A Dose Of Body

Heal Yourself Beautiful BODY, MIND, BEAUTY Guest Blogger: TERI CASE

Posted by Dr. Lori Arnold


Heal Yourself Beautiful MIND, BODY, BEAUTY Guest Blogger:  TERI CASE

It is my pleasure to welcome my second guest blogger into the Heal Yourself Beautiful® community! Again, as I promised, I will be adding guest experts and curators to my community to add diversity and love, from many practice settings. Whatever your healing need may be, we will be here to support you each step of the way!

My GORGEOUS friend, Teri Case has so graciously agreed to bless us with her insight and knowledge of the woman’s body by assisting me with mind, body and beauty inspiration blogs.

Here is a little bit about Teri so you can get to know her.   Often referred to as the ‘Old Lady Whisperer’ by friends, Teri ghostwrites memoirs for the elderly who want to be remembered by their family for generations to come, and she considers their life stories and hindsight a priceless education. In her blog, Vitality Stories, Teri blogs about these lessons, and most recently started a blog series, Dear Me, where she shares advice from her 45 year old self with her 25 year old self, and therefore, the young ladies of today. She often quotes Melody Beattie, “Having experience is called living. Sharing experiences is called loving. Let yourself enjoy both.” HYB is happy to share Teri’s first Dear Me letter.

Vitality Stories and You@25: http://www.tericase.com/about-teri-case/

Teri writes articles for The Indie Chicks at: http://theindiechicks.com/dear-boobies-im-sorry-took-granted/

Melody Beattie: http://melodybeattie.com/

Welcome to Heal Yourself Beautiful! Start YOUR Healing Journey TODAY!

Posted by Dr. Lori Arnold

Hello!  This is Dr. Lori Arnold and I want YOU to join the Heal Yourself Beautiful Community to achieve “Optimal Health, Wellness, Beauty and Vitality from Within”! My personal struggle with health crisis changed my life and my experience can change your life too! Follow along and begin your own personal healing journey… from sick to STUNNING! Subscribe to my videos for updates, education, recipes, and more!

In this QUICK video, I will introduce you to the HYB and welcome you with open arms!  I look forward to you joining me in YOUR healing journey!

Heal Yourself Beautiful FITNESS Guest Blogger: KAYLA MICHELLE

Posted by Dr. Lori Arnold


Heal Yourself Beautiful FITNESS Guest Blogger:  KAYLA MICHELLE

It is my pleasure to welcome my first guest blogger into the Heal Yourself Beautiful® community! As I promised, I will be adding guest experts and curators to my community to add diversity and love, from many practice settings. Whatever your healing need may be, we will be here to support you each step of the way!

My GORGEOUS friend, and trainer, Kayla Michelle has so graciously agreed to bless us with her insight and knowledge of the woman’s body by assisting me with fitness inspiration blogs.

Let me tell you how I met my soul sister, Kayla.  As a result of my health struggles in 2014, it left me with a body diagnosed with insulin resistance, leptin resistance, weight gain, fatigue and muscle loss.  Coming into the new year, I was over 10 pounds heavier than I had been last year at this time.  None of my clothes fit, and I was discouraged every time I walked into my closet.  My body had changed from a well-oiled machine to a tired and sluggish jalopy.  I wanted the well-oiled, sleek and efficient sports car back!  I sought out a program called, Fit in 42, offered by a local gym, Next Level Fitness.  NLF had developed a program guaranteed to get results in 6 weeks!  I couldn’t believe my ears… 6 weeks!  At the end of January, I needed the jump-start and the support that only a dedicated and firmly regimented program could offer, so I enrolled.  I began my fitness journey with NLF on Monday, February 2, 2015 at 4:45 a.m.  This is where I met Kayla Michelle.

I was impressed immediately with all of the trainers and the driving force they created, but I became most connected with Kayla.  At 6 feet tall, and all legs, this gorgeous lady was always poised, gracious, classy and empowering to all of the members.  One particular day, I pushed myself to my limit, and “hit the wall” as they say in the running world.  My asthmatic lungs seized up on me and I was forced to stop mid-exercise.  Kayla immediately recognized the situation and helped me outside for some air.  She assisted me through the tears and disappointment I was feeling in myself and calmed my breathing and emotions.  We were connected… for life.

I chose Kayla to inspire the HYB community because she inspires me.  I see in her all of the qualities I want to possess and more.  Kayla is beauty, grace, compassion, class, and a true “lady”.  She can “throw it down” better than any man in the gym, but still be feminine and graceful.  I know Kayla has a story to tell, and yet this is another reason why she is perfect for a healing community.  Over the next few months, I will be conducting interviews with Kayla so you can “get to know her better”.  For the time being, rest assured, I have chosen only the “cream of the crop” to lead YOU through your fitness journey.  If fitness is an area you want to, or need to, work on, tune into this blog and search for Kayla Michelle.  My soul sister, I extend love and gratitude for your contributions to our HYB community!

Kayla MichelleISSA Certified Fitness Trainer, DVRT Level 1 Certified Sandbag Coach, C.H.E.K Institute Certified in Scientific Core Conditioning, Primal Movement Patterns, and Spine/Back Training and Rehabilitation

Hello Beautiful!

I am honored and overjoyed to be a guest to the HYB family. Thank you, Lori for inviting me into your blog-home! I’m happy to provide a little bit about me, my history and professional experience so we can get to know each other better! 

My athletic history began 23 years ago at age 3 when I followed in my mothers footsteps as a dancer studying disciplines of Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, Tap, and Ballroom. In my teens I enjoyed mixed martial arts training, traveling competitively and earning nationally recognized titles in Keichu-Do; a style consisting of Judo, Jiu-Jitsu, Kung-Fu, Karate and street wise Cajun fist-fighting.  Then, starting when I was just 16 years old, I was blessed with opportunities as a runway model, walking for Ready To Wear and Haute Cotoure designers in San Francisco, Los Angeles, CA and New York, NY. Being represented by internationally renowned modeling agencies FORD and RED NYC, I was honored to regularly work with clientele such as Oscar de la Renta, Calvin Klein, Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Wilkes Bashford, among many others.

My entrance into the fitness realm was marked by my exit from the fashion industry. I sought out my initial certification in exercise and nutrition as a means of empowering myself with knowledge. You see, I allowed pressures of the fashion industry to consume me and I became very ill mentally — Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating disorders destroyed my sense of self worth and my health. Through fitness I found my voice, my strength, again. Most importantly, I was able to rebuild my health! Years ago I practically adopted the attitude my beloved “Boppa” (Grandfather – RIP) instilled in me at an early age, “Always be learning, as long as you’re living.” and I strive to put this perspective into action daily in my personal and professional endeavors. My education as a health and fitness authority includes Nutrition, Supplementation, Strength and Conditioning, Rehabilitation, TRX Suspension, Kettle Bell, Sandbag, Flexibility/Mobility, and more. I am dedicated to offering my clients the very best support, accountability, motivation and program design I can. Whether you need a taller version of Jillian Michaels or a soft-spoken encourager, I meet you where you are (physically, emotionally, mentally) to help determine your individual needs and develop a comprehensive/holistically focused plan necessary to achieve the best and strongest version of yourself you can be!

As part of my quest to “lead by example”, quench my thirst for competition, and hunger for the stage I grew up on, I began competing in physique competitions as an NPC (National Physique Committee) bikini competitor in 2013. Currently, I am a champion national level competitor and a proud member of Team Zero Gravity, Coached by Ryan and Taylor Bentson. I’ve been awarded the following titles in my competitive career:  2nd Place at the 2013 NPC Southern California Championships which earned me qualification for the 2013 NPC USA’s National Championship in Las Vegas. In 2014 I won 3rd Place and national qualification at the NPC Los Angeles Grand Prix, 1st Place and national qualification at the NPC Los Angeles Championships, and 9th Place at the 2014 NPC USA’s Las Vegas National Championship. I am currently preparing for my next National Show this Spring and pro-card qualification when I will begin competing as a professional athlete.

Thank you for reading and I look forward to contributing in any way I can to your healthy journey!

I encourage you to follow Kayla on her social media sites:
Website:  http://www.palmdesertfitness4u.com/
Facebook Athlete Fan Page: www.facebook.com/kaylamichellefit
Instagram: KaylaMichelle_Fit

Twitter: @Kayla_Fit89


Another Life Destroyed by Nexium

Posted by Dr. Lori Arnold


Another story I just heard about an additional patient who’s life was destroyed by a prescription medication. This time, it is the same medication that destroyed my gut and caused osteopenia for me. Read this story and please say some prayers for this patient:

“Asking for prayers for my neighbor. He was put on Nexium for acid reflux for years – developed osteoporosis as a result (these medications are only meant to be used short-term as they limit the body’s ability to absorb calcium, magnesium, and other nutrients). As a result, he developed severe osteoporosis and has had multiple leg and hip fractures as a result. Recently he had a knee replacement surgery that became severely infected. Tomorrow they are going to have to go back in and remove the appliances from the knee or he is going to have to have his leg amputated. He will be in a wheelchair permanently for at least the next year while this surgery heals and hopefully the infection is brought under control. He and his wife are so discouraged and I know they would appreciate you remembering them in your thoughts and prayers. His name is Larry and her name is LaDonna. Thanks, friends!”
Thank you, Carlene Snyder, for sharing this story with my community!

Chamomile- Bringing Rest to the Weary

Posted by Dr. Lori Arnold


Trouble sleeping?? One of my all-time favorites. Just 1-2 cups though… or you will disrupt sleep by getting up to use the restroom all night!

Chamomile is one of the oldest known herbs, with a unique history that dates all the way back to the Egyptians, who used it for medicinal purposes as well as for embalming the dead. Its name means “ground apple,” which aptly describes its slightly fruity aroma and white circular flowers that grow close to the ground and sport protruding, yellow centers. Chamomile is often associated with a hot cup of relaxing tea, since its calming properties can soothe the nerves; however, this versatile herb is also used for aromatherapy, as a fragrance in various cosmetics and beauty products, as an anti-inflammatory, a fabric dye and even to highlight blonde hair! Due to its popularity, chamomile can be found in almost any health enthusiast’s herbal toolbox – from the novice herbalist, to the most skilled practitioner.

One of chamomile’s most coveted health benefits is its ability to calm an anxious soul and bring rest to the weary. Perhaps it is because of the alarming rate at which practitioners are witnessing increasing trends of stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia that chamomile has been extensively utilized. Regardless the reason, recent studies confirm what has been proposed for centuries – chamomile effectively helps to decrease mild to moderate anxietyand it influences GABA receptors to produce a sedative effect. In arandomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, 57 outpatients with mild to moderate Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) were given 220 to 1100mg of German chamomile extract, standardized to 1.2 percent of its key constituent apigenin, or placebo. After 8 weeks, chamomile reduced mean Hamilton Anxiety Rating (HAM-A) scores by greater than 50 percent.

It is proposed that the psychiatric effect of chamomile is due to the flavonoid, apigenin (and perhaps others), which works by reducing GABA activity. These same constituents may also effect noradrenalin and dopamine receptors and may also modulate the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical axis, all of which are intricately involved in the stress response of humans. This complex network of hormones and neurotransmitters is responsible for our myriad of moods, attitudes and emotions that ultimately influence sleep, anxiety, depression and other psychological functions. This may easily explain why chamomile positively influences all of these interconnecting conditions.The safety and tolerability of chamomile are excellent, making it a viable choice for assisting with calming the nerves and promoting rest and sleep.

Chamomile is historically best known and used to promote sleep, and research backs this up in both human and animal trials. In a randomized, placebo-controlled pilot study of 34 adults with chronic insomnia, 560mg of Matricaria recutita (German chamomile) given for 28 days resulted in improved daytime functioning and modest, favorable effects on sleep behavior. Chamomile’s main flavonoid, apigenin, has been shown to elicit benzodiazepine-like activity and to significantly decrease sleep latency in mice.  This may, therefore, provide an explanation for chamomile’s efficacy as a sleep-promoting agent.

At the very least, chamomile should be considered in regimens purposing to induce rest, relaxation and good sleep. It also possesses additional benefits such as soothing the digestive system and helping with a healthy inflammatory response. Chamomile can be consumed as a hot tea, or taken as a tincture or in capsule form. Its history bears witness to the undeniable position it holds in the world of botanical therapies as it has certainly earned its standing as a familiar and useful herb known and enjoyed by people all over the world.

This article has been republished from Designs for Health  at http://www.designsforhealth.com/