So-Fi-T by Beth Kais, M.Ed., CSCS, DNSET, PRT    

Optimal Fitness at Any Age


Common Barriers to Health and Performance

Measurable source of concern and cause of disease:  Inflammation

How Inflammation manifests itself:  measured by blood panel


Common causes of Inflammation:

Ulcer, diverticulitis, Crohn’s, Celiac or IBS (direct contamination of the blood

Leaky gut from gluten sensitivity or GMO products (measured by Zonulin in blood which opens intestine/blood barrier) ,

Chronic digestive, allergy system irritation from food sensitivity (Homocysteine)

Systemic fungal/bacterial infection anywhere in the body (C-RP)

Inability to process B-vitamins (MTHFR genetic mutation) (Homocysteine)


Common symptoms of chronic Inflammation

-  Digestive issues, acid stomach, gas and bloating

-  Sinus issues, allergic reactions, runny nose, sneezing, brain fog

-  Increased pain sensitivity to osteo-arthritis, increase in arthritis

-  Swollen or puffy stomach area and inability to activate deep abdominal wall (TrA)

-  Skin irritation (eczema) and acne

-  Increased fatigue and delayed recovery

-  Increased irritability, short fuse, decreased happiness, decreased ability to deal with stress


Consequences of prolonged, long-term Inflammation:

-  Ulcer, GERD, acid reflux, esophageal ulcers

-  Allergies, sinusitis, rhinitis, frequent or prolonged flu

-  Joint/cartilage deterioration and increased arthritis

-  Back pain, back injury, disc injury

-  Coronary artery disease, blocked arteries, heart attack, stroke

-  Autoimmune Disease including Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Thyroid Dysfunction, Fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s

-  Nail fungus

-  Cancer

-  Diabetes

-  Depression and anxiety,9171,993419,00.html


Simple interventions to reduce and eliminate Inflammation:

-  Eliminate GMO foods from diet.  The top 10 GMO foods are, in order, Corn, Soy/Tofu, Conventional Sugar, Aspartame, Papayas, Canola Oil, Cotton Oil, Dairy, Zucchini and Yellow Squash.

-  Greatly reduce or eliminate foods on the sensitivity list.  90% of sensitivities come from just 8 foods Milk, Eggs, Peanuts, Tree Nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts), fish (bass, cod, flounder, tuna, swordfish), shellfish, soy/tofu and wheat.

-  Eat sulfur rich foods including cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussel sprouts, bok choy, kohlrabi), wild caught or grass fed/free range animal proteins (fish, poultry, red meat, nuts, eggs, legumes), and Allium vegetables (onions, shallots, garlic, leeks and chives).

-  Eat high quality fats containing CLA’s (conjugated linoleic acids) and medium chain fatty acids.  Sources include organic/grass fed beef, pork, lamb, goat and dairy , organic nuts, organic/extra virgin/cold pressed coconut oil , and avocado .

-  Consume pre and probiotic foods.  This includes all fermented foods (kombucha, sauerkraut/kimchee, pickles, miso, any pickled vegetables), yogurt including almond or coconut yogurt, aged cheese, beer and wine.  Stabilized supplements are also available. , ,

-  Maintain good vitamin D and B levels.  Supplement when necessary.

-  Sweat every day.  Either passive (sauna, Jacuzzi)  or active (exercise) .  The skin is the “third kidney” aiding in detoxing the system.