Energy And Fatigue- 4 Considerations To Optimize Day To Day Energy

So many people that come to work with me struggle with low energy, despite looking like the image of health on the outside for some.

They are often told by their doctors that they look perfectly healthy, everything is great, maybe just depressed?

From a disease perspective I get it. No disease there. But from a health perspective there can be a lot going on and a lot to work with to turn the dial. When we consider that there is a spectrum of health, not just Diseased or Healthy, we find there is quite a bit we can do with food and lifestyle to turn the dial towards better health, function, and greater energy.

One of my missions is to fill the gap between disease and perfect health, empowering people learn about what is going on in their body and what they can do to optimize how they function not matter where they are on the spectrum of health.

Nothing woo woo here, just systems biology coupled with modifiable lifestyle choices to improve how we feel and function.

When we look at how energy is made and what impacts it, there are 4 areas that stick out to me, as a functional nutritionist, where food and lifestyle can make a difference even for people already eating diverse whole foods.

  1. Blood sugar highs and lows
  2. Thyroid health and how the system is functioning
  3. Mitochondria and the nutrients needed to make energy (not just calories)
  4. The amount of Stress we are under, how we process that stress, and how our adrenals and HPA axis (hypothalamus/pituitary/adrenal axis) are handling it

It is almost painful to omit DIGESTION from this list but for the sake of not beating a dead horse I will leave it out of the top 4 😉 . Of course eating enough food, sleeping, and moving regularly help here too. I wanted to address things people are not always thinking about.


1. Blood Sugar Regulation

Optimizing blood sugar is important for all of us, not just diabetics. So many of the people I work with are shocked how much this is impacting their energy on a day to day basis. I was even shocked when I tuned in to my blood sugar. Blood sugar is impacted by what we eat, when we eat, how much stress we have in our lives, how we move our body, how well we sleep, our estrogen, and more. Our blood sugar levels naturally go up and down during the day but we want hills, not mountains. What goes up will come down and often crashing down hard bringing with it symptoms of blood sugar imbalance such as: afternoon fatigue, sleepiness, cravings, anxiety, waking up in the middle of the night, headaches, irritability, and more. If you want to optimize your energy it is essential to optimize your blood sugar. Retraining your body to burn fat is a great way to do this as is balancing fat/fiber/protein at every meal and snack. Because blood sugar is so important for energy, sleep, and hormone balance we work on this in our 6 week Women’s Hormone Club, at the 10 week Foundations of Health and I address this with my one on one clients. How balanced is your blood sugar? Do you have any symptoms indicating you could use some work here? Tuning into your ups and downs during the day can be incredibly insightful to optimizing blood sugar and feeling more balanced energy.

One of my favorite ways to help balance blood sugar is getting enough protein for breakfast. I find most people miss this chance to manage blood sugar in a way that trickles down to the rest of the day.

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2. Thyroid Health

Our thyroid impacts our metabolism and how we use protein, carbs, and fat to make energy, it impacts our oxygen consumption, our sodium/potassium regulation, cardiovascular function, red blood cells, digestion, and is used by every cell in our body. 1, 2. If we do not have enough thyroid hormone or cannot properly use our thyroid hormone our entire body will slow down and fatigue is a common symptom. Our thyroid depends on clear communication between our brain and our thyroid (the HPT axis), it depends on having the proper nutrients to make thyroid hormones (which also includes how well we are digesting and absorbing those nutrients), on our microbiome to convert thyroid hormone to a usable form, if we have antibodies to our thyroid gland or antibodies to certain thyroid enzymes, and on our cell’s ability to receive and use thyroid hormone 3. If any part of the system is not functioning optimally, even if there is not a diagnosable disease to treat, or even if someone is taking thyroid hormone but not utilizing it well, energy will be impacted. Getting a clear idea of thyroid function and making sure your thyroid has what it needs to function is an important step to optimize energy and one that affects women considerably more than men. Even if your TSH looks perfect there could be more at play. Food and lifestyle are key players in the thyroid system (HPT) and getting a full thyroid panel is key if there are energy issues or any signs of a slow down in the body.

Some of my favorite thyroid supportive foods include- brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, kelp, eggs, and greens.

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3. Mitochondria and the Nutrients Needed to Produce Energy

Our mitochondria are where energy is made in our body. We not only need fat, carbohydrates, and oxygen to make energy but we also depend on many other factors to keep the system pumping out ATP, the energy currency in our body. If we do not have enough of any of the following factors, energy production will be decreased, leaving us with less energy. This includes iron to help move oxygen from our lungs to our mitochondria, B vitamins to help the mitochondria convert carbs/fat/protein into energy, and all 20 amino acids needed for coenzymes throughout the process. In the case of these three we depend not only on getting enough from our diet but also on digesting and absorbing them properly. If we do not have enough stomach acid or have any issues with the villi in our small intestine or have a lack of digestive enzymes or bile, we might have a hard time absorbing and digesting these critical nutrients even if we are consuming them. We also need plenty of antioxidants to maintain the integrity of the mitochondria, we need sufficient sulfur, CoQ10, Carnitine, N-acetyl cysteine, vitamin D, magnesium, fatty acids, and alpha lipoic acid for energy production, all coming from the foods we are or are not eating and how we are breaking them down. 4 5 6 Even heavy metals, mold, and toxins can impact our mitochondria 11. Do your mitochondria have what they need to function optimally? Are you sure?

4. Stress and how we are managing it

Every time we are faced with a stressor in life, either emotional, physical, nutritional, environmental, immune wise, from blood sugar swings, etc our hpa axis responds by releasing cortisol from the adrenal glands so our body is prepped to react. This is a great thing as we need cortisol for many reasons, unless is it kept in ‘ON’ mode for too long that is. Our brain does not differentiate if we are being chased by a tiger, are stressed about bills, are up late watching a suspenseful thriller, have a nutrient deficiency, are overtraining, have a chronic infection, mold exposure, or any other stress we might be facing. It is all stress on the body and is a bit of a mismatch between how we evolved and our current environment. Some stress is a good thing (hormesis) but too much stress can negatively impact the HPA axis or hypothalamus pituitary adrenal axis 7 8. We are meant to handle stress but not a never ending onslaught of stressors 10 (allostatic load). In this case we might see dysregulated cortisol which can manifest as low energy in the morning (despite getting plenty of sleep) and low energy throughout the day, among other things signs of HPA axis dysregulation 8 9. Although ‘adrenal fatigue’ is outdated and not recognized as science based condition (the adrenals are not fatigued instead cortisol is regulated by the brain), hpa axis dysregulation is very real and can be a leading contributor to feeling low energy and fatigue 10. Removing what stressors we can and learning to process our emotional stress better are two important components to supporting the HPA axis and optimizing our energy during the day. Sometimes we need to do a little digging to figure out what is causing our stress response to be turned on chronically.

A couple of favorite herbs/foods to support stress management include sipping lemon balm tea, and taking Adaptogens like Reishi, Rhodiola, Maca and Ashwanganda.


If you are feeling less energy than normal there are ways to use food and lifestyle to support your body and increase your energy (Of course ruling out any serious condition with your physician is an important step).

Tracking is a great way to start tuning in to what is going on in your body. Start noticing and writing down when you feel good, when you feel low, what you are eating, your lifestyle choices during those times, known stressors, mood, poop, sleep, how much you are resting, etc. There are labs and tests that can help you dig deeper too, such as nutritional panels, a functional thyroid panel, serum labs such as iron/ferritin/vitamin D/magnesium, dried urine and salivary hormone tests, blood sugar monitoring, organic acids tests, and more. Optimizing digestions is always important to make sure you are able to use the nutrients you are eating. Stay curious and reach out to a trusted wellness professional for help.


Digging deeper with functional labs can be extremely helpful if things feel off in your body. When we look at functional labs we are looking for optimal function instead of just for disease. Test don’t guess! Check out functional labs I often use for energy issues.


Some of my favorite functional booster foods to support optimal energy include

  • liver (supplement if you don’t want to eat organ meat)
  • maca powder
  • alfalfa
  • cordyceps
  • sprouts (broccoli, alfalfa, mung, etc)
  • bee pollen, royal jelly, and honey
  • beet juice
  • nuts and seeds
  • sweet potatoes
  • mct oil
  • green tea
  • sea vegetables

What do you do to optimize your energy?

This is intended to serve as education regarding food and lifestyle to support health. It is not meant to treat or diagnose any health condition. Please consult your physician with any health issues.

Check out my blog and video on MAPPING ENDURANCE through a functional lens. I list my favorite trail foods as well as functional labs relevant to energy there too!

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Janel Ferrin Anderson FNLP NC DNM

Janel works with people one and one and in group settings out of her office in Truckee/Tahoe. She helps people better understand what is going on in their body and explores with them how to use food and lifestyle to optimize health. Janel is a board certified nutrition consultant, a certified functional nutrition and lifestyle practitioner and has her doctorate in natural medicine. She is endlessly interested in WHY things function the way they do.

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Autumn Love – Food, Energy, Ritual, Women, Treats, And The Kitchen

I have always loved the crisp air, warm spices, comforting foods, grounding energy, and the return to routine that autumn brings.

As I sit here at my computer I can almost hear the crunch and smell the earthy leaves of fall. The days are slowly getting shorter but the sun still shines brightly and lasts just long enough for sport practices and a short walk after work. It is the season of harvest, preparing for the winter, and even some lunchtime trail rides with the kids back at school. Tapping in to the energy of the season is a wonderful and important way to connect to the rhythm that we have evolved for thousands of years to be in synch with and fall is one of my favorite times to do this.

In the autumn I am immediately drawn to my kitchen as it feels grounding after the endless light and go of summer. The slightly cooler and darker evenings quietly beckon me back in. I now crave this return to the kitchen. Fall foods are comforting, warming and cozy. We brew up warm soups and stews that cook for hours and fill the kitchen with mouth watering smells all afternoon. These longer cooked dishes are wonderful for gut health as they are easier to break down and give the gut a bit of a rest. Plus, we use quite a bit of bone broth as a base which has healing gelatin, collagen and minerals. In different ancient healing practices around the world this grounding in the fall is important to balance the dry, windy, and transitional energy of the fall. With the right lifestyle and eating changes we can feel nourished by the fall instead of depleted. I find this to be true for me and am happy to bring my energy down into my roots this time of year and ground into the season.


Apples

I love when I get to pick my own apples but regardless we try to see how many different varieties of apples we can taste and cook with each fall. Stewed apples with cinnamon are one of my favorite gut healing treasures in the fall. The fiber in apples feed our good bacteria in the gut and they produce metabolites that heal our gut wall, talk to our immune system (which is really important in the fall), and even talk to our brain. We eat these stewed apples many mornings and in the afternoon with a sprinkle of chia seeds and hemp seeds and even some mct oil for a good fat. Apples rank at the top of foods with phenolic antioxidants making them high in antioxidants and especially cancer fighting quercetin. My 10 year old Clay loves to bake spicy apple crisp and even makes it gluten free for me to enjoy. Gretal loves baked apples with cinnamon, coconut sugar, and walnuts. I love making spiced gluten free apple cake and John’s heart lies with an almond and cranberry apple pie. But really, is there anything easier and more delicious than sliced apples with cinnamon?


Stirring My Brew (aka spicy chai)

There is not much more that says fall in our family than a brewing pot of chai on the stove. It lures people out of their rooms and into the kitchen to comment year after year “ah, it smells like fall”. The spices of chai are warming to the body and the soul. Cinnamon, ginger, cardamon, cloves, and pepper. All full of healing nutrients to boot (see below). We brew these spices for an hour and then add black tea for a few minutes and strain. After we pour this into anxiously awaiting mugs we add honey and a splash of milk of choice (some like coconut, some cashew, and others full fat cows milk) and savor each cozy and warming sip.


Fall Ritual- Prepping for winter

There are years I am better at preserving foods than others. Sometimes I jar tomatoes or chop and freeze squash, green beens, berries, etc but what I am most consistent with is prepping my fall and winter supply of Fire Cider. I love this ritual. People have been enjoying the immune support and digestive support of fire cider for decades. I love this kind of preserving because there are no rigid rules or formulas. Once you do it a few times you can change it up, add different ingredients or change up the quantities to your liking. My favorite recipes are part of the Healing Foods Club . Making Fire Cider is affordable and rewarding. I take a shot of this fire cider in warm water every morning as part of my morning fall/winter ritual to support my gut, my immune system, and my morning energy.


Letting Go

The fall reminds us that it is okay to let go of what does not serve us or what has transitioned on. As I watch the beautiful golden and red leaves fall to the earth I am reminded to let go. Just when the world is so supremely beautiful, with the snow on the mountains and the bright leaves on the aspens, it is time to let go. All things have their time. Their seeding, their growing, their burning bright, their clinging, their letting go, their becoming one with the earth, and then the seed again. Our crazy world today allows us to think we can have it all all the time but leaning into the seasons reminds us of the importance of the cycle and also gives us a chance to slow down, release, enjoy what is right in front of us. I use my breath, specifically my exhale, as much as I can to release what is not serving me, even if I want to cling to it forever. I use my inhale to feel gratitude for all that I have and love. It is a practice every day as I am far from perfect at this.


The Female Cycle and The Seasons

I love teaching the Women’s Hormone Club and one of my favorite parts is when we go into the different energies of the female cycle. When we tap into the different hormones that are present during each phase of our monthly cycle we often notice that there is a time of the month that we feel more driven, a time we feel more social, a time we feel more introspective, a time we feel like planning, and a time we feel quieter. When we put that cycle over the time frame of the year there is a similar pattern for the seasons of the year. The fall is the time associated with the luteal phase in a woman’s cycle. The time after ovulation when progesterone rises, bringing with it a feeling of calm and going inside oneself a bit more, a coziness, and preparing for what is to come.


Trick or Treats

As a nutritionist some of the candy and food coloring that comes along with Halloween drives me nuts. I have learned that having some treats around the house this time of year that I feel better about curbs the craving to get ravenous around some of the scarier options out there. Some of our favorites are making chocolate mint, chocolate peanut butter, and lemon coconut cups. Another favorite is gluten free pumpkin squares with cream cheese frosting (I also love these as muffins without frosting). These are delicious and remind me of growing up! Another thing I try to do is load the kids and adults up on plenty of protein rich foods before they snack on treats so they do not eat candy when they are hungry. Do you have a trick to keep a happy or balanced relationship with the treats of halloween?

chocolate mint cups RECIPE

RECIPE FOR GLUTEN FREE PUMPKIN SQUARES WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

Fall Foods and Spices

Foods that are in season in the fall include- pumpkins, pumpkin seeds, cranberries, chard, apples, broccoli, sweet potatoes, kale, mushrooms, cabbage, fall squash, grapes, pomegranate and more. Download my cozy fall recipe book loaded with clean recipes here and share what fall foods you love to cook in your kitchen. Check out my blog and Instagram for more seasonal recipes too. My seasonal elixir guide is part of the Healing Foods Club. Classic fall spices incude-

  • Ginger – is a wonderful spice for digestion, it reduces nausea, is anti-inflammatory, and has anti-microbial properties
  • Cardamom -may help to lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation and protect against cancer
  • Cinnamon – may help with blood sugar balance and downstream hormone balance
  • Cloves – may also help regulate blood sugar, reduce inflammation, protect against cancer, and support the liver health


Harvest

I grew up celebrating harvest on the farm and now have a small backyard garden to work and enjoy. I love taking the time to harvest what we have put energy and intention into. This is true for harvesting food but also harvesting ideas, plans, emotions, relationships, work, etc. In the spring we consider what seeds we want to plant, how we will feed and water them, and then in the fall I try to reflect on how things have been going and celebrate the work I have done. This has become a wonderful ritual in the fall for me. I consider how my heart feels, how my body feels, and how my brain feels this time of year and celebrate all that has grown and honor what I have learned so far in the year.


Fall Play


All of this and we haven’t even talked about Thanksgiving yet! I suppose that is for another time. 

Janel Ferrin Anderson NC FNLP

Lover of the mountains, the seasons, all things wild, and also helping people understand the physiology of their body and how food and lifestyle impact their health.

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Cacao Elixir (aka clean and nutritious hot chocolate)- 3 Ways

When something tastes this good and is this good for you, how can you resist? Well, on a cool and wintry day I cannot, and will not. Drink up let these hot cacao elixirs melt your heart and your soul!


Cacao is loaded with health promoting flavonoids and polyphenols that are rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. It is also a great source of magnesium which is awesome for us ladies and plays a role in over 300 enzyme reactions in the body (enzymes are how things get done, kind of like a mom, IMPORTANT). 

Since I love foods that promote health but also love delicious tasting food that nourishes not only my body but my soul too, I give you my 3 favorite ways to enjoy a hot cacao elixir.

Note- Cocoa powder is usually highly processed and is often alkalized, which reduces the amount of antioxidants. Raw cacao is high in antioxidants and has many more beneficial nutrients, so stick with cacao.

Note- These drinks taste wonderful anytime but I am convinced they taste best at 3pm or after any outdoor snowy adventure, rosy cheeks and all. You choose what’s true for you.


 Recipe number one and my go to when I am at home (makes 1 cup)-

  • 1 favorite mug of choice
  • 1 tablespoon raw organic cacao powder
  • 1/4 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 8 ounces of hot water
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut milk (from the can not carton)
  • 15 drops of stevia (adjust according to taste. You can also add a 1 tsp of coconut sugar depending on where you stand with sugars. I love it with stevia and my blood sugar and hormones do too)
  • Mix all together and stir with whisk or fork.
  • Bonus variations- Sometimes I put in a few drops of peppermint extract, other times I put in a dash of cayenne powder to heat things up.  Both are YMMMMMM good
    What is your favorite variation of this one? 

Recipe number 2 (makes 2 cups)

  • 2 cups of unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 3/4 ounce dark chocolate (at least 70% cacao)
  • Add almond milk to a saucepan and heat it over medium-low heat. Once it is warmed through (not boiling), add the cacao powder, maple syrup and dark chocolate. Whisk well to combine.
    Continue to whisk until all ingredients are evenly distributed and it has reached your preferred temperature. Taste, and add more maple syrup if needed. Divide into mugs and enjoy!

Recipe number 3 (not really a recipe as these are pre-made but so yummy and clean/quick/easy version). I have this at my office

  • 1 mug of hot water with either (I have no affiliation with any of these, I just love them for a quick delicious cup of hot cacao). Some of them have a bit of sweet in them but they all have great, high quality, health promoting ingredients and taste delish.
    • 1 package of Four Sigmatic Mushroom Cacao Mix
    • 1 scoop Kos Holy Cacao
    • 1 scoop Laird Superfood Hot Chocolate Mix

Enjoy and let me know which one is your favorite! Tag @mountainrebalance with a picture of you enjoying your mug of Cacao Elixir

More like this- Golden Milk 3 Ways, Favorite Chai recipe -Chai 2 ways

I will leave you with some snowy pics to inspire your cacao appetite:)

Enjoying a hot cup of cacao on a cold new years morning ski/fire with some magnificent women friends

icicles from my bedroom window

Kids skiing to school
My other favorite kind of chocolate

Happy, now I need some hot cacao!

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“All Disease Start In The Gut”- Hippocrates. 10 reasons why……

Our gut is the place that the outside world interacts with our inside world, all day every day. The health of our gut impacts every single system in the body and must be addressed when looking at any disease or symptom. What happens in the gut sets the stage for health or disease to take root. No matter what other route you are taking to heal, addressing gut function is key.

What directly impacts gut health? Food, lifestyle, mindset, and environment. Wait, holistic health is important for a biochemical reason? Yup!

10 ways the gut directly impacts our health-

1.Many of our genes are turned off or on depending on what comes in from the outside world through our gut and the condition of our gut. New science shows us that we are not our genes but instead what health promoting or disease promoting genes turn on depending what environment they are in (epigenetics and gene expression). 7, 1 Humans do not have that many genes, it is our life experiences and the world around us that dictate so many of our differences.

2. Around 70% of our immune system is in our gut. What we eat directly affects the status, health, and activation of our immune system. Our immune system can be under functioning (as with cancer or when we constantly catch infections) or over functioning (such as in autoimmunity, allergies, and chronic inflammation). We need our immune system to activate, work, and then return back to monitoring. The foods we eat, how we digest them, and the environment of our digestive tract can turn this chronically on or deliver input that leads to downstream immune dysfunction. (Take the thyroid for example you can have high antibodies for 8 years before your thyroid is seriously damaged or you even have symptoms! That gives you almost a decade to turn things around with food before disease sets in!) 8, 4

3. Many of the neurotransmitters we need for brain health are produced in our gut and are essential for our mental health. When the gut is not functioning correctly the brain can be directly impacted through these messengers. That serotonin that helps you to feel good? Most of that is made in the gut! Even gluten, cassein, and sugar can have opiate affects in our brain! 1, 3.

Our gut is even considered our second brain. The vagus nerve directly connects our gut to our brain and there are messages that go both ways on this nerve, keeping the brain in our head constantly informed as to what is going on in our gut (not just vice versa as we once thought). When our gut dysfunctions or is inflammed our brain can dysfunction in result. This is known as our Gut/Brain Axis. 7

4. Almost every nutrient we need to function is broken down, absorbed, or made in our gut. We need our gut functioning properly to get these vital nutrients and precursors. We can be eating a perfect diet and still not be getting these nutrients we need if we are not digesting and absorbing them correctly (stomach acid problems, lack of digestive enzymes, bile issues, villi damage, the wrong microbes, eating foods we are sensitive to, and more). Stress can even cause a digestive system breakdown leading to downstream symptoms and disease. 1,3

5. Our gut is the home to millions of microbes. We have 150 times more bacterial genes than human genes and 10 times more intestinal bacterial cells than human cells. What? Yes! This bacteria communicates directly with our entire body and impacts gene expression, brain function, metabolism, nutrient absorption, immune function, hormone detox, and more. These microbes produce certain nutrients and break down harmful substances. The food we eat and our lifestyle directly affect the quality of our gut bacteria (microbiome and dysbiosis) and in result our overall health. The new research coming out around our microbiome is outrageous and indicitive of 1, 4,5,6

6. We need our gut to absorb the appropriate sized particles but to keep out particles that do not belong in our bloodstream and that our body sees as invaders. The food we eat, our lifestyle, and medications we take all impact this important barrier function of our gut. Leaky gut’ or hyper-permeable membranes are factors involved with autoimmunity, oxidative damage and the source of chronic inflammation that drives most modern chronic disease. Even healthy foods can cause damage when there is a leaky gut. 1, 3, 4, 6

7. We need a properly functioning gut and liver/kidneys to eliminate and get rid of waste. It is important this happens in a timely manner so these substances can be eliminated and not linger in our body, wreaking havoc. Toxins can cause endless downstream problems and the truth is we have exponentially more exposure today to these harmful substances than ever (pesticides, air pollution, plastics, chemicals, etc). This is known as an evolutionary gap, where our body has not had the time to keep up with the extra demand. Ensuring our body has the extra nutrients it needs to detox toxins properly is vital. 7,8,1,3

8. Our gut can be a major cause of chronic inflammation. New research shows that Chronic Inflammation may be a leading factor to all chronic disease. Processed food, oxidized oils, and many others can cause inflammation as does our gut when it is not functioning properly and able to break down food properly. Down regulating inflammation is essential to healing and staying symptom and disease free. We must remove offenders and add foods to support and heal our digestive system. 2, 4, 5

9. Our Mitochondria, or energy makers in our cells, are also impacted by the condition of our gut! What? Our mitochondria need certain nutrients to produce energy and to remain undamaged as free radicals are created when we make energy. We get these nutrients, precursors, and antioxidants from the foods we eat and depend on the integrity of our gut being intact 5, 2

10. Hormones– Blood sugar dysregulation and stress from eating the wrong foods can be the primary cause of many downstream health and hormonal problems, including sleep struggles, energy crashes, cravings, infertility, pms, and many more. With today’s diet is easy to have blood sugar problems and I am not talking about diabetics but instead most Americans because of the foods we choose have some kind of disregulated blood sugar. Getting a handle on blood sugar and other food stressors are key to overall hormone health and set the stage for healing to occur. 1, 2, 3

Both how your gut is functioning and the foods you are eating directly affects every single part of your body. Your brain, your immune system, your detox organs, your hormones, your genes, your mental health, your energy, your sleep, and more. Your gut is the doorway to health or disease. How is yours functioning?

No matter how minor or major the health problem or symptom is that you are dealing with and regardless of using other medical interventions- the gut needs to be addressed.

Helping people optimize the gut from top to bottom, and in result optimize health for today and for decades down the line is my specialty (and dare I say obsession). I am a Functional Nutritionist, a body detective if you will. Let’s see how the food you eat and your environment are impacting your gut and ultimately how you function and feel as a unique individual. I take a true holistic and grass roots approach to wellness and listen to your story.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” – Hippocrates. But that is a bunch of blah blah blah if your digestive system is not functioning correctly.

Heal Before Ideal! Which means we must heal the gut before even the most ideal diet can serve us. Plus, since we are all biochemically unique, what is medicine for me might be poison for you. That fast that saved you might be what tanked me. What? For real.

Let’s chat!

Email or call today for a free 15 minute consult

Janel Ferrin Anderson FNLP DNM NC- Board certified Holistic Nutritionist, Functional Medicine Nutritionist, Doctor of Natural Medicine, Family Herbalist, Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist, endless pursuer of why, and now specializing in advanced individualized diets such as salicylates, oxalates, FODMAPS and more.

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This is my hubby and I on many of our awesome runs in the mountains endlessly discussing how western medicine and functional nutrition can and need to work together so people can find true health.
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Why Balance Is Key For True Health And Wellness


The idea of balance has intrigued me for 3 decades but has intrigued humans for thousands of years.  The more I study and experience in life the more I understand just how important this concept of balance is for true health and wellness:   Balance emotionally, balance energetically, and balance biochemically.  Balance feels good AND is what is what our body needs in every way imaginable.  The concept of balance has continually returned to me in my journey and I think it is the key to good health, resilience, and wellness.


As a yoga teacher in my early 20s I learned the importance of balancing effort with relaxation, balancing strength with ease, balancing humor with determination, balancing inhales with exhales, and balancing the body with our energy and spirit.  Yoga is a tangible practice of these concepts that the western world does not have a set way to study and feel otherwise.  You could say it was my ‘gateway drug’ to balance.

As a river guide, living outside for months at a time and experiencing all nature presented, it was clear in a conscious and unconscious way how important balance is.  Night and day, rain and sunshine, summer and winter, rest and excitement, smiles with tears, fear with relaxation, full moon and new moon, high water and low water, and more.  Balance is part of the natural world and reconnecting with that ebb and flow is a primal part of being human and what we  biochemically and energetically evolved in sync with.  We are sadly far removed from this pace in our busy, fast paced, controlled world.  There has been a lot of focus and research lately on the importance of connecting with nature and I think it is this concept of balance that plays a big part.


Balance is a fundamental concept in Ayurveda, which is the ancient medical practice of India and what I practiced in my early 30s as Mountain Rebalance.  The entire philosophy is based around the fact that there is no right or wrong or good or bad but instead things that balance each person uniquely for them at exactly where they are in their life.   We each have things that can balance our unique personality/energy and this changes during different phases of life, different seasons, different times of day and more.  When out of balance for too long symptoms and eventually diseases manifest. All things have this ability to balance or throw us off balance including foods, spices, physical activity, breathing techniques, careers, and so much more.  Spicy peppers and hot yoga might be exactly what one person needs to return to balance when it is exactly what will cause someone else who is already fiery to wobble out of balance and experience dis-ease, especially in summer. That person might need more rest/relaxation, cooling foods and imagery to balance them where those things would be too sedate for another who is already calm and still. We need to balance our energy instead of feeding what is. You can learn more about Ayurveda here if this interests you, it is fascinating mind shift.   https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-1117/Ayurveda-Dosha-Types-for-Beginners.html


I loved this ancient philosophy and healthcare model and practiced Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy for many years before I yearned for more ‘hard science’ and returned to school again in pursuit of ‘why’.  Still, as I dug into biochemistry, systems biology, pathology, and nutrition the idea of balance was there again.  

  • Cortisol is our stress hormone and gets a lot of negative attention today when it is actually very important.  Yes, excessive cortisol can cause all sorts of problems including fatigue and hormone problems but we need cortisol to wake up and feel awake and motivated for the day, we need it to decrease inflammation, and we need it to move sugar into the blood when we dip too low and need energy.  The right amount of cortisol is important but too little or too much is the problem. Balance biochemically is like goldilocks, not too much, not too little, but juuuust the right amount.   
  • Our microbiome depends on a balance of health promoting bacteria with harmful ones that are always there.  If the scale tips too far and harmful bacteria or yeast take over we might experience headaches, fatigue, cravings, muscle aches or more.  We need our microbiome balanced so it can help us with energy, digestion, hormones, neurotransmitters, vitamin production, toxins, and more. 
  • So often people are fearful of cholesterol and strive for very low cholesterol but really we need cholesterol to make our sex hormones and to maintain the integrity of every cell membrane so each cell can do its job.  We just need it balanced and in the right amount and form. So it’s not good or bad, we just need it appropriately balanced.
  • Sex hormones require balance also, including the important hormones estrogen and progesterone.  We need them balanced at the right times, not too much of one or the other. When they are balanced we feel motivated, calm, confident, creative and can reduce the pesky symptoms of pms and menopause.
  • Neurotransmitters such as GABA and Glutamate depend on a balance to help us feel calm and motivated instead of fatigued and anxious.
  • Our Immune system needs to be balanced so that it does not overwork such as occurs in allergic reactions and autoimmune disease but does not under function as occurs in cancer and when we catch every infection out there.  We want it working enough, but not too much.
  • In the digestive system we need balance keeping out the harmful or undigested particles but effectively absorbing and using the nutrients we do  need.  Even the best diet in the world could be causing damage if there are digestive imbalance
  • The delicate balance of antioxidants vs free radicals is needed to protect us from oxidative damage and resulting diseases and dysfunctions. Balancing the break down and destruction of the old with renewal and restoration is at play here cellularly.
  • We need balance for appropriate inflammatory reactions -using inflammation when we need it to heal but stopping chronic inflammation from causing pain and disease

The importance of balance in maintaining health both energetically and physically is obvious, so what throws us of balance?

Many things in today’s world can throw us off balance, tipping the scale too far and causing symptoms and disease, including past trauma, undected infections, emotional stress, pregnancy, childbirth, processed foods, overuse of antibiotics, aging, the Standard American Diet, environmental toxins, sugar consumption, chronic inflammation, mold, unhealthy relationships, lack of sleep, food triggers, not digesting the right nutrients, genetics, being over busy, not having a spiritrual practice, and more.   These imbalances prevent us from functioning optimally and lead to symptoms and eventually to diagnosed diseases. 

Balance is necessary for our body and soul. As the years go on I am continually grateful to have named my practice Mountain Rebalance. We all need balance and often that means reestablishing it. Come Re-balance with me.

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Janel Ferrin Anderson lives and works in Truckee CA and is constantly working to balance her full life of family, work, play, and breath.  She is a board certified holistic nutritionist, a functional medicine nutritionist, family herbalist, Doctor of Natural Medicine and believes in empowering people to take a front seat in their health and wellness.

Amazing Golden Milk- 3 Ways

Everything about golden milk is good.

The smell, the taste, the color, how it makes me feel, and of course the health benefits- they are all amazing.

Golden milk has so many health promoting players including turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, coconut milk, coconut oil, and black pepper. It is actually the synergy of them together that helps their magic work.

First a bit on the star players, then the recipes………..

Turmeric Root- Turmeric has several anti-inflammatory agents and is used as medicine all over the world. There are many studies showing curcumin, one of the chemical constituents in turmeric, is as affective as many medications for reducing inflammation and pain. It has many antioxidant actions as well helping protect the body from free radical damage. It can be helpful in protecting agains heart disease, Alzheimers and boosting immune function (Murray, Michael.)

Ginger Root- Ginger has been used historically for gastrointestinal distress as well as many other medicinal uses. It can help with relieving gas and nausea. Ginger also has many anti-inflammatory agents including gingerols adding to its ability to ease pain and modulate immune function (Murray, Michael).

Cinnamon- I love that cinnamon comes from the inner bark of an evergreen tree. It is not only delicious but it also has many wonderful health benefits as well. People have used cinnamon to help ease many inflammatory conditions including menstrual pains, arthritis, psoriasis and more. It is helpful as a warming digestant but also has proven to help regulate blood sugar (Davis, Paul).

Coconut milk and MCT oil- Coconut milk is loaded with healthy fats that we need for hormones, brain health and for the integrity of every cell in our body. It contains many medium chain triglycerides that are easier to digest than other fats and can be used more easily for energy. Coconut milk has anti-inflammatory properties as well as antiviral and antibacterial benefits (Murray Michael).

Black pepper- Black pepper is warming and is helpful with digestive disorders. It aids in digesting fats in particular but also boosts digestion as a whole. Piperine is one of the components in it that has several benefits including boosting the liver’s detox function and helping increase the absorption of nutrients (Murray, Michael).

Now, let’s get to that golden milk! My mouth is watering already.

Yes, the ingredients in golden milk are healing and health promoting, but what I really love about it is the taste and as well as the ritual of enfolding my hands around my mug, taking a deep smell, admiring the golden beauty, and slowly sipping and savoring this elixir.

Golden Milk Recipe #1- The Longer, Heart Melting Delicious Way. Making a Golden Milk Paste From Whole Turmeric Root

Golden Milk Paste

This one is my favorite and I love when I remember that I have the paste made already! I really love that it has some fiber in it and that along with the fats from coconut milk and MCT oil make it better on blood sugar regulation as well as satiation. Ymmmmm

Ingredients

  • Turmeric Paste:
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon water, or as needed
  • Golden Milk:
  • 2 cups almond or coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon MCT oil or coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
    1. For the Paste- Combine 1/2 cup water, turmeric, and pepper in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened, 7 to 9 minutes. Stir in 1 teaspoon water. Continue cooking until thickened into a paste, 7 to 9 minutes. Cool completely, 15 to 20 minutes. Pour into an airtight glass jar.
    2. For the drink- Whisk 1 teaspoon turmeric paste with the almond milk, coconut oil, ginger, and cinnamon together in a saucepan. Heat over low heat until hot, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in honey.
    3. Strain milk mixture into mug. Drink. Enjoy! Ymmmmm.  ( I like to sprinkle on cinnamon and turmeric on top

Golden Milk Recipe #2- The Scoop Scoop Scoop and Go

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of full fat coconut milk
  • 2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • 2 tsp MCT oil or coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1-2 tsp raw honey
  • heavy pinch of black pepper
  1. Blend all the ingredients (excluding honey) together in a blender until it is smooth
  2. Put mixture into saucepan and heat over medium about 4 minutes or until desired temp.
  3. Take off heat and add in honey. Drink and enjoy

Golden Milk Recipe #3- Quick Version

So this is technically chai but it feels close enough to me that when I want a cup and want it fast this is an awesome choice. One scoop in warm nut or coconut milk, splash of honey and you are on your way golden bliss. The Golden Masala Chai from Blue Lotus Chai does have black tea in it, so be aware of that if you are wanting it later in the day. It still features turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, and black pepper making it very similar. For an added benefit it has Maca as well which is a powerful adaptogen that helps modulate stress.

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However you make your golden milk, enjoy it. Cheers. Janel

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References-

Davis, Paul. Sept 2011. Cinnamon Intake Lowers Fasting Blood Glucose: Meta-Analysis. PubMed https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21480806/

Murray, Michael and Pizzorno, Joseph. 2005 The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods. Atria Books. New York NY

Janel is a Functional Medicine Nutritionist, Board certified holistic nutritionist, herbalist, and yoga therapist. She works with people using food and lifestyle to help them function their best today and for decades to come. She believes in empowering people to understand their body and take charge of their health. Schedule a free 15 minute inquiry call today

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Spring Cleanse and Liver Love! 2022 Dates are here…..

2022 Group Cleanse week is May 9th-15th. All materials go out April 24th. Choose what is best for you

Updated Videos, Slides and New Easy to Use Cleanse Packet this year!

Bring in the fresh and light energy of the spring, support your liver and release toxins so your entire body functions better. Nourish your body and your soul during this natural time of year to cleanse. Set or reset new habits that move you towards feeling your best.

This is a chance to clear out the old and RESET, REPAIR and REPLENISH

Join Board Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Functional Medicine Nutritionist, Doctor of Natural Medicine, Family Herbalist, and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist Janel Ferrin Anderson on this AWESOME and unique spring cleanse and deep dive into detoxification, your liver, and optimizing how you function.

No fad diets here, just an awesome, short, seasonal cleanse to jump start your body at a cellular level.


Previous group participants and clients get 20% off code- alumni20

Previous spring cleansers get 40% off code is- springalumni40)

Both groups are together this year in a new simple format. Participate as much or little as you want with the group (but I hope to see you with us!)


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Spring is the season of the the liver and spring produce is all about liver nutrients. The liver is important for hundreds of everyday functions and directly impacts hormone health, blood sugar balance, nutrient storage, fat digestion, protein digestion, enzyme synthesis, cholesterol, and of course DETOXIFICATION of substances that enter your body through the air, water, food, skin, and gut.


Give your body what it needs this spring to hit reset, flush out the old and bring in the vibrant new.

We are going to REMOVE toxins coming in, LOAD UP on nutrients that support our body’s detoxification pathways, INCLUDE lifestyle practices that support detoxification, and set INTENTIONS for what we want to bring into our life.

  • Optional recorded content that you can watch anytime so you can learn about what we are doing and why we are doing it. You will walk away empowered!
  • Menus, meal plans, recipes, cooking demos, herbs, tips, tricks, and more (THIS IS MY FAVORITE RECIPE BOOK OF THE YEAR)
  • Info goes out APRIL 24th! PLENTY OF TIME TO ORGANIZE BEFORE CLEANSE
  • New- Easy to use format and Cleanse Packet with tips on cleansing, trouble shooting a cleanse, essential oils, detox enhancers, herbs, and more
  • Closed facebook group for sharing recipes, experiences, and asking questions
  • Live Optional 30 minute Q&As on Tuesdays at 7pm
    • April 26th
    • May 3rd
    • May 10th
    • May 17th
  • Cleanse is the week May 9th-15th
  • Group Lake Jump to kick off the cleanse in Truckee May 9th at 5pm
  • BONUS CHECK IN ON MAY 12th at 7am (per last years evaluation request)

BONUS- Truckee Tahoe People meet Monday May 9th at Donner Lake at 5pm for a lake jump to kick off the cleanse week! Woohoo


Yes this is a rejuvenating cleanse but it is so much more! Learn new habits and recipes to nourish your body for decades to come, empower yourself by learning the ‘why’ behind cleansing, connect with like minded community, learn what herbs and lifestyle practices aid us in detoxing, giver your liver some love, work with Functional Medicine Nutritionist Janel Ferrin Anderson, and eat delicious food while nourishing your entire body.

Come away feeling revitalized and restored

THIS IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL COOKIE CUTTER CLEANSE THAT I AM RE-MARKETING. I carefully designed this cleanse to help accommodate individual needs and support the body to function and cleanse its best.



Why Cleanse?

There is one thing we all share which is our exposure to an increasing amount of toxins and stressors in our world. And while our body is designed to detox and cleanse everyday, the problem is the amount of toxins that are entering our body coupled with an increasingly nutrient deficient food supply and other modern day factors that slow down detox pathways. This idea is called Total Load or body burden. So it is not about one or two toxins, but about the accumulation over time. When our body becomes overburdened we start to feel it. Our liver is one of our detox organs and we are going to give it exactly what it needs to do its job.

According to Rupa Health, these are some signs that your body may have toxins building up

  • headaches or migraines
  • insomnia
  • skin rashes
  • tiredness
  • difficulty paying attention or focusing
  • bloating
  • lack of energy
  • body aches and pains

Who is this cleanse for?

Yes, we are all exposed to an increasingly high amount toxins but because we are all unique and are at different places in our lives, with different activity levels, stressors, gut health, cleanse experience, life commitments, etc… there is no one cleanse that works for everyone. That is why I include 3 options. This way you can pick what feels right for you.

I will help you choose what is best for you. This cleanse is appropriate for anyone looking to cleanse because of this unique and personalized flexibility.

  • A building cleanse is for those that might be recovering from an injury, or breastfeeding, with a lot of physical demands on them, or are new to cleansing. In this cleanse we still bring in all the cleansing foods of spring and restorative practices but we include more solid foods, clean proteins and healthy fats to make sure you meet your needs.
  • A balancing cleanse is for most of us. We balance delicious cleansing foods, nourishing smoothies, green juices, and soups while incorporating supportive cleansing lifestyle practices.
  • A naked cleanse is for those that have cleansed before, that already eat a clean and nutrient dense diet, or that prefer the simplicity of this cleanse.

First cleanse? 100th cleanse? Join where you are and pick which level is right for your unique body

This is your chance to flush out and replenish


Get helpful handouts, lists, recipes, support from me during the week, lifestyle practices to enhance detox, daily guided breath work practices, supplement and herbal suggestions, and more. You are going to feel great after this.

Download the roasted cauliflower recipe and sneaky/delicious way to add cruciferous veggies recipe now.


What have people said in the past about this cleanse?

“Spring Cleanse! Oh my. What an incredible experience. I’ve never done something like this in a group. I’ve cleansed before but doing so in a group was so uplifting and encouraging. I LOVED the recipes, the online support, and the WHY! It all made it so much more feasible. Janel shares amazing, obtainable, knowledge on not only the “how” but the “why”. I’d definitely do it again!” -2019 participant

“Great program – short and sweet with lots of benefits – easy to follow – LOVE the new recipe book” -2021 participant

“Working with Janel was a great experience. I felt supported and educated about why this was a good thing for my body. When I believe I am benefitting my health it is easier to stay committed to the cleanse. I feel really good and I will move forward having gained some healthy habits and a better understanding of why nutrition is key to not just my physical health but also my emotional well being. Thank you!” -2020 participant

“I feel totally energized after doing the Spring Cleanse with Janel and the group. She offered a great variety of recipes to make the week of the cleanse and to use in daily life. There was support to set an intention and also a flexibility to create a cleanse that works best for each person. I’ll take this energy and inspiration forward to make better choices in my eating habits and increase my vitality!” -2021 participant

“I just completed Janel’s Spring Cleanse and this is the first time that I have done a cleanse where I felt like I was truly giving my body exactly what it needs without depriving it in the process. The purposeful decisions from my cleanse (and as I reintroduce foods) have carried over into my life and I am loving the boost of consciousness!” -2021 Veronica Lichter www.RumpusART.com

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Let’s Do This!

Early Bird cost of the entire program is $135 Previous group alumni and clients get 20% off. Previous Spring Cleanse participants get 40% off

Price goes up to $145 after April 10th

DON’T WAIT! SIGN UP NOW

This is NOT about depriving ourselves but instead about NOURISHING ourselves with specific cleansing foods. If you have done 20 cleanses or if this is your first one, this is for you!

Learn how to activate your systems of elimination, give your body a chance to reset, restore depleted nutrients, reduce inflammation, reduce the stressors on your gut so it can do it’s job allowing all your body systems to function better.


WHAT YOU WILL GET-

  • 1 easy to use cleanse packet (you can join us for all fun or take this and run)
  • Live (optional and faceless) Q&A sessions each week with Janel
  • 3 cleanse specific menus laid out for you to choose from
  • 3 cleanse specific delicious and beautiful recipe books
  • daily protocol to support your body’s detoxification systems
  • bonus cooking videos include- juicing in a blender, making nut milks, cooking healing broths, and many more
  • tips on how to sleep better, process toxins better, supportive cleansing herbs, essential oils, etc
  • supplement suggestions to support your cleanse
  • recorded lessons about the cleanse so you can learn about how/why to spring cleanse (access through the summer)
  • daily lifestyle tips to support your cleanse
  • education around detox organs and how they work and what they need to do their job
  • tips on troubleshooting a cleanse
  • breathwork practices to support cleansing
  • FB group to expand learning on specific interests, connect, and share with others
  • info on toxins and alternative clean choices

Join us for all the fun or take the protocol/recipes/packet and do your own thing.


Have you watched the fun Find Your Liver Video? More importantly have you found your liver? And can you believe how important it is? It is on the right side of your torso, just under your ribs on the right. Find yours!

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What people are saying about working with Janel at Mountain Rebalance

Janel Ferrin Anderson FNLP NC DNM

Hello. I am Janel. I am pumped to dig into a spring cleanse with you. Empowering people to understand how their unique body works and how the choices we make impact that is my passion. Optimizing how we function through food and lifestyle choices affects every part of our life including emotional, mental, physical and spiritual. Join us this spring and optimize YOU. Learn more about me here


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Symptoms Of Hormone Imbalance. Do Yours Need a Rebalance?

We need our hormones in balance to feel vibrant, strong, sharp, calm, and resilient.

Signs your blood sugar may be out of balance:

  • Cravings for sweets, sugar, or bread products
  • Fatigue after eating a meal or a “food-coma”
  • Lightheadedness if meals are missed
  • Eating sweets does not relieve the cravings for sweets
  • Dependence on coffee to keep yourself going or get started
  • Difficulty losing weight
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia

Symptoms of female hormone imbalance

  • Acne or oily skin
  • Bloating
  • Bone loss
  • Decreased fertility
  • Depression
  • Excess facial and body hair
  • Hot flashes
  • Heavy or painful periods
  • Irregular periods
  • Irritability
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Loss of scalp hair
  • Low libido
  • Memory lapses
  • Mood swings
  • Nervousness
  • Night sweats
  • Poor concentration
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Tender or fibrocystic breasts
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Weight gain

Symptoms of thyroid imbalance

Overactive (Hyperthyroidism)

  • Nervousness 
  • Tremor 
  • Mental fogginess
  • Poor concentration
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Heat intolerance
  • Reduced menstrual flow

Underactive (Hypothyroidism)

  • Fatigue
  • Depressed mood
  • Mental fogginess
  • Poor concentration
  • Weight gain
  • Bloating (fluid retention)
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • High cholesterol
  • Feeling cold
  • Excessive or prolonged menstrual bleeding
  • Constipation

Symptoms of adrenal imbalance

  • Allergies / asthma
  • Sugar cravings
  • Arthritis               
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Bone loss       
  • Memory lapse and brain fog
  • Chemical sensitivities
  • Morning/evening fatigue
  • High blood sugar
  • Increased abdominal fat
  • Wired and Tired
  • Depression
  • Fatigue exercising
  • Insomnia
  • Needing coffee to wake up or get through the day
  • Not feeling awake even after a good nights sleep
  • Anxiety

Our endocrine system, or hormonal system, is an interconnected web of communications that depends on a delicate balance. A hormone is made in a gland, it travels in the blood, it reaches and is received by the target cell or tissue, causes an appropriate action, then it is detoxed and excreted (video). We need them in balance to feel vibrant, strong, sharp, calm, and resilient. Things that influence them include nutrient deficiencies, toxins, an over burdened liver, dehydration, stress, autoimmune diseases, inflammation, digestive system dysfunction, and more.

Join us this January to Rebalance, Feel your Best, and come away Empowered to take control of your hormone health. As always with Janel, don’t just find out what to do but learn WHY.

For more information look here, email Janel at Janel@mountainrebalance.com, or sign up now to secure your spot.


The content here is intended for informational purposes only.  This is not a substitute for one on one care with your medical provider. Janel uses food, herbs and lifestyle to optimize how people function . Janel does not diagnose or treat specific diseases but instead works on the overall terrain.

My Experience With Adrenal Fatigue and HPA Dysfunction

It is fall and I am finally feeling like myself again. Big sigh. Here is my personal experience with fatigue, the physiology of it, and how I ‘cradled’ myself back to feeling strong again.

Fatigue is for real and affects a crazy amount of people.

Fatigue shows up differently for everyone and has many different causes.

In the case of HPA dysregulation there is no official medical diagnosis and there is often little if anything your physician can do to help (not to be confused with Addison’s disease). However there is a lot you can do using nutrition and lifestyle in this case to cradle yourself back to vitality if you understand the physiology of “what’s going on in there”.

If this topic interests you join me at Tahoe Food Hub and Facebook live on November 5th for an extensive talk on various causes of fatigue and ways to find more energy. My goal is to empower people to understand and connect with their own body and then to make sustainable changes to function optimally and feel their best.

Let’s do this!!

*The content here is intended for informational purposes only.  This is not a substitute for one on one care with your medical provider.

Women’s Hormone Club- Replenish Your Body And Learn About Balancing Hormones- Live every January

Hormone Club 2023 will be here in no time! Sign up early to secure your spot. There will be a live and online version.

2023 January dates coming soon

Food, Lifestyle, Herbs as medicine- For Women’s Hormone Health for women 40+

Learn about ways to Balance Your Hormones with food, herbs, lifestyle, and nutrients while replenishing And Rejuvenating Your Entire Body. Feel Your Best so you can age your best!

Calling all women 40-55’ish who want to rock this thing called aging.

Get the support, information, tools, inspiration, and accountability you need to powerfully transform your health from deep down. Together we will use food, herbs, nutrients and lifestyle to help balance hormones, reduce overall inflammation, boost health, and nourish our entire body.

Age your best!! Build resilience as you get older.

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Don’t miss this awesome opportunity to maximize your health and come away empowered! Things we do today affect our health, hormones, brain function, mood, immune system, digestion, and energy decades down the line.

We will be talking about thyroid hormones, sex hormones, blood sugar, sleep, stress hormones, energy and more.

These changes will impact sleep, skin issues, libido, energy levels, headaches, immune problems, anxiety, depression, pms symptoms, moodiness, menopause symptoms, sore breasts, digestive problems, weight problems, heavy periods, joint pain, and more!

Janel offers an incredibly unique and rich angle as a board certified holistic nutritionist, a Functional Medicine Nutritionist, a Doctor of natural medicine, certified therapeutic supplement practitioner, an Ayurvedic yoga therapist, Family Herbalist, and someone who has worked with women specifically for decades.

There is endless information out there and it can feel overwhelming to know what the best approach for YOU is. Let me help by teaching you how to listen to YOUR OWN BODY.

Join the Hormone Club and learn how to start feeling your best. Sign up here

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The Plan-

You will have all the information and course content online to watch and review on your own (you have this for the full year). We will meet 6 times online or live, together, to connect, ask questions, and learn. We will use food/lifestyle/herbs/supplements to nourish our body and balance our hormones. (choose your level of participation and the depth you want to go).

Receive your materials on January 1st to plan and organize. Meet each Sunday evening at 7pm PT for 6 weeks online (or in person depending on the year). Ask questions and learn about how our environment and food impacts how we function and how we age. Gain empowering ways to think into your own health so you can take charge for decades to come. Connect with other women empowered to make changes and optimize their health. Learn about Root Cause and Functional approach to wellness. Get recipes, be inspired and connect with others.

We will use herbs, supplements, food, and lifestyle to reboot and replenish our body while focusing on an anti inflammatory and nourishing diet.

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Blood sugar, adrenals, thyroid, sex hormones, neurotransmitters, and more. No fads here, just the physiology and how you can impact it.

Learn how to get various optional labs of your choice to help see ‘what’s going on in there’ including serum (blood) labs and hormone (salivary and urine) labs and more.

Join us and invest in YOU!

My goal is to empower you to understand your body and to support you with all the information and tools you need. This is NOT a cookie cutter program but instead a unique opportunity to learn why and how, not just what to do. You also have unique access to Janel for personal questions and navigating.

All of this for $299 – Early bird price $280 (sign up before December 10th). You can also split the price into 2 payments of $140 if that is better for you.

Space is limited so we can keep the group intimate and you can get your questions answered. This group has filled every winter so sign up early!!!

Check out what women are saying about working with janel in her groups and one on one.

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Schedule

  • Watch a 20 minute class on your own anytime during the week,
  • meet each Sunday at 7pm to connect, question, and learn.
  • Get small action steps each week to incorporate into your normal routine to build towards optimal health.
  • Together we will do a 3 week anti-inflammatory food and lifestyle protocol to support hormones.

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2022 dates-

  • January 2nd- Get info and start getting familiar with platform (NO MEETING THIS DAY).
  • January 9th- First Live Class. The roadmap to balancing hormones, Hormone Hierarchy and how they interact with one another
  • Jan 16th- Blood sugar, energy, sleep
  • Jan 23rd- Thyroid (metabolism), adrenals (stress/cortisol)
  • Jan 30th- Sex hormones (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone)
  • Feb 6th Sex hormones, cycles, menopause/perimenopause
  • Feb 13th- Celebrate and reflect, Moving forward with Food As Medicine

Feel free to email Janel for more information and to get on the list to stay informed – janel@mountainrebalance.com

Learn more about Janel here and her unique perspective on health and wellness

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TESTIMONIALS-

What women love about The Women’s Hormone Club-

  • “Having the recipes and the tools to be organized was a game changer!”
  • “Awesome information, supporting vibe, sharing of ideas , menus etc”
  • “Learning all of the insider tips (and science/health stuff) from Janel, the collective power of a group of women sharing ideas, doing the 3-week protocol!
  • “The knowledge & wisdom. The printable documents. The videos.”
  • “The depth of knowledge and details I could learn, delicious recipes, support group to keep me accountable! I love all the supplemental videos too!”
  • “Clear info, answered questions, hearing other people’s experiences and questions”
  • “Online format and recordings were great. Good information and perspective. Great format to give us info ahead of time to review.”
  • “I loved the videos each week and the group classes, but I also like the pace that we could set based upon our schedules. For example, with my family during this class was sick and I was traveling but I didn’t want to miss the class. It was really nice to be able to do my own learning but led by Janel when needed. I really enjoyed the science behind everything and I found myself talking non stop about your class to friends. The videos I really found helpful as I’m a much more visual person. I was also very thankful to you for getting my sleep back on track. This has been a real struggle for years and I find myself waking more refreshed and getting sleepy naturally around 930-10 pm. THANK YOU JANEL!” 2022
  • “I LOVE all the handouts so that I can re read and dive deeper into the info your shared. I really liked all the videos as well. so much good stuff I like the class so that we could ask questions and get your feedback. I LOVE the no judgement attitude of just be where you are. It is refreshing!!” 2022
  • “1. Learning so much awesome info 2. Sharing ideas, foods, info and struggles/questions with other women my age 3. The holistic nature of the program and that I got access to so many practical resources” 2022
  • “I enjoyed the cleanse and the list of Yes, No, and Bonus foods. I enjoyed the recipes. I appreciated all your knowledge.:” 2022
  • “The information and content spoke to me as I am experiencing much of what you focus on, the recipes are great, the pace is good it gives time to learn and then adopt changes as you go.” 2022
  • “I loved the videos. Enjoyed the information and loved that I could listen to them on my own time, at my own pace and as many times as I needed to. I thought they were a good length, not too long. I liked how you incorporated so many different learning styles into the course (visual, auditory and kinesthetic)” 2022

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What Women are saying about Mountain Rebalance’s Women’s Hormone Club-

“This is my 2nd group program with Janel and I’m astounded by the amount of information she provides us. It is so interesting to have the science to explain why we are doing the things that we are doing….it makes it much more motivating. Janel is passionate and supportive of you “being curious” and figuring out what works for YOU!” – K P 2021

“Janel’s hormone club gave me a clear path to start building more understanding about my health and hormones since turning 40. It’s like an awesome girlfriends group where you get deep knowledge and background about what’s happening with hormones, but then also all of the really practical stuff you need to know in order to do something about keeping things balanced. Janel provides so many tips, suggestions, and ideas (in additional to all of the science and technical stuff) that I came away feeling really empowered to continue on this path of health and self discovery – to really craft balance and health that works for me. The power of the group is also huge in maintaining the food protocol for 3 weeks – and it doesn’t hurt to be cooking from really great recipes and sharing ideas with the other participants too!” -S D 2021

“This class was great!! I have been looking for a lot of this info and with Janel’s help I was able to get better control on my health. She was able to update my supplements, teach me about blood sugar, put me on a better track with my nutrition plus gave me a whole new knowledge of my hormones and why I feel the way I do. Thank you Janel!! I am grateful for all knowledge you have given us this last 6 weeks.” 2021 participant

“The Women’s Hormone Club is an essential for every women. This class is power, new insights, science, tangible tools and understanding your body as we age. If you are considering taking this class, it could honestly change (and save) your life! For example, I was able to better grasp what needed to be eliminated from my body as it helped clear the “muddy waters” to make room for better sleep, hormone and blood sugar balancing and so much more!” 2022 participant

“If I say “My nutritionist said…” one more time to my family they will probably scream. But I learned so much important information of WHY we should make the changes, which I really enjoy. For example, not just “get more sleep” but WHY it’s important and what bad sleep can do to your body. I appreciate Janel’s passion for all things hormones and her support in making daily changes. We are not perfect, but each day we can make better choices that will help us live a healthier life.” 2022

“Janel has SO much helpful and practical information to share. She is supportive in the way she teaches and is easy to communicate with as well. I feel supportive in my journey to better health. No doubt she will spark more curiosity about how our bodies work and will have you coming back for more. Thanks Janel!” 2022 participant

“The women’s hormone club is exactly what I needed to really dive in, motivate and become in tune as a new transition in my life begin. Food and supplements are the most potent medicine and Janel’s class will educate you in that.” 2022 participant

“I loved Janel’s Women’s Hormone Club 6 week class! I felt like I learned so much that is important to my health, not only about my hormones but about how to create balance in multiple areas of my life. Janel offered me a whole new perspective on my body and how to navigate the changes that happen during different stages of a woman’s life. She is so knowledgeable and passionate about these topics and so generous with sharing her knowledge and resources. She definitely goes above and beyond!! Thanks to Janel, I feel more educated and empowered in making better choices that can support my health and well being as I move forward into the second half of my life. I feel like learning about the “why” behind the steps we were taking during the cleanse really helped me to stay motivated and it was awesome to be connected to such an amazing tribe of other women my age. “- D. R. 2022 participant

“Great Program, I noticed an improvement in my sleep, mood, and gut health. The program has taught me that I can make choices that are not only powerful, but also sustainable for a healthier future” 2022 participant

“Janelle is a wealth of information. She has a nurturing, respectful and kind approach to helping people take control of their health and thrive. Janel provides achievable action steps for improving your health and vitality and to help you age with grace.” 2022 participant


CHECK OUT WHAT OTHER WOMEN ARE SAYING ABOUT OTHER GROUPS, AND WORKING ONE ON ONE WITH JANEL HERE


Hormone Club Alumni- Sign up and pay only $99 for the updated content and group Q&As OR get a friend to sign up and pay only $35

Sign up for the 2023 women’s hormone club before if fills!

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The First Women’s Hormone Club 2020. That first year we were just in person and it was one of these ladies that named our group The Hormone Club! Thanks EV. A lot has changed since then. Join the club of empowered women!

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Janel Ferrin Anderson NC FNLP DNM

I obsess with helping women understand their body better. When we understand the physiology of our unique body we understand how much control we do have over how we feel and function. I teach the science behind how food, lifestyle, herbs, supplements, our mindset, genes, movement, and environment impact our body and how we can use them to feel and age out best. Getting the science, the community support, and methodical action steps is a powerful way to make change in your body.

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