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The MaxLiving Podcast
26 minutes | 5 days ago
Episode 6 - All Things Sleep (Part 1)
Sleep Disruptors Could be Diminishing Your Health Did you know that we are the only mammals that intentionally disrupt or delay sleep? Too often, we “power through” being tired, wake up artificially and put off sleep in favor of “more important” things like work. Just like with everything else, the disruption of sleep is a symptom, and we want to get to the root cause. This is because if you are not sleeping, you are not functioning at 100%. In other words, you are not healing. The CDC shows that over 1/3rd of Americans aren’t getting the amount of sleep they need, and we want to change that! We need sleep for everything from mood and productivity to hormone regulation and weight control. According to studies, adults need at least 7 hours of healthy, deep sleep every night. So, are you sleeping well? If you are experiencing symptoms like high blood pressure, changes in mood, or decreased immune strength, they could be warning signs that you aren’t sleeping well! You may think you are going to bed and getting up on a consistent 7 or 8 our schedule each night, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you are getting the sleep you need. In other words, it isn’t just the quantity of sleep that matters, it is the quality. Throughout the night, our bodies are meant to go through about 3 cycles of REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep. This cycle allows us to “recharge.” Our brains reset and recharge, our bodies rest and heal, and we prepare to take on the next day at optimal health. But, if we fail to get that deep, quality sleep, it’s like connecting your phone to a charger and the cord being unplugged. No matter how much you are sleeping, if you aren’t getting deep sleep, it may be interfering with the regeneration and healing processes of the brain and body. As Dr. Nick and Dr. Traci discuss in this episode, a lack of quality sleep can be a domino effect, causing an unhealthy shift in habits and disrupting essential cycles in your body. One of these cycles is your body’s natural cortisol levels. Cortisol is a stress hormone that rises and falls in level in order to wake up each day, but it is interrupted when we have too little sleep. This is because our bodies know we should not wake up, and thus do not increase cortisol levels. When we wake up to an alarm clock before our bodies are ready, we are left feeling exhausted and craving that cortisol boost. And where do we find it? With caffeine! However, too much caffeine, especially as a replacement for natural cortisol levels, could cause continually elevated cortisol levels. When your cortisol levels are consistently high, you are consistently stressed. Plus, high cortisol levels lead to a craving for sugars and carbs! Cortisol can be a savior, but only when it naturally occurs at the correct levels that your body needs. Your habits could be negatively affecting this, which then could interrupt your sleep patterns! In order to keep yourself from feeling these negative effects, there are immediate action steps that you can take to improve your sleep and support your health! Listen in to this episode for the warning signs of sleep disruption and the steps you can take to promote healthy sleep habits. Check out some related articles about this topic: Need Help With Weight Loss, Better Health, Solid Relationships and More? Get Great Sleep Subscribe today via Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast app.
17 minutes | 12 days ago
Episode 5 - Can Chiropractic Help My Condition?
Following our last podcast, in which we established the details of innate health and our body’s natural healing power, we continue the conversation of natural healing with Chiropractic. Chiropractic is often oversimplified to “curing back pain.” Of course, that is something that Chiropractic may be able to do, but that is not the purpose of Chiropractic care. The true purpose of Chiropractic care is to enable natural healing in the body, treating any number of conditions you or your family may be struggling with. With that in mind, this week we are asking: what can Chiropractic do for you? Beyond back pain, some basic areas that Chiropractic has consistently been known to improve include neck pain, headaches, migraines, and trouble sleeping. Chiropractic may be able to go even further than this though. How? Because Chiropractic is all about enabling your body to function at 100%, which means helping your body live to its fullest potential! Your body doesn’t just heal from cuts and bruises. Every part of your body is constantly communicating, growing, and regenerating, from your head to your toes, inside and out. As Dr. Nick said last week, the greatest doctor in the world is inside your body. This week, we are telling you how to unlock that potential. It may sound counterintuitive at first, but a chiropractor’s job isn’t to make you heal. Though this may sound strange, it is essential to open your mind to a new way of thinking. If you have been struggling with health conditions, trying every conventional method to treat them to no avail, it may mean that you need to adjust your perspective on health. Healing isn’t something that we can do to the body. It is something that the body does for us. Our job is simply to enable it. Too often, we look at singular parts of the body or individual symptoms, but the one affects the whole, therefore you must treat the whole! Treating a symptom can cover up the symptom, like a bandage over a cut. In Chiropractic, we don’t treat the symptoms. We respect the symptoms. This means understanding that the symptom is a natural response triggered in the body to let you know that something is wrong. As Dr. Nick’s example in this episode goes, if you are exposed to e coli, your body’s natural reaction is to become feverish and nauseous. Our knee-jerk reaction may be to stifle these symptoms because they don’t feel good. However, the purpose of these symptoms is to help enable healing! Your fever is working to burn out the invader while throwing up could eject the e coli from your stomach. If you interrupt these symptoms, you may allow the thing that is making you sick to settle into the body. In instances like this, our ‘health’ practices may actually get in the way of healing. As Dr. Nick says, “Get out of the way!” Find out why cold and flu symptoms are actually good for you. You may be able to do just that through Chiropractic. Getting over conditions like insomnia, chronic back pain, chronic migraines, IBS, hormone disruption, weight gain, and more may sound like a miracle to some, but to Chiropractors, it is simply the body returning to its natural state. According to research, Chiropractic may help with a wide range of conditions because it works with the nervous system. One study found that chiropractic treatment may be able to help with virtually any condition, and there is no known ceiling to the benefits. In other words, you can continue improving your health indefinitely. Understand the science of Chiropractic. It may be hard to believe that one treatment can help with everything–and it doesn’t! Chiropractic isn’t what heals, the body is. Chiropractic is simply the avenue that allows the body to function at full capacity. When the body is functioning, it will heal. Learn how to reach optimal health through Chiropractic. The state of the spine tells us if there is damage in the nervous system, which could affect any number of things in your body. Chiropractic removes subluxation (misalignment) from the spine, which supports health and healing in the nervous system. Chiropractors don’t necessarily know where their treatment will take effect in the body, because that’s up to the body! They just help the body do what it was designed to do: heal. Find out more about how Chiropractic may help you in this incredible episode of The MaxLiving Podcast. Subscribe today via Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast app.
22 minutes | 19 days ago
Episode 4 - Health Care or Sick Care?
It’s easy to talk about weight loss, healthy eating, and reducing toxins. It’s more difficult to discuss something as intangible as a mindset or philosophy. However, your health philosophy is the most important aspect of health for you and your family. Your health philosophy is what drives every decision you make, from your diet to your sleep patterns. If you have a poor health philosophy or lack a grounded philosophy at all, it can hurt you and your family through what you are eating, the toxins you are coming into contact with, the level of physical activity you are or are not participating in, and even how you prioritize your mental wellbeing. Health philosophy may be an intangible concept, but it is the single most important factor in establishing whether or not you will be successful in your pursuit of health. It is what will drive you to exercise daily, get preventative care from your chiropractor, and stick to healthy eating habits. Or, it is what will lead you to say a chronic symptom is “not that bad” until it becomes a legitimate health concern. The difference between true healthcare and what we like to call “sick care” is all dependent on your personal health philosophy. If you are dedicated to preserving health, you are pursuing healthcare. If you are complacent in treating illness as it appears and negatively affects you, you are reactively turning to care to treat an already present sickness––in other words, sick care. To truly be healthy, you have to establish your health philosophy before a health crisis strikes, because by the time you are facing a severe illness or chronic condition, you have already strayed away from seeking healthcare for far too long. However, no matter where you are in your health journey, you have the potential to change your philosophy. If you are experiencing a chronic symptom like headaches or back pain and your response is to minimize it and say “it’s not that bad,” now is the time to reverse your thinking. Why should you live with not that bad? As Dr. Nick points out, compared to other industrialized countries, we are 13th out of 13 countries studied when it comes to several essential aspects of health. We have the lowest infant birth weight, the highest infant mortality rate, and the highest rate of ‘lifestyle diseases’ like diabetes and heart disease depleting our quality of life. Dr. Nick and Dr. Traci discuss where these upsetting statistics come from in our nation’s health philosophy, and how we can start reorienting ourselves to seek true health before we are affected by sickness. At the core of this change is your ability to claim advocacy over your health. As Dr. Traci says, “you have a choice. It’s your body, and you choose what to do with it.” With the help of this podcast and the resources of MaxLiving, you can begin making informed choices to take care of your body in new, natural ways. After all, our bodies have an innate intelligence that allows our heart to beat, our lungs to transmit oxygen to our blood, our cells to fight disease, and our skin to heal, all without any external intervention or conscious thought from us. In other words, our body has the innate power to heal, just by the nature of existing. So why don’t we trust our bodies to keep us healthy? As Dr. Nick points out, “the greatest doctor in the world lives inside you.” Now is the time to start trusting it! Find out more about innate health and your body’s power to heal: https://maxliving.com/healthy-articles/what-is-innate-health/ Find out how to establish an effective health philosophy with the help of a MaxLiving chiropractor near you: https://maxliving.com/locations/
29 minutes | a month ago
Episode 3 - Cleansing or Detoxify
In this episode of The MaxLiving Podcast, Dr. Nick and Dr. Traci discuss detoxification and cleansing, and expose the difference between the two. Detoxification and cleansing have become common terms in recent years as we all begin to acknowledge the number of chemicals and toxins we come into contact with each and every day. However, like supplements (as discussed last week!), not all detoxes and cleanses are created equal. Particularly when it comes to cleansing, which often includes sticking to a juice diet for a period of several days, you could end up doing more harm than good! As Dr. Nick says, there is always a good intention of detoxifying your body when you partake in a juice cleanse, but there also needs to be intention and knowledge to be successful. When you purchase juices, they may have lost a significant amount of their enzymatic activity and nutritional value between the time when they are manufactured to the time you are drinking them, and many juices don’t carry organic, clean ingredients to begin with! Even if you create your juices at home, you could inadvertently be adding toxins to your body by using fruits and vegetables contaminated with fertilizers and pesticides. That’s just one of many reasons why organic, quality products are absolutely essential. When you properly cleanse, the intention is to aid your body in the natural process of detoxification that it is already carrying out, loading up with vitamins and minerals that improve the process. Find out more about how to go on a healthy juice cleanse: https://maxliving.com/healthy-articles/how-to-juice-cleanse/ Get a guide to juicing and juice cleanses: https://maxliving.com/healthy-articles/juice-cleanses/ Unlike cleansing, detoxification is about targeting specific toxins, such as heavy metals (like lead, for example), and binding them to help pull them out of the body. Detoxification often comes in the form of a supplement, such as our Detox System, which contains activated charcoal, which naturally absorbs substances, including harmful toxins, and helps your body extract them from your system. Learn about the 3 key processes to natural detoxification: https://maxliving.com/healthy-articles/the-3-key-processes-to-natural-detox/ Dr. Nick and Dr. Traci stress the effectiveness of true, researched cleansing and detoxification, but only with the right intentions behind it. In the middle of the ‘detox fad,’ many people have something driving them to try a cleanse or detox, whether it’s weight gain, high cholesterol, lethargy, or something else. However, the worry with this is that we are simply looking to mute our symptoms rather than acknowledging the underlying issue. Think of it this way: if your check engine light came on in your car, would you simply cover it up with a piece of tape and continue driving? Of course not! So why then, do we do this with our bodies? Our ‘check engine light’ is our symptom, whether it be weight gain, lacking energy, headaches, allergies or sensitivities, cholesterol, or any number of other conditions. When taking on a cleanse or a detox process, we have to do it with the intention of truly healing, rather than placing a bandaid over the issues we are experiencing. Minimizing toxins, after all, starts with minimizing the number of toxins we come into contact within the first place. In order for you to effectively cleanse or detox, you have to start by committing to lifestyle changes that will help keep toxins out of your body once you have successfully filtered out existing toxins. Find out more about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle, minimize toxins, and carry out an effective cleanse or detoxification in this episode! Try our natural Detox System for a targeted approach to removing toxins from your body: https://store.maxliving.com/products/detox-system Try Max Cleanse, natural support for your body’s detoxification processes: https://store.maxliving.com/products/max-cleanse
41 minutes | a month ago
Episode 2 - Consuming Contaminants
This week on The MaxLiving Podcast, hosts Dr. Nick and Dr. Traci discuss toxicity in our food and how to avoid it. Do you know what’s really in the food you eat each day? From the fertilizers and pesticides used on our produce to the packaging that our food is stored in, toxins threaten to enter our bodies at all angles. As Dr. Nick discusses, the labels on food are largely marketing, and as such cannot be trusted. “Natural does not mean organic,” as Dr. Nick says, and too often, food labels seek to mislead us with names that ‘sound’ healthy. Even by reading the ingredients in your food, you may still be misled. Take MSG for example. MSG is a substance that may affect our neurons and is used to enhance flavors. It is commonly known that MSG is a common allergen and is likely an unhealthy additive, and the solution of many companies has been to call the ingredient by different names. Alternative names for MSG include ‘yeast extract,’ ‘yeast nutrient,’ ‘soy protein isolate,’ ‘natural flavoring,’ or simply ‘flavoring.’ Similarly, ‘sugar-free’ is a phrase that is commonly thought to mean “healthy,” when the truth might be quite the opposite. Dr. Traci discusses the dangers of sugar replacements such as aspartame, which has been connected to gut health problems, headaches, and even cancer. As the Doctors discuss, we often do not realize that we are making poor decisions for our health or think that there is no way to avoid it. However, “our health should be our number one priority because it’s our number one asset,” (Dr. Nick), and “your health is always a choice,” (Dr. Traci). Dr. Nick and Dr. Traci discuss ingredients and names to stay away from, such as ‘fortified,’ which often means altered in a plant or factory, which additives, texturizers, and the like being added. They offer tricks about the kinds of foods to indulge in, the kind to avoid, and how to create healthy eating habits. They cover food containers such as BPA and microplastics that could be contaminating our food and adding toxins to our system, and other ways that daily contact with toxins can occur without you even knowing it. Dr. Nick also uses this episode as an opportunity to dive into supplementation. He discusses the way that nutrition levels in our food have dropped due to over-farming, and the subsequent need for supplementation. However, both doctors stress that not all supplements are created equal. Tune in to this episode for details on how to tell good supplements from bad, organic, healthy food from toxic foods, and how to gauge your natural health each and every day. Find out more about minimizing toxins in daily life: https://maxliving.com/healthy-articles/toxic-hormones-5-natural-strategies-to-to-reduce-the-impact-of-toxins-on-hormones/ https://maxliving.com/healthy-articles/6-foods-to-boost-detoxification/ https://maxliving.com/healthy-articles/the-3-key-processes-to-natural-detox/ https://maxliving.com/healthy-articles/natural-body-cleanse/ Try our natural detox system, Max Cleanse, to support natural detoxification: https://store.maxliving.com/products/max-cleanse
36 minutes | a month ago
Episode 1 - The Toxins in Your Everyday Life: Cleaners and Cosmetics
Dr. Nick Wilson is joined by Dr. Traci Gross today as they dive into keeping you and your family healthy from the inside out. This episode focuses on Toxicity. What is it? Where does it come from? How do you prevent it? Toxins are pervasive, existing in everything from the air we breathe and the food we eat to the cleaning and personal care products we use. According to one estimation, we may come into contact with as many as 2,100,000 toxins every day. Why is this concerning? Because toxins, when introduced to the body, have been observed to cause everything from metabolic changes and endocrine (hormone) interferences to respiratory issues and certain types of cancer. As Dr. Nick and Dr. Traci explain, we are often taught that our health is dependent on our genes, and therefore any health issues we face are based on heredity. However, this podcast asks you to “exit the conventional” and explore alternative methods of understanding and promoting your health. Though we can pass on hereditary traits from one generation to the next, it is largely our lifestyle choices that decide which genes express themselves. That means even if your family is predisposed to heart disease or a type of cancer, you may be able to ‘turn off’ these genes with the right lifestyle choices. One of the biggest ways to positively influence your health? You guessed it: Minimizing Toxins. When toxins are introduced to the body by being breathed in through the lungs, absorbed through the skin, or eaten, they are often stored in our fat cells. Our body is intelligent enough to recognize toxins as dangerous and therefore tries to encase them in fat cells to keep them from causing further damage. However, in the long run, this can still cause metabolic issues, weight gain, changes in hormones, and more. In fact, Dr. Nick cites that roughly 95% of all cancers may be attributed to the way we live. Especially in the times, we are living in, where Lysol sales have increased 50% and ammonia-based cleaners are on the rise, toxins can become an unavoidable part of life. In fact, many people willingly introduce toxins to their bodies every day without even knowing it. As Dr. Nick explains, we attempt to do something healthy by disinfecting our homes and our bodies, but in doing so, we may be ridding ourselves of germs today only to cause health concerns tomorrow. These sanitizers and harsh cleaning products may kill bacteria and viruses, but they also are made up of harsh chemicals that can interfere with hormones, metabolisms, respiratory systems, and more. In fact, some sanitizing products actually warn users to wash sanitized areas with water after using the product, because the chemicals used are known to be potentially harmful to humans. Beyond sanitizers, Dr. Traci speaks to the other potential areas for toxin exposure, including our food, water, and in particular, the products we use. According to Dr. Nick, 10,000+ chemicals are used in food processing, and Dr. Traci cites a source that says that our homes can be up to 100 times more toxic than outside air. As she says, “We spend the most time in our home, and it’s 100 times more toxic” which poses a very real health concern to you and your family. In this podcast, Dr. Nick and Dr. Traci help you recover control of your health, teaching you how to support your internal environment so that it can adapt to the toxic influences of your external environment. Your body is made to adapt, but not as quickly as the world has changed to include such overwhelming numbers of man-made toxins. The solution? Be smart with what you buy! As Dr. Traci points out, you are 100% in control of the products you use, and with the advice in this podcast, you may be able to minimize toxin exposure from the products you use and detox your household as well as yourself. Some products to stay away from including conventional cleaners like disinfectant wipes, harsh cleaning sprays, standard laundry detergents, and odorizers, all of which have been connected to creating resistant bacteria, endocrine (hormone) disorders, respiratory issues, and even fertility problems. When it comes to personal care, foaming shampoos, and soaps, many makeup products (one study found that 96% of all makeup included in the research contained lead!), fragrant soaps, deodorants, perfumes, and scented wipes and lotions are all likely high in toxins. It can be difficult to recognize which products are “good” and which are “bad” but Dr. Nick and Dr. Traci help you build some basic rules for telling which products to stay away from. They also offer an incredible resource: EWG.org, which catalogs the toxicity of thousands of products and helps you find healthy alternatives. Tune in to this episode for more details on how toxicity could be impacting your health, and find out more about detoxification and healthy living in next week’s episode! Learn more about how to Minimize Toxins at https://maxliving.com/tag/minimize-toxins/ Related articles: 10 Natural Detox Strategies to Cleanse Your Body & Lose Weight With Your Diet https://maxliving.com/healthy-articles/natural-body-cleanse/ How to Minimize Toxins in Household Cleaners https://maxliving.com/healthy-articles/green-cleaning-products/ Detox Your Home by Changing the Way You Clean https://maxliving.com/healthy-articles/detox-your-home-natural-cleaning-solutions/
2 minutes | a month ago
Introducing The MaxLiving Podcast
Whether you are already part of the Maxliving community or simply someone looking for a different perspective on health and wellness, The MaxLiving Podcast is the ultimate resource. This week, host Dr. Nick Wilson discusses the 5 Essentials® of true, natural health, including Chiropractic, Nutrition, Mindset, Oxygen and Exercise, and Minimizing Toxins. With Dr. Nick’s expert knowledge in Chiropractic, Nutrition, fitness, and toxicity, there is no better guide to help you unlock your best, healthiest self.
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