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How to thrive and SOAR during flu and head cold season

Winter is an easy time to get back in the gym and rediscover a fun class – A class that you may have forgotten how good it made you feel and give you great results at the same time.

 

I just rediscovered Bodyjam, a hip-hop dance class by Les Mills, available at many gyms all around the world. It was a dream of mine to become a Bodyjam instructor at 40, which I did, and the work involved in delivering that program was one of the hardest classes to deliver…ever!

 

But I am so happy to be in an area with Bodyjam classes, my cardio routines are happening weekly and my immune system is rocking and rolling like a well oiled machine.

 

It’s also high time for germ season, especially if you are hitting the gym!

 

I have been around friends and family and everywhere I turn they are suffering with their health, sinus drainage, coughing, and energy is running low.

 

It’s the flu and head cold season and I have seen my clients and loved ones in bed for days.

 

What can we do? I have a powerful winter tool kit I want to share with you.

 

Because quite honestly, I can feel that my system has been getting tested as well and my tried and true protocol worked again!

 

This is what I want for you too…so read below to learn more about what keeps you thriving in the winter months and let me know how it works for you.

 

Tools to beat the flu and head cold season every year:

 

  1. Organic Bone broth in the morning: Add kelp flakes for healthy iron and blood cell rejuvenation and a dash of sea salt. Fire and Kettle has soups with bone broth that are fantastic. You can use bone broth to heat up leftovers to maximize your daily intake.
  2. Warm bath with Epsom salts every night: 1 cup of salts, soak for at least 20 minutes, and watch something pleasurable like Matt Kahn’s video Soul Contracts and Twin Flames for some self love tips and laughter.
  3. Omega 3’s: I recommend plant-based because of the toxicity in our oceans.
  4. Hot beverages: Afternoon hot tea or a second cup of bone broth (not another cup of coffee). This warms your core temperature and allows your body to spend less energy on doing that and more energy on building your immunity.
  5. Wear a hat: Cover your head when you go outside…no really, your mom was right!
  6. Avoid top inflammatory foods: Stay away from gluten and sugar; sugar feeds inflammation, which feeds infection. If you need a snack, try popcorn with kelp flakes.
  7. Stay away from dairy: Dairy is highly inflammatory to our sinuses and creates mucus, which you are trying to eliminate. Ditch it until you are on the other side.
  8. Move your body daily: a 15 min walk may be all you need if you are fighting something but you can build resilience by having a regular routine. Also recognize when your body needs to rest and recover and when exercise would be beneficial.

 

I have saved the most powerful tip and tool for last…

 

A tool that I have been using for over 18 years to build my immune system from the inside out so that I can feel confident when I am around germs and trust that I can overcome.

 

I just realized how much I lean on this tool and how little I talk about it. In 18 years, I have never written a blog about it. WHAT WHAT?

 

It’s because some people have a negative reaction to any kind of network marketing, ok including myself, as I am approached almost everyday when folks find out I am a health coach.

 

But results are results, regardless of how a product is delivered.

 

25 years of research and billions of testimonies and hundreds of doctors will echo what I am about to share…and that’s that “it works”!

 

Think about it, if your immune system is compromised, you want to eat more whole foods right?

 

When you feel a cold coming on, you want to eat as many fruits and veggies as you can, free of pesticides and herbicides, and pack a punch of antioxidants to the body to fight off whatever is in the system causing inflammation.

 

And that’s what I have done…over and over on a daily basis for 18 years by taking a whole food supplement.

 

It’s not vitamins and minerals, its simply food in a capsule and I am a woman on the go and appreciate that!

 

I started taking Juice Plus+ at 28 years old when I discovered I had chronic fatigue and found I didn’t have the energy to even walk up a hill, much less climb a mountain, which was my passion. I was devastated.

 

I also grew up on processed foods and was addicted sugar and found myself on antibiotics 2-3 times per year for strep throat or bronchitis. I lived on Benadryl because I was allergic to everything from dust, rabbits, dogs, cats, dust, pollen, and ragweed.

 

I had over 52 tests on my body and I was allergic to everything and advised I would be taking allergy medications the rest of my life and that’s just the way it would be.

 

Well, that is just not the case. I am thriving, no antibiotics or allergy medication in 18 years! And gosh, I just realized I may not have ever shared this with you.

 

Now I don’t believe in a miracle pill that will “fix it all”. I have done a lot of work cleaning up my diet, balancing my hormones, finding a good chiropractor, managing my stress, and developing a spiritual practice that are all at play in our total well-being.

 

BUT, when it comes to fighting the flu, head colds, or stomach bugs…I simply double up on my regular dose of Juice Plus+ and follow my simple protocol above, and I slay the nasty infection dragons.

 

I don’t buy cough drops, syrups, Echinacea, or anything else. Juice Plus+ is already on hand, and I fly with it AND drive with it, in case I need it. And who doesn’t want something when you are on a plane surrounded by coughing and sneezing close neighbors.

 

I hope that you hear my passion about it, as my intention is to always support you with becoming the healthiest and happiest version of yourself.

 

I have had three new Juice Plus+ testimonies from clients in the last two weeks. Results such as having regular bowel movements after years of irregularity, sustained energy and mental clarity, and reduced cravings. One client with asthma finds himself on antibiotics every year at this time. His body got physically tested, he got tired, wore out, and he felt it coming.

 

But…he doubled up, and he had been taking it for a year, rebuilding his system on a cellular level. And he is now celebrating beating two sinus infections back to back over the last two winters. Now that’s results I want to share with you!

 

And this is what I want for you too.

 

So if you are struggling…check it out here. I only share because I care.

 

Love to hear your thoughts, please share any comments below.

 

Shannon Lee

The #1 Ingredient to Avoid in Sunscreen

I was enjoying a lovely dinner with a new friend and long time Colorado local…and might I add, she has beautiful and youthful skin. She shared a bit of shocking news with me, and that was that I had to wear sunscreen every day, even if I don’t leave the house!

Feeling a little uneducated, I combed the internet for highly researched products, and the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) website to find information that would serve me and my clients.

Here is what I know to be true…

The skin is our largest organ and protects us from everything that could cause us harm. It would make sense that anything we put on it would be quickly absorbed into our system and that we should do our best to apply only the best and toxic-free products!

Sunscreen is a unique body care product: consumers are directed to apply a thick coat over large areas of the body and reapply frequently. Thus, ingredients in sunscreen should not be irritating or cause skin allergies, and should be able to withstand powerful UV radiation without losing their effectiveness or forming potentially harmful breakdown products. People can potentially inhale ingredients in sunscreen sprays and ingest some of the ingredients they apply to their lips, so ingredients must not be harmful to lungs or internal organs. Further, sunscreens commonly include ingredients that act as “penetration enhancers” and help the product adhere to skin. As a result, many sunscreen chemicals are absorbed into the body and can be measured in blood, breast milk and urine samples. *Source – EWG

I also learned that damaging rays from the sun can actually come through the glass windows of your home and your car. So protecting your face, hands and any other areas exposed is of utmost importance.

What I love about the EWG website is that you can input your sunscreen brand and it will grade your product on where it rates with having potentially harmful ingredients.

After combing through recommendations and consulting several different experts in this area, I found a product that I love – Supergoop (Especially the travel size with the attached lip protection). I just got it for traveling and popping right in my purse or climbing bag so I can stick to my new habit of applying twice a day.

Top sun care tips that I didn’t know about good sunscreen practice:

  1. AVOID sunscreens with oxybenzone. The EWG has reviewed the existing data about human exposure and toxicity for the nine most commonly used sunscreen chemicals. The most worrisome is oxybenzone, which was added to nearly 65 percent of the non-mineral sunscreens in EWG’s 2018 sunscreen database. Oxybenzone can cause allergic skin reactions (Rodriguez 2006). In laboratory studies it is a weak estrogen and has potent anti-androgenic effects (Krause 2012, Ghazipura 2017). *Source – EWG
  2. You need to wear it even if you are not going outside. Who would have thunk?
  3. You must reapply! I think twice a day is an adequate dose, if you haven’t been using it all than once in the morning is better than none at all.
  4. You really want to use between SPF 30-50 on your face. I might be more apt to stick to SPF 30 on my face in North Carolina, but here SPF 50 is really necessary. And above and beyond that (SPF 70) is not necessary, and should be avoided, as recommended by the EWG.
  5. Hit your hands and face when you are behind the wheel.
  6. Vitamin C is raved about by so many dermatologists and experts in skin care because SO many research studies have shown that in the right form it can help reverse sun damage. BINGO, sign me up! After much research, this is the product that is the best bang for your buck – MAD HIPPIES.
  7. Want to take care of the crow’s feet by those sweet eyes? The eyes are the gateways to our soul and the tissue is unique and needs special attention…Avalon Eye cream.

Don’t beat yourself up for not knowing what you didn’t know…you learn everything right as you are ready to implement and understand. So jump on board and start taking care of that beautiful skin of yours! It’s never too late!

 

I would love to hear if you have any tips about sunscreen or favorite products! Leave a reply below or shoot me an email here.