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Power Plant Podcast
24 minutes | Sep 16, 2019
Magnificent Mushrooms - Immunity Blend for Boosting the Body's Natural Resistance
On this episode of the Power Plant Podcast we get into the power of Mushrooms and how they work in our bodies. This is the second podcast in a three part series where we talk about Immune Support. This immune system support blend we discuss on this podcast uses adaptogenic mushrooms to provide potent free radical scavengers, a healthy stress and inflammatory response and a safe way to boost the body’s natural resistance. For more information, you can find this Immune Blend at drvims.com You can also get 10% off the formula by using the discount code: powerplant at checkout. About the Magnificent Mushroom Immune Blend BUILD RESILIENT IMMUNE SYSTEM: Agaricus mushroom is commonly used for its immune-supporting properties, but it also works as an antioxidant helping to keep your body in tip-top shape. It may also be helpful for anyone dealing with emotional stress which can be extremely taxing to the immune system. Agaricus also contains beta-glucans which can help prevent infections. STAY HEALTHIER DURING COLD AND FLU SEASON: Turkey Tail and Reishi are two of the most popular medicinal mushrooms commonly used to support immune health and have been commonly used to help fight off the common cold and flu. Since these mushrooms help modulate the immune system, it can be helpful in warding off numerous illnesses. We have added turkey tail and Reishi to our Immunity Blend to help you become more resilient to germs all year long. COMBAT FATIGUE WHEN YOU ARE RUN DOWN: A natural immune booster, maitake mushrooms contain beta-glucans making it a strong immune supporter. These mushrooms are also great for supporting a healthy immune response and have been shown to help activate natural killer cells to help fight off infections and even cancer. BOOST BODY'S NATURAL RESISTANCE: Chaga is a powerful antioxidant that can help neutralize free radicals in the body, supporting your body when you need it the most. Free radicals and oxidative stress have been found to play a role in the development of many diseases, including Alzheimer’s and Cancer. Antioxidants and Beta-Glucans found in these mushrooms have been known to help neutralize free radicals and protect our cells from the damage of oxidative stress. NON-GMO | VEGAN ] GLUTEN-FREE | CAFFEINE-FREE | ORGANIC We spare no expense in making the highest quality products with therapeutic dosages you can feel. No cutting corners with using cheaper ingredients or plastic bottles which can leech chemicals into your body. We also pride ourselves on transparency, all of our mg dosage levels are on the jar. No hiding behind "proprietary blends" like many other companies.
19 minutes | Aug 30, 2019
Magnificent Mushrooms - Athletic Blend for Energy & Stamina
On this episode of the Power Plant Podcast we get into the power of Mushrooms and how they work in our bodies. This is a 3 part series starting with Mushrooms for Athletic Performance, Stamina and Energy. The Athletic blend we discuss on this episode is specifically good for creating ATP Energy, Improving Recovery, Increasing Energy and Stamina. It's a great blend for your pre workout or just looking for an overall boost in what ever it is that you do. For more information, you can find this Athletic blend at drvims.com You can also get 10% off the formula by using the discount code: powerplant at checkout. About the Magnificent Mushroom Athletic Blend RECOVER FASTER: Our Athletic blend is driven by Cordyceps which is an energizing adaptogen that helps reduce inflammation, fight fatigue and prevent muscle aches. It also has been shown in clinical trials to balance cortisol and other stress hormones, helping accelerate recovery and restore balance. IMPROVE STAMINA AND DECREASE FATIGUE: Our blend is designed to help increases oxygen uptake, thereby increasing the supply of blood to the organs and extremities and accelerating oxygen delivery and utilization in working muscles It also helps you breathe more deeply and train for longer duration and with more intensity. HELP YOUR BODY MAKE ATP ENERGY: Cordyceps along with Reishi and Chaga help to provide additional adenosine to boost ATP production giving you more stamina to do what you need to do. It also supports the stimulation of muscle growth when followed with a proper diet and sleep for workout recovery. COMBAT INFLAMMATION: Inflammation can he a chronic health problem. Chaga is a powerful antioxidant that helps wth reducing inflammation by regulating cytokine production to help control inflammation in the body. NON-GMO | VEGAN ] GLUTEN-FREE | CAFFEINE-FREE | ORGANIC: We spare no expense in making the highest quality products with therapeutic dosages you can feel. No cutting corners with using cheaper ingredients or plastic bottles which can leech chemicals into your body. We also pride ourselves on transparency, all of our mg dosage levels are on the jar. No hiding behind "proprietary blends" like many other companies.
30 minutes | Mar 6, 2017
Learning about CBD Oil with Dr. Matthew Ruiz
On today’s show we talk about CBD, also known as Cannabidiol. CBD is the non-intoxicating component of the cannabis plant and is used to treat a long list of conditions including chronic pain, cancer, Crohn’s, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, PTSD, cardiovascular disease, anxiety, antibiotic-resistant infections, multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia, and more. We are joined by Dr. Matthew Ruiz whose the founder of http://www.lifeforcehempextract.com Which is a website where he not only offers high quality hemp extracts but also offers lifestyle counseling on using CBD Hemp extracts. SEIZURES: We talk about 5 year old Charlotte Figi who went from 300 seizures a week to not having one after the first seven days of treatment. It was the story that really helped change the laws for Medical Marijuana and really shined a light on CBD oil in particular. It was the Stanley Brothers in Colorado that developed the strain called Charlottes Web which is a non psychoactive oil that contains less than 0.3% THC. RESEARCH: Researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham did a study on CBD Oil treating seizures and found that in a study of 51 subjects 50% responded to the CBD oil therapy with overall sustained improvement in seizure control over a six month period. This show is sponsored by Dr. Vim's Herbal Nutrition. Dr. Vim's herbal formulas are designed for men and women to mental focus, physical energy, stress reduction and a healthy libido. They use only filler free high potency botanical extracts. ensuring that every batch delivers a full dose of the most powerful phytonutrients on the planet. If you have questions regarding herbal nutrition or have a question about something that ails you, please give us a call at 512 853 9005 and we will try our best to get your questions on the next Power Plant!
43 minutes | Dec 18, 2016
Understanding Ayurveda (w/ Jennifer Galardi
Ayurveda Show Notes: On this week’s show, we talk about the topic of Ayurveda which translates to “Life Knowledge” from sanskrit. Ayurveda therapies originated in India and have varied and evolved over more than two millennia. We were lucky enough to have a special guest on the show who not only knows a thing or two about Ayurveda but is also a holistic health and wellness counselor and is the star of numerous fitness and Yoga DVD’s, Jennifer Galardi If you have questions regarding herbal nutrition or are looking for a natural solution to something that ales you, please give us a call at 512 853 9005 and we will try our best to answer your question. This show is sponsored by Dr. Vim's Herbal Nutrition. Dr. Vim's herbal formulas are designed for men and women to mental focus, physical energy and stress reduction. They use only filler free high potency botanical extracts. ensuring that every batch delivers a full dose of the most powerful phytonutrients on the planet.
31 minutes | Nov 20, 2016
Adaptogens & Juice (w/ Matt Shook owner of JuiceLand)
Our guest today is Matt Shook, Matt is the owner of Juice Land here in Austin, TX and on the show we'll talk about the benefits of juicing fresh vegetables and fruits. When you juice vegetables and fruits you access digestive enzymes that are normally locked away in the fiber. Most commercial juices are processed and lacking in nutrition, while freshly juiced veggies and fruits are loaded with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. We'll also explore other adaptogens and extracts that work really well with raw juices. Herbs and superfoods that boost stamina, energy and / or recovery: Raw beets or beet juice - boosts nitric oxide levels and supports heart health. Pineapple - has the enzyme bromelain, an enzyme known to support inflammation response. Spirulina - energizing blue green algae known as great source of minerals, carotenoids, vitamins, and all sorts of other micronutrients. Turmeric - supports inflammation response. You can enhance the absorption of turmeric when you add black pepper or black pepper extract. CBD - supports inflammation response Maca - Peruvian superfood/adaptogen that boost energy, stamina, and recovery from strenuous exercise.
29 minutes | Nov 14, 2016
Relieving Chronic Pain
Today’s show is about relieving symptoms of Chronic Pain. We call it chronic pain because it’s the type of pain that persists even after an injury has healed. It’s when Pain signals continue to be active in the nervous system for weeks, months or even years. The effects of it include limited mobility, tense muscles, lack of energy and after a while, can lead to depression and anxiety. Common types of chronic pain include: Headaches Lower Back Pain Arthritis Nerve damage Some of the questions on today’s show are from people who are dealing with serious pain issues and although this is a show where we talk a lot about plants, we’re excited to switch gears and have special guest Dr. Sarah Dunagan from Axis Chiropractic join the show today. This show is sponsored by Dr. Vim's Herbal Nutrition. Dr. Vim's herbal formulas are designed for men and women to mental focus, physical energy, stress reduction and a healthy libido. They use only filler free high potency botanical extracts. ensuring that every batch delivers a full dose of the most powerful phytonutrients on the planet. If you have questions regarding herbal nutrition or have a question about something that ails you, please give us a call at 512 853 9005 and we will try our best to get your questions on the next Power Plant!
22 minutes | Nov 7, 2016
Today’s podcast is on Seasonal Allergies. Millions of us suffer from pollens, molds, trees, grasses and weeds, and like many of you we turn to some kind antihistamine off the shelf. Many of these can have adverse effects on your kidneys and liver. On today’s show we are going to talk about some alternatives to going down that road. If you have questions regarding herbal nutrition or are looking for a natural solution to something that ales you, please give us a call at 512 853 9005 and we will try our best to answer your question. This show is sponsored by Dr. Vim's Herbal Nutrition. Dr. Vim's herbal formulas are designed for men and women to mental focus, physical energy and stress reduction. They use only filler free high potency botanical extracts. ensuring that every batch delivers a full dose of the most powerful phytonutrients on the planet. SHOW NOTES: Things you can do to prepare for allergy season: Get a homeopathic remedy for the zone you live in. Look for trees, grasses, weeds or a mold mix. Some brands have both molds and tree, grass, and weed pollen. Start several weeks in advance Do a liver cleanse before allergy season or try doing one quarterly. Cut back on sugar, bread/grains, dairy, processed foods, and other proinflammatory foods. Eat fresh fruits and veggies high in antioxidants, vitamin c, and bioflavonoids. Exercise lightly and manage stress to the best of your ability. Take adaptogenic herbs to help support a healthy inflammation response. Consume or supplement with omega 3's to help support a healthy inflammation response. Use anti-inflammatory herbs like Turmeric, in particular standardized or concentrated turmeric or curcumaniods. Get adequate Vitamin C Get adequate Vitamin D Supplement with Colostrum and probiotics. Things that help you cope with allergies: Quercetin Stinging Nettles Leaf Bromelain Turmeric (Preferably standardized Curcuminoids or Turmeric concentrate or extract) N-Acetyl L-Cysteine Use a Neti Pot or saline rinse. Saline or Homeopathic allergy eye drops Drink Lemon Water Things that can help with sinus problems: Andrographis Thyme Berberine Netti Pot and Netti Salt (Try adding Grapefruit seed extract or oregano oil, but make sure to use the right amount!) Grape Fruit Seed Extract Oregano Oil Colloidal Silver Probiotics Drink Lemon Water
18 minutes | Oct 31, 2016
How to tell a good supplement from a bad one.
Today on the show we talk about what to look out for when buying a supplement. There are many things that can be misleading when trying to find a high quality product and this show will help you quickly become an expert. Things to look for when shopping for a high quality supplement: Look for supplements made in GMP facilities. GMP stands from Good Manufacturing Practice. A high end GMP facility is more likely to test the ingredients to insure that they are free of heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. High quality trademarked extracts. High quality brands use name brand and trademarked extracts when they are available. These ingredients are more expensive, but they provide peace of mind. Look for trademarked extracts that are backed by human clinical trials. Not all companies can afford to do this, but if you find companies that do, it provides a little peace of mind. These are the holy grail of plant extracts. You know exactly what they do, and they are backed by science. These extracts can cost many times more than knock off extracts, but they are infinitely better and provide better results. Look for high quality packing materials. Most people know at this point that plastic leaches chemicals that are toxic. Many supplements are exposed to high heat in transport or while being stored, so buying products bottled in plastic is a calculated risk. Supplements that are bottled in glass cost more and are more expensive to ship, but they don't leach estrogen-like chemicals into your supplements. Look for reputable brands that use high quality extracts, trademarked extracts, and extracts backed by human clinical trials. When looking at the primary active ingredients in a supplement, make sure that they are standardized extracts to insure potency. For example, KSM-66 Ashwagandha is standardized to contain a minimum of 8% withanolide glycosides, the active compound of ashwagandha. If you compared a product with 600 mg of KSM-66 Ashwagandha to a product with 600 mg of rude ashwagandha, you would find the former to be 10 times or stronger than the latter. It's important to be an educated consumer if you're goal is to get results. Things to avoid when shopping for a high quality supplement: Toxic fillers - Watch out for the "other ingredients" in your herbal supplement. Magnesium Stearate, Stearic Acid, Titanium Oxide, Artificial colors, Artificial flavors, Artificial colors, GMO ingredients, and Sodium Benzoate are a few of the most common toxic fillers commonly found in dietary supplements. What's the point of a good plant extract when it's loaded with toxic fillers. Seek out products with the fewest "other ingredients" possible. Proprietary blends - Supplement companies can easily hide low dosed and impotent formulas with their proprietary blends. Look for companies that are proud to showcase their formulas and the exact amount of each ingredient in their formulas. This kind of transparency is rare in the supplement business, but it is something a smart shopper should looks for. Proprietary blends can create a bit of mystique for a clever marketing supplement company, but professional lines and brands that are serious about providing potency are transparent with their supplement formulas.
27 minutes | Oct 24, 2016
Today’s Podcast is on Cholesterol. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, over 31% of the US population has high Cholesterol and people with high cholesterol have twice the risk of getting heart disease. Now before you get freaked out by that statistic we’re going to talk about some of the myths surrounding Cholesterol as well as some herbs and extracts that can help reduce your risk of heart disease. This show is sponsored by Dr. Vim's Herbal Nutrition. Dr. Vim's herbal formulas are designed for men and women to mental focus, physical energy, stress reduction and a healthy libido. They use only filler free high potency botanical extracts. ensuring that every batch delivers a full dose of the most powerful phytonutrients on the planet. If you have questions regarding herbal nutrition or have a question about something that ails you, please give us a call at 512 853 9005 and we will try our best to get your questions on the next Power Plant!
30 minutes | Oct 16, 2016
Sustaining Energy and Cycling (with Hill Abell)
Today’s show is about sustaining energy, whether you are an avid runner, cyclist or workaholic we all have a need to sustain energy during the day and not fall into a slump. There are many herbs and extracts that can help maintain your energy throughout the day and we will talk about some of them on this week’s show, we are also going to talk about cycling. Cycling is great because it’s something that is low impact and perfect for those with knee issues. It’s much more gentle on your joints than running or walking long distance, and as a bonus enhances mood support by getting you out in the sun a bit. We’re fortunate enough today to have Hill Abell on the show, Hill is the owner of Bicycle Sport Shop here in Austin, TX, and has been an advocate for cycling in Texas for over 30 years. He helped found the Austin Ridge Riders, Austin’s IMBA affiliated club and has done so much work in helping develop new trails in Texas. If you live in Austin or plan on visiting, we wanted to provide you with some of our favorite trails to go mountain biking. We also wanted to give you a list of our top 5 favorite herbs for sustaining energy. 5 Great herbs for mountain bikers and endurance athletes in general: Tongkat Ali: Studies suggest that Tongkat ali not only supports energy and stamina, but it helps maintain healthy testosterone levels while keeping cortisol in check when your pushing your body to the limit. Corcyceps: This revered mushroom has been celebrated in Traditional Chinese Medicine for hundreds of years for its ability to promote energy and stamina for the week. Athletes use it to support oxygen efficiency and to help promote immune function while putting their bodies through the stress of rigorous exercise. Rhodiola Rosea: This Siberian power plant is favorite amongst athletes and herbalists. It's known to promote energy and stamina and to boost immune function. It helps the body maintain its resiliency when it's under stress, and even help support focus. KSM-66 Ashwagandha: This patented extract of Ashwagandha is a highly respected herb from Ayurveda. It has been observed in human clinical trials to boost stamina, increase muscle size and strength, and maintain energy levels for physical performance and endurance. It was also shown to enhance the rate of muscle recovery. 5 Mountain Bike trails to checkout in Austin and the surrounding area. http://www.austinridgeriders.com/ - A collective of trail riders that help manicure local trails and keep them safe. They are a great resource for those looking for fun group ride events. The Austin Ridge Riders are a great bunch to plug into if you are new to the sport or new to Austin. The Barton Creek Greenbelt: Easy/Hard/Difficult This is the flagship trail for mountain biking in the Austin area. This trail is not for rookies or the weak! Intermediate level and up riders will handle most of the Greenbelt, but certain sections and side trails can be treacherous. If you can handle it, it's good for hours of fun and has a lot offer. The Greenbelt has plenty of long flowing sections, lots of limestone drops, rock gardens and roots. If you're looking for them, there are plenty of big drops and ledge climbs. Then there's the MTB landmark called "The Hill of Life". It is a category 4 climb, and when you can make it to the top without clipping out of your peddles, you are truly a hardened trail rider. This trail is considered dangerous and is inadvisable for fist-time riders. Ride at your own risk! Walnut Creek Metropolitan: Easy/Intermediate This is one of the more fun and flowy trails in Austin. It's relatively smooth rolling and some sections are like roller coaster ride. It has far less limestone and roots compared to the Greenbelt. It's a trail that riders of all levels enjoy. A seemingly easy trail, Walnut Creek has some tight windy sections that even the most technical riders will enjoy railing, but the novice and intermediate level riders can successfully navigate them as well. This is great park for training and getting the miles in without risking your bike and body as much as you would on the Greenbelt. There are sections of this trail for riders of all levels. Slaughter Creek Trail: Easy/Intermediate Like Walnut Creek Park, Slaughter Creek Trail is a park that everyone can ride. You can crush laps and try to get the KOM on Strava, or you can chill and pick your lines. There's a couple of gnarly rock gardens, but most riders will be able to hand this trail. This is a great place to ride without doing a whole lot of climbing. You also won't be doing much descending, although there are a couple of fast flowing downhill sections that you will enjoy. Canyonlands, Mount Lakeway: Intermediate/Difficult If you like long, tight switchback climbs and tricky descents with plenty of loose rocks and big drops, Canyonlands is a must ride trail. It's located in Lakeway, Texas which is less than a half an hour outside of Austin. For the experienced and adventurous rider it's well worth the trip. One of my favorite things about riding Mt. Lakeway is the beautiful scenery you take in on your ride. It really helps you forget about the amount of acid in your legs as you climb! Although the climbs are frequent, you are rewarded by fast flowing descents with super tight switchbacks. I'd bring the full-suspension out to this trail if you have one. This trail is considered dangerous and inadvisable for 1st time riders. Emma Long Metropolitan Park: Difficult A technical 6-mile loop with rocky ledges and drops mixed with fast and twisty hard pack. This is without a doubt one of the most difficult trails in Austin, and you are a master if you can make it without clipping out! This trail is lots of fun, but bring your “A” game! Your technical skills better be up to par before you try to shred this park. Be aware that motorcycle riders are out there too, so if you hear someone coming, get out of the way! This trail is considered dangerous and inadvisable for 1st time riders.
31 minutes | Oct 2, 2016
Acupuncture and Herbs (with Matt Dorsey)
Today’s Podcast is on Acupuncture and Herbs. Acupuncture originated in China dating back to 6000 BCE so roughly 8000 years. It’s based on the theory that energy (called Chi) flows through and around the body along pathways called meridians. Many people believe that illness occurs when something blocks or unbalances Chi and acupuncture along with various herbs and extracts work to get that back in balance. This week’s show features licensed acupuncturist Matt Dorsey. Matt is also into herbal nutrition and holds a master’s degree in Chinese Medicine. On the show we talk about how acupuncture works with herbs. We’ll take a call from Donna in Frisco, TX who is looking to get off of anti-depressant medication and is looking to see if acupuncture can help. We’ll also hear from Carl from La Grange, TX who has issues with trauma and is looking for some suggestions to help relieve his symptoms. If you have questions regarding herbal nutrition or are looking for a natural solution to something that ales you, please give us a call at 512 853 9005 and we will try our best to answer your question. This show is sponsored by Dr. Vim's Herbal Nutrition. Dr. Vim's herbal formulas are designed for men and women to mental focus, physical energy, stress reduction and a healthy libido. They use only filler free high potency botanical extracts. ensuring that every batch delivers a full dose of the most powerful phytonutrients on the planet.
30 minutes | Sep 25, 2016
Call The Midwife (with Leonora Colen CPM)
Today’s Podcast is on women’s health and our guest is Certified Professional Midwife Leonora Colen. Leonora has been a midwife for the past 6 years at the Austin Area Birthing Center here in Austin, TX and has been voted to be one of the best midwives in the city according to Austin's Mom Blog 2015. In the article she is quoted as "being the best baby catcher this side of the Mason-Dixon." On the show she answers your questions about birth control, Urinary Tract Infections, Yeast Infections and more. We are excited to let you know Leonora has agreed to come back on the podcast again soon to discuss more on Women’s Health so if you have more questions for her please give us a call at 512 853 9005 and we will try our best to get your questions on the next PowerPlant! This show is sponsored by Dr. Vim's Herbal Nutrition. Dr. Vim's herbal formulas are designed for men and women to mental focus, physical energy, stress reduction and a healthy libido. They use only filler free high potency botanical extracts. ensuring that every batch delivers a full dose of the most powerful phytonutrients on the planet. SHOW NOTES: What is a UTI Exactly? It's a bladder infection What are the Symptoms of a UTI (also called Cystitis) General Discomfort in the Urinary Tract Burning sensations during urination Frequent need to urinate Low back or flank pain Herbal Remedies for UTI Uva Ursi (bearberry leaf) - herb that kills bacteria in the bladder. It should be taken only for short periods of time — five days or less — as it could cause liver damage. Only use during pregnancy under the guidance of a qualified midwife or practitioner. Yarrow - an astringent herb that kills bacteria. It should be used no more than 5 days. Goldenseal - an herb that kills bacteria is often used as a remedy for UTIs. Cranberry Extract - the supplement with concentrated extracts are probably the best, since you want to avoid sugar. Buffered Vitamin C Powder - can be used intermittently with D - mannose powder, but it should be used a half hour apart from the d - mannose. You have to figure out how much you can handle because everyone has a different bowel tolerance. D - Mannose Powder -commonly used to help get rid of UTI's, D- Mannose should be used a half hour apart from buffered vitamin C. Nettle tea or infusion - pregnant women can drink 5-10 cups every week during the last trimester to strengthen their kidneys. Drink lots of Water This helps flush away the bacteria that's causing your infection' How much? Aim for half of your body weight in ounces of water Eat foods rich in Vitamin C large amounts of vitamin C make urine more acidic. The acidic environment inhibits the growth of bacteria in your urinary tract. Eliminate Bladder Irritants from Your Diet sugar alcohol caffeinated drinks like coffee and black tea spicy food nicotine artificial sweeteners Empty Your Bladder Completely Every time you empty your bladder you get rid of the bacteria causing the infection. Good Habits Wear loose cotton clothing and underwear Toilette Etiquette - Wipe yourself clean from front to back Choose fragrance-free personal hygiene products Make sure your partner is using good hygiene before being intimate as well. Support for Yeast Infections Antibiotics Coconut oil Caprylic Acid Probiotics Pau D'Arco Olive Leaf Extract Propolis Candida Enzymes Oregano Oil
52 minutes | Sep 18, 2016
PTSD & Trauma (with David Field)
Today’s Podcast is on PTSD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD was first added to the third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in 1980 by the American Psychiatric Association. When I first heard the term PTSD in the 80’s and 90’s it was something that I thought was tied to veterans coming back from war. Now when I hear about someone suffering from PTSD I recognize it as a someone who has experienced trauma in some way. Could be a car accident, a sexual assault, a mugging or in the case of today’s guest, a bike accident. Today’s guest is David Field. Before becoming a Trauma Therapist in training he worked with artists that included Radiohead, Crowded House and Carly Simon. After a traumatic bicycle accident in California, David spent years in pain and rehabilitation and suffered from depression and PTSD. Last year he made a life changing decision to go back to school and become a trauma therapist. DAVID’S BOOK RECOMMENDATION: Peter Levine: In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness SHOW NOTES ON PTSD RELATING TO BRAIN TRAUMA: PQQ - pyrroloquinoline quinone - discovered about 50 years ago, PQQ is currently being researched for its role in healing the brain. PQQ has been found to increase the formation of new nerve cells. PQQ can promote growth of new mitochondria and improve the function of existing mitochondria. PQQ has been shown to help protect the brain from neurodegenerative diseases and the effects of traumatic brain injury, including damage from stroke. Mitochondria - Mitochondria are rod-shaped organelles that generate power for a cell. Responsible for aerobic cellular respiration, the process of converting oxygen and nutrients into adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the chemical energy that powers the cell's metabolic activities. Mitochondria divide independently of the cell in which they reside, meaning mitochondrial replication is not dependent on cellular division. Healthy Fats - It's easy to understand the importance of omega 3's and phospholipids when one realizes that the human brain and nervous system are made up of approximately 60% fat (mostly DHA - an omega 3 fatty acid). Omega 3 Fatty Acids Support inflammation response Support mood and cognitive function Brain and nervous system mostly DHA Omega 3 protocol used for brain injury Phospholipids - fats needed to build brain cell membranes that are fluid enough to release the neurotransmitters phosphatidylserine - required by the brain to manufacture memory-related neurotransmitters and functional membrane lipids, one of the few things shown to reverse age-related memory loss in clinical studies. phosphatidylcholine - required by the brain to manufacture memory-related neurotransmitters and functional membrane lipids. Essential nutrient necessary for normal brain function and the most abundant phospholipid found in the body. It’s found in its highest concentration in the liver and brain. alpha-glycerylphosphorylcholine (Alpha GPC) - Required by the brain to manufacture memory-related neurotransmitters and functional membrane lipids it’s believed to support cognitive function in high doses. Lion's Mane - powerful medicinal mushroom and nerve tonic that benefits the brain and nervous system. Lion's Mane has been used successfully if Japan with patients with mild cognitive impairments. Lion's Mane is believed to have nerve-regenerative properties. Lion's Mane contains at least two classes of Nerve Growth Factors (NGFs) Bacopa Monnieri - a powerful adaptogen commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine that is believed to support brain health, memory, and cognitive function. Has been used for centuries for memory support and to cope with stress. Research has found the compounds in Bacopa to support the brain cells that prompt the regeneration of brain tissue. Curcumin - the extract of Turmeric that supports the bodies inflammation response when used properly. Is currently being used to treat central nervous system injury,inflammation, and specifically for traumatic brain injury. Nervines - herbs that are of general benefit to the nervous system, whether they be tonifying or simply help to calm the nerves. Oatstraw Chamomile Lemon Balm Motherwort Lion's Mane - really more of a long-run tonic. The best results come in time with this one. Adaptogens - herbs or compounds considered to be safe that improve the bodies resiliency in dealing with physical, emotional, or environmental stress. Cordyceps Ashwagandha Rhodiola Rosea Asian Ginseng American Ginseng Moomiyo (Shilajiit)
36 minutes | Sep 11, 2016
Finding Balance: Today’s podcast is about finding balance in life. Our guest on today’s show is Rey Cardenas. Rey is the owner of Practice Yoga here in downtown Austin, TX. We asked Rey to be on the show after hearing about his past profession as a professional poker player who would look to Yoga to help him with the feeling of isolation, dealing with the occasional big loss, and finding calm when playing the game. What seemed like a tool to help him play better, became a life changing moment that resulted with him leaving the world of professional poker all together and starting his own Yoga studio. We'll also take a call from Nathan in Austin Tx. who is coming up on three years of recovery from anorexia and is looking for some recommendations related to digestive issues. If you have questions regarding herbal nutrition or are looking for a natural solution to something that ales you, please give us a call at 512 853 9005 and we will try our best to answer your question. This show is sponsored by Dr. Vim's Herbal Nutrition. Dr. Vim's herbal formulas are designed for men and women to mental focus, physical energy, stress reduction and a healthy libido. They use only filler free high potency botanical extracts. ensuring that every batch delivers a full dose of the most powerful phytonutrients on the planet. HERB NOTES: Digestive Bitters – Herbs that support digestive function, liver function, combat gas and bloating, and helps stimulate bile and HCL naturally. Digestive Enzymes – Enzymes help break down large molecules into more easily absorbed particles that can be used by the body. Betaine Hydrochloride - An acidic form of betaine that is used as a source of hydrochloric acid for people who have a deficiency of stomach acid production Slippery Elm - An herb used by Native Americans to relieve constipation and heal wounds. It contains a large mucilage content that helps soothe inflammation in the digestive tract. Triphala - An Ayurvedic digestive formula made of 3 fruits (Amalaki, Bibhitaki, and Haritaki) that promotes healthy elimination and tonifies the function of colon and stomach. It supports the liver, balances the nervous system, and stimulate the mucosal lining the intestinal wall. Chamomile - A soothing herb used to calm the nerves, promote restful sleep, relieve anxiety, and to ease digestive stress. Balancing Herbs - Adaptogens Holy Basil Ashwagandha RhodiolaRosea Balancing Medicinal Mushrooms Cordyceps Reishi Maitake Chaga
30 minutes | Sep 4, 2016
Today’s podcast is on cancer prevention. Sadly, cancer is one of the more common subjects that comes up for our wellness co-host Fon. On today’s show we will discuss some of the ways you can go about preventing it. The calls we have gotten this week are from people with family histories of cancer. We’ll hear from Cathy who has a family history of breast cancer as well as Ed in Philadelphia who grew up in a house with second hand smoke, we’ll also take a call regarding symptoms of prostate cancer. We will discuss the kinds of foods, herbs and vitamins you can take to increase your red and white blood cell counts and also go over some pretty amazing mushrooms that have been associated with cancer prevention. If you have questions regarding herbal nutrition or are looking for a natural solution to something that ales you, please give us a call at 512 853 9005 and we will try our best to answer your question. This show is sponsored by Dr. Vim's Herbal Nutrition. Dr. Vim's herbal formulas are designed for men and women to mental focus, physical energy and stress reduction. They use only filler free high potency botanical extracts. ensuring that every batch delivers a full dose of the most powerful phytonutrients on the planet. SHOW NOTES: Facts and Statistics on Cancer for Men and Women: 1 in 2 people in the USA will get cancer at some point in their life. Most Common Cancers Among Women Breast cancer Lung cancer Colorectal cancer Leading Causes of Cancer Death Among Women Lung cancer Breast cancer Colorectal cancer Most Common Cancers Among Men Prostate cancer Lung cancer Colorectal cancer Leading Causes of Cancer Death Among Men Lung cancer Prostate cancer Colorectal cancer Liver cancer Foods to Avoid: GMO's Hydrogenated Oils Microwave Popcorn Processed Meats Diet Foods with Artificial Sweeteners Artificial Flavors and Colors Refined Sugar Refined White Flour Farm Raised Fish Foods Sprayed with Glyphosate or other Pesticides and Fungicide. Lifestyle Habits: Maintain Alkalinity Antioxidant intake Reduce systemic inflammation Detoxification Limit exposure to environmental toxins Sunlight and Exercise Reduce stress Get Sleep Eating Habits - The American Diet is full of unhealthy fats, refined sugars, bleached flour, artificial ingredients and colors, farmed fish, and toxic sources of meat. Focus on getting a diet full of minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and healthy fats. Leafy Green Vegetables - Rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes, yet very low in calories, fats, sodium and other toxins. Cruciferous Vegetables - Source of vitamins C and K, the powerful antioxidant Glutathione, and estrogen metabolizing compounds DIM, Calcium D Glucarate, and Indole-3 Carbinol. Berries - The antioxidant content of most berries are very high, making them some of the most powerful foods in the world. Berries are known to be a great source of proanthocyanidin antioxidants, which help to decrease free radical damage. Brightly Orange-Colored Fruits and Veggies - an excellent source of vitamin A, fiber, and carotenoid antioxidants. Healthy Fats - Most of the fats found in the American diet are toxic and cause damage to our cells. However, 60 percent of our brain and nervous system are made up of fatty acids. Omega 3's support inflammation response, mood, and focus, and help us maintain a healthy heart and help to protect our cells. Examples of healthy fats: Hemp Oil Chia Oil Flax Oil Algae Oil Fish oil Extra Virgin Olive Oil Nuts and Seeds - Chia seeds, hemp Seeds, and flax seeds are and excellent fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and a range of important minerals. Hemp seeds and pumpkin seeds contain healthy fats Magnesium and Zinc. Brazil nuts are the best source of selenium. Sprouted nuts have the widest range of benefits. Fresh Herbs and Spices -Try to incorporate organically grown, immune boosting spices like turmeric, ginger, oregano, and garlic into your recipes and vegetable juices. Fermented Foods - Cultured foods are a great source of probiotics. Probiotics are beneficial microorganisms that help digest food, get nutrients into the system, and boost immune function. A healthy gut is imperative to staying healthy. It is believed that up to 80% of the immune system is in the gut! Medicinal Mushrooms - Potent immune-enhancers that have been used to fight cancer for centuries. Reishi, cordyceps and maitake in particular can improve immune function and cell regeneration. Green Tea - Not only is it a great pick me up, green tea is an excellent source of cancer fighting antioxidants that are several times more potent than Vitamins C and E called polyphenols. Garlic - We mention Garlic under spices, but keep in mind that it’s known to boosts white blood cell count. Important Health Factors: Healthy Blood Cells Red Blood Cells and Oxygenation - We have to have enough red blood cells to carry oxygen. Warburg won the nobel prize in 1931 after figuring out that once a cell has less that 60% of the oxygen it needs cancer occurs. Important because cancer cells are Anaerobic and proliferate through burning glucose. Healthy cells are Aerobic and thrive with sufficient oxygen Best way to build red blood cells is by consuming chlorophyll - it's the closest thing to hemoglobin in the plant world. co-factors that help build red blood cells Vitamin B6 Vitamin B9 Vitamin B12 Vitamin A Iron Copper CoEnzymeQ10 - nutrient vital for the production of energy in the mitochondria. Powerful antioxidant that is also used in the mitochondria to transport oxygen. CoQ10 must be there for your cells to produce energy using oxygen because it transports oxygen to where it needs to be. White Blood Cells - cells are produced in the bone marrow, and typically work as part of the immune system to fight off bacterial and viral infections. We have to have white blood cells to fight off invaders and to combat cancer cells. Vitamin D3 Vitamin D insufficiency and deficiency are linked to poor immune functioning, which may translate to low white blood cell counts. Clinical research shows that vitamin D can help prevent cancer best when you acquire about 50–70 nanograms per milliliter daily. Get 20 minutes of sun exposure every day between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. with 40 percent of your entire body exposed to the sun or take an oral supplement containing around 5,000 to 10,000 IUs of D3 every day. Zinc Linked with the production of white blood cells According to The American Cancer Society, studies have shown that zinc levels in blood and inside white blood cells are often lower in patients with certain types of cancer. Selenium The University of Maryland Medical Center states that selenium can help build up white blood cells and move them around. Some studies also indicate that selenium may help prevent some infections. Another study indicated that when the elderly takes both zinc and selenium supplements, their immune systems responded better to the flu vaccine than those who took placebo. Vitamin B9 (Folate) The body needs folate to make white blood cells. A deficiency of folate can also lead to anemia, which is a low level of red blood cells. Vitamin C an immune enhancer that helps white blood cells perform at their peak and quickens the immune system's response. Omega 3 Fatty Acids Help combat inflammation and helps make white blood cells. Adaptogens boost Immune Function and modulate white blood cell count. Astragalus Root Helps boost white blood cells University of Texas found that Astragalus Root enhanced the immune system’s ability to identify bacteria, viruses, and even cancer cells. Cat's Claw Modulates the white blood cell count - if the white blood cell count is too low, it will increase it, and if it’s too high, it will decrease it. According to herbalist Maya Cointreau, "cat’s claw increased the ability of white blood cells to find and eradicate foreign micro-organisms. It also increases the body’s production of T-cells, helping to fight infection more effectively.” Reishi Mushroom Source of polysaccharides that have been shown to better activate Natural Killer cells reducing cancer metastasis. Natural Killer cells are lymphocytes that seek out tumors. Reishi also has been shown to assist in slowing the growth of tumors as well as prompting programmed cell death in malignant cells. Maitake Mushroom Stimulates Natural Killer cell activity in cancer patients. Believed to suppress tumor growth and to trigger malignant cell death through its specific immune-enhancing methods. Agaricus Blazei Murill Activates macrophage and interferon immune activity leading to tumor shrinkage and stopping metastasis. Reduces chance of future cancer occurrences. Also shown to decrease the side effects of chemotherapy or certain types of cancers. Turkey Tail Studies show that it increases Natural Killer cell activity towards tumor detection and eradication. Soursop (Graviola) - Found to be stronger at killing cancer cells than chemotherapy. Studies show compounds found in Soursop kill cancer cells, but do not harm healthy cells. Nutrients that Support Breast Health Zinc Selenium Omega 3's Vitamin D3 Vitamin A Vitamin E B6, B9, B12 Estrogen Metabolizing Nutrients DIM (diindolylmethane) – Found in all cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage, and kale. DIM forces estrogen to break down into a non-cancer promoting type of estrogen in the liver Calcium D-glucarate -Also found naturally in cruciferous vegetables, as well as fruits, such as apples, oranges, and grapefruit. It aids the liver in the production of glucuronic acid, which binds to "bad" estrogens and deactivates them. Indole-3 Carbinol - Also found in
42 minutes | Aug 28, 2016
Finding What Feels Good w/ Adriene Mishler - Yoga With Adriene
Today’s podcast is our “Feel Good” show where we will be joined by Adriene Mishler who is the co-founder of the website findwhatfeelsgood.com, she also leads a Yoga community of over a million people on YouTube with her weekly class called Yoga with Adriene. When we talk about herbs and extracts on the show we often talk about how it makes us feel. It’s important to have a sense of connection with your body and this goes for anything you do, whether it’s things you put into it or things you do with it. If you have questions regarding herbal nutrition or are looking for a natural solution to something that ales you, please give us a call at 512 853 9005 and we will try our best to answer your question. This show is sponsored by Dr. Vim's Herbal Nutrition. Dr. Vim's herbal formulas are designed for men and women to mental focus, physical energy, stress reduction and a healthy libido. They use only filler free high potency botanical extracts. ensuring that every batch delivers a full dose of the most powerful phytonutrients on the planet. Herbs make you feel good! The modern lifestyle can be overwhelming stressful. We end up overworked We are overstressed We are over-critical We are restless and sleep deprived. The result: Improper Stress Response Cortisol is out of balance -constant release of cortisol and fight or flight hormones can have harmful results: weakened immune response problems with sleep over-stressed mind general fatigue harmful inflammation. Adaptogens and Nervines help you feel good: Adaptogens help us to decrease stress and fatigue, while promoting healthy levels of energy and boost mood. Herbal nervines can help calm the nerves allowing us to relieve stress and tension by calming the nervous system. Some nervines even act as nervous system tonics, strengthening and restoring the nervous system over time. Adaptogens - Rare herbs that are safe, non-toxic and generally normalizing to various systems and organs in the body. The help the body adapt to stress weather is be emotional, physical, or environmental. Nervines - Herbs that are nutritive to or generally support the nervous system with varying effects. Sedatives - Herbs that relax the nervous system and promote restful sleep. Tonic - Herbs that strengthen or tonify an organ or system in the body. Ayurveda - The traditional Hindu system of health and medicine, based on maintaining balance among the five elements earth, air, fire, water, and ether. The word Ayurveda is derived from the Sanskrit words “ayur,” meaning life, and "veda,” meaning knowledge. Holy Basil (Tulsi) - Referred to as "The Elixir of Life", Holy Basil is a Ayurvedic herb famous for its ability to promote positive mood and relaxation. It's and adaptogen associated with adrenal health, respiratory tract function, and celebrated for its ability to help the body cope with stress and inflammation. It has a clove like aroma and makes a tasty herbal infusion. It's one of our favorite sipping herbs at the Power Plant podcast. Vana - known for its aromatic fragrance, Vana Tulsi is a powerful plant with green leaves and stem and white flowers. It’s been used for centuries and can be found in the Himalayas as well as India, Asia and Africa. Rama- Know for is sweet aroma and great taste, Rama Tulsi has been used for centuries to promote a calm, alert mind, promote relaxation, and to support strength and stamina. Krishna - known to be the most "medicinal" of the Tulsi family, Krishna Tulsi has an aromatic, sweet, and clove-like flavor. It is named after the blue skinned God, Krishna, because is dark purple leaves resemble the color of the widely revered Hindu God. Adaptogenic Herbs that help combat stress and boost energy: Ashwagandha - A key herb in Ayurveda, the traditional medical system of India, that is known as a Rasayana or herb that gives strength. It is one of the most popular adaptogens on Earth because of its ability to safely improve the bodies resistance to stress, restore youthful energy, combat inflammation, and balance the stress hormone, Cortisol. Ginseng (American, Chinese, Korean) - There are 3 popular types of Ginseng used around the world; Chinese, Korean, and American. Chinese Ginseng (Ren Shen) is considered the "king of herbs" in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and is celebrated as THE premier tonic herb. Ginseng's active compounds, referred to as ginsenosides, are known to restore qi (pronounced "chi") or energy levels and to support a calm, alert mind. Korean Ginseng has similar properties, of course the Koreans report that Korean Ginseng is more potent than Chinese Ginseng. American Ginseng, known as the ‘Yin Ginseng’, has similar ginsenosides to its Chinese and Korean counterparts, although is traditionally viewed as a gentler tonic better suited to people with excess metabolic heat, including but not specific to menopausal women. It can also help promote a relaxed, calm attitude among those prone to stress and overwork. Rhodiola Rosea - A favorite among athletes and herbal practitioners, Rhodiola has a reputation as one of the world’s greatest mood and energy tonics. It's unique array of phytochemicals have been researched for their ability to regulate key neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin. Rhodiola Rosea is a versatile herb that can help you manage stress, boost your mood, restore your energy, and invigorate your workout. Tongkat Ali - Decoctions of Tongkat ali roots have been utilized for centuries in Malaysia and Southeast Asia to support energy levels and mood. In modern times body builders and athletes love it for its ability to promote lean muscle mass. Although commonly taken by men, Tongkat ali can also support women’s libido, mood, and energy. Nervine Herbs that promote GABA: GABA (gamma-Aminobutyric acid) - the main inhibitory or calming neurotransmitter in the brain, GABA influences our mood by reducing high levels of the hormones adrenalin, noradrenalin and dopamine. It also affects the neurotransmitter serotonin. Having sufficient GABA in our brain is linked to being relaxed and happy, while having too little GABA is associated with sleep problems, and feeling anxious, stressed, and depressed. Lemon Balm - a member of the mint family, this calming herb has been used in Europe, the Mediterranean, Northern Africa, and India for thousands of years because of its myriad benefits. The rosemarinic acids present in Lemon Balm are believed to boost levels of GABA, a calming neurotransmitter, in the brain. Chamomile - One of the most famous nervine herbs used to calm the nerves and to promote restful sleep. Passion Flower - A calming nervine that help relax the nervous system, relieving tension and restlessness and promoting restful sleep. It's also a common ingredient in herbal aphrodisiacs. Magnolia - A calming nervine popular for keeping the stress hormone, cortisol, in check. In addition, Magnolia also promotes GABA making it a choice sleep aid as well. Valerian (Sedative) - Valerian is a potent nervine and a strong sedative. It is commonly used in herbal sleep remedies and formulas used to relieve tight muscles. There are some people that find Valerian to do just the opposite and act as a stimulant and cause paranoia. Passionflower – A nervine herb native to southeastern parts of the Americas, Passionflower is now grown throughout Europe and in the United States as well. It has been treasured historically for its' ability to allay anxiety, insomnia, seizures, and hysteria. It has also been used. It is believed that Passionflower works by increasing GABA levels. Other useful Nervine Herbs: Oatstraw – Although it is not a sedative, Oatstraw is a nervine tonic that is generally beneficial to the nervous system. It has also been used to gently restore vigor libido and acts as a restorative to the Adrenal glands. The amazing plant can get you through a stressful day or help you get a good night's rest. Lavender – A herb that's calming to the mind and uplifts the spirit. It's commonly used in Aromatherapy and is used in calming herbal infusions to relieve anxiety and promote restfulness. Some people refer to Lavender as "herbal valium". Herbs that boost immune function and keep you feeling good in the long run: Astragalus Root – Adaptogenic herb made famous in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) that helps boost white blood cell count and helps to normalize immune function. In TCM it is also celebrated as a powerful energy tonic. Lemon Balm - a member of the mint family, Lemon Balm is native to Southern Europe and India. It is classically used to calm the nerves, relieve anxiety, and to boost immune function. It's also used to treat cold sores, herpes, and shingles. Medicinal Mushrooms (Ex. Reishi, Corcyceps, Agaricus, Turkey Tail, etc) - Powerful adaptogenic mushrooms that boost white blood cell count and help normalize immune function. Don't get these mushrooms confused with the common variety store bought mushrooms. Button mushrooms and other hybridized mushrooms do not have medicinal value and could be toxic in some cases if not prepared properly. Adaptogens - in regards to long run immune health, Adaptogens work by normalizing the immune system. If the immune system is underperforming it strengthens it, but if it's over performing it normalizes it. Herbs that help you feel better when your sick: Oregano Oil - herb used to remedy the common cold, flu, and bronchitis. It's a versatile plant also used for ear aches, intestinal parasites, allergies and sinus pain. We at Power Plant prefer Wild Mediterranean Oregano in most situations. Echinacea Purpurea and Echinacea Angustifolia - an herb native to areas east of the Rocky Mountains, different species of Echinacea are used to fight the common cold, the flu, and other upper respiratory infections. Andrographis - plant native to Southern Asian frequently used for prev
35 minutes | Aug 22, 2016
Bone Health and Density
Bone Health: Today’s show is about bone health and density. When it comes to bone density issues the two most talked about complications are Osteopenia and Osteoporosis. Osteopenia basically means your bone density is lower than normal. And Osteoporosis is a more severe condition and is diagnosed when your bones become brittle and fragile due to the loss of tissue. Typically, these issues are a result of hormonal changes or a deficiency in calcium or vitamin D. The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) say that the percentage of men 50 years of age or older with osteoporosis of the femur neck or lumbar spine is 4% The percentage of women 50 yrs. of age and over with osteoporosis of the femur neck or lumbar spine: 16% making it 4 times more likely for women to get it. This is mainly due to estrogen levels decreasing after menopause and the fact that most women have smaller and thinner bones. If you have questions regarding herbal nutrition or are looking for a natural solution to something that ales you, please give us a call at 512 853 9005 and we will try our best to answer your question. This show is sponsored by Dr. Vim's Herbal Nutrition. Dr. Vim's herbal formulas are designed for men and women to mental focus, physical energy, stress reduction and a healthy libido. They use only filler free high potency botanical extracts. ensuring that every batch delivers a full dose of the most powerful phytonutrients on the planet. SHOW NOTES: Things you can do to reduce the chance of getting osteopenia or osteoporosis. Stop drinking carbonated beverages. Soda, Sparkling water, Champagne all leach calcium from your bones. A Harvard Study on 16 to 20yr. old women showed that half of them were already showing bone loss as a result of soft drink intake. Also, carbonated beverages have phosphates which cause even more calcium loss. Cut back on the Caffeine! With every cup of coffee you drink, you lose 150 mg of calcium in your urine. Decaf is no better because they contain chemicals that interfere with the detoxification process. Cut back on Protein. Taking in too much protein can cause acidity in the body which causes calcium to be lost when you urinate. However, protein is necessary to make strong bones, so we're just saying we need a balance between getting enough without eating so much that you create an acid-alkalinity problem. Lay off the Tums. Tums is one of the worst sources of calcium, It’s composed of calcium carbonate which is a poorly absorbed form of calcium. You want to get Calcium hydroxyapatite or Calcium Citrate which are the best forms of calcium. Not to mention it's taking away the stomach acid we need to break down and digest our food. Check out our alternative digestive support below if you are looking to find a Tums replacement (Bitters, Digestive Enzymes, and Betaine HCL). What about Sunlight? You need Vitamin D because it helps to absorb calcium into your bones. It’s made in your skin when you go out in the sun, but since skin cancer is a concern and sunscreen blocks 90% of the vitamin D from absorbing into the body we recommend not being out in the sun for extended periods of time. Consider taking a Vitamin D Supplement as an alternative source. Stress Reduction! We’ve mentioned before, stress raises cortisol levels and if your cortisol is too high for a long period of time it can cause bone loss. You can reduce stress by engaging in specific activities that are aimed at reducing the stress response. These include massage, yoga and meditation. Don't forget the most advanced way to cope with stress is social engagement! Spend quality time with good people. Exercise is a great way to reduce the chance of bone loss. Engaging in weight bearing exercises like lifting weights, hiking, walking or running can increase bone density. Even as little as 15 minutes a day can be helpful. Eliminate your toxic kitchen, beauty and body care products. You can explore safe, alternative cleaning products that don’t have harmful chemicals that can absorb into your skin. Our favorite is vinegar. MINERALS PROMOTE BONE HEALTH: FACTS: Around 70 percent of your bones, by weight, are made from minerals. Calcium and magnesium make up most of the mineral composition, but many trace minerals also factor in. Poor dietary practices and soil depletion contribute to Mineral Deficiency, having some people turn to supplementation. Those who choose to supplement are wise to do their research and seek out reputable brands who use quality, effective ingredients. Calcium- Calcium is a mineral that is necessary for life. It builds bones and keeps them healthy. About 99 percent of the calcium in our bodies is in our bones and teeth. Magnesium- A mineral that's essential for the absorption and metabolism of calcium. Strengthens bones and makes teeth harder. Stimulates the thyroid’s production of calcitonin, a hormone that preserves our bones. Regulates parathyroid hormone, the hormone that facilitates the breakdown of bone tissues when necessary. 60% of the body's Magnesium are in the bones. Silica- Supports bone health by enhancing the use of calcium and vitamin D in your body. Helps maintain the balance between bone resorption and formation Strontium- supports normal bone formation. strengthens the bone and supports mineralization decreases the risk of bone fractures Vanadium- support normal bone formation strengthens the bone and supports mineralization decreases the risk of bone fractures Phosphorus- Supports skeletal development, and bone integrity - too much is bad too little is bad. Antacids can impair phosphorus absorption which can lead to parathyroid dysfunction. Zinc - Plays a key role in promoting bone density and boosting immune function found in the hydroxyapatite mineral crystals, which makes up roughly half of our bones’ weight. Crucial for Vitamin D to get into cells where it can facilitate the building of bones. Copper- A trace mineral that is imperative for youthful, fracture-resistant bones. Copper is the third moiety in a trio of minerals (manganese, zinc, and copper) that make up an extremely important antioxidant called Superoxide Dismutase. This antioxidant is a key player in saving your bones from oxidative damage and restoring their youthful integrity, and without copper, Superoxide Dismutase simply can’t form. Copper is critical for the coenzyme-dependent process of the cross-linking of collagen and elastin. Boron- a mineral that promotes bone growth. contributes to calcium absorption reduces the risk of fractures by hardening the bone protects vitamin D levels PROTEIN IS A MAJOR BUILDING BLOCK FOR BONE TISSUE: Point:Protein is necessary to build and maintain strong, healthy bones. Counterpoint:Remember not to over-do the animal proteins, because it is imperative to maintain alkalinity to promote healthy bones. III. VITAMINS THAT PROMOTE HEALTHY BONES FACT: Minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, as well as protein serve as the primary building blocks for bone growth. Vitamins are the catalysts for biochemical reactions that are needed to regulate this bone building process. Vitamin D- A fat soluble Vitamin that aids the absorption of calcium from the intestines. A deficiency in vitamin D causes calcium-depleted bone (osteomalacia), which weakens bones and increases the risk of bone fractures. Vitamin K- A fat soluble vitamin that is essential for activating enzymes that transport calcium from your arterial walls to your bones. By facilitating the transport of calcium out of your arteries and in bones, Vitamin K2 also protects the heart. Vitamin C- A water soluble vitamin that stimulates the production of osteoblasts or bone-building cells also subdues osteoclasts (bone-destroying cells). bone building properties of Vitamin C help improve bone mass and lower fracture rates. 1. OMEGA 3'S PROMOTE HEALTHY BONES Omega 3's help constitute bone marrow and enhance bone mineral content DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), an omega-3 fatty acid, may support bone mineral content and produce healthier, stronger bones. NASA study suggests that EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), an omega-3 fatty acid, may protect against bone loss during space flight. Omega 3's positively support the body's inflammation response. The most functional or useful types of useful Omega 3's are: Fish Oil Contains the long-chain Omega 3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) that the body uses most efficiently. Algae Omega The best vegan Omega 3 option, because it contains the long-chain Omega 3 fatty acids the body uses most efficiently. Flax Seed, a popular vegan Omega 3 option, is a source of a short-chained fatty acid called ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) that is not efficiently utilized by the body. 2. HORMONES BALANCE AND ALKALINITY PROMOTE HEALTHY BONES Hormone balance, especially estrogen balance, is a key factor in bone loss, bone growth, and bone remodeling. VI . ALKALINITY IS CRUCIAL TO BONE HEALTH The alkalinity of your body factors into both bone growth and bone remodeling. PH test strip are available that can show you if you are alkaline or acidic. GUT HEALTH AND NUTRIENT ASSIMILATION ARE NECESSARY FOR STRONG, HEALTHY BONES: Digestive Bitters increase bile activity bile contains bile salts that help emulsify fats and break down and digest our food. Digestive Enzymes facilitate the breakdown and digestion of our food Betaine HCL (Hydrochloride) may aid in the breakdown fats and proteins. may aids those with deficient stomach acid in digestion. Aloe Vera - increases nutrient uptake allowing us to get more out of the food we eat. Do you have Leaky Gut? It leads to poor nutrient assimilation. It is linked hormonal imbalances. VII. HERBS THAT SUPPORT BONE HEALTH Stinging Nettle
39 minutes | Aug 15, 2016
Workout Repair and Recovery
Repair and Recovery: Today’s podcast is about Repair and Recovery after a workout. Our guest on today’s show is Jeremy Shore. Jeremy is the Group Education Director of Matrix Fitness as well as a Reebok Master Trainer. He’s also been a certified strength & conditioning coach, performance enhancement specialist and corrective exercise specialist for many years. If you have questions regarding herbal nutrition or are looking for a natural solution to something that ales you, please give us a call at 512 853 9005 and we will try our best to answer your question. This show is sponsored by Dr. Vim's Herbal Nutrition. Dr. Vim's herbal formulas are designed for men and women to mental focus, physical energy, stress reduction and a healthy libido. They use only filler free high potency botanical extracts. ensuring that every batch delivers a full dose of the most powerful phytonutrients on the planet. Things you can do to help prevent injury before exercise: Stretch Stay hydrated Get protein and carbs into the body within 45 minutes of workout. Get the right Protein to Carb ratio. Some people like 20 grams of protein and 40 grams of Carbs, but this may take some dialing in. It's important to use high quality proteins without artificial ingredients. Pre workout tips: Make sure that you are hydrated. Try Vasodilators - Juiced beets or Crystallized Beet Powders promote Nitric Oxide which can help relax the heart, improve circulation and get oxygen to muscle tissues. Try Adaptogen Herbs- Herbs that are safe and non-toxic that help the body adapt to physical, emotional, or environmental stressors. They support hormonal balance, neurotransmitter balance, inflammatory response, sustained energy and stamina, as well as sports recovery. Herbs that support athletic performance: Adaptogen Herbs Ginseng Rhodiola Rosea Tongkat Ali Cordyceps Ashwagandha Moomiyo (Shilajiit) Sports Preparation: Nutrition- Eating a balanced and nutrient dense diet rich vitamin, minerals, and healthy fats, such as omega 3 fatty acids, in addition to carbohydrates and proteins help the body's performance, recovery, and inflammation response. It's important to make sure you get enough fresh vegetables and superfoods in order to get all of the micronutrients your body needs. Too much protein and not enough vegetables and plant nutrition will create a problem with your body's acid-alkalinity balance. Proteins and amino acids are the primary building blocks for muscle tissues. Omega 3's help to improve inflammation response and hormonal balance. The mineral magnesium keeps muscles from cramping. The minerals zinc and selenium help facilitate hormone production. Vitamin D3 supports hormonal balance and promotes immune function. Hydration - Most people are not drinking enough clean water, and many people are actually dehydrated before they begin their workout. Studies show that by simply drinking 16 oz. of water upon waking can boost metabolism by 25%. Movement Habitual stretching and myofascial release can improve range of motion and help prevent injury. Sleep- It's imperative to get adequate sleep for proper repair, remodeling, and recovery. Most physical repair happens between 10 pm - 2am in the morning. Most neurological repair occurs between 2 am - 6am. Avoid stimulates late in the day. Try to get into bed by 10 pm. Tips for burning fat Working out fast-twitch muscles help the body burn fat much better than working out slow-twitch endurance muscle fiber types. Example: Jeremy Shore's Sprint Eight Workout: The goal is to execute a 30 second. If you don't make it at first that is ok. Then, take 1 minute and 30 seconds to recover. The goal is to achieve 8 total reps consisting of a 30 second sprint followed by 1 minute and 30 second recovery. You can start out on a recumbent bike to keep it under control when getting started. Completing 8 reps of the Sprint 8 workout can boost HGH (Human Growth Hormone) 800%!!
29 minutes | Aug 9, 2016
Sexual Function & Herbs
Today’s show is about sexual function. The two key issues we run into when talking about sexual function is the desire to have sex and the actual function of having sex. When we talk about sexual function it applies mostly to the physical function of sex, mainly erectile dysfunction. This might explain why there are 24 FDA approved treatments for men and as of 2015 only one approved treatment for women. What’s interesting is that sexual dysfunction effects 43% of women compared to 31% of men and yet we only see commercials for correcting male erectile dysfunction. When we look at why sexual dysfunction happens, it’s mainly due to a lack of desire due to stress and anxiety which can lead to depression and low energy. We’ll explore herbs and extracts that can help with these symptoms and we’ll also be taking your calls. We’ll hear from Jenn in Buffalo, NY who is in the early stages of menopause and is dealing with low estrogen levels as well as a lack of desire to have sex. We’ll also hear from William in Boise, Idaho who is suffering from erectile dysfunction do to both stress and communication issues with his partner. On the call, William tells us he started taking Viagra and hasn’t told his partner because he’s afraid she will be upset and cause more friction in the relationship. Last we will hear from Sue in New Jersey who has a question regarding the desire to have sex. Sue has HSDD (Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder.) She loves her partner but feels her libido switch has been turned off. She’s considering taking the FDA regulated drug “Addyi” and is worried about low blood pressure side effects. If you have questions regarding herbal nutrition or are looking for a natural solution to something that ales you, please give us a call at 512 853 9005 and we will try our best to answer your question. This show is sponsored by Dr. Vim's Herbal Nutrition. Dr. Vim's herbal formulas are designed for men and women to mental focus, physical energy, stress reduction and a healthy libido. They use only filler free high potency botanical extracts. ensuring that every batch delivers a full dose of the most powerful phytonutrients on the planet. SHOW NOTES: Herbs and plants that might be beneficial for sexual desire in men and women: Relaxing herbs to help you get you in the mood: Avena Sativa Passion Flower Lemon Balm Tonic herbs and herbs that help balance cortisol and sex hormones: Ashwagandha Ginseng Maca Tribulus Terrestris Cordyceps Holy Basil Tongkat Ali Cistanche Tubulosa Stimulating herbs and herbs that direct blood flow: Damiana Tongkat Ali Catuaba Muira Puama Cistanche Tubulosa Safed Musli Herbs and Plants that support heart health and blood flow. Beets Hawthorn Berry Cayenne Ginger Aphrodisiac Spices you can add to herbal infusions to enhance flavor: Vanilla Cinnamon Nutmeg Cardamom Ginger How to pair herbs when making a special blend for you and your partner: Try to pair a nervous system stimulant with something that's mood enhancing and balances cortisol. It could be beneficial to add something that promotes blood circulation as well. You can pick herbs from a few of the categories listed above based on your preferences to make an infusion with your partner. Think about the elements as you make your blend. If you have experience with herbs, you may be able to mix something up intuitively. If you are a beginner here's an example of one way you can think about it: GABA - Promotes a positive, welcoming mood. Cortisol - Stress hormone that might turn you off! Nitric Oxide - Supports blood flow Stimulant - In this sense, something that might direct blood flow to the pelvic region. So we have cornered some of the elements that compose a nice herbal aphrodisiac infusion! Now, we just have to figure out the perfect ratio to suit our individual needs! Be sure to look up recommended dosage ranges for these herbs. Too much or too little might not do the trick. Here's is a very simple way to dial in your love tonic. You might focus in on a couple of herbs and use smaller amounts of other herbs to create the perfect recipe. Select a chief herb Select a secondary herb Pick some Herbs for enhanced synergy Spices for added flavor if desired Lemon Balm and Passion Flower promote GABA Avena Sativa restores the nervous system while reliving anxiety Holy Basil support cortisol balance Damiana was traditionally used by natives from Mexico to increase sexual desire. It’s both stimulating and relaxing at the same time and is also known to promote a sense of well-being. It is also believed to stimulate Nitric Oxide and direct blood flow to the pelvic region. Sample Infusion Recipe: Passion Flower & Damiana Elixir Passion Flower, Holy Basil, Avena sativa, and Damiana. This blend would be great at night because it might also help you sleep well! Try adding Vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg or cayenne to spice your infusion up. Sample 2: Chocolate and Maca Elixir Maca - Directs blood flow and is known to boost mood and increase sexual desire. Chocolate - Boosts mood and contains a lot of magnesium, which can help to calm the nervous system. So basically, it can stimulate and help you relax at the same time. Try adding a table spoon of beet crystals to enhance blood flow. It also adds a nice color to your chocolate and maca blend. Try adding aphrodisiac spices: Vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, cayenne or any combo that sounds good to you. You can make a simple chocolate and maca elixir to help you get in the right mood! Start by taking a high quality organic dark chocolate bar and crumbling it up. Heat 2/3 cup almond milk on low heat. Add the chocolate crumbles and whisk until it is well blended. Add 1/2 - 1 teaspoon of Gelatinized Maca powder. Whisk in cinnamon, nutmeg, or cayenne, etc. if desired. Remove from heat and serve in a mug. Enjoy! You can use raw cacao powder, sweeten with beet crystals if you prefer. If you like it bitter, use unsweetened, dark chocolate or raw cacao. Tonic Herbs that can be taken in the long run to promote healthy sexual function, balance sex hormones and cortisol: Tongkat Ali Avena Sativa Ashwagandha Cistanche Tubulosa Ginseng (American and Asian) Rhodiola Rosea Eleuthero Root Cordyceps Tribulus Terrestres Moomiyo or Shilajiit Licorice Root Lifestyle choices: 1 Diet: We need key nutrients like zinc, selenium, b - vitamins, omega 3's, and vitamin D to make sex hormones and to take care of the Adrenal glands. We also need sound nutrition to make neurotransmitters that can boost mood. 2. Exercise:We have to be healthy to have a healthy libido. Exercise, but don't over-do it! Too much exercise is another form of stress and can actually lower hormone levels. 3. Get counseling:Some problems you can solve on your own, but you shouldn’t feel bad about seeking professional help when you need it. 4. Communicate with your partner: Chances are you both have some anxieties that can be talked through. Social engagement is the most advanced way to cope with stress. Effectively communicating with your partner can add to intimacy and build the trust you need to feel comfortable with your sexual expression. 5. Get sunlight: You need sunlight to make vitamin D3 and to help your body make neurotransmitters as well
33 minutes | Aug 1, 2016
Having issues with sleep? Maybe you wake up often in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep or you find yourself unable to fall asleep. Sleep issues effect 50 – 70 million people in the US alone. In this episode we'll break down how sleep works and what you can do to try and get back on track. We'll will be taking calls from Jerry in Philadelphia, who has Parkinson’s Disease and is looking for some natural suggestions to get a better night’s rest, we’ll also hear from Liz in Los Angeles who travels a lot and is looking for an alternative to ambien. Finally, we will hear from Jeff in Los Angeles who has gone from being a deep sleeper to a light sleeper and is looking for suggestions to get back to a good night’s rest. If you have questions regarding herbal nutrition or are looking for a natural solution to something that ales you, please give us a call at 512 853 9005 and we will try our best to answer your question. This show is sponsored by Dr. Vim's Herbal Nutrition. Dr. Vim's herbal formulas are designed for men and women to mental focus, physical energy, stress reduction and a healthy libido. They use only filler free high potency botanical extracts. ensuring that every batch delivers a full dose of the most powerful phytonutrients on the planet. SHOW NOTES - Interesting facts about sleep insufficiency. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention): Sleep has officially been recognized as something of importance to public health. Sleep insufficiency is linked to several hazardous outcomes. Persons experiencing sleep insufficiency are more likely to suffer from chronic diseases, cancer, increased mortality, and reduced quality of life and productivity. Around 50-70 million US adults have sleep or wakefulness disorder. Neurotransmitters, Hormones, Amino Acids, Vitamins, and Minerals that impact the quality of our sleep: GABA- an acronym for gamma aminobutyric acid. GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter, meaning in it has a calming effect on the body. If we rely on the calming effects of GABA to help us get a good night’s sleep. Cortisol- a stress hormone associated with our fight or flight response. In an ideal situation it peaks in the morning when we wake up and is at its lowest point when we go to sleep (around 10 pm). Cortisol management is imperative to sleep. L - Tryptophan - because our bodies can't make L- Tryptophan is categorized as an essential amino acid. That means in order to optimize your sleep it's important to have an enough L - Tryptophan in your diet. It is necessary precursor to serotonin. Serotonin- the neurotransmitters responsible for regulating the sleep/wake cycle, serotonin is the immediate precursor to Melatonin. Melatonin- a hormone secreted by the pineal gland that allows us to fall asleep. Optimal sleep melatonin should peak around 10 PM. Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxal-5'-phosphate) - Vitamin B6 is necessary to facilitate conversion of tryptophan into serotonin. Vitamin B9 (folate) - folate deficiency can result in low serotonin levels. Magnesium - A mineral with many functions including supporting the nervous system and brain. Magnesium is believed to help reduce cortisol and helps relax the muscles. It is also believed have an effect on key neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin. It is the 4th most abundant mineral in the body and it's responsible for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body. Magnesium is necessary for a healthy stress response, a balanced mood, and sound sleep. L - Theanine - an amino acid found in green and black teas. It's famous for its ability to promote alpha wave activity in the brain resulting in a feeling of relaxation and mental clarity. L-Theanin is an excellent choice for stress support, focus, or calming down before bedtime. Sleep Etiquette Basics: Prioritize sleep. Get whatever it is your body requires (7-9 hrs. generally). Try to go to sleep around 10pm, when cortisol levels are at their lowest and melatonin levels are at their highest. Stop eating 2 hours before bedtime, and stop hydrating at least an hour before bedtime. Create at dark environment to sleep in. Avoid light before bedtime, including T.V., computers, and smart devices that emit light. You can even dim the lights ahead of time when you're ready to unwind. Try not to hit that snooze button in the morning. We don't want to interrupt our hormone and neurotransmitter cycles. Avoid the use stimulants, especially in the afternoon and evening. Diet - East a balanced diet rich in magnesium, Tryptophan, B-6 (Pyridoxal-5'-phosphate), B-9 (Folate), and Omega 3 Fatty Acids. Moderate sugar intake, especially late at night. Get adequate exercise, but don't over train! Herbs that may help you sleep: Herbs believed to promote Gaba: Passion Flower Chamomile Lemon Balm Valerian Magnolia Hops Herbs believed to help balance Cortisol: Magnolia Ashwagandha Rhodiola Rosea Avena Sativa (Wild Milky Oats) Herbs believed to help balance Serotonin: Rhodiola Rosea - Can be energizing so take in early in the day for added stress and mood support. St John's Wort - A popular herb celebrated for its ability to boost mood. Ginseng - Is known to be energizing so take it early in the day for added stress and mood support.
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