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WHAT IS INFRARED HEAT THERAPY?

Sweating is your body’s natural way of staying healthy. Our Clearlight Infrared Sauna was designed to give you a relaxing detoxifying experience through the use of infrared heat.

Infrared light is part of the Sun’s invisible spectrum of light that has the ability to penetrate the human tissue. Infrared heat therapy uses these infrared light characteristics to heat the body directly rather than just the air.

Besides just helping you feel good here area few more benefits of infrared sauna therapy sessions:

Detoxification

Detoxing in an infrared sauna rids your body of up to 10 times more toxins. In an infrared sauna, the average person sweats out 20% toxins and 80% water. In a traditional sauna, the average person only sweats out 3% toxins and 97% water.

Muscle Pain Relief and Joint stiffness

Infrared heat therapy can treat minor aches and pains and improve chronic conditions such as arthritis. Research shows that conditions classified as Heat Responsive Pain (HRP), such as upper body and lower back pain, improve dramatically with the use of continuous, low-level heat therapy.

Time spent in an infrared sauna benefits patients suffering from many forms of arthritis. Radiant heat has also been effective in the treatment of sprains, neuralgia, bursitis, muscle spasms, joint stiffness and many other muscular-skeletal ailments. Much of the stiffness, aches and soreness that comes with aging is reduced or eliminated.

Weight Loss & Increased Metabolism

You can burn up to 600 calories in a 30-minute infrared sauna session! During an infrared sauna session, the body works to cool itself which results in an increase in heart rate, cardiac output, and metabolic rate. Using an infrared sauna also helps to rise core body temperature, causing passive cardiovascular conditioning. Your body will then naturally increase circulation and sweat.

Lowers Blood Pressure

Research shows that blood pressure lowers when using infrared saunas on a regular basis. Consistent infrared heat therapy repairs blood vessel function in patients with high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol.

Improves Circulation

Infrared treatments increase blood flow and heat muscles as if you are exercising.  During an infrared sauna session, your body temperature is elevated and blood flow increases. The improved circulation helps to eliminate inflammation and edema, decrease pain, and accelerate healing.

Skin Purification

Regular infrared sauna sessions will improve your skins appearance.  Infrared heat therapy helps to correct skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis, and heal burns or other wounds. It also reduces wrinkles by improving skin tone and elasticity. with the increase in blood flow, a decrease in cellulite is also possible.

Immune System Boost

The deep heating from the Clearlight Sauna infrared heaters will raise your core body temperature, inducing an artificial fever. How does this benefit the body? Fever is the body’s natural mechanism to strengthen and accelerate the immune response, as seen in the case of infection.  This enhanced immune system, combined with improved elimination of toxins and wastes via intense sweating, increases your overall health and resistance to disease.

Improves appearance of cellulite

Cellulite refers to superficial pockets of trapped fat, which cause uneven dimpling or “orange peel” skin. It appears in 90% of post-adolescent women and is rarely seen in men.
Since the far infrared radiant heat of the Clearlight Sauna® warms three times as deep as conventional saunas, it is significantly more effective at reducing cellulite. There is a direct link between the slowing of metabolic rates and the storage of toxins in fat cells.
Sauna use and far infrared heat can increase heart rate and localized blood circulation, which essentially reverses the above-mentioned trends towards the accumulation of liquids in the fat cells to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Stress and Fatigue Reduction

Just a few minutes in the gentle warmth of an infrared sauna will help you feel relaxed, rejuvenated and renewed.  Infrared Saunas have also been shown to affect the autonomic nervous system putting you in the parasympathetic (rest and digest) state allowing your body to heal.

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By: Dianne Del Reyes

WHY IS SLEEP SO IMPORTANT?

  1. Restore and regenerate – muscle growth, tissue repair, protein synthesis.
  2. Energy Conservation – Only so much food and energy to get it.
  3. Brain Plasticity – Child’s brain development, everyone’s learning, clarity of thinking and task abilities.

There are so many disruptors to our sleep these days:

  • Lifestyle habits
  • Technology
  • Stress
  • Blood sugar
  • Caffeine
  • Salt
  • Digestion
  • Allergies
  • Alcohol
  • Lack of B vitamins
  • Asthma

Insomniacs, people who don’t sleep regularly, have less work productivity, impaired memory and thinking, they tend to get sick more often and are more easily irritated.

Getting to the bottom of what it is that you need is the key, and creating a sleep routine habit can greatly improve your sleeping patterns.

SLEEP HYGIENE & EVENING ROUTINE

  • Turn off electronics 1 hour before bed
  • Take a bath with lavender, roman chamomile essential oils
  • Make a tea with sleepy time tea, or create your own with lavender and chamomile essential oil. for extra sleepy boost use vetiver.
  • Meditate or read something calming (Try Yoga Nidra especially if you have trouble falling asleep)
  • Wash face and use cedarwood on the face and in diffuser
  • Use Eye pillow and roll on some extra lavender or serenity blend.

KEEP YOUR BEDROOM AS A SANCTUARY

  • Remove ambient light
  • Keep room at comfortable temp
  • White noise
  • Diffusing oils with calming relaxing scents
  • Keep room Free of clutter
  • Essential oil diffuser (Dianne’s sleepy time diffuser combo – doTERRA Serenity, Petitgrain, Cedarwood, and vetiver – also vetiver on bottom of feet)

BALANCE YOUR BLOOD SUGAR

Blood sugar balanced = balanced hormones = good energy levels = good night’s sleep

  • Do not eat within 3 hours of bed time
  • Minimize alcohol consumption, especially within 3 hours of bedtime, or better yet eliminate it all together.
  • Use doTERRA metabolic blend (Slim and Sassy) to balance blood sugar

PAY ATTENTION TO THE TIME YOU WAKE UP 

11:00 PM to 1:00 AM – Gallbladder Time:

The gallbladder, in Chinese thought, is responsible for decision making and courage. A timid person is said to have a small gallbladder while a brave person is said to have a large one. The gallbladder is intimately united with the liver – the “planner.” While the liver help us plan, the gallbladder helps us make the big choices and all the minute-to-minute ones too. If you are still awake at 11 PM, this decisive energy may keep you up, giving you a second wind that takes you into the wee hours. While some folks thrive on this energy, the gallbladder functions exceptionally well when we’re asleep, working things out while we dream.

Minimize the amount of fatty foods you are consuming at this time or just before. Again, the 3 hour rule applies

1:00 AM to 3:00 AM – Liver Time:

The liver is called the General or the planner. It governs our ability to have a clear life plan and goals, and also to do short term planning. It gives us the vision and perspective to see the “big picture.” Like gallbladder time, it can become addictive to be awake in liver time, since some people find they get a lot done, have big ideas, do planning, etc. But humans are not nocturnal by nature, and the liver does its best work when we sleep. A common time for insomniacs to wake is around 3 AM, at the transition from liver time to lung time. Frequently, this coincides with some sense of frustration or obstacle around one’s life plan. Consider making lists or scheduling your day in advance so your mind doesn’t have to keep track of it all. Write down your goals and some action steps you can take toward accomplishing them.

As the liver is at it’s peak, once again we need to be mindful of the foods we are consuming too close to bedtime.

3:00 AM to 5:00 AM – Lung Time:

The time of the lungs is marked by a certain “crispness” – like the air the lungs breathe. The lungs also relate to grief and loss, and feelings from the past often surface during this time. As this is the organ that is associated with the peak lung functions, one may find themselves coughing more during this time. If you notice this, you may consider adjusting your diet with less phlegm producing foods like dairy.

5:00 AM to 7:00 AM – Large Intestine Time:

The large intestine is all about letting go – letting go of physical waste and letting go of any other “stuff” we’re carrying around that is ready to be released. This is the ideal time for the first bowel movement of the day. Try to refrain from coffee at this time as this can dehydrate bowels.

doTERRA Serenity gelcap (the restful blend supplement to support sound sleep)

Lavender

Most doTERRA enthusiasts already know that Lavender essential oil has a long history of traditional use and is often used internally to encourage restful sleep, calm the nervous system, and help reduce stress.* Clinical and experimental research supports that ingested Lavender essential oil is calming to the nervous system, and promotes healthy relaxation and sleep.* Each two-softgel serving of doTERRA Serenity Restful Complex delivers the research-recommended levels of Lavender essential oil to support relaxation and restful sleep.*

L-Theanine

* L-Theanine, is a non-protein amino acid found in green tea (Camellia sinensis) and has been studied for its calming effects on the nervous system.* L-Theanine is structurally similar to the neurotransmitters glutamate and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), both of which are associated with improved mood, calmness, and relaxation.* L-Theanine has the unique ability to promote relaxation without causing drowsiness.* Studies show that such pre-sleep relaxation is very effective at supporting a restful night’s sleep.*

Clinical Trial

doTERRA conducted a six-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial to investigate the efficacy of Serenity Restful Complex Softgels. Subjects reported highly significant improvements in their ability to fall asleep more easily and also reported improvements in waking up more easily and feeling more alert/refreshed in the morning.* This study provides further support for the historical use of these botanicals, and confirms the efficacy of Serenity Restful Complex.

 

Dianne DelReyes L.Ac. – Business Strategist & Coach for Holistic Practitioners & Wellness Advocates | TheCoffeeShopPreneur.com

By: Barb Lands

70% of our body is made up of water so staying hydrated is one of the most important things we can do to keep our bodies healthy. Drinking water regularly helps to :

  • Nourish your skin
  • Improve your energy and decrease fatigue
  • Improve digestive disorders
  • Slow down the aging process
  • Speed up body functions and repair

Water fires up your metabolism, hydrates you, helps your body flush out toxins, gives your brain fuel, and may even make you eat less.  Drink 16 oz first thing in the morning and get in 1/2 your body weight in ounces during the day.  Add in lemons (or a drop of Lemon essential oil) to your water for an extra boost.  Lemons are know for their detoxification properties but also help to:

  • Cut through adipose & cellulite tissue to assist weight loss
  • Help your liver digest fats
  • Maintain teeth & mouth health
  • Reduce sweet, pastry & gluten cravings
  • Detoxify and alkalize acidic conditions which cause disease
  • Nourish and relax tight fascia tissue & connective tissue
  • Maintain glowing, moisturized healthy skin & boost immunity

Try to consume your water before and after your meals (in between meals) rather than during the meal, as too much water during a meal can inhibit the natural juices your body excretes during digestion process to assist your body in breaking down what you eat.

Remember thirst isn’t a great indication of your hydration status if you fell thirst you are already dehydrated.  some additional signs you are dehydrated include:

  • Bad breath
  • Dry skin
  • Muscle cramps
  • Fever and chills
  • Food cravings (especially sweets)
  • Headaches

 

How to Check If You’re Dehydrated
  • Try this skin test. First, use two fingers to grab a roll of skin on the back of your hand (between where your watch sits and where your fingers start), Pull the skin up about ½ to one centimeter high and then let the skin go. The skin should spring back to its normal position in less than a couple of seconds. Skin bounces back slowly, might mean you are dehydrated.
  • Check your urine. If you’re well-hydrated your urine will be mostly clear with a tinge of yellow, When your body is about three percent dehydrated your urine will be noticeably yellow. When your body is about five percent dehydrated, your urine will appear chardonnay-colored. When your body is more than five percent dehydrated – which is considered severely dehydrated – your urine will appear orange. Adapted from: EveryDayHealth
Tips to Stay Hydrated
  • Drink water first thing when you wake up
  • Keep a water bottle with you
  • Drink Herbal teas
  • Eat more veggies

 

Healthy Tip Tuesday!
 
We love sharing our knowledge and helping our members lead healthier lives.
 
Every Tuesday we will be sharing some healthy knowledge with you all. If you have any special requests just let us know!
 

The best part is that most of the products we highlight in our weekly tips we have made easily accessible to you all in our Beach Balance Boutique within Suite G. And if you don’t have it in stock we will make sure to point you in the right direction.


We are going to kick off our Healthy Tuesday Tips with Bone Broth!

A great way to boost your immune system for this cold and flu season is to start consuming Bone Broth on a regular basis.

Bone broth is rich in minerals that support the immune system and contains healing compounds like collagen, glutamine, glycine, and proline. The collagen in bone broth will heal your gut lining and reduce intestinal inflammation, which will in turn improve your digestion and assimilation of the foods you are eating.


Bone Broth Resources & Recipes

Clean – Bone Broth

Balanced Bites – Bone broth

Bone Broth for Health

The healthy Maven – Slow cooker

Nom Nom Paleo – How to store Bone Broth

Pinterest – Bone broth

Yummy Recipes with Bone Broth

 


We carry 15 oz. containers of Bone Broth Protein in 3 flavors:
Pure, Alkaline and Vanilla.
 
We carry Single Serve packets of Bone Broth Protein in 4 flavors:
Chocolate, Pure, Turmeric and Vanilla.

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Beach Fitness trainers and group classes can be your way to the best beach body ever this year! Make a dedicated plan, stick to it, and exceed your goals! These simple 4 steps will get you to the fitness level you want before this summer’s here.

HYDRATE

The human body is made of about 60% water. In order to maintain normal bodily functions, including digestion and muscle building, we should be drinking roughly HALF our bodyweight in ounces of water every day. While water doesn’t have direct effects on weight loss, changing your usual high-calorie beverage for it can definitely help. When it comes to exercise, water is essential. Our muscle cells diminish when not given adequate balance of fluids and electrolytes, causing muscle fatigue. Looking for faster results because summer is just around the corner? Well it’s simple, drink MORE water!

EXERCISE

The best way to a beach body is by working out. Challenge yourself each and every time you’re in the gym for best results. High intensity training will shed fat mass and increase lean muscle quicker than traditional resistance training. Short bouts of intense, complex exercise with minimal rest will spike your resting metabolism and help burn off fat just in time for summer! Lift stronger, faster, and more frequently for a leaner, toned beach body.

EAT RIGHT

There’s no workout that outweighs a bad diet, plain and simple. Supplement your hard physical work with proper nutrition, and your efforts won’t go to waste. There are plenty of ways to research what percentages of your diet should be proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. Following a “macros” diet is a great way to be specific in your eating, however simply recognizing what’s good and bad will also help. My personal go-to meal for weight loss includes fish or chicken (great sources of protein), along with adequate vegetables (broccoli, brussel sprouts, and green beans) and some healthy fats mixed in (coconut/olive oil, almonds, avocado).

SLEEP

With increased physical activity levels, your body needs an increased amount of recovery time. You’ll be amazed and how much energy can be added to your day with 8 solid hours of quality sleep. Shut all electronic screens off an hour before going to sleep, and mentally prepare yourself for rest. Our bodies don’t simply turn-off when we get into bed. Often times our minds are still working while our conscious checks out, provided poor quality sleep and low energy and motivation for the next day.

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Born and raised in Long Beach, Alex earned his degree in Kinesiology from CSULB.  He is a CrossFit Level 1 coach, NSCA certified personal trainer,  and Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguard. His athletic experience started as a small child playing soccer and has developed into a well-rounded athlete that enjoys running, swimming, surfing and basically all outdoor activities… (Don’t get him started on fishing.)

Reboot your metabolism to lose weight and gain energy!

Is willpower the reason you can’t lose weight? When’s the last time you reset your metabolism? Maybe your lack of energy and weight loss challenges aren’t a diet issue, but a metabolism that needs a wake up call!

Learn from 30 experts at The Metabolism Summit when you register for free today!

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WHY ATTEND?

Sara Vance created The Metabolism Summit to help those who are suffering with weight and chronic health issues. No diet will work until the underlying metabolic issues are resolved. And, many falsely blame themselves or a lack of willpower for not being able to lose or keep off the weight. But this has never been a failure of will, it’s due to a broken metabolism.

Optimizing your metabolism can help you:

  • Lose excess weight and increase energy
  • Reduce inflammation and cultivate digestion
  • Advance brain function and improve mood
  • Upgrade sleep and reduce stress
  • Boost immunity and prevent disease
  • Manage cravings and help hormones

Attend and listen to the following experts (and 25 others!):

  • Terry Wahls, MD, Food as Medicine to Overcome Chronic Symptoms
  • Tom O’Bryan, DC, Is Gluten Holding Your Metabolism Hostage?
  • Christa Orecchio, Common Gut Insults and How to Overcome Them
  • Ann Louise Gittleman, Belly Fat: Could It Be Parasites?
  • Liz Lipski, Could Our Microbiome Hold Our Metabolism Hostage?

Register today and you’ll gain access to the following free gifts:

  • Expert Talk #1: Ann Louise Gittleman, Bile: Your Metabolism’s BFF
  • Expert Talk #2: Jeffrey Smith, Hidden Ways GMOs Can Devastate Your Health
  • Free Gift #3: Your Host, Sara Vance, Interviewed by Dr. Eric Zielinski, Fix The Metabolism: The Real Secret to Optimal Weight & Health
  • Free Gift #4: The Perfect Metabolism Plan, Chapter One: Break up with Sugar, by Sara Vance

The Metabolism Summit is online and free from February 1-8, 2016!

Register for FREE at the following link today:

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I’ll see you at the summit!

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ELDOA, also known as Longitudinal Osteo Articular Decoaption Stretching, provides a unified approach contributing to the longevity and overall wellness of the body by improving the fascial system. The ELDOA creates fascial tension to normalize the space in a joint or between vertebrae to maintain a healthy disc. By implementing the postures practiced in ELDOA, the overall wellness and integrity of your spine will be greatly improved.

Postures practiced in ELDOA teach you how to:

  • Gain body awareness
  • Coordinate the body & mind
  • Reduce the risk of injury
  • Use energy efficiently
  • Coordinate & utilize core strength

Other benefits of ELDOA include:

  • Improved posture
  • Better muscle tone & strength
  • Better circulation
  • Improved recovery time
  • Enhanced sleep patterns
  • Improved Biomechanics & overall performance
  • Relief of Chronic and Acute Back Pain
  • Relief of Neck and Shoulder Tension
  • Increased Flexibility
  • Reduces stress

Dr. Guy Voyer DO the founder and creator of the ELDOA method, has institutes and education programs currently being taught across the globe.  His students include medical doctors, osteopaths, physical therapists, chiropractors and many other health professionals learning his methods to help improve bodies all over the world.

This approach is quickly becoming well known and is already used among top athletes, heath-fitness enthusiasts, and people with chronic pain all around the world. Beach Fitness has the largest staff of certified ELDOA instructors and is among the few facilities offering classes that are specific to the ELDOA method on the West Coast. At Beach Fitness ELDOA education and certifications are offered throughout the year to all levels of health and fitness practitioners by ELDOA specialist and SOMA Practitioner, Bryce Turner.

Check out our online schedule and join us for a class soon!

For more information please contact us at eldoa@beachfitness.com

 

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Bryce Turner is the co-owner of Beach Fitness.  He specializes in functional therapy in regards to total body joint and spinal mobility, stability, and alignment.

 

Now is the time to get you your spouse, or your best friend, or your kid or your parents to come get fit!  ANYONE you want who isn’t yet a part of our community – Get them all to come work out with you.

NO barrier to entry. No Anchor program prerequisite. NO reason not to start NOW!

The holidays are coming and you can get your friends & family is the best shape of their lives,  just like you!

 

 

The following information is adapted from the BulletproofExecutive.com

What is Collagen?

Collagen powder comes from the same collagen found in skin, bones and cartilage. It’s pure protein that is quickly absorbed in the body/digestive tract.

Collagen is the gold standard for achieving the fastest possible healthy tissue repair, muscle matrix, bone renewal and recovery after exercise. It can boost mental clarity, reduce inflammation, upgrade your skin, and its basically tasteless so it can be easily mixed into any smoothie or beverage.

Why we need it?

Upgraded Collagen supplies essential proteins that our bodies use to build and repair our bones, joint surfaces, skin, teeth, eyes, arteries, intervertebral disks, and much more. Collagen is one of the most important nutrients needed to maintain a strong body, keep you in healing mode, and decrease the degenerative effects of aging.

Unfortunately, in our modern culture the average person doesn’t consume that much collagen in their diet. Collagen traditionally made its way into our diets through bone-broths, slow-cooked organ meats, whole crustaceans, and whole fish soups and stews. In this day and age we just don’t often prepare traditional foods like our ancestors did. A product like collagen powder gives us the simplest and best source of these essential nutrients without all the fuss. Upgraded Collagen is a dietary supplement that can be added to any liquid drink, or paleo meal you already make.

Benefits of Upgraded Collagen

  • Fast tissue repair– Upgraded Collagen provides the particular proteins that ensure cohesion, elasticity and regeneration of skin, cartilage and bone.
  • Greater flexibility and mobility– Upgraded Collagen makes the main building blocks of connective tissue more bioavailable and better absorbed into joints for greater flexibility and mobility.
  • Stronger bones and joints– Upgraded Collagen supports strong, heavier, denser bones and is an excellent source of proline and glycine, two building blocks of cartilage that are essential for refueling after exercise and sports.
  • Revitalized skin– Upgraded Collagen promotes skin hydration, reduces the number of fine lines, prevents deeper wrinkles, and maintains the suppleness of your skin from the inside-out.
  • Weight loss– Upgraded Collagen (97% pure protein) helps with weight loss by delivering quick satiation of hunger.
  • Build Muscle– Upgraded Collagen supports muscle building by facilitating the synthesis of creatine in the body.
  • Reduce aging– Upgraded Collagen replaces the necessary proteins that diminish and breakdown from aging.
  • Deeper Sleep– Upgraded Collagen taken at bedtime deepens sleep, provides arginine to stimulate growth hormone release, and provides nutrients necessary to perform tissue repair while sleeping.
  • Brain Function– Upgraded Collagen provides glycine, a neurotransmitter involved in motor and sensory pathways as well as ATP synthesis.

 

I use collagen daily in my coffee and in my superfood smoothie mixtures. I have had great great results using collegn pwoder consistently my hair, nails and skin, are all noticeably improved and I feel great because I recover faster!  – Barb Lands

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