Friday

Can Water Actually Change Your Life?

Water has actually changed my life.  Not just any water.  Friends and family who know me well, know that I am a pretty big skeptic.  Thanks to the way that I was raised, I have always been someone who needs substantial evidence in order to believe in something.  Through the years my thinking hasn’t changed that much.  Unless I see proof thru scientific studies, there is no way that I will believe just anything.

When I was studying to be a Clinical Nutritionist, I really got a chance to learn how important it is for our bodies to maintain a balanced pH level.  Normally our blood is slightly alkaline and ranges between 7.35-7.45.  The Alkaline Diet Theory believes that a diet high in acidic foods promotes the loss of essential minerals, which can cause illness and disease.  During my program we were given pH strips and told to regularly test our saliva and urine.  As I incorporated more alkaline foods into my diet, my pH levels got higher.  I felt more energetic and decided to continue to stick to more of an alkaline based diet, which included taking my Greens daily.

I want to tell you about my recent experiences with Alkaline Ionized Water.  I will start with my husband who, in a three year time span, I had to rush to the emergency room close to 50 times with severe stomach pain.  He often experienced excessive bleeding and intestinal spasms that would leave him lying on the floor writhing in pain.  For the longest time no doctor could truly figure out what was happening and why he was experiencing so much pain.  After multiple x-rays, CAT scans, endoscopies and extended hospital stays they discovered some ulcers in his colon and therefore diagnosed him with ulcerative colitis.  This, however, still didn’t explain the severe pain and discomfort that could only be alleviated through intravenous injections of a powerful narcotic.  Morphine wasn’t even strong enough!  He had to be given Dilaudid (8-10 times stronger than Morphine), which was originally used as a medical replacement for heroin.  I don’t want to go into too much detail about the side effects of frequently taking such a powerful and addicting narcotic, but needless to say it was an extremely rough time for our whole family. (For those who have been following my blog, know the story)

Thankfully this past year things have been much better.  We eliminated most dairy and gluten products from our diet, except for some sprouted grains.  His stomach attacks became less frequent, but he would still suffer from tremendous pain a few times a month.  He was, however, able to tough it out at home by staying in bed for one to two days with different medications.

A little over a year ago my really good friend Elise Badone, Muscle Activation Technique, Personal Trainer and owner of Soulfit, told me that she had spent a small fortune on an alkaline water system.  Initially my mouth dropped when she told me, but after hearing the great success that she and her family experienced I couldn’t help but want to try it for myself.  Elise told me that she and her husband immediately experienced a surge of energy within days of drinking the water.  The biggest success, however, was with her 18 month old daughter who had been suffering from a severe kidney/bladder reflux that caused infections.  The doctors told Elise that they would most likely have to perform an invasive kidney surgery if the antibiotics continued to not work.  She couldn’t stand seeing her daughter suffer even more thanks to the side effects from all of the antibiotics that she was taking.  She took a chance and took her daughter off of the medications all together.  Elise started her on a low dose of the alkaline water and eliminated all sugar from her diet.  The Alkaline water stopped the kidney infection almost immediately.  Two months later Elise took her to the doctor for a check-up.  The doctors could not believe that not only was her infection completely gone but that she had done it without any of the antibiotics.  It was truly a miracle.

Being the skeptic that I am, I still wasn’t convinced.  Elise and her husband consistently filled up gallons of water and brought them to our house so that we could try for ourselves.  Unfortunately, I was pregnant with my second daughter at the time so I wasn’t really able to give it a fair chance.  My husband wasn’t convinced at all and therefore didn’t drink the water on a regular enough basis.  They stopped bringing us the water after a few weeks when we told them that we would give it another try after things settled down.

Fast forward to a year later and a new friend of mine started talking to me about alkaline water.  This time when she told me the price, my mouth didn’t drop.  For some reason it sounded much more reasonable and like something that we could actually afford.  She offered to let us borrow a machine for a few months.  How could I turn that down?  Especially since the water could possibly keep my husband from spending days in bed in pain a few times a month.

For over ten years, I have been drinking reverse osmosis water thinking that it’s extremely healthy.  It definitely tastes really good, but I was shocked after we tested it and found out where it falls on the chart as far as its pH levels.  It turns out the pH level for reverse osmosis water is 4.0, which essentially means that it’s 1000 times more acidic than alkaline water.  I also had the opportunity to test many different well-known water bottle brands, which all had shockingly low pH levels as well.  Soda comes out at a 3.0, which was the lowest of anything we tested.  No wonder those who drink soda generally suffer from terrible health problems such as migraines, chronic fatigue, heartburn, and calcium depleted bones just to name a few.  After I saw these results I knew it was time for a change.

For two months we religiously used the alkaline water machine.  We took water with us everywhere we went.  If we went out to eat, we would first fill up a large water bottle for the meal.  Anytime we would be gone from the house for a significant amount of time, we took at least one large bottle of alkaline water with us.  Guess how many stomach attacks my husband had during those two months?  That’s right, zero!  Not to mention the fact that his overall digestion, my digestion, and our kids’ digestions have all improved.  I can’t begin to tell you how happy I feel knowing that after years of searching for an answer, we have finally found one.  My husband has lost between 5-10 pounds without changing any other aspect of his life.  I no longer experience bloating like I used to.  The benefits seem endless.  So, of course, we took the plunge and bought our own machine!  Now I just want everyone to experience the same positive, life changing occurrences that we have experienced.


How to Get your Hands on this Water!

To find out more information about the Alkaline Water system visit the On The Edge Fitness associated Ion Ways page right here.  I own the Athena and I love it! Again, this water works for many people I personally know and this is based on my own experiences.  Before making the decision to have this water I suggest you do your research and make your own analysis.   Many people wince when they find out what the price is.  Here is a little breakdown that has actually shown how much you can save over the years with having a water filtration or ionizer in your home.




If you want to learn The Truth about Bottled Water, you can view a more recent article here


I’m so passionate that you will love this water that for a limited time I am giving away a $50 Gift Card to On The Edge Fitness when you purchase the Alkaline Ionized Water system through the above link.  If you need to speak to someone and want to ask lots of questions about the water, you can email me and I’ll put you in touch with an extremely knowledgeable water technician.  If you are not happy with the water, you have 14 days to return it for a full refund.

Also check out this Magnesium Oil that has helped with migraines, better sleep, fat loss, hormone optimization, and so many other ailments.

Thursday

Mother's Day Coupon for On The Edge Fitness

For those who do not subscribe to my newsletters, I normally do not share coupon codes on my blog or facebook page.  However, I thought I'd let everyone in on the Mother's Day Sale we are having. Spend $25 and receive 15% off your entire purchase. This will not last long.  Click this link to give the greatest gift of fitness and health to the deserving moms out there! (or for yourself if you feel you deserve it!)


15% off Coupon Code: 1272392777



Changing Peoples Lives One at a Time


I often get asked by my friends and family, how do you do it Lauren?  "You never make any time for yourself.  You are either working or with your babies".   Finding time these days outside of my fitness career and family has been quite challenging.  Although I do my best to give as much quality time to my babies, I don't give much quality time to myself! But to be honest with you I enjoy what I do so much, that it's more fulfilling to me than getting my nails done or watching television.  I much rather be thinking about my next project or designing a fun workout for my classes.  I can't help it! This is just who I am.  On a side note, spending time with my friends more is something that I need to really work on.  It's just hard when most of my friends now have babies too and we have to work around nap schedules!




Every day I get inundated with emails asking me for advice regarding fitness, nutrition, or questions about my DVD's.  On the other hand, I also receive the most amazing emails of people pouring their heart out, explaining how I have inspired them and have completely changed their life! Receiving emails like that on a regular basis from people, has to be the most rewarding part of my career.  It motivates me to keep working hard to improve peoples quality of life. It amazes me how releasing my workout DVD's  have had such an impact on so many people.  I never thought in my wildest dreams that this would be so much more than just a workout.


Here are a 2 emails I received over the last few weeks.


Email Subject: A very happy client~you have changed my life! 

Hi Lauren,

My name is Theresa, and I am a 45 year old single mom (thanks to kettlebells, look 30-or so they say) living in Michigan.

I heard about you from some kind of searching I was doing on the internet about 4 months ago. Since then I've replaced working out with free weights and cardio, which allowed me to go from a size 12 to a 4 in about a year, exclusively with kettlebells.

I just worked out with your Ultimate conditioning dvd, and realized, how totally grateful I am to you for all the hard work that you have put into this. Its clear how totally dedicated you are, and I just want you to know what a source of strength and inspiration you are to me!

I am a spiritual teacher and professional psychic, and am creating a very deep spiritual path, putting it "out there," and whenever I feel overwhelmed, like "where do I start???" you are a role model that I call on, watching how through day to day dedication, in spite of being a mom with VERY young kids (mine are now 16 and 13), you continue to show up day to day for your passion. That to me is a true leader.

I'm just really grateful to you, and wanted you to know that you have touched my life in more ways than just giving me a great butt and abs (although I am eternally grateful for that-so is my fiance, lol!)

Just wanted to send love and thanks to you, and let you know that people you may never meet really appreciate the love you put into your offerings to the world!

Much love and many blessings!

Theresa M.




Email Subject: Ultimate Body Sculpt and Conditioning with Kettlebells


Hi Lauren,

I wanted to add my name to the huge list of your devoted followers!! I purchased your Ultimate Body Sculpt and Conditioning with Kettlebells Volume 1 DVD about 4 weeks ago and I am IN LOVE with this workout! I am 26 years old and have 2 children (2 1/2 years and 1 year) and have been religiously exercising since my youngest's birth. I quickly shed the "baby weight" but was not getting the tone I wanted.... until I discovered kettlebells. I ordered this DVD following the recommendation of another mom on a Mom website and I honestly can't even put into words how much I love it. I truly feel it has changed my life even in the short time I've been doing it. I am excited to workout every day. I've never been "athletic" in my life. Always been "thin" but not strong. With this DVD I can feel myself getting toned. I mainly do the 40 minute workout, and on days that i'm feeling particularly energized, I will also do the 12 minute fat blast in addition. An issue I had before was finding the time to exercise considering I'm a stay at home mom with 2 little ones. However, my kids LOVE to watch me do this workout, lol. My older child tries to mirror my moves, and it is so adorable. Anyway, I'm not sure what I can really say that you haven't heard a million times before, considering your huge fan base. But I just wanted to add my two cents ;) This is a great workout, the DVD is put together beautifully, and you and your partner (Robin Duncan) are very inspirational. I have to be honest and say that the fact that you two are mothers yourself has inspired me SO MUCH. That fact alone is part of the reason I love this DVD. I hope to purchase Volume 2 in the coming months.
Thank you for changing my life and body and inspiring me to better myself. I wish I lived in California so I could get a proper workout in person!! You have a loyal fan in me. I've been spreading the word to everyone I know about how much I love this DVD. Thank you so much :)


Lindsey





Here is a photo of Lindsey Dunn after 2 pregnancies with the help of my kettlebell DVD's!









These words were just written by Stacy Albright Body, a long distance nutrition counseling client of mine.  "Thanks to an amazing person named Lauren Brooks, who is also known as the Kettlebell Queen across the world and a nutritionist... In less than 4 weeks, I am 14.5 pounds lighter and 9 inches smaller!!! She taught me how to fuel my body and I am eternally grateful!!"

Stacy lost all this weight just from dietary changes designed for her lifestyle.  She didn't even start her exercise program yet.  She feels more energetic than ever and is excited to share this healthy eating with her 19  month old son and husband. 




 

Tuesday

Use light weights if you DON'T want to LOSE FAT!

"Won't I get big bulky muscles if I use that heavy kettlebell?  I build muscle very easily, so I need to use lighter weights."

If I got a dime for every time I heard the above, I would be a millionaire by now.  I feel like a broken record.  I can't tell you how many times I have had to convince women that they will see quicker results using heavier weights.  Scientific studies are proving that heavier weights with lower repetitions is what you need for the lean and sculpted look.  We have been trained to believe that lighter weights are for muscle tone and heavy weights are for the beefy body building look.  

New York times came out with a great article that links to a few studies proving a higher percentage of fat loss when females participated in using heavier weights. Using 70-80% of your 1 rep max keeping the reps under 8 proved to be more effective than lighter weights at 40-50% with higher reps.  Using heavier weights will increase your strength, your caloric burn, thus increasing your overall metabolism.  You will literally be turning your body in to a fat burning machine with the lean muscle you are putting on your body, while the fat will decrease around it, for the toned look everyone wants.  If you want the bulky look, you need to be eating lots of calories and performing medium weights. with high repetitions so you can have the bloated muscle that will not be as strong.  

Here is the article that came out today from the New York Times.


The Claim: For Better Muscle Tone, Go Lighter and Repeat


  
This is exactly why I wrote this article "The Need to Train Like a Man, Especially If you are a Woman" 5 years ago.  

Thursday

Kettlebell Training During Pregnancy (Common Questions Answered)

I want to share an article I wrote for a Kettlebell Magazine in February of 2010.  Since my pregnancy in 2006 I have been a big advocate of using kettlebells during pregnancy. Not until my second pregnancy in 2008 did I film my first and only Pregnancy Kettlebell DVD, which really showed people that you can use a kettlebell when implemented properly throughout your pregnancy. I've also released Baby Bells 2 recently as well, which is available as a streaming version.  Shawn Mozen, owner of Agatsu, asked me to write this article, since training with kettlebells during pregnancy has become more and more accepted.  Women, their husbands, and other kettlebell instructors email me on a regular basis for advice on kettlebell training during pregnancy.  I truly enjoy discussing pre and postnatal fitness. With the research I have done along with my personal experience as well as working with many pregnant students over the years, both in person and online, it has become a passion of mine. This article provides answers to many of the common questions I receive. I've also provided a kettlebell workout designed for a fit pregnancy.  We have hundreds of testimonials of ladies who've had amazing pregnancies and labors due to adding this type of training in to their life!

Note: I'm not a doctor and this information is based on my own personal experience and research. Always ask a doctor first before embarking on any new program especially during pregnancy!

Enjoy!