Primal Example Podcast
About This Show
Primal and Paleo lifestyles have shown the ability to reverse disease and achieve a state of overall wellness. Joe Condora and Amber Lowry from Primal Example explore how to combine ancestral health with modern approaches in order to optimize health and performance. Using Paleo nutritional values and primal functional practices as their foundation, Joe and Amber share cutting edge science-based research to illustrate the benefits of this holistic lifestyle. At their core, they're just a couple of broke, idealistic millennials with a passion for sharing positive messages that promote physical, mental, and emotional synergy through the utilization of biologically savvy yet sound techniques. Whether your goal is weight loss, improving fitness and performance, learning about paleo nutrition, or optimizing overall health and wellness, The Primal Example Podcast has got you covered.
Most Recent Episode
PEP 42: Vitamin N Deficiency, Shinrin-yoku & NK Cells
6 days ago
One of the unfortunate consequences of living in our modern, fast-paced society is that we have lost touch with mother nature. Perhaps there is no greater deficiency to the modern American than Vitamin N (nature). We wake up in our comfortable beds, drive to our office jobs and then drive back home and settle in for the night. Heck, if we are feeling dangerous, we might even drive to the gym for a workout somewhere in there. However, losing daily connection to nature does not come without consequences. In episode 42 of The Primal Example Podcast, Joe and John discuss research published in the Environmental Health Perspectives and Preventative Medicine journal detailing the health benefits of forest bathing. The benefits include reduced cortisol and blood pressure, activation of the parasympathetic nervous system, and increased NK-cell activity. What is the Parasympathetic Nervous System? The parasympathetic nervous system, known as"rest and digest" mode, is the antithesis of the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight mode). The stressors of modern society have caused many of us to live in a state of constant sympathetic nervous system activity. When we are constantly in a state of sympathetic nervous system activity, we are releasing various stress hormones. These stress hormones (when chronically elevated) can lead to elevated blood sugar, weight gain, insulin resistance and many other issues that modern Americans struggle with. It's vital that we find ways to activate our parasympathetic nervous system on a daily basis, allowing our bodies to heal and repair from the daily physical, emotional and spiritual stresses of the day. As you'll learn in this episode, forest bathing can increase parasympathetic nervous system activity by an astonishing 102%! What's even more interesting is that simply viewing a nature landscape can boost parasympathetic nervous system by 56%! What are NK-cells? NK-cells (Natural Killer Cells) are the surveillance cells of our immune system. They are responsible for recognizing