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For those of you who spend time outdoors, one of the fears we run into is a tick bite. For a long time, this fear was more commonly found on the east coast where ticks are much more present. But with the changes of weather patterns, ticks are becoming more and more common even on the west coast.So why are ticks such a big deal? Aren't they just a tiny little bug that burrows themselves into your skin until they are done feeding?Ticks are a problem because they commonly carry a disease known as Lyme Disease. For a long time, we didn't have very efficient ways of treating Lyme Disease. In fact, the actual diagnosis process for Lyme has been very inaccurate, which means many cases of Lyme have gone on for far too long without proper diagnosis.
In previous podcast episodes, we have talked about ways to help with neuro-degenerative issues by utilizing special diets or functional medicine modalities. These are all great to improve brain function, but there are many other components to the process than just supplemental support and nutrition.Ryan Glatt has been feverishly studying cognitive neuroscience and has been incorporating what he has learned to improve neurofunction based off of different exercise or movement modalities. He has been incorporating the use of different cues for different types of brain function, along with various training types that are more catered to what the individual needs. An example of this would be keeping the overall heart rate exertion of someone with anxiety under 80%. It is these individualized training protocols that are needed to greatly enhance the movement capabilities of the people we work with.
When you think of yoga, what do you think of? Do you think of stretching, or maybe you think of someone deep in the Himalayas who floats while meditating and can withstand the freezing temperatures with just a robe on.What if there was more to yoga than just the above? Could the act of moving and stretching be just a small component of the entirety of a yoga practice?Joining us for this week's episode is Antonella and Jordan of Gravity Lift Yoga. They are a dynamic yoga duo who provide more to their classes than just the "stretch" portion. They are on a mission to build a community within the yoga world, while also teaching all 8 limbs of yoga.
When it comes to working with someone's body, we want to learn about the way their soft tissue is moving and gliding within their body. By watching movement and feeling the tissue under our hands, we are able to understand the complexity of the body, and how to effectively work with it to reduce pain, increase range of motion, and improve optimal movement quality and wellness.There are many forms of massage out there, some are more calming and spa-like, where as others are aimed to help rehab the tissues. When someone is trained in structural integration, they are going to observe how the body moves and how the tissues move before they even lay their hands on you.
Welcome to 2018! Since this time of year everyone starts to set their health goals and everyone is talking about topics related to wellness, we are starting our first episode talking about 2 different health-related topics: Alzheimer's and the Keto diet.Alzheimer's is one of those interesting diseases that scientists have worked hard to study, but have made very little progress with finding treatment options. Most of the time when the diagnosis is made, the family is told that there isn't much hope, and eventually the disease will fully take over their mind.
When it comes to using herbal products to help balance the body from all the stressors and toxins we face on a daily basis, I am a huge fan. It is rare to find an herbal product that doesn't have a bunch of fillers, so when I caught wind of HANAH ONE, they had my attention.Even if you had no idea what every single herb did in this blend, you could easily recognize that there are no ingredients that don't come directly from the earth. This alone makes this type of product unique.
Have you ever suffered from an ankle sprain, and it felt like it was taking forever for it to recover? Most of the time when an ankle sprain occurs, the rehabilitation process doesn't actually address the best ways for recovery. We see a lot of ankles placed in a brace, then people still continue to do the activities they love.The problem with this type of rehab is that the foot and ankle are made to move, and by not properly addressing the ankle sprain, it starts to lose its mobility and stiffens up. I see a lot of people in my clinic who's ankle and foot don't function properly due to an ankle sprain that wasn't treated correctly.
When people come to my clinic to see me for their health issues, one of the questions I ask is what their support structure looks like within their family to support them on their health journey. I then ask if the family is prepared to make any changes necessary to the way they eat in order to better everyone's health, and I include the children.A lot of the time the response I get is "how would I ever get my kids to stop eating the sugar and the processed food? It tastes too good!"This is a very valid question, and one that not many people have a great response to. Children have always seemed to be invincible when it comes to dietary and health decisions, and there hasn't been a need to try and get children to understand what food can do to support, or break down the body.That is until recently.
If you don't understand how hormones can affect your moods, then I recommend having a nice chat with a women to learn more. Women go through an entire cycle of hormonal changes every single month, and most women can tell exactly where they are within their cycle based off of their moods. As a women gets closer to menopause, then these hormonal shifts can make some rapid changes to mood, and more.There seems to be a negative connotations built around women's hormones. When a women is angry, we assume she must be "PMS'ing"; when a women is crying a lot, then she is being "really hormonal". This doesn't open up a very safe space for anyone to talk about what is really going on, and how to lessen the impact that these hormonal changes have on a woman.
When using various products, we always look at the multi-functional approach to how we can utilize the product. If it only serves one purpose, we tend to avoid that at all costs since to us it is wasted space. We have many resources on our site to use these products with, so if you purchase any of them, you have some ideas on how to fully use it to the best of its ability (for example, Instant Pot Recipes). We also believe in getting products for good deals, so if you find something isn't actually on sale for Cyber Monday, then don't get it! Almost all of these items will be on sale at some point in the near future.
As I drive around the city, I started to notice that weight loss centers seem to be popping up every couple of blocks. I also noticed that in my Facebook feed, more and more people are trying to sell "weight loss" products that are supposed to be the magical cure to losing weight. There is a common theme within all of these businesses- everyone is trying to lose weight, which means there is a lot of money opportunities within that industry.
In our last podcast episode, Dr. Al Danenberg talked a lot about how he has integrated an Ancestral Diet into the way he practices Periodontics. He has noticed a huge increase in health changes in his own life by changing his diet, and recognizes the importance of that in overall health and oral health. With that episode, we received a lot of questions on how to actually start an ancestral diet, and what that diet looks like compared to other diets that are out there.
When it comes to functional medicine and nutrition, we typically think of common ailments like digestive issues, hormone issues, or blood sugar issues. Not very often do we think about how our oral health can also be connected into the giant spiderweb of "health". This is exactly why we brought on today's guest because he has incorporated ancestral and primal principles into his oral health practice.Dr. Al Danenberg has been a periodontist for over 4 decades. At some point within his career, he started to notice that there is a correlation between oral health and the state of health with the rest of the body. By utilizing principles he learned from the ancestral community, he has been able to effectively treat gum disease from a variety of different angles. You can learn about some of the best home practices you can do for your mouth in this episode of Oral Health from a Primal Perspective with Dr. Al Danenberg!
Lately, the term plant based diets has been thrown around quite a bit across various media channels. For the most part, a plant based diet is basically a vegan or vegetarian diet, it is just a new term that is being used as a marketing tool to catch people's attention.A lot of information that is being told about plant based diets is based off of very poor science, or shown in a very particular way to make the data look better than it really is. One of the main culprits of this information is the documentary What The Health, which has been thoroughly debunked by Robb Wolf (his post can be found here) and many others.
If you go to see your doctor, you will most likely hear them say that you should be taking a calcium supplement, or your fish oil, or avoid salt, but is this advice true for all people? When it comes to minerals, there is so much more information that goes into a protocol than just taking one pill to supplement all minerals. The amount of individual minerals is important, but also the ratio of various minerals to each other is just as important!Minerals need specific co-factors in order to be balanced properly, which can make mineral balancing a bit of work to find the proper protocol. Minerals can determine the functionality of many systems in the body, such as your thyroid or even your adrenal glands. All this can be learned in this episode of Mineral Balancing with Lydia Joy!

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