Category Archives: Nutrition

Pillars of Optimal Health

The bigger concept of health has been on my mind recently. What does optimal health entail? The following are not in order of importance, nor are they completely independent of the others. They are what I consider VERY important pillars to being in optimal health when it comes to your physical body.  

Preface: These are what I consider important regardless of personal disabilities or physiological uniqueness (hormonal issues, activity level, etc.). If these things ARE in good working order, you’re well on your way to becoming the optimal version of yourself.

Nerve Function – If a muscle or organ does not have healthy, unrestricted nerve signaling, it will not perform optimally. To improve: proper alignment through bodywork (chiropractic, massage, etc.). Self maintenance includes maintaining good posture, muscle balancing through prescriptive exercise, and use of joints/area. 

Blood and lymph flow – If nutrients and waste products cannot enter and exit organs/muscles/etc effectively, optimal function will be impeded. Best addressed through balanced exercise, but bodywork can also assist blood and lymphatic movement.

Mobility – If there is excessive fascial buildup (scar tissue, fascial thickness due to disuse/injury, etc.) surrounding/within a muscle/organ, it will not function optimally. This is usually best addressed initially by a professional in fascial and scar tissue work, and maintained through a personal mobility practice such as yoga or pilates.

Nutrition – If you are unaware of what foods your body can and cannot use, you could be exacerbating inflammatory processes that both tax the body, and decrease performance. Despite what many believe, there is no “one size fits all” diet. What works perfectly for me, might be an inflammatory diet for you. Get some bloodwork done to figure out what foods you should NOT be eating. Ignore your friends to try a magic diet. Send me a message if you’d like references on who you should see, or what you should be looking for.

Emotional State – Our physical body seems to respond to our mental state – if there is excessive mental chatter, or negative self talk/image, it tends to decrease performance. Consider starting a meditation practice, and take time to listen to the voices that go through your head. Are they positive, reassuring voices? Are they self critical? Challenge your inner critic. 
Agree? Disagree? Let me know.

Suffer from migraines? 7 out of 10 people have this similar cause and answer.

Gluten sensitivity goes far beyond gut problems and gut inflammation. It has systemic effects that could be a major contributor to migraines. With more gluten free options arriving on store shelves every day. It is becoming easier to try a gluten free diet for a month and see if your symptoms improve.

Check out the video interview below with Dr. Tom O’Bryan, one of the world’s experts on gluten as he speaks about this link.

Which Essential Oil Might Help with a Toothache?


Just in time for Halloween toothaches…

Anyone who has been around a teething baby knows how hard it is to see a child suffering from the pain of their teeth coming in. Options may seem limited when it comes to finding soothing relief, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t natural options available to help lessen the pain.

Clove essential oil has been used for centuries to help with toothaches (which, can sometimes even make a grown adult act like a teething baby), skin infections, digestive upsets, diarrhea, mouth sores and pains, vomiting, warts, macular degeneration, and much more.

It is also antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and supports a healthy immune response, which is why it is one of the key ingredients in dōTERRA’s Protective Blend, On Guard.

What makes clove essential oil ideal for toothaches is its ability to help dull pain.

Clove essential oil also be very beneficiary when using to cook with. When cooking with clove essential oil, a little goes a long way, so make sure to use the toothpick technique (dip a toothpick in the oil bottle and put in food as opposed to an entire drop from the bottle).



Tips* from dōTERRA on ways to use clove essential oil:

  • Dilute 1:1 (1 drop essential oil to 1 drop carrier oil) when applying topically to help avoid skin irritation.
  • When you have a toothache, dilute 1:1 and put mixture on a cotton swab. Apply directly on the gums surrounding the infected tooth.
  • For a teething baby do the same as above but dilute even more. Test in your mouth first to see how “hot” the mixture is first.
  • Place one drop to the back of your tongue to help get rid of a tickling cough.
  • Blends well with basil, bergamot, cinnamon, clary sage, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, orange, peppermint, rose, rosemary, and ylang ylang.
  • If taken internally, try using in gel caps, or take with honey or put in a drink.
  • Put clove and wild orange essential oil in water to help control sugar urges.
Tips from some of our Facebook* fans on how they use clove essential oil:
  • “I used clove a lot when I was quitting smoking. It helps to numb your mouth and throat to substitute for the effects of the nicotine, and it boosts your immunity to help with the detox. It works wonders!” – Amanda Bolles Hendren
  • I use it to help my oldest with his loose teeth. Put a little on his gums and he can pull out his tooth! It’s wonderful.” Amanda Harrell
  • I use it (diluted of course) on my 18 month old’s gums. He’s teething. He cries and makes a funny face for about 30 seconds and then he forgets that his teeth are even hurting him.” -Cari Dowling
  • “I brush my teeth with one drop of clove or on guard everyday. It has taken away toothaches. I love this oil.” -Camille Thompson
  • “We love using clove oil as an immune booster. Rub a couple of drops on my kids feet before bed and it helps keep us well. At bedtime, my youngest, often hollers from his room, “mom, it’s time for Christmas feet”!! So cute and they love it, and yes, it definitely smells like Christmas. It’s my favorite oil!” -Carrie Mobley Bentz
  • I use it on my son’s thumbs to remind him not to suck on them, lol! I also use it on his teething pain if it gets bad.” -Annette Fairchild
  • “[I] use it in a marinade for ham or pork.” -Janie McDade Hawley

*These statements have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. dōTERRA products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Pregnant or lactating women and persons with known medical conditions should consult a physician prior to the use of any dōTERRA product. The statements shared from the dōTERRA International Facebook page are the personal opinion of independent persons and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of dōTERRA International, LLC. nor A Vibrant Me.


5 Element Health Makeover | Eliminate Candida NOW

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If you're reading this, more than likely you have 5 health related things that need to be dealt with that are the cornerstones of health.

1) The VAST majority of Americans are dehydrated: Drink more water.

2) If you work inside a building, you are likely Vitamin D deficient. Supplement with Vitamin D3 (high quality liquid drops work best.)

3) The majority of Americans ALSO do not breathe sufficiently. Focus on slowing down and start paying attention to your breath.

4) If you are eating a lot of starches, and sugars (The S.A.D. Standard American Diet), you more than likely have Candida issues that are manifesting as something else. Eat less starches and sugar, and more veggies and protein. (Consider doing a candida cleanse like GX Assist, followed by a good probiotic like PB Assist – These can be found at )

5) If you were brought up in the U.S. you are more likely to have heavy metals that are toxic to your body. Do some research into the emotional/physiological effects of mercury, aluminum, and lead. Consider adding more cilantro to your diet, which can chelate mercury OUT of your system. Cilantro Essential Oil is even MORE effective at chelation. The protocol I use is 7 drops a day for 21 days. Cilantro Essential Oil (safe for internal use) can be found at


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