2019 September

September 26, 2019

Oh goodness, something else to worry about. Mold in coffee beans, mold in my dishwasher, mold spores in the environment seasonally. A client of Energy Fitness personal training studio in Downtown Memphis recently told me that coffee has mold. She then went a step further and she informed me of the health benefits of coffee enemas and how you should only use mold free coffee, distilled or filtered water, etc.. This is one health kick I cannot get behind pun intended! It did inspire me to research mold in coffee and see what’s up.

Once I started researching it I realized there is too much information out there for me to condense, read through and put in a simple blog post so this post is merely to get you thinking and inspire you to make the switch mold free coffee or quit altogether. My body despises caffeine so at least it’s one less thing for me to worry about or change my habits.

Mold & mycotoxins: What’s the difference?

Molds and mycotoxins are not the same thing, but rather mycotoxins can be produced by certain molds. In other words, these fungi will not produce mycotoxins unless it’s the right variety of mold, coffee moisture levels become too high and conditions in roastery warehouses are welcoming as well as your own coffee pot. One of the realities of the coffee trade is that there is usually some amount of mold spores on green coffee before it is roasted. Of course, roasting often but not always kills mold and its spores. Ridding the coffee beans of mycotoxins which have developed during improper storage of the beans is not so easy.

Fungi are able to grow on almost any surface, especially if the environment is warm and wet.  Inner wall materials of buildings, wall paper, fiber glass insulation, ceiling tiles, and gypsum support are all good surfaces for fungi to colonize.  These fungi then release mycotoxins into the environment causing symptoms of many different chronic diseases.  Unlike other fungal toxins, such as mushroom poison, mycotoxins are toxic secondary metabolites produced by mold, and we can additionally unintentionally ingest them in food. Diseases and symptoms linked to mycotoxin exposure include fever, pneumonia-like symptoms, heart disease, rheumatic disease, asthma, sinusitis, cancer, memory loss, vision loss, chronic fatigue, skin rashes, depression, ADHD, anxiety, and liver damage.

The US has Cranky & Moldy Mycotoxin Grapeno standards for coffee. For business reasons, it is convenient to dismiss OTA or other mold toxins as non-issues in coffee, especially in the US. That would be foolish, especially in light of the recent Bulletproof podcast with Dan Cox, a coffee expert regularly cited on CNN, with 30 years in the field. The OTA problem in coffee has been known for a while. A 1989 study [13] says that 58% of beans are contaminated.  Six years later, another study [14] found that 52% of samples were contaminated. The International Journal of Food and Chemistry Toxicology concluded “regular coffee consumption may contribute to exposure of humans to OTA.” More recently, this study [15] of Brazilian coffee found “Practically all samples (91.7%) were contaminated with moulds.” 83.3% of samples contained Aspergillus niger, a major toxin former, yet all of was “good enough” for European standards. cited: https://blog.daveasprey.com/one-ugly-mug-the-science-behind-just-one-mold-toxin-in-your-coffee/ (pic source: bulletproof website)

Have heard of Dan Cox? Apparently Dan’s a big deal in the coffee industry. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Specialty Coffee Association in 2012. Here’s a Podcast with Dan Cox and Dave Asprey (founder of Bullet Proof Coffee): caffeine, Coffee & Mycotoxins

Here’s a urine test for mold: https://www.greatplainslaboratory.com/gpl-blog-source/2017/8/10/a-brand-new-urine-test-for-mycotoxin-exposure

My client shared with me that she knows of two brands for mold free coffee. There may not be that many available, just do your own research.

Mold Free Coffee Brands:

Brewing it at home and getting a bitter taste? Mold can take bitter…uggggh! Consider disposable filters as that wet environment may be lurking unseen mold in the depths of your machine.

Purity Coffee: https://puritycoffee.com/lab-results/
Bullet Proof Coffee

May you be the best researcher of what goes into or own your own body!

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September 21, 2019

Do you have nagging aches or pains that you have accepted as your new normal? Maybe it’s your posture and mechanics from your shoes or athletic shoes. At Energy Fitness personal training studio in Downtown Memphis our trainers hear endless complaints from both men and women about various pains they have, either temporary or chronic. We are always trying to give exercises and stretches to counter a clients poor postural or movement patterns from occupation, lifestyle or poor flexibility or range of motion.

My story: I made the switch to 6mm heel drop shoes and LOVE it. I ditched my Mizuno’s of 18 years and not looking back. Already my hamstrings, hip flexors, calves and hips feel looser when I stretch them and throughout the day. My acl knee injury pain is lessened. When I look in the mirror my sway back is reduced making my belly appear flatter due to a reduced anterior tilt in the pelvis. With more of a posterior hip position my overall posture up the spine appears to be more in line as well. I bought a running shoe and a casual athletic shoe as now I’m hooked and spreading the word. Oh yeah…I’m a little faster again per mile. Think about it..would you walk, jog or long distances with a crushing heel first strike or would you attempt to land more forefoot and toe? 

This post is aimed at educating you that since the birth of athletic shoes we went from running leather bound sandals from years past (still available and updated… running sandals) to extreme cushioning and too much heel lift. Yes, I said too much heel lift and this is my beef with traditional running shoes today, they are much like wearing subtle high heel shoes. 

What if your base of support (your shoes) that you wear for
hours a day is your medicine or your poison?

Image result for high heels dress shoes for men cartoon imageWhy is it that when new technology comes out people go to the extreme and it is a turnoff to a lot of people? Minimalist running birthed the barefoot running shoes such as vibram and other imitators which are basically getting rid of the heel and letting your feet do what they were made to do. Your feet evolved to run, and don’t need big wedges of foam and heavily designed footwear to do their job. Lower heel drop shoes are designed from an obvious principle:Zero-drop shoes let your feet do their thing without interference, and might just be better for your feet and leg muscles in the end and help prevent injuries.

What happened to easing into things a bit? Remember the low fat craze in the 90’s? I use to pound a whole box of those snack wells choco-chip cookies (not really the idea)!  How about the low carb that morphed into Keto-diet. It’s not for everybody and our brains need good carbs people.

The drop of a shoe represents the difference between the height of the heel and the height of the toe. This primarily affects how your foot strikes the ground when you land. A low or medium heel-to-toe drop (zero to 8mm) promotes a forefoot or mid-foot strike, while a high-drop shoe (10–12mm) promotes heel striking which is what most people purchase to walk, lift weights, cross train, wear casually purchase as their fitness shoe.

runningwarehouse.com. Here's a great post on low drop running shoes with cushioning.
One way to overcome running mechanics, nagging injuries and aches may be to allow your shoes to aid in correcting them by spending some time in a minimalist shoe or barefoot with a zero drop flat situation. If you can’t do that, spending some time in something with lesser degree of the heel to toe drop than a traditional shoe is a pretty good start. A word of warning though, it takes time for the muscles, the tendons, the ligaments and the bones to adapt to a change. Even if that change is for the best. Start gradually, start very slowly and build your way up into barefoot training. It’s not for everyone, but it is well worth the investment if you’re prepared to take the time and be patient making the transition.

Here are a few options as there are several brands on the market

If you need more cushioning keep in mind there are brands that give more sole and overall cushioning and THEN drop the heel. I personally don’t like working out on a marshmellow or pillow.

Topo Ultryfly –This is the midrange 6mm heel drop and what I bought for running as I didn’t want to shock my body going from a Mizuno 10-12 drop to a Zero drop. Notice the wide toe box. They aren’t sexy…They are functional and comfortable. They make me take smaller strides so my hips can pivot and helps me push off my toes and forefoot.Image result for topo ultrafly running shoes womens

 

 

 

 

 

 

OnCloud: ON RUNNING Cloud Running Shoe, Main, color, DENIM/ WHITEBought 4 days after getting the Topo’s as I was hooked and needed one for cross training and casual. Picked these up at Lansky’s 126 Downtown Memphis.

 

 

 

Altra (Torin 1 heel drop and more cushioning) I believe all Altra shoes are Zero heel drop.Product image for Side view (Teal)

 

 

 

 

Newton with Action/Reaction™ Technology: My neighbor showed me her shoes which may not have made it in this post otherwise. These are not casual shoes and only to be worn during training. The Action/Reaction Technology creates a responsive, trampoline-like cushioning system that provides quicker bounce-back and loses less energy than a traditional foam-core running shoe.

 

Shop local if you can and talk to staff about your individual shoe needs. Locally in Memphis consider Fleet Feet, Breakaway Athletics or REI.

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September 14, 2019

Increase Dopamine = More Productivity 

What’s dopamine? Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that our brain produces to help us get motivated to do more stuff such as necessary behaviors, like drinking water and eating food, but can also bring people to act on less healthy behaviors, like binge eating or other addictions like shopping, overworking, social media, excessive exercise or drug use. Having a spike in dopamine may increase motivation to do housework, complete a work or home project, go out with friends or be more physically active. Dopamine levels can be a factor or influence how we focus and achieve great things even if the payout isn’t immediate or obvious. It can also play a role in things like sleep, digestion, pain response, and other bodily functions.

In the book Brain Body Diet by Sara Gottfried she says many profound things and one of my recent favorites is a chapter called HOOKED. She is referring to shifting your mind-set as part of making appropriate lifestyle changes: “You will loosen your death grip on the thing you mistakenly believe you can’t live without. You’ll release some of those old resentments that are erosive and harmful, make you feel beleaguered, and block you from the sunshine of the spirit.”

 What do you think you can’t live without, caffeine, alcohol, chocolate, ice-cream, shopping, checking your email every 15 minutes?

If research studies have shown that massage can boost dopamine by 30% what are some more ways you can train your brain to be more effective and efficient naturally?  I always get a burst of energy after getting a massage with our Energy Fitness therapist Mae Jensen, LMT. I shouldn’t have to convince you to schedule a massage with her but maybe you need a reminder to give yourself the gift of self-care (see end of post for contact info).

Benefits of raising Dopamine:

Aside from being the ultimate motivator, having a constant supply of dopamine in your system has a few other fringe benefits:

  • Helps you lose weight.
  • Makes you feel more alive.
  • Improves your memory.
  • Stops self-destructive behavior including certain addictions.
  • Counteracts depression.
  • Lets you resist impulsive behavior (shopping, work-alcoholism, food binging, social media & internet binging).
  • Helps you avoid Parkinson’s disease

If you want to be productive and get things done, here are
12 ways to boost your dopamine levels.

  1. Get a Massage
  2. Consume DHA which is used for treating dementia, type 2 diabetes, coronary artery disease and ADHD. It is also used
  3. to prevent and treat depression. It boosts dopamine levels as it supports the brain’s electrical signals and reduce the production of the enzyme that breaks down dopamine. Eat whole foods sources below or take a supplement. My favorite is Metagenics DHA/EPA 720.
  • Herring
  • Lake Trout
  • Mackerel (easy to pack for lunch as it comes in an easy open tin container)
  • Salmon 
  • Sardines (these are a little fishy for me but in a pinch I’ll have on a salad)
  • Seaweed (get the small snack packs)

3. Folate helps the body build cells and combat heart disease. It also releases serotonin which is involved in the regulation of several processes within the brain including memory, anxiety, depression, aggression, mood, appetite, sleep, emotions and perceptions. You can get this from whole foods or supplement form when you just can’t stand to squeeze all the foods below in your diet:

  • Dark green leafy vegetables, like kale and spinach
  • Fruits
  • Fruit juices
  • Meat
  • Nuts
  • Poultry

4. Take Dopamine Enhancing Supplements

These encourage your brain to produce more dopamine:

  • Curcumin, the active ingredient in our favorite curry spice turmeric, helps increase levels of dopamine.
  • Ginkgo B
  • iloba is a popular wonder drug and though it’s not proven, it might help increase dopamine levels by making it stay in your brain longer.
  • L-theanine increases neurotransmitter production in your brain, one of which is dopamine. Green tea has lots of this, though it can also be taken as a theanine supplement. I love the Metagenics Calm bars with this amino acid in them. They are chocolate and coconut flavored.
  • Acetyl-l-tyrosine is a production-ready version of tyrosine which will make it easier for your brain to create dopamine.

5. Sunlight, it both increases your number of dopamine receptors and gives you vitamin D, which in turn activates genes that help release dopamine. I use sunscreen a lot for my skin but blocking the vitamin D so I take Metagenics D3 (10,000 units- they have 5k units as well).

6. Remember that person who likes hugging a lot? Turns out, he/she was onto a good idea. Human contact triggers dopamine production not just for you, but for the other person as well. Actually to get the most it’s a 7 second hug. So get your dopamine fix whether you’re caressing your spouse, hugging the kids, cuddly pet or even shaking hands with colleagues. Some of you that really know me may giggle at this suggestion as I’m not known for being a huggy person. I often have to get out of my comfort zone when people come at me for an embrace and I have gotten better over the years lol.

7. Meditate – Sometimes the best way to do something is by doing nothing. Calm the monkey brain down.

 

8. Music -listen to music, make music

9. Make a to-d0 list and check off items when finished (I get a huge domapine hit from this one.)

10. Losing weight increases your dopamine. That’s because being overweight reduces the number of dopamine receptors that you have.

11. Exercise – activity is something your body craves (even if your conscious brain hates it sometimes). To make it fun for you, your brain actually releases fun chemicals like serotonin, endorphins and yes, dopamine.

12. Take in nature

What did you do to raise your dopamine today?

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September 7, 2019

Our clients both female and male at Energy Fitness, personal training studio in Downtown Memphis have simple and complex goals for their body transformations.Many of course just say I want to be stronger and more tone (If I had a dollar for every time I heard the word tone in the last 26 years in the fitness industry I could own my own private island 🙂

I’ve been personally incorporating more functional movement testing with our clients since my Titlest Performance Level 1 certification as well as the most recent Rock Tape certification. We’re currently in process of overhauling our fitness assessment for all trainers and clients.

Simply asking you or our clients to move the body in different movement patterns and looking for tightness, weakness and limited range of motion is a key to customizing the core or other exercises we choose as part of a personal training program. Tightness or lack of range of motion in one or more areas of the body may lead to injuries and pain in other areas of the body which is known as referral pain.

This post is about engaging those glutes! Deadbutt..it’s a real thing or gluteal amnesia, is a condition that occurs when your gluteus medius gets inflamed and forgets to function normally.

Access or Measure what you wish to improve. Can you pass or fail the below assessments? Look at the pictures and try it.

1 Leg bridge test (Accesses the ability of you to engage or activate your glute muscle.)

Can you do the below exercises without your hamstring cramping? You should be able to hold for up to 20 seconds or longer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Standing 1 Leg Balance eyes open and then closed Can you hold your leg at 90 degree flexion and hold for 20 seconds with and without your eyes closed? 

 

correct position

 

 

 

 

 

 

How did you fare? Did you have airplane arms or have to put the other foot down or wiggle it around to not fall down?

If so, maybe you need work with those glutes or balance or just want to improve the overall look of your backside and keep darn gravity from making you have saggy or flat butt.

 

 

 

incorrect position

 

Try these exercises to teach your body how to use those butt muscles. Hold on it you need to and yes, actually touch your butt to bench or chair. Lean forward as necessary to get up. Use a dowel, golf club or broom handle for assistance if needed. Master your own body weight first before adding weight. For an added challenge try G3 below without weight and the back leg not touching the floor, in fact hold it off the floor and in front of your body the whole time. You may need to hold your arms out in front of you for balance.

How many times should I do the exercises? 1-2 times per week, 1-3 sets of 10-15 reps

 

h20 is a great exercise as you get a hip flexor stretch also. Especially great for runners or those with excessive curve or sway back as it help the pelvis get back into posterior tilt which can also help make the stomach smaller.

This exercise is a great one to separate the feeling of “Am I using my hamstring or my glute to execute each movement?” as you get instant feedback especially if you are only using your hamstring then cramping. Try 20 reps.

Below is one is a tough one. No problem? First you have to be flexible enough to even get the leg across your body then attempt to lift your butt off floor.  Put your elbows on floor to help if you additionally which to work on posture. Make it harder by keeping the bottom leg off the floor while lifting butt and leg up and down. Try 15-20 reps.

 

 

 

 

 

Adding a band for resistance for the 1 Leg Heel Pushes is a great way to overload the muscle and get more results. Try 20-50 big range or small pulses reps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy glute work. Keep that butt high and engaged so all your movement patterns are in sync.

LIVE IN THE MEMPHIS AREA AND NEED TO BE INSPIRED TO GET INTO YOUR BEST SHAPE, EAT HEALTHIER, WORK AROUND INJURIES, NEED MASSAGE THERAPY OR ROCK TAPE & DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START OR NEED TO GET OUT OF THE GYM RUT?

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Owner/Dir. of Training, Energy Fitness (established 2002)

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We also have all natural spray tanning, facials & KT/Rock Tape taping.