Nutrition, Fitness, & Weight Loss in Colorado Springs


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Most of us have at least some familiarity with a state called “flow”.
If you’ve ever lost an afternoon to a great conversation or gotten so involved in a work project that all else is forgotten or found yourself completely firing on all cylinders during a swim, bike, run or other workout, then you’ve tasted the experience. In flow, you are so focused on the task at hand that everything else falls away.
Action and awareness merge.
Time flies.
Self vanishes.
Performance goes through the roof.

You’re about to read a post written by Tom Nikkola, CSCS, CISSN, Pn1.
Tom is the Vice President and General Manager at ThorneFX. He has more than 13 years of experience in nutrition, metabolism, lab testing, nutritional supplements, and other aspects of health and fitness.  He has experience working with thousands of fitness-minded individuals and has written over 400 articles on health, fitness, and performance. Tom helped create the ThorneFX brand and now manages it, and was interviewed in the recent podcast episode “How To Know If Your Supplement Is Safe, Legal And Contains What It Says It Contains.

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I go to the sauna once a week, and often twice a week in the winter.
I get a huge pile of the magazines or journals I subscribe to, like ESPN, Fast Company, or Mother Earth News (and sometimes even grab a book I don’t mind destroying) then settle in for a good 30-45 minute sweat session.
After about 25 minutes, it get pretty tough as my heart rate and core temperature rapidly rise, and I eventually get so hot that I have to quit reading – and then I simply switch to staring at the wall and doing deep, meditative breathing to sit things out for as long as I can. I pretend I’m some kind of ancient warrior sitting in an Indian sweat lodge, or a prisoner of war tossed into one of those heat torture chambers.
Then I take a cold shower and I feel amazing.

conditions that look like ra

Lisa Emrich Health Guide June 17, 2014

Making the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis is often tricky. With no single test that confirms or eliminates the disease, the diagnosis of RA is made based on physical exam, patient history, laboratory tests, and often imaging. However, symptoms of RA, such as pain, swelling, and fatigue, are not exclusive to the disease. Correct diagnosis is important in choosing an appropriate treatment plan.
A number of diseases, such as lupus, fibromyalgia, or Sjögren’s syndrome, may easily be confused with RA or coexist in a patient. Arthritis symptoms might develop following certain infections, such as Lyme disease, tuberculosis, gastrointestinal infection or sexually-transmitted disease.

Two months ago, in an edgy detoxification and self-experimentation move, I found myself lying on my right side in my bathtub with an infrared lamp shining on my lower abdomen and a tube full of Upgraded Bulletproof® Coffee getting shot up my butt.
That’s right – I gave myself a Bulletproof Coffee® enema.
And I gotta tell you: not only did I feel “clean as a whistle” afterwards, but my energy levels were so intense and amazing for the rest of that day that I’ve given myself nearly a dozen Bulletproof Coffee® enemas since then.
C’mon, I know you’re colon is just quivering with curiosity now, right?
Let’s delve in into everything you’ve always wanted to know about coffee enemas (but were afraid to ask).

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This year, popular media has been blowing up the news with reports that hormone replacement therapy like testosterone replacement therapy could cause increased risk of heart attacks.
But what they don’t tell you is that low testosterone (in both men and women) can actually decrease your cardiac health, bigtime. And if you don’t address low testosterone as you age, you not only pile extra stress on your heart, but you also get frail, lose muscle, gain fat, get impaired cognition, experience lower bone density, increased risk of type II diabetes, and many more serious issues.
There were also many, many other problems with the JAMA study that suggested testosterone replacement therapy could hurt your heart.

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How do you know if the nutrition supplements that you are using are safe and legal? 
How is the supplement industry actually regulated?
What should you look for to know if your supplement actually contains what it says it contains?
You’re going to learn the answers to these and many more questions in this podcast episode.
My guest for this episode, Tom Nikkola (pictured right) is a fitness and nutrition expert who is well-versed in the nutrition supplement industry. He was cured from leukemia when he was five. He spent years doing follow-up testing at the Mayo Clinic, and during that time, often thought of becoming a doctor.
This interest in health turned into an interest in fitness, which eventually led him to graduate from university, cum laude, with a pre-Med Biology degree.

Plants as medicine
For thousands of years, plants have been used for their healing properties.  Modern day supplements derived from various herbs and plants are increasingly available at your local grocery or health food stores.  Several supplements, touted for their pain-relieving or anti-inflammatory benefits, are commonly used in Ayruvedic and Chinese medicine.  A number of these are popular in people living with rheumatoid arthritis or other inflammatory diseases.  
At times, it can become difficult to distinguish between the marketing claims of supplement manufacturers and the proven tract records of select herbs.  Fortunately, researchers have been putting select herbs to the test and science backs up their use.  Here are five of the top herbal supplements known to benefit people with RA.

Two years ago, my wife and I ate a strict raw vegan diet for six months.
I actually didn’t mind the tasty vegan food, the easy prep methods, and of course, the fact that I finally fit in as one of the “cool people” at Whole Foods.
But, although I had no trouble being a complete yoga champ, I had a hard time maintaining muscle and red-hot athletic performance levels, particularly for weight training and high intensity intervals (maybe it’s because I didn’t customize my diet well enough).
An ex-raw vegan herself, my guest today, Hilary Bromberg, has a very interesting take on raw veganism and where it fits into a healthy eating protocol – particularly with respect to veganism’s relevance to the Paleo diet.

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My podcast guest in this episode suffered a stroke when he was 22 years old.
That’s him above, in the blue shirt, at age 23 – at 25% body fat and over 210 pounds.
That’s also him, 6 months later, still at age 23, after he dropped 55 pounds of fat and weighed in at 160 pounds.
And finally that’s also him now, at age 60 in January 2014, after adding muscle from his 20′s to weigh in at 184 pounds.
So how did this all happen?
His stroke actually set him down a path that would change his life forever. Within 5 months, he had dropped those 55 pounds, lowered his blood pressure from 200/90 to 110/70, and began developing the anti-aging system and five age defying techniques that we talk about in today’s podcast.