Wednesday, May 29, 2013


Thus far I have discussed the importance of supplementing with magnesium and hydrochloric acid (HCL). The next supplement I recommend for a baseline protocol is zinc.

Zinc is involved in over 300 enzymatic reactions, similar to magnesium. It is important for the growth and repair of tissues. Tissues cannot repair properly without adequate amounts of zinc, which means zinc is a must for strength gains! Females with low zinc count cannot metabolize estrogen properly, which makes it easier to gain body fat.

98% of the population is zinc deficient and athletes are 100% deficient. The best way to measure zinc levels is to have a Red Blood Cell Zinc test run and not a serum test. 1400-1500 microgram/dL is ideal. We see high zinc deficiency rates due to the lack of zinc found in our food supply. It takes 3-6 months to repair zinc deficiency. If you take a good multi-vitamin, then 30mg/day will do the trick.

When I conduct BioSignature's on clients, zinc deficiencies manifest in the triceps, pecs, hamstrings, quads, umbilical, and suprailliac. I also measure zinc by having each client do a zinc tally test. They put a small amount of zinc in their mouth and then swallow it. Once swallowed, they let me know what they taste.

To read more about zinc read the following article-- The Most Important Supplement you are not Taking

Friday, May 24, 2013

Celtic Seafare

My weekly trips to the Barton Creek Farmers Market get better and better each week. I'm learning more about the local farmers, and I find myself trying new foods each week.

A few weeks ago I stopped by Celtic Seafare, a locally owned and operated company. They attend the Barton Creek Farmers Market every other weekend. I sampled the cold smoked salmon and bought a salmon dip they had at the Farmers Market that day. It was absolutely delish!

Why does Celtic Seafare salmon tastes so good?
  • Cold smoked in a traditional wood burning kiln. Learn more about the smoking process HERE.
  • Hand cured with pure sea salt and organic cane sugar
  • Finely hand sliced for a delicate texture
  • Fresh farmed Atlantic and wild salmon
  • Responsibly farmed no hormones or antibiotics
  • Open water nets
This salmon is great for grab and go. I would not recommend eating it as your daily fish intake since it is cured with organic cane sugar, but it's my go-to when buying smoked salmon. Next time you're at the Barton Creek Farmers Market I recommend stopping by their booth and giving the salmon a try.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013


Last week I discussed the importance of supplementing with magnesium. The next supplement I recommend for a baseline protocol is hydrocholric acid (HCL). This is actually the 1st supplement I would recommend for multiple reasons.
  • Improved sleep
  • Improved digestion
  • More stamina
  • Better body composition
  • Improved absorption of vitamins and minerals-- specifically, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, B9, B12, beta carotene, Vitamin C
The solution is to achieve adequate stomach acid for digestion in order to break down and absorb essential protein and nutrients. Before you take another supplement or eat a nutritious, organic meal packed with protein and antioxidants, please, please, please test your stomach acid! If you don’t have enough stomach acid to break down food, all your careful (and expensive) supplementation and meal preparation will be ineffective.

Some common symptoms of HCL deficiency include the following:
  • consume a meal and gastric upset-- belching, gas, bloat
  • see partially digested food in toilet
  • skin rashes
  • ridges in nails
  • leg and foot cramps
  • constipation
Stress and radiation reduce acidity in the stomach which is why HCL deficiencies are so common. 98% of people are HCL deficient.

When I took the HCL test, I found out I was extremely deficient and am now supplementing with 1400mg per meal. My digestion has drastically improved and my stomach does not cramp after every meal. If you are interested in testing your HCL levels, give me a shout and I can coach you through the process.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Hidden Poisons: Home

My latest article on The Triune--Hidden Poisons: Home.

One of the hot nutrition topics right now is Hidden Poisons. When I began researching this topic, I was amazed at how much we have in our home that is harmful to our bodies!  I’m beginning at home, with the items in most of our homes that you may not realize are poisonous.

3 Steps to Eliminate Home Toxins

1. Avoid any product labeled antibacterial. 

Problem: Trying to kill all bacteria is a big mistake. Antibacterial products can create indestructible superbugs.
A recent study determined that triclosan, the active ingredient in many antibacterial products, has a profoundly negative effect on our immune system’s natural killer cells, our primary defense against virus and tumor cells. 

Solution:  Good old unscented soap and water has worked for centuries, and there’s no reason to change now. A little bit of dirt never hurt anyone. In other words, “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it.” 

2. Shop for cleaning products carefully.

Problem: When it comes to certain dangers, cleaning products are clearly marked. But if you don’t understand the terminology, warnings can be confusing. For example: What is the difference between a product labeled “danger” and one that carries the warning “caution”? According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “caution” means fatalities can occur if more than two tablespoons are ingested, while anything labeled “danger” or “poison” is so deadly that just a few drops can be lethal.

In between the two, there’s the term “warning.” Just one teaspoon of these products can be deadly, and these terms apply only to adults. It takes far less to poison a child or an animal. In spite of the labels, household products poison about two million people each year, and more than half of them are children.

Other than these legally required warnings, manufacturers of conventional cleaning products usually provide little health information.
If you want to know what ingredients a product contains you are on your own. Most mainstream product labels do not include ingredients nor do they have to, thanks to trade-secret laws that protect these “recipes.” 

Solution: Read, read, read the labels. Don’t fall for imitation-healthy “green-washed” products created by companies hoping to profit from the nontoxic cleaning movement.
Terms like
  • Biodegradable
  • Natural
  • Free
  • Clear
  • Gentle are legally meaningless, so they can be used on products loaded with petrochemicals and toxins.
Instead, concentrate on the ingredients. On safe cleaning products, they are usually listed. Most of the ingredients should be recognizable names — citrus or coconut extracts, for example — not what appear to be answers to a chemistry quiz. If you have questions, contact the manufacturers. Those with nothing to hide should give you straightforward answers.
A great place to shop in Austin is at Treehouse on S. Lamar, and Meyers is a good brand to purchase that is found at most grocery stores. 

3. Go homemade.

Problem: Nontoxic cleaning products are too expensive or hard to find. 

Solution: You can make safe cleaning products yourself. There’s nothing better than plain old soap and water or the stuff our grandparents used — baking soda; borax; essential oils, such as lavender; lemon and other citrus extracts; distilled white vinegar; vegetable soaps or dyes; and linseed oil.

Kat Grosshaupt posted a blog HERE for a quick recipe on how to make a cleaning solution at home. You will need some refillable spray bottles and a bucket or container for mixing, but you’ll have the peace of mind that comes with not worrying about your home’s chemical contamination.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


I'm on day 2 of my BioSignature certification in Rhode Island. I am learning so much and feel much more equipped to coach my clients towards their goals, specifically involving nutrition and supplementation. Over the next few weeks, I will be discussing on my blog a base line supplement protocol that I recommend for everyone. Today is magnesium.

Last night I got to try a new magnesium product by Charles Poliquin, Zen Mag Liquid Px, that just hit the market today. It was pretty cool trying a product before the public could purchase it today. The product is designed to help replenish magnesium stores and improve sleep. My result-- I slept like a baby in my hotel room last night.

Zen Mag Px features the unique, patented chelated mineral Magtein™ which is a magnesium chelated to threonic acid (magnesium L-threonate). It is considered superior to other forms of magnesium at penetrating the blood brain barrier. Magnesium deficiency is associated with many neurological health issues such as anxiety disorders and memory loss. Zen Mag Px can support:
  • Recall
  • Relaxation
  • Sleep
  • Cognition
  • Age-related memory decline
  • PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Phobias
  • Depression
  • Anti-aging
If you're not taking magnesium, you should be. Most Americans are extremely deficient. All hormones are affected by optimal levels of magnesium. If you want to boost testosterone levels, improve muscle mass gains, prevent osteoporosis, manage cortisol levels, and improve body composition, then this supplement is a must in your daily regime. Women need a minimum of 1200mg and up to 2400mg; men need 2000mg-4000mg. Go on the higher dosage end if you workout. To restore magnesium levels, you should use multiple forms of magnesium to prevent loose stools. The best way to test magnesium levels is have your doctor run a red blood cell magnesium test-- 6.8mg/dL is optimal and 4.2mg/dL is the lowest value.  

If you are interested in having your BioSignature done, email me at

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Texas Longhorn Beef

I have been making weekly trips to the Barton Creek Farmers Market for about a month. One of my favorite places to get my beef for the week is Wright Longhorn Beef. Grass-fed Longhorn Beef is high in omega-3’s, has less fat than chicken or turkey, and is packed with flavor. Longhorn cattle are also much easier on the fragile and dry ecosystem of Central TX, because they browse (eat shrubs) as well as graze (eat grass). The cattle have no added hormones or unnecessary antibiotics, and are never exposed to the stresses of the feed lots that mass market beef cattle endure.

I specifically asked Mr. Wright about his longhorns and was pleased to hear they are 100% grass-fed from start to finish, and he even invited me to visit his farm. Some farmers feed cattle grass for only part of the duration and then stuff the cow full of grains but still claim it is "grass-fed." The key here is to be an informed consumer and ask questions.  Plus, by buying Longhorn, you’re helping to keep the symbol of Texas a viable breed.

I buy the ground beef and sausage each week and it's delish! If you aren't shopping at a Farmers Market, then start now. By doing a quick google search, you will be amazed at what you can find in your area.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Fashlete of the Month

I am honored to be Fashletics Fashlete of the Month. When Sarah reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in an interview, I was thrilled. Fashletics is a collection of handmade jewelry inspired by a passion for fitness.  Each piece of jewelry serves a badge of honor and an expression of strength. The brand’s mantra, LIVE LOVE LIFT™, has inspired a collection of apparel.  LIVE LOVE LIFT is more than a tagline, it is a way of life and a state of mind.  In addition to creating unique jewelry and clothing items, their goal is to empower and inspire people to live a fit and healthy lifestyle.

Excerpt from the interview--
As our Fashlete of the Month, Megan is receiving this customized sterling silver necklace from Fashletics engraved with the word of her choice. She chose the word BALANCE because it encompasses every bit of who she is-- work hard, play hard.  Megan values balance in her life, making sure that she never becomes too extreme with one thing in particular.  This balance ensures that she will not miss out on any of life's incredible opportunities.

This attitude is exactly what makes Megan a perfect Fashlete - she understands the connection between physical fitness and real life.  She has become a leader in a community that is committed to encouraging positive change inside and outside the gym walls. 

Read the entire interview HERE.