Life stress can become a source of CHRONIC stress that fills your cup

Do you know if you are experiencing internal or external CHRONIC inflammation?

What are common symptoms of Chronic Inflammation?

How and WHY do we get CHRONIC inflammation?

Let’s start with WHAT is INFLAMMATION

What is ACUTE vs. CHRONIC Inflammation?

Inflammation refers to your body’s process of fighting against things that harm it, such as infections, injuries, and toxins, in an attempt to heal itself.

When something damages your cells, your body releases chemicals that trigger a response from your immune system.

This response includes the release of antibodies and proteins, as well as increased blood flow to the damaged area.

The whole process usually lasts for a few hours or days in the case of acute inflammation.

Chronic inflammation happens when this response lingers, leaving your body in a constant state of alert.

Over time, chronic inflammation may have a negative impact on your tissues and organs.

Some researchTrusted Source suggests that chronic inflammation could also play a role in a range of conditions, from cancer to asthma.
Leaky Gut
Chronic stress can be connected to having a LEAK in your gut wall lining! Test and not guess about where your sources of chronic stress are coming from then correlate! What are your HIDDEN internal stressors?

What is ACUTE inflammation?

  1. How are body naturally fights infections
  2. Helps speed up the healing process
  3. Protects the body
  4. Acute stress is good stress if turns on then off

What is CHRONIC inflammation?

  1.  When any type of stressor doesn’t turn off in time and becomes ongoing – then it is a source of CHRONIC stress.
  2. CHRONIC inflammation activates the immune system (attempts to put out the fire) to release white blood cells and chemical messengers – but the attack doesn’t stop and the fire continues to burn.
  3. When the immune systems doesn’t “turn off” (acute stress), it begins to attack its own self and leading to auto-immunity. 

In an article from Harvard Health, they discuss how chronic inflammation is connected to chronic diseases. Chronic Inflammation -“when this happens, white blood cells may end up attacking nearby healthy tissues and organs. For example, if you are overweight and have more visceral fat cells — the deep type of fat that surrounds your organs — the immune system may see those cells as a threat and attack them with white blood cells. The longer you are overweight, the longer your body can remain in a state of inflammation.  Research has shown that chronic inflammation is associated with heart disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, and bowel diseases like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.”  –

“Chronic inflammation is also referred to as slow, long-term inflammation lasting for prolonged periods of several months to years. Generally, the extent and effects of chronic inflammation vary with the cause of the injury and the ability of the body to repair and overcome the damage.  Chronic inflammation is also referred to as slow, long-term inflammation lasting for prolonged periods of several months to years. Generally, the extent and effects of chronic inflammation vary with the cause of the injury and the ability of the body to repair and overcome the damage. —Chronic Inflammation – Stat Pearls – NCBI › books › NBK493173

Wikipedia describes inflammation as…“Acute inflammation is the initial response of the body to harmful stimuli and is achieved by the increased movement of plasma and leukocytes (especially granulocytes) from the blood into the injured tissues. A series of biochemical events propagates and matures the inflammatory response, involving the local vascular system, the immune system, and various cells within the injured tissue.

Prolonged inflammation, known as chronic inflammation, leads to a progressive shift in the type of cells present at the site of inflammation, such as mononuclear cells, and is characterized by simultaneous destruction and healing of the tissue from the inflammatory process.”

Anything ongoing is going to cause imbalances or dysfunction – just as the house fire wasn’t stopped or if a leak in a boat wasn’t repaired. 

“Chronic stress result failures of homeostasis thus lead to various diseases such as atherosclerosis, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and depression. However, while 75%–90% of human diseases is related to the activation of stress system, the common pathways between stress exposure and pathophysiological processes underlying disease is still debatable. Chronic inflammation is an essential component of chronic diseases. Additionally, accumulating evidence suggested that excessive inflammation plays critical roles in the pathophysiology of the stress-related diseases, yet the basis for this connection is not fully understood.

You can see how CHRONIC inflammation is connect to many common symptoms rarely associated together. TEST and not GUESS with functional lab testing here.

Chronic inflammation is an essential component of chronic diseases. Additionally, accumulating evidence suggested that excessive inflammation plays critical roles in the pathophysiology of the stress-related diseases”-

What lifestyle habits cause or contributes to chronic inflammation?

  • smoking
  • obesity
  • alcohol
  • chronic stress

Which CHRONIC diseases are related to CHRONIC inflammation?

  • cancer
  • heart disease
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • type 2 diabetes
  • obesity
  • asthma
  • neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease

HIDDEN internal CHRONIC Stressors and external sources of stress that become CHRONIC can/may/will impact the WHOLE you from the inside out.  We don’t really know the root causes, and may never figure out the why, because CHRONIC stressors accumulate for the variety of sources accumulating and overfilling your beaker of stress.

I found an article on “Chronic Conditions Linked to Stress” pointing out the over time, “inflammation can damage joints and bones, causing abnormalities. Inflammation in RA is partly caused by cytokines, chemicals that are released by stress. So if you’re stressed you’ll release more of these chemicals, increasing the amount of inflammation in your body.”- –The Link Between Stress and Inflammation | Everyday Health

Where are your “weak links” that are contributing or a result of your METABOLIC CHAOS? Let’s investigate and start collecting the missing pieces of your health puzzle here.

Nutrition is medicine …how can you reduce inflammation with nutrition?

  1. Fish Oil
  2. Lipoic Acid
  3. Curcumin
  4. Spices as ginger, garlic and cayenne

What about the LIFESTYLE habits that we work on improving in “The WHOLESTIC Method” program and when we create our FDN “D.R.E.S.S. for Health Success” individual protocol for our clients based on their full health investigation?

One of my favorite elements of “The WHOELSTIC Method” coaching program is #8… HAPPINESS, PLAY AND GRATITUDE.

How can you add more healthy stress reduction tips into your daily lifestyle?  

  1. Nature walks…my favorite time to walk now that my work schedule changed is around sunrise and sunset
  2. Writing in a journal… best time for me to write is in the morning, especially after a bike ride, and then a gratitude journal in the evening
  3. Spending time with friends who make you laugh, smile and happy!  Eliminate those toxic energy robbers as much as you can.
  4. Nasal breathing exercises as box breathing or the 4-7-8 breathing technique.
  5. Humming, singing and OMs (after our yoga practice) to activate my PNS and strengthen my vagal nerve. 
  6. Use a essential oil diffusor – I have a new plug in for essential oils that I have been using this summer with eculaptyus, peppermint and other essential oils.  Plus lavendar pillow spray.
  7. Yin Yoga– we have been doing power yoga a few mornings a week and some evenings yin yoga for 30-45 minutes with Inner Dimension TV.  It helps us get our mind right and sleep better at night!

Dr. Ben Lynch has been discussing how the immune system works and how we can improve the function of it – build resiliency. The nutrition and lifestyle tips to improve our immune system and to build our resiliency are all included in my program – “The WHOLESTIC Method” eight elements to transforming the WHOLE you from the inside out.

Instead of living in fear and afraid to live life again- we should be taking this time to build our health, build our immune system and build our resiliency.

We can not depend on someone else who is sick and fighting off a virus, unknowingly or not, to stay home and not spread diseease or the virus.

We can depend on our own action actions by taking responsibility and ownership of our own self-defense system. We need to indentify sources of CHRONIC stress, externally and internally that are contributing to unexplained health symptoms- including chronic inflammation!

Chronic inflammation is resultling into other chronic diseases.

We do our best to minimize our exposure to the virus but we should be working on being a part of the SOLUTION!


Taking care ourselves with the tips as per Dr. Ben Lynch here on social media…as he says

“HEALTH doesn’t come in a form of a pill, supplement, machine or shot”.

Amen Dr. Ben Lynch!

“Covid doesn’t kill anyone. Their own immune system does” -Dr. Lynch

Also, easy and simple (plus affordable) nutrition and lifestyle habits we can all start doing right now to improve our immune system, gut health and redcue inflammation-

  1. Get your vitamins
  2. Zinc
  3. Liposomal gluathione
  4. Liposomal vitamin C
  5. PQQ
  6. Electrolytes
  7. Sleep welll (including with WiFi Off, aiplane mode)
  8. Eat only when hungry
  9. Mild to moderate exercise
  10. Letting your fever be a fever (until 103F)
  11. Hydrate with electrolytes
  12. Nose breathing (not breathing via mouth)
  13. Positive mindset
  14. Positive relationships

Let’s talk about inflammation again… when does ACUTE inflammation (good stress and natural response) become CHRONIC inflammation (bad stress, non-stop, ongoing)? When is inflammation a normal response…and when is it to be a “RED FLAG” of something else going on inside?

Signs of inflammation are like a car’s dashboard engine light. It tells you that something is wrong. But your response is not to take out the bulb, because that’s not the problem. Instead, you look at what caused the light to turn on. “It’s the same with inflammation,” says Dr. Shmerling. “It’s telling you that something bigger is going on that requires attention.”

Are you listing to Dr. Cate Shanahan or Dr. Ben Lynch and other functional medicine doctors on social media?  

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What is Acetyl-L-Carnitine by Seeking Health?

  • Provides a more concentrated dose of L-carnitine than are readily available from dietary sources, in a bioavailable acetyl form that may be better utilized by brain and nervous tissues.
  • Unlike L-carnitine, acetyl-L-carnitine can pass the blood brain barrier.
  • L-carnitine is an amino acid naturally produced by the human body, and plays a role in healthy energy production, brain and nervous system function, and healthy fat metabolism.
  • Under conditions of stress, aging and illness, the body’s ability to make L-carnitine and acetyl-L-carnitine may be reduced, making dietary sources more important.
  • Tissue concentrations of L-carnitine decease with age, making L-carnitine consumption more important for older adults.
  • Acetyl-L-carnitine may support healthy aging and cellular health.*
  • L-carnitine is essential for the processes that allow for fatty acids to serve as one of the primary energy sources for the body.
  • Skeletal and heart muscles obtain most of their energy from fat breakdown.
  • For these tissues to produce energy from fat, fatty acids must be transported to specific locations (mitochondria) within cells.
  • L-carnitine is involved in multiple steps in the transfer of individual fatty acids for energy production into the cells, allowing for a healthy breakdown of fat.*

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Debbie helps driven and ambitious people, who are trying to do all the “right” things, investigate what is actually going on “under the hood” to get their body and vibrant self back. 

Perhaps you have seen multiple doctors and experts but they tell you everything is “normal” and there is nothing wrong with you.  That was my experience.  I refused to believe that “nothing is wrong with me” and this is part of “getting older”.  This was not going to be the new me and stop me from investigating what was really going on from the inside out – under the hood.

You have a choice to take care of the WHOLE you and even transform the WHOLE you from the inside out.  Please don’t give up and settle, as the struggle is real and you are not alone.  If you feel exhausted trying to do all the “right” things and still can’t feel, move or look better then we need to take a different approach. 

Remember- the definition of Insanity is …

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

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Owner, trainer, and coach of a unique “Health Detective” coaching services with unique “The WHOLESTIC Method” eight elements to guide clients repair, rebuild and restore their WHOLE health back to improve vitality and balance.  Debbie helps driven and ambitious people, who are trying to do all the “right” things, investigate what is actually going on “under the hood” to get their body and vibrant self back

Debbie shared her personal story in her book “Life is not a Race… it is a Journey” and created “The WHOLESTIC Method Manual and Workbook”.  She hosts “The Low Carb Athlete” Health Building weekly podcast to help athletes of all levels improve ability to burn fat, optimize their health from the inside out and achieve their peak performance gains.  Debbie shares her show on Mondays with health guests on Mondays then shares her own thoughts on “Wellness Wednesdays” (Health Building) and “Fitness Fridays” (Athletic Performance Gains).

Debbie walks the talk and practices watch she preaches.  After being a top personal trainer for twenty-five years plus years- she continues her education constantly: NASM Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), USAT Triathlon coach, CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach, Kion (Superhuman) Coach, Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (FNTP), DNA Fit coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P).  She took her health in her own hands and combined therapy, labs, and lifestyle changes to transform her own life to heal, reclaim energy and reboot her own system.  Be a part of the journey to transform the WHOLE you from the inside out with The WHOLESTIC Method Coaching program.  There isn’t a one size fits all approach to healing, rebuilding, and restoring the WHOLE you as we are all unique bio-individuals.

Debbie’s focuses on coaching the WHOLE individual from the inside out with elements of “The WHOLESTIC Method” program.  Her services include: Personal training, Nutritional Therapy evaluation, assessments, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner services, Chronic Stress Treatment, Detox and Digestion Reset Fat loss programs.  She teaches groups and individuals to become fat adapted with her three-phase program in the 30-day Total Transformation Program.  “The WHOLESTIC Method” coaching program includes lifestyle elements, Nutritional Therapy, FDN-lab testing, DNA Fit reports and more. 

Debbie was a top age group triathlete and runner for many years until she broke herself with chronic fatigue and “METABOLIC CHAOS”.  Now, she is following her purpose, passion, and mission to help others avoid going through the exhaustion, weight gain and hormonal cascade that she experienced starting back in 2013.  Debbie coaches’ groups and individual clients in person as well as online to reclaiming their optimal health for performance and longevity.  Whether you are training for running, trail running, cycling and triathlon events to thrive and enhance performance via becoming a low-carb fat adapted metabolically efficient athlete.

Specialties: Health Detective Coaching, Total Transformation Fat Loss Coaching, Personal training, NASM-CPT, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, CHEK HLC, Superhuman Coach, Kion Coach, DNA Fit coach, Pilates Mat, Yoga, Rehab training, Metabolic Efficiency Testing, Triathlon, and Run Coaching for athletes of all levels.  Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner. 

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