The Pursuit of (My) Dreams: PART 1

Great stuff. So similar to our own journey.

Live Fit. Live Healthy. Live Free.

At the beginning of this year, our pastor said that this was a year to not settle; to take the things that have been in our heart and to declare them, to pursue them without fear or hesitation. He said to even say to the person next to you, that this was your year and that you will pursue ____ by the end of 2014. I’m writing this 2 part story to explain how I’ve arrived here and where I’m going. I’m declaring it out loud, I’m not shying away, and I’m believing that I can and that I will! And I want YOU to be a part of it with me!


A little background for you:

From the time I was old enough to be active–I was. If I wasn’t freaking my mom out by riding my bike for HOURS and into dusk, I was in gymnastics…

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The Human Body and Redox Signaling

The human body is constantly working to maintain cellular health. It does this by balancing reactive molecules to rid the body of harmful components and to clean up the oxidative stress and free radical damage that occur at the cellular level. When these reactive molecules are in the proper balance, the immune system and healing process function at their optimal level.

Every day more research and published articles are appearing about this “Redox Signaling” process, making it one of the fastest growing research fields in science. ASEA is the first and only stable, perfectly balanced mixture of these Redox Signaling reactive molecules that exists outside the body, and can be used to help maintain proper balance inside the body to support the immune system and healing process.

What Does Redox Signaling Mean to You?

Helps in the Preservation and Restoration of Healthy Tissues and Cells

When cells and tissues are damaged, by everyday living (sunlight, toxins, cuts, scrapes, exercise, infections, radiation etc.) they send out redox signaling messages for help. This starts a cascade of messengers that are quickly spread throughout the affected area where they call for action to start the healing process (blood supply is redirected, native antioxidants empowered and increased, DNA repair elicited, immune response initiated, inflammation, cell communication enhanced, regeneration efforts started, etc.). The healing process is a well orchestrated effort to either repair the damaged cells or cause the un-repairable cells to die and be replaced by healthy ones and thus restore healthy cells and tissue.

Increasing the amount of balanced redox signaling carriers in your cells and tissues simply helps to make this whole orchestrated effort much more efficient. They “grease the wheels”, so to speak, making it more likely that cells are repaired and replaced much more efficiently. Healthy cells are more likely to be able to defend themselves, the immune system is more likely to respond correctly, intercellular communication channels are clearer and more efficient. The concept is elegant, these redox signaling carriers do not force the system to act or react differently than it already does. It simply clarifies the signals that help the immune response and healing process proceed as it should, and do so much more efficiently.

Anti-Aging Benefits

As we age, the healing process becomes less efficient. Cells and tissues that are damaged or inefficient are not repaired or replaced as efficiently. Gradually these damaged or inefficient cells divide and proliferate, taking over the healthy “young” tissue and causing the downward spiral that leads to aging and death. The cells and tissues are simply not as efficient as they used to be at doing their job.

By Increasing the balanced mixture of Redox Signaling messengers that are already in the body this has the effect of making the defend, repair or replace mechanisms in the cells and tissues much more efficient: Damaged cells are more likely to repair themselves or die and be replaced by healthy neighboring cells, healthy cells are more likely to be able to defend themselves against infections, toxins, stresses, etc. In essence, cells and tissues are more likely to stay young and healthy.

Powers Up the Cell’s Antioxidant Shields

Certain Redox Signaling molecules are used to recharge and activate the native antioxidants that protect healthy cells from oxidative stress and free radical damage. Your cells are already full of these native antioxidants, they are placed as barriers that protect the more sensitive parts of the cells, such as the DNA in the nucleus. Every microsecond, trillions and trillions of these antioxidants in every cell are doing their job to protect every cell from oxidants. Oxidants are also natively produced as part of the normal metabolism of sugars that provides our cells with energy. As long as the mixture of redox signaling molecules is balanced, the antioxidants in the cells and tissues are easily able to defend themselves against such oxidants.

Increasing the amount of balanced redox-signaling molecules in the cells and tissues helps recharge and activate the native antioxidants that are already in the cells, making them much more efficient. This enhances the natural protection mechanisms of the cell, naturally, powering up the natural antioxidant shields that are already placed there for just that purpose, making the healthy cells and tissues more likely to be able to defend themselves.

Tunes Up Cell’s Communication Channels

Every cell in the body MUST be able to communicate with its neighboring cells in order to function correctly. Communication channels exist that allow messengers to run back and forth between cells. These messengers actually program the DNA in the cells to act as it should in the environment where they live. The discovery of stem cells, that are programmed to act as heart cells or brain cells or whatever tissue they stick to, emphasizes how important these communication channels are. Redox Signaling carriers help move these messengers from cell to cell as well as sending the signals inside and between cells.

An increase in the amount of balanced redox signaling molecules makes the cell’s communication channels more efficient. This is especially important when the tissues must respond to a stressor or invader. Quick and accurate response is important. Efficient communication channels make it more likely that the cells and immune systems will respond as they are designed to do.

Optimizes Correct Immune System Function

In order for the immune system to function as it should, a myriad of communication signals need to be carried between cells, signals that detect damage, signals that control blood flow and control inflammation, signals that activate the immune system response and help determine when, where and what the immune cells attack (and what they do not attack). The immune response is a coordinated effort that depends heavily on redox signaling and other types of signaling.

Increasing the amount of balanced redox signaling molecules helps make the signaling processes between cells more efficient. With clearer signals, the immune system can operate with increased efficiency. This means that the immune system will be more likely to detect and attack threats that it should engage and less likely to attack healthy cells that it should not engage. This action tends to normalize the immune system function, if overactive it will help decrease its activity, if underactive it will help increase activity. In short, the immune system will tend to operate at optimal efficiency.

Powers Up Aerobic Performance

As the energy requirements of the cells and tissues increase during aerobic activity, oxygen and sugars in the blood must be able to be transferred from the lungs and energy stores into the muscle cells and tissues. Waste products like CO2 and excess lactates must be transferred out of the cells and tissues and back into the blood and out of the body. The efficiency at which the cells can move oxgen fuel and waste products back and forth through the blood and cellular membranes determines how long the body can sustain aerobic activity. When the oxygen and energy demands of the muscle tissues exceed the ability of the body to maintain adequate delivery, the muscle cells and tissues start to burn internal energy stores anaerobically (without the use of oxygen), waste products (CO2 and lactates) start to build up and further interfere with the aerobic processes. When the internal energy stores of the muscle cells are exhausted, no more energy can be provided and muscle activity ceases completely.

Increasing the amount of balanced redox signaling molecules in the body helps normalize the redox potential in and around the cells and tissues. A balanced redox potential in the tissues increases the efficiency at which oxygen, fuels and wastes can be transferred in and out of cells and tissues, making the natural aerobic processes more efficient. If aerobic capacities are increased, then the natural length of time that aerobic activity can be sustained under high energy demands is also increased. The time that it takes to recover normal aerobic balance after an intense anaerobic effort is also shortened.

What are Redox Signaling Molecules?

Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) and Reduced Species (RS)

Our cells are literally filled with and surrounded by salt water, which becomes the principal raw material for building simple redox signaling molecules. Simple redox signaling molecules are simple molecules formed from rearrangements of the atoms in water (H20) salt (NaCl) and nitrogen (N2), the most abundant molecules of life. A few examples of simple redox signaling molecules are hydrogensuperoxide (HO2), hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), hypochlorous acid (HOCl) and Nitric Oxide (NO), there are many more. Redox signaling molecules can fall into two classifications, Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) and Reduced Species (RS). When isolated, most of the individual redox signaling molecules are potently toxic, reactive and unstable. However, in all forms of life on planet earth, cells have learned to manufacture stable, non-toxic mixtures of ROS and RS that serve fundamental roles inside and outside the cells.

Perfectly pH Balanced (7.35) Mixture

In our blood, cells and tissues, perfectly balanced, stable safe mixtures of redox signaling molecules exist. It turns out that such mixtures have close to neutral pH (7.35) which is the average pH of blood and fluids carefully maintained in our bodies. It should be noted that such stable balanced mixtures of redox signaling molecules CANNOT be formed by simply stirring together individual components (which would be toxic and imbalanced), non-toxic redox signaling complexes are formed electrochemically and enzymatically by complex reactions inside the cells and tissues. The perfectly balanced complex mixtures of ROS and RS of redox signaling mixtures in the body, naturally having close to neutral pH and neutral redox potential (RP), can balance chemical equilibrium as required depending on the chemical environment they are in. This is the beauty of redox signaling messengers, they are everywhere and participate in all of the processes of life.

Species Containing Chlorine

Some of the redox signaling complexes in our body contain chlorine. This is not the same form as the unbalanced crude forms of molecular chlorine and bleach (Cl2, NaOCl) that are used to sanitize pools and water supplies. Such unbalanced forms of chlorine are notably irritating and toxic, though still tolerated. In fact, certain unbalanced mixtures are the primary weapon of choice for the immune system and are potently effective against microbes. Perfectly balanced redox signaling mixtures, in contrast, have zero toxicity are not irritating, even soothing, and are safe for all tissues in the body, including the eyes. These balanced mixtures of redox signaling molecules already exist in large concentrations in all tissues and fluids in the body and are able to be easily handled by all tissues. The secret is balance.

Produced by Mitochondria

The primary source of redox signaling molecules in living cells is the mitochondria. The mitochondria live inside the cells and produce 95% of all of the energy (ATP fuel) used in the body. There are anywhere from 10 to 5000 mitochondria in every cell. Collectively these organelles comprise more than half of the dry weight of the body. As mitochondria metabolize simple sugars from the foods we eat into the ATP cell fuel, they also produce copious amounts of ROS and RS that are quickly mixed, stabilized and balanced by enzymatic action inside the cells to form balanced redox signaling complexes and mixtures. These balanced redox signaling mixtures float around the cell and are easily neutralized by the antioxidant barriers that are placed in strategic areas in the cell to protect sensitive structures from potential damage, such as the DNA. As long as these redox signaling mixtures are kept balanced, the antioxidant barriers are easily able to neutralize them, by turning them back into salt water and nascent oxygen. Such redox signaling molecules serve as signaling messengers and carriers in all cells and tissues of the body.

ASEA vs Sole Day 27 Report – ASEA

This is day 27 of our 28 day Oxidative Stress head to head test (see our previous post). I, Hardy have been the one taking ASEA for the last 27 days. I have taken it very regularly and have not missed a day. My dosage has varied some, from the recommended 2oz morning and 2 oz evening to as much as 4 oz and 4 oz. Over this time period I have studied a great deal about the science behind ASEA and I must say I am enamored with what I have found. More study will follow but GI have now seen enough to guarantee that I will stay on the product a full test drive of 90-120 days. Generally I find health comparisons or analysis to be very subjective but here are my subjective findings thus far.

  1. Sleep. My sleep patterns have been noticeably and significantly altered over the time period. Recently I have noticed that I am usually sleeping much deeper, dreaming more and sleeping less overall. At first I would be wide awake at around 4:30 each morning and then would be groggy in the afternoon. More recently I notice that my body and mind run well on about 4 hours sleep. I enjoy sleep so I am not sure I completely see this as a 100% positive but I have certainly been very productive.
  2. Workouts. No real noticeable change except I have been tired feeling for a lot of the time.
  3. Healing crisis. For anyone who has studied health and nutrition very long you are no doubt familiar with the concept of a healing crisis. Basically a Healing crisis is when the body gets strong enough to deal with toxins and issues that it just had to stick away in the fat stores when there was not the energy or vibrance to address the issue. Often as a radical healing is underway several stages of almost flue like conditions can prevail. These conditions can be controlled by simply lowering the rate of health climb to reduce the magnitude of the healing crisis. I am comfortable with these so I have pushed on as i want to see the ,maximum possible benefit I can within the test days. I do think that I have been in a healing crisis. But again these things are more subjective than I would like.
  4. Mental clarity. Generally my level of clarity has been a little foggy. I say that but I have also come up with some breakthrough ideas in a number of areas. Actually a phenomenal amount of just great moments in the midst of a tired brain.
  5. Energy. Have not been sick. Have felt tired but with a possible deep energy, hard to call.
  6. Topical. This might be the most exciting. I have sprayed my sun damaged forehead and face each day several times. They say ASEA applied to the skin is like throwing marbles at a chain link fence. The molecules are so small they pass right through. I can honestly say that the skin on my face has healed a noticeable degree.
  7. Summary. ASEA is purported to be the first the worlds first Molecular supplement. It is not fast acting it is deep acting. So my findings would be consistent with the expected to a large degree although some people do have more immediate positive reactions, it is also prevalent for it to take 90 days for the body to transform.

Next step – tomorrow Robyn and I both take a second Oxidative stress test called a VIVO test. It will be interesting to see what has transpired with that level over the first 28 days.

Stay tuned and please comment away!


Finding Your Balance


As I was in my power yoga class today trying to move gracefully through the warrior one, two, and three poses-

our instructor suggested some additional challenges, I lost my balance a couple of times. I was trying really really hard to do —–all she said ——all at once.
I got frustrated for a moment, but then returned to a calmer position I was comfortable with.

This experience made me think about how it can be like that when we learn new things about nutrition and health….we try to learn and do the best for ourselves and our families—But it can be overwhelming. We just learn about one thing and then, there is this new new thing.

I am trying to get more greens into my diet while at the same time, I am trying out some new memory supplements, while at the same time, making sure I get enough fiber (more on that another time) for bowel health! And before I know it, I’ve forgotten my essential fatty acids (EFAs) Or I haven’t cooked with quinoa the super grain, in over a week!

Everything seems so crucial! I want to do it all!

As I write I want to encourage you and myself to keep on learning and growing but don’t over expect what you can do in a season. Focus on one thing and get good at it and then add other “new health foods” or whatever –in later. If you are trying to eat well, enjoy what you’ve added and bless all you eat to nourish your body as well as your family’s.

Find your balance in this journey. —and enjoy each position…. My Warrior Two looks pretty cool when I do get my yoga groove on. Ha!


Sole / Asea Challenge

I just love a good challenge.

My husband and I are currently in a month long independent study and  comparison of Sole, made from Himalayan Salt versus a new product we discovered called Asea. Last week we both took a breath test analyzing our oxidative stress levels.  This test will serve as a base line for our independent trial. I am taking the sole daily while my husband is taking the Asea. We have virtually the same diets and take all the same vitamins so we have an even starting line. We also go to the gym together and weight train together. Here are our questions:

Can Asea outperform Sole in their abilities to reduce our oxidative stress levels?

How are we feeling daily in the areas of wellness, workout recovery, and sleep?

You may be asking, “what is sole? and what is Asea?”. Sole is pure Salt from the Himalayan mountains. When the  crystal salt is combined with pure water it makes sole (so-lay). the solution is a highly mineralized with complex ions.  Our cells contain saltwater and minerals. Water and salt are necessary for a myriad of functions in our bodies.

Asea is trillions of stable, perfectly balanced Redox Signaling Molecules suspended in pristine saline solution.  These molecules are vital to the health of our cells. Will Asea be the perfect enhancement to all the great nutrition we already utilize?  There is much much more about this product we are researching.  We are learning so much about Antioxidants and their role in our cells… and ATP energy… and messaging between cells–but for now we want to see how our bodies utilize this product.

We feel like super science nerds as we make our way thru this study. It is so fun! We will keep you posted……