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.

Mountain Rebalance- Empower, Support, Investigate, and Integrate

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.
References 
1-Nakayama, Andrea. (2018)Full Body Systems. Functional Nutrition Lab. 
2-Bland, Jeffery. (2016) The Disease Delusion. Harper Collins. NY NY
3-Bauman, Ed. Friedlander, Jodi.  (2016). Therapeutic Nutrition Textbook Part 1. Penngrove, CA. Bauman College. 
4-O’Bryan, Tom. (2016) The Autoimmune Fix.  New York, NY:  Rodale Wellness. 
5-Jones, David MD.  (2010) Textbook of Functional Medicine.  Washington
6- Fasano, Dr. Allesio. (2019) Gluten, Autoimmunity, and Leaky Gut. https://chriskresser.com/pioneering-researcher-alessio-fasano-m-d-on-gluten-autoimmunity-leaky-gut/
7. Perlmutter, Dr. David.  (2019) Autism Spectrum Disorder and Pesticide Exposure. Dr.Perlmutter.com
8. Romm, Dr. Aviva. (2018) Reducing Thyroid Antibodies Naturally. Natural MD Radio episode #73


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
  • 3 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 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 cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
    1. For the Paste- Combine 1/2 cup water, turmeric, ginger, 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, and cinnamon together in a saucepan. Heat over low heat until hot, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in honey.
    3. Pour 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 nut milk (I love 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 and hormones.

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Hormone bonus- add unflavored bone broth protein powder or unflavored collagen powder for an added protein!!!!

These recipes are part of my famous Seasonal Elixirs guide!! it takes you through the best nourishing drinks of each season. I adore as the year progresses and my heart and body align with the season. – this is included when you sign up early for the Women’s Hormone Club and in The Healing Foods Club.

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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Annual Spring Cleanse and Liver Love! 2024 Dates

Join this unique, no BS, spring cleanse at the level is right for your unique body. Join me to REPLENISH and REJUVENATE. A happy liver is a key component to Hormone Balance, Detoxificattion, and so much more.

“Mountain Rebalance’s Liver Love cleanse was not like any other cleanse I have done. Instead of feeling deprived, I felt nourished throughout the entire process. Janel provided empowering information on nutrition, delicious recipes, as well as other forms of self-care that support an ongoing healthy lifestyle. I highly recommend this cleanse and look forward to the next one!” -2022 Spring Cleanser

Bring in the fresh and light energy of the spring, support your liver and detoxification. Nourish your body and your soul during this natural time of year to cleanse. Set or reset new habits that move you towards feeling and functioning 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, nourishing, seasonal cleanse to jump start your body at a cellular level and give your liver some love.

Cleanse at a level that is right for YOU and welcome in the VIBRANT energy of spring!

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

2024 Nourishing Spring Cleanse Dates

ONLINE GROUP and IN PERSON GROUP!!!

Cleanse Packets and Cleanse Videos Go Out Sunday April 14th

Group Cleanse Week- April 29th-May 5th (or pick a time that works for you)

Group Message board available for questions

4 Group Q&As to connect virtually or in person on Wednesdays April 17th, April 24th, May 1st, May 8th.

  • VIRTUAL Meetings- Meet online at 7pm pacific (or noon option available).
  • IN PERSON- Meet Wednesdays at noon at Tahoe Food Hub in Truckee (food demos too!)

Virtual Sign up – Wed 7pm pacific

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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, nutrient storage, fat digestion, protein digestion, enzyme synthesis, cholesterol, energy, and of course DETOXIFICATION of all substances that enter your body through the air, water, food, skin, and gut.


We are going to REDUCE 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.


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?

First off, doing a spring cleanse is simply an awesome way to mindfully load up on nourishing nutrients and give your body the tools to flush out and repair.

Bu 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 and we can revitalize.

These are some signs that your body may have toxins building up

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

Plus, hormone balance at Perimenopause and Menopause depends on a happy liver!! Our liver detoxes toxins and estrogens and everything else. Making sure we are detoxing our estrogens in a health promoting way can decrease symptoms of hormone imbalance and reduce cancer risk.


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


2024 SCHEDULE

  • 2 Recorded classes 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). (new customizable recipe platform coming out in 2024)
  • Info goes out APRIL 14h! PLENTY OF TIME TO ORGANIZE BEFORE we CLEANSE
  • Easy to use format and Cleanse Packet with tips on cleansing, troubleshooting a cleanse, essential oils, detox enhancers, herbs, and more
  • Message board for sharing recipes, experiences, pics, connecting, supporting, and for asking questions.
  • Pick a time to meet or watch recording
    • Virtual 30 minute Q&As on Wednesdays at 7pm April 17th, April 24th, May 1st, May 8th.
    • In person on Wednesdays at noon at The Tahoe Food Hub in Truckee
  • Cleanse is the week April 29th- May 5th (or pick your own week)
  • Group Lake Jump, for Tahoe locals, to kick off the cleanse May 6th at noon at Donner Lake

Are you ready to send heavy winter energy on its way and welcome in the vibrance of spring with me??

Download the roasted cauliflower recipe and a sneaky/delicious way to add detoxifying 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

Mountain Rebalance’s Liver Love cleanse was not like any other cleanse I have done. Instead of feeling deprived, I felt nourished throughout the entire process. Janel provided empowering information on nutrition, delicious recipes, as well as other forms of self-care that support an ongoing healthy lifestyle. I highly recommend this cleanse and look forward to the next one! -2022 Spring Cleanser

The Spring Cleanse has been part of my ritual for many years like my own “new year,” and having Janel’s knowledge and guidance makes it extremely easy to prepare, stay focused, and feel supported. Many of Her recipes have Become staples in my house which is fantastic bc it brings some of that clean eating for the whole family. I look forward to learning more from Janel in the upcoming seasons. -2022 Spring Cleanser

“Thanks again Janel for a great seasonal reset. I love doing these cleanses with the support of the group and with your enthusiasm and recipes!.” -2023 Spring Cleanser

“Janel is very thoughtful in her teachings and a wealth of information on nutrition. I felt like she encouraged us to have a great cleanse, but no pressure. Absolutely would do again and recommend to friends.” -2023 Spring Cleanser

“Love this cleanse! I felt so supported by Janel and the whole group. Two years down, hopefully many to go”.- 2023 Spring Cleanser

Click Here To SIGN UP NOW! Online

Click here to SIGN UP NOW! In Person in Truckee at The Food Hub

Let’s Do This!

Early Bird cost of the entire program is $150. Previous Spring Cleanse participants get 40% off (that is $60 off!!)

Price goes up to $165 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 loaded with awesome cleansing tips
  • Live 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 and cleansing broths, cleansing elixirs, and many more
  • tips on how to sleep better, process toxins better, supportive cleansing herbs, essential oils, etc
  • optional 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
  • discussions about how our liver detoxes estrogens
  • Message board 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!

Check out what makes a perfect spring detox salad here

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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


September start- Foundations of Health


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 and Reset- Replenish Your Body And Learn About Balancing Hormones- 40+

The Art and Science of an Exceptional Perimenopause and Menopause journey

“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!”- 2022 participant (see more testimonials below)

Hormones impact anxiety, cravings, weight, energy, mood, sleep, drive, skin, muscle, bones, libido, brain function, pms, headaches, bloating, hot flashes, future health, and more! Our Hormones change in our 40s and 50s. Imagine knowing exactly how to optimize your hormones and health as you age.


Calling all women 40-60’ish who want to age their best. Know your body better than anyone else so you can reach your health goals.

“Knowledge is power!!! Janel distills very complicated scientific information about our bodies into a comprehensible and easy to digest format. And it’s fun! Janel’s enthusiasm for learning and sharing how our bodies change through perimenopause and menopause is contageous. After learning more of the science behind how hormones work in our bodies, I feel more empowered to address my negative symptoms and curious about the next phase of life.” 2023 participant

6 weeks, recorded lessons to watch anytime about hormones and how to impact hormone balance, live meetings to connect, menus/recipes, tricks, science, community, 3 week hormone balancing and nourishing cleanse, access to all info for the year

Hormone Club 2024 – There will be an IN PERSON (thursdays in Truckee at noon pacific) and Virtual version (Wednesdays at noon OR 7pm pacific) Materials released 1/6/24. All lessons are previously recorded and available to you all year.

Email me with questions

Get the support, information, tools, inspiration, and accountability you need to powerfully transform your health from deep down.

THIS WILL TRANSFORM THE WAY YOU AGE

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Don’t miss this awesome opportunity to optimize 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.

This will impact sleep, skin, libido, energy, headaches, immune health, anxiety, depression, pms symptoms, moodiness, perimenopause and menopause symptoms, sore breasts, digestive problems, weight, 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.

Read about how I get fired up around women’s health and supporting women to feel their best (blog).

NEW VIDEOS AND COURSE PACKET THIS YEAR!! EASIER AND MORE STREAMLINED THAN EVER. LISTS and PRACTICAL CUT-TO-THE-CHASE INFORMATION AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

The Plan-

Get information and course content online to watch and review on your own (you have this for the full year). We will meet 6 times in person or virtually to connect, ask questions, and learn.

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.

BUT WHAT YOU CAN DO IS KNOW YOUR BODY BETTER THAN ANYONE SO YOU CAN AGE YOUR BEST!

No fads here, just the physiology and how you can intelligently impact it.

Learn how to get various optional labs to see ‘what’s going on in there’ including serum (blood) labs and hormone (salivary and urine) labs and more. Discuss pros/cons of HRT and steps to improve how those work for your body, if you go that route.

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.

All of this for $320 – Early bird price $288 (sign up before December 20th). You can also split the price into 2 payments of $170 if that is better for you (or smaller payments). Promo Code- EARLY10%OFF

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!!!

What you will get-

  • 6 video lessons about what is going on in your body as you age and hormones change- access for 12 months to go at your own pace and come back to at any time
  • 6 live Q&As (in person in Truckee or virtual with am/pm option)
  • Daily email tips- mindful monday, tuesday tip, wednesday body wise
  • Recipes, food lists, and meal plans to support hormone balance
  • Course packet loaded with tips on sleeping better, increasing energy, reducing stress, optimizing weight, and more
  • Questionnaires to help you learn about your body
  • Specific information about supplements
  • Information about lab testing that relate to optimizing hormones
  • Lists of ways to ease hormone imbalances and reduce symptoms
  • Information about body tracking
  • Relaxation practices, exercise videos, cooking demos, herbs
  • Small action steps each week to help balance hormones and optimize how you feel and function
  • 3 Week hormone balancing and incredibly nourishing cleanse to reboot and reset
  • Optional lab testing with Janel after course ends
  • Space and structure around leaning into this new season of life
  • A community of support to discuss, share, and learn from
  • Bonus videos- cooking, strength training, relaxation, herbs, mindfulness expert, kitchen basics, clean products, master herbalist, sports nutritionist, etc
  • And so much more

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2024 DATES Here-

  • Course materials Go out January 6th! Watch videos anytime over the next 12 months
  • January 10th and 11th- 1st live class (recorded)
  • Jan 17th/18th- 2nd live class (recorded)
  • Jan 24th/25th- 3rd live class (recorded)
  • Jan 30th/ Feb 1st- 4th live class (recorded)
  • Feb 7th/8th- 5th live class (recorded)
  • Feb 14th/15th- final live class (recorded)
  • 3 week optional hormone reset cleanse- Jan 29th- Feb 18th or pick the time that works best for you

2024 IN PERSON (in Truckee)- THURSDAYS at 12 noon or 7pm pacific. SIGN UP HERE

2024 VIRTUAL (Zoom)- WEDNESDAYS at noon or 7pm pacific. SIGN UP HERE

2 monthly payments of $170- Email me if you want to sign up this way

Hormone Alumni – join either of our main 6 week groups at a discounted rate. 50% off- Sign up for whichever you prefer and use code HormoneAlumni50%

ALUMNI OPTION #2- NEW!!!!!! Hormone Club Monthly Membership to stay connected, learning, and working towards health at a sustainable rate all year! March-December 2024. Meet once a month together online. Share personal stories, tips, progress, etc. Sign up here. $39/month for 10 months

Sign Up Now!! In Person Sessions

Sign Up Now!!! Virtual sessions

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
  • Printable manual full of goodness. Weekly videos- all of them! Weekly live classes. 2023
  • The evidence based content care, and passion of Janel, “easy” or non-judgmental learning environment 2023
  • The live meetings, practical tips on implementing better health (e.g. wellness Wednesdays), the *why* behind the what in both the modules and the live meetings. 2023
  • the learnings, getting to know other ladies, and having a specific time of week to think about this 2023
  • Community, lots of great facts, recipes 2023

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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 supported 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

“Janel 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

“Janel is amazing and her class is so motivating! You walk away feeling so much more energized and all around better. I would definitely recommend this program to anyone nearing menopause. So amazingly helpful!!!!” 2023 participant

“This course was the best investment I have made for my health & well-being in a long time. I now feel so much more informed & empowered to navigate my late 40’s + into the wisdom years. Janel created a well-balanced program full of science & functional medicine to support a woman’s whole being. She is encouraging, real, and full of important information! I am grateful for the time spent in this group, and I’ll be recommending to my girlfriends next time around!” 2023

“I remember sitting in my physician’s office and she was explaining the follicular and luteal phases to me and I was so nervous sitting there totally didn’t understand her – lol. I love my physician and she’s patient with me but Janel was able to show and explain the beautiful biology, phases, hormones of the woman’s body so that I can truly admire and feel so empowered to take on the different seasons and life changes that we are given. xoxo”

“I wish this program was mandatory for all women 40-60! I think a lot of us go through our lives, perimenopause and menopause included, at the mercy of our bodies and our lifestyles without really understanding what’s going on inside, or how we can best support ourselves. Janel’s program has been so great in giving me knowledge and tools to ease through the transitions of perimenopause with understanding, empowerment, and positivity.” 2023

“I love this group, and keep returning to it. I find that each year I’m in a different place in my health journey and I am ready to learn and try something new. There is so much content in this program, and getting the big picture is really important. But then returning to the program is helpful to keep dialing in the baby steps needed to incorporate the learning into my life! Janel is very passionate about helping women feel their best while also encouraging making changes at your own pace and starting where you are.” 2023

“Knowledge is power!!! Janel distills very complicated scientific information about our bodies into a comprehensible and easy to digest format. And it’s fun! Janel’s enthusiasm for learning and sharing how our bodies change through perimenopause and menopause is contageous. After learning more of the science behind how hormones work in our bodies, I feel more empowered to address my negative symptoms and curious about the next phase of life.” 2023

“This course was empowering, educating, and connecting. I feel so much more informed and connected with my body.” 2023



Sign up for the 2024 women’s hormone club before if fills!



IMAGINE KNOWING YOUR BODY BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE AND KNOWING HOW TO TAKE ACTION TO FEEL YOUR BEST AS THINGS CHANGE

Sign Up Now!! In Person Sessions

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The First Women’s Hormone Club 2019. 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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Chronic Inflammation and Disease

Acute Inflammation is the immune system’s natural response to injury and invasion. It is a beneficial process needed to eliminate the cause of cell injury, to remove dead or injured cells, and to initiate repair.

It is designed to occur and then turn off.

Chronic inflammation occurs when the insult that causes inflammation is not resolved and inflammation persists. Damage begins to occur in result of the prolonged inflammatory processes including increased blood flow, increased capillary permeability, and perpetuating white blood cell action.

Sources of Inflammation-

• cuts
• scrapes
• burns
• splinters
• dirt
• stitches
• microbial toxins
• chemical exposure
• frostbite
• virus
• bacteria
• yeast imbaalance
• parasites
• radiation
• trauma
• heavy metals
• sugar
• gluten
• dairy
• personal food sensitivities/hypersensitivities
• nutrient deficiencies (from lack of or problems absorbing)
• dehydration
• hormone imbalances
• stress
• lack of sleep
• autoimmunity
• intestinal dysbiosis (imbalanced microbiome, aka not the right bacteria)
• medications
• chemotherapy
• genetics
• neurotransmitter imbalances

In today’s world several of these inflammatory triggers persist, leading to chronic inflammation and downstream diseases. Can you tell which ones might become a longterm problem?

List of Some Chronic Inflammatory Diseases (there are many many more)-

ACNE, ARTHRITIS, ALLERGIES, ASTHMA, CELIAC DISEASE, CROHN’S DISEASE, ULCERATIVE COLITIS, CHRONIC PAIN, LYME, IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME, GLUTEN SENSITIVITY, INSULIN RESISTANCE, OBESITY, CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE, ALZHEIMER’S, PARKINSON’S, AUTISM, MENTAL ILLNESS, DIABETES, CANCER, CHRONIC INFECTIONS, CHEMICAL SENSITIVITY, OSTEOPOROSIS, CHRONIC FATIGUE, FIBROMYALGIA, INFERTILITY, and more

I help people discover their personal triggers, eliminate their triggers, add anti-inflammatories, calm the immune response, and down regulate inflammation to prevent chronic disease. This is unique to each person depending on genetics, exposure, history, diet, and more. Come dork out with me as we investigate what might be causing internal inflammation for you and then take effective steps to reverse chronic inflammation and optimize health.

Bauman, Ed. Friedlander, Jodi.  (2016). Therapeutic Nutrition Textbook Part 1. Penngrove, CA. Bauman College.

References-

Nakayama, Andrea.  (2018) Full Body Systems Functional Nutrition 2018 Program.  Immune Intensive

Linus Pauling Institute. Oregon State University. Inflammation. August 2010. https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/health-disease/inflammation

Hormone Breakdown Video #3- Take Charge of your own health by understanding how you function!

It does not matter if you are experiencing pms discomforts, menopause symptoms, headaches, infertility, fatigue, depression, weight loss problems, energy crashes, insomnia, or any hormone imbalance. Understanding how the system works and backing up is key!

Hormones 101- I discuss briefly in this video the different places hormone imbalance can occur and why one approach to fix it will NOT work for everyone.

Here are the basics –

A hormone is a chemical messenger that affects our entire body including metabolism, growth, fertility, energy, stress, and much more.

  1. There is a gland
  2. A hormone must be made from precursors (nutrients) in the gland
  3. The hormone must travel through your blood to the target call
  4. The target cell must receive the hormone/message
  5. The hormone must be broken down, detoxed, and excreted

If there is a hiccup anywhere along the route there may be a problem. For example –

  1. There may be an autoimmune disease damaging the gland itself which may impact if any or enough of the hormone is made
  2. There may be a nutrient deficiency from either lack of eating them or a problem digesting them which both prevent enough hormone from being made
  3. The target cell may be unable to receive the hormone if there is inflammation or if the receptor is blocked by a specific toxin which prevents the message from being received EVEN IF YOU HAVE ENOUGH OF THE HORMONE
  4. The liver must be functioning properly to detox the used hormones and constipation may prevent the used hormone from being excreted creating an excess of the hormone in the body.

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