Can Blue Light Make You Sick?

One of the most overlooked health risks in today’s world is chronic exposure to blue light. This can lead to diabetes, obesity, depression and other modern day diseases.

Blue light actually looks white to the naked eye. It is emitted from screens on smartphones, tablets, TVs, computer screens, eBook readers, and energy efficient fluorescent and LED lights. So if you work indoors, you are chronically exposed to high levels of blue light.

This issue is getting more attention. Last May, Apple released Night Shift with its new iOS 9.3 update in an effort to reduce the amount of blue light emitted from iPhones and iPads. And last June, the AMA adopted guidance for communities on selecting LED lighting options to minimize potential harmful human and environmental effects.

This is an issue that affects all of us. Eighty percent of the US has a smart phone and in recent years there has been a huge shift from incandescent bulbs, to compact fluorescent bulbs, and now to LED bulbs.

Almost all of us who work indoors in an office building, hospital, or store are under fluorescent tube lights. Some buildings are shifting to LED lights in an effort to save more energy. Read More

The Power of a Morning Routine

Do you have a morning routine? The main benefit of having a morning routine is intentionally having a great day. Dedicate the first 30 minutes of your morning to you and see how your life changes from the simple practice.

To your great health,

Are You Taking This Vital Trace Mineral?

Selenium is a trace element and mineral and is essential for human life. It’s a powerful antioxidant that protects your cells from oxidative stress and it is vital for thyroid function, brain health, and other body functions.


Following are 7 ways Selenium benefits your health.

  1. Protects Your Gut – Fixing your gut is critical for healing from autoimmune conditions and achieving great health. Low selenium increases inflammation in the gut. It is required to regulate healthy function of gut bacteria and down regulates vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), commonly found in most gastrointestinal cancers.
  2. Powerful Antioxidant – selenium slows and prevents cell damage by protecting against free radicals and oxidative stress. It combines with other proteins to create glutathione, which is critical for detoxification and proper immune function. Read More

The Wisdom of Star Wars

As a tribute to May the 4th Be With You and all of my geeky Star Wars friends I wanted to share a quick post on the wisdom of Star Wars. First off, Star Wars holds a special place in my heart. It is one of the first movies that I remember seeing in the theatre as a little kid and it’s just something that I grew up with. And then they had the three prequels that I got to enjoy as an adult and recently the 7th episode came out, and while it did fall short in some areas, it was fun and entertaining.

Star Wars

And a lot of us love Star Wars. It’s the classic story of good vs. evil and so much more. I mean look how far they’ve come with racism. Have you ever seen such a bunch of culturally diverse people hanging out and working together? There’s no, we don’t like this guy because he has a fish face. You’re either good or evil and that determines if we like you or not.

It’s also a story of hope, perseverance, and faith. A small band of rebels going up against the omnipotent Death Star. Luke Skywalker knowing he was meant for something more in his life. And then having faith that against all odds, good will prevail.

One quote that always stuck with me from Star Wars is…

“Your focus determines your reality” – Qui-Gon Jinn Click To Tweet

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Why I Kicked Netflix to the Curb

I came to a realization the other day that I have a major problem. I’m addicted to Netflix. Now don’t get me wrong. I love Netflix and think they’re a great company. I’ve been a member since 1997 when they started.

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I was so excited when I heard their idea of mailing movies to your house because I’ve always loved movies and this was perfect. I had been using Blockbuster or something along those lines for years for my movies and I constantly found myself paying late fees and I felt they had horrible customer service and it was a pain waiting in line, etc.

Anyway, I joined Netflix because I love movies and for the first several years all I did was watch movies from them. Then a few years back a few things changed. Netflix started offering streaming and they started producing their own shows.

Until this point I had never rented a show from Netflix. Only movies. I think it all started with House of Cards. It was and still is a great series. And what happened to me is instead of watching an episode and having to wait a whole week to see what happens I had access to the entire season. So instead of taking 2-3 months to complete a season I watched the entire season in 1-2 weeks..ok maybe it was 5 days. Read More

My Life Changing Experience

Last week I attended Michael Bernoff’s Core Strengths Experience event in Scottsdale, AZ. I went to the event with the intention of learning how to take my business to the next level and become more confident but left with so much more. I learned so many things about myself and have such a better understanding of why I am the way I am.

If you haven’t heard of him, Michael is a professional development/self improvement/personal transformation coach and is a master of communication. He teaches how to effectively communicate with others and with ourselves.

We all have events and challenges that we are faced with in our lives. They shape us and influence who we are and what we do. When we better understand how these events impact the person we become we have the ability to change and grow into a better version of ourselves.

I witnessed Michael help so many people and in helping them he helped me learn about myself.

There was a woman who was molested by her uncle when she was 6 years old. That was beyond horrible in itself. What was even worse was that she told her father and he did nothing about it. He was hard to talk to as it was and it took an incredible amount of courage for her to tell him what happened. Read More

The Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

Fasting? You mean not eating for an extended period of time? Why would I ever want to starve myself? You wouldn’t like me when I’m hangry!

Before you delete this post, let me give you a few quick reasons why you may want to give intermittent fasting a try.

It’s one of the easiest ways to look great, have more energy, be smarter, and live longer.

a slender young woman in jeans with a tape measure after a successful diet

Benefits of intermittent fasting include:

  • More muscle
  • Less fat
  • More energy
  • Increased longevity
  • Better memory / brain function
  • Decreased inflammation (the root of all disease)

Caloric restriction is the most scientifically validated way to reliably extend life span. However the problem with caloric restriction is that it’s very hard to stick with. You need to decrease your caloric intake by 20-40% each day and for most of us (I’m guessing 99%) this is not sustainable. As I mentioned before, you wouldn’t like me when I’m hangry! Read More

10 Tips for Achieving Optimal Health + a BONUS Tip

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I admit. I’m a total self improvement junkie. I love reading books on self improvement, I read blogs, I watch youtubes, I listen to podcasts, and get tips on self improvement anywhere I can. I recently heard John Assaraf talk about 10 tips for achieving your dreams and thought it would be cool to apply his tips to your health, so here it is.

  1. Get Clarity – you need to prime your brain on exactly what you want it to focus on. What does optimal health look like to you? Is it having an amazing body? Is it having boundless energy? Is it eating your veggies every day? Maybe it’s all of these. You need to decide what it is for you and get a very clear picture of what optimal health is to you.
  1. Big Why – what is your underlying reason for achieving optimal health? Is it because you will feel amazing and this will improve your confidence? Is it because you want to live to a ripe old age to see your children and grand children grow up? Is it because chronic illness runs in your family and you don’t want it to impact your life? You need to understand your big why and keep it as part of your focus. This really comes in to play when you have those days when you just don’t feel like being healthy and you need some motivation to keep you on track.

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Too Much Sitting Could Be Killing You..Even If You Exercise

There is too much hunching and sitting in modern life. You may have heard, sitting is the new smoking. On average we spend 50 to 70% of our day sitting and as we get tired we start to hunch. Both are extremely unhealthy and contribute to poor posture, poor body mechanics, and a lot of back pain. And no one wants to look or feel like this guy.

Back Pain.

Our lives have evolved from moving most of the day to sitting most of the day. Just go back 150 years and most of us were farming the land. We now drive to work, sit all day, drive home, and sit in front of the TV or computer.

Excessive sitting increases your risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and causes shorter life spans for both men and women. When we sit all day we get decreased circulation and muscular imbalances. Everything slows, including brain function. Not a good way to start the new year. Read More