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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 Flint, Michigan: Lead's Link to Violent Behavior | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

What's going on in Flint, Michigan, is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to lead in our water supply and in our environment.What's going on in Flint, Michigan, is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to lead in our water supply and in our environment.  Many other communities have lead levels higher than acceptable.  We're being exposed to small amounts of lead on a regular basis. The exposure is more intense in large cities. Even though lead exposure has been determined "safe" by the EPA's standards, it's still doing harm. Dr. Stewart Lonky, an expert in toxic exposure, joins hosts Andrea and Lisa to discuss the many dangers of lead, including a link to violent behavior. 

 Pleasure-Based Living for Better Health | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

We live in a pleasure-deprived society. The withholding and restricting of pleasure is a source of mental health angst.We live in a pleasure-deprived society.  The withholding and restricting of pleasure is a source of mental health angst.  Dr. Theresa Nicassio, "The Inclusive Chef," believes we need to embrace more pleasure and forget about the judgement that surrounds it. Pleasure can encompass sexual, sensual, food, and beauty pleasure.  How can you overcome a restrictive, guilt-infused life? Choose to be a kid. Allow yourself to enjoy pleasure. Dr. Nicassio suggests using her "twice as long technique." If you're looking at a sunset, hugging a loved one, or eating a decadent dish, you may typically give yourself a set period of time to enjoy those activities and then it's on to business as usual. Let yourself reside in the moment and relish it a little longer. Listen in as Dr. Nicassio joins Andrea and Lisa to explain why pleasure is needed for a healthy, happy life, as well as tips for increasing the amount of pleasure in your life. 

 Women in the Business of Women’s Health | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Many personal care products contain dangerous ingredients and toxins, including feminine hygiene products such as tampons and pads.Do you really know what's in your personal care products? Many contain dangerous ingredients and toxins, including feminine hygiene products such as tampons and pads.  It's something Susie Hewson, founder of Natracare, has been working to change since 1989. She became increasingly disappointed with the status quo of the feminine hygiene and personal care product industry and the many toxins women were being exposed to via everyday products.  Susie knew she needed to provide a solution to this toxic exposure. It's one thing to say, "Don't use this product," but unless you have an alternative, it's nearly impossible to follow through.  The problem is the vast disconnect between trust in brands and the lack of oversight and regulation from an organization or government agency who is truly looking out for you. Susie joins hosts Andrea and Lisa to share her personal journey through the world of personal care products, as well as why it's so important to become aware about what your products contain.

 Parenting in Troubled Times | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

With so much violence in the world and so much media coverage of that violence, how do you keep your children calm and help them develop a sense of well-being?With so much violence in the world and so much media coverage of that violence, how do you keep your children calm and help them develop a sense of well-being? You want to protect kids and shelter them from harsh realities, but it's important to expose them to real world events to prepare them for the future.  Amy Alamar, author of Parenting for the Genius: Developing Confidence in Your Parenting through Reflective Practice, suggests providing context and conversation around difficult issues and events. Let them know that they're safe and it's your job to keep them safe and healthy.  A little bit of anxiety is good; it helps get them through the day. Fear and anxiety is actually an essential part of a child's development.  Amy also advises incorporating reflective practice, which involves learning from mistakes and then doing something about it.  Listen in as Amy joins hosts Andrea and Lisa to share tips for parenting in troubled times.

 Disconnected Kids Nutrition Plan | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Food may play a role in disorders like ADHD, autism, dyslexia and other neurological disorders.Food may play a role in disorders like ADHD, autism, dyslexia and other neurological disorders. Research has proven that there is a two-way street between your gut/immune system and your brain. Dr. Robert Melillo’s Brain Balance program has helped thousands of families across the country, offering a drug-free, scientifically based method for addressing a wide range of conditions, including autism spectrum disorders and ADHD. In his new book, THE DISCONNECTED KIDS NUTRITION PLAN: Proven Strategies to Enhance Learning and Focus for Children with Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and Other Neurological Disorders, he presents the nutritional side of the Brain Balance Program, featuring guidelines, tips, and kid-friendly recipes based on the latest scientific research on how food affects the brain. Listen in as Dr. Melillo joins hosts Andrea and Lisa to share more about the research he's done, as well as the many types of conditions that can be addressed with a deeper look at nutrition.

 Healing Power of Horses for Veterans | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

When a veteran returns from service, he or she can be damaged physically, mentally and emotionally.When a veteran returns from service, he or she can be damaged physically, mentally and emotionally.  It's extremely important to get these individuals reconnected to themselves and their loved ones.  Veterans often feel a loss of value and purpose. However, their greatest contribution may lay ahead in life.  The Boulder Crest Retreat (BCR) is one organization that provides Horse Inspired Growth and Healing (HIGH) and other therapeutic activities for its PATHH Programs (Progressive and Alternative Therapies for Healing Heroes). Suzi Landolphi, staff member at BCR, has witnessed firsthand just how healing horses can be for veterans. The energy coming from the horses is so incredible; overpowering in a positive way.  Why are horses such great animals for this type of healing? For one, they believe in teamwork, just like the veterans. They don't want to live alone (or even in a stall). Rather, they prefer to stay together as a way to keep each other safe, also similar to the mentality of veterans.  Suzi says that as humans, we often have "too much brain, not enough heart." The horses set a standard of inter-dependence, not co-dependence. They provide a connection to authenticity and allow the veterans to begin to trust themselves once again. Listen in as Suzi shares more about what BCR does, as well as why it's so essential we take care of our veterans. 

 Power of Taking Personal Responsibility | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

It seems that now, more than ever, so many of us doubt ourselves.It seems that now, more than ever, so many of us doubt ourselves. We don’t believe ourselves to be wise enough, strong enough, smart enough, clever enough, or spiritual enough... when nothing could be further from the truth. We find ourselves searching for meaning in life, wondering what path to take, and asking ourselves “Why am I here?” or “What is my purpose?” and “What will make me happy?” With her guides illuminating the way, Michelle Stevens helps individuals to find answers to all these questions and more. The messages take you on a practical (and profoundly spiritual and personal) journey that leads to the well of confidence, clarity, strength, wisdom, creativity, fearlessness, love, and joy that already exists in our souls. With this discovery of your inner self and strength, you will never again feel as if your life is at the mercy of forces outside of your control, and as a result your experience of yourself and of the world around you will be changed forever. Stevens joins host Lisa Davis to explain more about her book (and blog), The Soul's Agenda, as well as how the messages can help you live and thrive.

 How Do Probiotics Work? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

You have trillions of bacteria living in your gut, and they are not just passive riders.You have trillions of bacteria living in your gut and they are not just passive riders. While many people understand that probiotics are beneficial bacteria, they may not quite understand why they are beneficial. The gut has a strong role to play in immunity: as a barrier and as the site of a large volume of immune tissues/activity. Gut bacteria actively participate in this immune activity... helping to send "messages" that down regulate inflammation in the gut, improving barrier function and fostering a gut environment that antagonizes potentially harmful bacteria. Probiotic bacteria also influence the nervous system in the gut and produce molecules such as short-chain fatty acids that have systemic effects. Research is making new discoveries every day, and while we are a long ways off of definitive answers, we are now more aware than ever that bacteria help influence overall health. Listen in as Desiree Nielsen, BSc, RD, joins host Lisa Davis to explain why probiotics are so essential for optimal health, as well as the best types of probiotic strains to incorporate into your everyday regimen.

 3 Simple Ways to Get Grounded & Centered | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

If you're "floaty" and "out there," you're not present or productive. Alternately, if you're too grounded and "flat," you can also be limiting your potential.If you're "floaty" and "out there," you're not present or productive. Alternately, if you're too grounded and "flat," you can also be limiting your potential.  Ariana Bahret, Certified LifeLine Practitioner, joins host Lisa Davis to share three simple ways to get grounded and centered in a balanced way: Meditation: guided meditation, mantras, affirmations. Exercise: running, walking, swimming, hiking. Food: root vegetables, animal protein, chocolate. Listen in to learn more about how these three easy steps can improve your life and health.

 Carol Alt: Spring Salads | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Spring is a great time to make the adjustment from comfort food to fresh salads and vegetables.Spring is a great time to make the adjustment from comfort food to fresh salads and vegetables.  Salads can be much more than iceberg lettuce and ranch dressing or the "bonus" you get at a restaurant.  However, whether you're making your own salads at home or hitting up a salad bar, you still have to pay attention to how you construct your leafy masterpiece. What are some salad mistakes you can make? Adding cooked food with hidden calories and that were likely cooked in rancid oil. Vegetables that haven't been washed correctly. Salad dressings that have artificial ingredients. Listen in as Carol Alt joins host Lisa Davis to share her favorite salad ingredients, as well as some tricks and tips for creating delicious, healthy salads... even for breakfast.

 Synchronicity: The Power of Meaningful Coincidences | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

What exactly is the significance of those "meaningful coincidences"?Synchronicity is the simultaneous occurrence of events that appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection. Renowned psychiatrist Carl Jung explained it as a "meaningful coincidence."  According to Live Science, the concept of synchronicity came to Jung during a period of mental illness in the early 1900s. Jung became convinced that everything in the universe is intimately connected, and that suggested to him that there must exist a collective unconscious of humankind. This implied to him that events happening all over the world at the same time must be connected in some unknown way. Listen in as Shaman Isabella Stoloff joins host Andrea Donsky to explain what synchronicity is, how it works, and how it can help you be more conscious and aware in your everyday life.

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