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The Inspired You: Episode 7 “Organic Dirty Dozen”

Today I would like to talk about organic foods as it is definitely a controversial issue that seems to be a hot topic lately. I over hear discussions about organic vs non-organic foods randomly when I am out and about, whether it be when I am walking through the grocery store or in the dog park with my pooch.

I do believe that purchasing organic foods is important. When I say this I am speaking from my own personal opinion after the research that I have done. I have chosen to use organic products as much as possible, even though it is more expensive, but I must say, the prices are lowering since it is now a lot easier to find. Most of the major grocery stores such as Safeway, Superstore and Walmart are carrying organic products which has allowed these products to be offered at a cheaper rate. Specialty health food stores can still be harder on the pocket but if you are keen to choose organic foods, purchasing from local farmers is always your best bet. I truly feel that organic does make a difference as these products are sprayed with less chemicals and less pesticides. I recommend my clients consume only organic produce but if I have to choose and narrow it down to a few items I advise that you purchase “The Dirty  Dozen.”  These foods are the twelve foods that absolutely must be purchased organic! The “Clean Fifteen” is the other side of the equation and these are fifteen items that could potentially be bought non-organic. The last piece of information when discussing organic choices is when it come to meat protein. Always make sure you are buying organic meat that is locally sourced and farmed. It is important to know your farmer! Beef, chicken must be organic, as well as, free of antibiotics and hormones.

In conclusion, do your research, find local famers and go with what feels right for you! Until next time my healthy friends 🙂 

The Inspired You: Episode 6 “Gut Instinct”

All right folks. It is that time of year again here in Calgary, Alberta…….it’s Calgary Stampede time and today I want to talk about the importance of  digestive health. I can guarantee that gut health is not on the radar for most of us during the Calgary Stampede festivities which is why I feel it is important to discuss today.

Gut health is absolutely the most important thing we need to do focus on when dealing with overall health and well being. I truly believe it is not discussed enough and is a major miss when dealing with all of the health concerns in the world today. The gut is actually our brain! The gut is number one and it is the master communicator throughout our body. In fact, the gut is where 80% of our immunity comes from so its function and health is of utmost importance and if it is inflamed and irritated, it does not transmit the correct signals to our actual brain. Without gut health, our bodies do not function as a whole and this causes illness whether it be physical or mental/emotional. We are noticing more and more symptoms of dis-ease within our society and more chronic health issues than ever before. Simply put, we are not as healthy as we once were.

Through my research, I have found three of the top supplement companies in the country that manufacture pure and natural products that are easily absorbed by the body. Supplements are necessary to help provide our bodies with the essential nutrients it needs since we are missing many of these vital nutrients in our food. Unfortunately, in the world today, the soil our food is grow in, is contaminated, and does not carry the nutrients it once did so food can in fact heal the body but not like it used it to. In short, using organic, real, whole foods, to help heal and support the body is optimal but supplementation is required to achieve optimal nutrient absorption and achieve gut health.

The phrase “follow your gut instinct” is true! We should all be listening to how our gut actually feels everyday whether it be in life or after eating. We need to pay attention and become aware of our bodies because our bodies are designed to tell us what it needs from a place of instinct not thinking. When using holistic nutrition and functional medicine practices, the goal as a practitioner is to encourage our clients to allow the body to make decisions without our minds taking over.  

If we heal the gut, we can heal the mind, body and soul. Each one of us is different and unique and requires an individualized plan in order to heal, which is why it is important to find a practitioner that you can work together with and trust. Heal the gut. Heal the body. Heal your life so that you can live the best, most inspired and vibrant life possible.  

The Inspired You: Episode 3 “Diet”

We are back again for more Candida talk.

I am super excited to share some important information on diet as diet is of utmost  importance when we are dealing with Candida. Candida is tricky and is very difficult irradicate due to the fact that it has a protective biofilm encapsulating it which allows the fungus to thrive and survive the most extreme conditions in our bodies. The more we support it with certain “yeast feeding” food choices, the stronger it grows and thrives so we need to stop feeding it and start starving it! How? Well the major culprit is sugar!  When doing a Candida cleanse avoiding sugar is a must and truly is key to fighting candida. These cells need sugar to grow, multiply and morph into their more virulent, fungal form. The only acceptable sugar to consume is green apples, green bananas and berries ensuring to consume a maximum of one cup per day. Also make sure to avoid vinegar (with the exception of apple cider vinegar), gluten, dairy, alcohol and coffee. From my experience with clients, the two most difficult things to avoid are alcohol and coffee as these are common habits that have become apart of most peoples daily routine. There are a few really great options to try when replacing alcohol and coffee, such as, soda water with lime when out with friends and in the morning having a warm soothing drink like chai tea or even my personal favorite, matcha green tea. With matcha tea in particular, you will still get the caffeine boost that most of us like, without having the acidic effects that coffee causes within our digestive tract.

Now that we have reviewed the foods that we need to avoid, there are also foods that I are important to consume. I recommend three cups of raw, red beets per week, three to five cups of daikon radish per week and lastly it is important to have one cup of bone broth daily. Bone broth is so powerful and healing and aids in the repair of our gut which is why it is so important to consume when doing a candida killing protocol.

I hope to have been able to provide you with enough information to make sure you are successful in living a candida-free life. Just remember to stay strict when it comes to diet on my six to eight week candida cleanse. When we feed the candida the food it needs to survive, its like taking one step forward then five steps back. With discipline and perseverance, you can rid the body of fungus and lead a much more healthier and vibrant life because how you feel changes how you act and how you think.

Take care and eat right!

The Inspired You : Episode 1 “Hello Everybody!”

Hello everyone and welcome to my YouTube channel. My name is Leahan Frandsen I am a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner…….. say what lol??!!  Essentially, I am a Holistic Nutrition Consultant and I take clients through a series of lab testing, as well as an intake questionnaire.  The questionnaire is important as is allows the client to explain to me how they feel now and how they have felt in the past. I then take both of those pieces, put them together, and come up with a protocol (aka game plan) that not only encompasses diet, but also rest, exercise, stress reduction and supplementation. All of the issues that we experience in life whether it’s anxiety, depression, indigestion, bloating, gas, skin rashes, etc, are surface symptoms that so many of us experience. I am here to educate on the importance of healing the digestive tract and your gut to allow the body the ability to heal from within.

My first series of episodes is going to be on Candida Albicans which is an overgrowth of fungal yeast that occurs in certain areas of our body. My particular niche is focusing on the overgrowth of Candida Albicans in the digestive tract. I personally have dealt with Candida myself, and have experimented with different protocols over the years which has led me to formulate one amazing Candida cleanse. I am so excited to share this amazing 6 week cleanse with all of you and am confident in its ability to alleviate this pathogen once and for all. I strongly believe that Candida is a major factor contributing to numerous health issues that many of us experience. We should all be waking up feeling energetic and vibrant and so excited to start our day but unfortunately most of us do not feel that way. We are running on “E”, our gas tank is empty! We are supplementing with caffeine, Pepsi and coffee just to make it through a day and we are not present in our daily lives like we should be. I am here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way and you have the ability to heal yourself, heal your life and in fact live the best life possible!

I would love, love, love it if you could share me and this channel with everyone that you know, especially if you feel like they would connect with any piece of what I am discussing.

My YouTube channel will be showcasing tidbits of information in regards to Candida as well as overall health and wellness discussions. I want to inspire you all to live life and heal the human body from within.

ARE YOU SUFFERING FROM CANDIDA?

So let’s talk about Candida. Many of us suffer from daily symptoms of:
• Chronic Exhaustion
• Bloating/Gas
• Mental fog
• Recurring vaginal infections
• Skin rashes
I feel as though at some point we learn to accept that living with these conditions is the norm and we simply ignore it, but I am here to tell you that these symptoms are not necessary and we do not have to live this way.  The answer to improving these symptoms and living a more energized, vibrant life may be easier than you think. The answer may lie in the fact that you have an overgrowth of Candida Albicans which is in fact, the most common of all yeast infections as 85% of Americans may have it.  Candida can be found in the mouth, intestines and vagina.  When an overgrowth occurs in the GI tract (intestines) it may lead to leaky gut and wreak havoc on our immune system.
There are a few simple ways you may test for this and they can even be done at home.

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