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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 Healthy Home Delivery Services for Meals, Produce & Personal Care | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Home delivery for meal kits, fresh produce and even personal care products is becoming much more widespread, accessible and economical.In our fast-paced society, it's far too easy to swing through the drive-thru or order take-out from the comfort of your own home. All of that processed food is taking a toll on your health and the health of your family members.  Fortunately, home delivery for meal kits, fresh produce and even personal care products is becoming much more widespread, accessible and economical. Lisa Beres, Certified Green Building Professional, joins Andrea and Lisa to share some of her favorite home delivery resources. Door to Door Organics Farmbox Direct Sun Basket Green Chef Blue Apron Hello Fresh Home Chef Fresh Realm Purple Carrot 22 Days Nutrition Green Polka Dot Box

 Get Out of Your Thoughts by Getting into Your Body | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

By learning how to conquer life's challenges, you develop power, vitality, influence and a greater connection to your authentic self.Zen Warrior Training® is a highly-disciplined personal development program dedicated to helping people to optimize their bodies and minds to achieve self-mastery. The foundation of Zen Warrior Training® is the acknowledgment that challenges are man's greatest ally in disguise, and that by learning how to conquer them, we develop power, vitality, influence and a greater connection to our authentic selves. Each individual's potential is limited primarily by his or her own belief systems, attitude and cultural imprinting. When these self-limiting beliefs are exposed by a compassionate and enlightened guide, we can live our lives more fully and more empowered in each moment. The Zen Warrior Training® ethos is that true success is the result of a disciplined mind, a balanced personal life, healthy relationships and fulfilling work. Sam Morris, founder of Zen Warrior Training®, joins hosts Andrea and Lisa to share more about the philosophy, as well as certain techniques you can use to get started with the training.

 Improving Mental Sharpness & Cognitive Performance | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

If you can identify the early signs of a faulty brain, there are many tactics you can utilize to slow or even stop the progression.As you get along in years, you may notice slight instances of memory loss... losing your keys, forgetting where you parked your car at the market, going into a room and not remembering why.  It's important to pay attention to such occurrences, because they are indeed early signs of cognitive decline.  If you let it get to the point of advanced memory loss, there's nothing you can do at that point. But, if you can identify the early signs of a faulty brain, there are many tactics you can utilize to slow or even stop the progression. What are some of those tactics? Dr. Steven Masley joins host Lisa Davis to share the top tips for preserving brain health and even improving brain function. Diet & Nutrition Fiber is essential (more vegetables, fruits, beans and nuts). Getting an abundance of fiber in your diet has been shown in research to predict a higher brain score, and better memory and brain usage. B12, mixed folates and fish oil are also important. Coconut oil has been shown to slow cognitive decline (but not necessarily improve brain function).  Learning New Things  The old directive was to do crossword and other brain-stimulating puzzles. But, that's only effective if you've never done those puzzles before. Once you've mastered Sudoku, you're not really benefiting your brain. Learn a new language. Try eating with your non-dominant hand. Take an unknown way home from the office. Exercise & Fitness The more active you are, the better you're able to stave off cognitive decline. Aim to get some exercise in every single day.

 6 Foods that Enhance Sexual Performance | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Oftentimes, men rely on a little blue pill to give their libido a boost. However, there are foods that can be just as effective.Oftentimes, men rely on a little blue pill to give their libido a boost. However, there are foods that can be just as effective. Stephanie McPherson, Health & Life Coach, joins host Lisa Davis to share her top picks for enhancing both men's and women's sexual performance: Spinach Bananas Tomatoes Hot Peppers Green Tea Ginger The following foods are great for improving women's libido and sexual health: Grass-Fed Steak Salmon Eggs Chocolate Oatmeal Peaches

 Give It a Go, Eat a Rainbow | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Focusing on foods that make up the colors of the rainbow can be a fun way to get kids excited about eating more fruits and vegetables.Different colors of the rainbow help the body in different ways. Focusing on foods that make up the colors of the rainbow can be a fun way to get kids excited about eating more fruits and vegetables. This concept inspired wellness expert, media personality, bestselling and award winning author, Kathryn Kemp Guylay, to create her book, Give It a Go, Eat a Rainbow. The book addresses healthy eating, specifically fruits and veggies, in an engaging and positive way. Targeting early childhood and elementary school age groups, the picture book is simple yet profound in promoting healthy eating habits in children.  And, it was illustrated by her own 12-year-old son, Alexander.  Listen in as Kathryn joins host Lisa Davis to share more about the book and why it's so essential for kids to get their fruits and veggies.

 The OM Factor: Essential Tools for Success & Well-Being | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Learn how you can integrate the disparate aspects of your life into a harmonious whole.How can you flourish when you're caught in a never-ending battle of seemingly conflicting interests: ambitions to pursue demanding careers, dedication to home and family, desire for intellectual self-improvement, and yearning for fulfillment of emotional and spiritual needs? Alka Dhillon presents individuals with a unique program to integrate the disparate aspects of their lives into a harmonious whole. TheOM Factor: A Woman's Spiritual Guide to Leadership provides seven essential tools and seven key character traits to cultivate for personal success and well-being. Women (and men) who develop their OM Factor benefit from engaging both immediate and long-term fixes to deal with stress and imbalance. In the book, Dhillon describes seven "plug-and-play" tools designed to quickly deliver effective results in emotionally challenging situations. These tools encompass simple meditation techniques and ways to connect to the present moment. Listen in as Dhillon joins host Lisa Davis to share the benefits behind daily mediation, as well as tips from the book.

 Carol Alt: Cure Your Constipation | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Constipation can be unbearably uncomfortable. Try natural solutions instead of hitting the pharmacy. Constipation can be unbearably uncomfortable.  Instead of turning to OTC solutions, Carol Alt suggests using food and nutrients to address symptoms.  For instance, raw fats lubricate your system and help move foods through the intestine.  Probiotics are also very important. Those healthy bacteria are crucial for healthy digestion. Another tip is to not drink water while you're eating, because it dilutes important enzymes that are beneficial for digestive health. You can also supplement with digestive enzymes if you're not a fan of a raw diet. Other digestive issues, such as heartburn or GERD, can disrupt digestion if you're treating those symptoms with acid blockers. Listen in as Carol joins host Lisa Davis to share her tips for curing your constipation. 

 GMO Labeling: Public Rights vs. Government Desires | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

GMO labeling is a hot debate. Why can't we just know what's in our food?GMO labeling is a hot debate. Why can't we just know what's in our food? Our food system is fundamentally broken. A few companies dominate the market, prioritizing profits over people and our planet. Government policies put the interests of corporate agribusiness over the livelihoods of farm families. Farm workers toil in unsafe conditions for minimal wages. School children lack access to healthy foods, as do millions of Americans living in poverty. From rising childhood and adult obesity to issues of food safety, air and water pollution, worker's rights and global warming, our current food system is leading our nation to an unsustainable future. Food Democracy Now! is a grassroots community dedicated to building a sustainable food system that protects our natural environment, sustains farmers and nourishes families. Lisa Stokke, co-founder of Food Democracy Now!, joins Andrea and Lisa to share more about what the organization does, specifically the debate surrounding GMO labeling in the United States.

 Wake Up, Show Up & Shine | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Learn how to move out of over-thinking and over-doing and into being fully awake and alive.In the final race of her college track career, Cara Bradley beat her personal best by a remarkable six seconds. Until then, Bradley had been a so-so athlete hampered by pre-race jitters and self-doubt. But, on this day Bradley was buoyed by a sense of calm confidence. She set about understanding how she could replicate this experience in every area of life. She has distilled what she found into four practices, four shift strategies, and a series of gut-check reminders for moving out of over-thinking and over-doing and into being fully awake and alive, clear, bright, and confident. These techniques for settling busy mind, putting body and mind in sync, and cultivating awareness and strength are simple but require practice and attention, which Bradley coaches individuals to apply daily. The reward is what she calls "high definition, high voltage living," the ability to experience what Bradley did on the track not by accident, or in only a few memorable moments but on purpose, every single day. Listen in as Bradley joins hosts Andrea and Lisa to share more about her work, as well as tips from her book, On the Verge: Wake Up, Show Up, and Shine.

 Tapering Off Prescription Opioids: 7 Tips for Success | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Opioid withdrawal is highly unpleasant, and for some people it feels intolerable.If you take prescription opioids, you may have experienced withdrawal symptoms at some point; perhaps when you forgot to take a scheduled dose of medication. Opioid withdrawal is highly unpleasant, and for some people it feels intolerable. Symptoms can include anxiety, pain, shakiness, nausea, achiness. If you experience withdrawal symptoms, this does not meant that you cannot get off opioids. Withdrawal symptoms mean that your opioid level was dropped too quickly and your body was surprised by the lack of medication. The key is to work with your body to successfully taper your opioids by making small changes slowly over time. Beth Darnall, PhD, author of Less Pain Fewer Pills; Avoid the Dangers of Prescription Opioids and Gain Control Over Chronic Pain, joins Andrea and Lisa to share her seven steps for successfully weaning yourself off prescription opioids. 1. Talk with your doctor. Always talk to your prescribing doctor before making medication changes. This is the first step in any opioid tapering program. Most doctors are happy to help their patients reduce their medications. 2. Timing is everything. Plan to start your taper when life is relatively calm. Avoid the holidays or times when work or family stress are particularly high. Remember that you want to set yourself up for success. Since stress creates challenges and worsens pain, you want to start your taper when you are least likely to be challenged with pain. 3. Opioids should be your only medication change during the taper. Many people fall into the trap of trying to change more than one medication at a time. They decide they will taper opioids, start an antidepressant, and go off their sleeping med all in the same month. This is a setup for failure. Think of your taper as an experiment. Then, when things are calm and you are clear about the result from that change, you can consider making changes to the next medication. 4. Go S-L-O-W: The turtle wins this race. Some doctors will suggest a quick taper of 1–2 weeks. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should. By tapering slowly, you can prevent symptoms of withdrawal, stress, and anxiety. Going slow is especially important if you have anxiety, such as panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder, or generalized anxiety. Ask your doctor to make small reductions (decrements) in your opioid dose about every two weeks. Even if you feel good, stay on a slow taper schedule and make it easy for your body. 5. Use your mind-body skills. Optimize success with opioid tapering by focusing on calming your mind and body regularly throughout each day. Calming your mind and body needs to be your main priority during the taper period. 6. Watch your choices. Resist the temptation to make many life changes during your opioid taper. If you decide to taper opioids, keep the rest of your life at a constant. If you are already walking twice weekly for 30 minutes, stay with that if it is working for you. You can ramp up your activity level or make other changes once you are through with your taper. 7. Get extra support. Your medical or psychological circumstances may require more structure and support. If your doctor recommends additional support, or if you are running into problems, consider working with a medical professional who can closely supervise your taper.

 Buzz on Brew: Too Good to Be True | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Do you really know what's in your coffee?After years of reporting about the health risks of coffee, former medical correspondent Dr. Bob Arnot says he was wrong about the bean that is now being touted as one of the most inexpensive superfoods that possess a wide range of health benefits. However, he cautions that you need to know your coffee, and how to brew it and consume it to make sure you are unlocking all the health benefits found in those beans. Dr. Arnot joins hosts Andrea and Lisa to break down the most compelling studies on coffee that are making health headlines today, such as how coffee can help with depression, longevity and endurance. He also shares what you need to know to become a coffee connoisseur and reap the most health benefits from your favorite brew.

 Carol Alt: How to Be Diligent in Your Digestion | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Probiotics can help heal your gut, but you need to go about your probiotic regimen the right way.So many individuals today suffer from digestive issues, including constipation, bloating, diarrhea, IBS... and the list goes on. Drug manufacturers have made millions off the suffering of these individuals, but oftentimes the remedies only address the symptoms, not the cause: poor gut health. If you neglect the bacteria in your gut, of course you're going to have issues. Probiotics can help heal your gut, but you need to go about your probiotic regimen the right way. Colloidal silver, aloe juice, and fermented greens, can all help the probiotics "implant" in your gut so they can live and grow.  Carol Alt joins hosts Andrea and Lisa to share more about the proper way to get your probiotics, as well as the health benefits of eating raw food over cooked food.

 Easy DIY Skincare Recipes | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Skin care is such a huge part of retaining a youthful appearance. But, you don't want to expose your sensitive skin to harsh products.Skin care is such a huge part of retaining a youthful appearance. But, you don't want to expose your sensitive skin to harsh products. Sheetal Rawal, Creator of the Apsara Skin Care line, joins Andrea and Lisa to share a few of her favorite DIY skin care recipes. Dark Spots Troubled by dark spots on face? Don’t like the look of these dots and patches in the mirror? Try the following dark spot home remedy. Use it 1-2 times a week and no more. 1 TSP coconut water 1 TSP papaya pulp (get a spoonful of the fresh fruit and pulp it with a fork) 15 drops of vitamin E or almond oil Enough mango powder to make a thick paste Mix very well and apply on your face. Do not go close to the eye area. Wash in 8-10 minutes. Always follow with your serum and lotion right after. Dry Skin Here is a homemade remedy that is easy and nourishing to the skin. 1 TSP oat flour (oatmeal can be ground in your kitchen grinder) 1 TSP mashed banana 10 drops of sunflower oil 5 drops castor oil Mix well into a smooth paste. Add some warm water if needed to thin it out. Apply on your skin and let it stiffen up for about 12 minutes. Then wet the mask with warm water and massage in with circular, upward strokes for about three minutes. Rinse and apply your serum and lotion for your skin type.

 How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who You Are | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Is it possible that depression, anxiety and chronic pain is passed down through your family's generations?Depression, anxiety, chronic pain, phobias, obsessive thoughts... these issues plague millions of people every day. Is it you? Or, could there be another reason you're suffering? The evidence is compelling. The roots of these difficulties may not reside in our immediate life experience or in chemical imbalances in our brains, but rather in the lives of our parents, grandparents, and even great-grandparents. The latest scientific research, now making headlines, supports what many have long intuited: that traumatic experience can be passed down through generations. Mark Wolynn, Director of The Family Constellation Institute, is an expert in inherited family trauma.  He joins Andrea and Lisa to explain what inherited family trauma is, how it can affect people in various ways, and how you can break the destructive pattern via mindfulness, meditation, and visualization.

 Healthy Butter Alternatives | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Butter lover? Try these healthy alternatives.When Cygnia Rapp was being placed on a restrictive diet (no wheat, red meat, hard cheese, butter, peanut butter, and more) that severely limited her intake of fats and oils, it quickly took the joy out of eating. As a person who loved food and cooking, Cygnia decided to fight back. Working out of her kitchen, she set out to create organic alternatives that would not only meet her health requirements but also satisfy her taste buds. She tirelessly researched fats and oils, uncovering a wealth of little-known information about healthier fats and oils and their influence on health and well-being. After months of experimentation, Cygnia developed the recipe for MELT Organic based on two critical organic oils, virgin coconut oil and flaxseed oil, that supported her digestive wellness and overall health. MELT Organic CEO, Meg Carlson, joins hosts Andrea and Lisa to share more about the company and its products.

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