Jun 30, 2015
If you are experiencing new hormonal symptoms as you age, check out this episode.
Our guest Andrea Thorpe, of Lotus Center of Integrative Medicine in Los Angeles, is an acupuncturist, a functional medicine practitioner, and PhD candidate in Chinese Medicine. She specializes in treating women's health and infertility in her practice, and is often treating women who are 35 and up and stuggling with their hormones.
You don't have to be in menopause to have symptoms. Symptoms like:
can arrive as young as 35, when perimenopause actually begins.
Andrea explains how the body systems are effected by changing hormones levels, and how pre-existing imbalances can send you into a hormonal tailspin.
Andrea is also a food enthusiast, making sauerkraut, cooking and gardening. Learn her tips for nutritional choices that can ease symptoms in this life period, including high fats and minerals.
See Andrea's last appearance on Women's Wellness Radio on Hashimoto's here.
Learn more about your host, Bridgit Danner, at bridgitdanner.com, and grab your free guide to Understanding Your Cycle.
Jun 23, 2015
Ketosis is a nutritional state in which we are primarily burning fats for fuel. Perhaps the easiest example of this is when you think of a traditional Eskimo diet, in which the vast majority of calories came from the fat of sea animals.
But you don't have to eat only whale blubber to get into ketosis! Our guest today, renowned podcaster Jimmy Moore of Livin' La Vida Low Carb, joins us to talk about his book, Keto Clarity, co-authored with Dr. Eric Westman, MD.
Jimmy spent one year experimenting with a ketogenic diet, documenting his daily ketone measurements, scanning his body fat, checking his blood labs for sugar, cholesterol and more.
A ketogenic diet can be used for more common complaints, such as:
Jimmy also has a book soon to be published on July 28, 2015, the Ketogenic Cookbook, co-written with Maria Emmerich.
Jun 16, 2015
According to our guest, Dr. Nalini Chilkov, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 2 men will get cancer. That means it will effect either us or someone close to us.
But what can we do about it? Are we just doomed?
Dr. Chilkov says 40% of cancers can be avoided with diet and lifestyle.
Her book, 32 Ways to Outsmart Cancer, is a quick read, but packed with useful suggestions. She recommends to add a method or two per week to slowly build in her anti-cancer habits. Plus it's only $2.99 for the ebook on Amazon so I think you can swing it!
Here are few that caught my interest:
At least half your food should come from plants
Exercise regularly for cancer prevention
Do a cleanse at least twice a year
Express gratitude and appreciation daily
Take 5 essential core nutrient supplements daily
You can enjoy her free gift here:
Jun 9, 2015
Did you know the grocery store is laid out in a way to get you to spend more? Did you know that one moldy food in your fridge can infect all the other foods in there?
These and other fascinating tidbits can be found on today's podcast with guest health expert, Jamie Logie.
Jamie is a blogger, podcaster, heath coach and personal trainer out of London, Ontario. You can find his book, articles and show at his website, Regained Wellness.
If you struggle with some of these issues (like I do), tune in:
Buying multiple items you didn't intend to buy
Buying one bag of groceries at the upscale natural grocery store and wondering how it was $80
Feeling guilty because you had to toss out a few pieces of produce that went rotten
Wondering how to store onions so you don't get a gross, moldy one
Wanting to save money, without going to 3 stores per weekend
Wanting to get out of the whole grocery store scene, and into your local markets
After listening in to the show, I encourage you to share your own tips on how you shop healthy for a good price at our blog.
Jun 2, 2015
Have you been wondering what all the buzz is about with these HIIT work-outs?
HIIT stands for High-Intensity Interval Training, and the cool thing about it is that it gives you a muscle-building, calorie-burning work-out in about 20 minutes.
Doing long runs is hard on your joints. Hanging out on the elliptical machine while you watch TV at the gym doesn't get results. Besides, you're busy, and you don't have time to make it to the gym much anyway.
Enter 20 year veteran of the fitness industry, Brett Hoebel. Brett was once a trainer on the TV program The Biggest Loser. While the other trainers were having their clients work out all day, Brett was giving short, effective work-outs.
He brings that confidence and clarity on what works to his new book and DVD program, The 20-Minute Body.
I really enjoyed interviewing Brett, because he has so much passion for what he does. He also sees the whole picture on why most folks don't get fit and healthy, and goes about solving that problem.
As as result, he introduces:
Easy 20-minute healthy recipes
Shopping guides that make it a snap
Super fun 20-minute work-outs
Inner game journaling ideas to keep yourself inspired
An online community to share in your journey with others.
Whether you grab the book or the DVDs, I think you'll benefit from Brett's work. I recently started doing his 20-Minute Body work-outs, and I'm feeling psyched to get really fit this summer. You can check out his offerings here: 20-MINUTE BODY
To learn more about your host, visit bridgitdanner.com.
May 26, 2015
I'm delighted to have local chef and traditional foods expert Tressa Yellig on the show today. Tressa was an ambitious, young chef when she became very ill with a septic mersa infection. While awaiting surgery, she thankfully got more involved in the fermented food scene, which turned her condition around.
Why traditional foods are 'immediately healing'
The trouble with some coconuts and yogurts
Why one of their products was a surprise win for chemotherapy patients
How kombucha clears brain fog
How eating 'pre-digested foods' leaves you with much more energy
How you can eat traditional foods easily
How you can be one of the first to visit a Broth Bar (we love our Portlandia)
Order products from Tressa's company, Salt, Fire and Time, both locally and away here. They offers such yummy, delightful foods as coconut yogurt, chocolate truffles, bone broths, fermented sodas and beef jerkies.
You can also join her newsletter at the close of her home page to learn when Broth Bar opens, or stayed tuned on their instagram page.
May 19, 2015
It's easy to get caught in our 'critter brain' when we are trying to conceive. Patients and practitioners alike can be so busy chasing symptoms and the latest trends, that the fundamental needs of health are ignored.
Today acupuncturist, health coach and holistic fertility expert Angela Tisci teaches us about:
The three brains, and how our desire for safety sabotages our ability to change
The four pillars of health, including financial health and how this plays into the fertility path
How the right career and a clean house can support your fertility!
Angela and I have both been treating fertility for a number of years, and we have a lively discussion on how it's often necessary to take a step back, see the big picture, and smell the roses!
Whether you are well-intentioned woman on the fertility path, or a well-intentioned practitioner trying to get he best results for your fertility clients, this episode will get you to question your assumptions!
To pick up Angela's free Optimizing Your Fertility gift, click here.
To learn more about Angela's Integrative Fertility Institute for practitioners, click here, and sign up to know when the next course begins.
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May 13, 2015
The MTHFR gene mutation has gotten a lot of press lately. But it can be confusing to understand, and even more confusing to know what to do next.
Our guest today, Dr. Samantha LeVine of Docere Naturopathic Wellness, breaks it down simply and practically in this short episode.
Learn what a defect in methylfolate reductase gene production can effect:
Mood and brain health
Pregnancy and miscarriage
How to Test:
Why it's best to get professional support
When it's better to NOT find out
Also learn about what to do about it:
Choosing the right supplements
Docere Naturopathic Wellness (Samantha LeVine, ND)
MTHFR.net (Ben Lynch, ND)
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Apr 28, 2015
Do you have the desire to have a healthy diet, but just can't seem to figure out how to do it in your busy life?
Join host Bridgit Danner as she interviews Paleo expert Alison Golden of Paleo/Nonpaleo.
Alison will talk about paleo and the behavioral systems and habits that are necessary for sustainable success.
She will share about her experience with her son and her own with endometriosis.
"As someone who has struggled to sustain dietary changed over the long term, it has been changing my systems, habits and practicing acceptance and self-forgiveness that have enabled me to paleo paleo a long-term change."
Are you a fan of the show, or someone interested in health care? We'd love your help!
We have a survey active now through May 27, 2015 asking...what topics do you want to hear? What health challenges do you have?
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Apr 21, 2015
As a student of naturopathic medicine, Dr. Trevor Cates was not interested in dermatology. However through her private practice working with digestion, detox and allergies, she learend that the skin will reflect inner health, so having beautiful skin could be easier than she once thought.
Dr. Cates has also spent many of her practice years working in a spa setting, at the Waldorf Astoria Spa in Park City, Utah. Through this experience, she became known as 'the Spa Doctor,' and she holds a strong sense of bringing pampering into the home, through self-care and strong diet.
She is the host of the upcoming free event, the Glowing Skin Summit, which runs from April 29 - May 4, 2015. Register here.
Today on the episode, we'll take about:
-Sunscreens: when and what type
-Hidden ingredients in 'natural' skin care products
-A common food sensitivity that causes break-outs
-Superfoods for the skin
Don't forget to join the Glowing Skin Summit here to hear 35 experts dish on natural skin care- from gut health to facial acupuncture!
To learn more about your host, Bridgit Danner, visit bridgitdanner.com and pick up your complimentary hormone guide. Peace, and we're out...until next week!
Apr 15, 2015
Release Your Emotional Blocks, Powerfully! with Dawn Fleming
Are you ever so angry that you can’t sleep? Or are you dying to speak your mind, but can’t?
Sometimes energy blocks in our body can cause disease, or lead us to a life not fully lived.
Our guest today, Dawn Fleming, shares about the ancient energy centers discovered in Ayurvedic medicine, the chakras.
As Dawn explains, these seven energy centers are meant to spin freely, bringing in healthful energy, and expelling unhealthy energy. If they are stuck, disease and distress can ensue.
We talk about:
-Avoiding the victim mentality in illness
-Amazing success stories from her clients in fertility, eyesight, backache and more
-How we process situation through the chakras
-A detailed description of each chakra and its significance
-How most people aren’t living in joy, and what to do about it!
Dawn Fleming can be found at:
Learn more about your host, Bridgit Danner, and pick up her free guides to fertility and hormonal health at bridgitdanner.com
Apr 7, 2015
Do you feel like you burn calories too slowly, or too quickly? Do you struggle to lose weight, even though you think you eat healthy foods?
Our guest today, Dietitian Cassie of Healthy, Simple Life, demystifies metabolism in this helpful episode!
Learn the following things about metabolism:
-What it is (and isn’t)
-What slows down metabolism/ its biggest barriers
-What increases it/ its biggest promotors
-How dieting impacts metabolism
-What are the hormones involved in metabolism
-What in the world is 'PFC' and why is Cassie so crazy about it!
Dietitian Cassie is a Registered, Licensed Dietitian and Lead Health Coach and founder of Healthy Simple Life—a company that helps people find freedom from diets and chronic health conditions through the power of real food! Her team is passionate about debunking diet rumors, myths and fads, while teaching people how to eat real, healthy foods in a manner that is scientifically proven to prevent disease and increase health.
Cassie is the cohost of the weekly iTunes health podcast Low-Carb Conversations with Jimmy Moore, Dietitian Cassie & Friends. You can hear your host, Bridgit Danner, as their guest in episode 141!
Mar 31, 2015
Bone broth, or meat stock, is an ancient food that is regaining popularity today. If you are curious about broth - how to make it and what the value is - then tune in to today’s guest, Dr. Kaayla Daniel.
Dr. Kaayla Daniel is co-author of the book, Nourishing Broth: An Old-Fashioned Remedy for the Modern World.
Written along with Sally Fallon Morell, the well-known author of Nourishing Traditions, Nourishing Broth is ‘the Bible of broth,’ according to Dr. Daniel. It is a cookbook for many variations of broth, but also a historical and nutritional guide to this healing food.
On this episode, we discuss:
How to make a simple chicken stock today
How Florence Nightingale championed broth
How broth heals the gut
How broth is good for anxiety and sleep
To learn more about the book Nourishing Broth, to join the Nourishing Broth community, or to purchase, visit www.nourishingbroth.com.
To learn more about our guest Dr. Kaayla Daniel, aka the Naughty Nutritionist, visit www.drkaayladaniel.com
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To learn more about your host, Bridgit Danner, please visit her site here and pick up your Cycle Guide on the right side bar of the homepage.
Mar 24, 2015
Is PMS normal and inevitable? This is the first question I ask Dr. Lara Briden.
Dr. Briden, author of the new book, Period Repair Manual: Natural Treatments for Better Hormones and Better Periods, speaks candidly about PMS, and give practical advice for PMS sufferers.
We talk about:
PMS is just one topic in her very practical book, Period Repair Manual, which recently became available in print and kindle versions on Amazon.
Dr. Briden has been working with women's hormones since the mid 90s, before natural medicine got more mainstream. If you are dealing with tough 'period problems' -from choosing birth control to treating PCOS- I highly recommend her book. You can also learn more about Dr. Lara at her website.
You can learn moe about your host, Bridgit Danner, here.
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Mar 17, 2015
Many women slog through the day fueled by caffeine and sugar. Most feel that there is no solution for this; it's just life. What if that's not true? What if you could have the energy you had when 20, still now at 40?
Dr. Jen Landa, whose gym buddies refer to as 'the powerhouse' (all 5'2" of her) and whose friends call her the 'energizer bunny,' wasn't always so energetic.
You can imagine that after med school, now with kids and a busy practice, she was burned out. But she learned what to do to get her energy back, and she shares some of the problems and solutions on the podcast.
Learn more about how your hormones work, food solutions, and the natural sweetner Dr. Jen taught Dr. Oz about on his show!
Click here for the free energy quiz and video we mention on the program.
Dr. Jen has a very affordable Endless Energy starting soon. Make sure you take the first step here, to be invited to that shortly. Get your energy back!
Be sure to get subscribed to the show on itunes or stitcher for weekly delivery of fantastic insights on women's health. Just type in 'Women's Wellness Radio,' and there we are!
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Mar 10, 2015
If you are ready for an in-depth approach to your fertility diagnosis and care, we recommend you listen to this one!
Modern fertility treatment is too often oversimplified with the rush to the next new herb or superfood, or a rush into technologic options that could have been avoided.
Marc Sklar is an acupuncturist who gives his patients both a traditional Chinese Medicine diagnosis and also a Functional Medicine diagnosis.
Some things we talk about on the call:
When to start working with a fertlility specialist
What does acupuncture treat well
What labs are beneficial to run
Marc is a certified Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine, a Havard-trained Mind/Body practitioner, and a clinician with many years of experience in reproductive medicine. He is available for appointments in San Diego, CA and online.
Learn more about Marc's clinic here.
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To learn more about your host, Bridgit Danner, please see her website for some great blogs and free gifts.
Mar 3, 2015
Do you have an amazing partner, but just no energy to have sex? You are not alone! In our busy, busy culture, with a lack of nutritous food, too many activities and too many toxins, many people feel too tired or stressed at day's end to have sex.
Luckily we still have access to the earth's potent, natural plants to heal us.
Amanda Furbee, co-owner of the Herb Shoppe Pharmacy, takes us on a tour of her favorite herbs for energy, relaxation and libido.
Some notes from the call:
Shatavari- more for women, menopause, vag dryness
Ahswagandha- ayurvedic- adatpogen stamina, increse sperm quality and quantity
Maca- Sweet nutty flavor, nice energy boost, started with horse energy- from the Andes
Yohimbe- stimulating, blood flow, stamina, the wild animal
Nervines= treat the nervous system
Lavender, lemon balm, poppy- relaxing
Rose petal and chamomile in the bath
‘Relaxation Now’ tincture
Bullet Proof ice cream recipe
Jill Blakeway, author of Sex Again
Light My Fire Tincture- (link goes to the Herb Shoppe's website)
Erectile, cocoa, maca 1-2 dropperfuls 3 times a day
Feb 25, 2015
Leah Jorgensen had a career in the wine industry, surrounded by rich, gourmet food, when she was diagonsed with celiac disease.
She had to take a step back to consider her relationship with food, while she worked with her practitioners to heal her gut.
Leah already had a long-standing interest in nutrition and she eventually became a Certified Holistic Nutritionist through the Wellspring School for Healing Arts. And she has her own wine label!
On this episode, we'll cover:
What is celiac disease?
How is it diagnosed?
Is gluten free a fad?
What is mindful eating?
How can we begin to eat mindfully?
Find out more about Leah below:
Please visit our site @ bridgitdanner.com, and choose our Ten Tips of Gratitude Guide or our Clear Path to Fertility free at our home page!
Subscribe to the show, and leave us a rating, on itunes here.
Feb 18, 2015
Our guest today is Diana Rodgers, author of the new book, The Homegrown Paleo Cookbook. The book includes over 100 Farm to Table Paleo recipes, and also an in-depth guide to gardening, homesteading and sourcing local food.
If you are already interested in Paleo eating, and are ready to deepen your relationship to this diet by joining a community agriculture program, keeping chickens, raising bees or hosting your own pig roast, Diana is your girl. Her beautiful book is both inspirational and practical.
Diana and her family live on a working farm, Clark Farm in Carlisle Massachusetts. Her husband is an avid farmer, and Diana is a nutritionist, author and podcaster who helps out on the farm as well.
To learn more about Diana, visit her blog, Sustainable Dish.
You can pre-order or order her book through Amazon here.
You can check out the podcast called Modern Farm Girls, that she co-hosts with fellow dirt lover and nutritionist Liz Wolfe.
Additionally, she a video series featuring different aspects of farm life that is posted on my YouTube channel, Sustainable Dish.
You can see the book trailer we mentioned on the show here.
Feb 11, 2015
One in Eight American woman will be diagnosed with breast cancer. This statistic is up from one in forty in the decade of the 1940s.
Our environment and our diet are changing rapidly, and some things are out of our control. But the good news is that many things are under our control, and we can make positive changes now, whether young or old, with a breast cancer diagnosis or without one.
Our guest Dr. Veronique Desaulniers has had a 30 year career in holisitic medicine, and in 2004 found her own breat lump, despite her healthy habits.
She has compiled a thorough and hopeful book in Heal Breast Cancer Naturally: 7 Essential Steps to Beating Breat Cancer.
Here's a few things I learned in the book:
Potato chips are scary bad for us.
Sticking a cell phone in your bra = really bad idea
98% of women with breast cancer had a root canal on the corresponding side of their body
Intrigued? Listen to the show!
Get Dr. V's book
See her website, BreastCancerConqueror
To learn more about your host, Bridgit Danner, please visit bridgitdanner.com. We offer a free Guide to Understanding Your Hormones on our site.
Feb 4, 2015
Are spices helpful for health, beyond their flavor?
Do I need to use fresh herbs, and how long can I keep dried herbs?
How can I incorporate some healing spices easily into my routine?
Our guest today, Rylen Feeney, gives us some practical advice on using herbs. She also highlights three of her favorite herbs and how to use them. She is offering a free mini-cookbook to our listeners at this LINK.
Rylen has been practicing and teaching wholisitic nutrition, as well as Chinese medicine and bodywork for many years. She is the founder of the Wellspring School, which offers certification in Amma Therapy and Wholisitic Nutrition, as well as classes and discounted bodywork clinics to the public at their Portland, Oregon location.
To learn more about the Wellspring school, please go HERE.
Jan 28, 2015
Peri-menopause begins at 35, according to Sara Gottfried, author of the Hormone Cure. Does that mean your life is over, and now you'll be infertile and full of hot flashes? No!
But it's important to know what changes may be arising in your body as hormone levels begin to decline, so you can cruise through this period with vitality and confidence.
Today our guest expert, Nina Price, will help us navigate this life stage.
We'll talk about:
Safe solutions you can start now for hormonal changes
Why every woman's symptom picture is unique
Why you often need to treat more than your hormones (my mantra!)
How to recreate your sense of purpose and beauty in midlife
Self-care, support and knowledge are critical in the time of life, so get a start on it with this podcast!
For further resources with Nina, see her blog and clinic website below:
NinaPrice.com (free health assessment)
MidlifeWithoutCrisis.com (get a free copy of a Midlife Superhero's Guide to Success)
To learn more about your host, Bridgit Danner, see BridgitDanner.com. Bridgit specializes in helping you end your menstrual cycle distress!
Dec 19, 2014
Meet our real life Wild girl, who finished hilking the Pacific Crest Trail with October. The Pacific Crest Trail is a 2,650 mile trail from Mexico to Canada. You can imagine both the challenges and rewards of completing this hike!
Amy (who happens to be our office manager) will share the motivations, preparations, and joys of her experience.
Listen in to be inspired to be more active, get into nature, and eat real foods in any situation!
You can also visit Amy's blog at here: http://alovegonewild.blogspot.com/
P.S.- We have two new fertlity episodes loading this month on our sister podcast, Sperm Meets Egg. Check it out here.
Dec 5, 2014
It's the holiday season, so sugar is EVERYWHERE! If you have a sweet tooth that you are struggling to manage, please tune in as expert Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo, MS, DC, CNN, DACBN talks to us about how to deal.
Dr. Ritamarie is well-versed both in nutrition and in coaching clients to make better choices. She also understands the complex endocrine system causes of mismanaged blood sugar. She teaches clients to manage their own blood sugar in her B4 Be Gone course, starting soon!
She also certifies practitioners in blood sugar management at InsulinResistancePractitioner.com.
Come learn how to avoid the white, sugary crack this season, preserving your immune health, your energy, your mood and your waistline!
To learn more about Dr. Ritamarie at her site here. Subscribe to her newsletter to be informed of her upcoming cleanses and courses, including her Delicious, Delightful Treats that Even a Diabetic Can Eat Google Hang-out.
To learn about your host, visit bridgitdanner.com.
Nov 20, 2014
Are you in the 5 -10 % of American women who has PCOS? PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) is the most common female hormone disorder. It causes signs and symptoms such as:
Excessive hair growth on face, chest and elsewhere
Oily skin / acne
Annovulation (no cycling /period)
Thinning hair at the crown
Weight gain at the waist
It is a disorder which stems from insulin resistence, which cause excess testostorone to be produced. It is also connected to:
Type 2 Diabetes
Our guest Amy Medling struggled with PCOS, requiring the use of fertility treatments to give birth to two sons. When her troubling PCOS symptoms persisted, she researched diet, lifestyle and exerecise regimes to control it naturally. She is now happily symptom free and conceived her daughter naturally.
Amy now works as a health coach at PCOS Diva, an online company she founded. We are honored to have her on the show to share her success story as well as share her secrets that have helped her thousands of clients have the same success.
To learn more about your host, Bridgit Danner, LAc, please visit bridgitdanner.com. Aside from this podcast, we have a second fertility podcast, a you tube channel, and blog on women's health. Have health and have freedom!
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