Pillars of Wellness Part 4: Adventure

Adventure Girl Kayaking

Adventure, the final pillar of wellness is often the most overlooked and one of the most important pillars. Pillars 1, 2 and 3 are essential to health, adventure is all about thriving. You won’t be chasing your health and weight loss goals your entire life, eventually, you need another goal to chase. What will you do, what characteristics will you identify with once you achieve your health goals? Often the person we perceive and live as when we feel like garbage is a bit depressed, anxious, and little self-loathing.

Achieving your health and weight goals CAN help with this but often there is some of that former person still there. As you achieve your health goals, you need to think about what you want your life to be like afterward. If your body changes and your mind stays the same, you will likely slip into old habits as previous conditioning starts to come back into play. Ask yourself, “What the healthy, thriving version of you do and be like?” I would say the doing component is probably the most important.


Pillars of Wellness Part 2: Exercise

Woman Exercising

In pillars of wellness Part 2: Exercise we’ll discuss how to incorporate exercise and movement into your general wellness plan. The 2 basic pillars essential for developing optimal wellness would be nutrition and exercise/movement. For these pillars I’m not talking about highly specialized dietary recommendations or a daily brutal exercise routine, I want to introduce the basic building blocks that will eventually allow you to maintain wellness effortlessly.

Exercise should not be torture and choosing healthy food should not cause a panic attack. We’ve already discussed food, let’s move on to exercise. The goal with exercise is to discover how much you need, you shouldn’t be trying to do as much as possible. Once you’ve established how much exercise you can do without being in pain for a week or sustaining regular injuries, do that once a week and try easier exercises throughout the week.


9 Benefits of Fasting and How to Fast

Woman in Nature

Today, I will discuss 9 benefits of fasting and how to fast. This is my essential guide to fasting. In my previous article on detoxification, I mentioned that fasting is one of the best strategies you can do for detoxification. When we give our body a break from digesting and lower the growth signals, our body has a chance to breakdown damaged cells and remove toxins through lysosomes and autophagosomes. Without giving your body a break, it can be difficult for it to keep up with growth, repair, cell death, and cellular synthesis.

The various detox options available, all center around fasting. The master cleanse is a fast with lemon juice and cayenne pepper. A juice cleanse, is a fast while drinking vegetable juice. And so on. Really all you have to do is fast and there are numerous ways to do this based on your preference. All the various forms of fasting will provide similar benefits. This is something you can do daily, weekly, monthly or yearly depending on how you fast.


Phosphatidylserine – Brain Health and the Stress Response

Brain Health

Phosphatidylserine (PS) is part of every cell in the body and brain, supports the clearance of damaged cells and also supports the bi-lipid membrane of cells, supporting cell longevity. PS is most concentrated in the brain, followed by the liver, kidneys and testes/ovaries, all of which are where PS is internally produced (13).

PS is an important nutrient for managing every type of stress the body can experience. Researchers have found PS to blunt psychological stress and physiological stress in response to intense exercise and recovery from physical injury (2,3,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,17,18,19).