Podcast: Stress Got You Down? You Might Have a Cortisol Addiction

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Kristen Bowen: Healthy people walk away from cortisol spikes. You, my friend, are in a space to create health. You’re here with me, and I am with you, and we have got this together, you and I. We are not alone on this journey of wanting to experience our very best day. You know that day when you wake up and you’re ready to change the world? I love those kind of days, so let’s talk. What is cortisol? Cortisol is made by your adrenals, and it manages how your body metabolizes sugar and fat. Bad cortisol is all of this cortisol you get when you spike all the time. We do need some cortisol, because it helps our heart, and it helps blood pressure. If you’ve got blood pressure or heart issues, it started with cortisol spikes, so managing that cortisol is absolutely crucial. I’m here to tell you something I’ve learned. We as women have an addiction to cortisol, and we just need to start calling it what it is.

It’s interesting to me so many women are wanting to help their children with addictions, and to walk away from those addictions, but they haven’t even recognized their own internal addiction that they don’t have to go to a friend to buy, or a drugstore, or a computer. They create it internally, and that’s cortisol. There’s a short term and a long term to cortisol, and I want you to be able to look at it through the short term and long term investment, so you can make a decision as to what fits in your life. Here’s how we get sucked into the cortisol addiction. The short term benefits of cortisol are pretty amazing. We get a little boost of energy. We get some clearheaded thinking, and our body feels better for a little bit. The long term consequences are that very cortisol, the quick fix made us feel good, long term, it’s a slow etching of our energy, our organs, our hormones, our sleep, our ability to think, our ability to react, our ability to experience joy.

Remember the short term, it paid us off, and so many of us are choosing the short term over the long term. I created health by choosing long term investments, and you need to start choosing long term investments. Those are the people that I see getting healthy, not the ones who make a quick fix. One of my quick fixes was grabbing a Diet Coke because it gave me energy, but the long term consequence is it was walking me away from my health. The same thing with the cortisol spike. When was the last time you were frustrated, and you might’ve held a sweet smile on your face, and smiled all the way through it. As women, handling our anger is something that I haven’t met a lot of women in my life who are super comfortable in handling anger, so we put a sweet little smile, and we go into good girl syndrome, and we’re frustrated as all heck on the inside, and our cortisol spikes, and walks us away from the very thing that we say that we want, good health, because there is no diet protocol. There is no supplement. There is no program that will offset a cortisol addiction.

There are things you can do to help it, but let’s walk into 100% accountability, and that is managing your cortisol. You do that through your thoughts. You do that through meditation. You do that through all sorts of things, so let’s talk about some things in your body that you can tell if you might have a cortisol addiction. You’re not sleeping well. You get discouraged easily. You’re always anxious. You would rather hang out in the bathroom late at night and clean the bathroom than go hop into bed with your husband because your sex drive is tanked. Let’s just call it what it is. You have backaches, muscle aches. You crave unhealthy foods, even though you know better. You’re always getting sick. You’re gaining weight, no matter what you try, especially around your middle. You’re tired, but you’re wired. Those are all symptoms that you’re producing too much cortisol, and you are completely in control of how much cortisol you produce. Let’s talk about some things that we can do to help us walk away from our cortisol addiction, because when we do, we walk toward health. It’s a simple choice.

In the morning, between 6:00 and 8:00 a.m., that should be your best, most productive time of the entire day. That’s when your cortisol is naturally the highest, and that’s when you should be the most creative. If you’re not, if you’re dragging that backside out of bed, and if you’re hitting your snooze nine more minutes, nine more minutes, then let’s talk about some things that you can do to offset that. Start your morning with saltwater. This last couple months, my stress has been through the roof, and when you look at me, it’s obvious, and these are the things that I did to pull my body’s ability to manage that stress back into balance. I started having saltwater by my bed so first thing in the morning I could drink that saltwater, because it’s a reminder to my body this is when natural cortisol should be its highest. Then you might’ve heard me talk about this before, soaking in magnesium. The higher your cortisol addiction, the faster you burn through your magnesium, which is the very thing that you need to manage the cortisol.

If you have a cortisol addiction, if that list sounded like your life and you thought, “Oh, Kristen. That’s me,” we need more magnesium, and not just spring it on, and not taking it as a tablet in synthetic form. We need the real stuff pulled from the ocean and soaked in. The 30-day challenge comes to mind. You might’ve heard me talk about it before. We need that magnesium because the magnesium helps balance our DHEA level, and that’s what determines cortisol. When you soak in that magnesium, your DHEA levels are able to naturally, more easily balance that cortisol. It’s this beautiful little connection that happens. Traditions. As women, we need traditions in our life. Traditions keep us calm. Traditions, we know what to expect, and they help us to nurture those people around us, so I want you to think of traditions that you love. We have a Fourth of July tradition that is some of my favorite memories with our children. Christmas can have so much pressure on it. Oh, my gosh. Fourth of July, there’s very little pressure.

As my kids started getting older and getting married, there was expectations with the other side of the family for everybody to be together, so we took the pressure off our kids, and said, “Hey, let’s hang out together the Fourth of July. It’s really fun, and there’s lots of great things to do.” Our family looks forward to that tradition. We love that tradition. I also love the tradition and routine of a long, hot, beautiful bath. I put some music on. I put some candles on. I turn the lights off. I draw the water. I put my bath bomb in. Oh, and by the way, it’s boosted with magnesium, and boron, and a beautiful cocoa butter. I pull out a good book, and I just spend some downtime in the bathtub. Those traditions help us manage our cortisol spikes throughout the day. There’s another really beautiful thing, because I want to know, when’s your best time of the day? When do you feel the most cohesive, the most productive, and the most in charge of your life? The further away that is from 6:00 to 8:00 a.m., the more you’ve walked away from that natural circadian rhythm, but here’s a really simple tip to walk back toward it.

You can’t break natural law, and expect to experience natural health. It just doesn’t happen, and so let’s walk back toward some of that grandma wisdom, and that is, sunshine rebalances that wired, tired body you’re dragging around. Sunshine. Get out from that computer. Get out from that desk. Get out from working indoors, and walk outside for a little bit every single day. If you really want to pump it up, you’ll do some sunshine first thing in the morning, because that’s the most powerful way to reset your master hormone called leptin. Simple sunshine first thing in the morning. It’s crucial. Our bodies have the ability to self-repair if we’re not under stress. Did you know that your body’s got two gears, fight or flight, rest and renew, and if your cortisol is spiking all day long, your body has very little time, because it can only do one or the other. We’ve bought into this thing of multitasking, but your body hasn’t. It’s in fight or flight or in rest and renew.

Making sure that you’re in rest and renew ensures that you’re tapping into your body’s god-given ability to self-repair itself, and we need that. We need you waking up feeling empowered, feeling strong, feeling capable. That’s what living the good life naturally is all about, because here’s what happens when a woman taps into that. She changes the lives of people around her, and we need more women changing those lives. Have you looked around at all the needs that there are in the world? There’s natural disasters happening everywhere. There are people that need us. They need us waking up, feeling empowered, claiming our gifts, claiming our strengths, and moving forward with clarity. Thanks for joining me on this podcast. My name is Kristen Bowen. I’m the founder of Living the Good Life Naturally, and I’ve been sick and I’ve been healthy, and I much prefer being healthy. You can join me over at livingthegoodlifenaturally.com. We’ve got our blog post. I love to hang out on Facebook Live, and just do some little impromptu classes.

I try to hit that every Wednesday at noon, Mountain Standard Time. I love me a good Snapchat, love a good Snapchat. It’s just spontaneous when the thought comes to me, and I can pull out my phone, and just quick snap some thoughts. We’re also on Instagram, where we share capsule dressing, and beautiful pictures, and things that inspire us, and other locally owned female businesses that are changing the world. If you’ve ever felt alone, join us. On the front page of the website, there’s a little spot when you go to livingthegoodlifenaturally.com, and it says, “Join the movement,” because this is a movement to get you feeling great, so you can live those big dreams that your heart carries. This last week I got to watch Penny. She was a part of our More Money Now class, and she has actually set up a situation for people who have Parkinson’s Disease. There wasn’t anything to serve people with Parkinson’s Disease with this boxing program, and Penny decided to kick fear in the face, and live her life on a bigger level.

She’s serving the people around her in Saint George, specifically those with Parkinson’s Disease, to help them slow down the effects of Parkinson’s. She’s changing the world, because she’s started to wake up feeling good, and empowered, so I want to know, what are you going to do to change the world?

Facebook Live: Magnesium + Boron Benefits

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Make your own Boron: DIY Boron Video

Make your own Boron: Boron Concentrate Recipe

Let’s talk magnesium and boron. I had a dear friend come in the shop today, she had arthritis, and I don’t know about you, but arthritis pain can slow me down. Remember, I’m not a doctor. I’m not prescribing, not diagnosing. I’m just sharing with you some things that I’ve done to get on top of my arthritis.
Some people, when they start this, don’t have great success. I couldn’t figure out why is it working for some people and not working for other people, and here’s what I learned: Magnesium and boron work together. If you just jump in and take your boron, it’s not going to be as effective if you don’t have your magnesium levels up. Boron will help your arthritis pain. In fact, many people experience more benefit from boron than they do from taking the prescription Celebrex.
Here’s my little boron concoction. I’m clear to the end, this used to be clear up here. I found the levels that worked for me. People with autoimmune need a little bit more boron than people that don’t have autoimmune. I do, so for me, two teaspoons of this concentrate in the morning and two teaspoons at night is fabulous, but it does not work as well if you don’t have your magnesium.
My goal was to be on today at noon, I don’t even know what time it is now, 7:00? Crazy busy day got away from me. Let me know where you’re from. I’d love to know. This is my time that I can answer questions. We’re really changing things up here at Living the Good Live Naturally, and I just have to be realistic that I am not able to keep up with all of the personal communication. These Facebook Lives are my way that you and I can interact with each other. If you do have a question or something that, I don’t know, maybe I could throw some light on, this is a great time to ask that question.
Shelley, I want to know, have you added boron? Boron is so crucial. The people that I see creating the most vibrant health that wake up feeling amazing are those that have hold on to grandma wisdom but stay current. I realize that’s the pattern that I want to have.
Heidi, I do not sell boron because it’s something that you can get at the grocery store very inexpensively. I have another Facebook Live video that we pulled it over and put it on the blog at Living the Good Life Naturally. That whole recipe for how I make this, it’s pennies. It’s literally pennies, and how I make it is over on that one.
Pam, you haven’t taken boron, either? When I went to get on here earlier it was a stressful day, through the roof stressful, but I wanted to honor my commitment that I would get on on Wednesday. I really didn’t know what to talk about. I was like, “Well, I’ll just talk about things that came into the shop today,” and now I’m really excited because boron is so crucial.
Remember I talked about the grandma wisdom and staying current. Please if you have any questions, I’ll answer if I can. I’ll share and this is a great time.
I did that boron video, and it was one of the most viewed videos that I’d ever done on Facebook Live so “I’m soaking in it this moment with magnesium.”
So let me tell you, these are our bath bomb bomb flops. We need a good name. Anybody have a good name for the flops on the bath bombs? They are bath bombs that have boron in them. You take a little bit in through your skin and you absorb it, but just a little bit.
Currently, our soils are becoming more deficient in boron, which means our food is becoming more deficient in boron. Boron holds magnesium in your cells. For example, because my boron levels are good, and they’re strong, today when the stress hit, I was able to be calm. Okay, a couple of times I wasn’t, but my reaction to the stress was better because boron helps me hold on to my magnesium when the stress hits. Super important for that.
Hailey, I love you so much. I don’t want to put you on the spot, I think Hailey has started on boron, so if you’re on the call right now I’d love to know if you’ve added it. Marilyn, I’d love to know if you’ve added boron, let me know if you’ve added boron because sometimes it’s just me going blah, blah, blah. If somebody else shares their experience, then it’s easier to see that whole picture. Hailey, I think you’ve started it. If anybody else here has, please jump in.
We can tell if a video on Facebook is really serving people if there’s lots of shares, likes, and comments. That’s how we gauge it. If there’s a lot of them, then we pull that video from Facebook. After about three weeks, you can’t find it on Facebook, so we put it over on the blog so it’s still easy to find at livingthegoodlifenaturally.com. The boron video that I did of how to make this is about 12 minutes long. If you haven’t learned how to make that boron, please go watch that video. I want to talk today about what boron does. Heidi, go check out that video. Marilyn, “A little bit.” Hailey, “Has totally changed my life. It’s Amazing”
Today, I was concerned though because one lady came in, and said “Oh my gosh, I started that boron, and it made me so sick.” I’ve had that happen a couple of times, and so my question is always, “Why? Why does it work for some people and not for other people?” and then I realize we have individual chemistry. They were all dealing with the same thing, and here’s what I learned, with Boron you start with magnesium. I know I say that a lot. Start with the magnesium and boron. You do those together, and the boron will actually help with hormonal balance. Did you realize that? It’s so powerful, and costs pennies. It makes your soaking more efficient.
Here’s three things that I hear every single day of my life: Being healthy is too expensive, I’m tired, and I’m overwhelmed. We’ll add the fourth thing I hear everyday, your magnesium’s too expensive.
If you’ve ever had that thought that being healthy is so expensive, this is pennies to help you bring down inflammation and help your body hold on to magnesium and to help with hormones. If you just jump in and start doing the boron without the magnesium, it can give you grief.
Before I forget my one-and-done friend Shelley, she’s the one who taught me the best name for drinks. When I put all this stuff in my drink, one-and-done, Shelley’s knees are popping. Has anybody else have that, like when you stand up, your knees creak or pop, or people can hear you coming before they see you coming? That is your body giving you feedback if you know what your body is saying. Once I started learning about the feedback loop that my body was giving me and learning this language, it makes it so much easier to create health. When knees are popping, it’s a B12 deficiency.
We don’t want to just jump in and just take B12 because B vitamins come in a family. We need to take whole food B vitamins, add a B complex and add the B12. When knees are popping, B12 deficiency, and it’s crucial. In fact, there is such a good book called Could It Be B12. Love that book. Really powerful book.
Did you know, did you know post-partum depression is a B-12 deficiency. I struggled with post-partum sometimes after some my babies were born. If you see a mama that is starting to just not connect and bond, going into that lifeless face, get them B12. I have seen a change in 45 minutes. Now, I’m not saying it’s going to heal all post-partum, because you’ve just done given everything that you had to get that baby into this world, but adding that B12 can be a game-changer.
The shop is a chick shop because there’s flowers hanging, we’ve got good smells and bath bombs that have glitter, and sometimes we have glitter on our face. Sometimes when men come into my shop they’re kind of like, “Oh my gosh, this is a chick shop,” and then sometimes they’ll call me white witch doctor. I’m learning to be okay with that. You can kind of tell when they’re being dragged by their wife. They’ve heard, “Well, Kristen says,” and they don’t even want to meet me.
After a husband has had learned about that B12 and seen the change in his wife, I’ve had numerous come back teary and saying, “Thank you Kristen.” It’s like, I didn’t figure it out. I just read it and saw it work in lots of people. B12 is really important, it’s a game changer. Shelley, that’s the feedback loop.
I want to go back to boron though. So many people, especially women, have an addiction to cortisol. Now, cortisol is crucial. We need small amounts of cortisol dropped about four times a day, but here’s what we buy into. Stress because our house isn’t picked up, perfect and decorated like all the beautiful homes on Instagram. Stress because our kids didn’t do something perfect. Stress over a job, or stress that we didn’t have anything to wear. That’s all cortisol. Every time we get that stress, we pump up our cortisol.
Here’s the thing, it’s our own little secret-sauce addiction because for the moment, it clears up our head and gives us a little boost of energy for the short term. In the long term, when that cortisol spikes, magnesium gets pushed out. So boron to the rescue. Boron will help you hold on to your magnesium if you’re like me and it kind of spikes.  
Oh, you’re so welcome Shelley. “Crazy that you say that about the knee popping. Since school started, I’ve slacked completely in my one-and-dones.” Your body’s giving you feedback, but you’re missing some of those nutrients Shelley.
Darcy, boron can be taken two different ways, two different ways. I have a video over on livingthegoodlifenaturally.com on how to make it or where to buy it.
Boron is a mineral mined from the earth and it’s found in so many different foods, but with the way that we’re growing our foods the boron’s dropping. That’s why here at Living the Good Life Naturally, we have this philosophy that is to create health, you have to hang on to grandma wisdom and you have to stay current. You have to bring those two things together.
Grandma wisdom is things like drink water, early to bed, early to rise, eat your vegetables. Those are just the basic, foundational things that are never going to change. Grandma didn’t have to worry about magnesium though. She got it from her food. Grandma also got her boron from her food. It’s crucial that we stay current with what’s happening so that we can adapt those things as needed so we have optimal health.
I know beautiful Hailey is joining us from California. Hailey, I want to know have you ever driven through that Mojave Desert? Has anyone else? I know I’ve done that. As a little girl, we lived in California. We drove to Utah and went through that Mojave Desert. There is actually one of the largest deposits of boron there, it’s a mine. It’s a mineral that comes from the earth, but we’re losing it in our foods.
Oh you have been there Hailey. If you guys ever have the chance to stop, there’s actually a museum there. I stopped and the curator of the museum was so excited that I stopped. I don’t think many people stop, but I’m fascinated with boron because for me, someone who has osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, it’s a game-changer.
I wouldn’t be functional and I couldn’t live the life I’m living with boron. Just remember, you don’t just jump in and add all of this boron. You have to build your foundation of magnesium and then add the boron. It helps you hold on to the magnesium and it helps you decrease inflammation. It’s an anti-inflammatory and it balances estrogen levels.
Shelley just put a link to the Facebook Live video for how to make the boron. She just put that link in there for you, so thank you one-and-done Shelley. Thank you. Awesome.
Here’s the thing about too much boron. I don’t know how to say this politely, in a way that my mom would be so happy of how I said that online. My husband thinks it’s worse how I say it then the actual word. I was saying disaster pants, and he was like, “That is a worse visual than just …” So anyway, it can go through your stomach. You’re getting it, I see those laughy faces. You totally understand what I meant.
What’s a polite way to say that? Go through your stomach too fast? Anyway, you totally got that. I love it. My husband thinks that’s the grossest way to say it, ever. Everybody knows what it means when I say that.
Don’t drink too much of this. You’ll get disaster pants. Get what I mean? You have to start slow. Remember first we build our foundation with magnesium. Then on the boron, one teaspoon of the concentrate is approximately three milligrams of boron.
Now, I personally would never be comfortable going over 15 milligrams of boron. You wouldn’t start at 15 milligrams. You start at one teaspoon, which is approximately three milligrams. Guess what? It doesn’t taste good. It’s really bad.
Oh Heidi, just start with one teaspoon of boron. You can mix it in water, and I was doing that and taking it like a shot. Then I’d have to stand at my sink and think good thoughts, rub my throat, hold my head back and not gag. It was so bad. I don’t like doing that. I thought there’s got to be an easier way, so Shelley’s one-and-done came into my head.
Oh Sophie, you think it taste fishy? How interesting. I don’t think it taste fishy at all. That is so interesting. If anybody else has tried it and has, “It taste like …” throw it up there. We want to know what you think it taste like.
What I do with my boron is I start every single morning without fail with grapefruit juice because for me, it’s a superfood. That grapefruit juice thins my bile. I add the boron, add my blue-green algae, add some salt, add some cream of tartar. It’s this sh-boom of health for me. I add my boron to that morning drink and that’s my favorite way.
Oh Marilee. Are you serious? You think it taste like fish also? That is so interesting. I think we need to do a poll and find out because I don’t think it taste like fish at all.
I take some in the morning and some at night. The reason for that is we have 24 hours in a day and we have a 12-hour inflammation cycle. I want my inflammation down for 24 hours. That way I’m keeping my inflammation down all of the time.
Oh Teresa, that’s my experience is it taste like detergent smells. Some people think it really, Sophie, Soph, and Merilee feel like it has a fish taste, so very individual to your body chemistry what it taste like.
What I do is a boron dose twice a day because I want my inflammation cycle down all of the time. Does anybody here have arthritis? Give me a little heads up or a thumbs up or a smiley or something. If I only take it once a day in the morning, when I go to bed I get pain points at night. Iit wakes me up, so it is just a better fit.
A couple of you have arthritis. I’ve found that breaking up the dosage twice a day is 10 times more powerful than taking it once a day. Oh Anna says, “Yes, I’m not alone in this arthritis thing.” You know what I had to happen? Somebody was saying to me, “Kristen, how in the heck do you follow through?”
First of all, I don’t follow through 100%. Nope, that’s not my life. I do stay pretty strong like between 70 and 80%. I’m different when I’m on the road than when I’m at home. I realized the reason why is I’ve learned to let me pain motivate me. I realized I’d never been grateful for my pain. I did the most beautiful journaling session on gratitude for my pain because I’m not the type of person who would normally take really good care of myself. I do it to stay out of pain so I can run and play with grand babies. I realized I’d never said, “Oh my gosh, pain, thank you.” I know that sounds dorky and really drippy. It was a really powerful moment for me.
Which by the way, have any of you read Brené Brown’s new book Braving the Wilderness? I just finished it. She’s done it again, it’s so good. Totally worth buying it. I bought it on Kindle, a hold in my hand, and audible. That’s how good it is.
Hailey says, “I take boron with coconut water and cherry powder, cream of tartar, with a splash of orange juice.” I do mine with grapefruit juice. Now, I put some salt in there too because when you add that salt, it increases the voltage, and a decrease of voltage causes every disease. So Hailey, put a little bit of salt in there, so you’re getting potassium and all sorts of beautiful things.
It’s called Braving the Wilderness, Brené Brown. I’m telling you this is going to come true. One day, I’m going to meet her. I’m going to look into her eyes, she’s going to look into my eyes. It only has to last half a second. That’s all I need. I will stand in her presence. Seriously, I don’t know how. I’ve tried to buy tickets to her classes and they sell out like that. I’m not getting discouraged because I know miracles can happen. One day our eyes, they’re going to do this, and she’s going to feel my gratitude for all the beautiful principles and things. Oh I love it.  
Soph asked, “How much do you take morning and night?” One of the concerns I have about sharing how much I take is sometimes I’ve noticed that women will do exactly the same thing instead of adjusting it to their body. This is my disclaimer. I’m telling you how much I take. My body’s a little different than your body. I really want you to learn that connection of how to adjust it to your body. I take two teaspoons in the morning and two teaspoons at night. That’s six milligrams in the morning and six at night, so a total of 12 milligrams is a good fit for me. Now, for many people, that would be too much.
Oh my gosh, I totally forgot to talk about this because normally, I’m looking through the lens of women. That’s the predominant who I work with. Let’s talk about men and boron.
You know, us women have been having some hormone issues for quite some time. A lot of women experience hormone issues. Well, guess what’s happening? Remember we talked about grandma wisdom and being current? Currently, men’s testosterone is crashing. They do not have access to their testosterone. Boron, baby. In fact, are we all adults here? I think we’re all adults. If you’ve got little kids in the room, cover their ears.
It can improve your sex drive. Yeah baby. Boron. But you have to build your magnesium. You have to build that magnesium. You can tell on a man when his testosterone drops, his muscles in his face hang a little bit, and he won’t have toned or defined muscles. There’ll be no definition, they’re just kind of soft, and there’s no curve to the muscle. That’s a testosterone issue.
They’re kind of lifeless, and they just hop. A lot of the times, they go from job to job. They have a hard time sticking to things. They know they need to get some things done, but can’t really find that drive to get up and get it done. That’s a testosterone issue, and that’s not the only thing, but it’s a boron deficiency. Boron, boron, boron, but remember, you’ve got to build that magnesium first.
Oh fabulous, you got some of the coconut water. Yay. I forgot to order, and we didn’t have anymore. Yay, you got the coconut water. That’s that potassium, and our goal is 4,700 milligrams of potassium a day.
Boron is crucial in balancing hormones and really important for men. Super important for men. Now, we got some husband checking out going on. Yeah, check out that face. The other way you can tell is if his sex drive’s gone. That’s a testosterone issue and boron can really help with those hormones. That’s the most beautiful part of marriage. I can’t believe I’m talking about this on Facebook Live. We’re going to go to different topic because I don’t want any comments.
Hailey says, “How much salt?” Salt depends on your cortisol, so your stress levels. For example, today I did more salt than I’ve done in a long time. Just kind of piled, all this stuff happening. Because my cortisol went up, my salt needs went up too.
I’ll do it this way so you can see my new pretty ring. It’s kind of different than anything I’ve ever worn, but I like it. Your hands will be feedback on your salt intake. Some people, it will for ankles. Now for some of you, you won’t get that feedback from your body if you’ve trashed your adrenals to the deepest core level. Your body won’t tell you. It’ll puff a little bit, but remember, we want our blood to be as salty as the ocean. That salt helps build voltage. Literally going from chasing symptoms to building voltage is a life-changer for people. I’s a game-changer because it keeps it simple to create health.
Sophie says, “If I take the salt, cream of tartar, and acerola at night, will that keep me awake?” It might, and it might help you sleep. It’s one of those things.
We were laughing, Hailey and I California talking about the Utah trends verses the California trends. Alex and Ani are definitely a Utah trend, but tThis is me Bellabeat, and this is what I use to track my sleep.
There is also a Fitbit and it will track your sleep. There is an app, and the paid app is worth it. It’s freaking amazing on tracking your sleep, it’s called Sleep Cycle. It’s an orange one. It’s on Android and iPhone. Tracking your sleep is something I do every day. Then that way, as you take that at night, you can track your sleep to see if it’s affecting your sleep. Some people it will wake up and other people it will put to sleep, depending on how healthy your adrenals are. That’s what’s going to make the difference. Sometimes we don’t pick up on the nuances of what it’s doing, for example, it actually made our sleep a little bit worse, but because it was really subtle, we didn’t pick up on it. That’s why I’m a tracker. Oh that would be a good t-shirt. Boom. I’m a tracker. It’s worth it to me. I know it’s a little bit of work, but not a lot. I monitor and what you monitor gets better, and sleep is crucial.
Oh thanks. I’ve never worn anything that long and I thought it my bug me because it hit my knuckle. I’m kind of liking it and think it’s kind of it’s cute. Ignore the Barbie-pink nail polish. Not cute. You know how you think, “Oh I need a change.” Yeah, not to that. It reminds me of the Barbie Jeeps my little daughters used to drive.
Do you have a deeper understanding of boron? Did this little Facebook time together help? Tell me what you learned about boron. That will help me see where did I scroll, talk about cute rings, nail polish colors and where did I not cover information about boron. Throw it in, and tell me what you specifically learned about boron.
Here’s the other thing that’ll happen. When you type it in, it actually puts it in a different part of your brain and will help you access the information. Have you ever gotten tons of information, then you can’t remember it? I want you to remember because magnesium paired with boron is a game-changer. It’s building your foundation. Anybody want to chime in and share with me? I’m going to look at the number, not throwing out a guilt trip, but there are 14 of you online. Oh 12, some of you dropped off, you didn’t like that question.
There is a link that Shelley posted to you because that was a different video. It’s a whole separate video in itself and I’m trying to keep these shorter. Shelley posted a link in here to my boron video of how to make it and where to buy it. That was kind of boron 101 and this is boron 102. You can hop over on that link that Shelley posted and watch that video of where to get it, how to make it, and that kind of thing.
I wanted to talk more about the benefits of it. Darcy, “Helps with pain and reduces inflammation.” Yay. Oh is it Kila? Am I saying it right? Tell me if I’m saying it right, it’s so important to say people’s names right.
The other thing, did anybody pick up that boron holds magnesium in your cells? For example, if you have a stressful day, and you’ve got good boron levels, it helps you not lose your magnesium through your urine. There’s another favorite word of mine to use on Facebook Live. It helps hold that magnesium in the cell and helps hormones. Remember that one, helps hormones.
We forgot one. Anybody have candida issues? If you’ve got a candida issue, you have a boron deficiency. Candida just, that goes hand-in-hand. If you’ve got a white tongue, that means you’ve got a boron deficiency. Tons of cravings? Boron deficiency. Do you see all the things, and it’s pennies. We do have to remember to make sure that we’re building the magnesium. Building that magnesium is crucial.
I’ve loved being here with you today. My name is Kristen Bowen. I’m the founder of Living the Good Life Naturally. I love hanging out on Facebook Live every Wednesday. It was supposed to be noon, so I was seven hours late. I’m also over on Instagram. I love Instagram and Snapchat. We’ve been doing some recipe things over on Snapchat. On Snapchat, sometimes, I do it right when I wake up. It’s is just how it is. I don’t always get my hair and makeup done like today when I go on Snapchat.
Sophie says, “I had a crazy, abnormal day. I was so stressed, came home, took a bath in magnesium with a bath bomb,” Sophie was it the green one that you and I love so much? That’s my favorite bath bomb. “I still wasn’t feeling completely stress-free. You reminded me to take the boron, and it worked within minutes.”
Do you see? Soph just helped you understand the connection between boron and magnesium. The magnesium helped but the boron is part of the magnesium family. When we don’t have enough boron, the magnesium can’t do its full job. Thank you so much for sharing that with us Sophie.
If you’re on Snapchat, we’ve been doing some recipes and some of my meal-planning tips. One of my favorite meals is Sam’s Club’s bone broth. I had a bone broth adventure with a Crock-Pot. I’d love to see you send me a snap over on Snapchat. We’re: LivingTGLN on Snapchat. On Instagram we’re livingthegoodlifenaturally. You know where I’m at on Facebook because you’re here.
This is the last thing and then I’ll call it a night. The Facebook Live video on how I make the boron is over on the blog at livingthegoodlifenaturally.com. We found that after about three weeks on Facebook, the search doesn’t work very well. When there’s lots of shares and if there’s lots of comments, that says to us that something has helped people. We’ll pull that video and put it over on the blog at livingthegoodlifenaturally.com.
“I am only on week two of soaking.” You can do what you want. On week two of soaking, you’ve soaked enough to add that boron in there. It’s the people that just jump in and do straight boron without any magnesium soaking. I understand, pennies compared to 69 bucks, but the two go hand-in-hand. This penny little DIY here helps you hold on to the magnesium more efficiently. Sophie is living proof of that.
I have loved being here with you today. I love connecting on social media. My goal is to always connect in real life. Someday we’re going to. You and I, just like Brené and I are going to. We’re going to look into each other’s eyes and connect because healthy people are deeply connected people.
Thank you for being here with me tonight and connecting with me. It’s been a hard week and I’m really grateful. I’m very grateful for the connections that I’ve had with people this week.
In the email newsletter there’s an amazing sauce recipe. I got it from a mom in San Francisco that told me I could share it. If you haven’t joined us there it’s livingthegoodlifenaturally.com. The front page of the website, enter in your email. We’re making a cute little graphic for it. It’s a fabulous little pop-in-your-mouth with acerola. That’s going to go out in the email newsletter.
Okay guys, thank you for the gratitude. I feel it. The connection today with the people that I’ve had has helped me remember goodness, light, and hope in the world. The discouragement just really kicked in. Really heavy for me, and so thank you for being here with me because when I connect to people, I remember I’m not alone in the world. I needed the connection tonight, so thank you. Love you guys so much.
Oh, “Where do you get the boron?” Colette, that’s over in the note section, Shelley put a link to a whole about 20-minute Facebook Live on where I get it and how to make it. Go check that out at the blog at livingthegoodlifenaturally.com. Actually Shelley just copied and pasted the link right in the note section. Love you guys so much. Have a great day. Bye-bye.

Podcast: Creating health can be easy if you do this

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Have you ever thought to yourself, “Being healthy is so hard. I can’t do this. I give up. I’m done,” only to wait a little while to try again? Judging yourself harshly without compassion puts you more deeply into the very pattern of what you’re trying to walk away from. How about celebrating that you restarted and tried to get healthy again? Have you ever done that? Have you ever celebrated and said, “Oh, my gosh! I cannot believe I did not give up. I got back up and I tried again today.” Have you ever done that?

Doing the opposite of what you’re doing now might just make the journey a little bit easier. I want you to think about your very favorite person to hang out with. If you treated them the way you judge yourself internally, I bet they wouldn’t hang out with you very much. Those patterns that walk us away from help, the pattern of perfectionism, the pattern of all-or-nothing, which are deeply connected to shame, the pattern of playing the victim, the pattern of compare-and-contrast, those four patterns are what are actually holding you back from creating the very thing that you want to create. Here’s the thing. Everybody has those patterns. Healthy people react differently to those patterns when they come up than sick people do.

Today, here is your action item. When you go to bed tonight, I would like you to end your day celebrating all of the beautiful, imperfect things that you did. Even if they were epic failures, find something to celebrate, find something that you can be good to yourself about. I promise you it makes the journey easier.

Now, there’s still some components that you’re going to have to put into place to create help, and you’re still going to have to learn some things along the journey. It’s not going to happen tomorrow. You do have the power to make that journey easy or hard, and it all comes down to the compassion and the judgment with which you give to yourself.

I love morning routines. Morning routine is crucial. I don’t hear as many people talking about nighttime routines. One of my favorite nighttime routines is turning some music on and celebrating my wins and my losses because, you see, if I’ve had losses, that means I’m out there doing something. I’m living. I’m learning. Losses can be great teachers. Losses mean that you’re one step closer to that victory.

Beating yourself up is slowing you down. It’s weighing heavily on your shoulders. Just trust me, just tonight, right before you get into bed, throw some music on. We’ve got a really fun playlist over at the blog on livingthegoodlifenaturally.com, or maybe you have a couple of songs that just make you move. I love Andy Grammer. I love Bon Jovi. I love Sara Bareilles. You know, that music that your body just starts to move to. Abba Dancing Queen? How can you not move to that one?

Put the music on. Start to move. Maybe even throw your arms up in the air a little bit and celebrate. No matter where you’re at, no matter what your family is facing, no matter what your loved ones are going through, I promise you, digging deep and being grateful will help make the journey easier.

My name’s Kristen Bowen. I’m the founder of Living the Good Life Naturally. My goal with the podcast here is to give you short things to think about, not super long, not super detailed, but things that will impact your heart, help you to lean in, help you remember you’re not alone on this journey.

If you’ve enjoyed this podcast, please subscribe to it. Leave a comment, and go check us out over at Living the Good Life Naturally. You see, we have a movement going, and things are easier when we create them together, so come on. What are you waiting for? Join us.

Podcast: Foods That Walk You Away From Pain

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DIY Sauna
We are talking simple ways to decrease inflammation. How do you know you have inflammation? If you have pain. So here’s where I’m at. A lot of these things I’m already doing and my pain increased. So listen to the end and we’ll talk about those solutions that we can take control of our bodies and bring that pain or inflammation down.

So, number one. If someone is experiencing pain, go gluten free. I’m not saying that you’re gluten intolerant. I’m not saying that you have Celiac disease. I am saying that when people go gluten free, it reduces their inflammation. You just can’t mess with a food that many times and not have it cause triggers in your body. Now the next thing that we need to do is up your magnesium levels. Have you heard me talk about magnesium before? Because magnesium is crucial in managing that inflammation. Another layer is boron. Have you heard about boron? It’s a mineral. It’s crucial. It is one of those things that does so many things that we could just spend hours. So quickly, it helps hold magnesium in your cell. So investing in some boron will help you hold on to your magnesium. And it also regulates your inflammatory process.

Boron is becoming deficient in our soils. In fact it’s so interesting as you look studies in different places, arthritis is determined … The levels of arthritis in a culture is determined by the boron in their soils. The higher the boron, the less the arthritis. All over the world that patter holds very strong. And countries that don’t have a strong boron presence have as much as 20 to 70% higher arthritis issues. Now is boron the only trigger with arthritis? Absolutely not. But it’s a big one. So getting boron in is crucial. But guess what? I’ve done all those things. I am gluten free because I’m Celiac, and I take boron every single day. And this last week I have had a horrific, horrific arthritis flare. So I want to dig a little bit deeper into other things that we can do to decrease that inflammation. And that is … That pain was talking to me. It was feedback from my body that something was off.

And so as I started journaling and writing and evaluating, I realized what it was. It was my stress levels. They went through the roof. So remember, there is no supplement, there is no food, there is no diet, there is no exercise program that will offset the effects of high cortisol. This last week I just fell prey. Some big decisions and where my business is going, and they’re massive and they’re big, and I let it eat me alive. And I walked away from doing a couple of things that naturally help my body fight inflammation. And one of those is my simple homemade sauna. Oh my gosh. I was so busy, so busy running, living the good life naturally, and making all these big old decisions, that I quit doing my sauna. That sauna will put you in rest and renew.

So there’s fight or flight, and there’s rest and renew. And there’s only two places you can be when it comes to healing. And it doesn’t matter what you’re doing for your body if you’re in fight or flight. So even though I was doing all of these good things for my body, my stress levels were putting me in fight or flight. A sauna can walk you away from that. Now I’ll put in the show notes the link to a homemade version that is wonderful. And I was saving up for this really expensive sauna, total reconstruction on my 1908 bathroom to make it fit. In total was going to be about $20,000. This little sauna was about $50 and I love it, and it works, and it’s amazing. So we’ll put that in the show notes. So if you’re someone who struggles with pain, recognize that pain is caused by being in fight or flight too much. The very pain puts us in fight or flight, and so we have to walk out of it. And the sauna can do that.

Now here’s the other thing that came up for me while I was journaling. I have always had a love hate relationship with corn in the fact that I crave corn. Like popcorn. Oh my goodness, be still my soul. I love it. I love corn. I love it. I know that I do better without corn. Now about, it was about two years ago that I really started on this parasite journey and releasing these massive parasites, and I realize that corn was a massive trigger to feed the parasites. And so I backed away from corn. And then I got the parasites managed and a really beautiful balance there. And I love corn. I love corn tortillas. And I added some corn back in because my body was handling it. And I added just a little bit. Not very often. But I handled it and I was like, “Yes. Yes. This is fabulous.” And then I added just a little bit more and I handled it. “Yes. Yes. This is so awesome.” And then a little bit more, and the pattern was the same. A little bit more, and I hit the tipping point.

I was back to eating corn four to five times a week and my body can’t handle that much corn. Now I don’t know if corn is a trigger food for you. If you have autoimmune and you have arthritis, it probably is. It is for most people. But you do need to determine what those trigger foods are. Corn is my trigger food, and I’ve been eating a lot of fish tacos which means they’re wrapped in corn tortillas. And so I realized I need to back off of those to decrease this inflammation. So let’s talk about the seven foods that are the highest inflammatory triggers that, if you’re in pain can be aggravating and keeping you in pain. So we talked about gluten. We have talked about dairy. Soy, eggs. We talked about corn. Peanuts, sugar and other artificial sweeteners.

So you have to become the CEO of your body. You are the big boss lady of your body and you have got to determine which of those foods are aggravating you. Which of those foods are increasing your inflammation? So for me it’s corn. I am gluten free, I will always be gluten free. I take my magnesium, I take my boron. Those numbers are right where they need to be. But adding back in that trigger food isn’t enough to walk me away from the pain. So if you’re in pain, I hope your motivated to go find your trigger food because I’m less … I’m just a little bit over 24 hours with no corn, I can already tell a difference. So let’s go over those trigger foods. I’ll list them one more time. Gluten, dairy, soy, eggs, corn, peanuts, sugar, and sugar substitutes.

And here’s the other thing that I just realized as I was going over that list, there are these little drinks, oh you get them at like the health food store, so they should be healthy for you right? Wrong. They’re called hints, or flavors, or something, and they have just a hint of watermelon. Or just a hint of blackberry. I love them. They have natural flavorings. Natural flavorings can be comprised of over 300 different chemicals. I’ve been drinking those. That’s another trigger. Oh my goodness. So I’m really glad for this podcast because I realize I need to drop those too. I don’t like waking up in pain. Pain walks me away from my potential. Pain sucks at the very essence of who you are at your soul. And I like being pain free. And so I’m celebrating that I discovered it was the corn and those hint drinks that were really flagging my inflammation and putting me into more pain.

Friday Favorites: Mind mapping, freshware and powdered enzymes

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