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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 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.

 Energy Never Lies: Frequency of Emotions | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Learn more about the concept behind "frequency of emotion" and how it may be helpful in your own life.Dr. Kimberly McGeorge, ND, CNH, has over 24 years of clinical experience in both the alternative health and energy healing field. She combines “science with possibility” and has been experimenting with frequencies in products and with her clients for the last decade and a half. After consulting with an esteemed neurosurgeon, Dr. Kimberly realized that the frequencies she had been using could be applied to all areas of her clients' lives. Listen in as Dr. Kimberly joins host Andrea Donsky to explain the concept behind "frequency of emotion" and how it may be helpful in your own life.

 Women's Feminine Hygiene: Toxic-Free Options | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

A lifetime environmentalist, Susie Hewson changed the feminine hygiene category forever thanks to her impassioned protest against the effects of toxins in conventional products.Susie Hewson is the founder, owner and developer of the global brand leader of organic and natural feminine hygiene, Natracare. A lifetime environmentalist, Susie changed the feminine hygiene category forever thanks to her impassioned protest against the effects of dioxins in the manufacture of paper pulp products such as tampons and sanitary pads. The immense environmental task that Susie undertook in the 80s, resulted in a full product range including the world’s first certified organic cotton tampons and totally chlorine-free sanitary pads and panty liners, which are genuinely created from sound environmental principles. Susie joins host Andrea Donsky to explain the history behind her work in this industry. 

 Secrets of Traditional Chinese Medicine | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Learn how Energy-Based Traditional Chinese Medicine fused with cutting edge cellular-based technology can safely and effectively treat fatigue, weight gain, low sex drive, and prevent diseases later.The American Medical System is based on prevention of death rather than prevention of disease, and this is causing an alarming number of chronic diseases that are shortening our lifespan, despite spending more on healthcare than any other country in the world. An Integrative Physician with over 15 years of experience, Dr. Mylaine Riobé has developed a ground-breaking fusion technique to treat the root causes of diseases and symptoms to provide a dynamic approach to healthcare that is effective, safe, and prevents diseases.  She joins hosts Andrea Donsky and Lisa Davis to discuss the following: You have an 80% chance of having at least two diseases by the time you retire. Learn what you can do to prevent becoming a statistic. Your child has a 50% chance of having a disease before age 18. Energy-Based Traditional Chinese Medicine fused with cutting edge cellular-based technology can safely and effectively treat fatigue, weight gain, low sex drive, and prevent diseases later. Common myths about hormones, vitamins, and pharmaceutical drugs so you can make informed decisions about your care. The secrets to treating the impact of chronic stress that can change (or save) your life.

 Latest Trends in Natural Skin Care | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

What are some of the newest, most promising ingredients coming to light in the natural skin care arena?If you are concerned about the harsh, potentially toxic ingredients in mainstream beauty products, you might turn to more natural options. Which products really work and why? What are some of the newest, most promising ingredients coming to light? Listen in as David Pollock, an expert in the cosmetics industry, joins hosts Andrea Donsky and Lisa Davis to discuss the latest trends in natural skin care, including the red palm fruit and products containing probiotics.

 Magic of Collagen Supplementation | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

The body’s natural collagen production declines with age and many modern lifestyle factors can also decrease the body’s ability to make it. This is why supplementation is so necessary.Collagen is a long-chain amino acid and the most abundant protein in the body. It is composed of the individual amino acids Glycine, Proline, Hydroxyproline and Arginine and in nature is found exclusively in animal tissue, especially bones and connective tissue. It is what is responsible for giving skin elasticity, hair its strength, and connective tissue its ability to hold everything in place. In fact, the collagen protein makes up 30% of the total protein in the body, and 70% of the protein in the skin. The body’s natural collagen production declines with age and many modern lifestyle factors (like stress, poor diet, gut health imbalances, etc.) can also decrease the body’s ability to make it. This is why supplementation is so necessary. Listen as Tim Mount, National Educator for NeoCell, a premium anti-aging company that focuses high quality supplement formulas for skin care, joint and bone health, shares why you should be adding collagen supplements to your daily regimen.

 3-Step Plan for Cleaner Living | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

The human body was originally designed for abundant health and energy. But, we've since strayed from that path. How can you get back on track?The human body was originally designed for abundant health and energy. But, we’ve since strayed from that path through our sedentary lifestyles, poor diets and emotional imbalance... which in turn has left us overworked, worn out and spiritually depleted. Dr. Mark Shannan believes there’s an easy way to get us back on track. We just need to do what comes naturally to us; that is, return to "The Original Design" (the basis for the title of his new book, The Original Design for Health).  The book provides a practical yet easy step-by-step guide to restoring and maintaining the human body, mind and spirit. A practicing chiropractor for more than 20 years, Dr. Shannan fuses scientific evidence with relatable storytelling to create a powerful, common sense case for cleaner, purer -- and ultimately healthier -- living. Listen as Dr. Shannan joins host Andrea Donsky to explain why it's so important to get back to this way of living.

 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.

 Connect to Your Innate Wisdom & Create an Abundant Life | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Learn how to connect with your innate wisdom and transform your life into an expression of your authentic heart-centered purpose.If you feel stuck in a career or place in your life, it can seem impossible to escape and achieve the life you want. You don’t need to sacrifice your passion, joy, values, or integrity to have an abundant life. Doing what you love is actually instrumental in creating true success. In her book Love Incorporated, Jennifer Noel Taylor reveals four powerful insights into successfully pursuing your true calling in life. Jennifer joins host Lisa Davis to help you learn how to connect with your innate wisdom and transform your life into an expression of your authentic heart-centered purpose. She also discusses what energy medicine is and her work in that field. 

 Encore Episode - Orthorexia: When Healthy Becomes Harmful | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Orthorexia is a new term to describe the obsession with maintaining a healthy diet.When you've made the decision to get healthy, it's easy to get wrapped up in all your new habits. But, most people learn to back off and create balance. Certainly there's no such thing as being too healthy, right? Wrong. Orthorexia is a new term to describe the obsession with maintaining a healthy diet. While it hasn't been clinically diagnosed yet as an eating disorder, it has the markers of one.  Those who struggle with orthorexia are determined to eat clean. The initial goal may have started out to eat healthy and natural, but the obsession can lead to unhealthy behavior.  For example, these individuals become fearful of eating anything they don't prepare themselves. They may cut out complete food groups or eat the same thing every day. Concern develops around the connection of certain foods and negative health effects. "I ate grains and I'm tired, so it must be the grains making me tired." This is a way to validate cutting out foods. Feelings of shame and self-loathing bubble to the surface if they "mess up." Sufferers of orthorexia also want others to eat clean. This can create rifts in families and relationships. Even if someone with orthorexia doesn't intend it or is not conscious of it, she may give off a sense of superiority and appear judgmental of others' choices.  Marci Warhaft-Nadler, body image advocate and eating disorder survivor, joins hosts Andrea and Lisa to explain what orthorexia is and what steps you can take if you or a loved one is suffering from this disorder or any other disorder. She is also the founder of the Fit vs. Fiction body image workshops for schools. In the workshops, Marci uses images and real-life stories to break down the dangerous myths related to beauty and fitness in an image obsessed world.  "An eating disorder is a horrible thing to live with; it does not mean you're a horrible person for battling it," says Marci.

 What Is Medical Intuition? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Medical Intuition involves powerful scanning techniques and visualization skills to identify the root causes of imbalances, illness and disease.Medical Intuition is a revolutionary new modality for fast intuitive health assessments and is a growing area of expertise for healthcare providers. Powerful scanning techniques and visualization skills identify the root causes of imbalances, illness and disease. This approach offers a unique perspective in mind/body medicine, as stand-alone techniques or as a support to any Integrative, Functional, Complementary and Alternative, and Holistic health care practice. Wendie Colter, Certified Master Healer, Medical Intuitive, Clairvoyant Practitioner, Teacher, Minister and Transformational Coach, joins hosts Andrea and Lisa to explain what Medical Intuition involves, as well as the training programs she offers through her company, The Practical Path.

 6 Tips for Healing Trauma with Spontaneous Writing | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

There is growing evidence that translating stressful events into written language improves both brain and immune system functions.Through spontaneous writing with “loaded words” and person-to-person sharing, three women embarked on a transformative journey in which secretive and painful images and interpretations were exposed to the light, were accepted, and became less painful. Liz Crocker and coauthors Polly Bennell and Holly Book curated a collection of their writings and created an invitation to others suffering in their book, Transforming Memories: Sharing Spontaneous Writing Using Loaded Words. Whatever your past burdens, you can use the technique of spontaneous writing to address your own memories. Transforming Memories is not just for children of alcoholics, but for anyone who has experienced challenges or trauma in their lives. Alcohol abuse in a family is not the only experience that sets up feelings of abandonment, fear, emptiness, or constant guardedness. The healing effects of spontaneous writing are not trivial. In addition to offering emotional relief and a sense of burdens being lifted, there is growing evidence that translating stressful events into written language improves both brain and immune system functions. Liz joins hosts Andrea and Lisa to discuss the book, as well as share six tips to heal trauma through spontaneous writing. Sit down and write. Overcome your need to be perfect. Write about events you associate with stress or trauma. Write continuously for a short period of time. Use loaded words and phrases as writing prompts. Establish a ritual around writing.

 Living with Anxiety | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

"Fear ambushes me." Those words, written by Andrea Petersen in her book, On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety, resonate with many individuals."Fear ambushes me." Those words, written by Andrea Petersen in her book, On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety, resonate with many individuals. Andrea was a sophomore in college when she had her first noticeable encounter with anxiety. One moment she felt fine. The next, her heart rate spiked, she was short of breath and broke into a sweat, and was experiencing visual changes. She had an overwhelming terror that she was about to die. At the time, had no idea what she'd experienced was a panic attack. For the next month or so, she experienced those intense physical sensations and dread. Unfortunately, Andrea was not diagnosed correctly for a full year.  That was in 1990. There is more awareness now among the medical and general communities as to what anxiety entails. But, anxiety also manifests in physical symptoms that can mirror other conditions and confuse a definitive diagnosis. So many different factors can contribute to anxiety, including: Childhood trauma or illness (e.g., asthma or bronchitis) Adult trauma Certain kinds of parenting Genetics High-reactive temperament In the throes of anxiety, individuals may come off as selfish, because they're so consumed with their own worry and fear that they have no time or energy for anyone else. Andrea describes it as being in an isolation chamber, separated from those you love. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one way to address symptoms. With CBT, you systematically and gradually expose yourself to the very things you're scared of in order to prove to yourself that the terrible things you believe will happen won't. Varieties of medication can also be helpful in the appropriate situations. Some medications work immediately to address panic attacks.  Natural techniques including yoga, mindfulness meditation, massage, or anything that grounds you in the present moment can help prevent relapse of attacks. One of the activities Andrea finds comfort and ease in is baking. Quality sleep is imperative for reducing both frequency and duration of anxiety spells. Listen as Andrea shares her own personal journey with anxiety, as well as options for managing symptoms in daily life.

 Body Image & Your Mental Health | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

The Twitter hashtag #theysaid recently went viral with the premise of women sharing hurtful and damaging statements said to them over the years.#theysaid This Twitter hashtag recently went viral with the premise of women sharing hurtful and damaging statements said to them over the years. "You'd be pretty if you lost weight." "No one likes fat girls." "I've seen you put away more pasta than an NFL linebacker." "I didn't know they made bras that small." "You should eat a sandwich." Some individuals can easily shake off such comments, but others can be impacted in a life-long damaging way. Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is often a devastating result. According to the Mayo Clinic, some symptoms of BDD include:  Being extremely preoccupied with a perceived flaw in appearance that to others can't be seen or appears minor. Strong belief that you have a defect in your appearance that makes you ugly or deformed. Belief that others take special notice of your appearance in a negative way or mock you. Engaging in behaviors aimed at fixing or hiding the perceived flaw that are difficult to resist or control, such as frequently checking the mirror, grooming or skin picking. Attempting to hide perceived flaws with styling, makeup or clothes. Constantly comparing your appearance with others. Always seeking reassurance about your appearance from others. Having perfectionist tendencies. Seeking frequent cosmetic procedures with little satisfaction. Avoiding social situations. Being so preoccupied with appearance that it causes major distress or problems in your social life, work, school or other areas of functioning. The disorder can even be as severe as entertaining suicidal thoughts. Joyce Knudsen, PhD, joins host Lisa Davis to explain what body dysmorphic disorder is, as well as ways to address the disorder and other body image struggles. 

 The Infinite View: Guidebook for Life on Earth | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Learn practical advice for approaching life in a more balanced, spiritually informed manner.Ellen Tadd believes that instead of relying on intellect or instinct, individuals should learn to perceive their circumstances through an objective lens, what she refers to as your “third eye.” Drawing on the counsel from her spiritual guides, Ellen provides practical advice for those seeking to approach life in a more balanced, spiritually informed manner. Listen in as Ellen joins host Andrea Donskey to share the following: Developing the skills of deep focus and deep listening. Tuning into others in order to understand their perspectives and needs. Integrating spiritual practice with chores and other daily tasks. Sustaining genuine positivity in order to protect ourselves from negative surroundings. Nurturing an attitude of “newness” in order to clear away our distorted perceptions.

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