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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 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.

 The Power of Simplicity | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Ambition is a valuable personal quality to have, but oftentimes individuals get too wrapped up in doing more, more, more.Ambition is a valuable personal quality to have, but oftentimes individuals get too wrapped up in doing more, more, more. That was Courtney Carver's reality... until she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The stress of constantly being busy fueled her symptoms even more.  It became clear that she needed to root out the physical and psychological clutter that were the source of her debt and discontent. In her book, Soulful Simplicity: How Living with Less Can Lead to So Much More, Courtney provides tips on how to "pursue practical minimalism so we can create more with less—more space, more time, and even more love." She invites us to look at the big picture, discover what’s most important to us, and reclaim lightness and ease by getting rid of all the excess things. Listen as Courtney shares her personal journey to simplicity and how you can get on that path as well.

 Taking Your Natural Product to the Marketplace | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Some people are just born entrepreneurs. Others need a little help. If you have something you'd like to take to market, there are a few educational pieces that can help you out.Some people are just born entrepreneurs.  Others need a little help.  If you have something you'd like to take to market, there are a few educational pieces that can help you out. Michael Farca has become a "serial entrepreneur" in three different industries. He offers this advice: The hustle is on every day. You're often working non-traditional hours; the demands of the job exceed 9-5. Income is not guaranteed. You have to become your own human resources department, accounting department, and operations department. Remember, time is money. Despite the challenges, Michael believes owning your own company is incredibly personally rewarding. As he says, "There's no equity like sweat equity." The hard work pays off. He also offers this critical tip: Get yourself a mentor -- someone who has expertise in the industry you're trying to break into. Listen as Michael joins host Lisa Davis to share his expertise in bringing a product or service to market.

 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.

 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.

 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. 

 Real Mom Talk with "Hot Mess to Mindful Mom" Ali Katz | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

With a frenzied family schedule, it can be difficult to really turn your focus to your kids' activities, development and growth. "Hot Mess to Mindful Mom" Ali Katz offers tips to work through the chaos.With a frenzied family schedule, it can be difficult to really turn your focus to your kids' activities, development and growth. "Hot Mess to Mindful Mom" Ali Katz joins hosts Lisa and Andrea to offer tips to work through the chaos.  Prepare in advance. Let "Sunday set you up." Prepare meals in advance, tidy up the house, etc. Make to-do lists and coordinate daily tasks with your master calendar.  Schedule a few minutes to do some deep breathing or recite affirmations in order to center yourself.  Make eye contact whenever possible when asking for tasks and actions to be done, in order to avoid eventual yelling and screaming. Take some time to think before you dole out consequences, much like your own "time out." This will prevent you from assigning ones that are unrealistic.  Plus much more... Listen in for more insight and tips from Ali, as well as how she navigated her journey to mindful expertise.

 Natural Sunscreens, Essential Oils & More | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

You might say, "It's winter -- I don't need sunscreen!" You'd be wrong.You might say, "It's winter -- I don't need sunscreen!" Actually, it's advised to put sunscreen on every day you spend time outside, whether it's sunny and warm or not. What is the best and safest type of sunscreen to use? “Natural sunscreens have always been the better choice, but now we know it is even more important to avoid chemical sunscreens in light of recent research indicating that Oxybenzone, a harmful chemical used in many conventional sunscreens, is absorbed directly into the bloodstream," explains Goddess Garden Organics CEO Nova Covington. "Oxybenzone has been associated with an increased risk of hormone disruption and closely tied to endometriosis and fertility problems in both adults and children.” Listen in as Nova explains the dangers of conventional sunscreens, as well as safer options. The Roots of Goddess Garden Organics Goddess Garden Organics was founded by husband and wife team Nova Covington and Paul Halter after their daughter had a serious reaction to conventional skin care products. Nova, with an herbalist background and Paul with a nutrition science degree were inspired to develop safe skincare solutions using the pure minerals of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as the active ingredients for sun protection.

 Encore Episode - Naturally Heal Anxiety & Other Health Concerns | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Emotions affect your health in so many ways, weakening various parts of your body and manifesting as physical symptoms.A little anxiety is a good thing. It's your body's natural response to certain situations. Too much anxiety can be debilitating.  Emotions affect your health in so many ways, weakening various parts of your body and manifesting as physical symptoms such as stomachaches, headaches, fatigue, shortness of breath, etc. There is also the theory of the gut-brain connection, where your microbiome might be the root cause of your anxiety issues. Carolyn Harrington joins host Lisa Davis to share some simple ways to reduce your anxiety symptoms, including a specific breathing exercise as well as the practice of Tapping.  Connect with Carolyn at her website, www.carolynharrington.com and read a blog post her daughter wrote on anxiety.

 The Diabetes-Alzheimer's Link | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Dr. Teitelbuam discusses the link between diabetes, nutrition and an Alzheimer's diagnosis.Is a type-2 diagnosis optional? According to guest Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, there are dietary shifts you can make to either reverse type-2 diabetes (also known as "adult onset diabetes) -- both in food choices and nutritional supplements.  Dr. Teitelbuam also discusses the link between diabetes, nutrition and an Alzheimer's diagnosis and specific nutritional supplements that may help stave off loss of brain function.

 Power of Intuition | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Pia’s instinctive decision upon her newborn daughter's cancer diagnosis, now known as “watchful waiting,” has become another viable medical option in many cases.When her newborn daughter Charlotte was diagnosed with a rare and deadly leukemia, Pia and her husband Robbert made a momentous decision: they rejected potentially devastating chemotherapy and instead chose to “wait for what will come.” As the following year unfolded, Pia entered a disorienting world of doctors, medical procedures, and a colorful cast of neighbors and protectors in her native Amsterdam. Her seventeenth-century canal house became her inner sanctum, a private “cocoon” where she swept away distractions in order to give Charlotte the unfiltered love and strength she needed. Pia’s instinctive decision, now known as “watchful waiting,” has become another viable medical option in many cases like Charlotte’s. Listen as Pia joins hosts Andrea and Lisa to share why she chose to follow her intuition and the amazing result that occurred. She also speaks about how you can learn to recognize and follow your intuition.

 Foods to Enhance Sexual Health | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Problems like erectile dysfunction, fatigue, stress, boredom, depression, disconnection, or a partner’s low libido turn sex into an ordeal, not a pleasure.Problems like erectile dysfunction, fatigue, stress, boredom, depression, disconnection, or a partner’s low libido turn sex into an ordeal, not a pleasure. As a result, these couples wind up frustrated and unfulfilled. Millions of them have sex only once or twice a month, while millions more don’t engage in sex at all. In her new book, Clean Eating, Dirty Sex: Sensual Superfoods and Aphrodisiac Practices for Ultimate Sexual Health and Connection, host Lisa Davis -- with the help of dozens of the world’s biggest names in health and sexuality -- explains the art and science of why we’re the most sexually aware society in history, yet somehow the most sexually dissatisfied. Lisa is joined by Erin MacDonald, RDN, to share information on foods to enhance sexual health for men and women, what key nutrients are important, and recipes that incorporate sex-enhancing foods along with preparation instructions to preserve key nutrients for sexual health.

 Vital Role Magnesium Plays in Overall Health | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Magnesium is an essential nutrient, indispensable to your health and well-being.Magnesium is an essential nutrient, indispensable to your health and well-being. By adding this mineral to your diet, you are guarding against -- and helping to alleviate -- such threats as heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, diabetes, depression, arthritis, and asthma. But, despite magnesium’s numerous benefits, many Americans remain dangerously deficient. Listen as Dr. Carolyn Dean joins host Lisa Davis to share information from her newly updated and revised book, The Magnesium Miracle: Discover the Missing Link to Total Health.

 Encore Episode - Super Moms Everywhere: Quit Fooling Yourselves! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Striving for the "super mom" status can be a losing battle.Balancing life as a mom can be a challenge at times, especially if your kids are involved in multiple activities, your partner works long hours, or your child has special needs. Putting too much pressure on yourself can be mentally, emotionally and physically damaging. Striving for the "super mom" status can be a losing battle.  Listen in as Nealy Fischer, "The Flexible Chef," joins host Lisa Davis to discuss the idea of a super mom and why trying to achieve that title can have you spinning your wheels.

 Discover the Healing Power of Bliss | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Transform your relationship with habits, lifestyle, health, and disease using Dr. Kavitha Chinnaiyan’s remarkable approach to health.Transform your relationship with habits, lifestyle, health, and disease using Dr. Kavitha Chinnaiyan’s remarkable approach to health. Her new book, The Heart of Wellness, shows you how to optimize the workings of the body and mind so that the bliss of your true nature can be revealed. Presented in two parts, this book begins by exploring the nature of disease: the causative and risk factors, the role of diet, exercise, and medication, and how Eastern and Western medical practices can come together. A holistic practice is then outlined, based on the author’s successful "Heal Your Heart, Free Your Soul" program, that will guide you toward good health and better living. Listen in as Dr. Chinnaiyan joins host Lisa Davis to share more about the program.

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