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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 Healing Power of Words: Mind, Body & Soul | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

When we share our hopes and fears with each other, we realize that none of us are ever really alone.In 2011, photographer and Hollywood executive Adrien Finkel turned her love of insightful quotes into a quest for hope and meaning. Armed with nothing but a camera and a black ink marker, she began asking friends, family, and co-workers to reveal what words moved and shaped them. The My Naked Truth Project, a photoblog celebrating self-expression and emotional healing, soon became a safe space for people to bare all—mind, body, and soul. The experience transformed Finkel’s outlook on life. Finkel says that all of us are searching for answers about what our purpose is and why we’re here. All of us have secrets to reveal. But, when we share our hopes and fears with each other, we realize that none of us are ever really alone. Listen as Finkel joins host Lisa Davis to share how words really can heal.

 What Is Collagen & Why Do You Need It? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

As you age, collagen production declines. This is when supplementation becomes crucial.Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and helps give structure to hair, skin, nails, bones, ligaments and tendons in the human body. As you age, collagen production declines. This is when supplementation becomes crucial.  However, not all collagen supplements are not created equal.  Listen as Susan M. Piergeorge, MS, RDN, LDN, joins host Lisa Davis to explain the different types of collagen, varying formulations you can get supplements in (capsules, powders, chews, etc.), and the benefits collagen can have for your overall health, wellness, and beauty.

 The Ritual of Baking for Self Care | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Focus and mindfulness bring peace.Today’s busy society demands that we de-stress before we wear ourselves out. Meditation and mindfulness are buzzwords for good reason. Dr. Beth Ricanati found herself stressed when a friend recommended she bake challah bread. Making bread from scratch requires being in the moment. Creating something with your own two hands provides a relaxing sense of accomplishment. Additionally, fresh-baked challah smells heavenly when taken from the oven. Dr. Ricanati wasn’t a baker before the challah project. She’s learned many wonderful life lessons while working with yeast and baking bread.  Listen as Dr. Ricanati joins host Lisa Davis to share how she’s found joy in the ritual of baking.

 Wisdom for Living With & Moving Beyond Chronic Pain | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Don't let your chronic pain trap you, and don't let others make you feel guilty for hurting.When we’re faced with pain, our impulse is to stop it and get rid of it. Sarah Anne Shockley discovered the area between her clavicle and first ribs had collapsed in 2007. She tried everything she could to rid herself of the pain, but nothing worked. With no solution in place, she focused on living life as best she could. She endured the pain and tried medications. She refused to believe that she had to live in chronic pain for the rest of her life. Since external treatments didn’t help, Sarah Anne looked inside. She found she was living with a lot of emotional distress regarding her physical pain, upset that she couldn’t participate fully in her life. There is a lot of shame and guilt connected to chronic pain. Outside sources find clever ways to tell you you’re wrong for having your pain.  Pain is a signal that something is amiss. Giving it appropriate attention can help you live with the  pain. People still need you and still love you. Be present with them as best you can with your pain. Recognizing that you can contribute to the pleasure of others can be very healing. Listen as Sarah Anne joins host Lisa Davis to share how she has lived with and moved beyond chronic pain.

 Nutrition & Breast Health | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Learn how to improve your nutrition and reduce your risk for breast cancer.Excess weight of 15-20 pounds increases the chance of getting thirteen types of cancer. Registered dietician and nutritionist Rachel Beller recommends maintaining a healthy body weight to reduce risk of breast cancer. Women who gain weight during treatment are encouraged to lose that weight to reduce chances of cancer recurrence. Rachel suggests having 30 to 35 grams of fiber per day. Get eight to ten grams of fiber for breakfast to kick your day off. She also advises reducing your intake of animal protein, as the hormones can contribute to cancer growth. Listen as Rachel joins hosts Lisa Davis and Andrea Donsky to discuss how improved nutrition can decrease your cancer risk.

 How to Live the Life You Want | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Are you on the verge of change but don't know how to proceed?Embracing change can be a challenge, especially when you don’t know what actions to take. Coach Kyra Anderson found herself in a transitional period and worked with a coach to sort things out. She learned that women are either at a new stage of life and don’t know where to start, or they don’t know what they want next. Career changes, lifestyle shifts and relationships fit into these categories. Kyra suggests listening to your gut instead of what you should do. Stay in the present and think about what’s happening right now, as that is what’s real. Stop worrying about what may happen if you do or don’t pursue something. Listen as Kyra joins hosts Lisa Davis and Andrea Donsky to share tips to live the life you want.

 Fall Skincare Tips | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Basic skincare is not seasonal.It’s easy to skip out on your own skincare routine when you’re dealing with back-to-school and work activities. David Pollock reminds you that basic skincare is not seasonal. Wash and moisturize your face every day to reduce breakouts and prevent pores from enlarging. Cleanse your face every morning to clear away the dead skin cells and perspiration. Proper nutrition and fitness improve skin health. The skin is your largest organ. The care you give your body shows on your skin. Find a skincare brand that works for you and stick to it. Listen as David joins host Lisa Davis to discuss the importance of caring for your skin. Visit using discount ‘fall20’ to take 20% off your order.

 Pushing for the Change You Deserve | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Is a change on your horizon? Work through the change to find the happiness you deserve.Necessary changes may seem tough, but you can push yourself through it. Relationships, jobs and residences can urge to change. Motivational speaker Cornell Thomas assures that it’s okay to be human. You may experience the five stages of grief when a change is coming. Change is uncomfortable. The only way through is to push through the discomfort. It is imperative to make time for the change you want to make. Carve out time to change your ways. Get up early to squeeze in some fitness. Spend a little time each day working on your exit strategy. You deserve to be happy. Stop planting negative seeds in your head about failure. Listen as Cornell joins Lisa Davis to spur you to start working on the changes you need in your life.

 Encore Episode: Thriving Through Uncertainty | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

While we all look for what will make us happy in life, we don't always make the choices we should when it comes to sustaining that happiness.There are a myriad of things you have to deal with when going through a career change. What is most difficult is deciding to make the change, especially when you are good at what you do, and wonder whether you should just stick it out in an unhappy (albeit well-paid) environment instead of taking a risk and starting over doing something you love. And, while we all look for what will make us happy in life, we don't always make the choices we should when it comes to sustaining that happiness. In her book, This Time I Dance!, Tama Kieves shares the inspiring wisdom that led her from being a successful Harvard lawyer to an even more successful writer and life coach.  Tama joins Naturally Savvy host Lisa Davis to discuss how to stay happy and employed doing something you love, and what it takes to stop being a stressed-out worker and make peace with your career... and, most important, with yourself.

 Encore Episode: Simple Tips to Help with the Stress of Our World | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

With so much going on in the world today we need to learn how to navigate. Learn simple tips to help with the stress of living in this wacky world.A shaman is a conduit between the physical world and the spiritual world. Think of it as an tribal life coach. Connecting to the spiritual world is difficult in the world of technology. Here are some tips from Shaman Isabella Stoloff to navigate the modern world with children: Set an example by putting your devices away when spending time with others, including your children. Monitor what your kids post on social media. Be a good role model with your own posts. Teach your kids the responsibility of what they post on social media. Notice how many hours per day your children are playing video games and what games they’re playing. Work on social interactions and interpersonal relations. Have conversations with your kids. It’s also important to learn to listen to intuition. Stop relying on the Internet for every piece of advice and trust your gut. Tune in to your inner thoughts. Listen as Isabella joins Andrea to discuss how to navigate technology, deal with stress, and trust yourself.

 Encore Episode: How to Kick Ass at Any Age | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

As Dr. Joyce Knudsen explains, "kicking ass" is not a violent action, but rather a proactive mindset.Age doesn't mean you have to stop being active or progressing in life's successes. Individuals well into their 70s, 80s and 90s are doing amazing, productive things. Similarly, kids aren't limited by their young age, either. Guest Dr. Joyce Knudsen describes the incredibly athletic feat a nine-year-old from Florida accomplished -- something many adult athletes would find challenging.  As Dr. Joyce explains, "kicking ass" is not a violent action, but rather a proactive mindset.  Listen as Dr. Joyce joins Andrea and Lisa to share her own history of ass-kicking, how to improve self esteem, and how to survive in a competitive social media world.

 Supporting Loved Ones with Addiction | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

How can you support a loved one who is battling addiction?You can’t make someone quit an addiction. How do you know what to do to help? Psychiatrist Dr. Denise McDermott gives two keywords to remember: surrender and serenity. You must realize you are powerless over a loved one’s addiction. However, you can surrender with loving, kind and supportive responses to that loved one. Don’t get sucked in. You can’t stop taking care of yourself to focus on the addict. Don’t judge. Encourage and help as you can without losing yourself. Dr. Denise advises to look at the risk-benefit ratio when deciding to stay or leave the addict. Are your children at risk? Is your beloved willing to change? Listen as Dr. Denise joins host Lisa Davis to share tips on how to support a loved who is facing addiction.

 The Endocannabinoid System | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Learn more about the endocannabinoid system and how natural treatments help it rebalance your wellness.The endocannabinoid system was discovered in 1988. It plays a central role in the organization, orchestration, maintenance and balance of optimal health by providing homeostasis. Dr. Jeffrey Burke explains that the endocannabinoid system responds to cannabis-based products. This system mediates other systems, like the endocrine, digestive and nervous systems. There are two different endocannibanoid systems that are frequently discussed. The CB1 receptor sites are primarily in the central nervous system and respond to THC. The CB2 receptor sites are in the digestive system, peripheral nervous system and immune system. CBD works on the CB2 receptors. Even though the system is named after cannabis, balance can be achieved without cannabis. There are alternative products available for those who don’t live and work in a state where cannabis use is legal. Listen as Dr. Burke joins host Andrea Donsky to discuss how to nourish and satisfy the endocannibanoid receptors with our without cannabis.

 Encore Episode: The 411 on Probiotics | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Probiotics can be confusing. Do they actually work?Probiotics can be confusing. Do they actually work? According to Kiran Krishnan, Chief Scientific Officer at Just Thrive Probiotic and Microbiome Labs, most consumer probiotics aren't doing what you think they should be doing, which leads to "doubters" of their effectiveness -- even if they've been established in the market for 15-20 years. Science has improved since those "established" products took to market.  Krishnan explains that for a probiotic to be truly effective, it must be able to survive the gastric system. Otherwise you're just moving "dead" bacteria through your system.  Bacillus Indicus HU36® is one of the ingredients in Just Thrive's probiotic and has been designed to survive digestive acids. It is currently one of the subjects of a number of clinical trials Krishnan is involved with, including trials on obesity, diabetes, gingivitis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Krishnan also discusses leaky gut, which is a major driver of chronic illness. Essentially, toxins from your intestinal colonies leak through your gut lining into your bloodstream, resulting in chronic, long-term inflammation.  Listen as Krishnan joins host Lisa Davis to provide the 411 on probiotics.

 Give a Sh*t: Do Good. Live Better. Save the Planet. | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Small steps lead to greater environmental change.Sustainability and environmental concerns are impacted by the small choices you make in daily life. Eco-evangelist Ashlee Piper urges for people to take a step beyond recycling. While recycling helps reduce overall waste, examining one’s daily garbage creation will make a bigger difference. Look at how much packaging you throw away in a day. Transitioning to a plant-based diet is good for the health of the planet. If you aren’t ready to eliminate meat completely, reducing your weekly consumption helps. For your fur baby, sustainable pet supplies are great. T-shirt strips braided into ropes make great toys. Consider second-hand supplies. Get smart at the supermarket. Eat ugly produce. Bring your own bags. Shop bulk foods to avoid excessive packaging. Listen as Ashlee joins Lisa Davis to share tips on how to make the world a better, more sustainable place.


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