Jay Todtenbier is an original founder of SupplementRelief.com in 2010 and has operated the business ever since. He is also a tennis instructor and gospel musician. Formerly he spent 25 years in business development, technology and marketing with startups and major corporations having gone through the tech boom in Silicon Valley in the 90s. He became passionate about, and began studying and practicing Wellness as a Lifestyle after experiencing chronic, personal health challenges including depression, auto-immune diseases, and being overweight that impacted his ability to live a healthy, vibrant life. Since then, he has been an advocate for healthier living encouraging others to live better through making small, gradual changes to lifestyle behaviors relating to whole-foods nutrition, stress management, reasonable exercise, proper sleep, and the use of targeted, high-quality supplements.[read more]
I have always valued time freedom to be able to pursue the things I am passionate about; however, I used most of my time through my 20s and 30s doing whatever I had to—to make ends meet financially, not able to do that which inspired me. I was in debt from failed business adventures, stressed-out, depressed, overweight, and exhausted most of the time. My health and happiness deteriorated from the poor choices I continued to make regarding my spiritual condition, employment, nutrition, and other things. However, the root cause of my problems was really my spiritual condition.
I was fortunate though, when I was younger, to have had older, wise people in my life that told me about a man named Jesus and how He had changed their life for the better. They shared with me their personal stories of what they went through and explained how He does that for anyone who will humble themself and sincerely call upon Him for help. Unfortunately, at that time in my life, the pursuit of popular, worldly things were more important and believable to me.
I spent the next 30 years of my life chasing after what I thought was important, but I was totally on the wrong track. I may have accomplished some things that on the outside looked good to others, but on the inside I was a sad, depressed, broken alcoholic who had lost hope.
While I have always believed in Jesus as my Savior from sin, He was really little more than "fire insurance" to keep me from being on the wrong side of eternity. I did not understand or believe that if I would put Him first, than He would order my steps and provide for all of the other important areas of my life that I was so desperately pursuing on my own terms: career, relationships, finances, love, purpose, personal fulfillment...
Beginning in 2006, at 42 years old, I was so desperate for change that I hit the "reset" button on my life. I began seeking the Lord Jesus sincerely who I had casually pushed aside all of those years. He welcomed me back with open arms, just like the father did the prodigal son in Luke 15:11-32. He provided me with a new start—forgiveness, spiritual, emotional and physical healing, physical and financial security, and the direction I needed to move forward. He delivered me from some personal bondages including alcohol, tobacco, depression, and others. He began turning the difficult and painful situations around, over time restoring or replacing things that had been previously lost or badly damaged.
He still does this for me each day!
At that time I weighed 247 pounds, was tired most of the time, and really wanted to feel younger and more energetic again. I did a "Forest Gump"—grew my hair out and jogged every day for a year, although I didn't have any people following behind me like he did. Gave me lots of time to clear my head and think about things.
I started learning about proper nutrition and began gradually phasing out the processed foods in my life and replacing them with more natural, whole foods. That, in conjunction with eliminating the alcohol, made a world of difference. It is amazing how God makes our bodies! When we treat them right, they have a tendency to heal and work a whole lot better. Within the year I was down to 175 pounds. I have remained around that weight for the 15 years since, with the exception of about an 18-month period when my weight went back up to about 200 pounds as a result of eating more processed foods (stress eating) while going through a difficult period emotionally and financially. The good news is that I was able to turn it around the same way as before by gradually replacing the processed foods with real food and within three months my body was back at my optimal weight.
In 2006 I also began learning how to work from home. At first it was selling my time as a consultant to others who would use my business skills to help them start and grow their businesses. Some of the work could be done from home but it still required significant travel and other commitments that limited my time for pursuing other interests, and the financial upside was limited to the amount of hours I could physically work. However, I really enjoyed working at home when I could and having more control over my work schedule.
In 2010 I began learning how to generate "passive" income working from home selling high-quality products and services from reputable companies. This was more to my liking as my primary goal was to not only have a business that allowed me more control over my work environment, but would also generate ongoing sales income allowing me to eventually have significantly more choice over how I use my time.
Thankfully, I am now reasonably healthy and able to earn and sustain enough income to no longer be dependent upon others for employment income, and have more time to pursue the things I am passionate about, which includes being a Gospel musician, teaching tennis, owning and operating a home-based business, and helping others enjoy better health with greater financial and time freedom.
If you have any interest in developing a home-based business for yourself, or your family, take a look at what FirstFitness Nutrition has to offer and then reach out to me if you want to discuss it further or take the next step.
If I could go back in time and change anything it would be this: put Jesus first and everything else will fall into it's proper place. Other than that, take better care of what you put into your mind and body and it will take better care of you.
We all have a story. If I can ever be helpful to you, reach out to me. I'd like to hear your story and hopefully encourage you along your journey!
There are many benefits of regularly exfoliating your skin, both face, and body. Want to know what those benefits are? Then check out these 10 top reasons to start exfoliating.
Is it possible to boost your immune system naturally? The short answer is yes; there are many simple lifestyle changes we can make to improve the health of our immune system.
Is taking a probiotic supplement worth it? Aren't probiotics made from bacteria? Shouldn't we avoid unnecessary bacteria? Read on to answer your probiotics questions.
The thing about living is that if we live long enough, most of us will experience a lot of love, success, and joy but also a lot of failure, loss, and sadness. This past year has been a challenging time for many, no matter how long you have lived.
However, there is hope.
There is a-lot of information online, in magazines, on TV, and from friends about dieting. Much of this advice is conflicting. We are here to dispel some of those myths about nutrition so you can make better-informed decisions about your wellbeing. Let's dive in, shall we?
You have probably heard of collagen and the hype surrounding it. From putting it in smoothies to having collagen injections to improve your looks, collagen is having a moment.
You would think with the abundance of foods available to us that we would all be well nourished. Sadly, about 50% of the foods we eat are heavily processed and nutritionally void. How can you tell if you have a deficiency without taking a blood test? Let's take a look at some of the common signs of vitamin deficiency and how to introduce better nutrition into our lives.
There are different types of fats; saturated and unsaturated (which includes monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats). Essential fatty acids are part of the group of healthy fats, including Omega-3, Omega-6, and Omega-9. What can you eat to enrich your diet in healthy fats? Which fatty acids are the most important? This article will break down the answers to these questions.
Social activities and meeting people are good for our mental and physical health. They provide an opportunity to interact with others intellectually, emotionally, and may even involve physical exercise. Consider these options for finding the best events and activities in your local community, so you never miss out.
Many of us struggle with maintaining balanced gut bacteria and optimal gut health. Want to know what is causing you tummy trouble? Why not try an elimination diet?
We all know that a healthy diet and plenty of exercise are essential for staying healthy. Did you know that supplementing your diet with the right vitamins and minerals can help maintain a healthy weight? Some vitamins and minerals can even help boost our metabolism.
We have all heard of the term superfoods. But what does it mean? What are these foods that supposedly have numerous health benefits? How much of these foods should we be eating, and are they beneficial?
Over the past year, due to COVID-19, virtual healthcare has taken the world by storm. Telemedicine offers many people a chance to receive virtual medical support.
Did you know that green tea is one of the most unprocessed types of tea? Green tea doesn't go through the same oxidization process that other teas do. Drinking green tea has long been associated with numerous health benefits and is featured on multiple lists of healthy tips.
Diabetes is a serious life-long condition that affects over 34 million people across the United States. If you're looking to better manage this condition, for you or a loved one, here are supplements for diabetics to consider including in their supplement regimen.
Produced naturally by the body, CoQ10 is a fat-soluble substance. It is a powerful antioxidant and helps turn food into energy. Let's dig a little deeper into why this nutrient is vital for us, what conditions it can help with, and the benefits of a CoQ10 supplement.
The benefits of regular exercise are endless. Not only does it keep us physically healthy, but it also impacts our mental health. In addition, exercise is proven to reduce our risk of developing chronic illnesses and diseases such as diabetes and dementia.
Why is zinc so crucial to human health? What are the main bodily functions it impacts? What happens if you don't get enough zinc? Let's take a look at the answers to these questions below.
How can you ensure you maintain a healthy gut? What daily lifestyle changes can you make to keep stomach upsets and digestive problems at bay? Try these tips and you should see improvements in your digestion in no time.
Chronic illness is running rampant in the U.S. and it's costing us more than just our health. 3.8 trillion dollars is spent on healthcare every year. That money doesn't go to curing the diseases. It's only diagnosing conditions, pain management, and slowing the diseases from getting worse. The financial cost of poor health is significant and something people need to educate themselves about.
Vitamin D is commonly known as the 'sunshine vitamin.' This is simply because, when exposed to the sun, our bodies produce the vitamin. Let's take a look at what the science shows about how this vital vitamin impacts our mental health.
Everyone has likely heard of chronic diseases. But few people know just how prevalent they are. They have been on the rise for several generations and are seriously impacting our health, finances, and productivity.
Why is maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle so tricky? What everyday factors are hindering our progress in eating well every day? We will break down the reasons your diet may be failing you and what you can do about it.
The use of the term wellness has been growing exponentially over the past decade, but what does it mean? What is the definition of the wellness economy? Why is the global wellness industry worth US$4.5 trillion?
You may know that energy burns fat. Being active and eating right helps guide our metabolism towards weight loss. A factor we don't often consider, however, is that your body is also able to burn fat while you sleep. For many, it may sound too good to be true. And you may be thinking that you already get decent sleep, so why am I not losing weight? Though you can't depend on sleep for an overall weight-loss plan, there are tips and tricks that will support healthy sleep patterns and in turn, additional weight loss.
No one knows your nutritional needs better than you do. Learning to be the healthiest version of yourself means finding a diet that makes you feel good - energized, refreshed, and happy. If you are considering changing your diet to lose weight, get healthier, or prevent chronic disease there are lots of options to choose from. Two of the most popular, easy-to-follow diet choices are the vegetarian diet and the pescatarian diet.
Coffee shops all over the country are adding matcha tea to their menus. In some areas, you can even find matcha tea cafes. But there's more to matcha than lattes. You can even find matcha in baked goods, smoothies, and in supplement form. Why are people going crazy over this bright green powder?
The human body is an incredibly complex system and we have come so far in how we understand what it does. There are numerous ways of thinking, ideologies, and theories that have merged from the medical field. Just as different as those theories, what is even more different is each person's need when it comes to health and wellness. There is no one size fits all approach. That's where functional medicine comes into play. Read on to learn everything you need to know about functional medicine so you can make the best decision for your health!
Our bodies are made up of countless different interconnected parts that are constantly interacting with one another. For optimal health, there are a long list of minerals, vitamins, and nutrients that our bodies need to function properly. How can you ensure that you are getting everything you need to be a healthy and happy person? Let's take a look at how to incorporate Vitamin D, Zinc, and Vitamin C into your wellness plan.
How many times have you jumped on-board the diet train with high hopes of weight loss and improved health, only to discover limited food choices, difficulty staying on-track, and few measurable health benefits? Diet fads come and go, but one - the whole foods, plant-based diet (WFPB)- isn't a fad.
With the onset of COVID-19, changes to the political landscape, and the uncertainty these have brought into nearly all aspects of our lives, many individuals and families are seeking to have more choice and control over their health, finances, work environment, and time. This presents an opportunity to take a look at home-based businesses.
FirstFitness Nutrition provides an opportunity to change your life physically and financially earning part-time to full-time income promoting their line of Wellness products from the comfort of your home.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way that we have been living our lives this year. Time Magazine has declared 2020 to be "The Worst Year Ever". Much of the world has moved to live life mostly indoors as social distancing has affected everyone to some degree.
These days, more people are looking for ways to stay healthy. Most of us have heard about detoxes and cleanses. We see them advertised on the internet and TV, and likely each of us has a friend that swears by their success. So, what are they and how do they differ?
How aware are you of what's going into your body? Are you eating to live or living to eat? In reality, we all have different nutritional needs, but the standard American diet (SAD) doesn't suit most of them (or most people, for that matter). Your diet might be making you sick, sluggish, and at-risk.
Our sense of wellbeing depends on a host of factors ranging from our state of health to the level of fulfillment we experience in relationships and in intellectual, spiritual, and occupational pursuits. In short, by seeking to live better, we increase our chances of a happier, healthier life.
Working at home begins with wellness at home. If you once had an office job, you probably thought that getting home and being at home were at-home wellness activities in and of themselves.
Healthy entertainment at home is important to our happiness and wellbeing, especially when we are spending more time there than normal. Consider these ideas for fun and entertaining activities you can do at home.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, almost 93% of households with school-age children were participating in some form of distance learning. This means that the way the children are being educated has dramatically shifted. Let's take a look at how you and your children can be learning from home while also maintaining mental and physical wellness.
With more people working from home than ever before, consider these tips for integrating work into your home-life in a healthier way.
Physical activity is a great way to facilitate better health and reduce stress. While we are spending more time at home, consider these suggestions to alter activities you are likely already doing, to provide more movement in your daily routines.
With the onset of COVID-19 in early 2020, more people are spending time at home. This is impacting all aspects of our life and living including how we eat, exercise, work, further our education, worship, shop, and enjoy entertainment, just to name a few important things. This series will provide tips and common sense for how we can live a happier and healthier life while spending more time at home, or any other place for that matter.
There are hundreds of brands of supplements to choose from that vary significantly in quality and effectiveness. Since 2010 SupplementRelief.com has been carrying NuMedica because of their consistent, professional-grade quality and expansive product-line coverage. We thought some of you would like to know a little bit more about the company, their products, and why they remain elite in the midst of a very competitive Wellness market.
Turmeric has been used by humans for thousands of years, with the oldest known use dating back to Indian Vedic culture almost 4000 years ago.
Let's face it, the holidays are a notorious time for eating and drinking outside of our usual habits. With a busier-than-usual schedule, it's a time in which many of us fall behind on our exercise regime. When we pair these two factors together, it's no wonder that so many of us experience holiday weight gain.
Healthy eating can be difficult at any time of the year. But as the weather cools and the holiday season approaches, fall is often an especially tough time to stay on track.
Currently, three-quarters of Americans experience moderate to high levels of stress. In small doses, periodic stress can be good. Stress can improve motivation, resilience, and cognitive function.
The average American eats just under two cups of dairy products every day. But you're not the average American.
Instead, you've decided to forego dairy products. It could be that you're one of the 50 million people in the United States who is lactose intolerant. Or, you might just want to skip dairy for ethical or personal reasons.
Hair loss is an all-too-common issue for both men and women. Healthcare experts routinely see patients concerned about hair loss but, in many instances, those patients can take steps to minimize or halt additional hair loss. However, that's not always true, which means everyone should understand a few hair loss basics.
What exactly are vitamins? People believe that vitamins are good for them, and for that reason alone, many people take them. Some individuals supplement with individual vitamins while others pop a multi-vitamin. How does one know when they have received what they need from their vitamins? Can you take too many vitamins? Which ones? Learn about vitamins, the benefits they offer, and the best way to take them.
Creating a meal plan is always an important step, but sticking to it is what really matters. You could spend many hours developing a health-enhancing meal plan only to fall back on old, bad eating habits within days or weeks.
The concept of a cleanse or detox can be a scary one for someone who's never done it before. Though most people think of stringent exercise routines and bland, boring soup diets, this is no longer the case. There are many ways to detoxify the body naturally and easily, bringing revitalization and healing. In this guide, you'll learn 9 ways to perform a natural body detox.
If you're looking to lose weight, boost your energy, and increase your overall health, intermittent fasting is worth investigating. Read on to learn more and explore its basic principles, plans, and benefits.
Vitamins and dietary supplements seem to be everywhere, from drug stores to online shops. Single nutrients, multivitamins, fiber, antioxidants, minerals, and weight loss helpers are all considered dietary supplements. There's a lot to choose from, which can make the selection process quite confusing.
For years, health experts have touted the benefits of consuming omega-3 fatty acids, but most people don't understand why they are essential. Omega-3 fatty acids are vital for the health of your body's cell membranes and provide benefits for blood vessels, immune systems, lungs, and endocrine systems.
An estimated 95 percent of the world's population suffers from some type of medical condition according to recent reports from the healthcare sector. More than a third live with as many as five simultaneous health issues.1 At the same time, one in four people currently suffer from a mental illness, and this number is expected to increase during the years to come.
Think back to the time of your great-grandparents. What types of food did people eat back then? For the most part they ate what they could grow on their land or what they got locally from a Farmer's market or some other community-based food supply. So what happened to our food? Why are so many of us sick, overweight and tired?
Most people don't drink enough water. Sure, they take in enough liquids to survive, but they don't get the benefits that are available when water is the drink of choice and when they're able to stay adequately hydrated. Read below to learn more about why you need to be hydrated throughout the day, how it can help you, and ways to start boosting your water intake each day.
Stress is a natural reaction to any challenging or threatening event in life. When you're waiting for the results of a diagnostic procedure or when another driver suddenly swerves into your lane, your nervous system releases hormones like adrenalin and cortisol that help to activate the "fight or flight" response. You become more alert, your heart rate quickens, and you breathe faster.
Eliminating or minimizing Gluten and Dairy from your diet isn't necessary for everyone but some certainly benefit from making these lifestyle changes. Regardless, we all benefit from eating more natural, whole foods and less processed foods. Learn more about gluten-free and dairy-free nutrition options and take advantage of the educational resources, shopping list, and recipes.
Most people know that the immune system is responsible for fighting off pathogens and ensuring ongoing good health, but few are aware of the interaction between the immune system and the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This relationship is mediated by a complex community of gut bacteria, known collectively as the gut microbiome.
Learn more about how our lifestyle choices affect our immune health and practical things we can do to live better today.
Looking for convenient, refreshing and healthy beverage options to quench your thirst and provide your body with the nutrients it needs for optimal performance?
Look no further. NuMedica introduces new shake recipes that use whole natural foods in combination with their most popular professional wellness formulas.
Many consumers believe that supplements and vitamins fall into a single category of efficiency. After all, if you go to the local store and look at two bottles of the same supplement they probably have the same ingredients listed on them. What more could be involved?
In April 2019 NuMedica introduced four new professional supplement kits optimized for Immune, Adipose, Cardiovascular, and Glycemic support.
"Mom do you remember" my son would say and then go on to describe some past event. I had to say no to most of the events. That really bothered me ...
The term professional-grade is used to create a clear distinction between the quality of supplements used by healthcare practitioners compared to those used by the majority of consumers who buy over-the-counter. Professional-grade speaks to sourcing methods and quality of the ingredients used, the reliability of the manufacturing process, and efficacy of the quality assurance testing process. These work together to insure the supplement minimally meets and generally exceeds the standards documented on the supplement label.
Oxidation is involved in aging and many other disease processes. Our bodies use antioxidants to oppose the cell oxidation process. Learn about some healthy food options and NuMedica antioxidant supplements that can help.
Many factors are involved in how efficiently a supplement gets absorbed into the body where it is intended to go. Scientific research has shown that many tablet, capsule and liquid vitamins and supplements have an average bio-availability and absorption rate of only 5-20%. Liposomes are purported to increase the bioavailability and absorption rate by up to 80% in some cases.
Learn more about NuMedica's new line of advanced liposomal professional-grade supplements.
We are what we eat. Studies from reputable health organizations suggest that 40-60% of Americans are living with one or more chronic diseases, which negatively impacts their quality of life, reduces employment productivity, and drives up health care costs.1 Lifestyle choices, in particular, the foods we choose to put into our bodies, are making us sick. However, we do have choices regarding our nutrition.
Learn practical tips for healthy and affordable grocery shopping and consider using a list similar to the recommended natural, whole foods grocery shopping list provided to get you off to a good start!