Are You Working With Or Against Your Mitochondria?


Let’s talk Mitochondria.  Basically, let’s talk Biology.  When I was in high school and my early years of college, I dreaded biology, chemistry and quite honestly, anything to do with science.  It was not until I decided to further my studies in nutrition and herbalism, that I gained a fascination with biology.  I never realized that proper nutrition and the way our bodies react to herbs are truly based on our own bio-individuality.

So what is Mitochondria? Let’s be honest, who really remembers what we were taught about it, right?  Well, our Mitochondria is basically the “powerhouse” of our cells.  Most of our cells have mitochondria except for our red blood cells. To make a long story short, they help with the process of creating energy for our cells to go about their job of keeping us alive and healthy.   If we are not nourishing our Mitochondria well, we end up with a lot of health issues and I mean A LOT!  And to really grasp the concept of how important they are, just know that they make up more than 20% of the total weight of the heart and liver and they have their own DNA.

So what happens when we don’t nourish these little cellular powerhouses that we have inherited from our mother?  Well, several things.

  1. Possible weight gain
  2. Risk of fatigue
  3. Chronic Disease
  4. Type II Diabetes

Do I have your attention now?  Good.  There are several “things” that stop Mitochondria dead in its tracks.  Here are some of those:

  1. Stress
  2. Toxins
  3. Lack of vitamins and nutrients
  4. Lack of cholesterol found in low-fat diets
  5. Fructose
  6. Decreased oxygen

This is all serious business but the good thing is you can very well support your Mitochondria for the good and it is not too late to get started.  Here are some ways you can do just that:

  1.  Get a blood analysis done to ensure your vitamin levels are in optimal range
  2. Utilize herbs that support Mitochondria such as cloves, cinnamon, parsley, and sage.
  3. Try supplements such as Krill Oil and B Vitamins (especially B-12)
  4. Decrease stress

While this is not an all-inclusive list, it will surely get you started on your journey to healthy and happy Mitochondria.   If you are interested in getting your lab results analyzed, you can do so by signing up here.  You will need your most recent blood lab results from your yearly annual.  Never skip your annual visits with your doctor, they are crucial.

Moral of the story?  Take care of your Mitochondria and it will take care of you!




My 2018 Wellness Goals


Hey Guys,

It is a new year and as usual, I have some goals that I am determined to implement into my life this year.  One thing about me when it comes to personal goals, is that I try to not overdo it.  I do well with focusing on one or two goals at a time.  I do this mainly because with running 2 businesses, I am already knee deep in goals that I need to get done.  However, I know and understand the importance of taking care of ME!  Without being grounded and at peace, I won’t efficiently get anything accomplished, personal or business wise.

When I started out on this holistic wellness journey, I wanted to go in and follow all the rules, all at once.  Once I sat down and added up the cost and the time it took to properly educate myself and execute those goals, I started to feel stressed.  I knew that my personal goals should never cause me stress.  Goals are supposed to uplift, encourage, make you feel powerful and at overall peace all while being full of abundance and happiness.  And these are the feelings I wanted.  I didn’t want to feel overwhelmed, scared and intimidated.  Because I knew if I did, I would not see my goals through.  So I decided to take one goal at a time, master it and move on to the next.

I started to juice, learned that and move on to changing out our toothpaste and making our own.  I then changed out our deodorant.  I threw out all of my non-stick cookware and switched over to cast iron.  I learned how to cook from scratch more, etc.  You get the point.  I have made many, many changes and I only made one or two at a time.  I have successfully stayed committed to these changes thanks to my approach.  Please don’t think that you have to do it all at once.  Little changes make for big results.  This holistic wellness journey is not a race to the finish line.  It is a lifelong journey of just taking it one or two steps at a time, one day at a time.  It is a journey that is supposed to give you not only amazing health but mental and spiritual wealth and you simply can’t have that if you not trusting the process.  I am here to tell you, even if you have not started making changes and maybe you are in the planning phase, you are doing fine.  I trust your process and you should too.

With that being said, here are some of my 2018 holistic wellness goals:

  1.  Remove all remaining plastic from the kitchen:  I threw out all of my non-stick cookware and switched to cast iron.  I had issues with seasoning my cast iron in the beginning, but I finally got the hang of it and now we are BFFs.  I truly believe that food tastes better when cooked in cast iron.  Also, foods prepared in cast iron gives them an extra dose of iron.  So much better than taking an iron supplement right?  So now that I have cast iron cooking down, I want to change out all of my containers and water jugs to glass containers.  My family and I drink a lot of water so I buy a lot of water in plastic gallon containers.  I know that storing my food and water in plastic allows chemicals and toxins from the plastic to seep into my water.  I am ready to make that change.  There are tons of glass water bottle options out there, including gallon size.  They are pricey but, once you have them, you have them and the peace of mind that you get is worth the cost. Not to mention, it is a great way to reduce our carbon footprint
  2. Make flexibility a routine: Hey, I am not getting any younger and this is actually the last year of my 30s.  I want to make sure that my joints stay in working order.  I want to make flexibility part of my almost everyday routine.  The main way I want to implement a flexibility routine is by going to Yoga…..more.  With my schedule, I don’t have much time to hit the gym and go to Yoga.  I would literally have to pick one or the other and I simply don’t want to do that.  I want a balance between the two.  I must change this because when I leave a Yoga class my body feels strong and relaxed and my mind and spirit feels so cool, calm and collected.  I also want to simply stretch more and this is something I can do every day.  Simply taking a couple minutes a day to stretch my body. Stretching has so many health benefits such as reducing stress, reducing pain and stiffness, reduced risk of injury, improved digestion, improved blood flow and circulation and even enhanced sexual performance. So I encourage you guys to put flexibility on your holistic wellness to do list.
  3. Stop skipping breakfast:  Mornings are probably my busiest time of day.  I get up and get the older kids ready, get the younger kids settled, take the older kids to school, do some business related tasks and then head to work.  By the time I look at the clock, it is time for lunch.  I am really bad about skipping breakfast.  Recently, I have been really trying to make sure I eat breakfast every morning.  Not eating breakfast wrecks havoc on our metabolism and it is one of the biggest reasons why people overeat.  Now that I am eating a nutrient dense breakfast, I feel less hungry during the day, I have more energy, I am more focused and I have been able to shed some pounds.  So I am thinking that my problem all along was not eating breakfast!  My goal is to keep at it and make it a lifelong commitment.
  4. Stop doing things I don’t want to do:  By nature, we are people pleasers, even if that means that we take on tasks or other people’s problems.  We know what our boundaries are yet we continuously allow ourselves and other people to overstep them.  This only creates conflict and stress within yourself.  Know your limits and know when to say no!  If someone asks you to do something that you really don’t want to do, it is ok to say no.  It is ok to not sit and listen to a friend complain about the same things that they have yet to change.  Do you know what happens when you do this?  You start to take on their problems, fears, and anxieties?  It is ok to not sit and listen to people gossip about others.  It is ok to not enable people.  It is ok to not do that favor for someone when you know it will only make you miserable.  It is ok to not do things that you do not want to do!
  5. Dedicate more time to self-care:  What is self-care?  It is simple practices that focus on you and you alone.  Doing things that you love to do by yourself.  One of the ways I want to practice self-care is by getting a massage once a month.  A lot of my tension physically resides in my neck and shoulders.  When I am stressed I can feel the tension there and if I let it go on too long, I eventually end up with a headache.  Regular massages will help with that pinned up tension and will also give me time to tune out the world and practice a little mediation because you can never get too many meditation sessions in right? I am so looking forward to accomplishing this goal.  Also, if you are looking for a cost-effective way of getting regular massages, check to see if you can get a discount through your insurance’s wellness program or find a massage school in your area.  They are usually priced well below the average cost!

So these are my main goals.  I am sure I will add some along the way but these are the goals I want to focus on the most.  This list is doable, not overwhelming and they all add value to my life.  So……what are some of your holistic wellness goals for 2018?

Happy New Year!

Elke G.

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