. Or, its my Sense firming body nourisher from Usana. Which is preservative free and infused with vitamins to also promote cell renewal, and made by the highest rated supplement company in the world. Our skin is our biggest organ, so I like to feed it the best.
  • It helps break up and reduce cellulite. Yes please! Although I do believe that diet is number 1 in ridding yourself of cellulite. However dry brushing can give a massive boost in helping your body break up the cellulite and release it. Beach bum ready for those hot sandy destinations.
  • It helps support your lymphatic system. Our lymph system is a very big part of our immune system, and it is what transports waste to be removed out of our system. We have lymph nodes all throughout our bodies located just under the skin, and it is said that dry skin brushing helps to stimulate the lymph system and promote a healthy fluid flow. I don’t know about you, but I like to have a healthy and strong immune system all the time and especially when traveling.
  • It gives you a natural energy boost. This comes from getting your circulation moving, stimulating the nerve endings in your skin and overall giving your body some TLC and love. I sure feel the boost when I do it first thing in the morning, and it never fails to set my day up to be awesome as heck.

Dry brushing is so simple, cost effective and also very easy to do anywhere. All you need is a natural bristled brush.

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You can get one with either a long handle or no handle depending on what your packing needs are. Here is a great one that I love.

I make it a point to dry brush at least once a day, and at times twice a day, right before I get in the shower. I start at my feet and make long smooth upward stroked always towards the heart. By going towards the heart you push all the fluids upwards where they drain.

On your stomach you can do some clockwise circles and then upward strokes towards your heart. You can also do the circular motions in your armpits and then towards your heart. When you are at your collar bone you can start at the back of your shoulder and stroke around to the front, and then down your chest towards your heart. Easy peasy, and so rewarding. I also give my dry brush a good washing with some natural soap once a week to get rid of all the dead skin and dirt.

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It’s the small steps in life that add up to create big results. This little technique will not only boost your health, but it is sure to keep you looking young, supple, and with a dewy glow.  Health is wealth my friends, and for those of us that live for the adventure, our health is the biggest asset we have.