Naturally Savvy show

Naturally Savvy

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!

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 TBTCE: "But You Don't Look Sick": The Invisible Nature of Celiac Disease | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Actress Jennifer Esposito knows firsthand the "invisible" aspect that makes celiac disease so difficult to deal with.Welcome to our new series, "Throw Back Thursday: Celebrity Edition" (or TBTCE). In the following weeks, we'll be featuring various celebrity interviews from over the years. Hope you enjoy! TBTCE: Jennifer Esposito Actress Jennifer Esposito knows firsthand about the "invisible" aspect that makes celiac disease so difficult to deal with. Almost daily she hears the phrase, "You don't look sick." For those with celiac, it can become a constant struggle to get people to understand the pain that you're suffering silently. Just because they can't see it doesn't mean that it doesn't exist. This is especially true if you don't have the "typical" symptoms of celiac. For years, Jennifer suffered from everything from sinus infections to digestive issues and panic attacks. She was labeled a hypochondriac and "dramatic," and doctors put her on medications like Prozac. Even the supposed "experts" don't always listen, and it can kill your soul to go so unheard for so long... to know something is truly wrong but no one recognizes that's the case. Jennifer has seen major resistance with the press in accepting that celiac is a serious disease, so just imagine what the normal, everyday person goes through. What advice does Jennifer have for those suffering from celiac? First, look your disease in the face, accept it and digest it. Accept your disease for what it is and move forward. Be clear and honest with yourself; it's a journey every day. Once you accept this in yourself, you can look to those who support you. Finally, understand those who can't understand; but also seek out those who will always be there for you. Tune in to Jennifer and Lisa as they discuss the invisible nature of celiac, as well as ways to cope with this painful and often debilitating disease.

 Beneath the Surface: A Closer Look at Depression and Suicide in Teens and Adults | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Grief recovery specialist Kristi Hugstad has dedicated her life to helping abolish the stigma of mental illness and suicide.Ever since her husband completed suicide in 2012, after years of struggling with clinical depression, grief recovery specialist Kristi Hugstad has dedicated her life to helping abolish the stigma of mental illness and suicide. Hugstad says that suicide prevention must start with our teens. Teen suicide isn’t a new phenomenon, but unfortunately, it has become a tragic, disturbing epidemic in the United States. Her book, Beneath the Surface: A Teen's Guide to Reaching Out When You or Your Friend Is in Crisis, provides the information, encouragement, and tactical guidance you need to help yourself or others experiencing: Depression Academic or parental pressures Eating disorders Bullying Self-harm PTSD Peer pressure Anxiety Substance abuse Technology addiction Suicidal thoughts or actions Listen as Hugstad joins host Lisa Davis to share insight about this troubling trend in today's youth population.

 TBTCE: Living a Healthy Lifestyle with Oscar Winner Alan Arkin | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Even Academy Award Winners worry about being healthy.Welcome to our first episode in our new series, "Throw Back Thursday: Celebrity Edition" (or TBTCE). In the following weeks, we'll be featuring various celebrity interviews from over the years. Hope you enjoy! TBTCE: Alan Arkin Have you ever wondered if your favorite celebrities worry about their health? They do. In fact, just like you they often need to make lifestyle changes in order to be the healthiest they can be. Academy award winning actor, Alan Arkin, is one such celebrity who has made lifestyle changes to live a healthier life both on and off the set.

 Benefits of Loving Out Loud | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Whether it's complimenting the cashier at the grocery store on her earrings or saying thank you to your restaurant server, verbalizing your recognition of someone else can be very powerful.What does it mean to "love out loud"? It's much more than simply saying "I love you." Robyn Spizman describes loving out loud as harnessing the power of a kind word. Whether it's complimenting the cashier at the grocery store on her earrings or saying thank you to your restaurant server, verbalizing your recognition of someone else can be very powerful -- for both the recipient and you.  Her book, Loving Out Loud: The Power of a Kind Word, explains why you have the power to make a positive impact on someone’s day, every day -- and that it isn’t nearly as hard as you may think. It also helps improve your own negative self-talk.  Listen as Robyn joins host Lisa Davis to share insights from the book, tips for loving out loud, and how you can be an active participant in a movement toward a kinder, more engaged community.

 Improving Vaginal Health for Postpartum, Perimenopausal and Menopausal Women Through ... | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Colette Courtion, CEO of Joylux, is working to empower women to live life confidently by improving all aspects of their intimate health.Sexual health is vital to overall health, but too often women are made to feel like their intimate struggles are "taboo." Colette Courtion, CEO of Joylux, has been "tackling the taboo" with her company's mission of influencing change in the area of women's health and intimate wellness. -- and to empower women to live life confidently by improving all aspects of their intimate health. Colette joins host Lisa Davis to share information on the types of issues women face and the solutions available.

 Thriving as an Empath | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Empaths tend to struggle with self-care. They often give too much at the expense of their own well-being -- and end up absorbing the stress of others.Empaths are individuals who are very sensitive, deep, and loving towards others. It's a beautiful characteristic to have, but oftentimes empaths struggle with self-care. They often give too much at the expense of their own well-being -- and end up absorbing the stress of others. In her book, Thriving as an Empath, Judith Orloff, MD, writes, “To stay healthy and happy, you must be ready with daily self-care practices that work.” A few practices she advises include: Setting strong boundaries Protecting your energy Inoculating yourself against stress and overwhelm Self-soothing techniques Knowing that it is not your job to take on the world’s stress Breaking the momentum of sensory overload Tapping the vitality of all four seasons and the elements Deepening your connection with the cycles of nature Moving out of clock-based time into “sacred time” Listen as Dr. Orloff joins Lisa Davis to share insights from the book and how you can grow and flourish without internalizing the emotions and pain of others.

 What You Need to Know About the Organic Beauty Industry | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

It's just as important to know what you're putting on your body as it is to know what you're putting in it."Going organic" encompasses more than just the food and beverages you consume. It's just as important to know what you're putting on your body as it is to know what you're putting in it. The organic beauty industry has grown over the past few years, but as Steve Shriver, President of Eco Lips Inc., puts it, his company was promoting green, organic products before it was "cool." Shriver shares with host Lisa Davis the history of the company, what standards they hold themselves to (e.g. USDA Organic, Fair Trade Certified, Non-GMO Project Verified), and the various ways their contributing to the organic beauty industry.

 Are You Washing Your Hands Wrong? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Experts say that handwashing is a key strategy to prevent contracting or spreading illness to others, but many people do handwashing "wrong."It's cold and flu season, and germs are everywhere.  Experts say that handwashing is a key strategy to prevent contracting or spreading illness to others, but many people do handwashing "wrong." In a study from Michigan State University, researchers watched more than 3,700 people after using the bathroom and reported that 95 percent did not wash their hands long enough to kill germs. The average amount of time people spent washing was only six seconds. Even more disturbing was that seven percent of women and 15 percent of men didn’t wash their hands at all. So, what is the correct way to wash your hands -- and amount of time needed to prove effective? Listen as hosts Andrea and Lisa discuss everything you need to know about washing your hands and how to best protect you and your kids from colds and flu this season.

 How to Stop Losing Your Sh*t with Your Kids and Become a Calmer, Happier Parent | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

You're not a bad parent if you sometimes yell. It happens. The key is not getting carried away or falling into a pattern of shouting at your kids.When your kid is having a meltdown in the middle of the grocery store, or has disobeyed you for the fifth time that day, it can take everything in your will to keep yourself from having your own meltdown. You're not a bad parent if you sometimes yell. It happens. The key is not getting carried away or falling into a pattern of shouting at your kids. Carla Naumburg, PhD, author of How to Stop Losing Your Sh*t with Your Kids: A Guide to Becoming a Calmer, Happier Parent, found her own way to calm after realizing there had to be a better way. In his episode, she joins host Lisa Davis to discuss the book, as well as offer these tips: Know your triggers by understanding what sets you off. Make buttons as push-proof as possible by getting enough sleep, single-tasking, accepting support, and not beating yourself up. Do literally anything else when on the brink of explosion. It could be the classic three deep breaths, but it could also be playing a little air guitar -- anything that redirects.

 Perfectly Hidden Depression: When You Look Fine but Are Falling Apart on the Inside | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

You recognize something is wrong, but you’re not sure what exactly... only that you feel trapped and alone.When your life looks perfect, but you’re silently falling apart... If you were raised to believe that painful emotions are a sign of weakness, or if being vulnerable has always made you feel unsafe, then you may have survived by creating a perfect-looking life -- a life where you appear to be successful, engaged, and always there for others. The problem? You’re filled with self-criticism and shame, and you can’t allow yourself to express fear, anger, loss, or grief. You recognize something is wrong, but you’re not sure what exactly... only that you feel trapped and alone. If this sounds like you, you may have perfectly hidden depression (PHD). Margaret Robinson Rutherford, PhD, has a new book out about PHD, entitled Perfectly Hidden Depression: How to Break Free from the Perfectionism that Masks Your Depression.  In the book, you’ll begin the process of understanding your perfectionism, identifying destructive beliefs, and connecting with emotions suppressed for far too long. You’ll also find tangible tips for quieting that critical inner voice, and powerful strategies for coping with difficult feelings. Most importantly, you’ll learn that asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.  Dr. Rutherford joins host Lisa Davis to share more insights from the book and how you can learn to stop hiding and start healing.

 Heart Attack Season: Natural Remedies to Support Cardiac Health | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Are you ready for heart attack season?Cardiac mortalities are higher around Christmas and New Year’s than any other time of year, giving this time of year a label of "heart attack season." According to the American Heart Association (AHA), lapses in healthy eating and exercise, increased alcohol consumption, and strained finances are a handful of reasons why cardiac events spike at this time.  Aside from prescription medication, Dr. Cass Ingram says a great supplement for supporting cardiac health comes in the form of black seed oil. This oil has been used since the ancient times of Pharaohs.  It also supports other organs and bodily systems, including kidney, lung, and digestive health. Listen as Dr. Ingram joins host Lisa Davis to describe the healing properties and health benefits of black seed oil.

 Natural Remedies for Cold and Flu Season | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Since there is no "cure" for the common cold or the flu, turning to natural remedies is really the way to go.Cold and flu season is here, but it doesn't have to get you down for the count if you choose the right remedies.  Since there is no "cure" for the common cold or the flu, turning to natural remedies is really the way to go -- according to "The Wilderness Doctor," Cass Ingram, DO.  Dr. Ingram has been studying natural remedies for decades and has identified the ones that work best for the illness at hand.  Listen as Dr. Ingram joins host Lisa Davis to discuss ways to beat the cold and flu this winter.

 How to Cut Processed Foods from Your Kid’s Diet | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Experts say the more processed foods you eat and the longer you eat them can lead to inflammation, leaky gut syndrome, and a host of health conditions in the future.Processed foods are those that have been altered in some way. This category can include food that has been cooked, canned, frozen, packaged. Or, it can be food that’s been fortified, preserved, or prepared.  Minimally processed foods can make our lives more convenient, such as washed and pre-chopped fruits and vegetables or bagged salads. Highly processed foods are the types, however, that should be avoided. There are foods that have sweeteners, oils, flavors, colors and preservatives to improve safety, taste and appeal, like boxed potatoes, jarred tomato sauce, and cake mix. Ready-to-eat foods like cereal, flavored oatmeal, crackers, yogurt, granola bars, cookies, rotisserie chicken, lunch meats, hot dogs, sausage, and cheese spreads fall into the category of highly-processed foods, as well as those that that are packaged like frozen meals and frozen pizzas. Experts say the more processed foods you eat and the longer you eat them can lead to inflammation, leaky gut syndrome, and a host of health conditions in the future. To help remove these foods from your children's diet and your own, health journalist Julie Relevant suggests the following:  Take stock of what your family eats and have a plan that includes goals. Purge your pantry (this will be a gradual process) Make healthy substitutions and find better versions of your kid’s favorite foods Re-think what you pack for school lunch Swap processed snacks for whole foods including fruits and vegetables and nuts/seeds Don’t forget sugary drinks: swap in water, or water infused with cucumbers or strawberries Eliminate all white, refined carbohydrates Shop and cook with your kids—make it fun! We must empowering kids to make healthy choices. Stay consistent and be patient. Listen as Julie joins Andrea and Lisa to discuss the harms processed foods can do to the human body, as well as how to get them out of your life.

 Why We Love (and Why You Should Love) Aloe Vera! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Learn about all of the internal and external benefits of using aloe vera.Aloe vera isn't just for putting on sunburns. It can also be used internally for a number of health benefits -- so much so that Lily of the Desert has termed it "the original super juice." Some of aloe vera's best-known benefits include supporting healthy digestion, enhancing antioxidant support, supporting a healthy immune system, reducing harmful toxins, increasing nutrient absorption and soothing occasional muscle and joint discomfort. Kim McClure, Director of Marketing-Natural Brands for Lily of the Desert, joins host Lisa Davis to discuss all of the ways aloe vera can improve your health and well-being.

 Toxic Chemicals in Traditional Household Products | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

From allergic reactions to potential links to chronic conditions, many common household products have a variety of disruptive side effects.No one wants a dirty home. Yet, some of the household cleaning products on the market do more than clean -- they actually contain chemicals that can damage one's health.  From allergic reactions to potential links to chronic conditions, many common products have a variety of disruptive side effects.  Bernie Ross, CEO of Nature Clean, has been a part of an initiative his father started when Bernie's mother suffered from chemical sensitivities.  Listen as Bernie joins host Lisa Davis to share the foundation behind the company, what types of alternatives Nature Clean uses, and why chemicals can be so harmful to one's health.

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