How to Detox Heavy Metals + Parasites + Mold & Boost Liver Health

Before Photo (11/30/17)

-Taken before starting this protocol (feeling moderately healthy + but painful menstrual cycles + not feeling 100%)

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Heads up–this post will talk frankly about periods and woman stuff! (you’re welcome)

Backstory on my Health + Acne

For as long as I can remember (approximately age 12), I have had debilitating menstrual cramps. Along with the cramps was hormonal (cystic) acne. I was able to balance + heal my skin through use of an awesome supplement called Estroblock. (you can read that full post here).

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I only took the product for about 8 months and it did it’s job in that time. It works by helping your body get rid of “bad” estrogens in your body. These can disrupt your endocrine system, which is the system responsible for dispersing those little chemical messengers telling your body how to operate.

While my acne cleared up and I felt encouraged by that, my periods were still heavy and painful. I tried every natural pain remedy I could think of:

-Drinking only green juice the days leading up to my period

-Experimenting with eliminating certain foods (coffee, dairy, gluten, etc.)

-Changing up my exercise routine

Nothing took the pain away.

Seeing a Naturopath (Integrative Natural Medicine Doctor)

Since I failed so many times at trying to help myself, I felt like it was time to seek the help of a natural medicine doctor. I went to Cura Integrative in Overland Park, Kansas (HIGHLY recommend them).

To start, they performed a biofeedback test on me which revealed:

-Very high levels of blood toxicity (heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, mold, environmental toxins)

-Parasitic infection (people with high levels of heavy metals are more susceptible to this)

-Food sensitivities (often linked to and caused by heavy metal toxicity)

-Egg, Nuts (including coconut + peanut), Gluten, Dairy, Corn, Soy, Rice

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Healing Protocol

First Phase: Detox Heavy Metals + Heal Parasitic infection

Heavy Metal Detox Products Used (pictured below):

Dr. Recommends Homeopathic Metals Detox

New Health Super Chelation Support

Bio Ray NDF Heavy Metal Formula

Liver Detoxifier + Regenerator (renamed to Liver Refresh)

Calcium D-Glucarate

Glutathione

Activated Charcoal

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Parasitic Infection Products Used (pictured below):

Myrrh Forte

-Artemisinin Complex

Viranon

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Second Phase: Mold + Environmental Pollutant Detox

Products Used (pictured below):

Ortho Molecular Products SAMe

-Greens First pH PM Alkalizer 

-Dr. Recommends Homeopathic Toxinex

Activated Charcoal

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Progress Photo (12/10/17):

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Third Phase: Emotional Healing + Liver Support

-I had a check up biofeedback test at this point which revealed that I was making a TON of progress. My food sensitivities to gluten, dairy, almonds and rice went away. Because of the intense detoxing I had been doing, though, my liver was overwhelmed (stagnation) and it needed some help + support.

-Though I didn’t hold it in my conscious mind, I was dealing with a lot of emotional trauma + sadness, which was manifesting itself throughout my body. I had forgotten how your emotional and mental state can impact your physical health! Amazing. Great reminder. I downloaded several meditation apps and have made it a daily ritual to calm my mind.

Products Used (pictured below):

Livaplex

Immuplex

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-Quicksilver Scientific:

Liposomal Methyl B-Complex

Dr. Shade’s Bitters No. 9

Nanoemulsified DIM

Liposomal Glutathione 

Micellized Pure PC

Activated Charcoal

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Here are the meditation apps I use! I rotate them just to change it up + hear a different guiding voice on the track.

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Progress Photo (1.19.18):

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Progress Photo (2.9.18):

(taken during my period, so feeling a little more inflamed as usual)

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I still have a few weeks left of this last wave of this detox protocol. You can expect me to come back to this post and update it with where I’m at, how I’m feeling.

Thank you for journeying with me and listening to my experience. I sincerely hope it helps guide you if you feel less than your best. This trek has been paramount in the big scheme of my life. If you have any specific questions, I’d love to chat! Just comment below.

Make Good Use of Your Pulse,

xoxo

Jes

 

 

 

Mizuno Wave Sky Review

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Fitfluential.

Mizuno Wave Sky

Overall Rating: 5-stars

About:

Maximum cushioning meets maximum comfort in the new Wave Sky, built for neutral runners. A full length U4icX midsole works in harmony with new cloudwave technology for a plush and lively ride.

  • All new Mizuno SmoothRide: New maximum cloudwave technology coupled with full length, articulated U4icX midsole delivers a plush, flexible ride
  • New thicker and premium anatomical sockliner for improved fit and comfort
  • U4icX strobel lining for added comfort
  • Mizuno DynamotionFit: 3 panel upper construction with skin-like seamless midfoot and minimal forefoot for a disappearing fit

My Experience:

Mizuno made my go-to pair of volleyball shoes back when I was competing. Because those were my staple, I was eager + quick to accept the chance to try their running shoes. This pair of Wave Sky’s is pair #2 of running shoes I’ve tried by Mizuno; you can read that first review here on the Wave Catalyst.

What I love most about the Mizuno Wave Sky is that from the second I slipped my first foot into the shoe, it felt comfortable. I didn’t have to wiggle my foot around a bunch to get comfy and I didn’t feel like I needed to break them in. That’s HUGE to be able to take them for a spin right out of the box. For me, that’s rare.

I’ve done a few sprint workouts and a longer (3 mile) run and these shoes suited both distances great. I’m sure at a higher mileage, they’d be perfect.

With the Crossfit I’ve been doing, I don’t run more than a few miles at a time. I actually feel like a much better runner when I’m focusing on shorter distances at a faster pace while being super mindful of form. I’ll be keeping these in my gym bag especially for days when the WOD calls for running.

They provide enough of a cushion that they will sufficiently absorb the shock of several mines, yet low-profile enough to feel sleek and smooth; not clunky. That combination of not clunky + adequately cushioned seems like a hard one to come by. Mizuno knows what they’re doing in constructing this shoe.

December Box: Simply Earth Eos + 13% to Fight Human Trafficking

Simply Earth Essential Oils

Overall Rating: 5-stars

About Simply Earth:

“Step 1: The Plant and Location

The best oils are derived from the best plants grown in the best locations. That means GMO-free plants grown in the right conditions are ideal for optimal-quality oils.
One misconception is that the oils must be indigously grown in order to be considered high quality. This belief is false. The plants must be grown where they will best thrive. For example, some plants in China do not thrive there and the distilled oil from those plants is lesser quality. However, other plants will thrive in China’s climate, causing the plant to produce a true, therapeutic-grade essential oil.

Step 2: How it was Farmed

You want to buy oils that were farmed responsibly. That means workers were treated fairly and the land and the oil were both flourishing. The plants should be pesticide-free. If the plants from which the essential oils are extracted have been treated with pesticides, those pesticides can become concentrated in the oil.
That is why Simply Earth tests for pesticides with every batch of oil we produce!

Step 3: Different Distilling Methods

    • Steam: Steam passes through the plant material (leaves, grass, roots, etc.), causing them to release their aromatic components. The steam is then condensed and the essential oil is extracted.
    • Water (hydro): The plant materials (normally bark, wood, or harder compounds) are submerged in water to make a “soup.” As they are heated, they release their aromatic components into the steam which is then condensed and the essential oil is extracted.
    • Steam/Water: Indirect steam is applied to the plant material (normally leaves) while water sits underneath the plant material.
    • Expression: Plant materials (generally citrus rinds) are pressed by machines to squeeze out oils. Also known as “cold-pressed.”

Step 4: Packing and Storage

All oils should be stored in dark bottles as essential oils are light sensitive. Two common options are aluminum containers or amber glass bottles.  The oils should also be stored in temperature-controlled environments for optimal preservation.

Step 5: Tested

I like to say, “I’ll believe it when I see it,” and I frequently apply this philosophy when testing the purity of essential oils. The type of testing oils undergo to examine purity is called gas chromatography and mass spectrometry- GC/MS for short. GC/MS testing breaks down the essential oil to reveal each of its unique chemical components. A trained aromatherapist then compares those amounts to the components in a standardized chemical composition for that oil to test if it truly is 100% pure. GC/MS testing will reveal if anything has been added or removed from the oil.

That is how we at Simply Earth make sure our oils truly are 100% pure and untarnished.

Step 6: Enjoyed by You!”

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My Experience:

 

This is month numero 2 of receiving the Simply Earth Essential Oil Recipe box and I am really loving it–top to bottom! The ideas + creativity that goes into the box + quality of the oils are excellent and I find myself wondering + anticipating what’s going to be in the next month’s box.

I’ve dabbled in the crafty part of the box but my favorite aspect is that they provide portable little bottles for on-the-go use as well as the drop ratios of the different oils to get a really aromatic blend. These little projects that Simply Earth includes would be the perfect task for a kiddo, I’d imagine!

I am absolutely enthralled with the coffee essential oil (I’d go swimming in coffee if I could) and I love adding the Citrus   Burst to the coconut oil as a hair serum! It leaves my hair smelling enlivening and delicious.

This Christmas box includes goodies to create: bath bombs, hand warmers, a diffuser necklace, supplies to create a roll-on and EO’s especially chosen for use in a diffuser. LOVE.

Get a free diffuser!

You need both Simply Earth’s essential oil recipe box and the diffuser in your cart for the coupon: RUNONORGANICFREEDIF to work to get your free diffuser when you sign up for Simply Earth’s subscription box. 
So sign up here for the box https://simplyearth.com/pages/subscription-box 
Click here to check out the diffuser https://simplyearth.com/products/essential-oil-diffuser.

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Brightside Skincare Review + Giveaway to Come!

This post made possible by Brightside Skincare.

SAVE NOW at Amazon.com:

Save $5 on the 5-piece set (w/code 36RPU7PD), OR

Get 10% off the Rooibos and Olive Eye Cream (w/code QUCYVBKS)
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Brightside Skincare

Overall Rating: images-8

About Brightside Skincare:

Brightside Skincare products provide an alternative to the harmful skincare options available in today’s US market. The product line is free-from fragrance, parabens, sulfates, lanolin, phthalates, carcinogens, cruelty and gluten. It comes in anti-aging formulas, as well as for acne-prone skin. Currently, the only ‘safe’ options are very costly and most people cannot afford to purchase them. With Brightside Skincare, women of all ages can have access to an affordable, effective and safe skincare regime. Check out the Brightside Skincare website here: Brightsideskincare.com.

Products I tried:

Gentle Tea Cleanser: This 81% organic, non-foaming, organic Aloe juice and anti-oxidant rich Green Tea Extract based cleanser is perfect for deep-cleaning and sloughing off dead skin layers. For all skin types.

Gentle Toner: 95% organic and loaded with DMAE & MSM. DMAE is an amazing nutrient that gives the skin a toned and firm appearance. MSM is soothing and calming, especially for irritated and inflamed skin. For all skin types.

Facial Serum69% Organic. Packed full with active DMAE and MSM this is the perfect serum for all skin types, including blemish prone, oily and sensitive skin. It can be used in addition to a moisturizer on normal, mature and dry skin. For combination or acne prone skin, this serum will offer needed hydration without feeling greasy.

Rooibos Tea & Olive Moisturizer: Vegan & 91% Organic. Every aspect of this lotion is beneficial for your skin. Rooibos Tea is an antioxidant that attacks free radicals and limits their damaging effects on the skin. For all skin types except blemish prone skin.

Rooibos & Olive Eye CreamFor all skin types. A rich cream, enhanced with Rooibos Tea, Hyaluronic acid, Lavender, Blue-Green Algae, Calendula & Pomegranate extracts and Evening Primrose to retain moisture in the tender and delicate skin around your eyes. Contains active ingredients that work synergistically to balance, sooth, regenerate and supply moisture. This rich cream can be used

All Natural Vanilla Lip BalmQuench your lips with this very emollient natural lip balm. For all skin types.

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My Experience:

My journey of navigating through the world of “how in the world is the best way to take care of my skin?” has been a relatively long one. It feels like I’ve been troubleshooting my skincare routine since I was in middle school, trying to feel out why my skin isn’t regulating itself, why I get breakouts, what products are helpful, which ones aren’t, etc.

To spare you every details, I’ll simply say that I have discovered this to be true:

Your healthiest skin ever comes from using organic ingredients!

Ultimately, this gigantic layer of skin on your body is partially responsible for eliminating impurities and toxins from your body. Thus, you are crippling your skin’s ability to do this by applying toxins onto it. Those toxins are going the wrong way! Getting toxic skin care products out of your beauty cabinet should be the first step in seeking healthier + more balanced skin.

Enter: Brightside Skincare

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The story behind a product line can really speak loudly in regards to the quality + integrity that goes into each product. I really enjoyed watching Kerri’s video (https://goo.gl/EOAZcT, I encourage you to watch it). She’s a beautiful, humble woman seeking a better way to guide her skin to optimum health.

First of all, I love that she provides several products with the intention that they will be used in sequential order. Our skin is dynamic and ever changing and I’ve learned it needs help periodically detoxing + staying vibrant + eliminating dead skin cells. With Brightside Skincare’s product line, you start by cleansing, then you tone, then nourish with a serum, then quench with a moisturizer and then touch up the eyes and lips with the eye cream + lip balm. This after effect is a clean and glowy complexion.

So, let me walk you through how this line fits into my everyday routine….

I am a very active gal, working out at 5am most mornings and promptly heading to work (managing a juice shop) until the afternoon. I start the day with some powder + mascara + lip balm on my face and that normally gets me through until I get off work. At the end of the day, my face is normally covered in perspiration and the light make up I’ve worn throughout the day. I find myself craving a shower + good face wash. Brightside Skincare products allow me to do this without stripping all of the natural moisture off of my skin. This is important because skin needs to be balanced and quenched, not stripped and covered in chemical-ridden products.

I found the Gentle Tea Cleanser to be a nice balance of mild yet effective. It has a creamy + dense texture while also doing the job of cleansing. I like the usage of witch hazel as a natural cleanser + astringent.

Following with the Gentle Toner allows me to close all of my pores, get rid of any excess makeup that I missed while cleansing and prepare my skin to be get hydrated with the Facial Serum and moisturizer.

I like the idea of using the Facial Serum before the moisturizer. The Facial Serum contains jojoba oil (my all-time favorite oil for facial skin). Like Brightside Skincare mentions on their website, jojoba oil resembles the qualities of the oil that skin naturally produces. It’s also close in pH to it, making it an excellent compliment.

My absolute favorite part of their website is this breakdown that is shown on the Facial Serum product page (https://goo.gl/woBZxG). I think it is so helpful and shows transparency when a brand lists the ingredients and the reason why each of them is in there. It shows that each ingredient has a reason + purpose and what that purpose is.

One thing I learned on my acne journey is not to stay away from moisturizer, despite the fact that it is seemingly counter-intuitive to add moisture to an acne-ridden face. I really enjoy the ingredient choice and performance of the Rooibos Tea + Olive Moisturizer. You can tell it’s going to work well right as it comes out of the bottle. It’s very hydrating without being cakey at all. If you find that your skin is especially acne prone, you may want to check out Brightside Skincare’s Light Moisturizer as an alternative to this more dense moisturizer.

Now is a great time to also mention that for a large portion of my life, I would describe my skin as oily + acne prone. With much attention to my diet and nutritional needs, I would now describe my skin as normal (it took years). I think it all started to balance out. Your skin is connected to every other system in your body, so it makes sense!

Thus, I was excited to try Brightside Skincare’s “normal skin” line, considering my skin’s current state. I find that my skin looks + feels better (especially during the colder months) when I keep my moisturizer close by for daily usage. With that routine, the Rooibos + Olive Eye Cream and All Natural Vanilla Lip Balm act as the perfect follow-up + touch-up tools (if you will) to keep my skin feeling glowing and moist.

My skin care routine plays a big role in my daily efforts to catalyze my body’s natural process of detoxifying. It’s another way to help your body eliminate and cleanse. Brightside Skincare provides you a full product line to help detoxify your system and skin.

Many women shop at department stores for their fancy or luxury skin care items, those of which cost $50 or more per product and hundreds for the entire product line (and–the ingredient lists are scary!). So, why not spend a bit less and increase the quality of the ingredients a ton? That’s a no brainer for me.

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This post made possible by Brightside Skincare.

This post made possible by Brightside Skincare.

SAVE NOW at Amazon.com: Save $5 on the 5-piece set (w/code 36RPU7PD), OR

Get 10% off the Rooibos and Olive Eye Cream (w/code QUCYVBKS)

Click here: Amazon http://amzn.to/2e4VvQe.

 

 

 

GIVEAWAY! Simply Earth EOs: 13% to Fight Human Trafficking

Simply Earth Essential Oils

Overall Rating: 5-stars

About Simply Earth:

“Step 1: The Plant and Location

The best oils are derived from the best plants grown in the best locations. That means GMO-free plants grown in the right conditions are ideal for optimal-quality oils.
One misconception is that the oils must be indigously grown in order to be considered high quality. This belief is false. The plants must be grown where they will best thrive. For example, some plants in China do not thrive there and the distilled oil from those plants is lesser quality. However, other plants will thrive in China’s climate, causing the plant to produce a true, therapeutic-grade essential oil.

Step 2: How it was Farmed

You want to buy oils that were farmed responsibly. That means workers were treated fairly and the land and the oil were both flourishing. The plants should be pesticide-free. If the plants from which the essential oils are extracted have been treated with pesticides, those pesticides can become concentrated in the oil.
That is why Simply Earth tests for pesticides with every batch of oil we produce!

Step 3: Different Distilling Methods

    • Steam: Steam passes through the plant material (leaves, grass, roots, etc.), causing them to release their aromatic components. The steam is then condensed and the essential oil is extracted.
    • Water (hydro): The plant materials (normally bark, wood, or harder compounds) are submerged in water to make a “soup.” As they are heated, they release their aromatic components into the steam which is then condensed and the essential oil is extracted.
    • Steam/Water: Indirect steam is applied to the plant material (normally leaves) while water sits underneath the plant material.
    • Expression: Plant materials (generally citrus rinds) are pressed by machines to squeeze out oils. Also known as “cold-pressed.”

Step 4: Packing and Storage

All oils should be stored in dark bottles as essential oils are light sensitive. Two common options are aluminum containers or amber glass bottles.  The oils should also be stored in temperature-controlled environments for optimal preservation.

Step 5: Tested

I like to say, “I’ll believe it when I see it,” and I frequently apply this philosophy when testing the purity of essential oils. The type of testing oils undergo to examine purity is called gas chromatography and mass spectrometry- GC/MS for short. GC/MS testing breaks down the essential oil to reveal each of its unique chemical components. A trained aromatherapist then compares those amounts to the components in a standardized chemical composition for that oil to test if it truly is 100% pure. GC/MS testing will reveal if anything has been added or removed from the oil.

That is how we at Simply Earth make sure our oils truly are 100% pure and untarnished.

Step 6: Enjoyed by You!

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My Experience:

It would be a pretty accurate thing to say that I’m geeking out on essential oils as of lately. Particularly for their versatility and pureness, I really value and get a lot of use our of essential oils every single day. Here are some of my favorite uses:

-Homemade toothpaste + deodorant

-Flea repellent for my dog

-Homemade body spray

-Laundry deodorizer

-Hair perfume

The idea of curating a monthly box for customers to enjoy (that contains 5 Eos + Recipes + Recipe Ingredients + Recipe Containers) is super neat to me. It helps introduce people to essential oils with a fun + creative instruction manual, so to speak.

I am impressed by how this brand gives back + impressed with the packaging and curation of the themed box and even more impressed that they think I’m cool enough to pass along some goodies to me in order to retrieve my thoughts. Thank you, Simply Earth (rad name, btw)!

To Enter this GIVEAWAY for some Essential Oil goodness:

-SIMPLY leave a comment below telling me about your experience with essential oils. What’ve you discovered to be your favorite use?

Also, Get a free diffuser!

You need both Simply Earth’s essential oil recipe box and the diffuser in your cart for the coupon: RUNONORGANICFREEDIF to work to get your free diffuser when you sign up for Simply Earth’s subscription box. 
So sign up here for the box https://simplyearth.com/pages/subscription-box 
Click here to check out the diffuser https://simplyearth.com/products/essential-oil-diffuser.

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Interview with Team USA Volleyball Player Kelsey Robinson

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Q: What motivates you deep down to get up in the morning?

In the past it was about pursuing my goals and pursuing this idea of what I had in mind that would make me happy, and now as I continue to learn more about myself, it’s this idea of how I can be a better person. I’m constantly pursuing the best version of myself. It’s no longer about titles, championships, or medals and more about how I impact the world around me and what I bring to the table today. How can I be the best version of myself today.

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Q: Through your years being an accomplished athlete playing both collegiate + professional volleyball, what’s been the greatest lesson you’ve taken from the sport that applies to everyday life?

Patience and learning. I’m competitive, passionate, and driven and often that comes with the mindset that I want to be perfect or I want everything now. After four years of being pro, I’m changing more and developing skills that I haven’t had. I’ve changed my mindset to being open to learning and being aware of the process. Being great doesn’t happen overnight and it’s a journey that doesn’t stop once you’ve accomplished something. There’s always something to be learned.

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Q: Volleyball by nature is a sport where a jersey and spandex is what you live in everyday. How do you feel that this plays into the overall conversation of women and body confidence?

For me, it’s my life. I’ve been wearing that since I was 10 years old. In college, I definitely felt the pressure to look a certain way. Even with the national team, being in the public eye a little more, you feel that you need to be perfect. As I’ve continued to grow, I’ve just become thankful and appreciative of my body. I’m the strongest I’ve ever been and my body is my full time job. I’m grateful for my muscles and that I can play this sport at 25 at a high level and will be able to continue to play. If we change our mindsets of how our bodies don’t look, to how amazing our bodies truly are and what they can do for us, the confidence just comes right along with it.

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Q: What are your thoughts on the topic of women’s sports + wellness practices being sexualized in the age of social media? Has this ever been a challenge for you to combat?

It hasn’t been too much of a problem for me, but I think now more than ever we are in a position to show strength as women. We have the opportunities to say no and to stand up for what we believe in. I know what I am comfortable putting out on social media and I know what I will not allow and I’m not afraid to say that or speak up. I’m also lucky to be surrounded by teammates, friends, and a fiance who support and love me and I think the more we surround ourselves in a community of positivity, the more these topics dissolve.

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Q: You’re always posting about plants + superfoods (love!). What’s your overall approach to eating to fuel you for your sport?

I love plants. I could honestly eat them for every meal and be satisfied. I want to give my body what it needs to perform at the best of my ability. The idea that my body is my job makes it crucial that I’m feeding it enough energy. I never want to feel like I’m tired, or not strong enough to get through a practice or a match. I’ve found that eating a plant based diet with eggs/fish a couple times a week has been the best combination for me. I think it’s important for people to discover what works for them. I know that meat hasn’t always sat well in my body and dairy has caused major acne problems and digestive problems for me. But again, this has been trial and error for a long time so it’s important for people to understand their own bodies. I don’t feel great when I eat sugar or gluten and that’s just me. However, I travel a lot and I think food is a huge way to connect or see a culture. I don’t restrict myself from trying things or experiencing new foods when I’m in these situations.

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Q: Mindset: How do you avoid getting into a negative head space when you find yourself becoming doubtful or not believing in yourself?

I write a lot. If this is happening I like to go home and write what I’m feeling and take some moments to ask myself why I’m feeling this and if it holds space in my life. Once I put that away, I leave it there and I move on. When we dwell on things it becomes all encompassing and it’s hard to move forward. The game of volleyball is played on mistakes and if don’t think about the next moment or play given, we are carrying that doubt or belief with us.

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Q: What advice would you give to your younger self?

Prioritize you. It sounds selfish, but I spent so many years of my life trying to make everyone else around me happy or satisfied. Whether it was coaches, teammates, friends, or family, everything I did was for someone or something else. I never really thought about me or what makes me happy or what sustains my life. Fast forward years later and I’m doing the work for the past four years on how to put myself first. At some point you just feel drained and I didn’t really know what were my own beliefs or what were beliefs I thought people wanted from me. I put a lot of emphasis on expectations of what people have of me and I’m working to let those expectations go. This has allowed me to be more present for the things in my life that really matter and as an athlete.

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Q: Having a companion to share the joys of your life with can elevate every experience you have. What relationship advice would you give to other women?

Be 100% yourself. I think as women we want to look a certain way, dress a certain way, or act in a way that will attract men. From the the start, with my fiance I have been myself and completely transparent and that has only made our relationship stronger. I also think it’s important to be open to learning. Both my fiance and I, continue to want to be better versions of ourselves. We do a lot of long distance which means discussing new ideas or topics or new interests we might be curious about. I’m so excited to share these things with him and make myself better and vise versa. I know that he has chosen me for 100% who I am and I have chosen him for the same reason. There’s total honesty, openness, and when things get really hard we are able to have strong communication.

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Q: When you seek inspiration, where do you go, what do you look at, who do you talk to?

I tend to feel my best when I’m outside. I love being in the water or surrounded by nature. When I need to clear my head or get perspective, I head immediately to the water or on a hike or just sit in the sun on my balcony. I also talk to my dad or my fiance a lot and I have a great relationship with our head coach of the USA team Karch Kiraly, so if I’m needing sport advice or even life advice these are people I turn to. I think being open to the messengers is such a great way to finding answers.

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Q: Your career and journey have been so inspiring to watch. What do you wish to be known for (your legacy)?

I don’t really think too much about legacy or inspiring people. I just want to live as authentically as possible and to connect with people all over the world. This is what sustains me and keeps me going. When people reach out, I find so much joy in it. I want to share with people that if we all can find ways of making ourselves better, than we can show up more positively for the people and the world around us. We can live fully with passion and our experiences whether positive or negative will be more powerful.

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Along with playing professional volleyball in Turkey these days, Kelsey runs a beautiful and motivating blog, Nom and Play. The girl is super human!

I’m currently reading one of her latest posts about self care; I absolutely relate to and love her perspective! Go check out her site as well as her social channels: Instagram & Twitter.

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I have this theory: everyone wants to FEEL GOOD, we each just go about it in different ways. Yet, the end (achievable) goal is the same. We do the best that we can with the information + feedback we have thus far in life and we strive to make our bodies feel vibrant and functional.

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Recruit the expertise of Brendan Vermeire, Certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, Mentor, and Clinical Advisor along with my ongoing health coaching by reaching out via e-mail to info@metabolicsolutionsllc.com. Next, do a happy dance + wait for a response to swoop into your mailbox.

We can’t wait to help you feel good!

Metabolic Detoxification using Life Extension Supplements

2018 thus far has most definitely been a year of regaining my health and focusing less on my performance in the gym. Though it’s funny–I’m finding those two components are actually pretty tightly linked.

In November of 2017, I did a heavy metal + parasite detox protocol that lasted several months. You can read about whole that experience here! But, it makes sense that after doing a detox, you shouldn’t just completely stop supporting your body and its many purification pathways. This is where these three Life Extension products come in!

So thankful to have been contacted by this team so join heads and discuss how to spread some good knowledge + experience in regards to metabolic detoxification (which is a fancier way of essentially helping your body to run more efficiently, down to the cellular level.)

Metabolic Detoxification Maintenance Protocol

SAMe (S- Adenosyl-Methionine)

About:

SAMe helps maintain stable mood and joint function without side effects. In addition, SAMe has multiple mechanisms of action that are used throughout the body, especially in the liver, which help maintain liver health. Largely known for its effects on optimal mood, SAMe has also shown benefits for the liver, brain, and joints.

Benefits at a glance:

  • Helps maintain stable mood
  • Helps maintain liver health
  • Helps maintain healthy joint function

Life Extension® first introduced SAMe (S-Adenosyl-Methionine) in 1997, and researchers continue to discover impressive benefits of this versatile nutrient.

SAMe is an amino acid derivative normally synthesized in the body that may become depleted with sickness or age. Supplementing with SAMe plus folate, trimethylglycine (TMG or betaine), vitamins B6 and B12 appears to be an effective way to overcome this deficiency.

SAMe is concentrated in the liver and brain and is a major methyl donor in the synthesis of hormones, nucleic acids, proteins, and phospholipids, and catecholamines and other neurotransmitters. SAMe is required for the synthesis of norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin.1-3 SAMe facilitates glutathione4,5 usage, which improves the body’s antioxidant defense. It also helps maintain acetylcholine levels6,7 which are necessary for cognitive function.

SAMe is used by the body in three important pathways:

  • Methylation (contributing methyl groups to activate certain molecules)8,9The synthesis of polyamines (for cell growth, gene expression, neuronal regeneration, etc.)10-13Trans-sulfuration (synthesis of cysteine, glutathione, and other sulfate chemicals)1,14,15European Milk Thistle

About:

European Milk Thistle with Advanced Phospholipid Delivery is a potent weapon to support liver health. Milk thistle optimizes liver function and supports the body’s natural detoxification pathways and is safe for daily use.

Benefits at a Glance

  • Promotes liver health
  • Optimizes liver function and supports the body’ natural detoxification pathways
  • Advanced phospholipid delivery system increases active compounds in the liver
  • Provides standardized concentrations of silybin and isosilybin A and B not found in other milk thistle extracts

Powerfully Supports Liver Health

The active extract of milk thistle, called silymarin, is a mixture of flavonolignans, and includes silydianin, silychristin, and silybin, with silybin being the most biologically active.1Silymarin has shown to be one of the most potent substances in promoting liver health. Its main benefits appear to be support of healthy DNA function, stabilization of plasma membranes, and stimulation of liver cells.2-6 It has also been shown to inhibit lipid peroxidation and inhibit glutathione depletion induced by liver toxins, even increasing total glutathione levels in the liver by 63%  over controls.7Artichoke Leaf Extract

About:

Artichoke Leaf Extract is made from the long, serrated basal leaves of the plant, which contain the highest concentration of biologically active compounds. These compounds have displayed the ability to maintain healthy digestion and liver function.1-9Chlorogenic acid and cynarin are two of the active compounds found in this extract. Chlorogenic acid positively affects glucose levels in the body in those already within normal range and may support healthy body weight.10-13 The compound cynarin, which is found almost exclusively in artichokes, may support digestion and maintain cholesterol levels already within a healthy range.14-22Those who may benefit from these natural compounds may want to add Artichoke Leaf Extract to their supplement regimen. Some people will take one capsule with meals that contain fat to facilitate digestion.

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My Experience

My focus with keeping up my body’s detoxified state is to supplement smart and eat mindfully + clean. I’ve been taking this trio as directed every day, and I feel like I’m reaching new heights of health, all things considered. That sounds corny, I get it–but actually FEELING GOOD is priceless and is reason to celebrate.

I’ve learned that long term health is a result of continuous and consistent commitment to putting good things into your body and living an active lifestyle (this doesn’t have to mean hours in the gym–the key is to break a sweat daily).

With boatloads of supplements out there, I get that it’s overwhelming to choose what’s right for you. In my case, I knew through visiting a Naturopath that my liver was burdened and needed some support. These 3 products are intended for that purpose, so it was a no brainer. It’s not about taking a bazillion supplements; it’s about supplementing smarter, not harder.

Detoxification is not just a buzz word; it’s a process that our body constantly undergoes to make sure all cylinders are firing off. Keep that in mind when you’re shopping for supplements. Everyone can benefit from supporting their liver, as it’s a key gatekeeper for hormone production, women’s health (+ menstrual cycles) and even plays a role in athletic performance.

I found these three products to work very well in combination with one another. Benefits I felt included clearer skin, overall increased energy as well as some fat loss, to boot.

Life Extension has a huge store full of products and it’s fun to shop around. They’re also active on social media, so hit them with a follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

* These products have been generously provided to me in exchange for my thoughts + sharing my experience.

Life Equals Ambassadorship + Discount Code!

When I first moved to Kansas City, I linked up with the owners of Life Equals and did a blog review on a few of their products at the time–not knowing that a few years down the road I would be a Balance Your Life Team Member (demo girl) and Ambassador!

So here I am, a few years later, revisiting this local brand and the new stuff they’ve got going!

This brand is taking care of my daily needs in various ways. Nutrition on-the-go? Check. Brain-boosting and recovery enhancing fish oil? Check. A women’s multi that keeps me healthy and beaming? Checkity check check check. They value quality and an overall state of BUMPIN vitality. I so dig the lifestyle they promote.

Curious about more product-specific deets? Check out the breakdowns below.

Use code Jes50 at checkout!

These are the Life Equals products I’m currently using:

Balance: The Superfood Shot

About:

Balance is two ounces of delicious, 100% organic pineapple, lemon, carrot, beet, cranberry, blueberry, cherry, spinach, kale, acai berry, camu camu, goji berry, elderberry and dragon fruit (with a little turmeric thrown in). This convenient, recyclable bottle is a half day’s fruits and vegetables that goes anywhere you are and provides you with all of the missing nutrients your body craves and deserves.

-Provides 1/2 your day’s fruits & veggies.

-100% Organic and Non-GMO

-No Added Sugar & No Preservatives.

-Goes Anywhere

-Nutrient Dense & Antioxidant Rich

Women’s Multi

About:

-Whole-food based vitamins and minerals to help fill daily nutritional gaps

-Superfood whole-food and Herbal Blend further promotes maximum absorption

-Plant-based Digestive Enzyme Complex to support happy digestion

-Full B-Complex, including vitamin B12 to maintain daily energy levels

-Non-constipating iron to boost energy and help prevent anemia

Omega-3

About:

-Sustainably sourced wild-caught Omega-3s (2000mg) per serving

-Powerful 2:1 ratio of EPA (800mg) and DHA (400mg)

-Protects inflammation caused by the Standard American Diet (SAD)

-Cold-pressed and enteric coated — so no fish burps

-Supports a healthy heart, limber joints and a sharp mind

Use code Jes50 at checkout!

 

 

I have a New Instagram Account!

Hey ROO Fam! Just dropping into your inbox to with a quick line to update you that I have a new Instagram account! In the past I’ve had various usernames: JesJup9, JesJupRun, JesRunOnOrganic and now…..

It’s just @RunOnOrganic!

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Head on over, gimme a follow + leave me a comment! I can’t wait to connect with all of you again!

xoxo

Make Good Use of Your Pulse,

Jes

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