With Memorial Day weekend just around the corner and summer almost officially here, that means more time outdoors in the sun. No matter your pleasure of choice, a little beach rest and relaxation, hiking in the mountains or enjoying an open water swim, it is important to protect you and your family from the dangerous effects of sun exposure.
Though, do you know that not all sunscreens are created equal?
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) analyzed 1,700 sun protection productions in the United States and found that 80% of the products reviewed this year contained harmful ingredients or contained inadequate protection against the unsafe ultraviolet radiation. Some of these toxic chemicals, such as oxybenzone, which is a hormone disruptor, or retinyl palmitate, which is a form of vitamin A linked to skin damage.
Check out EWG’s Sunscreen Guide 2015 to make sure you have the right protection for you and your family during your outdoor activities.
Within the EWG’s Sunscreen Guide, here are a few other features listed in the report:
- Best Beach and Sport Sunscreens
- Best moisturizers with SPF
- Hall of Shame
- Reading the Report
- What’s Wrong With High SPF?
- Eight Little-Known Facts About Sunscreens
- The Problem With Vitamin A
Remember, the health of your skin is not just protected by what you apply to the skin from the outside. As I have mentioned in more detail in this previous blog post, the skin, being the largest organ of your body, is greatly impacted by the health of your gastrointestinal tract. Consuming Aloe Vera Juice is just one of the many foods that not only improves digestion but also gives your skin the glow and protection it deserves from the inside out.
To a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend to you and your loved ones!
Digestive Health Smoothie
4 raw Brazil nuts
1 whole cucumber
1 large celery stalk
small handful of spinach or mixed greens
1/2 cup aloe vera juice
1 heaping tablespoon ground flax seeds
1 cup frozen blueberries
15-20 drops vanilla stevia or raw honey (or to taste)
2.5 cups water (you can add more or less depending upon your thickness desire)
1 teaspoon maca (optional)
1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger (optional)
Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
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Do you experience or know anyone who experiences any of the following symptoms?
- Gas and bloating
- Allergies and/or sensitivities to certain foods or smells
- Eczema, canker sores or acne
- Migraine headaches
- Abdominal pain
- Brain fog, anxiety and depression
Did you know that the above symptoms all have the same root cause in common?
Nagging and often irritating manifestations, from your brain function to your skin to respiratory system to your belly, all stem from the same place.
Any guesses to where the root cause is located? Knowing me, you might know where this root cause is…
Yep, it’s in your gut!
First let’s remember that your body is a complex and amazing one. It is an interwoven and unique system that is constantly interacting. Organs are not independent from one another, but rather work in unison together.
At first, I can understand how it might be odd to think of your respiratory challenge, or most other health conditions, as stemming from the health of your primary digestion and absorption organ; the small intestine. But when really diving into the chemical reactions that are going on inside your body, things start to become clearer. These health challenges are warning signs that the body is sending you, informing you that something has gone wrong.
By getting to the actual cause of the manifestation, we can improve the health issue instead of masking over the signs and symptoms. You have a greater chance of being successful with your health challenges when identifying, addressing and understanding the knowledge of the root cause(s).
Let’s say you are experiencing a health challenge. You might go to the doctor to try and improve the situation. Often more times than not, the health challenge isn’t improved, instead the symptoms are dealt with. Those symptoms listed are often covered up, like a band-aid. Yes, your symptoms might disappear, which is great! But whatever is causing your symptoms to appear in the first place is not rectified. This is like putting a band-aid over a gaping wound.
Instead, we need to give our bodies what they need to function properly and improve our organ or organs that are working insufficiently. Poor gut health limits the organs, and whole body for that matter, from being able to function properly.
So, how can health challenges be impacted due to your gut?
Let’s start by discussing the gastrointestinal (GI) membrane…
The GI mucosal membrane surface is the largest interface between our internal body and the external world. It covers more than 400 square meters, that’s over 200-fold greater than the surface of your skin.
Over an individual’s lifetime, a person consumes over 25 tons of food, which gives the body nutrients through the processes of digestion and absorption. The GI tract is not only responsible for digestion and nutrient absorption, but is an essential protective layer from external pathogens.
When you consume food, it goes into your mouth, down the esophagus and to the stomach. From here the gallbladder and pancreas produce enzymes that are secreted into the gut and aid in further digestion. The quality of the enzymes produced by those organs is dependent on the health of your small intestine. These enzymes are then pumped into the gates of the small intestine.
Well, there are many detailed chemical processes that facilitate what is put into circulation by the small intestine. When functioning properly, the small intestine is your main gatekeeper. It determines what will and what will not travel into the circulatory system. Therefore, it’s the health of the small intestine that allows the gatekeepers to do their job.
And if your small intestine is being compromised, you are too. You could be absorbing the many not so good “foods,” or as prolific journalist and professor Michael Pollan likes to put it “food like substances,” (such as toxins) into your body. With poor nutritional intake and absorption, the cells of the small intestine are not able to support healthy regeneration, profoundly affecting the integrity of the small intestinal barrier. The gates are compromised, thus causing symptoms to arise in numerous possible ways.
Some factors associated with poor small intestine health:
- Nutrient insufficiencies
- Excessive stress
- Gastrointestinal infections
- Food allergies
- Excessive simple sugar consumption
- Poorly digested foods
- Food additives
- Over-the-counter drugs like NSAIDs
- Foreign microbes
- Whole food exposure before the age of 4 months
Therefore, it is key to have proper GI barrier function within the small intestine so certain poorly digested nutrients and other factors do not enter where they are not supposed to be. If they enter, they cause havoc on the body causing symptoms to arise, which can also disrupt your mental and hormonal health.
Even if you don’t experience any symptoms linked to your digestive system, one of the root causes of all manifestations is usually the health of your gut. This needs to be in good restoration.
But don’t worry, if your small intestine is out of whack, there’s hope. It can be restored!
Remember, a healthy small intestine is your gatekeeper for peak health.
In our nutrition sessions we get to the root causes, giving you the tools to heal your gut and improve your signs and symptoms.
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A great article in today's Memphis Daily News Small Business Spotlight about Acceleration Sports. We had a wonderful time last week with Don Wade (writer) and Andrew Breig (photographer) watching one of our small group training sessions. A huge thank you to Amy Barry and Sherri Kimery for showing Don and Andrew how it's done. We discussed wonderful and extremely important nutrition topics on what the body needs to function properly, great topics as always!
Check it out here or read below:
Trainer and nutritionist Stacy Peterson (right) of Acceleration Sports stretches with client Amy Barry, who had never considered working with a personal trainer until she met Peterson. (Daily News/Andrew J. Breig)
Acceleration Sports Gets All Ages Stronger
By Don Wade Updated 1:52PM
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If personal trainer/performance coach Stacy Peterson could help volleyball players at the Hutchison School, including their own daughters, then maybe she could help them, too.
That was the thought process last May when Amy Barry and Sherri Kimery started training sessions a couple of times a week with Peterson.
Kimery, 50, and Barry, 44, came to this revelation from different places, with Kimery saying, “I hate to exercise; this is the longest I’ve exercised in my whole life.”
Trainer and nutrtionist Stacy Peterson (left) of Acceleration Sports stretches with client Amy Barry, who had never considered working with a personal trainer until she met Peterson.
Barry never had considered a personal trainer because “I’ve always been self-motivated.”
Yet on a recent weekday morning in Barry’s East Memphis home, Peterson was putting them through their paces. Using a spare room downstairs where a ping pong table was folded up halfway and pushed toward one wall, they stretched on mats, used dumbbells as heavy as 40 pounds, and worked on their “weak areas.”
For Barry, that meant addressing her back and core. For Kimery, lower back issues had once been such a persistent pain that she had been going to the chiropractor every week. She says she has been just once since May.
A lot of the exercises Peterson has them doing work the lower back, glute, hamstrings and calves – areas, Peterson says, that are weak in a lot of people.
“We’re big posterior chain chickies,” Kimery said, referring to the area of focus.
Peterson, 33, has been operating Acceleration Sports – www.accelerationsports.net – since 2006. While a Division 1 swimmer at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, she earned an undergraduate degree in kinesiology. She then studied abroad and swam with the Australian National Team.
“I played every sport imaginable when I was a kid,” Peterson said. “I loved sports.”
So it was natural for her to go into coaching. “I’ve never had a nine to five job,” she said.
She did have a couple of 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. jobs. She worked as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at both the University of California San Diego and American University in Washington, D.C. She obtained a Masters of Arts degree in coaching and athletic administration at Concordia University, Irvine, and is working on her Masters of Science in human nutrition and functional medicine.
“She’s not just our exercise trainer,” Barry said. “She’s our full-wellness person.”
Peterson trains athletes of all levels – everything from youth competitors to middle-aged moms to ironman competitors to Division 1 athletes. In all cases, she believes nutrition matters. In summary, she says additives and processed foods are bad and “dark, leafy green vegetables generally are good; I know they’re not the tasty, yummy Oreo.”
Oreos are not Kimery’s temptation. When she started working with Peterson she had a nasty Diet Coke habit, sometimes drinking as many as eight in a day. She’s kicked that, but is hanging onto red wine – in moderation.
“My nutritional vice,” Kimery said, although there are plenty of studies that claim red wine in small amounts has healthful properties.
Peterson charges $75 per hour for one-on-one training, $45 each for semi-private training (two people), and $35 each for 3-5 persons. She also has team rates.
She is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. She also holds swimming, weightlifting, and holistic health certifications and is certified in CPR/AED.
Peterson also has found the personal training business to be a better fit and more rewarding than working on staff at a university.
“You’re working 14 to 16 hours a day. Really doesn’t make for much of a life,” said Peterson, who strikes the right balance of pushing clients and kidding with them. “I love working with people, helping them achieve their goals, to feel better, and to live healthier and happier.”
And without giving up red wine.
Acceleration Sports will be at the Memphis Agricenter for the Delta Fair and Music Festival on Monday, September 1st in the "A" wing!
Gates open at 10:00 AM with lots of fun activities for the whole family. Come visit us to see demonstrations, learn about holistic nutrition and ways you, and your family, can reach your health and fitness goals. See you there!
For more information about the fair visit http://www.deltafest.com/
Hello, my name is Stacy Peterson, licensed Functional Nutritionist and Holistic Health, Wellness and Strength & Conditioning Coach with a MS in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine practicing whole-foods nutrition and physical training to individuals around the globe.
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