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Rebecca Brinkmann, PhD, CHC

Rebecca Brinkmann, PhD, CHC

Dr. Rebecca Brinkmann became interested in nutrition, fitness & health after battling Lyme disease for several years.  During her treatment, she went on a quest to repair her own immune system. As a researcher, she became increasingly aware that in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, one must take charge of their own health.  She believes this is accomplished by working with one's physician rather than being a passive consumer of health care. Rebecca earned her doctorate in communication studies and has taught in higher education for over 12 years. She earned her health consulting certification from the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute. Her interest in health includes the mind, body and spirit connection.  She became deeply interested in the spiritual aspect of one's life while she obtained her ministry certification from Catch the Fire School of Ministry in 1996.

3 Steps to Clean Living

What is Clean Living?

If you want to truly live a healthy lifestyle you will need to make a few simple changes, so that your immune system is fighting for you and not against you.  This is called "clean-living."

Environment

A peaceful, non-toxic environment is critical to maintaining your health.
 

  • Avoid toxic, non-supportive people
  • Switch to non-toxic cleaning supplies, skin & body care products
  • Use a non-toxic toothpaste and deoderant
  • Get adeqate rest
  • If you have allergies, use allergen-free linens and invest in an allergen filter
  • Diffuse essential oils to clear the home of toxins

Non-Toxic Products

There are many organic, non-toxic companies selling safe products for the home. Do your research by visiting ewg.org.  Below are a few examples.

  • Seventh Generation Products
  • Zuzu Luxe Mascara & Eyeliner
  • Gabriel Cosmetics
  • Pure Haven Essentials
  • Essential Oils. 
  • Vinegar and Baking Soda

Diet

Making these changes all at once may seem overwhelming.  Make a few changes at a time as finances and ability allow. Remember to detox and reduce inflammation by drinking water with lemon and ginger.

  • It's time to go gluten-free
  • Switch to a low/no sugar diet
  • Increase healthy sources of protein. Raw Whey powder from Wild is a good source.
  • Eat more green, leafy vegetables
  • Reduce or eliminate dairy products (does not include raw dairy or kefir)
  • Add foods that help reduce body inflammation and eliminate toxins
  • Drink plenty of water with lemon.  Always drink a glass of lemon water first thing in the morning before eating.
  • Drink green tea or use a green tea extract
  • Eat whole grains
  • Reduce or eliminate white breads and enriched grains like white rice

 

10 Benefits of a Personal Vegetable Garden

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