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Protect Yourself From Chlorine Toxicity

We LOVE our pool. It is a great way to beat the heat on these hot and humid summer days here in Oklahoma. I have even been able to move my exercise programs to the pool which has been a great transition.

With MTHFR in my family, chlorine is a huge issue and I have to make sure their bodies are able to detox or we can have a few rough days of emotions. I have found that we need to have routines and protocols in place with the level of chlorine exposure we see daily. This has upped my game in providing protection for myself and my family.

Our pool is a chlorine system. I do have plans to convert it to a salt-water system, but for now, we work with what we have. Please know that salt water systems still have chlorine in them, just lower levels, so you still need to protect yourself from chlorine toxicity.

First, you need to be on the look out for any of these symptoms, especially with extended pool use. If you are not sure if you or your children have MTHFR gene mutations, which affects detoxification pathways, these symptoms are good indicators that their pathway is either struggling or completely compromised. There are labs that provide quick results for you to know if you or your children have these genetic SNPs. I work closely with clients to help navigate what a world looks like after a SNP genetic defect diagnosis.

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There are several precautions you can make to help protect yourself from chlorine toxicity. Having the products on hand and being disciplined in your routine will allow you and your family to enjoy your vacation or summer being at the pool.

First, try and find an outdoor pool. Indoor pools put you at higher risk for respiratory issues. Your skin and lungs are two of your main elimination pathway organs. Help them out with at least being able to breathe while swimming.

Having foundations in place so your body can detox pathogens is the key to beating toxicity, again, especially for MTHFR defects. Having these habits in place before swimming will allow your body to combat the stress.

1. Shower BEFORE pool use. Hydrating your body before pool use helps to seal the barrier for your skin.

2. Use a Vitamin C Spray. Vitamin C spray forms a barrier of protection by neutralizing chlorine. Taking daily vitamin c and using a spray is a must. Have these in your swim bag every time you go.

3. Use a high quality coconut oil before swimming. Everyone knows water and oil do not mix. Using coconut oil before getting into the pool can act as a barrier and prevents chlorinated water from penetrating through your skin. Coconut oil also has a natural SPF of 4-5 and contains natural antioxidants.

4. Take a daily probiotic. Protecting your natural gut flora from the damaging effects of chlorine is very important. Probiotics will allow the gut to have continued colonization of good bacteria.

5. Take NaC daily. N-Acetyl Cysteine (NaC) is a non-essential, free form amino acid that is a highly stable form of cysteine. NaC has antioxidant properties and is necessary for the production of glutathione. Glutathione helps the body cope with oxidative stress which is associated with disease, and improves the number and activity of immune cells within the body. This allows your body’s detoxification pathway to remain open.

After swimming, put these protocols into action as soon as possible. Your skin is a thirsty organ that absorbs everything.

1. Shower again immediately after swimming.

2. Take an Epsom salt bath. Epsom salt bath (2 cups with bath). Epsom salt baths allow magnesium salts to enter the body and is effective for dry skin and for reducing inflammation.

3. Eat foods rich in Sulfur and Iodine. Sulfur helps in the production of an important antioxidant in your body called glutathione, which protects cells from damage. Iodine is necessary for iodine function. Chemically speaking, bromine and chlorine mimic iodine. High exposure to these elements leaves them to compete with each other leaving iodine the losing competitor and leaving your body iodine deficient.

4. Use a topical lotion with Magnesium and MSM. MSM is an organic sulfur that works synergistically with magnesium. It encourages detoxification and glutathione production, contributing to optimal health and immune support.

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5. Take a liposomal glutathione supplement for two days. Liposomal Glutathione provides the body’s master antioxidant in a liposomal delivery system. Glutathione is an essential component of body clearing processes and liposomal delivery may be the best form of supplementation.

Knowing what to do and what to take can allow you to enjoy some fun summer activities while keeping your health’s priorities at the top of the list. The perks of having these habits in place? Not only is this helping your from chlorine toxicity, but from several other environmental toxins as well.

You can order these individual products or save some money by ordering the protection kit.

Chlorine Toxicity Protection Kit

Make your own Vitamin C Spray. Don’t forget to use it before and after swimming. Get your supplies here:

Ascorbic Acid

Essential Oils

WARNING ABOUT EOs and the sun. Some EOs are extremely photosensitive. Cedarwood can be one of them. If you choose to use a brand that has a photosensitive EO in your spray, use only as an AFTER-SUN spray. The reason why you’d want this oil in your spay is because of its lymphatic stimulant action and skin healing properties. Just make sure to use AFTER sun exposure. You can also omit it altogether if that is your comfort level.

Glass Spray Bottle

I hope this helps you enjoy your summer. Finding solutions to minimize health crises just adds an extra layer of peace to your life. Who couldn’t use more of that in their life?

Blessings,

Stacey Upchurch, CHHP

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Since moving to a warmer and wetter climate, I have had to UP my pest control game. As much as I hated the cold temps in Colorado, it did bring welcome relief from those pesky mosquitoes, flies, ticks, spiders, etc. I could get away with a light peppermint infused spray or natural citronella to stop any invasion. Here in the south, it’s a different story.

It’s been a joy to watch and learn what my new home’s natural habitat looks like. The new spiders, the beautiful birds that keep the mosquito population down all by themselves, and even the fierceness of the tiny fire ant have all earned my respect. That doesn’t mean that I am going to share my home with them. Finding a product that is safe for my family and pets AND actually works has been a bit of an experiment, but I am happy to share with you that I have found a company that I love.

I have settled on the company, Cedarcide. Their products are backed by green chemistry and thoroughly tested for efficacy and dependability. They work closely with chemists and entomologists to deliver the best, family-safe goods on the market. They carefully select the ingredients for safety and performance — naturally sourced, plant-based, non-GMO ingredients are the backbone of the formulas.

I spray my home every six weeks and the yard area every couple weeks. This keeps all unwanted critters at bay and I have assurance that what is sprayed is safe for my family and pets. Also, as someone who is extremely sensitive to smells, these products have superseded my expectations.

The products fit perfectly into my holistic lifestyle and is why I have decided to partner up with Cedarcide and add them to The Fit Farmacy’s Store. I especially love that the products will not harm pollinators. The products are specifically designed not to deter beneficial bugs like bees and butterflies. And because the lawn products contain no harsh ingredients, no downtime is necessary. You, your family and pets can enjoy your yard immediately after application.

Note* Please apply lawn products in the morning or evening to avoid accidentally spraying pollinators directly.

You can order straight from the posted links and as always, clients of The Fit Farmacy earn a 20% discount on all products I sell.

Not a client yet, let’s change that. Everyone should have a Holistic Practitioner in their back pocket as a resource. Become a client today! But, let’s get back to the products! Here are some of my favorites that you will want to start using asap.

ALL PURPOSE BUG SPRAYPeppermint, Lemongrass, or Cedarwood

ALL PURPOSE BUG SPRAY VARITY PACK (3) – Peppermint, Lemongrass, and Cedarwood

Wherever your bug problem, All-Purpose Bug Spray has you covered. Protect your family & pets from bites, kill & repel bugs, and keep your plants bug free—all with a single product.

Easy to use, kills on contact, prevents bites

Safe for clothing, plants, gear, flooring & furniture

Worry-free ingredients & happiness guarantee

Reminder: Cats can be sensitive to peppermint essential oil.

How To Use:

For Adults: Spray directly on your skin. To avoid eyes and mouth, use hands to apply to your face. Apply as needed or every 3-4 hours.

For Children: Apply to children using your hands or a cloth. Use sparingly, avoiding their eyes, mouth, and hands.

For Dogs & Horses: Lightly mist their coat, including their underbelly, ears, and tail. Massage the spray into their fur. To avoid their eyes and mouth, use your hands to apply to their face. Apply every 2-4 days or more often as needed.

For Cats: Apply weekly using your hands. If sensitivity occurs, discontinue use and bathe.

For Indoor Use: Mist flooring, furniture, countertops, pet spaces, fabrics, and more. Spray bugs directly or apply indoors weekly for prevention. For delicate items, test on a small area first.

For Plants and Outdoor Spaces: Protect indoor and outdoor plants from pest damage by lightly misting their leaves and branches weekly. For best results, apply in the early morning or evening.


BUG-FREE LAWN KITSmall, Medium, Large

The Lawn Kit kills & repels unwanted bugs like Fleas, Ticks, Mites, Ants, Mosquitoes, Scorpions, Wasps and Roaches without harsh ingredients.

Worry-free ingredients & happiness guarantee

Easy to use, kills on contact, works fast

No downtime required—Enjoy your yard immediately


TICK SHIELD EXTRA STRENGTH– 3 Sizes

For people, gear, indoors & animals over 20 lbs, Tickshield kills and repels Fleas, Ticks, Mites, Ants, Mosquitoes, Scorpions, Wasps & Roaches.

Extra strength, kills on contact, prevents bites

Worry-free ingredients & happiness guarantee

Safe for clothing, gear, flooring & furniture


VET’S CHOICE PETS & LIVESTOCK CONTROL CONCENTRATE – 3 SIZES

Vet’s Choice is an extra-strength and highly versatile pest control concentrate that kills and repels Fleas, Ticks, Mites, Ants, Mosquitoes, Scorpions, Wasps and Roaches. 

Concentrated, kills on contact, works fast

Worry-free ingredients & happiness guarantee

Safe for dogs, livestock, stables, barns, kennels and more


I hope you find these products as big a blessing as I have. I can’t wait to hear how they have helped you. Let me know!

Also, since I have found out first hand how much fire ants love my flower beds (before I started treating them) I have found a wonderful treatment to help draw out the poison and soothe the sting.

I have made my own poultice combo that I am selling. Of course you can make your own. Just make sure you are using high-quality products so the injury is not further aggravated.

For drawing out insect bites from fire ants, mosquitoes, horse flies, stings:

Use my INSECT BITE DRAWING POULTICE to immediately cool the sting and store in your natural medicine cabinet for emergencies.

Happy Summer!

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All material on this website is provided for your information only and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction. No action or inaction should be taken based solely on the contents of this information; instead, readers should consult appropriate health professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being.

Help! I’m Sick!

I wish we could all say that we eat the right food, drink enough water, exercise daily, get enough sunshine, practice deep breathing exercises, sleep like a baby and get regular chiropractic adjustments, but we don’t. We live in a busy world. Life happens and people still get sick.

I receive emails and calls every week from individuals seeking help with an illness of some sort. Unfortunately, most clients do not have anything on hand that can assist them. Timing is everything when individuals feel an immune response coming on. Let me explain…

Recognizing when an immune response is happening is key. Feeling off, the nose is stuffy, you’re overly tired, there’s a tickle in the throat or a headache are all indicators that the body needs some support. Unfortunately, individuals often mute these alarms and carry on with life like normal. Left neglected, the body will stop asking for the support it needs and start demanding for it instead.

The lesson here are: listen to your body and take action. The more proactive you are at the first signs of an immune response, the more likely you will quickly rebound. Let’s start with what you can control.

What to do?

1. STOP all refined sugar. Refined sugar shuts down your immune system for up to five hours after consumption. This contributes greatly to the uptick of cold and flu “season”. In my opinion, this isn’t a season. This always comes after a high-sugar holiday. We are sabotaging our health by consuming high amounts of sugar.

2. Drink only water. Cut out all juice and dairy products. Drink half your body weight in distilled (or good filtered) water every day. Your urinary system is a key elimination pathway. Making sure it is flushing properly is important.

3. Stop all processed food. I could park here for a while but for time’s sake, I will explain it this way….. JERF. Just. Eat. Real. FOOD. Remember, our bodies are fighting off infection. It doesn’t need to be fighting off synthetic food, too. Nourish it with nutrients it recognizes.

4. Rest. It sounds cliche, but it is true. Our body heals when we sleep. If we are run-down or not sleeping well, our body isn’t healing. REST!

What to take…

1. Vitamin C. I recommend a high-dose therapy when it comes to immune responses. This therapy is different for each client, but I usually will recommend a client take 1000mg of buffered C every hour until they hit bowel tolerance. This tells them that they cannot absorb anymore C. Vitamin C is water-soluble and high-dose therapies are extremely therapeutic.

My Vitamin C contains Bioflavonoids (also called flavonoids) which are a class of phytochemicals that are potent antioxidants, which scavenge many potentially damaging free radicals. Another aspect of the antioxidant properties of bioflavonoids is their synergy with Vitamin C. The bitter-tasting flavanones hesperidin and naringin, from the white albedo layer of citrus peels, have been shown to extend the nutritional functions of Vitamin C. Bioflavonoids are also capable of binding to metal ions, which prevents these metals from acting as catalysts in the body to enhance free radical production.

2. Vitamin D. I recommend an extra dose of Vitamin D. Most people are D deficient and need help supporting the immune system. Vitamin D testing is widely available to help you know where your D levels are. It is best to work with a practitioner when dosing fat-soluble minerals and vitamins.

Vitamin D is an immune system modulator that supports healthy T Cell and macrophage responses. One of the main functions of vitamin D is to help activate T cells, aka the “killer cells” in the body. T cells detect and destroy foreign pathogens — like viruses.

3. Immune Boosting Probiotics. I recommend a daily probiotic for health maintenance but with an immune response, I have clients up their dose to morning and evening.

Probiotics are fundamentally important for your health. Many healthcare practitioners believe that overall health begins in the digestive tract. Poor digestion compromises all parts of the body because the digestion of food provides fuel for all body processes, organs, and systems. The gastrointestinal (GI) tract also plays a prominent role in immune health.

My Probiotics are a non-dairy probiotic formulation produced from an all-natural source of beneficial microorganisms. It is designed to support digestive tract health and provide ingredients that support proper immune function and microbial balance in adults. They contain some species of the numerous microorganisms that naturally populate the human gastrointestinal tract. Probiotic bacteria, or “good bacteria,” promote a favorable balance of intestinal microflora. The human intestines harbor between 300 and 1000 different species of flora. Some people estimate that there are one hundred billion or one trillion bacteria per gram of colonic content in the large intestine. This mind-boggling amount is ten times as many cells as there are in the human body!

4. ImmunoMax. This supplement gives the body an extra kick to help jump-start the immune system. ImmunoMax is an advanced nutritional supplement that combines two heavily researched ingredients, N,N-Dimethylglycine (DMG) and Galactoarabinan, with a purified D-fraction from Maitake Mushroom and Beta 1,3 Glucans from the cell walls of baker’s yeast in a vegetarian capsule. Immunomax is designed specifically for anyone with a weakened immune system.

5. Smart Silver. I recommend taking 1tsp. up to 5x a day with an immune response. I also teach clients how to use silver with the nebulizer for respiratory treatments.

Smart Silver Smart Silver is a systematic approach to advanced immune support and balanced wellness. Smart Silver has engineered nanoparticles designed to offer more effective therapeutic benefits than traditional colloidal silver.

Having these products on hand and knowing how and when to use them will be a game-changer for you and your family. Again, this is to help an immune response STOP before it has the chance to begin. There are also ]deeper therapies that I help clients navigate through when these preventive therapies have not been put into place. You can order these supplements individually or save money by ordering the Immune Boost Kit Here!

Not a client yet? Let’s change that. All clients of The Fit Farmacy receive 20% off my practitioner line of supplements, botanicals, and herbals. They also receive FREE online concierge service for questions not requiring a consultation.

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Just Don’t Lose the Weight; Transform Your Body

We’re coming up on that time of year where people begin to regret their holiday binges  and begin to focus on their new health goals.  The only problem with that is they were exactly in the same place this time last year… and the year before.

So what didn’t work this time?

  • Couldn’t afford the program
  • No motivation
  • Didn’t feel good
  • Cheated
  • Didn’t see results

Somehow people find themselves overwhelmed and tempted to jump in to whatever the next ‘miracle weight loss program’ is that is currently trending.  What happens though is one program will work for one but fails for another. Does this mean the program is flawed?  Not necessarily.  It just means that everyone’s body has specifically different needs.

That is where specialized sessions can be extremely beneficial for clients who are looking to really raise the bar to their general wellness.  Using biological digestive testing and biofeedback, a client’s body can communicate rather clearly what it is lacking and what it needs to avoid.

Autophagy…The Missing Link

Autophagy (self-eating) is the process in which cellular waste and dysfunctional proteins are recycled through the lysosome.  Beneficial outcomes of autophagy include:

 

  • It can maximize repair while minimizing damage during times of stress
  • It can improve cellular lifespan
  • It supports the overall metabolic rate by improving the function of the mitochondria
  • It supports neurological health and can remove degenerative proteins
  • It helps to remove intracellular pathogens
  • Helps to prevent the onset of degenerative conditions that are related to cellular abnormalities
  • Help to support digestive health by giving the GI tract time to repair via fasting
  • Helps in supporting healthy weight by modulation of inflammation and burning of fuel reserves

But to simplify it…

Autophagy can improve:

  • General wellness
  • The enhancement of detoxification benefits
  • Weight-loss or management
  • Metabolic conditions
  • Infections, especially intracellular pathogens
  • Neurodegeration

 

So How Do We Increase Autophagy?

As with any new health plan, everyone needs to make sure their body can withstand the stress. This also means for some clients, creating a state of autophagy for their body will not be beneficial.  This is why it is critical to be under a practitioner-led program.

Once elimination pathways are open and your body is cleared to begin a program like this the best way to achieve autophagy is through:

  • Mitochondria support
  • Ketogenic diets (clean keto)
  • Intermittent fasting or low calorie intake
  • High intensity interval training
  • Foods like green tea (EGCG), ginger
  • Supplements like respirators, curcumin, quercetin, and reishi

This can be very a foreign concept for many people because for years we have been told that it is healthy to eat every two hours, consume more carbs for more fuel, slow and steady cardio is beneficial, and fat is bad (low-fat craze).  Luckily, we are finally coming out of these “pro-aging” tendencies and are really looking at the cellular level to support overall health.

Also with the rise in popularity of the keto diet, it is every important to follow a clean keto plan with the correct omega-6 to omega-3 ratio.  This is where most people do not successfully support their overall health correctly.  They may see weight-loss results, but when their cholesterol results come in, they are less than happy.

So if you are ready to take back your health once and for all, let me help lead you down a path to overall wellness like never before.

I use a holistic Three-Phase program that helps to resolve unneeded stress to the body for maximum results

Phase 1: Detoxification… clients will start a gradual reduction in carbohydrate intake and introduction to Intermittent fasting while following a total-body cleansing protocol

Phase 2:  Keto Transition….  clients will begin transitions into a full ketogenic diet. Carbohydrates will be gradually reduced and fasting periods will be extended. Additional products to help sugar-crash symptoms and along with providing exogenous ketones in a natural and pure phosphatidylcholine liposomal delivery system.

Phase 3:  Keto Phase…Clients will be on a full ketogenic protocol consuming the majority of their calories from HEALTHY fats and observing a 16+ hour fast every day.

Don’t suffer in your symptoms anymore.  There is much life to be lived.  Start living and become the best version of yourself today.

 

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All material on this website is provided for your information only and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction. No action or inaction should be taken based solely on the contents of this information; instead, readers should consult appropriate health professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being.

No More Canola Oil

Sadly, I used canola oil for years.  It was a great frying oil because of the high smoke point and we were still in the era of “all fats are bad for you”  so this was a healthier option….or so they told me.

Let’s start with the name…canola.  What plant exactly does that come from? I know olive oil comes from olives; coconut oil comes from coconuts; peanut oil comes from peanuts.  I don’t know about you but I haven’t seen any canola plants growing around here lately and that’s because canola oil doesn’t come from plants.  It is made in a lab.

The rapeseed, where canola oil was derived, has been found to be very toxic to humans.  So, what is all the rapeseed farmers to do?  Get scientists involved.  They found that by eliminating the glucosinolates and erucic acid out of the rapeseed plant, it lessened the toxicity.  This was accomplished by cross-breeding traditional plants.  The newly developed plant was named canola.  A combination of the names, Canadian and Ola (meaning oil) was given to the new plant from where it was first developed.  So,  you’re looking at a genetically modified product (GMO).

I am just giving you a very brief reasoning on why you should step away from the canola oil. But if you are a research junky like me, I have included some more in-depth reading on canola oil.  Dr. Axe has put together a great read called, 6 Canola Dangers.   What I want to do is show you some healthier, NATURAL options so you don’t have to use canola oil anymore.  Let’s just all agree to stay away from oils that are made in labs.

I am so glad that we are beginning to understand how important good fats are for our brain, skin, hair, and nails.  Using oils both cold and hot have an important purpose, and knowing which ones to use will not only benefit your health, but will make your food taste better too!

Cold Oils

Cold oils have great properties when they aren’t heated.  They make wonderful salad dressings and marinades.  They also can be used for natural body care products such as moisturizers, carrier oils, and scrubs.

  • Olive Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Macadamia Oil
  • Almond Oil
  • Walnut Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Sesame Oil

 

Smoke Points

Moving on to cooking with oils now, I need to discuss smoke point.  Smoke point is the temperature at which an oil releases smoke.  I didn’t know this for years.  I would always cook with basically two oils and would occasionally burn food and have no idea why.

Low Smoke Point Oils

This would be used for light sautéing or basting.  Smoke point goes up to 350 degrees.

  • Olive Oil
  • Butter/Ghee (clarified)

Meduim Smoke Point Oils

This would be for the intended use of sautéing, low frying, basting, or popping.  The smoke point would be between 360 and 410 degrees.

  • Coconut Oil
  • Macadamia Oil
  • Almond Oil
  • Walnut Oil

High Smoke Point Oils

This is for use when deep frying and has a smoke point of 420 degrees and higher.

  • Sunflower Oil
  • Safflower Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Sesame Oil
  • Palm Oil

What I didn’t Know…

When I used oils with the incorrect smoke points, the improper temperature would actually breakdown the qualities of the oil, much like microwaving our food does.  I would also have a lot of smoke in the kitchen.  I want the good qualities left in the oils so that my body can have the benefits from them… remember…. brain, hair, skin, and nail perks? This is why I like cold-pressed oils and stay away from fractionation and hydrogenation.

My Top Five

It’s hard to choose, but if I would list my favorite oils they would be:

  • Olive Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Almond Oil
  • Grapeseeed Oil
  • AND,  of course, my favorite fat…. organic, grass-fed, pasture-raised BUTTER! Can we please throw away the fake butter now….

 

Blesssings,

Stacey

The Fit Farmacy, Inc.

 

 

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All material on this website is provided for your information only and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction. No action or inaction should be taken based solely on the contents of this information; instead, readers should consult appropriate health professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being.