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We all want to live longer, healthier lives. The problem is that we’re constantly being bombarded with so many new diets, workout plans, and lifestyle adjustments that it’s hard to filter out what will actually work for us and give us the results we’re looking for. If you’re sick of not having the answers, sick of being told your symptoms are all in your head, sick of being prescribed solutions from a pill bottle, it’s time to look outside the cookie-cutter or bandaid approach of the conventional medical industry and discover your own, personalized blueprint for health. Join Dr. Stephanie Gray on the Longevity Blueprint Podcast where she explores the interaction of nutrition, genetics, hormones, toxins, and infections using functional medicine principles to help you improve your health and longevity by finding the root cause of your symptoms. Listen in each week to learn from experts at the top of their fields sharing progressive, revolutionary, actionable tips, strategies, and resources to help you build your dream health from the ground up. Are you ready to discover your longevity blueprint? Let’s live long together! Wellness is Waiting! The information provided in this podcast is educational. No information provided should be considered to be—or used as a substitute for—medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always consult with your personal medical authority.

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    9 Keys to Optimal Health with Dr. Jim Lavalle

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 57:03

    From reducing household toxin levels to increasing organic fruits and veggies, there are nine keys to optimal health. I'm joined by Dr. Jim LaValle, an integrative practitioner specializing in drug and nutrient depletion, to talk about improving our health from a metabolic level.   How to Get the Most from Your Food Pick the best food you can Chew slowly and thoroughly  Cook your food in safer ways   About Dr. Jim LaValle Dr. Jim LaValle is best known for his expertise in personalized integrative therapies uncovering the underlying metabolic issues that keep people from feeling healthy and vital. A thought leader in drug/nutrient depletion issues he has published 4 books and 3 databases in this area alone. As such he has over 35 years' experience integrating natural and integrative therapies into various medical and business models. His latest research is in drug-induced microbiome disruption.  He is the founder of Metabolic Code Enterprises, Inc., which has launched the cloud-based Metabolic Code which helps practitioners and consumers identity their metabotype through labs, subjective surveys, evaluation of drug-induced nutrient depletion, and biometrics.  Dr. LaValle also founded Integrative Health Resources, which is focused on natural products industry consulting. As a practitioner for over 35 years, James has been recognized as an industry leader, receiving the prestigious Natural Products Association Clinician of the Year Award in 2011 for furthering the advancement of Integrative Medicine in the United States.  He was named one of the “50 Most Influential Pharmacists” by American Druggist magazine and was one of only nine Americans selected to serve under Senator Harkin to participate in the inaugural Dietary Supplement Education Alliance & Dietary Supplement Information Bureau. Jim is a favorite interviewee for the media related to natural care and has done well over 1000 media appearances on T.V. and radio. Other Industry Highlights include a venture in 2010 with Life Time Fitness, the largest publicly traded fitness company in the US (NASDAQ: LTM), providing nutrition and metabolism expertise and developing Life Time's national nutrition education, protocol design, and product development initiatives related to weight loss and prevention. This entailed educating close to 2700 fitness trainers, 20 dieticians and reaching some 1.2 million Life Time fitness members.  LaValle also served as the nutrition correspondent for Body Shaping, the number one fitness show on ESPN II in the late 1990s. Jim has been a lead consultant with companies such as Bayer, CVS, Rite Aid, P&G, Helsin, Thorn Research amongst others.   The Nine Keys to Optimal Health Dr. Jim LaValle joins me to talk about the nine keys to optimal health. We focus a lot on improving our hormone function and reducing toxin levels in the house - two major keys when it comes to your health. Dr. LaValle explains what happens when our adrenals come under intense stress. The impact this has on our body causes a whole host of hormonal issues that affect so many different parts of our health. He shares some of the ways to reduce adrenal stress. Supplements are one of the best ways to improve your adrenal health, as well as your thyroid, blood, and other health markers. But it's not just about supplementing, Dr. LaValle says you need to improve other lifestyle factors to see a true health benefit.   Clean Veggies and Clean Homes Dr. LaValle stresses the importance of eating a variety of fruits and vegetables every day. Few people in the US eat enough servings of clean fruit and vegetables to have the best impact on their health. He shares some other ways to increase our consumption without eating 12+ cups of veg a day. We also talk about how our body tells us that we have underlying health problems. Acidic urine is a common problem that can help a practitioner diagnose some greater issues, including ones linked to your liver health. Finally, Dr. LaValle talks about reducing toxins in the house to have a drastic improvement in your health. This and increasing your oxygen consumption is the best thing you can do to create positive health changes in your life. Lower household toxins will also improve your oxygen levels as you won't be breathing in all those chemicals. What changes can you make today to reduce your household toxins? Do you eat enough clean and toxin-free fruits and veggies? Let me know your favorite vegetables and cleaning products in the comments on the episode page. Call the Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic today and schedule your first appointment at 319-363-0033.   Quotes “If we just focus on the one person sitting in front of your to change their life, it can go to millions of lives.” [7:05] “The number one cause of plaquing of your arteries is actually inappropriate glucose response after a meal.” [10:32] “If people are deficient in nutrients, their liver can't perform what it's supposed to perform.” [25:33] “The big thing is to oxygenate or die. We need to get that air in us. We need to utilize oxygen. If you're inactive and sitting a lot, get out there and walk.” [48:43] “Create choices that allow for a lifestyle and not out of restriction. When we restrict and limit things, we typically want to break out of the box we've created for ourselves. So why not create things that are based on your free will and empowerment.” [54:11]   In This Episode What happens when your adrenals come under stress [9:15] The top supplements for adrenal and thyroid health [12:45] Why we need to make sure we're eating a variety of nutrients every day [25:00] The problem with acidic urine [27:30] How to reduce household toxins [30:00] Why it's important for us to raise our oxygen levels [48:30]   Links & Resources Use Code BERBERINE for 10% Off Read The Magnificence Of Magnesium and Use Code MAGNESIUM for 10% Off Find Dr. Jim LaValle Online Follow Dr. Jim LaValle on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative    Related Episodes Episode 67: A Different Kind Of Healing With Dr. Shiroko Sokitch Episode 64: Heal Your Emotional Eating With Tricia Nelson Episode 58: Living Intentionally With The Fat Burning Man Abel James

    EBV Solution with Dr. Kasia Kines

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 59:56

    Epstein-Barr Virus is one of the most common human herpes viruses that many people will get at some point in their lives. I'm joined by Dr. Kasia Kines to talk about how to make your body an inhabitable host for the Epstein-Barr Virus.   The 3 Worst Offenders When You Have Chronic EBV Intermittent Fasting Exercise Ketogenic Diet   About Dr. Kasia Kines Dr. Kines is the CEO and Founder of Global Epstein-Barr Virus Institute, a global leader in recovery therapy for chronic EBV, an Amazon best-selling author of The Epstein-Barr Virus Solution, a wellness expert, and a highly respected doctor of clinical nutrition.  She is a graduate of Bastyr University, the "Harvard of Natural Medicine" and its world-acclaimed graduate nutrition program. She was also in the first-ever cohort of a doctorate in functional clinical nutrition from the Maryland University of Integrative Health.  Since 2005, Dr. Kines has built an international reputation as a clinical functional nutritionist, from being sought after by Johns Hopkins University to clients globally, to her ground-breaking book about Epstein-Barr Virus.  Dr. Kines has developed a proprietary evidence-based methodology and approach to EBV recovery, which is now available to anyone in her highly successful EBV Recovery Program. She also provides professional clinical training to other practitioners in her Clinical EBV Training and Certification Program and EBV Practitioner Workshop.  Dr. Kines is a passionate advocate for debunking common misinformation about EBV in the medical community and lectures on this topic extensively. She is on a mission to bring her EBV knowledge and solution to the world globally, so no one needs to suffer needlessly from this misunderstood virus and its complications.   What is Epstein-Barr Virus? Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) expert, Dr. Kasia Kines, breaks down what exactly this virus is and how it impacts our bodies and long-term health projections. She explains what some of the typical symptoms of EBV are and what four lab tests you should get checked if you think you have it.  Some of the symptoms include feeling tired all the time, having swollen lymph nodes and a sore throat, and a lowered immune system. Dr. Kines also talks about whether you should do any kind of dietary detox when battling EBV. Overall, she promotes a healthy diet that will increase your nutritional status, making you a less habitable host for the Epstein-Barr Virus.   Dietary Changes to Tackle EBV Dr. Kines recommends making some dietary changes if you have EBV. Cutting out gluten, dairy, and eggs, in particular, can make a huge improvement to your symptoms of the virus. She also advises increasing your consumption of fruits, gluten-free grains, and legumes. These are full of antioxidants that incapacitate the virus, making it more difficult to spread and control your body. Eating a diet rich in plant-based foods, low in gluten, and completely without dairy and eggs will be very beneficial for someone with EBV. Dr. Kines advises against following the Keto diet or intermittent fasting as these can have a detrimental effect on your body and the voracity of the virus. Do you have any of the symptoms of the Epstein-Barr Virus? If so, have you cut gluten, dairy, and eggs out of your diet? How are you feeling after doing this? Call the Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic today and schedule your first appointment at 319-363-0033.   Quotes “The weak link is where the virus will go. The virus will travel through the blood and look for residence in any tissue. … It has to go somewhere. Just like you talk about the house, I often teach my students that we're building a really solid brick house that has to start with foundations.” [10:45] “Gluten should not be in the diet and dairy is super inflammatory. There is no place for dairy in the healing process for the human body. Especially not the way that dairy is produced. And for a person with EBV, dairy will really backfire on them.” [26:52] “Another thing that people do wrong is not eating enough fruits. Fruits have the highest antioxidant load and antioxidants incapacitate the virus. I literally have to retrain people to eat larger portions of fruits.” [28:47] “If you want to simplify it, the better nutritional status, the weaker the virus. We have the responsibility to provide the best nutrients.” [34:07] “If a virus is predictable, it is treatable and reversible and sometimes rapidly. And I'm quoting.” [50:18]   In This Episode What Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) is [9:00] The common symptoms of chronic EBV [15:30] Four labs to test for EBV [23:00] What dietary changes should you explore with EBV [26:00] Why you should increase your consumption of grains and legumes [30:00] Benefits of increasing plant-based food in your diet [34:30] The role of antioxidants in a diet [28:00] How important detoxification is to anti-viral support and treating EBV [43:00]   Links & Resources Use Code VITAMIND for 10% Off Vitamin D Use Code IMMUNESUPPORT 10% Off Immune Support Read: Emfs: Why They Are Dangerous To Your Health And What You Can Do About Them! Your Longevity Blueprint Course Now 50% Off Take the Quiz: Could you have Chronic Active Epstein-Barr Virus infection? Learn More About the EBV Recovery Program Find Out About the EBV Practitioner Workshop Take the 5-in-5 Mini-Course Get the Book: The Epstein-Barr Virus Solution Find Dr. Kasia Kines Online Find The EBV Global Institute Online Follow Dr. Kasia Kines on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn | Pinterest Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative    Related Episodes Episode 14: Supporting The Mitochondria With Nad And Peptides W/ Dr. Amber Krogsrud Episode 67: A Different Kind Of Healing With Dr. Shiroko Sokitch Episode 49: Power Of Pemfs With Dr. William Pawluk

    Pluck Seasoning with James Barry

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 61:10

    Getting the whole family eating healthy can be a challenge, especially when there are food intolerances to contend with. James Barry, a former private celebrity chef, and creator of Pluck seasoning speaks about his experiences in the food industry. He gives his top tips for picky eaters, getting more organ meat in your diet, and encouraging your partner to eat healthier, too.   Common Food and Nutrition Mistakes from a Chef Self Assessing any Intolerances You Don't Have to be Good at Cooking Not Meal Planning: It Doesn't Have to be Hard   About James Barry James Barry's 16+ years in the culinary field started as a private chef. His inauguration into restaurant-style cooking came later when he was the vegan/vegetarian chef on the Van's Warped Tour, which traveled to 50 North American cities in 60 days.  Upon returning to Los Angeles, James continued to private chef and had the fortune of cooking for celebrities such as Tom Cruise, Mariska Hargitay, George Clooney, Gerard Butler, Sean “Puffy” Combs, Barbra Streisand, and John Cusack.  Not wanting to limit the audience of his healthy and tasty style of cooking, James started Wholesome2Go, a healthy, high-quality food delivery company that served under his leadership in the Los Angeles area for 8 years.  Most recently, James launched his first functional food product, Pluck, an organ-based, all-purpose seasoning. It's the first of its kind and an amazingly easy and delicious way for people to get organ meats into their diet. James also co-authored the recipes in Margaret Floyd's book Eat Naked and co-authored the follow-up cookbook The Naked Foods Cookbook.   Top Food Tips from a Chef to the Stars James Barry shares his experiences working as a celebrity chef, and why he started his professional cooking career in the vegan space. With his background in veganism, James understands how limiting it can feel when you're faced with food intolerances. However, he says that there are ways to make substitutions for even the most restricted. We talk about the different ways of cooking and agree that frying food is the least healthy way to eat. If you are going to eat fried food, James recommends five oils, stating that no other oil contains any nutritional benefit - in fact, they're nutritionally detrimental. James shares some of the most common food mistakes people can make. First, any kind of self-assessing of food intolerances. He encourages us to get checked for intolerances so that we can stay aware of how our markers change, if at all.   Encouraging Your Household to Eat Healthier James is also insistent that you don't actually need to be good at cooking to make healthy meals at home. One of the secrets is to meal plan each week and to follow a recipe. Recipes really are a step-by-step guide to making nutritious meals. It can be difficult to make dietary changes when everyone in the house isn't on board, especially your partner. James gives some great tips for how to get the rest of the family eating better, from helping them understand the benefits to tapping into the primal side of your relationship. Finally, James talks about cooking for even the pickiest of eaters. He gives some incredible tips for including picky children in the whole food preparation process. He also says we should always have a backup vegetable you know your kids will eat on hand.  James's product, Pluck, is an organ-based spice blend that even the pickiest of eaters love! Do you include organ meats in your diet? What are some of your favorite recipes that include organs? Call the Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic today and schedule your first appointment at 319-363-0033.   Quotes “The future of health is not necessarily in figuring out what the magic pill is. It's actually figuring out how we can take the tried and true health habits that already exist, like nature's gift is already there, and somehow making it so that we don't have to establish new habits around it.” [6:45] “There's no pressure needed to make food. We think that we have to be good at cooking or we need to be creative in the kitchen, but you really don't. I don't look at things as recipes, I look at things as formulas.” [27:07] “There's this concept of like supports like, that's why I included all five organs in Pluck: liver, kidney, heart, spleen, and pancreas. There's a Native American thought that says if you eat animal organs, then they're going to support your own organs. If you're eating those five, you're supporting all five organs in your own body.” [52:53]   In This Episode How to make delicious food substitutions for your health [18:00] The five best oils [21:30] The most common food mistakes from a chef [25:15] The benefits of meal planning [29:00] How to make diet changes when your partner doesn't want to [31:30] How to cook for picky eaters [37:00]   Links & Resources Use Code OMEGA3 for 10% Off Omega 3 Your Longevity Blueprint Couse Now 50% Off Use Code DRGRAY10 for 10% Off Pluck: This Link Only! Find James Berry and Pluck Online Follow James Berry and Pluck on Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative    Related Episodes Episode 63: Childhood Trauma Healing With Dr. Aimie Apigian Episode 57: 5 Keys To Raising Healthy Kids With Dr. Brian Stenzler Episode 53: Keto Green Approach To Hormones With Dr. Anna Cabeca

    How to Keep Your Vision with Dr. Rudrani Banik

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 41:15

    Just like any part of the body, eye health can't be ignored. But just how do you best support these delicate organs? Today, you'll hear from a true expert on the topic who shares actionable steps you can make to keep your eyes in their best shape for life.   Great foods to support eye health include: Leafy greens Carrots Broccoli  Cauliflower Berries   About Dr. Rudrani Banik Dr. Rudrani Banik is America's Integrative Eye Doctor. She is a board-certified ophthalmologist and fellowship-trained neuro-ophthalmologist with additional training in Functional Medicine. Dr. Rani focuses on the root cause of eye diseases and uses integrative strategies for conditions such as macular degeneration, cataract, dry eye, glaucoma, and autoimmune diseases of the visual system. Her treatments are based on nutrition, botanicals, lifestyle modification, essential oils, and supplements. Dr. Rani runs a private practice based in New York City and is also an Associate Professor of Mount Sinai in NYC where she serves as an educator and researcher. As Principal Investigator of several clinical trials in diseases of the optic nerve, Dr. Rani uses cutting-edge approaches such as nanotechnology and gene therapy. Dr. Rani is frequently featured as an expert in the media and has been interviewed on Good Morning America, CBS, NBC, ABC, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Fox, among many others. Dr. Rani has been voted as Castle Connolly Top Doctor and New York Magazine's Best Doctor in Ophthalmology every year since 2017.   Eye Health Starts With Good Nutrition Dr. Rani explains why nutrition is the cornerstone to good vision. A proper diet will even reduce the risk of developing certain eye diseases, such as macular degeneration.  This is particularly true with antioxidants. A diet that's rich in antioxidants, particularly when derived from plants, will include many nutrients that protect the eye. Dr. Rani suggests eating a wide variety of vegetables every day to keep your eyes strong.  In addition to food, there are supplements that can help. Dr. Rani recommends daily supplements that contain lutein, zeaxanthin, and meso-zeaxanthin. These antioxidants play an important role in managing the light that comes into our eyes.   Protecting Your Eyes From Harmful Light Dr. Rani also talks about the impact of blue light on our eyes. This is the light that comes from the Sun and helps regulate our sleep cycles. It also comes from screens. Too much of this light can lead to digital eye strain and disrupted sleep patterns. To combat this, Dr. Rani recommends using blue-light-blocking glasses. To that end, she discusses what to look for when shopping for these special glasses. You also have to consider sunlight. UV light can damage your eyes. Dr. Rani shares her recommendations for finding the most protective sunglasses. Look for ones that block 100 percent of UV light. Also, the bigger the sunglasses, the better. How can you eat right to protect your eyes? What role can supplements play in this? Leave a comment on the episode page! Call the Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic today and schedule your first appointment at 319-363-0033.   Quotes “Such an integral part of health is what we eat, how we live, our choices.” [3:18] “Think about it really in your bedroom. What color light do you have in your bedroom? You want to modulate that blue light, especially at night.” [12:57] “If you're on a screen for a long time, every twenty minutes, take a twenty-second break.” [25:25] “We need to nourish not only our bodies but also our minds and our spirits.” [38:56]   In This Episode How Dr. Rani learned that there is more to eye health than conventional medicine [2:00] The link between nutrition and eye health [4:45] The impact of blue light on eyes and how to protect them with light-blocking glasses [7:00] How to protect your eyes from sunlight with proper sunglasses [13:05] Exercises for your eyes to support relaxation [18:45] How to relieve dry eyes [21:05] Which supplements can best support your eyes and vision [26:00] How stress impacts vision [30:55] What can reduce the likelihood of developing macular degeneration and glaucoma [33:20]   Links & Resources Use Code IMMUNESUPPRT for 10% off Immune Support Supplements Use Code OMEGA3 for 10% off Omega3 Supplements Find Dr. Rudrani Banik online Follow Dr. Rudrani Banik on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube FREE WEBINAR! Macular Degeneration Masterclass Eat Right for Your Sight and Beyond Course Macular Degeneration Quiz 6 Secrets to Eye Health Similasan Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative 

    A Different Kind of Healing with Dr. Shiroko Sokitch

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 43:31

    Western medicine can go a long way to improving health and saving lives. Yet, it often leaves many unanswerable questions. Today's guest has built her practice around weaving together the best of Western health care with Chinese medicine to create a comprehensive approach to helping her patients.   The solution to difficult health situations lie in: Loving your body, yourself, and others Maintaining a physical balance Identifying your unique lifestyle Learning to listen to your body Managing and understanding your emotions Being persistent and not giving up Trusting the process   About Dr. Shiroko Sokitch Shiroko is a doctor who cares about you. The owner of Heart to Heart Medical Center in Santa Rosa, California, since 1993, Dr. Shiroko is an expert at using many modalities to bring your body to balance and wholeness. Her specialty is Healing When It Seems Impossible. She brings hope and healing to difficult health conditions by blending Chinese and Western medicine with a deep spiritual and emotional healing approach. Trained in general surgery and working as an emergency room doctor for ten years while attending acupuncture school, gave Dr. Shiroko a broad range of medical experience.   Finding Your Balance with Chinese Medicine In this episode, Dr. Shiroko explains the basic principles behind Chinese medicine. It's all based on the flow of energy. Your organs are central to this. Dr. Shiroko describes how each organ has an emotional function, a spiritual function, and other physical functions.  With her background in different medical fields, Dr. Shiroko looks for patterns between all the body's systems. By looking for patterns of imbalance, she can help get to the root cause of medical issues and address them at the source. This all helps promote longevity. Helping your energy flow through regular practices like acupuncture and chi gong keeps your body in balance. It also helps balance emotions which are often at the root of ailments.   The Emotional Heart of Your Health It's all about creating balance. Yet, this will not happen by accident. Dr. Shiroko describes the role of various organs in emotional and physical health. Often, negative emotions like anger can be healed through forgiveness. Therefore, healing can often be achieved by coming to a position of forgiveness.  Overall, healing depends on faith and trust. Dr. Shiroko explains how we are all on journeys of health. For that journey to succeed, we each need to be open to possibilities and be accepting of the love we have and the love we receive. How will you start a practice of loving your body every day? How will this help balance your emotions? Leave a comment on the episode page! Call the Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic today and schedule your first appointment at 319-363-0033.   Quotes “Chinese medicine is based on the idea that you are made of energy. That energy travels through your body in certain patterns. When your energy is out of balance, there are problems.” [7:26] “You're a spirit living inside of a body, but your body loves you. It's your friend, not your enemy.” [11:54] “We all know that energy exists. We feel energy in different points, but we don't know what to call that. The cool thing about Chinese medicine is it's a system that's been in place for thousands of years for accessing our own energy.” [27:44] “Put your energy into love and, if possible, put your energy into loving yourself and your body and appreciating whatever is happening to you.” [39:40]   In This Episode What makes Chinese medicine different [7:20] Understanding the keys to balance and longevity [10:50] The link between emotions and organ health [20:20] The benefits of acupuncture to help increase longevity [24:20] How Chinese medicine takes a unique approach to the healing process [31:05] The role of energy in Chinese medicine [34:10]   Links & Resources Use code CALM to save 10% on Adrenal Calm The Magnificence of Magnesium Get 10% off Magnesium Chelate: Magnesium Follow Dr. Shiroko Sokitch on Facebook | Linkedin Healing When It Seems Impossible – 7 Keys to Defy the Odds by Dr. Shiroko Sokitch Get Dr. Shiroko's Your Free Workbook The Web That Has No Weaver by Ted J Kaptchuk Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative    Related Episodes Episode 60: Break the Yang Addiction with Brodie Welch

    Postpartum Health Awareness with Shannon Wilson

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 35:09

    In addition to the physical toll of childbirth, there can be mental health challenges as well. Today's guest, an expert in postpartum mental health, is here to talk about how to recognize it and address it.   Preparing for the postpartum period requires: Having clearly defined household and caregiving roles with your partner Understanding the state of your mental health Recognizing where you need help and asking for it Investigating your overall hormonal health   About Shannon Wilson Shannon is licensed by the State of Iowa as a Mental Health Counselor and holds Certification in Perinatal Mental Health. She has a Bachelor's degree in Social Work and earned her Master's Degree in Counseling, Rehabilitation, and Student Development in 2010 from the University of Iowa.  Shannon has extensive experience treating adults, both individuals and couples with a special interest and expertise in reproductive and maternal mental health. She enjoys working with pregnant women and mothers who may be experiencing difficulties with role changes and identity shifts as a result of pregnancy and motherhood, as well as mothers who are experiencing postpartum depression or anxiety.  Shannon remains committed to ongoing learning and professional growth and has continued her education with a variety of trainings including the 12-hour post-graduate Postpartum Depression training at The Postpartum Stress Center as well as with the completion of the Postpartum Support International Maternal Mental Health certificate training. She is the first person in the state to become certified in Perinatal Mental Health. Shannon also completed "Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Anxiety-Related Disorders" training at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy in Pennsylvania. Shannon's other professional interests include, but are not limited to the treatment of anxiety disorders, self-esteem, women's issues, codependency, and couples issues. She helped to found and formerly chaired the Iowa Chapter of Postpartum Support International. Shannon is available for public speaking about a variety of mental health issues. She is currently a member of the American Mental Health Counselors Association, Iowa Mental Health Counselors Association, Postpartum Support International, and Postpartum Support International Iowa Chapter.   Recognizing Postpartum Conditions Post-partum depression is a large part of perinatal mental health. However, there's a lot more to it. Shannon discusses how anxiety, traumatic stress, and so many other conditions are common after the birth of a child. She explains the need for adequate mental health services for women with these conditions as well as those who've experienced fertility issues, pregnancy and infancy loss, and traumatic birth experiences.  In fact, most women experience a significant hormonal shift for the first few weeks after childbirth. Known as the “baby blues”, these mood-affecting hormonal fluctuations are perfectly normal. Things only become a problem when postpartum issues begin to impact the quality of life. Shannon isn't so concerned about the nature of intrusive thoughts that occur after childbirth. Instead, she focuses on reducing levels of distress.   Preparing for Postpartum Difficulties Perhaps the best way to handle the difficult postpartum period is to be prepared for it. Shannon discusses how she sets women up for success well before birth. Open discussions with your partner are key. Part of this is being clear on caregiving roles and responsibilities and being open about mental health concerns. Most of all, Shannon wants us to recognize that we don't have to do it all and to ask for help when we need it. We also talk about how to react during stressful situations that are out of our control. You can do things on a daily basis to prevent stress. You can also prepare ahead of time to manage stress when it occurs. Shannon shares how setting healthy boundaries and expectations will help limit or prevent stress. How can you set boundaries to manage stress before the postpartum period begins? Leave a comment on the episode page! Call the Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic today and schedule your first appointment at 319-363-0033.   Quotes “Traumatic birth is one of the risk factors for dealing with postpartum mood or anxiety disorder. So being able to process that experience, work through it, and heal from it is super important.” [4:40] “The content of the thought and how graphic it is, does not concern me. That has no clinical value to me. What I'm most concerned about is their level of distress associated with it.” [11:05] “If you are struggling, the sooner [you're evaluated] the better because what we know is that earlier intervention will help you feel better faster.” [21:39] “Keep expectations low. Don't put so much on your plate because it's so important to have some downtime to restore.” [25:55]   In This Episode What perinatal mental health is and why it's important  [3:35] Typical postpartum expectations and the “baby blues” [5:25] Signs that you may be experiencing postpartum OCD and how to address it [8:40] How to prepare for the postpartum period [11:45] The hormonal shifts that occur during and after pregnancy [15:50] Tips for managing stress [24:10]   Links & Resources Use Code OMEGA3 for 10% off Omega3 Supplements Find Shannon Wilson online Follow Shannon on Facebook | Instagram The Postpartum Stress Center Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative    Related Episodes Episode 22: My Top Anxiety Tips

    Post-Betrayal Syndrome and Transformation with Dr. Debi Silber

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 38:58

    Betrayal is a form of trauma. Like any trauma, it impacts our health. But there are elements of betrayal that make it unique. I'm joined by Dr. Debi Silber to talk about what she learned about Post-Betrayal Syndrome from her own experiences and research.   The five stages from betrayal to breakthrough are: Neglected emotions/intuition Shock The emergence of survival instincts Adjusting to a new normal Healing, rebirth, and a new worldview   About Dr. Debi Silber Dr. Debi Silber is the founder of the Post Betrayal Transformation Institute. She is a holistic psychologist, health, mindset, and personal development expert, the author of the #1 bestselling book: The Unshakable Woman: 4 Steps to Rebuilding Your Body, Mind, and Life After a Life Crisis, and her newest book: Trust Again: Overcoming Betrayal and Regaining Health, Confidence, and Happiness. Her recent Ph.D. study on how we experience betrayal made three groundbreaking discoveries that change how long it takes to heal. In addition to being on FOX, CBS, The Dr. Oz Show, TEDx (twice), and more, she's an award-winning speaker, coach, and author dedicated to helping people move past their betrayals as well as any other blocks preventing them from the health, work, relationships, confidence and happiness they want most.   How Our Bodies and Minds Hold on to Betrayal When faced with a betrayal, many people find themselves in one of three groups. There are those who try to avoid their feelings through numbing or distractions. Others deny the experience altogether. In the third group are people whose betrayer faces no consequences at all.  Debi explains how people in these groups often experience a further deterioration of relationships as well as illness. Physical, mental, and emotional issues are common elements of post-betrayal syndrome. Debi shares how this will go unresolved until we face the root cause head-on. In her research, Debi has seen the impact of unresolved betrayal. Many people experience gut issues, energy deficits, and weight fluctuations. They may also experience overwhelm, anxiety, shock, and an inability to concentrate. When these combine, it's no wonder that betrayal has long-lasting effects.   Moving Through the Stages of Betrayal Through her extensive research, Debi identified the stages of betrayal and how people move beyond it. It often starts with neglected emotions and ignored intuition.  People then experience shock. When betrayal is discovered, our worldview is shattered, and mental, emotional, and physical health suffers as a result. This is followed by the emergence of survival instincts. However, many get stuck in this stage and fail to heal fully.  They then adjust to a new normal and establish new boundaries. This is when we leave behind what wasn't serving us and seek out new comforts. Healing doesn't really come until the final stage - developing a new worldview. This occurs when we move past surviving and construct new rules and viewpoints based on the entire experience. Have you experienced a betrayal that still affects you? What new boundaries and worldview has emerged from it? Leave a comment on the episode page! Call the Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic today and schedule your first appointment at 319-363-0033.   Quotes “Because it feels so intentional, we take it so personally. The entire self needs to be rebuilt. Rejection, abandonment, confidence, worthiness, belonging, trust - they're shattered.” [8:28] “We've been taught time heals all wounds. I have the proof that's not true.”[9:47] “I'm not saying that betrayal was our fault. What I've come to learn is it really is our opportunity.” [23:38] “Transformation begins when you tell yourself the truth.” [34:42]   In This Episode What led Debi to research betrayal [1:40] What betrayal actually is and how it impacts our health [6:20] Moving beyond betrayal to begin healing [12:30] How to know if you have post-betrayal syndrome [22:00] How transformation can occur after a betrayal [25:50] Identifying if you are numbing rather than healing [33:20]   Links & Resources The Magnificence of Magnesium Get 10% off Magnesium Chelate: Magnesium Post-Betrayal Transformation Institute TEDx: "Do you have Post Betrayal Syndrome?” Take the PBT Institute Quiz Trust Again: Overcoming Betrayal and Regaining Health, Confidence, and Happiness The Unshakable Woman: 4 Steps to Rebuilding Your Body, Mind, and Life After a Life Crisis Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative    Related Episodes Episode 63: Childhood Trauma and Healing Episode 21: How Trauma Affects Your Health

    Heal Your Emotional Eating with Tricia Nelson

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 37:52

    Many of us obsess over our weight. However, our relationships with food and weight are often a symptom of something else. Today, I'm joined by Tricia Nelson who shows us how to go deeper by healing the underlying causes of emotional eating.   Lasting improvements to weight require us to address Stress levels Personal priorities Past and present traumas Emotional blocks   About Tricia Nelson Tricia Nelson lost fifty pounds by identifying and healing the underlying causes of her emotional eating. She has spent nearly thirty years researching the hidden causes of the addictive personality. Tricia is an Emotional Eating Expert and author of the #1 bestselling book, Heal Your Hunger, 7 Simple Steps to End Emotional Eating Now. She is also the host of the popular podcast, The Heal Your Hunger Show. A highly regarded speaker and coach, Tricia has been featured on NBC, CBS, KTLA, FOX, and Discovery Health.   Emotional Eating is a Sign of Something Deeper Emotional eating comes in a number of forms. In short, Tricia defines it as burying your emotions with food. This is an unconscious behavior much of the time. We discuss when this becomes an addiction and a sign of a much larger problem. This gets to why most diets fail. Tricia explains that this happens when people focus on the symptom rather than the cause. Weight gain is merely the result of something else. When we ignore this, we may be able to lose weight. However, failing to address underlying emotional causes means that any improvements will be temporary.   The Root of Eating Disorders Tricia talks about the primary drivers of emotional eating. These are pain, fear, and guilt. A lot of this is rooted in the way we're living. It's not so much an eating problem as it is a living problem. We have to examine how we're living.  For those of us who are constantly trying to people-please, have a racing mind, or are afraid of emotional expression, eating disorders are a common result. This all gets to the notion that food cravings are emotional and self-created. There is no reason to blame yourself for this. However, once you understand that you created them, you can begin to change your behavior to eliminate the problem. Call the Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic today and schedule your first appointment at 319-363-0033.   Quotes “It's not about the food. It seems like it's about the food when you're in the food, but it's really a symptom of something much deeper.” [5:16] “Overweight is a symptom of overeating and overeating is a symptom of what's eating me.” [11:56] “Say it. Don't stuff it. And say what you mean, mean what you say, but don't say it mean.” [26:45] “If you replace that unhealthy food with connection, with community, with heart-to-heart conversations… it really does feed your soul. That's really what you're hungry for.” [28:54]   In This Episode What an emotional eater is [5:45] Why many diets end in failure [11:35] The causes of emotional eating behaviors [14:15] Common personality traits of emotional eaters [25:30] How health coaches can be emotional eating coaches too [29:20]   Links & Resources Use Code BERBERINE for 10% off Berberine Support Find Tricia Nelson online Follow Tricia on Facebook | Instagram | Linkedin The Quit Sugar Challenge The Heal Your Hunger Show Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative 

    Childhood Trauma Healing with Dr. Aimie Apigian

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 59:04

    Childhood trauma is often stored in our bodies, starting in the first year of our lives. It doesn't even have to be a hugely traumatic experience - it could even come from a child's mother. Dr. Aimie Apigian joins us to talk about how childhood trauma affects our long-term health conditions and how we can accelerate the healing process to reclaim our health.   Biochemical Imbalances Caused by Genetics or Epigenetics Methylation Imbalance Copper & Zinc  Pyrrole Disorder   About Dr. Aimie Apigian Dr. Aimie is a Board-Certified Physician in Preventive Medicine and Addiction Medicine who specializes in recognizing and addressing the chronic effects of trauma on one's biology. After helping her foster-adopted son as he struggled with severe emotional and behavioral issues, she started to see how much of trauma is biology, not psychology.  She earned her medical degree from Loma Linda University, has a Masters in Biochemistry, and a Masters in Public Health.  2 years into her general surgery residency, she went from running marathons and being an avid cyclist to severe fatigue, autoimmune issues, was overweight and depressed.  Through her personal experiences, she has found we all live compromised due to stored trauma in our bodies.  Talk therapy is not the answer. Dr. Amie's mission is to share with others the ways to accelerate the healing journey to consistent high states of health, aliveness, and performance through leveraging our own very survival, and reward pathways.   Storing Childhood Trauma Dr. Amie Apigian shares her own personal experience with her adopted son to help explore her approach to trauma-informed therapy that focuses on our biology as well. Stored trauma often embeds in us before a child is 12 months old, even if that child hasn't had any traumatic experiences in life. But Amie explains how trauma can pass onto a child through its mother through attachment and subconscious signals. Even if the mother is experiencing stress in her day-to-day life, a baby can pick up on these queues and hold onto this as stored trauma. Of course, there are other ways of experiencing trauma that have even more of an impact. Childhood and stored trauma may not be something we notice as children or early adults, but as we age, we can develop chronic and long-term health conditions associated with this trauma.   Breaking Trauma Cycles Amie talks about how our bodies can get stuck in a state of “freeze,” rather than fight or flight followed by relaxation. There's a common misconception that pegs all these responses together, but Amie explains the difference between sympathetic responses (fight or flight) and parasympathetic responses (freeze) and why it's essential to return to that state of calm instead of holding onto the stress. Amie explains how we can start to break these trauma cycles that start in childhood. Referencing her son, it is possible to start alleviating symptoms really quickly when the approach, support, and breakthroughs are just right. While there is a lot of benefit in talking therapy, yoga, and meditation, Amie explains why healing has to start at a biological level to address the root cause of the trauma. She says our bodies need that neuroplasticity to bounce back to our level state of stress. Did you experience trauma as a child that impacts your adult life? Do you think your long-term health conditions could connect back to incidents from when you were a child? Call the Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic today and schedule your first appointment at 319-363-0033.   Quotes “Whatever our pattern in our nervous system, if we came out of our childhood with any insecurities in our nervous system, subconsciously, even after our best attempts not to let our past influence our parenting, it's going to come out because trauma is not verbal.” [18:48] “Many, many people are living in what I call a chronic, functional freeze state. They've given up. They're just going through life living in a bit of a daze and have lost their fight and fire for life because it's been hard. Their nervous system has gotten to the point where it's running on fumes. This low energy state helps us survive, but not live.” [32:59] “When we look at these points in our biology that are holding our nervous system back from being able to process things, heal, and rewire itself, those are leverage points that we get to use to accelerate the healing journey.” [47:17] “There are clear leverage points in our biology that when you combine that then with the trauma therapies and somatic work working directly with your nervous system, you can feel that charge come up. You can feel the discharge. It shows up as heat or even trembling. Somatic trauma therapy is such powerful work. You can, in real-time, learn how to shift your own nervous system.” [48:11]   In This Episode How childhood/stored trauma can cause disease later in life [8:00] How trauma gets stored in the body [9:00] The difference between parasympathetic and sympathetic responses [11:00] How to break attachment trauma cycles [21:00] Why our bodies need neuroplasticity [29:00] How to accelerate the healing journey [46:45]   Links & Resources Get 10% Off Adrenal Calm with Code: CALM Watch “Why Attachment is the Future of Health” Learn About Trauma Accelerated Healing The Biology of Trauma Summit Biology of Trauma Certification Course Roadmap Neuro-Optimize For Aliveness Find Dr. Amie Apigian Online Follow Dr. Amie Apigian on Instagram | Facebook | YouTube Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative    Related Episodes  Episode 57: 5 Keys To Raising Healthy Kids With Dr. Brian Stenzler Episode 47: Improving Parasympathetic Tone For The Ans With Dr. Tim Jackson Episode 21: How Trauma Affects Your Health With Dr. Keesha Ewers

    Trailblazing Children's Mental Health with Dr. Roseann Capanna Hodge

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 50:40

    Mental health problems and stress affect everyone, before the pandemic hit, and certainly after. We all know the importance of developing healthy coping techniques and reducing our stress levels. But did you know it's equally important to instill these values in children, too? Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge joins me to talk about her work focused on helping parents and children develop healthy stress management skills from a young age.   How to Mitigate and Support Your Nervous System in Ten Minutes a Day Intentful Breathwork Meditation Biofeedback   About Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge Dr. Roseann is a mental health trailblazer, founder of The Global Institute of Children's Mental Health, and Dr. Roseann & Associates. She is, “Changing the way we view and treat children's mental health”. FORBES magazine called her, “A thought leader in children's mental health”. Her work has helped thousands of people reverse the most challenging conditions, such as ADHD, anxiety, mood, autism, learning disability, Lyme, and PANS/PANDAS using PROVEN holistic therapies such as neurofeedback, biofeedback, and psychotherapy.  She is the author of the first-ever book on teletherapy activities for child and adolescent therapists, “Teletherapy Toolkit™️”, It's Gonna be OK!™️ book, and The Get Unstuck Program™️, which are resources for parents to reverse their child's symptoms.  She is often featured on dozens of media outlets including Fox, CBS, NBC, FORBES, PARENTS, and New York Times.   The Problem with Stress Dr. Roseann talks about how stress affects every single person living on this planet. It attacks our autonomic nervous system and has a truly detrimental impact on our entire body and health. Roseann's work focuses on children and how parents can help them learn how to cope with stress from a young age. Roseann explains what happens to each part of our bodies when we're under stress. While we know it's practically impossible to eradicate stress in your life, it is possible to learn how to reduce your stress levels and develop healthier coping mechanisms. Long-term and chronic stress is devastating for your body, so it's essential that you figure out ways to cope better. She urges the importance of developing these methods as an adult. By modeling appropriate behaviors for managing stress, parents can help instill these values and habits in their children, helping set them up for a more resilient life.   Developing Healthy Coping Habits Roseann shares some habits to do every single day, such as breathwork and meditation, that can help reduce your stress levels. She encourages getting your kids involved, too, so they start building on these habits themselves. Another technique to model and help your children with is healthy problem-solving. Kids these days aren't learning how to solve problems, so it's our responsibility as parents to help them develop this skill. Moreso, we can encourage our children that it's okay to feel uncomfortable and vulnerable, that those feelings are important. Finally, we talk about how therapy is an essential practice for mental wellness. Roseann explains how teletherapy, phone-only therapy, is making talking therapy more accessible, which means that more and more people have access to mental health help. No one ever regrets going to therapy - only if they don't. If you think you or your children could benefit from talking therapy, please seek out a qualified therapist or teletherapist to help you. Or, call the Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic today and schedule your first appointment at 319-363-0033.   Quotes “We have to change the way we view mental health. We have to change the way we're treating it. Everybody's mental health is worsening prior to the pandemic and certainly during the pandemic. We need to do something different. The basis of my work is to use evidence-based approaches which we are not doing in mental health.” [6:36] “Unless we intendedly practice ways to regulate our nervous system, that chronic stress has to have a physical outcome. You cannot live in a chronic stress state.” [9:04] “Our kids are not understanding how to problem solve. We need to teach kids and accept for ourselves that it is okay to be uncomfortable. We are supposed to be uncomfortable at times. That is our alert system. Emotions are uncomfortable. Anxiety, worry, sadness, grief: these are normal emotions. We have to experience them, deal with them, and move on.” [33:06] “Nobody ever regrets getting help. They only regret when they don't. If you have a child with any kind of mental health symptom, they're showing evidence of worry (stomach aches, headaches, cyclical night vomiters), go and get help. The longer these behaviors go on, the harder they are to unwind.” [40:05]   In This Episode How stress affects our nervous system [7:30] What happens to your body under stress [11:00] How parents can build a resilient mindset in their children [31:15] The importance of teaching your children to problem solve and manage stress [37:30] How teletherapy can support mental health [38:30]   Links & Resources Use Code CALM for 10% Off Adrenal Calm Get Your Free Gift: Over 100 Ways to Help Kids Tolerate Stress Find Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge Online Find The Global Institute of Children's Mental Health Online Follow Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn | Pinterest Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative    Related Episodes  Episode 57: 5 Keys To Raising Healthy Kids With Dr. Brian Stenzler Episode 12: How To Build Children's Health With Food With Dr. Ana Maria Temple Episode 56: Top 2021 Longevity Tips Part I

    Conquer Cancer Now with Nathan Crane

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 69:38

    With rates of cancer on the rise, how can you increase your odds of staying healthy? Today's guest shares his insight into how to detoxify your life to stay healthy for the long run.   The six core causes of cancer are Chronic inflammation Elevated blood glucose Environmental toxins Stress  Unhealthy diet Lifestyle behaviors   About Nathan Crane Nathan Crane is an award-winning author, inspirational speaker, plant-based athlete, event producer, and 20x award-winning documentary filmmaker. Nathan is the Founder of The Panacea Community, Creator of the Global Cancer Symposium, Host of the Conquering Cancer Summit, and Director and Producer of the documentary film, “Cancer; The Integrative Perspective”. In 2005, at only 18 years old, Nathan began his health, healing, and spiritual journey, eventually overcoming a decade of brutal teenage addiction, house arrest, jail, and challenging times of homelessness to become an international author, filmmaker, and speaker dedicated to health, healing and conscious awakening. Nathan received numerous awards for his contribution to health, healing, and personal development including the Accolade Film Competition 2020's Outstanding Achievement Humanitarian Award and the Outstanding Community Service Award from the California Senate for his work in education and empowerment with natural and integrative methods for healing cancer. With more than 15 years in the health and wellness field, Nathan has reached millions of people around the world with his inspiring messages of hope, healing, and transformation.   Why Cancer Is More Common than Ever Despite improvements in diagnosing and treatments, cancer levels are rising. Nathan explains why this is by tracing human health from before the industrial revolution to today. Once people began separating themselves from the natural world, diseases began to increase.  Nathan breaks down the leading causes of cancer. These include being in a chronic state of inflammation, environmental toxins, stress, too much sugar, a bad diet, and certain lifestyle behaviors.  While all these affect many of us, Nathan shares what we can do to counteract them. From reassessing what we eat to implementing stress-management techniques, there are measures we can all take to reduce the likelihood of having cancer.   Reducing EMF Exposure Another less talked about, cause of cancer is exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF). These are all around us but there are ways to mitigate exposure. Nathan recommends switching your phone to airplane mode at night and not carrying it on you as much as possible. He switches off his wifi router when not in use and even suggests turning off the breaker to your bedroom overnight. While taken all at once, this can seem overwhelming. That's not the point. Nathan suggests making incremental changes over time to improve your environment and hopefully reduce harmful exposure. What lifestyle and diet changes can you start implementing today? Call the Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic today and schedule your first appointment at 319-363-0033.   Quotes “When we started separating ourselves from nature and thinking that we are separate from and not unified with it in harmony, that is the point in which all diseases started to proliferate throughout human society.” [12:52] “We don't get cancer, we make cancer. There is usually more than one reason why we are making cancer.” [18:52] “You can really break cancer and most chronic diseases down into two things. It's either you're getting too much of what you don't need or you're not getting enough of what you do need.” [33:47] “Supplements are meant to supplement your already amazing diet. They're not meant to replace your poor diet.” [54:57]   In This Episode How Nathan learned to live a loving spiritual life [2:04] Why cancer rates are on the rise [11:15] Methods for detoxing your home and body [30:30] Reducing your exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) [41:55] Avoiding mycotoxins in pet food [47:55] The best supplements to support the immune system [54:15]   Links & Resources Why Antioxidants Are Important Wisdom of the Body Masterclass D3 5000 120 count D3 5000 60 count D3 + K2 D3 1000 Liquid D3 + K2 Liquid D3 D3 50,000 Find Nathan Crane online  “Cancer; The Integrative Perspective” EMF Pollution Solutions   Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative    Related Episodes  Episode 5: From Hodgkins to Healthmaker with Kylene Terhune

    Break the Yang Addiction with Brodie Welch

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 37:32

    Chinese medicine is more than just treating health symptoms. It's bringing the body back into balance using lifestyle improvements, self-care and -respect practices, and nourishing our vitality. Brodie Welch joins me to talk about how she uses acupuncture, qi gong, and Chinese medicine to help high-achieving women start enjoying their lives again.   How to Break Free of the Yang Make time for joy Make time for rest Make time for proper nourishment Rest your mind and observe where you're coming from Live from a place of balanced ease and balanced action Treat yourself with the same kindness you would treat someone else   About Brodie Welch Brodie Welch is a Licensed Acupuncturist, board-certified herbalist, and self-care strategist. Brodie helps self-aware, high-achieving women break the cycle of stress, overwhelm, and self-sabotage so they can enjoy the lives they're working so hard to create, and truly embody self-respect.  Working at the confluence of wellness and personal development, she helps thousands of clients optimize their weight, digestion, hormones, sleep, mood, and vitality. A lifelong student of consciousness, Brodie has been practicing meditation, yoga, and qi gong for over twenty years and holds teaching certifications in each of these disciplines.  She synthesizes ancient techniques from Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, and yoga with the latest research in neuroscience, functional medicine, and habit change to help her clients thrive. Her holistic self-care boot camp program “Level Up Your Life” helps women bridge the gap between what they know they should be doing to take care of themselves and actually doing it – without feeling guilty.  She's the founder of Life in Balance Acupuncture in Corvallis, Oregon, where she has been treating patients since 2003. She's also the creator and host of A Healthy Curiosity: the podcast that explores what it takes to be well in a busy world.   Prioritizing Yin Energy Brodie Welch explains how she uses Chinese medicine to help people of all ages reclaim their health and move in the direction of life and vitality. A big part of her work is helping her clients embrace the Yin side of their life as society obsesses over the Yang, more masculine, traits. As with everything on this planet, we, too, go through seasons and cycles. However, Western society encourages us to stay in our Yang energy, foregoing the season of winter. Brodie encourages you to embrace wintering: rest, rejuvenation, and rehabilitation. Brodie shares some of the ways to break free of our Yang addiction. By prioritizing rest, joy, and proper nourishment, we can start to reclaim the Ying in our life.   Find Balance with Chinese Medicine It's all about finding that balance - but since we're so far into the Yang, we need to be intentional about our self-care and self-respect practices. Brodie shares how she differentiates self-care and self-respect, and how respecting yourself and showing yourself the same attention and care you would someone else is the best form of self-care there is. Chinese medicine is not just living intentionally - though that is a big part of it. It's also practicing qi gong, acupuncture, meditation, and embracing herbal remedies. The very nature of Chinese medicine helps reduce stress levels and softens some of the more uncomfortable symptoms of menopause and peri-menopause. How can you find the Yin-Yang balance in your life? What Yin practices will you start incorporating? Call the Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic today and schedule your first appointment at 319-363-0033.   Quotes “There are all these different ways that we use to restore balance to the body. Chinese medicine, at its core, is really applied philosophy. You can make a choice every day to live in a more Yin way or a more Yang way.” [6:43] “Health isn't just the absence of disease. It's nourishing our vitality. It's living in accordance with who we really are. There's this consciousness dimension of things. We need to make sure that we are in alignment, that we are living in energy integrity and not dipping into our energy reserve.” [12:03] “In Chinese medicine, we can see things coming before they actually manifest. We can take someone's pulse and sense an imbalance before it shows up. We can look at the signs and symptoms that will affect an organ to see that if it's not addressed, it will get worse. The most potent force in life that we have to work with is what we do with our time. What we do each and every day makes so much more of a difference than what any practitioner of any stripe can do for you in an office.” [19:06] “I think qi gong is one of the most powerful self-healing practices people can ever learn. It's so accessible, whereas yoga can be really daunting to people. As we think about aging, ways of staying supple and flexible, reducing falls, improving bone density, and quality of life. There are so many studies on qi gong as being super effective in helping people maintain their health throughout their lives.” [33:29]   In This Episode What Chinese medicine is [4:00] Why we need to recognize and participate in the season or wintering [8:45] Why it's difficult to opt-out of the Yang culture that permeates Western culture [15:00] What practices to adopt to break free of Yang addiction [16:15] The link between self-care and self-respect [18:15] How Chinese medicine treats stress [22:15] How to move your life in the direction of life rather than imbalance [28:00] What acupuncture is and how it impacts your health and body [29:00]   Links & Resources Use Code CALM for 10% Off Adrenal Calm Download the Calm & Centered Bundle Download the Manifesto Brodie's Signature Program, Level Up Your Life Listen to A Healthy Curiosity On Facebook On Apple Podcasts Find Brodie Welch Online Follow Brodie Welch on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative    Related Episodes  Episode 53: Keto Green Approach To Hormones With Dr. Anna Cabeca Episode 51: Brilliant Menopause Secrets With Dr. Kyrin Dunston Episode 57: 5 Keys To Raising Healthy Kids With Dr. Brian Stenzler

    Skin Tips From the Spa Doctor Dr. Trevor Cates

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 38:08

    Your skin is a direct reflection of what's going on inside your body. Hormonal imbalances, deficiencies, and inflammation can all show up on your skin. Dr. Trevor Cates joins me to talk about how our internal health shows up on our skin, what the six root causes of our skin issues could be, and why we need to simplify our skincare routine.   The 6 Root Causes Behind Skin Issues Inflammation Nutritional Deficiencies Hormonal Imbalances Blood Sugar Imbalances Oxidative Damage Microbiome Imbalances   About Dr. Trevor Cates Dr. Trevor Cates is author of the USA Today and Amazon bestselling book Clean Skin From Within and founder of The Spa Dr. natural skincare line. She received her medical degree from the National University of Natural Medicine and was the first woman licensed as a naturopathic doctor in the state of California. She currently lives in Park City, Utah where she helps patients from around the world achieve naturally glowing skin. She has been on various TV shows, including The Doctors and Extra TV. Dr. Cates interviews over 250 experts on The Spa Dr. podcast and hosted her own PBS special, Younger Skin From Within. She believes the key to healthy skin is inner and outer nourishment with natural and non-toxic ingredients.   Redefining Skincare from the Inside Out Dr. Trevor Cates explains how our internal health shows up on our skin and what the six root causes of your skin issues could be. She's also redefining the skin types we've grown up with to five new categories that are much more inclusive of skin problems. Trevor believes that if we focus on four main lifestyle changes, we can improve not only our skin health but our overall health, too. By focusing on our diet, our exercise, and our mental health, we can revolutionize skincare. Diet can be a huge trigger for your skin. Trevor explains what foods you should avoid, especially if you have skin issues, and what you should load your plate up with. We both agree that our plates should be full of a rainbow of vegetables.   Organic Skincare If you have dry skin, Trevor explains why it's not enough to drink a glass of tap water. Most tap water filters out so many vital vitamins and nutrients, leaving our body crying out for hydration. Trevor recommends drinking filtered water. Trevor also recommends eating organic and using organic skincare and other beauty products. She explains what organic means in the skincare industry and why some ingredients are harder, or impossible, to source organically. Finally, we talk about Trevor's own skincare range. It's so simple with so few ingredients but over the years, we've overly complicated skincare. Simple and organic is better. Get colors in your diet. What are your favorite rainbow foods? Let me know in the comments on the episode page. Call the Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic today and schedule your first appointment at 319-363-0033.   Quotes “It's not that certain foods don't have some nutritional value, it's just that they have become a big trigger for a lot of people. Sometimes the body just needs a break from them. Some people can eliminate certain foods for a period of time and work on the cut microbiome and gut health and then maybe go back to eating those foods. We first need to get rid of some of these triggers and give the body a break.” [17:24] “I'm really surprised what people try to get away with at companies. What they will or won't put on the labels and what they consider marketing versus what's truly ethical. They don't always keep you safe.” [24:43] “Sometimes it's hard for people to believe how easy skincare can be. I really think we overcomplicate skincare.” [32:59] “I encourage people to remember the four different areas: clean plate, clean slate, clean body, clean mind. Those are all really important for longevity. If you can do one of these every day, it doesn't have to take a lot of time, it's really those daily lifestyle choices that we make.” [34:27]   In This Episode How your skin reflects your inner health [4:30] The 5 new redefined skin types [7:00] What lifestyle changes you can make to improve your skin health [14:30] What foods you should and shouldn't eat [15:30] Why drinking a glass of water isn't enough for hydrating your skin [20:15] What organic means in the skincare industry [25:15] What a thorough skincare routine might look like [31:00]   Links & Resources Use Code BERBERINE for 10% off Berberine Support Use Code drgray20 for 20% Off at The Spa Dr. Store Body Essentials Daily Essentials Pearl and Rose Petal Exfoliant Find Out Your Skin Personality Type   Find Dr. Trevor Cates Online Follow Dr. Trevor Cates on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Pinterest   Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative    Related Episodes  Episode 53: Keto Green Approach To Hormones With Dr. Anna Cabeca  Episode 41: How To Reduce Toxins In The Home With Genevieve White  Episode 31: Gut/Brain Connection With Dr. Lauryn Lax

    Living Intentionally with the Fat Burning Man Abel James

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021 51:34

    Living intentionally is about being present in the moment, eating food that feels good, and taking mental health breaks. Abel James, The Fat-Burning Man, joins me to talk about intentional living, everyday habits, and why he believes intermittent fasting is the best way to eat.   Daily Practices for Stress Reduction and Resilience Breathing for 5-10 minutes Writing to take yourself out of the moment Practicing gratitude Being more intentional Giving yourself mental breaks   About Abel James Abel James is a New York Times Bestselling Author, musician, and creator of the hit podcast, “Fat-Burning Man.” His new book and audiobook entitled “Designer Babies Still Get Scabies,” a #1 International Bestseller in Humor, is available now.   Nutrition and Intentional Living Abel James joins me to talk about making nutrition work for you in a very intentional way. Nutrition is more than following “the rules,” but finding what works best for your body and sticking to that. For Abel, though, there are some food items that he does cut out of his diet. He also believes that intermittent fasting is the best way to make your body feel good. Abel says he goes as long without eating as possible as he finds once you break your fast, you will get hungry again soon. He explains why fasting works so well for so many people. But living an intentional life is more than what you're eating. Abel knows firsthand how trauma and triggering events can impact your entire life - your habits and stress levels - even your desire to eat.   The Problem with Social Media Some of the habits that Abel implemented were creating and sticking to daily practices. He gives quite a few examples, but his top tip is to breathe intentionally for 5-10 minutes every single day. This practice helps you return to the moment while stabilizing your stress levels - it's also great for your autonomic nervous system. Abel is also passionate about reducing his time spent on technology, especially social media. While social media has had a really positive impact on our lives and relationships, the habit of checking in regularly takes us out of the moment.  Abel explains how destructive social media addiction is, but acknowledges that it's often a necessary evil as a business owner. Abel gives some great tips for navigating social media with as much intention as you can, from shadowbans to conscious consumption. How is your relationship with social media? Do you schedule a time where you intentionally don't use it? Call the Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic today and schedule your first appointment at 319-363-0033.   Quotes “When you let the body do what it's supposed to do and you get out of its way, you are meant to feel incredible.” [4:05] “When we go through something traumatic, it's important to realize that we're social animals and if you tried to isolate because of the pain or you tried to keep it from other people, it's really not serving anybody. It's important that we all try to work through this and show our vulnerabilities to the people around us. And, be willing to accept help from people. That exchange can be really difficult, especially for the Type A, working all the time go-getter, but I think it's important that people hear that.” [20:52] “Vitamin D is like the sun. We know we should go out and get some sun, get some vitamin D, but it's not the sexiest thing ever. I think that it's important that people realize it doesn't have to be. A lot of times health is doing those boring things.” [46:48]   In This Episode What nutrition habits you should adopt [8:30] Why fasting works so well for so many people [11:15] How trauma and triggering events can help you reframe your thoughts [22:30] Strategies for stress reduction and resilience [25:00] The problem with social media and the internet, especially to your relationships [30:00] How to navigate social media as a creator and as a consumer [44:00]   Links & Resources Read About Why Antioxidants are Important and Get 10% Off Mitochondrial Complex with Code ENERGY Take the Your Longevity Blueprint Course & Get Your First Consult with Me Free Use Code wild15 for 15% Off Wild Superfoods Supplements The Fat-Burning Man Show with Abel James   Find Abel James Online Follow Abel James on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Pinterest   Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative    Related Episodes  Episode 11: Intermittent Fasting Truths With Cynthia Thurlow Episode 35: Happiness: The Missing Ingredient In Health With Margie Bissinger Episode 34: How To Better Your Am Routine With Jane Hogan

    5 Keys to Raising Healthy Kids with Dr. Brian Stenzler

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2021 40:47

    Long-term wellness starts at home. By following the DREAM framework to wellness, Dr. Brian Stenzler encourages families of all ages to take control of their lives, improve their wellness, and prioritize chiropractic care.   The Five Keys to a Wellness Lifestyle Diet Relaxation Exercise Adjustment Mental Wellness   About Dr. Brian Stenzler Dr. Brian Stenzler is the author of "D.R.E.A.M. Wellness: The 5 Keys to Raising Kids for a Lifetime of Physical and Mental Health. He dedicates his professional life to helping families stay healthy and prevent the need for many unnecessary medications and ultimately, missed school and workdays.  He guides parents on how to live a wellness lifestyle by avoiding chemical, physical and emotional stressors in and around their households; and how to adapt to the stressors that are unavoidable.  As a pediatric and family wellness chiropractor, Dr. Stenzler serves his communities with 3 locations in San Diego. He has served his profession as President of the California Chiropractic Association from 2014-2016, as well as numerous other boards. He currently holds the position of Vice President for the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations.  Dr. Stenzler's illustrious 22+ year career has many honors, including New York Chiropractic Council's Chiropractor of the Year, The World Chiropractic Alliance's Outstanding Service Award, The Chiropractic Leadership Alliance's “On Purpose” doctor of the month, 2012 & 2018 Doctor of the Year from the California Chiropractic Association San Diego and the 2015 recipient of their Leadership Award; and he received the California Chiropractic Association's 2019 Distinguished Service Award.  Dr. Stenzler travels the world as a guest speaker at conferences and colleges and lectures at numerous businesses, schools, and civic organizations as a wellness expert. He has also been on television and radio shows around the country.   Chiropractic Care for Long-Term Wellness Dr. Stenzler joins us by talking about an experience when he was younger that helped him develop his understanding of the human body. In fact, it's not about how you feel about your body, it's about how your body functions. He witnessed someone close to him, who appeared to be the epitome of health pass away due to an undetected heart problem. This set Dr. Stenzler on a mission to find out the difference between health and wellness. His conclusion is that wellness impacts every aspect of our body, including our mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health. We should do what we can as early as we can to improve our wellness. One of the reasons Dr. Stenzler is such an advocate of chiropractic care is that chiropractic adjustments target your nervous system. Adjustments do more than just bring your back into alignment; adjustments can have benefits everywhere from pain and migraines to your stress levels to even helping with chronic and long-term health issues like asthma and ADHD.   DREAM for a Wellness Lifestyle But Dr. Stenzler is also a firm advocate of a healthy diet. And to him, your diet isn't just what you put in your mouth. His list of items to avoid consists of High Fructose Corn Syrup, Hydrogenated Oils, Artificial Food Colorings, Artificial Sweeteners, and Gossip - yes, gossip. Gossip is as harmful and has as negative an impact on your body as all those other artificial ingredients. Dr. Stenzler explains his approach to wellness using the five key concepts he's shortened to DREAM. Diet, relaxation, exercise, and mental wellness are all essential to focus on. He further explains that being in adjustment comes when you have all other aspects in balance; and that it's also how capable you are of adjusting to change. Finally, Dr. Stenzler talks about stress's impact on the body. Stress can come from so many different aspects of your life, whether physical, mental, environmental, spiritual, or something else entirely. Stress's impact on the body is detrimental to all aspects of your health and he urges you to self-manage your stress levels. Do you have a chiropractor on your healthcare team? I'm a firm believer in the benefit of regular chiropractic adjustments. Call the Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic today and schedule your first appointment at 319-363-0033.   Quotes “There's not enough consciousness at home. Sometimes I want to look at the parent and tell them to metaphorically or literally look in the mirror. Their kids are a reflection of them and they'll almost always follow the leader. I know that families that live well together will stay well together. That's the first step in longevity.” [8:09] “Wellness is the integration of mind, body, and spirit affecting your visible body parts but also the trillions of cells that make up your entire body. It's the proactive approach that creates physical, mental, social, and spiritual harmony. It's more than how you feel, it determines how you function. Wellness is the lifestyle that will bring you either more or less health, based on the constructive or destructive choices you make throughout that lifetime.”  [9:49] “Your nervous system controls everything. Everyone benefits from a fully functioning nervous system. So whether you're a month old, a day old, or a hundred years old, you would benefit the same as everyone else by being checked by a chiropractor to make sure your body is functioning at its optimal level.” [14:58] “Every decision a person makes is ultimately a value clarification. You know someone's values based on what they're doing. What are they spending their money on? What are they spending their time doing? What choices are they making? If their values are not in alignment with what I'm educating them on, that's on them.”  [27:32]   In This Episode Why it's not about how you feel, but how you function [6:45] The difference between health and wellness [9:30] Why chiropractic care is beneficial [11:15] What your diet consists of outside the food you eat [15:45] What the five keys to a wellness lifestyle are [18:00] Where our stressors can come from [28:30]   Links & Resources Get 10% Off Adrenal Calm with Code CALM Get your first copy of Dream Wellness Book for 99 cents PLUS his "Reduce Screen-Use for Kids", eBook & "Digital Detox for Parents", Workbook (Value $77)    Find Dr. Brian Stenzler Online Follow Dr. Brian Stenzler on Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn   Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative    Related Episodes  Episode 2: Beyond The Snap, Crackle And Pop W/ Dr. Calla Jayne Kleene Episode 12: How To Build Children's Health With Food With Dr. Ana Maria Temple Episode 15: Community And Curiosity For Longevity With Dr. Sandra Scheinbaum

    Greatest Hits: Castor Oil Packs with Dr. Marisol Teijeiro

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2021 58:25

    Castor oil is an herbal medical treatment that's been around for centuries but fell out of fashion sometime in the last few decades. I'm joined by Dr. Marisol Teijeiro, the Queen of the Thrones, to talk about why castor oil is making a comeback, all the incredible health benefits, and why she recommends it to all her patients.   The three areas castor oil packs help the most with: Stools - helps regulate your bowel movements Sleep - helps you get more restorative sleep Stress - helps reduce your regular stress levels   About Dr. Marisol Teijeiro Dr. Marisol Teijeiro, ND & Queen of the Thrones™️, empowers people to own their throne (yes potty time), purpose, and passion in life. She is the creator of the easy and mess-less Castor Oil Pack used to heal the gut, improve digestion, sleep, and most importantly, your hormone balance.  She teaches all over the world and features on various TV programs including national syndicated NBC Bloom, as well as The Marilyn Denis Show in Canada. She is a published author of “OH SH*T!” the 3 stress-less steps to connect, clear, and calm your digestion.   Why Use Castor Oil? Dr. Marisol Teijeiro shares the story of how she started using castor oil packs, after years of avoiding them, to heal so many of her chronic health problems. She explains why she revamped the traditional castor oil pack to make it cleaner and easier to use. Marisol talks about how and why castor oil works as it does and what benefits it has for the body - there are so many! Castor oil has actually been a medical treatment for hundreds, maybe thousands, of years but it did fall out of use.  It's a powerful tool to improve your gut health and help with detox. You can also combine it with essential oils and use it in the sauna to really double down on the health benefits. Marisol praises castor oil for helping with your stools, sleep, and stress which all of us struggle with at times in our life.   How to Safely Use Castor Oil It's actually really easy to start reaping the benefits of castor oil. Marisol says that there's no prep needed, you simply start using the castor oil packs. There are a few ground rules to keep in mind, such as using your pack for a minimum of one hour per day and changing your pack regularly, but otherwise, you should be good to dive right in. Marisol explains why pregnant women shouldn't use castor oil in any form. It's very important to heed this warning!  When it comes to buying castor oil, Marisol says to make sure you're buying an organic oil. But more important than that, make sure it doesn't come in a plastic bottle. Finally, Marisol explains the added benefit of castor oil as a hair treatment! Have you used a regular castor oil treatment before? How did you find it helped with your overall health? Did you use it in combination with any other detox methods? Let me know in the comments on the episode page. Call the Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic today and schedule your first appointment at 319-363-0033.     Quotes “I made it my mission to get these castor oil packs to everyone and educate on how to improve the three most important factors that mess up on every woman: Your sleep, your stools, and your stress. When you work on those, so many of your conditions can literally go away.” [9:38] “The gut is the hub of the hormonal system, the nervous system, and the immune system and we must pay attention to it. If our hormones are off, it's because our gut is off. If our immune system is off, it's because our gut is off. And if our nervous system is off, we're anxious or depressed, it's because our gut is off.” [26:57] “I wish I would have started castor oil packs twenty years ago! I've been doing them for ten years now, but it took me ten years to warm up to them. I hope the listeners out there don't take ten years to warm up to it. Take action and move in the right direction, you have the power and the ability to change those three annoyances in your life: stools, sleep, and stress.” [34:09] “Look at those three most important aspects: your sleep, your stress, and your stools. When you're commanding those and owning them, you're truly being the queen on the throne. You understand what your stool is telling you, what your sleep is telling you, and what your stress levels are telling you, that's just a complete game-changer for your life. It does more wonders than any supplement or tool can do.” [52:38]   In This Episode How caster oil packs work [10:00] Why you should never buy castor oil in plastic [20:00] How castor oil packs help with detox and improving gut health [28:00] How to start using castor oil packs [29:00] How often you should change your castor oil pack [37:00] What to look for in a castor oil [41:45] Who can't use castor oil packs [44:00] How to use castor oil to promote hair growth [46:00]   Links & Resources Use Code CALM for 10% Off Adrenal Calm   Download Your Free Copy of 50 Shades of Poo Use Code DRGRAY10 for 10% off Castor Oil Packs at This Link Only Find Dr. Marisol Teijeiro Online Follow Dr. Marisol Teijeiro on Instagram | Facebook | YouTube   Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative    Related Episodes  Episode 42: Benefits Of Sauna Therapy With Nicole Carlson Episode 43: Liver Cleansing With Steven Dake Episode 40: Power Of Essential Oils With Jodi Sternoff Cohen

    Greatest Hits: ProLon: The Fast Mimicking Diet with Dr. James Kelley

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2021 47:00

    Various forms of fasting have become one of the favored strategies for dieting in recent years. One approach, prolonged fasting, has numerous benefits when it comes to dieting and aging well that differentiates it from other methods. Dr. James Kelley joins me to discuss whether prolonged fasting is right for you.   Benefits of prolonged fasting include: Neuroplasticity Lower parasympathetic tone Improved heart rate variability Reduced insulin intolerance Increased cellular health Lower blood pressure   About Dr. James Kelley James completed his M.D. at The Ohio State University and was the inaugural Research Fellow at the Ohio Health Research and Innovation Institute. He finished his MBA at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Cell Biology from the University of Virginia and completed his Neuroscience Master's coursework at Miami University. Prior to joining the L-Nutra team, he was the head of Inventor Services at The Innovation Institute, a partnership with the Cleveland Clinic Innovations group focused on developing and commercializing new and innovative healthcare solutions.   What Prolonged Fasting is and How it Can Help Prolonged fasting involves going without food for at least a day or two. This leads the body to shift how it processes food and leads to metabolic changes. It usually takes at least a day for the body to reach ketosis, making prolonged fasting an effective way to manage weight. It also supports autophagy, your body's method of cleaning out damaged cells so that healthier ones can be regenerated. There are risks to prolonged fasting, however. Dr. Kelley emphasizes the importance of working with a knowledgeable practitioner to make sure that your body makes the right adjustments without doing harm to important systems and organs.   Why Prolonged Fasting Doesn't Need to Be Hard Fasting is not an easy thing to do. Many people don't make it much more than a day. To help people achieve the benefits of a prolonged fast while still allowing them to eat, Dr. Kelley's company has developed ProLon. This five-day plant-based meal program has been scientifically researched and designed to help keep your cells in a state of fasting while providing your body with essential sustenance and nutrition.  When the effects of prolonged fasting are achieved, clinical trials have shown numerous specific benefits. Dr. Kelley describes how participants often lose visceral fat, maintain healthy levels of IGF1 which helps with better aging, and achieve an overall better metabolic balance. Have you tried prolonged fasting before? Tell me about it in the comments on the episode page! Call the Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic today and schedule your first appointment at 319-363-0033.   Quotes “Once you get your body into fasting-shape after a couple cycles of prolonged fasts, you may not have to do it very often. Whereas intermittent fasting has benefits that you would get if you did it every day.” [11:52] “Growth is essentially just aging. While it's super important for things like maintaining muscle-mass… there are a lot of benefits to growth; you just have to balance those against the risks and the downsides. That's one of the reasons why we think every now and then doing a couple days of fasting may be really beneficial.” [17:55] “It's a great mental reset tool to get you back - to help kickstart a healthier lifestyle. That is the number one thing we've heard from ninety percent of our customers; it is much easier to adopt a healthy lifestyle after a detox.” [34:17]   In This Episode What intermittent fasting and time-restricted fasting is [2:12] How prolonged fasting is different from other more common fasting methods [5:05] How autophagy helps the body build healthier cells when fasting [8:58] What happens to nutrient-sensing pathways during a fast [14:50] How Prolon can help you achieve the benefits of a prolonged fast [19:32] What clinical trials have shown researchers [31:50] Tips for being more comfortable while fasting and who shouldn't do it [35:20] How ProLon has changed since its initial development [40:47]   Links & Resources Read The Magnificence of Magnesium and use code MAGNESIUM for 10% Off Magnesium Products   ProLon ProLon Professional Reference this podcast to get $25 off your order of either Prolon or ProLon Professional when you order from the Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic. L-Nutra The Longevity Diet by Victor Longo   Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative    Related Episodes  Episode 11: Intermittent Fasting Truths with Cynthia Thurlow

    Greatest Hits: BioTe Hormone Pellet Therapy with Dr. Gary Donovitz

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2021 61:05

    Testosterone is more important than estrogen in women. Have I got your attention? Dr. Gary Donovitz joins me to talk about testosterone replacement therapy for men and women. He explains the importance of this hormone in women and why it's more important to focus on it before estrogen.   Benefits of Testosterone Pellets Bone Density Increase Improved Brain Function Better Mood Thicker Hair More Restful Sleep Increased Muscle Function   About Dr. Gary Donovitz Dr. Gary Donovitz is the founder and chairman of BioTE®️ Medical. He is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist. He has sought to provide each patient with compassionate high-quality care for the past 30 years.  After witnessing how bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT, helped one of his patients, Dr. Donovitz dedicated himself to pioneering BHRT through his work with BioTE Medical.  He is an international teacher of BHRT, and his company BioTE Medical is a leading innovator in subcutaneous hormone pellet therapy.  Dr. Donovitz himself has performed more than 50,000 pellet insertions and shared the BioTE method with thousands of practitioners nationwide. He is a current fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.  Dr. Donovitz has spent his life- making wellness available for those that traditional medicine has often ignored, and his company, BioTE Medical, is changing the face of health care for us all.   Estrogen and Testosterone for Longevity and Vitality Dr. Gary Donovitz brings his wealth of knowledge in the field of hormone replacement to talk about why so many Americans need this kind of therapy as they age. Testosterone plays such a vital role in both men's and women's health, and he details exactly what role it plays in the body. Over the years, hormone replacement therapy, especially estrogen replacement, has developed a bad reputation. Gary explains why this is and how modern forms of estrogen replacement are safer. As he says, not all estrogen is equal. But, while estrogen is important for women's health, Gary argues that testosterone is actually more important - at least at first. Testosterone begins reducing earlier than estrogen. He says that it's vital to improve testosterone levels early to improve your vitality and longevity.   Symptoms and Side Effects Gary details some of the symptoms of low testosterone in women. Low mood, brain fog, and anxiousness are common symptoms. While more painful menstruation, pain during intercourse, and difficulty getting pregnant are also indications that there is some hormone imbalance. Women with PCOS who tend to have higher levels of androgens and testosterone in their younger years might be apprehensive about starting this type of hormone replacement. However, Gary assures that testosterone replacement is safe, even for women with PCOS. The only difference being that he would start pellets later in life. Americans are more likely to experience hormone imbalances than people from other continents. This is due to the number of plastics and other additives we're faced with every day. Finally, in a moment of full disclosure, we discuss the possible side effects of using testosterone pellets. Gary explains the most common side effects, from some excess hair to increased libido in women and smaller testicles and reduced sperm count in men. As with everything, knowing the possible side effects makes it easier to make an informed decision. Have you noticed any symptoms of reduced testosterone? How have you tried to improve your hormone counts naturally? Call my practice the Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic today and schedule your first appointment at 319-363-0033 or find a BioTe provider who can help you optimize that testosterone.   Quotes “Estrogen is important, not just for hot flashes and vaginal dryness, but for long-term longevity. It is an important hormone.” [11:45] “Not all estrogens are created equal. That's the take-home message.” [17:51] “So many people think hormones are dangerous - but what if they're not? Patients and physicians have to be reeducated because there are all these fears about hormones and whether they're safe.” [32:15]   In This Episode Why testosterone is important for men's health [9:00] What role testosterone has in women's health [13:15] What effect different forms of estrogen replacement have on the body [17:00] Why testosterone matters more at first than estrogen [20:00] Some of the symptoms of low testosterone in menopause [21:00] How testosterone impacts women with PCOS [27:30] Why American women have more hormone reduction than women on other continents [43:50] Possible side effects of testosterone replacement therapy [50:00]   Links & Resources Use code ESTROGENDETOX for 10% off Dim Use code LIVERDETOX for 10% off Core Restore   Visit My Clinic, the Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic, to find out more about testosterone pellets in Iowa. Buy Testosterone Matters… More!: The Secret to Healthy Aging in Women by Dr. Gary Donovitz Find Dr. Gary Donovitz Online Follow Dr. Gary Donovitz on Instagram | Facebook   Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative    Related Episodes  Episode 8: Male 2.0 W/ Dr. Tracy Gapin Episode 38: Sexual Regenerative Medicine With Susan Bratton Episode 32: Happy Hormones For Life With Dr. Deb Matthew

    Greatest Hits: Intermittent Fasting Truths w/ Cynthia Thurlow

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2021 50:26

    It's not uncommon to feel powerless over your health. This might be because modern lifestyles often drive our eating habits. Today's guest took control of her health by changing her eating patterns with intermittent fasting.  Cynthia Thurlow is a globally recognized expert in nutrition and intermittent fasting. She is a highly sought after speaker and CEO and founder of Everyday Wellness Project. Cynthia has been a nurse practitioner for over 20 years. Her TED Talk on intermittent fasting has been viewed nearly 6 million times. She has been featured on ABC, FOX5, KTLA, CW, and in Medium and Entrepreneur. She's also the host of the Everyday Wellness podcast, which was listed as "20 Podcasts That Will Help You Grow in 2020" by Entrepreneur magazine.  Cynthia was skeptical of intermittent fasting at first. But the more she learned about this healthy eating pattern, the more she realized its power to optimize your health. Modern lifestyles have drastically changed the way we eat. However, for the great majority of human history, intermittent fasting was how we got nutrition. Returning to this process is a return to fueling our bodies the way they were meant to be. Properly combining intermittent fasting with exercise is a powerful and safe weight-loss strategy. Cynthia explains how exercising on an empty stomach not only leads to weight loss but more energy and mental clarity as well. It also promotes autophagy, the body's process of cleaning out damaged cells. This leads to healthier cellular health and many other benefits. Overall, the strategy of intermittent fasting is about taking control. It's going to look different for everyone. While this may seem like a big change, it can still fit your schedule, diet, and lifestyle.  Have you tried intermittent fasting? Tell me about it in the comments on the episode page!   My Your Longevity Blueprint course is currently 50% off to celebrate the launch of the podcast PLUS I'm throwing in a free personalized consultation!     In this episode What intermittent fasting actually means Fasting's role in promoting good cellular health The best foods to eat when breaking your fast The best times to exercise while fasting Helpful supplements to take to support nutrition If intermittent fasting should be used over the long term   Quotes “Fasting for many people becomes not only a physical but also an emotional and spiritual process.” [9:26] “Once your body is efficient with using fat as a primary fuel source, you have so much mental clarity and so much energy.” [12:04]  “Our bodies are designed to adapt so over time we don't want to be rigid with our eating windows. We do better when we're flexible.” [24:50] “The most important thing is sleep. It's foundational to our health.” [44:35]   Resources Find Cynthia Thurlow online Follow Cynthia on Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Free Gift: Anti-inflammatory Ebook Register for the Intermittent Fasting Masterclass Vital Proteins Check out the full show notes for this episode here Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative 

    Top 2021 Longevity Tips Part I

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2021 22:27

    We're officially one year old here at Your Longevity Blueprint! Wow! To celebrate, I'm taking a trip back through my past guest's Top Tips to remind us all how simple longevity can be. Many of the top tips include sleep, self-care and gratitude, and balancing your hormones.   The Biggest Top Tips for Function Health and Longevity Fill your own cup first. Slow down, love yourself, and develop a daily happiness practice. Connect with others and prioritize a healthy community. Balance your hormones and keep a regular check on them.   Your Longevity Blueprint's Top Tips from Guests What a year it's been! I've had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with so many incredible experts in their fields. I love to celebrate this milestone by sharing some of their top tips.   Top Longevity Tip #1 Tune in to your beliefs. Both the beliefs about your body and about what's possible for you. Tuning into your beliefs opens up the door to longevity and wellbeing. Listen to the full episode with Jen Broyles here.   Top Longevity Tip #2 Find joy every single day. The regular act of finding joy and gratitude improves your baseline happiness and longevity. Listen to the full episode with Dr. Lauryn Lax here.   Top Longevity Tip #3 Take control of your own health without relying on doctors or prescription drugs. You have the power within you and need to be your own best advocate. Listen to the full episode with Dr. Deb Matthew here.   Top Longevity Tip #4 Practice self-love and discover plant medicine. Plant medicine helps you dissolve the ego and get back in touch with your inner child. Also, slow down as a way of life. Listen to the full episode with Shawn Wells here.   Top Longevity Tip #5 Make a decision to fix your health and your life and don't stop until you're healed. You're in a position of power to impact your life. Listen to the full episode with Jane Hogan here.   Top Longevity Tip #6 Work on your internal happiness and stress. Find what you love and what lights you up and make that a daily habit. Listen to the full episode with Margie Bissinger here.   Top Longevity Tip #7 Magnesium is the key to longevity. Magnesium is involved in more than 300 processes in our body, we need to help supplement our body the best way we can. Listen to the full episode with Dr. Anshul Gupta here.   Top Longevity Tip #8 Balance your hormones. Get your hormones optimized early, keep your hormones optimized, and then exercise, eat right, and decrease your toxins. Listen to the full episode with Dr. Gary Donovitz here.   Top Longevity Tip #9 Daily movement. Just move your body every single day. Listen to the full episode with Jodi Sternoff Cohen here.   Top Longevity Tip #10 Build a community around you. Have people in your life who you can be yourself with and who give you a purpose is extraordinarily important. Listen to the full episode with Genevieve White here.   Top Longevity Tip #11 Get in a sauna at least every other day. A little goes a long way to boost your health and longevity. Listen to the full episode with Nicole Carlson here.   Top Longevity Tip #12 Sleep for 7-8 hours every single night. Quality sleep improves your circadian function and has a vital role in longevity. Listen to the full episode with Steven Dake here.   Top Longevity Tip #13 Marisol Teijeiro Work on the 3 S's: Sleep, Stress, and Stools. When you're owning your sleep, stress, and stools, you have more control over your life. It gives you an understanding of who you are and where your health levels are at. Listen to the full episode with Dr. Marisol Teijeiro here.   Top Longevity Tip #14 Improve your lifestyle with adequate nutrition and rest. Don't just remove the problem, get yourself back up to sufficiency after removing the problem. Listen to the full episode with Dr. William Pawluk here.   Top Longevity Tip #15 If you're having symptoms in one place, look elsewhere in your body for where they might stem from. Sleep, diet, hydration, and stress levels all need to be considered and balanced at all times. Listen to the full episode with Dr. Betsy Greenleaf here.   Top Longevity Tip #16 Balance your hormones. Hormones are the communicators of your body, they need to be in balance to keep everything running smoothly. Listen to the full episode with Dr. Kyrin Dunston here.   Top Longevity Tip #17 Show up for yourself and put yourself first. Taking care of yourself first allows you to nurture and care for other people. You can't pour from an empty cup! Listen to the full episode with Dr. Tabatha Barber here.   Top Longevity Tip #18 Have good relationships. Have loving good relationships with yourself, with God, and with others. Listen to the full episode with Dr. Anna Cabeca here.   Top Longevity Tip #19 Felice Gersh Always hold those dear to you, maintain a connection with other people, remain purposeful, and have love in your life. Listen to Part One with Dr. Felice Gersh here. Listen to Part Two with Dr. Felice Gersh here.   What top tip will you adopt first? Start with one and see how your quality of life improves. For everything else, call the Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic today and schedule your first appointment at 319-363-0033.   Quotes “We all need to be responsible. We need to take care of ourselves, because I believe that living well is the best medicine.” [2:52] - Dr. Deb Matthew “Where are your hormones today? Where are those hormones in relation to your age? Get your hormones optimized early, keep your hormones optimized, and then exercise, eat right, and decrease your toxins. If you do all of those things, which is not hard, you'll live a much longer life. But moreover, you'll live a much happier life.” [8:50] - Dr. Gary Donovitz “Everything that you're doing in your life is influencing those people that you love. Your staff, your family, your friends, your husbands, your spouses, your lovers. Everybody is being influenced by what you do. If you have some high integrity, take care of yourself, and put yourself first. They will, too. That's the longevity key right there!” [18:17] - Dr. Tabatha Barber   Links & Resources Get 10% Off Magnesium Supplements with code MAGNESIUM and Check Out the Blog Post: The Magnificence of Magnesium   Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative    Related Episodes  Episode 27: Top 20 Longevity Tips From 2020 Episode 32: Happy Hormones For Life With Dr. Deb Matthew Episode 39: Biote Hormone Pellet Therapy With Dr. Gary Donovitz Episode 52: Functional Gynecology With Dr. Tabatha Barber

    SOS for PCOS Part 2 with Dr. Felice Gersh

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2021 41:39

    Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is the most common cause of female infertility. I'm joined by Dr. Felice Gersh, a leading OB-GYN treating patients with PCOS, to talk about regular hormone testing, food and lifestyle changes, supplements, and estrogen.   Best Food Practices for PCOS Women Look at what foods disagree with your body Remove processed food Eat a farm-to-table, organic diet Implement time-restricted eating   About Dr. Felice Gersh Felice Gersh, M.D. is a multi-award-winning physician with dual board certifications in OB-GYN and Integrative Medicine.  She is the founder and director of the Integrative Medical Group of Irvine, a practice that provides comprehensive health care for women by combining the best evidence-based therapies from conventional, naturopathic, and holistic medicine.  She taught obstetrics and gynecology at Keck USC School of Medicine for 12 years as an Assistant Clinical Professor, where she received the highly coveted Outstanding Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award. She now serves as an Affiliate Faculty Member at the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine, through the University of Arizona School of Medicine, where she lectures and regularly grades the case presentations written by the Fellowship students for their final exams.  Felice Gersh, M.D. is the bestselling author of PCOS SOS and the PCOS SOS Fertility Fast Track, and she has published articles in peer-reviewed medical journals.  She is a prolific lecturer and features in several films and documentary series, including The Real Skinny on Fat with Montel Williams and Fasting with Valter Longo, Ph.D.   PCOS and Hormones In part two of my conversation with Dr. Felice Gersh, she gets deeper into the medical side of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). First, we explore what hormone levels women with PCOS should regularly get checked. Felice shares the importance of keeping an eye on your hormone levels throughout your lifetime with PCOS as they fluctuate over time. In particular, she mentions insulin markers, thyroid hormones, and androgen levels. Felice explains why she doesn't use food sensitivity testing in combination with treating PCOS. While food sensitivities can indicate a leaky gut, she prefers to heal the gut using an elimination diet. She also talks about other food, nourishment, and lifestyle-related changes you could make to improve your symptoms of PCOS.   How to Supplement for Optimal PCOS Health Along with the changes Felice talks about, she also recommends using supplements to improve your PCOS symptoms. Most importantly, Myo-Inositol helps with the regulation of the menstrual cycle that Felice uses with most of her patients. She details the other supplements you can take, including Omega-3s, Co-Q-10, and berberine. Estrogen production is essential for proper body function and women's bodies react differently as levels fall. The hormone is especially important for cardiovascular health. While conventional medicine puts this down to “aging,” Felice explains how damaging this dismissal is and what you can do to improve your estrogen levels. Finally, Felice talks about some of the other problems with conventional medicine and aging. Like almost everything, advice tailors to middle-aged men, taking women completely out of the conversation. This is why she doesn't advocate using, for example, statins as women age. What lifestyle changes will you make? If you need help choosing the best supplements to help with your PCOS treatment, call the Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic today and schedule your first appointment at 319-363-0033.   Quotes “There's so much data now that shows that if you can push most of your food, or a significant portion, into the morning, that your glucose and insulin levels will not rise as much. It also reprograms the way the brain thinks.” [15:54] “If I can give something that's going to accelerate an overweight woman's weight loss over a few months while making all these lifestyle changes, then I'm using pharmaceuticals the right way. Looking at an exit strategy, using pharmaceuticals as tools to help my patients to facilitate their goals. I individualize every single case.” [31:49] “Women are very unique in how their bodies adapt, in good and bad ways, to loss of estrogen from their ovaries, as the ovaries go through the aging process, or senescence. The manifestation, in terms of cardiovascular effects, are really dramatic. This is not recognized or appreciated by our conventional medical world. They just ascribe all the things that happen to women from menopause on as “aging.” This nebulous thing called aging. Think of aging as the accumulation of deficiencies and inabilities of the body to perform properly. Once you acknowledge and accept that estrogen is critical to having a proper function at the cellular level and mitochondrial organ level of every cell in the body, then, of course, every single system in the body is going to suffer.”  [33:31]   In This Episode What hormone levels women with PCOS should have checked [1:45] The role of food sensitivity testing and PCOS [13:00]  What lifestyle changes to make [19:00] What supplements to take for PCOS [23:30] The role of estrogen in your body [32:30] The problem with modern conventional medicine [35:30]   Links & Resources Use Code BERBERINE for 10% Off Berberine Support Get Your Free Gift: Menopause SOS by Dr. Felice Gersh Buy PCOS SOS Fertility Fast Track: The 12-week plan to optimize your chances of a successful pregnancy and a healthy baby by Dr. Felice Gersh Buy PCOS SOS: A Gynecologist's Lifeline To Naturally Restore Your Rhythms, Hormones, and Happiness by Dr. Felice Gersh   Find Dr. Felice Gersh Online Follow Dr. Felice Gersh on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn   Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative    Related Episodes  Episode 52: Functional Gynecology With Dr. Tabatha Barber Episode 51: Brilliant Menopause Secrets With Dr. Kyrin Dunston Episode 42: Benefits Of Sauna Therapy With Nicole Carlson

    SOS for PCOS Part 1 with Dr. Felice Gersh

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2021 40:20

    Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is the most common cause of female infertility. I'm joined by Dr. Felice Gersh, a leading OB-GYN treating patients with PCOS, to talk about the signs, symptoms, and long-term effects of the syndrome. Felice also shares some of the benefits of PCOS when you have it under control.   You Need to Have Two of These Three Symptoms for a PCOS Diagnosis: Irregular menstrual cycle High levels of Androgens in a blood test An ultrasound showing tiny cysts in the ovaries   About Dr. Felice Gersh Felice Gersh, M.D. is a multi-award-winning physician with dual board certifications in OB-GYN and Integrative Medicine.  She is the founder and director of the Integrative Medical Group of Irvine, a practice that provides comprehensive health care for women by combining the best evidence-based therapies from conventional, naturopathic, and holistic medicine.  She taught obstetrics and gynecology at Keck USC School of Medicine for 12 years as an Assistant Clinical Professor, where she received the highly coveted Outstanding Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award. She now serves as an Affiliate Faculty Member at the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine, through the University of Arizona School of Medicine, where she lectures and regularly grades the case presentations written by the Fellowship students for their final exams.  Felice Gersh, M.D. is the bestselling author of PCOS SOS and the PCOS SOS Fertility Fast Track, and she has published articles in peer-reviewed medical journals.  She is a prolific lecturer and features in several films and documentary series, including The Real Skinny on Fat with Montel Williams and Fasting with Valter Longo, Ph.D.   What Exactly is PCOS? Dr. Felice Gersh is a leading expert on Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). She explains what PCOS is and how common it is among women, affecting between 6% - 12% of Americans. A woman must have two of three specific symptoms of PCOS in order to have a diagnosis. However, there are so many other symptoms related to the syndrome, including excess facial hair, weight gain, and acne outside of puberty. Felice says that one of the leading causes of the rise in PCOS is our reliance on plastics. Plastic, even BPA-free plastic, is toxic. It's an endocrine disrupter that impacts women of all ages. There is no safe amount of plastic at any point and the risks are higher during pregnancy.   Society, Women, and PCOS Felice explains that PCOS existed in women throughout history. The excess testosterone had biological benefits, allowing for extra strength and stamina when needed. As society and culture changed, however, and the introduction of chemicals, this excess testosterone leads to health complications. Society's reliance on pollutants and toxins, from plastic bottles to chemical cleaning products, has a negative effect on women with PCOS. Felice shares why this is and how you can start reducing your exposure to these pollutants. PCOS increases your risk of a number of long-term health issues, such as diabetes, and Felice recommends seeking out treatment. She does not recommend the birth control pill for women with PCOS as it disrupts hormones more than they already are, simply masking a bigger problem. Do you have irregular periods? While it might feel nice not having to deal with a regular menstrual cycle, it is damaging for your health. Call the Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic today and schedule your first appointment at 319-363-0033.   Quotes “There's no safe plastic. That's important to know. If it's made out of plastic, it's got something in it that is an endocrine disrupter and is toxic to you. There's nothing out of plastic that you can put any label on that is going to make it safe.” [11:55] “We now know, unfortunately, that BPA in pregnancy concentrates in the fetus. The amount that's circulating in the maternal blood is significantly less than what's actually in the fetus. It gave people the wrong idea. There's really no safe level of poison. It's just safer. Less is better than more. Not to mention the interactions with all the other endocrine disrupters in the body.” [12:17] “Estrogen is the glue that glues metabolic functions of the body to reproductive functions so it all works together to create one whole, healthy female. So she can safely reproduce and stay healthy.” [16:46] “Women with PCOS, unlike women with menopause, do have estrogen, they just don't have enough. Whereas with menopause, ultimately their ovaries make no estrogen, women with PCOS just don't make enough. But we have poor women with PCOS because they're now producing all this testosterone. Now, why would they make all this testosterone? It's because it's part of the assembly line to make estradiol, the estrogen from the ovaries. If the brain is saying, ‘I don't have enough estrogen,' it puts out the signal, called luteinizing hormone, via the pituitary gland, which triggers the ovary to make the precursor to estradiol: testosterone. Now, you're making all this luteinizing hormone, it goes high, and now you're making all this testosterone, but you have this block so you can't go down the assembly line smoothly to turn it into estradiol. So the brain keeps saying ‘more estrogen' which makes more LH, which makes more testosterone. It's a comedy but without the fun part. You have this assembly line and you can't get from this step to this step properly.” [19:08] “There are innate benefits of being PCOS. If we can take our bodies back to their origins, back to their original healthy state, without all these chemicals or toxic food, we can recreate the health and vibrant life of a woman with PCOS without all the negative stuff.” [25:03] “It doesn't make sense to give birth control pills to women with PCOS. We have to have better ways to deal with both contraception and all the manifestations of PCOS.” [38:46]   In This Episode What PCOS is and what the symptoms are [5:15] How common PCOS is among women [9:15] How much plastic to use [11:00] The connection between pregnancy and BPA plastic [13:00] What the problem with excess testosterone is [20:15] How our modern society, pollutants, and toxins negatively affect women with PCOS [24:00] What PCOS increases your risk of [27:00] The problem with birth control pills [35:00]   Links & Resources Use Code BERBERINE for 10% Off Berberine Support Get Your Free Gift: Menopause SOS by Dr. Felice Gersh Buy PCOS SOS Fertility Fast Track: The 12-week plan to optimize your chances of a successful pregnancy and a healthy baby by Dr. Felice Gersh Buy PCOS SOS: A Gynecologist's Lifeline To Naturally Restore Your Rhythms, Hormones, and Happiness by Dr. Felice Gersh   Find Dr. Felice Gersh Online Follow Dr. Felice Gersh on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn   Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative    Related Episodes  Episode 52: Functional Gynecology With Dr. Tabatha Barber Episode 51: Brilliant Menopause Secrets With Dr. Kyrin Dunston Episode 50: Pelvic Floor Health With Dr. Betsy Greenleaf

    Keto Green Approach to Hormones with Dr. Anna Cabeca

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2021 45:59

    Did you know that raising your love hormone, also known as oxytocin, is a key way to improve your health, hormones, and longevity? The Girlfriend Doctor, Dr. Anna Cabeca, joins me to talk about happy hormones, sexual health, and her Keto-Green way of living.   How to Increase Your Oxytocin Practice Gratitude Journaling Make Time for Laughter and Play Have Great Sex Enjoy Time with Your Friends Do Any Activity that Brings you Joy   About Dr. Anna Cabeca Dr. Anna Cabecca is The Girlfriend Doctor. She is a triple-board certified, Emory University trained, OB/GYN.  She speaks from experience. She has risen from her own ashes of personal tragedy that spiraled into depression from not one but two rounds of menopause, weight gain, hair loss, and many other debilitating symptoms.  Her journey led her around the world to learn about true health and natural healing.  Dr. Anna came away empowered with the knowledge that modern medical training and research, combined with time-tested wisdom and remedies, will yield indisputable results. Dr. Anna is the author of two best-selling books: The Hormone Fix, a groundbreaking holistic lifestyle program for menopausal women, and Keto-Green 16, a comprehensive nutritional plan to staying healthy and slim, at any age. She has also spent years developing and perfecting a complete suite of life-changing products and programs.  Everything Dr. Anna develops is part of her own daily routine, based on her exhaustive research, and her never-ending quest to find solutions that help women reclaim their vibrancy, sexuality, health, and happiness.   Oxytocin, Stress, and Your Hormones Dr. Anna Cabeca is The Girlfriend Doctor whose favorite hormone is oxytocin. She refers to it as the love hormone, and for good reason. Anna’s mission is to improve our connection to and the abundance of oxytocin to heal our mental and physical health. Anna explains what the impact of stress on our hormones is. This impact is one of the reasons she encourages the production of oxytocin, one of the hormones that will lower your stress levels. Whether you’re practicing gratitude or having great sex, there are so many ways to improve your oxytocin levels. Anna is also passionate about gut health. She knows how intrinsically linked your gut is to your hormones and created a number of products, and her Keto-Green eating plan, to help boost your health. These include shakes, supplements, and even topical applications.   Prioritizing Yourself for Longevity As a gynecologist, one of the most common complaints Anna receives from her patients is vaginal dryness. It’s common from around perimenopause to have dryness and it can impact intimacy with your partner.  That’s why Anna created Julva, a cream that combats vaginal dryness. She explains how to use it and who should and shouldn’t use the cream. Finally, Dr. Anna talks about the importance of a daily gratitude practice and making sure your own cup is full, first. It sounds simple, but when you focus on ensuring you’re filled up, the rest of your life feels so much better. How are you improving your oxytocin levels this week? Would you like to try Julva to improve your vaginal health? Call the Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic today and schedule your first appointment at 319-363-0033.   Quotes “I think we can’t fix, or it’s near impossible to fix, our hormones if we don’t fix our gut. That’s between diet and nutrition, taking away the sugar, and improving the diversity of our gut bacteria.” [17:42] “Sexual function for both men and women, especially during this transition period between perimenopause and menopause, men are going through andropause. Initially, women’s vaginal dryness and decrease in lubrication happen before men’s erectile issues, typically. There’s this disconnect. He doesn’t want to cause her pain and she’s just going to power through. So there’s also a disconnect in the bedroom, which means less orgasm, less pleasure, less intimacy, and less oxytocin: the hormone that keeps us together.” [22:10] “My girls told me, ‘you know, Mom, remember when we were late to school and you’d drive through Starbucks, just because we were late, anyway?’ Yeah, I remember that. From that hectic start where I have to drive them all to three different schools. I remember specifically as I’m doing this, I’m really working on that gratitude practice and focusing on the questions: where did I see love? Where was I loving? Where can I laugh at myself? It’s all part of that gratitude journaling practice.” [33:30] “We sacrifice to make sure everyone else is better. But let me tell you. When we are healthier, when we are grounded, when we have a strong foundation, when our cup is full: everyone else is better. Especially our children around us.” [34:27]   In This Episode The impact of stress on our hormones [8:45] How to increase your oxytocin [13:30] How gut health impacts our hormones [17:45] What Julva is for and who should use it [24:30] How the KetoGreen diet plan helps balance hormones [29:00] The importance of practicing gratitude [33:00]   Links & Resources Use Code StephanieG10 for 10% Off Dr. Anna Cabeca’s Products & Courses   Find Dr. Anna Cabeca Online Follow Dr. Anna Cabeca on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn   Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative    Related Episodes  Episode 51: Brilliant Menopause Secrets With Dr. Kyrin Dunston Episode 50: Pelvic Floor Health With Dr. Betsy Greenleaf Episode 38: Sexual Regenerative Medicine With Susan Bratton

    Functional Gynecology with Dr. Tabatha Barber

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2021 45:24

    By the time they hit middle age, most women have estrogen dominance. Instead of masking the symptoms with the birth control pill, Dr. Tabatha Barber talks about how to actually heal your body. Imagine life with regular periods, balanced hormones, and a clear mind!   How to Target Estrogen Dominance Eat a healthy, balanced diet Practice intermittent fasting Balance your hormones Improve your sleep Lower your stress levels Make time for you   About Dr. Tabatha Barber Dr. Tabatha Barber devotes her life to giving women a voice and a choice when it comes to their health and well-being. As a young girl, she struggled with self-esteem and identity issues, dealt with peer pressure, and survived the ridicule and stigma of becoming a teenage mother.  As she shared in her first published book titled, From White Trash to White Coat: The Birth of Catherine’s Purpose, those events led Tabatha to find her purpose in life.  With perseverance and grace, she redirected her path in life and become a successful physician. Dr. Tabatha Barber is triple board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, menopause, and functional medicine.  Dr. Tabatha cares for women one on one in her clinic as a functional gynecologist, and is the creator and host of The Functional Gynecologist Podcast; where she shares her wisdom and knowledge with women everywhere to reclaim their health.  She is also a keynote speaker, clinical instructor, mentor, medical director, wife, mom, and grandma!  By incorporating functional medicine into her women’s health practice, she provides women with the tools they need to optimize their health and happiness, which, in turn, allows those women to pursue their purpose in life.   What Estrogen Dominance Is Dr. Tabatha Barber talks about leaving her conventional gynecological career to take a more functional approach. She believes there are better ways to help women that don’t include masking symptoms with the birth control pill. Dr. Tabatha believes that nearly all women have estrogen dominance by the time they reach middle age. It’s the toxins we’re exposed to, the chemicals we consume, and our overall lifestyle that causes this estrogen imbalance. Almost every aspect of modern life contributes. The products we use in our home and on our body, the weight we carry, and the chemicals and toxins in the outside world all have a negative impact on our estrogen levels.   Intermittent Fasting for Weight Loss and Hormone Balance One of Dr. Tabatha’s biggest tips for controlling estrogen dominance is to change our diets and lose weight. Fat cells hold onto so many toxins and contribute to our estrogen overload, that’s why it’s essential to reduce excess weight. Practicing intermittent fasting is a healthy way to lose weight. It’s best to ease into it and Dr. Tabatha provides advice for how to do this. She explains how creating eating windows is better for our blood sugar and overall health than a constant grazing cycle. Finally, Dr. Tabatha shares the importance of putting yourself first. It’s true that you can’t pour from an empty cup. We all need to remember to replenish our own energy reserves and make time for ourselves every single day. It’s non-negotiable. How can you schedule in “me time” to your schedule? What’s the first thing you’ll focus on? Call the Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic today and schedule your first appointment at 319-363-0033.   Quotes “I feel for gynecologists because they want to help women. They want to take care of women, but they’re just as messed up as the patients are.” [11:05] “I made a drastic change. I left my conventional practice with my secure salaried paycheck, health insurance, and patients who loved me. I gave all that up because it was so unhealthy and it was destroying me. I opened a functional medicine practice so I was practicing what I was preaching. I got control of my diet. I started eating foods that nourished me, had healthy fats so I can make my hormones. I stopped eating out of plastic. I started doing what was necessary: I got off the caffeine, junk food, and sugar. I started sleeping at night. I started exercising regularly. I started managing my stress in a more appropriate way. I started walking the talk. I did all the things, I practiced what I preached. It was amazing. I have normal periods now! They’re regular every month, they’re not heavy, I’m not crying or ripping my husband’s head off. I don’t have breast tenderness. It all went away!” [13:15] “I want other women to realize that it doesn’t matter what you’ve done, who you’ve been, who you’ve been with. You still can take control and make a shift in your life.” [24:36] “The first thing you have to do is admit that you’re worth it and that you’re actually going to invest in and take care of yourself. In the long run, you can’t take care of the people you love. It’s a loving thing to do to take care of yourself.” [37:19]   In This Episode The difference between conventional and functional gynecology [9:00] The problem with masking the root cause with the birth control pill [12:30] The symptoms of Estrogen Dominance [15:15] How losing weight will lower estrogen dominance [22:00] How to use Intermittent Fasting to support your menstrual cycle [26:00] How to start intermittent fasting [33:30] Why you need to take care of yourself first [37:15] Why it’s essential to schedule in “me time” [37:45]   Links & Resources Use Code DIM for 10% Off Use Code ESTROGENDETOX for 15% Off Free Gift: The Functional Gynecologist's Guide to Balancing Your Hormones Check Out the 10% Happier App   Find Dr. Tabatha Barber Online Follow Dr. Tabatha Barber on Instagram | Facebook | YouTube   Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative    Related Episodes  Episode 39: Biote Hormone Pellet Therapy With Dr. Gary Donovitz Episode 43: Liver Cleansing With Steven Dake Episode 41: How To Reduce Toxins In The Home With Genevieve White

    Brilliant Menopause Secrets with Dr. Kyrin Dunston

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2021 35:36


    You can trace the link between fat, fatigue, and difficult menopause to two places: western medicine and our toxic society. Dr. Kyrin Dunston joins me to talk about how she healed herself from chronic disease, during menopause, naturally.   How to Detox from Toxins Balance hormones  Remove toxins and inflammation Improve your nutritional inputs   About Dr. Kyrin Dunston Dr. Kyrin Dunston leads by example. She lost a life-changing 100 pounds and healed herself from chronic disease using natural treatments.  She's fellowship-trained in Anti-Aging, Metabolic, and Functional Medicine like myself, and specializes in helping women jumpstart their weight and energy goals at midlife by addressing the root causes.  Dr. Kyrin hosts Her Brilliant Health Revolution podcast, Her Brilliant Health Secrets YouTube channel, and the Stop the Menopause Madness Summit where 53 experts share their top strategies to lose weight, regain energy, balance hormones, and moods, feel sexy and confident, look great, and master midlife.   Fat, Fatigue, and Menopause Dr. Kyrin Dunston shares her health journey from being completely unable to find the cause of her health issues and weight gain to losing 100 pounds and now helping her patients heal, too. She explains how fat and fatigue are intimately related and why people with excess fat tend to be more exhausted all the time. It might sound surprising, but some women don’t experience symptoms during menopause. Their menstrual cycle simply stops. Kyrin talks about why this is and the difference between cultures that means so many women in our society suffer. A big factor for ill-health during menopause partly stems from western medicine’s treatment of a pill for every ill. Another reason is due to the toxins we consume in our everyday life.   Why Detox is Essential Kyrin explains why it’s essential that we balance our nervous system. Most of us live too much in our sympathetic nervous system which keeps us on high alert all the time, stuck in that “go-go-go” energy. She says that activating the parasympathetic nervous system is the key to longevity: it’s the only way we can heal. There is a link between our toxic load and our hormones. Kyrin shares how toxins negatively impact our hormones and how this can show up in fat cells. Fat, she says, is not just something on our body; fat is full of inflammatory chemicals and it stores all the toxins we come across. Kyrin says it’s absolutely essential that everyone practices regular detoxes. By balancing your hormones, removing toxins from your environment and your body, and improving your nutrition, including the air you breathe, you can make positive improvements to your health and longevity. Do you regularly detox your body? How do you activate your parasympathetic nervous system? Call the Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic today and schedule your first appointment at 319-363-0033.   Quotes “Fat and fatigue are intimately related. I call them the two sides of a bow tie. When you have excess fat in your body, it means that you’re not properly breaking it down and converting it into fuel or energy. This means you have low energy, which means you have fatigue. The two go hand-in-hand. I find it very rare for someone to be overweight and not have some degree of fatigue, and vice versa. One’s fuel and energy is the result of fuel.” [7:21] “We are always in a state of ‘go-go-go, do-do-do,’ which is sympathetic nervous system dominance. I call it The Hulk because blood rushes to your peripheries, you are strong and can run fast. But that’s the breakdown form of energy. We have to restore it with the complementary part of the nervous system, which is the parasympathetic nervous system. I call it The Buddha because it’s the rest, digest, and heal part of the nervous system. That’s the only state in which we can heal. When we ignore that imbalance, and we’re so depleted in our parasympathetic and so jacked up in our sympathetic, our body is in breakdown.” [12:38] “Fat is not just decoration. It’s biochemically active, it produces hormones, most of which are toxic. It produces inflammatory chemicals. And it stores toxins. Everyone needs to understand this: You have to be actively detoxifying on a pretty consistent basis.” [24:38]   In This Episode The relationship between fat and fatigue [7:15] Why we feel so unwell during perimenopause and menopause [12:15] Why we have to balance our nervous system [13:45] The connection between toxins and hormones [21:30] Why you have to detox regularly [25:00]   Links & Resources Check Out the Blog on Why Antioxidants are Important and Use Code ENERGY for 10% Off Mitochondrial Complex Get your Free Gift: Jumpstart Your Midlife Metabolism   Find Dr. Kyrin Dunston Online Follow Dr. Kyrin Dunston on Instagram | Facebook | YouTube   Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative    Related Episodes  Episode 10: 5 Pillars Of A Toxin-free Lifestyle With Aimee Carlson Episode 41: How To Reduce Toxins In The Home With Genevieve White Episode 42: Benefits Of Sauna Therapy With Nicole Carlson


    Pelvic Floor Health with Dr. Betsy Greenleaf

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2021 50:14

    Your pelvic health is a vital aspect of your overall wellness and you shouldn’t ignore it. It’s all too common to let it fall by the wayside out of shame or embarrassment, but you shouldn’t feel ashamed. Dr. Betsy Greenleaf talks about the importance of your pelvic floor health, overcoming shame, and healing your gut to support “down there.”   What Foods Impact the Gut Microbiome and Pelvic Health Gluten Sugar Dairy Yogurt Probiotics Fermented Foods   About Dr. Betsy Greenleaf Dr. Betsy Greenleaf is a premier women’s health expert, entrepreneur, inventor, and business leader, who specializes in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery for over 20 years. Dr. Greenleaf is a trailblazer as the first female in the United States to become board certified in Urogynecology.  She possesses a professional reputation that led to being sought after by medical societies, associations, and corporations to provide lectures, teaching, and advanced training. In 2018, she holds the title of distinguished fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Obstetrics and Gynecology for her service and dedication to the field.  Dr. Greenleaf holds committee positions on many national women’s health organizations. She is a board examiner for the American Osteopathic Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She serves as a spokesperson for the American Osteopathic Association, with her quotes appearing in many major media outlets.  Dr. Greenleaf is the CEO of The Pelvic Floor Store, an online store dedicated to finding reliable products for pelvic health. She manages a blog and is the host of Some Of Your Parts Podcast dedicated to women’s wellness and the notion that “you are greater than the sum of your parts.”  Dr. Greenleaf takes a holistic body-mind-spirit approach to healing and wellness. She believes many of the answers to a healthy life are found within. She views her role in life as your wellness guide.   Common Pelvic Health Issues Dr. Betsy Greenleaf explains why your pelvic health is so important. It’s not the easiest healthcare aspect to talk about - we’re often embarrassed or ashamed to bring up what’s going on “down there.” But Betsy urges us all to overcome this shame because pelvic health is vital for longevity. One aspect of our pelvic healthcare is incontinence. For many women, even talking about this issue is a struggle. Many doctors will prescribe antibiotics or other medications, but Betsy suggests looking at your diet as an alternative route to explore. Another reason you might have incontinence is due to weaker pelvic floor muscles. Betsy explains how to perform a kegel exercise and how often you should practice each week.   Diet Changes for Pelvic Floor Health As we age, our estrogen production lowers. This has an impact on our pelvic health and there are a few different avenues you can take to counter the loss. Along with diet changes and supplementation, Betsy recommends heat and laser therapies to help regenerate and repair your vaginal tissue. One of the most important lifestyle changes you can make to support your pelvic health is to change your diet. Betsy recommends cutting out or experimenting with cutting out, gluten, dairy, and sugar. It doesn’t have to be a permanent change unless you notice a positive impact.  Betsy also suggests adding probiotics, such as yogurt and fermented foods, to your diet to support a healthy gut microbiome. Along with these foods, Betsy lists some of the supplements you might consider adding to your healthcare routine to support your urinary health. Are you concerned with your pelvic floor health? Do you experience incontinence? Call the Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic today and schedule your first appointment at 319-363-0033.   Quotes “Fifty percent of women and thirty percent of men will have a pelvic health issue at some point in their lifetime. A lot of people, because of shame, embarrassment, and not knowing how to bring up the conversation, will ignore these issues. People have really suffered with them. They think that they’re the only person having these issues or chalk it up to aging. There are so many different things that can be done about a myriad of pelvic health issues.” [6:30] “If our gut’s affected, it affects our hormones and our immunity. To keep the pelvis healthy, we need to support the gut. Also adding in certain foods can help support vaginal health.” [31:30] “We, as a population, as a whole, are being exposed to so many more environmental toxins. We’re seeing a rise in conditions such as endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome because of these things.” [42:07]   In This Episode Why pelvic health is important [4:30] Advice for healing from incontinence [8:45] What foods might impact incontinence [10:30] What happens when you have weak pelvic floor muscles [14:00] The importance of kegel exercises [15:00] What happens to the vagina with age [18:30] The role of lasers and heat in pelvic floor health [27:00] How to nurture the microbiome to also improve our pelvic health [31:00] Supplements to support urinary health [33:45] How diet changes can impact more serious pelvic health concerns [40:15]   Links & Resources Get 50% Off the Your Longevity Blueprint Course   Get Your Free Gift: Top 10 Pelvic Health Tips A Happy Vagina Is A Happy Life Summit   Listen to Some of Your Parts Podcast Visit The Pelvic Floor Store   Find Dr. Betsy Greenleaf Online Follow Dr. Betsy Greenleaf on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn | Pinterest |   Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative    Related Episodes  Episode 38: Sexual Regenerative Medicine With Susan Bratton Episode 43: Liver Cleansing With Steven Dake Episode 46: The Wildatarian Diet With Teri Cochrane

    Power of PEMFs with Dr. William Pawluk

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2021 54:07

    Using magnets to help heal chronic and less severe health conditions almost sounds unbelievable. But it’s not! I’m joined by Dr. William Pawluk to talk about how he treats illness using pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMFs) and why he thinks everyone would benefit from magnetic therapy.   How to Get the Most Benefit from PEMFs Adequate Nutrition Adequate Rest  Manage Stress Don’t Smoke or Drink Address Underlying Health Concerns   About Dr. William Pawluk Dr. William Pawluk just retired from his holistic MD practice to devote his time completely to advocating for pulsed electromagnetic field or PEMF therapy. He had past University positions at Johns Hopkins and the U of Maryland. His medical training includes family medicine and a Master's degree in clinical epidemiology.  Non-conventional training includes acupuncture, homeopathy, hypnosis, bodywork, energy medicine, nutrition, and functional medicine. Dr. Pawluk is a foremost authority on PEMF therapy in North America, especially for holistic pain management, healing, and tissue regeneration.  Dr. Pawlul has worked with PEMFs for more than 30 yrs. He is the owner of DrPawluk.com and author of the most comprehensive book on healing with PEMFs, “Power Tools for Health.” He has also written multiple chapters in scientific books and many articles, featured on more than 50 radio, podcasts, magazines, and TV interviews. Plus, he was a cohost of a 2-hour holistic health radio show for 10 years.  Most recently he hosted the Pain Solution Summit. You can find it at painsolutionsummit.com. Dr. Pawluk received the ACIM Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019 for his work in advancing Magnetic Field Therapy and was a featured expert on the "Proven: Healing Breakthroughs Backed By Science Documentary Series."   Pulsed Electromagnetic Therapy in Brief Did you know that those over-the-counter pain medications are doing more harm than good? NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs), such as ibuprofen and aspirin, while having a positive impact on your pain levels, have a detrimental impact on your guts and overall health. Dr. William Pawluk explains why this is and states that no one should exceed 3000mg in their lifetime. There are alternative therapies out there: Dr. Pawluk is a leading expert in pulsed electromagnetic field treatment. Magnetic healing therapies are popular in the east but haven’t gained the footing they should have in western medicine. Dr. Pawluk explains why this is. He also shares what this type of therapy is. Essentially, PEMFs are a type of magnetic therapy that heals your body from a cellular level. PEMFs help opens your membrane channels, allowing nutrients to enter and waste to leave easier.   How to Use PEMFs If you’re wary of using any kind of magnetic energy on your body, Dr. Pawluk assures you that it’s a safe treatment. While we should be cautious of other EMFs, PEMFs fall into the safe range and don’t produce any heating action. Dr. Pawluk explains how PEMFs work to treat illness in our bodies. Whether it’s an injury, cut, tear, burn infection, or even some cancers, PEMFs can heal virtually any kind of problem in the body. He explains the optimal way to use PEMF therapy. It’s also possible, and Dr. Pawluk highly recommends, using PEMFs as a preventative therapy. It’s safe to use every day - or Dr. Pawluks’s recommendation of twice a day for 30 minutes. Finally, Dr. Pawluk details who shouldn’t use PEMFs. Would you consider adding PEMFs to your healthcare routine? Call the Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic today and schedule your first appointment at 319-363-0033.   Quotes “PEMFs can actually help you with EMFs. EMFs are doing damage, so how do you undo the damage? You use PEMFs. Whether it’s an injury, cut, tear, burn, or an infection, you can use PEMFs to heal virtually any kind of problems in the body.” [25:22] “Generally speaking, the better the intensity of the PEMF, the more optimal the intensity is for the problem. The shorter the treatment times and the faster and better the results.” [30:14] “The beauty of magnetic field therapy on a daily basis is that you don’t give illness a chance to come back.” [36:35]   In This Episode Why you need to be careful of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS) [4:00] Why magnetic therapy isn’t more popular in North America [10:30] What Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields (PEMFs) Are [11:30] The difference between PEMFs and EMFs [24:00] How magnetic therapy works [29:00] How to use PEMFs as a preventative therapy [37:30] Who shouldn’t use PEMFs [43:00]   Links & Resources Use Code CALM for 10% Off Adrenal Calm Download The Effects of Stress and How to Mitigate Stress   Find Dr. William Pawluk Online Follow Dr. William Pawluk on Facebook | Twitter | YouTube |   Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative    Related Episodes  Episode 47: Improving Parasympathetic Tone For The Ans With Dr. Tim Jackson Episode 42: Benefits Of Sauna Therapy With Nicole Carlson Episode 31: Gut/Brain Connection With Dr. Lauryn Lax

    Peptides, Nootropics, and Pain Reduction with Dr. Neil Paulvin

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2021 38:12

    Reduce your inflammation and pain levels while improving your overall health and longevity by using peptides, nootropics, and antioxidants. I’m joined by Dr. Neil Paulvin to talk about how he uses these methods to optimize his patient’s health.   How to Improve Mobility Alternating between joint-specific exercises, such as Kin-stretch, and using a massage ball Full-body stretching, such as yoga poses like cat-cow, pigeon, scorpion Using a foam roller   About Dr. Neil Paulvin Dr. Paulvin's goal with all of his patients is to optimize their health in the first 60-minute visit. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine, Anti-Ageing and Regenerative Medicine, Osteopathic Manipulation, Functional Medicine, Craniosacral Therapy, and Medical Acupuncture.  He has helped top executives, Olympic athletes, top trainers, and celebrities optimize their health. Dr. Paulvin features in the NY Post, Nutritious Life, Fasting MD, Ari Whitten, and many other publications and podcasts.  Dr. Paulvin's practice is in Manhattan. He also serves clients in multiple states including Florida and California over telemedicine. Dr. Paulvin uses traditional and alternative treatments to help his patients.  Patients see Dr. Paulvin for his expertise in Biohacking and Health Optimization. In addition, he specializes in helping his patients with hormone optimization, Peptide Therapy, Nootropics, and natural options for pain relief.    What Exactly Peptides Are Dr. Paulvin begins by explaining what exactly peptides are and how they’re used to improve our health and longevity. Peptides are beneficial to so many different aspects of our health. Anxiety and depression benefit particularly, because of the connection between the gut and our mental health.  It’s possible to use peptides in combination with your prescription medication as well, Dr. Paulvin explains. His method is to use a lower peptide dosage and go slow - it’s better to be cautious. As we age, our thymus gland activity reduces. This is one of the reasons we should supplement with peptides - to help boost our immune system. You can also use peptides for weight loss. Dr. Paulvin provides some examples of how this, too.   Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Inflammation As you can see, peptides have a role in our health and longevity. Dr. Paulvin explains what mitochondrial dysfunction is and how we can use supplements and antioxidants to improve it. Dr. Paulvin talks about the antioxidant he uses, including Nrf2 and PQQ, and some of the administration methods. He shares how to use each of these methods, including his preferred method of IV treatment. Finally, Dr. Paulvin explains how inflammation impacts our overall health and longevity.  It’s essential we control our body’s inflammation using the methods he describes. Dr. Paulvin also recommends improving your mobility to reduce your inflammation and pain levels. Have you considered adding peptides to your wellness routine? Call the Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic today and schedule your first appointment at 319-363-0033.   Quotes “Peptides can be combined with prescription medication. I’d rather patients go with lower doses and go really slow. Seritonin’s one thing, but too much serotonin can get them in trouble. That’s the one thing I’m cautious about.” [9:14] “Right now, we’re finding more and more that we used to focus on cholesterol and everything else to take care of your body. You need to take care of your mitochondria because it takes care of you.” [19:37] “Mobility is not just about your shoulder hurting. It could actually affect your diaphragm, the nervous system, then it will affect the lymphatic drainage system, then your body’s ability to detox. It’s a snowball effect.” [28:26]   In This Episode What peptides are and how they’re used [3:30] How to use peptides for anxiety and depression [5:00] What happens with the thymus gland as we age [14:30] How to use peptides for weightloss [15:30] What mitochondrial dysfunction is [17:45] Why we need to know about Nrf2 [24:00] How to use PQQ antioxidants [25:30] How inflammation impacts our health and longevity [30:00]   Links & Resources Ready Why Antioxidants are Important and Use Code ENERGY for 10% Off Mitochondrial Complex Get 50% Off the Your Longevity Blueprint Course   Get Your Free Energy Guide from Dr. Paulvin Find Dr. Neil Paulvin Online Follow Dr. Neil Paulvin on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube   Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative    Related Episodes  Episode 14: Supporting The Mitochondria With Nad And Peptides W/ Dr. Amber Krogsrud Episode 42: Benefits Of Sauna Therapy With Nicole Carlson Episode 31: Gut/Brain Connection With Dr. Lauryn Lax

    Improving Parasympathetic Tone for the ANS with Dr. Tim Jackson

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2021 35:29


    Improving your parasympathetic tone is essential for a healthy body. It directly impacts your autonomic nervous system, responsible for most of your bodily functions. Dr. Tim Jackson talks about how to improve your parasympathetic tone, why it’s important to reduce stress, and heart rate variability.   Build Your Parasympathetic Tone Use a Far-Infrared Sauna Deep Breathing Vagus Nerve Stimulation   About Dr. Tim Jackson Dr. Tim Jackson received his undergraduate degree in Health science and chemistry from Wake Forest University in 2003. He completed his Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from the Medical University of SC in 2009. Realizing that manual therapy and orthopedic care helped only some of his patients, he began studying functional and environmental medicine, as well as digestive health, in an effort to help others achieve wellness.  Dr. Tim has an education in nutritional biochemistry, digestive health and its systemic effects, functional endocrinology, epigenetics, mold and Lyme disease, and auto-immune/neuro-immune disorders.  He completed the Spine portion of the Active Release Technique methodology, a system that addresses musculoskeletal trigger points and helps to expedite the healing process. Dr. Jackson trained with Dr. Kendal Stewart, M.D. to learn the far-reaching implications of methylation deficits and their role in Neuro-immune syndromes. Dr. Jackson features on The BulletProof Executive Podcast, Ben Greenfield’s Podcast, RobbWolf.com, The Huffington Post, as well as countless health and wellness summits.  He is on the advisory board for Your 2nd Half, a Program that helps collegiate and professional athletes transition from athletics into other careers, and The Medical Advisory Board for GreenSmoothieGirl.com, a site with several million visitors per year.  Dr. Jackson’s clinical expertise spans everything from brain rehabilitation, functional endocrinology, Lyme Disease and stealth pathogens, integrative gastroenterology, mold toxicity, epigenetics, and mitochondrial dysfunction.   Improving Your Parasympathetic Tone Dr. Tim Jackson brings a wealth of knowledge about how to improve your parasympathetic tone. This is a vital piece of your autonomic nervous system, which Tim gives a brief explanation of. Tim provides some helpful tips on how to improve your parasympathetic tone. First, he recommends using a far-infrared sauna, explaining how to best get started using one regularly. Tim shares some deep breathing exercises to help decrease your body’s stress levels. He recommends placing something on your stomach - not your cell phone - to practice those deep belly breaths. Tim also gives a few examples of how you can stimulate your Vagus Nerve.   Stress Impacts Your Parasympathetic Tone Stress can come from more than just your mental and emotional health. Tim explains some of the physical causes of stress, including your own internal health.  Stress can and does cause mitochondrial damage. This has an adverse impact on your parasympathetic tone, so it’s vital that you regulate the stress levels in all parts of your life. Something Tim encourages is improving your heart rate variability. Your heart’s ability to fluctuate rhythm is incredibly beneficial to your overall health. Your body is healthier and more resilient, leaving you with more room to tackle the stressors you come across. Do you practice deep breathing? How often do you use a far-infrared sauna?  Call the Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic today and schedule your first appointment at 319-363-0033.   Quotes “Cryotherapy and far-infrared saunas require a certain level of health of the hypothalamus, pituitary, adrenal, thyroid axis. Basically, if thyroid hormone isn’t optimized, cortisol is too low or too high, then you may not receive the benefits from that hormetic stressor. Detoxification is very energy-intensive.” [15:47] “One thing that all mycotoxins have in common is that they’re an immunosuppressant. You can take immuno-boosting supplements, but you have to take the bad stuff out as well.” [24:02] “The mind and mental stress are directly correlated with mitochondrial health.” [26:00] “The more your heart rate can fluctuate, the healthier and more resilient you are. I call that the physiological buffer zone: you have more room for stressors.” [27:45]   In This Episode What the autonomic nervous system is [7:00] How to build your parasympathetic tone [10:45] What frequency you should use a far-infrared sauna [14:45] Some deep breathing exercises to practice [17:00] How to stimulate your Vagus Nerve [19:00] Where your stressors might come from [22:00] What you need to know about mitochondrial damage [24:45] Why heart rate variability is important [27:30]   Links & Resources Use Code CALM for 10% off Adrenal Calm Get Your Free Mold Checklist  Use code DRGRAY10 for 10% Off Your Initial Consult with Dr. Tim Jackson   Find Dr. Tim Jackson Online Follow Dr. Tim Jackson on Instagram | Facebook   Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative    Related Episodes  Episode 42: Benefits Of Sauna Therapy With Nicole Carlson Episode 21: How Trauma Affects Your Health With Dr. Keesha Ewers Episode 3: Food Is Medicine Pt. 1 W/ Dr. Terry Wahls Episode 4: Food Is Medicine Pt 2 W/ Dr. Terry Wahls


    The Wildatarian Diet with Teri Cochrane

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2021 51:23

    The food we eat is structurally different from our ancestor’s food which has a detrimental effect on our physical and mental health. Teri Cochrane, the creator of The Wildatarian Diet, talks about developing the diet, avoiding mycotoxins, and improving our connection to our body.   Some of the Foods to Eat on The Wildatarian Diet Squash of All Kinds Grass-Fed Meats Cornish Hen and Guinea Fowls Organic and Natural Wines   About Teri Cochrane Teri Cochrane is an integrative practitioner and thought leader in sustainable health and longevity. She is the founder of The Global Sustainable Health Institute and has developed “The Cochrane Method” which integrates a multi-level, bio-individualized, metabolic health modality. Teri specializes in complex health conditions. She also serves to maximize the human potential in ballerinas, professional athletes, and Olympic hopefuls. Teri has a private clinical practice in the metro Washington DC area. She launched her groundbreaking and Amazon bestselling new release book in 2018 - The Wildatarian Diet - Living as Nature Intended. Teri received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida and an advanced degree from Huntington School of Health Sciences.  She is trained in Cranio-Sacral, Herbology, Healing Touch, and is a Certified Coach Practitioner. Teri has also spent nearly 20 years as an executive for a Fortune 500 company. Teri believes longevity starts in the womb.   What’s in our Food Teri Cochrane explains why she created The Wildatarian Diet and what exactly it means. Basically, it’s about eating all foods in as natural and organic a form as possible. She briefly explains why our vegetables and meats are almost unrecognizable from what our ancestors ate.  Teri talks about why the change in our food supply has had such an adverse effect on our bodies. Not only does the change in nutrient profile and toxic load impact our physical health, but our stress levels also alter as well. Much of our food also contains mycotoxins. Teri describes what type of mold this is and what foods it’s most commonly found in. She shares why it’s vital we avoid foods containing high levels of mycotoxins.   Food Impacts Physical and Mental Health Teri talks about other food elements we need to be aware of and the effects they have on our bodies. She describes some of the symptoms of poor sulfur metabolism while also explaining why we need to have sulfur, or more accurately sulfates, in our diet. Teri also explains the problem with glyphosates. Foods high in glyphosates hinder our body’s ability to digest protein, which can not only lead to physical problems but also impacts our mental health.  Finally, Teri shares what she eats while following The Wildatarian Diet. She explains how no matter what type of foods you prefer to eat (plants, fish, meat, or combo), you can find a wilder way to eat them. Have you found that certain foods bother you more than others? Have you found any correlation yourself? Call the Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic today and schedule your first appointment at 319-363-0033.   Quotes “This is what I love about The Wildaterian Diet. I call it an equal opportunity diet because you can be plant-based, sea, land, or you can be a combo platter. It really speaks to what your body needs right now.” [14:33] “Glyphosate has impaired our body’s ability to digest protein. It also acts as an analog to L-Serine which is so important for mental health. And then, it has impaired the body’s ability to convert sulfur to its wonderful end product of sulfate. We get stuck in this spin cycle and these vegetables, which used to be so healthy for us, are now potentially becoming our enemies.” [26:46] “As we become sustainable in our health profile, there is a lot more that we can do. We can dance with a bounty of foods that we may not have been able to touch before.” [46:44]   In This Episode What the Wildaterian Diet is [4:15] How food supply and stress can impact your body [15:00] What mycotoxins are and why we should avoid them [16:00] What foods are highest in mycotoxins [16:30] Some of the symptoms of poor sulfur metabolism [24:00] Why Glyphosate is so bad for our bodies [25:45] What to eat on The Wildatarian Diet [39:30]   Links & Resources Read Why Antioxidants Are Important Get 10% Off Mitochondrial Complex with Code ENERGY Use code LIVERDETOX for 10% off Either Chocolate or Vanilla Core Restore   Order Your Meat from D’Artagnan Today Start The Wildatarian Kickstart Detox for Free Buy The Wildatarian Diet: Living as Nature Intended: A Customized Nutritional Approach for Optimal Health, Energy, and Vitality by Teri Cochrane on Amazon   Find Teri Cochrane Online Find The Global Sustainable Health Institute Online Follow Teri Cochrane on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube   Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative    Related Episodes  Episode 31: Gut/Brain Connection With Dr. Lauryn Lax Episode 32: Happy Hormones For Life With Dr. Deb Matthew Episode 43: Liver Cleansing With Steven Dake

    Castor Oil Packs with Dr. Marisol Teijeiro

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2021 57:46

    Castor oil is an herbal medical treatment that’s been around for centuries but fell out of fashion sometime in the last few decades. I’m joined by Dr. Marisol Teijeiro, the Queen of the Thrones, to talk about why castor oil is making a comeback, all the incredible health benefits, and why she recommends it to all her patients.   The three areas castor oil packs help the most with: Stools - helps regulate your bowel movements Sleep - helps you get more restorative sleep Stress - helps reduce your regular stress levels   About Dr. Marisol Teijeiro Dr. Marisol Teijeiro, ND & Queen of the Thrones™️, empowers people to own their throne (yes potty time), purpose, and passion in life. She is the creator of the easy and mess-less Castor Oil Pack used to heal the gut, improve digestion, sleep, and most importantly, your hormone balance.  She teaches all over the world and features on various TV programs including national syndicated NBC Bloom, as well as The Marilyn Denis Show in Canada. She is a published author of “OH SH*T!” the 3 stress-less steps to connect, clear, and calm your digestion.   Why Use Castor Oil? Dr. Marisol Teijeiro shares the story of how she started using castor oil packs, after years of avoiding them, to heal so many of her chronic health problems. She explains why she revamped the traditional castor oil pack to make it cleaner and easier to use. Marisol talks about how and why castor oil works as it does and what benefits it has for the body - there are so many! Castor oil has actually been a medical treatment for hundreds, maybe thousands, of years but it did fall out of use.  It’s a powerful tool to improve your gut health and help with detox. You can also combine it with essential oils and use it in the sauna to really double down on the health benefits. Marisol praises castor oil for helping with your stools, sleep, and stress which all of us struggle with at times in our life.   How to Safely Use Castor Oil It’s actually really easy to start reaping the benefits of castor oil. Marisol says that there’s no prep needed, you simply start using the castor oil packs. There are a few ground rules to keep in mind, such as using your pack for a minimum of one hour per day and changing your pack regularly, but otherwise, you should be good to dive right in. Marisol explains why pregnant women shouldn’t use castor oil in any form. It’s very important to heed this warning!  When it comes to buying castor oil, Marisol says to make sure you’re buying an organic oil. But more important than that, make sure it doesn’t come in a plastic bottle. Finally, Marisol explains the added benefit of castor oil as a hair treatment! Have you used a regular castor oil treatment before? How did you find it helped with your overall health? Did you use it in combination with any other detox methods? Let me know in the comments on the episode page. Call the Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic today and schedule your first appointment at 319-363-0033.     Quotes “I made it my mission to get these castor oil packs to everyone and educate on how to improve the three most important factors that mess up on every woman: Your sleep, your stools, and your stress. When you work on those, so many of your conditions can literally go away.” [9:38] “The gut is the hub of the hormonal system, the nervous system, and the immune system and we must pay attention to it. If our hormones are off, it’s because our gut is off. If our immune system is off, it’s because our gut is off. And if our nervous system is off, we’re anxious or depressed, it’s because our gut is off.” [26:57] “I wish I would have started castor oil packs twenty years ago! I’ve been doing them for ten years now, but it took me ten years to warm up to them. I hope the listeners out there don’t take ten years to warm up to it. Take action and move in the right direction, you have the power and the ability to change those three annoyances in your life: stools, sleep, and stress.” [34:09] “Look at those three most important aspects: your sleep, your stress, and your stools. When you’re commanding those and owning them, you’re truly being the queen on the throne. You understand what your stool is telling you, what your sleep is telling you, and what your stress levels are telling you, that’s just a complete game-changer for your life. It does more wonders than any supplement or tool can do.” [52:38]   In This Episode How caster oil packs work [10:00] Why you should never buy castor oil in plastic [20:00] How castor oil packs help with detox and improving gut health [28:00] How to start using castor oil packs [29:00] How often you should change your castor oil pack [37:00] What to look for in a castor oil [41:45] Who can’t use castor oil packs [44:00] How to use castor oil to promote hair growth [46:00]   Links & Resources Use Code CALM for 10% Off Adrenal Calm   Download Your Free Copy of 50 Shades of Poo Use Code DRGRAY10 for 10% off Castor Oil Packs at This Link Only Find Dr. Marisol Teijeiro Online Follow Dr. Marisol Teijeiro on Instagram | Facebook | YouTube   Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative    Related Episodes  Episode 42: Benefits Of Sauna Therapy With Nicole Carlson Episode 43: Liver Cleansing With Steven Dake Episode 40: Power Of Essential Oils With Jodi Sternoff Cohen

    ProLon: The Fast Mimicking Diet with Dr. James Kelley

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2021 46:16

    Various forms of fasting have become one of the favored strategies for dieting in recent years. One approach, prolonged fasting, has numerous benefits when it comes to dieting and aging well that differentiates it from other methods. Dr. James Kelley joins me to discuss whether prolonged fasting is right for you.   Benefits of prolonged fasting include: Neuroplasticity Lower parasympathetic tone Improved heart rate variability Reduced insulin intolerance Increased cellular health Lower blood pressure   About Dr. James Kelley James completed his M.D. at The Ohio State University and was the inaugural Research Fellow at the Ohio Health Research and Innovation Institute. He finished his MBA at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Cell Biology from the University of Virginia and completed his Neuroscience Master's coursework at Miami University. Prior to joining the L-Nutra team, he was the head of Inventor Services at The Innovation Institute, a partnership with the Cleveland Clinic Innovations group focused on developing and commercializing new and innovative healthcare solutions.   What Prolonged Fasting is and How it Can Help Prolonged fasting involves going without food for at least a day or two. This leads the body to shift how it processes food and leads to metabolic changes. It usually takes at least a day for the body to reach ketosis, making prolonged fasting an effective way to manage weight. It also supports autophagy, your body’s method of cleaning out damaged cells so that healthier ones can be regenerated. There are risks to prolonged fasting, however. Dr. Kelley emphasizes the importance of working with a knowledgeable practitioner to make sure that your body makes the right adjustments without doing harm to important systems and organs.   Why Prolonged Fasting Doesn’t Need to Be Hard Fasting is not an easy thing to do. Many people don’t make it much more than a day. To help people achieve the benefits of a prolonged fast while still allowing them to eat, Dr. Kelley’s company has developed ProLon. This five-day plant-based meal program has been scientifically researched and designed to help keep your cells in a state of fasting while providing your body with essential sustenance and nutrition.  When the effects of prolonged fasting are achieved, clinical trials have shown numerous specific benefits. Dr. Kelley describes how participants often lose visceral fat, maintain healthy levels of IGF1 which helps with better aging, and achieve an overall better metabolic balance. Have you tried prolonged fasting before? Tell me about it in the comments on the episode page! Call the Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic today and schedule your first appointment at 319-363-0033.   Quotes “Once you get your body into fasting-shape after a couple cycles of prolonged fasts, you may not have to do it very often. Whereas intermittent fasting has benefits that you would get if you did it every day.” [11:52] “Growth is essentially just aging. While it’s super important for things like maintaining muscle-mass… there are a lot of benefits to growth; you just have to balance those against the risks and the downsides. That’s one of the reasons why we think every now and then doing a couple days of fasting may be really beneficial.” [17:55] “It’s a great mental reset tool to get you back - to help kickstart a healthier lifestyle. That is the number one thing we’ve heard from ninety percent of our customers; it is much easier to adopt a healthy lifestyle after a detox.” [34:17]   In This Episode What intermittent fasting and time-restricted fasting is [2:12] How prolonged fasting is different from other more common fasting methods [5:05] How autophagy helps the body build healthier cells when fasting [8:58] What happens to nutrient-sensing pathways during a fast [14:50] How Prolon can help you achieve the benefits of a prolonged fast [19:32] What clinical trials have shown researchers [31:50] Tips for being more comfortable while fasting and who shouldn’t do it [35:20] How ProLon has changed since its initial development [40:47]   Links & Resources Read The Magnificence of Magnesium and use code MAGNESIUM for 10% Off Magnesium Products   ProLon ProLon Professional L-Nutra The Longevity Diet by Victor Longo   Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative    Related Episodes  Episode 11: Intermittent Fasting Truths with Cynthia Thurlow

    Liver Cleansing with Steven Dake

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2021 50:08


    Improving your digestive health is one of the most vital things you can do to improve your overall health. By reducing your toxic load and doing regular liver detoxes, your health will start to improve. Steven Dake of Ortho Molecular Products, the creator of the Core Restore Liver Cleansing Program, speaks about what steps we can take to reduce our symptoms of toxic overload and the importance of regularly cleansing the liver.   The Four “R” Approach to Improving Gastrointestinal Health: Remove Toxins Replace Toxin Containing Foods & Products Re-establish Good Gut Health Repair & Rebalance   About Steven Dake We all have pivotal moments in our respective health journeys that mold and shape our future. For Steven Dake, this was the passing of his beloved grandfather and the exposure of his battle lost to Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.  As an agent for change in the battle against chronic disease, Steven began his career working alongside several hundred functional physicians, ranging in specialty from autoimmunity and Lyme to metabolic disorders. He now has the privilege of interacting and consulting with thousands of functionally-minded practitioners.  Through all of that, Steven has garnered a vast array of best practices that he has the blessing of sharing with clinicians and their patient communities.  It gives him a great sense of purpose knowing that a single conversation with a clinician can positively impact an entire community.   Where Toxins Come From Steven Dake joins me from Ortho Molecular Products to talk about the importance of cleansing your liver regularly. He explains the four pillars of Gastrointestinal Health are: Digestion, Elimination, Establishing the Microfloral Balance, Gut Integrity, and Rebalancing. In this episode, we’re focusing on Elimination. Steven describes what toxins actually are and where they come from. For almost all of us, we’re exposed to chemicals and toxins in the products we use, the food we eat, and even the air around us. Steven states that the air inside our house is probably more likely more toxic than the air outside. On average, we’re exposed to 100 different chemicals before we even leave for work! This is why it’s so important to open the windows, even in winter, to let the air circulate.   How to Reduce Your Toxic Load Steve talks about some of the symptoms of a toxic overload, most commonly, generally feeling unwell and having brain fog. But the good news is that it’s relatively quick to start reducing these symptoms.  By changing your household and personal care products, making sure you buy organic vegetables and fruit (check out the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen), and using dedicated liver cleanse products, your toxic load will start to lower.  There are some groups of people who should not use a liver cleanse program, including pregnant women and those with liver issues, and anyone with Diabetes should be cautious. Steven explains why we should be looking to do a liver cleanse about every six months. Have you ever done a liver cleanse before? What results did you have from reducing your toxic load? Let me know in the comments on the episode page. Call the Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic today and schedule your first appointment at 319-363-0033.   Quotes “The average individual is exposed to 100 different toxins before they leave their house in the morning.” [8:48] “When you’re locked inside your home, especially in an environment or region of the country experiencing harsh winters, you’re locked inside with all of those toxins from cleaning agents, aerosols, hairspray, etc. All of which contribute to the environmental toxic capacity that you’re in, which is a huge concern. At the very least, air out your home!” [22:20] “You’re not going to lose weight effectively until you reduce your toxic burden. The average person carries around 14lbs of toxins with them at any given point. That’s pretty scary. But it also opens the door to reduce some of that toxic burden and set the stage for a more healthy weight in the future.” [43:55] “I would suggest that everybody take more of an active role in their healthcare journey and do more investigatory work themselves.” [46:44]   In This Episode What the pillars of Gastrointestinal (GI) health are [4:30] What toxins are and where they come from [6:15] Why you should roll your windows down while driving on the freeway [12:30] Some of the symptoms of a toxic overload [25:00] What happens when you start a liver cleanse [30:00] Why you should follow the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen guides [38:00] Who should not use the Core Restore program [41:00] How often you should cleanse your liver [46:00]   Links & Resources Check out the Why Antioxidants are Important blog and get 10% off Mitochondrial Complex with code ENERGY   Core Restore Liver Detox- Vanilla Core Restore Liver Detox- Chocolate Core Restore 14 Day Kit (Vanilla) Core Restore 14 Day Kit (Chocolate)   Documentaries to Watch Stink  The Human Experiment Living Downstream   Books to Read Silent Spring by Rachel Carson   Check out the Environmental Working Group Download the Healthy Living App Dirty Dozen Clean Fifteen   Find Steve Dake on LinkedIn   Find Ortho Molecular Products Online Follow Ortho Molecular Products on LinkedIn   Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative    Related Episodes  Episode 6: 5 Supplements Myths Pt 1 W/ Tom Houle Episode 7: 5 Supplements Myths Pt 2 W/ Tom Houle Episode 10: 5 Pillars Of A Toxin-free Lifestyle With Aimee Carlson


    Benefits of Sauna Therapy with Nicole Carlson

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2021 43:54

    Forty-five minutes in a sauna every other day is the perfect time to relax, meditate or pray, and release toxins. Not to mention all the other health benefits regular sauna use provides! Health and wellness expert, Nicole Carlson from Sunlighten Saunas, speaks about how infrared saunas are an essential piece of your wellness routine and what sets these saunas apart from other leading brands.   The Benefits of Sauna: Eliminating Toxins & Detoxing the Body Losing Weight Increasing Blood Circulation Improving Immunity Relaxing Reducing Blood Pressure   About Nicole Carlson Nicole Carlson has an extensive background in the health and wellness industry. Her passion is helping others through education, consulting & training to both heal, improve and preserve health and wellness.  Nicole specializes in scientific-based yet holistic approaches to healing and life balance. She commits to offering cutting-edge wellness services that empower clients to reach their health goals quickly through light therapy.   Why Infrared Saunas are Different Nicole’s background in health and wellness makes this in-depth conversation about infrared sauna technology jam-packed. Her conclusive answers to my questions help explain everything you want to know about this technology. But what is this technology? Nicole explains what exactly infrared light is and how it’s utilized to create state-of-the-art saunas. Nicole’s company, Sunlighten Saunas, uses near-, mid-, and far-infrared light to create a space of healing and relaxation. Nicole explains the difference between each of these light types and why it’s important to have access to each of them. Using a sauna has so many benefits, but one of the biggest is helping the body sweat and release toxins. Sweating is essential for good health and everyone should try to sweat at least once a day. That’s where an at-home sauna is especially beneficial.   The Benefits of Regular Sauna Use Not only does a sauna help your body remove toxic chemicals, even some heavy metals, it also helps to boost your immune system. Your immune system is necessary for preventing sickness. A strong immune system also helps decrease the length of time you’re sick. Nicole explains some of the other benefits of regular sauna use, such as increasing your blood circulation, relaxing, reducing your blood pressure, and even losing weight.  Nicole talks about why it’s not safe to create your own sauna. She also shares what sets Sunlighten Saunas apart from most other infrared saunas on the market. And finally, she gives some great tips for getting started with regular sauna use. Have you used a sauna before? Did you experience any health benefits as Nicole talks about? Let me know in the comments on the episode page. Call the Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic today and schedule your first appointment at 319-363-0033.   Quotes "And so by sauna use and getting rid of those toxins, then your body can really focus and it can really begin to build the immunity and the immune system that you need and that you were born to have right? Before we started being exposed to all of these things. So immunity is great. It's not only great for preventing sickness but also when you're ill, it decreases. Typically the time, the length, the duration that you're sick as well." [17:54] “Based on NASA research, we figured out how to deliver the far-infrared at the exact wavelength that the body can use all of it up. Infrared through sunlight and sauna is 99% emissive, which means you’re getting 99% of the infrared that’s traveling into your body. That’s why it’s so important, where all that magic happens, is that three-degree rise in your core body temperature.” [20:10] “You can start using a sauna at the higher temperatures. It’s all about how you feel. The more important thing is just to not do it for 45 minutes at 150F the first time you do it.” [36:32]   In This Episode What infrared light is and how it’s used in the sauna [4:30] What the benefits of far, mid, and near-infrared light are [5:45] Why it’s essential to sweat and eliminate toxins every day [10:30] How sauna use can help the body detox, even from some heavy metal overdoses [13:00] Why you shouldn’t make your own sauna [23:00] The safest way to start using a sauna [35:00]   Links & Resources Read The Magnificence of Magnesium and use code MAGNESIUM for 10% Off Magnesium Products Get $200 off Cabin Units or $100 off Solo Portable Unit with Free Shipping (a $600 saving!) by Mentioning the Your Longevity Blueprint Podcast, my name, Dr. Stephanie Gray, or naming the Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic    Find Sunlighten Saunas Online Follow Sunlighten Saunas on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn   Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative    Related Episodes  Episode 10: 5 Pillars Of A Toxin-free Lifestyle With Aimee Carlson Episode 34: How To Better Your Am Routine With Jane Hogan Episode 30: Soma Breathing For Longevity With Jen Broyles

    How to Reduce Toxins in the Home with Genevieve White

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 3, 2021 39:24

    It’s never too late to start reducing the toxic load in your home. I’m joined by Genevieve White who brings her incredible story back from chronic illness. Genevieve also shares some insight into how to start reducing your household toxins, from easy to implement tips to longer-term projects to undertake.   The Easiest & Most Impactful Way to Reduce Your Toxic Load: Open your windows every day Leave your shoes at the door Dust often with a moist rag Remove the phthalates in your home   About Genevieve White Genevieve White healed herself from years of chronic fatigue, digestive disorders, and generalized pain through extensive detoxification of both her body and her living environment. This experience moved her to leave her career in marketing and become a Certified Health Coach and Environmental Health Specialist.  In this capacity, she works with people on the autoimmune spectrum that haven’t been able to get the help they need from their doctors. Together they address diet and lifestyle factors that ultimately lead to more energy, better digestion, and resolved inflammation.  Her knowledge and expertise make her a go-to resource for people experiencing chronic conditions, and her interviews and writing are available on a variety of online natural health summits, docu-series, and websites.   The Toxic Load in Our Home Genevieve White brings quite the tale of how an unusually high toxic load made her chronically ill - to the point she didn’t know if she’d ever be well again. However, once she discovered the source of her illness: toxins - she transformed her lifestyle, reduced the toxins in her regular routine, and found her way back to herself. She explains some of the processes she went through to reduce her toxic load. Genevieve’s biggest recommendation is to undergo detoxes, especially from the use of saunas. But it’s not just the toxic load in our bodies and outside the home that we should worry about. Genevieve reveals that the air inside our home is significantly more toxic than the outside air. This is due to our use of chemical cleaners, detergents, perfumes, personal care products, and quite a few other products you might not even consider.   How to Start Reducing Your Toxic Load Genevieve shares that many of our household products contain phthalates and other chemicals. She recommends replacing our storage containers, carpets, shower curtains, mattresses, and everyday cleaners. It doesn’t have to be all at once as we all know that can be an expensive undertaking, but when you do replace something, try to choose something with a lower toxic load. Environmental toxins predominantly link to the prevalence of chronic illness our society has right now. As we’ve developed more and more different types of chemicals and plastics, our bodies have come under pretty severe stress trying to keep up with it. As Genevieve says, no one’s body is built to be able to detoxify that amount of exposure. Genevieve leaves us with some parting advice to start reducing your toxic load immediately. From opening your windows every day to taking your shoes off at the door, there are simple ways you can create lasting change in your house. What products will you start replacing with lower toxic loads? Let me know in the comments on the episode page.   Quotes “We have way more exposures to toxins than our bodies are built for. There are over 84,000 chemicals listed for use in the US marketplace. No one’s body is built to be able to detoxify that amount of exposure.” [6:36] “What people need to be aware of is that in most situations if it says BPA-free, it’s been replaced by BPS or BPF which is just as dangerous, if not worse, than BPA. I recommend people replace these products with glass or stainless steel.” [16:56] “If you’re not detoxifying and going through the process of being really careful with getting these toxins out of your body as you’re losing weight, you’re releasing the toxins into your bloodstream which is making you sick. That’s why you keep going on the diet cycle.” [26:03]   In This Episode How to remove heavy metal toxicity from your body [9:00] Why the air inside our home is more toxic than the air outside [10:30] Some of the hidden sources of plastic you need to be aware of [14:00] Why you need to replace your household plastics with less toxic materials [18:00] Why environmental toxins relate to chronic disease [24:30] How to easily reduce your household toxic load [34:00]   Links & Resources Check Out Why Antioxidants are Important on the Blog and use Code ENERGY for 10% off Mitochondrial Complex Get your Free copy of How to Make or Buy Personal Care Products that Support Your Health   Buy a Magnolia Barrier Protector for your Mattress Buy a Mattress Wrap to Block Off-Gassing Chemicals Learn About Safety Ratings for Household Cleaners Find Made Safe Online   Find Genevieve White Online Follow Genevieve White on Instagram | Facebook   Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative    Related Episodes  Episode 10: 5 Pillars Of A Toxin-free Lifestyle With Aimee Carlson Episode 32: Happy Hormones For Life With Dr. Deb Matthew Episode 15: Community And Curiosity For Longevity With Dr. Sandra Scheinbaum

    Power of Essential Oils with Jodi Sternoff Cohen

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 24, 2021 55:29

    Essential oils can be a vital part of your health and wellness routine. Despite them being quite a hot topic right now, the science behind why essential oils work is fascinating. Jodi Sternoff Cohen, the founder of Vibrant Blue Oils, joins me today to talk all about essential oils for health.   Essential Oils are Most Effective for Five Specific Things: Balancing the Nervous System Supporting Restful Sleep Helping Move Lymph Flow and Circulation Calming the Endocrine System Modulating the Immune System   About Jodi Sternoff Cohen Jodi Sternoff Cohen is a bestselling author, award-winning journalist, functional practitioner, and founder of Vibrant Blue Oils, where she has combined her training in nutritional therapy and aromatherapy to create unique proprietary blends of organic and wild-crafted essential oils.  She has helped over 50,000 clients heal from brain-related challenges, including anxiety, insomnia, and autoimmunity. For the past ten years, she has lectured at wellness centers, conferences, and corporations on brain health, essential oils, stress, and detoxification. She has been seen in The New York Times, Wellness Mama, Elephant Journal, and numerous publications.  Her website, vibrantblueoils.com, is visited by over 300,000 natural health seekers every year, and she has rapidly become a top resource for essential oils education on the Internet today.  Jodi would like to talk about her new book - "Essential Oils to Boost the Brain and Heal the Body", She can talk about the Parasympathetic state and how it can support your health.   How Essential Oils Work Jodi Sternoff Cohen started her journey into oils after she’d exhausted what seemed like all other options. But once she discovered the science behind essential oils and started mixing her own blends, Jodi finally felt like herself for the first time in years. One of the reasons essential oils work so well is that their scent goes directly to your brain - one of the most difficult parts of your body to treat for any illness. But Jodi cautions against using any oil, even some of the leading ones on the market, as not all oils are of equal quality. Jodi recommends using organic oils only - especially since you’re smelling and ingesting them. Jodi gives some great insight into who should use essential oils and how they work. While essential oil use is beneficial for many conditions, from mental health to physical health, there are some illnesses you shouldn’t use oils to treat. Oils essentially work by creating a positive interaction with your Vagus Nerve, the largest nerve in our bodies, which helps promote your body’s own healing.   How to Use Essential Oils There are many different ways to use essential oils. Jodi’s preferred methods are direct inhalation (breathing in through the nostrils) or applying to the skin. When applying the oils to the skin, it’s important to use a carrier oil, such as high-quality, organic coconut oil. Essential oil use is extremely beneficial for middle-aged women in particular as it aids in so many different parts of your life and health. But it’s not solely women who can benefit from oils, men, children, and pets can, too! Jodi gives us her best tips for working with essential oils for your children and pets. Her advice? Let your kids pick their own - it helps to strengthen their intuition and bond with the oils. Finally, Jodi wants you to know that it’s okay if you don’t like the smell of oil. You don’t need to use it. Trust yourself to pick the oils you need to use. Do you use essential oils? What’s your favorite oil to use? Let me know in the comments on the episode page!   Quotes “Trust yourself. Trust your intuition. If something smells artificial, avoid it.” [15:52] “The on-off switch between the sympathetic branch of the nervous system and the parasympathetic branch is the longest nerve in the body that most people have never heard of: It’s your Vagus Nerve, Cranial Nerve #10. Anatomy lesson: Starts at the very base of the skull, winds around both sides - if you feel behind your earlobe right now, that’s your mastoid bone that you’re feeling. That’s where your Vagus Nerve is most accessible to the surface. It innervates the throat, mouth, larynx, heart, lungs, every organ of digestion and detoxification. It’s a bi-directional communication system. This is how the brain communicates to the body and how the body communicates to the brain. Anywhere that it touches and innervates, like the lungs, can activate your sympathetic calm-down branch. Like if you do yoga and wonder why you always feel great during Savasana, it’s because of the breathing and the postures. You’re stimulating your Vagus Nerve, you’re activating your parasympathetic nervous system, and you’re basically turning on your ability to heal. That’s where oils are super magical.”  [20:36] “The more obstacles you put in someone’s way, the harder it is for them to actually adhere to it. That was the point of the book: I give you the exact recipe if you want to do it yourself, fabulous. If that’s not your cup of tea, I’ll do it for you. It’s trying to meet people where they’re at and give them more information to use oils in an even more robust way to support their healing.” [35:09]   In This Episode What oil blend helped Jodi feel herself for the first time in years [6:30] Why smell is the fastest route to the brain [14:00] How to choose a safe and organic essential oil [15:30] What health conditions essential oils are best for [18:00] What the role of carrier oil is [22:30] How essential oils are beneficial to middle-aged women [31:00] How children can use essential oils [37:00] What pets and animals can be exposed to essential oils [47:00]   Links & Resources Use code DIM for 10% off DIM or code ESTROGENDETOX for 15% off DIM + Other Supplements Use code LIVERDETOX for 10% off the Core Restore Program   Use Code BLUEPRINT10 for $10 Off All Oils Parasympathetic - 5mL Hypothalamus - 5mL Lymph - 5mL   Pre-Order Essential Oils to Boost the Brain & Heal the Body by Jodi Sternoff Cohen Download your FREE Bonus Chapter  Find Jodi Sternoff Cohen Online Follow Jodi Sternoff Cohen on Instagram | Facebook | Facebook Group | YouTube | LinkedIn | Pinterest   Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative    Related Episodes  Episode 31: Gut/Brain Connection With Dr. Lauryn Lax Episode 30: Soma Breathing For Longevity With Jen Broyles Episode 32: Happy Hormones For Life With Dr. Deb Matthew

    BioTe Hormone Pellet Therapy with Dr. Gary Donovitz

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 17, 2021 60:32

    Testosterone is more important than estrogen in women. Have I got your attention? Dr. Gary Donovitz joins me to talk about testosterone replacement therapy for men and women. He explains the importance of this hormone in women and why it’s more important to focus on it before estrogen.   Benefits of Testosterone Pellets Bone Density Increase Improved Brain Function Better Mood Thicker Hair More Restful Sleep Increased Muscle Function   About Dr. Gary Donovitz Dr. Gary Donovitz is the founder and chairman of BioTE®️ Medical. He is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist. He has sought to provide each patient with compassionate high-quality care for the past 30 years.  After witnessing how bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT, helped one of his patients, Dr. Donovitz dedicated himself to pioneering BHRT through his work with BioTE Medical.  He is an international teacher of BHRT, and his company BioTE Medical is a leading innovator in subcutaneous hormone pellet therapy.  Dr. Donovitz himself has performed more than 50,000 pellet insertions and shared the BioTE method with thousands of practitioners nationwide. He is a current fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.  Dr. Donovitz has spent his life- making wellness available for those that traditional medicine has often ignored, and his company, BioTE Medical, is changing the face of health care for us all.   Estrogen and Testosterone for Longevity and Vitality Dr. Gary Donovitz brings his wealth of knowledge in the field of hormone replacement to talk about why so many Americans need this kind of therapy as they age. Testosterone plays such a vital role in both men’s and women’s health, and he details exactly what role it plays in the body. Over the years, hormone replacement therapy, especially estrogen replacement, has developed a bad reputation. Gary explains why this is and how modern forms of estrogen replacement are safer. As he says, not all estrogen is equal. But, while estrogen is important for women’s health, Gary argues that testosterone is actually more important - at least at first. Testosterone begins reducing earlier than estrogen. He says that it’s vital to improve testosterone levels early to improve your vitality and longevity.   Symptoms and Side Effects Gary details some of the symptoms of low testosterone in women. Low mood, brain fog, and anxiousness are common symptoms. While more painful menstruation, pain during intercourse, and difficulty getting pregnant are also indications that there is some hormone imbalance. Women with PCOS who tend to have higher levels of androgens and testosterone in their younger years might be apprehensive about starting this type of hormone replacement. However, Gary assures that testosterone replacement is safe, even for women with PCOS. The only difference being that he would start pellets later in life. Americans are more likely to experience hormone imbalances than people from other continents. This is due to the number of plastics and other additives we’re faced with every day. Finally, in a moment of full disclosure, we discuss the possible side effects of using testosterone pellets. Gary explains the most common side effects, from some excess hair to increased libido in women and smaller testicles and reduced sperm count in men. As with everything, knowing the possible side effects makes it easier to make an informed decision. Have you noticed any symptoms of reduced testosterone? How have you tried to improve your hormone counts naturally? Call my practice the Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic today and schedule your first appointment at 319-363-0033 or find a BioTe provider who can help you optimize that testosterone.   Quotes “Estrogen is important, not just for hot flashes and vaginal dryness, but for long-term longevity. It is an important hormone.” [11:45] “Not all estrogens are created equal. That’s the take-home message.” [17:51] “So many people think hormones are dangerous - but what if they’re not? Patients and physicians have to be reeducated because there are all these fears about hormones and whether they’re safe.” [32:15]   In This Episode Why testosterone is important for men’s health [9:00] What role testosterone has in women’s health [13:15] What effect different forms of estrogen replacement have on the body [17:00] Why testosterone matters more at first than estrogen [20:00] Some of the symptoms of low testosterone in menopause [21:00] How testosterone impacts women with PCOS [27:30] Why American women have more hormone reduction than women on other continents [43:50] Possible side effects of testosterone replacement therapy [50:00]   Links & Resources Use code ESTROGENDETOX for 10% off Dim Use code LIVERDETOX for 10% off Core Restore   Visit My Clinic, the Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic, to find out more about testosterone pellets in Iowa. Buy Testosterone Matters… More!: The Secret to Healthy Aging in Women by Dr. Gary Donovitz Find Dr. Gary Donovitz Online Follow Dr. Gary Donovitz on Instagram | Facebook   Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative    Related Episodes  Episode 8: Male 2.0 W/ Dr. Tracy Gapin Episode 38: Sexual Regenerative Medicine With Susan Bratton Episode 32: Happy Hormones For Life With Dr. Deb Matthew

    Sexual Regenerative Medicine with Susan Bratton

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2021 47:37

    You don’t have to resign yourself to a loss of libido, desire, and sexual pleasure as you age. Susan Bratton, Intimacy Wellness Expert, joins me to talk about how you can start improving your hormones, increase your libido, and increase your vagina’s natural lubrication once again.   You might find sexual intercourse painful because of: Lack of or Low Libido Loss of Desire Low Levels of Arousal   About Susan Bratton Susan Bratton, Intimacy Wellness Expert is a champion and advocate for all those who desire intimacy and passion their whole long life. She is the best-selling author and publisher of lovemaking techniques, bedroom communication skills, and sexual vitality advice including Sexual Soulmates, Relationship Magic, Revive Her Drive, Ravish Him, The Steamy Sex Ed™️ Video Collection, Hormone Balancing, The Pump Guide, and Thrust-In-Time.  These are examples of the exciting variety of her 34 books and programs. Susan is an expert in intimate wellness, sexual regenerative protocols, and ageless sexuality.  You can find the Susan Bratton Show®️ on BetterLover.com, her more personal posts on Instagram, and her new sexual vitality supplements, Flow, Boost, Desire, and Drive at The20store.com.   Why We Experience Pain and Dryness Susan Bratton brings her wealth of knowledge about sexual intimacy and health for a very open and honest conversation that I think we all need to hear. She starts by explaining why so many women experience pain, discomfort, and vaginal dryness as they age. Hormones absolutely play a role in your sexual health and it’s essential that you start rebuilding your reserves. Susan shares some of her preferred techniques for increasing your hormones to improve not just your sexual health, but your overall health. It might surprise you to learn it’s not just down to your hormones. Your libido, arousal, and desire are all linked to sexual pleasure. If you’re experiencing dryness or pain, Susan recommends exploring alternatives to hormone replacement therapy to improve these areas of your sexual health.   How to Improve Your Libido One of the best things you can do to improve your sexual health is to take supplements. Susan shares her recommendations and explains why she actually started her own range of sexual health supplements. She says that at the very least, you should be taking a daily multivitamin. While you’re naturally increasing your body’s lubrication, you can use other types of lubricants to make sex more pleasurable for you. Susan explains what types of lubricants you should look for; her biggest takeaway is to look for ones that you can actually eat yourself - like avocado or almond oil. Susan also says why we shouldn’t use something like coconut or olive oil as a lubricant. Finally, we talk about some of the ways to improve your vaginal or penile tissue that will naturally loosen as you age. Susan explains some of the techniques she’s used, such as the V-Fit device, PRP injections, and O-Shots (and the P-Shot for men). What concerns do you have about your own sexual health and libido? Have you started eating more beetroot and leafy greens? Let me know in the comments on the episode page.   Quotes “Even though how lubricated we are is not correlated with how aroused we are, in our feeling in our body, it is, for a lot of us. We could be really turned on and dry as a bone if we don’t have enough nitric oxide or we could be really, really wet if we have!” [16:28] “Don’t buy any lubricant that has any ingredients that you can’t spell.” [30:05] “I had a PRP injection and an O-shot (orgasm shot) and a tear in my vagina finally repaired. Finally, between the V-Fit and the O-Shots, I was able to get my vagina back to feeling youthful and having really nice climaxes again and no painful sex.” [38:55]   In This Episode Why you might be experiencing pain during sexual intercourse [8:00] Why it’s essential to optimize your hormones for ultimate sexual health [10:00] What therapies outside of hormone replacement therapy are available to help women regain their libido [11:15] What supplements you should take to increase your libido [21:00] What type of lubrication you should use [30:00] Some of the ways to repair vaginal and penile tissue [36:45]   Links & Resources Use code MAGNESIUM for 10% off Magnesium Use code LIVERDETOX for 10% off Core Restore   How About 38 Fascinating Facts That Supercharge Your Sex Drive? Buy Susan Bratton's Supplements Online The Ultimate Intimate Care Combo   Find Susan Bratton Online Follow Susan Bratton on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn   Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative    Related Episodes  Episode 8: Male 2.0 W/ Dr. Tracy Gapin Episode 32: Happy Hormones For Life With Dr. Deb Matthew Episode 27: Top 20 Longevity Tips From 2020

    Tips for Healing from Hashimoto's with Dr. Anshul Gupta

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 3, 2021 43:50


    Hashimoto’s Disease is one of the most common causes of long-term thyroid conditions, but it’s also one of the least diagnosed. I’m joined by Dr. Anshul Gupta to talk about his special interest in Hashimoto’s and what we can do to further our diagnosis.   The Best Supplements for Hashimoto’s Disease NAD L-Carnitine  Co-Q10 (Dr. Gupta recommends MitoQ) Magnesium   About Dr. Anshul Gupta Dr. Anshul Gupta is a Board-Certified Family Medicine Physician, with advanced certification in Functional Medicine, Peptide therapy, and also Fellowship trained in Integrative Medicine.  He worked at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic Department of Functional Medicine as a staff physician alongside Dr. Mark Hyman. He now specializes in treating Hashimoto’s disease and help people reverse their unresolved symptoms of thyroid dysfunction.  Conventional medicine doesn’t have all the answers for a vast majority of patients suffering from Hashimoto’s diseases and that’s where a Functional Medicine model can be helpful. Dr. Gupta makes personalized Functional Medicine plans for people with Hashimoto’s to end fatigue, reduce brain fog, and lose weight sustainably. Through his 3-step process, he not only heals the thyroid but also rejuvenates mitochondria to help women with Hashimoto’s to live their life to the fullest.   How to Finally get a Hashimoto’s Diagnosis Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune disease that causes your body and immune system to attack your thyroid. If untreated, it can lead to more serious and long-term thyroid conditions. Dr. Anshul Gupta talks about how this disease manifests in your body and what it means for your long-term health. While an unfortunately common disease, Hashimoto’s is chronically underdiagnosed because the markers aren’t often tested for. Because it’s often missed, more serious cases of thyroid disease show up that are often too advanced to fully cure. If you think you might have Hashimoto’s disease, ask your doctor to run these labs for you: Thyroid Hormones, Antibodies, and Inflammation Markers. Dr. Gupta talks about T3 and reverse T3 hormones and why your physician should be aware of the impact of these on Hashimoto’s disease.   Healing Hashimoto’s Disease Naturally Dr. Gupta talks about what some of the contributing factors of Hashimoto’s are. Some of these you can reduce yourself, such as reducing your consumption of gluten and dairy, others might take a medical intervention. Dr. Gupta explains the relationship between your body’s mitochondria and Hashimoto’s disease. He gives some accessible ways to improve your mitochondrial connection. Finally, Dr. Gupta talks about the link between adrenal fatigue and thyroid health. One of the most important things you can do to improve your adrenals is to practice stress reduction techniques. Downtime is absolutely vital and we both urge you to train yourself to relax for your health. When’s the last time you did nothing? I challenge you to take five minutes every day for the next week to literally do nothing, then report back. Let me know how that was for you in the comments on the episode page.   Quotes “If T3 is your gas pedal, reverse T3 is your brake pedal. A lot of times, people come to me saying their thyroid numbers look good, their T3 and T4 is good, why are they having problems? So I check their reverse T3, which is super high. So even though you have a good amount of T3, the functioning of T3 is hampered because the reverse T3 is too high.” [12:45 “I always tell my patients to use some destressing techniques. It can be meditations, deep breathing, cultivating a hobby, or just five minutes every day of not doing anything.” [35:46] “Magnesium is the key. Magnesium doesn’t get the limelight that it should. It’s involved in more than 300 biometric processes in our body. It’s one of the most important minerals that our body needs to function.” [38:14]   In This Episode What Hashimoto’s Disease is and how it affects our body [8:00] What blood tests and markers diagnose Hashimoto’s Disease [10:00] What you need to know about reverse T3 hormones [12:00] What factors contribute to Hashimoto’s Disease [13:30] How to restore the mitochondria connection [17:30] How to improve your adrenal health [31:00] The importance of downtime [35:00]   Links & Resources Use code LIVERDETOX 10% off Core Restore Take the Free Thyroid Quiz   Find Dr. Anshul Gupta Online Follow Dr. Anshul Gupta on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | LinkedIn   Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative    Related Episodes  Episode 11: Intermittent Fasting Truths With Cynthia Thurlow Episode 14: Supporting The Mitochondria With Nad And Peptides W/ Dr. Amber Krogsrud Episode 30: Soma Breathing For Longevity With Jen Broyles


    Life Advice from a 96-Year-Old Grandpa George Mellor

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2021 23:36

    Have you ever wondered what centenarians do differently? I’m delighted to invite my own 96-year-old Grandpa on the show to talk about how his lifestyle directly impacted his longevity.   The Keys to Longevity Farm-Fresh Food and Home Cooked Meals Relaxing and Rejuvenating Resilience Community Drinking Plenty of Water Faith   About Grandpa George Mellor George Mellor is my very own Grandpa! He was a farmer who’s, so far, lived to be 96 years old. His farm was the first in his region to implement irrigation.   Food Differences in the Last 100 Years Recording this episode with my Grandpa is by far one of my favorite moments with this podcast. George Mellor brings a wealth of insight and experience from his 96 years on this planet. Especially, but not limited to, what he believes contributes to his good health and longevity. George shares with us how food production differs now from when he grew up. He explains how there wasn’t any access to fresh meat over the summers, so he and his family relied on no meat or, sometimes, canned meat. Being a farmer was a demanding lifestyle, but George ensured he made time for rest and rejuvenation. Some of his favorite ways to replenish himself were fishing and hunting - getting deeply comfortable with nature.   Community and Faith Matters One of the other biggest contributing factors George attributes his longevity to is community. Just like the importance of community in places like Italy, which has the largest population of centenarians, even at home in the United States, we need more emphasis on the people and society surrounding us. Other aspects that George counts as major keys of his longevity: drinking plenty of water, staying resilient through everything, and having a strong faith. Finally, George lets us in on his best breakfast secrets: bacon and eggs as often as possible, and heart-health, wallet-friendly oatmeal. What are some of your favorite breakfast foods? How do you rely on your community? What’s your best memory with your grandpa? Let me know in the comments on the episode page.   Quotes “You really don’t have any choice. You just have to buckle down and take care of the crisis.” [12:50] “I worked for a while at the civil service and I decided I wanted to be a farmer. Dumbest thing I’ve ever done in my life, but I don’t regret it today. I did what I wanted to do.” [18:18] “I’m just glad I had a normal life. That’s about all I can say on that.” [23:26]   In This Episode What a farm-life diet looked like in the early 1900s [2:30] Some of the best ways to relax and rejuvenate [10:45] Why community is so important for your longevity [17:15] Some of the best breakfasts foods for longevity and long-term health [21:15] What the keys to longevity are [24:00]   Links & Resources Use code MAGNESIUM for a discount on my Magnesium Chelate Supplement   Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative    Related Episodes  Episode 15: Community And Curiosity For Longevity With Dr. Sandra Scheinbaum Episode 35: Happiness: The Missing Ingredient In Health With Margie Bissinger Episode 27: Top 20 Longevity Tips From 2020

    Happiness: The Missing Ingredient in Health with Margie Bissinger

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2021 41:05

    You can live a happier life, right now! Margie Bissinger, happiness expert, joins me to talk about how you can transform your base level of happiness to increase your overall life joy, health, and feel better every day.   Increase Your Happiness Base Level: Focus on What’s Possible Be aware of Complain, Blame, or Shame Stop Your Negative Thought Patterns Soak in the Good Around You   About Margie Bissinger Margie Bissinger is a physical therapist, integrative health coach, and happiness trainer. Margie has over 25 years of experience helping people with osteoporosis and osteopenia improve their bone health through an integrative comprehensive approach utilizing whole foods, exercise, supplements, mind-body relaxation techniques, and happiness training. Margie is the author of Osteoporosis: An Exercise Guide. She oversees all the osteoporosis initiatives in the state of New Jersey as the physical therapy representative to the NJ Interagency Council on Osteoporosis. Margie created a holistic online 6-week program, Happy Bones, Happy Life to give people the tools to achieve optimal bone health naturally, Margie believes that happiness plays an integral role in our bone and overall health.  She has been teaching her patients’ happiness habits for over 30 years and has seen the powerful effects happiness has on chronic pain and recovery. Margie teaches the Happy Me, Happy Life online program to help people increase their base level of happiness while improving their health.  Margie has lectured to Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, hospitals, and women’s groups throughout the country. She is featured in the New York Times, Menopause Management, OB-GYN News, and contributed to numerous health and fitness books.   Happiness is a State of Being Margie Bissinger brings her many years of experience as a happy person to the show, sharing with us insight from life, coaching, and creating happiness courses. One of the biggest aspects of happiness is that so many of us feel like we need to chase it. But, as Margie explains, happiness isn’t a destination. It doesn’t happen when we get the next “thing” or the next “step” on our path. Happiness comes from within. Margie gives us the full definition of happiness and then proceeds to break down what we need to do to feel this everyday baseline. We acknowledge that there is a lot of unhappiness in the world right now. The world is a scary place! Margie shares why this is and what we can do to elevate our baseline happiness despite everything that’s going on.   Tips to Increase Your Happiness One amazing tip that Margie has is to actually work to change your mindset about negative circumstances. How can you look at the situation and see the positives? Or, if that’s a stretch, what other joyful things happened to you that can help counteract that negative experience? Margie provides some truly actionable steps on how to increase our baseline happiness. Focusing on what’s possible, instead of what isn’t possible, stopping your negative thought patterns, and soaking up all the goodness that’s around you. Finally, Margie shares her greatest tip for lasting happiness: forgiveness. She quotes that old adage: holding onto resentment is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. You need to forgive someone, when you’re ready, for you, not for them. I challenge you to wish people happiness as often as you can. Margie’s personal favorite way to do this is to wish people HPH - Health, Prosperity, and Happiness. How can you wish HPH on someone today? Let me know in the comments on the episode page.   Quotes “Happiness is not based on your external circumstances. It’s internal.” [5:06] “Ask yourself how you can be a victor. What are the solutions? Focus on what you can do right now. On what is possible instead of what’s not possible.” [17:01] “Don’t belittle your own happiness and your own joy and what makes you feel good. You have one life to live and it can be happier. Why not embrace it?” [35:43]   In This Episode What the definition of happiness is [7:00] Why there is so much unhappiness in the world right now [9:45] What happens when you change your mindset about negative circumstances [12:30] How to increase our happiness set-point [16:00] What the power of forgiveness is [26:30]   Links & Resources Find Out More About the Happy Me, Happy Life Course Get Your Free 7-Minute Morning Meditation and Happiness Habits Journal Take the Quiz: How Happy for No Reason Are You? Listen to Happy Bones, Happy Life Listen to Episode 7- Dr. Stephanie Gray – A Functional Medicine Approach To Bone Health   Find Margie Bissinger Online Follow Margie Bissinger on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn   Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative    Related Episodes  Episode 30: Soma Breathing For Longevity With Jen Broyles Episode 32: Happy Hormones For Life With Dr. Deb Matthew Episode 15: Community And Curiosity For Longevity With Dr. Sandra Scheinbaum

    How to Better Your Am Routine with Jane Hogan

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2021 36:33


    Did you know that many of our chronic health issues stem from the gut? By changing the foods we eat, reducing our stress levels, and creating a mindful morning routine, we can vastly improve our health. Jane Hogan, “The Wellness Engineer,” joins me to talk about how she healed her rheumatoid arthritis using these methods.   The Benefits of Heart-Focused Breathing: Heart Coherence Increase Heart Rate Variability Helps PTSD and Anxiety   About Jane Hogan Jane Hogan, "The Wellness Engineer," is passionate about helping people release joint pain by naturally letting go of inflammatory foods, thoughts, and feelings so they are free to become the most magnificent version of themselves.  Her personal experience of overcoming crippling rheumatoid arthritis using natural solutions inspired her to leave a nearly 30-year engineering career and become a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach - Jane hung up her hard hat and followed her heart!  Through Jane Hogan Health, Jane applies her engineering problem-solving skills to help others build a solid foundation of mind-body wellness and design their own unique path back to strength, vitality, and freedom.  Hogan is the creator of Wonderful Fine: An Anti-Inflammatory Living Membership Program, helping others see they can achieve optimal health by intentionally designing a life based on what our own body needs. Jane has inspired over 150,000 people to take control of their health with natural solutions and features on multiple media outlets.   Healing Chronic Health Issues in the Gut Jane Hogan shares her personal story of how she, seemingly overnight, developed severe rheumatoid arthritis. Instead of letting this diagnosis define the rest of her life, she began a journey that eventually saw her leave her 30-year engineering career so she can help others heal their chronic health conditions. Jane explains how she applied mathematics principles in her quest to heal her arthritis. She then went through the process of removing potentially problematic foods from her diet. Jane shares the struggle she had reintroducing these foods and what realization she came to in the end. What Jane really wants you to know is that many of our chronic health conditions start in the gut. This means focusing on improving our gut health can solve many problems. Jane talks about some of the ways lousy gut health can show up in the body and stresses that inflammation and pain can be so different for different people.   Mental Health Practices to Improve Your Gut Health Once Jane started healing her gut health, she discovered other potential causes. She began noticing how stress manifested in her body and set out to reduce her stress levels. To start, she discovered, and now actively and regularly practices, heart-centered breathing. One of the ways that heart-centered breathing benefits us is that it increases our heart rate variability. Jane explains why this is something we should strive for in our health. Jane is also a convert to the miracle morning. She claims that when she implemented a morning routine, her stress levels reduced significantly, and her gut health, and therefore her other health issues, improved dramatically. Jane recommends Hal Elrod’s books on The Miracle Morning for more in-depth information. Finally, Jane believes that we all have the power to dramatically change our lives. It’s about envisioning the type of life we desire and manifesting it into reality. The solutions to all your problems lie within you. Have you tried mindful breathing exercises to improve your health? What benefits have you found from putting a regular morning routine in place? Let me know in the comments on the episode page.   Quotes “A lot of people don’t realize that inflammation in other parts of their body is due to their gut.” [13:42] “Our brain works in pictures so if you can visualize a picture in your head of what you want, then it helps it actually come to fruition.” [21:13] “Drink enough water. A lot of people just aren’t drinking enough water. That helps so much.” [29:54] “Think about putting good in. Good food, good thoughts, good feelings, good water, good air, good things on your skin, good people around you. Just exposing yourself to the best environment possible because the environment is what changes our gene expression.” [30:06]   In This Episode Why you have to cut out and reintroduce foods methodically [9:30] How symptoms of gut health issues can show up differently for different people [13:30] How heart-centered breathing can help you reduce stress and improve your gut health [15:00] Why you want to increase your heart rate variability [18:00] How a morning routine can improve your gut health [20:15] Why you need to understand that the solutions to your health and life lie within you [31:30]   Links & Resources Use code LIVERDETOX for 10% off the Core Restore Liver Detox Buy Adrenal Calm 3 Simple Ways to Help Calm Inflammation While Eating Find out More About The Miracle Morning   Find Jane Hogan Online Follow Jane Hogan on Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest   Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative    Related Episodes  Episode 31: Gut/Brain Connection With Dr. Lauryn Lax Episode 33: Biohacking With The Ingredientologist Shawn Wells Episode 32: Happy Hormones For Life With Dr. Deb Matthew


    Biohacking with the Ingredientologist Shawn Wells

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2021 61:29

    Improving your overall health and wellness is more than just what you eat and how much you move. Those pieces are important, but Shawn Wells joins me to talk about how optimal health also includes slowing down and supplementing well.   The Best Supplements to Take Vitamin D Berberine Curcumin CBD Vitamin C Polyphenols   About Shawn Wells Shawn Wells MPH, LDN, RD, CISSN, FISSN is the world’s leading nutritional biochemist and expert on Health Optimization. He has a Master’s degree in Nutrition and a minor in Exercise Science. He has formulated over 500 supplements, food, beverages, and cosmeceuticals and patented 10 novel ingredients and is now known as the Ingredientologist - the scientist of ingredients.  Formerly a Chief Clinical Dietitian with over a decade of clinical experience, he has counseled thousands of people on natural health solutions such as keto, paleo, fasting, and supplements.  Shawn has personally overcome various health issues including Epstein-Barr Virus, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, depression, insomnia, obesity, and a pituitary tumor.  As a world-renowned thought-leader on mitochondrial health, Shawn has been paid to speak on five different continents. His insights have been prominently featured in documentaries, nationally syndicated radio programs, and regularly on morning television. His expertise can help any health-conscious individual to better manage stress and experience higher performance and more energy through utilizing his practical research-backed solutions.   Testing Your Blood Markers Shawn Wells brings with him a wealth of information, much of it based on his own experience with health issues. His personal story is one we all need to hear to appreciate what he’s gone through and why he uses these experiences to fuel his future research and purpose. Shawn truly wants to help other people heal their health issues to live longer, fuller lives. Something Shawn recommends is to get your blood markers tested to determine your biological age. This is often drastically different from your chronological age and it is something you can impact with diet, exercise, and wellness routines. Along with this, Shawn discusses what your optimal blood markers should be. These markers are often different to what many medical professionals deem sufficient or “not deficient” but could still be causing you health problems.   Supplements and Slowing Down for Optimal Health Shawn recommends some of his favorite vitamins and supplements to take regularly in order to keep your body healthy. Most importantly, however, he talks about why everyone should increase their polyphenol intake to achieve optimal health.  Polyphenols exist in plant foods and are just packed with antioxidants. They can help with so many processes in our body, including improving our cardiovascular health, treating digestion issues, and helping to manage our weight. It’s not just supplements, diet, and exercise that Shawn recommends to achieve your optimal health. There are so many self-care practices that are essential to living your best life. Shawn explains how he does some intentional breathing exercises before he even gets out of bed in the morning to help retrain his thoughts and brain processes. Finally, Shawn’s top wellness tip is definitely for you to slow down and learn to enjoy life again. Not everything has to be go-go-go all the time. He takes inspiration from the lifestyle present in the blue zone, Sardinia, where people slow down for meals, eat whole foods, and enjoy good wine. Do you know any of your nutrient and hormone markers? What supplements have you already introduced to your routine? Let me know in the comments on the episode page.   Quotes “You either win or you learn. There’s no lose. You can drop all the regret. Everything has put you here right now. I feel so blessed for all the things that I’ve been through all the health issues, all the depression, the suicidal thoughts - all of it. Because I’m here, right now. It’s all served me to get here.” [12:52] “Berberine is an incredibly powerful compound. Everyone, and certainly all the 88%, should be taking this.” [29:45] “You can retrain your brain and just change the stories. If you don’t want to be the victim anymore, stop telling yourself stories where you’re the victim. Stop with the victim crap and start telling stories where you’re the hero. Start using that language with yourself. It’s time to be your own best advocate and best friend and start saying positive things.” [39:57] “The biggest shift for me was when I stopped hacking and hating myself and started loving myself and really doing these things with a different intent. Not trying to get more and level up, but just enjoying life. Put more life in my years than years in my life.” [55:21]   In This Episode How to check on your overall health picture to see what your biological age is [17:30] What the optimal markers of your labs are [20:30] Why berberine is the most important supplement you can take [26:00] Why you should increase your polyphenol intake [34:30] How to retrain your brain with breathing exercises [39:30] How slowing down and showing yourself self-love and care can calm your entire nervous system [47:00]   Links & Resources Beginners Guide: When And How To Supplement With Ketones Fasting: Is It Different For Women? A Guide A Guide To Mcts: Benefits And How To Supplement With   Find Shawn Wells Online Follow Shawn Wells on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn | Pinterest   Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative 

    Happy Hormones for Life with Dr. Deb Matthew

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2020 40:22

    Hormonal imbalances can happen to women at any age, even though many doctors might initially treat them as a different condition. I’m joined by Dr. Deb Matthew, the Happy Hormones Doctor, to talk about what you need to know about hormone imbalances and how to spot them at any age. She provides some wonderful insight into natural ways to lower your stress levels and also help balance your hormones without medical intervention.   Top Stress Reduction Strategies Practicing gratitude  Breathing exercises Meditation   About Dr. Deb Matthew Deb Matthew MD, the Happy Hormones Doctor, is a best-selling author, international speaker, wife, and mom of 4 boys. She is a frequent guest expert on podcasts, radio, and TV news and talk shows, with more than 60 appearances on NBC, ABC, CBS, and FOX.  Dr. Deb suffered for years with fatigue and irritability, and her quest to restore her own health led her to change everything about how she practices medicine. Now, instead of treating diseases with drugs, she helps resolve the root cause of your health issues to get your hormones back in balance - so you can get WELL, get OFF prescription drugs, and LOVE the way you feel!   How Hormone Imbalances Show up in Younger Women Hormonal imbalances can affect women at any age, yet doctors often don’t consider it a possibility for younger women. Dr. Deb Matthew talks about some of the common symptoms of hormone imbalances that women in their 20s and 30s might be experiencing. Unfortunately, it’s not just women in their 20s and 30s who get overlooked by many doctors. Women in peri-menopause are also at risk of hormonal imbalances, especially as they transition into menopause. Hormonal imbalances can come from any of our hormones. Deb explains how an imbalance of progesterone, testosterone, and estrogen can show up and impact our overall health.  Deb explains how stress can play a big role in how our hormones impact our health. She offers three simple methods to calm your stress levels to try to regulate your hormones, though often medical intervention is necessary.   Natural Ways to Balance Your Hormones Deb talks through some of the ways to diagnose hormone imbalances in women and why you’d choose the different options. She also gives some specific testing options for younger women who think they might have a hormone imbalance and how to start talking to their doctors about them. If you do have a hormonal imbalance, you might have to have some kind of medical intervention to improve it. However, Deb explains some of the ways you can help your body without medication. First, you should eat at least one serving of cruciferous vegetables every single day. Cruciferous veggies, or the DIM supplement, can really help balance you have more optimal hormone health. Finally, Deb offers some other natural ways you can improve any hormone imbalances you have. I’d love to know - what are you grateful for today? Let me know in the comments on the episode page.   Quotes “Nutrition is really important, physical exercise is really important, exercise is great for balancing hormones, it’s great for the quality of sleep and natural anti-anxiety and anti-depressant. We want to get enough physical exercise and we have to manage our stress, too. Because when we’re stressed, cortisol levels go up, that’s our main stress hormone. And cortisol regulates all the other hormones.” [14:25] “If you are feeling scared, worried, bitter, et cetera, your body can’t feel gratitude and fear and worry at the same time, so practicing gratitude is a way to shift. So if you catch yourself being upset and stressed, if you just stop and think of three things that you’re grateful for, it really makes a shift in your body.”  [17:44] “If you are going to do Estrogen Replacement Therapy, which I think is very valuable and the risks outweigh the benefits for the vast majority of women, but we want to put that Estrogen in a healthy body. It’s not so much that the Estrogen is the problem, it’s how your body processes and uses the Estrogen. If you can be the healthiest version of you, you’re so much more likely to get the benefits of Estrogen and so much less likely to have the risks.” [31:54]   In This Episode Common symptoms women in their 20s and 30s have that could indicate a hormone imbalance [5:30] What role testosterone has in a woman’s body and how a lack of it can present [12:15] How practicing gratitude can help lower your stress levels [17:45] Some of the different types of hormone testing [20:11] The top hormone tests for younger women to determine if their cycle is correct [22:30] Why you need to eat cruciferous vegetables for optimal hormone health [29:00] Some natural ways you can improve your hormone imbalance [33:00]   Links & Resources And use code hormones for 10% off the DIM and Methyl B complex discussed in this episode at yourlongevityblueprint.com Get Your Free Copy of "This is NOT Normal" by Dr. Deb Matthew   Recommended Breathing Apps Calm Insight Timer Breath App (Apple)   Find Dr. Deb Matthew Online Follow Dr. Deb Matthew on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter   Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative    Related Episodes Episode 23: Dutch Testing With Estrogen Metabolism With Dr. Carrie Jones Episode 20: Breast Cancer Conqueror Dr. Veronique Desaulniers Episode 19: How To Heal From Endometriosis And Pelvic Pain With Dr. Jessica Drummond

    Gut/Brain Connection with Dr. Lauryn Lax

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2020 43:19

    Mold toxicity and Mast-Cell Activation syndrome can stem from many different areas of your life. Your environment, lifestyle, and diet can all contribute to how these illnesses present in your body. I’m joined by Dr. Lauryn Lax to talk about her own personal journey through health and how she now helps her patients recover from the same illnesses.   Lifestyle Practices to Recover from Mast-Cell Activation Syndrome Ground yourself in the morning Active detox Loving your gut with probiotics   About Dr. Lauren Lax Dr. Lauryn Lax helps women work with their body, not against it, so they can reach their highest potential. As a Doctor of Occupational Therapy, Functional Medicine Practitioner, and Nutritionist, Dr. Lauryn specializes in gut health optimization, restoring immune and hormonal imbalances, and a non-diet approach to body love and food freedom.  20 years of personal and clinical experience overcoming over 10 chronic conditions that almost killed her and that doctors could not solve including Gut Disorders, Eating Disorders, Autoimmune Conditions, Mold Illness, Lyme Disease, Hormone & Thyroid Imbalances inspires Dr. Lauryn’s work.  Today, she’s made it her life’s mission to helps others do the same. Dr. Lauryn’s personal story features on ABC, Good Morning America, CBS, USA Today, and Women's Health; and she is the author of 8 books. She lives in Austin, Texas where she operates her virtual functional medicine clinic.   How to Handle Food Sensitivities Dr. Lauryn Lax shares with us her journey from health issues to an eating disorder and back again before she found out the root cause of so many of her problems. Once she identified the root cause, mainly mold toxicity and Mast-Cell Activation Syndrome, she effectively changed her environment and lifestyle to improve her overall health. A big thing that Lauryn talks about is how food sensitivities show up in our bodies and why it’s not always about the type of food we’re eating but how much of it we’re consuming. Lauryn promotes a food-swap challenge where if, for example, an apple shows up as something you shouldn’t eat on your test, swapping it for a pear. Food sensitivities normally indicate that there is an imbalance in how much of one food you’re eating and when you balance it out, these sensitivities disappear. Our body’s response to stress will also impact how we tolerate different foods and even how much weight we hold onto. Lauryn explains why it’s vital to control our stress levels when we start to think about losing or gaining weight as this has such a big impact. She believes, as well, that most mainstream and fad diets are actually detrimental to our health in the long-term and that we should focus more on eating a healthy and balanced diet.   Healing from Mold Toxicity Lauryn also explains the difference between intuitive eating and mindful eating, as so many people think these are the same thing. Intuitive eating is listening to your body and eating what and when it wants. But if you’re not used to this or you’ve conditioned your body to not recognize the signals it gives you, you should focus on mindful eating to repair your natural cues. This leads Lauryn on to explain how so many of us have actually broken our hunger and full cues from years of disordered eating. This is why it’s so important to reeducate our body with mindful eating. It helps repair these signals, which will eventually allow us to intuitively eat again. Finally, Lauryn gives us the low-down on how to detect mold sensitivity and Mast-Cell Activation Syndrome in your own life. Plus, she explains how you can change your environment to start healing from this. And, perhaps most importantly, what overall lifestyle changes you should make to truly heal from these diseases. Have you ever had a food sensitivity test? What food changes will you or did you make based on the results? Let me know in the comments on the episode page.   Quotes “I think food testing is just a reflection of your gut microbiome status. What your gut bacteria can digest and absorb. For the most part, if you have autoimmunity, something like celiac or gluten cross-sensitivity, it’s a reflection of what’s going on in your gut.” [12:11] “I think if you’re being intuitive, a really good marker of that is balance. Your body is speaking in variety because that’s what a healthy, balanced body desires.” [22:56] “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and there’s a big, big proponent of how much our environment and our lifestyle, outside of what we eat or even what supplements we take, can impact your health. You can be ‘doing all the right things’ and if you’re still hitting the ceilings in your health, don't discount the environmental exposures you’re coming into contact with.” [28:16]   In This Episode What a food-swap challenge is and how it can improve your gut health [12:45] How our stress around food can impact how our body responds to weight gain or loss [18:00] Why most types of “diet” are not good for anyone’s body long-term [20:30] What the difference between intuitive eating and mindful eating is [21:00] Why so many of us disconnect from our hunger/full signals [24:30] How mold sensitivity and Mast-Cell Activation Syndrome show up in your body [30:30]   Links & Resources Heal Your Gut in 3 Days! Dr. Lauryn’s Health + Wellness Blog Find Dr. Lauryn Lax Online Follow Dr. Lauryn Lax on Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | LinkedIn   Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative    Related Episodes Episode 26: Mysterious Mast Cell Activation Syndrome With Dr. Beth O’Hara Episode 25: Tips From The Ingredient Guru Mira Dessy Episode 21: How Trauma Affects Your Health With Dr. Keesha Ewers

    SOMA Breathing for Longevity with Jen Broyles

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2020 42:56

    Deep breathing can positively improve your physical, mental, and emotional health. I’m joined by Jen Broyles, SOMA Breathwork Instructor, to talk about all the incredible benefits of practicing breathwork regularly, who should practice, and even how long you should breathe deeply each day before guiding us through a ten-minute breathwork session.   The Benefits of SOMA Breathwork Reduces stress and anxiety Increases your energy Improves your sleep quality Promotes physical healing Allows emotional release   About Jen Broyles Jen Broyles is a Holistic Health Coach, SOMA Breathwork Instructor, and Essential Oils Specialist who helps individuals restore and optimize their health by calming the nervous system and addressing the root cause of their symptoms. Jen has a specialty in gut health, chronic stress, and anxiety, recognizing that imbalances in the gut and an over-stimulated nervous system lead to imbalances throughout the mind, body, and spirit. She combines breathwork, essential oils, and other holistic modalities to help clients create a lifestyle of health and vitality. Her personal story is what inspired her to educate and guide others. She dealt with digestive issues, anxiety, and hormone imbalances for years and was unable to find relief from conventional medicine. She left her career in pharmaceutical sales and returned to school to study integrative nutrition followed by training in essential oils and breathwork.  Jen believes that nourishing the mind, body, and soul with healing food, self-love, and healthy emotional processing leads to a transformative healing experience. You can visit her website for wellness resources, breathing techniques, and essential oil guidance.   Practice SOMA Breathwork Everyday Jen Broyles brings so much powerful information in this episode about what SOMA breathwork is, why we should practice deep breathing every day, and even how long we should do it for. The amazing thing about deep breathing exercises is that you can feel the benefits from the very first time you do it. Yes, it’s that immediate. You can also benefit from deep breathing as little as twenty minutes per day. Jen knows the importance of working breathwork into your daily routine. It doesn’t really matter what time of the day you practice it, though Jen does recommend either first thing in the morning or when you get into bed, as your body is more ready to enter a meditative state.   The Benefits of Breathwork There are so many benefits to developing a deep breathing practice. From physical benefits, including helping to reduce your IBS symptoms, to reducing your stress and anxiety levels. Jen explains how SOMA breathwork can help in so many areas of your life. But there are some people who shouldn’t practice breathwork without medical consultation. Jen details why, but pregnant people and those with cancer should not do some of the deeper breathing exercises, especially where you hold your breath for long periods of time. Finally, Jen takes us through a ten-minute breathing exercise. I’d recommend you go through it with us! I found it very revitalizing and it’s something I’m planning to do more of. Do you spend any time simply breathing each day? If so, what benefits have you found? Let me know in the comments on the episode page.   Quotes “You can do so much in twenty minutes of this breathwork. You can go deep, really go in with an intention of what you want to create, what you want to let go of, what you want to bring into your life, and get that in twenty minutes.” [13:59] “Rhythmic breathing has been linked to healing and improving symptoms of IBS. This is powerful. So for people with gut issues, really tuning in to how you breathe is going to be really important. Because chances are, you’re breathing erratic, so your digestion’s erratic, so if you can just start to focus on deep, rhythmic breathing, you’re going to really calm things down.” [17:23] “I think when you tune into your beliefs and start to reframe some of those beliefs, that might not be serving you, then that opens the doors to health, wellbeing, longevity, and knowing that you this self-healing capability within you.” [27:39]   In This Episode What deep breathing actually is [6:30] How long you should practice SOMA breathing for every day [14:00] Some of the physical benefits of SOMA breathwork [17:00] When the best time of day to practice deep breathing work is [20:00] Who would benefit from SOMA breathwork [23:15]   Links & Resources Your Longevity Blueprint Nutraceuticals Get Jen Broyles’ FREE Guided Breathwork Meditation! Join the Sacred Breath Community! Find Jen Broyles Online Follow Jen Broyles on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn   Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative    Related Episodes Episode 22: My Top Anxiety Tips Episode 21: How Trauma Affects Your Health With Dr. Keesha Ewers Episode 27: Top 20 Longevity Tips From 2020

    Healthy Holiday Baking Tips with Dr. Carol Lourie

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2020 50:41

    You don’t have to completely give up your holiday baking - just make it more natural and healthy! I’m joined by Dr. Carol Lourie to talk about gluten and sugar substitutions you can make to keep your holiday baking traditions alive while honoring your hormones.   Tips for Gluten-Free Baking Know what kind of flour you should use for the type of baking Get a flour with Teff in it Leave your eggs out the night before you plan to use them Leave the butter out overnight Check your baking time You might have to change the liquid component   About Carol Lourie Carol Lourie is a dedicated practitioner with over three decades of clinical experience as a Naturopath, Acupuncturist, and Homeopath. The environmental impact of our society has severely impacted women’s health and hormones, and more than ever, women are suffering from hormonal imbalances such as PMS, PCOS, thyroid disturbances, infertility, peri and menopausal difficulties, and even breast cancer.  Restoring hormonal balance involves taking charge of as many aspects of your environment — internal and external — as possible, and the emotional landscape must always be considered for there to be real healing.  After 30 years and thousands of patients, Carol has witnessed how “Healing is always possible.”   Remove Toxins From Your Kitchen Not only is Dr. Carol Lourie a naturopath and homeopath, but she’s also a trained baker who’s spent years adapting recipes to be gluten-free - and tasty! In this episode, she’s sharing her best tips to turn your kitchen into a healthy oasis and create delicious gluten-free, sugar-free treats. Carol recommends giving your kitchen a complete overhaul. Remove toxic materials, such as plastics and non-stick pans, replace them with cast-iron and wood, and ditch the gluten-containing and sugar-laden foods so common in an American diet. In fact, Carol believes a modified Mediterranean diet is the key to longevity. This diet is high in vegetables and gluten-free grains, healthy fats, and lean meats. Carol explains why you should make certain kitchen swaps for healthier living. The chemicals contained in plastic leach into your food - this is why you should never use plastic with heat!   Tips to Go Gluten and Sugar-Free Two food groups Carol believes you should eliminate from your diet are gluten and sugar. Gluten, while delicious, is very bad for your hormones and causes many contradictions. Plus, when you eat it in the morning, you’re more likely to get energy crashes throughout the day. Sugar is another disaster for your hormones. With the holidays coming up, it’s so tempting to want to eat all the yummy treats and baked goods. Carol explains how you can make sugar swaps so these treats aren’t completely off the table, just different and healthier than you’re used to! Carol recommends sugar substitutes such as maple syrup, dates, and honey for natural sweetness without the damaging impact on your hormones. Plus, you’ll need to use considerably less of these types of sweeteners. What’s your favorite natural sweetener? Have you ditched plastic in your kitchen yet? Let me know in the comments on the episode page.   Quotes “Those plastic utensils are very toxic for you. They have a chemical in them that’s released into the food that mimics estrogen.” [15:41] “Sometimes the baking time with gluten-free is going to be less than with regular, so you have to check it a little bit more.” [29:46] “If it doesn’t turn out perfect, it’s not going to be a horrible disaster. You just have to lower your perfectionist expectations when you’re baking gluten-free and realize that it’s a process to learn how to do it.” [30:14] “Go to nature. What’s in nature? Honey, maple syrup, maple sugar, monk fruit, coconut sugar - it’s all from nature. You can’t go wrong with that. We have options.” [39:21]   In This Episode How to revamp your kitchen to be more healthy for your longevity [7:30] Why you should transition to eating a modified Mediterranean diet [9:30] What kitchen swaps you can make to reduce your toxic load [13:30] Why gluten-containing foods cause you to have energy crashes [22:30] Why sugar is bad for our hormones [32:15] What substitutes you can use for sugar-free baking [37:00] Why you absolutely have to find the kind of fun, positive movement that you enjoy to keep you active [41:00]   Links & Resources Get Carol’s Free Gift: Gluten-Free Holiday Baking Guide The Path of Breast Cancer Find Dr. Carol Laurie Online Follow Dr. Carol Laurie on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn   Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative    Related Episodes Episode 28: Holiday Party Tips + Hair Mineral Analysis Testing With Veronica Worley Episode 25: Tips From The Ingredient Guru Mira Dessy Breast Cancer Conqueror Dr. Veronique Desaulniers

    Holiday Party Tips + Hair Mineral Analysis Testing with Veronica Worley

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2020 47:01

    Successfully making it through the holidays comes down to having a party plan and sticking to your nutrition goals. I’m joined by Veronica Worley who shares her best advice for enjoying the holidays. We also talk about the importance of proper nutrition, including why you should remove gluten, dairy, and sugar from your diet.   Tips to Avoid Gaining Weight over the Holidays Eating a healthy diet. Lots of fruit and veg, lean meats, and limiting the carbohydrates Get a mineral test to look for imbalances Start your day with no carbs Have a plan for how you’ll deal with parties Eat before you go to a party and ask if you can bring a dish   About Veronica Worley Veronica Worley helps men and women age gracefully and beautifully by getting to the root cause of belly fat, energy loss, hormone, and mineral imbalance. She specializes in mineral imbalance, which can be the root of weight gain, energy loss, and hormone imbalance.  Once tested, you learn the exact process needed to get the body back in balance and overcome disease and symptoms. She does this by using functional lab testing, food, and lifestyle changes so you can get well and stay well. Like many holistic Health Practitioners, Veronica’s path to helping others feel better, began when she, herself, started having many health issues a few years ago. Doctors couldn’t figure out the causes of symptoms.  After discovering that a mineral imbalance was at the root of her fibroids, migraines, brain fog, hormone imbalance, depression, and energy loss, she chose natural methods and worked to overcome her issues. And she lost over 30 pounds in the process!  Putting her nutrition background to work (B.S and M.S.) she began a lifelong study of nutrition, holistic wellness, and functional medicine, and since has helped many people get well and lose weight using mineral balancing, nutrition, and lifestyle changes.   How to Make it Through the Holidays Like many people who find careers in natural health, Veronica experienced her own health problems that led her on a quest for better health. A huge discovery for her was that her stress levels contributed to some of the hormone imbalances she had. Your body holding onto heavy metals and other minerals also contribute to hormone imbalances. This is one of the reasons Veronica encourages everyone to have their blood tested for mineral imbalances. You should make sure you’re regularly getting tested, as well, to monitor your mineral levels. With the holidays coming up, Veronica shares her best tips for making it through the season without gaining weight. Start with having a plan to get you through any holiday parties, make sure you stick to a healthy eating routine, and try not to eat carbs first thing in the morning!   The Problem with Gluten, Dairy, and Sugar Veronica and I also discuss some of the foods that can contribute to mineral and hormone imbalances. Gluten is a big one that we recommend everyone avoid because of how inflammatory to our gut it is. Gluten is one of the leading contributors to digestion and gut problems as we get older. But it’s not just gluten we should limit. Veronica explains why we should avoid dairy products and sugar to help balance our hormones. She gives some excellent advice on how we can substitute gluten, dairy, and sugar to get similar flavors without the inflammatory reactions. Veronica also talks about her 80/20 rule. She suggests that you pay attention to the cues your body gives you and stop eating when you’re 80% full. This way, you don’t overeat and you’re not left feeling sluggish after a meal. Have you already given up gluten, dairy, or sugar? If so, what benefits have you found? If you haven’t removed them from your diet, what’s keeping you from making the change? Let me know in the comments on the episode page.   Quotes “Gluten is a grain that is highly inflammatory to our gut. We eat gluten in our society with every meal, every snack, and we’ve grown up eating gluten. So no wonder you start to have issues with your gut and digestive issues when you’re older.” [21:31] “You have to have a plan for how you’re going to deal with parties, how you’re going to deal with all the temptations. Getting to the root of your issues and making sure you’re tested for imbalances, as parties can be very dangerous for you.” [30:40] “The Chinese have a rule where they eat until they’re 80% full and then stop with 20% more room. When you’re eating a meal, stop at 80% and make physical or verbal signs that you’re done. We all have that sign or time that during the meal that we know we’re done.” [33:16]   In This Episode How stress contributes to hormone imbalances [5:00] Why your body might hang on to heavy metals [7:45] How often you should test for mineral imbalances [13:30] Why you should avoid eating gluten [21:15] What gluten substitutes are available and recommended [23:00] Recommended sugar substitutes [25:15] Why you should stop eating food when you’re 80% full [33:45] Why we have sugar cravings [35:15]   Links & Resources Use code ESTROGENDETOX to get 10% off DIM or 15% off the Estrogen Detox Bundle To find out if you have a mineral imbalance and if the Hair mineral tissue test is for you, take the Free Quiz Find Veronica Worley Online Follow Veronica Worley on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest   Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative    Related Episodes Episode 25: Tips From The Ingredient Guru Mira Dessy Episode 14: Supporting The Mitochondria With Nad And Peptides W/ Dr. Amber Krogsrud Episode 12: How To Build Children’s Health With Food With Dr. Ana Maria Temple

    Top 20 Longevity Tips From 2020

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2020 27:47


    This roundup of Your Longevity Blueprint’s Guest’s Top Tips is here early to kickstart your healthy changes before the holidays. Many of the top tips include sleep, nutrition, relaxation, and regular movement!   The Biggest Top Tips for Functional Health and Longevity Sleep is essential. Good quality sleep rebuilds your body. Meditation and breathing help repair your parasympathetic nervous system and aid your mental and emotional health. Move every single day.   Your Longevity Blueprint’s Top Tips from Guests Thanksgiving is about looking back and sharing gratitude for your year with your loved ones. In honor of this Thanksgiving that might look a little bit different for you, I’m looking back on the past podcast episodes. I’ve compiled all of my guest’s top longevity tips. I hope you’ll take them on board!   Top Longevity Tip #1  Sleep is essential for our health! You need to prioritize your sleep to thrive in your life. Listen to the full episode with Cynthia Thurlow here.   Top Longevity Tip #2 Your body is meant to move every single day, so make sure you’re moving it! Regular movement helps keep your bones healthy.  Listen to the full episode with Dr. Calla Jayne Kleene here.   Top Longevity Tip #3 Sometimes it’s necessary to put stress on our bodies. That’s why you should prioritize your rest and recovery to optimize your stress levels.  Listen to the full episode with Dr. Terry Wahls here.   Top Longevity Tip #4 Be proactive, rather than reactive, about your health. Being happy in your life is so vital and you should absolutely build a healthy, thriving community around you. Listen to the full episode with Kylene Terhune here.   Top Longevity Tip #5 Wearing blue light glasses when using your electronic devices, especially at night time. Blue light glasses help block out the blue light these devices give off that disrupt our sleep cycle. Listen to the full episode part one with Tom Houle and part two here.   Top Longevity Tip #6 Good quality sleep is the most important thing to focus on for healthy hormone levels, especially testosterone in men. It doesn’t matter if you’re sleeping through the night, if it’s not of high-quality sleep, it won’t improve your hormone health. Listen to the full episode with Dr. Tracy Gapin here.   Top Longevity Tip #7 Realizing that you are worth it and should care for yourself, first. Prioritizing your own health and self-care will allow you to care more fully for others. Listen to the full episode with Rachel Varga here.   Top Longevity Tip #8 Sleep is essential for daily function. Take all of your electronics out of your bedroom, including your phone, television, and laptop. Listen to the full episode with Aimee Carlson here.   Top Longevity Tip #9 Start your children off on the best foot possible by feeding them a healthy diet full of fruits and veggies. Many chronic diseases begin in childhood and can be linked to poor nutrition. Listen to the full episode with Dr. Ana Maria Temple here.   Top Longevity Tip #10 Fasting and meditation are the most important treatments for functional health. Make sure you give yourself time every day to meditate. Listen to the full episode with Todd White here.   Top Longevity Tip #11 Focus on what’s right with you, not what’s wrong for you. And make sure you remember to breathe! Breathing is a lost art. Listen to the full episode with Dr. Sandra Scheinbaum here.   Top Longevity Tip #12 Eat as close to a native diet as possible. This means eating locally grown produce and eating what’s in season native to where you’re living. Listen to the full episode with Dr. Ben Pospisil here.   Top Longevity Tip #13 Go outside every single day! Being outdoors in the sunshine and moving your body will help all aspects of your health. Listen to the full episode with Dr. Veronique Desaulniers here.   Top Longevity Tip #14 Take advantage of the natural ebb and flow of daylight and darkness to live in line with your circadian rhythm. Get natural, full-spectrum light first thing in the morning. Listen to the full episode with Dr. Carrie Jones here.   Top Longevity Tip #15 Make meaningful connections with other people, especially if you get some good loving out of it! Listen to the full episode with Dr. Keira Barr here.   Top Longevity Tip #16 Make sure you’re prioritizing relaxation and breathing. These techniques can help strengthen your parasympathetic nervous system. Listen to the full episode with Dr. Beth O’Hara here.   Top Longevity Tip #17 Find a positive, fun movement that you love to keep your body moving every day. Listen to the full episode with Dr. Carol Lourie in episode 29.   Top Longevity Tip #18 Eat healthily and avoid processed foods. Make sure you eat a variety of veggies! Listen to the full episode with Veronica Worley in episode 28.   Top Longevity Tip #19 Reduce your exposure to electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs), especially at night.  This means keeping your cell away from your body while you're sleeping. Don't just put it in airplane mode, put it on the other side of the room or in an entirely separate room!   Top Longevity Tip #20 Add more laughter into your life! Did you know that children laugh an average of 400 times a day, whereas adults laugh only a dozen. Laughing relieves physical tension and stress and actively boosts the immune system.    I urge you to adopt at least one of these top tips right away. I’d love to know which one you’re focusing on first! Let me know in the comments on the episode page.   Quotes “You don’t have to be sick to take dramatic action to be a healthier person.” [4:06] “I think meditation is the single most important practice an adult can have. Then fasting, just following that. Both require practice. Both are perceived as difficult. The people who say they don’t have time to meditate need meditation the most.” [16:04] “Sunshine, fresh air, and moving your body are so important in keeping your body thriving and alive.” [17:59]   Links & Resources Find my most recommended longevity-boosting holiday gift ideas Check out the full show notes for this episode Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative   


    Mysterious Mast Cell Activation Syndrome w/ Dr. Beth O'Hara

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2020 48:25

    If you have a whole host of symptoms and no medical diagnosis, you might be one of the rare people who have Mast Cell Activation Syndrome. I’m joined by Dr. Beth O’Hara to talk about her own personal diagnosis of this disease, what the symptoms are, and how you might develop this syndrome.   Foods that contain high levels of histamine: Spinach Pineapple Strawberries Ground meats Fish Kombucha & other fermented foods   About Dr. Beth O'Hara Dr. Beth O’Hara is a Functional Naturopath, specializing in complex chronic immune conditions related to Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and Histamine Intolerance.  She is the founder and owner of Mast Cell 360, a Functional Naturopathy Practice designed to look at all factors surrounding health conditions – genetic, epigenetic biochemical, physiological, environmental, and emotional. She designed Mast Cell 360 to be the kind of practice she wished had existed when she was severely ill with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, Histamine Intolerance, Neural Inflammation, Lyme, Mold Toxicity, Fibromyalgia, and Chronic Fatigue.  Her mission today is to be a guiding light for others with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, Histamine Intolerance, and these related conditions in their healing journeys. Through her Mast Cell 360 Root Cause process, she discovers the unique root factors affecting each of her clients’ health issues, building personalized, effective roadmaps for healing.  Dr. Beth O’Hara holds a doctorate in Functional Naturopathy, a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, and a Bachelor’s degree in Physiological Psychology,  She is certified in Functional Genomic Analysis and is a Research Adviser for the Nutrigenetic Research Institute. She presents at Functional Medicine Conferences on Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and Histamine Intolerance as well as the use of genetics and biochemistry in addressing chronic health conditions.   What Mast Cell Activation Syndrome Actually Is Dr. Beth O’Hara begins our conversation today by explaining what it was like for her to grow up with the health symptoms she had. By her mid-twenties, she was even using walking aids to get around. She felt like she was getting passed pillar to post, with no doctors recognizing her symptoms. When she finally discovered she had Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, Beth became determined to create a medical practice where her patients wouldn’t have to jump through hoops like she did. Beth breaks down what exactly Mast Cell Activation Syndrome is and how it presents in the people who have it. With this analysis, we also have to talk about Histamine Intolerance and SIBO and the similarities between these health conditions.   What Causes Mast Cell Activation Syndrome? While your environment plays a big part in whether you’ll develop Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, foods high in histamine will also contribute. Beth talks about some of the foods that you should avoid and what you can eat instead. We’re also linking to a fantastic resource from Beth for foods high and low in histamine. Beth also explains how you can safely use supplements to help stabilize your mast cells and why using these is such an individual process.  The last biggest contributing factor of Mast Cell Activation Syndrome is a person’s stress levels. Beth gives some great insight into how stress plays a role and what we can do on an individual level to reduce our stress. Finally, we talk about how you can use different binders, such as charcoal, to address the different root causes of Mast Cell Activation Syndrome like mold. Have you seen multiple doctors without any ease in your symptoms or official diagnosis? What was your environment like growing up? Let me know in the comments on the episode page!   Quotes “We can get very different presentations in Mast Cell Activation Syndrome. I think that’s why it’s taken so long for people to realize what’s going on.” [13:12] “Just the act of eating produces histamine in the gut. That’s something we have to keep in mind as well.” [23:40] “The motto in my practice is that fast is going to actually be slow. If we go slow, it’s going to be faster in the long run.” [38:52]   In This Episode What Mast Cell Activation Syndrome is and how the symptoms present [7:00] How common Mast Cell Activation Syndrome is [13:30] Some easy swaps you can make to eat lower histamine foods [21:00] What supplements you can use to help treat Mast Cell Activation Syndrome [25:20] Some of the biggest root causes of Mast Cell Activation Syndrome [29:30] Why it’s critical for you to address your stress level when you have Mast Cell Activation Syndrome [33:00] How different binders can help you target specific toxins in your body [37:00]   Links & Resources Use code ESTROGENDETOX to get 10% off DIM or 15% off the Estrogen Detox Bundle Which of the 7 Root Causes of Mast Cell Activation Syndrome Do You Have? Do you have more than just Histamine Intolerance? Take the Mast Cell Activation Syndrome Symptoms Survey. Low and High Histamine Foods Lists Find Dr. Beth O’Hara Online Follow Dr. Beth O’Hara on Facebook   Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative    Related Episodes Episode 25: Tips from the Ingredient Guru Mira Dessy Episode 10: 5 Pillars of a Toxin-Free Lifestyle with Aimee Carlson Episode 14: Supporting the Mitochondria with NAD and Peptides with Dr. Amber Krogsrud

    Tips From the Ingredient Guru Mira Dessy

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2020 47:41

    Understanding what ingredients to look out for on the foods you eat doesn’t have to be overwhelming if you start small. I’m joined by the Ingredients Guru, Mira Dessy, to talk about why food labels are so important to learn, how to avoid hidden ingredients, and how your grocery store is marketing to you.   The biggest warning signs on any food label or ingredient list are: Numbers on the label The word “enriched” Artificial flavors, colors, and sweeteners MSG   About Mira Dessy Mira Dessy is The Ingredient Guru. As a nutrition educator, author, and real food advocate, her mission is to help people understand that it’s not just what you eat but what’s in it and what you eat that contributes to optimal health.  Mira is a member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals, The Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior, The American Association of Drugless Practitioners, a member of the Board of Directors of the American Holistic Health Association, and a member of the professional advisory board For the Turner Syndrome Society of the United States.   How to Read Ingredient Labels They don’t call Mira Dessy the Ingredient Guru for nothing! She opens this episode by telling us exactly how we can start taking back control of the food we eat: it’s all in the ingredient’s list! Mira knows that ingredients lists can be overwhelming, especially when you first start investigating them. She gives us a great cheat sheet of what some of the top ingredients we need to look out for are. From artificial chemical names and numbers to what the real meaning of “enriched” food is. It might even surprise you that our produce has an ingredients list. Those little stickers on our fruit say more than what type of apple it is. What the number starts with and many digits long all indicate whether the fruit is organic, genetically-modified, or chemically treated. It’s likely that you’ve already heard about the Dirty Dozen, but do you actually know what it is? This is a list of the twelve food items most likely to have chemical contamination. It’s pretty important that we, as consumers, do our best to shop organic for the Dirty Dozen.   Where to Start Removing Ingredients It’s understandable if you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the ingredients you need to watch out for. That’s why Mira encourages you to start with just one switch and go from there. Choosing which ingredient to avoid first is up to you. But Mira’s top ingredients to avoid are anything “enriched” as these foods have had natural nutrients removed and then artificially replaced. She also encourages you to remove gluten, dairy, and sugar from your diet early in your transition to a real-food diet. Mira’s last tips are about learning how to spot sugar on an ingredients list. Sugar won’t always be labeled as “sugar,” but could still be there.  She also wants you to get to know the farmers at your local farmer’s market! More often than not, local farmers don’t use pesticides but aren’t able to get organically certified because of all the regulations and laws around that certification. What’s the first ingredient you’ll be removing from your diet? Did you learn about the produce stickers? Let me know in the comments on the episode page.   Quotes “One of my biggest things that I remind people is that if there’s a number on the label, that means it’s a chemical formula.” [20:19] “Pick one thing that’s important to you. If it’s about buying Dirty Dozen and thinking all the way through that produce, start with that. If it’s about getting rid of numbers, if it’s about getting rid of artificial ingredients, start there and master that. Learn how to shift what you’re already buying at the grocery store, then once you have that under control, move on to something else. Don’t try to do it all at once.” [24:03] “One of the things we have to remember when we’re shifting away from a highly-processed diet and more towards a real food diet is that we’re actually nourishing our body. Some of those processed foods, they may seem cheap, but we’re malnourished, we’re not getting the nutrient-dense items that our bodies need in order to be well. When we make that real-food shift, we’ll find that we’re less hungry and less munchy because we’re not snacking.” [36:36]   In This Episode How you can take back control of the food you eat [5:20] Some of the ingredients you really need to look out for [8:00] What you need to look out for on your fruit and vegetable labels [13:30] What the dirty dozen is and why it’s important you shop organic for these foods [15:00] Why you should put enriched foods right back on the shelf [22:00] How sugar might show up on the ingredients list [23:00] Why you should remove sugar, dairy, and gluten from your diet first [35:30] Why you should get to know the farmers at your local market [42:00]   Links & Resources Check out the full show notes for this episode here   Get 50% off the Your Longevity Blueprint Course & a Free Consultation with Steph Use Code DIM for 10% Off DIM Get Mira’s Free Gift: Is Plastic Making You Fat and Anxious? Watch The Natural Effect Watch Heavy Metal Cereal Find Mira Dessy Online Follow Mira Dessy on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn | Pinterest   Find Your Longevity Blueprint Online Follow Your Longevity Blueprint on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn Get your copy of the Your Longevity Blueprint book and claim your bonuses here Find Dr. Stephanie Gray and Your Longevity Blueprint online    Follow Dr. Stephanie Gray on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Podcast Production by the team at Counterweight Creative    Related Episodes Episode 13: Dirty Secrets of the Wine Industry w/ Todd White Episode 16: Fix Your Fatigue by Treating the Cause with Dr. Evan Hirsch Episode 14: Supporting the Mitochondria with DAD and Peptides w/ Dr. Amber Krogsrud

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