Biohacking Hunger Hormones and Blood Sugar to Survive the Holidays

Steve Welch is a nutrition research expert and past guest on the show. He is the co-author of the book, The Ketogenic Key. In our first episode, he shared why fat is good and doesn’t impact cholesterol the way we have been told. In this episode, we discuss why people get stuck in the cravings cycle over the holidays and how to combat that with a few easy tricks!

Key Topics:

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  • How to avoid the temptation of sugary treats
  • How fat keeps you full and optimizes hunger hormones
  • What leptin and ghrelin are and how they regulate your eating and influence your urge to overeat
  • The importance of nutrient density vs fueling on processed carbs
  • The science behind a post-meal walk
  • Brain-boosting benefits of exercise
  • Benefits of fasted exercise
  • Best post-workout fuel
  • The impact of ketones on our immune system

Learn more about Steve at his website here.

Don’t forget to use the code whole20 for 20% off your vitamin and supplement needs at http://www.Swanson.com

Getting to the Root of Anxiety with Trudy Scott

Trudy Scott is a Food-Mood Expert and Certified Nutritionist who educates anxious individuals about nutritional solutions for anxiety. She is the author of The Antianxiety Food Solution and host of The Anxiety Summit, an online educational platform for both consumers and health professionals.

The Anxiety Summit 6: Toxins, Meds and Infections is airing November 2-8, 2020 and you can register for free here.

In this episode, we dive into the root causes of anxiety. It will challenge you to rethink the common everyday items in your life and how they are contributing to your mental function. As Trudy says, “A lot of people think of anxiety as only being a psychological thing… but there are underlying factors that trigger anxiety.”

Key topics include:

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    • Fluoride’s impact on mental health and GABA levels
    • The health foods that hurt us

    • Common medications and infections that trigger anxiety

    • Which amino acids benefit mental health symptoms and how to use them

    • How hormones impact neurotransmitters – The negative impacts of Accutane and Miralax

    • What pthalates are and how they affect anxiety

    • How “fragrance is the new smoking”

    • Other supportive tools for healing anxiety 

    Learn more about Trudy Scott at her website: http://www.everywomanover29.com

    Her Facebook page is called Trudy Scott Antianxiety Food Solution.

    This episode is sponsored by Swanson Health. Use the code Whole20 to receive 20% off supplements sitewide at swanson.com.

    How Environmental Toxins Mess With Our Health

    Mystery symptoms like brain fog, fatigue, and frequent headaches? Unable to lose weight no matter what you try? Skin issues? Bathroom problems? You might be struggling from toxic overload!

    Diana Edwards is the founder and CEO of Optimally You and co-owner of Revolution Health and Wellness and Against the Grain Podcast with her husband, Dr. Chad Edwards. She is an expert on environmental toxins and their impact on our health.

    In this episode, we learn about all the sneaky toxins we encounter day to day that impact our mental functioning, hormones, and so much more!

    Key Topics:

    • headshotDiana’s health journey, how every traditional treatment failed her until she learned how to treat the root
    • Common household/environmental toxins and their effect
    • How these toxins overload our body
    • The danger of commonly used cleaning supplies
    • Simple ways we can reduce our toxic load in cost effective ways
    • How to support detoxification pathways, especially if you have the MTHFR gene mutation
    • Why some people have a harder time detoxing than others
    • How you know if you are struggling with toxicity

    To learn more about Diana, head to her website here.

    This episode is sponsored by Forager Project, a company with 100% organic plant-based products like kefir, milk, yogurt, and sour cream. To learn more about Forager, head to: http://www.foragerproject.com/vote

    It’s Not Just Your Thyroid

    “If you have an unhealthy gut, you could be missing out on about 25% of your thyroid hormone.”

    Reed Davis, Founder of Functional Diagnostic Nutrition, is a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner and Certified Nutritional Therapist. He is the founder of Functional Diagnostic Nutrition. Having experience with over 10,000 clients, he is known as one of the most experienced clinicians in the world.

    In this episode (available here or on all major podcasting platforms), he explains why thyroid issues are symptoms of underlying issues that must be looked at as a whole.

    I’ll be honest. Because thyroid issues are not my personal health concern or my coaching focus, I don’t know as much about it as I would like to. In this episode, Reed simplifies very complicated concepts in order to break down the root causes of thyroid problems and show that it is intricately connected with every other process in the body. I learned so much from this mind-blowing conversation, and I know you will too!

    Key topics include:

    • reed davis headshotTests that determine thyroid issues
    • Symptoms of thyroid dysfunction
    • Causes of underactive thyroid
    • The role of TSH and the T4-T3 conversion
    • The role of toxicity, immune system, fight or flight
    • The gut health factor on thyroid
    • Why the most commonly prescribed medication may not be the best fit
    • How to be kind to your liver and what its function is in overall body health
    • How stress causes chaos in the body
    • Lifestyle medicine tools to support healing
    • How Functional Diagnostic Nutrition can work for you

    To learn more about FDN and to enroll, click here.

    This episode is sponsored by Forager Project, a family-owned company that creates organic, plant-based products. Forager wants to encourage everyone to exercise democracy and vote. Check it out here.

    How to End Comparison and Release the Burden to Be Better

    So often in the world of wellness, we find ourselves getting caught up in chasing optimal health yet finding out that there’s always a better goal, diet, plan, solution, etc.

    Heather Creekmore is a body image expert, speaker, and the author of Compared to Who along with the newly published The Burden of Better.

    In this episode we discuss her newest book, the inspiration behind it, and WHY we need to stop comparing and set aside the heavy burden of better. Download the episode here or listen wherever you get podcasts!

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    But that’s not all! Heather and I are excited to share that we are partnering together one last time in 2020 to bring you our 14 day ecourse, Re-Focus 2020! In this course, we tackle the topics of body image, wellness, spiritual health, nutrition, and so much more!

    To learn more about Re-Focus 2020, and to sign up, click here.

    Prove Yourself Wrong: How to Do Your Own Research and Fight for Your Health

    In an era of information overload, it is hard to discern what is truth and what is biased. To be your own health advocate, it is important to be open to all sides, then form an assessment and make an evaluation. I dip my toes into some controversial waters to look at a different perspective in order to take a deeper look at the pre-conceived notions I have about medical research.

    Dr. Jim Meehan champions honest science deployed to create genuine health. He has advanced training and experience in ophthalmology, ocular inflammation and immunology, preventive medicine, addiction medicine, and endocrinology.

    In this episode that aims to challenge listeners,  Dr. Meehan flips the narrative and calls into question many of our beliefs about medical research and encourages us to prove ourselves wrong and dig into the research in order to fight for our health.

    This episode may make some listeners uncomfortable. But if we TRULY want to become personal health advocates and find true health, we need to do some digging. It doesn’t mean we agree with everything on all sides, but it does mean being open to other outlooks about health.

    Key Topics:

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    • Dark ages of medical research
    • Should we be allowed to do our own research?
    • How the studies can be biased 
    • How to discern what is based on the true scientific method and what is “pseudoscience” 
    • The two studies he submitted that were rejected for not fitting the narrative
    • The importance of trying to prove yourself wrong
    • How randomized controlled trials are used to determine effectiveness 
    • How to look for research that isn’t biased
    • The research on wearing masks
    • How fear suppresses the immune system 
    • Tips to build up a healthy immune system and take control of your health

    To learn more about Dr. Meehan, head here.

    How to Create Natural Neurotransmitter Balance for Mental Wellness

    Are there alternatives to medication for mental illness? Is there a way to avoid all the long-term side effects? What other tools can we utilize to help balance our neurotransmitters naturally?

    In this interview with Dr. Josh Friedman, we take a deep dive into neurotransmitters and how to optimize them for mental wellness, via food as well as amino acid supplementation.

    Dr. Friedman has a doctorate in Psychology from New York University and did post-doctoral training in Psychoanalysis from the Training and Research Institute for Self Psychology (TRISP) in New York City. He also is certified as a Holistic Health Counselor from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York and earned a Diploma of Comprehensive Nutrition (Dip.CN) from Huntington College of Health Sciences.

    Download this episode wherever you get podcasts!

    Key Topics include:

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    – The importance of digesting protein to create the right neurotransmitters

    – The struggle with treatment-resistant depression

    – Why B12 is essential for mental health

    – How enzymes aid in digesting protein in order to benefit our mental health

    – Amino acid suggestions for low serotonin, low dopamine, and low endorphins

    – And so much more!

    Find more info on Dr. Friedman’s work click here.

    Books mentioned in episode:

    The Mood Cure by Julia Ross

    The Anti-Anxiety Solution by Trudy Scott

    Anatomy of an Epidemic by Robert Whitaker

    Questionnaire for amino acids mentioned in the episode click here.

    Nutritional Psychiatry: Your Brain on Food

    “People don’t make the connection between how they eat and how they feel emotionally through the brain. They don’t realize there is a connection to food and the brain and emotional well-being.”

    Dr. Uma Naidoo is a board certified psychiatrist, professional chef, and nutrition specialist. She is the director of Nutritional and Lifestyle Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and also on faculty at Harvard Medical School.

    In this fascinating episode, we discuss her exciting new book, This Is Your Brain On Food, which I highly recommend. Listen to the entire episode and subscribe wherever you get podcasts or listen here.

    Key topics of our conversation include:

    • img_0728a.wDr. Naidoo’s journey as a psychiatrist and professional chef
    • How what we eat affects our brain
    • The origin of the gut/brain connection
    • The rise of mental health concerns
    • Food to avoid for mental well-being
    • Inflammatory foods
    • Orthorexia and food obsession
    • How to add more diversity in your diet
    • The impact of caffeine and alcohol on mental health
    • So much more!

    Learn more about Dr. Naidoo here.
    Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @drumanaidoo

    Find her book on Amazon or your favorite bookstore. This book is so helpful and needs to be part of your mental health library!

    3 Things Moms and Kids Need Every Day

    With everything going on in the world, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. I recently sat down with my friend, fellow health coach, Melissa McGaughey, and we discussed how to simplify our daily needs into just THREE things we are focusing on for our continued health.

    But we didn’t just stop with us and our needs. We expanded the conversation to include the top three things that our kids need every day. You can listen to the entire episode here.

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    Key topics include:

    • Our favorite easy ways to include more whole foods into our daily diet
    • Why sunshine is the best way to “charge your battery”
    • The types of exercise we’re loving right now
    • Sleep hygiene and why it’s time to find some blue light blocking glasses
    • The importance of meditation and intentional breathing
    • Mindset and gratitude and the impact it makes on our whole body health

    No matter where you are in your health journey, this episode will help inspire you to keep going and incorporate tiny habits to make a big impact.

    For more on Melissa, head here.

    What Do We Currently Know About Covid?

    All we hear from the news media is wash your hands, wear a mask, social distance. Is that really a long term solution for supporting your immune system?

    Dr. Chad Edwards is a former army surgeon and currently works as an Emergency Physician. He is the founder and director of Revolution Health and Wellness Clinic in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Here, he pays special attention to sports medicine and health and wellness as a preventive strategy to optimize health, minimize injury risk, and decrease disease. Viewing his patients through a holistic approach helps identify subtleties in their function that are beginning to show signs of dysregulation.

    This interview is a very balanced and informative take on the current pandemic, what we currently know, and what we can do to support our immune function.

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    Key topics include:

    • His experience with Covid patients
    • What the current numbers of deaths and infections tell us, according to CDC data
    • The data on wearing masks
    • The issue of asymptomatic carriers
    • Common sense precautions to take
    • Practical steps to support immune health via gut health and supplementation
    • The magic of vitamin c and nitric oxide (and why you want to avoid mouthwash and proton pump inhibitors)
    • The importance of glutathione, n acetyl cysteine and nitric oxide
    • Should we run out to get the Covid vaccine?

    For CDC data mentioned in the episode, click here.

    For more information on Dr. Edwards and his work, click here.