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July 15, 2019
275: Outer Order, Inner Calm and Happiness With Gretchen Rubin
I’m guessing you’ve heard of Gretchen Rubin, and if not well you’re in for a treat! She is the author of several books, including the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers Better Than Before, The Happiness Project, Happier at Home, and The Four Tendencies. We touch on all of those today and explain how these ideas can be practical to your daily life. Gretchen has an enormous readership, both in print and online, and her books have collectively sold more than 3.5 million copies worldwide in more than 30 languages. Her podcast called “Happier with Gretchen Rubin” is one of my favorites, where she discusses good habits and happiness with her sister Elizabeth. In this episode, we talk happiness, parenting, community, and how to foster inner calm in your own life… let’s dive in! Episode Highlights With Gretchen Rubin How Gretchen got the idea to start a happiness project The one universal thing everybody wants The difference between outer and inner expectations, and what you can learn from how you respond to each Why we’re all rebels on some level (and how this explains a lot about parenting) The four temperaments that influence most of our behavior Why cleaning out a closet can change your whole outlook The one-minute rule that will boost your efficiency in every area How to power hour your way to peace The biggest contributor to clutter (it’s actually in your head) Why we attribute so much sentimental value to items (and how to decide what’s really important) And more! Resources We Mention GretchenRubin.com Gretchen’s Four Tendencies Quiz Books by Gretchen Rubin The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People’s Lives Better, Too) Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter and Organize to Make More Room for Happiness Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits–to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life The Happiness Project Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon Self-Control, and My Other Experiments in Everyday Life More From Wellness Mama 274: Spirituality, Psychedelics & Circumcision: Taboo Topics With Luke Storey 223: Mindset for Moms – Tips to Get More Done & Stress Less This Year
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53 min
July 11, 2019
274: Spirituality, Psychedelics & Circumcision: Taboo Topics With Luke Storey
In this episode, I am joined by Luke Storey who is a former celebrity fashion stylist turned public speaker, lifestyle design coach, thought leader, and entrepreneur. Luke has spent the past 21 years relentlessly searching the world to design his ultimate lifestyle through his extensive and sometimes even dangerous personal research and development. We’re definitely going to touch on a couple of those things today. Using “The Life Stylist Podcast” as his platform, Luke continues to share his strategies for healing, happiness, and high performance living each week and covers topics including sex and relationships, yoga, meditation, smart drugs, health myths and medical conspiracies, spirituality, mindfulness, health food, supplementation, alternative medicine, and he digs deep into biohacking technologies and tactics. Buckle your seatbelts… here we go! Episode Highlights With Luke Storey Luke’s tumultuous childhood, and how he overcame drug addiction to become a successful fashion stylist and motivational speaker The spiritual awakenings that led him to find meaning in suffering How to teach kids to be vulnerable but at the same time have boundaries Tips to increase self-awareness and the ability to move forward after trauma Luke’s experience with Ayahuasca Our thoughts on the practice of circumcision Two of the best health biohacks (that are free and available to everyone!) And more! Resources We Mention LukeStorey.com SchoolofStyle.com The Life Stylist Podcast MastinKipp.com Rythmia clinic Luke’s documentation and experience at Rythmia  Documentary: American Circumcision More From Wellness Mama 253: A (Semi) Serious Ultra-Spiritual Conversation With JP Sears 249: How to Harness Energy & Create Success From the Inside Out With Suzy Batiz of Poo~Pourri 162: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics & How to Be 10% Happier 232: Lessons Learned From Finland: 8 Things We Can All Learn Is Circumcision Just A Medical Procedure? Did you enjoy hearing Luke’s story? Can you relate? Please drop a comment below or leave a review on iTunes to let us know. We value knowing what you think and this helps other moms find the
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79 min
July 8, 2019
273: The Power of Movement for Mind and Body With Aaron Alexander of The Align Podcast
Not only is today’s guest super inspiring and incredibly fit, he has a unique take on exercise and how to align our movements to the body’s natural design. Aaron Alexander is a manual therapist and movement coach who has helped the world’s best athletes, celebrities, and everyone in between to relieve pain, increase strength, and optimize their movement. I’ve been trying various aspects of his approach, which he calls the Align Method. His program includes an integrated approach to functional movement and self-care, and I’m seeing changes already. In fact Aaron got me way out of my comfort zone right before this episode when he got me to try acro yoga for the first time! Today Aaron and I go deep on what we can learn from our kids about movement, the real deal with sitting versus standing, and how the body holds something called “a motion intention.” For more, also check out when he interviewed me on his top-rated Align Podcast (link below), which was tons of fun! Episode Highlights With Aaron Alexander How Aaron went from body-bound to body-optimized Why hitting the gym in the conventional sense may not always result in your best self Why chronesthesia may be affecting you (even if you don’t know what it means) How to sit on the floor, couch, etc. to improve circulation and digestion The psychological connection between body and brain that allows the way we stand and move to change our thoughts How moms can help restore and care for the pelvic floor after birth Inversion therapy: who it’s for, benefits, and what to consider The number one leading cause of disability worldwide How to bend over/pick things up with correct form Why sitting isn’t as bad as we think What pain is really telling us The benefits of squatting whenever and wherever you can And more! Resources We Mention AlignPodcast.com Aubrey Marcus Ida Rolf, Rolfing Structural Integration Yoga swing Idiocrasy TED Talk, “Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are” by Amy Cuddy Sitting Kills by Joan Vernikos Muscles and Meridians: The Manipulation of Shape by Philip Beach The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk MD Shoulder Pain? The Solution and Prevention
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73 min
July 4, 2019
272: Castor Oil for Digestion, Health, and Beauty With Dr. Marisol Teijeiro ND
Sometimes on this podcast we talk about all things poo (because it’s important!), and today is no exception. Dr. Marisol Teijeiro is a naturopathic doctor who took her own challenges with irritable bowel syndrome and created a platform with solutions to help others. Her patients have affectionately and humorously crowned her “Queen of Thrones,” a title she wears proudly! For the last 15 years, Dr. Marisol has trained and educated healthcare practitioners and helped thousands of patients transition from irritable bowel to own their throne and thrive. She also has a lot of expertise surrounding castor oil and its benefits for the digestive system, so we’re going deep on that today. Episode Highlights With Dr. Marisol Teijeiro The health problems that plagued Marisol all her life, and how she finally got to the bottom of it The 5 pillars of digestive and overall health that changed her life One thing that might be undermining your cleanse or detox How to do a castor oil pack, and why they benefit the body What we can learn from paying attention to poo The power of stress to undo even the healthiest habits, and how to protect against it What biofilms are and how to beat them The many uses of castor oil from digestion to longer eyelashes How to set our kids up for lifelong digestive health A surprising way to trigger oxytocin in the body And more! Resources We Mention DrMarisol.com Queen of Thrones Castor Oil Eating Alive: Prevention Thru Good Digestion by Jonn Matsen More From Wellness Mama 258: Beating SIBO, IBS, and Histamine Intolerance With A Gutsy Girl Sarah Kay Hoffman 219: Why Everything We Know About Probiotics Is Wrong & How to Stop Leaky Gut With Microbiologist Kiran Krishnan 205: Everything You Need to Know About GMOs, Glyphosate, and Gut Health With Dr. Zach Bush 96: Using Natural and Traditional Medicine to Fix the Gut Microbiome With Dr. Ken Brown What Our Poop Reveals About Digestive & Gut Health How to Test Your Gut Microbiome (At Home Without a Doctor) How to Make & Use Castor Oil Packs How to Use Castor Oil for Hair (Grow Beautiful Hair Fast) Have you ever struggled with a gut issue? Please drop a comment below or leave a review on iTunes to let us know. We value knowing what you think and this helps other moms find the podcast as well.
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56 min
July 1, 2019
271: How to Calm Your Hormones and Stop Being Hangry With Sarah Fragoso
Today should be an extra fun interview! Sarah Fragoso is an international best-selling author of five books and founder of the Everyday Paleo brand. She is one of the first people I connected with when I started blogging years ago, and I used to actually guest write on her blog, so we’ve been friends for a long time. Sarah Fragoso has over a decade of experience as a certified strength and conditioning coach. She is co-owner of JS Strength and Conditioning in Chico, California, and holds a degree in psychology as well as certifications in mindfulness, which we’re going to talk about today. Sarah helps women all around the world with her thriving online platforms and her seminars and retreats. Her latest book is called Hangry, it’s co-authored with Dr. Brooke Kalanick and will be released by the time you’re listening to this. You can get it anywhere books are sold, and I definitely recommend checking it out! Episode Highlights With Sarah Fragoso The reasons hormones control so much in a woman’s body Why there can’t be a one-size-fits-all diet plan that works for everyone Hidden triggers for food cravings and how to rewire them Our own experiences when it comes to body image and self-acceptance Why weight loss involves our thoughts and emotions as much as our physical bodies Strategies for shutting down self-criticism Simple ways to restore joy and gratitude when it feels hard to find How to make a new health habit that sticks And more! Resources We Mention SarahFragoso.com Hangry: 5 Simple Steps to Balance Your Hormones & Restore Your Joy  104: Uncovering the Root Causes of PCOS, Endometriosis, and More (Wellness Mama Podcast with Dr. Brooke Kalanick) More From Wellness Mama 212: How to Release Cravings and Emotional Eating With EFT 87: How to Stop Emotional Eating (From a Nutritionist Who Lost 100 Pounds!) 143: Thomas DeLauer on Reducing Inflammation, Curcumin, Keto for Women, & Easy Weight Loss 95: The Science of Sustainable Weight Loss with Bright Line 84: How to Use Ancient Spices to Make Weight Loss Easier How to Lose Weight Fast How to Gain Weight Healthily How to Fix Leptin Resistance to Control Weight, Cravings & More On Women & Weight: A Manifesto Do you have questions for Sarah? Please drop a comment below or
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56 min
June 27, 2019
270: You Don’t Need More Sleep, You Need Better Sleep With ChiliPad
Today on the podcast we’re going to talk about some ways to really, really drastically improve your sleep! Tara Youngblood has spent over 10,000 hours studying how and why we sleep, and how to do it better. Applying her analytical skills from her physics and engineering background, Tara’s passion is to shape the future of health by making sleep easy and drug-free. Tara’s research has led to over a dozen patent filings and she’s now a published researcher and internationally sought-after speaker on the topic of sleep. She is also the co-founder and chief science officer behind the ChiliPad, a sleep device I’m sure you’ve heard me talk about because I absolutely love it! Episode Highlights With Tara Youngblood of ChiliPad What the sleep switch is and how to impact it Why we’re seeing so many sleep problems The part of sleep we lose the ability to do as we age and how to fix it A surprising (effort-free) way to improve sleep What HRV is and why it’s important for sleep If EMFs affect sleep and what to do about them The long-term effects of sleep drugs and how to get good sleep without it What Chilipad and OOLER are and what they can do for sleep Resources We Mention Chilipad – use coupon code wellnessmama25 for 25% off The Future Is Sleep video: More From Wellness Mama 224: How to Use Sound and Music to Optimize Focus and Sleep With Brain.fm 190: The Easiest Way to Track HRV, Sleep, and Movement With Oura Ring 89: Why Sleep Is More Important Than Diet and Exercise Combined With Shawn Stevenson 58: How Knowing Your Chronotype Can Improve Your Sleep 6 Natural Sleep Remedies (You May Not Have Tried) Natural Ways to Get Better Sleep (Even If You’re a Mom!) Natural Ways to Help Kids Sleep Can a Weighted Blanket Transform Your Kids Sleep? How to Create a Perfect Sleep Environment Tart Cherry Sleep Gummies Recipe Sleepytime Foot Spray Sweet Dreams Sleep Tincture Recipe Do you struggle to get good sleep? Please drop a comment below or leave a review on iTunes to let us know. We value knowing what you think and this helps other moms find the podcast as well. Thank You to Today’s Sponsors This episode is brought to you by Ritual Vitamins
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54 min
June 24, 2019
269: Kombucha Questions Answered: Alcohol, Candida, Pregnancy, and More With Kombucha Kamp
I’m here today with a friend of mine who has been here before and I know you’re going to love to hear from her again. Hannah Crum, aka “The Kombucha Mamma,” pioneered Kombucha Kamp, an education workshop everyone interested in fermented foods should take. It started in 2004 out of her Los Angeles kitchen. Now, with her husband Alex, she’s created KombuchaKamp.com, the top educational site with a mission to change the world one gut at a time by providing quality information, quality cultures, and quality customer support around all things fermented. Now Hannah and Alex serve as mentors and leading experts in the world of kombucha to millions all over the world through speaking, videos, and their amazing online community. I also love her award-winning Amazon bestseller The Big Book of Kombucha, which is an awesome resource to have in your kitchen. Today, we’re nerding out on the science behind fermentation, what a SCOBY is, how to know if your kombucha is safe, and tips to help kombucha beginners and pros to get the best results. Episode Highlights With Hannah Crum Whether kombucha is safe while pregnant or nursing What’s the deal with alcohol in kombucha (and is it possible to make alcohol-free kombucha) How much sugar really is in kombucha and other fermented drinks How to make a low/no sugar brew Ways to make a caffeine-free kombucha What you need to know about candida and kombucha Things to look for when choosing a SCOBY or kombucha source And more! Resources We Mention KombuchaKamp.com 36: Getting Started With Homemade Kombucha (Hannah’s previous podcast) The Big Book of Kombucha More From Wellness Mama 75: Rock the Instant Pot and Ferment Anything with Wardeh Harmon How to Try Fermentation in Your Kitchen for Probiotics on the Cheap How to Make Kombucha Tea: Recipe and Tutorial Benefits of Kombucha Tea & How to Make it At Home Continuous Brew Kombucha Coffee Kombucha Recipe Elderberry Kombucha Soda Recipe Kombucha Gelée Recipe Chia Seed Kombucha Energy Drink Recipe Do you make kombucha? Are you thinking about giving it a try? Please drop a comment below or leave a review on iTunes to let us know. We value knowing what you think and thi
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47 min
June 20, 2019
268: Tildet Varon on Positive Parenting & Effective Family Communication
Can you say you are blessed with stress? No? I’m not sure I could either, but my guest today makes it her motto! Tildet Varon is a talented speaker and inner mastery specialist. She teaches individuals and companies all over the world to achieve success and maximize their potential. Today, Tildet shares her personal story and the techniques she learned along the way to master stress from the inside out. We also touch on effective communication within families and proactive ways to resolve conflict in our households. She’s been through the teenage years with her kids, so I’ll be sure to ask her all my burning questions! Episode Highlights With Tildet Varon What made Tildet realize once and for all she had to find a way to thrive under stress Why the experience of stress is so individual and how we all develop different thresholds Reasons our culture is in the midst of a stress epidemic Simple everyday practices to increase our capacity to handle stress Practical strategies for effective communication with our kids Effective ways to facilitate a strong family culture How to listen with CARE Why words are only 7% of communication and what the other 93% is Why the opposite of addiction is connection And more! Resources We Mention Tildet.com Hear and Be Heard! Self-Study GrowthCourse Hear and Be Heard! Self-Study GrowthCourse with a half-hour coaching session Words Can Change Your Brain by Mark Waldman The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz Lost Connections: Why You’re Depressed and How to Find Hope by Johann Hari More From Wellness Mama 263: The Beautiful No & Other Life Lessons With Sheri Salata 162: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics & How to Be 10% Happier 223: Mindset for Moms &  Tips to Get More Done & Stress Less This Year 197: The Opposite of Being Spoiled: Raising Financially Responsible Kids With Ron Lieber 46 Ways to Give Experiences Instead of Stuff This Year (Even Last Minute) Why I Started a Weekly Digital Day Off Bring Back Date Night: Fun & Unusual Date Night Ideas on a Budget
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50 min
June 17, 2019
267: Solving Joint Pain & Why Sports Aren’t Good for Kids With Hunter Fitness
Hunter Cook of Hunter Fitness became a close friend when I visited Finland this year with Four Sigmatic. Ever since, I have been implementing his systems and at this point I am totally sold on his approach to mobility training and overall physical health. Today we’re covering all things joint health — how they function, as well as ways to protect and strengthen them when exercising or playing sports. We’ll also tackle the controversial topic of competitive sports for kids and practical ways to protect kids from injury in the line of play. Hunter has a bachelor’s in Kinesiology with a focus on exercise science, and he now teaches the FRC Mobility Specialist Certification and his Kinstretch Instructor Certification. We’ll explain what both of those mean in detail, but basically he teaches all over the world and has a long list of clients from professional athletes and trainers, to celebrities, and to regular people just like me. Episode Highlights With Hunter Fitness The difference between flexibility and mobility Why sports aren’t good for kids and how to undo the damage if they keep playing What we all need to know about our joints and how they work How and why joint pain happens and how to build stronger joints Foolproof ways to injury-proof the body through natural movements The best types of movements for kids and adults to maintain lifelong joint health How I (Katie) messed up my back and what you can learn from it What CARS are and why you need them And more! Resources We Mention HunterFitness.com Four Sigmatic FunctionalAnatomySeminars.com More From Wellness Mama 260: Why the 21st Century Is at War With Your Spine With Ty Carzoli 202: How Footwear Affects Posture, Alignment, & Movement With Gordon Hay From ALINE 221: Natural Movement, Sustainable Fitness, and Lifelong Health With Dr. Mark Cucuzzella 250: Sustainable Fitness, Cork, and Benefits of Rolling With Addie Conner 106: Why to Stop Doing Kegels & Squat Instead with Katy Bowman 182: Why You Need to Exercise Differently If You Have Autoimmune Disease With Autoimmune Strong 8 Fun Ways to Exercise As a Family Benefits of Inversion Therapy (& How to Do It at Home) Easy At Home Workouts for Moms Why a Kettlebell Is the Best Home Workout for Moms Do you think kids should play sports? Will you change anything based
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75 min
June 13, 2019
266: Decoding Skin Health, Eczema, Acne, and More With Jennifer Fugo
Jennifer Fugo is a clinical nutritionist empowering women who have been failed by conventional medicine and are trying to beat chronic skin and unending gut challenges. And she’s well equipped to do it. Jennifer has a master’s degree in human nutrition from the University of Bridgeport and is a certified nutrition specialist. Her work has been featured on Dr. Oz, Reuters, Yahoo, CNN, and all over the Internet. She’s also an Amazon best-selling author and the host of her own podcast, The Healthy Skin Show. On top of all that, Jennifer brings plenty of empathy to the table since she overcame her own long history of gut issues and eczema. This gives her the insight to really help dig in and create integrative plans for healing. As part of her mission to help women like herself, Jennifer founded Skinterrupt.com to interrupt the failed conversation about chronic skin problems with helpful alternatives that you aren’t being told by many doctors and practitioners. Episode Highlights With Jennifer Fugo Jennifer’s story of finding skin health after horrific eczema The hidden root causes of many skin issues What leaky skin is and what causes it The real deal on the link between food sensitivities and skin issues (and it probably isn’t what you think) Important factors to understand about the skin microbiome How liver health impacts skin health and how to support the liver correctly What salicylates are the real role they plan in skin health Labs that can be helpful in identifying hidden triggers The case for supplements when needed for skin health What to do if your child has severe eczema and nothing else worked Why coconut oil may not be a great choice for skin And more! Resources We Mention Skinterrupt.com The Healthy Skin Show podcast The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho More From Wellness Mama 156: Natural Ways to Improve Skin With Andy Hnilo of Alitura Naturals 183: Is Fluoride the Hidden Cause of Acne? (& What to Do About It) 213: Making Food Allergy Prevention Easier With Ready, Set, Food! 209: Sun Protection and Anti-Aging From the Inside Out With Polypodium Leucotomos 62: Good Clean Dirt with Jasmina Aganovic of Mother Dirt Skin Microbiome: Why You want Bacteria On Your Skin Skin Care for Pregnancy: How to Prevent Acne, Stretch Marks, and More Dry Brushing for Skin: 5 Benefits & How to Do It the Right Way
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57 min
June 10, 2019
265: With Hormones, Normal Isn’t Always Normal With Dr. Shawn Tassone
Hormone balance is one of the topics you all ask about most, so I’m excited to bring another hormone expert and doctor on the show today. Dr. Shawn Tassone is double board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology by the American Board of Integrative Medicine and holds a medical degree in addition to a PhD in mind-body medicine. His work includes studies and publications on spirituality and medical care, whole foods to heal the human body, and integrative medicine. In his 20 years of practice, Dr. Shawn has seen over 40,000 women and is highly regarded as a patient advocate. I’ve read through reviews and testimonials and I can tell Dr. Shawn really stands up for his patients and lets them be an active part of an integrated part of their health. And you all know I’m all about that! Episode Highlights With Dr. Shawn Tassone The various different imbalances that contribute to hormone symptoms and what to do about them If you’re a warrior, a nun, a workaholic or a queen (hormonally) and how to find balance What to know about hormone replacement therapy Some little known facts about various types of birth control About breast implant illness and what to do about it A novel way he’s helping women suffering from problems after the Essure device Why low libido isn’t always hormonal But what to do when it is And more! Resources We Mention Find Dr. Shawn Tassone at TassoneMD.com Hormone Quiz 8 Weeks to Optimum Health by Dr. Weil More From Wellness Mama 234: The Keto-Green Way to Optimize Hormones & Libido With Dr. Anna Cabeca 196: How the Modern World Is Changing Our Hormones (& How to Create a Balance Plan) 192: How to Avoid Rushing Woman Syndrome & Balance Hormones With Dr. Sonya Jensen 118: An At-Home Approach to Balancing Thyroid Hormones with McCall McPherson 108: Why the Birth Control Pill Screws Up Hormones & What to Use Instead 90: A Mind Of Your Own: Tackling Mental Illness and Fixing Hormones with Dr. Kelly Brogan 10 Tips to Help Balance Hormones Naturally Did you enjoy this episode? What other questions do you have about hormones? Please drop a comment below or leave a review on iTunes to let us know. We value knowing what you think and this helps other moms find the podcast as well. Thank You to Today’s Sponsors This podcast is sponsored by Fabletics, where I get almost all of my athletic wear! Founded by Kate Hudson,
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49 min
June 6, 2019
264: Creating Exceptional Children & Polymaths Using Games of Genius With Opher Brayer
Today’s episode is going to be so fascinating and a little unusual! I am here with Opher Brayer, a world-famous talent coach and the creator of something called Games of Genius. Opher coaches the best and brightest in Silicon Valley and he has taught innovation at many leading companies, including IBM and Disney Imagineering. Opher saw how our educational system wasn’t keeping up to the speed of change and found a unique way to bridge the gap. He designed Games of Genius to prepare our kids for a world where robots and AI will outperform humans and replace many of the jobs that exists today. Opher even won the Tribeca Disruption Innovation Award in 2018 for this revolutionary program. If you’ve ever wondered how to prepare your kids for the future as well as how to foster creativity and critical thinking outside of school, don’t miss this episode! Episode Highlights on Games of Genius Stages of development and how a child learns naturally What Opher thinks of the state of education today How to apply the 80/20 rule to learning The four crucial skills kids need most (that almost no one is talking about) Small ways to add to education in and outside of school that really pay off Why Opher credits this program for allowing his son to attend college at age 13 The part your environment and culture play in how you learn and succeed What Games of Genius can teach you in only 7 minutes, and how it works And more! Resources We Mention Games of Genius Contact Opher with your questions at opher@stages.global Episode Quotables “If there is a plan at home to teach our children about sciences, arts, technology, and economics through these four elements of imagination —  …analogy, pattern, design, and written composition — the child will become a polymath thinker. These are the next century innovators.” More From Wellness Mama 159: How Naveen Jain Plans to Fix Education, Make Disease Optional, & Land on the Moon 237: World Travel With Kids, Worldschooling & Entrepreneurship With Wonderling Family 101: Critical Thinking in a Social Media World (What You Didn’t Learn in History Class) 85: How to Raise an Entrepreneur: Nurturing Risk Takers, Problem Solvers, & Change Makers 259: How to Learn Languages by Ear With Idahosa Ness 184: Meta Learning, Speed Reading, & How to Learn Faster With Jim Kwik 238: Using Neuroplasticity to Rewire Nervous System or Brain Disorders With Carol Garner-Houston How to Set up a Homeschool Classroom 6 Favorite Practical Homesch
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69 min
June 3, 2019
263: The Beautiful No & Other Life Lessons With Sheri Salata
I’m here today with a really special woman I can’t wait to share with you. Sheri Salata is a producer, podcast co-host, and the author of an amazing new memoir, The Beautiful No: And Other Tales of Trial, Transcendence, and Transformation. Sheri shares lessons learned over her 20-year career with Oprah Winfrey, where she served as the executive producer of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and co-host of Harpo Studios, Own, the Oprah Winfrey Network. Just adding to her list of accolades, Sheri has been named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business. I can say from meeting her personally, that she’s also a wonderful, kind-hearted, incredible human being. Take a listen to her amazing story, which can teach us all some important lessons about personal transformation. Episode Highlights With Sheri Salata Sheri’s rise to the career of her dreams as Oprah’s producer… and why it wasn’t enough How to be truly honest with yourself and recognize if you need to make a change What self-care truly involves and ways to secure our own oxygen masks first Advice for navigating tough transitions in life Small daily routines that make a huge difference The important role of community and intentional friendship How Sheri redefined her own self-image and made it healthy and whole And more! Resources We Mention ThePillarLife.com The Sheri + Nancy Show (Apple or Stitcher) The Beautiful Life by Sheri Salata Books Sheri Recommends Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert City of Girls (new fiction book by Elizabeth Gilbert) A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson Ask & It Is Given by Esther Hicks and Jerry Hicks More From Wellness Mama 162: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics & How to Be 10% Happier 218: Happy New Year: 21 Tiny Habits That Can Drastically Change Your Life This Year 249: How to Harness Energy & Create Success From the Inside Out With Suzy Batiz of Poo~Pourri 254: Business, Lifestyle, and Routines With The Skinny Confidential 230: How to Protect Your Mindset & Live a
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50 min
May 30, 2019
262: Dr. Andrew Weil on Integrative Medicine, Reducing Inflammation & Most Important Factors for Health
I’m sure you all know Dr. Andrew Weil, a true pioneer of integrative medicine in the last few decades. Today Dr. Weil shares what he’s learned along the way during his impressive career. Although his list of accomplishments is almost to long to mention, I’ll start with this: Dr. Weil, MD, is a world-renowned leader in the field of integrative medicine who combined a Harvard education with a lifetime of practicing natural and preventative medicine. He’s also the founder and director of the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where he serves as Clinical Professor of Medicine and Professor of Public Health, and also as the Lovell-Jones Professor of Integrative Rheumatology. If that’s not enough, Dr. Weil also wrote 15 best-selling books on healthy living topics and founded an amazing restaurant you may have heard of, True Foods Kitchen. I think it’s safe to say he has more experience than almost anyone else in the industry. Sit tight for some interesting gems of advice in this episode, including what Dr. Weil thinks is next for integrative medicine and staying healthy in a fast-changing world. Episode Highlights With Dr. Andrew Weil Why integrative medicine is the remedy to many of our healthcare problems A special 4-7-8 breathing method to help improve sleep and reduce stress Why mental health problems are on the rise and what to do about it What the latest research is saying about gut bacteria and the microbiome The four most important factors for gut health What Dr. Weil has learned from other cultures (like how to make the best matcha tea!) Whether we can really get everything from food or if we need supplements The ways his views have changed throughout his career What Dr. Weil thinks about vaccination And more! Resources We Mention DrWeil.com Matcha.com (use the code WELLNESS15 for 15% off) TrueFoodKitchen.com Book of Marvels: The Orient Book of Marvels: The Occident Dr. Weil demonstrating 4-7-8 breathing: More From Wellness Mama 247: Vaccine Injuries, Autism, and Homeoprophylaxis With Dr. Jeff Knight 163: Fascinating Fungi & How to Use Medicinal Mushrooms With Tero Isokauppila Natural Ways to Help C-Section Recovery Homemade Sauerkraut Recipe (Easy Countertop Method) 7 Benefits of Matcha Green Tea How to Make Matcha Marshmallows Recipe
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55 min
May 27, 2019
261: Practical Tips and Mom Hacks From Physical Kitchness Chrissa Benson
“Self-care” is quite the buzzword these days! While I’m glad we’re having the discussion as a culture, I think it’s safe to say that we moms are still trying to figure out the problems as well as the answers. Chrissa Benson is the founder of the amazing Physical Kitchness blog and programs, which she founded to help busy women reduce overwhelm and live our best healthiest lives. Chrissa has two boys, ages two and four, and she’s married to an active duty marine, so she’s definitely a mom in the real-life trenches! Her mission is simple, but so powerful: to help women to take care of themselves so that they can take care of their families. I love her blog because she has such a unique mix of her truth talk, mom life humor (which she’s amazing at) and the practical nuts and bolts like simple recipes, meal planning hacks, and effective home workouts. Episode Highlights With Chrissa Benson Why this is such a unique time for moms, with incredible opportunities but also pressure Small daily routines Chrissa uses to make meal planning easier Why finding a creative outlet might be the most important kind of self-care How to choose what to say “no” to (so you can say “yes” to the right things) Her best tips for getting picky eaters to eat protein and veggies Simple ways to get to the root of cravings and emotional eating How to find balance in a world where everyone says you need to have self-care but you are expected to do all the things A new way of looking at self-care Tips for fitting in exercise no matter how busy life gets And more! Resources We Mention PhysicalKitchness.com Club Kitchness Membership 30 Minute Real Food Meal Revolution The Picky Eater Blueprint Book: Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist More From Wellness Mama 230: How to Protect Your Mindset & Live a Balanced Life: Chalene Johnson’s Story 223: Mindset for Moms &  Tips to Get More Done & Stress Less This Year 196: How the Modern World Is Changing Our Hormones (& How to Create a Balance Plan) 192: How to Avoid Rushing Woman Syndrome & Balance Hormones With Dr. Sonya Jensen 176: Heather Chauvin on Letting Go of Mom Guilt, Ending Tantrums, & Mindful Discipline Talking to Yourself Wit
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49 min
May 23, 2019
260: Why the 21st Century Is at War With Your Spine With Ty Carzoli
The spine is so incredibly important for our posture, alignment, nervous health, and more… but how often do we really think about taking care of it? Dr. Ty Carzoli is a doctor of chiropractic and has conducted research at Florida State in cardiovascular and muscle physiology. He specializes in a really cool form of upper cervical work called orthospinology, which we’ll talk about today. In this episode, Dr. Ty breaks down spinal science and the way the spine affects pretty much all of the body in a way we can all understand. I absolutely love the mission he’s on to help empower people to take control of their health through education! Episode Highlights With Ty Carzoli An overview of the spine and how it works… bone by bone The importance of the C1 and C2 axis of the spine The part of the spine that is most vulnerable to injury or displacement, and how to protect it Common everyday movements in modern life undermine our spinal health How the nervous system and the spinal cord intertwine (literally) Why where you’re hurting isn’t always the source of the pain How the soft tissues surrounding the spine become stressed Lifestyle factors that accelerate aging (and what to do instead) Why daily movement and good spinal health may be the best thing you can do to ensure a healthy brain in old age The most ideal types of exercise for the spine and how much exercise you need to keep it healthy The role of proprioceptors in the body (fellow science geeks… enjoy!) Answers to the questions you always wanted to ask your chiropractor (but didn’t) Hope for migraine and post-concussive sufferers What evolutionary biology has to do with it all And more! Resources We Mention DenverUpperCervical.com (Dr. Ty’s practice) Darwin’s Blind Spot On the Shortness of Life (Seneca) More From Wellness Mama 221: Natural Movement, Sustainable Fitness, and Lifelong Health With Dr. Mark Cucuzzella 146: Is Chiropractic Safe and How to Detox Safely with Dr. Hardick 190: The Easiest Way to Track HRV, Sleep, and Movement With Oura Ring 20: Exercise, Movement & Pelvic Floor Health Alternatives to Using a Chair at a Desk How to Stimulate Vagus Nerve Function to Reduce Inflammation and Support the Brain Did we tackle all of your questions on spinal health? What did we forget? Please drop a comment below or
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62 min
May 20, 2019
259: How to Learn Languages by Ear With Idahosa Ness
Even though I studied Spanish for years in school, I still struggle to use what I learned in any meaningful way. Sound familiar? Then you’re in the right place. Idahosa Ness is a teacher, a musician, and foreign language expert who created The Mimic Method, a system to learn languages faster and more effectively. Although the program sounds quite revolutionary when you compare it to most foreign language resources out there, it’s based on the way we naturally learn language through our everyday environment. Our family travels quite a bit, so learning a second language is a big priority for us. I’m excited to deep dive into this process and ask all of my nerdy homeschool mom questions! Episode Highlights from Idahosa Ness and the Mimic Method Why the Mimic Method isn’t like the way you learned a foreign language in school The best ways to activate and accelerate the language learning process How listening to a foreign language may be all you need to really learn it The way nursery rhymes help shape language processing skills Why learning to speak isn’t the same process as learning to write (and the order to learn them in) How to apply Mimic Method principles to learn multiple foreign languages Why the Mimic Method works even for people who have a difficult time learning another language The two advantages children have over adults when learning a language… but why adults can do it too! Ways to give kids the foundational skills to learn a second language without formal foreign language instruction (yet) And more! Resources We Mention MimicMethod.com More From Wellness Mama 184: Meta Learning, Speed Reading, & How to Learn Faster With Jim Kwik 237: World Travel With Kids, Worldschooling & Entrepreneurship With Wonderling Family 101: Critical Thinking in a Social Media World (What You Didn’t Learn in History Class) 11 Useful (and Fun) Skills You Can Learn Online 6 Favorite Practical Homeschool Resources (My Kids Love) Lessons Learned From Our Massive Travel Failure Did you enjoy this episode? What other questions do you have about learning a new language? Please drop a comment below or leave a review on iTunes to let us know. We value knowing what you think and this helps other moms find the podcast as well. Thank You to Today’s Sponsors This podcast is sponsored by Fabletics, my go-to place to get high quality athletic wear at affordable prices. Here’s a confession… as a busy mom, I pretty much live in athletic wear and joke that it’s my mom uniform. But I’m not really joking, because I live in leggings, sports bras, and cute to
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46 min
May 16, 2019
258: Beating SIBO, IBS, and Histamine Intolerance With A Gutsy Girl Sarah Kay Hoffman
Sarah Kay Hoffman is the founder of A Gutsy Girl, a website I’ve been following for a long time. She’s created an amazing online community geared towards women who are looking for a reasonable approach for healing things like IBS, IBD, SIBO, hormonal problems, acne, and more. Sarah got her start when trying to heal her own health problems years ago. Now she’s a gut health researcher and journalist who speaks out highly detailed information and then condenses it into digestible ways for women worldwide. Sarah is also a mom to three absolutely adorable children, so I’m sure we’ll talk all things motherhood today as well! Episode Highlights With Sarah Kay Hoffman How Sarah’s colitis diagnosis changed her life dramatically 10 years ago The ongoing health issues she tried to figure out for years that all stemmed from a gut infection Symptoms of SIBO and why it’s so hard to get rid of when you have it A natural protocol for healing SIBO once and for all How the GAPS diet works to allow the digestive system to rest and heal Why there are so many approaches to healing SIBO, and how to know which one is right for you The key principles of a FODMAP diet Sarah’s approach giving her kids a good foundation for digestive health And more! Resources We Mention AGutsyGirl.com The Gutsy Girl’s Bible: An Approach to Healing the Gut Should I Take a Probiotic With SIBO? How to Test at Home for Low HCL (Stomach Acid) Beginner’s Guide to Digestive Health Testing Just Thrive Probiotics The Gut and Psychology Syndrome More From Wellness Mama 219: Why Everything We Know About Probiotics Is Wrong & How to Stop Leaky Gut With Microbiologist Kiran Krishnan 244: Debunking Probiotic Myths With Just Thrive Founder Tina Anderson 96: Using Natural and Traditional Medicine to Fix the Gut Microbiome with Dr. Ken Brown 82: Discovering the SIBO Solution with Sylvie McCracken 52: Overcoming Gut Infections: SIBO, Protozoa & Candida Why SIBO Leads to Major Health Problems (And How to Fix It)
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56 min
May 13, 2019
257: Secret Ingredients in Our Food: The Truth About GMOs
Buckle your seatbelts… we’re going there! Today we talk in-depth about genetically modified organisms, better known as GMOs. This is not exactly my field of study and certainly a very controversial issue, so I’ve asked Jeffrey Smith, man behind the compelling new documentary Secret Ingredients, to shed some light on the topic for us. For more than two decades, Jeffrey’s research has exposed how biotech companies misled policymakers and the public to further the cause of GMO crops, putting the health of society and the environment at risk. You may know of him through his feature-length documentary Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives, which was seen by millions worldwide and received many awards. His new film also links genetically engineered food to toxic and allergic reactions, infertility, digestive disorders, and many other chronic problems that have been on the rise in the U.S. Episode Highlights: Secret Ingredients How Jeffrey learned what the biotech industry hides about GMOs The process for genetic engineering of crops and how it works Why so many claim that GMOs are completely safe What the science is saying about Roundup or glyphosate Whether it’s true that we need GMO crop to keep from going hungry The truth about politics behind food policy in the U.S. today Why Europe isn’t on board with consuming genetically modified crops Possible effects of pesticides like Roundup and BT on hormones, neurotransmitters, allergies and more Which grains and legumes contain the most glyphosate And some good news about GMOs as well! Resources We Mention Watch Secret Ingredients (free from May 15th-May 22nd!) PetsandGMOs.com RoundupRisks.com Also by Jeffrey Smith: Book: Seeds of Deception Film: Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives More From Wellness Mama 205: Everything You Need to Know About GMOs, Glyphosate, and Gut Health With Dr. Zach Bush 133: GMOs, Glyphosate, Organic Food & What’s Making Our Children Sick 35: GMOs & How to Test for Glyphosate 25: Autoimmunity, GMOs & Food as Medicine The Real Problem with Grains Are Sprouted, Soaked, & Fermented Grains Healthy? Backyard Farming: How to Homestead in the City
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79 min
May 9, 2019
256: Decoding What Your Body Really Needs With Chris Masterjohn PhD
All of my years of health research have led me to one conclusion: there’s no one-size-fits-all prescription for good health. Each of us needs a personalized approach when it comes diet and the vitamins and minerals we need. The trouble is, how do we figure this out so we can act on it? Today I’m here with Chris Masterjohn, a PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Connecticut, to talk about just that. I knew I had to share him with all of you when we were paired up at the same table at an event and geeked out about pantothenic acid, and kinase, and genes, and a lot of other fun topics. He spends his time researching and producing some of the highest quality nutritional information out there, all in a way that’s easy to understand and absolutely fascinating. Definitely check out his Nutrition 101 course below as well as his “Ultimate Cheat Sheet” for testing nutritional status. Both will help you decode exactly what your body needs from a nutritional standpoint. Episode Highlights With Chris Masterjohn One small change that may fix hormonal acne and teenage acne The surprising thing you probably don’t know about calcium that may be hurting you A few universal nutrition principles that apply to all of us The baseline things you need to know to start personalizing your diet and lifestyle How much protein we actually need and from what sources The reason processed foods are bad for your parathyroid How B5, cholesterol, and sex hormones play together and why you may need more B5 for this reason How to naturally increase NAD levels and why you’d want to A major thing to watch out for with niacin supplementation And more! Resources We Mention Vitamins and Minerals 101 Course The Ultimate Cheat Sheet (nutritional testing program – get 20% off through this link) More From Wellness Mama 172: How to Understand Your Genes to Personalize Your Diet With Nutrition Genome 185: How to Get Lab Tests at Home & Take Charge of Your Own Health With EverlyWell 194: Longevity, Autoimmunity, & Plant-Based Diets With Nora Gedgaudas 183: Is Fluoride the Hidden Cause of Acne? (& What to Do About It) 16: Functional Diagnostic Nutrition 60: Deep Nutrition and the Four Pillars of Health How to Implement Nutrition Changes Lab Tests You Can Order From Home (Without A Doctor) The Problem with Calcium Supplements Natural Reme
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86 min
May 6, 2019
255: Dr. Valter Longo on a Fasting Mimicking Diet and Increasing Healthspan
I’ve wanted to interview Dr. Valter Longo for years, and today I finally get to! In this episode, we explore all things fasting — one of my favorite health topics — and especially the fasting mimicking diet, a precise system of fasting that he invented. In fact, his diet was granted one of the only patents in healthcare on promoting longevity and healthspan as well as treating diabetes. Dr. Longo received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1997 and his postdoctoral training in the Neurobiology of Aging and Alzheimer’s Diseases at USC. He currently is the director of the Longevity Institute and professor of gerontology and biological sciences at the University of Southern California. He has made tremendous contributions in research related to longevity, aging, fasting, and metabolic disease. TIME Magazine has called him the Longevity Guru and named him one of the top 50 influential people in health, and I agree! Episode Highlights With Valter Longo What we mean when we talk about fasting, and the different types Why a lengthy water fast may not be the most effective way to fast (and can in fact be dangerous) How fasting protects normal cells from cancer What recent research shows about using chemotherapy and the fasting mimicking diet together as cancer treatment The best amount of protein to eat each day for longevity How Dr. Longo defines healthspan (and why it’s disappearing) Simple changes to make to what you eat and when that will make a big difference in weight and overall health Why to try a fasting mimicking diet (and how often) And more! Resources We Mention ProlonFMD (Dr. Longo’s fasting program) The Longevity Diet by Dr. Valter Longo The Valter Longo Foundation More From Wellness Mama 201: Understanding Fasting & Keto for Women (Even During Pregnancy or Breastfeeding) + Instant Pot Tips 134: Five Benefits of Fasting, Autophagy, Diet Variation & Cellular Healing with Dr. Daniel Pompa 210: Why Most Detox Methods Are Dangerous & What to Do Instead With Dr. Shayne Morris 26: Fasting for Women & Music Therapy Can Intermittent Fasting (Skipping Meals) Make You Healthier? Reasons to Stop Eating at Night Water Fasting Benefits, Dangers, & My Personal Experience Have you tried a fasting mimicking diet? Are there other questions about fasting you’d like me to tackle here on the podcast? Please drop a comment below
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54 min
May 3, 2019
254: Business, Lifestyle, and Routines With The Skinny Confidential
Today’s episode is a little different than normal as I’m here with Lauryn and Michael of The Skinny Confidential to talk business, entrepreneurship and navigating the dynamic of working together as a couple. Lauryn Evarts is a well-known lifestyle and beauty blogger at The Skinny Confidential and her husband Michael Bosstick is a serial entrepreneur and founder of the podcast network Dear Media. I met them in Finland with Four Sigmatic and wanted to have them on to talk business since I get a surprising amount of questions about that side of things and rarely talk about it. They also interviewed me on their podcast (see resources below) where I share about my own business strategies and some parts of my journey you may not have heard before. As I said, I know this is a departure from our normal health topics, but if you’re interested in the business side at all, I think you’ll enjoy this episode. Episode Highlights with the Skinny Confidential A recap of all of our lessons from Finland What we all thought of the sauna/cold plunge situation there The benefit of pushing out of your comfort zone regularly What our gratitude alarm is and why it started after Finland How The Skinny Confidential started and grew to a massive podcast and platform The ways Lauryn and Michael navigate working together as a couple How they’ve grown multiple businesses Lessons learned from real estate (and real estate failures) How they met when they were 12 and how long it took for them to eventually start dating The powerful benefit of practice that they use in many aspects of life How to handle the negative aspects of social media we all encounter Ways to create community in daily life Lauryn’s quote (that I’ve adopted): “What you think about me is none of my business” All of our morning routines Resources We Mention The Skinny Confidential blog Skinny Confidential: Him and Her Podcast Four Sigmatic (use code WELLNESSMAMA to save 15%) Hydroflask water bottle Silk pillowcase Dry brush Books We Recommend The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday Ego Is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday The Obstacle Is the Way by Ryan Holiday The War of Art by Steve
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60 min
May 2, 2019
253: A (Semi) Serious Ultra-Spiritual Conversation With JP Sears
I’m here today with someone you have probably heard of and possibly enjoy as much as I do. JP Sears is a YouTuber, a comedian, an emotional healing coach, and fun fact which you may not know, a serious world traveler and curious student of health. You’ve probably seen his funny and entertaining videos where he tackles some serious topics with grace and humor. His videos have accumulated over 300 million views, which is no small feat! I’m excited to find out what JP has to say as we talk about building community, being open-minded, and learning how to have a serious conversation while still having a good time. If you want to hear more from JP, I linked to my favorite videos of his below and also check out The Awaken with JP Sears Show, his amazing podcast. Episode Highlights With JP Sears How a health coach turned comedian (and we’re so glad he did!) Why JP loves to tackle controversial topics Why humor and difficult conversations actually go together A telltale sign that you’re overly controlled by fear An empowering method for dealing with anger Powerful ways to “mother” ourselves How JP and his wife handle their dietary differences (she’s vegan and he’s not) Ways to foster more real connection (even with those who disagree with you!) The importance of building a “tribe” Three steps to deal with negative criticism and stop letting it get to you JP’s daily routine and his non-negotiables for a healthy lifestyle How he manages his luxurious head of hair! And of course, plenty of laughs! Resources We Mention AwakenWithJP.com Favorite JP videos: Books JP Recommends: Conversations With God: Book One by Neil Donald Walsh The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle More From Wellness Mama 247: Vaccine Injuries, Autism, and Homeoprophylaxis With Dr. Jeff Knight 230: How to Protect Your Mindset & Live a Balanced Life: Chalene Johnson’s Story 249: How to Harness Energy & Create Success From the Inside Out With Suzy Batiz of Poo~Pourri Talking to Yourself With Self-Compassion (& Why It’s Healthy) An Open Letter to Moms on Mother’s Day Do you think JP is as hilarious as I do? What stood out to you in this interview? Please drop a comment below or leave a review on iTunes to let us know. We value knowing what you think and this helps other moms find the podcast as well. Thank You to Today’s Sponsors This episode is sponsored by Butcher Box, which has been my source for high quality
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57 min
April 29, 2019
252: How to Activate Peak Brain Performance With Neuroscientist Dr. Andrew Hill
With advances in brain mapping and neurofeedback, there’s so much to learn about the brain. I feel like I’ve barely touched the tip of the iceberg on this topic, so I’ve invited Dr. Andrew Hill here today. He is one of the top brain performance coaches in the country and holds a PhD in cognitive neuroscience from UCLA’s Department of Psychology. He lectures at UCLA and teaches courses in psychology, neuroscience, and gerontology. In this episode, Dr. Hill explains all about mental fitness and how our brain gives us the resources to juggle and process all of the things we deal with every day. This includes our sleep, focus, ability to deal with stress, information processing, and more. We’ll talk about advances in science and ways we can measure and better understand the brain’s performance with the amazing process of neurofeedback. I’ll be visiting the Peak Brain Institute soon and trusting them with my brain… wonder what they’ll find? I’ll be sure to report back on what happens! Episode Highlights on Peak Brain Performance How the Peak Brain Institute can literally map and reshape your brain Brain wave frequencies: how they work, how doctors measure them, and why they control more than you think Why better brain fitness translates into better sleep, focus, and stress management Simple ways to increase your performance (whether asleep or awake) by optimizing the brain What measuring your theta brainwaves can reveal about your personality Advances in brain mapping and how doctors use it to target problem areas How neurofeedback works to improve outcomes for ADD, ADHD, OCD, or PTSD patients The new way scientists think about consciousness How learning to play piano or speak a new language affects the brain (and why to do it early) Science-supported benefits of meditation and mindfulness And more! Resources We Mention Schedule a free consultation with Peak Brain Institute here. Mention Wellness Mama for 10% off (excludes equipment). Head First Podcast With Dr. Hill More From Wellness Mama 238: Using Neuroplasticity to Rewire Nervous System or Brain Disorders With Carol Garner-Houston 224: How to Use Sound and Music to Optimize Focus and Sleep With Brain.fm 162: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics & How to Be 10% Happier 157: How Music Like Wholetones Can Change the Brain and the Body 151: How Brain Harmony is Improving Autism & Sensory Disorders 138: How to Use Specific & Targeted Essential Oil Blends to Support the Brain & Parasympathetic Nervous System 1
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70 min
April 25, 2019
251: Water Quality and How to Improve Drinking Water With Dr. Tom DiGiuseppe
This episode is not only about what is in your water, but how to get out the things that you don’t want to be drinking! I am here with Dr. Tom DiGiuseppe, a PhD who has been involved in the design, testing, and installation of water filtration and purification systems for both residential and commercial customers for over 30 years. His early research focused on the development of chemical sensor technology for environmental monitoring, measuring contaminant levels in soil and groundwater, determining the fluid purity, and working with all kinds of ceramic membrane systems. Tom has also made it a priority to figure out ways to use this most precious resource wisely. He’s working on a really cool project right now that involves developing renewable energy systems with gray water treatment and water recycling. Let’s dive in! Episode Highlights with Dr. Tom DiGiuseppe What’s in our drinking water: the good, the bad, the ugly Systems that can improve even undrinkable water and assist in crisis situations (like Flint, Michigan) Water disinfection and how it keeps us safe (but also harms us due to byproducts) How pesticides (including glyphosate) end up in our drinking supply The reasons why there’s fluoride in our water and possible health consequences How to test your water source The pros and cons of municipal water vs. well water Pros and cons of water filter systems, including reverse osmosis How 14-stage water filter works When a whole house system makes sense Resources We Mention Radiant Life water filters (get $25 off any drinking water system or $100 off any whole house water system with the code WMWATER) Questions? Call Radiant Life at 888-593-8333 Book: The Fourth Phase of Water More From Wellness Mama 248: Alkaline and Ionized Water: Healthy or Hype? With Thai Cabados The Best Under-Counter Water Filter (Review) The Best Water Filter For Home Use (Pitcher, Charcoal, Under-Counter) Lemon Water in the Morning: Benefits & Myths 10 Refreshing Infused Water Recipes (With Fruit & Herbs!) Best Alternatives to Plastic Water Bottles Why Plastic Pollution Is Everyone’s Problem Did you enjoy this episode? What other questions do you have about water quality? Please drop a comment below or leave a review on iTunes to let us know. We value knowing what you think and this helps other moms find the podcast as well. Tha
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54 min
April 22, 2019
250: Sustainable Fitness, Cork, and Benefits of Rolling With Addie Conner
I think today’s topic is a fun one and an unexpected twist on physical fitness and well-being. This episode is going to be all about foam rolling and why it should be part of our daily self-care. I’m here with Addie Conner, the co-founder of a company called 42 Birds. Rather than foam, her company makes sustainable cork rollers, yoga mats, and more, and Addie is here to talk about the benefits of all of the above today. If you wonder why the 42 in the name, well, it stands for the 42 bird species that the cork forest uniquely supports. Find out why Addie chose this particular mission and how cork products are not only fun to use but protect biodiversity. Episode Highlights With Addie Conner How Addie started a yoga company all based on cork The health benefits of rolling and trigger point for increased mobility and muscle recovery Why cork is the most sustainable choice for “foam” rolling (and yoga mats, flooring, etc.) Simple, safe ways to give yourself the benefits of a massage Why our muscles need release Why cork is naturally antimicrobial and self-cleaning Reasons cork forestry is so sustainable The Cork Forest ecosystem and how it offsets 20 million tons of carbon dioxide each year Addie’s healthy morning routine as well as fitness and diet tips And more! Resources We Mention 42Birds.com (use the code WELLNESSMAMA15 to save 15%) Hunter Fitness Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind More From Wellness Mama 93: How to Avoid the Most Common Fitness Mistakes Women Make 106: Why to Stop Doing Kegels & Squat Instead with Katy Bowman 221: Natural Movement, Sustainable Fitness, and Lifelong Health With Dr. Mark Cucuzzella How to Make a Foam Roller for About $10 6 Ways to Get the Benefits of Massage Therapy (at Home) Is rolling part of your workout? Will you switch to cork after hearing all of the benefits? Please drop a comment below or leave a review on iTunes to let us know. We value knowing what you think and this helps other moms find the podcast as well. Thank You to Today’s Sponsors This podcast is sponsored by Fabletics – the best place to get affordable and really cute athletic wear. I joke that my “mom uniform” is leggings or yoga pants and a cute shirt, but it isn’t really a joke! Most days I’m juggling working out, homeschooling, shopping, cleaning my house, working and kids activities and am looking for something cute but functi
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51 min
April 18, 2019
249: How to Harness Energy & Create Success From the Inside Out With Suzy Batiz of Poo~Pourri
You’ve probably heard of Poo~Pourri, a spray that traps unpleasant bathroom odors with natural oils (moms/wives everywhere owe her a debt of gratitude for it!). While you may not have heard though of Suzy Batiz, the amazing woman behind the product has an equally inspiring story. Since Suzy built an empire on the unlikely platform of bathroom stink, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that she’s known for her willingness to tackle taboo topics and challenge societal norms. She had to overcome huge challenges and multiple “failures” to reach success. In the end, Suzy credits her mindset and willingness to follow an “alive idea” as the reason she was able to create a company worth $500 million without borrowing a cent or enlisting a single investor. Episode Highlights With Suzy Batiz of Poo~Pourri Suzy’s incredible story of overcoming childhood trauma and later business failure, bankruptcy, and personal breakdown How Suzy turned everything around and went on to found a $500 million debt-free enterprise The four signs of resonance and how to recognize an “alive idea” How the idea for Poo~Pourri came about The unique contributions women entrepreneurs have to offer What to do if you don’t like where you are in life And more! Episode Quotables You never change things by fighting against the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete. – Buckminster Fuller Resources We Mention SuzyBatiz.com Poo~Pourri (save 20% with code WELLNESSMAMA20 or get it on Amazon) Supernatural.com (natural cleaner) – Use code WELLNESSMAMA20 for 20% off! (one per customer please) Books Suzy Recommends Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl Loving What Is by Byron Katie The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Your Life to the Next Level by Gay Hendrix Did you enjoy this episode? What other questions do you have about Poo-Pourri? Please drop a comment below or leave a review on iTunes to let us know. We value knowing what you think and this helps other moms find the podcast as well. Thank You to Today’s Sponsors This podcast is brought to you by Four Sigmatic, a Finnish company bringing the everyday magic of mushrooms to our daily lives. If you visited my home, you’d notice my homemade coffee/tea bar in my kitchen. Above it hangs 8 wooden cups, called kuk
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54 min
April 15, 2019
248: Alkaline and Ionized Water: Healthy or Hype? – With Thai Cabados
Drinking clean water is one the most important things you can do for your health. I’ve written whole posts about the benefits of water and water filters, but my guest today is talking to us about an angle I haven’t covered yet: alkaline and ionized water. For over 15 years, Thai Cabados he has been educating the public on the benefits of water and the alkaline diet. He even left his successful financial sector job to follow his dream and start his own business doing just that. He co-founded Alkaline Lifestyle, a website that incorporates alkaline water, alkaline diet, and mindfulness. Today we cover what the science says about alkaline water, how ionizing machines work, and why you might want to try one in your home. Episode Highlights on Ionized Water Differences between bottled alkaline water and water from a water ionizer Why that fancy bottled water isn’t all it’s cracked up to be What studies say about the ability of ionized water to increase weight loss, longevity, and even brain health How water ionizers produce antioxidant potential and hydrogen in water How our bodies have a pH balance necessary for life Water filters: are they necessary and how to find the best ones The effects of fluoride in our water Whether alkaline water can neutralize stomach acid And more! Resources We Mention Learn more at Life Ionizers EWG Tapwater Report The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz More From Wellness Mama 251: Water Quality and How to Improve Drinking Water With Dr. Tom DiGiuseppe 234: The Keto-Green Way to Optimize Hormones & Libido With Dr. Anna Cabeca Best Alternatives to Plastic Water Bottles The Best Water Filter For Home Use (Pitcher, Charcoal, Under-Counter) Lemon Water in the Morning: Benefits & Myths Why to Avoid Energy Drinks (& What to Drink Instead) The Problem with Calcium Supplements Do you drink ionized water? Are there other questions about water quality you would like me to tackle? Please drop a comment below or leave a review on iTunes to let us know. We value knowing what you think and this helps other moms find the podcast as well. Thank You to Today’s Sponsors This podcast is brought to you by Butcher Box, a great source of high quality grass-fed and pastured meats. This month, they’ve got a spectacular deal with their breakfast bundle. You can get $2
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43 min
April 11, 2019
247: Vaccine Injuries, Autism, and Homeoprophylaxis With Dr. Jeff Knight
Dr. Jeff Knight is a chiropractic physician who works to help people tap into their natural ability to heal. His multi-therapeutic approach includes functional medicine, functional neurology, muscle activation, brain and cellular detox, and more. Today I’m talking to Dr. Jeff about a much-requested and highly controversial topic that every parent has had to weigh: vaccination. Yep… we’re going there! Let me start by saying that our goal in this episode is not to discuss whether to vaccinate or not. Instead, we’re bringing up important questions to consider so we can give vaccines the same careful thought we give to other areas of health. Bottom line, we’re certainly not judging any parents for their decisions one way or the other, since we are all trying to educate ourselves and do what’s best. Episode Highlights With Dr. Jeff Knight Whether or not vaccines have anything to do with autism Genetic factors that determine how well we detoxify from heavy metals What makes certain children more susceptible to vaccine injury How generational toxins are passed down from parent to child The concept of herd immunity and some important questions to ask Whether we can “overuse” vaccines the way we have antibiotics, and why this is a tough question to answer Homeoprophylaxis: is it a viable vaccine alternative? The role of parents in the vaccine decision & how to get educated The detox protocol Dr. Jeff follows for a child with vaccine injury Whether there are other safe and effective ways to provide immunity And more! Resources We Mention True Chiro North (Dr. Jeff Knight’s practice) James Maskell Vaccines Revealed documentary (Dr. Patrick Gentempo) Truth About Vaccines documentary Dr. Pompa detox More From Wellness Mama Episode 100 AMA: Your Questions Answered on Circumcision, Vaccines, CBD & More 92: A Holistic Pediatrician Talks Ear Infections, Fevers, & Vaccines 113: Toxic Metals That Cause Fatigue and How to Detox Them 134: Five Benefits of Fasting, Autophagy, Diet Variation & Cellular Healing with Dr. Daniel Pompa 210: Why Most Detox Methods Are Dangerous & What to Do Instead With Dr. Shayne Morris Is the Flu Shot Safe? How to Detox Heavy Metals Safely (& Get More Energy) Did we miss a question you wanted answered? Let us know! Please drop a c
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48 min
April 8, 2019
246: What Women Need to Know About Heart Health With Dr. Mark Menolascino
Heart disease is an increasingly important issue for women. I’ve heard stats that it actually kills more women than breast cancer, but it’s not talked half as much. So I’m so glad to have Dr. Mark Menolascino here to give us a deep dive on this topic and explain what we can all be doing to safeguard our heart health. Dr. Mark is one of very few physicians who is board-certified in internal medicine, integrative and holistic medicine, functional medicine, and advanced hormone management and anti-aging medicine. So to say he’s qualified would be a huge understatement. He additionally has a master’s degree in pharmacology and immunology and was a doctoral candidate in the medical science program assisting with clinical trials of new medications, and as well as part of the heart disease reversal team with the famed Dr. Dean Ornish. Let’s hear what he has to say… Episode Highlights With Dr. Menolascino Why 2 out of 3 women have heart disease The reason that the first sign of heart disease for half of women is death Why half of heart attacks happen with normal cholesterol What to look for to know if you have fatty liver The science-backed ways to support your heart Why insulin is the most inflammatory compound the body makes Good and bad foods for the heart (some may surprise you) A few ways to know by looking at your body if you’re at a higher risk of heart disease What your fingernails tell you about your health And more! Resources We Mention Find Dr. Mark at MenoClinic.com Books by Mark Hyman Books by Izabella Wentz Dirty Genes by Ben Lynch You Can Fix Your Brain by Tom O’Bryan The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand Did you enjoy this episode? What other questions do you have about your heart health? Please drop a comment below or leave a review on iTunes to let us know. We value knowing what you think and this helps other moms find the podcast as well. Thank You to Today’s Sponsors This episode is sponsored by Fabletics, my one-stop shop for affordable athletic wear. They have yoga, running, gym gear, sports bras, shoes, accessories, and more. Right now, you can get 2 pairs of leggings for $24, which is half the price of just a sports bra from some other brands! I’ve never understood the crazy prices on some athletic gear, especially since the goal is to get those clothes sweaty anyway! That’s why I love Fabletics. They have really cute styles that rival even the highest priced brands at great prices. I especially love their power hold leggings and sports bras with cris
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52 min
April 4, 2019
245: Ari Whitten on Fighting Fatigue and Anxiety With Sauna, Hormesis, NRF2 & Sun Exposure
If I gave out an award for the most popular guest of all time, it would have to go to Ari Whitten! This may seem ironic since he’s not a mom, but Ari is pretty much a limitless source of knowledge on so many topics that affect families today. Case in point: he researched and created a system called The Energy Blueprint for fighting fatigue and increasing energy levels… something all of us as moms could certainly use help with! Today we go deep on the best tools for improving overall health and vitality, and it’s not just the usual diet and exercise advice. Drawing on 20 years of studying and teaching health science, Ari explains why saunas are literally one of the most powerful (and overlooked) “medicines” available to us, as well as free and easy ways to activate and support our body’s natural energy pathways. Episode Highlights on Fighting Fatigue The real roots of anxiety and depression The reason sauna use reduces cardiovascular disease mortality (over 60%!) A good rule of thumb for how much sauna use and how long Why detoxification is NOT the main benefit of sauna use How hormesis benefits you How using the sauna 4-7 times a week can reduce risk of neurodegenerative disease by 70% compared to using once a week Why you need to know about the Nrf2 pathway How to create mitochondrial biogenesis (new mitochondria regeneration) What mitochondrial psychobiology is and how it might help you The strange links between anxiety, depression, and neurodegenerative disease Why things like fatigue, brain fog, and other problems often go hand in hand The link between inflammation and depression How a recent study showed that sauna use had long-lasting antidepressant activity Other types of hormesis: fasting, phytonutrients for plants What xenohormetic phytochemicals are and how their pro-oxidant activity can stimulate Nrf2 Yet another reason to eat enough greens! What you really need to know about the endocannabinoid system How avoiding sun exposure is as big of a risk factor for health as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day Why vitamin D supplements aren’t enough to replace sun exposure Resources We Mention The Energy Blueprint Books by Ari Whitten Ojai Energetics CBD Oil Joovv Red Light Therapy Vitamin D More From Wellness Mama 142: Is Adrenal Fatigue Real or Just Bad Science? With Ari Whitten 94: Low Level Red Light Therapy for Cellular Health and Healing 189: How Red Light Therapy or Photobiomodulation Works & How to Get the Benefits With Joovv
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68 min
April 1, 2019
244: Debunking Probiotic Myths With Just Thrive Founder Tina Anderson
My job is basically a great excuse to sit down and chat with the people who inspire me most! Today is no exception as Tina Anderson, co-founder and CEO of Just Thrive probiotics, joins me on the podcast. We’re gonna jump into a lot of probiotic myths flying around and talk about the science behind this very important aspect of health. Personal note on Tina: She has a fascinating background as a trial lawyer who then became in-house counsel for a pharmaceutical company. What she saw and learned launched her into a passionate career in the field of natural health. To share her discovery with the world, she and her husband created a unique supplement that contains superior probiotic strains from renowned researcher Dr. Simon Cutting. I know you guys have been wanting me to talk about about this and I hope today’s episode answers all of your great questions! Episode Highlights With Just Thrive What glyphosate, antibiotic overuse, and contaminants in our food supply and environment are doing to our gut health Common myths about probiotics and why all probiotic sources are not created equal Why refrigerated probiotics aren’t always better (and could be weaker) The real deal on CFUs and how to know if the strains are actually surviving The clinical trials currently in progress and what they’re revealing about leaky gut The shocking percentage of probiotics that never make it to the intestinal tract (and why Just Thrive does) What the LPS level in your bloodstream means and how it can be used to measure gut health Which probiotics kids and babies can take and recommended dosage Why spore-based probiotics survive the digestive process and get to the gut The surprising nutrient that reduces heart disease risk by 50%, all cause mortality by 25% and statistically increases lifespan by 7 years What gut health has to do with eczema and other skin conditions And more! Resources We Mention Just Thrive Use coupon code wellnessmama15 for 15% off I Can See Clearly Now by Wayne Dyer The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale The Human Microbiome Project More From Wellness Mama 228: Using Buddies in My Belly to Teach Kids About Health 219: Why Everything We Know About Probiotics Is Wrong & How to Stop Leaky Gut With Microbiologist Kiran Krishnan 96: Using Natural and Traditional Medicine to Fix the Gut Microbiome with Dr. Ken Brown 53: Does Leaky Gut Cause Autoimmu
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61 min
March 28, 2019
243: Using an Adrenal ReCode to Calm the Nervous System With Christa Orecchio
I’m here today with a dear friend, Christa Orecchio, who is a clinical and holistic nutritionist and founder of The Whole Journey. She has helped thousands and thousands of people discover the root cause of their conditions by using food as medicine and a mind-body-spirit approach to health. Christa is truly one of the happiest, most honest, most joyful people I know as well as being a bestselling author, a TV show host, and a mom of an adorable little boy. At the same time, she also understands on a personal and clinical level what moms go through as they to make their way through the stresses of everyday life. It’s my hope this episode will help explain why so many mom experience negative health symptoms due to out-of-whack stress hormones, and natural ways to get the nervous system back on track. Episode Highlights: Adrenal ReCode What stress hormones are and how they affect us The tell-tale signs that we’re living in a stressed mode The shockingly high percentage of people living in this state Reasons why your nervous system may go haywire, and how to reset it A downside to the keto diet or intermittent fasting if not done correctly How our bodies get stuck in a state of sympathetic dominance (fight or flight mode) The six pillars of the Adrenal ReCode and Christa’s prescription to balance stress hormones What to eat if you have adrenal or thyroid problems Whether women should eat low carb Ways to lose that stubborn weight around the middle Christa’s thoughts on the ideal fat ratio for a healthy diet And more! Resources We Mention Christa’s Adrenal ReCode Program TheWholeJourney.com The Whole Journey Cookbook How to Conceive Naturally & Have a Healthy Pregnancy After 30 7-Day Soup Detox Reboot Program (featuring Christa and yours truly!) The Four Agreements More From Wellness Mama 142: Is Adrenal Fatigue Real or Just Bad Science? With Ari Whitten 211: How to Boost Your Adrenals and Cleanse Using Food With Dr. Alejandro Junger 242: Fighting Thyroid Disease With Food & Recipes for Thyroid Health From Dr. Izabella Wentz Thyroid Health 101 Why do Women Crave Chocolate? How to Do a Ketogenic Diet (& Is It Safe for Women?) Have you
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56 min
March 25, 2019
242: Fighting Thyroid Disease With Food & Recipes for Thyroid Health From Dr. Izabella Wentz
Dr. Izabella Wentz is a pioneering expert in lifestyle interventions for treating Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, which I have. She was also diagnosed at age 27, and in search of answers, conducted an incredible amount of research to create her own autoimmune protocol. In addition to her New York Times bestseller Hashimoto’s Protocol, she just wrote a new book called Hashimoto’s Food Pharmacology: Nutrition Protocols and Healing Recipes to Take Charge of Your Thyroid Health. I’ve read it and it’s totally awesome. It includes a ton of recipes and a complete nutrition plan for anyone struggling with Hashimoto’s. Her passion and knowledge on the subject really shines through. If you suspect you might have a thyroid imbalance or have been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, definitely don’t miss this episode! Episode Highlights With Izabella Wentz What it means if you have Hashimoto’s disease Why Hashimoto’s is one of the most common autoimmune conditions The genetic conditions that might mean we’re more likely to develop a thyroid problem What food sensitivities have to do with it The hidden culprit that might be in our gut Important nutrients to supplement when you have impaired digestion or a limited diet Why to test vitamin D, and how often to get retested Dr. Izabella’s food and supplement prescription for thyroid balance The two foods that can start to turn around a thyroid condition right away Whether you need to avoid cruciferous vegetables if you have Hashimoto’s Easy substitutes for dairy and grains And more! Resources We Mention ThyroidPharmacist.com @izabellawentzpharmd “How to Eat for Thyroid Health on a Budget” by Dr. Izabella Wentz Books Hashimoto’s Food Pharmacology: Nutrition Protocols and Healing Recipes to Take Charge of Your Thyroid Health Other books by Dr. Izabella Wentz The Body Ecology Diet by Donna Gates Supplements Vitamin D Selenium Magnesium Complete B vitamin Recipes Free! Get recipes from Dr. Izabella’s new book
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55 min
March 21, 2019
241: Biohacking for Moms, Anti-Aging & Raising Amazing Kids With Ben Greenfield
My guest today is the exceptional Ben Greenfield, and since he won’t share his mile-long list of accomplishments himself, I’m going to brag on him for a bit. He is a life-long complete nerd (which I can say because I’m one too). He started college at 16 and studied anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, pharmaceuticals, microbiology, biochemistry, and nutrition, graduating in 2004 at 20 years old as the top senior in his class. Ben was accepted into six medical schools but opted for a master’s degree in exercise, physiology, and biomechanics. Now he has gyms and labs across the country and was voted America’s top personal trainer in 2008. He also founded Kion, a fitness company geared toward helping the world’s hard-charging, high achievers to achieve a truly limitless life. I highly, highly recommend all of his books, especially Beyond Training and the Christian Gratitude Journal. He also has a blog and a podcast that reach millions each month, and I’ll link to those in the show notes. In what he considers his greatest role, Ben is dad to two twin boys, and along with his wife Jessa, works hard at raising exceptional children who can lead the next generation. Today I’m hoping to tap into all of the wisdom he has to share, so we’re going deep into biohacking, anti-aging, raising amazing kids, and more! Episode Highlights With Ben Greenfield Top three things he’s trying for biohacking right now (what’s working and what doesn’t) Why he loves red light as much as I do The reason photbiomodulation is so important and how to get it One easy food he loves to eat to boost health What PEMF is and how Ben uses it Simple ways to reduce inflammation How thymus injections may help slow aging What a placenta injection is and why someone would consider it Whether NAD IVs and injections are worth it, and how to replicate it inexpensively What sweetbreads are (hint: not bread) and why they are awesome The top things you can do for your health How structured water and hydrogen water are helpful for preventing aging What xenohormesis is and how it affects you Resources We Mention BenGreenfieldFitness.com Kion Personal PEMF device Joovv light Clearlight sauna Barrel sauna Books by Ben Greenfield Books by John Ortberg Book: Parenting With Love and Logic
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54 min
March 18, 2019
240: How Ethical Businesses Are Changing the World With Thrive Market Founder Nick Green
Today I have the pleasure of talking to a friend and someone I highly respect to go deep on things like ethical business and how we can all help change the future for the next generation. I’m here with Nick Green, who is the co-founder and CEO of Thrive Market, which you all have heard me talk about plenty of times before. What you may not know is that in addition to making healthy food and sustainable products more accessible, Thrive Market (thanks in large part to Nick) makes it their mission to have a positive social impact in everything they do. We’ll talk about Thrive Market’s giving initiatives, why they have such a deep dedication to helping families and communities, and how the creation of socially conscious companies has the power to transform our world for the better. Episode Highlights With Nick Green How Nick and his co-founder came up with the idea for Thrive Market and got the business started Why their first ideas didn’t work, and how they found the model that did The retailer that will soon pass Whole Foods for selling the most organic produce (it may surprise you!) Thrive Market’s standards for their private label brands and how they save consumers so much money Advances in sustainable, non-toxic food packaging and how Thrive Market is leading the pack Thrive Market vs. Amazon packaging and the difference it can make for the environment How Nick made it a priority to create zero waste fulfillment centers What the Thrive Gives program does to make sure every family has access to healthy food, regardless of income level How they vet their products to protect against greenwashing And more! Resources We Mention Thrive Market AllianceforGood Book: Conscious Capitalism Book: Principles: Life and Work More From Wellness Mama 2: How to Buy Real Food on a Budget 66: Vote with Your Dollars to Make (Real) Change with John Durant 78: How Moms Can Affect Actual Change with Big Food and Big Ag With Leah Segedie 85: How to Raise an Entrepreneur: Nurturing Risk Takers, Problem Solvers, & Change Makers 222: Why ButcherBox Is Bringing Back Grass-Fed Meat With Mike Salguero 237: World Travel With Kids, Worldschooling & Entrepreneurship With Wonderling Family 254: Business, Lifestyle, and Routines With The Skinny Confidential Organic Check-Off Program: Protect Our Healthy Food
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59 min
March 14, 2019
239: How Biological Medicine Is Changing Health (& How to Try It in Switzerland!)
Robyn Openshaw is an incredible human being and dear friend of mine, as you all probably remember from our previous podcast interview. I met Robyn a few years ago at a biological medicine clinic in Switzerland and we really hit it off. She’s amazing since she is not only a dedicated single mom of four kids (who are all now flying the coop), she’s also managed to travel to a huge number of clinics across the globe, interviewing the world’s top experts and inspecting clinics that deal with biological medicine and alternative therapies. Because of her intense personal research and firsthand knowledge, Robyn is now considered one of the top experts in the world herself on all kinds of health topics. She’s lectured in over 450 cities in the last six years after launching her popular site, GreenSmoothieGirl.com, and has authored fifteen books including the bestsellers The Green Smoothies Diet and 12 Steps to Whole Food. Her latest book is called Vibe. Not to mention (but I will) that Robyn is a former psychotherapist and university professor to boot. Her advice is definitely worth taking, so don’t miss this or our previous podcast episode! Episode Highlights With Robyn Openshaw The personal family crisis that got Robyn started on her quest to find the best health clinics The number of cancer cells the human body makes every day How biological medicine views cancer (that most U.S. docs wouldn’t agree with) Where Robyn found the most impressive health treatments that really made a difference What’s on the menu at a biological health clinic Why I (Katie) did a liver detox there (and how often we should do one) Health benefits of a coffee enema and why you might want to do one! Dr. Petra’s background and training What to expect at the clinic And more! Resources We Mention GreenSmoothieGirl.com Come to Switzerland with me in 2019! Webinar on Switzerland clinic Robyn’s books My last podcast with Robyn: 110: How Vibrational Frequencies Affect Our Daily Lives More From Wellness Mama 150: Debunking Myths About Gallbladder Disease With Deborah Graefer From Gallbladder Attack 169: From Advanced Stage Cancer to Remission in 7 Months on a Quest to Cure Cancer 170: Using Biological Medicine & Uncommon Therapies to Help With Chronic Conditions 231: Conquering & Avoiding Breast Cancer With the 7 Essentials System From Dr. V Natural Liver & Gal
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59 min
March 11, 2019
238: Using Neuroplasticity to Rewire Nervous System or Brain Disorders With Carol Garner-Houston
Today’s guest is back for a much requested part two, it’s no surprise. Carol Garner-Houston is an incredible powerhouse of knowledge and has helped thousands of families who are struggling through things like ADD, ADHD, sensory processing, and many other struggles. We’re going to go deep on all of those topics today. Carol currently serves as an occupational therapist and neuroplastician in her private therapy center, Brain Harmony. You’ll often find her applying brain mapping protocols and modalities that are changing IQ scores, connecting speech in adults who have never spoken, and rewiring connections to hemiplegic limbs post-stroke. It’s truly incredible. I’m privileged to sit down with her today and talk more in-depth, not to mention answer all of your questions from the last podcast with Carol. Episode Highlights With Carol Garner-Houston What Carol has been up to since our last podcast The technology Brain Harmony uses to reorganize and structure the brain Carol’s hypothesis as to why she’s seeing a rise in children struggling with speech and neurological disorders What neuroplasticity means and how our brain uses it to adapt The role of the vestibular system in brain balance Genetic and lifestyle factors contributing to brain disorders, and how to identify them The Safe & Sound Protocol and how it activates the vagus nerve to help learning and attention problems Non-invasive techniques for activating a child’s ability to hear, speak, or read Advances in the brain science frontier that could help symptoms of stroke, Parkinson’s, and other brain-centered issues Why someone with MTHFR might be a candidate for Brain Harmony Natural ways to calm the nervous system… without a prescription Some heart-to-heart advice for the overwhelmed caregiver And more! Resources We Mention Brain Harmony Book: The Brain That Changes Itself Docs Outside the Box (St. Petersburg, Florida) Alpha-Stim More From Wellness Mama 39: Is ADHD Under Diagnosed? 107: Improve Your Brain to Avoid Alzheimer’s, Dementia, & Memory Loss with Dr. Perlmutter 128: ADD, ADHD & Behavior Challenges with Psychologist and Nutritionist Dr. Nicole Beurkens 151: How Brain Harmony is Improving Autism & Sensory Disorders 157: How Music Like Wholetones Can Change the Brain and the Body
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58 min
March 7, 2019
237: World Travel With Kids, Worldschooling & Entrepreneurship With Wonderling Family
I’m here today with Stephanie Langford, who I’ve been wanting to share with you all for a long time. She’s a dear friend, and she’s also a wife, mom, entrepreneur, and world traveler! Stephanie and her husband Ryan are raising and worldschooling their five kids, ages 3 to 14, and have literally traveled around the globe. They love this lifestyle so much they go by the name “The Wonderling Family,” and share all their inspiring adventures at their blog WonderlingFamily.com. In addition to being serious travel experts (they’ve been to 65 countries and counting!), Stephanie and Ryan run UltimateBundles.com, where they work with online content creators and bloggers to curate incredible digital libraries for really amazing prices. Stephanie has so much wisdom to share about business, family, and creating a vision for life… this is going to be fun! Episode Highlights With the Wonderling Family How Stephanie became an accidental entrepreneur (the last thing she thought she’d ever do) What sparked the idea to take their family on the road Creative ways to make travel more practical and affordable Their most memorable countries and experiences so far How to worldschool (no matter where you live) Curriculum and educational philosophies that keep her kids learning on the road Minimalist packing tips and how to make traveling with a family easier How the U.S. compares to other cultures when it comes to giving kids freedom and independence Ways to raise kids with entrepreneurial skills And more! Resources We Mention WonderlingFamily.com @wonderlingfamily UltimateBundles.com KEEN sandal Books Stephanie Recommends The 4-Hour Work Week Free-Range Kids, How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts with Worry) Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder A Thomas Jefferson Education: Teaching a Generation of Leaders for the Twenty-First Century
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56 min
March 4, 2019
236: Facts vs. Myths About Blue Zones & Ways to Increase Longevity
I’m sure you all have heard of Blue Zones, places where many people live healthy, active, disease-free lives and experience increased longevity until the age of 100 or more. Today’s guest is an expert on the diet and lifestyle in Blue Zone areas and has a fascinating take on place of grains in a healthy diet. I am here with Caroline Angel, author of the international bestseller 50 Shades of Grain. She’s traveled the world studying the nutrition, lifestyles, and habits of cultures all around the world. Caroline’s mission is to bring ancient wisdom to the modern world, so I think she’s going to feel at home here! Episode Highlights: Longevity Facts & Myths What Caroline realized about the American diet when she immigrated The life lessons we can all learn from travel, no matter our budget How Caroline ended up joining Professor Michel Poulain in a study of Blue Zones in Sardinia The reasons Sardinian women didn’t experience any problems during menopause What all Blue Zone diets have in common (hint: almost nothing!) Problem ingredients in processed foods (especially breads) to watch out for What hybridization has done to modern wheat Why preparing grains in traditional ways is so important And more! Resources We Mention Visit BareFoodAngel.com and subscribe to receive Caroline’s free e-guide “Which Fats to Eat, Which to Ditch” Book: 50 Shades of Grain: The Naked Truth About Eating Bread and Feeling Great Free Gift: Schedule a 30 minute consultation with Caroline at calendly.com/BarefoodAngel. (Or contact Caroline at 818-839-0272.) Use the code WELLNESSMAMA to receive the PDF of Caroline’s book 50 Shades of Grain for free as well as Caroline’s artisan sourdough bread recipe and preferred bread brands. More From Wellness Mama 31: How to Know If You Have Gluten Sensitivity 167: Lessons We Can Learn from Europe and Natural Wines 194: Longevity, Autoimmunity, & Plant-Based Diets With Nora Gedgaudas 232: Lessons Learned From Finland: 8 Things We Can All Learn 9 Lessons We Can All Learn From Blue Zones Is a Plant-Based Diet Good for All of Us? 9 Lessons We Can Learn From Europe (Food, Wine & Sleep) The Importance of Eating Real Food What would you like to ask Caroline? Please drop a comment below or leave a review on iTunes to let us know. We v
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57 min
February 28, 2019
235: Signs of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction & How to Stop Pelvic Pain Naturally With Isa Herrera
As moms we really give it all — heart, mind, and definitely body! This episode is all about that last part, and how we can recognize and rehabilitate pelvic floor problems. I’m with the best expert I’ve ever met on the topic (plus she’s one of the most fun too!). Her name is Isa Herrera and she is a licensed physical therapist as well as an expert in integrative pelvic floor therapies. She’s treated pelvic pain, leaking, and prolapse in over 14,000 women at her healing center in New York City and was one of the first to pioneer the use of integrative modalities like Maya massage, cold laser therapy, sound healing, and other techniques. Isa has also authored five books on the topic of pelvic floor dysfunction and pain, including her newly released international bestseller Female Pelvic Alchemy. She now brings her expertise to a global audience with an online school that teaches pelvic health exercises, self-care techniques, and integrative tools to maximize healing. Episode Highlights With Isa Herrera What Isa’s own post-pregnancy experience taught her (that physical therapy school didn’t) How she discovered that 1 out of 3 women in the U.S. struggle with this issue How it controls the lymphatic system, sexual function, joint stability, and more The reason caesarian births don’t prevent pelvic floor damage Why Kegels might not be the best pelvic floor exercise (& what to do instead) Health conditions that make it more likely you’ll experience pelvic floor dysfunction The connection between pelvic floor and diastasis recti (abdominal separation) What your reoccurring UTI or bladder infection might really be Isa’s take on whether Yoni eggs, Ben Wa balls, and other Kegel devices are helpful Why using a sling/surgery to treat vaginal prolapse may not be the best course How to give yourself a vulvar-vaginal exam (and why it’s important) Natural solutions to balance and restore the pelvic area What an ergonomic workspace has to do with vaginal and pelvic health Self-care tips for your pelvic floor during pregnancy And more! Episode Quotables “The pelvic floor is the basin. It is the cradle of our being… the deep connector of the lower and the upper extremity.” Resources We Mention PelvicPainRelief.com The Perfect Kegels Checklist The Female Pelvic Freedom Checklist Free Webinar Training: How to Naturally Heal Leaking, Prolapse, and Sexual Pain Without Going to the Doctor Free Masterclass Training Books by Isa Herrera More
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53 min
February 25, 2019
234: The Keto-Green Way to Optimize Hormones & Libido With Dr. Anna Cabeca
If anyone can connect the dots on women’s health, it’s today’s guest. Dr. Anna Cabeca is a triple-board certified doctor of gynecology and obstetrics who specializes in integrative medicine, anti-aging, and regenerative medicine. When she saw gaps in women’s health care she made it her life’s work to create several highly acclaimed programs with natural solutions for women: Women’s Restorative Health, Sexual CPR, and Magic Menopause. Her newest program is called Keto-Green, and it’s all about doing a ketogenic diet with the right balance of alkaline vegetables, which I totally agree is the whole key. Dr. Anna also serves on the Wellness Mama Medical Review Board and lends her expertise to our women’s health articles. She’s been interviewed by all major television networks and been featured on pretty much every major website as well, so I’m very grateful she made time to be here (again!) today. Episode Highlights: The Keto-Green Diet Why the ketogenic diet wasn’t working for Dr. Anna or her patients… and what she changed that made all the difference The negative health effects a ketogenic diet can have if not done correctly Key differences between how men and women should eat Why keto (or any lifestyle) can’t be one-size-fits-all The one thing all nutritionists agree on Whether a balanced body pH is a fact or a fad The differences between blood and urine ketone testing What you should do first before starting a ketogenic diet Precautions and best practices for eating Keto-Green with hormone or thyroid imbalance The one thing to start doing in the morning for hormonal balance What to expect during menopause & how to manage it naturally Why to stop using plastic if you have anxiety Dr. Anna’s recommendations for natural supplements to take (especially after the age of 35) How to know if your sex drive is “normal” and natural ways to increase libido And more! Resources We Mention DrAnnaCabeca.com The Hormone Fix: Burn Fat Naturally, Boost Energy, Sleep Better, and Stop Hot Flashes, the Keto-Green Way by Dr. Anna Cabeca Pura Balance PPR Cream (progesterone) The Eve Quiz – Get your Sexual and Pelvic Health Score More From Wellness Mama 109: Vaginal Health, Menopause, and Hormone Therapy With Dr. Anna Cabeca 116: How to Reboot Your Metabolism Using the Keto Reset Diet With Mark Sisson 201: Understanding Fasting & Keto for Women (Even During Pregnancy or Breastfeeding) + Instant Pot Tips 226: Science-Backed Reasons to Ditch the Pil
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55 min
February 21, 2019
233: Decoding Childhood Allergies and Letting Kids Get Dirty With Dr. Amy Shah
Today I’m sitting down with Dr. Amy Shah, M.D., who is one of my favorite people to follow on Instagram. I’ve cited her work in at least a dozen articles on the blog and she’s quite simply a wealth of knowledge about all things health from both a holistic and a conventional perspective. Besides taking my word for it, why should you take her advice? Well, how about being a double board-certified medical doctor who trained at Grinnell, Harvard, and Columbia! She also worked as a medical consultant in the past with Bobbie Brown, the makeup guru, and created an impressive line of health foods and supplements. Dr. Amy is a key medical advisor for a company that I love, Genexa, which is the first natural pharmaceutical company. There’s so many topics we could cover, but today we decided to tackle childhood allergies, gut health, hormone balance, and so much more. Take a listen and you’ll see why I can’t get enough of what Dr. Amy has to say! Episode Highlights With Dr. Amy Shah Some of the reasons childhood allergies are rising so drastically The reason childhood allergies are doubling every year A significant problem with the hygiene hypothesis Why we all need more dirt exposure The unexpected benefits of nature that can help our children Why 85% of childhood illnesses are viruses and don’t need antibiotics The science-backed reason that sleep and gut rest are the most effective healing tool Why kids need to be allowed to get sick, especially in the first five years of life Reasons why Dr. Amy doesn’t reduce a fever in her own kids Practical tips for gut health A reason to avoid antibacterial soap Dr. Amy’s perspective on when to use antibiotics and when to skip them Another major problem with plastics Natural remedies every mom should have on hand And more! Resources We Mention AmyMDWellness.com Instagram: @drAmyShah Genexa The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss The Hormone Cure by Sarah Gottfried, M.D. More From Wellness Mama 196: How the Modern World Is Changing Our Hormones (& How to Create a Balance Plan) 152: Foods for Hormone Balance With Magdalena Wszelaki 108: Why the Birth Control Pill Screws Up Hormones & What to Use Instead 90: A Mind Of Your Own: Tackling Mental Illness and Fixing Hormones with Dr. Kelly Brogan 80: What Your Monthly Cycle Reveals About Your Hormones With Alisa Vitti Pl
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55 min
February 18, 2019
232: Lessons Learned From Finland: 8 Things We Can All Learn
I recently shared about my trip to northern Finland (Lapland), where I learned to embrace (lots of) snow, eat reindeer, ride on a dog sled, sleep in an igloo, and even took a polar plunge in a freezing river, among other things! This adventure was possible thanks to my friend Tero Isokauppila, whom I’ve interviewed before on the podcast. Tero owns a company I’m sure you’ve heard me talk about on the blog called Four Sigmatic. They make amazing mushroom coffees, teas, and elixirs that I drink almost daily instead of traditional coffee or tea. In this episode, Heather and I talk about the highs and lows of the trip, along with everything in between… plus one particularly challenging moment when I had to face some uncomfortable truths about myself. Episode Highlights from My Finland Trip My surprising mode of transportation What it was like to sleep in an igloo! (sort of) 🙂 What I learned from the Sami, an indigenous people in Finland How traditional Finnish saunas wors, and why there are so many in Finland The simple but delicious traditional foods I ate Why I only want to drink my coffee out of a Kuksa from now on Getting to see the amazingly beautiful aurora borealis (northern lights)! The totally insane moment when I ran out of a smoke sauna into a freezing river A very personal lesson I’ll never forget And more! Resources We Mention Four Sigmatic Oura Ring (another Finnish company) Traditional Finnish barrel sauna Furo Cold Tub Book: Santa Sold Shrooms My cilantro pesto recipe Handmade wooden Kuksa mug More From Wellness Mama 207: Santa Sold Shrooms? The Untold Story of St. Nick (& How to Stay Healthy Over the Holidays) With Tero Isokauppila Cryotherapy: Healthy or Hype? Chaga: King of Medicinal Mushrooms Reishi Mushroom Benefits for Immunity, Longevity & More Lion’s Mane Mushroom Benefits for Cognition, Memory & More Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D? How I Reduced My Cortisol Levels Naturally With Food & Light Signs of Frostbite + Tips to Keep Kids Warm What’s an important lesson you learned while traveling? Please drop a comment below or
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53 min
February 14, 2019
231: Conquering & Avoiding Breast Cancer With the 7 Essentials System From Dr. V
I’m here with Dr. Veronique Desaulniers, or Dr. V, as she is better known, who is the founder of Breast Cancer Conqueror and creator of “The 7 Essentials System,” which is a step-by-step program with the goal of preventing disease and creating naturally vibrant health. Dr. V is a bioenergetic chiropractor who has studied nutrition, homeopathy, and herbology in detail. We’re going to hear today about her own personal journey with breast cancer, which is fascinating. It also gives her an empathetic perspective to understand other women who are facing the same journey. Having been in the wellness world for 40 years, she brings decades of experience to help other women facing a breast cancer diagnosis. Episode Highlights With Dr. V How Dr. V faced the breast cancer journey, twice Tips for conducting a breast exam properly Dr. V’s take on whether mammograms are a good idea Possible effects of EMF exposure on cancer risk Toxins that affect hormones How the body metabolizes estrogen The 7 Essentials Let Food Be Your Medicine Reduce Your Toxin Exposure Balance Your Energy Heal Emotional Wounds Find a Biological Dentist Optimize Health with Supplements and Herbs Get Tested The role of fasting in health and cancer prevention What to do if you have a genetic predisposition to cancer And more! Resources We Mention BreastCancerConqueror.com Heal Breast Cancer Naturally by Dr. Veronique Desaulniers Restore supplements Video: Fasting, Cancer Prevention, and Mitochrondia Health With Dr. Nasha Winter IvyGeneLabs.com Mind Over Medicine by Lissa Rankin You Are the Placebo by Dr. Joe Dispenza You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay The Metabolic Approach to Cancer by Dr. Nasha Winter More From Wellness Mama 3: How to Improve Your Oral Health 86: The Science of the Oral Microbiome and Remineralization with Will of OraWellness 169: From Advanced Stage Cancer to Remission in 7 Months on a Quest to Cure Cancer 193: How to Protect Your Family From the Rise of 5G & Other EMFs 203: H
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54 min
February 11, 2019
230: Chalene Johnson on How to Protect Your Mindset & Live a Balanced Life
Some of my favorite interviews are the ones where I feel like I’ve made a new best friend. This one definitely qualifies! Chalene Johnson is a lifestyle and business expert, an amazing speaker, and host of two top-ranked podcasts. You probably know her as the creator and face behind PiYo, a super popular workout program based on pilates and yoga. Chalene is also a New York Times bestselling author and has been named one of the top 50 female entrepreneurs. Today Chalene shares some of her top advice for living a happier and more balanced life (and ways to appreciate what we already have!). She will be the first to tell you that she’s made mistakes along the way, but they’re ones that turned her on to her current path and have made her a positive force for holistic wellness in the world. Now, with the help of top dietitians, doctors, and researchers, Chalene has created something called “The 131 Method,” which is a personalized nutrition solution, which I love. While all of this is incredible, what really shines about Chalene is how she values her contributions as a wife and a mother just as much as her professional accomplishments, if not more. If (like me) you’ve ever felt like you’re “not enough,” this episode is one to come back to again and again. Episode Highlights With Chalene Johnson The personal health scare that made Chalene realize her lifestyle wasn’t truly healthy The soul-searching that led her to change her views on health An introduction to her 131 Method and how to find a nutrition solution that works for your unique body Her “secrets” for a strong successful marriage (hint: a lot of hard work!) Chalene’s advice for parenting in the teenage years A tip for taking care of children’s mental wellness Important reasons to let kids fail How Chalene learned to balance her career with family priorities Her fantastic advice about making progress toward a balanced, sane, healthy mindset And more! Episode Quotables “Unfollow everyone on Instagram and Facebook who when you look at their stuff, you just don’t feel as good about your life. Just unfollow them and stop telling yourself that they’re inspirational or, you know, for whatever reason you’re looking at it, if it just in the back of your mind you admit that it gives you this little twinge of like, ‘I’m not enough,’ unfollow them. You’ve gotta protect your mindset and what you’re feeding your brain has so much to do with that.” Resources We Mention 131 Method 131 Method: Your Personalized Nutrition Solution to Boost Metabolism, Restore Gut Health, and Lose Weight by Chalene Johnson Instagram: @chalenejohson The Chalene Show (podcast)
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February 7, 2019
229: How to Use Atomic Habits to Change Your Life
We all have conscious and unconscious habits that determine our quality of life every day. It takes a lot of work and reflection to realize our own habits and their consequences, not to mention the changes we may need to make. Multiply this by every member of the family, and it can feel like a real puzzle. James Clear is here to help in this episode all about habit-making and how certain “atomic habits” can dramatically change everything. James is author of the book Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Break Bad Habits and Build Good Ones and he’s kind of a big deal too! He coaches Fortune 500 companies in habits, decision-making, and continuous improvement skills and his work is used by teams in the NFL, the NBA, and Major League Baseball (which is, of course, my favorite sport!). His knowledge is perfect for families as well, and you can learn everything he teaches the top companies in the world through his online course, the Habits Academy, which has influenced more than 10,000 leaders, manager, coaches, and teachers. Episode Highlights: Atomic Habits Why habits matter so much How little habits lead up to big change The reason that small changes are actually more effective than big ones in the long run How long it really takes to break or build a habit The role of environment in creating or breaking habits and how to optimize yours Why talent and genes don’t matter as much as we once thought The two-minute rule that can change your life How to get back on track after breaking a habit The most impactful habits to adopt Where to start if you have a lot of bad habits to break And more! Resources We Mention JamesClear.com HabitsAcademy.com Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Break Bad Habits and Build Good Habits by James Clear The Lessons of History by Will and Ariel Durant Letter from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son by George Horace Lorimer More From Wellness Mama 61: An Electrifying New Way To Change Habits 214: Using Mindset and Personalization to Make Lifelong Health Changes With Dane Johnson 218: Happy New Year: 21 Tiny Habits That Can Drastically Change Your Life This Year 223: Mindset for Moms & Tips to Get More Done & Stress Less This Year 5 Healthy Habits to Adopt This Year How to Stay Motivated When Making Health Changes Did you enjoy this episode? What other questions do you have about creat
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59 min
February 4, 2019
228: Using Buddies in My Belly to Teach Kids About Health
Albert Einstein once said, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” Sarah Morgan took this message seriously and set out to share all she’d learned when getting her Masters in Nutrition, in a way anyone ages 4 through 104 would understand. To accomplish this, Sarah founded Buddies In My Belly, a health education company that takes health seriously, but in a way that is seriously fun for everyone. This is something every mom could use because we get some of the toughest questions on the planet (why is the sky blue? how are babies made?), sometimes all before 8:00 a.m.! Buddies in My Belly has a ton of great resources for helping kids understand why what they eat and how they take care of themselves matters, and isn’t just “because mom says so.” Buddies in My Belly: Episode Highlights The troubling health statistics our children’s generation faces The Ah-ha! moment that gave Sarah the idea to write a children’s book about gut health What we as parents can do to give our kids the best start The roles different bacterial strains in our digestive system play (and how to explain it to kids) The awesome tool Sarah created to help kids take responsibility for their food choices Ways to get more variety in your kids’ diets A sample of Buddies in My Belly How Sarah teaches kids about healthy living, including food, sleep, movement, drinking water, and more Ideas for getting kids excited about trying new foods How taking care of the gut microbiome helps stop poop problems! And more! Episode Quotables “We want to help everybody in the household starting with our little ones understand this concept of the microbiome. Because if they implement this, and they get it, and they feel empowered, they get to make choices themselves. That sets them up for a lifetime of good health.” Resources We Mention BuddiesinMyBelly.com Kids’ book: Buddies in My Belly: A Story About Probiotics Buddies Snack Sheet (great ideas!) The Buddies Food Plate More From Wellness Mama 51: Understanding the Microbiome 96: Using Natural and Traditional Medicine to Fix the Gut Microbiome with Dr. Ken Brown 92: A Holistic Pediatrician Talks Ear Infections, Fevers, & Vaccines Healthy Finger Foods for Toddlers (Even Picky Ones) Favorite TED Talks for Moms, Kids & Family
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49 min
January 31, 2019
227: Using the Metabolism Reset Diet to Support Liver Health
Today we have one of my favorite doctors in the world on the podcast, and I’ll tell you why. After seeing doctor after doctor and not getting any answers, Dr. Christianson diagnosed my thyroid condition. I’ve been a patient of his ever since and he’s done so much to improve my health. Dr. Christianson’s expertise is naturopathic endocrinology and he focuses on thyroid function, adrenal health, and metabolism. He’s also the founding physician behind Integrative Health, a clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. He’s also a New York Times best-selling author whose books include the recent Metabolism Reset Diet, The Adrenal Reset Diet, and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Thyroid Disease (links to those below). (Fun fact: Dr. Christianson is also competitive mountain unicyclist! Not too many people can say that!) On to the episode… Episode Highlights: Metabolism Reset Diet Dr. Christianson’s own struggle with being overweight as a child Three “dials” that turn health off or on Unexpected effects dieting can have on the body over time What “leaky liver” is and how to know if you have it Reasons the incidence of liver disease is rising Why Dr. Christianson thinks iodine deficiency isn’t as big of a factor in thyroid disease as some people think How losing inches around the waist is more important than pounds overall The ideal length of time to work on weight loss Health benefits to losing even a small amount of weight The surprising reason he doesn’t recommend exercising when trying to lose weight An important health marker we should all test at home Benefits of sulforaphanes and how to get them in your diet A simple change to make for healthier sleep Dr. Christianson’s take on the ketogenic diet And more! Episode Quotables “Imagine a diet that was wild-caught fresh salmon, wild-picked blueberries, greens, the healthiest foods imaginable. Well, that’s what bears eat to gain weight and hibernate.” “Weight loss is something that in the best of circumstances is unnatural for the body and is a bit of a strain.” Resources We Mention DrChristianson.com How to Grow Broccoli Sprouts (& Why We All Should) Sulforaphane Benefits: How It Slows Aging, Fights Cancer & More The Encyclopedia [Textbook] of Natural Medicine, Third Edition Cosmos by Carl Sagan Books by Dr. Christianson The Metabolism Reset Diet: Repair Your Liver, Stop Storing Fat, and Lose Weight Naturally
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58 min
January 28, 2019
226: Science-Backed Reasons to Ditch the Pill (& What to Do Instead) With Dr. Jolene Brighten
Dr. Jolene Brighten is back on the podcast today and she’s here to talk about a huge topic that affects so many women. If you don’t know her from previous podcasts, she is a Functional Medicine Naturopathic Medical Doctor and the Founder of Rubus Health, which is a women’s medicine clinic that specializes in hormones. She’s also a dear friend and one of the smartest women I know. Jolene’s been talking for years about a problem women all over the globe are facing, although they may not know that to call it. To shed light on this issue she’s written a book called Ditch the Pill, a 30-day plan to support women on hormonal birth control, help them transition off, and eliminate symptoms of post-birth control syndrome. I have several posts on the site about this issue and alternatives to hormonal contraceptives, and I know from the response that this topic isn’t always easy but it’s an important conversation that needs to be had more in the health space. Take a listen and let me know what you think! Episode Highlights With Dr. Jolene Brighten the shocking percentage of women taking the pill for a reason other than birth control what is going on physiologically when a woman takes hormonal birth control the affects of the pill a doctor may not warn about surprising ingredients hiding in IUDs (hint: BPA!) the way the pill can contribute to leaky gut an important reason to think twice about hormonal birth control if there is a family history of autoimmunity the strong correlation between birth control and depression a way that birth control depletes B6 and tryptophan the link between the pill and depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and other symptoms why birth control is inflammatory by nature the medication cascade caused by birth control a shocking realization that the birth control pill was the first medication that could be given to someone who didn’t actually have a disease the sad reason that libido may not return even after stopping the pill Resources We Mention DrBrighten.com Free e-book: Dr. Brighten’s Post-Birth Control Syndrome Detox Diet (Quick Start Guide) Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen Lists (EWG Produce Shopper’s Guide) EverlyWell Women’s Health Lab Test (order at home with or without a doctor) Books by Dr. Brighten Beyond the Pill: A 30-Day Program to Balance Your Hormones, Reclaim Your Body, and Reverse the Dangerous Side Effects of the Birth Control Pill Healing Your Body Naturally After Childbirth More From Wellness Mama 83: Beating Postpartum Depression & Pelvic
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62 min
January 24, 2019
225: How a New SafetyPin Technology Can Keep Your Family Safer
I always love to sit down with a fellow female entrepreneur, plus I count today’s guest a friend too, which is always fun. Her name is Jenny Thompson and her talents include natural health advocate, fearless business strategist, and expert marketer, among others. She took a leap and started a new technology called SafetyPIN. Like a TSA pre-check for the web, SafetyPIN is a way to ensure the person on the other end of a digital transaction is trustworthy and reliable. As you can imagine there’s a great need for this in today’s world when we are often trusting strangers through the use of services like AirBnB, Uber, Lyft, Care.com (and the list goes on). With SafetyPIN holders currently in 39 states, Jenny is working to build awareness and make “Do you have a SafetyPIN?” part of every conversation in the sharing economy. Episode Highlights on SafetyPIN Jenny’s amazing story of personal reinvention as a businesswoman and entrepreneur The dog-sitting transaction gone bad that gave her the idea for SafetyPIN in the first place The shocking reasons a traditional background check isn’t all it’s cracked up to be (you’ll never think of one the same way again) How Jenny teamed up with financial experts, forensic psychologists, and criminal investigators to design a better safety check Ways to use SafetyPIN in your own home, and safe practices when interacting online Jenny’s advice to other entrepreneurs thinking about taking the leap And more! Resources We Mention GetaSafetyPin.com More From Wellness Mama 119: Cyber Security Tips to Keep Your Family Safer Online 85: How to Raise an Entrepreneur: Nurturing Risk Takers, Problem Solvers, & Change Makers Why I Don’t Post About My Kids Online Overprotected Childhood: How Keeping Kids Safe is Actually Harming Them Did you enjoy this episode? What other questions do you have about online safety? Please drop a comment below or leave a review on iTunes to let us know. We value knowing what you think and this helps other moms find the podcast as well. Thank You to Today’s Sponsors This podcast is brought to you by Ojai Energenetics, the best CBD I’ve ever tried and the one I feel is the best out there. Here’s why its awesome… First, it’s over 20x more absorbable that most CBD. Over 99% of Ojai CBD gets where it needs to go because of a patented colloidal technology (it is not liposomal) like 90% of the CBD in oils don’t even make it past the gut and liver and into the blood. I was skeptical and the first time I tried it, I felt a noticeable effect in about 15 seconds which is so much faster than the 20-30 minutes with other brands I’ve used! It is derived from completely organic ingredients and batch tested by third party vendors for heavy metals, VOCs, pesticides, herbicides
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44 min
January 21, 2019
224: How to Use Sound and Music to Optimize Focus and Sleep With Brain.fm
Would you like your kids to sleep better? Or maybe get through a task you’ve been dreading in half the time? Maybe even clear your mind long enough to meditate or pray? If you answered yes to any (or all) of these questions, this episode is for you! Today we are talking all about how we can improve the brain simply by changing the music we listen to. Today’s guest Daniel Clark is the CEO of a company called Brain.fm, which has developed AI-guided music designed to help you achieve the state of mind you want, faster. I knew I wanted to have Daniel on the podcast when I heard that Brain.fm tests their music and its effects on the body with MRI and EEG data as well as large-scale testing. Most impressively, the National Science Foundation selected Brain.fm for grant to study whether music therapy can be a viable treatment option for ADHD and ADD conditions. Let’s hear what he has to say! Episode Highlights With Daniel & Brain.fm How sound and music can be used to change the brain What neural phase lockdown is and how it benefits the brain The evolutionary reasons our brain is programmed to continuously listen and respond A way to drastically increase focus and sleep The reason people sleep better during rainstorms The difference between “white noise” and Brain.fm How to use Brain.fm for the best benefits Why Brain.fm hopes to be an FDA-approved treatment for ADD and ADHD in the future And more! Resources We Mention Brain.fm Use code wellnessmama for 20% off any subscription type Books Recommended by Daniel Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines Into Massive Success and Happiness Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance More From Wellness Mama 26: Fasting for Women & Music Therapy 110: How Vibrational Frequencies Affect Our Daily Lives 157: How Music Like Wholetones Can Change the Brain and the Body 162: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics & How to Be 10% Happier Natural Ways to Get Better Sleep (Even If You’re a Mom!) Did you enjoy this episode? What other questions do you have about music and the brain? Please drop a comment below or
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46 min
January 17, 2019
223: Mindset for Moms – Tips to Get More Done & Stress Less This Year
In this New Year check-in, Heather and I chat about our goals for this year, upcoming projects, and tips for getting more done with less stress this year! Episode Highlights Stress-reducing tips: Learn the top things we’re both doing to reduce our stress and be more productive including self-care, organization tips, and more. Sauna vs. Red Light: We answer the much-asked question: what is the difference between red light therapy with infrared waves and infrared saunas? Finland: This leads into a discussion about Katie’s upcoming trip to northern Finland (Lapland) with Tero and the Four Sigmatic crew to learn about how medicinal mushrooms are sourced and about the indigenous Sami tribe (inspiration for the book Santa Sold Shrooms). Follow Katie on Instagram if you want to keep up with the trip next week! CBD: We also delve into the new research on CBD and how we’re both using it for different things. See this podcast for the full scoop. Sensory swings for vestibular function: How hanging sensory swings from my kids ceilings has been a time and stress saver this winter Reducing Plastic Use: We also go deep on the subject of plastic use and encourage everyone listening to reduce their use of plastics (especially single-use plastics) both for the sake of health and of the environment. With floating islands of plastic in the ocean that are the size of Texas, and plastic chemicals found several kilometers deep in the ice of the Arctic, this is now a global problem and we can all pitch in to reduce our dependency. Check out this post on reducing plastic use for some ideas. Health Trends for 2019: We delve into some health trends we anticipate continuing to grow in popularity in 2019. Specifically: Elderberry All things elderberry seem to be on the rise, and with good reason. While both of us have been using homemade elderberry syrup for years, we’re starting to see all types of remedies and even skin care that involves elderberries. Want to get creative? Try these elderberry marshmallows or elderberry tea. CBD Another health trend that seems to be exploding right now! Be careful, because there are many types out there and some are not as effective as others. I personally prefer this one because it is water soluble and colloidal so it’s highly effective and doesn’t use solvents to extract. Digital Detox After years of increasing technology use, we’re seeing a trend toward intentional time off from technology and seeking out quiet and focus. Personally, we love taking digital days off for a mental reset. Rethinking Sunscreen With Hawaii leading the charge, many states and countries are moving to reduce or ban chemical sunscreens
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54 min
January 14, 2019
222: Why ButcherBox Is Bringing Back Grass-Fed Meat With Mike Salguero
I’m here today with Mike Salguero who is the CEO and founder of ButcherBox, the first delivery service dedicated to providing completely natural grass-fed beef, organic chicken, and heritage pork directly to your door. It’s something our family has used for a really long time. Today Mike talks to us about how he got into grass-fed meat, why it’s better for you, and how he’s managed to balance his entrepreneurial goals with family life. Episode Highlights With ButcherBox The personal reason Mike Salguero started a grass-fed meat business Why more consumers want grass-fed meat than ever What labels like grass-fed, grass-finished, organic, etc. really mean Why we might need to be wary of the grass-fed label in the future Labels to look for to know if meat is humanely raised Whether the labels “natural” and “hormone-free” really mean anything The differences between how a grass-fed and a grain-fed cow are raised What to do if grass-fed meat isn’t in the budget Whether raising livestock for meat harms the environment Advances in emission-free or carbon-neutral meat The ups and downs Mike went through to find his ideal work-life balance Tips for entrepreneurs And more! Resources We Mention Butcher Box – Special limited-time offer for Wellness Mama listeners! 2015 UN Climate Report Global Animal Partnership Certified Humane Savory Institute Books Mike Recommends Rich Dad Poor Dad The Richest Man in Babylon The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level More From Wellness Mama 44: Diet & Lifestyle Interventions 186: Carnivore Diet, Ketosis, Macros, & Diet Variation With Dr. Anthony Gustin 204: The Rise of Autoimmune Disease (& How to Thrive Even If You Have It) With Dr. Guillermo Ruiz Health Benefits of Grass Fed Beef‘ Grass fed Meat vs. Grain fed Meat How to Balance Business and Family Life (& Succeed at Both) How to Know If You Have Hashimoto’s
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54 min
January 10, 2019
221: Natural Movement, Sustainable Fitness, and Lifelong Health With Dr. Mark Cucuzzella
I am here today with Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, a man with so many accomplishments it’s hard to sum up. Mark is an Air Force Reserve Lieutenant Colonel, a practicing family medicine doctor, a professor at West Virginia University School of Medicine, and a provider of continuing medical education courses on health, fitness, and running through HealthFit U. He’s also a doctor with SteadyMD, the doctor-in-your-pocket service I use and love (more on that below). That’s just the start! An avid runner, Mark has run competitively for almost four decades and has logged more than 100 marathons and ultra-marathon finishes. In fact, he now continues to compete and has logged an under-three-hour marathon for 30 straight years. His notable contributions to the field include developing the US Air Force Efficient Running program and writing his new book Run for Your Life. In this book he summarizes the science and the soul of running, nutrition, and physical activity to help you maintain a vigorous life. Episode Highlights With Mark Cucuzzella Why we should all be barefoot more often, especially kids Movement guidelines for kids and adults, and how to move more A compelling reason not to push kids into highly competitive and specialized sports early What to look for in a healthy shoe The surprising reason we are seeing so many injuries in kids One reason we’re seeing such a drastic rise in metabolic problems like obesity and diabetes How Dr. Mark helped overhaul a hospital’s food system What he learned when despite being fit and active he was diagnosed with pre-diabetes, and how he reversed it The dietary advice he considers most harmful And more! Resources We Mention DrMarksDesk.com Natural Running Center His book: Run for Your Life: How to Run, Walk, and Move Without Pain or Injury and Achieve a Sense of Well-Being and Joy SteadyMD More From Wellness Mama 20: Exercise, Movement & Pelvic Floor Health 88: Pregnancy Exercise, Diastasis, and Pelvic Floor Health with Lorraine Scapens 93: How to Avoid the Most Common Fitness Mistakes Women Make 106: Why to Stop Doing Kegels & Squat Instead with Katy Bowman 117: Fitness at Any Age with Flipping 50s Debra Atkinson 202: How Footwear Affects Posture, Alignment, & Movement With Gordon Hay From ALINE How to Find the Best Minimalist Shoes (for Adults and Kids) 5 Horrible
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64 min
January 7, 2019
220: The Most Effective Way to Use CBD (& Why So Many Don’t Work) With Ojai Energetics
Today’s episode is all about CBD, a hot topic in the health world and one I get so many questions about. My guest Will Kleidon founded Ojai Energetics in 2014 with one goal: to provide the purest, healthiest, and most ethically produced cannabidiol or CBD on the market. Four years later, his business is doing just that and they’re using this science-driven organic nutraceutical to help people achieve optimal physical health. We’re going to clear up some of the controversy surrounding CBD and explain why it’s such an important compound that many of us need. Episode Highlights: Ojai Energetics The big difference in modern culture that is causing oxidative damage The surprising real reason cannabis and hemp were made illegal The two cannabinoids we produce internally What FAAH is and why you should care The other cannabinoids we need besides CBD that most people don’t know of What terpenes are and why they matter Compounds that cause smell and taste and how they interact with CBD How CBD can lead to neurogenesis The surprising way that CBD can reduce oxidative damage An anti-aging component of CBD and how to get the benefits How to use essential oils in combination with cannabidiol to accomplish focus, sleep, and other benefits Why Thomas Jefferson said the most patriotic thing you could do for the county is sow (grow) hemp How to use CBD (and why it is essentially impossible to overdose) And more! Resources We Mention Ojai Energetics (see special offer through this link!) Dosage Instructions: Put and hold one 1/4 dropper under your tongue and notice how it tastes. Continue taking 1/4 droppers, until the bitter taste becomes almost 100% sweet like honey. More From Wellness Mama 132: How to Use Cannabidiol for Sleep, Hormones, & Health CBD Oil & How It’s Not What You Think Did you enjoy this episode? What other questions do you have about CBD? Please drop a comment below or leave a review on iTunes to let us know. We value knowing what you think and this helps other moms find the podcast as well. Thank You to Today’s Sponsors This episode is sponsored by Fabletics. So here’s the deal- if you’re anything like me and workout pretty much 6 days a week and sauna daily, you go through an incessant amount of gym clothes everyday, which means more loads of dirty laundry. I find myself always buying more gym wear to avoid this issue (you ladies know what I’m talking about), but won’t shell out hundreds of dollars on the expensive brands and was tired of cheap gym wear that wears out quickly with lots of washing. My solution to this predicament is a brand call Fabletics. If you haven’t heard of them- you’re missing out! Fabletics is a fashion focused activewear brand founded by Kate Hudson and its mission is to empower women by making a healthy, active lifestyle access
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79 min
January 3, 2019
219: Why Everything We Know About Probiotics Is Wrong & How to Stop Leaky Gut With Microbiologist Kiran Krishnan
I’ve spent many years researching and writing about gut health, but current research shows much of what we thought we knew about probiotics is just plain wrong. It’s time to get some clarity! Kiran Krishnan is undisputedly one of the world’s experts on probiotics as a research microbiologist who has been involved in the dietary supplement and nutrition market for 17 years. He comes from a strict research background and has designed and conducted dozens of human clinical trials and human nutrition. Currently, Kiran is the Acting Chief Scientific Officer at Positions Exclusive and Microbiome Labs and is involved in nine human clinical trials on probiotics and the human microbiome. There’s new research coming out every day but it isn’t always easy to understand for the layperson, so I’m glad he’s here today to explain. Episode Highlights With Kiran Krishnan What leaky gut is and why chances are good that you have it The reason that 55% of healthy college students had severe leaky gut when tested What happens when leaky gut continues for a long time and how the body reacts The biggest factors that contribute to leaky gut How often antibiotics are used unnecessarily Why one course of antibiotics can disrupt the microbiome for up to 2 years How pesticides in foods can impact the gut Why our overly sterile world is more harmful than helpful The reason we need bacteria and to be a little dirty to thrive Why lactobacillus bacteria are not the most beneficial strains for humans How most bacteria die before they ever reach the gut The actual benefit of fermented foods (it isn’t the bacteria) What bacteria ARE health promoting and how to identify them Why metabolic endotoxemia is probably affecting your daily life even if you’ve never heard of it The reason your gut could be making you anxious or depressed A reason addiction can be rooted in the gut How some antibiotics can lead to anxiety and depression Important factors for pregnant moms to optimize Resources We Mention JustThrive Probiotics (use code wellnessmama15 to save 15%) More From Wellness Mama 9: Leaky Gut, Heartburn, & Digestion 53: Does Leaky Gut Cause Autoimmunity? 62: Good Clean Dirt with Jasmina Aganovic of Mother Dirt 96: Using Natural and Traditional Medicine to Fix the Gut Microbiome with Dr. Ken Brown 244: Debunking Probiotic Myths With Just Thrive Founder Tina Anderson Do You Have a Stinking Gut? (And Why You Should Want One) Can Probiotics Improve Your Brain? Best Baby Probiotics for Infants
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80 min
December 31, 2018
218: Happy New Year: 21 Tiny Habits That Can Drastically Change Your Life This Year
Happy New Year to you! Hopefully we are all enjoying a little down time today with the family, so this episode will be short and sweet but I hope you’ll join me in thinking ahead to next year… I don’t mean this in the sense of typical New Year’s resolutions — those lofty goals that we often forget about too quickly — but I mean the chance to challenge ourselves to make small but significant changes. As I think about the habit shifts I want to focus on this year, there are 21 mini-challenges or goals that come to mind that have really helped me in my life. My list is always growing and changing, so I hope you’ll share your “aha” moments with me in the comments as well! Episode Highlights: My Mini-Goals for 2019 Reduce or eliminate single-use plastics — saying no to straws, cups, water bottles, shopping bags. Focus on gratitude and simplification — finding little things to be grateful for. Use a kitchen safe during family dinner. Drink lemon water or plain water in the morning. Get morning sunshine or take a walk. Set a bedtime on my phone (and put phone away somewhere besides my room). Keep a challenge journal. Make time for silence. Bullet journal when I can’t sleep. Create a positive phrase as a daily reminder. (Mine is: “Everything will work out perfectly.”) Read for just 5 minutes a day. Check email and social media only once a day. Say no a lot more (and why). Write a note a week to someone I love saying thanks (fun stationery linked below!). Create a social group or dinner party that meets on a regular basis. Listen to TED talks in the morning. Listen to a podcast. Write down “top three” MITs daily (most important tasks). Create 10 ideas a day and write them down (see James Altucher article below). Set reminders in your phone to stretch and move. Get enough protein in the morning! Resources Mentioned Why I Don’t Make New Year’s Resolutions & What I Do Instead (+ The Best of 2018) 2015 study on gratitude Kitchen safe for cell phones JustThrive probiotics Oura ring Four Sigmatic reishi Funny stationery to start writing notes/letters Branch Basics (concentrated natural cleaner to reduce plastic use – code MAMA15 gives 15% off starter kits) Blog post: How to Become an Idea
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32 min
December 27, 2018
217: Do Saunas Work? Understanding the Benefits With Sunlighten Founder Connie Zack
You already know Heather and I love to record podcasts in the sauna, and because of that we get so many great questions about what type of sauna to use, what the benefits are, and whether they’re worth the investment. Today Connie Zack, the founder of Sunlighten saunas, will fully “enlighten” us on this topic (see what I did there? 🙂 Connie and her husband started Sunlighten in their basement in 2002 and today they have some of the best saunas in the entire world. They develop, design, and retail unique patented infrared saunas, and more recently, 3-in-1 infrared light therapies, which we’ll talk about. I’ll also share the benefits I’ve experienced from using saunas over the years, and how to make sauna use practical and accessible to everyone. Episode Highlights: Sunlighten Saunas The difference between infrared heat and traditional hot saunas How the infrared spectrum differs and what the different wavelengths do What near, mid and far infrared mean The reason infrared heat can penetrate the body more deeply Why a fever is beneficial and how heat therapy can accomplish some of the same effects What science says about sauna benefits The gold standard for how long to stay in a sauna and how often A science-backed way that saunas and heat therapy benefit blood pressure And more! Resources We Mention Sunlighten saunas Cook Like a Pro by Ina Garten Barefoot Contessa at Home: Everyday Recipes You’ll Make Over and Over Again by Ina Garten Additional Articles About Saunas & Sweating 59: SaunaCast: Katie and Heather Talk Goals, Parenting & Saunas Infrared Sauna Benefits (& the Risks) 6 Sauna Tips for Beginners 11 Convincing Health Benefits of Sweating 6 Benefits of Using Herbal Tea During a Fever Did you enjoy this episode? What other questions do you have about saunas? Please drop a comment below or leave a review on iTunes to let us know. We value knowing what you think and this helps other moms find the podcast as well. Thank You to Today’s Sponsors This episode is brought to you by Organifi and I’m so excited to finally tell you about them! Because, here’s a confession… I have known about Organifi for a really long time and even though so many of my friends and experts I trust rave about them, I never tried their stuff until recently because I thought… first of all, how can it actually be that good? Well, I tried it and it turns out
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60 min
December 24, 2018
216: A Look Back: 9 Powerful Lessons I Learned the Hard Way This Year
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays wherever you are in the world and whatever traditions you celebrate! Today, I’m sharing a few of our favorite Christmas traditions (and would love to hear yours in the comments!). I’m also sharing 5 powerful lessons I learned this year, and some of which I definitely learned the hard way. Finally, I’d like to thank you for taking the time to join me on this podcast and any of the other episodes you’ve listened to over the past year. You are such an important part of this community and I’m so grateful for each and every one of you! Episode Highlights: 9 Powerful Lessons I’ve Learned The family tradition we always keep on Christmas Eve What’s in our stockings this year The #1 Christmas gift my kids always look forward to An easier way to capture family memories Lessons I learned this year How I learned gratitude isn’t just for when things are good… (hint: hurricane) What made me finally realize working hard is not the same as working smart… Why taking responsibility can transform your mindset… What it took to finally let go of stress and retrain my brain and habits to thrive as a mom… Take a listen (or check out the transcript above) for the rest! Resources We Mention Glühwein recipe (Austrian mulled wine) Wassail recipe Sicilian Feast of the Seven Fishes for Christmas Eve 60+ Useful (& Fun!) Christmas Stocking Stuffer Ideas The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F—— by Mark Manson My meal planning system More From Wellness Mama 78: How Moms Can Affect Actual Change with Big Food and Big Ag with Leah Segedie 81: Meal Planning Tips to Simplify Your Life & Reduce Stress 214: Using Mindset and Personalization to Make Lifelong Health Changes With Dane Johnson How to Balance Business and Family Life (& Succeed at Both) Mommy Hacks & Tips for Improved Efficiency My Home Organization System & How I Get It All Done Tips to Naturally Reduce Stress… Starting Now! Why I Don’t Make New Year’s Resolutions & What I Do Instead Enough from me… What are your favorite things to do on Christmas Eve? Do you have any “lessons learned&#82
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33 min
December 20, 2018
215: Breaking Financial Stress to Create Wealth and Wellth for Life With Krisstina Wise
Today we deviate a bit from our normal topics but it’s one that I think is equally important — our financial health. Krisstina Wise is a real estate mogul, a millionaire coach, and the creator of several multi-million dollar businesses, including Goodlife Luxury, the Paperless Agent, and most recently, Wealthy Wellthy. She was named one of the 100 most influential real estate leaders in the country, and she has been featured in USA Today by Apple and Evernote, so I’m very honored to have her on the show today. Krisstina also found time to write an award-winning book called Falling For Money which she calls “a romance novel for your bank account”… I love that! I don’t want to give away too much of her story but she also has a really amazing personal health story as well. On to the episode! Episode Highlights With Krisstina Wise How Krisstina went from 150k in debt to being a millionaire using systems Her own journey to health and having to spend half a million dollars to get her health back Why the financial landscape has changed so much in the last 50 years and how to plan for financial security for life The reason to run a family like a business to create long-term wealth Why to think of health as an asset and be willing to spend for it How to create passive income and invest even on a tight budget The reason there is no such thing as retirement anymore and how to adapt Why you can’t earn your way to wealth in today’s world The simple and surprising system that helps build long-term financial freedom Understanding your own financial philosophy (and why you have one even if you don’t think you do) Why Krisstina is a minimalist even though she has plenty of money How some of the wealthiest people she works with make a smaller amount of income but make the most of it Resources We Mention WealthyWellthy.life Falling for Money: How to Have a Lifetime Love Affair with Your Finances Did you enjoy this episode? What other questions do you have about hormones? Please drop a comment below or leave a review on iTunes to let us know. We value knowing what you think and this helps other moms find the podcast as well. Thank You to Today’s Sponsors This episode is brought to you by Organifi and I’m so excited to tell you about them! Here’s a confession… I’ve known about them for a long time and even though so many of my friends and experts I trust rave about them, I never tried their stuff until recently because I thought… how can it actually be that good? Well, I tried it and it turns out that it is not only that good, it’s even better! Organifi has green juice, red juice (which is an antioxidant red drink that is delicious) and a golden milk turmeric drink, along with a plant-based protein shake. They are all organic and they actually taste good, unlike a lot of other green drinks and protein powders. I’ve especially been loving
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63 min
December 17, 2018
214: Using Mindset and Personalization to Make Lifelong Health Changes With Dane Johnson
Dane Johnson is a new friend of mine who just happens to be a board-certified holistic nutritionist, the founder of Crohn’s Colitis Lifestyle, and the co-founder of the nonprofit eFundYourHealth. As you can imagine, it’s hard for us to run out of topics to talk about. I’ve heard about a lot of incredible health transformations in my time, but Dane’s is at the top of the list. At the age of 26 he had a near-death experience during an unexpected bout with Crohn’s and colitis. He dropped to 124 pounds and was told he would live on drugs for the rest of his life and go through multiple surgeries (and that was the best-case scenario.) Dane eventually turned to holistic medicine to eliminate his symptoms. Not only did he regain 55 pounds of lean muscle, he is now able to function without any drugs and has a thriving career as a speaker, author, health coach, and model for a self-empowering lifestyle. I’m glad to have him here so you can hear firsthand how he did it and what he’s learned along the way. Episode Highlights With Dane Johnson How Dane went from a Crohn’s patient weighing only 124 pounds to the picture of health A surprising reason chronic disease is on the rise How to find real health answers in a sea of misinformation The microbiome changes that are affecting all of us How Dane took 40 days and drastically improved his health The biggest factors he sees as causing the rise in inflammation What a day in the life looks like for him to maintain health and healing How mindset physically affects us every single day Four keys to food philosophy that let any diet work for you How to change your body by nourishing your mind first and foremost What to do if you’re eating clean and “doing all the right things” but not getting results Resources We Mention Learn more about Dane Johnson at CrohnsColitisLifestyle.com e-Fund Your Health (Crowdsourcing for Alternative Therapies) Ecotherapy: The Health Benefits of Nature Why Kids Need Dirt Are Food Allergies on the Rise? (& What to Do) Are you planning to make health changes in 2019? Did Dane’s insights give you some ideas? Please drop a comment below or leave a review on iTunes to let us know. We value knowing what you think and this helps other moms find the podcast as well. Thank You to Today’s Sponsors This episode is sponsored by Fabletics. In my normal life I wear workout clothes and yoga pants more than anything else because I’m often running from gym to the grocery store to picking up kids from art class. This is why I’m super picky about the athletic wear I choose and I need it to be flattering, functional, and long lasting! That is why I am so excited to get to partner with Fable
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60 min
December 13, 2018
213: Making Food Allergy Prevention Easier With Ready, Set, Food!
Today’s episode is going to answer a lot of questions I get from you all on the topic of food allergies. It feels like every family is struggling with this in some way today, and a lot of parents are asking: what in the world is going on? Dr. Katie Marks-Cogan is both a mom and a board-certified MD who specializes in allergy, immunology, and internal medicine. She is also the chief allergist and a member of the scientific advisory board for Ready, Set, Food!, a cutting-edge new product designed to help parents reverse the trend. Episode Highlights With Ready, Set, Food! Reasons why more and more kids (and adults) are struggling with reactions to food Why some food allergies become life-threatening The differences between a food allergy and a food intolerance Why doctors are now reversing their recommendation to delay introduction of dairy, eggs, and even peanuts How to prevent food allergies from ever forming (hint: start early!) A common vitamin deficiency that could be making the problem worse What you can add to your baby’s first food or bottle to decrease their risk And more! Resources We Mention Learn more about Dr. Katie, the research on food allergies, and what to do at ReadySetFood.com Blog Post: Are Food Allergies on the Rise? (& What to Do) More From Wellness Mama 31: How to Know If You Have Gluten Sensitivity 125: Understanding Food Intolerance & Fighting for Your Family with JJ Virgin 155: Thriving With Food Allergies or Intolerance & Crushing Life With the Paleo Chef The GAPS Diet: Help for Food Allergies and Gut Issues? Do You Have a Stinking Gut? (And Why You Should Want One) Guide to Healthy Baby Food Best Baby Probiotics for Infants Natural & Organic Baby Formula Options Gluten Is Not a Food Group Do you or someone in your family struggle with food allergies? There’s so many questions still unanswered for parents… please send them on to me and we will try to tackle them! You can drop a comment below or leave a review on iTunes to let me know! Thank You to Today’s Sponsors This episode is brought to you by Joovv, my go-to for red light therapy, also called photobiomodulation. So what the heck is that and why do I like it so much? In short, it is a way to support the body using specific wavelengths of light. Studies show that this can improve mitochondrial
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61 min
December 10, 2018
212: How to Release Cravings and Emotional Eating With EFT
As a mom, I’m ultra-aware that I’m the example my children look to when it comes to their view of food and healthy eating. Understanding the science of how our brain works and why we crave unhealthy foods is half the battle! In this fascinating interview, EFT expert Brittany Watkins shares how she ditched her unhealthy emotional eating habits and retrained her brain so she could make better food choices without a struggle. Episode Highlights on Emotional Eating The difference between cravings and emotional eating Where these issues often originate and how to determine yours Why willpower almost never works, at least over the long term How childhood experiences likely influence your eating habits as an adult The science of tapping and how it changes our brains Why we crave certain foods at certain times The real reason people are more likely to gain weight over the holidays And more! Resources We Mention Learn more about Brittany at BrittanyWatkins.com More From Wellness Mama 98: Overcoming Orthorexia With Intuitive, Mindful Eating With Devyn Sisson 87: How to Stop Emotional Eating (From a Nutritionist Who Lost 100 Pounds!) 84: How to Use Ancient Spices to Make Weight Loss Easier 72: How to Turn Off Cravings and Rewire Your Appetite with Robb Wolf 45: How to Lose Weight With Thyroid Problems EFT: How Tapping & Emotional Freedom Technique Work How to Lose Weight Fast On Women & Weight: A Manifesto 7 Ways to Stop Sugar Cravings Is emotional eating a struggle for you? What has helped? Please drop a comment below or leave a review on iTunes to let us know. We value knowing what you think and this helps other moms find the podcast as well. Thank You to Today’s Sponsors This episode is brought to you by Fabletics. You’ve heard all the jokes about moms and yoga pants, but these jokes exist for a reason! Yoga pants and leggings are comfortable and practical, especially for those of us who work out almost every day but have lots of other stuff going on too. I’m a big fan of choosing products that last but that don’t break the bank and that are flattering (even after having kids when my stomach isn’t necessarily perfect anymore). I run on a tight schedule to manage businesses, kids and sneak in self-care, so I need my workout clothes to be functional for deadlifts and also cute enough to run errands or take the kid
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54 min
December 6, 2018
211: How to Boost Your Adrenals and Cleanse Using Food With Dr. Alejandro Junger
I’m here today with someone who’s a living legend in the health world. Dr. Alejandro Junger is the New York Times bestselling author of multiple books, including Clean, Clean Gut, and Clean Eats. He trained in internal medicine in New York and completed a fellowship in cardiology at Lenox Hill Hospital. In addition, Dr. Junger studied Eastern medicine in India and now brings the wisdom of Western and Eastern medicine together in his work. He also serves on the advisory council for Genexa, the company changing children’s over-the-counter meds for the better (check a store near you soon!). Many celebrities and doctors I respect follow his approach, and it’s my privilege to sit down with him today on the podcast. Episode Highlights With Alejandro Junger How adrenals work and why they’re so important to the body The causes of adrenal fatigue, and why so many of us are affected Why the gut is the most vulnerable to the outside world Ways to follow nature’s blueprint for a healthier life Which “detox” or “cleanses” have benefits… and which are gimmicks The ways the body’s natural detoxification processes work (and how we can help them along) How our thoughts affect our physical health And more! Resources We Mention Learn more about Dr. Junger and his work at TheCleanProgram.com Genexa (natural and non-GMO saline, cold and flu, sleep aids, and other OTC meds) Books by Dr. Junger Clean: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body’s Natural Ability to Heal Itself Clean Eats: Over 200 Delicious Recipes to Reset Your Body’s Natural Balance and Discover What It Means to Be Truly Healthy Clean Gut: The Breakthrough Plan for Eliminating the Root Cause of Disease and Revolutionizing Your Health Did you enjoy this episode? What other questions do you have about adrenals? Please drop a comment below or leave a review on iTunes to let us know. We value knowing what you think and this helps other moms find the podcast as well. Thank You to Today’s Sponsors This episode is brought to you by Organifi and I’m so excited to tell you about them! Here’s a confession… I’ve known about them for a long time and even though so many of my friends and experts I trust rave about them, I never tried their stuff until recently because I thought… how can it actually be that good? Well, I tried it and it turns out that it is not only that good, it’s even better! Organifi has green juice, red juice (which is an antioxidant red drink that is delicious) and a golden milk turmeric drink, along with a plant-based protein shake. They are all organic and they a
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51 min
December 3, 2018
210: Why Most Detox Methods Are Dangerous & What to Do Instead With Dr. Shayne Morris
It’s no secret that our bodies are exposed daily to more chemicals and negative inputs than previous generations, by a large margin. Enter Dr. Shayne Morris, a biochemist and molecular biologist whose life’s work is how the body can achieve detox and rid itself of toxins at a cellular level. Today, Dr. Morris will explain the biochemical channels that allow the body to detoxify, in a way we can understand, and why something called the endoplasmic reticulum is key to the whole process. I think this episode is going to dispel a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation on the topic of detoxification and really change how we think about supporting our body’s natural detox abilities. Episode Highlights With Dr. Shayne Morris Why present-day chemical exposure is unprecedented in human history Whether fasting, smoothie diets, and other popular at-home detoxes really work The difference between detox at a cellular level and more surface level systems The 3 key phases of detoxification, and what the body does at each step Why constant plastic exposure is harming us How metals can be harmful and how we have to treat them differently than other things we detox from Where mold and other natural toxins come in to play The “waste treatment plant” of your cell and how to activate it What zeolite is and why it can be so beneficial Why the smooth endoplasmic reticulum is so important to true detoxification How supplements like chlorella, chlorophyll, and glutathione can help And more! Resources We Mention Learn more about Dr. Shayne Morris, his work, and the detox program he recommends at GetCytoHere.com 134: Five Benefits of Fasting, Autophagy, Diet Variation & Cellular Healing with Dr. Daniel Pompa The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox Book More From Wellness Mama 239: How Biological Medicine Is Changing Health (& How to Try It in Switzerland!) 201: Understanding Fasting & Keto for Women (Even During Pregnancy or Breastfeeding) + Instant Pot Tips 113: Toxic Metals That Cause Fatigue and How to Detox Them 67: Easy Everyday Detox Tips with Megan the Detoxinista 146: Is Chiropractic Safe and How to Detox Safely with Dr. Hardick The Dangers of Plastic How to Detox Heavy Metals Safely (& Get More Energy) Chlorella Benefits & Uses (and When It Can Be Dangerous) The Master Antioxidant: Glutathione
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63 min
November 29, 2018
209: Sun Protection and Anti-Aging From the Inside Out With Polypodium Leucotomos
In this episode, Katie talks to Sundaily founders Chris Tolles and Dr. Emilia Javorsky about how to protect your skin and slow aging from the inside out all with the help of a little-known substance called polypodium leucotomos. They delve into the role of antioxidants and which ones work, why sunscreen isn’t the only answer (and sometimes isn’t even a good one), and much more. A quick FYI, when we recorded this episode, they were Sundots, but they’ve renamed the company since… so don’t be surprised! The only thing that has changed is their name! Episode Highlights What polypodium leucotomos is and how studies show it can protect skin The way vitamin D deficiency fits into the sun exposure equation How internal sun exposure works and how to optimize it The problems with many sunscreens and what to look for in a healthy one What UVA and UVB are and how they are different The false safety net that comes with many sunscreens What the research says about how to protect skin from the inside out against sun damage and aging How antioxidants in food and supplements may help protect the skin And more! Resources We Mention Learn more about Sundaily and the research behind it here Astaxanthin PuraThrive Vitamin C EverlyWell Vitamin D Test SteadyMD The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (going on my Christmas gift list!) The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell More From Wellness Mama Ascorbic Acid: Vitamin C Benefits, Sources & Cautions Natural Homemade Sunscreen Recipe Why I Eat My Sunscreen to Protect Skin From the Inside Out Benefits of Safe Sun Exposure for Reduced Cancer Risk (& Vitamin D) Why (Most) Sunscreen Is Harmful Benefits of Green Tea Your turn! Which camp are you in… sun-shy or sun-seeker? Please drop a comment below or leave a review on iTunes to let us know. We value knowing what you think and this helps other moms find the podcast as well. Thank
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56 min
November 26, 2018
208: Understanding Superbugs & Antibiotic Resistance With Marjory Wildcraft
Marjory Wildcraft is the founder of The Grow Network, an organization working tirelessly to protect the environment and create a greener Earth. Marjory shares why commercial agriculture and conventional medicine are two of the most destructive forces on the planet, and why we can and should grow and make our own medicine and food. Episode Highlights With Marjory Wildcraft A big problem with the current thinking on germs The link between penicillin and MRSA Factors contributing to the rise in superbugs Why antibiotic overuse is so dangerous and what to do about it A very important reason to choose only organic and grass-fed meat without antibiotics Why superbugs could mean the end of modern medicine as we know it When antibiotics are actually needed for ear infections Why superbugs may mean that one day there will be no such thing as a minor surgery What we can all do individually to help stop the spread of superbugs And more! Resources We Mention Learn more about Marjory Wildcraft and The Grow Network here. Vitamin C & sepsis study published in Chest Video: Treating Infections Without Antibiotics SteadyMD Just Thrive Probiotics Book: Avalanche: Heretical Reflections on the Dark and the Light More From Wellness Mama 96: Using Natural and Traditional Medicine to Fix the Gut Microbiome with Dr. Ken Brown Why I Don’t Use Antibacterial Soap Why I Don’t Reduce a Fever (& What I Do Instead) How to Make Elderberry Syrup How to Make an Herbal Poultice Ear Infection Natural Remedies Garlic Olive Oil Remedy for Ear Infections What’s in My Medicine Cabinet How to Test Your Gut Microbiome (At Home Without a Doctor) Did you enjoy this episode? What other questions do you have about superbugs? Please drop a comment below or leave a review on iTunes to let us know. We value knowing w
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65 min
November 22, 2018
207: Santa Sold Shrooms? The Untold Story of St. Nick (& How to Stay Healthy Over the Holidays) With Tero Isokauppila
Tero Isokauppila is the founder and President of Four Sigmatic, a natural superfoods company specializing in mushroom-based drink powders. I’ve interviewed him before about the many benefits of medicinal mushrooms like chaga, cordyceps, lion’s mane, and reishi. Today I get to talk to him again about a different type of mushroom and the legend surrounding it, especially relating to the Finish interpretation of the story of Santa. Tero grew up in Finland on a family farm where his relatives had been farming and foraging for generations. We delve into this fascinating story of Christmas from another culture and also ways to stay healthy over the holidays. Episode Highlights: “Santa Sold Shrooms” Who the Sami people are and how they are pivotal to the legend of Santa Where the idea of Reindeer came from Where the tradition of Christmas trees came from and what red ornaments originally were The history of the star on top of the Christmas tree What we can learn from Finnish tradition about staying healthy in the winter Foods and herbs that boost the immune system and help us avoid getting sick The reason saunas are such an important part of life in Finland A powerful lesson we can learn from the seasonal eating traditions around the world Resources We Mention Santa Sold Shrooms (Kindle) Four Sigmatic mushroom coffee and elixirs At-home sauna (some saunas are also on a great sale for Black Friday/Cyber Monday) 163: Fascinating Fungi & How to Use Medicinal Mushrooms With Tero Isokauppila More From Wellness Mama Advent Family Traditions (+ DIY Wreath & Calendars) The Tradition of St. Nicholas Day Around the World (December 6th) Lion’s Mane Mushroom Benefits for Cognition, Memory & More Chaga: King of Medicinal Mushrooms Reishi Mushroom Benefits for Immunity, Longevity & More Natural Remedies for Colds & Flu (To Help Recover Faster) Optimal Diet for Flu Season Infrared Sauna Benefits (& the Risks) Have you ever heard this Santa story before? What other traditions do you celebrate? Please drop a comment below or leave a review on iTunes to let us know. We
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44 min
November 19, 2018
206: Your Parenting Mojo on Why We Need to Let Our Kids Take More Risks
Today’s guest Jen Lumanlan is the host of the fascinating “Your Parenting Mojo” podcast, which is all about helping parents find (and fine-tune) their own unique way of raising their kids. I’ve wanted to meet Jen Lumanlan ever since I heard her story. Jen decided to turn her self-proclaimed lack of parenting intuition into an opportunity by using her love for research to bridge the gap (hmm… sounds familiar!). She now has both a master’s degree in psychology and education and shares what she’s learned with parents everywhere. If you’re a parent and want some new ideas based on scientific research and the principles of respectful parenting, check out the Your Parenting Mojo podcast. I’ve been listening for a while now and it’s hands-down amazing… let me know what you think! Episode Highlights: Your Parenting Mojo Why anxiety disorders are on the rise in children Reasons kids need risks in order to be safe The importance of play at high speed for kids on things like bikes, sleds, etc. Why sharp tools are important… yes, including knives and saws! How kids learn from rough and tumble play Benefits of children “getting lost” (in a safe way) occasionally And more! Resources We Mention Find Jen and the Your Parenting Mojo podcast at YourParentingMojo.com Playborhood: Turn Your Neighborhood into a Play to Play by Mike Lanza How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success by Julie Lythcott-Haims Your Self-Confident Baby: How to Encourage Your Child’s Natural Abilities From the Very Start by Magda Gerber and Allison Johnson More From Wellness Mama 206: Your Parenting Mojo on Why We Need to Let Our Kids Take More Risks 176: Heather Chauvin on Letting Go of Mom Guilt, Ending Tantrums, & Mindful Discipline 85: How to Raise an Entrepreneur: Nurturing Risk Takers, Problem Solvers, & Change Makers 197: The Opposite of Being Spoiled: Raising Financially Responsible Kids With Ron Lieber Overprotected Childhood: How Keeping Kids Safe Is Actually Harming Them 9 Important Skills We Owe It to Our Kids to Teach Them How to Build a Treehouse for Fun & Exercise How to Create the Ultimate Active Backyard What stood out to you in this episode?
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52 min
November 15, 2018
205: Everything You Need to Know About GMOs, Glyphosate, and Gut Health With Dr. Zach Bush
You guys know I’m a science geek, so I’m pretty much in awe of today’s guest. Dr. Zach Bush, MD, is one of the few triple board-certified physicians in the country. He’s made a tremendous impact in the scientific and medical community in 2012 when he and his team discovered a family of carbon-based redox molecules made by bacteria. Since then he and his team demonstrated that this cellular communication network forms in response to the pesticide glyphosate, as well as the many other dietary, chemical, and pharmaceutical toxins that disrupt our body’s immune system. To help solve the epidemic cases of leaky gut and gut imbalance, Dr. Bush has designed a revolutionary class of dietary supplements called RESTORE. On a personal note, Dr. Bush points to his kids as the driving force behind his passion for change. His work revolves around his mission to give them a much brighter and healthier future. Episode Highlights With Zach Bush The surprising things Dr. Bush found in his cancer research that affect all of us How glyphosate functions as an antibiotic in the body and why this is so dangerous Why 46% of American children have a chronic disease diagnosis (when in the 1960s only 4% of the entire population did) The way common farming practices is sterilizing the soil and our guts How a single application of glyphosate can kill 50% of earthworms in the soil How cell suicide is so important to health and how to make sure it happens correctly Why the US is 49th in the world and falling in healthcare outcomes How Dr. Bush’s clinical work led him to re-evaluate what he had been taught The way we can reverse 18 years of chemical farming in just 18 months if we try How we could all change the world by growing 1-5% of our food A cool educational experiment you can do with kids to understand the gut microbiome And more! Resources We Mention Learn more about Dr. Zach Bush and his work at ZachBushMD.com RESTORE supplements Farmer’s Footprint documentary and movement More From Wellness Mama 35: GMOs & How to Test for Glyphosate 133: GMOs, Glyphosate, Organic Food & What’s Making Our Children Sick 62: Good Clean Dirt with Jasmina Aganovic of Mother Dirt It’s Time to Bring Back Victory Gardens Organic Gardening 101: How to Start Your Own Backyard Garden Organic Pest Control for Gardens (Natural Options) Health Benefits of Fermented Foods Homemade Sauerkraut Recipe (Easy
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65 min
November 12, 2018
204: The Rise of Autoimmune Disease (& How to Thrive Even If You Have It) With Dr. Guillermo Ruiz
It is no secret that autoimmune disease is on the rise, and many of us may have it and not even know. Today I talk to Dr. Guillermo Ruiz, a graduate medical student from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine about why we’re seeing such an increase and what to do about it. Dr. Ruiz currently practices at Integrative Health in Scottsdale Arizona where he specializes in endocrinology. (Fun fact: His mentor is the doctor who finally diagnosed and helped me with my thyroid condition, Dr. Alan Christianson.) If you have an autoimmune imbalance or suspect you do, I highly recommend you check out Dr. Ruiz’s blog and podcast (see links below). Episode Highlights With Dr. Guillermo Ruiz What autoimmune disease is (& warning signs to look for) The 3 big causes of autoimmune disease What inflammation has to do with it Major misunderstandings about how to treat autoimmunity Why we should cycle supplements The truth about remission: can autoimmune disease ever really go away? And more! Resources We Mention Learn more about Dr. Guillermo Ruiz and his practice at www.3030strong.com or his podcast 30/30 Health. Autoimmune Strong (autoimmune-specific exercise program) Organifi Greens Powder Ojai Energetics MagSRT (magnesium supplement) Just Thrive (probiotic supplement) Podcast 142: Is Adrenal Fatigue Real or Just Bad Science? With Ari Whitten The Energy Blueprint Podcast with Ari Whitten Dr. Alan Christianson Bohttps://drchristianson.com/oks Dr. Guillermo Recommends On the Road by Jack Karouac The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes The Metabolism Reset Diet: Repair Your Liver, Stop Storing Fat, and Lose Weight Naturally by Dr. Alan Christianson M
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63 min
November 8, 2018
203: Hidden EMF Dangers and How to Mitigate Them With Geobiologist Brian Hoyer
EMF is an invisible but growing problem as our world becomes increasingly connected. Not everyone agrees, but the rise in EMFs in our environment in the last several decades is starting to have a noticeable effect on our health. Geobiologist Brian Hoyer explains the worst sources of EMF exposure and what to do about them. Episode Highlights With Brian Hoyer the difference between ionizing and non-ionizing radiation how EMFs impact the body and what we need to be careful about how voltage-gated calcium channels help us understand how EMFs affect the body the connection between EMFs and cortisol the things Brian looks for when he does an EMF assessment of a home three types of fields found in most homes and how they impact health the tangible changes he has seen in clients just by changing EMF exposure the reason to avoid grounding products until you’ve mitigated EMFs what meters to use to measure EMFs and what to look for and more! Resources We Mention Find Brian at ShieldedHealing.com or follow him on Facebook at facebook.com/shieldedhealing AntennaSearch.com (look up towers near a home) EMF Kill Switch TriField EMF meter ENV RD-10 meter How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie Signs and Symptoms From a Function Perspective by Dicken Weatherby, ND Overpowered: The Dangers of Electromagnetic Radiation and What You Can Do About It by Martin Blank More From Wellness Mama 193: How to Protect Your Family From the Rise of 5G & Other EMFs 178: A Pediatrician Explains How EMF Kill Switches Can Protect Our Children 154: Understanding and Mitigating EMFs in the Home With Peter Sierck From EMFRF 73: The Truth About EMFs, WiFi, and Radiation (+ How to Avoid Them!) Is EMF Exposure Really a Big Deal? Do you do anything in your home to mitigate EMFs? Please drop a comment below or leave a review on iTunes to let us know. We value knowing what you think and this helps other moms find the podcast as well! Thank You to Today’s S
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51 min
November 5, 2018
202: How Footwear Affects Posture, Alignment, & Movement With Gordon Hay From ALINE
You guys know that I’ve been on the barefoot bandwagon for a very long time, but today’s episode has changed some of the ways I think about alignment and foot health. Gordon Hay is the cofounder, inventor, and creative visionary for ALINE Systems, a footwear technology company making waves in the industry. Many ESPN Summer and Winter X-Games athletes even use these insoles. Gordon has so much fascinating research and information about the ways that we can properly support our feet. And it turns out barefoot may not always be the way to go after all! Episode Highlights With Gordon Hay of ALINE why we do sometimes need shoes in today’s world the best way to handle footwear in kids the three-part approach needed for proper alignment what a “footwear diet” is and how to find good footwear Gordon’s thoughts on flip flops and high heels… the two extremes of shoes the “junk food” footwear to avoid and more! Resources We Mention ALINE System insoles Balance Board Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant by W. Chan Kim Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook by Tony Robbins More From Wellness Mama Benefits of Going Barefoot (and the Best Barefoot Shoes) How to Find the Best Minimalist Shoes (for Adults and Kids) Alternatives to Using a Chair at a Desk Is Sitting Worse than Eating Donuts? 7 Fun Ways to Exercise As A Family Earthing & Grounding: Legit or Hype? (How to & When Not To) What’s your favorite footwear? Please drop a comment below or leave a review on iTunes to let us know. We value knowing what you think and this helps other moms find the podcast as well. Thank You to Today’s Sponsors This podcast is brought to you by Four Sigmatic. If you’ve tried their delicious coffees and elixirs you know just how delicious they are, and if you haven’t, you are missing out! They create superfood mushroom drinks that are easy to incorporate into your life. Their coffee packets, for instance, are easy to mix into hot or cold liquid, taste amazing and have the added benefit of mushrooms like Lion’s Mane, Chaga and Cordycepts to give your brain an extra boost. Studies continually show the benefits of these superfood medicinal mushrooms for brain health, immune health, and so much more. My favorite is the coffee with Lion’s mane in the morning for a smooth boost without the jitter
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64 min
November 1, 2018
201: Understanding Fasting & Keto for Women (Even During Pregnancy or Breastfeeding) + Instant Pot Tips
I am here today with a dear friend and one of my mentors, Mark Sisson, who is the New York Times bestselling author of the Keto Reset Diet. He is now also the bestselling author of the Keto Reset Instant Pot Cookbook which is full of delicious recipes that are 100% tailored to a ketogenic diet. And you already know I love my Instant Pot! You probably know Mark as the author of The Primal Blueprint and founder of Primal Kitchen, which is one of my favorite brands of condiments and mayo. He’s also a former world-class endurance athlete and one of the leading voices in the evolutionary health movement. It all started with Mark’s popular blog, MarksDailyApple.com, which paved the way for many of us in the primal paleo and health worlds. He was one of the first to challenge conventional wisdom about diet and exercise principles and start a movement encouraging an attitude of personal responsibility toward health. Episode Highlights: Instant Pot Tips for Healthy Eating How a ketogenic diet works and why you’d want to try it (Mark makes it so simple!) Why what you eat determines your gut biome Getting to a place of metabolic flexibility & how to find the sweet spot Whether or not keto is safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding How much fat is too much… and whether the kind of fat matters And more! Resources We Mention Primal Kitchen Instant Pot The Keto Reset Instant Pot Cookbook The Keto Reset Diet Cookbook The Primal Blueprint Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey More From Wellness Mama 255: Dr. Valter Longo on a Fasting Mimicking Diet and Increasing Healthspan 116: How to Reboot Your Metabolism Using the Keto Reset Diet With Mark Sisson 98: Overcoming Orthorexia with Intuitive, Mindful Eating with Devyn Sisson 75: Rock the Instant Pot and Ferment Anything with Wardeh Harmon 143: Thomas DeLauer on Reducing Inflammation, Curcumin, Keto for Women, & Easy Weight Loss How to Do a Ketogenic Diet (& Is It Safe for Women?)
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54 min
October 29, 2018
200th Episode – Most Important Thing for Health
This episode marks the 200th episode of The Wellness Mama Podcast! Over the last few years, I’ve had the honor of speaking to almost 200 experts and spending 200+ hours of time with you! In this 200th episode, Heather and I recap a few listener favorite episodes and share our biggest takeaways. We also talk in-depth about a recurring theme throughout the past episodes that reveals the most important factor for health…. and it probably isn’t what you’d think. Here’s a few hints: It has nothing to do with food. Or exercise. Or even avoiding harmful chemicals in the environment. Those are all important, of course, but there’s something more and many of us miss it in modern life. It is present in all Blue Zones and in the individual lives of centenarians. Some statistics show that it is more important than quitting smoking and twice as important as regular exercise. In fact, lack of this is correlated with a much higher chance of dying and with depression. If you’ve guessed that I’m talking about community and relationships… you’re exactly right! Why Relationships Matter So Much In the modern world, we have no lack of digital connection, but this sometimes comes at the detriment of real human connection. When we delve into the stats, it turns out that having a solid and regular connection with real people is perhaps the most important thing we can do for our health. Not having these strong relationships/connections is linked to early death, higher risk of heart attack, and much more. And we can be at risk even if we don’t feel lonely. We may feel connected with constant access to social media, but it isn’t the same… not even close. In this episode, Heather and I talk about the recent events that made us realize the power of community in a whole new way, and what it’s got us thinking about. 200th Episode Highlights our hurricane evacuation story… and the surprising things we learned the post-hurricane recovery and what’s happening on the ground the biggest factor that can impact health (more than smoking or not exercising) practical ways to foster these relationships in an increasingly digital world which factors need to be present to get the benefits of community how we can encourage our children to have healthy relationships from an early age and more! Resources We Mention Dare to Lead by Brené Brown (2018) Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown JustThrive Probiotics More of Our Favorites 90: A Mind Of Your Own: Tackling Mental Illness and Fixing Hormones with Dr. Kelly Brogan 161: Helping Stop Sex Trafficking & Keeping Kids Safe With Operation Underground Railroad 163: Fascina
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62 min
October 25, 2018
199: How Diet Directly Affects Mental Health With Autumn Smith of Paleovalley
There’s so much evidence that what we eat affects not only our bodies but our brains too. Today I sit down with Autumn Smith of Paleovalley, an amazing company that makes some of my favorite healthy snacks. Autumn explains why she became so committed to healthy eating that she even left her career being a fitness trainer (for Jennifer Lopez!) to pursue holistic nutrition. Autumn’s advice is always so practical and helpful, and I’m excited to hear her thoughts on how we can support good mental health for ourselves and our kids with our food choices. Episode Highlights: Autumn Smith of Paleovalley what the most recent science shows about the strong connection between food and mental health Autumn’s own struggle with IBS and the diet changes that turned her life around the hidden culprit behind many cases of depression why blood sugar issues may be mistaken for psychiatric symptoms the reasons gluten and dairy are problematic for so many common nutrient deficiencies in kids with ADHD whether or not GMOs are part of the problem and more! Resources We Mention Visit www.Paleovalley.com to check out all their great products and use the code WELLNESSMAMA10 to get 10% off your order! Glucometer (blood glucose monitor) Keto Mojo (ketone and blood glucose monitor) EverlyWell IGG test SRSLY gluten-free bread The Metabolic Approach to Cancer by Dr. Nasha Winters The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz Wired to Eat by Robb Wolf Episode Quotables “I think a lot of times in the Paleo space, we think a lot about what we’re not eating, no gluten, no soy, no dairy…. But what I find is not as many people are really focusing on, “What am I really eating?” And so I think if you are trying to get rid of a mental health issue by reducing inflammation, focusing on nutrient density is key.” More From Wellness Mama 82: Discovering the SIBO Solution with Sylvie McCracken Lab Tests You Can Order From Home (Without A Doctor) My Experience With Water Fasting & Why I’ll Do It Again Why SIBO Leads to Major Health Problems (And How to Fix It) Gluten Is Not a Food Group
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50 min
October 22, 2018
198: How to Be Green Enough & Avoid the Worst Offenders in Your Home With Leah Segedie
We’ve talked a lot about how to avoid chemicals at home and basically how to make home a safer place for our kids and families. It’s a worthy goal but it’s easy to get overwhelmed when it starts to sound like everything from air to water to candles to carpet is dangerous. That’s why I love Leah Segedie, my guest today and author of the book Green Enough: Eat Better, Live Cleaner, Be Happier — All Without Driving Your Family Crazy. That title is right on the money and something all of us moms are trying to do. Leah is a food activist and the founder of the Mamavation Community, which teaches moms like us healthy living practices to combat disease starting in the home. Her ultimate goal is to make healthy living easy to put into practice, without living in a bubble or spending thousands on expensive products. She’s always a blast to talk to and I’m looking forward to comparing notes! Episode Highlights: Green Enough With Leah Segedie the biggest source of hormone-disrupting BPA and how to avoid it (p.s. it’s not canned goods) three basic things to avoid inside your home, period the no-cost way to reduce chemical exposure inside your home how to find balance in the quest to have a healthy family the ways fire retardants cause damage rather than prevent it which plastics are the least harmful, and which to always avoid why you should throw out every kitchen utensil made with black plastic the places phthalates are hiding in your home problems with tampons (and what to use instead) and more! Resources We Mention Mamavation.com Sign Leah’s petition asking Target to switch to safe receipts Green Enough: Eat Better, Live Cleaner, Be Happier–All Without Driving Your Family Crazy! by Leah Segedie Our Stolen Future: Are We Threatening Our Fertility, Intelligence, and Survival?–A Scientific Detective Story by Theo Colborn Best dryer sheets: Eco Pure (reusable) or Grab Green Best laundry detergents: Attitude, BioClean, Charlie’s Soap, Eco Nuts, Eco-Me, Grab Green, and Molly Suds Menst
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58 min
October 18, 2018
197: The Opposite of Being Spoiled: Raising Financially Responsible Kids With Ron Lieber
Today’s guest isn’t an expert on health… unless you’re talking about financial health! Ron Lieber has been the “Your Money” columnist for the New York Times since 2008. He also a dad, and wrote some incredible best-selling books about teaching kids to manage money and plan for their financial future. I especially love his book The Opposite of Spoiled and think it’s such a needed message for kids today. Second to the birds and the bees conversation, this is probably one of the toughest topics for parents to address with their children. Today Ron gives guidance on when and how to start talking to your kids about money, and his approach makes so much sense as our kids prepare for adulthood in a fast-changing world. Episode Highlights With Ron Lieber why so many parents feel uncomfortable teaching their kids about money what can happen if you put off the conversation for too long the reason to let your kids make financial mistakes… & why it’s so good for them why keeping kids in the dark about family finances may actually make them more anxious ways to help kids learn the difference between needs and wants (not a bad thing for us to learn either!) why today’s kids are more likely than ever to be unprepared for adulthood strategies for knowing when and how your child is ready for the big plunge: a phone and a car what our family will make our kids do before they can drive a car Ron Lieber’s thoughts on saving for college… it might surprise you! why it’s never too late to start talking about money as a family Resources We Mention RonLieber.com FamZoo Allowance Manager Ron Lieber on How to Give Kids Allowance (video)  Books by Ron Lieber The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money Taking Time Off: Inspiring Stories of Students Who Enjoyed Successful Breaks From College and How You Can Plan Your Own Upstart Start-Ups!: How 34 Young Entrepreneurs Overcame Youth, Inexperience, and Lack of Money to Create Thriving Businesses Ron Lieber Quotables “College is wasted on 18-year-olds. You should go do something else in the world for a year or two. You should start a business, you should serve your country, in some way, shape, or form. You should work and then take the money to travel or do something to support your family or volunteer work, you know, all sorts of things. You should go and get some experience out in the world that you can bring back to bear on your undergraduate education and I hope that everybody out there who’s listenin
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52 min
October 15, 2018
196: How the Modern World Is Changing Our Hormones (& How to Create a Balance Plan)
As women and moms, I’m not sure we can ever get enough information about our hormones and how they work. Today I’m here with Angelique Panagos, a registered nutritional therapist and the author of a book I read recently called The Balance Plan. It stood out to me as a life-changing book and a message you all would want to hear. Angelique specializes in hormone health, stress management, weight management, and digestive wellness. I love her philosophy that food affects every cell in our bodies (even our thoughts!) and I can’t wait to dive in deep in this conversation today. Episode Highlights: How to Make a Hormone Balance Plan the incredible effect stress has on hormones, weight, mood, and overall health best foods to eat for hormone balance (and the foods that trip us up) what gaining weight around the middle tells you about your health how technology is separating us from true community why sugar is a hormone deregulator and how to kick the habit whether keto is good for hormones (and women in general) important information periods tell us about our health what to do if you get a PCOS or endometriosis diagnosis and more! Resources We Mention AngeliquePanagos.com The Balance Plan: 6 Steps to Optimize Your Hormonal Health by Angelique Panagos EverlyWell Vegetable spiralizer Blue-light blocking glasses f.lux Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers by Robert Sapolsky Angelique Panagos Quotables “We’re going to beds with our iPads, our laptops, our devices instead of our partners and we’re staring at this blue light and that in itself is having a negative effect on hormonal health and on our cortisol balance again, so that stress hormone balance. If we start looking at all these different factors, throw in the lack of movement and lack of exercise as well, what it’s creating is this perfect storm, this perfect hormonal storm.” “Your genes load the gun, but the environment pulls the trigger.” More From Wellness Mama 79: Using Naturopathic Medicine to Beat Hormone Imbalance & Nutrient Deficiencies 80: What Your Monthly Cycle Reveals About Your Hormones With Alisa Vitti 89: Why Sleep Is More Important Than Diet and Exercise Combined with Shawn Stevenson 90: A Mind Of Your Own: Tackling Mental Illness and Fixing Hormones with Dr. Kelly Brogan
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59 min
October 11, 2018
195: Saunacast: A Huge Announcement from Mommypotamus & Wellness Mama
If you know me, you probably know my friend Heather of Mommypotamus. We’re known for hanging out in the sauna together (usually over a glass of wine), talking about all of the highs and lows of blogging, parenting, building community, and life with kids. I always joke that Heather and I think so much alike we must share a brain. Well, we’ve hatched an idea together and today we plan to share it with all of you! We can’t wait to hear what you think and hope you’ll be as excited as we are! Episode Highlights With Mommypotamus thoughts about the way we were raised… and what we want to pass on to our kids our favorite books that have helped shape our parenting and life goals the reason academic success isn’t all it’s cracked up to be how we found out failure isn’t something to fear our view on cell phones and kids (maybe not the most popular) the highs and lows of blogging, and what we’ve learned since this all began why being vulnerable is hard but worth it how we’re navigating big life changes… and what we’re finding out as we go Resources We Mention Podcast: Meta Learning, Speed Reading, and How to Learn Faster With Jim Kwik Freakonomics podcast Operation Underground Railroad Oura Ring EMF Kill Switch Our Favorite Books How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims Playborhood: Turning Your Neighborhood Into a Place to Play by Mike Lanza Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work by Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance by Steven Kotler Barefoot and Balanced: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children by Angela Hanscom Daring Greatly by Brené Brown More From Wellness Mama & Mommypotamus 167: Lessons We Can Learn from Europe and Natural Wines 191: Understanding How Gaming Disorder & Gaming Addiction Are Affecting Our Kids
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54 min
October 8, 2018
194: Longevity, Autoimmunity, & Plant-Based Diets With Nora Gedgaudas
I could not be more excited about today’s conversation and today’s guest because I am here with Nora Gedgaudas who is by and large one of the early leaders in the ancestral health and healthy living movement. Her work is brilliant and she is one of the best researchers I know. Here’s just a short intro to her long list of accomplishments: Nora Gedgaudas is a board-certified nutritional consultant and a board-certified clinical neurofeedback specialist with over 20 years of clinical experience solving the toughest health cases. She’s a world-recognized authority on ketogenic diets, ancestrally based nutrition, and has best-selling books including Primal Body, Primal Mind, Rethinking Fatigue, and her newest book, Primal Fat Burner: Live Longer, Slow Aging, and Super-Power Your Brain and Save Your Life With a High Fat, Low-Carb Paleo Diet. (That’s a mouthful!) Nora offers a Primalgenic health certification program, one of the best out there, called Primal Restoration. It’s a unique and invaluable source of unique cutting-edge information. If you can’t tell, I really respect her research and I’ll link to as much of it as possible in the resources below. Let’s get into it! Episode Highlights With Nora Gedgaudas how Nora’s health career came out of her personal fight against chronic depression why she resists the labels “paleo” and “ketogenic” and came up with a new approach how much protein we really need and why we shouldn’t eat too much the reason our diet should be high in vegetables by volume and fat by calories why the vast majority of people with autoimmune disease may never know it the new metabolic pathway science just discovered and what it could explain about cancer growth how gluten sensitivity may not be something you can heal (sad) “oral tolerance” — what it is and how it’s just as important as healing your gut the surprising reason we actually don’t need dietary carbohydrates if women can handle a keto diet for the long-term Nora’s take on longevity (it’s fascinating!) so much more! Resources We Mention Learn more about Nora’s programs at PrimalBody-PrimalMind.com Nora’s Primal Restoration Certification Course Cyrex Labs The Drama of the Gifted Child by Alice Miller For Your Own Good by Alice Miller Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat Books by Nora Gedgaudas Primal Fat Burner Primal Body, Primal Mind
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65 min
October 4, 2018
193: How to Protect Your Family From the Rise of 5G & Other EMFs
The controversy surrounding EMFs never seems to end, and with good reason. The technology is changing quickly with the rise of 5G and wireless technology being in everything from your car to your fridge. The truth is, we don’t know the health effects of this technology and won’t fully know for years. We’ve tackled this topic a few times on the podcast and the blog, but today we’ll get an update from EMF expert Daniel DeBaun of DefenderShield on new developments, especially those surrounding 5G. Episode Highlights: The Advent of 5G what non-ionizing radiation is and why we need to be cautious of it what’s coming with 5G and why it is a big deal the surprising difference between 3G, 4G, and 5G why 5G represents a much bigger jump than previous generations how the EMF controversy can be related to trans fats how our current safety standards for cell phones was set 35 years ago (and needs an update) why kids are more vulnerable to the effects of EMFs than adults why women are more electrosensitive than men the effect of blue light from screens on circadian rhythm and sleep what studies show about EMFs, laptops, and sperm practical modifications you can make to your home and devices to make them safer and more! Resources We Mention DefenderShield.com For the research and studies Daniel mentions see https://www.defendershield.com/learn/studies Radiation Nation: The Fallout of Modern Technology by Daniel DeBaun The Non-Tinfoil Guide to EMFs by Nicolas Pineault The Body Electric: Electromagnetism and the Body of Life by Robert Becker and Gary Selden DefenderShield for laptops Shields for tablets EMF shielding phone cases Programmable outlet timer Blue light blocking glasses More From Wellness Mama 193: How to Protect Your Family From the Rise of 5G & Other EMFs 73: The Truth About EMFs, WiFi, and Radiation (+ How to Avoid Them!) 120: A Real-Life Approach to Reducing EMFs
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57 min
October 1, 2018
192: How to Avoid Rushing Woman Syndrome & Balance Hormones With Dr. Sonya Jensen
Do you ever feel stressed about trying not to be stressed? I’m sure we’ve all been there, and I’m grateful we have an expert like Dr. Sonya Jensen to talk in-depth about some of the pressures (and opportunities) women face today. We’ll go deep on topics hormone balance, anxiety, detox, and how to have a healthy mindset. Dr. Sonya has done extensive work around the globe providing naturopathic maternal and pediatric health care, and her experiences confirmed her desire to help women everywhere live free and balanced lives. She now offers weekly or monthly workshops for women to support them in all aspects of life. Check out her upcoming workshops and retreats below (as well as a special discount for Wellness Mama listeners!). Episode Highlights With Dr. Sonya Jensen what “Rushing Woman Syndrome” is and how to overcome it what happens to your progesterone if you are stressed the reason we need progesterone and why we feel terrible when we don’t have enough why it is not all in your head and how to find your hormonal root causes foods to support natural progesterone production the link between mindset and hormones her approach to heavy metals in the body how children are getting heavy metal toxicity in the womb the many reasons we are living in the most toxic time in human history how to use nature to optimize cortisol how a simple breath practice can help put the body into a parasympathetic state factors we can use to optimize our children’s health from an early age Resources We Mention Divine Elements (Dr. Sonya’s practice) Naturally Brave Retreats (next retreat Feb. 5-10, 2019 – enter code “wellnessmama” for $200 off) Progesterone cream Kids Cook Real Food e-course Dr. Pompa True Cellular Detox Daring Greatly by Brené Brown Love Your Lady Landscape by Lisa Lister The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It by Kelly McGonigal The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz (a personal favorite of mine) Episode Quotables From Dr. Sonya We are not just living for ourselves but we are living for the generations to come. I think it’s so important to show [our kids] our vulnerability and show them this side of us that we too are still learning. It makes it part of the family’s growth if y
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52 min
September 27, 2018
191: Understanding How Gaming Disorder & Gaming Addiction Are Affecting Our Kids
Are video games a fun way to unwind, or a deeper problem? My guest today is clear on his answer. Dr. Sam Shay is a chiropractor with a background in functional nutrition and testing, but he hasn’t always been as healthy as he is today. Dr. Shay walked his own journey to overcome his 25-year addiction to video games, a 15-year addiction to sugar, as well his insomnia, gut problems, and low mood. Now, Dr. Shay uses his experience and training to help those with gaming disorder unplug from their screens and plug back into their lives. Dr. Shay also coaches concerned family and friends of problem gamers on how to help support the unplugging process. Episode Highlights: Gaming Addiction the six major reasons video games are so addictive important signs to look for in those struggling with gaming addiction the primal reflex in the brain that makes game addiction more likely why the “stereotypical gamers” (teenage boys) make up only 17% of gamers today why boredom is such a dangerous emotion, and what to do about it as a parent an important correlation (and a major difference) between game addiction and recreational drug addiction how the CDC definition of heavy drinking also applies to gaming disorder the reason to remove all gaming systems from the bedroom good guidelines to establish for healthy gaming an important reason not to play games at night for the sake of your nervous system! the surprising reason gaming can lead to other risky behaviors and more Resources We Mention DrSamShay.com E-book: Help for Gaming Addiction Article: Video Games as Parenting Tools: How It Backfires Article: Video Game Holiday/Weekend Survival Guide E-Course: FlourishOutofAddiction.com Tribe: On Homecoming & Belonging by Sebastian Junger It’s Not OK to Be a Cannibal by Andrew Wainwright and Robert Poznanovich Dr. Jensen’s Guide to Better Bowel Care More From Wellness Mama Overprotected Childhood: How Keeping Kids Safe Is Actually Harming Them Best Travel Games and Activities for Kids Reasons to Create Family Time Traditions (+ Ideas) How Your Phone Is Changing Your Brain Do you know someone who struggles with game addiction? What do you think of Dr. Shay’s analysis of gaming di
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77 min
September 24, 2018
190: The Easiest Way to Track HRV, Sleep, and Movement With Oura Ring
I seriously cannot wait to dive into this episode because we’re going deep on a topic near and dear to every mom’s heart (and sanity)… how to get better sleep! Whether it’s due to kids, working late, electronics addiction, or you plain just can’t sleep… too many of us are skipping precious hours of shut-eye. This impacts health more than we realize. Today I’m here with Harpreet Rai, CEO of Oura Health, the company that makes Oura Ring, the sleep and activity tracker that I have been using to track the quality of my sleep as well as fertility markers. He has some fascinating facts to share about how our bodies function during sleep, why we need it so much, and natural ways to solve sleep problems. Episode Highlights: Oura Ring why shift work is considered a carcinogen the real problems that happen when you don’t sleep sneaky little habits that rob us of the quality sleep we need what the brain and body do while sleeping (it’s fascinating!) why you feel extra groggy some mornings what the Oura Ring can do to track heart rate variability and improve your sleep patterns and more! Resources We Mention Oura Ring – Use this link to save $50 on any of their rings Why We Sleep by Matt Walker Ishmael by Daniel Quinn Chili Pad Blackout curtains More From Wellness Mama 58: How Knowing Your Chronotype Can Improve Your Sleep 89: Why Sleep Is More Important Than Diet and Exercise Combined with Shawn Stevenson 132: How to Use Cannabidiol or CBD for Sleep, Hormones, and Health 9 Lessons We Can Learn From Europe (Food, Wine & Sleep) Natural Ways to Get Better Sleep (Even If You’re a Mom!) Can a Weighted Blanket Transform Your Kid’s Sleep? How to Create a Perfect Sleep Environment What kind of sleep are you getting? Do you use any kind of sleep tracker like the Oura Ring? Also, please take two minutes to leave a review on iTunes. I value knowing what you think and this helps other moms find the podcast as well! Many Thanks to Today’s Sponsors This episode is brought to you by Perfect Keto. I have heard from a lot of you who are trying the keto diet right now
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September 20, 2018
189: How Red Light Therapy or Photobiomodulation Works & How to Get the Benefits With Joovv
You’ve probably seen me post pictures on Instagram where I look like something out of Star Wars using my Joovv red light therapy device. I first started this health experiment about a year ago, and I’ve gotten so many questions from you all about how it works that today we’re back with Joovv creators (and husband and wife team) Justin and Melissa. Fun fact… they also get to work together just like my husband and I do! (And they also have six kids!) I know this episode will be super enlightening for us (pun totally intended) and I’m ready with my second round of questions! Episode Highlights With Justin & Melissa of Joovv what got Justin and Melissa interested in red light therapy in the first place how they made their first homemade red light prototype why precise wavelengths of light can penetrate the body’s cells and boost healthy ATP function what the science shows about photobiomodulation (red light therapy) benefits for skin, vision, muscle recovery, wound healing, hormone balance, and more key differences between the sauna and red light therapy the interesting way infrared light mimics cardiovascular exercise why red light therapy may counteract the effects of EMF and Wi-Fi on our cells how Joovv may benefit the man in your life by boosting testosterone production and more! Resources We Mention Learn all about Joovv devices here  – and don’t forget to use the code “wellnessmama” to get a free gift! Oura Ring for sleep tracking (Use the code “wellnessmama” for $50 off) Do Schools Kill Creativity by Sir Ken Robinson Bunker Hill by Nathaniel Philbrick More From Wellness Mama 94: Low Level Red Light Therapy for Cellular Health and Healing The Benefits of Red Light Therapy (Photobiomodulation) Infrared Sauna Benefits (& the Risks) Is EMF Exposure Really a Big Deal? Have you ever tried red light therapy? What benefits did you see? Also, please take two minutes to leave a review on iTunes. I value knowing what you think and this helps other moms find the podcast as well! Many Thanks to Today’s Sponsors This podcast is brought to you by Four Sigmatic – that is my source for delicious coffees, teas and elixirs that all contain beneficial medicinal mushrooms like Lions Mane, Chaga, Cordyceps, Reishi and others. These mushrooms have a long history of use and a lot of studies to back up their many benefits. I personally fell in love with all of t
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September 17, 2018
188: Saunacast: How We Took Control of Our Healthcare and Insurance (& Saved Money)
It is no secret that we live in a world where we face a lot of potentially harmful things on a daily basis. From plastic exposure to all of the additives in our food system and even over-exposure to blue-light, our bodies face a lot each day. These, and many other factors, may help explain why we’re seeing such a drastic rise in so many challenging health conditions that don’t respond to a simple cause>symptom>treatment medical model. In this Saunacast, Katie and Heather Dessinger share how they (and their families) have both faced unconventional health problems and the great lengths (and expense) it took to find results. The Two Factors That Changed Everything Katie’s struggle with Hashimoto’s and Heather’s family struggles with other health issues led them to a lot of research. This also set in motion a long process of trying to find doctors and practitioners within the traditional insurance model who understood the complexities of these conditions. Eventually, frustrated by the inability to work within the system, they both considered an unconventional approach that finally led to answers (and to saving a lot of money in the long run!) Today, they share the system that has worked for both of them and how to customize this system to work for your family. Concierge Medicine Using a concierge model for a primary care doctor, both Katie and Heather were able to find a doctor who had the time and expertise to help with their health challenges. The benefits are that these doctors know their entire medical history and have fewer patients and more time for each patient. Having more time means these doctors actually have the bandwidth to research and specialize in specific conditions and challenges. Thanks to technology, these doctors are available whenever they are needed via email, text, or video chat and can work with specialists in their local area when needed. They each now pay a small monthly fee to have their doctor available whenever needed, and there are no additional copays, charges for talking to the doctors, or other unusual fees (other than external fees like labs, which are done through inexpensive local options). Healthcare Sharing The other piece that made their plan work was switching to health care sharing instead of traditional insurance. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, here’s the basic gist: Instead of paying money to an insurance company each month, they each now send money directly to a person or family who has a medical need that month. In the event that one of their families has a medical event or bill that meets the criteria, they submit the bill and other members send them checks to cover the bills. This has been really beneficial for several reasons: This makes them technically “self-pay” in the eyes of most medical establishments. Many places offer a steep self-pay discount (80% in some locations) with an additional discount for paying that day. Since health care sharing is substantially cheaper than insurance, they put the extra money in a savings account and use it if needed to pay a bill the day the charge is incurred to get the discount. The entire amount is then reimbursed. Katie and Heather both use Samaritan Ministries which is a Christian organization (though there are
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September 13, 2018
187: A Whole Life Challenge to Improve Your Life in Small Daily Steps
When it comes to making healthy choices, half the battle is motivation. That’s where the Whole Life Challenge comes into play! Today I’m here with Andy Petranek, who has been a health and fitness coach for over 25 years. He was a United States Marine, a sponsored athlete, and was featured as one of the original 10 CrossFit affiliates in the world. He’s also the co-founder of the Whole Life Challenge, a worldwide six-week online “game” that you play with friends and family to improve seven specific areas of health: nutrition, mobility, exercise, sleep, hydration, well being, and reflection. Also… I am about to jump into one of these if anybody wants to compete with me! 🙂 Episode Highlights on the Whole Life Challenge why Andrew started the Whole Life Challenge (and what he tried before it that didn’t work) how we can turn failures into valuable life lessons the healthy living challenge that’s sweeping the nation thinking for the long-term: how lasting change happens little by little, not all at once how to motivate yourself to start new habits (and keep them) getting connected to a support community what CrossFit has to do with it the keys to challenging yourself and making meaningful change and more! Resources We Mention Sign up now at WholeLifeChallenge.com Read more about the 7 Daily Habits of the Whole Life Challenge Listen to the WLC Podcast with Andy Petranek Books Andy Recommends Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss Whole Life Challenge Quotables “If there was one thing that I would encourage people to take on… be an explorer as opposed to a researcher. Do your research and find the information but then have the courage to take an action and have the courage to be wrong about the thing you try…. Get up, dust yourself off, and then try again and try in a little bit of a different way that works for you.” More From Wellness Mama 61: An Electrifying New Way To Change Habits 124: Happy New Year 2018! Setting Challenges + Experiments Instead of Resolutions (& Sneak Peek) 176: Heather Chauvin on Letting Go of Mom Guilt, Ending Tantrums, & Mindful Discipline My Favorite Health Books 5 Healthy Habits to Adopt This Year How to Create a Healthy Morning Routine (That Lasts)
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September 10, 2018
186: Carnivore Diet, Ketosis, Macros, & Diet Variation With Dr. Anthony Gustin
It seems like there’s always a new diet to try… the keto diet, the carnivore diet, different types of fasting… the list goes on. The question is, how do we know if any of them are actually good for us? What is the Carnivore Diet? Today’s episode should answer a lot of questions. My guest Dr. Anthony Gustin is a board-certified sports physician, a functional medicine practitioner, and an overall food and fitness skeptic like I am. His focus recently has shifted from private practice to starting his own company, Perfect Keto and Equip. Dr. Gustin’s mission is to create products that improve the accessibility of whole food nutrition and ketosis, and he’s the perfect person to explain a little bit more about the carnivore diet, how it works, and if it’s right for you. Episode Highlights why not to follow one diet for too long the best way to fast for women how to do the keto diet correctly which diets have their place in a healthy lifestyle what the carnivore diet is how much protein we actually need and more! Resources We Mention DrAnthonyGustin.com PerfectKeto.com Books We Mention The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat, and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet by Nina Teicholz Why We Get Fat & What to Do About It by Gary Taubes Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder by Nassim Taleb The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in “Healthy” Foods That Cause Disease & Weight Gain by Dr. Steven Gundry The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan Peterson More From Wellness Mama 116: How to Reboot Your Metabolism Using the Keto Reset Diet With Mark Sisson 145: Algae: The Keto & Vegan Superfood with More Nutrients Than Veggies (& Where to Get It) 143: Thomas DeLauer on Reducing Inflammation, Curcumin, Keto for Women, & Easy Weight Loss 222: Why ButcherBox Is Bringing Back Grass-Fed Meat With Mike Salguero How to Do a Ketogenic Diet (& Is It Safe for Women?) 7 D
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September 6, 2018
185: How to Get Lab Tests at Home & Take Charge of Your Own Health With EverlyWell
Listen up, because today’s episode is going to be all about hormones and how to take ownership of your own health (a topic on the minds of just a few of us moms!). I am here with Dr. Marra Francis, an OB-GYN who focuses on helping women with genetic risk for certain cancers. Dr. Marra also serves as the Executive Medical Director for EverlyWell, a company we will talk about in depth today. In a nutshell, her mission is to educate enough physicians so that no more women have to suffer a fate with terminal cancer that could have been prevented simply by taking an accurate family history, and ordering the correct diagnostic test. Episode Highlights With Dr. Marra of EverlyWell why Dr. Marra chose women’s health as her passion and focus her tips on running a house with six kids underfoot (I get it!) the ups and downs of women’s hormones (and why men don’t struggle like we do) what you can learn by tracking your cycle every month, and apps that help how EverlyWell helps connect patients to the best laboratory testing for them changes in the health space that are making it easier to take control of your health and more! Resources We Mention EverlyWell SteadyMD Samaritan Health Share More From Wellness Mama 15: Hormones & How to Have a Healthy Baby 80: What Your Monthly Cycle Reveals About Your Hormones With Alisa Vitti 108: Why the Birth Control Pill Screws Up Hormones & What to Use Instead My Home Organization System & How I “Get It All Done” Why You Should Never Eat Vegetable Oil or Margarine 9 Tips to Help Balance Hormones Naturally Lab Tests You Can Order From Home (Without A Doctor) Have you had trouble getting the right lab testing in your area? Could you use a service like EverlyWell? I’d also appreciate it if you would please take two minutes to leave a review on iTunes. I value knowing what you think and this helps other moms find the podcast as well! Many Thanks to Our Podcast Sponsors This podcast is brought to you by SteadyMD, my personalized Primary Care doctor online. SteadyMD is awesome because it partners you with a doctor who really gets to know you, who listens to you, who has time for you, and who knows your whole medical history and your health philosophy. It’s designated for anyone who wants a primary care doctor that they can have access to any
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September 3, 2018
184: Meta Learning, Speed Reading, & How to Learn Faster With Jim Kwik
Ok, I’ll just come out and say it… this podcast episode is one of my all-time favorites! Jim Kwik is a widely recognized expert in speed reading, brain health, memory improvement, and accelerated learning. He’s also a good friend and someone I really admire in every way. As with many of my guests, there’s more to his story. Jim overcame a traumatic brain injury in childhood by creating strategies to dramatically enhance his mental performance. Two decades later, he works as a brain coach with people all over the world. His goal is to help everyone unleash their true genius and live a life of greater power, productivity, and purpose. Episode Highlights With Jim Kwik why almost everything we think we know about learning is wrong how Jim went from not being able to finish a book to teaching the best in the world challenges our kids will face as jobs move toward artificial intelligence, automation, and outsourcing meta-learning and other powerful strategies to learn anything much faster the vast difference between what to learn and how to learn why intelligence isn’t fixed and how to cater to your own unique strengths how to abolish the belief that you don’t have a good memory, forever the three superpowers to encourage with kids: creativity, imagination, strategy how to bring imagination and creativity back into education what emotion has to do with memory the reason children can learn anything faster (it has to do with play!) the trick to getting information into your long-term memory why only one-third of your brain is determined by genetics (and how to influence the other two-thirds) how much of learning happens in sleep (another reason why sleep is so dramatically important for brain health) 10 things Jim would recommend for parents to help kids love to learn an important reason not to call your kid gifted how to reward work ethic and grit in children instead of just achievement Resources We Mention Go to JimKwik.com and for his free 3-Day Brain Training and more The Kwik Brain Podcast Video: Jim Kwik and Simon Sinek on Social Media and Smartphones Jim Kwik’s Favorite Books Change Your Brain, Change Your Life by Daniel Amen Mindset by Carol Dweck Ageless Body, Timeless Mind by Deepak Chopra The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale How to Win Friends & Influence People in the Digital Age by Dale Carnegie
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August 30, 2018
183: Is Fluoride the Hidden Cause of Acne? (& What to Do About It)
Have you ever wondered why fluoride is in our water? I get a lot of questions from all of you on this subject and I’ve been meaning to write about it for a long time. Mellisa Gallico is here to share all about the dangers of fluoride and its hidden connection to a common problem: acne. Melissa is no rookie when it comes to research. Get a load of this bio…she graduated with honors from Georgetown and has a masters from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. She’s a former military intelligence officer, a Fulbright Scholar, and an FBI Intelligence Analyst. So how did she come to be a fluoride expert? As with most of my guests, it’s because she had to tackle health problems personally. Take a listen and if you want to hear more from her, check out her two fascinating books The Hidden Cause of Acne and F Is for Fluorite. Episode Highlights: The Hidden Cause of Acne Why the biggest air pollutant is being added to our water supply The reason there is a pesticide in your toothpaste What happens when we are exposed to too much fluoride The surprising sources of hidden fluoride you may not know about Why fluoride may be the reason for acne and skin problems The true history of fluoride and how to avoid it Why chicken may be a source of fluoride exposure A reason to only use organic chickens (and avoid processed chicken like chicken nuggets) The sad truth about tea (all teas?) Why kombucha may be sabotaging your health Resources We Mention HiddenCauseofAcne.com Learn more and join the cause at Project Free Me Sign the petition here Book: F Is for Fluoride Book: The Hidden Cause of Acne Shower head filter More From Wellness Mama 177: Why (Almost) Everything You Know About Dental Health Is Wrong With Periodontist Dr. Al Danenberg How to Remineralize Teeth Naturally & Reverse Tooth Decay How to Make Natural Toothpaste The Best Water Filter For Home Use (Pitcher, Charcoal, Under-Counter) The Best Under-Counter Water Filter (Review) Are you concerned about fluoride in water? Do you have a question you’d like answered? Leave a comment! Also, if you’ve enjoyed this podcast episode, please take two minutes to 
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August 27, 2018
182: Why You Need to Exercise Differently If You Have Autoimmune Disease (& How) With Autoimmune Strong
If you have any type of autoimmune disease, today’s episode is just for you. Andrea Wool is a personal trainer, a nutritional therapy practitioner, and the founder and CEO of Autoimmune Strong, an online fitness program designed specifically for those of us living with autoimmune disease, fibromyalgia, or chronic pain. This mom of two boys struggled multiple autoimmune disorders for years. Through her program Autoimmune Strong, she’s now helping women all over the globe exercise properly and live their best lives with an autoimmune disorder. Episode Highlights With Autoimmune Strong How Andrea’s life & body changed after childbirth Why traditional fitness routines can hurt instead of help if you have autoimmune disease How Andrea took her life back even after diagnosis of Hashimoto’s, celiac, and fibromyalgia How to exercise while driving, washing dishes, or doing other ordinary things Exercise intolerance: what it is and why the fitness community doesn’t talk about it enough Andrea’s take on whether or not cardio is good for you Top fitness mistakes (and best practices) for managing an autoimmune disorder Resources We Mention Andrea’s Autoimmune Strong program Foam roller (or a natural cork version) How to make your own foam roller The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown More From Wellness Mama 250: Sustainable Fitness, Cork, and Benefits of Rolling With Addie Conner 88: Pregnancy Exercise, Diastasis, and Pelvic Floor Health with Lorraine Scapens 20: Exercise, Movement & Pelvic Floor Health 8 Fun Ways to Exercise As a Family 5 Horrible Exercise Excuses Why Plastic Pollution Is Everyone’s Problem Do you have an autoimmune disease? Has exercise hurt or helped?  If you’ve enjoyed this podcast episode, please take two minutes to leave me a review on iTunes. I value knowing what you think and this helps other moms find the podcast as well! A Big Thank You to Today’s Podcast Sponsors This podcast is brought to you by Genexa – a company creating a new generation of
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August 23, 2018
181: How to Find Truly Natural & Non-Toxic Products With Marilee Nelson
I don’t often do two-part podcasts, but Marilee Nelson of Branch Basics has such an incredible story and so many tips for moms who have kids with health struggles. In the first part of the interview (check it out here if you missed it), Marilee shared her son’s struggle with chemical overexposure and all of the symptoms that came from that. She had to make drastic changes to their home environment to heal her son, who is thriving today and even has a military career. In this episode, Marilee and I dive into how to have the healthiest home possible and easy ways to avoid some of the biggest toxic offenders in many homes today. Episode Highlights, Part 2: Natural Non-Toxic Products The most problematic chemicals in homes (and remove them from your home in under an hour) Why Europeans are starting to ban Wi-Fi in schools and libraries How to research the history of pesticide use around your home Non-toxic options for pest extermination The ins and outs of non-toxic paint Whether “low VOC” really means anything, and what to look for instead How to recognize greenwashed labeling Why antibacterial products are rarely a good idea And more! Resources We Mention Branch Basics Tyvek paper (to cover insulation) Air Doctor air filter EMF Kill Switch (Wellness Mama listeners receive 10% off with the code wellnessmama10) Smart plug with remote Volt meter EMF shields I use Homebiotic (prevents mold naturally) Advanced Chemical Sensors (ask for the 40-hour aldehyde test) Durisol concrete forms ECOS paints EnviroSafe paint Great HEPA vacuum More From Wellness Mama New book! The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox (now pre-ordering) 135: Understanding Genetic Testing, Epigenetics, and Genetic Polymorphisms With Dr. Ben Lynch 175: When Natural Doesn’t Mean Safe & Creatin
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August 20, 2018
180: How Hidden Elements in Your Home Affect Your Mood & Health With Branch Basics Founder Marilee Nelson
If you’ve ever wondered if your efforts to make a more natural home environment are worth it, this episode should convince you! Marilee Nelson is an expert on chemical sensitivity and the founder of The House Doctors, a consulting firm dedicated to cleaner, more natural homes. Due to her long struggle to heal own son’s chemical sensitivities, Marilee sees it as her personal mission to get the word out about the common household materials and foods that may be poisoning our health. She even co-founded a natural line of cleaners I use and love called Branch Basics. On top of all that, Marilee is a medicinal cook, a board-certified nutritionist, a certified Bau-Biologist and Inspector (which is a building biologist), and a building materials specialist for healthy homes. She has spent nearly 30 years as a Dietary and Environmental Consultant for clients across the country who are chemically-sensitive or chronically ill… not to mention those who are just plain smart and want to have a natural home! Episode Highlights With Branch Basics How Marilee’s own health struggles started her search The gripping story of her son’s recovery after a severe chemical overexposure, and what it took to heal him Some hidden elements in your home that may be causing major health and behavioral problems Cases when conventional products may be better than “green” materials The surprising reasons you might want to avoid low- and no-VOC paint (hint: SVOC) Why to throw away your CFL bulbs The lingering effects of pesticides even inside the home Simple steps to purify the air in your home and reduce chemical exposures And more! Resources We Mention Branch Basics Air Doctor air filter EMF Kill Switch (Wellness Mama listeners receive 10% off with the code wellnessmama10) Smart plug with remote Volt meter EMF shields I use Homebiotic (prevents mold naturally) Advanced Chemical Sensors (ask for the 40-hour aldehyde test) Durisol concrete forms ECOS paints EnviroSafe paint Great HEPA vacuum More From Wellness Mama The Well
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August 16, 2018
179: Understanding DNA Damage & How to Reverse It With NanoVi
Rowena Gates is a principal and vice president of the Eng3 Corporation, a life science technology company addressing health, wellness, and performance. She’s also a serial entrepreneur which is so inspiring to me personally. Prior to joining Eng3, she spent six years as the founder and CEO of Aviarc, a company that provided Internet-based solutions for international trade. She has a whole list of other successful ventures as well. In addition she received a doctorate from the University of Washington for her dissertation on international strategic alliances. As a science geek, I have no doubt I’ll be hanging on every word in this interview! Episode Highlights With Rowena Gates What DNA damage is, how it occurs, and why it’s unavoidable (hello aging!) Some ways we can repair DNA damage as fast as possible Why telomeres are in the press lately (and what they are) The role proteins play in the body and why they’re important for DNA Free radicals: why the reactive oxygen species cause damage & what we can do about it Why too many antioxidants may be just as bad as not enough How the NanoVi works using ordered water help address inflammation, oxidative stress, and DNA damage, and more The reason I’m sold on this device (hint: it has to do with top-notch medical studies) Who’s using the NanoVi now (I’m on this list) NanoVi uses for dentistry Quotables From Rowena We don’t have a healthcare crisis as much as we have a health crisis. Solve the health part of it and the care part of it goes away. We tend to focus on what’s wrong… but really what the body is doing right is just amazing. It’s fixing all this free radical damage — quadrillions of hits every day — and it does a lot of things right. [The body’s] capacity to fix things is almost unlimited. Resources We Mention NanoVi Rebounders I’ve used Practicing the Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle The Fourth Phase of Water by Gerald Pollack More From Wellness Mama 169: From Advanced Stage Cancer to Remission in 7 Months on a Quest to Cure Cancer 9 Lessons Blue Zones Can Teach Us 7 Fun Ways to Exercise as a Family The Health Benefits of Nature Did you enjoy the podcast? What questions do you have for Rowena? Let us know by dropping a comment below or leaving a review of the podcast! Special Thanks to Today’s Sponsors! This podcast is brought to you by Kettle and Fire. You may already know that this is my go-to bone broth because it is shelf-stable, easy to use, and delicious. But you may not know that Kettle and Fire just released brand new bone-broth based soups, which make it even more convenient to eat healthy on the go plus
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August 13, 2018
178: A Pediatrician Explains How EMF Kill Switches Can Protect Our Children
I seem to specialize in being passionate about controversial topics, and my guest today is right there with me. Dr. Amy Munro is a pediatrician with over 30 years of experience and she’s been following the research on EMFs and how they affect the body for decades. Hiding under a rock isn’t an option last I checked, so Dr. Amy offers a long list of easy ways intercept electromagnetic frequencies in our homes with simple devices like an EMF kill switch. It’s an easy way to protect our families from EMFs until we know more about the long-term health effects. Episode Highlights: EMF Kill Switch What volted gated calcium channels are and why they help explain how EMFs affect the body How EMFs increase reactive oxygen species in the body (that’s not a good thing) What reactive nitrogen species are and how EMFs contribute The way electrosmog exposure can create breaks in DNA How heat shock proteins are affected by EMFs The blood brain barrier and the unusual way it responds to EMF exposure Why studies show that EMFs suppress melatonin and how The result of thousands of studies on EMF exposure The real reason “non ionising radition” is still harmful How to measure and mitigate EMFs in your home Quotables From Dr. Amy Munro In my career as a pediatrician, I have seen changes, especially I would say in the last five years, that really our conventional thought has no explanation for. The defenders of the telecom industry and technology will point out that there is no preponderance of proof on these studies. And it’s true that the results are mixed. Henry Lai, a professor at the University of Washington, did an analysis of studies, and overall, there was about a 56% rate that show that EMFs are harmful and a 44% rate that show that they are not. If you break it down by funding [and] take out the ones that are funded by industry, it will show you that about 67% are harmful and 28% are not harmful. Solutions exist. Don’t get overwhelmed, take baby steps. It’s what inside of your home is what counts the most. Resources We Mention EMF Kill Switch (Wellness Mama listeners receive 5% off with the code wellnessmama5) Smart plug with remote Volt meter EMF shields I use The Body Electric by Robert Becker and Gary Selden The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan Blue light blocking glasses More From Wellness Mama 73: The Truth About EMFs, WiFi, and Radiation (+ How to Avoid Them!)
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August 9, 2018
177: Why (Almost) Everything You Know About Dental Health Is Wrong With Periodontist Dr. Al Danenberg
I cannot wait to share today’s guest with you! Dr. Alvin Danenberg is a periodontist who has been treating patients with gum disease for over 44 years. He incorporates aspects of nutrition and lifestyle change as part of his cutting-edge laser protocol which treats periodontal disease. And we’re gonna delve into that today. In 2015, he was appointed to the faculty of the College of Integrative Medicine, and he created the college’s integrative periodontal teaching module. So he’s a world-renowned expert in this topic. He has certifications in functional medicine as well as the ADAPT training from the Kresser Institute. And he’s also the author of a book called Crazy Good Living: Healthy Gums, Healthy Gut, Healthy Life. He’s incredibly qualified and so very kind, and I can’t wait to chat! Episode Highlights With Dr. Al Danenburg Learn the reason plaque isn’t always bad Why our ancestors didn’t get gum disease and we do The real reason animals in the wild don’t have tooth decay and domesticated animals do A fascinating way that what we eat affects our oral health The factor that is just as important as brushing to keep healthy teeth How our mouth affects the nitric oxide levels in our body The surprising way that certain mouthwash products can raise blood pressure! How the gut microbiome affects the oral microbiome The three primary and important reasons for dental plaque How leaky gut and leaky gums are connected and what to do about it How to clean the tongue correctly Resources We Mention DrDanenberg.com Crazy Good Living: Healthy Gums, Healthy Gut, Healthy Life by Dr. Alvin Danenberg Homebiotic Viome Vivos More From Wellness Mama 3: How to Improve Your Oral Health 86: The Science of the Oral Microbiome and Remineralization with Will of OraWellness 127: Using the Dental Diet to Reverse Dental Problems with Dr. Steven Lin My Oral Health Routine (That Stopped My Cavities) How to Whiten Teeth With Activated Charcoal An Easy 3-Step Approach for Healthy Teeth (Without Flossing) Does Brushing Teeth Prevent Cavities? How to Brush Your Teeth Correctly Do you or your kids struggle with cavities or other denta
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August 6, 2018
176: Heather Chauvin on Letting Go of Mom Guilt, Ending Tantrums, & Mindful Discipline
Ever been stressed out as a parent? Maybe you’re the mom who has it all together and stays calm all the time, but I’m not and that is precisely why I invited today’s guest, Heather Chauvin from the “Mom Is in Control” Podcast. Many call her the next generation’s thought leader in parenting and women’s leadership, and I agree! Heather’s mission is to crack women open to their deep potential by finding their version of success without working from a place of stress. As a recovering perfectionist I can definitely use some of this advice, and I’m so thankful Heather is sharing her hard-won wisdom! Episode Highlights with Heather Chauvin How Heather went from ambitious entrepreneur to burned out, overstressed, and in the ER The wake-up call that came in the form of a frightening medical diagnosis Why so many women struggle with making self-care a priority (guilty as charged!) The cultural epidemic of parenting from stress, and how to turn the tide Surrender for moms: when to let go “Mom tantrums” and why we might have more in common with our children than we think! Strategies for managing toddler meltdowns Ways to fight mom guilt and prioritize ourselves in order to give back to our families And more! Favorite Quotables From Heather Sometimes you need to slow down to speed up. We try to control outward things because we feel out of control internally. Just saying “I need space” is probably the greatest gift you’ll ever give your children because when you are full, when you are present, you’ll get so much further than just putting out fires on a daily basis. Resources We Mention HeatherChauvin.com Teach Your Kids to Meditate Program TedX Talk, “Dying to Be a Good Mother” Danielle LaPorte, The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals With Soul Dr. Shefali Tsabary, The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children  Tsabary, The Awakened Family: How to Raise Empowered, Resilient & Empowered Children More From Wellness Mama 261: Practical Tips and Mom Hacks From Physical Kitchness Chrissa Benson 162: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics & How to Be 10% Happier Tips to Naturally Reduce Stress… Starting Now! Overprotected Childhood: How Keeping Kids Safe Is Actua
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July 30, 2018
175: When Natural Doesn’t Mean Safe – Creating Non-Toxic Homes With Green Design Center
There are so many decisions to make when it comes to choosing materials for home building and renovation: color, design, durability, and of course cost. But do we also need to consider whether or not the materials we put in our homes are toxic? Today’s guest Andrew Pace says yes! As a building materials expert he’s seen the problems in the industry and the effects of these supposedly “safe” materials firsthand. In response, Andrew founded the Green Design Center, which is now an online hub of the green building industry that offers healthy and sustainable home building products and design services. Green Design Center: The Healthy Home Resource A lot of things out there claim to be eco-friendly and “green,” but are they? And what does that even mean, exactly? These are the types of questions Green Design Center makes it their mission to answer. In 2008 Andrew also launched Degree of Green, a product rating system that’s being used by retailers and manufacturers to inform consumers and protect against false or misleading “greenwashing” claims. One of his projects currently in development is a Formaldehyde Release Attenuation Test which will allow professionals to pinpoint the exact surfaces in a home that are releasing dangerous levels of formaldehyde. As a mom concerned about the air my children breathe in our home, the carpet they lay on, etc., I knew Andrew would be a great guest to have to the podcast. I’ve got my list of questions ready (especially since we may build a home at some point) and I’m so grateful he made the time to be here today! In This Episode You’ll Learn the three biggest toxic offenders in most homes why “green” and “safe” aren’t always the same thing how many chemicals are present in building materials (and the shockingly small percentage of them tested for safety) why the EPA rating for low-VOC may not be the best standard to go by how the Green Design Center works to protect the consumer safer paint options for better indoor air quality the best flooring options for building or remodeling one caution on tile floors how to deal with mold and best steps for safe remediation formaldehyde in plywood (and how to protect your family) advances in wood-free green home building that may reduce mold, termites, toxins, and other common house problems some cautions to DIYers working with reclaimed wood Andrew’s take on the controversy surrounding EMFs and more! Resources We Mention Find Andrew’s recommended products for paint, flooring, furniture, and more at TheGreenDesignCenter.com Learn more about the Degree of Green (D.O.G.) rating system, the Non-Toxic Environments Podcast, and Andrew’s blog at DegreeofGreen.com Homebiotic (home probiotic spray I use to protect against mold) Air Doctor (air filter we use)
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56 min
July 26, 2018
174: How to Save Money and Get Better Healthcare With SteadyMD
Today I am here with Yarone Goren who is helping pioneer the future of healthcare. If he has his way, the days of waiting in the doctor’s office (and waiting… and waiting…) should soon be over. Yarone cofounded SteadyMD to give people an on-demand and personalized healthcare option for quality primary care completely online. With SteadyMD a doctor is only a text away, and not just any doctor but one who knows you and your case. My New Doctor: SteadyMD If you know my story, you know I searched for a long time to get the right help for my autoimmune condition. It took me literally years and almost a dozen doctors to finally find answers, and this was after I was doing a ton of research. SteadyMD takes a different approach: matching a patient to just the right doctor, and making sure the doctor’s patient load is low enough that they can take their patients’ calls anytime, anywhere… and actually know them by name! I’ve been so impressed with this service I am not only a patient but also an advisor. I love that SteadyMD is creating practical options for moms and families. It’s almost like bringing back the old-school idea of a country doctor and bringing it into the modern era. Ready to have a doctor in your pocket? Check it out! In This Episode You’ll Learn problems with the current healthcare system that led Yarone to start SteadyMD how many patients the typical primary care doctor has (hint: it’s in the thousands) why Yarone thinks doctors are just as unsatisfied as patients with the current healthcare system ways SteadyMD can complement your primary and pediatric care how SteadyMD docs “see” you without ever going into the office ways your SteadyMD doctor can work with pharmacies, labs, and specialists in your area how to be your own health care advocate and more! Resources We Mention SteadyMD Samaritan Health Care Sharing More on This Topic 43: How to Get a Correct Thyroid Diagnosis 99: Using Health Tracking to Discover Your Own Personalized Medicine 166: Understanding Autoimmunity and the Mind/Body Connection With Body Belief Author Aimee Raupp Lab Tests You Can Order (Without A Doctor) A Big Thank You to Today’s Podcast Sponsors This episode is brought to you by Dry Farm Wines. If you follow me on Instagram you probably already know how much I love these wines. But after a recent trip to Europe, I am even more convinced that these are the only wines I will drink anymore. Here is the deal. Many conventional wines have added dyes, sugars, commercial yeast, fish bladders and some other unsavory ingredients. But even organic wines can have high amounts of sugar, in fact more than soda, they can have commercial yeast that are not gut friendly, or really high amounts of alcohol. I recently visited small family vineyards in Italy
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57 min
July 23, 2018
173: The Inflammation Model of Chronic Disease With Dr. Jaban Moore
Today’s episode is going to be really helpful especially for any moms who have children struggling with a variety of chronic health problems. Dr. Jaban Moore is a national board-certified chiropractic physician and an acupuncturist as well. He practices functional medicine looking specifically for the root causes of illness and treating them through natural protocols. Dr. Jaban knows better than anyone that reversing chronic disease takes time, persistence, and a lot of detective work. He uses a wide range of tools to find out what’s really contributing to chronic health conditions and healing the cause, not just the symptoms. Dr. Jaban Moore on Chronic Disease, Leaky Gut, & Thyroid Issues Problems like Lyme disease and chronic infections are on the rise and can be tough to beat. It’s important to look at health issues from every angle and get to the root causes. Dr. Jaban’s postdoctoral training includes true cellular healing, chiropractic plus kinesiology, applied kinesiology, clinical kinesiology, acupuncture, bioresonance therapy, Sacro Occipital Technique, nutrition rehabilitation, functional medicine, blood laboratory analysis, and live cell microscopy. And if that’s not enough, he also trained with several Lyme-specific and parasitology experts. I have a feeling I could talk to Dr. Jaban all day! In This Episode You’ll Learn common reasons why low-level chronic disease is on the rise root causes of food allergies in children how toxins in our everyday environments undermine our health the difference between functional medicine and conventional approaches the connection between parasites and food allergies why Lyme tends to run in families live cell microscopy: how a visual analysis of your blood can reveal leaky gut, Lyme disease, candida, and more is fasting for everyone? (and how to do it right) how to be your own health advocate and more! Resources We Mention Dr. Jaban Moore Facebook group: True Healing Strategies Book: Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms When My Lab Tests Are Normal? by Dr. Datis Kharrazian Dr. Alan Christianson Turmeric Apex Energetics Repairvite True Cellular Detox EWG Report, Pollution in Minority Newborns More on This Topic 262: Dr. Andrew Weil on Integrative Medicine, Reducing Inflammation & Most Important Factors for Health
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57 min
July 16, 2018
172: How to Understand Your Genes to Personalize Your Diet With Nutrition Genome
I know… it’s frustrating. You eat right 99% of the time, exercise, and don’t smoke or drink… but still don’t feel well. Worse yet, your friend who drinks soda and fast food seems healthier than you! I’ve been there (trust me), and I’m excited to talk about today’s topic because I think it has a lot to do with why health is not a level playing field. I am here with Alex Swanson, the founder of Nutrition Genome. Alex is probably the most knowledgeable person I’ve ever spoken to on the topic of DNA testing. He’s a second-generation nutritionist and co-owner of the Swanson Health Center, a private family clinical nutrition practice that’s been in business for over 40 years. He’s also the creator of the popular blog, The Health Beat. This topic is near and dear to my heart since knowing more about my own genes was a health game-changer for me. Let’s dive in! Nutrition Genome In case you haven’t heard of it before, Nutrition Genome is a service you can order (without a doctor). Based on their lab analysis from a simple swab of saliva, Nutrition Genome compiles a 50-page report on 8 health categories showing how your genetics affect your need for certain vitamins and minerals, as well as which toxins or foods your body may not handle well. You can see a sample Nutrition Genome report here. In This Episode You’ll Learn the most important genes to understand and support for a healthy pregnancy what the BRCA gene is and how to strengthen this gene the environmental toxin that increases cancer risk (and the food to avoid) if you have BRCA genes the reason red wine can help protect your genes how decreasing dairy can protect certain genes how eating 27 vegetables a week can reduce cancer risk by 73% the real connection between APOE and Alzheimer’s what you can do to protect your brain if you have APOE what research shows can help protect against Alzheimer’s how stress directly impacts genes what the PEMT gene is and how it affects memory and health a reason to avoid antihistamines and certain sleep drugs the gene you want to know if your kids have, especially if they ever get a concussion how to know if caffeine is good for you or not genes that relate to mental health and how they can help you reduce anxiety & depression the genes that relate to athletic performance and ability PTR-Alpha: how to know if you don’t do well with fasting the gene that indicates that you may not do as well with saturated fat what genes relate to vitamin D and how to know if you have them the VDR gene cofactors that impact vitamin D absorption yet another reason that sugar is bad for us and should be avoided why its so important to keep glutathione levels high (and how to increase it) understanding omega-3 and if we need it or not and more! Resources We Mention Nutrition Genome (Al
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52 min
July 12, 2018
171: How to Keep Kids Water Safe With Tips From a Water Safety Instructor
Many of us enjoy time spent in the water, whether in a pool or the ocean. It turns out that, especially when it comes to the ocean, the water has some health benefits as well! But water time isn’t without risk. In fact, accidental drowning is one of the leading causes of death in children. Water safety is important and thankfully there are a few simple and important steps that can drastically increase water safety and fun! How to Keep Kids Water Safe This Summer (& For Life) Today’s guest has a lifetime of experience in helping people stay water safe. Josh Spears, founder of Kids Love to Swim,  grew up in a family of lifeguards and was always around the water from a very young age. Josh worked as a lifeguard in high school and after having to pull out multiple children he became passionate about preventing drowning and became a Water Safety Instructor through the American Red Cross. He has now taught hundreds of kids (and adults) to swim, and has taught many parents to teach their own children to swim without stress or fear. In This Episode You’ll Learn The reason accidental drowning is so common Practical ways to keep our kids safe Why we, as humans, feel such a strong pull toward the water and the many health benefits of spending time in and around water An important reason to think twice about puddle jumpers and life jackets in the pool (and what to do instead) Josh’s story and the things he sees as the biggest risks for kids around the water The importance of our attitude, as parents, about the water and how to set a great example Why early childhood experiences in and around water are so important and how to create them for your own kids The best time to get kids in the water and start teaching basic skills A simple set of guidelines to use in your family to keep kids water safe How to teach your own kids to swim in two weeks or less, and why you should be the one to teach them! The statistical difference that it makes when kids know how to swim Resources We Mention Kids Learn to Swim online course TED Talk: How to Learn Anything in 20 Hours Book: Power to the People by Pavel Pool safety alarm (good idea to have in backyard pools) Special Thanks to Today’s Podcast Sponsors This podcast is brought to you by SteadyMD. I’ve been using this company for the past year and I love them. Here’s how it works. Instead of having a primary doctor that you have to make an appointment to see, wait for hours in the office to visit, you can now have your doctor available whatever you need him or her through your phone. SteadyMD has a staff of doctors who are available via call, text or video chat whenever you need them, so they respond quickly and they already know your medical history. You get paired with a single doctor so you can work with them as a long-term partner for your health. They’re well versed in
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50 min
July 9, 2018
170: Using Biological Medicine & Uncommon Therapies to Help With Chronic Conditions
I’m honored to have Dr. Jeoff Drobot, one of the founders and medical directors of the American Center for Biological Medicine in Scottsdale, Arizona, on the podcast today. If you haven’t ever heard of biological medicine you’re probably not alone, but Dr. Jeff is here to explain how it differs from other forms of medicine and why he’s so passionate about it. Dr. Jeoff has spent the last 20 years seeking out cutting-edge science and technology to assess and amplify human biology and physiology. Thanks to his work Dr. Jeoff is now considered a leading authority in biological medicine worldwide and ACBM is the largest and most comprehensive biological medicine facility in North America. (I really want to plan a visit!) Is Biological Medicine for You? So what is biological medicine? Here’s how the ACBM website explains it: Inside your body are a multitude of biological processes, all working at the same time. The relationship between these processes determine how the body is able to defend and heal itself. Those doctors dedicated to Biological Medicine understand that the focus must be on identifying the problem processes within the body and not the symptoms that those processes are exhibiting. Armed with this approach, Dr. Jeoff helps his patients with chronic and autoimmune treatments, detoxification, hormonal imbalance correction, and even customized sports medicine and nutrition. He’s a wealth of knowledge and I can’t wait to get started! In This Episode You’ll Learn the differences between functional and biological medicine what teeth have to do with health (and why they are important in biological medicine) why chronic disease seems to be on the rise today medical conditions biological medicine can address how Dr. Jeoff approaches diagnostic tests and bloodwork differently from other doctors the way our bodies operate on electricity, and why it matters to health the promising field of pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMF) and how to find it high-altitude oxygen training: what it is and how it works how IV therapy helps with leaky gut the limitations of supplements (and when they’re beneficial) Dr. Jeoff’s thoughts on what kind of diet is really best intermittent fasting and the right way to do it how to manage our hormones for optimal aging and more! Resources We Mention The American Center for Biological Medicine The Body Electric: Electromagnetism and the Foundation of Life by Robert Becker and Gary Selden The Longevity Diet: Discover the New Science Behind Stem Cell Activation and Regeneration to Slow Aging, Fight Disease, and Optimize Weight by Valter Longo Supplements for Children More on This Topic 94: Low Level Red Light Therapy for C
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59 min
July 2, 2018
169: From Advanced Stage Cancer to Remission in 7 Months on a Quest to Cure Cancer
Today’s episode is with one of the most fascinating people I have met in recent years. Eric Remensperger is a Wall Street lawyer with a unique story. Prior to moving from New York to Los Angeles (probably two of the highest stressed places in the world) he was a work hard, play hard, cigarette-smoking kind of guy. These days, he’s a holistic health expert and serious biohacker. What changed? Like most with a passion for wellness, it started with his own diagnosis. A Personal Quest to Cure Cancer Eric’s life changed forever in June of 2016 when he received the diagnosis of advanced-stage prostate cancer. In response, he did an incredible deep dive into all things related to cancer from the causes to therapies to the interventions. His ability to grasp the big picture about a complex disease and filter out all the noise is amazing. This story has a happy ending: Eric was declared to be in remission after only 7 months of his cancer protocol. (Incredible and very rare with his type of cancer.) Eric doesn’t like to use the word “cure” when he’s talking about cancer, but rather the goal is to remain in a healing state and help others to do the same. In This Episode You’ll Learn Eric’s story and how he was diagnosed with advanced aggressive cancer even while living a super healthy lifestyle what he feels are the roots of cancer the diagnosis: how he decided what to do next the condition that all cancer cells share tools Eric used to slow his cancer progression what ozone therapy is and the way Eric used ozone to help halt his cancer the benefits of high dose IV vitamin C (and how to use it against cancer) supplements Eric used during his recovery how therapeutic ketosis differs from nutritional ketosis why cancer loves glucose and why it’s important to avoid it the real reason grounding is so important how we know there is voltage in the cells and how this impacts our life why sunlight is so important (hint: not just for vitamin D) what redox is and why we all need to understand it why the sun and infraredlight are so important what GCMAF is and why we need it the reason emotional health is so vital for physical health Resources We Mention QuesttoCureCancer.com QRS Pulsed Electromagnetic Therapy Machine (mention Wellness Mama sent you to be able to order) Cancer as a Metabolic Disease: On the Origin, Management, and Prevention of Cancer by Thomas Seyfried The Longevity Diet: Discover the New Science Behind Stem Cell Activation and Regeneration to Slow Aging, Fight Disease, and Optimize Weight by Valter Longo The Fourth Phase of Water: Beyond Solid, Liquid, Vapor by Gerald Pollock
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72 min
June 25, 2018
168: A Proactive Approach to Aging and Sexual Health and Wellness With HealthWellnessMD
I feel very fortunate get to talk to so many doctors who are changing healthcare for the better. I’m here with Dr. Maryann Prewitt, a functional medicine physician and gynecologist based in Dallas, Texas. You can find her at HealthWellnessMD.com. She’s going to introduce us to a lot of really cool anti-aging science and some great holistic, non-invasive options for being your best self at any age. If you’re feeling your age (or older) or just want to take a preventative approach for the future, definitely check out this episode! Feel Your Best With HealthWellnessMD Just because we reach a certain age doesn’t mean we can’t look and feel healthy. I love how Dr. Prewitt focuses on aging not just “gracefully,” but proactively. Rather than resorting to temporary fixes to manage symptoms, Dr. Prewitt combines the best of anti-aging medicine and natural methods to nourish and optimize the body from the inside out. Her protocols include science-based nutrition, physician-guided fitness, laser medicine, thyroid management, and hormone therapy for the best sexual, emotional, and physical health. This is a super-packed episode with a lot of information, so don’t forget to check out the resources below if you want to dive deeper into some of the things we talk about. (A quick heads-up: We will be talking about natural ways to improve sexual health problems, so use your judgment if you’re listening with kids around.) In This Episode You’ll Learn some shocking statistics on hypothyroidism in women (that apply to 70-80% of us!) why sexual intimacy shouldn’t be left out of the doctor/patient conversation the little-known role of testosterone in women’s health how only 20% of physicians know how to treat the thyroid which country ranks 28th in health but spends the most on healthcare (you can probably guess) the new science called gerontology and what it’s doing to solve problems associated with aging a painless and non-invasive treatment for incontinence that actually works why a return to sexual wellness should be a regular part of postpartum care how to rejuvenate the pelvic floor using sound waves the connection between heart disease and erectile dysfunction downsides to pharmaceutical solutions to ED vaginal rejuvenation solutions for women whether or not hormone therapy is safe which lifestyle factors and supplements to optimize for hormone balance and thyroid health why you might want to avoid statin medications, and what to do instead how to cultivate a healthy understanding of sexual health (and help your kids to, also) and more! Resources We Mention Learn more about Dr. Prewitt and her practice at HealthWellnessMD.com Book: Dr. Valter Longo, The Longevity Diet Muscle Activation Technique GAINSWave for men
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38 min
June 21, 2018
167: Lessons We Can Learn from Europe and Natural Wines
Katie and Heather are back, though not in the Sauna this time, to talk about Katie’s recent trip to Europe and all the lessons we can learn from Europe. They also talk about natural wine and what separates wine from even organic and biodynamic wines. Natural Wines They were both already big fans of Dry Farm Wines (get an extra bottle for just a penny at this link), but after seeing and understanding the process of natural wines, they are now superfans! Here’s why: Katie visited many multi-generation small family vineyards in Italy and saw first hand how these wines are produced. These farmers would be offended to hear their wines just called organic, as in the wine world, “natural” means so much more. This is a stark contrast to the food world, where “natural” is an ambiguous and misused term! For a wine to be considered natural and meet Dry Farm Wines’ criteria, it must: Be from a vineyard that is not irrigated (thus the Dry Farm name). This means that the grapes have less sugar and the finished wine has less alcohol. Use only natural yeast and no commercial yeast. Many wine makers, even organic wine makers, use commercial yeasts in making the wine. This allows them to have a more standardized finished wine. So what’s the problem with this? For one, the natural yeast that occurs on the grapes must be killed first, often with sulfites or other unsavory ingredients. Second, not all of these commercial yeasts are gut friendly. To use natural yeast, the naturally occurring beneficial yeasts and bacteria present on the grapes are cultured to create the yeast used in fermentation. The result is a delicious wine that has thousands of strains of beneficial bacteria and yeast in it. Be low sugar and low alcohol. We pretty much all know why sugar isn’t great for us. But the low-alcohol part seems confusing at first glance. Don’t we want alcohol in our wines? Yes and no. Objectively, alcohol is toxic. Yet regular wine consumption is a commonality of almost every blue zone (places where a large percentage of people live beyond 100 years old). Like anything, too much alcohol can be harmful, certainly, but for those who tolerate it, small amounts, especially combined with the antioxidants and living bacteria can be helpful. Pass lab tests and taste tests. If a wine meets all the basic criteria, it is taste tested (and they are picky!) and then a sample is sent to a lab to be tested for everything from sugar to alcohol content to sulfites and many other factors. While we can all hope for the day that such rigorous standards apply to food, it is great to understand and have found a wine company that takes such care in selecting wines. Things We Can Learn From Europe The other part of this podcast centers on the many lessons Katie learned from her visit to Europe and the things we can learn from the way people there live. She set out to find out why many places in Europe (including Italy, the pasta capital of the world) consistently outrank the US in many health metrics. Katie hoped to find
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45 min
June 18, 2018
166: Understanding Autoimmunity & the Mind/Body Connection With Body Belief Author Aimee Raupp
Today’s episode will be very helpful for anyone with autoimmune disease (or any chronic health problem). Aimee Raupp is an expert in women’s health and she takes an important and unusual approach: focusing on the mind/body connection first and foremost. Her approach offers hope to those who have tried all the dietary, lifestyle, and supplemental options but still don’t feel their best. She makes a compelling case for why how we feel and think has such a dramatic health impact, and what to do about it. Body Belief: How the Mind Drastically Impacts the Body Aimee is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist and she holds a Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine. Her holistic background helped her realize that many things modern medicine labels as “incurable” can be reversed, but it takes a more in-depth approach than just medicine or even just diet. In This Episode You’ll Learn the root causes of autoimmunity what’s causing the autoimmune epidemic why the mind-body connection is so important to healing, but why it is often discounted the beliefs that we have to let go of/detox from what the most common health-thwarting beliefs are and how to start transforming thoughts Aimee’s favorite “renewed beliefs” that help radically shift health why it isn’t just possible, but doable, to feel better that we currently do how to start a habit of health-promoting thoughts Resources We Mention Her newest Book: Body Belief: How to Heal Autoimmune Diseases, Radically Shift Your Health, and Learn to Love Your Body More Book: Yes, You Can Get Pregnant: Natural Ways to Improve Your Fertility Now and into Your 40s Book: Chill Out and Get Healthy: Live Clean to Be Strong and Stay Sexy Other Topics We Mention & Related Episodes Natural cleaning tips and recipes Branch Basics natural cleaner 115: Decoding Autoimmune Disease with Dr. Tom O’Bryan 25: Autoimmunity, GMOs & Food as Medicine 30 Day Reset Autoimmune Diet Recipes My 30-Day Reset Autoimmune Diet Plan 18: Thyroid Health & Autoimmune Disease 53: Does Leaky Gut Cause Autoimmunity? 74: Dr. Izabella Wentz on Improving Hashimotos in As Little As Two Weeks How to Know If Yo
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52 min
June 11, 2018
165: How to Make Simple Green Smoothies a Daily Habit (Even on a Tight Budget!)
Today we’re talking about a very practical way to help our families eat healthier that will please even the the picky eaters among us. I’m here with Jen Hansard who’s the co-founder of Simple Green Smoothies. I bet you’ve probably heard of it. It’s a gorgeous and really popular website dedicated to, you guessed it, green smoothies! What makes Jen’s approach to healthy eating so great? The Simple Green Smoothie lifestyle does not involve cutting calories or eliminating an entire food group. Instead, it really encourages us to make one simple change, which is to drink one green smoothie a day. Now over one million people have taken the plunge and signed up for Jen’s green smoothie challenge. A Few Simple Green Smoothies a Day… Jen’s love affair with green smoothies began during a financial crisis when she needed to keep the doctor (and the bills) away. She wasn’t eager to try those funny green drinks, but smoothies seemed like an easy and economical way to stay healthy. Many smoothie experiments later, Jen couldn’t believe the difference one green smoothie a day made. Her new discovery grew into a passion for passing on this one simple health habit. In This Episode You’ll Learn Jen’s story of how a simple green smoothie turned out to be a life-changer how she went from buying smoothie ingredients on WIC assistance to becoming the CEO of a thriving business real-food shopping tips (even on a tight budget) how to handle social events (birthday parties, etc.) while eating healthy the health habit that’s more important than green smoothies, exercise, or even quitting smoking how to make seven green smoothies for under $15 ideas to start your own green smoothie habit ways to build activity and movement into your family’s culture and more! Resources We Mention SimpleGreenSmoothies.com Meet Jen Hansard Simple 7-Day Smoothie Challenge Book: Simple Green Smoothies: 100+ Tasty Recipes to Lose Weight, Gain Energy, and Feel Great in Your Body Book: Simple Green Meals Strengths Finder Test More on This Topic 2. How to Buy Real Food on a Budget 38: The Reality of Real Food 54: Baby Steps for Eating Real Food 55: Real Food Shopping Tips and Tricks How to Get Kids to Eat Heal
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49 min
June 4, 2018
164: Using Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy & Sound Therapy to Improve Health With HealthGAINS
I get so many questions on this topic and I haven’t gotten into it too much yet on the blog, so I know you all will love today’s guest. Vanessa Gaudin is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and expert in women’s health and wellness at HealthGAINS in Miami, Florida. She’s here to talk about some minimally invasive therapies that help women restore vaginal sensitivity and lubrication, especially after childbirth. One uses sound waves, and the other uses plasma from your own body. (Just a fair warning, if you’re listening with children and you don’t want to have to explain a lot, you may want to listen to this episode without them…) HealthGAINS for Sexual Wellness Platelet-rich plasma therapy is pretty amazing because all they use is your own blood to promote healing. The process involves separating the platelet-rich plasma from your blood with a centerfuge. They then inject this plasma to regenerate the nerves and soft tissues in that area. Basically it’s your own body helping itself to be healthier, and I love that! What’s more, it only takes about 30 minutes and has virtually no recovery time. In This Episode You’ll Learn what platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) can do for sexual health, incontinence, pelvic floor problems, and more how HealthGAINS uses sound frequencies to promote healthy blood flow why plasma speeds up healing the differences between PRP and stem cell therapy what kind of recovery to expect after treatment how to use platelet-rich plasma therapy for hair growth the Vampire Facelift… and why you might want one a less invasive alternative to Botox what studies are showing about what PRP can do for knee joints the hidden problem erectile dysfunction may point to how sound frequencies help blood flow and healing in various parts of the body why FemiWave sound therapy and the O-Shot work so well together Resources We Mention HealthGAINS.com More on This Topic 110: How Vibrational Frequencies Affect Our Daily Lives 109: Vaginal Health, Menopause, and Hormone Therapy with Dr. Anna Cabeca 157: How Music Like Wholetones Can Change the Brain and the Body Benefits of Wave Vibration and How to Try It at Home Would you try one of these therapies from HealthGAINS? What questions do you have for Vanessa? Special Thanks to Today’s Sponsors This podcast is brought to you by Plant Therapy. I’m often asked where I get my essential oils, and Plant Therapy is my go-to place these days. They offer many certified organic essential oils, including many kid-safe blends at really affordable prices. I also love that they offer bigger sizes of many oils so I can order our favorites in 100-milliliter bottles and they last longer, and then I throw fewer bottles in the recycling each month. Many of you also know that not all essential
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42 min
May 28, 2018
163: Fascinating Fungi & How to Use Medicinal Mushrooms With Tero Isokauppila
I have admired the work of today’s guest for years and I can’t wait to share him with you. His name is Tero Isokauppila and he’s leading a worldwide mushroom movement. You might have heard of Tero since I talk all the time about his company Four Sigmatic and how I love their amazing mushroom coffee and teas. If you’ve ever wondered what this mushroom coffee business is all about and why someone might combine the two, you’ll want to check out this episode! Tero Isokauppila on Superfood Mushrooms Foraging and growing local foods is a passion that goes back generations in Tero’s family, which is pretty cool. He is a 13th-generation farmer from Finland, where they do things a little bit differently. I’ve long been a fan of their approach to education and now I’m excited to learn why mushrooms are such a valued part of their food supply. Tero and I nerd out on the science behind mushrooms, why they’re not really vegetables, different types to try, and why mushrooms in general have incredible health benefits. For example, did you know our DNA is up to 50% the same as mushrooms? Or that Chaga mushrooms contain more antioxidants than 30 pounds of carrots? I didn’t until I read Tero’s bestselling book Healing Mushrooms (linked below). I’m honored to know him now and learn from him personally since he’s making a real difference in the natural food space. Soon you’ll be hooked on mushroom coffee like I am… for all the right reasons! In This Episode You’ll Learn all about the many kinds of fungi (including some you may not know about) how medicinal mushrooms differ from culinary mushrooms the best mushrooms for health: Cordyceps, Chaga, Reishi, and more how mushrooms can give you energy without caffeine or stimulants why people with certain conditions might want to avoid some mushrooms an easy way to tell if a mushroom is or isn’t safe to eat why the best-selling pharmaceuticals in the world all use fungi how to use mushrooms as a natural source of vitamin D a sidebar (because I love this topic!) on education in Finland vs. the US and more! Resources We Mention Four Sigmatic (we love all their coffees and their hot chocolate or golden chai latte too!) Healing Mushrooms: A Practical and Culinary Guide to Using Mushrooms for Whole Body Health  Other Topics We Mention Astaxanthin: Why I Take It Daily (Especially In Summer!) Why I Eat My Sunscreen to Protect Skin From the Inside Out Infrared Sauna Benefits (& the Risks) 9 Tips to Help Balance Hormones Naturally What do you think, does mushroom coffee make a little more sense now? What other questions do you have? Pass them on in a comment below or in a 
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57 min
May 21, 2018
162: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics – How to Be 10% Happier
I’m here today with someone whose name and face will probably ring a bell. Dan Harris is an Emmy award-winning journalist and co-anchor of ABC’s Nightline and the weekend edition of Good Morning America. He’s also the author of 10% Happier, a New York Times bestseller, and went on to launch the 10% Happier podcast and app by the same name. His new book is Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics and I just loved the name because I’ll admit when I try to meditate that’s exactly how I feel. I read the book and I can’t wait to jump into today. Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics (or, How to Meditate When You Can’t Sit Still) Like most of my guests, Dan Harris is where he is today because of a personal health crisis. Many of us know what it’s like to struggle with anxiety and maybe have even experienced a panic attack (myself included), but I’m pretty sure none of us can say it happened on live national television. Dan describes what happened to him that day: I was overtaken by this big bolt of fear. My heart was racing, my palms were sweating, my mouth dried up, my lungs seized up, I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t talk and I had to quit right in the middle of my little newscast. Years later, he’s turned that paralyzing experience into a platform to help others. Dan’s message is that meditation isn’t just for yogis and Buddhists, but a practical health habit that helps us see and understand our thoughts and emotions. If you’re like me and are reluctant to sit still and do “nothing” (but know it would be good if you could), this episode is for you! In This Episode You’ll Learn the very personal (and very public) crisis that inspired the 10% Happiness project why Dan decided to give meditation a try (even though he thought it was bologna) the physical health benefits of meditation why meditation isn’t just for religious people how to handle boredom while meditating tips for wanna-be meditators why meditation is not “doing nothing” how much meditation a day you need to get the benefits (how does one minute sound?!) and more! Resources We Mention Video: Dan Harris’s Story 10% Happier Meditation App Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-To Book (2017) 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works-A True Story (2014) 10% Happier Podcast More on This Topic
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38 min
May 14, 2018
161: Helping Stop Sex Trafficking & Keeping Kids Safe With Operation Underground Railroad
Today’s topic is hard to talk about but super important. Kelli Houghton is a social worker and manager of a non-profit group called Operation Underground Railroad, an organization doing incredible work rescuing and advocating for children who are victims of sex trafficking. As a mom this issue hits home hard, and I’m so grateful Kelli is here to share what we can do to take action against this horrifying practice. Operation Underground Railroad: Why Slavery Isn’t a Thing of the Past Kidnapping and sexual trafficking are huge fears for many parents. It can be paralyzing even. We wonder… what are the actual statistics? Can I let my child play outside? Ride a bike to the park? Go into a store alone? Kelli shares what Operation Underground Railroad is doing to rescue children all over the globe. She also gives some actionable, practical ways to keep our kids safe while still letting them have a full and active life. In This Episode You’ll Learn how many children are trafficked each year strategies that traffickers use to target kids the addictive effects of pornography, and what it has to do with trafficking the most risky place for sex trafficking (it isn’t where you think) practical steps to keep kids safe what to be aware of on social media what Operation Underground Railroad (and others) are doing to rescue kids, and how you can help Resources We Mention Operation Underground Railroad Fight the New Drug FREE: Signs of Trafficking Online Training Course Human Trafficking Is a Public Health Issue (textbook Kelli mentions) Human Trafficking Center Hotline — 888-373-7888 (add to your contacts!) More From Wellness Mama 119: Cyber Security Tips to Keep Your Family Safer Online 225: How a New SafetyPin Technology Can Keep Your Family Safer Overprotected Childhood: How Keeping Kids Safe is Actually Harming Them What questions do you have for Kelli? Let me know in a comment below, or leave a review on iTunes. I read each and every one, and my guests often do too and might answer your questions! Thanks to Today’s Sponsors This podcast is brought to you by Plant Therapy. I’m often asked where I get my essential oils, and Plant Therapy is my go-to place these days. They offer many certified organic essential oils, including many kid-safe blends at really affordable prices. I also love that they offer bigger sizes of many oils so I can order our favorites
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48 min
May 7, 2018
160: What the Heck Should I Actually Eat? With Dr. Mark Hyman
Dr. Mark Hyman just might be a genius. Do you know why? His latest book title puts into words exactly what health-conscious moms in grocery aisles everywhere are thinking… “What the heck should we eat?!” It’s certainly easy to get discouraged when sorting through all the conflicting health information out there. One health book says that meat is killing you (and the Earth); then I tell you grains aren’t the best; another source says don’t eat gluten, ever; and the latest diet book assures you all food is good, but only if you follow their 4-week, 3-phase meal plan! Add on the fact that you’re not shopping just for you but putting food on the table for a whole family and it gets even more complicated. And if a few of those family members have health problems or food intolerances, well… it seems like a full-time job just to figure out what to eat. Dr. Mark Hyman: It’s OK to Eat! Today’s episode is a breath of fresh air and a good reminder that eating healthy doesn’t have to be stressful. Dr. Mark basically takes the best of everything he’s learned about food in his 40-year career as a family physician and functional medicine doctor and sums it up in an easy-to-understand and encouraging way. And there’s really no one better to write about this topic. Dr. Mark Hyman is the medical director for the Cleveland Clinic for Functional Medicine and the chairman of the Institute for Functional Medicine, just to name a few of his credentials. He also has a knack for making the science very understandable and easy to put into practice, which is one of the reasons he’s author of 10 New York Times best-sellers. Again, his newest release is called Food: What the Heck Should I Eat Now? and if you want to feel sane about food again… you need this book! In This Episode You’ll Learn where our nutrition policies really come from the reason for all the confusion with diet in today’s world a sneaky connection between the food industry and dietary recommendations how government agencies ignore the data on food the real deal on sugar and carbohydrates and how much is ok (or not) according to the medical research surprising things that have more “sugar” than sugar how eating meat may actually reverse climate change… if done a certain way the big problem with how we farm meat and how to fix it what regenerative agriculture is and how it can help fix soil quality how organic vegetables contribute to climate change! understanding cholesterol and how much dietary cholesterol is ok the medical data on keto diets and if they work the foods you should always avoid how you can eat to improve the environment and more! Resources We Mention Learn more about Dr. Mark Hyman at DrHyman.com Books by Dr. Hyman Food: What the Heck Should I Eat Now? (2018) Eat Fat, Get Thin:
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50 min
May 3, 2018
159: How Naveen Jain Plans to Fix Education, Make Disease Optional, & Land on the Moon
Today is really a special episode and one I’ve been excited about for a long time. Naveen Jain is not only a good friend but also one of the most intelligent and impressive people I’ve ever met. If you haven’t heard of him (yet), he’s the entrepreneur and philanthropist behind Viome, the gut health testing company I’ve talked about several times on the blog. What makes Naveen so inspiring is his drive to solve the world’s biggest challenges through innovation and giving back. And fun fact, his company Moon Express is the only private company with permission from the U.S. government to leave orbit and land on the moon! Naveen Jain: “The Crazies Change the World” Are your dreams so big you’re afraid to believe in them? If not, Naveen says it’s a sign you’re not dreaming big enough: Dream so big people think your dreams are crazy. The crazies are the ones that change the world. Never be afraid to fail because you only fail when you give up. Everything else is just a pivot. This is exactly what Naveen sets out to do every day. Keep going, think big, and solve the most pressing problems the world is facing. He believes it’s possible to find entrepreneurial solutions to address the biggest global challenges in health, education, women’s empowerment, and more. Naveen’s newest company, Viome, promises to revolutionize healthcare. Since all the studies point to a root cause for most modern diseases — an imbalance in the gut — Naveen believes this gut testing technology will make health a given and illness a choice. With this picture of our individual body chemistry, we can learn how to avoid disease in the first place. Naveen always has incredible things to say, so enough from me… turning it over to him! In This Episode You’ll Learn the role of fear and failure in entrepreneurship why the private sector may have more power than the government to solve big problems what Naveen tried to teach his 3 kids about life (and how he did it) why the healthcare system isn’t broken how the gut microbiome determines our health why Naveen chose healthcare as his area of work… and his next project how Viome gut testing works, and my experience with it what the world’s top genetic experts told me the future of education (if Naveen has anything to do with it) Naveen’s top 3 tips for living a better, healthier, richer life starting today and more!  Resources We Mention Viome testing Anab Jain, TED Talk “Why We Need to Imagine Different Futures” Article, “An Entrepreneur vs. His Eye-rolling Teenage Daughter” Naveen Jain, TED Talk “Mindset of Abundance” Naveen Jain, TED Talk
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55 min
April 30, 2018
158: How to Use Bee Products for Health & Save the Bees with Beekeeper’s Naturals
I love this episode because it’s all about bees and how to protect and appreciate them for all they do. Today’s guest Carly Stein founded a company dedicated to doing exactly this. It’s called Beekeeper’s Naturals and I used their bee propolis spray nonstop this winter to keep the flu away. (I think it’s safe to say now without jinxing myself… it worked!) In the face of a declining bee population, this is such an important topic to understand. Our planet would look completely different without bees and we’d lose many of the crops we know and love. I’m grateful to Carly for being here… let’s dive in! Beekeeper’s Naturals: More Than Honey Not only is Carly a beekeeper herself, she developed very innovative bee-made nutraceuticals that provide effective natural solutions to a lot of modern health problems. And it isn’t just honey, either. Honey has a lot of great benefits of its own, but Carly also explains how bee pollen and bee propolis can help fight illness, allergies, and poor nutrition. You can even use bee pollen as a pre-workout boost! I also love Beekeeper’s Naturals because they have such a strong commitment to raising awareness and funds to help the bee cause in general. This interview helped me understand even more how important and fascinating bees really are, and steps we can take to make sure they stay around for our kids’ generation and beyond. In This Episode You’ll Learn the reason we are seeing bee populations decline changes in pesticides and farming practices that are causing big problems for the bee what will happen if the bee population continues to decline an introduction to bee pollen and bee propolis and how to use them for allergies, nutrition, and more how honey helps you sleep (and why) why you should create a bee hotel in your backyard and how how to find the only honey products that are third-party tested to be free of pesticides what Aristotle has to do with bees the unique honey you can substitute for cough syrup Resources We Mention Learn more and order products at BeekeepersNaturals.com Benefits of Beeswax {Plus, 12 Creative Ways to Use It} How You Can Help Save the Honey Bees How to Make a Bee House or Bee Hotel in Your Yard 7 Healthy Uses for Honey 4 Natural Sleep Remedies I’d love to hear what you think! Do you use honey, bee pollen, royal jelly, or bee propolis for health benefits? Let me know in a comment below, or leave me a review on iTunes. I read each and every one, and my guests often do too and might answer your questions! Many Thanks to Today’s Podcast Sponsors
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52 min
April 26, 2018
157: How Music Like Wholetones Can Change the Brain and the Body
Lately I’ve been digging into the research on vibrational frequencies and how they affect our daily lives. I was skeptical at first but I’m starting to realize it’s not a fringe New Age idea but something real and measurable based on science. Today’s guest Michael Tyrrell is the founder and president (and musician!) behind a company called Wholetones. His whole approach (no pun intended) is all about healing through music. Healing Through Wholetones A musician since a young age, Michael Tyrrell kept asking one question: what was wrong with music? Through 20 years of research and a whole lot of prayer, he found the answer: the frequency. He is now convinced of the strong connection between sound frequencies and healing. Testimonials from all over the world tell Michael how his music doing amazing things, and he’s even made the Top 10 billboard music charts. (Even his composition “Wholetones for Dogs”… most artists never get to say that!) We’ve been listening to a lot of Wholetones music around the house lately and I personally am loving them. There are 7 CDs in the main set and each one has a focus. There’s music to help motivate, soothe, sleep, or even pray. Whether it’s to help with PTSD, depression, anxiety, brain healing, hearing loss, trauma recovery, or just to feel more calm, Wholetones may be the key you’ve been looking for to change your health. In This Episode You’ll Learn what makes music beautiful (and a hidden reason we’re drawn to it) the frequency of most music we listen to, and why it matters to more than just our ears how a tiny adjustment in frequency changes music uses for music you probably never thought of… like cleaning up an oil spill! how to use Wholetones music to solve everyday problems like procrastination, sibling rivalry, insomnia, and more why to tune your musical instruments to 444 instead of 440 testimonials from people using Wholetones a different way to look at the biblical story of creation and more! Resources We Mention Learn more about Michael Tyrrell and his music at Wholetones.com Wholetones Chroma (music + light) Gregorian chant Red light therapy lamp Pannaseeda More on This Topic 26: Fasting for Women & Music Therapy 94: Low Level Red Light Therapy for Cellular Health and Healing 110: How Vibrational Frequencies Affect Our Daily Lives
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58 min
April 23, 2018
156: Natural Ways to Improve Skin With Andy Hnilo of Alitura Naturals
Not only is my guest today an elite athlete, CEO of a natural skin care company, and a former model, he’s also a walking miracle. In 2011 Andy Hnilo was struck by a car and severely injured — including injuries to his face that should have meant major scarring. Andy vowed to find a way to regenerate and heal his skin using ingredients from nature. And it worked! Andy was able to nurture his skin back to health, virtually free of scars. Now he shows others how to do it, too. Feed Your Skin With Alitura Naturals When his friends couldn’t stop asking for his skin care recipes, Andy knew he was on to something. He chose the name Alitura Naturals (“Alitura” is Latin for “feeding and nourishing”) and his natural skin care company was born. Their product line offers carefully crafted skin care using only the best, most potent ingredients nature has to offer. I think there can be a misconception that natural skin care doesn’t really work, but I’ve tried Andy’s products and I’m a believer! In This Episode You’ll Learn how an accident changed his life (and face) and started his search to find natural ways to care for skin the ingredients in conventional beauty products that can enter your bloodstream and cause problems ways to prevent scarring and promote skin regeneration and healing best ingredients to look for natural skin care one step that doubles the effectiveness of any skin care product ingredients that aren’t as natural as they seem to be the problem(s) with sodium lauryl sulfate how to nourish your skin from the inside out adjusting for skin type — what to do for oily/dry/acne-prone skin and more! Resources We Mention Special Offer! Use the code “wellness” for 20% off at AlituraNaturals.com Alitura Clay Mask Alitura Derma Roller Think Dirty app Inversion table Reflexology board Infrared sauna Evan Healy cleansing milk More on This Topic 37: How to Get Glowing Skin at Any Age Finding a Natural Skin Care Routine Intermittent Fasting: Can Skipping Meals Make You Healthier?
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57 min
April 19, 2018
155: Thriving With Food Allergies or Intolerance & Crushing Life With the Paleo Chef
Today I’m here with a personal friend and someone I really love and admire. Mary Shenouda is a highly sought-after private chef to A-list actors, professional athletes, and high-octane entrepreneurs. A long time sufferer of undiagnosed food allergies since childhood, she took her health into her own hands and discovered after much experimentation that a paleo-centric diet was her key to solving all of her issues. Eat, Play, Crush: The Paleo Chef Motto From there Mary left a successful career to follow her passion for clean eating and burst on the scene in 2013 under the nom de cuisine “The Paleo Chef.” Her hard work and talent has paid off as her work has been featured all over the world and the Internet, including in Food & Wine, Glamour, The Joe Rogan Experience, and many more. Her motto is simple, “Eat clean, play often and crush life,” and she lives it perfectly. She’s got some strong words to share, so get ready to be inspired! In This Episode You’ll Learn: Mary’s severe childhood health struggles and the discovery that turned it all around why she left her career to become an entrepreneur and private chef how food allergies can undermine your health, and what to do about it a useful tip to make dining out with food restrictions easier what Mary means by the “crush life” part of her motto why learning to thrive through difficult things might be exactly what kids need the rich legacy parents can create for their kids (it has nothing to do with money!) the energy bar/meal replacement I never leave the house without what it really takes to start your own business, and tips to do it and more! Resources We Mention: Learn more about Mary Shenouda at PaleoChef.com Phat Fudge Dr. Terry Wahls TED Talk, “Minding Your Mitochondria” For More on This Topic, See: 85: How to Raise an Entrepreneur: Nurturing Risk Takers, Problem Solvers, & Change Makers 125: Understanding Food Intolerance & Fighting for Your Family with JJ Virgin 133: GMOs, Glyphosate, Organic Food & What’s Making Our Children Sick 233: Decoding Childhood Allergies and Letting Kids Get Dirty With Dr. Amy Shah The GAPS Diet: Help for Food Allergies and Gut Issues? How to Reverse MS Symptoms with the Wahls Protocol 9 Important Skills We Owe It to Our Kids to Teach Them Overprotected Childhood: How Keeping Kids Safe is Actually Harming Them
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44 min
April 16, 2018
154: Understanding and Mitigating EMFs in the Home With Peter Sierck From EMFRF
Do we need to be afraid of EMFs? I’ve asked this question on the podcast before, but today Peter Sierck of EMFRF.com weighs in. Peter is a consultant who uses his 30 years of experience in electromagnetic field surveys to design low EMF buildings for commercial and residential clients. His daily work involves measuring and testing EMF and RF frequencies and finding ways to reduce, direct, or shield them. Sounds like the right person to ask! I can’t wait to hear his take on this tricky topic. EMF-RF Shielding: Do We Need It? With technology changing at the speed of light, it’s tough to keep up and figure out the best (and safest) ways to use it in our homes and everyday lives. The debate continues if there’s real reason to be concerned about the electromagnetic fields and radio frequencies our light bulbs, electric wiring, cell phones, computers, game stations, and now even some new “smart” appliances emit. But as this list grows, it pays to be aware. I’ve tried things like EMF-blocking cell phone covers and laptop shields, and I’m interested to hear what Peter recommends for the rest of the house as well. If you’ve ever worried about the health risks of cell phones, wireless routers, cell phone towers, or smart meters and wished you could get the facts without any hype, this episode is definitely for you! In This Episode You’ll Learn: what EMFs are and how they affect us in our daily lives the difference between EMF (electromagnetic frequencies) and RF (radio frequencies) why not all EMF/RFs are the same the best types of meters to get an EMF reading on your house what you need to know about smart meters why wiring errors in your house could be a hidden health problem, and how to spot them EMF/RF shielding materials and how to use them the real reason you may want to turn off the video games the potential problem with earthing and grounding why you should spend a ton of time barefoot outside all year tips for building a new home if you want to keep it EMF-safe Resources We Mention: Learn more about Peter Sierck and his work at EMFRF.com The Non-Tinfoil Guide to EMFs: How to Fix Our Stupid Use of Technology by Nicolas Pineault EMF/RF meter For More on This Topic, See: 73: The Truth About EMFs, WiFi, and Radiation (+ How to Avoid Them!) 120: A Real-Life Approach to Reducing EMFs With Dr. Libby Darnell 110: How Vibrational Frequencies Affect Our Daily Lives Is EMF Exposure Really a Big Deal? Earthing & Groundin
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58 min
April 12, 2018
153: How Bioenergetics is Changing the Future of Health – With NES Health Founder Harry Massey
Today’s podcast might surprise you a little bit, because we’re diving into an area of health I don’t usually talk about. I’ve never looked deeply into bioenergetics or held much stock in so-called energy medicine, but after Harry Massey of NES Health did a scan on my daughter at a conference, I can’t deny there seems to be something to it. Not only could Harry pinpoint what was going on with my daughter, she seemed much more comfortable after the scan. I’m usually the first to be skeptical, but it seems worthwhile to dig into the science and the theory here. Let me know what you think! NES Health: Changing the Way We Treat the Body As I mentioned, Harry Massey is the co-founder of NES Health, a company focused on advancing health care using an integration of physics and biology. After years of research, Harry invented the BioEnegetiX WellNES System, which is able to scan and correct the energy of what Harry calls the human-body field. He claims he’s helped millions of people improve their health through this technology, and after seeing what he was able to tell about my daughter’s symptoms I don’t doubt it! How does it work? That’s what this podcast answers in-depth, but in short, NES Health has developed a device and a system to measure and improve the electrical energy of the human body, moving it toward the metrics associated with health and moving it away from the electrical chaos associated with disease. On top of that, Harry has an incredible personal story about how he fell severely ill in his 20s for no apparent reason and was even bedridden for years — and how the system he eventually discovered got him back on track. In This Episode You’ll Learn why all life (including our bodies) is a giant energy exchange system what Einstein has to do with bioenergetics how our cells interact with the environment around us — for better or worse the electrical charges found in our organs and why they matter what happens when our energy fields get distorted the power of emotions and thoughts (and why they control everything) infoceuticals: what they are and why you might want to take one the connection between childhood trauma and future disease how an MIHealth scan works and more! Resources We Mention Learn more about Harry Massey and the field of bioenergetics at NESHealth.com Books by Harry Massey Decoding the Human-Body Field: The New Science of Information as Medicine Energy for Life: How to Eliminate Fatigue, Stress, and Pain and Get Your Life Back with BioEnergetics Choice Point: Align Your Purpose For More on This Topic: 134: Five Benefits of Fasting, Autophagy, Diet Variation & Cellular Healing with Dr. Daniel Pompa
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59 min
April 9, 2018
152: Foods for Hormone Balance With Magdalena Wszelaki
So many moms today have questions about hormone balance, thyroid, fatigue, depression, and more, so I’m really glad to have an expert on these topics on the show today. Certified nutrition coach Magdalena Wszelaki is the founder of Hormones Balance, a nutrition coaching practice that shows women how to rebalance their hormones naturally by getting down to the root causes. So many moms need this information … I can’t wait to dive in! Magdalena Wszelaki on Fixing Hormones Naturally Magdalena knows what it’s like to struggle with out-of-whack hormones and how it can turn health upside down. She’s faced a host of health challenges including Grave’s, Hashimoto’s, adrenal fatigue, and estrogen dominance. Like a lot of us, she had to learn the hard way to change her diet and simplify her life to reduce stress. Now that she’s in full remission and lives symptom-free, Magdalena shows women how to feel better and control their symptoms just by eating a few targeted power foods at the right times in their cycles. In addition to her tips in this podcast, be sure to check out Magdalena’s awesome book Cooking for Hormone Balance which shows how to balance hormones step by step with easy and delicious recipes. In This Episode You’ll Learn: Magdalena’s own struggle with hormone imbalance and how she finally found answers what weight gain, depression, hair loss, water retention, breast cancer, thyroid problems, and endometriosis have in common the 3 fundamental pillars of hormone balance super foods and herbs, seeds, and spices that can help rebalance hormones quickly how consuming certain seeds can help balance estrogen and progesterone levels in women what causes estrogen dominance in the first place natural alternatives to hormone-blocking pharmaceuticals a radical twist on a healthy breakfast that can transform hormone health the connection between hormones and the gut microbiome (yep, there it is again!) best supplements and herbs for a thyroid condition the role of progesterone in postpartum depression (and ways to fix it) and more! Resources We Mention: Learn more about Magdalena Wszelaki at HormonesBalance.com Book: Cooking for Hormone Balance Guide to Seed Rotation for Hormone Balance Cilantro Pesto Recipe (Dairy-Free) How to Grow Broccoli Sprouts (& Why We All Should) Golden Flax Seed Broccoli Seeds: 1 pound, 
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49 min
April 5, 2018
151: How Brain Harmony is Improving Autism & Sensory Disorders
I am here with Carol Garner-Houston, a pediatric occupational therapist with 22 years of experience in treating childhood disorders without pharmaceuticals. She co-founded an incredible company called Brain Harmony, which specializes in up and coming technology that improves the brain’s neuroplasticity, or ability to change, through the experienced hands of occupational therapists. Brain Harmony Brain Harmony has provided life-changing interventions for children with sensory and auditory processing disorders in their clinics, in schools, and in homes nationwide, and they even can work with clients long distance. At the core of their approach is a low-resistance technique (translation: painless and not scary to kids) that delivers dramatic results just through sound waves that retrain and work the brain in very specific ways. The results? Life-changing! If you have a child who struggles with attention and learning, speech and communication, stress or sleep, or even who is on the autism spectrum, this is an episode you won’t want to miss. In This Episode You’ll Learn the body systems that control attention and behavior in children Brain Harmony tools and techniques for retraining connections in the brain (and what the inner ear has to do with it) the importance of the vagus nerve and how to optimize it how simple movements can help rewire the brain the ways sound and light can change how the brain works why the vestibular system is so important (and how to improve its function) the reason to limit technology that you’ve probably never thought of and more! Resources We Mention Learn more about Carol and what Brain Harmony has to offer at BrainHarmony.com Dream Pad pillow & app Pyramid of Learning Stephen W. Porges, The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological Foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-regulation Dr. Ron Minson Integrated Listening System Safe and Sound program GymnasticBodies.com Ways to Get Kids Moving trampoline balance beam monkey bars Slack line climbing trees Ninja line throwing a ball swimming Cruzee balance bike
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57 min
April 2, 2018
150: Debunking Myths About Gallbladder Disease With Deborah Graefer From Gallbladder Attack
Gallbladder attack = surgery, right? The answer is, not always! Today’s guest Deborah Graefer is an expert in gallbladder disease. She first became interested in the subject when she experienced her own digestive issues from childhood, and eventually figured out how to heal her gallbladder issues with diet and lifestyle changes. Moms are especially at risk (those fun hormones again!) and gallbladder attacks can often start during pregnancy, so it’s important to be aware of how to prevent gallbladder problems even if you aren’t currently experiencing them. Stopping a Gallbladder Attack Naturally Deborah has helped thousands all over the world to alleviate symptoms of gallbladder pain. She specializes in uncovering the underlying causes, such as hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s, food intolerances, leaky gut, and toxicity. Trained at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, Deborah brings a holistic perspective to the concept of inflammation and toxicity in the body and how to heal it. Her practice is now devoted exclusively to gallbladder and related diseases and she’s a wealth of knowledge concerning the current research in the field. If you have gallbladder problems or even if you’ve had yours removed already, this episode is a must-listen. I’ve tucked away her info in a note on my phone so I’ll know what to do if anyone in my family ever has an attack! In This Episode You’ll Learn the important function of the gallbladder for the body (even though doctors say we don’t need it) why moms are one of the highest-risk groups for gallbladder problems how to recognize a gallbladder attack (and natural ways to relieve the pain) why you may have gallstones without even knowing it common causes of gallstones and low-functioning gallbladder why someone who eats a healthy diet could still develop a gallbladder issue how the US treatment of gallstones differs from other countries natural remedies to manage the pain if a gallbladder attack strikes reasons you might want to keep your gallbladder (if you can) how to know when a gallbladder needs to come out what to expect if you get your gallbladder removed the one food to never eat if you have a gallbladder problem whether a coffee enema can help Resources We Mention Learn more about Deborah Graefer at GallbladderAttack.com Deborah’s Recommendations: Sign up for the GallbladderAttack.com newsletter (free resources) Causes of Gallbladder Attacks Should You Get Gallbladder Surgery? The Starter Kit After Gallbladder Removal Kit
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43 min
March 29, 2018
149: Saunacast: Genetics, Personalized Medicine & Random Health Experiments
Katie and Heather are back for another Saunacast… though technically a Randomcast since they aren’t in the Sauna for this one. In this episode they delve into why they see personalized medicine as the future of health and how they’re using various at-home testing to personalize their own health routines. Genetics & Personalized Medicine They delve into how they use genetics tests like Nutrition Genome and gut tests like Viome to create their own personalized routines for their families. Katie and Heather also both recently moved and they explain why, where (kind of) and what has changed. In This Episode You’ll Learn: The tests Katie and Heather use on their own families and what they’ve learned Why they both recently reduced their saturated fat intake The correlation between genetic testing and gut testing How they find balance in their lives Why community is so important and how to create it in daily life The importance of family traditions How to create a “family manifesto” and why The state that “legalized the 80s” again The motto that both of their families have adopted What types of movement they are trying Resources We Mention: Nutrition Genome genetic testing Viome gut testing Life Extension blood testing without a doctor (click on “lab testing”) Wellness Mama post on at home lab testing Creating an epic backyard that will keep kids playing all summer long 63 Fun Summer Activities to Try Myobuddy Massager Clearlight Saunas Sunlighten Saunas Benefits of Water Fasting How to Grow Broccoli Sprouts and The Benefits of Sulforaphane Book: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck Special Thanks to Today’s Podcast Sponsors This podcast is brought to you by Homebiotic. We all know about our microbiome and most of us know about our oral microbiome and even our skin microbiome. But it’s easy to forget that we
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45 min
March 26, 2018
148: Holistic Eye Care & Improving Eyesight Naturally with Dr. Berne
Eyesight isn’t something many people think we can change, but today I’m talking to a holistic optometrist who says otherwise. Because vision exists in the brain, not the eyes, it is possible to improve and even rehabilitate our eyes instead of just correct them. Want to be free of glasses? Prevent eye disease? Reverse cataracts? Dr. Sam Berne says it can be done and there are natural ways to do it. Dr. Sam Berne on Holistic Eye Care Over his 25 years in optometry Dr. Sam Berne has developed a form of holistic vision therapy that goes deeper than better eyesight. He believes glasses and contacts are just short-term solutions that can actually weaken the eyes and looks to root causes of disease for an alternative approach. With these holistic methods Dr. Berne can address vision issues caused by autism, ADHD, cataracts, dry-eye, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and other eye conditions. If you’re tired of forking out money for contacts and glasses as your prescription gets stronger and stronger, you’ll definitely want to check out this episode! In This Episode You’ll Learn why I thought twice before getting my daughter glasses how nutrition and overall health affects your eyes how glasses weaken the eyes and what to do instead what causes “floaters” in vision the link between ADHD, ADD, and the eyes what dyslexia and reading delays often have to do with vision specific help for macular degeneration, cataracts, and more what causes dry eye and what to do about it simple exercises you can do that improve eyesight naturally supplements that help eye health Resources We Mention Learn more about Dr. Sam Berne at DrSamBerne.com Dr. Berne’s eye exercises Dr. Berne’s recommended supplements (Whole Eye Health Formula, Glutathione Extra Strength, and MSM Eye Drops) astaxanthin magnesium blue-blocking glasses f.lux app Do you or one of your children struggle with vision issues? What would you ask Dr. Berne? Let us know by leaving a comment or writing a review on iTunes. I read each and every comment, and my guests often do too and might answer your questions! Many Thanks to Today’s Podcast Sponsors This podcast is brought to you by Dry Farm Wines. This is the only wine I drink anymore. After researching and finding that many other wines contain added sugar, dyes (like ultra
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49 min
March 22, 2018
147: Using Heart Rate Variability with HeartMath to Stop Stress & Improve Nervous System Health
We’ve all heard the saying “follow your heart” … well it turns out there’s actual science behind that concept! Dr. Deborah Rozman is a Behavioral Psychologist and President of HeartMath, an amazing company that provides scientifically validated tools and training to help adults and children learn self-regulation skills to manage stress and enhance emotional well-being. It’s super cool, cutting-edge type stuff supported by 26 years of research (links in the show notes below if you like reading medical studies as much as I do). As moms we tend to be super hard on ourselves and stress is definitely a part of our lives. If you’ve ever wished for a way to be calmer, more present, sleep better, or maybe just yell less :), this episode is for you! HeartMath: The Science of the Heart It’s not just touchy-feely mumbo jumbo or the stuff of science fiction — you can measure the connection with an EKG and actually observe how stress responses behave and what they do to our bodies. We’ll get into it in depth in this episode, but the short version is that HeartMath uses something called heart rate variability to assess the state of the autonomic nervous system. With the HeartMath Inner Balance sensor, you can know your heart readings in real-time. The HeartMath app then reads the patterns and gives you suggestions of practical ways to retrain your stress response in the moment. It’s useful for both adults and kids and there’s a lot of great links in the show notes below. I’ll be writing soon about my experience and I actually plan on working HeartMath into our homeschool curriculum too! In This Episode You’ll Learn the scientific discovery in the 1990s that changed the way we look at the heart how to lower your stress levels significantly in only 6 weeks how we really do send each other good vibes (or bad ones) 1400 biochemicals that are released when we are stressed or irritated the fight or flight survival mechanism (and why our bodies do this) how the pattern of the heart during a stress response triggers parts of the brain “mom guilt” — is it real or all in our heads? the connection between stress and sleep how baby’s brainwaves are tied to mom’s heart rhythm how and when to start using HeartMath techniques with children at school or in the family Resources We Mention Learn more about Deborah Rozman at HeartMath.com View the research behind HeartMath techniques here. Stress Management Tools by HeartMath EmWave2 Standalone Device Inner Balance emWave2 Family Wellness Bundle
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45 min
March 19, 2018
146: Is Chiropractic Safe and How to Detox Safely with Dr. Hardick
I’m here today with a holistic living expert I really admire. Dr. B. J. Hardick is known far and wide for his passion for teaching others how to design a lifestyle that supports the body’s natural ability to heal. He’s a master recipe creator and his book Maximized Living Nutrition Plans is used by over 500 chiropractic health clinics around the globe as a basis for nutritional counseling. Healing the Body With Chiropractic Care In addition to his chiropractic practice in London, Ontario, Dr. Hardick regularly contributes recipes and articles to sites like FoodMatters.com, MindBodyGreen.com, and the Huffington Post, not to mention his own blog at DrHardick.com with tons of quality info on whole food nutrition, his guided 7-day detox, best supplements to take, and more. Be sure to check out his links in the resources below! Today he explains what chiropractic can do for the body, whether it’s safe for kids, and practical life changes that can help anyone detox and regain a natural state of balance. Let’s dive in! Dr. B. J. Hardick on How Parents Can Make a Difference What makes Dr. Hardick stand out from the pack is his positive, upbeat, and balanced approach to making healthy choices in a toxic world. Even in the face of challenges, it’s not all doom and gloom. One thing I especially love to hear as a mom — Dr. B. J. credits his parents for instilling his outlook on health, even in the face of challenges. He explains: My parents always had … this underlying philosophy that really we were created to be healthy. Even in the early days before there was a lot of education or a lot of access to information they really aligned with the philosophy that the body was supposed to work properly provided we don’t mess it up. I only hope I can do the same for my kids! In This Episode You’ll Learn Dr. Hardick’s philosophy on health and why he believes in the body’s power to be healthy by design his unique upbringing and how it shaped his choice to become a chiropractor the health crisis he faced in his adulthood (despite doing everything “right”) why heavy metal toxicity can happen even if you live a healthy lifestyle ways modern 21st century life puts stress on health, and what to do about it 3 levels of detox and key ways to improve the body’s detoxification pathways his take on the ketogenic diet and whether women should fast an introduction to the chiropractic philosophy and how it works whether babies and kids need chiropractic and more! Resources We Mention Learn more about Dr. B .J. and his practice at DrHardick.com Get a copy of Dr. Hardick’s e-book Real Detox here Check out Dr. Hardick’s The Detox Project: A Max Living Seminar here (next event starts April 14th)
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69 min
March 15, 2018
145: Algae: The Keto & Vegan Superfood with More Nutrients Than Veggies (& Where to Get It)
I think it’s safe to say we’re all looking for a faster, easier way to protect our family’s good health in a world full of toxins and poor food choices. Today’s podcast is all about an under appreciated superfood that can help fill the gap. They’ve know the secret in Japan and Asia for a while… Sorry, no, it’s not wine or chocolate (bummer), but thanks to my guest Catharine Arnston it can become just as much of a staple in the American diet! Energy Bits: Ancient Algae for Modern Times When Catharine’s sister contracted breast cancer in 2009, she immediately devoted herself to searching out natural superfoods from across the globe that could help. She was astonished to uncover decades of research on the amazing health benefits of two ancient “greens” that have been part of the food chain almost since time began … spirulina and chlorella. Catharine set about creating a delicious and portable way for more people to get their greens without eating their veggies, so to speak. No need for powders, water, or a blender … Catharine’s line of “EnergyBits” makes these superfoods tasty, portable, and always convenient. Even picky eaters will love them! In This Episode You’ll Learn the surprising reason the Japanese don’t generally need any vitamins why the original superfood is one of the most overlooked in the American diet how a small serving of EnergyBits can satisfy hunger and keep you full safe types of algae to eat (and ones to stay away from) why algae is good for sleep and even mental health the differences between chlorella and spirulina and which might be a good choice for you why we should actually want some bacteria in our lives the amino acids and GLA that make spirulina almost as good as breastmilk one important caution if pregnant or nursing how to make sure your algae is free of toxins and more! Resources We Mention Special Offer! Go to EnergyBits.com and use the code “WELLNESSMAMA” (all one word) for 20% off! More About Chlorella More About Spirulina EnergyBits Nutritional Charts Comparison to Energy Drinks, etc. Which Bits Do I Buy? Catharine’s go-to snack recipe: A handful of EnergyBits with macadamia nuts and dark chocolate chips Other Resources
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48 min
March 12, 2018
144: What Breath Acetone Can Tell You About Fat Burning, Metabolism & Inflammation
So you may have heard about this little thing called the ketogenic diet from, oh …everyone?! Consider the low-fat craze of the 80s and 90s officially over, now fat is king! Eat more fat and you’ll be healthier, right? True, a ketogenic diet uses liberal amounts of fat to fuel the body, but how much fat does each person’s body need to be in the zone? Without a window into what is happening on a chemical level inside the body, the truth is we’re just guessing what to eat and when. Thankfully, you don’t need blood tests or doctors to find out exactly what it takes to get your body into fat-burning ketosis. Enter Joe Anderson and LEVL, an easy-to-use at-home device that gives personalized feedback on your metabolism … just from a breath! The Science Behind LEVL and the Ketogenic Diet Today’s podcast guest is the real deal — a scientist and researcher on the cutting edge of today’s health scene. Joe Armstrong brings over 20 years of expertise in pulmonary physiology and breath research to the table. His job is literally to pioneer new ways to personalize medicine to the individual, which I think is so exciting. He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Washington and also serves on the faculty there, and he’s published in over 40 peer-reviewed publications, so he’s just the right person to explain how this technology works. Yes, investing in this kind of health technology isn’t the norm (yet) but it’s becoming more and more accessible thanks to researchers like Joe. I’m looking forward to learning alongside you all on this one! In This Episode You’ll Learn what ketosis is and how to measure it … without needles! how we are all in a mild state of ketosis throughout the day the key difference between ketosis and diabetic keto acidosis what the Warburg effect is and what it means for reducing cancer risk simple changes that can increase blood acetone and reduce disease what exogenous ketones are (and do they work?) the best way to experiment with ketosis and know if it is working how MCT oil can help improve ketosis why WHO (The World Health Organization) changed its recommendations on sugar consumption how much sugar should we actually consume (more like not consume!) for best health and more! Resources We Mention LEVL (Breath Acetone Meter) – Get $25 off with the code WELLNESSMAMA Keto Mojo (Blood Glucose Meter) MCT Oil What do you think? Would you buy a device to get this kind of real-time health feedback? Please share in the comments or leave me a review on iTunes. I read each and every comment, and my guests often do too and might answer your questions! For More on This Topic, See
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43 min
March 8, 2018
143: Thomas DeLauer on Reducing Inflammation, Curcumin, Keto for Women, & Easy Weight Loss
Thomas DeLauer is an author and health expert who is most noted for his own health transformation. He went from a 280-pound corporate executive to losing over 100 pounds and being on the covers of health and fitness magazines worldwide. He is considered one of the world’s leading experts on the proper way to follow a ketogenic diet and has a popular YouTube channel where he reaches over 15 million people a month by answering questions about health, diet, and lifestyle optimization. What’s more, a few months ago he got to add “Dad” to his resume when he and his wife welcomed their first son! Thomas DeLauer on Weight Loss, Ketosis, & Reducing Inflammation Like so many of us, Thomas’s success started by figuring out the keys to improving his own health. As Thomas discovered his own answers, he also helped his wife recover from Lyme disease and saw a commonality between the two: inflammation. Following a cyclical ketogenic diet was key for both Thomas and his wife, but they also used targeted supplementation of anti-inflammatory substances to help support the body. Through this process, Thomas helped develop a potent anti-inflammatory turmeric substance that offers up to 185 times the absorption of plain turmeric: PuraThrive Curcumin Gold. In This Episode You’ll Learn how Thomas lost over 100 pounds in just a year — and transformed his life in the process the way inflammation impacts weight loss and how to keep inflammation down for good ways a ketogenic diet fights inflammation and other health hazards if a ketogenic diet is safe for women (and what should be adapted) how to cycle ketosis for best results ways to use fasting effectively to reduce inflammation and more! Resources We Mention Learn more about Thomas DeLauer via his YouTube channel and website. PuraThrive Curcumin Gold Supplement (use code “wellnessmama” for 10% off) Primal Kitchen mayo and dressings Kettle and Fire Bone Broth Related Episodes & Reading Ketogenic Diet Benefits (& How to Do It The Right Way) My Experience With Water Fasting & Why I’ll Do It Again 134: Five Benefits of Fasting, Autophagy, Diet Variation & Cellular Healing with Dr. Daniel Pompa 227: Using the Metabolism Reset Diet to Support Liver Health Special Thanks to Today’s Podcast Sponsors This podcast is brought to you by Dry Farm Wines. This is the only wine I drink anymore. After researching
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57 min
March 5, 2018
142: Is Adrenal Fatigue Real or Just Bad Science? With Ari Whitten
Do you turn to coffee every morning? Or feel like you just don’t have enough energy most days? If so, this episode with Ari Whitten is for you! You’ll also want to hear his controversial take on adrenal fatigue. Ari Whitten and the Energy Blueprint Ari Whitten is a best-selling author and the creator of the Energy Blueprint system. He is an energy and fatigue specialist who focuses on taking an evidence-based approach to energy enhancement. For the last three years, he’s worked with the world’s top fatigue researchers to develop the most comprehensive program in the world on the science of overcoming fatigue and increasing energy — The Energy Blueprint. Now, he’s helped thousands of people reclaim their energy, beat fatigue, and increase mental clarity. He also takes an alternative approach to the idea of adrenal fatigue. Here’s what I mean… The common idea of adrenal fatigue goes like this: Our adrenal glands create stress hormones to respond to stress. Normally this system works just fine, but if the stress becomes chronic, the adrenal glands get tired and “fatigued” so they can’t produce enough cortisol to keep up with the demands. Ari’s well-researched approach looks at a different cause and a different approach than most sources and with spectacular results. He also challenges the free radical theory of aging and the adrenal/cortisol theory of fatigue. In This Episode, You’ll Learn Why Ari doesn’t believe in “adrenal fatigue” and what he thinks actually causes those symptoms His comprehensive analysis of the science related to adrenal fatigue How to actually support the adrenals so they function optimally The real issue behind chronic fatigue and why cortisol and adrenals are not the main issue A new way to think about stress and why just removing stress isn’t enough The reason antioxidants may not be all they are cracked up to be When antioxidants can actually be more harmful than helpful The two phases of being healthy and how to use them both to your advantage Specific advice for women when it comes to fasting, lifting heavy weights and supporting the adrenals What Ari’s research shows about carbs and how many we need How hot and cold exposure are beneficial The way red light improves fatigue Hormesis: how low levels of stress (like exercise and fasting) can be good for you Resources We Mention Ari’s website, The Energy Blueprint Joovv Red Light Therapy for Photobiomodulation The Forever Fat Loss Diet (Ari’s book) Ari’s Free ‘Double Your Energy’ Masterclass Series Adrenal Fatigue Does Not Exist: A Systematic Review (Study) Astaxanthin For More on This Topic, See:
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61 min
March 1, 2018
141: How to Accept Yourself, Foster Community, & Be Unlimited with Dr. Mark Atkinson
Consider today’s podcast your invitation to “be unlimited”! What does that mean?! I was curious too when I met Dr. Mark Atkinson, internationally-renowned integrative medicine physician, at a conference last year. His philosophy struck me as something all moms could use, especially since we are all searching for ways to unlock our full potential (while decreasing stress and enjoying ourselves along the way!). Dr. Mark Atkinson and the “Be Unlimited” Course You don’t have to travel to see Dr. Mark … he offers a life-changing online personal development training together with Bulletproof founder and CEO (as well as Healthy Moms Podcast guest) Dave Asprey. At the heart of Dr. Mark’s “Be Unlimited” course is the idea that if we work with our biology and improve our mind-body connection, we can transform our habits, increase our energy, and unlock our full personal potential. If you’re like me and struggle to make time for self-care, you might hear some serious truths in this episode. It’s not easy to slow down and take a look within, so I’m grateful for Dr. Mark’s inspiration and practical tips. In This Episode You’ll Learn simple tips to silence the inner critic (in just a few words) the one thing that can help improve body acceptance instantly how to create family rituals that improve the family dynamic and create meaningful connections a simple centering practice that helps increase mindfulness in a few seconds how to address the darker parts of ourselves that we try to hide childhood boundaries we might need to release ways to shift from “what can I get from life” to “what can I give” and more! Resources We Mention Learn more about Dr. Mark Atkinson and the Be Unlimited Course at BeUnlimitedTraining.com Read Dr. Mark Atkinson’s book True Happiness: Your Complete Guide to Emotional Health For More on This Topic, See: 111: Biohacking for Moms: Lessons From the Bulletproof Conference 90: A Mind Of Your Own: Tackling Mental Illness and Fixing Hormones with Dr. Kelly Brogan The Health Benefits of Gratitude EFT: How Tapping & Emotional Freedom Technique Work Talking to Yourself with Self-Compassion (& Why It’s Healthy) Can Your Food Affect Mental Health? Tips to Naturally Reduce Stress … Starting Now! What did you think of Dr. Mark’s tips? Will you try any of them? Please share in the comments or
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55 min
February 26, 2018
140: How Stem Cells Are Helping People Recover from Injury and Avoid Surgery
I am here today with Dr. Christopher Centeno, MD, who is an international expert and specialist in regenerative medicine. He’s at the forefront of research on using adult stem cells in orthopedics to repair common injuries and provide an alternative to painful and invasive surgery. I’m just starting to learn about the huge potential of stem cell therapy for helping us (and our kids) recover from sports injuries, joint issues, and (one day) maybe even traumatic injuries — all by promoting healing from within in a very targeted way. Stem Cells Instead of Surgery? Dr. Centeno Explains Ever heard of umbilical cord blood banking? It’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to potential ways to harness the natural healing abilities of stem cells. Dr. Christopher Centeno is board certified in physical medicine as well as rehabilitation and pain management. He is also one of the few physicians in the world with extensive experience in the use of adult stem cells to treat orthopedic injuries such as torn ACLs, injured rotator cuffs, and more. This is cutting-edge research with huge implications for the next generation. If you have a son or daughter in sports (or if you’ve just ever wished for an alternative to surgery!), hear why stem cell therapy may be the future of medicine. In This Episode You’ll Learn how stem cells work in the body (and why scientists are interested) recent advances in regenerative medicine … and what might be coming to a doctor’s office near you the technique doctors like Dr. Centero use to target specific areas of the body with healing stem cells common orthopedic injuries and conditions stem cell therapy can help (and which it can’t … yet!) whether kids really heal more quickly than adults … and what happens to our stem cells as we age if umbilical cord blood banking is really worth it reasons to reevaluate how we introduce our kids to sports and more! Resources We Mention Learn more about Dr. Centeno and targeted stem cell therapy at Regenexx.com More from Dr. Centeno Kindle e-book: Orthopedics 2.0: How Regenerative Medicine and Interventional Orthopedics Will Change Everything 8 Ways to Improve Your Stem Cell Health How Starting Exercise in Middle Age Can Repair Your Heart Cord Blood: Is It Worth Saving? Related Episodes & Articles 134: Five Benefits of Fasting, Autophagy, Diet Variation & Cellular Healing with Dr. Daniel Pompa 111: Biohacking for Moms: Lessons from the Bulletproof Conference
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31 min
February 22, 2018
139: Understanding Generational Toxins and Epigenetic Changes with Dr. Mindy Pelz
I’m here today with Dr. Mindy Pelz, who is such a wealth of information I don’t even really know where to start! Dr. Mindy has built one of the largest natural family wellness clinics in the San Francisco Bay Area. She’s especially knowledgeable on the role of generational toxins on health — a long term that simply means the toxins we pass on to our kids. Dr. Mindy Pelz on Generational Toxins It turns out we pass on more to our kids than our eye or hair color. Kids can also inherit mom’s bioaccumulation of toxins and heavy metals from their time in utero. This isn’t something to feel guilty about, but it is a hidden factor to consider when we’re trying to solve any health struggles our kids may have. Dr. Mindy looks at all aspects of a person’s health using everything from gut repair to functional nutrition testing to heavy metal testing, fasting, supplements, chiropractic care, and even mindfulness. She’s even worked with Olympic and professional athletes! I know we all wish we had more doctors like her around, so it’s great to get a chance to get some of her great advice on the podcast today. In This Episode You’ll Learn the two main areas of toxins we can pass down to our kids … and how it happens why epigenetics is an area of health we can’t ignore ways to navigate an increasingly toxic world (and protect our kids) why families share a microbiome … and how to protect and repair it easy (and safe) ways to introduce fasting, detoxing, and the ketogenic diet in a family how to test kids for bacterial diversity and generational toxins clues that tell whether or not your children might benefit from testing and more! Resources We Mention Learn more about Dr. Mindy and try out her 21 Day Reset at DrMindyPelz.com. The Reset Factor: 45 Days to Repairing Your Health by Transforming Your Gut The Reset Factor Kitchen: 101 Tasty Ways to Eat Your Way to Wellness, Burn Belly Fat, and Maximize Your Energy Homebiotic Mother Dirt Restore Nasal Spray Cytodetox Viome The Longevity Diet by Valter Longo Books by Dr. Jason Fung: The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss
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53 min
February 19, 2018
138: How to Use Specific & Targeted Essential Oil Blends to Support the Brain & Parasympathetic Nervous System
Jodi Sternoff Cohen is one of my favorite people to talk to on one of my favorite subjects: the healing benefits (and safe use) of essential oils. Jodi combined her training in nutrition and aromatherapy to create Vibrant Blue Oils, a company that makes organic and wild-crafted essential oil blends carefully targeted to specific health needs. And she had good reason for doing so. Essential Oil Blends for Anxiety, Insomnia, Adrenals, Autism, and More Like so many of my guests (and like myself) her story starts with her own health struggle. Jodi credits essential oils for helping heal her anxiety, her insomnia, even autoimmunity (a tough one to tackle, as I know firsthand). What’s more, Jodi is also a best-selling author and award-winning journalist. Her book Healing with Essential Oils has been wildly praised as one of the most well-researched consumer books on essential oils in years. She basically synthesizes decades of scientific research so that you can hit the ground running, and tackle your own health issues. Jodi, thanks for being here! Let’s dive in … In This Episode You’ll Learn how Jodi fought her way through personal trials, adrenal fatigue, and even an autoimmune condition with the help of essential oils why essential oils work, which oils to use, and how to use them properly why dousing yourself in essential oils is like drinking water from a fire hose how the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems affect our health (and which state moms may get “stuck” in) a possible unintended consequence of the “Me Too” campaign all about the vagus nerve and how it’s like a highway to health (or disease) potential uses for essential oils and autism in kids hormonal changes that take place when we go to sleep (and how to correct it if it’s out of balance) three kinds of stress responses (and the correlating areas of the brain) … and how to switch off stress why your brain actually shrinks while you sleep Jodi’s quick and powerful tip for managing anxiety … and why you only need one nostril and lavender to do it and more! Resources We Mention Learn more about Jodi (and order oils) at VibrantBlueOils.com Healing with Essential Oils: How to Use Them to Enhance Sleep, Digestion, and Detoxification While Reducing Stress and Inflammation by Jodi Sternhoff Cohen (Kindle is only $10 and this is such a great book) Essential Oil Diffuser Related Podcast Episodes 65: Safe Aromatherapy and Essential Oil Use with Retha Nesmith From Around the Blog Health Benefits of Essential Oils
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42 min
February 15, 2018
137: A Holistic Rx for Keeping Your Whole Family Healthy with Dr. Madiha Saeed, MD
Dr. Madiha Saeed, MD, is one of most joyful, inspiring people I know! I have no doubt you all will agree once you’ve met her on today’s podcast. She’s a mom and also a board-certified integrative holistic family physician. Online, Dr. Madiha is known as Holistic Mom MD and she specializes in making healthy living easy to understand and put into practice right in your home. I love Dr. Madiha’s approach because it’s so practical and doable … take a listen and let me know if you agree! The Holistic Rx from Dr. Madiha Saeed If you’re wishing you could make an appointment, you’ll be glad to know Dr. Madiha recently published a book every mom should read called The Holistic Rx: Your Guide to Healing Chronic Inflammation and Disease. I had a chance to read it and it’s awesome. She explains so many chronic conditions kids and parents deal with today and explains step-by-step how to deal with each one. In This Episode You’ll Learn how to teach kids to care about growing a healthy mind and body an easy-to-understand explanation of what inflammation actually is (and how to heal it) practical ways to keep damaging hormones at bay tips for bargain shopping even when stocking a real-food, nutrient-dense pantry how Dr. Madiha handles sugar in her house (I can relate!) a simple explanation of methylation, a key detoxification process how environmental triggers turn on our genetic weaknesses (and ways to turn them off) the 4 areas to examine when healing disease — spiritual, sleep, social, stress scientifically backed benefits of a positive outlook (and how to foster it for free) the simple practice that can help your whole family learn gratitude stress management techniques that work for kids baby steps to get your whole family on a healthier path and more! Resources We Mention Learn more about Dr. Madiha Saeed at HolisticMomMD.com The Holistic RX: Your Guide to Healing Chronic Inflammation and Disease by Dr. Madiha Saeed Related Episodes & Reading Why My Kids Don’t Have a Night Light 3 Natural Detox Bath Recipes Natural Ways to Get Better Sleep (Even If You’re a Mom!) 89: Why Sleep Is More Important Than Diet and Exercise Combined with Shawn Stevenson The Harmful Effects of Sugar 14: Stop the Sugar Madness Simple Batch Cooking Meal Plan The Ultimate Guide to Meal Planning (for Families)
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60 min
February 12, 2018
136: How to Unzip Your Genes to Understand Your Health with Dr. Jennifer Stagg
I’m sitting down today with Dr. Jennifer Stagg, a practicing naturopathic physician and the founder and medical director of Whole Health Wellness Center in Connecticut. How to Unzip Your Genes I’m always excited to have a doctor on the show, but I’m especially looking forward to geeking out over today’s topic — genetic testing — which I think is a promising tool for discovering the keys to your own personal health. Dr. Stagg authored an amazing book called Unzip Your Genes that explains in more detail everything we touch on in the podcast today. Make sure to check it out in the podcast resources below! In This Episode You’ll Learn how to use your genes as a guide for diet and lifestyle why genes don’t tell us who we are but who we can be (an important difference!) the way that connection and community directly affect your health and your genes what transgenerational genetics is and how it can affect your life why your health before pregnancy determines much of baby’s health after how the Dutch famine has opened the way for genetic research on generational health why we are more susceptible to getting sick in the winter (all moms knew this already!) how diversity of fruits and vegetables in the diet is more important than the amount and more! Resources We Mention Learn more about Dr. Jennifer Stagg at DrStagg.com Book: Unzip Your Genes: 5 Choices to Reveal a Radically Radiant You by Dr. Jennifer Stagg 23 & Me Genetic Genie Found My Fitness Viome Related Episodes & Reading 135: Understanding Genetic Testing, Epigenetics and Genetic Polymorphisms with Dr. Ben Lynch 29: Methylation Problems & Gene Mutations 67: Easy Everyday Detox Tips with Megan the Detoxinista How to Test Your Gut Microbiome (At Home Without a Doctor) Tips to Naturally Reduce Stress Manipulating Blue Light to Improve Health Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D? Optimal Diet and Nutrition for Healthy Pregnancy Have you ever considered genetic testing? Was it helpful? Please let me know your thoughts in the comments o
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48 min
February 8, 2018
135: Understanding Genetic Testing, Epigenetics & Genetic Polymorphisms with Dr. Ben Lynch
Today Dr. Benjamin Lynch is joining me on the podcast, and we’re in for a treat. Dr. Ben is most importantly a dad of three amazing boys, and (just a side note) he’s also a doctor and one of the top experts in the world on epigenetics and genetic polymorphism. He has a naturopathic degree from Baiser University and went on from there to really dive into the world of nutrigenomics, methylation, and genetic research. Dr. Ben Lynch also is the president and founder of Seeking Health, and you’ve probably seen me recommend a lot of their supplements on Wellness Mama. “Dirty Genes” (& How to Turn Them Off) If the podcast today peaks your interest, you should definitely read Dr. Ben’s new book (literally hot off the press) called Dirty Genes: A Breakthrough Program to Treat the Root Cause of Illness and Optimize Your Health. I got a chance to read it and he really lays out how to identify which underlying causes of disease are genetic and gives practical ideas for improving your prognosis. He’s one of the top experts in the field so this really is a must-read. Enough from me … let’s hear from Dr. Ben! In This Episode You’ll Learn what we’re able to test and know about genes with modern technology (and what the limitations are) why the sun is so important, especially for those with genetic polymorphisms an explanation of genetic polymorphisms and how they work for (or against) our health the surprising link between MTHFR and malaria the best form of vitamin D to test for and how to supplement why you may feel terrible even if you improve your vitamin D levels what happens when the active form of vitamin D is high but another marker is low the reason we should never, ever take folic acid and what to do instead and more! Resources We Mention DrBenLynch.com Dirty Genes: A Breakthrough Program to Treat the Root Cause of Illness and Optimize Your Health by Dr. Ben Lynch Dr. Ben Lynch Podcast 23 & Me (Genetic Testing) Viome Vitamin D and Infections Preventing Methylfolate Sickness Dr. Ben Lynch on CBS (Video) Vitamin D B12 with Methylfolate Related Episodes & Reading
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59 min
February 5, 2018
134: Five Benefits of Fasting, Autophagy, Diet Variation & Cellular Healing with Dr. Daniel Pompa
The first time I heard Dr. Daniel Pompa speak about cellular healing and how to achieve it, I was floored! I knew I had to find out more. In fact soon I’ll be going through Dr. Pompa’s training program and recently completed a 7-day water fast at his recommendation. Although it sounds terrible, I actually felt amazing during this fast and was very impressed by the positive changes, which I confirmed through blood testing. (Do you sense a new post coming? … ) Dr. Pompa on Deep Cellular Healing One of Dr. Pompa’s favorite sayings is, “You have to fix the cell to get well.” This in a nutshell is the difference between his detox program and others. For the past two decades, Dr. Pompa, PSc.D, has been practicing and teaching his True Cellular Detox program around the world with amazing results. In fact he’s on a mission to educate practitioners and the public on the origins of inflammation-driven disease. He’s widely acknowledged as a leading expert on the ketogenic diet, intermittent fasting, diet variation, and ancestral-based health approaches to heal the body on the cellular level. If you struggle with weight, hormone balance, allergies, chronic disease, or autoimmunity, this episode is one you won’t want to miss! In This Episode You’ll Learn how Dr. Pompa overcame heavy metal poisoning using his unique cellular detoxification strategies Dr. Pompa’s 5R approach to cellular healing (Remove, Regenerate, Restore, Reduce, Re-establish) how to reset genes, heal the gut, and create new stem cells just by fasting when supplements makes sense … and when they don’t an introduction to autophagy, a natural way to help the body heal itself on the cellular level what a 5-day water fast can do for allergies and autoimmune conditions how frequently we really need to eat (hint: it’s not 3 square meals a day) how to use diet variation and intermittent fasting to have more energy and think more clearly the key to hormone optimization (bonus: it’s free!) and more! Resources We Mention Learn more at DrPompa.com Dr. Pompa’s 5R Approach to Cellular Healing YourDetoxChallenge.com EvaluateMyToxins.com CytoDetox Keto Mojo Blood Ketone and Glucose Monitor LEVL Breath Ketone Meter Merily’s story (Dr. Pompa’s wife) Related Episodes & Reading
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58 min
February 1, 2018
133: GMOs, Glyphosate, Organic Food & What’s Making Our Children Sick
Today’s episode is something I only dreamed about years ago when I started a little blog on the subject of natural health. Today I am honored to have two amazing and highly qualified researchers on the show to talk to us about glyphosate and GMOs and why their presence in our food might be at fault for a host of health problems affecting our children today. Good news: what this episode isn’t is another GMO piece full of fear and hype. It is based on clinical research (in animals, not on humans yet). Better yet, it offers suggestions for what we as moms can do about it. What the Research Says About Glyphosate… …and why it might be ruining our kids’ health. Michelle Perro, MD, and Vincanne Adams, PhD, are basically a dream team on the topic of industrialized food and how it may be connected to chronic childhood illness. Michelle is a pediatrician with over 35 years of experience in acute integrative medicine. Vincanne is professor and vice chair of medical anthropology at the University of California, San Francisco, not to mention editor of the Medical Anthropology Quarterly. (Again, pinching myself to make sure this is real!) In 2017 Michelle and Vincanne wrote an incredible book called What’s Making Our Children Sick?: How Industrial Food Is Causing an Epidemic of Chronic Illness, and What Parents (and Doctors) Can Do About It to lay out their case. If you have a child with chronic symptoms, or if you’ve ever wondered whether organic food is worth it or why so many packages at the store say “non-GMO,” this episode is for you! In This Episode You’ll Learn the troubling trends Michelle started to observe in her patients … and what she did about it why Vincanne agreed to get on board (even though she was a skeptic at first) the rising rates of chronic childhood illnesses like constipation, food allergies, seasonal allergies, ADHD, asthma, autism (and the list goes on) how glyphosate works, what it’s made of, and why farmers use it why crossbreeding hybrid plants is NOT the same thing as genetic modification how asthma, allergies and eczema are rising at drastic rates (as much as 40% of children may be affected) 3 reasons glyphosate may be a serious problem (and what the most recent research is finding) whether or not organic food is actually worth the extra money practical things that we can do to change the food future and protect our kids (and the environment!) and more Resources We Mention Michelle Perro and Vincanne Adams, What’s Making Our Children Sick? How Industrial Food Is Causing an Epidemic of Chronic Illness, and What Parents (and Doctors) Can Do About It (2017) 14 Stage Water Filter The Best Water Filter For Home Use (Pitcher, Charcoal, Under-Counter) The Best Under-Counter Water Filter (Review)
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61 min
January 29, 2018
132: How to Use Cannabidiol or CBD for Sleep, Hormones, and Health
I am here today with Lane Kennedy, a truly inspiring mom, female entrepreneur, and health coach with an awesome story. This interview is going to dispel some myths and controversy around one of the most requested podcast topics, which is what CBD or cannabidiol is all about. If it sound familiar, yes, it is related to cannabis (marijuana), but there are some compelling reasons to look past the controversy and into the science-backed medical benefits. Promise! Why Cannibidiol (CBD) Isn’t What You Think It Is … First let me tell you that Lane is actually one of the original Bulletproof coaches, meaning she’s been through Dave Asprey’s certification program that helps you learn how to teach others to optimize their own biology for the best possible health. Since Lane has had to conquer her own health problems and chronic pain (with the help of cannibidiol), she’s the perfect advocate for women who are struggling or stressed and looking for solutions. Some other interesting facts about Lane I just have to mention: she slept on a wooden pillow for a while, she’s given birth at home like I have, and she’s been in long-term recovery for more than 20 years. She also struggled with infertility for years as well. I know she has a lot to share with us, and I can’t wait to jump in! In This Episode You’ll Learn Lane’s long and painful struggle with poor health, and what she did that finally turned it all around (hint: it wasn’t just healthy living) what cannabidiol has to do with cannabis, marijuana, THC, and other controversial substances the overwhelming anecdotal evidence that suggests cannabidiol may help relieve chronic pain, poor sleep, out of balance hormones, depression, ADHD, and more … and what the science says too how cannabidiol differs from medical marijuana uses for CBD oil, and whether it’s safe for women, kids, and even babies the best forms of CBD oil to take (and some that don’t work as well) what to always check before buying cannabidiol in any form and more! Resources We Mention Follow Lane Kennedy at UpgradedWoman.com 23 & Me (Genetic Testing) CBD Oil and products Related Episodes & Articles 44: Diet & Lifestyle Interventions – Izabella Wentz 7: Reducing Stress, Chronic Pain & Talking to Doctors – Kevin Cuccaro 17: Reversing Infertility & PCOS Naturally – Alisa Vitti 126: Dr. Marc Sklar on How to Beat Infertility and Ge
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51 min
January 25, 2018
131: Sourcing Sustainable Food & Healthy “Fast” Food with The Good Kitchen
Of all the questions listeners ask me, “How do you do it all” is one of the most popular. My answer is always pretty straightforward … I don’t! That’s why I’m so grateful to have Melissa Hayes and Amber Lewis, the founders of The Good Kitchen, on the show today. What is The Good Kitchen, you ask? To sum it up: my best friend on a hectic day! Fast Food, Good Kitchen Style Melissa and Amber have an awesome story about how they turned their passion for good food into an incredible family-owned company that brings fully prepared meals right to your door. I use them myself and their meals are as good as homemade! They have options to fit any lifestyle, including paleo, ketogenic, and vegetarian … or you can fully customize your own menu with a mix of these. What makes Good Kitchen even better is how they meticulously source their proteins and produce from farms doing things the “right” way … giving animals access to pasture and using practices that protect the environment. Even if you cook all of your own food, you’ll love this episode as you learn about responsible food sourcing and sustainable food systems. People like Melissa and Amber are changing our food future for the better, and I’m all about doing all I can to help! In This Episode You’ll Learn how Melissa and Amber turned a friendship and a dream into a business why they feel so strongly about their mission to help you put real food on the table how to cook healthy food for a family and stay sane (I put some of my favorites below) what makes The Good Kitchen so different from other meal services why it’s important to source beef/poultry/pork/seafood carefully (and avoid conventional when possible) the responsible farming practices that help protect the environment strategies from Melissa and Amber on how they balance work and home life and more! Resources We Mention Check out The Good Kitchen here. My Other Favorites We buy meat and produce when it’s available from a few local farms, but I’m also grateful for these awesome online companies and their responsibly sourced products: Butcher Box – Grass-fed beef, organic chicken, and heritage pork delivered to your door (plus an offer for free bacon!) Wellness Meats – Grass-fed beef, jerky, paleo snacks, wild caught seafood, healthy organ meats, and more! Vital Choice – Wild caught and sustainable seafood, carefully sourced and tested for purity Paleo Valley Beef Sticks – Grass-fed beef jerky (with the additional benefits of probiotics) Phat Fudge – Grass-
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41 min
January 22, 2018
130: Biohacking for Moms & Reversing Aging with Bulletproof’s Dave Asprey
If you want an easier, quicker way to be healthy (and who doesn’t, really) Dave Asprey is your man! He took his background in computer technology and invested over $1 million to study how to “hack” his own biology for better health. The result? He lost over 100 pounds and drastically improved his life in every way. Now Dave Asprey helps thousands of people daily through his books, his blog, his podcast, and his famous Bulletproof Coffee that is a delicious and easy way to feed your body the right kind of fats. Biohack Your Health with Dave Asprey … In this episode Dave shares how to feel better and reverse aging by powering up the mitochondria in your cells. He’s a dad too, and he shares ways to give your kids the best foundation in life, which I love. This is Biohacking 101 for Moms … here we go! In This Episode You’ll Learn what your mitochondria do for your body (yes we’re going back to grade school biology!) and why they control your health why he chose the title “Head Strong” for his book the reason why Dave gives his kids coffee every morning! the biggest factors affecting mitochondrial function in our environment today how to “talk” to your mitochondria and tell them to shape up and work better in just minutes a day … really! why willpower might not have much to do with your ability to say “no” to unhealthy foods how Dave has managed to “age backwards” … and what his secret is things you can do to radically improve kids’ behavior in just minutes a day why eating the right fats (and a few other health hacks) might be all you need to feel young again the hidden factors in our environment that derail the good choices we do make why HIIT (high intensity interval training) is one of the best ways to wake up the mitchondria how to use ketosis (yep there’s that word again!) as a tool against mitochondrial aging and dysfunction what the hormones ghrelin and CCK have to do with your waistline … and how to make them work for you Dave’s best tips for biohacking your kids’ diet real ways to help the kids the next time they say “Mom, I can’t sleep…” and last but not least … why a cold shower might actually be a good idea (for women too!) Resources We Mention Follow Dave Asprey at Bulletproof.com Brain Octane Head Strong by Dave Asprey The Bulletproof Diet by Dave Asprey The Bulletproof Cookbook by Dave Asprey
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50 min
January 18, 2018
129: Childhood Cancer: Avoidance, Treatment, & Understanding the Odds with My Kid Cures Cancer
You’re the CEO of your child’s health. This simple and powerful statement by Ryan and Teddy Sternagel certainly caught my attention recently. It sums up a powerful lesson they learned from a difficult journey. I’m so grateful they’re here to share not only what parents in this situation can do to fight cancer, but also ways to help reduce kids’ risk in the first place. If you are in this situation or know someone who is, or if you just want to know what you can do to protect your kids (as much as any parent can), this episode is for you. Fighting Childhood Cancer (With All We’ve Got) At age one, Ryan and Teddy’s son Ryder was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer. By combining the best of conventional and alternative cancer treatments Ryan and Teddy were able not only to help their son, but now also contribute to a greater solution for all kids and families through their amazing website and podcast, My Kid Cures Cancer. Thankfully, this story has a happy ending and Ryder is doing amazingly well! The Sternagel family’s story serves as a shining example of how hard a mom and dad will fight for their child’s health. Prayers and hugs to all of you out there personally affected by cancer and fighting this hard battle. In This Episode You’ll Learn how Ryan and Teddy Sternagel learned of their son’s diagnosis, and their untiring fight to save him statistics on conventional cancer treatment success rates in children ways conventional and alternative cancer treatments can co-exist how much choice parents actually have in their child’s treatment what the statistics say (and don’t say) about the success of conventional cancer treatments ways parents can cope with difficult (paralyzing) medical decisions how to start a family lifestyle of wellness and detoxification at home to reduce cancer risk simple ways to create a safer home environment with fewer toxins and carcinogenics and more! Resources We Mention Follow Teddy and Ryan Sternagel and their work at MyKidCuresCancer.com Don’t forget to sign up for their free Ultimate Healthy Home Checklist! rebounders (mini-trampoline – budget model or this upgraded version) at-home saunas wave vibration (try the MyoBuddy or the Rapid Release) air purifier water filter system shower filter
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51 min
January 15, 2018
128: ADD, ADHD & Behavior Challenges with Psychologist and Nutritionist Dr. Nicole Beurkens
I know I always say it, but I’m excited to share this interview with you because I get so many questions about ADHD and just learning and behavior problems in children in general. I’m honored to have a holistic child psychologist and absolute expert on this topic, Dr. Nicole Beurkens, on the show today. If you have questions about your child’s learning, mood, and behavior challenges, including ADHD, autism, anxiety, and even brain injury, take a listen … How to Improve ADHD & Related Behaviors Naturally Dr. Nicole Beurkens is a unique combination of psychologist, nutritionist, and special education teacher. (Not to mention a mom to four!) For over 20 years she’s supported children and families in finding ways to improve behavioral problems naturally. She has a doctorate in clinical psychology, a master’s degree in special education and nutrition, and is a board-certified nutrition specialist. As parents we are all always searching for answers on how to help our children be happy and healthy. It’s my hope this episode helps some answers come to light for any moms out there wondering what to do next. Turning it over to Dr. Nicole! In This Episode You’ll Learn the combination of factors increasing ADD, ADHD, autism, anxiety, and learning and behavior problems in children why developmental issues are higher in some areas than others why medication is just a band-aid (and what to do instead) the five main areas parents can address to help with behavior problems the scary truth about psychiatric medication in children how to use nutrition to help with  behavior problems the interesting research that shows 25-40% of kids diagnosed with ADHD actually have a sleep issue movement — what kids need and why (hint: brain development depends on it) what the parent-child relationship and peer relationships have to do with ADHD and related disorders ways to improve thinking, resilience, and problem-solving skills in children the big foods to avoid for any child with a behavioral challenge the surprising way that water intake is tied to behavior issues how zinc can help kids learn to love new foods the benefits of outdoor time for kids and why this needs to be a priority Resources We Mention Follow Dr. Nicole Beurkens at DrBeurkens.com Life Will Get Better: Simple Solutions for Parents of Children with Attention, Anxiety, Mood and Behavior Challenges by Dr. Nicole Beurkens Horizons Developmental Resource Center Dr. Nicole’s Better Behavior Naturally Parent Program Zinc Kids’ vitamins Related E
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56 min
January 11, 2018
127: Using the Dental Diet to Reverse Dental Problems with Dr. Steven Lin
Today’s interview is about a topic I have researched and loved for years. I think it’s firmly established by this point that I’m a bit of a geek when it comes to health, and no subject makes my heart flutter more than dental health. Yep, see … geek! Dr. Steven Lin with the Dental Diet Prescription … Finding new ways to take care of my teeth and prevent cavities was one of my earliest experiments on the road to healthy living and the results convinced me of the power of a real food diet. I’m here today with Dr. Steven Lin who is a board-certified preventative dentist. He trained at USYD with a background in biomedical science, and he’s a passionate whole-health advocate, focusing on the link between nutrition and dental health. There’s more to tooth decay than sugar, brushing, or flossing … here’s why! In This Episode You’ll Learn reasons why sugar isn’t the real culprit in tooth decay … and what is actually to blame why you can still get cavities even if you brush and floss how important fat-soluble vitamins are for oral health why the oral microbiome matters (and how to protect it) how each tooth is part of the immune system (and why teething is an immune event) why the work of Weston A. Price is so important, and what it tells us about oral health what “activator x” is and why we need it the simple 5-step way to check to see if your child is at risk for braces (and a better alternative) how to help someone with large tonsils, breathing trouble, or sleep apnea (yes it has to do with teeth!) tips to find a dentist who specializes in functional dentistry Resources We Mention Follow Dr. Steven Lin at Dr.StevenLin.com The Dental Diet: The Surprising Link Between Your Teeth, Real Food, and Life-Changing Natural Health by Dr. Steven Lin Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston A. Price The Weston A. Price Foundation Xclear rinse (works better than saline) Vivos (the devices we use with our kids to avoid braces and improve airway flow) vitamin D vitamin K sesame oil or coconut oil chews (for oil pulling) Kettle & Fire bone broth Related Episodes & Reading
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54 min
January 8, 2018
126: Dr. Marc Sklar on How to Beat Infertility and Get Pregnant Naturally
I’m sharing the mic today with one of the leading experts on fertility in the natural health world, Dr. Marc Sklar. Unfortunately, infertility is becoming a huge issue for so many and I get an increasing number of questions on this topic every year. If you struggle with infertility or suspect a hormone imbalance is undermining your health, don’t miss this episode! Dr. Marc Sklar, The Fertility Expert Dr. Marc Sklar has earned the title of “The Fertility Expert,” and rightfully so. He’s helped hundreds of couples overcome infertility and conceive naturally over the last 15 years. He is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and certified in Mind/Body Medicine by Harvard Medical School. His practice is based in San Diego but Dr. Marc has amazing online resources to work with couples all over the world. Learn more about his Fertility 1-on-1 Program, 7-Day Fertility Challenge, and other programs in the Resources section below! In This Episode You’ll Learn what led him to become a fertility and natural medicine expert the surprising reason infertility has become such a big issue in today’s world how the mind affects the body, especially in regard to fertility and reproduction the testing Dr. Marc always runs when someone comes to him for help how much men impact the fertility equation, and what testing they should consider what Dr. Marc thinks many couples considering IVF aren’t being told problems with hormonal birth control (and what to do instead) what post-birth control syndrome is and how it can affect fertility and hormones why PCOS is on the rise (and the atypical forms with a surprising cause) how toxins in our environment are affecting the quality of our eggs … and what we can do about it what guys can do to improve fertility Resources We Mention Follow Marc Sklar at MarcSklar.com Work with Dr. Marc Sklar My Fertility School PCOS e-course HOPE fertility training Fertility score test Fertility supplements workshop Related Resources Marc Sklar YouTube Channel The Secret to Conception by Marc Sklar and Sage Breslin The Secret to Conception (Workbook)
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52 min
January 4, 2018
125: Understanding Food Intolerance & Fighting for Your Family with JJ Virgin
Where do I start with today’s guest? Her list of contributions to the health world is just staggering! JJ Virgin is a celebrity nutritionist and food intolerance specialist, fitness expert, host of her own podcast, author of four New York Times bestsellers, co-host of TLC’s Freaky Eaters, and a regular guest on shows like Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, and many others. Somehow, in addition to all of that, JJ also founded the Mindshare Summit to mentor entrepreneurs all over the world. JJ Virgin: A Mom with a Message JJ’s simple philosophy of “Your body is not a bank account. It’s a chemistry lab” helps thousands (more on that in the interview). She teaches her clients how to eliminate food and carb intolerances so they can transform their health and their lives. Take a listen to this podcast and tell me if you agree: JJ Virgin is not one to shy away from a fight! In fact, she had to fight to save her own son’s life, and she’ll be sharing more about that frightening (yet empowering) experience in her life and how it changed her for the better in the end. Her latest book Miracle Mindset is my favorite of them all because it confirms warrior moms in being strong, positive leaders in their families … even when they get some flack for it. There’s strength in knowing we’re not alone and I’m so grateful she’s sharing her message far and wide. In This Episode You’ll Learn the heart-stopping story of how JJ almost lost her son, and what she did to fight back how to create and keep a positive mindset, even when having health challenges what JJ really thinks about gluten (hint: she calls it poison) which foods should never be in a child’s diet proven ways to identify food intolerances (with or without testing) common problems with dairy or soy, and how to avoid them how to raise kids who don’t want sugar the reason the philosophy “have everything in moderation” doesn’t work when it comes to some foods how long JJ works out each week (you might be surprised!) and more! Resources We Mention Follow JJ at JJVirgin.com Free Printable: JJ’s Sugar Impact Scales JJ Virgin, Miracle Mindset: A Mother, Her Son, and Life’s Hardest Lessons JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet: Drop 7 Hidden Sugars, Lose Up to 10 Pounds in 2 Weeks Simon Sinek, Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action Dr. Daniel Amen IgG4 Food Antibodies Blood Test
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57 min
January 1, 2018
124: Happy New Year 2018! Setting Challenges + Experiments Instead of Resolutions (& Sneak Peek)
This year, take a new approach to setting resolutions … don’t do it! Yes, I’m one of those that resists creating those hard-to-keep resolutions each New Year. Before anyone thinks I’m against self-improvement (hopefully, all of you know it’s quite the opposite), hear me out … A Different Spin on New Year’s Resolutions … Even though we don’t make New Year resolutions in our family, we DO set what we call “Experiments and Challenges.” I find this shift in thinking makes this whole New Year’s business a lot more fun! So what’s the difference? Basically, we take the fear out of failure by viewing it as an experiment that might work or might fail. The important thing is that we reflect and take action on challenges and opportunities that come our way. These experiments may not last all year, either. We focus on each for a period of time, and just see what happens! In this special New Year’s podcast, I’m sharing our 2018 family experiments, and some of my personal ones as well. I’d love to hear what you’re planning in the new year, so please leave me a comment or review and let me know! Happy Happy New Year! Happy New Year and best wishes for 2018 to each of you … I’m looking forward to having more conversations here on the podcast, and excited for all that’s to come! In This Episode I Share a look back at 2017 and some of its highlights (and challenges!) one spin on setting resolutions for the New Year that has especially helped our family some of our favorite experiments + challenges, and what we’ll be working on in 2018 ideas for creating a “Family Manifesto,” and how we’re changing ours as our kids grow how keeping a simple journal is improving my health (and my organization) the 6 key health habits that changed my life and my health (and they’re totally free, I might add!) And one big announcement! Be the first to learn about big things happening with the blog in 2018! (Hint: I won’t be the only Wellness Mama anymore!) Resources I Mention My 7-Day Soup Detox and Reset with Christa Orechio (Jan. 9 – Jan. 16, 2018) F.lux Software (Reduces Digital Blue Light at Night) 7 Reasons Why You Should Health Journal The Health Benefits of Gratitude Benefits of Salt Baths How to Create a Perfect Sleep Environment My Wake Light Alarm Clock (and other sleep essentials I keep on my nightstand)
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31 min
December 25, 2017
123: Sharing Gratitude, Joy, and Christmas Family Traditions
First, “Merry Christmas” from me to all of you on this blessed, happy, busy, chaotic, joyful, and sometimes stressful time of year! I know all of you as moms know exactly what I mean … Christmas is a day full of so much meaning and joy but also a million details to prepare and organize. May you bask in the glow of a job well done! Just a Little Christmas Greeting … Second, today’s podcast is just me (in a closet) sharing my thoughts about our favorite Christmas family traditions, but it also gives me the chance to send you all a heartfelt Christmas greeting … especially any of you feeling stressed or missing someone special. I may not be able to meet each of you, but I bet we have a lot in common and I’m sending a big hug from me to you across the miles. All I Want for Christmas Is … And third, I just wanted to ask if you have literally one minute and would like to give me a Christmas gift? (Pretty please?) I would love if you could take a second and leave a rating or review on this podcast, which helps other moms and families to find it. And I’d love to hear your honest feedback. There are three ways to do that: On an iPhone, under the iTunes store under Podcast On an Android, in the Stitcher store Or just click here from a computer or iPhone. I’ll be catching up on all of your comments after some family time to chat more about how I can serve you and your family in the New Year! My Christmas wish this year and always is that you and yours enjoy peace, joy, and health this Christmas. From my family to yours, Merry Christmas! In This Episode I’ll Share what my family is up to this Christmas, and a few of our favorite Christmas family traditions highlights from our Christmas Eve dinner, and what was on the menu reasons why I still resist the materialism that goes hand in hand with this time of year one area where I have a hard time practicing what I preach the one favorite keepsake my kids will always find under the Christmas tree a new family Christmas tradition we’re trying this year (but I don’t want to do!) Christmas Family Traditions I Mention Reasons to Create Family Time Traditions (+ Ideas) Teaching Children Christmas Joy Feast of the Seven Fishes A Christmas Story It’s a Wonderful Life The Photo books I make each year Your turn! What family traditions are you savoring today? What would you like to hear on the Wellness Mama Podcast or see on the blog in the New Year? Merry Christmas!
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19 min
December 18, 2017
122: A Healthy Baby Is NOT the Only Thing That Matters (& Is Home Birth Safe?)
All that really matters is a healthy baby. Truer words were never spoken, right? But wait … if I’ve learned anything from my birth stories (and trust me, they run the gamut) a healthy baby is only part of it. Certainly a healthy baby matters very much, but someone else gets swept under the rug way too easily: a healthy mom! It Takes a Village to Raise a … Mom? Listen to this excerpt from today’s guest, veteran midwife and legend in the birth world, Anne Margolis: There was a time throughout history and around the world where we used to live in communities, tribes, or communal settings where a woman who just gave birth was treated like a goddess. She was left to heal, and rest, and breastfeed. All the women in the community took care of everything else … childcare of the other children, her work responsibilities if she was working outside the home, errands, cooking, cleaning, all of that.… The woman was so surrounded by this circle of love and support. Wow. Something tells me times have changed! Anne Margolis, Midwife Extraordinaire After two difficult births of her own, Anne Margolis left her career as an obstetrics nurse to find a better way to birth. Now Anne has personally ushered over 1000 healthy babies into the world in her 22 years as a Licensed Certified Nurse Midwife and OB/GYN Nurse Practitioner. Her single mission? To help moms feel safe, honored, and supported, in the hospital or at home. Here’s just a bit of her empowering message: Women who are pregnant: I just want you as much as possible to know that your body knows how to grow, and birth, and breastfeed a baby. Your baby knows how to be born, and you have the strength in you. Even in the heat of things when you think you don’t, you still do have the strength within you to do it. As a doula, I’ve seen moms do incredibly hard (and beautiful) things. Above all, let’s bring back a culture that celebrates the strength of moms in all types of births and supports them for as long as they need. Getting off my soapbox now … and turning it over to Anne! In This Episode You’ll Learn Anne’s own birth stories and how they set her on a path to a new calling why the U.S. ranks so low in healthy baby and healthy mom birth outcomes ways the current health system marginalizes and disempowers women during birth how to be at peace with the unexpected happening in childbirth whether home birth is really dangerous (and which major health institution actually recommends it) when it is actually safer to choose a hospital birth over a home birth the forgotten fourth trimester of pregnancy, and what a mom really needs to heal why it seems like more women face postpartum depression or even psychosis (and what we can do to reverse the trend) what Anne is doing to empower moms to change the system from the ground up and more! Resources We Mention Learn more about Anne Margolis at
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63 min
December 14, 2017
121: Cookware Problems: Understanding What’s Hiding in Most Cookware
Anyone else feel like you spend half your time cooking some days? I definitely feel that way at times with so many mouths to feed three times a day. I’m a big fan of the many benefits of preparing food at home with the family. Not only is the food typically much more nutritious, but we give the kids the chance to be involved with food prep and we have family time together at meals. The only downside? The dishes. At least in my opinion. Dishes have always been my nemesis and when we switched to a more natural lifestyle I was on the search for cookware that made that part of my life easier. Turns out that finding natural cookware that isn’t hard to clean isn’t so easy after all. Cookware Problems As I started searching, I found cookware problems with almost every option. Some were toxic but worked well. Others were relatively inert but didn’t cook well at all. I quickly scratched teflon cookware off my list after reading reports of it creating toxic fumes and even killing birds. Cast iron is great but can be hard to clean, especially if children cook eggs in it. Stainless is also good but can leach some metals and can also be hard to clean. Enter Ceramcor My search finally led me to try fully ceramic cookware. I was skeptical at first but the part that convinced me to try it? It is non-scratch! It isn’t fully non-stick but it can be cleaned with steel wool or an abrasive brush so it was a breeze to clean. I researched several companies and finally settled on Ceramcor for a few reasons: They test all of their products for lead, cadmium and heavy metals leaching they publish the results each month on their website. They use sanctioned scientific National and International testing Labs for all of their testing so the testing is third party verified by a reputable company. Their pans are dishwasher, stove, oven and even microwave safe! I hadn’t found any other cookware that checked all of those boxes. Their cookware took a little getting used to because it is used at lower temperatures. Once I figured out the temperature difference, it was relatively non-stick and super easy to clean so I was a fan. That’s why I brought on the  founder of Ceramcor, Rich Bergstorm, to talk about all of his research around cookware problems. In This Episode, You’ll Learn How to find and choose safe cookware The surprising reason Corningware closed in the US and where they are now Why all cookware should be lab tested (and how to find out if it is) The real problems with teflon Unexpected problems with stainless steel cookware If Le Cruset is considered safe cookware How to actually cook with completely ceramic cookware The way different types of cookware are made and how some cause big problems Resources We Mention Ceramcor Ceramic Cookware Article: Cookware Problems and The Safest Cookware Option
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49 min
December 11, 2017
120: A Real-Life Approach to Reducing EMFs with Dr. Libby Darnell
I’m so pumped about today’s episode! I found the amazing Dr. Libby Darnell through my own research into the best ways to start reducing EMFs in our home. Dr. Libby is a Functional Medicine Practitioner and Doctor of Chiropractic who found out firsthand just what a bad effect EMFs (electromagnetic frequencies) can have on our bodies. In response, Dr. Libby created Revived Living, a health and lifestyle coaching company with customized programs to help people get their health and happiness back. A cornerstone of Dr. Libby’s programs is reducing EMFs and the long-term cellular damage they cause. Reducing EMFs in Our Homes: The Why and the How So, where to start? How can we limit EMFs and still live in the “real” world? Thankfully, there are smart, realistic ways to start reducing EMF exposure … without pitching our cell phones. Dr. Libby says reducing EMFs where we can control it most — in our homes — is the place to start. I’m grateful for her expertise and dying to ask some questions, so let’s jump right in! In This Episode You’ll Learn the surprising personal reason Dr. Libby became an EMF expert how electromagnetic frequencies work (and why we might want to think about reducing them) why the U.S. energy grid discharges “dirty” electricity … right into your home symptoms that might mean you are sensitive to EMFs (hint: poor sleep is one of them) how EMFs affect our bodies on an everyday basis (whether we feel them or not) the biggest contributor of EMFs to the average American home (this one really surprised me!) the way our appliances may be harming our health one major reason to not have electronic gaming systems in your house a big reason to avoid fluorescent and CFL lights why dimmer switches affect more than just the ambiance tips on which EMF filtering products are worth it … and which aren’t how to test and filter your home outlets (with an easy to use $100 tool) one small change a plumber can make for reducing EMFs what your shoe sole has to do with EMFs how to tell if you have a smart meter, and steps to take if you do and more! Update: Following the podcast, Dr. Libby confirmed that halogen lights are 100% “clean.” I also checked with Dave Asprey (of Bulletproof.com) and he uses incandescent halogen lights without reservation. Good to know there’s another option. How to Get Started Reducing EMFs Right Now! According to Dr. Libby, the best 3 things you can do today to start reducing EMFs are: Change out your lightbulbs – Replace fluorescent or CFL bulbs with incandescent or halogen light bulbs. Get your WiFi on a timer – Buy a simple timer outlet to turn WiFi off at night, cutting exposure in half. Brush your teeth while standing on a piece of tinfoil – Yes, you read right! Take a listen to find out why, and check out Dr. Libby’s top 10 tips for reducin
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64 min
December 7, 2017
119: Cyber Security Tips to Keep Your Family Safer Online
It seems like there’s a news story every other day about a data security breach, and when pretty much our entire lives are online, it’s important to keep up with the speed of technology. Patrick McFadyen is a digital security expert with a degree in computer science and years of experience in the tech industry. He’s here today to share his best cyber security tips on how to keep your family’s online world safe and private. Cyber Security Tips to Stay Safe Online In a world where kids use the Internet at an increasingly young age, cyber security isn’t just for businesses anymore. Our passwords hold the keys to our bank accounts, credit cards, personal and business emails, photos, and more. This is not a topic our grandparents or parents had to navigate, but moms today are tasked with teaching their kids healthy (and safe) tech habits. There can be a learning curve for sure, so I’m grateful Patrick is here today to explain it step by step! In This Episode You’ll Learn the 10 most commonly used passwords (you won’t believe how simple they are) why a password manager could be your best online bodyguard top tips for generating strong and secure passwords the words not to use where cyber security is concerned a surprising way to handle personal security questions ways to save headaches down the road by paying attention to cyber security the one account you don’t want hackers to find an important question to ask before opening any attachment or link what http:// actually means (and how https:// is different) why a biometric (fingerprint) password isn’t all it’s cracked up to be Patrick’s thoughts on the new iPhone face recognition why Internet security matters to our kids’ futures how to keep kids safe online and pass on healthy tech habits Resources We Mention LastPass Dashlane 1Password RoboForm 8 KeePass Have questions? Email Patrick at cyber.sec.pm@gmail.com or Tweet @PMCyberSecurity for a personalized answer! Do you feel you know how to protect yourself on the Internet? What questions would you ask Patrick? Share below!
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43 min
December 4, 2017
118: An At-Home Approach to Balancing Thyroid Hormones with McCall McPherson
McCall McPherson is a PA and functional medicine doctor who is passionate about helping others with balancing thyroid hormones. Her cause is personal too … when doctor after doctor failed to help with her thyroid problems, she decided to take matters into her own hands and founded a functional medicine clinic focused on thyroid patients. I know a little about this topic given my own health struggles … I can’t wait to dive in and compare notes! Balancing Thyroid Hormones Naturally After years of doctors mismanaging her case, McCall knew she needed answers. No one could explain away how she actually felt: so tired she could barely stay out of bed and awake past 6 p.m. (Side note: Sound like depression? McCall says depression and thyroid problems are two sides of the same coin.) Hear her story and the path to healing she recommends for others with thyroid and autoimmune disorders. Also, don’t miss the amazing story of how she and her hubby rescued hundreds of people during the flooding due to Hurricane Harvey! It’s just one more reason I’m so honored to have her on the podcast today. In This Episode You’ll Learn what the thyroid does and how you might know if yours isn’t optimal how to start balancing thyroid hormones, for good … and why they got out of balance in the first place decoding thyroid labs … and why it’s so hard to get the right diagnosis why you can have a thyroid problem even if your lab numbers are “normal” the real-life culprits behind thyroid disease (hint: not sleeping is one!) why TSH shouldn’t be the measure of thyroid hormone (and what should be) how T3 is like the gasoline that drives the metabolism (and how T4 is like crude oil) what to do when you’re on medication but not feeling better how to improve thyroid function naturally the role of food allergies in thyroid disease (as well as an alternative to allergy testing) why dairy is so addictive and how to break the addiction three big nutrients to get if you have thyroid disease: low dose iodine, zinc, selenium why a thyroid problem usually means an adrenal problem too (and how to start reversing it) and more! Resources We Mention McCallMcPherson.com ModernThyroidClinic.com (with free gift) EverlyWell Thyroid Testing YourLabWork.com/McCall #StrengthinNeighbors Hurricane Harvey Support Group (Call 512-269-0797 to donate)
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50 min
November 27, 2017
117: Fitness at Any Age with Flipping 50s Debra Atkinson
Debra Atkinson is a life coach and master personal trainer who helps women embrace their 50s and beyond with vitality and energy, especially during and after menopause. Debra shares her inspirational message through her website FlippingFifty.com, which offers exercise programs and health coaching specifically for women over 50 wanting to look or feel their best. I love how Debra views the aging process not as something avoid but as a natural part of life and just another stage to live to our fullest potential. It makes so much sense and is a refreshing answer to all the pressures society puts on us as women to “hide” signs of aging. Debra Atkinson on Exercise After 50 In addition to bringing over 30 years of health and fitness expertise to the table, Debra has authored hundreds of articles and four books, including You Still Got it Girl! The After 50 Fitness Formula for Women and Navigating Fitness After 50: Your GPS for Choosing Programs and Professionals You Can Trust. She often writes about the exercise-hormone connection, strength training, and other fitness and health topics especially important to women. The fact is, there are things we can be doing in our 20s, 30s, and 40s to set ourselves up for an active, healthy life down the road. I’m looking forward to learning from Debra what I can be doing now to prepare for the years ahead! In This Episode You’ll Learn proactive ways to flip aging on its head and exude joy, health, and beauty at any age myth-busting facts about menopause, exercise, and nutrition after the big 5-0 getting the most out of diet and exercise in your 50s and beyond (and why it’s different from your 20s, 30s, and 40s) exercise mistakes women over 50 (and women in general) might make the simple way to improve health habits (and actually stick with it) why it’s a myth that metabolism has to change after menopause which population is most prone to problems as they age, and why why sleep and stress management might be more important than even diet and exercise why you actually exercise better when you’re under pressure and have no time! a new way to get beyond exercise resistance and embrace it as a way of life … even if you never have before how to match exercise to your cortisol levels (and how to tell if you have a hormone imbalance) why strength training might be the best thing a woman can do after 50 (or at any age!) specific ways to keep your mobility as you age (rather than losing it) the body chemistry that causes us gain belly fat as we age … and how to fight it a beginning weight training routine for women over 50 (and how to progress) what women over 50 should eat … and why when you eat is just as important changes
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55 min
November 20, 2017
116: How to Reboot Your Metabolism Using the Keto Reset Diet With Mark Sisson
Today I have the honor of interviewing one of my original mentors on my own journey to wellness. Mark Sisson is the founder of MarksDailyApple.com, a mainstay of the paleo community, and the author of The Primal Blueprint and now The Keto Reset Diet. Mark’s ideas shaped my decision to learn to eat mindfully, ditch the sugar and grains, and appreciate food in a whole new way. I find Mark Sisson such a balanced voice of reason in the health world. For Mark, healthy eating isn’t restrictive or limited. It’s all about exploring and savoring the tastiest, best foods that make you feel like a million bucks! Here are a few “Markisms” that I’ve gotten out of reading his books and blog: All calories are not created equal. Only eat when you’re hungry. If you don’t enjoy it, don’t eat it … even if it’s healthy! Sounds like a great approach to me! The Keto Reset Diet: What It Is (and What It’s Not) I get a ton of questions on the ketogenic diet and there seems to be a lot of confusion about what it actually is. Mark’s book cuts to the chase and answers all of these questions and more. First, what keto is not: It’s not the Atkins diet, and it’s not about eating your weight in bacon and cheese! (Sorry!) A ketogenic diet is about allowing the body to burn fat for fuel instead of relying on a steady incoming stream of glucose (i.e., snacks and constant meals). Mark’s Keto Reset Diet in particular helps restore the body to its “factory settings” so to speak … putting unhealthy food cravings to rest and opening up a new world where food, mind, and body are working together in a healthy fat-burning synergy. In This Episode You’ll Learn how to turn your body into a lean, mean, fat-burning machine why keto is really about fueling and feeding the body… not ruling out a food group why Mark has just coffee for breakfast (and it’s not bulletproof coffee either!) what “Keto” really means, and how it differs from ketosis how eating low carb and high fat retrains the body-brain connection Mark’s take on how people are doing keto “wrong” (and a better way to do it) just how much energy (calories) the body can make without eating the role of glycogen in exercise (and why Mark works out while fasting) why 3 square meals a day (plus snacks) might not be the healthiest way to eat what Mark himself eats daily … and how he enjoys every bite! the famous “big ass salad” that is the cornerstone of Mark’s diet, and how to make it why eating grains for breakfast is the worst thing you can do how to stay in the “Keto Zone” (without worrying about every little food choice) why healthy eating doesn’t have to be restrictive how Primal Kitchen is changing the food landscape the benefits of in
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61 min
November 13, 2017
115: Decoding Autoimmune Disease with Dr. Tom O’Bryan
Most of you know about my (not so fun) journey with Hashimoto’s, a challenging autoimmune disease. It’s been a long road with more questions than answers at times. I’m so fortunate to meet people like Dr. Tom O’Bryan along the way to help me understand this silent driver of so many modern diseases. Not sure if autoimmune disease affects you? If you live a generally healthy lifestyle and still have a host of symptoms, don’t miss this episode! Dr. Tom O’Bryan on Autoimmune Disease Symptoms, Signs, and Causes Dr. Tom is world-renowned expert on why autoimmune disease happens and what it really is. He serves on the faculty of the Institute of Functional Medicine and brought about the first Gluten Summit, gathering 29 experts from around the world to explore the real connection between gluten sensitivity and autoimmune disease. Tom is also the author of the incredible book The Autoimmune Fix: How to Stop the Hidden Autoimmune Damage That Keeps You Sick, Fat, and Tired Before It Turns Into Disease. In it Dr. Tom shows his talent for translating the science behind autoimmune disease in a way we can all understand. What’s more, I love his passion for reaching the next generation with this all-important message about the root cause of so many modern diseases. Take a listen and I think you’ll agree this is best explanation you’ve ever heard about this crucial (and sometimes confusing) topic. In This Episode You’ll Learn the hidden reason even why people who take care of their health get diseases how to get to the bottom of autoimmune disease and discover what’s triggering it Dr. Tom’s super helpful (and entertaining) explanation of how antibodies work in the body how infertility led Dr. Tom to a career of helping people fight autoimmune disease something most people with infertility have in common reasons why your thyroid, brain, and other organs would attack themselves the most common foods sensitivities behind autoimmune disease how to know if gluten is really a problem for you whether or not it’s really possible to heal a gluten sensitivity the reason women get more autoimmune disease 9x more than men common endocrine disruptors in the environment (and easy ways to protect ourselves) how many pounds of wheat most of us eat each year! simple steps moms can take to help their kids avoid autoimmune problems Dr. Tom’s take on vaccination (and a key risk factor to look for) the chemicals in your yoga pants (what?!) and more! Resources We Mention Follow Dr. Tom O’Bryan at theDr.com Special gift for Wellness Mama listeners: Join Dr. Tom’s membership
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72 min
November 6, 2017
114: Do We Need to Worry about Radiation and Mercury in Seafood?
You’ve heard the saying, “Know your farmer”? Today’s podcast episode is all about getting to know your fisherman too! As a self-proclaimed seafood addict, I’m very interested in what our guest Randy Hartnell has to say about hot topics like mercury in seafood, sustainable fishing, farmed vs. wild seafood, and how to know which seafood is actually safe to eat. (Please don’t ruin it for me Randy!) Meet Randy Hartnell, Seafood Expert Seafood is truly Randy’s lifelong passion. A simple summer job led him to become a career salmon and herring fisherman in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest for over 20 years. Now he puts his knowledge of all things seafood to work by curating the best quality fish and seafood from all over the world for his company, Vital Choice Wild Seafood & Organics. We buy most of our fish and seafood from Vital Choice now, and I warn you … the quality makes it hard to ever buy anything else! But Really, Is There Mercury in Seafood? Especially since the disaster at Fukishima, many people suspect seafood of being less than healthy and can’t help but wonder what contaminants might be hidden in seafood. To add to the confusion, loose labeling guidelines and the whole farmed vs. wild debate make the seafood world difficult for the average consumer to navigate. Seafood certainly isn’t cheap, so of course we want to choose carefully and be sure we’re getting what’s on the label. Vital Choice is one great way to be sure the fish and seafood your family is eating is fresh, safe, and sustainable. In This Episode You’ll Learn why Randy traded grad school for a career as a fisherman how a summer job turned into a sustainable seafood company the health benefits of consuming seafood (and why there’s nothing else like it) what omega-3 and DHA are and why they’re so important to health when you should (and should not) be concerned about mercury in seafood the reasons why farmed fish isn’t sustainable or eco-friendly differences between wild caught and farmed seafood, and which to choose if canned salmon is healthy or just a cheap shortcut how most restaurants and grocery stores source fish (and why we can do better) reasons why fish might taste “fishy” … and why it’s not supposed to! the role of selenium in the body and the interesting relationship it has with mercury how Vitamin D levels vary in different types of salmon whether or not the Fukishima disaster affected the seafood supply why Randy tests their seafood for radiation and mercury (and what resulted) how to choose which seafood to try first (yum!) and more! Resources We Mention Go to
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44 min
October 30, 2017
113: Toxic Metals That Cause Fatigue and How to Detox Them
Are you tired of being tired? I know tiredness seems like part of the package when you’re a mom, but if you live a healthy lifestyle and still suffer from chronic fatigue, brain fog, irritability, headaches, and other unpleasant symptoms, toxic metals could be the hidden culprit. Detox specialist Wendy Myers is here today to help us take a deeper look. Unfortunately, toxic metals are all around us (especially in our modern environment) but there are smart ways to detox and limit their impact on our bodies. If you pump gas, breathe air, drink water, eat food, or live in a house … you might want to check out this episode! Wendy Myers, Toxic Metals Specialist Wendy Myers is a functional diagnostic nutritionist and founder of Liveto110.com and MineralPower.com. She diagnosed her own health issues through hair mineral analysis and now brings her method for success to others through her Mineral Power detox program. Wendy is also the #1 bestselling author of Limitless Energy: How to Detox Toxic Metals to End Exhaustion and Chronic Fatigue (2017). Through her book and her Live to 110 podcast Wendy explains how to safely reverse damage from toxic metals and reclaim energy once again. In This Episode You’ll Learn which toxic metals pose the highest threat to our health (and how they got into our bodies in the first place) why detoxing is more than just a fad, and how to do it safely the one metal that causes more cancer than all the other metals combined (and it’s not lead or mercury!) which tests can show if you are overloaded with toxic metals the additive in gasoline that is 10x more toxic than mercury (and connected to chronic fatigue) how sauna therapy mobilizes metals (and the right kind of sauna to use) when to add iodine to a detox the big problem hiding in conventional chicken and eggs how we are all being exposed to arsenic daily (and why it can keep you from losing weight) the most toxic thing in vaccines these days (hint: it’s not mercury) how to know if seafood is really safe to eat how aluminum toxicity happens and why it is a problem the heavy metal hiding in herbal teas (especially mint and peppermint) toxic metals in rice and grains, and how to avoid them everything you ever wanted to know (or maybe didn’t want to know!) about coffee enemas and more! Resources We Mention Learn more about Wendy and the Mineral Power program at Liveto110.com Book: Wendy Myers, 
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49 min
October 23, 2017
112: The Only 8 Ingredients Any Cook Needs with Food Scientist Ali Bouzari
Ali Bouzari is here to talk about food and the way we think about it, and he’s incredibly qualified to do so. As a chef and culinary scientist (literally, he has a PhD in Food Biochemistry), Ali knows exactly how food works and why. Companies and culinary programs all over the world consult with him to find the best ways to make new and innovative foods. Ali Bouzari on the Science of Food I met Ali Bouzari at a conference, and I’ll admit at first I didn’t fully appreciate what he meant by “food science.” Ali sees any recipe from two sides. On the one hand he’s a chef who appreciates crispy bacon, creamy dressing, or a perfectly seared steak. On the other hand he’s a scientist who sees all food as a sum of 8 Ingredients: Water, Sugars, Carbs, Lipids, Proteins, Minerals, Gases, and Heat. Understand each of these players, he says, and you will know how to create with food like never before. His presentation on the 8 Ingredients fascinated me that day, and I’ve started to use what he taught me in the way I approach cooking at home. Thankfully he wrote an amazing book about it in a way that’s accessible to the home cook. It’s called Ingredient: Unveiling the Essential Elements of Food and it’s like a comic book meets cookbook … even my kids love it and get a lot out of it! So, let’s see what’s cooking! In This Episode You’ll Learn how to see everyday foods through a scientific lens and make them work for you in the kitchen why Ivy League schools and the Culinary Institute of America turn to Ali Bouzari for the latest food ideas the science of what makes ingredients burn, emulsify, whip, crunch, wilt, and more how you can learn to control your ingredients like a chef the psychology of how we evaluate and appreciate the food we eat alternative, natural ways to preserve or alter mass-market food … and whether Ali thinks these methods are better when mass-market food production became a reality, and why (it’s fascinating!) some of the clients Ali has helped over the years, and the stories behind the products they created a different take on nitrates, carrageenan, phosphates, and other infamous food additives the encouraging percentage of Ali’s clients who want to bring real food ingredients to the mass market new frontiers in food: how culinary scientists discover new ingredients (little “i”) and new ways to use them why Ali thinks sugar doesn’t totally deserve the bad rap it gets (I’m interested to hear this one!) and more! Resources We Mention AliBouzari.com
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55 min
October 19, 2017
111: Biohacking for Moms – Lessons From the Bulletproof Conference
Last week Heather from MommyPotamus.com and I had the chance to attend Dave Asprey’s Bulletproof Biohacking Conference in California. We noticed some fun new trends, tried some unusual health treatments and met some incredible people. We also got to try a bunch of treatments that we would never be able to try in the normal course of daily life as moms. Here are some of our key takeaways… Biohacking Trends We Noticed There were dozens of vendors at the conference displaying and demonstrating their products. We were familiar with many of these products already but also found some fun new things to try. There were also some noticeable recurring trends among the vendors. Red Lights We saw a LOT of products that involved red light or infrared in some way. We’ve both shared about the benefits of certain types of red lights in our posts about saunas (see Heather’s post here and mine here). This is the sauna we both have and love. I’ve also talked about the benefits of Red Light therapy in this podcast and in this blog post. This is the red light I have and use at home. Wave Vibration Lots of good vibrations going on at the biohacking conference… literally. There was a definite recurring theme of biohacking with high speed vibrations of different kinds. This included everything from Dave Asprey’s own wave vibration plate to various vibration technology equipment. We loved the Rapid Release tool that is used by doctors and physical therapists for helping muscle pain and improving mobility. I used it a few times at the conference on my Achilles that has been sore since a really long hike earlier this year and I’ve been pain free ever since. Another tool I’ve been using lately, (that is much less expensive and also well tested) is the Myobuddy Massager. Both of these tools work on the fascia and deeper tissue. Athletes use them for recovery and improved muscle performance and those with chronic illnesses can use them for increased lymphatic flow and improved sleep. Mushrooms Mushrooms were also a recurring trend at the conference. Certain types of mushrooms like Lion’s Mane, Chaga, Cordyceps and others are well-studied for their brain benefits. We’ve been drinking mushroom enhanced instant coffee from Four Sigmatic for a long time (use the code “wellnessmama” to get 15% off at this link) and these types of shrooms were showing up at many booths around the conference. In fact, one group even had mushroom printed pants! Brain
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24 min
October 16, 2017
110: How Vibrational Frequencies Affect Our Daily Lives
Ever heard of sending someone good vibes? Or being on the same wavelength? What if I told you that you could see a picture of your emotions—gratitude, peace, anger, joy, and so on—just by measuring your vibrational frequencies? Would you think I’d really lost it? Probably … Is it really so crazy though? The more I learn about about the human body, the more I’m convinced: vibrational frequencies are all around us (and in us) affect our health. In fact, understanding how they work could shape our choices about what we eat, how we move, what we buy, and where we live. Vibrational Frequencies: Crazy or Credible? My guest today (and good friend) Robyn Openshaw is here to tell us all about the science of vibrational frequencies and how it is indeed very real. I got to spend time with Robyn at a natural medicine clinic in Switzerland earlier this year and knew I had to share her with you guys! Robyn knows her stuff. In 2007, she launched the popular site GreenSmoothieGirl.com and since then she’s traveled all over the globe sharing her message about nutrition, digestion, and energy. She is a former psychotherapist and university professor and has authored 15 books including the bestsellers The Green Smoothies Diet and 12 Steps to Whole Foods. Her latest book, Vibe: Unlock the Energetic Frequencies of Limitless Health, Love & Success, will be released later this month. In This Episode You’ll Learn which famous scientists forged our current understanding of energy, and what they had to say what vibrational frequency is, and how to measure yours why mildly radioactive energy is increasingly present in our work, home, and school environments … and what it means for our health the principle of quantum physics that has everything to do with how happy and healthy you are why feeling someone has “a good vibe” has actual science behind it what drinking just one cup of coffee does to your vibrational frequency real ways we affect people around us … even without touching or speaking to them one important thing missing in the modern understanding of psychology why Robyn thinks we are having the wrong conversation about food how the food we eat affects our vibrational frequencies (for better or worse) ways to attract high frequency people … just by being yourself cheap, easy, quick ways to rid yourself of “dirty” energy and better your health how to do a “word detox” and other fun and healthy challenges anyone can do at home and more! Resources We Mention Find Robyn Openshaw and more of her info at GreenSmoothieGirl.com Pre-order Robyn’s new Vibe book for just the price of shipping here. Related Wellness Mama Articles
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47 min
October 9, 2017
109: Vaginal Health, Menopause, and Hormone Therapy With Dr. Anna Cabeca
Dr. Anna Cabeca is an internationally recognized gynecologist and obstetrician specializing in holistic anti-aging and regenerative medicine. She uses a functional medicine approach and tools like bioidentical hormone therapy, diet, and superfood supplements to help women solve their hormonal health problems. If you’re a woman (and I’m guessing most of you are!), don’t miss this episode! Dr. Anna Cabeca on Restoring Health at Any Age Hormones truly are in the driver’s seat when it comes to so many common female complaints, including low sex drive, PMS, postpartum depression, anxiety, menopause, and aging. Dr. Cabeca is here to help with these issues. Female sexual health is one topic I haven’t touched on much on the blog, but most of us don’t need to see the research to know the importance of these areas to our physical and emotional health. With the help of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and other natural alternatives, Dr. Cabeca has helped many woman regain their health footing and to feel at home in their own bodies once again. Resources We Mention DrAnnaCabeca.com Julva 7-Night Trial (with free ebook “Overcoming Vaginal Dryess and Irritation”) The Eve Quiz – Get your Sexual and Pelvic Health Score From Dr. Anna Cabeca: What Is a Hormone? How Women’s Reproductive Hormones Change Every 30 Days Pelvic Floor 101: Are You “Tinkling” or “Twinkling”? Taking the Heat Out of Hot Flashes Sexual Health Is About Much More Than Sex Grab a Mirror and Let’s Find Your Vulva DHEA for Pelvic Pain and Health From Wellness Mama: Symptoms of Vaginal Atrophy (& Natural Ways to Protect Vaginal Health)
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51 min
October 2, 2017
108: Why the Birth Control Pill Screws Up Hormones & What to Use Instead
Nicole Jardim is a Certified Women’s Health Coach and Functional Nutrition Coach who specializes in helping women with hormonal problems. She has some much needed insight especially on the subject of the birth control pill and some of its lesser known effects. Nicole Jardim and the Birth Control Pill Nicole is the creator of “Fix Your Period,” a series of e-courses that empower women to reclaim their hormonal health in a fun and sassy way. Nicole also cohosts the The Period Party, one of the top-rated podcasts on iTunes. She’s helped thousands of women from all around the world who are struggling with PCOS, infertility, amenorrhea, PMS, and much more. While we may be treading into controversial waters, this is a topic that affects so many women and deserves to be examined from every angle. I’m grateful that Nicole is here to share her story and the solutions she’s found. In This Episode You’ll Learn how birth control works … and what your doctor probably hasn’t told you about it why birth control research hasn’t progressed in 50 years pros and cons of current birth control options (and some alternatives) the hidden health costs of being on the birth control pill long term effects of direct-to-consumer advertising in the pharmaceutical industry the shocking number of birth control prescriptions that have nothing to do with contraception Nicole’s take on whether Natural Family Planning (NFP) works (and I might weigh in just a little too …) why taking the pill for acne or to “regulate” a period isn’t a good idea what follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) does in the body, and what happens when it gets out of balance advances in fertility monitoring that offer a completely natural way to plan (or avoid) pregnancy what low sex drive has to do with the pill the domino effect stress has on hormones premature ovarian failure: what it is and why it’s on the rise the connection between birth control and gut dysfunction, including Crohn’s, IBS, and Leaky Gut changes you can start making today toward good hormonal health Nicole’s recommendations on the best supplements to take to start correcting nutrient deficiencies and more! Resources We Mention NicoleJardim.com The Period Party Podcast Period Symptom Quiz (and Fix Your Period Jumpstart Kit) From Nicole’s Blog: Are Birth Control Side Effects Ruining Your Life? How I Became a Women’s Health Coach Huge Study Links Birth Control to Depression
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41 min
September 25, 2017
107: Improve Your Brain to Avoid Alzheimer’s, Dementia, & Memory Loss with Dr. Perlmutter
Dr. Perlmutter is on the forefront of research about ways to protect and support the brain in a world where Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other brain-related diseases are on the rise. Alzheimer’s disease affects a staggering number of Americans today—5.5 million. In fact, if you live to be age 85, your chance of getting Alzheimer’s is 50/50. Even more shocking, the Alzheimer’s Association estimates that number could increase to 16 million by 2050. It’s not all bad news, though, as my guest today is here to assure us. Dr. David Perlmutter on Preventing Alzheimer’s Dr. Perlmutter is a Board-Certified Neurologist, Fellow of the American College of Nutrition, and four-time New York Times bestselling author. You’ve probably heard of his popular book Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs and Sugar–Your Brain’s Silent Killers. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has been interviewed by everyone from Larry King, Oprah, Dr. Oz and many others. While Dr. Perlmutter is all for finding a cure for Alzheimer’s (currently there isn’t one), as a functional medicine doctor he’s also all about acting on the medical research that shows this disease is largely preventable with the right lifestyle choices. Dr. Perlmutter sums it up well (by quoting former President John Kennedy): The time to fix the roof is when the sun is shining. I couldn’t agree more. Take a listen! In This Episode You’ll Learn the devastating way Dr. Perlmutter’s lost his own father to Alzheimer’s, and how it fuels his mission now reasons why Alzheimer’s is largely preventable, and how peer-reviewed research shows this the (limited) role genetics plays in developing Alzheimer’s the link between Alzheimer’s and elevated blood sugar why Dr. Perlmutter wrote his book Grain Brain and what he thinks about diets that promote ketosis concrete steps anyone can use to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s (and one free thing that reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s by half!) ways to increase brain stem cells and protect your brain (and why you should start now) scientific reasons why friends are good for your brain and how to make sure you have good social interaction why feelings of joy and acceptance actually fight stress, disease, and brain degeneration how chronically elevated cortisol can harm the brain and the gut surprising ways a certain level of stress can actually be good for us (also called the hormesis theory) the clinically proven effect of gratitude on the brain what your brain does while you sleep, and why it’s so important the dramatic way artificial sweeteners affect the gut and which
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56 min
September 18, 2017
106: Why to Stop Doing Kegels & Squat Instead with Katy Bowman
I’m excited to say that Katy Bowman is here today! In fact I think she’s the most requested guest to date, so many of you listening will be especially interested in today’s episode. Katy is the movement mastermind behind the award-winning blog and podcast Nutritious Movement (formerly Katy Says) that reaches thousands of people every month. She’s blogged for 10 years on the topic of movement and its importance to health. Along the way she also found time to author 8 books, including the best-selling Move Your DNA and Movement Matters. A biomechanist by training, Katy pioneers research on the effects of our modern sedentary culture and the profound potential of human movement. She’s convinced me that movement can be just as nutritious as food … and she’s not just talking about getting to the gym. To find out what she is talking about, stick around! Katy Bowman on Nutritious Movement If you’ve been around my blog, you may have noticed I have some strong feelings on eating real, nutritious foods and avoiding empty, toxic ones like sugar and processed oils. Well the way I feel about sugar and processed foods is the way Katy Bowman feels about sitting still. Deprive your body of its daily dose of movement, she says, and it’s just as bad as not eating your vegetables. The amazing part is that regular exercise doesn’t even undo the effects of sitting for long hours in a desk chair or on your couch. Research shows that too much sitting can lead not only to obesity but higher rates of cancer, cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. It can even shorten our life span. So what’s a healthy mom to do? Katy Bowman lays it all out, step-by-step. She explains exactly what we can do about this cultural problem and how to meet our body’s movement quota in a sedentary world. In This Episode You’ll Learn why we’re not getting enough “Vitamin Squat” … and why it’s so important we don’t go without it what movement can do for the body, and how to get more of it the reason why not many of us adults are very good at squatting (and why my toddler is pro!) why Katy has very little furniture in her house … yes, not even a couch where kegels fall short … and what to do for the pelvic floor instead the difference between stationary and sedentary ways to get out of our comfort zone and try new movement (even when everyone else is just sitting around) modifications to help you recover the ability to squat “nutritious” ways to move after having a baby how to create the ideal dynamic work space the relationship between diastasis recti and
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60 min
September 11, 2017
105: How to Beat Anxiety and Resolve Panic Attacks with Targeted Amino Acids
It seems like more and more people these days have a tough time managing anxiety. In fact, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America defines anxiety disorders as the most common mental illness in the U.S. Something, somewhere, is off. The pressures of life today are so different from those just a generation or two ago. Sure, we have bigger houses, more possessions, and more education and job choice. But on the flip side we suffer from nutritional deficiencies from depleted soil and processed food. We deal with modern stressors like toxins, electronics, and being indoors too much. So, could anxiety be more than in our minds? Is there a food-mood connection? Healing Anxiety Nature’s Way Food mood expert and clinical nutritionist Trudy Scott says a resounding yes to these questions. With her love of rock climbing and traveling the world, she never thought she was a candidate for an anxiety disorder. But as she neared her late 30s, she felt increasingly anxious … to the point where it was debilitating. Trudy went back to school to become a nutritionist and learned the biochemical reasons why we become over wired and over stressed. Her mission now is to share how to use targeted amino acids like GABA, glutamine, tryptophan, and 5-HTP to reset and rebalance body and mind. Many of us know to supplement with vitamin D or fish oil, but amino acids are a bit of mystery. I’m so grateful Trudy is here to give us some guidance! In This Episode You’ll Learn nutritional deficiencies commonly linked to anxiety, depression, and other problems Trudy’s own story of recovery from severe panic attacks why perfectionism and worry might have more to do with body chemistry than your personality the underlying causes of anxiety and how to know which are affecting you how to find the targeted amino acids for a particular case all about the key anti-anxiety amino acids: GABA, theanine, tryptophan, 5-HTP (and others) how low vitamin D, low zinc, high copper, and other nutritional factors add to anxiety the low zinc and high copper link to postpartum depression the potential neurotransmitter issue that leads to cravings precautions if taking amino acids on an SSRI antidepressant the link between the thyroid and anxiety why to take amino acids separately from food biochemical reasons some people are introverted or socially anxious guidance for pregnant moms who can’t take amino acids (and what to do if you’re nursing) the science-backed reason that exercise helps anxiety and depression the way an MTHFR mutation is linked to anxiety and how to resolve it why detox pathways influence mental health and more! Resources We Mention Find Trudy at Antianxietyfoodsolution.com and EveryWomanOver29.com Trudy’s Blog:
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53 min
September 4, 2017
104: Uncovering the Root Causes of PCOS, Endometriosis, and More
Pharmacist turned naturopathic doctor Brooke Kalanick uses the best of both natural and conventional methods to treat women with PCOS, Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, perimenopause, menopause, and other female hormone imbalances. Dr. Brooke works to find the root cause of these troubling conditions. Her practice takes a holistic approach to reset hormones, heads, and habits so women can finally feel at home in their bodies. What a great (and much needed!) mission. Dr. Brooke Kalanick on Ways to Manage PCOS PCOS, or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, happens when multiple follicles on the ovaries are working abnormally. Symptoms can vary and range from severe to vague, which can make PCOS difficult to diagnose. If you have one or more symptoms like an irregular or missing cycle, infertility, fatigue, elevated blood sugar, mood swings, acne, and/or excess facial hair, you may want to consider whether PCOS is at the bottom of it. Conventional treatment often consists of long-term use of the birth control pill, but Dr. Brooke shares other more holistic options that actually get to the root cause and eliminate symptoms (rather than just masking them). Dr. Brooke makes such complex issues really understandable. Here are just some of the topics we dive into! In This Episode You’ll Learn the problems with diagnosing PCOS (and why many have it without knowing it) common symptoms to look for to know if you have it how cortisol and thyroid hormones have a direct impact on PCOS and endometrosis how to address endometriosis naturally a great explanation of insulin resistance, and why Dr. Brooke’s PCOS protocol starts with managing this the inflammation connection to PCOS and other hormone problems the problem with using birth control pills to remedy PCOS what your carb intake has to do with hormones the most important thing for a woman with PCOS to do when it comes to food ways to address the weight gain from hormone imbalance exercise dos and don’ts for hormone balance, and why the answer varies the two groups for PCOS sufferers, and how to know which group you fall in why to ramp up omega-3s to fight hormone imbalance the unusual reason to avoid animal fat if you have PCOS Dr. Brooke’s quick start diet and supplement protocol for tackling hormone issues how PCOS or endometriosis impacts the transition to menopause why women’s hormones are a moving target … and how to keep up! life after PCOS: is there really a cure? and more! Resources We Mention BetterbyDrBrooke.com Dr. Brooke’s Hormone Quiz (with Free Resources for Healing) Dr. Brooke’s Podcast: Better Every Day
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41 min
August 31, 2017
103: A Professional Organizer Shares How to Beat Clutter
Did you know there’s such a thing as a professional organizer? Someone you can just invite into your home to make all your clutter and cleaning problems go away? It’s true! My guest today is Andrea Dekker and her job is helping people simplify and organize their lives. Better yet, she does it in in a way that resonates with real people, real families, and real budgets. Wanted: A Professional Organizer for Real Life Every time I deep clean my kids’ rooms I dream of having Andrea around. I’m definitely a planner and am pretty attached to my systems that keep things organized, and my husband is the same way. But if you have kids (and you know I have a few!) you have little disorganizers working against you 24/7. It’s definitely an uphill battle that takes effort every single day. Another professional organizer, Marie Kondo, made quite an impact with her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and her Konmari method. I like some things about the method but it just didn’t seem realistic for our family of 8 that homeschools (and works from home to boot!). As a wife and mom of 3, Andrea takes a different approach. She’s not a minimalist but she can help you pare down to just the things you use, need, and love. She doesn’t have a magic wand to wave the never-ending laundry and grocery cycle away, but she does have strategies to simplify it. Andrea also doesn’t pretend like she has found “the right way” to run a home. She knows that looks different for everyone and has so many useful tips for figuring out your family’s priorities. In This Episode You’ll Learn the difference between simplifying and organizing which 10-minute daily habit that can change everything a simple step to cut the mental clutter and make your family’s priorities clear the power of “no” … and when to use it why you don’t have to be a minimalist to have a clean house strategies to tame the laundry pile how to write a grocery list in the most efficient way possible ways to deal with the email giant (I’m taking notes on this one especially!) key habits of organized people (and habits of the disorganized) taming paper clutter … including kids’ artwork how Andrea keeps her car clean all the time (gasp!) the unique opportunities for women today … and some new pressures we face how to reframe thoughts to stay motivated and fight discouragement and more! Resources We Mention The Andrea Dekker Blog 6 Ways I Simplify My Life My Job as Mom Do Your “Yeses” Match Your Season of Life?
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53 min
August 28, 2017
102: How to Stay Safe During Tick Season & Avoid Chronic Lyme Disease with Dr. Jay Davidson
Do you suffer from unexplained headaches, joint pain, fatigue, or other autoimmune symptoms and suspect chronic Lyme disease might be at the bottom of it? Dr. Jay Davidson might just be the expert you need! There’s no better time to get educated on this topic, as Lyme disease is actually more common than breast cancer now and cases are on the rise. Most of us already know the importance of checking our kids (and ourselves) for ticks. It turns out there’s more the story though … as is so often the case when it comes to health. Chronic Lyme Disease: A Rising Epidemic As a functional medicine clinician, chiropractor, and researcher, Dr. Jay Davidson helps people all over the world with their hard-to-diagnose cases. But there’s a deeper reason why Dr. Jay is the “go-to” guy for Lyme disease. His wife Heather, who had battled chronic Lyme disease since childhood, became very acutely ill after the birth of their daughter. Her Lyme disease had entered the acute stage, and she almost lost her life to it. Today Dr. Jay shares about this terrible journey (with a happy ending, thankfully!) and the treatments that restored his wife’s health. This experience became the basis for Dr. Jay’s practice and his best-selling book 5 Steps to Restoring Health Protocol. It’s paralyzing to think about how easily Lyme disease can be contracted and how devastating the consequences are. I’m so grateful Dr. Jay is here to educate us more and tell us some things we can do to stem the tide. In This Episode You’ll Learn the terrifying story of how Dr. Jay’s wife nearly lost her life to Lyme disease … and how she recovered reasons why Lyme disease so often defies diagnosis and goes undetected the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi, and why it’s so tricky to find and treat the different stages of Lyme disease, and the difference between acute and chronic Lyme how to protect yourself from ticks … and what to do if they bite anyway why ticks are not the only way to contract Lyme disease problems with conventional testing and treatments for Lyme (and which labs to use instead) why the body’s natural drainage pathways play a role, and how to support them co-infections that typically accompany Lyme and how to recognize their symptoms why a bullseye rash isn’t the only symptom of Lyme, and may mean you already have it how to remove a tick safely why not to put essential oils … or anything! … on a tick before removal Dr. Jay’s best tips to minimize stress and boost health and happiness in daily life and more! Resources We Mention Education Jay Davidson, 5 Steps to Restoring Health Protocol: Helping Those Who Haven’t Been Helped with Lyme Disease, T
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52 min
August 24, 2017
101: Critical Thinking in a Social Media World (What You Didn’t Learn in History Class)
Today we’re talking about a topic that fascinates me personally: how to learn critical thinking in an age that accepts the latest meme or “fake news” without question. I started out as a journalism major, and at the time I believed I could help the world by getting “the right answers” and putting them out there. Now I understand it’s not that black and white. We all know that news sources often bring their own political agenda to the table. It takes clear thinking and a degree of skepticism to discern fact from fiction … not to mention everything in between. So how can we cultivate these abilities? Do our schools teach them? How can we as adults learn them in a rapidly changing world and how can we teach this skill to our children? Tom Woods on Critical Thinking for the 21st Century Economist, historian, and homeschooling parent Tom Woods explains why critical thinking is increasingly important in a social media and buzz feed world. With 4 Ivy League degrees (yes, 4!)—one of them a PhD in History from Columbia University—Tom Woods has the credentials. But he didn’t stop there. Tom Woods has made his life’s work to teach as many people as possible to be out-of-the-box entrepreneurs and problem solvers by teaching critical thinking. History and economics matters to everyone, he argues, because they are the keys to how the world works, and why. The result of his efforts? Tom Woods is followed by a huge virtual community interested in applying critical thinking and creative solutions to political problems. I love what he has to say, and I hope you do too! In This Episode, You’ll Learn why understanding economics shouldn’t be for an elite few how to learn to think critically in a “fake news” world a simple explanation of the power of the free market convincing reasons why knowing history matters in today’s society the problems Tom Woods thinks government faces over the next few decades why Social Security isn’t the only government program with major problems one pitfall of democratic societies (can you guess?) ways to educate yourself on the history, art, culture, and economics you may have missed in school resources for sharing your worldview with your kids why government solutions actually can rob us of an opportunity for creativity Tom’s perspective on mainstream news outlets (and how to choose news sources wisely) what’s needed to prepare kids for the politics of college environments whether the higher education system still has value why knowing how to create a profitable YouTube channel might be just as important as a college education what Austrian economics is, and what it has to do with America common misconceptions about states’ rights … and what American history really has to say Even if you disagree politically, here’s one of Tom Woods’ messages we all probably can get behind: we can each accomplish great things without being forced to do so. Resources We Mention
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54 min
August 21, 2017
Episode 100 AMA: Your Questions Answered on Circumcision, Vaccines, CBD & More
Today is the 100th episode of The Healthy Moms Podcast! We’ll be doing things a little differently to mark the occasion … it’s your turn to interview me! I’ll even dive into the topic of vaccines, which I’ve never talked about on the blog before but am asked about often. First, a little recap of the best episodes (I think) since the podcast began … My Favorite Healthy Moms Podcasts (So Far!) It’s nearly impossible to choose “favorites” from the long list of interviews I’ve had with amazing health experts from all around the globe. That being said, here are some can’t-miss interviews from the past 99 episodes: Episode 60: Dr. Cate Shanahan on deep nutrition Episode 90: Dr. Kelly Brogan on hormones, anxiety, depression, and the connection between them Episode 92: Dr. Elisa Song (my kids’ pediatrician) on a balanced but holistic approach to kids’ health Episode 77: Joshua Becker on minimalism (I love his family-friendly take on the topic.) Episodes 42, 43, 44, 45, and 74: Dr. Izabella Wentz, the expert on thyroid issues And my personal favorites, my saunacasts with Heather of Mommypotamus (episodes 59 and 69) You Ask, I Answer … Even About Vaccines I asked all of you to send in any questions you might have for me, and you sent me some great ones. In this anniversary podcast conversation I’ll answer some of the topics that came up the most. First, the Disclaimer I always say … I’m not a doctor, I’m just a mom sharing what I learn about health along the way. Please don’t take what I say as medical advice, and please don’t take my opinion (or anyone else’s opinion for that matter) at face value. I encourage you to dig in to the research to decide what’s best for your family, because it may not be the same as what’s good for mine. There’s just no getting around the fact that a lot of health topics are controversial and the science can be debated. I always welcome respectful dialogue here on the Wellness Mama blog (keyword: respectful!) because that way we all can learn from each other. Now that that’s out of the way … on to the interview! In This Episode, You’ll Learn: Some Personal Things About Me what I’m doing this summer with the fa
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47 min
August 17, 2017
99: Using Health Tracking to Discover Your Own Personalized Medicine
I’m no stranger to being my own health detective, but it’s always amazing to realize a missing piece of the puzzle might be a simple one. Have you ever thought about the power of health tracking? I’m not just talking about wearing a Fitbit, either. I’m talking about food-mood-poop tracking. Yep! This episode is going there. Andrea Nakayama, Partner in Health I’d like to introduce you to my friend, Andrea Nakayama. Andrea’s become a big deal in the world of functional medicine, as a nutritionist who can help chronically ill people get better when no one else can. Her clinical skills have won her the attention of many world-renowned doctors who consult with her on their own difficult cases. More than that, Andrea trains a thousand practitioners every year in how to have the clinical success she’s had. She’s training an army of change-makers in the field of healthcare. Her story is tragic and inspiring all at once. (You’ll see why.) Is Health Tracking the Missing Key to Self-Care? Andrea’s functional medicine practice (which is both in-person and virtual) helps people tune in and take charge of their own health on a deeper level. Unlike conventional medicine that starts with solving symptoms, Andrea recommends digging deep into the complex layers of habits, lifestyle, and genetics that may be paving the way for health dysfunction. This is where health tracking is essential. Take a listen to find out why … and how … you can be your own best health advocate. In This Episode You’ll Learn the heartbreaking personal loss that led Andrea to her new life mission one of the best descriptions I’ve heard of what “functional medicine” really is what Andrea calls “non-negotiables” for good health … and how to discover your own why poop is one of the best diagnostic tools, and what yours could tell you about your health the surprising reason why health-conscious people are not immune to nutrient deficiency what you can learn about your health by tracking your monthly cycle Andrea’s “Yes, And” philosophy when it comes to assessing the best treatment options something to look for when choosing a doctor (what it is might surprise you) what to remove from your diet for good thyroid health health trackers you can use to create your own personalized health plan why testing your blood sugar at home is a good idea even if you aren’t diabetic the best supplement and labs trackers you can use, and why this habit is so transforming and more! Resources We Mention Functional Nutrition Alliance Holistic Nutrition Lab Free gift! Download Andrea’s “Food Mood Poop Challenge” e-book. This e-book is an amazing gui
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57 min
August 14, 2017
98: Overcoming Orthorexia with Intuitive, Mindful Eating with Devyn Sisson
With so much conflicting information in the health world, it can be all too easy to get tied up in knots over what really is best to eat. Instead of seeing a fresh, juicy apple, to wonder what kinds of pesticides lurk on its skin. Is the fish I’m eating farm-raised, or wild? Is this beef really grass-fed or just grass-finished? Are there nitrates in this bacon? Should I be eating meat at all? Or if, God forbid, I eat some “junk” food … just how guilty should I feel? I’ve definitely felt like this at times in my health journey, and I bet I’m not alone in this. In fact, I know I’m not thanks to our fantastic guest today, Devyn Sisson. She’s written a great cookbook called Kitchen Intuition, and her message is a breath of fresh air. Devyn Sisson on Loving to Eat (While Eating to Live) If Devyn Sisson sounds a little familiar, it might be because she’s the daughter of well-known primal blogger Mark Sisson. Devyn grew up with near-perfect food options, in an amazing family. But her healthy upbringing had some unintended consequences. When she moved away to college and had to learn to navigate the world of healthy eating on her own, Devyn found herself literally becoming so afraid to eat that she bordered on orthorexia. Drawing from her background in psychology and her secondary degree in nutrition, she realized the big role food has in social interaction and metal health, as well as physical health, and set out to find a new relationship with food. In her new book, Kitchen Intuition, Devyn helps people fall in love with eating, cooking, and sharing food all over again. In This Episode You’ll Learn what it was like growing up in the “perfectly” healthy Sisson household Devyn’s brush with orthorexia—an extreme fear of eating anything unhealthy—and what she learned from it how you can build health, confidence, and self-esteem from “intuitive cooking” … and make food fun again Devyn’s insights about how to raise kids to have a healthy outlook about food one key way to feel better about the food you put in your body (regardless of what it is) the key emotional factors that shape our food choices and cravings eating disorders: how to navigate this tough topic with loved ones the Sisson’s latest business venture (hint: it has to do with delicious food!) how to find balance in the quest for health … and still enjoy the ride along the way and more! Resources We Mention Devyn on Instagram Book: Devyn Sisson, Kitchen Intuition: Cook With Your Hands. Laugh with Your Belly. Trust Your Intuition. (2017)
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35 min
August 10, 2017
97: OB & Midwife Aviva Romm on PPD, Thyroid Problems, & MTHFR
You all know how I feel about birth and midwifery, and Aviva is both a Yale-trained MD specializing in Obstetrics and a midwife and herbalist. Talk about the best of both worlds! Beyond her amazing credentials, Aviva Romm cares deeply about the health of women, including their mental health. In this episode, she shares practical ways to address problems like postpartum depression, thyroid and adrenal problems, and even how to manage MTHFR. She’s just an incredible resource and I can’t wait to dive into some of these topics with her. Hormones and Mental Health With a busy obstetrics practice, Aviva is no stranger to the health issues women face. Depression is on the rise (more on that below) and too many moms find themselves struggling with post-baby blues or even postpartum depression. But why? Aviva explains exactly why in her most recent book The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution, tackling topics like chronic disease, inflammation, weight gain, food cravings, hormone imbalance, and the impact of stress, diet, and environmental toxins on health. She wrote the book in response to some genuinely scary statistics: 1 in 2 people have chronic illness (and the primary underlying cause of chronic illness is inflammation!) 30% of all depression is caused by inflammation Up to 20% of new moms have thyroid disorders 15% or more of new moms have an undetected thyroid condition I’ve captured as much of Aviva’s practical and detailed advice as I can in the resources below, but you’ll want to listen so you don’t miss a word! In This Episode You’ll Learn Aviva’s fascinating life story, including her beginnings as a child prodigy all about how the postpartum thyroid functions, and how to recognize if things are abnormal (despite what your doctor might tell you) risk factors that might make you more predisposed to depression warning signs of postpartum depression (PPD), and how to recognize them why having PPD once doesn’t mean you’ll get it again practical, concrete things you can do to lower your risk for depression tips for putting a support team in place for postpartum TPO: what it is and why moms worried about PPD should get it tested during pregnancy strategies for sorting through postpartum thoughts and emotions Dr. Romm’s protocol for MTHFR genetic mutation why removing gluten and dairy can help prevent PPD what studies show about magnesium and omega-3 supplementation a powerful antidote to depression that doesn’t require a doctor and doesn’t cost a dime! clearing up the controversy about St. John’s Wort and depression and more! Resources We Mention AvivaRomm.com Boo
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62 min
August 7, 2017
96: Using Natural and Traditional Medicine to Fix the Gut Microbiome with Dr. Ken Brown
I may be a “Wellness Mama” but I’m certainly not a doctor, so I’m always happy to have one on the show! Dr. Ken Brown is a practicing gastroenterologist and expert on the issue my readers ask about most often: gut health. (Or more precisely, the lack thereof … ) Enter Dr. Ken Brown. In 2015 he created Atrantíl (pronounced “Ah-tran-TEAL”), a targeted and clinically studied natural supplement that addresses SIBO, IBS, leaky gut, and other digestive problems. We’ve had a little experience with how tough it can be to rehabilitate gut health from my husband’s bout with SIBO post-surgery (more about that in the podcast). I can’t wait to find out more about this treatment option and hear Dr. Ken’s protocol for healing the gut. A Prescription for Good Gut Health from Dr. Ken Brown Dr. Ken shared with me the shocking statistic that 20% of the general population today suffers from IBS. Add to this other gut conditions like Leaky Gut Syndrome, SIBO, Crohn’s, and all the digestive complaints that haven’t been diagnosed and are truly uncomfortable. But it’s not just comfort that’s at stake. Dr. Ken kicks off our conversation with a statement that couldn’t be more true: a) All heath begins in the gut, and b) All disease is the result of inflammation. With this in mind, there’s really no topic more important to our health than the gut microbiome. Dr. Ken’s research really bridges the gap between natural and traditional medicine, which is so needed. Let’s find out what he has to say! In This Episode You’ll Learn how to help stop chronic, uncomfortable gas and bloating (you really don’t have to live with it!) why Dr. Ken started to look outside of the mainstream medical model for more natural approaches to gut health the science behind how the gut bacteria becomes imbalanced in the first place the scoop on what we’ve been going through with my husband post-surgery, and Dr. Ken’s thoughts whether IBS and other gut conditions are really in your gut … or in your head how the medical view of IBS and related symptoms has evolved in the last 10 years which factors make someone more likely to experience poor gut health all about Atrantíl, a promising new natural supplement for digestive distress, and how it’s different from typical digestive treatments polyphenols: what they are and how to get more in your diet whether or not probiotics are actually good for everyone to take (the answer might surprise you) exactly what
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52 min
August 3, 2017
95: The Science of Sustainable Weight Loss with Bright Line
You’re about to meet Susan Peirce Thompson, creator of the Bright Line Boot Camp and author of the book (the book, in my opinion) on sustainable weight loss. Bright Line Eating: The Science of Living Happy, Thin, and Free is all about the complex relationship between the brain and the food we eat. It’s fascinating, life-changing stuff. I’ve been looking forward to this interview ever since reading Susan’s book and trying the program myself. Sustainable Weight Loss … Finally Within Reach Susan is not just someone who has an incredible personal story about weight loss (and addiction, too, which is more related than you might think). She’s an impressively credentialed neuroscientist with a PhD in Brain and Cognitive Sciences, a professorship at the University of Rochester, and a specialty in the psychology of eating, body image, and wellness. In 2015, Susan helped start the Institute for Sustainable Weight Loss, a nonprofit foundation whose mission is research on achievable and sustainable weight loss. You all know I’m a geek for science and research so I was willing to give this weight loss book a try. It’s made an amazing difference in my life, and I hope it can in yours as well. In This Episode You’ll Learn Susan’s incredible personal story on her road from serious drug addiction to health and weight loss advocate the science of addiction (and why some people are more vulnerable to it) how fighting your brain is like swimming upstream, and how to make it work for you instead the healthiest thing you can do for your body … period how modern society has hijacked the human brain and wired it to eat the 2 secrets to being thin (yes, you only need two!) Bright Line’s rate of success as compared to other weight loss systems (it’s staggering) why your cravings might have nothing to do with your willpower … and where they do come from hormesis: what it is and why you should want it to happen to you the real effect of “failure” and how it leads to poor self-perception the concept of automaticity and how to apply it to simplify food decisions (and avoid food pitfalls) all about leptin, the crucial hormone that tells us when we’re full, and what can block it what dopamine down-regulation can do to your diet whether sugar and flour can really be had “in moderation” the little-known reason why vegetables are so good for us (it has nothing to do with vitamins or fiber!) biological reasons why your identity feels so different after significant weight loss Susan’s take on how to set kids up for a healthy diet (and whether they should do Bright Lines) how to handle social pressures and visual cues to eat trigger foods Susan’s surprising countercultural advice about exercise Resources We Mention SusanPierceThompson.com Book:
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90 min
July 31, 2017
94: Low Level Red Light Therapy for Cellular Health and Healing
Low-level red light therapy is a scientifically backed solution for problems like joint pain, slow wound healing, and even aging skin and acne. It helps collagen production in the body and may possibly increase speed of healing. In fact we’ve even been using it for my husband after a recent hernia surgery, and watching the results I just knew I had to find out more about how this technology works! I’m so glad to have Justin and Melissa Strahan, the husband-and-wife team who started a great company called Joovv that specializes in red and near infrared light therapy. They know this therapy inside and out and explain the science behind the great results. Red Light Therapy: What It’s Not So what is light therapy, and why does it need to be red? Although your local tanning salon may offer red light therapy services, it’s not tanning and it’s not a sauna. Unlike a sauna that creates beneficial effects with heat, an LED (low-level) red light therapy device targets the body with specific wavelengths of light, actually penetrating the skin with photons and changing cell function. To date there is no known downside to red light therapy, so it’s definitely worth checking out! In This Episode You’ll Learn the story behind Joovv from founders Justin and Melissa what makes red light therapy different from tanning beds or infrared saunas … and how the body reacts differently too clinical evidence showing red light therapy speeds muscle recovery, aids wound healing, diminishes signs of aging, and provides a better night of sleep (and the list goes on!) how you can receive the benefits of red light therapy without going to expensive salon appointments the connection between red light therapy and mitochondria, the body’s cellular powerhouse an introduction to ATP in the body and why we can’t be healthy without it the “near infrared window” – what it is and how it works with red light therapy Justin’s prescription for how often and how long to get treatments suggestions for how to choose the right device for you how I’m using red light therapy in my home right now and more! Resources We Mention Joovv.com (Use the code WELLNESSMAMA for a free gift) Article: Saunas vs Light Therapy I also sauna daily. This is the type of sauna I have. Have you received any form of light therapy before? What was your experience? Would you give red light therapy a try? Special Thanks to Today’
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36 min
July 27, 2017
93: How to Avoid the Most Common Fitness Mistakes Women Make
As an athlete and a health coach, Meredith Vieceli sees women make all kinds of fitness mistakes. One of the most common? Not eating enough and training incorrectly or too hard! In this episode, she delves into these common problems, how to avoid them, and how to increase fitness safely and correctly. And Meredith is the perfect person to advise us. In addition to being mom to two boys, she is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and the creator of the “Strong and Sexy Runner,” “Swim Bike Fuel,” “3HU,” and “Whole Health Mastery” nutrition/health coaching programs which help women reclaim their health. Fitness Mistakes (Almost) Everyone Makes It turns out avoiding exercise isn’t the only fitness mistake. There is such a thing as too much or the wrong kinds of exercise! As Meredith says, our bodies are trying constantly to find balance. Here are some of the common fitness mistakes Meredith warns against. Do any of them sound familiar? Taking Big Leaps Instead of Baby Steps Perhaps it’s tempting to think training for marathon is the perfect thing to get us out of the couch potato lifestyle. But Meredith says this is one fitness mistake we don’t have to make. Fitness and diet goals broken into small, attainable steps are much more likely to be sustainable. Forgetting to Listen to Your Body There is no one-size-fits-all fitness plan or diet. It just doesn’t exist. It’s all about finding the balance that is right for you. I agree with Meredith that the best health education is simply paying attention to how your body responds to different kinds of food, exercise, or stress. Pushing Your Body Too Hard Meredith says many of her clients actually experience health problem from overexercise. Working out too hard is its own kind of stress of the body, and can deplete what we are trying to restore. And More … Take a listen to hear what else Meredith has to say! It could make all the difference in finding your fitness sweet spot. In This Episode You’ll Learn how Meredith got off the corporate treadmill and started her own integrative health coaching business the personal journey that defined Meredith’s mission as a coach to help women reclaim their health the fitness mistakes almost everyone makes, and how to counter them with good habits a question every workout program or diet should start with ways to set your mindset to see exercise in a positive light the mental switch to seeing food as fuel … not a diet why a calorie-counting diet won’t help you lose weight how a low-calorie diet impacts thyroid function, lean muscle tissue, and metabolism (it’s not good) what Meredith thinks of my “extreme” choice not to eat sugar in any form who should be on a high-fat, low-carb diet … and who should not the cycle that happens in a woman’s body in response to a low carbohydrate diet Meredith’s thoughts about whether 
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51 min
July 24, 2017
92: A Holistic Pediatrician Talks Ear Infections, Fevers, & Vaccines
Many of us dream of finding the perfect holistic pediatrician just a short drive from our homes. It’s not so easy, so today I bring one to you! Elisa Song, MD, is a holistic pediatrician, pediatric functional medicine expert, and mom of two. In this episode, she tackles all the tough subjects for parents and explains when to bring down a fever and when not to, what to do about ear infections, and what she thinks about vaccines (it may surprise you). A Holistic Pediatrician, At Your Service Thankfully, it’s not often that we have to visit the doctor with a sick child over something life-threatening. More than likely we’re visiting our pediatricians over common childhood ailments like cold, cough, fever, flu, sore throats, or … the #1 reason kids go to the doctor … earaches. In this one-on-one sit down with Dr. Song, I ask all the burning questions that keep us moms up at night (literally). There is such a wealth of resources in this episode you might want to take notes! To help, I’ve listed most of the natural remedies Dr. Song talks about at the end of the show notes. In This Episode You’ll Learn: why fevers in children are actually a good thing most of the time … and how to tell when they’re not the reason Dr. Song doesn’t recommend bringing down most fevers if febrile seizures are dangerous, and what to do if one happens when it is ok (and good) to be a couch potato the problem with Tylenol and why Dr. Song recommends ibuprofen instead the 3 atopic diseases of childhood—asthma, allergies, and eczema—and why they’re connected earaches: whether antibiotics are effective and what else you can use how to rehabilitate your child’s gut health after antibiotics the one culprit contributing to almost all chronic ear infections herbs that are proven more effective than antibiotics for ear infections why homeopathy isn’t quack medicine how to use essential oils safely for fevers, chills, colds, and other common kid ailments the acupressure point on the hand that helps with earaches the supplements Dr. Song recommends for all her patients for general health and immunity whether Vitamin D 25 hydroxy levels really need supplementation in children, and what levels to aim for one simple tip to stop your kids from getting a cold or illness (to try after school, parties, etc.) Dr. Song’s take on the flu shot and other ideas about fighting flu gut dysbiosis: what it is and why we should know about it Dr. Song’s “5-R” healing program for children with chronic health conditions why eczema and asthma may be autoimmune in nature the things that can trigger eczema or asthma and how to figure it out what to do internally and topically for eczema and skin problems how to do an elimination diet for your chi
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57 min
July 20, 2017
91: Are IVs the Answer to Modern Nutrient Deficiencies with Dr. Craig Koniver
Dr. Craig Koniver is here to share about a health topic that might be new to many of you listening. It sounds a little unusual! Ever thought about taking vitamins … through an IV? I’ve been interested in nutrient IVs for several years since receiving one at my doctor’s office and noticing the results. Thanks to a few gene mutations, it is hard for me to absorb certain nutrients correctly, and the IV seemed to really help. Today, I delve into the science behind nutrient IVs with Dr. Craig Koniver, creator of the FastVitaminIV™ system, the only patent pending performance medicine IV that delivers vitamins, minerals, and amino acids directly into your bloodstream in 60 seconds or less. A proactive (and natural) approach to health? Yes please! Dr. Craig Koniver on Vitamin IVs Early in his medical career, Dr. Koniver realized he wanted to offer his patients more than prescriptions. He opened Primary Plus Organic Medicine LLC in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2006 and turned his attention to learning about the cutting edge of natural medicine. Dr. Koniver noticed the growing trend of professional athletes and patients interested in receiving nutrients intravenously and began to look for a better way to deliver these benefits (without sitting with a slow drip IV for an hour). As someone who has struggled for a long time my thyroid, I know how challenging it is to figure out certain health issues. You can make all the “right” changes but still be missing a piece a big piece of the puzzle. Nutrient IVs have been a part of that missing piece for me, and I hope it can help some of you who suspect you might be in a similar situation. In This Episode, You’ll Learn: reasons why today’s population is more nutrient deficient than ever before the major epidemic affecting women today how much benefit we really get from those expensive oral vitamin supplements why we often can’t get all our nutrients from food, even with a healthful diet what macronutrients and micronutrients are, and how they control hormone balance in our bodies Dr. Koniver’s unique solution to managing health proactively, and why he chose it what makes fat-soluble vitamins like vitamin D so important, and how to know if you have optimal levels the role of amino acids in the body … it’s one we don’t want to ignore benefits of glutamine: the all-important amino acid for gut health the vitamins Dr. Koniver considers most essential to his protocol (he makes sure they are in every FastIV!) why the speed of intravenous nutrients matters (beyond just saving you time) where to get access to nutrient IVs, who should get them, and how often positive hormone-boosting effects of putting down your phone and tapping into real community Dr. Koniver’s own strategies for reducing stress and improving health in everyday life my own take on how it feels to get a nutrient IV, and whether I recommend the experience! Resources We Mention Organicmedicinenow.com List of Fast Vitamin IV nutri
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47 min
July 17, 2017
90: A Mind Of Your Own: Tackling Mental Illness and Fixing Hormones with Dr. Kelly Brogan
In one of my favorite episodes of all time, Dr. Kelly Brogan and I go deep on how to beat depression, anxiety, and other problems with a root-cause approach. We also delve into hormone balance, what to do when blood tests are wrong, and the only non-negotiable part of her protocol for everyone. Dr. Brogan’s opinions on psychiatric drugs, health, and even motherhood caught my attention early on, and I’ve been an avid follower ever since. This is seriously one of my favorite interviews, ever, and a real bucket list item for me! Sitting Down with Kelly Brogan MD (S0 Awesome!) Dr. Kelly Brogan has the training and credentials that make you sit up and listen. She completed her psychiatric training and fellowship at NYU Medical Center after graduating from Cornell University Medical College, and has a B.S. from MIT in Systems Neuroscience. Dr. Brogan is board certified in psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, and integrative holistic medicine. She serves on the boards of GreenMedInfo, Functional Medicine University, Pathways to Family Wellness, NYS Perinatal Association, Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation, Mindd Foundation, the peer-reviewed, indexed journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, and the Nicholas Gonzalez Foundation. She is also Medical Director for Fearless Parent and a founding member of Health Freedom Action. A Radical Approach to Healing Mental Illness In her practice Dr. Kelly Brogan takes a radical approach for an Ivy League-trained psychiatrist and pharmaceutical expert: she helps her patients heal psychiatric conditions and symptoms without medication. Despite the controversy, Dr. Brogan’s not shy about why she put down the prescription pad. She vetted her new beliefs about health through thousands of hours of medical research. (She shares my love for PubMed!) What she uncovered led her to realize that much of her medical training was simply behind the times, ignoring the most current scientific research … and was frighteningly wrong. Today Dr. Brogan works with real passion to bring her patients to holistic healing. In addition to running her practice, she wrote the international and NY Times bestselling book on healing depression, A Mind of Your Own, as well as the awesome e-book Change Your Food, Heal Your Mood. And if you don’t live near her Manhattan practice, she offers a complete wellness program online called Vital Mind Reset. (See the Resources section below for links!) But enough of my gushing … on to the interview! In This Episode You’ll Learn: Dr. Brogan’s own struggle with Hashimoto’s and what it uncovered the major problem no one is talking about when it comes to mental health why this Ivy League trained doctor tore up her prescription pad … for good the holistic treatment plan that can heal even serious mental illness, without medications the one non-negotiable part of Dr. Brogan’s protocol for everyone!
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86 min
July 13, 2017
89: Why Sleep Is More Important Than Diet and Exercise Combined with Shawn Stevenson
If you haven’t heard of Shawn Stevenson, you’re about to meet your new best friend in health. I’m excited because he’s also one of the most knowledgeable people on the topic of sleep, one of my favorite things to research. (And something I dream about as a mom!) You can get to know Shawn by reading his international best-seller, Sleep Smarter, or checking out his podcast “The Model Health Show,” which is usually somewhere around the #1 spot on health podcasts on iTunes. Shawn has been featured in Entrepreneur magazine, FAST Company, Men’s Health, and so many other outlets … and I can see why. He has this amazing way of explaining his technical knowledge in a way that’s really relatable and easy to implement. He truly believes that health (and a good night of sleep) is within everyone’s reach! Shawn Stevenson Shares His #1 Health Secret: Good Sleep We don’t get far into the interview when Shawn makes a rather shocking statement: Sleep has more impact on health than nutrition and exercise combined. Of course, we instinctively know sleep is important. One night of bad sleep and how we feel the next day proves it. But we kind of expect to just lay down and sleep … and that there’s not much more to it. There are countless ways to “eat right” and exercise. But isn’t there just one way to sleep? Shawn doesn’t think so. Even if you manage to sleep a decent number of hours per night, you might not be getting the benefits of all that sleep … unless you learn how to optimize sleep by understanding how it works! In This Episode You’ll Learn: how Shawn overcame degenerative bone and spinal disease (it’s an incredible story!) why sleep—not nutrition or exercise—is the foundation of all health the 4 pillars of health according to Shawn … and why without these supplements are useless how to get more out of the hours you do sleep (must-have info for all moms) what “fake medicine” can actually cure you 33% of the time! the “nocebo” effect: what it is and what it can do to you stages of sleep and what they do to restore the body what powerful anti-cancer hormone your body makes while you sleep surprising connections between sleep and memory easy ways to increase your odds of getting great sleep at night why Shawn advises sleeping naked and braless (it’s all the interest of health!) the form of exercise all women should try an extra reason to exercise that most people don’t know and more! Resources We Mention Shawn’s Podcast: The Model Health Show Book: Sleep Smarter: 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to a Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success The ChiliPad (enter code Ma
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67 min
July 10, 2017
88: Pregnancy Exercise, Diastasis, and Pelvic Floor Health with Lorraine Scapens
My guest Lorraine Scapens has been a personal trainer for over 20 years and her focus has always been on pregnancy exercise. She now has an amazing website and exercise program designed specifically for moms in this stage of life. In this episode, she explains something many of us wonder about: the right kind of exercise to do (and when) during and after pregnancy. As a trainer, Lorraine knows how to avoid and fix diastasis and pelvic floor problems. She explains (in her beautiful Australian accent!) these commonly misunderstood or even unknown postpartum issues, as well as a plan for an ideal “4th trimester” recovery. You all probably know how I feel about birth, and I can’t wait to dive into this topic! Prepping for Birth: The Key Role of Pregnancy Exercise Fun fact: It takes the human body 4 to 6 weeks to fully recover after running a marathon. I think we can all agree that 9 months of pregnancy (although we all know it’s really more like 10!) plus labor and birth is like running the toughest marathon … and then some! Just like a marathon, it takes regular physical exercise to prepare and recover as best we can. Plus, birth isn’t really the finish line. There’s still the crucial work of postpartum healing to be done. Now imagine how much longer it takes our bodies to recover when we seldom sleep, often breastfeed, and have to keep up with balancing the demands of a newborn and daily work/life. It’s an incredible feat, to say the least, and moms deserve all the support and care they can get during this time. Following Lorraine and her work has taught me a lot about pregnancy exercise and how it’s truly key for both mom and baby’s health. Just 20-30 minutes of pregnancy exercise every day boasts all these benefits: more sustained energy improved posture reduction in back and hip pain release of tension and stress with an increase in “happy hormones” better sleep increased blood flow to placenta = better nutrition and oxygen for baby better positioning of baby for birth baby better equipped for labor and birth (being used to higher heart rates) And the list goes on! In This Episode You’ll Learn: the mechanics of how our bodies change during pregnancy best ways to get a safe and effective workout while pregnant (and when to back off) how pregnancy exercise benefits baby too the true timeline of postpartum recovery (we all know it’s not 6 weeks!) 5 key steps to an optimal postpartum recovery how to recognize diastasis recti and the 3-prong strategy to fix it pelvic prolapse: what it feels like, what it means, and why our medical system might not catch it how to manage 80-90% of “leaking” issues post-pregnancy (you all know what I mean) Lorraine’s popular method for “No More Mummy Tummy” all about Lorraine’s pre- and post-pregnancy exercise programs  (hint: no ab crunches involved!)
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53 min
July 3, 2017
87: How to Stop Emotional Eating (From a Nutritionist Who Lost 100 Pounds!)
We’ve all been there. It’s midnight, we’re up late, and suddenly hunger strikes … for chocolate! But can craving chocolate really be hunger, or is it just emotional eating? It’s pretty easy to guess the answer. Emotional eating wrecks our healthy eating habits more than we probably realize (especially among women, I’d dare say). My guest today, Stephanie Dodier, knows this all too well. Her story is all about transformation from the inside out and freedom from emotional eating. She lost over 100 pounds as a result! I’m so thankful she’s here to share! The Emotional Eating Test: Do You Pass? Maybe you don’t think emotional eating plays that much of a role in your life. I didn’t think it did in mine. Then Stephanie shared with me her emotional eating “test.” It’s pretty simple: When you have a craving, ask yourself: Am I suddenly and urgently craving something very specific? Did I eat something and immediately feel guilty after? If you answer “yes” to either of these, you are experiencing emotional eating … not physical hunger. I had to admit these questions shed new light on certain food cravings of mine, especially around a certain time of the month! The Unconscious Habit of Emotional Eating Stephanie had it all … or she thought she did. She had a great career as a senior executive in a Fortune 500 company. But take it from her: success does not always equal happiness. Overweight and overworked, Stephanie had a wake-up call in the form of a debilitating (and public) panic attack. She decided she could ignore her body’s signals no longer. She quit her high-paying job and left it all behind to forge a new path toward transformation and wellness. Through trial, error, and research she found ways to identify and heal her powerful physical and emotional attachments to food. The results were nothing short of transformation. She lost 100 pounds in about a year and healed herself of her panic attacks and other health problems. Today as a clinical nutritionist and emotional eating health coach, Stephanie helps others (especially women) break the cycle of stress and emotional eating. Her projects include the “Beyond The Food” podcast and “The Crave Cure,” which teach how to tackle food cravings holistically by aligning body, mind, and food. In This Episode You’ll Learn: how Stephanie healed her food cravings … and lost 100 lbs! the real reasons why we crave food (other than actual hunger) the mind-body connection and why it matters so much homeostasis: what is and why it’s essential to our bodies what we really want when we crave certain foods (like chocolate) why sugar makes us happy … but only in the moment 7 signs of physical hunger vs. 7 signs of emotional craving keys to “decoding” the body’s
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52 min
June 26, 2017
86: The Science of the Oral Microbiome and Remineralization with Will of OraWellness
OraWellness has long been one of my favorite companies with a mission I really support. My guest today, Will Revak, started OraWellness along with his wife Susan after they found a way to reverse her gum disease naturally. (Most dentists say this is impossible!) Today, Will and Susan are self-taught experts in holistic oral health and have a thriving company with a fantastic line of natural dental care products. Everything OraWellness makes is based on the science of how the mouth’s biome works naturally, and respects and enhances that balance. If you’ve ever wondered how to prevent cavities naturally, or how fluoride, triclosan, flossing, or other dental treatments affect your family’s health, this podcast is for you! OraWellness: A Company to Smile About If you follow this blog, you probably already know I’m pretty passionate about the topic of dental health. Over the years through my own research I’ve realized how much the oral microbiome directly impacts the gut biome, not to mention overall health. I’ve shared how I rid myself of cavities, how I changed my family’s dental care routine, and what the research says on both sides of the fence. I have more than a few kids and life is a little busy, so I’m always grateful when I find a product that is just as good (in many cases, better!) as my homemade remedies. It simplifies life and makes me feel great to support another company whose mission is to give families healthier choices. OraWellness is definitely one of these companies. Will and Susan are such kind, positive people, and I think you’ll really appreciate their unique take on dental health! In This Episode, You’ll Learn: the intricate connection between your mouth and a healthy body what saliva actually does: it’s so much more than spit! what happens on a microscopic level when cavities start to form, and how to prevent them naturally problems with conventional dentistry (and of course the alternative approach to dental health!) why plaque actually isn’t something our body is doing wrong things that disrupt the proper balance of bacteria in our mouths why you might not want that fluoride treatment after all common misconceptions about gum disease how prominent studies on dental health have been misunderstood why you don’t have to feel too guilty for not flossing every day! (phew!) Resources We Mention:
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55 min
June 19, 2017
85: How to Raise an Entrepreneur: Nurturing Risk Takers, Problem Solvers, & Change Makers
College? 9-5 job? In today’s internet-driven world it’s perhaps more possible than ever to skip these and become an entrepreneur. I interview many of them and as an accidental entrepreneur myself, it’s a topic that’s extremely personal to me. It can’t be denied that the rules for success have changed since our parents’ generation. So how do we know how to guide our kids in a changing world? Enter Margot Bisnow, Entrepreneur and Mom Margot Machol Bisnow raised two sons who both grew up to be successful entrepreneurs (just one of her claims to fame!). Her son Elliot Bisnow founded Summit, an influential conference series promoting entrepreneurship, and her son Austin started the Indie band Magic Giant. The entrepreneurial bug bit Margot’s husband Mark too, but later in life, when he started his national newsletter company Bisnow Media at the age of 50. Margot herself, after 20 years in government and serving on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, decided to capture her ideas about entrepreneurship and parenthood in her 2016 book Raising an Entrepreneur: 10 Rules for Nurturing Risk Takers, Problem Solvers, and Change Makers. Something’s up with this family! What did they do differently? Is there a “secret” to unlocking this kind of change-making potential? Parenting an Entrepreneur 101 The entrepreneurs Margot interviewed did in fact have something important in common: a parent (usually a mom!) who believed in them. For her book Margot took on the monumental task of interviewing over 70 mothers and their wildly successful offspring—entrepreneurs, activists, and artists like Eric Ryan of Method products, Robert Stephens of Geek Squad, Adam Braun of Pencils of Promise, Blake Mycoskie of TOMS Shoes, and Tom Scott of Nantucket Nectars. The result is a fascinating collection of stories from families (with a huge variety of backgrounds, social status, and means) who somehow ended up with kids who thought out of the box, weren’t afraid to fail, and went about success in a different way. So what’s the common factor among these families? Can parents do anything to create creative kids? As the mom of 6 kids, I’m hanging on Margot’s every word! In This Episode You’ll Learn: What an entrepreneur really is (and why we’d want our kids to be one … it’s not only about money either!) The lessons learned from interviewing over 70 entrepreneurs and their moms One trait all successful entrepreneurs had in common (hint: it has to do with moms!) Why you may not want your kids to follow your path in life … especially in today’s world Reasons why helping your kids may hurt them in the long run What you should never praise (success) and the thing you should (hard work) The influence of birth order on future success as an entrepreneur Higher education: is it really the best path for today’s kids? How to get comfortabl
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55 min
June 12, 2017
84: How to Use Ancient Spices to Make Weight Loss Easier
Sometimes “getting healthy” seems complicated. Conflicting advice to sort through, new recipes to learn, special ingredients to buy—and the list can go on. But some health hacks have been around for ages … and are probably already in our kitchens! Have some cinnamon around? Or some cayenne pepper? These ancient spices can turn simple food (or drink) into a flavorful, fat-burning treat. Get Skinny (and Healthy!) with Ancient Spices I’m not a fancy cook, but I never skip a chance to use herbs and spices in my kitchen, both for the amazing flavor and proven health benefits. It’s an addictive way to cook! My guest Nagina Abdullah swears by spices as well. After years of struggling to lose weight and feeling just plain feeling crummy, Nagina thought about what she could add to her diet rather than take away. She especially started adding spices known for their anti-inflammatory and metabolism-boosting power … and everything changed. Soon, she was melting off the pounds, and enjoying her food more! In fact, this mother of 2 lost 40 pounds with her new take on ancient spices. Nagina’s Natural Recipe for Burning Fat … Fast! Inspired, Nagina created MasalaBody.com, a blog and weight-loss coaching program now featured on People.com, Business Insider, Huffington Post, and Fox News. Because she herself worked 60+ hours a week, she designed the system to fit the lifestyle of busy moms, professionals, and entrepreneurs. (Basically, people who don’t have time to mess around!) There are many weight loss systems I wouldn’t endorse, but her concept of a real food diet + a pinch of spice rings true. It’s attainable for everyone and helps us eat the way nature intended. In This Episode, You’ll Learn: Nagina’s own story of weight struggles, especially after kids The 3 key fat-burning “Skinny Spices” in Nagina’s weight loss system How to reduce urges for unhealthy quick fixes like sugar, alcohol, and caffeine Unique health benefits of common spices and ways to use them Out-of-the-box breakfast ideas to get morning metabolism going What to add to your morning coffee for a health boost (and no, it’s not bulletproof coffee!) Simple ways to up your intake of spices and herbs (without learning all new recipes) Substitute spices to try if you don’t like spice/heat Nagina’s gift to Wellness Mama readers: 3 recipes using spices to beat late-night sugar cravings! Resources We Mention MasalaBody.com Book: Tim Ferriss, The Four Hour Body Article: Tim Ferriss, How the Slow Carb Diet Works
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44 min
June 5, 2017
83: Beating Postpartum Depression & Pelvic Floor Care with Dr. Jolene Brighten
If you’re a mom (and if you’re listening to this podcast, chances are you are!), it will be no surprise to hear that 1 in 7 mothers struggle with postpartum depression and anxiety after birth. 1 in 7! No wonder it seems like we all know a friend … or many friends … who have gone through this deeply personal crisis after having a baby. No wonder so many of us have gone through it personally, maybe even multiple times. Postpartum Depression: The Modern Mom’s Epidemic? Those 1 in 7 are just the women we know about. So many more hide their symptoms or don’t know to how to reach out for help … ashamed of their negative feelings during a time that’s “supposed to be” precious and joyful. But why does postpartum depression (also known as PPD) happen so often? Is it on the rise? And most importantly, what is the cure? The truth is many doctors just don’t understand women’s hormones enough to answer these questions. Thank goodness for Jolene Brighten, a licensed Naturopathic doctor and women’s health expert, here with me today talking about this epidemic among modern moms. Rooting Out Postpartum Depression Truly the “hormone doula” for helping women recover postpartum, Dr. Brighten specializes in helping women have a healthy postpartum period by addressing the real root causes of PPD. And she is convinced today’s mothers need an advocate more than ever. Dr. Brighten is so right when she argues that today’s Western medical care shortchanges postpartum women. In most cases, Mom gets little more than a night of “rest” in the hospital (while being poked and prodded), a pack of Tucks, and a quick pelvic check six weeks later. What’s more, rest and recovery ends too soon at home with extended families living further apart and too-short maternity leave policies. You just might stand up and applaud when you hear Dr. Brighten’s prescription for PPD, one that calls for: proactive screening (with actual lab tests!) for predisposing PPD factors even before baby is born six-, eight-, and even twelve-week follow-up exams for mom a recipe for real postpartum rest and recovery, supported by a real food diet ways to advocate this with your own care providers And so much more! In This Episode, You’ll Learn: Why modern motherhood is an “evolutionary mismatch” Dr. Brighten’s proactive, holistic system for healing during and after pregnancy WHY postpartum depression happens (finally!) How to recognize postpartum depression symptoms quickly … and what to do about them The 3rd trimester lab tests Dr. Brighten says can predict if patients will be predisposed to PPD Practical at-home steps to prevent PPD (and how to ask for help) The best soothing, healing foods to eat after pregnancy Which natural supplements offer quick, effective support for postpartum depression The littl
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56 min
May 29, 2017
82: Discovering the SIBO Solution with Sylvie McCracken
Too many of us have been there. Something’s off with our health, and it stinks! (Pun intended.) Gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, you name it … we strive for a healthier lifestyle but still struggle with these unpleasant symptoms. Enter Sylvie McCracken, wellness guru, entrepreneur, and gut health expert. She just might have the solution … the SIBO solution … to what’s ailing you. What Is SIBO? Don’t let the short name fool you. SIBO represents a pretty big problem. Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, or “SIBO” is a bacterial infection of the small intestine (it actually becomes infected with bacteria that belongs in the large intestine). It’s a hidden trigger for many major gut problems like IBS, Crohn’s, or autoimmune disease. Many people struggle from this condition without realizing it and it is one of the tougher conditions to get under control. We know this firsthand. I’ve written before about my husband’s bout with SIBO, and it was not fun. Our search for a solution led us to Sylvie McCracken’s website and her amazing e-book “The SIBO Solution.” I was blown away by her research and consider it hands-down the best SIBO resource out there. Sylvie’s Struggle and the SIBO Solution Like my husband, Sylvie found out about SIBO the hard way. While working as a successful celebrity assistant in Hollywood, Sylvie started dealing with less than glamorous symptoms. She noticed painful, chronic bloating in her abdomen … so much so that she could hardly sit down or button pants without discomfort. Sylvie did the reasonable thing and went to see her doctor. Rather than testing her, her doctor wanted to treat her with a standard course of powerful antibiotics. Sylvie didn’t know much of anything about SIBO at the time and went ahead with the treatment. All she ended up with was another flare-up worse than the first. Sylvie blogged about her search for answers and researched SIBO more intensely, and her SIBO Solution came together. And it’s one that actually works! In This Episode, You’ll Learn What SIBO is … and why it really stinks Symptoms that might mean you have SIBO What to do to get a proper diagnosis (and what Sylvie learned the hard way NOT to do) How design the correct SIBO solution for you The extreme diet needed to correct SIBO, and how to manage it emotionally Pros and cons of traditional vs. herbal antibiotics for treating gut imbalances Ways to cut treatment cost … without compromising your health Crucial steps to make sure SIBO stays out of your life for good Sylvie’s other area of expertise: tips for entrepreneurs who want to build a successful online business Is the SIBO Solution Right for You? When should you suspect SIBO might be the source of your health problems? The two big symptoms to look for are: chronic bloating (uncomfortable feeling of pressure or even distention of abdomen) chronic burping Other symptoms some indi
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52 min
May 22, 2017
81: Meal Planning Tips to Simplify Your Life & Reduce Stress
Meal planning (I use this tool) is the single biggest time saver for me each week. It is one of the first tips I give to anyone starting the switch to a healthier lifestyle and the one factor that makes it so easy to eat a real food diet. In this episode, I’m chatting with my good friends Antony and Emily Bartlett, the co-creators of Real Plans. I really enjoyed this episode because it combines Antony’s tech ability and the many amazing things Real Plans can do, as well as the creative genius of Emily’s systems and recipes. Why Meal Planning is a Must I am often asked how I keep up with kids, homeschooling, cooking meals times a day, and running a blog. And the answer is incredibly simple (though not always easy): systems. I have systems for home management, schooling, and meal planning. It truly takes the stress out of daily life. In This Episode, You’ll Learn: How Real Plans has transitioned from a PDF meal planner to the amazing customizable system it is today The tech that makes Real Plans so much different than other meal planners (they aren’t even close!) A bad first impression Emily made on Antony when it came to food The reason they both share a passion for helping families eat real food How Antony and I first met and why we became friends immediately The backstory about why I merged my own Wellness Mama Meals system with Real Plans (because I knew the technology was so much better and even though I make much less money, my readers are so much happier!) My own embarrassing food confession (I couldn’t cook when I got married!) All the many customizations Real Plans can handle (Hint: real food no restrictions, gluten free, dairy-free, grain-free, paleo, AIP, any obscure food restrictions, etc are all doable! Basically, whatever your diet is, it can plan for you). Resources We Mention: Real Plans (of course!) Nourishing Traditions Book Holistic Squid  Article: The Story of Wellness Mama Meals + Real Plans Meal Planning Basics Benefits of Meal Planning Special Thanks to Today’s Sponsors This podcast is brought to you by Kids Cook Real Food e-Course. You may have heard me talk about this before because I love it so much. It’s made by one of my good friends, Katie of Kitchen Stewardship, and it’s one of my favorite bonding activities I’ve ever done with my kids. Katie is a teacher by trade and she teaches kids basic to advanced kitchen skills. Every friend that I’ve either given it to or encouraged to get it has absolutely loved this course and all of my kids love it too. Check it out at this link. There will be a special offer for Welln
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54 min
May 15, 2017
80: What Your Monthly Cycle Reveals About Your Hormones With Alisa Vitti
Hormone expert Alisa Vitti has been helping women balance hormones for years. After not having a period for over ten years and fighting severe PCOS, Alisa figured out how to heal her own body and now helps others do the same. Her mission is to help women understand and work with their periods, rather than fighting them. In This Episode, You’ll Learn: Why periods shouldn’t be painful (and what to do if yours is) The worst food you can eat for your hormones (hint: I hate this food too) What PGE1, PGE2 and PGE3 are and how the affect your cycle How Alisa healed her severe PCOS and naturally conceived her child after being told she never could The vast difference in the hormone cycles between men and women Why organizational products and systems designed for men can make things tougher for women How to use your monthly cycle to be healthier and more productive The way Alisa’s new app is helping women know the best foods to eat at various times of their monthly cycle for optimal health How her simple Cycle Syncing Protocol can help balance your hormones The protocol Alisa used to get her monthly cycle back after not having one for a decade! Resources We Mention: Flo Living My Flo Tracker App Book: Woman Code Article: How to Balance Hormones Naturally Article: Why I Wear Orange Sunglasses At Night to Block Blue light Diva Cup for easier periods (or this Blossom Cup is a lower-priced alternative with great reviews) My Flo cycle tracking app Special Thanks to Today’s Sponsors This episode is sponsored by Morrocco Method Haircare. If you haven’t heard of them they’re a great, completely natural hair care line. These products are totally different than any shampoo you’ve tried in the past. Instead of harsh detergents that strip out your hair’s natural oils, they help encourage healthy hair and scalp over time after a short detox period by encouraging the actual growth of the hair and the strength of the hair without the need for chemical products. Check them out at this link and use the code WellnessHair to get 15% off. This podcast is brought to you by Kids Cook Real Food e-Course. You may have heard me talk about this before because I love it so much. It’s made by one of my good friends, Katie of Kitchen Stewardship, and it’s one
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49 min
May 8, 2017
79: Using Naturopathic Medicine to Beat Hormone Imbalance & Nutrient Deficiencies
I met the lovely Dr. Lauren Noel at a conference and was blown away with her energy and passion for helping people (as well as by her singing voice… she is amazing!). I was shocked when she mentioned that she struggled with hormone imbalance and other problems for years, because she is the picture of health. We had a long (and nerdy) discussion about health and I’ve come to greatly respect her work. Dr. Lauren Noel is a naturopathic doctor who has treated over 5,000 patients. She owns Shine Natural Medicine in California, where she treats patients locally and all over the country and she also runs the top rated podcast, Dr. Lo Radio. Listen in on this episode as we discuss the problems Dr. Lauren encounters most in her practice and how she is helping her patients live healthier lives. In This Episode, You’ll Learn: Why Dr. Lauren is seeing so many patients with Vitamin D deficiency and why she doesn’t think lack of sunlight is the only cause The thyroid and magnesium link and how to fix it How to know if iron levels are low (or high) Why Dr. Lo agrees that light (or lack of light at night) is super important (she probably wears orange glasses too!) The reason night lights are linked to a higher risk of leukemia Why Dr. Lo is unapologetic about making time for self care (and why you and I should be too!) Her three rules of health (that she has written down and committed to) How Dr. Lauren walks three times a day!! (and why she considers this one of the most important things she does Why Dr. Lauren often turns to nutrient IVs in her practice for patients with deficiencies and hormone imbalances Resources We Mention: Shine Natural Medicine (Dr. Lo’s practice) Lights Out book by TS Wiley Blackout curtains Thorne Vitamin C Capsules Magnesium glycinate capsules Special Thanks to Today’s Sponsors: This episode is sponsored by Mama Natural. My good friend, Genevieve, also known as Mama Natural, has just come out with a game changing pregnancy book called “The Mama Natural Week To Week Guide To Pregnancy And Child Birth“. If you or anyone you know is pregnant, I strongly recommend picking up a copy or just grabbing one to donate to your local library. It is an incredible resource and definitely one of the best resources I’ve seen for new moms. Genevieve also has a wonderful free week to
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35 min
May 1, 2017
78: How Moms Can Affect Actual Change with Big Food and Big Ag with Leah Segedie
As moms, it can often feel like we are fighting a battle against big food for the health of our kids. And it often seems like it is a battle that we can’t win. Today’s guest, Leah Segedie, is on the front lines of fighting big food and big ag. After losing over 100 pounds and learning about the impact of harmful chemical through her journey, she now works to research and educate about this topic. In This Episode, You’ll Learn: How endocrine disrupting chemicals affect IQ and hormones Why Leah agrees with me that we should avoid plastics completely The percentage of the 84,000 approved chemicals that have actually been tested for safety How to find safe home and beauty products The real way moms can have an impact against big food and big agriculture Resources We Mention: Leah’s website: Mamavation Article: Why plastics are a bad idea Special Thanks to Today’s Sponsors: This episode is brought to you by Annmarie Gianni Skin Care. This all natural skincare company makes natural skincare options for every skin type. Their products are free of synthetic ingredients and are uniquely engineered to support long-term skin health. They are offering Wellness Mama readers a special deal on a sample kit to try their products and see if your skin loves them as much as I can. They’ll send you a kit for your skin type (normal, oily or dry) for only $10. But here’s the cool part: They’ll also send you a $10 off coupon with each sample kit. So if you end up buying their products in the future, the sample kit was essentially free. And they’ll ship the sample kit to you with free shipping anywhere in the world. They’ll also send along their Toxic Free Home Guide, which is an in-depth guide to finding all the chemicals in your cosmetics, in your home, in your toiletries, even on your couch and how to find safe alternatives. Find out about them and grab a sample kit here. This podcast is brought to you by Butcherbox. This is my go-to source for getting high-quality meats shipped right to my door. They carry 100% grass fed beef, organic and pastured chicken, and heritage breed pork and they deliver it directly to your door. All of their products are humanly raised and free of antibiotics and hormones. And as a Wellness Mama listener, you can get $15 off plus free bacon in your first box. Use this link and the promo code HEALTHYMOMS to get the discount and free bacon.
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52 min
April 24, 2017
77: Minimalism with a Family to Decrease Stress and Clutter with Joshua Becker
Minimalism has become incredibly popular over the past several years (I’m a big fan as well), and today I’m talking to Joshua Becker of the blog Becoming Minimalist. His mission is to “own less and live more,” and inspire others to do the same. What Minimalism Adds to Life For Joshua, the story began years ago as he was cleaning out his garage. His young son was playing outside in the backyard, and had asked him to come play. He struck up a conversation with the neighbor has he cleaned and his neighbor made a comment that maybe he didn’t need to have all of that stuff to begin with. That offhand comment marked a turning point in his life and minimalism began that day for Joshua and his family. They began the process of reducing their possessions and only keeping the things that added value to their lives. After donating the majority of their things, they found so much time and freedom that Joshua started his blog to share the message with others. In This Episode, You’ll Learn: How to get started with reducing possessions without getting overwhelmed The first step for someone wanting to live more minimally The many things you gain when you start living with less How to navigate families and holidays when everyone wants to give your kids stuff Resources We Mention Article: The 10 Most Important Things to Simplify in Your Life 10 Reasons to Escape Excessive Consumerism 15 Clutter Busting Routines For Any Family Book:The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own More From Wellness Mama 103: A Professional Organizer Shares How to Beat Clutter 223: Mindset for Moms & Tips to Get More Done & Stress Less This Year How Minimalism With a Family is Possible (& Life Changing!) My Take on New Year’s Resolutions (+ The Best of 2018) My Home Organization System & How I “Get It All Done” How to Choose Low Clutter Toys (Ideas Kids Love) Special Thanks to Today’s Sponsors: This episode is brought to you by Paleovalley. This company makes one of my favorite on-the-go snacks to give to my kids. Paleovalley beef sticks are 100% grass-fed and g
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55 min
April 17, 2017
76: How to Optimize Your Pregnancy and Birth Experience with Mama Natural Genevieve Howland
Today I’m talking with Genevieve Howland, the fierce and funny lady behind the super successful “Mama Natural” YouTube channel and blog. I couldn’t be more excited! Genevieve is not only a great friend to me but to so many women she has never even met. Her funny but informational videos have inspired and empowered millions of women to embrace natural pregnancy and parenting. And now her advice will reach more women than ever with the first ever week-to-week pregnancy book from a natural perspective. Genevieve’s new book The Mama Natural Week to Week Guide to Pregnancy & Childbirth is the first weekly guide out there (in my opinion) to really combine today’s medical insight with the ancient wisdom of natural childbirth practices. And with C-section rates in the U.S. being about twice as high as they should be (a whopping 30% in 2015), this book couldn’t be more timely! The Mama Natural Way: Optimize Birth and Empower Women So, what if you’re a C-section or epidural mom? Does that disqualify you from a natural, healthy birth? Should you forget about taking a listen to the podcast/checking out the book? The answer is, definitely not! I’ve had a C-section (and Mama Natural herself was a C-section baby!). As much as I can’t stop talking about what I love about natural labor (and midwives, doulas, and other birth subjects I’m passionate about) I have had hospital births, a C-section birth, and home births, and you know what? … I’m so grateful for options. “Natural” as we’re using it here just recognizes that pregnancy and birth are a normal and wondrous biological process that’s been around since time began. In fact, I love how Genevieve talks about optimizing birth with all the tools and knowledge available to us. She truly wants every woman to feel educated and empowered to plan the birth she wants … and have the support she needs if things turn out differently. Here are just some of the questions Genevieve and I try to tackle in this Healthy Moms episode! In This Episode, You’ll Learn Why in a world of epidurals you might even consider an unmedicated birth Mama Natural’s take on which standard pregnancy procedures are medically necessary … and which are less so Why ultrasounds don’t really improve birth outcomes “Belly mapping” and ways to get baby into good position 7 exercises to get pelvis aligned and balanced for labor Pros and cons in the great home vs. hospital birth debate (yes, we go there!) How chiropractic can help with birth and which kind of practitioner to look for Simple birth plan
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57 min
April 10, 2017
75: Rock the Instant Pot and Ferment Anything with Wardeh Harmon
My guest Wardeh Harmon (also known as ‘Wardee’) is quite literally a living encyclopedia when it comes to traditional food preparation. For years she’s been sharing her hard-earned knowledge on her amazing website TraditionalCookingSchool.com. If you haven’t checked out this resource yet, you won’t believe the wealth of easy-to-follow videos, cheat sheets, and perfectly crafted recipes Wardeh has taken the time to create. It’s truly the easiest-to-use resource I’ve found when it comes to learning the often forgotten art of fermenting, preserving, and culturing real foods. I’m so thrilled to have her on the podcast today! Let’s dive in! Wardeh Harmon, Real Food Expert I’m not the only one who considers Wardeh Harmon an expert. She authored The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Fermenting Foods (see link in Resources Mentioned section below), a book I really could have used in the beginning of my real food journey. It’s the perfect non-intimidating introduction to this style of food preparation. What’s more, she’s an expert in a cooking method you may not think of as traditional … pressure cooking in my favorite kitchen device, the Instant Pot! In this episode, Wardeh explains why this modern improvement on an age old method deserves a place in the real food world. And the Instant Pot is not the only shortcut Wardeh offers. One of my favorite things about her recipes are her many “hacks” to make traditional food preparation fit a busy modern life: adding gelatin to yogurt, baking bread in the Instant Pot, and cutting out any unnecessary steps. Her food philosophy really speaks to me: the fewest possible steps (and dishes) for the maximum nutrition! In This Episode, You’ll Learn the food allergy challenges Wardeh faced in her own family, and how traditional food preparation healed their intolerances Wardeh’s 5 simple baby steps for converting to a real food pantry what the terms ferment, culture, soak, and sprout mean planning traditional foods by the season and how to make them last bulk and batch-cooking tips that work for real life Wardeh’s favorite kitchen staples (cheat sheet below!): the easiest traditional recipes that can provide the foundation of your family’s food plan amazing probiotic benefits of traditionally prepared foods, especially sauerkraut (no more buying expensive probiotics!) a one-stop formula for fermenting practically anything how to make foolproof homemade cultured yogurt in less than 5 minutes (even using raw milk, which is usually tough) how to adapt slow cooker recipes to the Instant Pot … with some awesome tips I didn’t know before! So What Can You Ferment? Wardeh Harmon’s Top 10 Yogurt Kefir Bread Sauerkraut Apple Chutney Salsa Pickles Relish Ketchup Kombucha Wardeh’s biggest tip:
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49 min
April 3, 2017
74: Dr. Izabella Wentz on Improving Hashimoto’s in As Little As Two Weeks
My long health struggle with an underactive thyroid (finally diagnosed as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis) makes me especially value my guest today, Dr. Izabella Wentz. An internationally acclaimed thyroid specialist and licensed pharmacist, she has dedicated her career to addressing the root causes of autoimmune thyroid disease. What makes her so passionate on the topic? Like me, her own diagnosis with Hashimoto’s. Dr. Izabella Wentz: Your Thyroid’s Best Friend Dr. Izabella first caught my attention in 2013 with her New York Times best-selling patient guide Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause. It contained truly life-changing information about a condition that’s all too frequently misunderstood. Now she has released an even more targeted 90-day plan to heal the thyroid called The Hashimoto’s Protocol to help thyroid sufferers pinpoint and heal a hypoactive (underactive) thyroid … and often in only 2 weeks! And thank goodness, because with about 27% of our general population today struggling with Hashimoto’s antibodies (and the majority of them women), we need specialists like her. In This Episode, You’ll Learn why the rates of thyroid problems are increasing, especially among women how gut health and thyroid health are often closely linked, and why the strange connection between feeling “safe” and avoiding thyroid disease which nutrient deficiencies pave the way for thyroid disease, and how to correct them why the thyroid medications you’re taking may not have improved your condition how less exercise might be the answer to underactive thyroid (yay!) reasons why low-carb, Paleo, or Ketogenic diets might not be the diet for someone with thyroid issues the anabolic vs. catabolic processes of the body and how they affect the thyroid Dr. Izabella’s 2-week prescription for jumpstarting thyroid health What to Do If You Suspect a Thyroid Problem Unfortunately, it isn’t always easy to get a straightforward answer when it comes to thyroid disease. If you struggle with most of the following symptoms, thyroid disease might be affecting you: chronic pain hair loss fatigue IBS/impaired digestion food allergies brain fog forgetfulness chronic cough weight management dry skin I know all too well the health toll of these symptoms and the struggle to put together the pieces of the puzzle. (My blood tests didn’t even show that I had thyroid disease!) I felt like I was going crazy because I knew things were not normal but doctors continued to tell me I was fine. When I finally was correctly diagnosed, I learned that Hashimoto’s is more than just an underactive thyroid. It is actually an autoimmune disorder that calls for a multi-targeted treatment of medication, diet, and lifestyle changes that isn’t always easy to figure out. The Izabella Wentz 2-Week Prescription for Thyroid Health
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50 min
March 27, 2017
73: The Truth About EMFs, WiFi, and Radiation (+ How to Avoid Them!)
There’s no doubt manmade EMFs (electromagnetic fields) are on the rise and growing by the minute in our technology-driven world. Cell phone towers, cell phones, laptops, Bluetooth, and WiFi hotspots are increasingly available on airplanes and everywhere else. What’s more, these signals grow in strength as technology “improves.” So, what to do … panic? Get rid of your devices? Far be it from me to suggest! My laptop is way too important! Today’s guest Daniel DeBaun, inventor of the popular EMF Defender Shield (I use his shields on my devices every day), offers some much better ideas. Daniel DeBaun is an internationally recognized expert in EMF protection and author of the new book Radiation Nation. He has 30 years of engineering experience in the telecommunications industry and his concerns over EMF exposure grew from his in-depth knowledge of what it is and how it works. He’s here today to demystify EMFs and explain how to keep your family safe. All while still enjoying the perks of your favorite devices! EMFs: Answering the Skeptics Whether or not these everyday EMF exposures cause harm is a long and hotly debated topic in the health world. Ever heard statements like this in response to your EMF concerns? “Studies don’t prove that.” “These are low, safe levels. It’s not the same as radiation.” “What can you do about it anyway? It’s everywhere.” But as a cigarette ad from the 1950s proves, real data on the safety of a product often comes only with time (and let’s be honest, litigation!). Companies don’t want to admit their products might have a safety risk … even a low one … until forced. A lack of scientific data has allowed many to deny the claim that low-frequency (and non-ionizing) EMFs could cause cell mutation, cancer, and other health problems over the long term. But, with the results of a peer-reviewed government study by the National Toxicology Program in 2016, clarity is beginning to replace controversy. And to many who know the science like Dan DeBaun, the risk made sense all along. In This Episode, You’ll Learn how cell phone, WiFi, and other wireless technology works … in terms we can understand the relationship between your microwave, an X-ray, and your cell phone the impact of EMF radiation on our bodies’ cells recent “improvements” in the telecommunication field … like 5G … and how they might affect us whether wired connections (ethernet) are safer than wireless smart meters: do they represent a risk? why avoiding cell phone and WiFi use in a car or plane is a good idea a safe distance to live from a cell tower how an
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62 min
March 20, 2017
72: How to Turn Off Cravings and Rewire Your Appetite with Robb Wolf
Ever struggle to find a way to turn off cravings for junk food like cookies, candy, or soda … or even for healthy foods like whole carbs, sweet fruits, and dark chocolate? (‘Duh’ question, right?) If so, you are definitely not alone, and you needn’t feel guilty. You’re not broken. You’re just eating the way you’ve been wired. Tune in to find out what I mean! Enter Robb Wolf, Appetite Expert It’s a real honor to have Robb Wolf on the show today. He’s one of the world’s leading experts on Paleolithic nutrition and the New York Times bestselling author of The Paleo Solution Diet. His new book (about to be released at the time of this podcast) is called Wired to Eat, and it’s all about how to literally rewire your brain in a positive way and turn off cravings when it comes to food. Robb inspires thousands of people around the world every day with his philosophy on healthy eating, especially through his top-ranked podcast and wildly popular seminar series. As a former research biochemist and also California State Powerlifting Champion, he’s no lightweight! He brings an energy I really admire to everything he tackles. Let’s find out what he has to say! Wired to Eat … But How Do I Turn Off Cravings? Robb realized after finishing his first book that there was much more to be written on the subject of the Paleo diet and health. A Paleo approach is the starting point, sure, but there is a huge variation in the way people respond to different foods. Some people do well on low-carb diets … some don’t. Some do well with grains … some feel better off of them. Some do great on a ketogenic diet for a while, and then develop puzzling new health symptoms. So what’s a health-conscious person to do? Wired to Eat takes a broad (and deep) look at the neuroregulation of appetite and the disturbances modern life introduces to our body’s natural desire to eat to survive. The truth is, we are genetically wired to eat more and move less. Not long ago in a premodern society, this was needed for survival. This is the total opposite of what the health movement (experts) tells us. Eat less! Move more! And you’ll be healthy! Any wonder then that it’s hard to make good choices? Robb believes understanding why it’s so hard to “eat right” and make “good choices” helps dispel emotion and guilt surrounding food. And this will help us identify other psychological issues that might make it hard to turn off cravings. But how to do it? The 7 Day Carb Test Plan: Robb’s Prescription for You One really neat tool in Robb’s Wired to Eat book is his 7-Day Carb Test Plan. This part of the book moves away from general research and advice to talk about what type of foods your body might favor. This test gives confidence that if you choose to eliminate a food, it’s worth the sacrifice. You will actually know whether or not you do well a certain food rather than blindly following a one-size-fits-all diet prescription. Again, the Paleo diet is the starting point … not the perfect diet. If you tolerate beans well, you should keep eating beans! It’s pretty ingenious that Robb recommends
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60 min
March 13, 2017
71: Winecast: All the Unusual Things We’ve Tried In the Name of Health
Join Katie and Heather for this tell-all episode of all the unusual things they’ve tried in the name of health! But there are two things they aren’t admitting to … care to guess? Leave your guess on the two things they won’t admit to in the comments! In the Name of Health… When a person is a health blogger, she tries some unusual things in the name of health (or because a blog commenter asked about it. Between the two of them, they’ve tried A LOT of unusual (and somewhat crazy) things in the name of health. In this episode, they fess up to all most of the strange things they’ve tried. Weird Health Things They Have Tried: Spraying bacteria on their skin (on purpose) – here’s why Standing in a Cryotherapy tank at -280 degrees Floating in a thousand pounds of dissolved epsom salts Sitting in a chamber that gets up to 170 degrees to get heat shock proteins Methods to increase their amount of brown fat Mud baths (the photos have not surfaced … yet) Brushing teeth with charcoal Wearing orange sunglasses at night … even in public The benefits of Sauna Therapy- See Heather’s post and Katie’s post on this Resources Mentioned: Mother Dirt Bacteria Spray for Skin Book: What Doesn’t Kill Us Book: The Body Keeps the Score Wim Hof Method WM Article: All About Floating WM Article: Benefits of Cryotherapy Healthmate Saunas (find out how to get up to 40% off here) WM Article: Brushing Teeth with Charcoal Mommypotamus Article: Brushing Teeth With Turmeric Uvex Orange Glasses to block blue light Prettier looking orange glasses to block blue light Why I Wear Orange Glasses at Night Reasons to Get Blue Light in the Morning Study: How camping resets circadian rhythm 10,000 Lux Light box
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26 min
March 6, 2017
70: All Bone Broth Is Not Created Equal with Justin Mares of Kettle & Fire
I’m a big fan of homemade broth and it is one of the first foods my babies get. I use it often in cooking and sometimes just drink a mug of it. Thanks to the Instant Pot, it has gotten even easier to to make homemade bone broth … but as busy moms we all need shortcuts we can feel good about and I recently found a non-perishable bone broth that I always keep on hand! Today I’m talking with Justin Mares, one of the founders of Kettle & Fire, who tells the story of why he and his brother Nick chose to get into the business of making better bone broth commercially available. I’m sure making and packaging “real” bone broth was a challenge. This stuff gels up just the way homemade would in the fridge … and I can’t think of any other packaged bone broths I can say that about! Kettle & Fire: Beginnings Most of us probably started our journey into wellness and better food because of a health problem that needed solving. Justin Mares and his brother Nick were no different. Nick experienced a knee injury, and Justin (like a good brother) started looking for ways to help his recovery process. Some of Justin’s Crossfit friends recommended bone broth to speed joint and ligament healing, and so the quest began. As the brothers learned more about the gelatin, amino acids, and minerals that make bone broth so great, they also realized they wanted a shortcut option that didn’t take hours to make at home. There didn’t seem to be much available. Shelf-stable bone broth wasn’t simmered in the way it is in your kitchen, didn’t gel, contained additives and preservatives, and often didn’t come from grass-fed organic sources. Through trial and error Justin and Nick pursued their dream of a better bone broth, and Kettle & Fire, the first shelf-stable, long-simmered commercial bone broth from only organic grass-fed sources, was born. In This Episode, You’ll Learn the unique nutritional and amino acid profile of bone broth what each amino acid does for health reasons why your bone broth defies you and doesn’t gel (yes, you’re not alone!) what scientific studies do (and don’t) show about the benefits of broth the role of glycine and methionine in the body why the type of bones used to make bone broth matter how to get the most out of your bone broth why Kettle & Fire is so different from other commercially produced broth some downsides to other commercial broth brands (we try to be gentle … kind of) how to customize homemade broth and use it more ways than you ever thought possible Resources We Mention Kettle and Fire Bone Broth Article: How to make bone broth Thanks to Today’s Podcast Sponsors This podcast episode is brought to you by Perfect Supplements. If your family struggles with the taste of certain foods like liver or kale, Perfect Supplements might be your answer. Their concentrated superfood capsules a
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37 min
February 28, 2017
69: Saunacast: Birth Freedom, Gut Healing & Healthy Starches
Katie and Heather are back in the sauna for round two of the Saunacast! This time, they are talking birth freedom, gut healing, microbiomes, and resistant starches. Listen along… Birth Freedom The conversation starts with Katie and Heather talking about birth freedom. Katie has been spending a lot of time at her state capitol as women in her state work to license professional midwives and expand birth options. Currently, while 31 states license and recognize certified professional midwives (CPMs), Kentucky does not, making it risky for midwives to attend birth. Katie’s birth experiences range from life-saving c-section to home breech water VBAC. Both Katie and Heather are vocal advocates for women to be able to choose how they birth. Gut Healing Due to the microbial aspect of birth, the conversation then turns toward the microbiome and gut health. Research is just starting to understand the microbial transfer that happens during the birthing process. This is one aspect that may be vital to the home birth vs. hospital birth conversation as the microbial environment is vastly different. When birth happens at home, the mother is already microbial adapted to her environment. This means that her vaginal bacteria and the immune factors in her breastmilk are specifically designed to match her environment. If a mother switches to a hospital in labor, she is encountering a new microbial environment and we don’t yet know how this affects babies. We do know that c-sections and antibiotics in labor can interfere with this microbial transfer. Some researchers recommend that women who are birthing in a hospital, especially by cesarean, bring blankets that the mom has slept with and that have been colonized to the home environment to help this microbial transfer. Skincare and the Skin Microbiome Just as we have gut bacteria, we also have skin bacteria. Certain antibacterial ingredients have been banned recently as new research discovers that soap and water are just as effective and that there are harmful effects from them. These products, and many others, can reduce skin bacteria over time and change the skin microbiome. We’re also deficient in exposure to dirt and the soil-based organisms that it contains. Companies like Mother Dirt work to address these problems with revolutionary products like an Ammonia Oxidizing Bacteria spray (AOB spray). Some people find they don’t even need to wear deodorant and have drastic skin changes after balancing skin bacteria. Resistant Starch Many people end up resisting starch when they switch to a healthy diet when it turns out that maybe they should be embracing resistant starch instead. Resistant starch helps improve gut bacteria. There can be a time to limit starches, even resistant starches, during times of intense gut healing. This is especially true for issues like SIBO and candida, but once those have been addressed, resistant starch can help nourish gut bacteria in a healthy way. Heather’s favorite sources of resistant starch are natural forms like cooked and cooled white potatoes. She also makes
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25 min
February 27, 2017
68: The Miracle of Microbirth: What Every Mother Should Know
Birth. There can be no doubt it’s one of life’s most personal, miraculous, and yet nerve-wracking events. And now thanks to new research in the last few years and a film called Microbirth, we’re discovering even more about the fascinating science behind it. My guest is Toni Harman, documentary filmmaker turned birth warrior turned author. A graduate of Exeter University and London Film School, she took her extensive Hollywood filmmaking experience to the subject of microbirth, which entered her life in an unexpected and deeply personal way. I’m sure so many of us can relate to her story … of a birth that didn’t go as planned. How Microbirth Was Born Toni can trace it all back to the birth of her daughter, Willow. As many first-time moms do, she envisioned a peaceful natural birth with scented candles and soft music. She wrote up a birth plan and packed it in her hospital bad, expecting it to be followed … or at least consulted. But at the hospital, nothing happened as planned. No one asked her about her choices. The birth plan never made it out of her bag. Toni underwent an emergency C-section, and struggled to breastfeed as she had wanted. Despite the incredible blessing of a healthy baby girl, she left the hospital with a whole new set of questions and a sense of uneasiness. What had gone wrong? Why wasn’t she asked what she wanted? Why, mixed in with all the miraculous moments, did she have a feeling of … trauma? She wondered: What was the real story behind how women are experiencing birth today? At the time she didn’t know about birth pioneers like Ina May Gaskin, Michael Oden, and Elizabeth Davis. She certainly didn’t know anything about microbirth or what that meant for future health. But as a filmmaker, Toni knew one way to get answers to her questions: she got out there and started asking them. And so the revolutionary film Microbirth was born. In This Episode, You’ll Learn the surprising discoveries researchers are making about the microbial aspect of birth how birth sets a baby’s gut health … and why it matters for a lifetime simple ways to build up mom’s gut health during pregnancy the impact of vaginal vs. C-section birth on bacterial “seeding” why a “dirty” blanket from home should be in your hospital bag! what the composition of breastmilk does for baby’s gut health a surprising new technique that might improve C-section outcomes (and give mom and dad a sense of control) what to say and do if your doctor won’t listen, and how to find the support you need how to make peace with yourself when things go “wrong” the age when baby’s microbiome stabilizes and what to do until then The Healing Microbi
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80 min
February 20, 2017
67: Easy Everyday Detox Tips with Megan the Detoxinista
The lovely Megan Gilmore—perhaps better known as the popular health food blogger “The Detoxinista” and author of Everyday Detox—sat down with me to share her fascinating journey from fast food junkie to green smoothie goddess. In her earlier days of searching for a healthier lifestyle, Megan tried a variety of extreme detox diets but found she would always yo-yo back to fast food or binge eating. Now a certified nutritionist consultant (CNC) with years of experience under her belt, she’s settled on a more moderate “everyday detox” approach that keeps her on track and works for her whole family. More real food, more veggies, more sleep. That’s a detox that’s doable! Everyday Detox for Your Best Health So what does it mean to “detox,” really? That word can certainly take on a host of meanings in the health world. Megan defines it as eating nourishing foods that support the body’s natural detox functions. And this makes so much sense. Every day we are exposed to toxins, many of which are beyond our control, creating a burden on the body. Everyday detox means also taking in, every day, those foods that best support the body’s design for purification, digestion, and elimination. (Basically, green veggies!) This creates a sustainable, ongoing detox. Everyday Detox for Your Best Family I especially love Megan’s openness about the challenges and joys of being a mom and entrepreneur. She even developed the fast and easy recipes in her new No Excuses Detox cookbook while babywearing. (I can so relate!) Because we’re both multitasking moms, we speak the same language when it comes to cooking. The ingredients in her cookbook are easy to find and steps kept to a minimum … because of course even health-conscious moms don’t want to live in the kitchen! We both have a deep love for the Instant Pot, big batch cooking, and “sneaking” veggies into recipes so kids don’t even know they’re there. (And let’s face it, sometimes we grownups need to hide the taste of certain veggies too!) Everyday health eating can’t help but influence the whole family for the better. And family is very much Megan’s focus. In This Podcast, You’ll Learn how the Detoxinista got her start (she wasn’t always healthy) the principles of her everyday detox plan that doesn’t go to extremes the lowdown on “food combining,” a smart alternative to counting calories easy ways to simplify food prep for family weeknight meals how Megan handles picky eating in her house Megan’s favorite go-to meals and snacks to have on hand the important fruit that makes labor and delivery easier (imagine that!) tips and tricks to sneak more veggies into your family’s diet and more! Resources We Mention Detoxinista.com Everyday Detox
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42 min
February 13, 2017
66: Vote with Your Dollars to Make (Real) Change with John Durant
One of the trickiest things I do as a health blogger is decide which companies and products to use for my family and to recommend to others. I take this responsibility seriously, so I know I’m in good company when I spend time with my friend John Durant, one of the 100 Most Influential People in the health world. Now as a venture capitalist, John Durant makes it his primary mission to find and fund the best health-focused companies through his company, Wild Ventures. He’s the best person I know to give insight into the future of health—and how we can vote with our dollars to support companies willing to shape and change it for the better. John Durant, Modern Caveman First, a little about John Durant, because he’s a fascinating person. His New York Times bestselling book The Paleo Manifesto rocketed the Paleo diet into popularity, and he continues to pursue health with a passion. On any given day you might find John Durant running barefoot through Central Park, experimenting with intermittent fasting, or doing a polar bear swim in the Atlantic. Now a sought-after health expert, he’s been featured by The New York Times, The Atlantic and appeared on The Colbert Report and NPR. John’s portfolio includes some of my favorite companies, where he works behind the scenes to make them successful: Thrive Market, Exo, AO Biome, and Kettle and Fire just to name a few. Let’s find out the inside scoop on how companies, big and small, play a part in our health future. The Mighty Dollar … in Your Pocket I’ve been criticized before for sometimes supporting large companies that offer some—but not all—health-conscious products. And there is of course good reason to be wary. Huge corporations have a track record of often not having our best interests in mind. Still, when we spend our dollars on healthy products, these companies listen and respond. And the bigger the company that makes a change toward healthier products, the wider the impact. Even in the last few years, we’ve seen an exciting amount of change for the better. At least that’s what I think … and I do even more so after hearing John’s insider perspective on the health future and where we’re headed. Change the demand, and they will follow! We as consumers are in control! In This Podcast, You’ll Learn all about the real power consumers have to shape markets … with just their dollars! which health trends companies respond to (and why) what John Durant really thinks about Walmart and big box stores (it’s not what you might think!) the inside story on successful startup companies like Thrive Market and US Wellness Meats why the way we shop and what we buy has a ripple effect on the environment why supporting companies you like is more effective than boycotting ones you don’t the downsides to regulation and how it works against mission-focused startups why
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52 min
February 6, 2017
65: Safe Aromatherapy and Essential Oil Use with Retha Nesmith
If you’ve followed my homemade cleaning and beauty recipes over the years, you know the important role aromatherapy and essential oils play around my home. (I might even be a little obsessed!) At the same time, you know that I’m careful to use essential oils safely and that I’m not afraid to speak out against the dangerous uses I often see. That’s why I’m excited that Retha Nesmith, certified aromatherapist, made time to sit down with me and discuss this favorite topic. Whether you’ve just dabbled in essential oils or have the most impressive collection known to man, this podcast has something for you! A Fresh Approach to Aromatherapy Education There is so much misinformation about safe essential oil use and I know several people who have actually been harmed by inappropriate use. I’ve found a few great sources of safe essential oils and am happy to see the rising awareness about safe essential oil use. Plant Therapy is one of the essential oil companies I’ve come to know and love especially for their strong commitment to educating the public on how to use essential oils safely. If you check out the Plant Therapy blog you’ll see a refreshing difference in their approach. In an industry often full of hype and misinformation, the Plant Therapy experts lay out the facts in a balanced way. The Power of EOs and Aromatherapy Retha shared with me how her mom (also a trained aromatherapist) used essential oils in their home growing up. Now Retha carries on the tradition of using these natural remedies with her own three children. But just because she’s been around essential oils for a long time doesn’t mean she uses them without caution. Retha echoes a lot of the concerns I have had about the real dangers of using essential oils improperly. Their amazing power to heal can become power to harm unless we educate ourselves. She does an amazing job making the information simple while answering some questions I still hadn’t quite resolved even with all my research on essential oils and aromatherapy over the years. In This Episode, You’ll Learn All about the benefits of aromatherapy (it really does more than just smell nice!) What makes an oil “essential” and how EOs differ from other household oils Common mistakes people make when using essential oils and how to avoid them Why the term “natural” or “pure” doesn’t always mean “safe” What it means when EO companies make quality claims … and how to back them up as a consumer How to quickly and easily find the proper dilution and diffusion ratios for oils A reasonable approach to the controversial question of whether to take EOs internally How to cut through the hype and choose the right essential oils for your family’s specific needs Resources We Mention Plant Therapy Essential Oils (
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59 min
January 30, 2017
64: How to Keep Your Family Safe With Tips from Former CIA Agent Jason Hanson
If you watch the news, it can feel as if life is never truly safe and that even a routine trip to the park with children can be a dangerous endeavor. The truth is that we are statistically safer than we’ve ever been, but those statistics don’t matter to the families who have been victims of crimes. So how do you keep your family safe without living in constant fear and how do you separate common sense prevention from paranoia? Learning from a Former CIA Officer In this interview, I talk with Jason Hanson, a former CIA Officer and the New York Times bestselling author of Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life. Jason has appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank, Fox & Friends, Dateline, NBC Today Show, and Rachael Ray, to name a few. He runs his Spy Escape & Evasion school on his 320-acre Spy Ranch in Cedar City, Utah. Jason shares his story of how he became a CIA agent and how he uses the knowledge he gained through operative training to protect his family. He also teaches workshops to help men, women, and families take practical steps to keep safe. In This Episode, You’ll Learn The number one way to reduce your chances of becoming the victim of a crime How criminals, when interviewed, could identify potential victims in seconds just from looking at pictures What to do if you are ever in a dangerous situation with your children The reason women (and especially moms) need to be concerned with self-defense Ways to teach your children to be safe at home and when out and about How to have a “family safety plan” for your home and what to do if an intruder ever enters What to do to reduce the chances of home invasion, car jacking, and kidnapping Simple tips to stay safe while traveling How to use some spare change and a sock for self defense The one place Jason would never take his family (hint: it is a popular vacation destination) A simple tool you can carry anywhere (even in airports) to help defend yourself If and when you should carry a gun or knife for protection Resources We Mention Jason’s Tactical Pen Spy Escape and Evasion blog Special Thanks to Today’s Sponsors This podcast is brought to you by Kettle and Fire Bone Broth. If you love the benefits of bone broth simmered on the stove all day but want a quick and easy way to make it, Kettle and Fire is for you! They have the first grass-fed (and grass-finished) non-perishable bone broth and it is ah-mazing! Kettle and Fire Bone Broth can be found in many Whole Foods on the west coast and you can also order online here. I use their bone broth on a regular basis and used it to create the recipes in my new bone broth e-book (releasing later this year). This podcast is also brought to you by Thrive Market. If yo
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39 min
January 23, 2017
63: How to Choose a (Truly) Healthy Wine with Todd White
As a mom of six, it’s long been part of my weekly ritual to sit down with my husband after the kids are in bed and enjoy all a good glass of wine has to offer. But as my diet improves (and as I get older … ahem), I find I’m more and more likely to get hangover-like symptoms, even from just one or two glasses of wine. This is a problem! And one that isn’t as simple as sulfites, as many commonly think. Thankfully, I discovered Todd White, wine expert from the Napa Valley, and the amazing Dry Farm Wines company. Dry Farm Wines works with small family vineyards all over the world to provide pure, natural wines that are also … get this … sugar free! Dry Farm Wines: The Best Wine for Your Health It all started when Todd set out to solve a personal problem: how to still indulge his passion for wine while avoiding the #1 public health enemy, sugar. His solution grew into Dry Farm Wines, the only lab tested, all natural, health quantified wine merchant in the world today. Dry Farm “biohacks” wine so we can have all of its health benefits without the downsides. Many leading U.S. health influencers endorse these wines, including Mark Sisson, Dave Asprey, Robb Wolf, Abel James, the Fat Burning Man, and others (and now me!). Todd’s expertise on wine is vast, and I can’t thank him enough for sharing what he knows so I can keep enjoying a good glass of wine! In This Episode, You’ll Learn The many health benefits of wine (especially red wine) within moderation How to choose the best wines that won’t give you a headache or add to your waistline The inside scoop on the commercial wine industry’s practices and labeling Why not all natural wines are sugar free The shocking hidden additives in wine like heavy metals, artificial coloring, and animal byproducts (and how to avoid them) How the Ketogenic diet works and why so many people choose it as a lifestyle Why meditation is the greatest biohack in all of history The benefits of deep breathing practices, cold therapy, and other alternative approaches to health And more! The Dry Wine Farming Difference So how does Dry Farm Wines accomplish what they do? Can sugar-free, low-carb wine really taste good? The truth is, traditional wine making practices produce the best (and lowest sugar) wine. Just like with food, the industrialization of winemaking over the last fifty years has lowered the quality of wine by choosing cheap, fast methods of production. For this reason, Todd recommends wine not from the U.S. or the Napa Valley, as you might think, but wine from small vineyards in Europe. One big difference? Dry farming. The U.S. leads the world in the irrigation of grapevines with almost 100% of all vineyards in the U.S. being drip irrigated. This might seem like a harmless enough practice, but most of Europe has outlawed irrigation, and for good reason. Todd explains why irrigation isn’t as harmless of a practice as it might seem: When the fruit ripens on a grapevine, the physiology of that ripening process is deeply impacted by irrigation…. Th
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81 min
January 16, 2017
62: Good Clean Dirt with Jasmina Aganovic of Mother Dirt
Today I’m spending time with Jasmina Aganovic, scientist, cosmetics expert, and president of Mother Dirt, a fascinating company founded on one simple premise: Don’t be afraid of a little good, clean dirt. You all know I’m a big fan of letting kids play outside as much as possible, and even better if they’re barefoot and digging in the mud! I’m happy to have an MIT-educated chemical and biological engineer like Jasmina on my side. In this podcast episode, she explains why playing in the dirt benefits kids (and all of us) so much, and why we don’t need to be as clean as we think we do. Less cleaning? I’m listening! In This Episode, You’ll Learn: The deeper connection between our skin and our immune system How our skin’s unique microbiome develops … and is threatened … from birth Why an overemphasis on cleanliness might not be best for you or your kids Common misconceptions behind antibacterial products and cleansers What unique benefits soil has to offer your health Practical ways to fight bad bacteria naturally … and why most bacteria isn’t bad at all How to manage acne and other skin issues while simplifying your beauty routine How Mother Dirt’s “living” products work with your natural sweat to restore your skin’s healthiest balance Mother Dirt: Rethinking “Clean” The connection between healthy gut flora and good health has gotten a lot of press in the natural health world in recent years. But more and more researchers like Jasmina suspect that just as a bacterial gut imbalance can lead to disease and poor health, a bacterial imbalance on your skin can also have deeper health effects. While we still have a lot to learn about the complex bacteria found in our bodies, here’s what she and other researchers on the pioneering edge of microbiome research have found: We as a society are keeping things too clean. In fact, when we wash too frequently or with the wrong products, we can actually wipe away good, protective, necessary bacteria from our skin. And this problem has gotten significantly worse in recent decades. The Rise of Antibacterial Products It all started out unintentionally enough, Jasmina explains, in hospitals—a fitting place for antibacterial products. Companies soon caught on. Antibacterial cleaning products became available in homes and schools across the nation. And we as a society started to see killing “99.99% of bacteria” as a good thing, when in reality only a single-digit percentage of all bacteria is actually harmful. Basically, outside of a hospital setting or a superbug epidemic, we need to leave well enough alone and let our skin do what it was meant to do. In most cases, plain old fashioned soap will do, as Jasmina, the Mother Dirt company, and recently even the FDA remind us. The Decline of Dirt (Or, What’s Dirt Got to Do with It?) Okay, so maybe we’re thinking about easing off the hand sanitizer, but do we really have to get … dirt
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38 min
January 9, 2017
61: An Electrifying New Way To Change Habits
In this “electrifying” interview, I catch up with Maneesh Sethi, blogger, world traveler, and creator of Pavlok, a behavior modification wristband that shocks you into achieving your goals. And I do mean that literally! When I first met Maneesh on a bus ride years ago, we connected right away. I was fascinated by his commitment to shape his best self and dream lifestyle. In fact, he is so committed he created and uses a wearable device that delivers a low voltage shock whenever the user commits a bad habit. It’s aversion therapy for the masses, and its applications are endless … if you are brave enough to try it! The Unconscious Power of Habits There’s no getting away from it. Our habits define much of who we are and how we spend our time, but we have trouble knowing how to get a handle on them. In his 2014 article “Making Habits that Last,” Maneesh Sethi writes: “As I began the descent into my own bad habits, I realized something powerful: your brain doesn’t always have your best interests in mind.… The Reptilian Brain has one function that it likes to perform more than anything else: seek pleasure.” Yet we know from the results of overeating, oversleeping, or overindulging in anything that seeking pleasure isn’t always in our best interests. We live in a world that makes it easy to track our sleep, our steps, or whatever other habits we desire. The Fitbit, the Apple Watch, and countless apps promise to help us discover where we’re falling short and where we can improve. But ultimately, we’re on our own when it actually comes to changing those behaviors. Or are we? Pavlok (named in honor of Pavlov and his dogs, and because it “locks” on your wrist) promises not just to track what you do, but change what you do by adding a negative stimulus. We will work harder to avoid pain, Maneesh argues, then we would for a positive reward. If that sounds harsh, you’ll be glad to know Pavlok can be adjusted through an integrated app that allows the user to set the stimulus from a mild buzz (think gentle reminder) to a more uncomfortable sting. A 5-Day Personal Productivity Program Pavlok isn’t all about negative punishment, though. The device comes with a 5-day coaching program to guide you along. The basic program goes something like this: Day 1: No zap. Learn the science about habit-forming and the brain, and start to track unwanted behaviors. Days 2 & 3: No zap. Learn to look for hidden triggers that cause behaviors and track. Days 4 & 5: Receive zap when the negative behavior occurs. Maneesh explains that in many cases just the promise of the negative stimulus is enough. Many users choose to stop the negative behavior after only one or two days just through the power of increased self-awareness (and the promise of future zaps, of course!) Pavlok even offers additional apps targeted to specific behaviors, and in the podcast Maneesh gives us a preview of what’s in the works for future development. In This Episode, You’ll Learn: Why Maneesh once hired someone to slap him in the face (it’s true!) The science behind how the primal brain forms deep unconscious patterns Why we repeat undesirable behaviors like smoking, nail biting, negative thoughts, hitting the snooze button, overeating, or wasting time The power of goal setting + stimulus to create the best version of yourself How the Pavlok behavior-training device can change your habits in as as little as 5 days A positive way to view ADHD and other attention disorders
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58 min
January 3, 2017
60: Deep Nutrition and the Four Pillars of Health
Cate Shanahan M.D, author of Deep Nutrition (one of my favorite books), is a board-certified family physician. She trained in biochemistry and genetics at Cornell University before attending Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. For ten years, she practiced medicine in Hawaii, where she studied ethnobotany and the culinary habits of her healthiest patients. Her own health crisis led her to re-evaluate her understanding of the body and the importance of certain types of food. She currently runs a metabolic health clinic in Denver, Colorado and serves as the Director of the Los Angeles Lakers PRO Nutrition Program. Her mission is to highlight and create change around the fact that our modern diet may literally be altering our DNA and changing the future of humanity: In a sense, our lifestyles teach our genes how to behave. In choosing between healthy or unhealthy foods and habits, we are programming our genes for either good or bad conduct. Scientists are identifying numerous techniques by which two sets of identical DNA can be coerced into functioning dissimilarly. In This Episode, You’ll Learn: What one food you should absolutely avoid at all costs The four pillars of every traditionally healthy culture (and how to get these benefits in the modern world) The biggest problem with the conventional medical model, but why it isn’t your doctor’s fault More evidence that saturated fat isn’t the enemy How food directs our cellular growth and how food can alter our DNA Why a family history of cancer or heart disease doesn’t mean you’ll get it too How Dr. Cate became the LA Lakers go-to for nutrition Resources Mentioned: Dr. Shanahan’s new book: Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food How to get a copy of her other book Food Rules, for free (details here) Dr. Cate’s Website Special Thanks to Our Sponsors: This podcast is brought to you by Kettle and Fire Bone Broth. If you love the benefits of bone broth but don’t love the time it takes to make and tough it can be to find quality bones to make it, Kettle and Fire is for you! They have the first grass-fed (and grass-finished) non-perishable bone broth and it is ah-mazing! You can find them in many Whole Foods on the west coast and you can also order online from here. Their bone broth is a regular staple in my kitchen these days, and it was what I used to create the recipes in my new bone broth ebook (releasing later this year). This podcast is also brought to you by Thrive Market. If you live in a real
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77 min
January 2, 2017
59: SaunaCast: Katie and Heather Talk Goals, Parenting & Saunas
Katie and Heather from Mommypotamus.com sit down for the first ever SaunaCast. Why the name? They recorded this episode from inside a sauna (in the thirty minutes before they tapped out from the heat!). In This Episode, They Discuss: Why they are recording inside a 153 degree sauna in the first place What their kids got for Christmas (hint: experiences as gifts) A fun way to give experiences with a physical gift What they think is the most important skill to teach children in today’s world The reason Katie isn’t making any goals or resolutions this year The value of experiments over goals for certain personality types Why they both have (and love) saunas The benefits of Sauna Therapy- See Heather’s post and Katie’s post on this 6 tips for starting sauna use When fasting is a good thing Katie & Heather’s recommend infrared sauna Resources Mentioned: Kids Cook Real Food Course Low EMF Saunas 23andMe testing Udemy Courses (on every topic imaginable) Sewing Machine that Heather got her kids Archery Sets for Kids Article: Giving Experiences Instead of Stuff This Year Podcast Sponsors This episode of The Healthy Moms Podcast is brought to you by Kettle and Fire Bone Broth. If you love the benefits of bone broth but don’t love the time it takes to make and how tough it can be to find quality bones to make it, Kettle and Fire is for you! They have the first grass-fed (and grass-finished) non-perishable bone broth and it is ah-mazing! You can find them in many Whole Foods on the west coast and you can also order online from here. Their bone broth is a regular staple in my kitchen these days, and it was what I used to create the recipes in my new bone broth e-book (releasing later this year). This episode is also brought to you by Thrive Market. If you live in a real food desert like I do, it can be difficult to find certain organic foods, speciality foods, or allergy-friendly foods. Thrive
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31 min
September 14, 2016
58: How Knowing Your Chronotype Can Improve Your Sleep
When I met Oprah’s sleep doctor, Dr. Michael Breus, at a recent event, I knew I had to have him on the podcast to share his information. He’s the author of the wildly popular new book, The Power of When, and in this episode, he explains why “night owl” and “early bird” are outdated terms and how to know your chronotype (natural way you sleep). The Power of When I have read and researched a lot about sleep over the years and consider myself pretty well-versed in the basics of good sleep. Talking to Dr. Breus, I understand why both Oprah and Dr. Oz trust him with their sleep. He is not only incredible knowledgeable about how to get better sleep, but also how to use your sleep type to be happier and more productive during the day. If you aren’t familiar with him: Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist and both a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and a Fellow of The American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He was one of the youngest people to have passed the Board at age 31 and, with a specialty in Sleep Disorders, is one of only 163 psychologists in the world with his credentials and distinction. Know Thy Chronotype According to Wikipedia: Chronotype refers to the behavioral manifestation of underlying circadian rhythms of myriad physical processes. A person’s chronotype is the propensity for the individual to sleep at a particular time during a 24-hour period. Take this fast quiz to find out what your chronotype is. This will make this podcast episode make a lot more sense, and will also shed some light on your own sleep patterns. Instead of the outdated “night owl” and “early bird,” chronotypes, Dr. Breus has broken different sleep types into four chronotypes based on his experience with patients. These chronotypes are: Dolphin Lion Bear Wolf Light Matters for Good Sleep I’ve written a lot about how light impacts quality. This is the reason I personally wear orange sunglasses at night to avoid blue light and why my kids don’t have a night light (one of the posts I’ve gotten the most negative response to). I asked Dr. Breus’ opinion on the issue and he provided some important insight and context. In The Power of When, he says: The most disruptive event in the history of biotime occurred on December 31, 1879 with the invention of the electric light bulb. Pretty strong statement, huh? In this episode he explains how artificial light directly impacts circadian rhythm and how light at night can suppress melatonin production. Children and Sleep In this episode, I also asked Dr. Breus’ opinion on much of the common sleep advice for babies and children, and some of his answers surprised me. Listen to the episode to hear them all, but we talk about: How babies don’t make melatonin for the fir
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67 min
June 6, 2016
57: Natural Parenting Tips
One of the best moms I know, Katie Kimball of Kitchen Stewardship, joins me again this week for a discussion of natural parenting tips and organizational strategies that she has learned in her years as a teacher and mom of four. In her seven years blogging, Katie has published eight eBooks covering the spectrum of real food from lunch to dinner, snacks, and even camping. She has also created the Kids Cook Real Food course, which helps moms include their children in the healthy cooking process. Tips for Natural Parenting Katie offers this advice for raising helpful, well-behaved kids: 1. Be Consistent Katie has found that sticking to what you say helps her kids believe what she says and learn to behave accordingly. She acknowledges that this isn’t always easy (as any mom knows) but shares tips for learning to stick to a consistent routine, schedule and parenting style. 2. Acknowledge Your Mistakes No mom is perfect, but that’s ok! In fact, one of the best lessons to teach a child is to let them see you work through your mistakes. Katie suggests to acknowledge the fact that you’ve made a mistake in the first place, and explain that you’re trying to do better. This will not only show vulnerability and work to build your relationship and mutual respect with your children, but also provide a valuable example of humility. 3. Create a Culture of Service Another lesson best taught by example. Encourage your kids to help each other and serve others in the family. This has helped Katie’s kids move through the self-centered phases of childhood faster. This can be as easy as little acts such as helping a younger sibling or fetching a diaper for a parent, or a bigger action like taking canned goods to a food kitchen or helping at a local charity. 4. Let Good Behavior “Trickle Down” A great suggestion and one I’ve noticed in my kids as well. If you have (or plan to have) more than one child, spend a lot of time teaching your oldest. Inevitably, he/she will pass on the knowledge to the younger siblings and the process will get easier with each child. This also creates a positive culture among the children where they help each other and remember rules more easily (because they remind each other). Little kids love to emulate older siblings so positive habits that older kids learn get passed on easily. The Teacher Perspective Katie Kimball taught 3rd grade before having kids of her own. Her educational background has influenced her parenting in many positive ways, including: Teaching her kids language through talking without “kid language.” Making reading fun. Value and encourage curiosity The Summer Vacation Survival Kit Now that summer has arrived, many parents are struggling to keep their kids occupied with positive activities. Katie Kimball has put together a guide to help parents make summer fun and healthy for you kids (and doable for moms). Here are a few of her suggestions: Gather ideas for chores, learning, work and fun activities together, then choose one of each after breakfast each day. (This is Katie’s “Lazy Summer Vacation Organizational System”) Create routines around breakfast, because it happens every
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24 min
May 30, 2016
56: Teaching Kids to Cook Real Food
Preparing meals for the family doesn’t have to an overwhelming, daily project for mom. Kids can help! In this podcast episode, I’m again joined by Katie Kimball, who shares her expertise on teaching kids to cook real food in the kitchen. Teaching Kids to Cook Katie Kimball has created an excellent course called Kids Cook Real Food, which helps moms teach their children cooking skills from a very young age and facilitates children helping prepare meals. She is also the founder of KitchenStewardship.com, a blog that encourages other moms to take baby steps to better nutrition for their families while balancing their limited time and budget. Why Teach Kids to Cook? Katie Kimball is mother of 4, and the desire to create her Kids Cook Real Food course came out of necessity in her own life. Here are a few reasons she highlights for teaching kids to help in the kitchen: If kids learn how to prepare healthy food well, they will be much more likely to continue to prepare and eat healthy food as adults Teaching kids to cook saves time. For example, one child who learned from Katie’s course is only 3 years old, but now insists on making her own peanut butter sandwiches every day. When kids work with the food themselves, they are more excited to eat it. It helps kids build authentic self-esteem. What About Kitchen Knives? In our Western culture, we can often overprotect our children from simple tasks with sharp kitchen knives. As Katie Kimball explains, knife skills are not only safe to learn, they are also important. Here’s why: Cutting raw vegetables is integral to healthy eating habits. Becoming confident in this area is very important. Using real tools like a kitchen knife builds real confidence in children. Age appropriate knife skills—going from a butter knife, to a paring knife, to a chef’s knife—is a safe and valuable learning process. Katie Kimball goes on to share several other benefits of teaching kids to cook healthy meals: Kids learning how to talk about food, and therefore have better manners when visiting other people When kids understand herbs, they can choose and play a powerful role in process Kids feeling valued and validated Kids understanding that food prep is real work that takes time—and thus are less likely to waste Appropriate Cooking Skills for Young Children Helping out in the kitchen is not a task reserved for older kids. Katie recommends these skills as good starters for younger kids. Age 2–5: • Carrying plates • Butter knife skills: cutting bananas, spreading butter, etc. • Peeling • Pouring (start with a little creamer pitcher) • Sorting • Measuring Age 6–8 • Advanced measuring • Reading recipes • Paring knife skills: somewhat soft fruits and vegetables • Stove safety Ages 8–12 • Chef’s knife for all kinds of cutting • Advanced stove work • Oven skills Resources We Mention • 
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May 23, 2016
55: Real Food Shopping Tips and Tricks
Eating healthy food on a budget can be hard, but in this episode, Katie Kimball of Kitchen Stewardship shares some great money saving tips for moms and families. Katie is a teacher, a mom of four and the author of 8 ebooks. She is also the creator of the awesome Kids Cook Real Food course, which provides an easy-to-learn class for kids to learn how to cook real food on their own at all ages. Budget Friendly Real Food Shopping Locations Katie shares her favorite places to shop for real food and how often she shops to maximize her food budget and minimize shopping time. These are the places Katie likes to shop and some of the best deals on natural foods that she finds at each stoer: Costco, once or twice a month for non-perishable organics in bulk, cheese and bulk greens. Aldi, once a week for produce canned goods like spaghetti sauce, salmon, salmon, beans, fruit and nut bars and gluten free foods. Country Life Natural Foods (Michigan) for occasional bulk items. Farmer’s Markets when available for meats, seasonal produce, etc. Meijer once or twice per quarter for more obscure produce or items not found at the farmers market. Taking Kids Grocery Shopping As a mother of 4, Katie Kimball has a lot of experience taking kids along to the grocery store. Here’s how she not only manages it, but her tips for making it a worthwhile experience for kids. Give the older kids jobs to do, delegating things like, “get 7 cucumbers” Teach about the food you’re choosing Talk about numbers and counting Practice the skill of organizing and categorizing At a self checkout, have kids “beep” the groceries past the scanner and see the math Give them something to look forward to afterward, to avoid the “gimme’s” at checkout Just talk! Kids are always learning from their parents, and the grocery store is a great place to teach Meal Planning For those on a tight budget, Katie Kimball’s last important tip is to plan your meals for the week ahead of time. This helps reduce waste and prevent overspending, especially on meat. Resources Kids Cook Real Food Course Real Plans Meal Planning Service Kitchen Skills for Kids! Katie Kimball has offered her 3-video series for teaching kids how to help out in the kitchen. It’s called, Kitchen Skills for Kids, and it’s for free to listeners of the podcast. Click here to get access now. Thanks for Listening Was this podcast episode helpful? If so, please share it with family and friends via email or using the social media buttons at the bottom of this post. Be sure to subscribe to th
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May 17, 2016
54: Baby Steps for Eating Real Food
In this episode, I sit down with Katie Kimball, founder of KitchenStewardship.com. Katie has shared her journey to real food and natural living for over 7 years at Kitchen Stewardship, a blog that encourages other moms to take baby steps to better nutrition for their families while balancing their limited time and budget. Along with her 4 children, she has created the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse to help other parents teach their kids to cook, so that they too can get a little break (and raise healthy children who know how to cut, cook AND eat their vegetables). She has also written 8 eBooks to date, including the popular Healthy Snacks to Go. Baby Steps to Switching to Real Food Katie Kimball offers this advice for fellow moms seeking a healthier kitchen: 1. Give Yourself Some Grace Creating a healthy lifestyle is a journey, and it’s not easy to do all at once. Rest assured that nobody is perfect, and making the switch to real food takes time. 2. Look for Something that Takes Minimal Effort & Make a Big Impact Rather than trying to overhaul everything at once, Katie recommends focusing on something small that affects your family’s diet on a regular basis. Start with something small like replacing cereal for breakfast a couple times a week or replacing packaged potato chips with nuts and dried fruit. 3. Basic Food Staples to Keep on Hand When time is running short to make a wholesome meal for your family, it’s hard to turn to healthy options. It’s for that reason that Katie Kimball keeps these healthy staples on hand in her kitchen: 1. Homemade yogurt 2. Chicken Stock (for soups) 3. Frozen fruit and healthy smoothie ingredients 4. Nuts and dried fruit 5. Cheese 6. Snackable veggies like celery Katie Kimball’s Experience with Whole 30 The Whole 30 is a 30-day diet is intended to remove food groups that can promote inflammation, and in the process, kill your cravings for artificial sweeteners and processed food. Katie Kimball and her husband have each tried this method of eating with great success. The benefits they have experienced include: weight loss (without feeling hungry) resetting their palette to curb negative cravings gut health reset Better Than a Box Katie Kimball has written an excellent book about replacing processed food with real food alternatives. In it, she has reverse engineered many common store-bought favorites like casseroles, soups, and desserts—even Velveeta cheese! The result of her process is a book of excellent, healthy recipes that can replace your traditional meal-in-a-box choices from the store. Not only that, in the first 80 pages of the book, she explains how to reverse engineer your own recipes, a skill that goes beyond the recipes in the book.
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May 9, 2016
53: Does Leaky Gut Cause Autoimmunity?
We’re wrapping up the current podcast series covering all things gut health this week, and Christa has put together a free educational video series to help you understand how pathogens and bad bugs can be responsible for so many health challenges. I hope you’ll check it out, because the info she explains is part of the “missing link” for so many struggling with health issues. Understanding Leaky Gut and Autoimmune Disease As Hippocrates said, “all disease begins in the gut,” and this is becoming increasingly evident as we uncover the link between autoimmunity and leaky gut. In this episode, I’m joined once again by Christa Orecchio, founder of TheWholeJourney.com and the Gut Thrive in 5 program. She’s a TEDX speaker, author and TV show host who has helped thousands of people reclaim their health. Does Leaky Gut Cause Autoimmunity? Christa describes leaky gut as a brick wall that’s missing connective mortar. The mucosal lining in our intestinal tract is critical for protecting against harmful pathogens. Leaky gut means that there are small tears in the mucosal lining, causing food particles, bacteria and toxins to escape into our bloodstream. She explains part of the process of how leaky gut leads to autoimmune disease: The spleen and liver get overworked trying to purge the body of toxins Because detoxing isn’t happening through the bowels, it happens through the skin which causes eczema and psoriasis The body can’t deal with infections properly, which leads to a domino effect of our weak genetic links. Lupus, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and fibromyalgia could result, among other disorders. How to Help Heal the Gut Lining It’s a popular belief that simply taking probiotics will heal the lining of the gut. But as Christa points out, “You can’t plant flowers in a junkyard.” There has to be a weeding of pathogens before a reseeding of good bacteria can be effective. This relies on a supportive diet, specialized supplements to weed out improper amounts of bad bacteria, and a careful reseeding process with specialized probiotics and enzymes to reactive the gut. Once that process takes place, Christa recommends taking several strains of probiotics in very specific amounts: Lactobacillus: the “marines,” taking the first assault on bad bacteria in the gut. Bifidobacterium: the “engineers” that build infrastructure to heal and seal the leaky gut. Bacillus: the “special forces unit,” able to withstand the harsh environment of stomach acid and can be your front line defense for pathogens. Christa also recommends these specific (temporary) dietary changes for those struggling with leaky gut: Eliminate gluten from your diet Eliminate dairy from your diet Eliminate sugar from your diet Have raw food in moderation (only 20% of your diet) Start consuming bone
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May 2, 2016
52: Overcoming Gut Infections: SIBO, Protozoa, & Candida
What if your health problems were caused by a gut infection? How would you know? And how would you begin to heal yourself? Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), Protozoa, and Candida are common infections that can wreak havoc on the immune system. In this episode, I’m joined once again by clinical nutritionist Christa Orecchio to discuss these infections and how you can journey toward gut health. Christa, who herself has overcome candida, is the founder of TheWholeJourney.com and the Gut Thrive in 5 program. She’s a TEDX speaker, author and TV show host who has helped thousands of people reclaim their health. The Most Common Gut Infections People with gut problems tend to lean in 1 of 3 directions: Bacterial overgrowth such as H. Pylori Parasites such as Protozoa Fungal/Yeast infection such as Candida Treating these infections is not simply a matter of chasing the bug away. We have to give our gut a new “operating system” by creating balance in the genetic material of all the organisms within the gut that are affecting the microbiome. In this process, it’s important to use natural supplements gently so as not to cause damage to your gut’s lining or to your immune system. Quorum Sensing Quorum sensing is the term used to describe how bacteria communicate. It’s actually a very sophisticated process. Christa describes this as if you called a friend on a cell phone, only when they saw that you were calling, they instantly knew everything you wanted to tell them without even answering the phone. This is how bacteria can share their genetic code instantly and proliferate so quickly. We can interrupt this communication and peacefully “break up the party” using herbs and botanicals, including: Oregano oil Lion’s mane (mushroom) Goldenseal Echinacea Black wild carrot Black walnut Clove Wintergreen Christa’s 5 Step Process for Healing Sibo & Other Gut Infections Slashing inflammation Purging pathogens Reseeding the gut with good bacteria Healing leaky gut and optimizing hydrochloric acid Terraforming (create sustainable life in the gut) In this episode, we mention: TheWholeJourney.com Christa’s video series on gut health Get Christa’s eBook!
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27 min
April 25, 2016
51: Understanding the Microbiome
Why is gut health so important? The truth is that understanding the microbiome is critical to our long term health. In this episode, I’m joined once again by clinical nutritionist Christa Orecchio to discuss the basics of gut health, and what you can do to rejuvenate yours. Christa is the founder of TheWholeJourney.com and the Gut Thrive in 5 program. She’s a TEDX speaker, author and TV show host who has helped thousands of people reclaim their health. Understanding the Microbiome The microbiome is the combined genetic material of all of the organisms inside of the gut. The most well-known biome in the body is the gut microbiome but there are really seven different microbiomes in the human body. 3,000 years ago Hippocrates said “all disease begins in the gut.” And he was right! There is an inseperable link between the health of the gut microbiome and the immune system. When we rejuvenate the microbiome in the gut, the immune system can replicate this new genetic code to the other microbiomes of your body. Here’s what happens: chronic sinus infections go away eczema and psoriasis clears up recurring vaginal yeast infections start to go away you stop getting bronchitis every time you get sick The 3 “bugs” of the microbiome Symbiotic (good) bugs: These are the do-gooders of bacteria, cleaning up, repairing and helping maintain health in the gut. Unfortunately, as a society we often lack theses symbiotic bugs because of antibiotic use, genetically modified foods, sugar and alcohol. Pathogenic (bad) bugs: These bugs are the petty criminals of the micriobiome society, but their work has a purpose: it challenges the strength of our immune system, making it stronger. The problem is we often have an unhealthy amount of the bad bugs! Commensal (neutral) bugs: These bacteria are the “impressionable teenagers.” Depending on the overarching influence in the gut, they can assist the good bugs or contribute to the agitation of the bad bugs. All of these bug types are meant to contribute to our overall health, but it’s critically important for them to be in appropriate balance in order for the gut microbiome to function correctly. How to Rejuvenate the Immune System Improving gut health can help rejuvenate the immune system. Improving the health of the gut microbiome requires more than simply taking probiotics or eating yogurt. Here’s how Christa recommends to get started: Slash inflammation Purge pathogens Healing and Re-seeding (Stay tuned for our next episode, where Christa will go in depth on reseeding and healing the gut microbiome!) Resources: TheWholeJourney.com How To Conceive Naturally ebook GutThriveIn5.com
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April 18, 2016
50: Fertility Preparation and Optimizing Pregnancy
Pregnancy doesn’t have to be hard. With a natural, healthy approach, you can successfully prepare and optimize your fertility, your pregnancy, and your postpartum period. In this episode, I sit down with clinical nutritionist Christa Orecchio to discuss how to make pregnancy easier, healthier and happier. Fertility Preparation Christa is the founder of TheWholeJourney.com and Gut Thrive in Five, a digestive and immune healing program that has helped thousands to deal with their gut and digestive issues. Christa also hosts a nationally syndicated TV show about health and is the author of the book, Conceive Naturally and Have a Healthy Pregnancy After 30. Christa has helped thousands of patients to use food as medicine and to determine the root cause of their issues by addressing the whole person: body, mind and spirit. The Five Trimester Approach to Pregnancy Most people think of pregnancy as 3 trimesters. Some midwives will talk about 4 trimesters. But Christa has a 5 trimester approach to natural conception and pregnancy. So what are these additional trimesters? Preconception: This is a very important 3 month period before conception. It’s a critical time for women—and men—to simultaneously cleanse and nourish their bodies in preparation for pregnancy. Postpartum: This is the 3 months after pregnancy when it is important for your body rebalance its hormones (this is why consuming your placenta is so effective). Nutrition Before, During & After Pregnancy Christa recommends a preconception plan for both men and women to adjust their diet and supplements to optimize the process. In this stage, both parties should scale back on things like alcohol, caffeine, sugar, gluten and pasteurized dairy. Supplementation should include maca (black for dad and yellow for mom). Preconception plan should include: Scale back on things like alcohol, caffeine, sugar, gluten and pasteurized dairy. Supplementation with maca (black for dad and yellow for mom), grass-fed beef liver, probiotics, vitamin D, bone broth and a high-quality multivitamin. If conception is difficult, get lab tests for food sensitivities,  thyroid antibodies and genetic mutation. During Pregnancy: Focus on getting plenty of protein in your diet in your 1st trimester Focus on folate-rich foods and kidney-supporting foods in 1st trimester High-quality salt and mineralized water. In 2nd trimester, focus on vitamin C, calcium and magnesium. In the 3rd trimester focus on getting plenty of healthy fats in your diet Postpartum: Start supplementing with maca again to modulate estrogen levels Placenta encapsulation to avoid a drop in progesterone Get protein and healthy fat within 1 hour of waking Resources: TheWholeJourney.com
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38 min
April 11, 2016
49: Combining Pharmaceuticals and Natural Remedies
Once again, we are joined by Mary Lee Snodgrass in this podcast, this time to discuss how to tie together the conventional approach and the natural approach to health. As a pharmacist, Mary Lee studies and deals with conventional medicines daily but has a unique perspective due to her study of nutrition and natural health as well. She provides detail on when she feels the conventional medical approach is most beneficial and how natural remedies can support this approach to help a person return to health. Can They Work Together? It can be so difficult to find a doctor who has the time, patience and training to understand and treat the root causes of our health conditions. In my case I had to do the research on my own, searching for years for the answers and the right doctors. Mary tells us her pharmaceutical side of the story of handing out prescription after prescription to patients and how she weaved her natural approach into her work at the pharmacy. We talk about the uphill battle most doctors are facing today being overloaded with clients who want quick answers and who aren’t willing to make long-term dietary of lifestyle changes. She encourages us to to take control of our own health on your own by keeping all your medical records, medication lists and finding a doctor who will work with you to find the root causes. Nobody has your interest of your health better than you do. Finally, Mary goes over her step-by-step process for a special wellness consultation and emphasizes that even baby steps are important because any movement forward is good. References: Hormone Imbalance Two Hoots About Health Get Mary Lee’s informational PDF! To help you discover your own health answers, Mary Lee has offered her PDF which shows the cascade effect that can occur from taking just one medication. To get this along with other bonuses, join our community with a free membership. Thanks for listening! If you’re enjoying the podcast, please share it with family and friends via email or using the social media buttons at the bottom of this post. Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes so you don’t miss any future episodes, and please leave an honest rating and review of the podcast on iTunes. Rankings and reviews really matter in the rankings of my podcast and I greatly appreciate every review and read each one.
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April 4, 2016
48: Misconceptions about Common Medications
Pharmacist Mary Lee Snodgrass is with us again to discuss the common misconceptions about digestive health and how the drug cascade we discussed in an earlier episode is causing a rise in digestive health issues. Misconceptions About Common Medications… First, she gives us insight from the pharmaceutical side on how certain prescriptions given to pregnant women and babies can alter long-term gut health and the steps we should initially take to address the issue (such as probiotics, low inflammation diet and specific nutrient supplementation). We also talk about the confusion relation to cholesterol and why this often vilified pre-hormone gets such a bad rap. Mary Lee explains how cholesterol is the building block for hormones, how it works in the body and whether or not it is bad. It’s amazing to see how interconnected cholesterol is to our hormones, nutrients and overall health from her medically trained eye. She offers practical advice about how to combat high cholesterol and other digestive issues with diet and lifestyle changes before considering traditional medicines, as well as times when medicine is necessary first, along with a focus on digestion and lifestyle changes. In this episode, we talk about: CoQ10 Vitamin D Cholesterol Want to Understand the Cascade of Common Medications? To help you discover your own health answers, Mary Lee has offered her PDF which shows the cascade effect that can occur from taking just one medication. To get this along with other bonuses, join our free membership community. Thanks for listening! If you’re enjoying the podcast, please share it with family and friends via email or using the social media buttons at the bottom of this post. Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes so you don’t miss any future episodes, and please leave an honest rating and review of the podcast on iTunes. Rankings and reviews really matter in the rankings of my podcast and I greatly appreciate every review and read each one.
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28 min
March 28, 2016
47: Long-Term Dangers of Birth Control Pills
Pharmacist Mary Lee Snodgrass and I discussed the overmedication of America in our last episode, and she is back to talk about one of the root causes for health problems (and one of the leading causes of prescription medication use), hormone imbalance. In this episode, we discuss how pharmaceuticals can affect and deplete hormones and how nutrient deficiencies also play into that cycle. Mary Lee explains the complexity of hormones in the body and how the ovaries and our adrenal and thyroid glands work together by balancing in a triangle. She specifically talks about how hormonal contraceptives and birth control pills can interrupt the natural production of hormones and also cause nutrient deficiencies, leading to further problems. We talk about how she has seen the rise of hormone-related problems in recent decades and how addressing nutrient deficiencies and hormone balance is a much more effective solution than taking hormones. We also focus on the significance and work of progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone in our bodies as women. Finally, we talk about a topic that is near and dear to my heart and also very important to Mary Lee:  preconception health and preconception hormone balance. Mary Lee tells us how your health today and your body today will affect your baby’s health in the future and how to create a nurturing environment for fetal development through the foods we eat and our lifestyle. Resources mentioned in this episode: Article: How to delay pregnancy naturally Article: Natural alternatives to hormonal contraceptives Resource: Ovacue Natural Fertility Monitor and OvaCue Mobile (works with iPhone) Article: How to balance hormones naturally Book: Deep Nutrition Get Mary Lee’s Informational PDF! To help you discover your own health answers, Mary Lee has offered her guide which shows the cascade effect that can occur from taking just one medication. To get this along with bonuses from past episodes, join the free Wellness Mama content library by clicking here. If you’re enjoying the podcast, please share it with family and friends via email or using the social media buttons at the bottom of this post. Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes so you don’t miss any future episodes, and please 
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35 min
March 21, 2016
46: The Overmedication of America
In this episode, pharmacist Mary Lee Snodgrass talks about how and why the trend of overmedication has become so prevalent in America. As a second generation pharmacist, Mary Lee has a first hand account of how prescriptions have doubled and tripled over the last few decades. After arthritis spread through her body, her sisters (who were also pharmacists and getting into nutrition and alternative methods) suggested that the deeper issue could be caused by a leaky gut. She ignored their diagnosis for a while but when Mary Lee started to examine her diet she couldn’t help but realize that this actually could be the issue. She switched up the food she was eating, began taking supplements and probiotics, and overtime she was off her medications and the arthritis was gone. This is when her journey with natural wellness began. The Overmedication of America Since then she has studied the two-fold problem of how doctors prescribe medications for every condition and illness (the drug cascade) and patients who do not want to take responsibility for their health. Being on both sides of traditional and natural medicine, Mary Lee gives us great insight on the problems prescriptions cause by adding to and triggering additional medical issues. From her presentation “The History of Pharmacy According to Bag Size” to her explanation of how symptoms we experience are actually affected by deeper problems that need to be fixed, we’re uncovering the roots of our health issues. We do have choices, but it’s going to take both the doctors and the patients taking responsibility and not just one side or the other. Resources Mentioned in this Episode: Two Hoots About Health Ways to Reduce Stress Is Cholesterol Really A Problem? More From Wellness Mama 219: Why Everything We Know About Probiotics Is Wrong & How to Stop Leaky Gut With Microbiologist Kiran Krishnan Get Mary Lee’s informational PDF! To help you discover your own health answers, Mary Lee has offered a free PDF download which shows the cascade effect that can occur from taking just one medication. To get this along with other past bonuses, click her to join the Wellness Mama Content Library of free ebooks and resources. Thanks for listening! If you’re enjoying the new podcast series format, please share it with family and fr
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March 14, 2016
45: How to Lose Weight with Thyroid Problems
This is the last segment in a podcast series all about thyroid health. In this episode, I continue my conversation with thyroid specialist Dr. Izabella Went. Dr. Wentz’s expertise has been spurred on by her own personal struggle with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Through extensive research as well as trial and error on herself, Dr. Wentz has greatly improved her condition. How to Lose Weight with Thyroid Problems Is it possible to lose weight with Hashimoto’s or other thyroid problems? Absolutely! According to Dr. Wentz, one of the biggest keys to losing weight with thyroid problems is eating a nutrient dense diet. It’s important to realize that a low-calorie diet will actually not be helpful for you. Low-calorie diets, as well as over-exercising, will essentially cause adrenal dysfunction, which only makes things worse for your thyroid. So contrary to what you may have heard, it is important to eat really balanced, glycemic breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. Medications may also help you lose weight while experiencing thyroid problems. Work with a doctor to see if you are properly converting thyroid hormones T4 to T3. T3 is the more metabolically active thyroid hormone and having medication to supplement that will help you start to lose weight. Additionally, eating fermented foods and intaking probiotics will also often help. Oftentimes people with Hashimoto’s will have dysbiopsis, an imbalance of gut flora. The bacteria in your gut is critical to extracting proper nutrients from food. When we are not digesting our food properly then we’re not extracting our nutrients properly, making us constantly hungry. An intake of probiotics and supplementing with digestive enzymes can help regulate your gut health, helping you lose weight. What if you need to gain weight? If you have hyperthyroidism, also known as overactive thyroid, you may actually need help gaining weight. In this case, it may be helpful to increase your calorie intake for the short term. You may also want to talk to your doctor about natural medications for balancing hyperthyroidism and curing potential gut infections, such as H Pylori. Whatever the symptoms of your thyroid issue are, the first and most important step is to get a proper diagnoses. Get tests for TSH, thyroid peroxidase antibodies, and thyroglobulin antibodies as well as a thyroid ultrasound test done. That’s a great place to start. Also, don’t be afraid to try different medication. What worked for your friend may not work for you. In some cases, doing a T4/T3 containing medication like Nature-Throid or WP Thyroid may be the better bet for people who continue to not do well on a medication like Synthroid. Finally, consider eliminating foods you’re sensitive to from your diet (often gluten, dairy and soy). Addressing nutrient depletions in your diet is a safe and necessary step in helping you deal with weight gain and other symptoms of thyroid problems. Resources I Mention: Dr. Izabella Wentz Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause Get the Overcoming Thyroid Fatigue Guide! If you struggle with thyroid disease
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27 min
March 7, 2016
44: Diet & Lifestyle Interventions
We’re in the midst of a podcast series all about thyroid health, featuring the expertise of Dr. Izabella Wentz and in this episode, we’re focusing on positive solutions including thyroid diet and lifestyle interventions. Dr. Izabella Wentz and I cover a lot of ground, including medication, dietary triggers, adrenal health, treatment myths and supplements. We’ll also share the simplest first steps you can take toward improving your thyroid health on your own. Diet and Lifestyle Interventions for Thyroid Disease First and foremost, feeling better is possible. In fact, in some cases, thyroid conditions can go into remission. There are a variety of medications and interventions of diet and lifestyle that can help you along your journey towards thyroid wellness. So when is medication needed for thyroid disease? The primary indicator is your Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH) levels. If you’ve been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and your TSH levels are elevated, that’s generally a good indication to start taking medication. Taking medications can potentially slow down the progression of the condition and prevent further damage of the thyroid gland. According to Dr. Wentz, thyroid medications—when taken appropriately—are generally considered “clean medications” and are unlikely to cause negative side effects. This is because they’re the exact same chemical structure as our naturally occurring thyroid hormones. Nonetheless, in some cases it is possible to effectively treat thyroid disease without medication. For example, many people have found that eliminating gluten from their diet can significantly reduce thyroid disease symptoms. If the 100% natural-remedy route isn’t working for you, however, take this encouragement from Dr. Wentz: “keep an open mind and practice self-compassion. Be kind to yourself. If you are experiencing a lot of symptoms and if you could benefit from a medication, don’t martyr yourself for a cause of wanting to do things medication-free.” In our conversation, Dr. Wentz and I also discuss other lifestyle and dietary factors that have contributed to the rise in autoimmune thyroid disease. Besides gluten, the two biggest dietary triggers are dairy and soy. According to Dr. Wentz, between 70-80% of people with Hashimoto’s will have a dairy sensitivity. On a deeper, root-cause level, people experiencing an autoimmune disease like Hashimoto’s will likely also have intestinal permeability (also known as leaky gut). When seeking treatment for thyroid disease, it’s important to resolve any gut issues as well. Furthermore, adrenal gland issues will also affect the thyroid. Adrenals are responsible for producing our stress hormones and they work in sync with our thyroid glands. When one is dysfunctional, be it adrenals or thyroid, the other is often experiencing dysfunction as well. With so many potential triggers and factors to look at when it comes to thyroid health, seeking the help of a medical practitioner is recommended. But for those of you who are having t
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33 min
February 29, 2016
43: How to Get a Correct Thyroid Diagnosis
We’re in the midst of a podcast series all about thyroid health. In this episode, I’m excited to introduce you to thyroid specialist Dr. Izabella Wentz. Dr. Wentz’s expertise has been spurred on by her own personal struggle with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Through extensive research as well as trial and error on herself, Dr. Wentz has greatly improved her condition. And she will be sharing her knowledge with us on the podcast for the next three episodes! Getting a Correct Diagnoses for Thyroid Disease Dr. Wentz and I have had similar journeys with thyroid disease. Both of us experienced the frustration of recurring symptoms while receiving “normal” test results from doctors. For me specifically, stress, lack of sleep, unhealthy eating and pregnancy all acted as triggers for thyroid disease symptoms. I felt cold all of the time, experienced hair loss, and I had trouble losing weight after the baby was born. I actually went through 8 doctors before I was able to get a correct diagnoses for thyroid disease. The primary way doctors will check thyroid function in a person is with a thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) test. This test is ideal in advanced stages of thyroid disease, but can actually vary in accuracy for someone in their first 5-10 years of thyroid disease symptoms because of the fluctuation of thyroid hormone levels. There are alternative tests that Dr. Wentz recommends, however. She first mentions testing thyroid peroxidase antibodies, which are elevated in people with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Another valuable test is a thyroid ultrasound, for people who may have seronegative Hashimoto’s. So even if your TSH levels appear normal, it is worth taking additional tests if you’re experiencing the symptoms of thyroid disease. If you’re looking for a doctor who will test your properly for thyroid disease, Dr. Wentz recommends asking the following questions: Does the doctor test for thyroid antibodies? What kind of thyroid medications do they prescribe? Does the doctor have a root cause approach? If the doctor’s office only gives one type of test and one type of medication, that is a red flag, because there is such a diversity of causes and corresponding effective treatments. Different Types of Thyroid Disease Understanding the different types of thyroid disease will help you get a correct diagnoses. These types include Hashimoto’s, hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism is a state of not having enough thyroid hormone. Symptoms include hair loss, fatigue, cold intolerance, eyebrow loss, difficulty losing weight, and depression. This condition can be cause by an iodine deficiency, or as is common in the Western part of the world, hypothyroidism is actually caused by Hashimoto’s. Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune condition that results in the breakdown of thyroid tissue to the point where the person can no longer produce thyroid hormone. Hyperthyroidism, also known as overactive thyroid, is a conditio
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28 min
February 22, 2016
42: Thyroid Disease and Pregnancy
Welcome to the new and updated version of the Wellness Mama Podcast! After a long hiatus, we’re finally back! The new name of the show is “The Healthy Moms Podcast,” and there’s a new format to go with it. Each month, I’ll focus on one main topic, offering deeper knowledge in more digestible doses each week. I’m also excited to introduce my friend Whitney, who will be a co-host on the show. Whitney will be the voice of our listeners and readers, asking your most important questions. The first topic we’re diving into together is thyroid health. In upcoming episodes, we’ll be chatting with thyroid specialist, Dr. Izabella Wentz. But in this episode, I share my personal journey in this area. Thyroid Disease and Pregnancy It took nearly ten years for me to get a proper diagnoses of my thyroid issue, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an auto-immune form of thyroid disease. This is a complex issue, but I have finally started to make progress with the help of thyroid experts and doctors. The effects of this condition have affected me since childhood, but I really began to notice something was wrong after the birth of my first child. After giving birth to him, I had a lot more of the more traditional thyroid symptoms like being cold more often, thinning hair especially in the eyebrows, digestive issues, and difficulty losing the baby weight. In my pregnancies that followed over the next 6 years, the issue snowballed. The frustrating part of it all was that my blood tests didn’t indicate that I had a thyroid problem. I felt like I was going crazy because I knew something had to be wrong, but my doctors kept telling me things were normal. It wasn’t until I found a doctor who understood the nature of the autoimmune side of thyroid disease that I began to find answers. If you suspect that you might have thyroid disease, I hope you can learn from my journey. Through many years of trial and error, I have found helpful ways to treat this problem as well as popular treatments that absolutely made things worse. For example, in my case adjusting my diet to discovery triggers (like gluten) was very helpful, while the common advice to take iodine supplements only made things worse for me. Now, as I am currently pregnant again, I am working with a doctor on a protocol to ensure my thyroid condition stays in check. We’re testing my thyroid levels often, and I’m also taking a replacement thyroid hormone called WP Thyroid which is a natural T3 T4 combination that’s often used for Hashimoto’s and other types of thyroid disease. I’m also focusing my diet on high nutrient foods like proteins, healthy fats, bone broths, and lots of vegetables, which is helpful for thyroid function and the pregnancy in general. Check out this post on boosting thyroid function naturally. It’s a work in progress, but working my doctor and monitoring the essentials of diet and sleep have made a huge impact on my health during this pregnancy. Resources I Mention Dr. Izabella Wentz Book:
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August 21, 2015
41: Natural Remedies for Back to School
School is starting again in many places… Whether we are sending our children to a traditional school or beginning school in our own schoolrooms, this time of year tends to bring with it more time inside and more exposure to illness. It seems hard to believe as we enjoy these last weeks of summer, but cold and flu season isn’t far away as the days get shorter, we get less Vitamin D from the sun and we are exposed to more illness while spending time indoors. Natural Remedies for Back to School I always begin preparing many of my natural remedies for Fall and Winter when we begin school again and this almost always ends up as the perfect time to start. We don’t typically need these remedies for a few months (and hopefully not at all because we are ill), but making them now is helpful because some traditional remedies, like tinctures, take months to make. My favorite remedy for warding off illness or helping kick a cold or flu once it hits is elderberry syrup. This one can be made in a couple of days, but the dried elderberries needed for the recipe are often out of stock once cold and flu season hits. Since this recipe stores easily in the fridge for a long time, I prefer to make it ahead and keep it ready for when we need it. (Here’s the recipe) Unlike elderberry syrup and some simpler remedies, tinctures take at least six weeks to make and are really important to have on hand before you need them. Certainly, you can use herbal teas to get the benefits of many herbs if you don’t have tinctures pre-made, but tinctures are more concentrated and often more effective. This is the perfect time of year to make tinctures to have on hand. Herb infused oils are similar to tinctures in that they are most effective when they have 6-8 weeks to infuse before being used. Resources I Mention How to Make Herbal Tinctures (basic tutorial) Multivitamin Tincture Recipe Herbal Digestion Tincture Recipe Homemade Chamomile Tincture How to Make Solar Infused Oils Elderberry Syrup Recipe Where to order elderberries Herbs: Nettle, Chamomile, Alfalfa, Red Raspberry Leaf
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July 31, 2015
40: Is Microalgae a Superfood?
Did you know that there are single-celled organisms that produce up to 90% of the Earth’s oxygen, help purify the ocean, are the food source for some of the longest-living species on the planet and can reproduce multiple times per day? I’m referring to microalgae like Spirulina, Chlorella, and Phytoplankton. These microscopic but mighty organisms may be a part of the puzzle for the future of natural health care and sustainable nutrient sources. What is Microalgae? Microalgae are tiny, single-celled organisms. There are hundreds of types and they come in many forms, but certain specifics strains of microalgae may be extremely beneficial for human health. They are extremely effective energy producers and most can reproduce at least once a day (sometimes much more). Organisms like Spirulina and phytoplankton are examples of microalgae. Phytoplankton grows in the ocean and makes up 1/4 of plant life on the planet. Spirulina can grow in fresh water. Though most common in the ocean and in fresh water sources, microalgae exist in various forms on virtually every part of the planet. They are vital for ecological health, but increasing research is finding that they also contain many compounds necessary for human health. Microalgae, though extremely beneficial, is technically a food, rather than a supplement and is generally considered safe. I’d absolutely still recommend checking with a doc or healthcare provider before taking these or anything else though. Resources Mentioned Article: Marine Phytoplankton Benefits Article: Benefits of Spirulina Article: Chlorella uses and Benefits Podcast: Interview with Ian Clark about Phytoplankton Products: the Marine Phytoplankton, Spirulina and Chlorella I take Thanks for Listening! Thank you so much for joining me this week. Please leave any comments or feedback in the comments section below. If you enjoyed this interview, please share with family and friends via email or using the social media buttons at the bottom of this post. Also, please leave an honest rating and review of the podcast on iTunes. Rankings and reviews really matter in the rankings of my podcast and I greatly appreciate every review and read each one. Don’t forget to subscribe via iTunes or S
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July 17, 2015
39: Is ADHD Under Diagnosed?
In natural health circles, it is common to hear that ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is over-diagnosed and that too many children are being medicated for “just being kids.” John Gray, famous for his bestseller “Men are From Mars, Women are from Venus,” would agree that too many children are medicated, but he believes that ADHD is actually under-diagnosed. Gray struggled with ADHD most of his life before finding relief and became an expert in natural health in the process. Though he is known as a relationship expert, he has spent the past 15 years researching and becoming an expert in natural health after receiving (and eventually reversing) a Parkinsons diagnosis. Now, he has written a book called Staying Focused In A Hyper World: Natural Solutions For ADHD, Memory And Brain Performance, that details the steps he used to help recover from ADHD and Parkinsons and resources he has used to help many other people recover as well. In This Episode, We Discuss Why Gray says ADHD is under-diagnosed The different types of ADHD and why the differences are important Why reducing a fever may lead to ADHD and other problems How EMFs affect us, especially those with underlying brain issues Why oxidative stress affects the brain and the rest of the body Practical solutions if your child has ADHD (the answer might be in the bath tub?) Why Glutathione is the master nutrient for the brain and how to get enough How giving your children a hot (103 degree) bath every other day can help Why 20 minutes of sunshine each day is so important So much more. Resources from this Episode MarsVenus.com (John’s website) Book: Staying Focused In A Hyper World: Natural Solutions For ADHD, Memory And Brain Performance Post: Why I don’t Reduce a Fever (and what I do instead) Post: The Master Antioxidant- Glutathione Supplement: Liposomal Glutathione Supplement: 2AEP Membrane Complex Supplement: The multivitamin I give my children with b-vitamins Post: Water Filter Reviews The water filter we use Dechlorinating bath ball Thanks for Listening! Thank you so much for joining me this week. Please leave any comments or feedback in the comments section below. If you enjoyed this interview, please share with family and friends via email or using the social media buttons at th
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June 19, 2015
38: The Reality of Real Food
Have you ever met a friend online and had an instant connection? And then met in real life and realized that you could chat for hours over some healthy real food coffee? That is how I feel about today’s podcast guest, Kelly (the Kitchen Kop), author of the book Real Food For Rookies. Kelly and I knew each other online for a while before we met in person, and I am happy to now call her a real life friend too! In this episode, Kelly shares over a decade of practical tips and real food wisdom from her own journey and experience with real food. In This Episode, You’ll Learn About Kelly’s own journey to real food What she learned when helping her kids learn to like real food Some simple switches that instantly increase the nutrition of common foods 10 common ingredients to avoid and 10 to consume more regularly Her number one trick for taking Fermented Cod Liver Oil without gagging Kelly’s favorite “fast foods” that you can make at home using real food ingredients Why she chose the name “Kitchen Kop” Resources We Mention KellytheKitchenKop.com Book: Real Food for Rookies Kelly’s Recipes Kelly’s Real Food Resources Spiral Slicer Vegetable Noodle Maker Kelly’s Healthy “Fast Food” ideas Thanks for Listening! Thank you so much for joining me this week. Please leave any comments or feedback in the comments section below. If you enjoyed this interview, please share with family and friends via email or using the social media buttons at the bottom of this post. Don’t forget to subscribe via iTunes or Stitcher so you don’t miss any future episodes. Also, please leave an honest rating and review of the podcast on iTunes. Rankings and reviews really matter in the rankings of my podcast and I greatly appreciate every review and read each one. Thanks to Vital Proteins for sponsoring this episode of the Wellness Mama podcast. I use gelatin and collagen powder daily in cooking, baking, smoothies, hot drin
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June 12, 2015
37: How to Get Glowing Skin at Any Age
In episode 37, Dr. Trevor Holly Cates addresses many common skin problems like acne, aging, eczema and other and provides actionable tips to improve your skin. Dr. Trevor Cates was the first woman licensed as a naturopathic doctor in the state of California and was appointed by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to California’s Bureau of Naturopathic Medicine Advisory Council. Known as “The Spa Dr.,” Dr. Cates sees patients at world-renowned spas and in her Park City, Utah private practice with a focus on anti-aging, hormone balance and glowing skin. In This Episode, You’ll Learn How your skin is a great indicator of your overall health Why external solutions won’t ever fix your skin if you don’t address the inside as well The foods that affect your skin (positively and negatively) Are antibiotics a good solution for acne? Why the pill can do more harm than good for long-term skin health How hormone balance affects skin health Why you want your skin care products to be slightly acidic Why some natural & DIY products won’t work Things that dermatologists don’t tell you about your skin (that are really important to know) Specific suggestions for dealing with acne naturally Home acne remedies that don’t require hormones or antibiotics The real scoop on Botox (and something that may work better) Ways to address eczema (internally and externally) How to deal with melasma Some specific skin care ingredients to watch out for Dr. Trevor’s best skin care tips Resources We Mention Dr Trevor’s Website The Skin Quiz The Spa Doctor Podcast The Glowing Skin Summit (you can still get free bonuses) Article: Most harmful ingredients to look for in personal care products Product: Gelatin for healthy skin Article: Natural Remedies for Acne Article: Natural Remedies for Eczema Thanks for Listening! Thank you so much for joining me this week. Please leave any comments or feedback in the comments section below. If you enjoyed this interview, please share with family and friends via email or using the social media buttons at the bottom of this post. Also, please leave an honest rating and review of the podcast on iTunes. Rankings and reviews really matter in the rankings of my podcast and I greatly appreciate every review and read each one. Don’t forg
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June 5, 2015
36: Getting Started With Homemade Kombucha
I really enjoyed this podcast episode because I got to chat with one of my dear friends, Hannah Crum. Even though I’ve been making Kombucha and Kefir for years, I learned some new tips and tricks for better brewing (and some really cool ideas of ways to use Kombucha!) Why Homemade Kombucha? Hannah runs Kombucha Kamp, where she provides information, tutorials and kombucha-brewing equipment. Known as the “Kombucha Mama,” Hannah is largely considered one of the country’s foremost experts in kombucha brewing and fermentation. If you are already a ‘bucha fan like I am, check out this episode for some new ideas. If you are just starting out with Kombucha, this interview will be a great starting point. In this Episode, we Talk About Why Kombucha is so beneficial The difference between it and Kefir or Kvass How to brew it The difference between batch brewing and continous brewing The benefits of homemade kombucha vs. purchasing store bough If you really have to use black tea and white sugar If Kombucha is safe during pregnancy or not (the answer may surprise you) If there is a concern about the fluoride content in Kombucha Is it safe to drink or does it harm your enamel Unusual uses for Kombucha Hannah’s best tips for getting started brewing Resources We Mention Kombucha Kamp (great place to buy SCOBYs and brewing supplies and a great blog) Tutorial: How to Brew Homemade Kombucha Tutorial: Continous Brew Homemade Kombucha Tutorial: How to Brew Water Kefir Tutorial: Homemade Kombucha Chia Energy Drink Hannah’s Guest Posts: Coconut Milk Kefir and Coconut Water Kefir KombuchaKamp.com Educational Series on Kombucha KombuchaKamp Hair Tonic recipe Are you a ‘bucha drinker? What is your favorite flavor? Thanks for Listening! Thank you so much for joining me this week. Please leave any comments or feedback in the comments section below. If you enjoyed this interview, please share with family and friends via email or using the social media buttons at the bottom of this post. Also, please leave an honest rating and review of the podcast on iTunes. Rankings and review
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May 29, 2015
35: GMOs & How to Test for Glyphosate
In this episode Leah Segedie of Mamavation.com and I talk about motherhood, problems in our food supply, GMOs and how to test for glyphosate. GMOs & How to Test for Glyphosate Leah Segedie is the founder of the Mamavation website, a highly passionate online community of moms. She started this community after she lost 100 pounds and learning the true meaning of health. She now teaches “digital moms” healthy living practices to combat disease in their home. Her Mamavation community members have lost over 3,500 lbs collectively. Leah is a very passionate food activist and she regularly organizes petitions, twitter parties and blogging efforts to support her real food activism. Leah was named as Mom of the Year by Shape Magazine and has received various other awards for her blogging and activism. In this Episode, You’ll Learn The true power of moms that many of us don’t even realize How we (as moms) control trillions of dollars each year The real way to affect long term change About Leah’s 100 pound weight loss and how she accomplished it with baby steps Her advice for anyone looking to lose weight The real issue when it comes to GMO labeling Why GMOs are such a problems The difference between true GMOs and selective hybrids The chemical that Columbia recently stopped using on its crops (including cocaine) that is still approved and used in the US The most likely and dangerous GMO foods How to test your urine, water or breastmilk for glyphosate Resources We Mention Mamavation.com Shift Con Social Media Conference Feed the World JustLabelIt.org Bookieboo.com Leah on Twitter Thanks for Listening! Thank you so much for joining me this week. Please leave any comments or feedback in the comments section below. If you enjoyed this interview, please share with family and friends via email or using the social media buttons at the bottom of this post. Also, please leave an honest rating and review of the podcast on iTunes or Stitcher so you don’t miss any future episodes. Rankings and reviews really matter in the rankings of my podcast and I greatly appreciate every review and read each one.
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May 22, 2015
34: The One Where I Talk About Topical Magnesium
Do you feel like I am a broken record about magnesium lately? I am, but with good reason… The more I research, the more I am convinced that magnesium deficiency is going to be one of the biggest health problems of our time for a variety of reasons. Why Are We Deficient? Some expert estimate that over 80% of the population are deficient in magnesium while others argue that it’s closer to 95+%. Either way, the statistics aren’t good and it is something we need to remedy, but the question remains why are we deficient to begin with? Several reasons: An abundance of dietary calcium and an absence of dietary magnesium Depleted soil levels of magnesium means less magnesium in the food Fluoride use in the water supply since fluoride binds to magnesium and makes it unusable in the body Consumption of caffeine and sugar, which deplete magnesium Rampant stress (which depletes magnesium) This magnesium deficiency can manifest as fatigue, mental problems, immune problems, hormone imbalance, cardiovascular issues and much more. I delve into the widespread problems that stem from magnesium deficiency in this episode (please listen!), but thankfully, it is one of the easier nutrient deficiencies to remedy. Topical Magnesium The best solution I’ve ever found for magnesium deficiency (and the one that finally worked for me) is topical magnesium, also called transdermal magnesium. This is used on the skin as a magnesium spray. It absorbs rapidly and is more bioavailable since it bypasses the digestive system and kidneys. I’ve also found that topical magnesium is the most cost effective types of magnesium. Magnesium supplements must be absorbed by the digestive system and pass through the kidneys. Expert estimates are that only 20-55% of internal magnesium from supplements are absorbed, so in most cases, the majority of internal magnesium supplements are exiting the body in urine. (This is also why internal magnesium supplements can stress the kidneys for people with certain conditions). Resources Mentioned Article: 10 Signs of Magnesium Deficiency Topical Magnesium (my fave) Book: The Magnesium Miracle Book: Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox Recipe: Magnesium Body Butter Do you use magnesium? What has worked for you?
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May 15, 2015
33: How to Create a Natural Home
Elite athlete and author of Beyond Training, Ben Greenfield, joins me in this podcast to talk about fitness for women, creating a truly natural home from the ground up and providing tips for raising active children. Ben blogs at BenGreenfieldFitness.com about health, fitness and lifestyle. He lives with his wife and twin boys in Washington state where they sustainably homestead. Ben’s approach to fitness and lifestyle is unique because he focuses both on elite performance and longevity and core health principles. In this Episode, we Talk About Ben’s journey and his history as an elite performance athlete The mistakes that women make when working out Why women and men should work out differently A simple formula that women can use to figure out what type of exercise they should do How the timing of food and carbohydrates can make a big difference for fitness and sleep Ben’s natural home Why Ben doesn’t have Wifi in his house and why he has kill switches on the power in each room Ben’s functional and movement-oriented office How to create an inexpensive (or free) gym in your backyard The best natural air and water filters Ben found The way Ben uses natural light patterns to help his children sleep better and improve their circadian rhythms How hot and cold water therapy are beneficial How to workout with your children (and get a better workout!) Simple steps you can take to improve your health Resources We Mention Book: Beyond Training Blog: BenGreenfieldFitness.com Podcast: Ben’s Podcast Article: How to Improve Sleep Naturally Article: Four Natural Sleep Remedies Article: How a light switch can help you lose weight Article: Why eating less doesn’t lead to fat loss 175: When Natural Doesn’t Mean Safe & Creating Non-Toxic Homes With Green Design Center What are you biggest struggles with fitness or in creating a healthy or natural home?
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May 8, 2015
32: Healthy Summer Tips
I am beyond glad that summer is almost here… so glad, in fact, that I talk to myself about it in this short podcast episode. Listen as I answer questions and share by best tips for preparing for a healthy (and stress-free ) summer. Did you Know? The term “dog days of summer” refers to the time between July 3 and August 11 and refers to the star Sirius in the constellation Canis Major. Also, according to folklore, if you want to know (roughly) the temperature, listen to the number of cricket chirps in a 15-second period and add 37 to get the approximate temperature in Fahrenheit. 7 Tips for Healthy Summer 1. Eat Your Sunscreen (+ Astaxanthin Benefits) What goes into your body is at least as important as what goes ON it for sun protection. An anti-inflammatory diet low in processed foods and high in vegetables, Omega-3s and healthy fats can help prevent sun damage and increase your body’s ability to get benefits from the sun. Resources Mentioned: Article: Eat Your Sunscreen– diet and supplements for healthy summer skin Article: Astaxanthin Benefits Article: Avoid Sunburn and Tan Better with Real Food Supplement: Astaxanthin 2. Get Dirty! There is a lot of evidence that our overly sterile, sanitized and dirt free lifestyle is hurting our children’s immune systems and microbiomes. Microbes in the soil help a child’s immune system develop and also provide beneficial soil based organisms, which are potent probiotics. This summer, let the kids play outside, make mud-pies, start a garden, get dirty… and join them! Article: Why Kids (and Adults) Need Dirt 3. Make Your Own Bug Spray Most commercial bug sprays contain DEET, which can be harmful to humans and especially to aquatic life and birds. Avoid the potential problems with DEET by making your own bug spray with one of these two simple recipes. You can also make bug-repellent lotion bars and an age-old concoction called “The Vinegar of the Four Thieves” that smells terrible but keeps all the bugs away! 4. And Sunscreen Sunscreen is another commercial product that is often packed with harmful (and unnecessary) chemicals. Make your own with simple ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter, beeswax, zinc oxide and raspberry oil and get the same effect without the downsides. Recipe: Homemade sunscreen or sunscreen bars 5. Beach Waves Spray for Easy Summer Hair Since unfortunately I can’t be at the beach every day during the summer, I can at least trick my hair into thinking I
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April 30, 2015
31: How to Know if You Have Gluten Sensitivity
Gluten is a hot topic in the health world. There are those who staunchly believe that only those with celiac disease should avoid it, while others claim that even a small amount can be harmful. In this episode, Dr. Tom O’Bryan sheds some light on this topic. Dr. O’Bryan is one of the leading experts on celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity as well as a functional medicine practitioner specializing in chronic illness. I’m on the road this week, so this interview is conducted by Olivia from Wellness-Media.com and is a playback (with permissions) of this interview from last year’s Wellness Family Summit. We Talk About: Is gluten really that bad or can people who don’t have celiac disease safely eat it? Long term effects of gluten consumption What intestinal permeability is and how it relates to gluten sensitivity How gluten (and other foods) can enter the bloodstream and cause autoimmune problems How celiac disease (an autoimmune disease) relates to autoimmune problems How your intestines are like a carpet Why gluten sensitivity can lead to osteoporosis The difference between gluten sensitivity and celiac disease How non-celiac gluten sensitivity can affect your children What are FODMAPs and how to know if you have trouble with them The biggest flaw in most studies Related Resources: Article: Gluten is Not a Food Group Article: How Grains are Killing You Slowly Dr. Tom’s website: TheDr.com Thanks as always for listening to the Wellness Mama Podcast. If you’re enjoying these interviews, please subscribe via iTunes or Stitcher and leave a (5 Star!) rating and review if you haven’t already!
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April 25, 2015
30: Micronutrients & Healthy Fats
In this episode, I talk to micronutrient experts Jayson and Mira Calton of Calton Nutrition about all things micronutrients, healthy fats and healing from osteoporosis. After receiving a diagnosis of severe osteoporosis before age 30, Mira set out to find health answers. Her journey lead her to Dr. Jayson and to a complete recovery from her disease with a micronutrient nutrition and lifestyle program. Their honeymoon involved a 6-year 100+ country journey they call the Calton Project. During this time, they researched and traveled to cultures around the world to see and experience their traditional lifestyles and diets. Jayson and Mira have been to countries that many of us have never even heard of and know the real story about these cultures that we often talk about in health discussions. Now, Jayson and Mira run Calton Nutrition to help others find their own health answers. They specialize in Micronutrients and have created a specific multivitamin called Nutreince to help boost micronutrient levels with their special non-compete technology. Get a free micronutrient analysis and other gifts from Calton Nutrition by clicking here. In this Episode, We Discus What a micronutrient is and why most multivitamins don’t work Mira’s journey to health The surprising things they found deep in the Amazon (hint) Commonalities and differences in healthy cultures around the world The most important health advice they’ve ever gotten Resources We Mention: Book: Micronutrient Miracle Pre-Order Discount Book: Naked Calories Book: Rich Food, Poor Food Gift: Calton Nutrition gifts for you Quiz: Are you Micronutrient Deficient? Supplement: Nutrience Micronutrients Thanks as always for listening to the Wellness Mama Podcast. If you’re enjoying these interviews, please subscribe via iTunes or Stitcher and leave a (5 Star!) rating and review if you haven’t already!
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April 17, 2015
29: Methylation Problems & Gene Mutations
Dr. Ben Lynch is a naturopathic doctor and world expert on MTHFR genes and methylation problems. In this episode, we talk about the many ways that methylation problems  can affect health, especially for women. What is MTHFR? The methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene produces the MTHFR enzyme, which is responsible for breaking down (methylating) folate in the body. Up to 50% of Americans have an MTHFR gene defect of some type that impairs their ability to mthylate properly. These defects can cause problems with everything from nutrient absorption to gene expression. The methylation of folate is also important for healthy homocysteine levels and hormone levels because one of the byproducts of methylation us used to break the amino acid homocysteine down to another essential amino acid, methionine. The body uses methionine to make proteins, utilize antioxidants, and to assist your liver in processing fats. Methionine into SAM-e (s-adenosylmethionine) in the liver. SAM-e is important for reducing inflammation, neurotransmitter production, and cell repair. In short, a methylation problem can lead to a build up of heavy metals and synthetic vitamins in the body. It can also prevent proper neurotransmitter production and lead to problems with mental health, cellular health, autoimmune disease, infertility, miscarriages and even cancer. Resources Mentioned Dr. Ben Lynch’s website MTHFR.net SeekingHealth.com (my source for many supplements) Article: MTHFRs and Toxicity Article: Benefits of Sauna and how to sauna safely with MTHFR Article: Optimizing Your Future Child-Prenatal Supplements Article: Nitrous Oxide and MTHFR Book: Drug Muggers by Suzy Cohen Educational Course: Kids Course Supplements Dr. Ben Suggests: Optimal Prenatal Protein Powder
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April 8, 2015
28: Can Cavities Remineralize?
Years ago, I wrote about how I remineralized a small cavity in one of my teeth and I never expected the response it would get. Now, there are dozens of comments from readers who have remineralized their own teeth, and dozens more from readers and dental professionals who claim this isn’t possible. I wanted to get to the bottom of this. I knew what worked for me, but wanted a dentist to really delve in and explain if remineralization is actually possible, and if so, how it works and the science behind it. A Dentist’s Perspective on Remineralization I was elated to meet Dr. Judene Benoit who uses a specialized approach to dentistry that combines the research and knowledge she learned in dental school with a holistic research-based approach to oral health. She has helped many people remineralize teeth and is the author of the book How to Stop Cavities: A Natural Approach to Prevention and Remineralization. In this podcast, she and I delve into the difference between healing and remineralization and when each one happens as well as: Can cavities remineralize? How the body remineralizes How large cavities can’t actually “heal” to completely regrow their normal shape, but they can stop decay, remineralize and actually become stronger (without the need for a filling) Ways we can prevent tooth decay What cavities cannot be reversed The connection between oral health and overall health What diet and lifestyle factors to optimize for better oral health What Matrix Metalloproteinases are and why you need them (in moderation) How bacterial balance in the mouth impacts oral health and how to create good bacteria in the mouth The ways that hormones impact risk of tooth decay Is Oil Pulling safe? Resources we Mention Book: How to Stop Cavities (or on Amazon) Dr. Judene’s website: JudeneDDS.com Article: How to Remineralize Teeth Naturally Recipe: Homemade Remineralizing Toothpaste Tutorial: What is Oil Pulling and Coconut Oil Pulling Tutorial: Coconut Oil Pulling Chews Dr. Judene on Facebook Thanks as always for listening and helping to create a better future for our children that’s healthier and happier. And until next time, have a healthy week. If you have questions ab