The Lucas Rockwood Show (Health)

Premature
Sarah Digregorio
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Once a month I have to tell a pregnant yoga student that she cannot practice in our studio, cannot hang upside down in the Yoga Trapeze, or practice long-hold, passive stretches in our Gravity Yoga classes.

Why? We teach strong, athletic classes with inversions and deep stretches. It’s not safe. I’ve been accused of trying to tell women what to do with their bodies (and worse!), but the truth is, I just want to keep students safe, including the unborn ones.

On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet a journalist whose premature birth served as the impetus for the research and writing of an entire book on the history of premature birth that includes oven-incubated babies and circus sideshow preemies.

Listen & Learn:

  • How incubators for preemies were first introduced in 1880
  • How stress, age, pollution, and other unknown factors are potential contributors
  • Why 50% of the time, the cause of premature birth is unknown
  • How to think about this problem holistically

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ABOUT OUR GUEST
Sarah is a freelance journalist who has written for various publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Village Voice, Food & Wine, BuzzFeed, Parade, and Saveur. Her work has been included in the Best American Food Writing yearly anthologies three times. Her new book is called, EARLY: A History of Premature Birth and What is Tells us About Being Human. 



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  • What is your dosha

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Category:Health -- posted at: 11:48am CEST

The New Science of Self Actualization
with Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman
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When I feel frustrated with my place in the world, it’s often because I feel I’m not living up to my full potential. I have more to offer, more to give - and yet I’m not making it happen. Maslow defined this desire to become our best self as the need to self-actualize.

But how do we do this? 

Achievement triggers the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine. Our brain lights up with happy chemicals as we become our best selves, and the opposite is true when we play small. 

On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet a psychologist whose work focuses on creativity, talent, self-achievement, and actualization. 

 

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  • How people with obvious challenges and even disadvantages can often out-perform their gifted colleagues 
  • Why standardized tests often fail to predict actual potential
  • How to look past intelligence and talent and focus on you vs. you
  • Why you have to transcend yourself to self actualize

 

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

Scott Barry Kaufman is a humanistic psychologist, author, podcaster, and popular science writer.  

His work focuses on intelligence, creativity, and human potential.  He’s the author of a number of books, including his most-recent: Transcend: The New Science of Self Actualization. 

 

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  • Recipes During Quarantine

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Category:Health -- posted at: 11:58am CEST

You’re stuck at home, your economic future is uncertain, and it’s difficult to plan more than one day at a time. To make things even more challenging, the people and activities that bring you the most joy might be unavailable.

What do you do? How do you manage your emotional health during times of such unrest? 

On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet a psychologist whose entire career has been focused on the management and treatment of anxiety. 

Listen & Learn: 

  • How to differentiate between danger and discomfort
  • The power of acceptance 
  • Navigating fear, loss, and change 
  • Understanding the emotions around your fears

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

Doctor Carbonell is a Clinical Psychologist who specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders as a therapist, author, and teacher. He founded the Anxiety Treatment Center in Chicago in 1990, one of the first psychological practices in the United States devoted exclusively to the treatment of clients who sought help with anxiety disorders, and continues to offer treatment today.


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  • Supplements for COVID-19

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Category:Health -- posted at: 1:40pm CEST

I once had a yoga student with a prosthetic leg. I didn’t realize until I attempted to push her heel to the floor in Downward Dog. I assumed that she wanted to simply blend into class and that’s why she hadn’t told me (or anyone at reception) before joining class.

I was right. She just wanted to practice, and she did great.

I’ve since had students with birth defects, different length legs, missing limbs, traumatic brain injuries, and scoliosis among other things. Historically, yoga studios are not known for their diversity - but that’s changing fast. Bigger bodied, older, and more diverse students are gaining interest in yoga each year.

On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet a teacher who focuses specifically on addressing the needs of a more diverse (in every way) yoga community. 

Listen & Learn: 

  • Why practice (not posing) is the key
  • How to navigate the challenges of a mixed level, mixed ability class
  • Yoga teacher vs. therapist - what’s the difference? 
  • The future of yoga for all body types 

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ABOUT OUR GUEST
Jivana Heyman is the founder and director of Accessible Yoga. He’s the co-owner of the Santa Barbara Yoga Center. His passion is making Yoga accessible to everyone. He has led over 40 Yoga teacher training programs and created the Accessible Yoga Training program in 2007. Jivana taught Accessible Yoga at the United Nations in Geneva for their International Day of Persons with Disabilities in 2015.  

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  • Garlic for Coronavirus

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Category:Health -- posted at: 3:22pm CEST

Two mice are genetically identical, but one ends up obese and yellow and the other ends up mousy brown and healthy as expected. What’s the difference? The mutated mouse’s mother was undernourished during pregnancy, and different genes switched on. Genetics load the gun, epigenetics pull the trigger.

Most of us have the potential for exceptional health, but some of us enter the world with serious health disadvantages that make it much more difficult to survive and thrive. Your parents’ nutrition and even your grandparents’ diet might be influencing your genetic expression right now, today. Scary stuff, but potentially empowering too.

Listen in on this week’s podcast to learn: 

  • How low birth weight (<5.5 lbs) is correlated with dozens of health challenges 
  • How simple nutrients like folate during pregnancy can massively impact the health of a person for their entire life 
  • What epidemiological studies tell us about the real risk of generational poverty and health 
  • Why the first 1,000 days of life are so important  
  • How your parents’ and grandparents' diets might be impacting you today 

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  • Curry as a Spice

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Judith Finlayson has written books ranging from personal well-being and women’s history to food and nutrition. A former national newspaper columnist for the Globe and Mail, she is the author of over a dozen cookbooks. Judith lives in Toronto, Canada. 

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Category:Health -- posted at: 12:10pm CEST

I started moonlighting as a yoga teacher and nutritional coach in my 20s while I still kept my day job. I didn’t know if I could turn my passion into a career, so I dipped my toe into the water to see how it felt. I’m not going to lie, it was hard. It’s still hard, but I figured it out. I know many of my podcast listeners are yoga teachers, trainers, health coaches, and entrepreneurs; and many of you are in the early days of trying to figure out how to make things work business-wise. If that’s you, this week’s show is for you. 

Meet Dr. John Beradi, the super-fit brain behind one of the largest nutritional coach training schools in the world, and a true voice of wisdom in a market that is in dire need. 

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  • How combining your old skills with your new passion is where real success is hiding
  • How to analyze and think creatively about new opportunities
  • How to figure out what your clients really want 
  • How to determine what it is that you have to offer 
  • How to turn your passion into a body of work you’re proud of 

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About Our Guest
John Berardi, entrepreneur, is known as the co-founder of Precision Nutrition, the world's largest nutrition coaching, education, and software company.

He's also the founder of Change Maker Academy, devoted to helping would-be changemakers turn their passion for health and fitness into a powerful purpose and a wildly successful career.

Berardi has advised major corporations and professional sports teams. He was named one of the 20 smartest coaches in the world and 100 most influential people in health and fitness. Berardi lives in Ontario, Canada, with his wife and four children.

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  • Crowding Out Bad Foods

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Category:Health -- posted at: 11:42am CEST

Loneliness, living alone and poor social connections are as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. It’s worse for you than obesity. And you’re much more likely to suffer from dementia, heart disease, and depression if you’re isolated and alone(1). The importance of social connections and touch has been proven in both human and animal models, but the solution is much less obvious.

How do combat the loneliness epidemic? My guest on this week’s show has some excellent ideas.

Listen & Learn: 

  • How loneliness is one of the biggest risk factors for all-cause mortality
  • The difference between feeling alone and feeling isolated
  • How positive social connection is more important than just social connection
  • Why education and volunteering can be simple ways to find connection  
  • How our digital age is making loneliness the norm 

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About Our Guest:
Dr. Kelli Harding is a board-certified psychiatrist focused on emotional wellbeing and the interplay between mental and physical health. She’s the author of THE RABBIT EFFECT: Live Longer, Happier, and Healthier with the Groundbreaking Science of Kindness.   

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Meat-Only Diet

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Category:Health -- posted at: 10:00pm CEST

You could still smoke indoors when I moved to Spain in 2009. Thankfully, it was banned in 2010 as part of an on-going anti-tobacco campaign that has since failed miserably. Fifteen years ago, 32% of people smoked. Today, 34% smoke. Somehow, the US has managed to get smoking rates down to 14%, and yet, even with a nationwide campaign, consumption here goes up. Why? 

My guest on this week’s podcast has spent much of her career studying and dissecting human habit formation and change. The reasons why you do what you do are not obvious and not even conscious, so changing them requires a deeper understanding of self. 

Listen & Learn:   

  • How the US anti-smoking campaign was so successful
  • Why the “5 a Day” healthy eating campaign flopped
  • The small role that motivation plans in your habits
  • What mechanisms are at play when habits are formed 
  • The roles of friction, cues, and beliefs in habit formation 

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About Our Guest:
Wendy Wood is a psychologist and the Provost Professor of Psychology and Business at USC where she has been a faculty member since 2009. Her primary research contributions are in habits and behavior change, along with the psychology of gender. She is the author of a new book Good Habits, Bad Habits.

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  • Meal Timing

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Category:Health -- posted at: 2:56pm CEST

I’ve set a personal goal to live to be 122, and I specifically chose this number because it seems like a stretch but also totally within the realm of reasonable given my age and the advances in science. My children, I’m almost certain, will easily surpass my age simply because they have even more time for science to make it possible. So if 80 is the new 50, what does that mean for our hair, teeth, and liver? What choices should we make now to extend not just our lifespan but our healthspan too?

My guest on this week’s show is a thought leader on longevity, and he’ll share his latest research from Harvard. 

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  • How metformin, resveratrol, and NAD might be the ultimate pill stack for longevity we know of
  • Why it’s important to get hungry
  • Why you need to exercise to the point of breathlessness
  • How 20% of your health is genetic, the other 80% is up for grabs
  • How your choices today play out in your healthspan in the future

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About Our Guest
David A. Sinclair, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and co-director of the Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biological Mechanisms of Aging. He is best known for his work on understanding why we age and how to slow its effects. He’s the author of a new book, Lifespan, found on Amazon or at his site.

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Category:Health -- posted at: 10:58am CEST

Hormonal birth control has been directly correlated with weight gain, mental health problems, and decreased libido—not exactly an ideal mix when it comes to sexuality. But what are you supposed to do? What is the alternative? With anything health and wellness, all decisions are personal, but unfortunately, most decisions are uninformed. 

Our guest on this week’s show will shed some light on the real concerns so you can make the decision that is right for you.

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  • How the pill can make you attracted to less masculine men
  • How birth control can lead to anxiety and depression
  • Why non-oral hormones carry a higher risk for mental health problems
  • How old school methods are worth considering in some cases 
  • How a pill can have cascading effects throughout your mind and body 

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About Our Guest
Sarah E. Hill, Ph.D. is a research psychologist and professor who studies health, relationships, and social behavior. Her research lab is located in the Department of Psychology at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas. She is also a writer, speaker, and author. Her book, This is Your Brain on Birth Control, is available on Amazon or on her website.

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Category:Health -- posted at: 10:29am CEST

I wanted to run a marathon this year. The truth is, I hardly ever run, but like any good mid-life crisis man, I wanted to tackle that goal to prove to myself I still could do hard things. Sounds great, right? Fun and challenging? Here’s the problem—I didn’t do it. I don’t even think I wanted to do it.

If I had been smarter, I would have set a tiny goal, like running 5 km per week for a year for example. Then I could “win” the goal, and if the marathon happened, it’d be gravy. Instead, here I am approaching the end of the year. I’ve actually logged at least 10 km/week all year long, but I don’t feel like it matters. But it does matter. My goal was just poorly crafted. 

In this “dream big” and “hustle hard” era, it can be difficult to dial it back and make tiny goals and tiny habits, but I’m convinced it’s where most of the change is actually possible. On this week’s show, Dr. BJ Fogg shares his behavior change research from his upcoming book. 

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  • How you need an epiphany, an environment change, or a collection of tiny habits to make lasting change
  • Why stacking small successes is often much wiser than chasing huge moonshots
  • Why feeling good is the best way to change
  • How things that make you feel guilt and shame are unlikely to motivate you long-term 

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Nutritional Tip: Food Allergies

About Our Guest

Dr. BJ Fogg founded the Behavior Design Lab at Stanford University, where he directs research and innovation. He teaches industry innovators how to use his models in Behavior Design. The purpose of his research and teaching is to help people improve their lives. BJ is the author of Persuasive Technology, and Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything is coming out in a couple months.

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Category:Health -- posted at: 11:03am CEST

You close your blackout curtains, flip your phone to airplane mode, and crawl into bed with all the best intentions to get 7.5 hours of sleep—and then your monkey mind starts peeling bananas.

Work deadlines stream through your mind, the next episode of your current favorite series beckons, and for no good reason, you’re dying to see what your friends are posting on Instagram. Thirty minutes pass, and more of the same. You’re now worried you’ll have raccoon eyes at the office meeting in the morning, but that thought just makes things worse. You finally fall asleep at 2:00 am and manage just four hours of sleep. Sound familiar?

Many people overcome this by drinking half a bottle of red wine, puffing on a CBD vape pen, or popping an Ambien—but these are all Band-Aids. The underlying problem has not been solved. You’ve got a sleep problem, and it needs to be fixed.  


Sleep expert Dr. Guy Leschziner dedicates his work to the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders, and he’s my guest on this week’s show. 

Listen & Learn

  • Why 50% of your sleep tendencies are likely inherited 
  • How to intelligently use sleep apps and other consumer tracking devices 
  • Why REM sleep is not fully understood and can even be problematic 
  • How sleep problems and mental health are very much a chicken and egg problem
  • How to know when to get professional medical help 

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About Our Guest
Guy is the clinical lead for the Sleep Disorders Centre at Guy's Hospital, which is one of Europe's largest sleep units. He is also Reader in Neurology at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King's College London. His new book The Nocturnal Brain: Nightmares, Neuroscience and the Secret World of Sleep is available now.

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Apples vs Oranges

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Category:Health -- posted at: 12:20pm CEST

I said goodbye to my grandfather when I was 8 years old. He had his first heart attack, and my mom was convinced he didn’t have long to live. Turns out he had many, many years ahead of him. Unfortunately, he was riddled with recurring heart problems, Parkinson’s, and a whole host of medical challenges. He lived a long life, but not a healthy one. His rapid decline shook my family, turned my mother into a health fanatic, and she passed the bug onto me. 


I wish I could say that pleasure and dreams of excellence motivate me, but it’s pain and fear that drive most of the big moves in my life. “I don’t want to end up in a rocking chair watching Wheel of Fortune,” gets me to my yoga mat much more often than “I want to glow with radiant energy.” I wish I chased carrots, but mostly, I run from the stick. What about you?

My guest on this week’s show is a medical doctor who has dedicated most of his work to trying to unravel the complex challenge that is the #1 killer in the world: heart disease. 

Listen & Learn: 

  • How medical advances treating heart disease are largely responsible for extended life expectancy 
  • Why Lipitor is one of the most prescribed drugs in the world
  • How your choices and health goals might shift if you planned to live past 100 in a healthy state
  • Healthspan vs. lifespan: What matters most? 
  • What the “heart-healthy” 1980s got right and what we got wrong

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 Physician, writer, and clinical researcher Haider Warraich is the author of the new book, State of the Heart - Exploring the History, Science and Future of Cardiac Disease that we’ll be talking about today. He writes for the New York Times but also contributes to the Guardian, the Atlantic, the LA Times and the Boston Globe. He completed internal medicine and cardiology training at Harvard Medical School and Duke University. Haider has appeared on CNN, Fox, CBS, PBS, and shows like Fresh Air, The Diane Rehm Show, The World, Marketplace and the BBC World Service.

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  • Garlic and feeling bad

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Category:Health -- posted at: 3:46pm CEST

I live in Spain where the average life expectancy just hit 83 years—number three in the world, less than one percentage of a point behind Switzerland and Japan. Foreigners often hypothesize that the reason is due to the diet, the long walks, or red wine that keep people alive until such an old age, but after I’ve lived here for 10 years, I must disagree.

As I look out of my office window right now, the corner cafe is filled with office workers on a morning break drinking coffee, smoking cigarettes, and eating croissants. In the evening, that same crew will return for beer and wine, deep-fried tapas, and another round of cigarettes. This is the norm.

So why then do they live so long? My theory is that people are less stressed, on average, all the time. Plus, the family unit and social ties are extremely strong. Grown adults will share a sitdown meal with their parents weekly (or more). Friendships are cherished and developed, the average workday is long and leisurely, and life is slower and less intense.

Research clearly shows that great relationships and reduced stress are predictive of health worldwide, and yet most of us obsess much more about the perfect meal or the perfect workout (at least I do).

Chronic stress is a silent killer that affects your mood, your waistlines, your hormones, and mental health. The goal is not to live a stress-free life, that’s impossible; instead, our aim should be to reduce the stressors we can and manage the rest effectively through diet, exercise, nutrition, breathing, and positive mental models. Our guest on this week's podcast teaches a “stress less” holistic approach to wellness.

Listen & Learn: 

  • Why 90% of periodontal disease has no pain and how a lack of pain in life is not a signal of no problems
  • How thoughts are things, literally, they are neurotransmitters made of proteins
  • The PERMA model (positive, engaged, relationships, meaning, accomplishment)

 

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B.D.S (Syd Uni) FACNEM (Dent) Dr. Ron Ehrlich is a holistic health advocate, educator, and holistic dentist. Dr. Ron has developed his health model of how stress affects our health; breaking stress down to emotional, environmental, nutritional, structural and dental stressors. He’s the author of the book A Life Less Stressed available on Amazon or his website. 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  •  Garlic Onion

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Category:Health -- posted at: 10:52am CEST

That glass of red wine after dinner soon turns into two or three. On Friday and Saturday, two or three often turns into a bottle or two. After a decade or more of drinking, it’s not uncommon to clock in 30+ drinks per week. It creeps up slowly, so it can almost go unnoticed. But your body, mind, and spirit notice, and it has a real impact. On this week’s show, you’ll meet a very successful executive who didn’t start drinking until her late 20s but quickly found herself living a lifestyle that she didn’t want as her trajectory.

Alcohol abuse comes in all sizes and shapes, and most people who drink fit the Center for Disease Control’s definition of excessive drinking. What does that mean for you? Maybe nothing. Maybe everything is going just great. Or maybe it means that you should reevaluate your relationship with alcohol and make sure you’re writing a story you’d like to author.

Listen & Learn:

  • How 8 drinks per week (for women) and 15 drinks per week (for men) is classified as “excessive” by the CDC
  • How the mind-body connection plays a role in pain, addiction, and substance abuse
  • How alcohol is baked into adult life, professional life, and almost every culture on the planet
  • Simple ways to rethink your alcohol relationship

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Annie Grace grew up in a one-room log cabin without running water or electricity outside of Aspen, Colorado. By the age of 26, Annie was the youngest vice president in a multinational company, and her drinking career began in earnest. By 35, in a global C-level marketing role, she was responsible for marketing in 28 countries and drinking almost two bottles of wine a night. She left her executive role to write her book, This Naked Mind.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Cilantro

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Category:Health -- posted at: 11:34am CEST

Real health is more than just food and exercise. The key elements we often overlook are love, support, community, and stress management. These factors are so much more difficult to manage but potentially even more important than nailing the perfect diet or workout routine. My guest on this week’s podcast has an incredible track record for reversing and healing heart disease through lifestyle interventions, and he shares his very simple four-pronged approach to health and wellness for life.

Listen & Learn:

  • How to stress less
  • Why movement and love matter so much
  • How simple holistic health can be
  • Why it’s important to get clear about your life goals

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dean Ornish, M.D., is the founder and president of the non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute. He is the Clinical Professor of Medicine at both UCSF and UCSD. He was recognized as "one of the 125 most extraordinary University of Texas alumni in the past 125 years;" as a "TIME 100 Innovator" by TIME magazine; as "one of the 50 most influential members of his generation” by LIFE magazine; as "one of the most interesting people of the year" by People magazine; and as "one of the world's seven most powerful teachers" by Forbes magazine. His most recent book, Undo It, is available on his website or Amazon.

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  • Rapeseed Oil

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Category:Health -- posted at: 3:41pm CEST

Have you ever heard someone blame their weight gain on a 'slow metabolism?' It sounds logical, but what does it mean exactly? What is considered 'slow?'

When we talk about metabolic health, it's important to define what it really is. You'll quickly learn that it's multifaceted and you'll need to work separately on each area.

On this week's podcast, we'll talk with Ann Louise Gittleman, the first lady of nutrition, who has very practical advice based on decades of extensive work in health and nutrition.

Listen & Learn:

  • How to optimize your metabolism for weight loss, health, and longevity
  • Why pine nut oil is amazing for digestive problems (among other things)
  • Why many people have lower HCL and bile production as they age
  • Why bitter foods are so important

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Ann Louise Gittleman is a nutritionist, internationally recognized as a pioneer in dietary, environmental, and women's health issues. She is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author, with more than 30 books on health and nutrition. In her books, she covers a wide range of topics, including diet, detox, women's health, men's health, perimenopause, menopause, beauty, and the environment.

Gittleman holds an M.S. in Nutrition Education from Columbia University, a Ph.D. in Holistic Nutrition, and she has the title of Certified Nutrition Specialist (C.N.S.) from the American College of Nutrition. She has also been featured in dozens of TV programs, as well as online and offline publications.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Why Eat Small Fish

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Category:Health -- posted at: 5:17pm CEST

If you can balance well, your yoga practice is more fun, you’re faster and nimbler, and you might even live longer. Sound far-fetched? Check it out: falls are the second leading cause of accidental or unintentional injury deaths worldwide. 424,000 individuals die from falls globally. My balance has improved massively in the past couple years, but historically, I’ve had terrible balance. I assumed it was something I just had to live with, but I’ve learned that poor footwear, bad walking patterns, and zero balance training all created this problem—and it’s largely reversible. On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, you’ll learn about balance training for athletes and anyone who seeks optimal health.

Listen & Learn:

  • Why balance involves your: vestibular system (inner ear), proprioception (body awareness, sensation) and vision
  • How anyone can learn balance at any age using simple at-home tools and approaches
  • Why balance is a software problem, not hardware
  • How a slackline give you a “fall announcement” so land on your feet and stay safe
  • How 25% of your bones and muscles are in your feet and another 25% in your hands
  • Why slips and falls are the #1 cause of injury (and potentially death) for people over 65

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

Jim is a lifelong innovator who was looking for ways to maintain his own athletic performance, and in the process, he created The Slackbow Balance Training System, a body and mind fitness program that can help at any age.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Iron Supplements

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Category:Health -- posted at: 11:20am CEST

A little girl named Charlotte was having as many as 300 seizures a week, some lasting as long as 30 minutes. Her body was frail, her health was suffering, and her parents were at their wits' end.

After every other medical intervention failed, the family tried a nonpsychoactive extract from marijuana called CBD and their lives were never the same again.

Charlotte's story was one of the first to capture people's imagination, from lawmakers to cannabis growers, and in the years since, has helped spawn an entire nutraceuticals industry around this powerful compound. On this week's show, we'll lay out the risks and rewards of self-administered CBD oil.

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  • Why most (but not all) CBD products contain little to no THC, meaning they will not get you high
  • How CBD impacts the receptors already present in your body
  • How CBD can reduce inflammation, including inflammation in your brain
  • How to make sure the product you're using is safe and healthful
  • The real legal and safety concerns surrounding CBD products

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Evan DeMarco is a sports medicine and nutrition expert, author, public speaker, and frequent guest on television and radio. As an entrepreneur, he is currently creating a functional medicine and nutritional supplements platform.

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  • Can You Supplement Everything

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Category:Health -- posted at: 5:37pm CEST

People joke that they 'laughed so hard they peed their pants.' However, this is a real problem called stress incontinence—a symptom of pelvic floor dysfunction.

The pelvic floor is a complex group of muscles, fascia and connective tissues at the base of your spine that is crucial for bladder control, posture, sexual function, and the health of many vital organs. 

So what's the problem? Maybe you gave birth to two kids and never resumed your pre-kid exercise routine. Maybe you are 45 years old and haven't done a proper squat since you lifted weights with your buddies in college. For dozens of reasons, modern lifestyles lead to atrophy of the pelvic floor that can manifest overtime into very serious health issues.

On the flip side, a strong, toned pelvic floor will help your posture, sexual performance, spinal health, and bladder control. In yoga, you'll feel the difference in almost every pose, and in your everyday life, you'll notice changes throughout the day.

On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet a kinesiologists who will help demystify this often overlooked region of the body.

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Listen & Learn:

  • What the pelvic floor is and why it is important to both women and men
  • Why incontinence and prolapse are huge (and growing) problems
  • Why posture starts at the base of the spine
  • How to strengthen and tone your pelvic floor with daily, 10-minute exercises

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Adrianne has a degree in kinesiology, with an emphasis on exercise science. She has certifications in Pilates, yoga, the Yoga Trapeze, Zenga, and Barre, among others, and specializes in spinal conditions, pelvic floor issues, and fascial tissue. She served as the fitness specialist at the NASA Langley Research Center and currently runs an eating disorder center in California.

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  • Palm Oil

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Category:Health -- posted at: 5:20pm CEST

Think of your body as a three-legged stool with an electrical body (your nervous system), a bacterial body (your microbiome), and a chemical body (your endocrine system). These three legs are largely responsible for your health and well-being, and if one leg gets whacked out from under you, you'll likely fall on your face.

Today, let's focus on your chemical body: your hormones. These chemical compounds influence everything from your waistline to your mood, and our modern world is filled with all kinds of toxins that lead to imbalances.

Did you know that most plastic water bottles contain estrogen-like BPA compounds that can cause weight gain, or worse? Did you know that many skin care products and soaps contain estrogen-like parabens that can get absorbed through your skin and lead to infertility? On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll learn why our generation is often estrogen dominant—and what we can do to fix it.

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Listen & Learn:

  • Why too much estrogen can make you fat, sick, and infertile
  • How sauna treatments can help detoxify xenoestrogens
  • How genetic testing can show you how to manage estrogen
  • How xenoestrogens have ended up in everything from water bottles to skin care products
  • Why plant-based estrogens can also impact some percentage of the population
  • How to optimize your household, lifestyle, and product choices for hormonal balance

ABOUT OUR GUEST

DR. ANTHONY G. JAY is a scientist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Jay earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Boston University School of Medicine. He is the president of the International Medical Research Collaborative, a non-profit organization based in Boston that trains medical students from around the globe.  Dr. Jay is also the CEO of AJ Consulting Company, which specializes in scientific consulting, speaking, and personalized DNA analysis.

He is the author of the book Estrogeneration: How Estrogenics Are Making You Fat, Sick, and Infertile. He also has a podcast called Chagrin & Toxic podcast you can find on iTunes or in the show notes.

 

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  • Raw Dairy

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Category:Health -- posted at: 1:50pm CEST

Have you ever used a scalp massager made of long, thin wires? For most people, it causes quite the sensation, sending tingles from the back of their neck down their spine. Or maybe you have this reaction when someone whispers in your ear? This pleasurable response to specific auditory and visual stimuli is known as autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR), and is likened to meditation.

ASMR is exploding on the internet right now because it is deeply relaxing, extremely pleasurable, and can serve to relieve anxiety and depression in some cases.

The ASMR movement is mostly made up of YouTubers and DIY fanatics, but there are also a handful of researchers out there gathering information about the real, therapeutic benefits of this response.

On this week's show, you'll meet Craig Richard, PhD, the founder of ASMR University.

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  • Why ASMR might be helpful to relieve stress and anxiety
  • Why ASMR audio tracks could be more effective than the viral videos online
  • How this deeply relaxing, neck tingling sensation can help you relax

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Craig Richard, PhD, first learned about ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) in 2013, but has been experiencing its triggers and effects since childhood. In 2014, he launched ASMRUniversity.com to encourage and report ASMR research and to provide helpful resources to assist with the further understanding of ASMR.

Craig is the cofounder of the ASMR Research Project and has produced several ASMR podcasts. He is a professor in the department of biopharmaceutical sciences at Shenandoah University, School of Pharmacy in Winchester, Virginia and the author of a new book, Brain Tingles, available soon on Amazon.

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  • Chili Peppers

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Category:Health -- posted at: 4:47pm CEST

Chronic pain—the most common of which is back pain and digestive pain—affects as many as one in four people. Pain plays a crucial role in the body as a clear sign that something is injured, diseased, or in need of extra care. However, when pain becomes chronic, many times the pain signals sent to the brain no longer correspond with any kind of dysfunction. The pain is literally all in the brain, and faulty neural wiring can ruin your life.

When people are in constant pain, they will try anything: yoga, meditation, acupuncture, cannabis, and, of course, opioids. Sometimes these solutions work, sometimes they don’t, but statistics show that chronic pain is a problem that's getting worse, not better. So what can we do?

On this week's Yoga Talk Show, we will explore a new type of noninvasive, nondrug treatment for pain that involves electrical stimulation to rewire problematic neural connections, otherwise known as Scrambler Therapy®.

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Listen & Learn:

  • Why 100 million Americans have chronic pain
  • Why pain can be present with or without any underlying condition
  • Why the threat-neural matrix complicates your pain
  • Why all pain is in the brain, and the solution to all chronic pain is rewiring this mind-body neural fail

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Brendon is the co-founder and CEO of Radiant Pain Relief Centres in Oregon, where he uses an exclusive, FDA-cleared technology called Scrambler Therapy® as a safe and simple way to change the mind-body perception of pain.

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  • Lectins

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Category:Health -- posted at: 4:07pm CEST

Have you ever seen a yoga student, runner, or CrossFitter with weird crisscrossed tape on their knees? Have you ever experienced knee pain that kept you from doing your favorite activities? Aside from back problems, knee pain is the most common issue I see in my yoga studios, with the inevitable question being what to do about it.

On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, you will meet physiotherapist Lee Herrington, who works with high-level athletes to correct movement dysfunctions, and help them manage and overcome knee pain. His recommendations are very simple, but not at all intuitive.

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Listen & Learn:

  • Movement is medicine, you must move to heal
  • For better or worse, our knees (and the rest of our bodies) will wear out over time, our job is to manage that gracefully
  • Why anterior (front) knee pain is the most common and how alignment in yoga and all other activities can greatly reduce the risk of injury
  • How to ‘treat the man, not the scan’ when dealing with knee pain
  • Why performance backward thinking is helpful for knee pain

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dr. Herrington is a physiotherapist, senior lecturer in sports rehabilitation at the University of Salford Manchester, and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers. His work focuses on the treatment and rehabilitation of sports injuries, specifically anterior knee pain, hamstring injuries, Subacromial Pain Syndrome (shoulder impingement), the ‘rugby’ shoulder, and rehabilitation following knee surgery (principally ACL reconstruction).

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  • Food Causing Pain

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Category:Health -- posted at: 3:53pm CEST

Your tight hamstrings, stiff hips, and locked up spine are not going to find freedom on their own—you have to train for mobility. When your body is tight, it affects everything, from your standing and sitting posture to your stride, but when you increase your range of motion, it feels as if you’ve added an extra room onto your home. Flexible bodies feel free, youthful, and energized. However, getting started with training can be frustrating.

On this week’s show, you’ll meet physical therapist Jen Esquer, who will share her whole-body, 24-hour approach to movement freedom.

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Listen & Learn:

  • How to sprinkle mobility training throughout the day rather than trying to fit in one monster session of stretching
  • Why consistency is so important for mobility training (and the weekend warrior mentality doesn’t work)
  • Why it’s crucial to have a healthy range of motion in poses such as squats, backbends, and hip flexion movements

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dr. Jen Esquer has been involved with movement her entire life. She has worked as a gymnastics coach, a Pilates instructor, and eventually became a physical therapist. Today, Dr. Jen works in private practice, both online and offline, empowering people to heal themselves.

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  • Pili Nuts

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Category:Health -- posted at: 12:30pm CEST

My balance has always been terrible. It didn't matter if I was on a skateboard, a balance beam, or in tree pose in yoga; I've always found it incredibly challenging to stay steady. Some people are just better at balance than others, but when I was about 30 years old, I realized my extremely-high arches and tight calves were largely to blame. Today, I still have excessively high arches, but I've managed to stretch and relax them down dramatically, and it's improved my running and walking gate as well as my yoga practice tremendously.

Most importantly, I know that strong and flexible feet will  positively impact the health of my upstream joints long term.

On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet Dr. Emily Splichal. A podiatrist and movement expert whose research and teaching around foot health is the best I've found. I just finished her book and am excited for you to meet here.

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  • Joint Coupling: why the foundational foot connection and alignment to the floor has cascading up-stream effects into the knees, hips,  spine and more
  • Tissue Stress Threshold: the breaking point where you over-stress your feet to the point of pain and in
  • Foot-to-Core Sequencing: why proprioception and neuromuscular awareness is key to healthy walking, sports, and movement patterns
  • At-Home Exercise: "Short Foot" exercise to strengthen, heal and restore food health

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dr Splichal is a Podiatrist, Human Movement Specialist and Global Leader in Barefoot Science and Rehabilitation. Originally trained as a surgeon through Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, NY and Mt Vernon Hospital in Mt Vernon, NY Dr Splichal has a deep appreciation for the role of surgical intervention as it relates to orthopedic pathology and offers an un-biased second opinion on the appropriateness of surgical recommendations.

She is the author of, Everyday Is Your Runway: A Shoe-Lover's Guide to Healthy Feet & Legs, Barefoot Strong: Unlock the Secrets to Movement Longevity

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Category:Health -- posted at: 5:55pm CEST

If you go to any convenient store, you'll see dozens of "energy" products including bars, drinks, and snacks. Most products are loaded with sugar or caffeine—or both. In the short term, they'll certainly give you energy, but in the long term, they send you spiraling down. High energy is at the cornerstone of health, but we often neglect the very root source of energy—our cellular energy created by the mitochondria. On this week's, Yoga Talk Show, you'll learn how cellular energy can be pivotal for full-body health and wellness.

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  • Why these organelle produce ATP which is energy at the cellular level
  • How your lifestyle can impact your mitochondria
  • Why excessive eating creates reactive oxygen species (ROS) and depletes energy
  • Why fat is 15x more efficient than sugar at creating cellular energy
  • 4 supplements to boost mitochondria: L-Carnatine, CoQ10, D-ribose, magnesium
  • Why low mitochondria can impact fertility

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Warren L. Cargal, L. Ac. specializes in age-related diseases tied to diabetes, cardiovascular and neurodegenerative issues, and cancer. He is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist and is also founder and clinical director of Acupuncture Atlanta. He is the author of the book, Your Mitochondria: Key to Health and Longevity. He has practiced Chinese medicine for over 20 years. You can learn more about his site

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  • GMO Soy

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Category:Health -- posted at: 1:38pm CEST

Most health and diet books focus on reducing your waistline but neglect the most "mission critical" part of your entire body: your brain. The 3 lbs, watery, fatty mass between your ears needs to be fed well and cared for, but most people don't give brain health the attention it deserves.

Meet Dr. Lisa Mosconi, neuroscientist and author, and learn how your brain health can be dramatically influenced by food and lifestyle.

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Listen & Learn:

  • Why your body can survive on many foods, but your brain is much more picky
  • The importance of essential fatty acids for brain health
  • Why the brain's saturated fat and cholesterol is created by the brain and stored in the brain from childhood—not affected by diet
  • Why too much Omega-6 from seed oils is a problem for inflammation
  • Why a 2:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 is ideal (while most people get 20+:1)
  • Why we need around 4 grams of omega-3's per day
  • Why the brain needs glucose for neuron synthesis and balance
  • Why alcohol enters the brain and dehydrates your brain

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dr. Mosconi holds a PhD degree in Neuroscience and Nuclear Medicine, and is a certified Integrative Nutritionist and holistic healthcare practitioner. She is the Associate Director of the Alzheimer's Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC)/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital,

She is an adjunct faculty member at NYU and the University of Florence. Dr. Mosconi has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers in medical journals. Her new book, Brain Food: the Surprising Science of Eating for Cognitive Power we'll talk about today.

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  • Cinnamon

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Category:Health -- posted at: 4:48pm CEST

Following the advice of parents, counselors, and health care providers, millions of women take hormonal birth control starting in their teenager years to avoid unwanted pregnancies, regulate their periods, or to control acne.

But what if you gain weight, lose your libido, and get depressed? What then?

The FDA warns that hormonal birth control could increase the risk of cancer and heart disease too (among other things), but this "fine print" is rarely discussed but potentially life changing. So what do you do?

On this week's Yoga Talk Show, we'll explore good old fashioned cycle charting—but with a modern twist. Grab your cell phone and a cheap thermometer, and you can now gain very accurate insight into your menstrual cycles in about five minutes per day.

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  • How Fertility Awareness Method (FAM) can be just as effective as any other form of birth control
  • How to get started with a basel therometer, a phone, and 5 minutes a day
  • Why even many IUDs now are still using hormones
  • The risk vs. reward of messing with your body's hormones

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Magdalena Wszelaki is a Certified Holistic Health Coach whose own health journey started from a personal crisis. She is in remissions from Graves’ and Hashimoto’s and managed to reverse estrogen dominance and heavy metal toxicity. She is a Vipassana meditator and a Level II Reiki practitioner. She coaches people with thyroid and endocrine imbalances.

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  • Activated Charcoal

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Category:Health -- posted at: 1:18pm CEST

When we think about toxins in our food and environment, most people assume the risk is "cancer," and that's true; but the more immediate risk is often hormonal imbalance. Common addictives in foods and skin care products can disrupt your natural endocrine balance and lead to everything from thyroid problems and infertility to weight gain and depression. This is a huge and growing problem, and the solution includes diet and lifestyle choices that aren't always obvious.

Health coach, Magdalena Wszelaki shares her personal story of overcoming both Graves and Hashimoto's Diseases as well as her professional advice for finding balance.

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Listen & Learn:

  • Why thyroid issues are often a symptom of autoimmune conditions
  • What blood tests to check your thyroid (TSH, Free T3 & T4, TPO & Anti-Tg)
  • Why estrogen dominance is a huge problem for both men and women
  • Why estrogen dominance is a huge problem for both men and women
  • How to eat a PFF (protein, fat & fiber) breakfast to start your day right

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Magdalena Wszelaki is a Certified Holistic Health Coach whose own health journey started from a personal crisis. She is in remissions from Graves’ and Hashimoto’s and managed to reverse estrogen dominance and heavy metal toxicity. She is a Vipassana meditator and a Level II Reiki practitioner. She coaches people with thyroid and endocrine imbalances.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • A1C Test

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Category:Health -- posted at: 5:57pm CEST

Meet the man who top Athletes like, Cristiano Ronaldo, consult with to make sure they get optimal sleep: Nick Littlehales. Sleep quality makes a huge difference in optimal sports performance and overall health, but most people are simply trying to log more hours—and most of us fall short of our goals. Nick's approach is much more practical, realistic, and takes into account individuality of body type, chronotype, and environment.

I've had half a dozen sleep experts on the Yoga Talk Show, and for me, Nick's advice is the most actionable and practical.

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  • Why synthetic bedding is probably the best choice
  • Which sleep position is ideal
  • How to count cycles in a week, no hours in a night
  • Why most mattress companies are just smoke and mirrors with made-up terms and medical-sounding jargon that is useless
  • How to create a real sleep den

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Nick Littlehales is an elite sport sleep coach to some of the biggest names in sports including British Cycling and Team Sky, international footballers, Rugby players, Olympic and Paralympic athletes. Nick has 30 years of experience in the world of sleep science and has spent the last sixteen years working with elite athletes.

Many of his clients are household names in the sports celebrity world, and they hire him to optimize their sleep because sleep matters for performance, health, and just about everything else. Nick is the chairman of the UK Sleep Council, and the author of the new book, Sleep: The Myth of 8 Hours, the Power of Naps, and the New Plan to Recharge Your Body and Mind

You can learn more at his site: https://www.sportsleepcoach.com/

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  • Coffee While Fasting

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Category:Health -- posted at: 12:16pm CEST

The world is getting fat at an alarming rate. Two in three adults are overweight or obese, and excess weight is correlated with every degenerative illness across the board. While some overweight people are in perfect health, it's rare and often fleeting as the downward spiral is very predictable—and it happens fast.

Here's what you need to understand about the global weight problem. It's not about lack of willpower or discipline, that's an ignorant and uninformed excuse. It's not about lack of exercise, though sedentary lives certainly don't help and movement is always a good thing.

The real problem is imbalance: emotional, hormonal, and nutritional. We in a time when stress levels are through the roof, social support systems have crumbled, and most of the food available is various forms of lifeless carbohydrates.  

So what do you do? How do you find balance in an imbalanced world? I've had the good fortune of unfettered access to some of the leading minds in health and wellness over the past 10 years, and I'll share my best learning with you on this week's Yoga Talk Show.

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Listen & Learn:

  • Manage your stress or don't bother
  • Fix your social circle or don't bother
  • 8+16 meal timing
  • Throttle your carbs
  • Baseline your protein
  • Eat healthy fat

ABOUT THE HOST

Lucas Rockwood is a yoga teacher trainer, digital nomad, green food junkie, and serial entrepreneur.

With a formal yoga training background in Hot Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Gravity Yoga, and the Yoga Trapeze, Lucas has studied with some of the most well-respected teachers on the planet. His most influential teachers (all of whom he studied with personally) include Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Paul Dallaghan, Alex Medin, Gabriel Cousens MD, and SN Goenka.

Lucas founded Absolute Yoga Academy in 2006, one of the top 10 yoga teacher training schools in the world with 2,000 certified teachers (and counting) and courses in Thailand, Holland, United Kingdom, and The Philippines.

In search of nutritional products designed specifically for achy yoga students’ bodies, Rockwood worked with senior nutritional formulator, Paul Gaylon, and founded, YOGABODY Naturals, in the back of his yoga studio in 2007. The company has gone from strength-to-strength and is now an internationally-renowned nutrition, education, and publishing organization serving 81 countries.

In 2013, Lucas founded YOGABODY Fitness, a revolutionary new yoga studio business model that pays teachers a living wage and demystifies yoga by making the mind-body healing benefits of the practice accessible to everyone.

A foodie at heart, Lucas was a vegan chef, and owned and operated health food restaurants prior to diving deep into the yoga world. Lucas is also a highly-acclaimed writer, radio show host, TV personality, business consultant, weight loss expert, and health coach.

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Category:Health -- posted at: 5:09pm CEST

It's Friday night. You're home late from work and desperate to sleep, and yet you can't. You're tired but wired, overworked but over-stimulated. Cortisol has been pumping through your veins all week, and it's not so easy to turn it off.

So what do you do?

Most people turn to crap foods, alcohol, pills, and binge-watching television series. Why? Because they work. In the short term, they make you feel better; but long term, most of our autopilot stress management techniques turn into self-destructive vice.

On this week's Yoga Talk Show, Dr. Mike Dow will share his experiences healing patients with brain fog, busted brains, and general overwhelm. There's no one-size-fits-all solution, but adding healthy stress management tools to your life is always a great idea.

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Listen & Learn:

  • How mega-dosing omega-3's helped Dr. Mike's brother recover from a stroke
  • Autogenic therapy: a self-talk, self-hypnosis method for fixing brain drain
  • How to use progressive muscle relaxation to relieve both physical and psychological stress
  • Why our typical toolkit for managing mental and emotional stress is flawed

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dr. Mike Dow is an author, psychotherapist, and the host of lots of different television shows. He makes regular appearances on Dr. Oz, Dr. Drew On Call, The Talk, Wendy Williams, Rachael Ray, Nightline, Good Morning America, The Doctors, The Talk, and Today.

He is the author of many books including The Brain Fog Fix, Healing the Broken Brain, and his most-recent book, Heal your Drained Brain.

His books are on Amazon and you can learn more at his site:

www.drmikedow.com

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  • Collagen

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Category:Health -- posted at: 4:37pm CEST

Do you have a friend or family member losing their short-term memory, losing their mental "edge", and just generally slowing down in terms of brain function? If so, this week's Yoga Talk Show delivers insight into neurodegenerative problems and what you can do about them.

Neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's are among the top 3 causes of death worldwide. Toxins, inflammation, and high sugar diets are among the many causes; but fortunately, we have better tools than ever for prevention and reversal of problems. On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet Alzheimer's thought-leader, Dr. Dale Bredesen.

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Listen & Learn:

  • How cheap genetic testing shows you if you have a genetic predisposition to Alzheimer's Disease
  • Why neurodegenerative illnesses are now in the top 3 leading causes of death internationally
  • How meal timing and ketosis can prevent and help reverse problems
  • Why inflammation is a disaster for brain health
  • Why 21st century medicine must focus on data, quantified self, testing and tracking

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dr. Bredesen is an expert in the mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases and is best-known recently for his work with Alzheimer’s disease specicically. He's the author of a new book, The End of Alzheimer's. He graduated from Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC and has held faculty positions at UCSF, UCLA and the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Bredesen directed the Program on Aging at the Burnham Institute before coming to the Buck Institute in 1998 as its founding President and CEO.

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  • Complete Protein

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Category:Health -- posted at: 2:47pm CEST

At age 23, I was overweight, drinking too much and smoking constantly. I was stuck in life and wanted a new one, so I finally got up the courage to attend a 10-day meditation retreat just before my 24th birthday. I'd booked and canceled the same retreat once before, and it was a big deal for me to get on the bus from New York City out to rural New Jersey to do nothing...

... But it turns out, it led to a big turning point in my life. Many changes I experienced were subtle and played out over months or even years, but one change happened instantly. I stopped eating animal foods.

During the retreat, they didn't serve any meat, so I just kept up with it afterwards, and I felt great. I started reading books and going to lectures. Back then, most of the smart people in nutrition all believed that a low fat, no-meat diet was the best way to go for health. So I was sold.

Fast forward 15 years later, I'm still eating this way, but I'm no longer naive enough to think that just cutting burgers from your diet is going to fix your health (in fact, sometimes the opposite is true). But I am absolutely certain that the way we eat today is not the way my grandkids will eat. Our foods system is beyond broken, it's a total disaster.

Enter: lab-grown meats. Just like it sounds, this is fish, chicken, and burgers grown from cloned and cultivated cells. It might sound gross, but it also might save the planet. My guest on this week's show just wrote a book about this next revolution in food, CLEAN MEAT.

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Listen & Learn:

  • How clean meat is safer than factor foods
  • How clean meat, like clean energy, is way better for the environment
  • Why many foods we eat today are weird if you stop to think about it—so why not this?
  • Why the future of food is probably a lot less convenient than chickens, pigs, cows, corn, rice, wheat and soy

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Paul Shapiro served for 13 years as a spokesperson and vice president for the Humane Society of the United States. He is the founder of Compassion Over Killing, a TEDx speaker, and an inductee into the Animal Rights Hall of Fame. His first book, Clean Meat, is available on Amazon.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Maca

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Category:Health -- posted at: 8:00pm CEST

You probably know that infants that don't receive enough cuddles, hugs, and physical affection suffer from all kinds of developmental problems—the first two years are the most critical, and this is why the first thing a doctor does with a newborn is place it on the chest of the mother or father. But what about middle-aged people? And what about at the end of life? It turns out touch is still crucial to health and wellness, and yet in our modern, physically disconnected society, many people are deprived. On this week's show, you'll meet a neuroscientist who specializes in the importance of touch and how you can use this knowledge to improve your life.

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Listen & Learn:

  • How there is no such thing as a touch or sensation without emotion—they are always inseparable
  • Why high fives, back slapping, and social touch improves sports teamwork and performance
  • Why we tend to prioritize external touch sensations when internal touch is just as important
  • How touch deprivation is "highest risk" in infants and elders

ABOUT OUR GUEST

David J. Linden, Ph.D., is a Professor of Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His laboratory works on the cellular substrates of memory storage and recovery of function after brain injury. He served as the Chief Editor of the Journal of Neurophysiology. He is the author of The Accidental Mind (2007) and The Compass of Pleasure (2011), and his most recent book, Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart and Mind.

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  • Zinc

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Category:Health -- posted at: 4:45pm CEST

I've spent most my career researching, studying and teaching physical health and wellness only to realize that mental health is the big elephant in the room. In many cases, diet and exercise help, of course; but depression, anxiety and trauma wounds can dig so deep that a more comprehensive, mind-body approach to healing is needed.

On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet a pioneer in Mind-Body Medicine who has worked with everyone from war-torn refugees to leaders of state. His insights into the mental health pandemic will help you and those you love better manage emotional challenges.

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Listen & Learn:

  • 15% of the adult population has clinical depression
  • Why some depression is reactionary and totally expected while chronic or clinical depression persists past reasonable triggers
  • How something as simple as a nutritional deficiency in vitamin D or omega-3's can trigger depression
  • When does empathetic behavior become enabling behavior for depressive tendencies?
  • 3 types of meditation: concentration, mindfulness, and expressive

ABOUT OUR GUEST

James S. Gordon, MD, a Harvard educated psychiatrist, is a world-renowned expert in using mind-body medicine to heal depression, anxiety, and psychological trauma. He is the Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine and a Clinical Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at Georgetown Medical School.

Dr. Gordon served as the first Chairman of the Program Advisory Council to NIH’s Office of Alternative Medicine and as Chairman of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy under Presidents Clinton and G.W. Bush. He is the author of, Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression

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  • Truvia

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Category:Health -- posted at: 4:30pm CEST

One of the best ways to love your body is to stop poisoning it with excess sugar, starch and carbohydrates. This sounds obvious, but it's actually a huge challenge. Excess sugar is everywhere and without careful study, most everyone walks around with chronically elevated blood sugar levels. In the short term, this affects your mood and waistline; in the long term, it reduces your healthspan and lifespan very dramatically.

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Listen & Learn:

  • Carbs vs net carbs – what's the difference?
  • Why there is no need to be scared of white sugar
  • How whole grains can actually be a problem
  • Why to focus on the fabulous four: fiber, fat, protein and greens

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Kelly LeVeque is a holistic nutritionist based in Los Angeles, California. Kelly loves to cook. She believes in real food, real ingredients and a clean diet. The Be Well kitchen is constantly buzzing. Kelly loves creating tasty, clean, nutrient-dense recipes and dishes. She loves sharing them even more.

Kelly completed her Postgraduate Clinical Nutrition education through UCLA and UC Berkeley. She is a regular contributor for numerous health, wellness and lifestyle publications. She is also a certified health coach, yoga instructor and personal trainer.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Agave

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Category:Health -- posted at: 2:39pm CEST

"I can't meditate," is one of the most common phrases I hear in the yoga studio. Students somehow feel that since they cannot sit still or calm their mind, they are unable to practice meditation—but the opposite is true. The very fact that you cannot sit still or clear your mind, is exactly why you need to practice.

But how do you learn? And where do you get started?

On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet a meditator and innovator who has created the world's first, drop-in yoga center in Los Angeles. Through her book, her studio and her mobile phone app, she is reaching hundreds of thousands with a very simple message: unplug your mind, recharge your soul.

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Listen & Learn:

  • How meditation can be as simple as 3 minutes daily
  • The 3 things that happen in just about any meditation
  • How meditation slows mental and physical aging
  • How to find the right practice for you

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Suze Yalof Schwartz is the CEO and Founder of Unplug Meditation (a bricks and mortar meditation center), the author of Unplug: A Simple Guide To Meditation for Busy Skeptics and Modern Soul Seekers, and the creator of the Unplug Meditation App.

In 2012 Suze learned a three minute meditation that completely changed her life and career. Today, Suze's mission is to make meditation simple, powerful and interesting enough so that everyone will want to practice it and experience the benefits for themselves.

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  • Green Papaya

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Category:Health -- posted at: 3:37pm CEST

Your habits around food, exercise and lifestyle largely dictate your health. What do you eat for breakfast? What is a "fun night out" for you and your friends? How often do you get outdoors, run, cycle or play? In our youth, our healthy habits tend to come naturally, but as we age, unhealthy habits creep in—and they are so hard to break. On this week's Yoga Talk Show, we'll unpack habit change and how to cultivate it in your life.  

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Listen & Learn:

  • Why persistence is the key to change
  • How to leverage crisis and pain for changes  
  • Why we should look for questions more than answers
  • How modern agriculture and food processing makes it difficult to stay healthy
  • How you can begin make changes that will compound over time

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Cyndi O’Meara is a nutritionist, best-selling author, health and wellness expert, and the founder of Changing Habits.

She is the author of dozens of publications including her book: Changing Habits Changing Lives that became an instant best seller. You may have seen Cyndi the recent documentary, What's With Wheat or seen her interviewed or profiled in dozens of publications and websites.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Green Pasta Any Good?

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Category:Health -- posted at: 1:10pm CEST

Did you know that newborn babies are born with 200+ chemical toxins in their bodies? Or that polar bears often have off-the-charts levels of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) despite living in remote areas? We live in a pollute word: our water, air, and food supplies filled with toxins and end in our body and can lead to scores of health problems. Cancer is obviously the biggest risk, but hormonal imbalances are the more immediate threat—and they contribute to everything from PMS and polycystic ovarian syndrome to infertility and erectile dysfunction. 

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Listen & Learn:

  • Why anything that stands in the way of optimal health should be considered a "toxin"
  • Top 7 Toxins: food quality, emotional baggage, toxic thoughts, movement, dishonesty, poor sleep, loneliness  
  • How there are 80,000 chemicals on earth, 700 in most adult bodies, and 200+ in most infants
  • Why POPs (persistent organic pollutants) are a lingering "forever" problem

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dr. Minich has a Ph.D. in Medical Sciences (Human Nutrition and Metabolism) and a M.S. in Human Nutrition and Metabolism. She has also studied Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is the author of 5 books.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Asia Food Choices?

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Category:Health -- posted at: 10:26am CEST

Did you know that chili pepper and mustard can help with muscle cramps? Did you know that your acid blocking digestive aids could actually make your problem worse over time? We all have unprecedented access to information, supplements, and even prescription medications—but how do you know where to start? On this week's, Yoga Talk Show, we'll uncover home remedies, common misunderstandings, and plant seeds for a healthier you.    

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Listen & Learn:

  • How cannabis can be a helpful for nerve pain specifically
  • Why proton-pump inhibitors might be one of the most-dangerous, widely used drugs  
  • Why rebound hyper-acidity can result after taking PPI's
  • How NSAIDs are abused and can destroy gut health and heart health problems
  • Why transient receptor potential channels (TRP channels) can be stimulated with mustard, hot pepper, or vinegar to reduce muscle cramping

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Joe and Terry Graedon of "The People's Pharmacy" have been teaching, writing, and broadcasting information to help people make informed decisions about their health for more than 40 years. Joe holds a Masters in Pharmacology and Terry earned a PhD in Anthropology.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Ketchup & Mustard

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    The Wonder Wheel was designed for use in YOGABODY’s professional yoga studios and training centers in Barcelona, Spain, so it’s bigger, stronger, lighter, and backed by an unmatched warranty compared with any other wheel on the market. On top of that, it’s less expensive and comes with a complete at-home DVD so you can get rolling in minutes.

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Category:Health -- posted at: 4:50pm CEST

Did you know that your muscles would be a bloody pile of melted, soft-serve ice cream if not for fascia? This web of connective tissues literally hold your body together—and most of us aren't really even sure how to pronounce the word! On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet the king of fascia research and teaching, Tom Meyers.

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Listen & Learn:

  • How this plastic-wrap-like tissue holds your entire body together
  • How low circulation tissues like fascia, cartilage, tendons and ligaments can heal through seepage and synovial fluids  
  • Why stressing tendons and ligaments can make them stronger
  • Why a skilled body worker is more important than the type of bodywork you receive
  • The 3 main types of bodywork: relaxation massage, therapeutic massage, and integrative massage
  • Potential healing aims of bodywork: increase inflammation response, reduce electrical (nerve) activity to an area, or improve circulation

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Tom Myers is the author of Anatomy Trains, the co-author of Fascial Release for Structural Balance, and numerous articles for trade magazines and journals that have been collected in the books Body3, The Anatomist's Corner, and Structural Integration: Collected Articles. He has also produced over 15 DVDs and numerous webinars on visual assessment, Fascial Release Technique, and the applications of fascial research.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Decaf Coffee

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    The Bamboo Handstand Blocks by YOGABODY were designed for our professional yoga studios in Barcelona, so they are beautiful, durable, easy-to-clean, safe, and natural. Yoga students have used standard yoga blocks for years, but these blocks are completely different: they are smaller, stronger, non-slip, easy-to-clean, and designed specifically to build grip strength for inversions.

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Category:Health -- posted at: 3:46pm CEST

Poor sleep can cause hormonal imbalances, weight gain, impair your immune system, reduce your mental clarity, and contribute to dozens of other health problems. Sleep is a huge sticking point for your health, but most of us (including me) struggle with it—so what do we do to improve? Where do we even start?


This week's guest shares his best research and tips for sleep hygiene, responsible use of sleep aids, common mistakes, and the best tech for a restful night sleep.

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Listen & Learn:

  • How to use alcohol wisely for sleep quality
  • The difference between sleep drive (adenosine pathway) and sleep rhythm (your circadian cycle)
  • The importance of REM sleep for mental restoration and stage 3 & 4 sleep for physical restoration
  • How you can dreams in any stage, but REM-phase is most-likely to produce dreams
  • How REM is a very light state, indistinguishable for waking brain waves
  • Why sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure that is non-responsive to medication
  • Why melatonin is a hormone and should be used with care, dosages are often way too high  
  • Dr. Breus's 5-Steps Success with Sleep
  • How to define 
  • Why nobody with insomnia should not nap 

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist and both a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and a Fellow of The American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He was one of the youngest people to have passed the Board when he was just 31 years old.

With a specialty in Sleep Disorders, he is one of only 163 psychologists in the world with his credentials and distinction. Dr. Breus is on the clinical advisory board of The Dr. Oz Show and is a recurring guest on the show.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Black Pepper

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Category:Health -- posted at: 12:33pm CEST

When I turned 24, I started this weird experiment eating just plant foods. I'm a chronic over-committer, and here I am 15 years later, still eating 100% plant-based. This is a complicated path that's not right for most, but it's worked for me—and I've just gotten some blood tests to see how I'm doing. Overall, I'm in some of the best shape of my life, but there are a few things I certainly need to address.

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Listen & Learn:

  • Why my homocystine levels are a little high
  • How my liver function is on the low side of normal—and what I can do about it
  • Why I might think about eating more iron-rich foods or supplementing iron 
  • Why all these issues could be related to impaired digestion and/or impaired liver function

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dr. Stephen Lewis and Janet Lewis are the founders of Doctor's Nutrition. Doctor’s Nutrition provides Evidence-Based Nutrition™ information, where you get information based on years of experience treating patients with natural compounds and verifying the results with pre and post lab tests. Located in Longview, Texas, Doctor's Nutrition offers medical lab services in or near your hometown without the need for expensive office visits and long waits.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Flax and Chia Gas

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The Yoga Teachers College offers master-level training for those looking to build a career as yoga professionals. Our trainees benefit from the best of modern learning technology combined with old school apprenticeship. Graduates walk away with the skills, confidence and experience needed to become not just teachers, but community and business leaders as well.

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As health seekers, we obsess over the micro-changes in our food and fitness routines. Micro changes are fun and interesting, but it's much wiser to first address the big elephants in the room. One of those big beasts is sugar in all its various forms. It causes weight gain, metabolic imbalance, premature aging, and contributes to just about every illness imaginable. The good news is you can monitor, reduce, and manage your blood sugar very effectively at home once you know how. On this week's show with Dr. Ritamarie, you'll learn the in's and out's of how to balance your blood sugar.

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Listen & Learn:

  • How sugar impacts your hormonal balance and lead to weight gain
  • Why sugar in small quantities is essential but in high doses is toxic
  • Why sugar is everywhere and unless you've avoiding it, you're probably over-eating it  
  • Why belly fat is the worst type of fat
  • Why dietary fat and body fat are not the same thing
  • How chromium, magnesium and DHA can help with sugar metabolism

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo is a bestselling author, speaker, and internationally-recognized nutrition and women’s health authority. She combines the ancient healing wisdom of whole fresh foods and herbs with modern scientific research to help people reclaim their health.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Fasting With Coffee

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Category:Health -- posted at: 12:35pm CEST

Breathing for health can be learned in quickly and its benefits experienced in as little as 10 minutes, and yet this practice is all but lost from most modern yoga classes. Yoga that should revolve around breath as the central, unifying theme are suddenly missing this most-important mind-body integrating practice altogether. How did yoga lose its way? On this week's show, you'll meet breathing teacher, Max Strom, who is helping to revitalize the age-old tradition of yoga breathing—and doing it in an accessible and extremely practical way.

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Listen & Learn:

  • How 90% of communication in relationships is non-verbal, so digital relationships are extremely limited
  • Why the Seattle Seahawks, the U.S. Military, and top athletes everywhere are using breath work for optimal performance
  • Why 30% of the population uses sleeping medications when breathing could really help  
  • Why the World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that by 2020, depression would be the leading disability worldwide

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Max Strom is a teacher, speaker, and author of the books: A Life Worth Breathing and There is No APP for Happiness. His innovative method incorporates exercises, breath-work, and breath-based yoga movement to generate personal health and growth. As a speaker, Max has presented his method at the first Wellness Symposium in Saudi Arabia, The Inner Idea Conference, the Happinez Festival in the Netherlands, The Singularity University in the Silicon Valley, The Sea Island resort, on TEDx, as well as many yoga conferences.

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  • Carbonated Water

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Category:Health -- posted at: 12:23pm CEST

80% of people will suffer from back pain at some point in their life, often debilitating pain, but most problems are undiagnosed, self-diagnosed, and it can be chronic. So what do you do? For better or worse, it seems that your spinal health must be taken into your own hands. If you're going to have a healthy back, you'll need to educate yourself and take action. This week's guest, Dr. Stuart McGill, will help you do just that.

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Listen & Learn:

  • Why proximal stability is essential for functional human movement
  • Why tight hamstrings might not be the cause of back pain and how back pain might actually cause tight hamstrings (chicken vs. egg)  
  • Why nerve tightness might be the real issue  
  • Why disks are hydrophilic and require movement to hydrate
  • How lying down on your belly for 3 minutes, and then walking around can help
  • Why spine hygiene is essential to remove pain

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dr. Stuart M. McGill is a professor of spine biomechanics at the University of Waterloo (Waterloo, ON, Canada). His advice is often sought by governments, corporations, legal experts and elite athletes and teams from around the world. Difficult back cases are regularly referred to him for consultation. Any product associated with this website has been tested in Dr. McGill's laboratory at the University of Waterloo, ON, Canada.

Learn more at:  www.BackFitPro.com

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  • Worst Food In The Grocery Store

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Category:Health -- posted at: 12:23pm CEST

80% of the opioid drugs in the world are consumed in the United States, and addiction, abuse, and even death are commonplace across all demographics in society. Why such growth in abuse? One word: pain. Back pain, knee pain, mental and emotional suffering—all of these conditions are driving consumers to their doctors (or the streets) in search of relief. Living with chronic pain can be debilitating, but we want to use drugs and surgery as a last resort. On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll beet Dr. Joe Tatta, pain expert and best-selling author on pain management.

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Listen & Learn:

  • Why "pills for pain" has been the norm for the past 50-years
  • USA consumes about 80% of the world's opioids  
  • 20K/year deaths correlated or caused by opioid medications  
  • Why the mind-body connection to pain cannot be ignored
  • Pain catastrophizing: negative rumination about pain issue
  • Food is your pharmacy, movement in medicine

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dr. Joe Tatta is a doctor of physical therapy, board certified nutrition specialist and functional medicine practitioner who specializes in treating persistent pain and lifestyle-related musculoskeletal, metabolic and autoimmune health issues.

His mission is to create a new paradigm around treating persistent pain and reverse our global pain epidemic. He is the creator of the Healing Pain Online Summit and The Healing Pain Podcast designed to broaden the conversation around natural strategies toward solving persistent pain. Dr. Tatta is the author of Heal Your Pain Now; A Revolutionary Program to Reset Your Brain and Body for a Pain-Free Life.

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  • Lucuma

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Category:Health -- posted at: 12:36pm CEST

In 1990, the Human Genome Project began, and by 2003, roughly 20,000 human genes had been sequenced. This is exciting, but it's also just the first step. How can we use this data to understand human health, longevity and wellness? What can our genetics tell us about our proclivity for certain activities and our susceptibility for certain illnesses? On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet Naturopath, Bob Miller, who will help you decode the code that is your genetic heritage.

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Listen & Learn:

  • Why genetic testing is the future of medicine
  • How you're making and using antioxidants
  • Genetics: code for enzymes which are the worker bees of the body
  • How to get started with testing your DNA

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Robert Miller earned his naturopathic degree from Trinity School of Natural Health and is board certified. Bob has served as a traditional naturopath for 20 years, and has spent the last several years engaged almost exclusively with genetic variants and related research.


He works with a company called, Professional Health Products, to formulate an Epigenetics line of products for use by health care providers. Bob lectures at nationwide seminars to educate physicians and health care practitioners about genetic variants and nutritional supplementation for achieving optimal health. He also was recently named to the Functional Medicine University’s advisory board.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Acai Berry

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Category:Health -- posted at: 11:17am CEST

What if your immune system went haywire and starting attacking your body's nervous system affecting your vision, your sensations, your mobility, or other bodily functions? Auto-immune conditions are extremely common, and Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is one of the more devastating diseases in this category. Whether you or someone you know has MS or not, you can learn a great deal about myelin health, proper nutrition, and balanced living from people who do—because for them, it can be a question of life or death. On this week's show, you'll meet an author, coach and expert, Andrea Hanson who is thriving despite her MS diagnosis in 2000. 

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Listen & Learn:

  • How MS attacks your nervous system 
  • Why diagnosis is getting earlier and better 
  • How MS can be progressive or relapsing / remitting 
  • Diagnosis: MRI shows wearing down of myelin on nerves (like holes) 

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Andrea Wildenthal Hanson is a speaker, bestselling author, and master certified life coach. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2000, Andrea empowers people to become their own wellness hero, instead of the victim of a disease. She is the author of two books: Stop Carry the Weight of Your MS and Live Your Life Not Your Diagnosis.

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  • Garlic Onions

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If given the opportunity, would you climb Mt. Kilamanjaro in nothing but your shorts and sneakers? Would you trust a stuntman-turned-breathing guru with you life? On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet a guy who did just that—and survived to write a book about it. The guy is Scott Carney, and his teacher is former YTS guest, Wim Hof. This is a wild and somewhat reckless tale, but it'll inspire you to push the limits of your own comfort zone, your imagined physical limitations, and perhaps live a more inspired life.

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Listen & Learn:

  • How Wim Hof breathing is very similar to the drug, Diamox, used by high altitude climbers to speed up respiration 
  • Why we've become too comfortable, too spoiled, and too numb to the world around us
  • How cold exposure and controlled hyperventilation (used intelligently) can be a powerful part of a healing regime 
  • How our guest managed to summit Kilamanjaro in nothing but sneakers and a pair of shorts

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Scott Carney is an investigative journalist and anthropologist. He is a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism and a Scripps Fellow at the Center for Environmental Journalism in Boulder, Colorado.

What Doesn't Kill Us is his most recent book; other works include The Red Market and A Death on Diamond Mountain. Scott was a contributing editor at Wired for five years and his writing also appears in Mother Jones, Men's Journal, Playboy, Foreign Policy, Discover, Outside and Fast Company.

 

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  • Cook vs Raw

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Category:Health -- posted at: 3:14pm CEST

Science has linked meditation with longevity through the study of telomeres, the chromosomal caps that are an indication of cell health. By mitigating our stress response specifically, research indicates that mindful practices down-regulate our stress response and up-regulate telomerase production, an important protein for the health of these chromosomal caps. What does all that mean? Basically, it means meditation can make you live longer in the future and live healthier right now. On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet Dr. Elissa Epel, one of the leading researchers on stress, cell aging, and telomeres.

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Listen & Learn:

  • How telomeres are the protective caps on the ends of our chromosomes, just like the plastic tip on a shoelace
  • How short telomeres release cytokines or die—both of which are very negative
  • How chronic inflammation (from cytokines) can contribute or even cause diseases and illnesses
  • Why meditation can mitigate stress response and be protective of telomeres
  • Why abuse, violence and trauma can literally shorten your life
  • Why vagal nerve tone can reduce the stress response

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Elissa Epel is psychologist who studies stress, aging, and obesity. She is the director of UCSF's Aging, Metabolism, and Emotion Center (AME) She consults to the National Institutes of Health on various initiatives related to human behavior and how to change it, and is on the Steering Council of the Mind and Life Institute that supports research on contemplative practices. She has been studying stress and biology for almost 20 years now.

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  • Protein

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In almost every yoga class, the teacher will emphasize the importance of breath—but what does that really mean and why does it matter? If you ask, you'll likely hear that you're adding oxygen to your blood or improving your circulation. But is that true? It turns out that most yoga breathing actually reduces oxygen in the blood and increases CO2. To add to this paradox, more CO2 is actually a good thing and results in more oxygen to the cells. On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll learn how and why. 

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Listen & Learn:

  • Why C02 is actually your friend
  • How C02 relaxes muscle tissue (great for stretching)
  • Why nose breathing encourages diaphragmatic breathing, increases NO2, and arterial oxygen uptake
  • How reduced breathing increased saliva in the mouth, a sign of parasympathetic nervous system dominance and higher CO2
  • Why 30% of population has Rhinitis and how reduced breathing can help
  • How reduced breathing impacts your spleen (yes, your spleen!) 

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Patrick completed his clinical training in the Buteyko Breathing Method at the Buteyko Clinic, Moscow, Russia, a training accredited by Professor Konstantin Buteyko himself.

Patrick suffered from asthma as a kid and discovered the Buteyko Method at the age of 26 and has been asthma-free since then, a feat that over 20 years of medication had failed to accomplish. In a career spanning 15 years, Patrick has since also become a bestselling author and expert on the topic of optimal breathing for improved health, well-being and fitness.
Among the eight books Patrick has written, two have consistently remained in the top ten best sellers on Amazon.com:

He is the author of 3 books: Close Your Mouth, Asthma Free Naturally, and The Oxygen Advantage®.

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  • Water filters

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Category:Health -- posted at: 3:33pm CEST

If you go to your doctor for a routine checkup, he or she will usually run very limited blood tests because of cost considerations and limited health insurance coverage. For anyone interested in optimal health, this is not much of a "checkup" at all since you're not checking much of anything. You could have low Vitamin D (almost certainly), elevated C-Reactive Protein (very likely) and a high A1C (very common) without knowing it.

Today, we have the ability to go "rogue" and take our health into our own hands. Just like you can order a designer cocktail at your local bar, you can also order up your own blood tests and hire someone to help you review them. Rather than comparing your results to the national averages (which means a bunch of sick people), a qualified professional can help you analyze your results and help you work toward optimal health, not average health.

On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet Dr. Stephen Lewis and Janet Lewis, founders of Doctor's Nutrition, an innovative company that advises you on blood work and helps you interpret the data.
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Listen & Learn:

  • Why most doctors do extremely limited blood tests
  • Why your results are usually green light or red light only, and the yellow range (warning!) is almost completely ignored
  • How to go "rogue" and take your health into your own hands
    Why you should get an A1C test for a 3-month snapshot of your blood glucose management
  • Why you should get your T3 (not just TSH) tested for thyroid health

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Dr. Stephen Lewis and Janet Lewis are the founders of Doctor's Nutrition. Doctor’s Nutrition provides Evidence-Based Nutrition™ information, where you get information based on years of experience treating patients with natural compounds and verifying the results with pre and post lab tests. Located in Longview, Texas, Doctor's Nutrition offers medical lab services in or near your hometown without the need for expensive office visits and long waits.

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  • Alkalized Water

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Category:Health -- posted at: 10:52am CEST

When most people think of health and wellness, sex is not usually top-of-mind, but it should be. Most couples have bad sex rarely, and most want to have great sex all the time.

What's gone wrong? We are sexual beings, and we relate to the world sexually. On this week's show, you'll meet sexologist, Dr. Jenn Gunsaullus, who shares her experience and research navigating this often-taboo topic that affects all our lives.

Listen & Learn:

  • How happy-naked-love-time can be a great alternative play technique that can replace or enhance love-making
  • Why communication is usually the key ingredient to make any sexual relationship work
  • How to explore fantasy, role play, power dynamics, and kink without shame or guilt
  • How passion and sexuality change as we age and what to do about it

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dr. Jenn Gunsaullus, sociologist and sexologist, is a frequent speaker about sexual empowerment, healthy relationships, body image, erotic play, sexual health, women’s empowerment & nurturing, and mindfulness. She has presented two TEDx Talks, is a writer on sex and relationships, and a recurring intimacy expert on the San Diego morning news. Her educational video series has over a million hits on YouTube.

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  • Spice Rack

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  • Send me a voicemail here: http://www.YogaBody.com/AskLucas
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Category:Health -- posted at: 1:27pm CEST

About once or twice a week, I'm completely exhausted and yet I can't fall asleep until one or two in the morning. This "wired and tired" feeling is common among most busy people, and while we often blame it on our busy careers, our life as parents, or just the ups and downs of daily life, the reality is that these chemical imbalances compound over time and can lead to pretty serious health problems.

On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet a medical doctor pioneer whose work spans from natural childbirth and plant medicine to women's health and endocrine balance. Please meet Dr. Aviva Room.

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What You'll Learn:

  • Overworked adrenals vs. true adrenal fatigue—what's the difference?
  • How "tired and wired" is a vicious circle
  • Cortisol can be the "wear and tear" hormone
  • Why adrenal fatigue = adrenal depletion
  • How your chemical body (hormones), electrical system (nerves) and bacterial body (microbiome) are all interconnected
  • Tips for sleep, food, and lifestyle balance
  • Why ultradian rhythms (every 90-120 minutes) are crucial to understanding your own body
  • Chronobiology: the effects of solar- and lunar-related rhythms

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Medical Doctor, Aviva Romm is a midwife, herbalist, and Yale-trained MD, Board Certified in Family Medicine with Obstetrics, as well as a graduate of Dr. Weil's Integrative Medicine Residency. Aviva is a leader in botanical medicine and is the author of 7 books on natural medicine, including the textbook Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health (Elsevier) and her latest book, The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution (Harper One, January 2017).

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  • Fructose intake

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For years Burlington, Vermont, has been a destination for health, natural living, organic food, and yoga. With a dozen independently operated Yoga studios and wellness centers in the greater community.

BYC’s mission it to unite yoga students, teachers and studios as well as to empower and support individuals along the yogic path.

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Category:Health -- posted at: 5:00pm CEST

Most people assume that a healthy heart is beating slowly and steadily. The truth is a healthy heart is agile, highly variable, and changing with every inhale and exhale.

The measurement of your real-time, beat-to-beat variance is called, Heart Rate Variability, and it's something every yoga student should learn. In a matter of minutes, you can "see" what's going on in terms of your nervous system and emotional self, and more importantly, you can breath and visualize to change it when needed. On this week's show, you'll meet, Howard Martin, a leading voice at HeartMath.
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What You’ll Learn:

  • How a heart-based approach to daily living can create positive change to meet global challenges
  • The importance of neuro-cardiology, the study of the heart's own nervous system
  • How the heart is sending more signals to the brain than it receives
  • Why the heart is an electrical organ, the strongest source of bio-electricity (40x's more than the brain) and projects its electromagnetic field 3-4 feet around you
  • How emotional activity can impact your electromagnetic field
  • Why "coherence" is a state of psycho-physiological balance, the goal of much of our mind-body wellness
  • How heart rate variability (HRV) can tell you more about your nervous system status and emotional health
  • 3 steps to heart-based breathing

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Howard Martin is one of the original leaders who helped Doc Childre found HeartMath and has been with the organization since its inception in 1991 serving as a key spokesperson and executive.

In 1999 he co-authored with Doc Childre, The HeartMath Solution. Howard is also a contributing author of the new book, Heart Intelligence, Connecting with the Intuitive Guidance of the Heart. During his career with HeartMath and the Global Coherence Initiative, Howard has delivered educational programs to tens of thousands of people including: Fortune 100 companies, government agencies, all four branches of the U.S. military, and school systems in over 50 cities on four continents.

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  • Bulk Tea vs Bag Tea

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  • Relieve tight muscles knots, aches and pains any time, on your own
  • Improve blood flow to targeted areas for nourishment and elimination of waste
  • Release and relieve compressed nerves such as carpel tunnel and sciatica
  • Assist in scar tissue elasticity and correct healing

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Category:Health -- posted at: 12:51pm CEST

Marijuana is being decriminalized and even legalized in North America, Europe, and other parts of the world very quickly—and for good reason. The law enforcement costs are many billions of dollars annually and the social impact of criminalizing this plant seem far worse than potential abuse (which is surprisingly low).

On this week's Yoga Talk Show, we'll talk about the top medical uses for Marijuana, how to use it without getting high, and why legalization might actually reduce (not increase) drug use since marijuana provides an alternative to harmful pharmaceutical drugs.
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What You´ll Learn:

  • Top treated conditions: anxiety, pain, and insomnia
  • The difference between THC and CBD
  • Why most people are using way too much and getting scared away
  • How cannabis can help with seizure disorders
  • How to get started safely with edibles

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Dr. Patel is a Osteopathic Doctor in the state of California. She has been practicing in the area of Medical Marijuana (Cannabis) since 2012 and has treated thousands of patients. She is in private practice in Walnut Creek, CA, and has lots of great resources on her site: www.DrRachnaPatel.com 

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  • K2

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Category:Health -- posted at: 3:38pm CEST

Have you heard of fecal implants? This is when the fecal matter from someone with healthy gut bacteria is transferred to the gut of someone with gut dysbiosis—and it works. While this sounds extreme, in today's digestive health landscape, this is a real option some people need to consider when they are suffering from Small Bacterial Intestinal Overgrowth (SIBO).

On this week's Yoga Talk Show, we'll discuss why digestive disorders are so common, and how the remedies can be counter-intuitive such as reducing fiber, lactose, and even fruit.
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What You´ll Learn:

  • Why fecal transplants might save your gut
  • Why you should limit fiber, fructose, lactose, resistant starch and most sugar alcohols
  • How erythritol could be the most gut-friendly sugar alcohol
  • How the 3lbs of gut bacteria in our gut can be your friends or foe
  • How low fiber or "elemental diet" could improve bacterial overgrowth

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Norman Robillard, Ph.D., Founder of the Digestive Health Institute is a leading gut health expert. He is a microbiologist, the author of Fast Tract Digestion book series and publisher of the Fast Tract Diet mobile app. He is the creator of the drug and antibiotics free Fast Tract Diet for functional gastrointestinal disorders, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and related conditions.

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  • Eggs

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Let me guess… you love essential oils but are sick and tired of diffusers that look like lava lamps from the 1960’s? If so, you need YOGABODY Essential Mister with a real-wood exterior. The simple, elegant design is a lovely addition to any room in the house, and it’s simple, foolproof functioning allows you to set it and forget it for hours and hours of continuous use.

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Category:Health -- posted at: 12:31pm CEST

Your typical doctor's visit is less than 7 minutes long. It doesn't matter if you have a broken bone, a tonsil infection, or pancreatic cancer, most of the time you're in and out faster than seems possible. It's not the doctor's fault, it's the system's fault, and the solution is to slow down everything in our lives to achieve balance. But who wants to go slow? Not you, not me... so what to do?

On this week's show, we'll look at creative solutions to finding more quality downtime in life without compromising your goals, ambitions or excitement.
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What You´ll Learn:

  • Why community support is the linchpin for health
  • Why we need to properly define what "health" really means (it's not young and beautiful)
  • Why slowing down can be the ultimate self-care routine
  • Why quality "slow time" is more important than quality

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dr. Michael Finkelstein practiced internal medicine and was Medical Director of a hospital for 20 years before embarking on further training in Integrative and Holistic Medicine. He went on to create a Health and Wellness Center, called SunRaven, and wrote Slow Medicine: Hope and Healing for Chronic Illness because he realized that individuals need more than what is found in typical medical institutions.

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  • Whey Protein

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Awesome Toes! can be used at night, while watching TV, while practicing yoga, and even in wide-toed athletic shoes for running. Most toe separators on the market fall off or break during activities, but Awesome Toes! are designed for durability and comfort during yoga practice, dance rehearsals and while engaging in sports.

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Category:Health -- posted at: 11:19am CEST

Many yoga students explore traditional Indian medicine, Ayurveda, but neglect to study Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). While they have many similarities, TCM offers some herbs, techniques, and approaches to healing that serve as powerful tools for anyone on a path of mind-body wellness.

On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll learn about Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chinese Herbs, and taking a holistic approach to health. Brodie Welch shares her 13 years of experience working one-on-one with clients, and her insights will help you get started with Chinese Medicine responsibly. Remember, just because something is herbal doesn't mean it's safe or it's appropriate for everyone. Listen in to learn how to get started responsibly. 

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What You´ll Learn:

  • Why Chinese Medicine includes food, herbs, energy exercise, meditation/feng shui, bodywork and more
  • How insect-based formulas might help with migraines
  • Why ren shen or ginseng might be helpful for mood disorders
  • How xiao yao wan might help you get through the holidays
  • Why turmeric + black pepper taken with fat could help your inflammation
  • Why corydalis might be helpful for chronic pain

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Brodie Welch is a Licensed Acupuncturist, board-certified herbalist, Chinese Medicine expert, and self-care strategist. She’s the founder of Life in Balance Acupuncture in Corvallis, Oregon, where she has been treating patients since 2003.

In addition to her clinical practice, Brodie shares her expertise to help women care of themselves with innovative learn-from-anywhere courses, workshops, and retreats on stress management, the body-mind connection, and Chinese Medicine. She’s also a creator and host of A Healthy Curiosity: the podcast that explores what it takes to be well in a busy world.

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  • Ketosis

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Category:Health -- posted at: 11:06am CEST

Do your feet hurt? Do you have hammer toe, overlapping toes, corns, or bunions? Without even realizing it, most people wear footwear that leads to poor posture, muscle imbalances, and chronic foot problems.

Yoga can help, but you need to fix your footwear too.

On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet a podiatrist-slash-yoga-teacher, Michele Colon, who will share with you her experiences in the clinic and on the mat working with all walks of life to correct foot problems. Most people assume that foot problems are just cosmetic when in reality, your feet are foundational for your posture and can impact your knees, hips and back. Proper posture starts at the ground, and healthy feet will improve your walking and running gate as well as your balance very quickly.
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What You´ll Learn:

  • How yoga can help your feet, Achilles tendon and leg muscles
  • How walking barefoot can actually change the muscular development of a child
  • Why orthotic inserts might be necessary short term—but are not a "forever" solution
  • How to quickly analyze your feet (or someone else's)
  • How Lucas went from a size 10 to a size 12 shoe (and why that matters)
  • How your squished up toes could be affecting your balance in yoga

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dr. Michele S. Colon has a Bachelor’s degree in Physiology, a Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences, and a Doctorate degree in Podiatry with a specialty in Foot & Ankle Surgery. Dr. Michele is also certified in Yoga, Reiki, Reflexology, and Laser Therapy.

Dr. Michele specializes in Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Therapeutic Yoga to provide the most healing, relaxation, and rejuvenation to her patients and clients. Dr. Michele has studied Ayurveda extensively and has worked with some of the best practitioners throughout California to bring Ayurveda to the forefront of medicine.

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  • Decaf - friend or foe?

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Category:Health -- posted at: 3:10pm CEST

If you've ever completed goal-setting activities, no doubt "happiness" appeared on the top of your list. And yet, what is happiness? Really? Do you have a way to measure it? Do you have tools to achieve it? For most people, our tools for happiness are mindless televisions series, junk food, alcohol, and social media consumption. These tools work in the short term, but long term, there must be a better way.

On this week's show, you'll meet, Jonathan Robinson, happiness researcher and best-selling author who has dedicated his career to the study of joy.
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What You´ll Learn:

  • How to define happiness on a 1 to 10 scale: "How happy are you with your life?"
  • How to change your brainwaves with binaural beats or frequency following music
  • How to use supplements to improve your mental state
  • How vibration platforms can improve your health
  • What the Dalai Lama thinks of technology


ABOUT OUR GUEST

Jonathan Robinson is one of the world’s leading experts on happiness and how to get there. A psychotherapist, bestselling author of 10 books, and a professional speaker who consistently presents to Fortune 500 companies, he has reached more than 100 million people around the world with his practical methods.

Jonathan has made numerous appearances on such shows as Oprah, CNN, and the leading morning shows, and been featured in Newsweek, USA TODAY, and the Los Angeles Times. He has spent more than forty years studying the most practical and powerful methods for achieving a state of personal life satisfaction and happiness.

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Nutritional Tip:

  • How to Clean Fruit

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Category:Health -- posted at: 3:04pm CEST

Have you heard of sham surgeries? In 2002, 180 people with osteoarthritis of the knee joined a double-blind study. Some patients underwent real arthroscopic surgery and a placebo group simply had a skin incision and then were stitched back up. Here is where it gets weird. The placebo group self-reported identical results to those who had undergone actual surgery.

This is just one example of thousands of documented instances of "mind over body" in healing modalities ranging from allopathic medicine and crystal therapy to group prayer and homeopathy. How can this be? On this week's Yoga Talk Show, we'll try to get to the bottom of this very real phenomenon.
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What You´ll Learn:

  • Why the scientific method has always been hindered by the placebo effect as it taints nearly every data set—it's omnipresent
  • How crystals, prayer healing, Reiki, and fridge modalities can sometimes deliver amazing results
  • Why certain conditions that respond better to placebos (ex: pain, skin conditions, Parkinson's, depression, anxiety)
  • How shame surgeries can be just as effective as real surgeries
  • Why hypnosis and placebo are not necessarily connected


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Erik Vance is a native Bay Area writer living in Mexico. In his earlier life, he was a biologist, a rock climbing guide, an environmental consultant, and an environmental educator.

His work focuses on the human element of science – the people who do it, those who benefit from it, and those who do not. He has written for The New York Times, Nature, Scientific American, Harper’s, National Geographic, and a number of other local and national outlets.

His first book, Suggestible You, about how the mind and body continually twist and shape our realities was inspired by his feature in Discover and is on Amazon. You can learn more about his work at www.ErikVance.com 

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  • Cooking with Olive Oil

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Category:Health -- posted at: 11:03am CEST

Back pain affects an estimated 80% of the population at some point in life, and yet most conditions are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. To complicate matters, most people have hard line ideas about treatment of their mysterious conditions, so it's no surprise that chronic pain, recurring problems, and frustration abound.

On the Yoga Talk Show, we tend toward natural, non-medical healing modalities; but there is a time and a place for allopathic medicine, and yes, even surgery. For every 10 students I know who healed their own spine, I know at least one for whom surgery was a life saver. Rather than look at the issue as black or white, it's important to consider all options and understand the best treatments.

Enter: Dr. Tony Mork. Board certified orthopedic surgeon and pioneer of endoscopic surgery. He breaks down surgical options in an incredibly simple and insightful way and makes a very convincing case for why spinal fusion, the most common surgery, should be avoided if at all possible.
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Listen & Learn:

  • Why most people with back pain have no accurate diagnosis of their problem
  • Why X-Ray, CT or MRI doesn't tell the whole story
  • How "spinal mapping" can find the real source of the pain
  • How many conditions pass on their own in 8-12 weeks
  • Why a discogram can be helpful in some cases
  • The 3 types of surgery: vertebral fusion, decompressive surgery, rhizotomy (sever nerve roots)
  • Why fusions are the most common and yet should be a last resort
  • Why only 2% of spinal surgeries are endoscopic in the USA


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ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dr. Mork is a board certified orthopedic surgeon has personally performed more than 8,000 endoscopic spinal surgeries. He designed many of the specialized tools used in laser spinal surgery and is constantly pursuing the improvement of spinal care.

Dr. Mork has been instrumental in developing most of the current endoscopic spinal surgery techniques. He is one of the originators and wrote the original peer reviewed articles on most of the endoscopic spine surgery techniques used today. He was the co-founder of Microspine and founder of the Endoscopic Spinal Academy.

Nutritional Tip:

  • Frozen Foods

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Category:Health -- posted at: 12:11pm CEST

Chronic inflammation is a precursor to a myriad of diseases and illness, and the foods and lifestyle choices we're making are largely at fault. Perhaps the biggest challenge with inflammation is you cannot see it, so it can be a "silent killer," wreaking havoc without you even aware of what's going on.

This week's guest on the Yoga Talk Show hopes to change all that—and more.
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Listen & Learn:

  • Why internal inflammation can contribute (or even cause) weight gain, aging and disease
  • How a simple and cheap C-Reactive Protein test can tell you if this is a problem or not
  • How some of the most common foods create a negative reaction inside our bodies
  • Why arthritis, skin problems, and digestive issues might be linked to chronic inflammation
  • There are two types of inflammation: chronic and short-term/acute
  • How your microbiome health is crucial to your health
  • Why you should avoid Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs and antibiotics

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Kellyann Petrucci is a weight-loss and natural anti-aging transformation expert. She has a private practice in the Birmingham, Michigan area and is a concierge doctor for celebrities in New York City and Los Angeles. She is a board-certified naturopathic physician and a certified nutrition consultant.

You might have seen her on The Doctors, Dr. Oz, and other television news programs. She is the driving force behind the website DrKellyann.com, and has authored six books for John Wiley & Sons.


Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Nut Milks

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Category:Health -- posted at: 3:26pm CEST

How many people do you know who live stress-free lives without any tension or trauma? Let me guess: none! Stress, tension and even "soft trauma" are part of all our lives, and the tools most of us have to deal with these issues are limited at best. A dedicated yoga practice can offer great help, but there are new and innovative ways to balance your nervous system and release neurological tension.


In this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet Dr. David Berceli, creator of Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE), a very powerful way to use controlled tremors to overcome inner conflict.

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Listen & Learn:

  • How Dr. Berceli teaches 7 poses to incite a controlled tremor response
  • The difference between a neurological and psychological trauma
  • Neurophysiology: how your mind impacts your body and body your mind
  • Why trauma can arise from any over-stimulation to the nervous system
  • What we can learn from the animal kingdom about shaking and tremors


ABOUT DAVID BERCELI

David Berceli, Ph.D. is an international expert in the areas of trauma intervention and conflict resolution. He is the creator of Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE). David has spent over twenty years providing trauma relief workshops and designing recovery programs for international organizations around the world. He has lived and worked extensively in Israel/Palestine, Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Yemen, Egypt, and Lebanon.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Bulletproof Coffee

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Category:Health -- posted at: 4:18pm CEST

It's estimated that 80% of the population will suffer from back pain at some point in their life—and most people are left frustrated and confused about how to actually heal. Should you take medications? Get physical therapy? See a chiropractor?

On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet "Spondy" researcher, Justin Adkins. Spondylolisthesis is a serious spinal injury where a vertebra shifts forward causing pain, inflammation, and often radiating nerve problems. While there is no one-size-fits-all cure for Spondy or any other back pain problem, there is a framework for healing that can really help.

JUSTIN ADKINS

Justin is a certified strength and conditioning coach through the NSCA. He is also certified by USA Weightlifting and the Functional Movement Screen. He has trained and helped countless athletes from the youth to the professional level achieve their performance goals and return from various injuries. Like the tens of thousands of people each year, Justin was also diagnosed with Spondylolisthesis as a teenager.

Justin became his own first client to deal with his own condition, and now helps thousands of people through his website: www.Spondyinfo.com
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Listen & Learn:

  • Why spondylolysis is often a precursor spondylolisthesis
  • How spondy is an anterior movement of a vertebra
  • Why doctors are often pain-removal focused (whereas you might be full-function focused)
  • Why you need to commit to a daily healing practice, even if just for 10-15 minutes

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Acid Alkaline - friend or foe?

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Category:Health -- posted at: 1:23pm CEST

The benefits of yoga practice are at least 50% nervous system related; and yet, most of the yoga world has completely forgotten your body's electrical system. The nervous system effects of yoga are what distinguish it from other movement modalities, and it's where much of the magic of practice is hidden.


For decades, there has been a biofeedback tool called, Heart Rate Variability (HRV), that allowed scientists to sneak peek into patients autonomic nervous system. Today, thanks to cheap sensor technology and smart phones, anyone can test their HRV using a smart phone at home.


Any serious yoga student should learn how to use HRV to quantify, track and better understand what's going on, electrically, inside them. Quantification is going to completely revolutionize mind-body wellness and the way we practice. On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet Marco Altini, PhD, a tech entrepreneur pioneering HRV applications for at-home use.


About the Guest


Marco is a data scientist, programmer, and has a PhD in applied Machine Learning. He leads data science at Bloomlife, a digital health startup focusing on helping expecting mothers have a healthy pregnancy. He's been developing apps since 2012, and has done a tone of work with Heart Rate Variability which is what we'll be discussing today.
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What You’ll Learn:

  • Why heart rate monitors simply give us an average heart rate per minute
  • How beat-to-beat variances gives us a completely different picture of what's happening in our body—an insight into our nervous system
  • How cheap, at-home sensor technology is changing the way we can monitor our own health
  • Why breath pacing of 4-6 breaths per minute is ideal for most people to get into a high state of HRV


Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Tea vs Coffee

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Category:Health -- posted at: 1:50pm CEST

USA Olympic swimmer, Michael Phelps made headlines this year with his black and blue marks all over this back during his races. Wonder what that was? It's a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) technique called, cupping, and it's believed to increase circulation, reduce inflammation and improve recovery time. Does it really work? Can Traditional Chinese Medicine help you? And what about acupuncture?


If you're new to these practices, you'll love this week's Yoga Talk Show with Jennifer Dubowsky.

About Jennifer Dubowsky:


Jennifer Dubowsky is a licensed acupuncturist with a practice in downtown Chicago. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from University of Illinois in Chicago and a Masters in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College.


Jennifer has researched and written many articles on Chinese medicine and has a popular blog. Her first book, Adventures in Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture, Herbs and Ancient Ideas for Today, was published and 2013 and is available on Amazon.


She is a senior columnist for the Acupuncture Now Foundation, and you can learn more about her work at: www.tcm007.com
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What You’ll Learn:

  • Why Michael Phelps has black and blue marks all over his back
  • How TCM works to restore balance of body and mind
  • Why "dry needling" might mean "not qualified"
  • How to find an TCM doctor at www.NCCAOM.org


Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • How to use cilantro for mercury detoxification?

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Category:Health -- posted at: 4:43pm CEST

What is your "Gut IQ?" Is your gut a genius or a fool? Your gut is home to over 3lbs of bacteria, both good and bad. Your gastrointestinal health is crucial for the digestion and absorption of nutrients, your immune system, and even neurotransmitter production – but many people suffer from chronic gas, bloating, irregular bowels, and inflammation.

Anyone concerned with holistic health must start with the gut, so on this week's Yoga Talk Show, Dr. Chaudhary will point you in the right direction.

About Dr. Chaudary:

Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary is a medical doctor, an integrative neuroscientist, and an expert in Ayurvedic medicine. She successfully developed a system to manage chronic neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and migraine headaches, by incorporating changes in diet, behavior, and stress, in addition to the standard allopathic approaches.

Dr. Chaudhary is a regular guest on the Dr. Oz show, and her new book, The Prime: Prepare and Repair Your Body for Spontaneous Weight Loss is available on Amazon.com.
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Listen & Learn:

  • Why your immunity is directly related to your gut health
  • Why white coating on your tongue in the morning can be a sign of poor gut health
  • How triphala can help heal your digestive tract
  • How Ayurveda can help anyone with gut health, weight loss, and whole body health
  • Why probiotics can make some people feel great and others feel sick

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Prebiotics: How do they differ from Probiotics and why are they important?

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Category:Health -- posted at: 12:17pm CEST

Have you ever sneezed and accidentally peed your pants? Have you (or someone you know) suffered from a distended abdomen after pregnancy? Did you know that many women, even women who have never given birth are suffering from prolapse—and that it affects men too?

Pelvic floor dysfunction is a huge problem affecting people of all ages and backgrounds. Our modern life encourages weakness, tightness, and imbalanced tissues of the pelvic floor, and the side effects can be life-altering and detrimental to your health. On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll learn how to reverse it naturally with Hypopressive Exercises.
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About the Guest

Trista Zinn is the founder of Coreset Fitness. She is a personal trainer who specializes in pelvic health and core re-programming. She’s Canada’s master trainer in HYPOPRESSIVE® Low Pressure Fitness.

She has been in the fitness industry for over 25 years and after being diagnosed with stage 2 prolapse (many years after childbirth), a condition she was told she’d need surgery to correct, she learned the Hypopressive approach to healing and became her own first student.
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Listen & Learn:

  • Why 50% or more of women will experience incontinence, prolapse, diastasis recti or other pelvic floor dysfunctions at some point in their life
  • Why traditional ab exercises can often make it worse
  • Why breathing is foundation for pelvic floor health
  • How Hypopressive Low Pressure Exercise can help reverse chronic conditions

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • What is the best kind of vinegar to use?

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This is a total immersion yoga retreat set in Barcelona. Your days will be filled with yoga practice, nutrition lectures, breathing workshops, posture clinics and outdoor adventures; and you’ll also have plenty of time each day to explore the beautiful city of Barcelona on your own or with your fellow students.

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Category:Health -- posted at: 4:06pm CEST

We often think of “exercise” as the yoga class after work, the morning job, or a weightlifting session. But there are many more ways to exercise, and one way often overlooked is Corrective Exercise, or the fitness practices designed specifically to correct weakness, tightness and imbalance in the body.

On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, you’ll learn about simple self-care techniques that can make a huge difference in your health.

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About the Guest

Brendan won World and National Collegiate powerlifting championships during his studies and went on to attain his Corrective Exercise Specialty from The National Academy of Sports Medicine. Brendan invented Posture PT back support that launched on Kickstarter recently. He is a practicing meditator under guidance of Sadhguru of the Isha Foundation, schooled in classical yoga and mysticism.

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Listen & Learn:

  • Why Correct Exercise is a great choice for healing injuries
  • Why stronger rather than gentler rehab routines might just be the best choice
  • Why tight hip flexors can cause lower back pain 
  • What “autogenic inhibition” is and how it can help you with corrective exercise self-care
  • How “the couch stretch” can help counteract the effects of chronic sitting
  • How “the doorway stretch” can help open your upper body
  • Why 1 minute of mobility per 30 minutes of sitting can make a huge difference

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Are there any good store bought Salad Dressings?

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Direct download: 214_-_Corrective_Exercise.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 12:29pm CEST

Yoga students invest hours on functional flexibility, strength, and mobility, but the moment they leave the studio, most lace up restrictive footwear. Modern shoes squish your toes, damage your arches, and contribute to dysfunctional movement patterns leading to chronic pain and injury upstream including: knee pain, back and hip pain.


The solution? You need to learn about minimal shoes. On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, Lucas meets with Steve Perna of Lems Shoes, a niche manufacturer and innovator in the minimal footwear scene to learn about the why and the how behind this type of shoe.


Steve Perna is one of the early team members at Boulder, Colorado-based Lems Shoes, and currently heads up wholesale distribution. Lems Shows was founded in 2011 and creates YOGABODY-recommended active, office, and casual footwear.
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Listen & Learn:

  • What the terms “zero drop” and a “wide toe box” mean, and why you should insist on them in your shoes
  • Why you might need to transition into minimal footwear starting with just a couple hours of use per day
  • Why it’s normal to experience some foot pain during your transition to minimal
  • Why your walking and running gate might feel goofy at first

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • How much salt is too much?

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Got Questions?


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Direct download: 213_-_Minimal_Footwear_for_the_Modern_Yoga_Student.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 11:48am CEST

We spend a third of our lives asleep, but most people treat sleep and dream states like second rate citizens of consciousness, always given the back seat to waking states. On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, you’ll learn how yoga and mindful sleep go hand-in-hand, and why serious yoga students should learn to zonk out like a pro.

Andrew Holecek is an author, spiritual teacher, and humanitarian. As a long-time student of Buddhism that he teaches with a contemporary perspective – blending the ancient wisdom of the East with modern knowledge from the West.

He is the author of three books, The Power and the Pain: Transforming Spiritual Hardship into Joy, Preparing to Die: Practical Advice and Spiritual Wisdom from the Tibetan Buddhist Perspective, and Dream Yoga: The Tibetan Path of Awakening Through Lucid Dreaming.
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Listen & Learn:

  • How your diurnal practices (waking state) set the stage for good or poor sleep
  • Why you need to develop a lucid relationship to your waking consciousness before you’ll be able to consistently lucid dream
  • How to appreciate and nurture hypnagogic (just before sleep) and hypnopompic (just before waking) states
  • How napping can be a great way to induce lucid dreams
  • How to Have Wake Induced Lucid Dreams (WILDs)
  • How “dreamlets” of 10 seconds or also very powerful
  • Best practices for sleep hygiene: stone-cold sober, clean, empty belly, mindful/meditation/prayer/gratitude practice, darkroom, no screen time, lie on right side (sleeping lion mudra, same as Buddha death), galantamine supplement
  • Why serious yoga students need to be careful not to become a “state junkie” hopping from one peak state experience to the next

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Do we need to take supplements?

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Got Questions?

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Category:Health -- posted at: 3:22pm CEST

Dr. Eric L. Zielinski (“Dr. Z”) is a natural health care provider, chiropractor and researcher with the intent to educate, inspire and challenge people to live their potential. He earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Life University and is currently working on his Master of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Z’s mission is to provide people with simple, evidence-based tools that they need to experience the Abundant Life, and today we're going to talk about essential oils specifically.


Essential oils have exploded in popularity in recent years, particularly in the yoga community, but there is lots of controversy and confusion too. Should you ingest them or not? Is it ok to use them directly on the skin? Is it safe to use a diffuser to vaporize oils?


On this week's show, Dr. Z shares his latest research and findings on essential oils along with some key advice and recommendations.
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Listen & Learn:

  • How to use essential oil internally, how to use enteric coated capsules
  • Why you should always dilute essential oils
  • Why many plants are becoming extinct
  • Why CBD/cannabis extract can be hexane or butane extracted
  • Why fractionated coconut oil is the best choice for dilution

Yoga Practice Tip of the Week:

  • Does food have anything to do with flexibility?

Links & References from the Show:

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Direct download: 207_-_Integrating_Essential_Oils_Into_Your_Health_Plan.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 5:13pm CEST

Most people claim “happiness” is one of their top priorities in life, but how many of us really take time to define what that means? Is it free time? Is it friends and family? Is it financial success? Humans have evolved with a brain hard-wired to avoid danger and threats to our personal safety above all else, but that is not the ideal mental model for a fulfilled life most would define as happy. For many people, their ideal of happiness goes against much of their hard-wired tendencies, so to achieve it, it requires serious thought, hard work, and deliberate lifestyle design.

On this week's Yoga Talk Show, author, Raj Raghunathan, shares his research, teaching, and writing around happiness based on his career.


Raj is an award-winning Professor of Marketing at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas in Austin. Raj’s work has appeared in leading marketing journals, and has been cited in several mass media outlets, including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Austin American Statesman, The Houston Chronicle, and Self Magazine. He is the author of a new book titled, “If You Are So Smart, Why Aren’t You Happy?”

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Listen & Learn:

  • Why "what you're missing out on" might be causing unhappiness
  • Why it's important to define happiness
  • Why happiness is to be lighthearted but not at the cost of being cruel and a state of harmony (right now is good)
  • Why you must prioritize happiness, go on a news fast, and a nature feast
  • Why you should develop a spiritual attitude (that life is aligned, not benign or maligned)
  • How default negativity can cause people to note dangers, and it's easy to get lost in this

Yoga Practice Tip of the Week:

  • Grip Strength - how to deal with wrist pain?

Links & References from the Show:

Got Questions?


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Direct download: 205_-_Happiness_vs_Intelligence.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 1:13pm CEST

You know you should sleep 7 to 8 hours per night, but do you really sleep that much? And when you do, is the quality of your sleep any good? Modern life makes pillow-time a huge challenge. Your cell phone on the nightstand emits blue light and EMF, your high glucose dessert after dinner leaves your hormones out of whack, and that glass of red wine you use to initially fall asleep will eventually backfire and keep you from achieving deep, restful sleep.

With the best possible intentions, our sleep hygiene is often a mess.
On this week’s, Yoga Talk Show, Dr. Raj Dasgupta will help you learn how to improve both the quality and quantity of your sleep. You’ll learn about common “sleep killers” in your lifestyle and environment, and the small action steps you can take to improve your sleep hygiene immediately.
Dr. Raj Dasgupta is a Quadruple Board Certified Doctor. He's an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Southern California (USC) in the division of Pulmonary/Critical Care/Sleep Medicine. You may have seen him on television or published in numerous media. His mission is to educate patients, students and aspiring doctors to better patient care.

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What You’ll Learn:

  • Why sleep apnea is a huge and growing problem that can impact your weight, your mood, your hormones, and so much more
  • Why N3 and REM sleep are so important (and often lacking)
  • Why stimulus control is key to a good night sleep
  • Why you should stop "clock watching"
  • How alcohol helps you fall asleep but promises poor quality sleep
  • Why blue light from screen time suppresses melatonin
  • Why cognitive behavioral therapy is the cornerstone of stress management
  • Why all sleep aids decrease respiration and should be used only when necessary
  • Are electromagnetic fields (EMF) really an issue?

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Best way to use Turmeric in the kitchen

Links & References from the Show:

Got Questions?

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Direct download: 202_-_Sleep_Hygiene.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 11:15am CEST

If you want to start an argument among yoga students, just mention the phrase "hot yoga." Love it or hate it, Hot Yoga has spread across the globe faster than any other style—and there are solid health benefits that few people are aware of. As a yin to the yang that is Hot Yoga, cold therapy and cryotherapy are now the new new thing with ice baths and freezer chambers all over social media.


But is heat really good for you? And what about cold? And why?


On this week's Yoga Talk Show, Lucas dives into some of the latest research about the benefits and risks associated with heat and cold therapy for yoga students.


MEDICAL DISCLAIMER: both heat and cold therapy can be dangerous and even fatal. This is meant for informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. Never practice heat or cold therapy alone, and ideally practice under expert supervisions.


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What You’ll Learn:

  • Why sweating does release toxins
  • How heat can help build muscle
  • How heat and increase growth hormone
  • How heat can improve sugar metabolism
  • How cold can trigger norepinephrine
  • Why cold is not always a smart choice


Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Are black beans a good source of protein?

Links & References from the Show:

Got Questions?

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Direct download: 200_-_Hot_and_Cold_Therapy.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 11:27am CEST

Could "mood" be the #1 determining variable in performance and recovery from training? What impact does reduced breathing versus accelerated breathing have on your oxygen and carbon dioxide levels—and what about your nervous system?

On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet strength and conditioning coach, Brian MacKenzie, who will introduce you to breath training in a whole new way.


Brian MacKenzie is a strength and conditioning coach and the creator of CrossFit Endurance, which specializes in movement with an emphasis in running, cycling, and swimming mechanics. Brian has been featured in Competitor, Runner's World, Triathlete, Men's Journal, ESPN Rise, The Economist, Outside, and in the book, The 4-Hour Body. Brian has consulted with several athletic teams, including the 2012 Western Athletic Conference Champions San Jose State Women's Swim Team. His books include: Power, Speed, Endurance and Unbreakable Runner. You can learn more about his work at www.Unscared.com

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What You’ll Learn:

  • What hypoxic training is, and why it can be useful
  • How "elevation masks" are being used for warm-up and recovery
  • How Wim Hof's method can be used to combat lactic acid post workout
  • Why we're in the "Wild West" of breathing right now


Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Tomato Sauce - friend or foe?


Links & References from the Show:

Got Questions?

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Direct download: 198_-_Breathe_Perform__Recover.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 11:45am CEST

You already know wheat is inflammatory, high glycemic, and allergenic for many people, but did you know that bread can affect your brain as well? Sad but true: something as ubiquitous as your morning toast could cause short term brain fog and contribute (or even cause) neurological diseases long term.

On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, you’ll meet filmmaker, Max Lugavere, who is leading an awareness campaign to connect the dots between bread and cognitive decline. Initially motivated by the neurological challenges of his mother, Lugavere will shed new light on “sandwich culture” and why we need to rethink this all-American staple in our diets.

Lugavere is an American television personality, producer, filmmaker, and musician. He earned a degree in film and psychology from the University of Miami and contributes regularly to The Huffington Post on topics of science, innovation, and technology. Currently, Max is working on a new documentary that explores the impact of our diets and lifestyles on brain health, called, Bread Head.

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What You’ll Learn:

  • How bread can cause inflammation in the gut - but also in the brain
  • How family history and genetics can load the gun while your food and lifestyle can pull the trigger for neurodegenerative disease
  • What “impaired glucose metabolism” means and how does it relate to Alzheimer´s Disease
  • How a high fat, ketogenic diet could be a breakthrough for brain health
  • What Type III diabetes is and who is at risk

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Microwaves - should we use them?

Links & References from the Show:

Got Questions?

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Awesome Toes! can be used at night, while watching TV, while practicing yoga, and even in wide-toed athletic shoes for running. Most toe separators on the market fall off or break during activities, but Awesome Toes! are designed for durability and comfort during yoga practice, dance rehearsals and while engaging in sports.

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Direct download: 196_-_The_Death_of_Bread.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 1:18pm CEST

Is your inner voice critical, self-defeating, and ruminating all day long? Our modern world is more knowledge-based than action-based, but what do you do when your inner voice is your worst enemy? How do you find balance and peace?


At YOGABODY, we're huge fans of yoga practices, breath work, and healthy living, but visualizations is an often-overlooked way to change the focus of your mind's lens from negative to positive, from past and future pain, to a present state of peace.


On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, take a trip into the magical world of the human brain as we attempt to decipher its power and limitless abilities in order to manifest our lives. James R. Doty, M.D., is an American neurosurgeon, entrepreneur, philanthropist and a Clinical Professor of neurosurgery at Stanford University, and founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. Dr. Doty is also the New York Times bestselling author of Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart.


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What You’ll Learn:

  • How Dr. Doty overcame a difficult childhood and past trauma to manifest his life
  • How to change your life by first changing your brain
  • How visualization can be a better choice than meditation for some people in some cases
  • How to stop suffering from defining who you are


Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Store bought bouillons, broths and soups - are they good for us?


Links & References from the Show:

Got Questions?

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Direct download: 195_-_Mysteries_of_the_Brain_Secrets_of_the_Heart.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 1:00pm CEST

Why is it that larger pills are more effective than smaller ones at treating illness? How could it be that longer doctor’s visits are correlated with faster patient recovery? How much of alternative healing is mind over body or simply mind tricking body?

On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, we deep dive into the fascinating world of the placebo effect and it’s everpresent role in both allopathic and alternative medicine.
Please meet, Jo Marchant, an award-winning science journalist and author. With a background in genetics and a PhD in microbiology, Marchant worked as an editor at New Scientist and Nature. She explores topics from the future of genetic engineering to underwater archaeology, and most recently, the idea that our thoughts can have great benefits on our bodies and even prevent us from getting ill on the first place. Marchant is the author of The Shadow King: The Bizarre Afterlife of King Tut's Mummy, Decoding the Heavens, and Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body.

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What You’ll Learn:

  • How the placebo effect is always at place in healing
  • Why sometimes mind over body is stronger than any modern medicine
  • How to think about healing from both a scientific and energetic viewpoint
  • Why your body’s healing mechanisms are much more complicated than simple chemistry


Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Vitamin D deficiency: Do we need to take supplements?


Links & References from the Show:

Got Questions?

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Yoga students use Corky the Block in dynamic Vinyasa Yoga practices, deep stretching Gravity Yoga sessions, and in advanced arm balancing and back-bending. A block is an essential yoga prop, and Corky the Block is a beautiful addition to your practice room.

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Direct download: 194_-_The_Science_of_Mind_Over_Body.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 12:00pm CEST

Corporate giants like Coca-Cola, Kraft, and Kellogg’s dominate the food and beverage industries, but they are optimized for profit, not for our health. To make their foods more palatable and profitable, these companies strategically utilize specific combinations of salt, sugar and fat.

According to best-selling author, Michael Moss, these foods are not just unhealthy, they are also addicting. Listen to this week’s Yoga Talk Show to learn how “big food” has gotten us all hooked on their products.

Michael Moss is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, SALT SUGAR FAT: How the Food Giants Hooked Us. He's a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter formerly with the Times. He's a keynote speaker and has been a guest on CBS This Morning, Dr. Oz, CNN The Lead, ATC and Jon Stewart's the Daily Show. He has been a reporter at The Wall Street Journal and an adjunct professor at the Columbia School of Journalism.

To learn more, visit: www.michaelmossbooks.com

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  • The "bliss point" in commercial food—and what it matters
  • Why big food referss to their clients as "heavy users"
  • What "mouth feel" and "flavor burst" mean
  • How the snack and convenience habits opened the door to industry abuse
  • How the "Lunchables" inventor is now helping fresh salad vendor in Chicago
  • How big companies self-ubsidize and could shift their focus for big change

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Should you boil, steam or pan-fry your veggies?

Links & References from the Show:

 

Got questions?

 

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Yoga students use the Super Strap in Vinyasa Yoga practices, deep stretching Gravity Yoga sessions, and in advanced arm balancing and back-bending. A yoga strap is an essential yoga prop, and the Super Strap is a beautiful and practical addition to your practice room.

Direct download: 187_-_Salt_Sugar_Fat.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 12:19pm CEST

When you experience happiness, your brain releases dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and/or endorphin. The curious things is that our brain doesn’t release a happy chemical without very particular (and often counter-intuitive) triggers. On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, Loretta Graziano Breuning, PhD, talks about how you can boost your happiness by retraining your brain to turn on the chemicals that make you happy.

Loretta is the founder of the Inner Mammal Institute, which provides resources that help people rewire their mammalian neurochemistry.She's Professor Emerita at California State University, East Bay, and author of Beyond Cynical and I, Mammal. She also writes the blog Your Neurochemical Self: Getting real with a 200-million-year-old brain on PsychologyToday.com.

She has been interviewed on NPR, The Matt Townsend Show, and the Ask Altucher podcast, and her work been featured in Psychologies and Real Simple magazines.

Her most recent book is called, Habits of a Happy Brain and can be found on Amazon or any major bookseller.

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Listen & Learn:

  • Why a “no CNN diet” might be the best way to feed your happy brain
  • How dopamine, is released when you anticipate of a reward and have a future-focused attitude
  • How endorphins are triggered from physical pain and are short-lived, and perhaps not so healthy in your pursuit of happiness
  • How oxytocin distinguishes mammals from reptiles and can be clearly seen at birth with baby-mother bonding, and as adults with tribal behavior of all types
  • How serotonin is released from “one-upmanship” behavior, social rivalry, and the urge to feel special and distinguish oneself
  • How the happy patterns of our youth get myelinated into our nervous system

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Is Himalayan salt a superfood?

Links & References from the Show:

Got questions?

 

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This block was originally developed for the YOGABODY Fitness Studio Group because we needed an all-natural, eco-friendly, and non-slip prop to use in our public classes. Traditional, synthetic blocks are ugly, slip with sweat, and have an unpleasant hand-feel. Hence, Corky the Block was born!

Yoga students use Corky the Block in dynamic Vinyasa Yoga practices, deep stretching Gravity Yoga sessions, and in advanced arm balancing and back-bending. A block is an essential yoga prop, and Corky the Block is a beautiful addition to your practice room.

Direct download: 186_-_happy_brain.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 11:45am CEST

Have you seen the viral Youtube video where a unicorn poops rainbow ice cream and a prince lectures on bowel health? It’s ridiculous but also very relevant. Yoga students talk about their bowel movements constantly, and for good reason. It's an important indication of health, and one that many struggle with (literally).

On this week’s episode, Dr. Alison Chen sheds some light on the topic of bowel health, and the importance of fiber. Alison is a Canadian board-certified and licensed Naturopathic Doctor from Toronto. She integrates Western science with Traditional holistic energetic medicine to provide individualized, safe and effective natural treatments.

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Listen & Learn:

  • Why bowel health is such an important topic
  • How much fiber is enough? And where to get it…
  • The Squatty Potty - does it work?
  • Simple tips for eating and drinking your way to bowel health

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Is olive oil really as healthy as they say?

Links & References from the Show:

Got questions?

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THE PROBLEM: When you’re trying to burn fat, get fit, increase your energy, improve your digestion and just plain feel better each day, it can be overwhelming with all the conflicting health information online. Do you start with organic food? Paleo? Raw vegan? Do you have to run marathons or is yoga a good solution? There’s just too many choices and too many opinions.

THE SOLUTION: The truth is that there are as many paths to exceptional health as there are trees in the forest, so rather than argue about which path is best, let’s just focus on elephant in the room. Medical doctors, weight loss experts, yoga teachers, and weight lifters all agree that the single biggest troublemaker in our modern diet is excessive sugar in all its forms. It causes weight gain, diabetes, hormonal problems, premature again—and just about every other health problem you can think of. So if you want to get healthy, let’s start with the one change that will give you the biggest bang for your buck. Together, let’s kick the sugar habit and start a positive spiral towards health.

Direct download: 185_-_poo_like_magic_unicorn.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 4:10pm CEST

Wheat-related digestive problems are something you’ve probably heard of before, but less commonly known is the effect that long-term gluten exposure has on your entire body. Guest speaker, Dr. Peter Osborne, will help you understand why "heart-healthy" whole grain bread might be making your joints hurt or contributing to chronic pain of all types. You’ll learn how to rethink your everyday food choices to avoid gluten altogether.

Dr. Peter Osborne is the clinical director of Origins Healthcare Center. He is a doctor of chiropractic medicine and a Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist. His focus is on natural treatments of degenerative diseases with a primary focus on gluten sensitivity and food allergies.

He founded Gluten Free Society in 2010 to help educate on the far-reaching effects of gluten sensitivity. He is the author of Glutenology, a series of books designed to help educate the world about gluten.

His new book, No Grain, No Pain: A 30-Day Diet for Eliminating Chronic Pain—for Life is available on Amazon and at all major booksellers.

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Listen & Learn:

  • How grains can lead to leaky gut
  • Why ages 35-40 are often when long-term gluten exposure begins to create problems
  • How modern bread products have changed with Glyphosate-sprayed crops, higher gluten levels, and mycotoxins from storage
  • Why anyone with rheumatoid arthritis or any other auto-immune condition should at least try going gluten free

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Are non-stick pans safe?

 

Links & References from the Show:

Got questions?

 

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This 1-month immersion is designed to take qualified teachers and turn them into career yoga professionals. Students sign up for different reasons, but everyone comes seeking a deeper, and more-fulfilling teaching life. You get to a point where you know you need to step outside your daily schedule to progress, but you’re not sure where to go for help in this next phase of your career. Who can support and guide you personally, professionally, and financially? To solve this common problem, Absolute Yoga Academy’s 300hr, Level II course was born.

If you want to fall in love with yoga again ( as a student ), become an “authority teacher”, meet like-minded colleagues and friends, and learn how you can teach less but earn more, we invite you to discover the Absolute Yoga Academy 300hr Level II Teacher Training course

Direct download: 184_-_No_Gain_No_Pain.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 3:03pm CEST

The Yoga Talk Show is 3 years old, and I feel like we're just getting started. 2015 was an amazing year with over 50 guests with topics spanning from hormonal health to barefooted running. I've learned a ton, and I hope you've found this information valuable as a listener. In this week's show, I've decided to do a "year-in-review" episode to highlight some standout moments for me in the previous 12 months.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Breathing
  • HRV
  • Barefoot Running
  • Face-to-Wall Handstand
  • Kombucha

 Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Aspartame: friend or foe?

 
Links & References from the Show:


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Direct download: 182_-_Best_of_2015.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 5:00pm CEST

Your body is hard-wired for survival, but our modern world throws continuous health challenges our way. I wish things became easier with time and age, but for most people, the journey toward health becomes more and more challenging. To help you on the path to optimal health in the new year, please meet plant-based medical doctor, Michael Greger, MD.

Michael Greger, MD, is a physician, author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. He is a graduate of Cornell University School of Agriculture and Tufts University School of Medicine.

Currently Dr. Greger serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at The Humane Society of the United States. Hundreds of his nutrition videos are freely available at NutritionFacts.org, with new videos and articles uploaded every day.

He is the author of a new book titled, How Not to Die: Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease just released this month and available on Amazon and all major booksellers.

Listen & Learn:

  • Why anyone eating a plant-based diet should supplement b12 and might need vitamin D3
  • The truth about lab-created meat products coming out in 2016
  • Why most people fail at plant-based diets (and all diets for that matter)
  • How plants can transform your health

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Is there such a thing as low glycemic holiday foods?

Links & References from the Show:

Got questions?

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SweatHouse

Patty Post, is a yogi from Minnesota and the creative mind behind Sweathouse. Aside from their colorful yoga towels, Patty created “the Saucha Spray”, a anti-funk spray because she was sick of her yoga clothes smelling just after a few months after purchasing them. She realized that her sweat, and habit of washing her yoga clothes hours; sometimes even days after practicing was causing the funk. The bacteria in our sweat sets into fabric just 2 hours after sweating and once it's in it's really hard to get out. So she created a formula that prevents the funk from setting in, spray on fabric after sweating to keep your clothes and gear smelling fresher, longer.

She realized that it can be used on anything even hockey equipment, dance costumes!

After you namaste, spray Saucha.

Direct download: 181_-_How_Not_to_Die.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 5:11pm CEST

This week’s yoga talk show explores medicinal mushrooms; not the hallucinogenic kind, the type that boost your immune system! Tero Isokauppila, co-founder of Four Sigma Foods, a medicinal mushroom superfood and super drink company, shares with you the health benefits of Reishi, Chaga, Shiitake, Cordyceps and Maitake.

What You'll Learn:

  • How mushrooms can boost your immune system
  • How water soluble soluble polysaccharides act to modulate your immune system
  • How fat soluble triterpenes can balance your hormones
  • Why many supplements are made with mycelium - not the actual mushroom fruiting bodies
  • Why China is leading the way for medicinal mushrooms both with cultivation and extraction

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Do healthy store-bought salad dressings exist?

Links & References from the Show:

Got questions?




Direct download: 180_-_Medicinal_Mushrooms.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 4:37pm CEST

Popular health advice around the holidays usually includes such nonsense as doing squats before you pig-out, taking charcoal capsules after you drink too much, and going to the gym twice per day in an attempt to balance out your gluttony. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but none of those things will undo the damage of overeating and overdrinking—but there are some simple strategies that can really make a difference.

Listen & learn:

  • Why eating 1 gram/ 1lb of body weight is a simple way to keep you holiday food consumption in check
  • Why desserts and alcohol are the most fat-inducing things to avoid
  • How to make your holidays more active and naturally fitness-oriented
  • Why mental health is an absolute must during the holidays, and some simple ideas for getting started

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Phytoestrogens and Xenoestrogens - how do they affect us?

Links & References from the Show:

Got questions?

Direct download: 179_-_Surviving_the_Holidays.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 4:02pm CEST

Dream states are more than just random fantasy. Dreaming can be incredibly healing and is believed to be an essential part of all restful sleep. Robert Waggoner, a leading authority on lucid dreaming, suggests that by decoding our dreams we can begin to understand our psyche. On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, Lucas Rockwood and Robert look at different types of sleep and dreams, and the potential impact that lucid dreaming can have on our physical and mental health.

Robert is the author of, Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self and Lucid Dreaming, Plain and Simple: Tips and Techniques for Insight, Creativity, and Personal Growth. Robert frequently speaks on lucid dreaming at national and international dream conferences, workshops and college classrooms, like Sonoma State University, Iowa State University, University of Washington, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and Evergreen State College.

 

In this show, you'll learn:

  • Why long cycle REM sleep is most conducive to lucid dreams
  • How napping can produce an "REM rebound" in some people
  • How dream help us process memory and emotions
  • How dreams can be a creative outlet
  • About the scientific research that proved and tested lucid dreams
  • How daytime mindfulness can help with lucid processing
  • How to use a reality check trigger in dreams to know you're dreaming

 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Sesame oil: good or bad?

Links & References from the Show:

 

 

 

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Direct download: 177_-_Lucid_Dreaming.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 4:34pm CEST

“ The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for your soul to reside in.” - B. K. S. Iyengar


Your gut health is vitally important for your immune system, digestion, and even your mood. On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, gastroenterologist and wellness expert, Dr Robynne Chutkan, teaches the importance of a cultivating a balanced microbiome; and she warns against the severe impact digestive distress can have on your body and your life.

Dr Chutkan founded the Digestive Center for Women (DCW) in 2004, an integrative gastroenterology practice that includes nutritional therapy, meditation, biofeedback and counseling, as well as gastrointestinal procedures like endoscopy, colonoscopy, and video capsule endoscopy.

Dr Chutkan makes regular appearances on The Doctor Oz show, and has been a featured expert on The Today Show, The Early Show, The Doctors, and local news programs. She has been featured in numerous articles on GI diseases in The Washington Post, Self, Shape, Healthy, Yoga Journal, Ladies Home Journal, Fitness, Women’s Health, and the Huffington Post among others.

What You'll Learn:

  • Why you should aim for "clean wipe" bowel movements
  • Why your colon is not blocked—but it might not be so healthy
  • Why probiotics cannot replace dietary healthy bacteria
  • Why inulin fiber is crucial for feeding good bacteria
  • How a plant-based diet can shift your microbiome (for the better) in as little as 30 hrs
  • Why sweat when stressed out smells bad

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Why Kombu (seaweed ) is so good for you!

Links & References from the Show:

Got questions?

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Are You a Yoga Teacher or Studio Owner? YOGABODY Business is excited to announce their first-ever Facebook Marketing for Yoga Teachers course to begin on 2 November. This online course can be attended from anywhere in the world and guarantees to double your impact, audience and sales through Facebook.

The course starts Monday. To learn more, visit: http://www.yogabodybusiness.com

Direct download: 174_-_Live_Dirty_Eet_Clean.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 11:10am CEST

You’ve probably measured your heart rate while exercising with a chest strap or a wrist device - but have you ever measured your heart rate variability (HRV)? It’s fascinating stuff for yoga students. Ronda Collier joins Lucas Rockwood on this week’s Yoga Talk Show to explain why HRV is a crucial health metric, the importance of "coherent breathing", and how all of this ties in with your yoga practice.

Ronda has more than 25 years of experience in high technology product development with a proven track record of delivering leading-edge consumer electronic products within both privately held startups and Fortune 500 corporations. She spent years as an independent scholar researching non-invasive health monitoring techniques to improve overall personal well being, research that led to the founding of SweetWater Health in 2010.

SweetWater is a leading tech company provided heart rate variability monitoring software you can use on your smart phone.


What You'll Learn:

  • How your breathing and state-of-mind dramatically impact your heart rate
  • How your heart rate variability can act like a sneak peek into what’s going on with your central nervous system
  • Why high frequency heart (HF) rates are associated with parasympathetic nervous system response
  • Why low frequencies (LF) are associated with sympathetic nervous system response
  • Why elevated heart rate + reduced high freq waves + increased low frequency waves = stress response

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Why you should be drinking turmeric tea

Links & References from the Show:
SweetWater Health 

Got questions?
Write to us: podcast@yogabody.com

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Direct download: 173_-_Heart_Rate_Variability.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 11:13am CEST

In an attempt to lead the healthiest life possible, food and movement often become the main focus - but you must also address your mental and emotional health, particularly as you age. More and more research links physical health problems to root emotional problems meaning stress, worry, and anxiety left unchecked can have horrendous long-term implications on your health.

On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, clinical psychologist, David Carbonell, decodes anxiety: why we worry, how anxiety sets in, and what can be done to address it and regain control.  

He's the author of Panic Attacks Workbook: A Guided Program for Beating the Panic Trick and the soon-to-be released, The Worry Trick: How Your Brain Tricks You into Expecting the Worst and What You Can Do About It

 

What You'll Learn:

  • Why talk therapy is probably not the best choice for anxiety
  • How generalized anxiety vs. panic attacks differ
  • Practical tips for dealing with anxiety-inducing situations

 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Glorious, glorious water!

 

Links & References from the Show:

 

Got questions?

 

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Direct download: 171_-_Overcoming_Anxiety.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 12:37pm CEST

Yoga is unique and powerful as a mind-body fitness modality in that it can restore balance to the body's electrical system (aka your nervous system) - and breathing is the secret key that makes it all possible. In the same way that our breath changes very predictably during times of fear, sorrow, love, or rest, we can flip that equation around and change our breathing patterns in order to change our mood.

Why then do psychiatrists prescribe drugs before using this age-old practice of balancing breath to treat mental health issues? To answer that question, Lucas is joined by Patricia Gerbarg MD who shares her years of research and on-the-ground training using breathing as therapy.

Dr. Gerbarg reveals some of the current challenges in our modern world and in psychiatric medicine - and she’ll share with you how she uses breath in her practice, often in lieu of traditional treatments like prescription drugs - and it’s working!


Dr. Patricia Gerbarg is a Harvard Medical School trained psychiatrist who practices Integrative Psychiatry, combining standard and complementary treatments. Her research focuses on mind-body practices for reducing the effects of stress and trauma, particularly in survivors of mass disasters.

Along with Dr. Richard P. Brown, she has co-authored over 40 scientific articles, book chapters, and health books on complementary and integrative treatments.

Her books include: The Rhodiola Revolution, How to use Herbs, Nutrients, and Yoga in Mental Health Care, Non-Drug Treatments for ADHD, and The Healing Power of the Breath.

Listen & Learn:

  • Why some breathing might cause manic reactions
  • How the body-mind is more accurate than mind-body since 80% of the vagus nerve fibers are carrying signals from the body to brain, and just 20% brain to body
  • Why most people breathe at 12-15 breaths/min but should aim for “coherent breath” at around 5 per min
  • Why some breathing can make you zoned-out and spacey while others can amp you up
  • How balance is usually the most useful aim and type of response to strive for

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Chickpeas: friend or foe?

Links & References from the Show:
www.breath-body-mind.com

Got questions?
Write to us: podcast@yogabody.com

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Absolute Yoga Academy is one of the most-respected and rigorous teacher training schools in the world. It’s a place where students go to become teachers, and where teachers go to become industry transformers. Join the movement!

Direct download: 170_-_Breathing_instead_of_medicating.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 12:45pm CEST

When most people think about world hunger and poverty, they often think of Vitamin A deficiency impacting vision or distended abdomens from protein deficiency in developing countries. Oddly, a much bigger problem affects people across the globe: iron deficiency. Low iron can lead to weakness, impaired cognitive ability, increased risk of illness, and even death - and as many as 50% of the population are at risk.

To solve this problem, please meet, Gavin Armstrong, the purpose-driven entrepreneur behind the Lucky Iron Fish. As the name suggests, this solution is quite literally “luck fish” made of iron and used in cooking to add iron into your diet. It’s elegantly simple, scientifically proven, and the compliance rate is off the charts.

Every iron fish can provide an entire family with up to 75% of their daily iron intake for up to 5 years. All you have to do is cook with it!

Gavin is a PhD Candidate in biomedical science at the University of Guelph [golf] and is a Fulbright Scholar. He has received the William J. Clinton Hunger Leadership Award and the Michaëlle Jean Humanitarian Award. He has also received the Mayor’s Award of Excellence, has been named one of the Top 40 under 40 in the Guelph community, and has been named a fellow emeritus of both the Hunger Solutions Institute and the Kirchner Food Fellowship.

What You'll Learn:

  • Why iron deficiency can cause up to 20% loss of work ability
  • How low iron makes you more susceptible to malaria and HIV
  • 3.5 billion people have deficiency
  • The complexity of iron supplementation
  • Since 2000, deficiency is up 10% globally
  • Why tannins blocks iron absorption
  • Why those with hemochromatosis must be wary of iron
  • $70 billion in lost productivity


Nutritional Tip of the Week:
Echinacea

Links & References from the Show:
www.luckyironfish.com

Got questions?
Write to us: podcast@yogabody.com

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Direct download: 169_-_Lucky_Iron_Fish.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 4:45pm CEST

Negative lifestyle habits and poor food choices can impact the neural messengers that keep you energized, calm, focused, optimistic, and inspired. In many ways, our modern world undermines our brain health and can lead to imbalances with very serious repercussions. On this week’s talk show episode, Dr. Mike Dow introduces “The Brain Fog Fix”, a program designed to balance serotonin, dopamine, and cortisol, three essential chemical messengers for fog-free living. By naturally healing your brain health, you can find clarity, focus, inner peace while staving off future health problems. 

Dr. Mike Dow is an author, psychotherapist, and the host of shows on E!, TLC, VH1, Investigation Discovery, and Logo. He makes regular appearances on Dr. Oz, Dr. Drew On Call, The Talk, Wendy Williams, Rachael Ray, Nightline, Good Morning America, The Doctors, The Talk, and Today.

His latest book, The Brain Fog Fix, is available on Amazon.com. 

 

Listen & Learn:

  • Why farm-raised rainbow trout might be the best fish source for your brain
  • How algae oils can be used as a plant-based (vegetarian) alternative for EPA and DHA
  • How EPA can be more effective than prescription drugs for treating depression
  • How 12 minutes of meditation daily can clear your mind, increase focus, and defog the brain
  • Why spirituality is important for mental clarity 

 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Sesame seeds

 

Links & References from the Show:

Dr Mike Dow’s Website

 

Got questions?

Write to us: podcast@yogabody.com

 

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Yoga Design Lab 

The innovative yoga brand Yoga Design Lab has been shaking up the industry with uber colorful yoga mats described by Refinery29 and Fitness Magazine as 'stunning works of art’. Designed in Bali by a Canadian surfer/yogi named Chad, who sold all his stuff and moved there to launch the idea in 2014. The young brand produces visually stunning, fashion-forward, eco-friendly yoga products designed to inspire.

"I was seated in the back of a packed yoga class while on vacation in Ubud, Bali. Looking around, all I saw was a sea of unoriginal, massed produced, solid colored mats. My thinking was, there must be a way of creating a highly functional product that was also aesthetically beautiful. So the journey began. Long story short, I sold my stuff, packed up a couple bags and moved to Bali with the goal of creating a stunning line of yoga products that inspire more people to get excited about yoga.” - Chad, YDL Founder

Blending fashion-forward design elements with innovative functionality and bio-renewable consciousness is key to the Yoga Design Lab approach. From insulated stainless steel water bottles, to yoga mats comprised of biodegradable natural tree rubber, to the water based inks used in the printed designs, we can all make a difference with the products we buy.

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Direct download: 168_-_Brain_Fog_Fix.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 3:31pm CEST

Nutrition is such an important topic, and no matter where we find ourselves on our health journey,we are constantly looking for ways to feel better, live longer, and generally lead healthier, happier lives. This week, Lucas Rockwood and guest speaker, Ariane Resnick, dig into fundamentals of healthy home food prep, and more specifically, the power of old-fashioned, organic bone broth.

Ariane Resnick is a private chef and certified nutritionist who specializes in organic farm-to-table cuisine. She has cooked for celebrities that include Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Martin, Agustina Groening, Lisa Edelstein and Jeff Franklin, and has been featured in media such as Well&Good NYC, In Style, Star, Goop.com, Food.com, Huffington Post, Refinery29.com, Muscle & Fitness, Men’s Fitness and Food Network’s “Chopped.”Her first book, “The Bone Broth Miracle,” was released in May.

In this Show, You'll learn:

  • Lyme Disease 101: how it’s diagnosed over overcome 
  • Why bone broth is a super food (for some) 
  • Is “Food a religion?” and how groups such as paleos, vegetarians, or raw foodists might help or harm you on your health journey 
  • Why health has become an economic class issue
  • How to start cooking good food

 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Quinoa: your source of plant-based protein!

 

Links & References from the Show:

http://www.arianecooks.com

 

Got questions?

Write to us: podcast@yogabody.com

 

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MOUS 

The MOUS Shaker was created for individuals who are passionate about fitness, and the environment. It is made of top quality, food grade plastic that experiences and displays glass like characteristics. The bottle itself is designed to be modular, with ease of assembly and disassembly. By sourcing only the highest food grade and BPA-free plastics (Eastman Tritan), the MOUS Shaker limits the ability of bacteria absorption. It’s not only the perfect companion for any athlete, it’s also fantastic for smoothies, juices, and fruit infused water detox.

 

Direct download: 165_-_Bone_Broth_Miracle.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 11:51am CEST