Summary: Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Andrea Donsky, and health expert Lisa Davis discuss their passion for living a natural, healthy lifestyle. As ambassadors of all things natural, their mission is to share with others ways to become healthier by exploring better nutrition, safer products and greener options... and to help you live your life so you too can become Naturally Savvy!
What is the real reason you want to change?A lot of people want to make healthy lifestyle changes. Some even start to make those changes, but then "fall off the wagon." The key is uncovering what your "why" is. What is the real reason you want to change? It's not something that can necessarily be answered overnight; it requires peeling away all the layers and digging deep. Once you do identify your why, actually making change takes practice -- weeks, maybe months. But, the end goal will be worth it if your desired change is truly your why. Host Lisa Davis discusses how to find your why, make healthy lifestyle changes, and meet (or even exceed) the goals you set out to achieve.
Lisa Davis discusses the myriad benefits of vitamin C, which foods are highest in the nutrient, and what can happen if you get too much in your system.Are you getting enough vitamin C in your daily regimen? While a diagnostic deficiency is rare, the benefits of including more of this nutrient in your diet are plentiful. Stimulates the production of collagen, which is critical for supporting and maintaining skin health. Helps ward off lines and wrinkles and other signs of aging skin. Fights inflammation and helps with wound healing. Is necessary for the production of the neurotransmitter, norepinephrine. Works to breakdown (metabolism) proteins, which aids digestion. Fights free radicals. This vitamin is a potent antioxidant, which means it helps destroy cell-damaging free radicals produced by air pollution, cigarette smoke, excessive sunlight, and metabolism. Some research is ongoing to discover the role of vitamin C as therapy in cancer patients, and experts are also exploring its possible role in heart health. In this episode, host Lisa Davis discusses the myriad benefits of vitamin C, which foods are highest in the nutrient, and what can happen if you get too much in your system. She also addresses some common questions about herbs and herbal medicine. You can also learn more by accessing these articles on NaturallySavvy.com: "Vitamin C Health Benefits Rock" and "Herbal Q&A: Common Questions About Herbs"
Hosts Andrea and Lisa chat about their journeys to healthy living.When you're on vacation, it's easy to cheat on your diet. After all, you are on vacation... right? It doesn't have to be all or nothing. You can still indulge in your favorite dishes while keeping a healthy balance. In the end, it's all about living an overall healthy lifestyle. In this episode, hosts Andrea and Lisa chat about how they mitigate food choices whether on vacation or not, how it's becoming easier to find options if you have food sensitivities, and how each of them found their journey to healthy living... and how you can too.
Learn more about Chris Kilham's work with herbs as health solutions.Chris Kilham, "The Indiana Jones of natural medicine," returns to Naturally Savvy to continue the conversation with host Lisa Davis about his work surrounding herbs, his passion for travel and photography, and why it's so important to expose ourselves to other cultures and experiences. He also discusses herb applications for specific health concerns. Visit Kilham's website, www.medicinehunter.com to see everything he is involved with.
With a burst of recent studies in pharmacology and medicine, herbs like ashwagandha are gaining popularity in mainstream medical applications.Herbs have been used for centuries, particularly in Ayurveda. With a burst of recent studies in pharmacology and medicine, herbs like ashwagandha, kava, maca, rhodiola, schisandra, tamanu oil, cat’s claw, dragon’s blood, and ayahuasca are gaining popularity in mainstream medical applications. Chris Kilham, who CNN calls "The Indiana Jones of natural medicine," has been studying these herbs for years and has traveled to over 45 different countries to conduct medicinal plant research. In this episode, Kilham joins host Lisa Davis to share stories from his journeys, as well as discuss why herbal medicine has a place in modern medicine. Specifically, he will explain the benefits of ashwagandha, which promotes overall balance in the body.
With her farmer's market, trade show, and online selling experience, Kyyeetha (Ky) Archinard has some tips for potential sellers.Farmer's markets are becoming increasingly popular, as more and more people are seeking to buy local, organic, or farm-raised products. If you're a person who has something to sell, there are a few things to know that can make or break your efforts. With her farmer's market, trade show, and online selling experience, Kyyeetha Archinard has some tips for potential sellers. First, the pros and cons. One of the biggest con is that farmer's markets are typically outside, so your success is often dependent on the weather. Another con is that your season might be shorter than you'd like, particularly if you reside in the northern states. The pros are that you have a great opportunity to test your product and how it's received. It's also a chance to get to know your local community. The one-on-one time with your customers is also an advantage. Markets are all different, so Ky advises checking out a few before committing. The larger ones are quite selective and sellers may find themselves up against a lot of competition. Others are welcoming to anyone who has a permit to sell and is able to meet the fees and insurance requirements. Some require samples of your wares before they'll approve. Selling beyond the farmer's market can get a bit trickier, for example if you're showcasing at an expo, selling online, or attempting to get into a brick-and-mortar store. Oftentimes, the Department of Health will demand sellers prepare foods or spices in an approved kitchen setting -- not your home. Listen as Ky joins host Lisa Davis to share more tips for making your home business a success.
Bonnie McDaniel shares tips for getting your kids to eat more healthy and fresh foods.Summer brings with it plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Even so, your kids might turn their noses up at eating these healthy options -- and instead clamor for ice cream and slushies. Bonnie McDaniel, author of Farm Girl in The City: Of Food and Love, suggests making a day of going to a local farmer's market or even dining at a farm-to-table establishment. Some markets even have fun educational programs that kids can participate in. You can always task your kids with searching for fun, yummy recipes that you'll incorporate the foods you pick up at the market. If you're able to have a garden, kids may garner satisfaction from eating the foods they've planted and harvested. Listen as Bonnie joins host Lisa Davis to share tips for getting your kids to eat more healthy and fresh foods.
Nutrition Consultant Lila Volkas says you can make your own kombucha at home for as little as 50 cents per gallon.Kombucha is a bubbly drink that has taken over grocery store refrigerators across the country. It not only tastes great, it has healthy properties such as probiotics and antioxidants. Plus, it's a healthier alternative to sugary sodas. But, buying it from the store can get expensive. Some one-serving bottles can cost up to $5. Instead, certified Nutrition Consultant Lila Volkas says you can make your own kombucha at home for as little as 50 cents per gallon (equivalent to eight bottles). Lila joins Lisa Davis to discuss kombucha's health benefits, as well as share some of her favorite DIY recipes.
Self-guilt can turn into a vicious cycle that's hard to break.Self-guilt is prevalent in so many people's minds. It's particularly problematic when people are trying to lose weight. Think of how many times you've beat yourself up after eating an extra slice of pizza (or pizza at all) or didn't get to the gym for the fourth day in a row. It can turn into a vicious cycle that's hard to break. Nutritionist Carly Pollack lived in this cycle of weight ups and downs until trial and error -- and over a decade of formal study in health and healing -- led her to the insights she has since shared with thousands. In her book, Feed Your Soul: Nutritional Wisdom to Lose Weight Permanently and Live Fulfilled, Carly presents her unique understanding of body science, brain wiring, and spiritual principles to facilitate real, lasting change. For example, she helps you reframe your thinking to see comfort foods as the numbing toxins they truly are and focus on long-term goals rather than immediate gratification. Listen as Carly joins host Lisa Davis to share how you can achieve true and long-lasting personal transformation.
Health expert Adita Yrizarry-Lang roots her health education in four pillars: Exercise, Nutrition, Sleep, and Happiness.Are you living your healthiest life? Would you know what that looks like? As health expert Adita Yrizarry-Lang puts it, "We are all doing the best we can. We were not born with an instruction manual." Lang roots her health education in four pillars: Exercise, Nutrition, Sleep, and Happiness. And, she focuses on simple techniques to get it all into your day without skipping a beat. She also believes within each of us lies an array of "superpowers," and in her book, SUPERPOWERS: The Busy Woman’s Guide to Health & Happiness, she teaches readers how to tap into them with easy recipes, efficient workouts, relaxation rituals, and fun things to smile about... all designed to make you shine your brightest and best every day. Listen as Lang joins host Lisa Davis to share more about her four pillars, how you can find your own superpowers, and more.
Thanks to the stresses of everyday life, restorative sleep often escapes us.When was the last time you had a truly deep and restful night's sleep? Thanks to the stresses of everyday life, that type of restorative sleep often escapes us. Many individuals turn to sleep aids that aren't exactly healthy -- and sometimes even dangerous. And yet, without sleep, we cannot function properly and we're only setting ourselves up to fall ill. As a certified dreamwork professional and the director of the Institute of Dream Studies, Tzivia Gover has created a process to guide individuals to deep, restful sleep in a natural and healing way. In her book, The Mindful Way to a Good Night's Sleep: Discover How to Use Dreamwork, Meditation, and Journaling to Sleep Deeply and Wake Up Well, Gover offers practical lifestyle advice, simple yoga poses, 10-minute meditations, and easy breathing exercises, plus visualization and journaling activities. You’ll also learn how to set the scene for safe, productive dreaming and cultivate your dream recall. Listen as Gover joins Andrea and Lisa to describe her work in this field and how you can find the restful sleep you so desperately need.
Are there safe sugar substitutes?Limiting sugar in your diet is more important than ever. Research has shown how damaging sugar is to the body -- not just in terms of weight gain, but also because of its inflammatory properties, diabetic influence, and the changes it can even make in the brain. But, everyone likes to have a little something "sweet" now and again. Synthetic artificial sweeteners produce their own dangerous side effects. Are there safe sugar substitutes? David Rosenberg, Food Category Manager at NOW Foods, explains that monk fruit is one of the best sugar substitutes on the market. Using it in baked goods and things like smoothies, plain yogurt, and coffee or tea is a great way to get a little sweetness with none of the calories. Plus, it's completely natural -- no artificial ingredients. David joins Andrea and Lisa to discuss the dangers of sugar, which sugar substitutes are safe (and unsafe), and how you can use monk fruit to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Prepare your body and mind for the new season ahead.Seasonal cleansing is a time-honored tradition in Ayurveda, and cleansing in the spring and summer is one of the gateways to true wellness. It's also a time to prepare your body and mind for the new season by shedding those protective winter pounds, reestablishing your natural state of balance and increasing your energy and vitality for the longer days ahead. Amy Keller, CCN, Director of Education and Training for ORGANIC INDIA, joins Andrea to discuss easy ways to integrate foods, herbs and lifestyle choices to support the transition of the seasons. She also shares how certain foods and herbs can prompt and support the transition from the slow, dense winter qualities to the new, lighter-flowing energetic qualities of spring.
Herbs work biologically with your body to support healing and overall well-being.Herbs offer a natural, effective, long-term approach to wellness. Whether you want more energy, less anxiety, better sleep, improved immunity, digestive ease, or to support the different organs in your body (brain, lungs, heart, liver, etc.), an herbal approach is one way to achieve your health goals. Whereas synthetic vitamins are often not properly absorbed by the body, herbs work biologically with your body to support healing and overall well-being. Some ways you can incorporate herbs into your daily regimen are through liquid extracts, tea, or using herbs and spices in meal preparation. Listen as Alexis Durham, Herbalist & Botanical Affairs Supervisor for Herb Pharm, joins Andrea to discuss the healing benefits of herbs, which herbs are the best for different conditions, and what makes Herb Pharm special.
Family members of Bigelow are serious about protecting the environment, giving back to the community and taking care of their employees and their families.Family-owned Bigelow Tea is not just a company that produces delicious tea. The company also focuses on important global issues like sustainability and local missions, including community involvement and supporting American Troops. Family members of Bigelow are serious about protecting the environment, giving back to the community and taking care of their employees and their families. Cindi Bigelow, third generation President & CEO, joins host Andrea Donsky to reveal the history behind the company, how the company's tea is grown and harvested, and the processes Bigelow puts in place to ensure the highest quality tea on the market (at an affordable price).