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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 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.

 Overcoming the Odds with Former Dancing with the Stars Contestant, Paralympic Skier Danelle Umstead | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Paralympic skier Danelle Umstead joins host Lisa Davis to talk about the importance of genetic testing and why she encourages patients to take action.At the age of 13, Danelle Umstead was diagnosed with an inherited retinal disease (IRD)—retinitis pigmentosa (RP), a rare genetic eye condition that involves the breakdown and loss of cells in the retina. The condition means she has no central vision and is losing her peripheral vision. Danelle recently underwent genetic testing to identify what was causing her blindness. She hopes that through her own experience, she can motivate others to seek testing to get their genetic diagnosis. As part of the initiative, there are a number of resources available, including a free genetic testing kit that HCPs can access on behalf of their patients. Danelle joins host Lisa Davis to talk about the importance of genetic testing and why she encourages patients to take action.

 Eating for the Season: Autumn | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

It's a great time to take advantage of the fall produce that is coming into its own this time of year.The leaves are starting to change, the air is a bit crisper, and pumpkin spice lattes have made their debut... all markers that autumn has arrived.  It's also a great time to take advantage of the fall produce that is coming into its own this time of year, such as apples, pumpkins, butternut squash, carrots, onions, and garlic -- just to name a few. Bonnie McDaniel, chef and author of Farm Girl in The City: Of Food and Love, joins hosts Andrea and Lisa to share some of her favorite fall menu items. She also shares a delectable recipe for butternut squash soup with homemade croutons. 

 Tame Your Moods Using Herbal Remedies and Aromatherapy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Are you ready to be in control of your moods so they're not in control of you?It's a common struggle for women to get enveloped by their moods. Suddenly, your mood is dictating how you think, feel, and act. Go-to Master herbalist RH(AHG) and classical homeopath, Sara-Chana Silverstein, has walked thousands of women through a focused, natural regimen that nourishes their physical, emotional, and spiritual lives. Her new book, Moodtopia: Tame Your Moods, De-Stress, and Find Balance Using Herbal Remedies, Aromatherapy, and More, is a practical, easy-to-use guide to herbs, adaptogens, aromatherapy, color therapy, feng shui, intuition, homeopathy and so much more. Sara-Chana joins host Lisa Davis to share some of the best natural remedies to help combat stress, anxiety, and promote peace of mind and general health.

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