Genetic Expression and MTHFR with Dr. Kendra Becker - Ep. 038

Have you always wondered what MTHFR means? Today is your lucky day! Welcome the The Tiny Fit Diva Podcast with your host Kylene Terhune! Today Dr. Kendra Becker is joining us on the show. She’s an Integrated Physician practicing in Waterford, Connecticut specializing in the MTHFR gene mutation, Fertility, Autism, Asthma, Allergies and Atopy (eczema).

Today’s episode is all about keeping healing at home! She began her career in medicine as a nurse before shifting to a Naturopathic education. Her practice focuses on individuality, pediatrics, and using Epigenetics (the study the environment’s influence on your genes to diagnose and treat). 

Genes can show whether you have a susceptibility to pesticides, wifi, certain chemicals, anesthesia or pharmaceuticals. This comes down to knowing if you have a sensitivity to and a difficulty processing toxins. Some people do have the ability to detox, so they can get away with eating processed goods like PopTarts. An activated MTHFR, though, means you’ll likely have trouble with Methylation (effectively elimination toxins from the body).

Everyone has a bucket to hold toxins that it can’t process and release, and once that bucket gets full, you’ll start to show symptoms of poor health. Everybody is different. 

Dr. Kendra Becker can help you find out if there is something in your genetic pre-disposition that she could support so that you can live the healthiest life possible based on your environment or help you know how to change your exposures or environment to support your genetics. And, just because you have a certain gene doesn’t mean it’s activated or turned on. The genetics load the gun but the environment pulls the trigger.

Dr. Kendra Becker has also written two books:

A Delicious Way to Heal the Gut https://www.amazon.com/Delicious-Way-Heal-Gut-Beckers/dp/1519282370/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1539022477&sr=8-1&keywords=a+delicious+way+to+heal+the+gut

All You CAN Eat https://www.amazon.com/All-You-CAN-Kendra-Becker/dp/1732297401/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1539022527&sr=8-1&keywords=all+you+can+eat+kendra+becker

Kylene and Kendra then discuss the recent studies showing links between the MTHFR gene and Down Syndrome. It completely makes sense that if you’re more susceptible to toxicity that we should be able to find this out so we can limit exposure.

Kendra talks about her stance on supplements and how they’re not her go-to solution most of the time. For example, if you’re too sensitive to take b12 and folate she knows how to prime the body to be able to absorb those better so you don’t feel sick. You have to introduce things gradually so the person can handle it mentally and their cells can handle it.

Links for today’s episode:

drkendrabecker.com

Be sure to take advantage of Kylene’s free recipe book: 21 Meals in 21 Minutes https://www.thetinyfitdiva.com/21-meals-in-21-minutes

The Tiny Fit Diva Podcast teaches you how to balance your hormones, eat what you want, release the guilt, and have freedom mentally and physically from the restrictive mentality of dieting. Your host, Kylene “The Tiny Fit Diva,” is the right person to help you do it! She is a personal trainer, online health coach, wife, stepmom and a certified FDN practitioner. It’s Kylene's passion to help you achieve and claim your optimum health. 

Health * Hormones * Happiness

Email Kylene at kylenet@thetinyfitdiva.com

The Autoimmune Protocol With Angie Alt - Ep. 037

Welcome to The Tiny Fit Diva Podcast with your host Kylene Terhune! Today in Episode 37 Kylene welcomes Angie Alt. She’s a teacher, an autoimmune warrior and the author of The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook: Eating for all Phases of the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol.

The Autoimmune Protocol is intense. If you’re considering a 30, 60 or 90 day elimination phase our episode today will be super helpful.

Angie Alt endured several health issues including Lichen Sclerosus, Endometriosis and Secondary Infertility over the course of 11 years before she discovered the Autoimmune Protocol by reading Sarah Ballantyne’s blog The Paleo Mom.

Puberty, pregnancy, post partum and menopause are the higher-risk times of a woman’s life to develop an autoimmune disorder. This is due to the hormone changes that women undergo.

If you’re curious about prevention you can focus on sleep, eliminating stress and consuming nutrient-dense foods, but don’t think that you’re guilty of brining on an autoimmune disorder yourself if you haven’t always followed these prevention practices. 

Let’s get down to the brass tacks. AIP means no grains, legumes, dairy, eggs, nuts, seeds, chocolate, coffee, night shades. (tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, etc.) 

AIP means yes to bone broth, fish, shell fish, organ meats, fermented foods, and more vegetables than a vegetarian. AIP means good sleep and stress management.

Should you begin your elimination phase slow and steady or go cold turkey? Kylene and Angie discuss how you can know which style is for you.

Go easy on yourself when you experience and struggle with sugar cravings. Don’t expect perfection.

Eat regularly because when you have low blood sugar you cannot easily out-will-power your body’s biology and the cravings. 

Then, there’s the reintroduction phase. This is when you carefully try one food at a time and watch for reactions. 

And lastly, Kylene and Angie answer listener questions about the autoimmune protocol, giving us even more insight into living with an autoimmune disorder.

Links for today’s episode:

Angie Alt’s Website: autoimmunewellness.com

Look for her on Facebook and Instagram as Autoimmune Wellness

Angie Alt’s Book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24454069-the-alternative-autoimmune-cookbook

The Paleo Mom: https://www.thepaleomom.com/about/about-sarah/?cn-reloaded=1


Don’t forget to download Kylene’s free guide: 5 Steps to Crushing Your PMS which you can find at www.thetinyfitdiva.com 


The Tiny Fit Diva Podcast teaches you how to balance your hormones, eat what you want, release the guilt, and have freedom mentally and physically from the restrictive mentality of dieting. Your host, Kylene “The Tiny Fit Diva,” is the right person to help you do it! She is a personal trainer, online health coach, wife, stepmom and a certified FDN practitioner. It’s Kylene's passion to help you achieve and claim your optimum health. 

Health * Hormones * Happiness

Email Kylene at kylenet@thetinyfitdiva.com

Your Longevity Blueprint With Dr. Stephanie Gray - Ep. 036

Hello and Good morning from The Tiny Fit Diva Podcast! Today your host Kylene Terhune is bringing you Episode 36 where she welcomes Dr. Stephanie Gray, author of the book Your Longevity Blueprint. She’s also the owner of the Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic in Hiawatha, Iowa where she practices medicine and offers the most progressive functional medical testing options. Today she and Kylene dive deep into gut, hormone, and detox health.

Dr. Stephanie Gray tells us about her own health journey. She began to experience episodes of Tachycardia and learned for herself the importance of stress management. Kylene points out that our culture glorifies stress-inducing behaviors like staying up late and pushing through the day with coffee. The truth is that ignoring your body’s message to you that you’re tired is the main cause of many health problems.

Conventional medicine can be compared to the fire department. Their arsenal includes drugs or surgery. Dr. Stephanie Gray wanted to get to the root of her Tachycardia and not just submit to drug treatments indefinitely. Functional medicine tries to get to the root of the problem. That’s exactly why her husband and office manager encouraged her to write a book to clarify what she can do at her clinic to help patients get to the root cause of their problems, too.

Links for today’s episode:

Get 10% off Stephanie's book and other purchases when you visit: www.yourlongevityblueprint.com/tinyfitdiva

Don’t forget to download Kylene’s free guide: 5 Steps to Crushing Your PMS which you can find at www.thetinyfitdiva.com 

The Tiny Fit Diva Podcast teaches you how to balance your hormones, eat what you want, release the guilt, and have freedom mentally and physically from the restrictive mentality of dieting. Your host, Kylene “The Tiny Fit Diva,” is the right person to help you do it! She is a personal trainer, online health coach, wife, stepmom and a certified FDN practitioner. It’s Kylene's passion to help you achieve and claim your optimum health. 

Health * Hormones * Happiness

Email Kylene at kylenet@thetinyfitdiva.com

Hacking Your Genetics With Erika Gray From Toolbox Genomics - Ep. 035

Good morning and welcome to The Tiny Fit Diva Podcast! Today your host Kylene Terhune is bringing you episode 35 where she chats with Erika Gray from Toolbox Genomics. Usually, in pursuit of good health, we encounter more questions than answers. That’s why it’s absolutely incredible to be able to look at your actual genetics to solve the mysteries about how your unique body functions.

Listen in to learn how genetic testing can change the way you take care of yourself.

Links for today’s episode:

https://www.toolboxgenomics.com/

https://sequencing.com/

Don’t forget to download Kylene’s free guide: 5 Steps to Crushing Your PMS which you can find at www.thetinyfitdiva.com 

The Tiny Fit Diva Podcast teaches you how to balance your hormones, eat what you want, release the guilt, and have freedom mentally and physically from the restrictive mentality of dieting. Your host, Kylene “The Tiny Fit Diva,” is the right person to help you do it! She is a personal trainer, online health coach, wife, stepmom and a certified FDN practitioner. It’s Kylene's passion to help you achieve and claim your optimum health. 

Health * Hormones * Happiness

Email Kylene at kylenet@thetinyfitdiva.com

Getting Your Kids in the Kitchen With Katie Kimball - Ep. 034

Good morning and welcome to The Tiny Fit Diva Podcast! Today your host Kylene Terhune is bringing you episode 34 where she chats with Katie Kimball about how to get kids on board with good nutrition. 


It’s no secret that kids have a reputation for being picky eaters. Not all, but most kids tend to be weary of trying new foods. Katie Kimball has figured out some amazing tips to help kids get in the kitchen, as helpers and tasters. Thanks for tuning in!


Check out Katie Kimball at: 

www.kidscookrealfood.com/diva


Don’t forget to download Kylene’s free guide: 5 Steps to Crushing Your PMS which you can find at www.thetinyfitdiva.com 


The Tiny Fit Diva Podcast teaches you how to balance your hormones, eat what you want, release the guilt, and have freedom mentally and physically from the restrictive mentality of dieting. Your host, Kylene “The Tiny Fit Diva,” is the right person to help you do it! She is a personal trainer, online health coach, wife, stepmom and a certified FDN practitioner. It’s Kylene's passion to help you achieve and claim your optimum health. 

Health * Hormones * Happiness

Email Kylene at kylenet@thetinyfitdiva.com

F is for Fluoride with Melissa Gallico - Ep. 033

Welcome to Episode 033 of The Tiny Fit Diva Podcast, featuring your host Kylene Terhune! Today Kylene welcomes guest Melissa Gallico to help us understand the effects of fluoride. Join us for a fascinating and cautionary conversation.

 

Check out Melissa’s books: 

“F is for Fluoride” https://amzn.to/2O7Vmy0 

 

and 

 

“The Hidden Cause of Acne”

www.hiddencauseofacne.com

 

Don’t forget to download Kylene’s free guide: 5 Steps to Crushing Your PMS which you can find at www.thetinyfitdiva.com 

 

The Tiny Fit Diva Podcast teaches you how to balance your hormones, eat what you want, release the guilt, and have freedom mentally and physically from the restrictive mentality of dieting. Your host, Kylene “The Tiny Fit Diva,” is the right person to help you do it! She is a personal trainer, online health coach, wife, stepmom and a certified FDN practitioner. It’s Kylene's passion to help you achieve and claim your optimum health. 

Health * Hormones * Happiness

Email Kylene at kylenet@thetinyfitdiva.com

Brain Health in Children With Nick Hundley - Ep. 032

Welcome to Episode 032 of The Tiny Fit Diva Podcast, featuring your host Kylene Terhune! Today Kylene welcomes guest Nick Hundley to teach us about the factors that influence brain health in children. Tune in for an in-depth discussion of nutrition, lab testing and childhood development.

 

Isolating certain food sensitivities can be tricky, especially for children, but it’s so amazing to finally learn how to help your body feel good. Eliminating from your diet foods that cause inflammation or disrupt brain function can make a world of difference when it comes to learning disabilities and other health challenges.

 

Kylene and Nick walk us through how to manage an elimination diet with children and how to get lab testing to identify the underlying causes of your child’s symptoms. 

 

You can learn more about Nick Hundley’s practice in Salt Lake City by clicking here:

https://mindwhale.com/ and his courses by clicking here: https://fxwellness.com/join-now/

 

Don’t forget to download Kylene’s free guide: 5 Steps to Crushing Your PMS which you can find at www.thetinyfitdiva.com 

 

The Tiny Fit Diva Podcast teaches you how to balance your hormones, eat what you want, release the guilt, and have freedom mentally and physically from the restrictive mentality of dieting. Your host, Kylene “The Tiny Fit Diva,” is the right person to help you do it! She is a personal trainer, online health coach, wife, stepmom and a certified FDN practitioner. It’s Kylene's passion to help you achieve and claim your optimum health. 

Health * Hormones * Happiness

Email Kylene at kylenet@thetinyfitdiva.com

All About Hashimoto's With Guillermo Ruiz - Ep. 031

Welcome to Episode 031 of The Tiny Fit Diva Podcast, featuring your host Kylene Terhune. Today Kylene welcomes guest Guillermo Ruiz to teach us how to reverse the symptoms of Hashimoto’s Disease and live a healthy life, even with an autoimmunity. 

 

Hashimoto’s Disease is an autoimmune disorder where your immune system attacks your thyroid. Once your body has shown that it has the ability to attack itself, it will always have that ability. While there may not be a cure for Hashimoto’s there are many ways to support your body and reverse some of the symptoms you’re facing.

 

Of course, nutrition is going to be really high up on that list of treatment plans. Listen in for specific guidelines to follow, and more importantly, a mindset to adopt when caring for yourself long term. Learn how to avoid orthorexia, a compulsion to obsess over healthy eating, and simply make a habit out of eating nutrient-rich foods. 

 

If you want to watch Kylene and Guillermo and join in on the fun you can check out the video of today’s interview here: https://youtu.be/DkO3T2arr40

 

Great links from today’s show:

 

Guillermo’s blog on how to select a practitioner: http://www.3030strong.com/news/2015/11/1/how-do-i-select-a-practitioner

 

Dr. Christianson's blog on Iodine:

http://drchristianson.com/how-much-iodine-do-you-need-for-thyroid-disease/

 

Reach out to Guillermo’s at 480-657-0003 for a free 15 minute consult.

 

Follow Guillermo on his:

 

 

  

 

Don’t forget to download Kylene’s free guide: 5 Steps to Crushing Your PMS which you can find at www.thetinyfitdiva.com 

 

The Tiny Fit Diva Podcast teaches you how to balance your hormones, eat what you want, release the guilt, and have freedom mentally and physically from the restrictive mentality of dieting. Your host, Kylene “The Tiny Fit Diva,” is the right person to help you do it! She is a personal trainer, online health coach, wife, stepmom and a certified FDN practitioner. It’s Kylene's passion to help you achieve and claim your optimum health. 

Health * Hormones * Happiness

Email Kylene at kylenet@thetinyfitdiva.com

What’s in YOUR Sunscreen? - Ep. 030

Welcome to Episode 030 of The Tiny Fit Diva Podcast, featuring your host Kylene Terhune. This podcast teaches you how to balance your hormones, eat what you want, release the guilt, and have freedom from the restrictive mentality of dieting. Today’s episode hits close to home. We’re talking about sunscreen with special guest Guerry Grune. He’s a surfer, PhD Chemical Engineer and patent holder on the safest sunscreen you can get your hands on! 

 

We’ve all heard that regular sunscreen is chock-full of harmful ingredients, but without really knowing exactly why it’s so bad for us or what our alternatives are, we just keep using it.

 

Guerry and Kylene break it down in simple-to-understand terms so that we can learn for ourselves why regular sunscreen is harmful. The ingredients that you are smearing all over the largest organ of your body are endocrine disrupting, hormone mimicking and they interfere with your body’s natural detoxification processes like urination and perspiration. 

 

Learn about how UVA and UVB rays really affect your skin and how evaporation plays into a sunscreen’s effectiveness. Also for those of you who’ve heard of muscle testing, you’ll be amazed to hear how important packaging is.

 

Check out the video of today’s interview on Youtube: https://youtu.be/uE6fNWtJsjU

 

You can buy 3rdRock Sunscreen and other skincare products here: www.3rdrockessentials.com  Use the discount CODE: 3rdrock

 

Don’t forget to download Kylene’s free guide: 5 Steps to Crushing Your PMS which you can find at www.thetinyfitdiva.com 

 

The Tiny Fit Diva Podcast teaches you how to balance your hormones, eat what you want, release the guilt, and have freedom mentally and physically from the restrictive mentality of dieting. Your host, Kylene “The Tiny Fit Diva,” is the right person to help you do it! She is a personal trainer, online health coach, wife, stepmom and a certified FDN practitioner. It’s Kylene's passion to help you achieve and claim your optimum health. 

Health * Hormones * Happiness

Email Kylene at kylenet@thetinyfitdiva.com

Kylene Terhune
Your Fitness Prescription With Igor Klibanov - Ep. 029

Welcome to the Tiny Fit Diva Podcast Episode 29! Your favorite FDNP Kylene Terhune introduces a wonderful guest today who can teach you how to discover your personalized exercise plan. Meet Igor Klibanov who is a successful personal trainer and author of the book “Stop Exercising the Way You’re Doing it Now.”

 
 

 

Diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis and osteoporosis are chronic conditions that each tell us something about the way your body can gain the optimal benefits from exercise. This exercise prescription is called: FITT. Igor looks at: frequency, intensity, time, and type.

 

We need both strength training and cardio. Do you ever wonder, “What’s the right number of reps for me?” or, when doing cardio, “What kind of intervals are right for me?” Igor and Kylene discuss the best exercise plans for people with various chronic conditions.

 

 

We can also look at conditions like anxiety and depression. High intensity work outs make anxiety worse

and makes depression better. That’s good to know!

 

The bottom line is that, if you do it right exercise will physically and neurologically stimulate you in a way that is healing you and healthy for your body. 

 

When you go home from the gym, remember the 1:23 Rule. Make sure your lifestyle supports what you do in the gym as opposed to sabotaging it. 

 

Let’s look at hormones for cycling women: 

 

In the Follicular phase (days 1-14) estrogen is higher. You’re stronger and you can work out with a little more intensity. 

 

In the Luteal phase (days 15-28) progesterone is higher. This means that metabolism is higher, but keep in mind that cravings are also a little stronger. The last week of the cycle is when you may see PMS symptoms like cramps and mood changes. Exercise injury rates are higher now because elastin is released which looses ligaments. Don’t do intensive work outs or heavy weight training now; just cardio and light strength training.

 

Here’s where things can be uniquely tailored to your body. You have a biological signature and where you store your body fat tells us about your hormone profile. For example here are a few locations on the body and their corresponding hormones:

 

Triceps - testosterone

Upper back and love handles - insulin

Ribs - thyroid

Stomach - cortisol

Knee and calf - growth hormone

Quads, hamstrings, (essentially thighs) - estrogen

 

When working with clients, Igor finds out which three areas of the body are relatively higher in fat than other areas of your body. That’s how Igor can use your biological signature to design your personalized exercise plan.

 

Here’s an example of another interesting way your biological signature informs your optimal health. You can measure the fat between your shoulder blades to see how many carbohydrates you can tolerate.The more fat you have there, the fewer carbs you can tolerate. The less fat your have there the more carbs you can tolerate.

 

That leads us to the big question: Is spot fat reduction possible? Yes it is! Listen in to learn how to tailor your exercise routine to target fat on the areas of your body that need it the most!

 

 

 

Links:

 

Video of today’s interview:

https://youtu.be/RcGALnmG3N8

 

Igor’s Book: Stopexercisingbook.com

 

Igor’s Special link for Kylene’s Listeners: FitnessSolutionsPlus.ca/women

 

Get help with chronic conditions like diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure and Osteoporosis: FitnessSolutionsPlus.ca/chronic-condition

 

Find Igor Facebook Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/igor.klibanov

 

Don’t forget to download Kylene’s free guide: 5 Steps to Crushing Your PMS which you can find at www.thetinyfitdiva.com 

 

The Tiny Fit Diva Podcast teaches you how to balance your hormones, eat what you want, release the guilt, and have freedom mentally and physically from the restrictive mentality of dieting. Your host, Kylene “The Tiny Fit Diva,” is the right person to help you do it! She is a personal trainer, online health coach, wife, stepmom and a certified FDN practitioner. It’s Kylene's passion to help you achieve and claim your optimum health. 

Health * Hormones * Happiness

Email Kylene at kylenet@thetinyfitdiva.com

Neural Muscular Therapy and Gut Heath Test Results - Ep. 028

Welcome to the Tiny Fit Diva Podcast Episode 28! You’re going to love today’s show. As a special treat, we’re featuring two fascinating health topics. 

First, Kylene Terhune has invited Erin Clarke back to the podcast. She can check out her first Tiny Fit Diva appearance on Episode 11. This time she’s here to talk about Neural Muscular Therapy. Listen in for information on how to heal sports injuries, care for your muscle groups and how to use hot and cold temperatures properly.

Second, Kylene gives us an inside look into how gut health test results work, analyzing stool testing findings, before and after a 6-month-long protocol. The results from stool testing are incredible. There is so much that you can learn about your body by looking at the digestive system. The bacteria in your gut can make or break your chances at building a healthy immune system, having energy and losing weight. The answers to some of the toughest questions are right here. You just have to look and listen to what you body is telling you!

Don’t forget to download Kylene’s free guide: 5 Steps to Crushing Your PMS which you can find at www.thetinyfitdiva.com 

The Tiny Fit Diva Podcast teaches you how to balance your hormones, eat what you want, release the guilt, and have freedom mentally and physically from the restrictive mentality of dieting. Your host, Kylene “The Tiny Fit Diva,” is the right person to help you do it! She is a personal trainer, online health coach, wife, stepmom and a certified FDN practitioner. It’s Kylene's passion to help you achieve and claim your optimum health. 

Health * Hormones * Happiness

Email Kylene at kylenet@thetinyfitdiva.com

Pregnancy, Allergies, Probiotics and more with Clinical Pharmacist Melody Hartzler - Ep. 027

Welcome to the Tiny Fit Diva Podcast! Kylene Terhune is your personal Functional Diagnostic Nutritional Practitioner and she’s brought a fantastic guest to the show today. Meet Melody Hartzler, a Clinical Pharmacist and probiotic expert! Today on Episode 27 Kylene and Melody dive deep into allergies, probiotics and supplementation, with extra-helpful information for moms and babies, too!

 

Gut health can require a bit of management to keep strong and balanced. Luckily for children, gut health can be restored pretty quickly because they don’t have as many years of damage to recover from, like some adults do.

 

First, let’s look at what pregnant moms can do for their baby. Studies are showing that mothers who have enough Omega 3s and Vitamin D tend to have children with fewer allergic disorders and wheezing. We know that Folic Acid and Folate are essential, but be sure to find out if you have the MTHFR gene, which would mean that you’ll need to take Methylated Folate instead of regular Folate.

 

Now, once the baby is born we can talk about how to best support the baby’s gut health through either breastfeeding or other great practices. Depending on your situation, you may be planning to breastfeed or you may be planning to use formula. If you can’t breastfeed, rest assured Melody has some super-healthy things you can do for your baby, too. If you’re on the fence, it may be worthwhile to try to breastfeed because babies are born with a leaky gut, (since they need to get proteins absorbed through their gut lining) and breastmilk has Pre-biotics which decrease the risk of allergies and asthma.

 

For Vitamin D for infants and toddlers, you can supplement safely with Gummy Sun Dots which contain Polypodium Leucotomos, a fern extract.

 

For Probiotics for infants, toddlers and women check out Klaire Labs products.

 

Kylene and Melody also discuss possibly correlations between the Lip-and-Tongue-Tie-Connection and other allergies and gut conditions.

 

You can find Melody at https://pharmtotable.life/

Follow her on Facebook!  https://www.facebook.com/PharmtoTable.Life/

To see today’s interview check out the video: https://youtu.be/tkekF-yBu2g

 

Don’t forget to download Kylene’s free guide: 5 Steps to Crushing Your PMS which you can find at www.thetinyfitdiva.com 

 

The Tiny Fit Diva Podcast teaches you how to balance your hormones, eat what you want, release the guilt, and have freedom mentally and physically from the restrictive mentality of dieting. Your host, Kylene “The Tiny Fit Diva,” is the right person to help you do it! She is a personal trainer, online health coach, wife, stepmom and a certified FDN practitioner. It’s Kylene's passion to help you achieve and claim your optimum health. 

Health * Hormones * Happiness

Email Kylene at kylenet@thetinyfitdiva.com

Personalized Massage Therapy with Casey Hamby - Ep. 026

Welcome to the Tiny Fit Diva Podcast! Today your host Kylene Terhune welcomes special guest Casey Hamby to discuss the absolute best form of self care: the kind you do at the spa! That’s right  -  it’s spa day here on the podcast!

 

Self care is so important to your overall health. How many times have we heard that we need to put ourselves first? Relaxation won’t happen on its own. Casey and Kylene recommend actually scheduling time for self care. Let yourself breathe and relax. To help set the mood you can apply lavender oil to a cotton ball and keep it nearby.

 

Casey Hamby has been a massage therapist since 2002. She is the manager at Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa in Dayton, Ohio. They offer so many wonderful treatments including hot stone massage, cold stone facials, aromatherapy, waxing, peels and LED light treatments.

 

Today we talk about how to reduce your stress at home and work. Casey shares some amazing tips for dealing with pregnancy and postpartum. There are also some great spa treatments that can offer serious relief with allergies and sinus issues. 

 

Hydration is so important. A good massage therapist can tell from the way your skin and muscles feel and look how hydrated you are. Learn from a pro how massages work and how facials work and how estheticians work your skin from the inside out.

 

Check out Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/handandstonedayton/ 

Casey is also on Instagram and Youtube. 

 

Don’t forget to download Kylene’s free guide: 5 Steps to Crushing Your PMS which you can find at www.thetinyfitdiva.com 

 

The Tiny Fit Diva Podcast teaches you how to balance your hormones, eat what you want, release the guilt, and have freedom mentally and physically from the restrictive mentality of dieting. Your host, Kylene “The Tiny Fit Diva,” is the right person to help you do it! She is a personal trainer, online health coach, wife, stepmom and a certified FDN practitioner. It’s Kylene's passion to help you achieve and claim your optimum health. 

Health * Hormones * Happiness

Email Kylene at kylenet@thetinyfitdiva.com

Stephanie Llacuna on Toxin-Free Living - Ep. 025

Welcome to The Tiny Fit Diva Podcast Episode 25 where your host Kylene Terhune is introducing us to another amazing guest to talk about healthy living! This week we’re focusing on toxin-free living. There are some things that we cannot control about our environments, but for the things we can control, like food and skincare products, we should try to limit our exposure to harmful chemicals. We want to be smart about this, though and not just fall for clever marketing campaigns.

 

Green washing is when a label tries to represent a food or a cleaning product as more healthy than it really is. If the terms “clean” or “organic” are used on a label, we may assume it’s toxin free, but it if you look at the ingredients you’ll see pernicious things.

 

Here are some tips to detox your environment:

 

The priority needs to be switching to an aluminum-free deodorant. Be patient as you find one that works with your body chemistry. Next, find a Flouride-free toothpaste.

 

Watch out for weed killer. Vinegar is great and there are some great baking soda alternatives, too.

 

For inside cleaning there is a cleaning version of vinegar that doesn’t smell as bad. 

 

Watch out for sunscreen that contains Oxybenzone and Octinoxate. A good zinc-based sunscreen is better, and avoid the spray-on sunscreens that expose you to breathing in those fumes.

 

If a product label lists “fragrance” or “natural flavors,” beware, as this can be referring to a multitude of unlisted ingredients. 

 

These days we may not have as much acute illness as people did two hundred years ago but we have a lot more chronic illness. Toxins assault us all day everyday so it’s no wonder. This is great information to try to protect ourselves.

 

Here are some tried and true recipes from Stephanie Llacuna:

 

Toxin-Free Weed Spray

1 Gallon Vinegar

2 Cups Epsom Salt

½ Cup (Toxin-free) Dish Soap 

 

Armpit Detox/Care

  • Bentonite Clay Armpit (or face) Mask

-1 TBSP Bentonite clay

-2 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar

-Water (enough to get the right consistency)

-Mix in a non-metal bowl with a non-metal utensil.

-Apply to armpits and let dry for 5-10 min. Wash off. 

  • Activated charcoal soap (any brand)-helps to pull-out toxins while transitioning to a toxin-free deodorant.
  • For relief of itching/irritation/rashes caused by built-up toxins reacting with baking soda in natural deodorants, apply coconut oil and aloe vera as needed.

 

Resources

Estrogen and Your Liver - Ep. 024

Welcome to The Tiny Fit Diva Podcast Episode 024! Today Kylene’s episode is chock-full of helpful knowledge about how hormones work!

 

She’s teaching how your liver affects your hormones. We think of the liver as the detoxification organ. It flushes out heavy metals, toxins that you’re exposed to in the air (even hairspray), pesticides in your food, and even caffeine in your diet. 

 

The liver also does this same cleansing with your hormones. The liver is where your hormone metabolism occurs. There, the hormones can be activated into other compounds or deactivated and excreted from the body.

 

Kylene’s hormone testing takes a very close look at the sex hormones. She works with clients all over the country to order the simple lab tests which can be done at any clinic. Then, she reads the results and carefully corrects any imbalances you have. Here’s the skinny on some of the levels she’s looking for:

 

Estradiol is the main estrogen produced by the ovaries in pre-menopausal women and the second primary estrogen in men.

 

Estrone is the main estrogen in post-menopausal women and the primary source of estrogen in men.

 

Estriol is the estrogen that takes priority when a women is pregnant because it is produced in large amounts by the placenta. 

 

If you have a sluggish or over-burdened liver, estrogen can build up in the body and you could become estrogen dominant. You might be estrogen dominant if you have noticed fluid retention, low libido, difficult PMS, mood swings, sleep disturbances or weight gain.

 

To support the liver, we want to address gut health. Supplementation to support the liver is great, but it’s best to reduce inflammation from the diet right from the get-go. And, the biggest sources of inflammation for most people are gluten, processed dairy and refined sugar. 

 

Here are a few more ways to support the liver:

 

Fiber helps bind chemicals and toxins to eliminate them from the system. Soluble and insoluble, alike. Now, you don’t need to eat whole grains to get fiber. In fact, please don’t eat whole grains. If you eat beans, vegetables, nuts and seeds you’re set on the fiber front.

 

White rice may actually be more healthy than brown rice because the brown rice still contains the hull and it tends to irritate the gut more in many people.

 

Avoid caffeine and alcohol. Seriously. 

 

Reduce exposure to aluminum. Try out some natural deodorants until you find one that works for you. Kylene uses Primal Pit Paste.

 

Don’t forget to download Kylene’s free guide: 5 Steps to Crushing Your PMS which you can find at www.thetinyfitdiva.com 

 

The Tiny Fit Diva Podcast teaches you how to balance your hormones, eat what you want, release the guilt, and have freedom mentally and physically from the restrictive mentality of dieting. Your host, Kylene “The Tiny Fit Diva,” is the right person to help you do it! She is a personal trainer, online health coach, wife, stepmom and a certified FDN practitioner. It’s Kylene's passion to help you achieve and claim your optimum health. 

Health * Hormones * Happiness

Email Kylene at kylenet@thetinyfitdiva.com