Loni Michelle


The human body is meant to move, not sit or be inactive for the majority of our lives. Unfortunately, in today’s world, many of us have desk jobs, entertainment, and a non-energetic diet can keep us sitting for most of the day. It has become far too easy for us to be inactive in today’s society.

An inactive lifestyle is something that we need to constantly fight against. The consequences of lifestyle can be grave. A sedentary/inactive lifestyle has been labelled as the new smoking because that’s just how bad it is for us. Imagine that. The consequences of a sedentary lifestyle come in the form of physical, mental problems, and emotional problems and can even lead to death.

Being active isn’t something to take lightly, especially in today’s world. If you think what I’ve said is extreme, you should hear what scientists and medical professionals are saying about a sedentary lifestyle around the globe. There is nothing good said about this type of lifestyle sadly. That’s why I felt that this message was so important to relay.

Believe it or not, your daily chores around the house really don’t even count because your body is used to these types of movements. When you think of an inactive person, you think of a “couch potato”. While these people are included, it could also refer to those who simply just don’t move enough throughout the day. Whether it be sitting for work, sitting for entertainment, or just not moving enough overall.

The most common consequence of being inactive is weight gain. This is the most common side effect that most people can see and feel but it doesn’t stop there.

Physically active people can also lead sedentary lifestyles. When you think about it, there are 24 hours in a day, and the most dedicated athletes spend 2-4 hours a day training and that still leaves 22-24 hours a day to be inactive. Eight of those hours are also already spent sleeping for the most part. This leaves 14 hours more so to be inactive. When you really look at the big picture here, it really puts things into perspective.

I believe that It’s a misconception that people who are sedentary are lazy. Our society today tends to promote inactivity through things like; having more transportation available, more technology, cultural values, and urbanization are all to blame for inactive lifestyles. This is a problem with our society but, we don’t have to be victims of it. We can change that.

The explosion of technology has made it very easy to stay planted in a chair all day. Think about it, the average person spends at least three to four hours a day on their phone and probably another three to four watching TV, then about eight hours a day sitting at work then, possibly another eight hours sleeping. So you do the math there. Kind of mind-blowing when you think about it.

The most common consequence of being inactive is weight gain. This is the most common side effect that most people can see and feel but it doesn’t stop there. There is more there than the eye can see. Just to name a few; Obesity is on the rise. Reduction of the lipoprotein lipase activity that clears triglycerides (the bad fats). Increased risk of high blood pressure. Increased risk of anxiety and depression. Increased risk of stroke. A decrease in skeletal muscle mass. Increased risk of metabolic syndrome. Increased risk of osteoporosis. Increased risk of cardiovascular death. Even an increased risk of some types of cancers and type two diabetes.

Preventing all of these problems is really simple though. All we have to do is get up and move more. Even if we have jobs that require us to sit all day. There are ways to increase your activity levels. We don’t have to be victims of an inactive lifestyle in the society we live in today. We have the power to change that and it’s really not hard to do.

A few ways to increase daily activity working around barriers such as; school, kids, medical conditions, and work may not be super easy at first so start out small if you need to. Start by making an effort to get up and stretch especially if you have a desk job or work from home. Start doing more household chores rather than letting robots such a Roomba sweep, limit your screen time on your devices, pick up a new hobby that doesn’t involve sitting, try walking your dog more, taking the stairs more, parking in the back of the parking lot so you have to walk. My favourite one is getting a device like a Fitbit that will remind you to GET UP AND MOVE! Once you find the activity that you like or multiple activities, expand your knowledge of those activities and use them as a way of life.

So how much activity is enough for us daily? As a health coach, I feel that we should all aim for two to even five hours a day of activity. This should be a mix of things like; moderate activity, vigorous aerobic activity, and muscle-strengthening activities to keep our bones strong and to help retain or build needed muscle. This will help us in our everyday lives and especially as we age.

The thing is, inactivity is actually not human nature. Humans evolved as a walking entity, exploring the world on our feet. We evolved to move, not sit in a chair all day or lack of activity. So when you are stuck at your desk all day, at home working or just sitting around, remember this. WE ARE MEANT TO MOVE. Do your life the favour today even if you have to start small- just move. You owe it to yourself to live a healthy, happy lifestyle.

Food choices have a huge impact on our mental health and wellbeing. Food is information that our cells used to determine fundamental functions of how our bodies function in day-to-day life. The vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that food delivers determine what genes get turned on and off, which enzymes work, and how well and it even affects the inflammation levels in our cells. FOOD IS REALLY THAT POWERFUL. For those who struggle with anxiety, it’s really important to pay attention to what we are feeding our cells and what information they are receiving from the foods we choose to eat. Better nutrition can reduce anxiety and benefit our mental health so much. It may never be perfect but, our food choices impact everything we do. Every function of our body and mind.

Our food choices should nourish our bodies and minds by providing crucial building blocks like vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and antioxidants. When we feed our nervous system high inflammatory foods, it can’t function properly and leads to worse anxiety or even cause someone to have anxiety.

The most common pitfalls in our nutrition that can create an anxious mind are, eating inflammatory foods like; anything processed, foods high in processed sugars and refined carbohydrates, and this is a big one and one that a lot of people don’t realize but, foods high in omega 6 that in are in some animal products. All of these foods cause nutritional deficiencies that make it extremely hard for our cells to function. They spark inflammation inside the gut which then signals our brain with an inflammatory response. An inflamed gut can not produce the serotonin needed (Our happy hormone). So if your diet is filled with these types of foods and you suffer from anxiety or things like brain fog, sore joints, digestion issues or, just overall not feeling well. I think you are starting to see why.

I personally have struggled with bouts of anxiety and the one thing that has helped me is, continuing to make good food choices and using natural supplements like magnesium and L-theanine. Most people today are actually magnesium deficient mostly due to our soils being so depleted nowadays. Magnesium deficiency has actually been linked to things like obesity as well as anxiety and depression.  I require every single client of mine to supplement with magnesium.

Making better nutrition choices to help alleviate anxiety includes things like; reducing sugar intake and I’m not talking about natural sugars from things like fruit. I’m talking about refined sugar, cookies, cakes, donuts, etc. We need to actually increase our fruit intake as the body requires a certain amount of sugar daily. Increased veggie intake. A lot of people don’t like veggies or we even hear some new fad diets claiming that they are bad for you. This is very untrue unless you have a rare autoimmune disease to which certain veggies can possibly cause a flare-up. Try to find something green or colourful like veggies that you enjoy!  

Another big thing we can do is overall caffeine intake. Especially man-made caffeine from things like pre-workouts or energy drinks and opt for natural caffeine. Things like green tea, coffee, and other teas work great.

My ending thoughts are; Why guess at how well our cells are working in our bodies or how well our body and mind is going to function. Why not just make better choices so, WE KNOW. Remember, Everything we eat or consume goes into our cells. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “We are what we eat.” There has never been a truer statement in my opinion. Reminding myself of that saying, helps me make the choices I need to make daily.  Making one small change today can impact the rest of our lives. Healthy cells equal a healthy mind and body.  I hope this information was helpful!

Photo By: Mike Lakomowski


As a firm believer in overall gut health, this comes as no surprise to me that poor gut health contributes to the severity of COVID-19 symptoms. Commonly, our guts are called “Our Second Brain” and for good reason. Poor gut health is linked to every ailment in the body including anxiety and depression. As a result, the effects of poor gut health have an impact on the severity of COVID-19 symptoms. COVID-19 just like all other chronic diseases is associated with altered gut microbiota (poor gut health). Growing evidence suggests poor gut health adversely affects the prognosis of COVID-19 by enabling the virus to access the surface of the digestive tract and internal organs. If you have ever heard of the term “Leaky Gut”, this can exacerbate symptoms as well. “Leaky Gut” occurs when the lining of the gut has become damaged and cannot optimally function as a barrier to harmful things such as bacteria and viruses. When this condition is combined with COVID-19 symptoms in the GI tract, the effects can be detrimental to your gut health.

There is a very CLEAR connection between the altered gut microbiome and severe COVID-19. This imbalance can affect gut barrier integrity, which can allow pathogens and pathobionts easier access to the cells in the intestinal lining. Some studies have suggested that a person’s gut health (at the time of infection) may be critical for symptom development. Keeping this in mind, the virus can deplete a healthy person’s gut of beneficial bacteria as well. The depleted bacterial species associated with COVID-19 are said to be ones that are responsible for the production of butyrate, a short-chain fatty acid. Which plays a vital role in gut health by reinforcing gut bacteria. One of the biggest contributors to poor gut health is the western diet which is very low in fibre. Fibre deficiency is one of the main causes for altered gut microbiome dysbiosis which leads to chronic disease. The problem really goes beyond COVID-19 concerning gut health. It’s a global issue that is causing many ailments. Unfortunately, not everyone in the population fully understands its importance and role in the disease. I am hoping this article brings awareness to the importance of gut health and how to help improve it. While more studies are being done on this subject pertaining to poor gut health and COVID-19, there are ways that you can start improving your gut health today. Start eating high-fibre foods and probiotic-packed foods. Fermented foods are the best for containing probiotics! The majority of the population can safely supplement and benefit from a probiotic. A lot of research suggests that a good probiotic should have up to 10B CGU with 4 strains. The more variety the better. EXERCISE is like medicine to the gut. Exercise can improve the promotion of good bacteria in the gut. Limit alcohol intake as excessive alcohol intake causes inflammation of the gut which leads to unbalance of the gut microbiome. Cut back on artificial sweeteners as these can also be harmful to your gut microbiome. Choose better options like real stevia or coconut palm sugar.

Last but not least, pair your probiotic with a prebiotic. Prebiotics provide a source of food for the good gut bacteria that the probiotics place into the gut and help it grow. Prebiotics are carbs that your body can’t digest and are placed in the lower digestive tract as the food for the good bacteria to grow. For example, you can find prebiotics in foods such as garlic, onions, asparagus, bananas, oats, apples, cocoa, burdock root, flaxseed, seaweed, barley, and Jerusalem artichokes. It’s very important to take charge of your gut health, especially in today’s world where our foods are can be depleted of key nutrients and also heavily processed. My ending thoughts are; if we take better care of our bodies from the inside out, there would be a lot fewer ailments and diseases in today’s world. The problem is, they don’t teach us this, so our health is really in our hands and we have to take control. Keep yourself healthy to avoid health problems before they become serious issues. We have one body and it should be our temple to protect at all cost!