Toxic Soup: How you create health

I am currently at Rancho La Puerta in Tecate Mexico enjoying a wonderful respite with friends. Listening to lectures on health and participating in many activities is not only good for my mind, but also my body. Here is what I’ve learned so far and messages that I’ve been reminded about:

1. Other people’s toxic behavior does make you sick. The additional cortisol created from dealing with them (stress hormone) can tear down your immune system

2. Take personal responsibility for your own health. It’s the only body you have. EVERYBODY has 30 minutes per day to just take a walk. Turn off the TV and computer and do something. Exercise creates endorphins that help manage the toxic soup of cortisol, adrenalin, and other uglies.

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3. Currently statistics say that you will be living in the same body about 80 years. Do you choose a great quality of life for those years or not? Your choice in the MAJORITY of cases. Hint: every 6 months get blood work done and find out how your toxic soup is doing.

4. Toxic people and difficult behavior (both yours and theirs) create the toxic soup. So what skills do you need to manage your particular situation? Learn new approaches. It is your choice!

The lesson for me? Stop procrastinating. Start doing more like really understand what food does in your system. Get my butt up and do something. I, Marsha Petrie Sue, have promised myself to eat better and watch the volume I consume.

Actually, being healthy is easy when you make it a priority. And I have.

So what do you plan to do? Marsha

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  1. Noel Posus says:

    Hi Sue:

    Another great blog, or should I say, “muy bueno!”

    Here’s something to add to the mix which I have received from another great coach who inspires me, Matt Church (

    Seratonin, our happy chemical, can only ever be produced when we get theta sleep, which is more possible to achieve when we top up on the chemical melatonin, which we can only get through the pineal gland accessing sunlight through our eyes.

    So essentially, this is saying that we need to be able to see natural sunlight each and every day. For those in the artic circle during the dark days of the year, they use artificial sunlight lamps to help support this process.

    We also only ever have a finite amount of adrenalin in our systems at any one time and when this is being used up, along with the cortisol usage during high stress periods, we’re at the risk of running out of adrenalin when we need it the most. Seratonin can be used to address this. When we’re happier there’s less need to access cortisol and adrenalin.

    Then we have insulin which is about energy stores in the body and how they’re processed, and this is greatly affected by diet and exercise as well. Getting our insulin levels right means we have more energy ability to respond to stresses. This is a slightly more complicated area considering what we know about good nutrition and exercise, but we can get it right for each of our body types with good support from doctors and/or other appropriate experts.

    So these four basic chemicals of cortisol, adrenalin, insulin and seratonin all need to be balanced well and there are a number of things we can do to keep on track. The information is there if we know where to look.

    I get most of my information on how to do this through Matt Church’s site, so I hope that by providing that information here, more people can access it and determine some strategies for themselves.

    Matt has a couple of free e-books called “Adrenalin Junkies” and “Serotin Seekers” which may be very helpful, and I think you can access those by signing up for his free newsletter. Every issue of the newsletter comes with a “with our compliments” free e-book, so a great resource source.

    Marsha, I hope this entry adds even more value to the great value you provide to all of us, your readers and fans, every day!


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