• Stress-Free Holidays: Wellness Hacks with Andrea Donsky

    Welcome to the Tonic Podcast! In this episode, "Stress-Free Holidays: Wellness Hacks with Andrea Donsky," our guest, Andrea Donsky, a registered holistic nutritionist with 20 years of experience in natural health and wellness, offers valuable insights for navigating the holiday season with a focus on reducing stress and promoting overall well-being.


    As the holiday rush approaches, Andrea discusses practical strategies to prioritize tasks, plan ahead, and avoid becoming overwhelmed. She stresses how it’s okay to ask for help. From time management to setting boundaries and learning to say no, she provides actionable advice to help listeners find calm amidst the chaos. She quotes well-known actress and activist Jane Fonda for saying (No.) is a sentence.


    The conversation delves into the significance of incorporating daily routines and relaxation techniques into our lives. Andrea emphasizes the power of simple practices such as breathwork, meditation, and short walks to reduce stress levels. She even does a little breathing with Jamie. Discover how these small pockets of calm can make a significant difference in managing anxiety during the festive season.


    Physical activity emerges as a key element in stress reduction, with Andrea highlighting the role of exercise for enhancing resilience to stress. The discussion covers the importance of weight training, yoga, and mindful movement in promoting overall well-being, especially as we age. Andrea stresses blocking out stressors while exercising to maximise benefits. They touch upon the importance of balancing strength and cardio. 


    The dialogue seamlessly transitions to the crucial connection between stress and sleep. Andrea self-dubbed a "sleep hacker," shares insights into sleep hygiene tips and the role of supplements like melatonin for improving sleep quality. Learn about the vicious cycle of stress and sleep deprivation and how breaking it can lead to better mental and physical health. Sleep hygiene depends upon ritual, try swapping books for electronic screens. Hit the sack before eleven!


    Adaptogens take center stage as Andrea introduces these herbal allies which shield against stress, supporting the body's natural coping mechanisms. Melatonin is her favourite for its versatility of dosage. While acknowledging potential contraindications, Andrea recommends adaptogens like holy basil, ashwagandha, and functional mushrooms, emphasizing the importance of individualized approaches. Looking for potency validated amounts of therapeutic compounds for many of these botanicals is stressed. Functional mushrooms such as Reishi and Chaga are also discussed.


    The conversation expands to cover additional supplements, such as Omega-3s and probiotics, and their role in mental health (mood) and overall well-being. Andrea provides practical advice for selecting supplements and integrating them into a holistic lifestyle for maximum effectiveness. The gut-brain connection for mental health is also mentioned.


    In conclusion, Andrea emphasizes the importance of consistency and viewing supplements as complementary to lifestyle changes. The discussion underscores the long-term benefits of these practices, fostering resilience, balance, and a healthier, more fulfilled life beyond the holiday season.

    Consistency coupled with lifestyle choices are key. Look long term for healthy habits to reap returns.


    Tune in to this insightful episode of the Tonic Podcast for a holistic journey towards stress-free holidays and a well-balanced life with host Jamie and Andrea Donsky.

    16m | Dec 1, 2023
  • Boost Immunity: Navigating Cold & Flu Season

    Welcome to the Tonic Talk Show, where we delve immune health with the esteemed Dr. Colleen Hartwick. In this enlightening conversation, Dr. Hartwick, a licensed naturopathic physician with a special focus on trauma and mental health, shares her expertise for navigating the challenging terrain of cold and flu season.


    As the weather turns colder and the days grow shorter, Dr. Hartwick sheds light on the seasonal aspects of colds and flus. Drawing on her years of private practice in Campbell River, BC, she discusses the environmental and lifestyle factors which contribute to the uptick in viral infections during the darker months. From decreased sunlight affecting vitamin D levels to shifts in diet and exercise habits, she uncovers the interconnected web influencing our immune resilience.


    Distinguishing between colds and flus, Dr. Hartwick guides listeners through the symptoms, causes, and disparities between these common winter afflictions. Colds are most commonly caused by rhinoviruses, whereas flus are actually an abbreviation for influenza. Colds are also milder, with no fever. She emphasizes the importance of maintaining a robust immune system through lifestyle choices, nutritional support, and strategic supplementation. She mentions consumption of sweets over the holiday season for suppressing immune function.


    Listeners are treated to a wealth of practical advice, from the significance of exercise and dietary protein to the role of essential nutrients like vitamin C, zinc, and probiotics. Dr. Hartwick also explores the benefits of elderberry, sharing insights into its antiviral properties and its potential to assist in fever response during infections. A fever is basically the body creating a hostile environment for the virus.


    The conversation takes a turn towards natural remedies for symptom relief, covering topics such as saline sinus irrigation, steam inhalation, and herbal teas for soothing sore throats. Dr. Hartwick's recommendations extend to specific supplements like echinacea and lysine, offering a holistic approach to managing both acute infections and ancillary conditions such as cold sores. She describes how cold sores have a permanent, yet dormant presence once infected, they’ll flare up when the immune system is under siege. Lemon balm, and L-lysine are mentioned for relief. 


    To help listeners make informed choices, Dr. Hartwick provides valuable advice on selecting supplements from reputable sources. Stressing the importance of consulting with healthcare professionals, she encourages individuals to prioritize products made in Canada, standardized herbal extracts, and certifications like ISO 17025 for quality assurance, a third party accredited lab.


    As we navigate the challenges of the post-pandemic era, Dr. Colleen Hartwick equips listeners with the knowledge and tools to fortify their immune systems and thrive during the winter months. Join us for this illuminating journey towards a healthier,  more resilient you.


    Don't miss out on the insightful conversation with Dr. Hartwick—your guide to boosting immunity and embracing a winter of wellness. Tune in to the Tonic Talk Show for a dose of naturopathic wisdom and practical tips to fortify your defenses against the cold and flu season.

    15m | Nov 30, 2023
  • Prostate Health Insights

    In this insightful podcast episode, join seasoned naturopath Dr. Ludovic Brunell, with over two decades of experience in Calgary, as he shares invaluable wisdom on maintaining and enhancing prostate health. The conversation unfolds with an exploration of the prostate's role in male reproductive health and the common problems men face throughout their lives.

    Dr. Brunell delves into prevalent issues like prostatitis, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), and prostate cancer, offering a comprehensive understanding of their causes, symptoms, and prevalence. Listeners gain clarity on the significance of early detection and prompt action, especially for conditions like prostate cancer, which affects one in nine Canadian men annually.

    The podcast transitions into a detailed discussion on prostatitis, chronic inflammation, and the various factors contributing to this painful condition. Dr. Brunell sheds light on the complexities of BPH, likening it to too many people in a small room, drawing a vivid analogy to the prostate's growth and its impact on bladder function.

    As the conversation unfolds, the focus shifts to conventional treatments and their potential side effects, including impacts on libido and erectile function. Dr. Brunell introduces natural alternatives, such as herbal supplements and lifestyle changes, providing a holistic approach to managing prostate health.

    The podcast explores the importance of regular screenings, the PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) test, and the significance of consulting healthcare professionals for personalized guidance. Dr. Brunell addresses concerns about medications affecting sexual function and introduces natural products like New Roots Herbal Prostate Perform.

    Listeners gain actionable insights into lifestyle choices that positively influence prostate health, including dietary habits, exercise, and the surprising role of sexual activity in reducing the risk of prostate cancer. The naturopath emphasizes the impact of plant sterols, antioxidants, and vitamin D on overall well-being.

    The episode concludes with a call to action, urging listeners to prioritize regular screenings, be proactive in seeking medical advice for concerning symptoms, and adopt a holistic approach to prostate health. Dr. Brunell's parting message resonates with a reminder that early detection and timely intervention are crucial for optimal outcomes.

    Tune in to this podcast for a wealth of knowledge from a seasoned expert, empowering both men and women to take charge of prostate health and well-being.

    26m | Nov 30, 2023
  • Optimize Prostate Health Naturally

    Welcome to "Optimize Prostate Health Naturally,"

    where we delve into the world of men's health with a focus on the prostate

    gland. Join us as we explore the insights of Dr. Ludovic Brunel, a seasoned

    naturopathic physician with 17 years of experience in optimizing health through

    lifestyle and dietary interventions.


    In this episode, we address the common concerns surrounding

    prostate health, particularly benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH), a condition

    affecting millions. Dr. Brunel sheds light on the prostate's role in

    reproductive health and the intricate balance required for its function.


    As men age, the risk of BPH increases, and we uncover the

    factors contributing to this condition. From hormonal imbalances to lifestyle

    choices, we explore the nuances of prostate health and the impact of

    testosterone on prostate size. He describes how prostate enlargement affects

    urination, especially nocturia, nighttime urination. Obesity and inactivity are

    also flagged as contributing factors. Dr. Brunel emphasizes the importance of

    proper testing to differentiate between BPH and more serious conditions such as

     prostate cancer.


    Discover various diagnostic methods, including the routine

    PSA blood test and the digital rectal exam, and understand why a comprehensive

    assessment is crucial for determining proper a course of action.


    The conversation then shifts to natural approaches for

    improving prostate health. Dr. Brunel highlights the significance of nutrition,

    advocating for a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats while

    reducing saturated fat intake for managing prostate health. Learn about

    specific foods and nutrients, such as antioxidants from tomatoes and berries,

    fish oil, and omega-3 fatty acids, which play a vital role in supporting

    prostate health.


    The episode further explores science-driven nutrients proven

    to alleviate BPH symptoms. Saw Palmetto takes the spotlight, with over 35 human

    trials showcasing its effectiveness in improving urinary tract symptoms.

    Additionally, Dr. Brunel introduces other supplements, including rye flower

    pollen and plant sterols, emphasizing their anti-inflammatory properties and

    hormonal influence. He also delves into their efficacy which rival

    pharmaceutical options.


    Listeners gain valuable insights into the importance of

    choosing high-quality supplements, with a spotlight on New Roots Herbal Prostate

    Perform. Dr. Brunel commends their commitment to product integrity, with

    testing conducted in an ISO 17025 accredited lab to ensure potency and accuracy

    and a product which lives up to its label claim.


    Whether you're seeking preventative measures or managing

    existing prostate issues, this episode equips you with actionable knowledge.

    Join us on the journey to "Optimize Prostate Health Naturally" and

    empower yourself with the tools to lead a healthy, balanced life.


    Stay tuned for more expert discussions on men's health, remember,

    proactive steps today can lead to a healthier tomorrow.

    14m | Nov 1, 2023
  • Optimizing Prostate Health: Natural Strategies & Supplements

    This podcast delves into the realm of men's health, focusing

    on prostate health. Our expert guests, Naturopathic Dr. Ludovic Brunel and Kristen

    Nield, Manager of Blue Water Nutrition, share valuable insights into natural

    strategies and supplements for optimal prostate health.


    The conversation covers a range of topics, from the role of saw

    palmetto, rye flower pollen, plant sterols and cranberry extract for better

    prostate health to the importance of product quality. Dr. Brunel sheds light on

    preventative measures, emphasizing the significance of detecting prostate

    issues before symptoms have a profound effect on quality of life. The conversation

    further explores the connection between prostate health and erectile

    dysfunction, providing essential information for men of all ages.


    Listeners gain actionable advice for incorporating natural

    alternatives into their wellness regimens, understanding the benefits of

    specific supplements such as tomato sourced lycopene and prostate friendly selenium.

    Dr. Brunel emphasizes the importance of raw material sourcing and extraction methods

    for maximum effectiveness.


    The discussion extends beyond supplements, touching on

    lifestyle changes which contribute to better prostate health. Topics such as

    exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and dietary considerations, including

    the role of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, are explored. The maintenance

    of a healthy sex life are also touched upon for prostate wellness.


    For those interested in taking proactive steps toward a

    healthier prostate, the podcast introduces New Roots Herbal Prostate Perform, a

    comprehensive supplement encompassing key ingredients from the discussion. The

    hosts mention its availability with a promotional one week  trial size, making it easier for men to

    experience its potential benefits.


    The podcast also sheds light on the clinic's services,

    including free consultations with practitioners such as Dr. Heinen and Ayurvedic

    practitioner Dr. Manjiri, live blood cell analysis by owner Frank Yazdani, and

    other holistic offerings to address hormonal imbalances and overall wellness.


    As the holiday season approaches, the episode explores the

    surge in interest related to New Year's resolutions, emphasizing the importance

    of considering holistic health in for the upcoming year.


    Tune in for a wealth of information empowering men to take

    charge of their prostate health naturally. Whether you're navigating

    preventative measures, dealing with symptoms, or seeking a holistic approach,

    this episode provides valuable insights and actionable steps for optimizing

    prostate health.

    45m | Nov 1, 2023
  • Digestive Health Demystified

    Welcome to "Digestive Health Demystified," the podcast where we unravel the intricacies of optimal digestion. Our guest, Dasha Luneva, a recent graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and an ND candidate, provides invaluable insights into the digestive journey.


    Dasha shares the fundamental concept that it's not only about what we eat, but how well we digest and absorb nutrients. She offers a fresh perspective, suggesting that perhaps the adage "we are what we eat" should be modified to "we are what we digest."


    The conversation delves into the art of mindful eating, emphasizing techniques such as eating slowly and thorough chewing. Dasha explains how these habits increase exposure to digestive fluids, initiated by salivary glands, which kickstart the digestion process. This insight challenges the notion of consuming foods like yogurt and fruit as a smoothie, highlighting the benefits of chewing for better digestion.


    As the discussion progresses, Dasha provides a comprehensive overview of the stomach's role in digestion. She sheds light on the production of gastric juice, primarily composed of hydrochloric acid, and how this, coupled with digestive enzymes, facilitates the breakdown of proteins, enhancing nutrient absorption. She discusses when we eat slower the body is able to release a hormone called leptin, which tells the brain you’re full.


    The conversation takes an intriguing turn as Dasha addresses the condition of hypochlorhydria, a deficiency in stomach acid production which can lead to indigestion or bacterial overgrowth. She outlines potential symptoms such as indigestion, bloating, and the presence of undigested food in stool. Dasha also introduces a possible solution - biotine hydrochloride supplements derived from various food sources, offering a multifaceted approach to digestive health.


    Moving forward, Dasha uncovers the pivotal role of the pancreas in enzyme production. She introduces the tenacious trio: amylase, protease, and lipase, responsible for breaking down carbohydrates, proteins, and fats respectively. Dasha elucidates how these enzymes act like precision scissors, ensuring nutrients are finely diced for absorption within the small intestine.


    The conversation shifts to pancreatic insufficiency, a condition arising from a deficit in these enzymes. amylase, protease and lipase. Dasha explains the dual impact: compromised nutrient absorption and insufficient neutralization of stomach acid, leading to discomfort and digestive challenges. The pancreas also produces bicarbonate ions to neutralize stomach acid. She provides invaluable advice on seeking the right supplements and highlights the potential benefits of porcine-source pancreatic enzymes. She suggests reaching out to a health care provider unexplained bloating or discomfort arises.


    Intriguingly, the discussion transitions to the realm of prebiotics and probiotics. Dasha demystifies their significance, emphasizing how prebiotics, found in fiber-rich foods, serve as nourishment for gut bacteria which produce short chain fatty acids beneficial for the gut lining and B-vitamin synthesis. This revelation prompts a discussion on the impact of prebiotics and probiotics on constipation and diarrhea.


    In the final segment, Dasha offers practical advice on incorporating prebiotics into our diets and highlights the potential benefits of probiotic supplementation. She encourages a mindful approach to eating, advocating for slower, more deliberate consumption. She encourages more fibre in our diets. Psyllium husk is also recommended for avoiding both constipation and diarrhea.


    As we wrap up, it's important to remember that while supplements play a role in digestive health, chronic concerns warrant professional consultation. This episode serves as a guide to understanding your digestive system better, empowering you to make informed choices for optimal gut health.


    Join us in this enlightening episode of "Digestive Health Demystified" and take the first step towards a healthier, happier digestive system!

    14m | Oct 1, 2023
  • Natural Pain Relief Solutions

    In the fast-paced world of modern healthcare, the pursuit of natural, holistic pain relief solutions is gaining momentum. Join us on the "Natural Pain Relief Solutions" podcast, hosted by Dr. Kaitlyn Zorn, a renowned Guelph naturopathic doctor. Dr. Zorn brings together the best of modern science and traditional healing practices to treat the whole person, drawing from her extensive personal and professional experiences.


    In this insightful podcast, Dr. Zorn delves into a range of topics, with a special focus on mental health, anxiety, depression, pain management, fatigue, and women's health. Through her unique approach, she sheds light on how these aspects of health are interconnected, providing valuable insights for listeners seeking holistic well-being.


    The podcast explores pain and inflammation, vital warning signals from our bodies that indicate something is amiss. Dr. Zorn explains how pain serves as a crucial warning system, prompting us to take action to prevent further harm. Inflammation, a natural defense mechanism, complements pain by safeguarding from tissue damage.


    Listeners gain a comprehensive understanding of the various causes of pain and inflammation, ranging from everyday activities to more complex factors like injuries, infections, autoimmune conditions, and chronic diseases. Dr. Zorn's expertise, honed through her own health journey and professional practice, enriches the discussion, offering practical insights into managing pain and inflammation effectively.


    The impact of pain and inflammation on overall well-being is profound and multifaceted. Dr. Zorn discusses not only affect physical mobility and quality of life but also exert a toll on mental health. The cyclic relationship between pain and mental well-being is explored, highlighting the importance of addressing both aspects for comprehensive healing.


    Distinguishing between acute and chronic pain, Dr. Zorn provides valuable insights into how inflammation interacts with these different types of pain. Acute pain, a short-lived warning sign, is coupled with inflammation, which typically subsides within a few weeks. Chronic pain, on the other hand, persists beyond the initial healing phase, necessitating careful management to prevent further tissue damage.


    The podcast takes a deep dive into chronic inflammation, emphasizing the pivotal role lifestyle factors play in its management. Dr. Zorn underscores the significance of holistic approaches, including diet, exercise, stress management, and reducing toxin intake including tobacco and alcohol. Listeners gain practical advice on incorporating anti-inflammatory foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and omega-3-rich sources like fish and walnuts, into their diet.


    With a focus on physical activity, Dr. Zorn illuminates the anti-inflammatory benefits of exercise. She recommends low-impact activities like walking, swimming, cycling, and strength training, emphasizing their positive impact on joint health, balance, and muscle strength. Her insights on the role of exercise in promoting circulation and accelerating the healing process provide valuable guidance for individuals recovering from surgeries.


    Diet emerges as a cornerstone in the natural approach to pain management. Dr. Zorn emphasizes the importance of whole foods, rich in anti-inflammatory compounds, antioxidants, fiber, and healthy fats. Listeners gain valuable tips on steering clear of high-sugar processed foods and unhealthy fats, which can exacerbate inflammation and lead to chronic pain. Processed foods trigger inflammatory compounds.


    The podcast unravels a treasure trove of natural supplements, offering listeners alternatives to conventional pain relievers. Dr. Zorn introduces well-researched options, including curcumin, palmitoylethanolamide (PEA), and serratiopeptidase, each with its unique analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. Her expertise guides listeners in understanding how these supplements can complement their pain management regimen.


    Dr. Zorn's in-depth exploration of curcumin reveals its broad-spectrum effects on chronic pain, back pain, sports injuries, and various inflammatory pain disorders. She shares compelling studies demonstrating curcumin's efficacy in reducing knee osteoarthritis and addressing conditions ioncluding rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis.

    Dr. Zorn demystifies the role of PEA as an analgesic and its potential to alter pain perception. Listeners gain valuable insights into studies showcasing PEA's effectiveness in improving heat and cold tolerance, making it a promising option for neuropathic pain conditions like diabetic neuropathy, sciatica, and carpal tunnel syndrome.


    She further discusses serratiopeptidase, a proteolytic enzyme with remarkable tissue-clearing properties. Dr. Zorn sheds light on its application in dental and oral surgeries, emphasizing its role for post-surgery tissue recovery. Listeners receive expert advice on leveraging serrapeptase for soft tissue injuries like ligament and tendon sprains, offering a proactive approach to recovery.


    The spotlight then shifts to the topical realm of pain relief. DMSO, a sulphur based topical liquid for fast pain relief. She also discusses natural alternatives to popular products like Icy Hot. Dr. Zorn introduces listeners to Arnica, an herbal remedy renowned for its effectiveness in alleviating aches, pains, arthritis, and low back pain. Her expert guidance ensures safe application, emphasizing the importance of avoiding open wounds for optimal results.


    Throughout the podcast, Dr. Zorn provides invaluable insights into when and how these natural pain relief options can be more effective than conventional options. She also discusses the need to check for possible interactions, such as the blood thinning qualities of curcumin. Her expertise aids listeners in making informed decisions based on their specific conditions, ensuring a tailored approach to pain management.


    In the final segment, Dr. Zorn addresses considerations for selecting high-quality supplements. She advises listeners to look for ISO certifications (such as ISO 17025) and opt for reputable manufacturers with a track record of excellence. Her recommendation to consult with a naturopathic doctor underscores the value of seeking guidance from experts familiar with trusted brands.


    The "Natural Pain Relief Solutions" podcast empowers listeners to take charge of their pain management journey through natural, evidence-based approaches. Dr. Kaitlyn Zorn's wealth of knowledge, combined with her compassionate approach to holistic well-being, provides a beacon of hope for those seeking effective, sustainable relief from pain and inflammation. Tune in and embark on a transformative path towards a pain-free, vibrant life.

    14m | Sep 1, 2023
  • Memory Mastery: Optimizing Cognitive Health

    Welcome to "Cognitive Health Boost," the podcast where we delve into the secrets of maintaining a sharp mind and curbing memory loss. Join us in discussion with Dr. Colleen Hartwick, a licensed naturopathic physician based in Campbell River, B.C., with a special focus on trauma and mental health. Dr. Hartwick's expertise and passion for sharing knowledge shine through with this insightful conversation.


    Dr. Hartwick addresses the common misconception that memory loss is an inevitable part of aging. She sheds light on various factors, from natural declines in brain function to the impact of chronic stress and elevated cortisol. It becomes clear that memory loss is not a one-size-fits-all issue; and can be influenced by lifestyle choices. It’s multifactorial causes span from the neurotoxic effects of alcohol consumption, hypothyroidism and medication side effects.


    Dr. Hartwick provides invaluable advice on building a strong foundation for cognitive health. Regular physical exercise, which boosts blood flow and insulin sensitivity, is also highlighted as a cornerstone. She emphasizes the importance of maintaining a robust social network, as it helps reduce cortisol levels and supports mental well-being. Exercise is also recognized for promoting BDNF (brain derived neurotrophic factor) which is essential for learning and memory. Managing blood pressure, cholesterol, and staying hydrated are also emphasized as key factors in memory and cognition.


    The conversation then pivots to the crucial role of sleep in cognitive function. Dr. Hartwick outlines practical strategies for optimizing sleep quality, including consistent sleep schedules, relaxing bedtime routines, and maintaining a comfortable sleep environment. She underscores the impact of sleep for insulin sensitivity and the brain's glymphatic system, which flushes away debris, allowing neurons to communicate effectively. Uninterrupted sleep and respecting your circadian rhythm are also stressed.


    Listeners gain valuable insights into brain-stimulating activities. Dr. Hartwick encourages a diverse approach, advocating for a variety of challenges to the brain. While puzzles like crosswords and Sudoku are beneficial, she suggests incorporating activities like reading, learning a new language, and other forms of mental engagement for a well-rounded cognitive workout. She discusses how brains are adaptive so engage in a variety of activities to stimulate your brain. 


    Diet's pivotal role in cognitive health is thoroughly explored. Dr. Hartwick emphasizes the significance of managing blood sugar levels, avoiding refined sugars and processed foods while recommending whole grains and low-sugar options. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fatty fish, algae, and plant-based sources, are hailed for their anti-inflammatory properties. Brightly coloured foods rich in antioxidants are championed for their role in reducing oxidative stress.


    Supplements, when used wisely, can be a valuable addition to one's cognitive health regimen. Dr. Hartwick shares her insights into key supplements, such as Omega-3s from fish oil, Bacopa Monnieri for acetylcholine support, and Lion’s Mane, known for their cognitive function. She also highlights the importance of nutrients such as choline and citicoline in acetylcholine production, a vital neurotransmitter associated with memory formation. Lecithin is also discussed as a source of cognition friendly nutrients.


    In conclusion, Dr. Hartwick offers practical guidance for choosing high-quality supplements. She suggests looking for ISO 17025 certification, indicating that the product has been rigorously evaluated for purity and potency. With this expert advice, listeners can confidently navigate the market and make informed choices for their cognitive health.


    Tune in to "Cognitive Health Boost" and embark on a journey to unlock your brain's full potential. With Dr. Colleen Hartwick as your guide, you'll gain valuable insights and actionable strategies for a sharper, more resilient mind. Don't miss out on this opportunity to take proactive steps towards a brighter cognitive future!

    14m | Aug 1, 2023
  • Heart Disease: Silent Killer

    Welcome to the Tonic talk show and podcast, where we delve into the pressing health issues of our time. We bring you an insightful interview with Dr. Colleen Hartwick, a licensed naturopathic physician specializing in heart health and mental well-being. She is also an instructor at the Canadian School of Nutrition. Join us as we explore the impact of heart disease as we uncover the hereditary component and discuss practical steps for prevention and treatment.


    Heart disease remains among the leading causes of death in Canada, affecting a significant portion of the population. Dr. Hartwick shares eye-opening statistics, revealing that one in 12 Canadians over the age of 20 have some form of diagnosable heart disease. Shockingly, one person every hour succumbs to heart disease-related complications. Moreover, the prevalence of metabolic syndrome, a cluster of symptoms linked to an increased risk of heart disease, affects 9 of 10 Canadians. It’s characterized by obesity, diabetes and hypertension. She notes men are twice as likely to suffer heart attacks.


    Unraveling the relationship between genetics and environment, Dr. Hartwick emphasizes the importance of lifestyle choices for mitigating heart disease risk. She shares her personal journey, driven by a family history of heart disease, and how she adopted a healthier lifestyle to prevent the onset of cardiovascular issues. Through diet, exercise, and supplementation, it is possible to tip the balance in favour of a healthier heart. Jamie and Colleen discuss the dance between genetics and lifestyle for heart disease.


    The interview delves into the different types of heart disease, including coronary artery disease, heart rhythm disorders (arrythmia), structural heart diseases, and heart failure. Dr. Hartwick breaks down each category, helping listeners grasp their intricacies and potential implications.


    When it comes to exercise, Dr. Hartwick highlights the transformative power of even moderate physical activity. She underscores that the key is to find an exercise routine which aligns with individual preferences and schedules. Whether it's walking, dancing, or engaging in other forms of movement, dedicating 20-30 minutes most days of the week can yield significant improvements in insulin sensitivity, blood markers, and general heart health. Obesity contributes to insulin resistance. She emphasizes the low barrier to entry of walking, shoes and a jacket if it’s cold. When it comes to exercise, make it something you enjoy.


    Diet plays a pivotal role in maintaining a healthy heart, and Dr. Hartwick introduces the Mediterranean diet as a proven framework for heart-healthy nutrition. It emphasizes protein from lean sources, nuts, seeds, and a wide array of fiber-rich fruits and vegetables. By incorporating these dietary changes, individuals can regulate blood sugar, lower cholesterol levels, and enhance their metabolic profiles.


    Jamie discusses a complementary approach to support heart health, particularly in regions with limited sunlight exposure like Canada. Dr. Hartwick highlights the benefits of vitamin B, vitamin D3, and omega-3 fatty acids in reducing and modulating inflammation, improving insulin sensitivity, and preventing the deposition of calcium in arteries while encouraging calcium use for bone remodeling. She suggests various sources of omega-3 fatty acids, including fish, algae-based supplements, flaxseed, hemp hearts, and chia seeds. She explains how eating fish once or twice per week may not be enough, then discusses the importance of CoQ10 supplementation for those taking cholesterol lowering statins, as a side effect is hepatic decreased production of this heart friendly enzyme can compromise cardiac health. 

    They finish up with Magnesium for heart health, which helps reduce inflammation along with reducing LDL cholesterol. She recommends several types of magnesium: Magnesium citrate for constipation, Bisglycinate and threonate for their additional positive effects on the nervous system.


    During the interview, Dr. Hartwick stresses the importance of personalized care and strategies which work for each individual. By embracing a holistic approach to heart health, we enhance overall well-being and reduce the risk of heart disease-related complications. Don't miss this enlightening episode as we unravel the mysteries surrounding heart disease and empower ourselves with the knowledge to lead heart-healthy lives.

    15m | Feb 1, 2023
  • Nutraceutical Testing: Ensuring Safety & Quality

    In this episode of the Tonic talk show and podcast, Andrea Donsky, a registered holistic nutritionist with 20 years of experience in natural health and wellness, joins Jamie to discuss the nutraceutical industry and the importance of rigorous testing. With Canada's strict regulations on for supplements, consumers can rest assured that the safety standards are excellent. However, not all supplements are created equal, and it's crucial to identify brands with quality ingredients that actually work.


    Andrea emphasizes that as consumers, we have the right to ask companies questions and ensure that we can trust the brand we're purchasing. In the past, the supplement industry was like the Wild West, lacking regulation and credibility. Fortunately, Health Canada now regulates the industry, which safeguards both quality and product claims. We also have stricter standards than many countries.


    To ensure the safety and efficacy of nutraceuticals, companies should conduct testing for identity, potency, and purity. Identity testing involves verifying that the listed ingredients are present in the product, as ingredient suppliers may provide inaccurate or incomplete information. Potency testing determines the strength of the ingredients, ensuring that consumers receive the intended benefits. Purity testing is crucial to detect any contaminations or residues, ensuring the final product is safe for consumption. She explains how solvents are employed in the production of many nutraceuticals; however, we do not want them or their residue in the finished product.


    Andrea highlights New Roots Herbal as an example of a Canadian company that takes testing seriously. New Roots Herbal operates an ISO 17025 accredited lab, which means they adhere to international standards for quality and accuracy. By conducting third-party testing, New Roots Herbal ensures their products meet stringent criteria and deliver valid and accurate results.

    She discusses her virtual tour of the New Roots Herbal’s third-party analytical laboratory with their director Serge Kuate. He stresses how New Roots Herbal has weeded out many inferior quality suppliers as they’re aware their quality does not measure up.


    One unique aspect of New Roots Herbal's testing process is their focus on identity. They use special technology to examine the DNA of raw materials, ensuring that each ingredient matches the provided certificate of analysis (COA) from the supplier. Testing also screens raw materials to confirm non-GMO status. This attention to detail also helps prevent the inclusion of incorrect or low-quality ingredients, maintaining the therapeutic benefits of the product.


    The conversation also touches on the importance of testing for potency. The potency of a supplement determines its efficacy. Some products may not disclose the amount of active compounds, while others provide precise information. New Roots Herbal, for instance, specifies the potency of their supplements, allowing consumers to make informed choices based on their needs. They discuss awareness of pricing which when too good to be true may indicate a problem regarding quality. She also discusses the importance of microbiological testing which they perform on all finished products.

    Their discussion takes a little detour to examine delivery methods with probiotics used as an example. New Roots Herbal employs a proprietary GPS enteric coating system for it’s probiotics as well as some delicate enzymes for protection from harsh stomach acids. This ensures a biologically active product reaches the intestines intact. 

    By prioritizing rigorous testing, nutraceutical companies like New Roots Herbal ensure that consumers receive safe and effective products. Testing for identity, potency, and purity plays a vital role in maintaining trust and ensuring the quality of supplements. Tune in to this enlightening episode to learn more about nutraceutical testing and the measures taken to provide reliable and beneficial supplements.

    14m | Jan 1, 2023
  • What she said - Reducing stress through the Holidays

    Are you feeling stressed or overwhelmed on the upcoming Holidays? Tune in for some helpful tips and strategies to help you navigate the Holiday season with a little less stress.

    10m | Dec 21, 2022
  • Boost Your Immunity with Vitamin D3 and Other Essential Nutrients

    In this episode of the Tonic talk show and podcast, Andrew Donsky RHN, a registered holistic nutritionist with 20 years of experience in natural health and wellness, shares valuable insights on boosting your immunity through proper nutrition and supplementation. As the co-founder and editor in chief of naturallysavvy.com, and a regular contributor to Tonic Magazine, Andrea provides expert advice on maintaining a healthy immune system throughout the year.


    The conversation begins with Andrea emphasizing the importance of continuing to support our immune system, even during the warmer months. While better weather may be a welcome change, it's crucial to maintain a regular regimen for immune health. Andrea highlights the significance of activities like spending time in nature, laughing, and enjoying funny content to stimulate laughter and the immune system. She also emphasizes the role of vitamin D3 in immune support, debunking the misconception that it's unnecessary during sunnier months.


    Andrea sheds light on the widespread vitamin D3 deficiency and the challenges in obtaining sufficient levels. Factors such as sunscreen use, limited sun exposure, and reduced vitamin D3 production in older individuals contribute to this deficiency. She recommends regular vitamin D3 supplementation to ensure optimal levels throughout the year. Andrea shares statistics indicating that a significant percentage of Canadians have insufficient vitamin D3 levels, even among those who take supplements. She stresses the importance of getting blood tests to determine individual needs and highlights the difference between sufficient and optimal levels.


    The conversation moves on to the recommended daily intake of vitamin D3 and the sources of this essential nutrient. Andrew explains that the Vitamin D Society suggests 4000 IU's per day from all sources, including sunlight, food, and supplements. She advises taking vitamin D3 supplements with food for better absorption and recommends pairing it with vitamin K2 for enhanced effectiveness. Andrew provides insights into the benefits of vitamin K2 and advises consulting a doctor before taking it if on a blood thinner.


    Furthermore, Andrea discusses the role of vitamin C in supporting immunity. She highlights the strong research supporting vitamin C's effectiveness and recommends up to 2000 milligrams per day. As a water-soluble vitamin, excessive intake of vitamin C is unlikely to cause harm, as the body eliminates excess through urine. Andrea encourages incorporating vitamin C-rich fruits and vegetables, such as red peppers, oranges, broccoli, Brussel’s sprouts, and strawberries, into the diet. The importance of Zinc, probiotics, and Magnesium in bisglycinate form also enter the discussion. Deep breathing, meditation and connecting with nature are explored as well. Andrea then discusses her exposure to the New Roots Herbal product line and their commitment to quality and testing.  


    In conclusion, this episode enlightens listeners about the significance of maintaining optimal levels of vitamin D3 and vitamin C for immune health. Listeners will gain valuable insights into the benefits of vitamin D3 supplementation, the impact of sunlight exposure, and the role of vitamin K2. With expert advice from Andrew Donsky, RHN, you'll be equipped with the knowledge to support your immune system year-round through proper nutrition and supplementation.

    16m | May 1, 2021
  • Boost Your Immunity: The Role of Probiotics & Fiber

    Welcome to Tonic Talk Show and Podcast, where we dive deep into the world of health and wellness. In this episode, we bring you an insightful interview with Dr. Ludovic Brunel, a highly experienced naturopathic physician. With a focus on immunity, Dr. Brunel shares his expertise on how probiotics and fiber can play a crucial role in strengthening our immune system.


    In today's fast-paced, sanitized world, the immune system faces new challenges. Dr. Brunel discusses the hygiene hypothesis, which suggests that reduced exposure to bacteria and bugs in our environment can lead to an increase in autoimmune disorders, including celiac disease. He explains how our immune system requires frequent challenges to maintain its effectiveness and how modern lifestyles may contribute to autoimmune dysfunctions.


    While social distancing and cleanliness measures are important during the ongoing pandemic, Dr. Burnell highlights the potential long-term impact on immunity. He emphasizes the importance of balanced exposure to harmless bacteria in our environment and discusses how gardening, pet ownership, and larger families can provide beneficial microbial diversity.


    To address the issue of reduced exposure, Dr. Brunel suggests using probiotics as a practical solution. He explains how probiotics, beneficial bacteria, can be a substitute for natural exposure and help train the immune system. He advises choosing enteric-coated probiotics to ensure their survival through the stomach's acidity and effective colonization within the intestines. He expands upon how natural enteric coating survives stomach acid then opens at around a PH of 5 within the intestines.


    Furthermore, Dr. Brunel emphasizes the significance of a healthy diet in supporting the immune system. He stresses the importance of consuming an adequate amount of fruits and vegetables rich in fiber. The fiber not only provides essential nutrients but also acts as nourishment for probiotics, aiding their growth and activity in the gut microbiome.


    Throughout the interview, Dr. Brunel clarifies common misconceptions. He dispels the notion that one must be constantly sick to maintain a healthy immune system, highlighting the importance of controlled exposure. He also addresses the concern of eating dirty food and emphasizes the need for cleanliness and food safety while promoting the benefits of beneficial bacteria.


    Additionally, he touches upon the topic of supplementing fiber and discusses the roles of soluble and insoluble fiber in maintaining gastrointestinal health and overall well-being. He explains how both types of fiber contribute to probiotic growth and support various aspects of our health, such as blood sugar control and cholesterol levels.


    In the latter part of the interview, Dr. Brunel expands on other immune-boosting supplements. He mentions the significance of vitamin D3 and its role in immune function. The older we get, the less we create. By exploring these supplements, listeners gain a comprehensive understanding of how probiotics, fiber, and other key nutrients can contribute to a robust immune system.


    Tune in to this enlightening episode to discover practical ways to enhance your immunity, optimize your gut health, and make informed choices about supplements that can support your overall well-being. Dr. Brunel's expert insights will empower you to take proactive steps toward a healthier life.

    15m | Apr 1, 2021
  • Unlocking the Power of Medicinal Mushrooms

    Welcome to the Tonic talk show and podcast, where we delve into captivating topics related to health and well-being. In this episode, we have the pleasure of hosting Naturopathic Doctor Philip Rouchotas, an expert in clinical nutrition and an esteemed professor at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.


    Dr. Rouchotas takes us on a remarkable journey through the world of medicinal mushrooms, shedding light on their incredible health benefits and clinical applications. From his extensive experience, he shares valuable insights on specific mushrooms known for their therapeutic properties.


    We begin with Lions Mane, a visually stunning mushroom resembling a brain. Dr. Rouchotas explains its relevance in treating neurodegenerative diseases like dementia, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's. Lion’s Mane's potential to aid in concussion recovery is also highlighted.


    Next, we explore Cordyceps, a peculiar mushroom that grows on caterpillars. Dr. Rouchotas shares fascinating details about its historical significance and its effectiveness in combating adrenal fatigue. He emphasizes the importance of distinguishing adrenal fatigue from depression and offers valuable advice for individuals experiencing chronic stress and fatigue.


    Moving forward, Dr. Rouchotas introduces Coriolus (Turkey Tail), Shiitake, and Maitake mushrooms, collectively known for their extensive scientific research. These mushrooms have been extensively studied in combination with conventional cancer treatments, demonstrating significant improvements in patient outcomes. Dr. Rouchotas underscores the positive impact of these mushrooms on immune function, quality of life, and reduction of adverse effects caused by chemotherapy and radiation.


    Throughout the conversation, Dr. Rouchotas emphasizes the importance of proper extraction methods for harnessing the full potential of medicinal mushrooms. He stresses the need for hot water extraction or tea bag versions to dissolve the rigid cell wall compound called chitin to release beneficial compounds locked within the mushrooms' cell walls. He cautions against relying solely on mushroom powders or pills, as they may not provide the desired therapeutic effects.


    While some mushrooms such as Shiitake and Maitake are commercially available for culinary use, Dr. Rouchotas advises focusing on hot water extraction for maximum benefits. He also suggests consulting with a qualified healthcare professional, particularly for individuals undergoing cancer treatments, to ensure proper guidance and potential interactions with medications.


    Join us in this enlightening episode as we unlock the power of medicinal mushrooms and discover their potential to enhance brain health, combat adrenal fatigue, and provide support in cancer treatment. Whether you're a healthcare practitioner or simply interested in optimizing your well-being, this episode will provide you with valuable insights and practical knowledge to incorporate medicinal mushrooms into your holistic approach to health.

    15m | Dec 1, 2020
  • Prostate Health Uncovered

    In this episode, "Prostate Health Uncovered," our hosts engage in an informative and candid conversation about a crucial men's health topic: prostate health. With an emphasis on the significance of this issue for both men and their partners, they shed light on common concerns and offer insights into maintaining a healthy prostate.


    The discussion highlights the importance of understanding potential issues which affect the prostate gland, as it plays a vital role in male reproduction. The hosts draw a parallel between prostate health and snoring, stressing the significance of raising awareness about these health matters within relationships and families.


    Listeners are introduced to benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH), a non-cancerous abnormal cell growth of the prostate gland. They learn how BPH can cause symptoms such as weak urine flow, frequent urination (especially at night), sudden urges to urinate, and difficulties in starting and stopping while urinating. The hosts emphasize that these symptoms can significantly impact daily life, leading to disruptions in activities and overall well-being.


    The hosts further discuss the prevalence of BPH, with statistics complied by the Canadian Urological Association indicating that a significant number of men, particularly those in their 60s and beyond, experience symptoms associated with this condition. They explore the role of genetics, lifestyle choices, diet, and inflammation for BPH .


    While highlighting the importance of seeking medical advice for an accurate diagnosis, the hosts encourage individuals to listen to their bodies and address any concerns promptly. They emphasize that seeking professional help is crucial, as BPH symptoms can overlap with those of prostate cancer.


    A central theme of the podcast episode revolves around the shared responsibility for health between partners. Both hosts emphasize the need for men to take ownership of their well-being, while partners are encouraged to support and encourage their loved ones in seeking medical advice and taking proactive steps toward a healthier lifestyle.


    The conversation touches upon various treatment options, including prescription drugs and surgery, which are usually reserved for extreme cases. However, the hosts note that a watchful waiting approach, regular check-ups, and lifestyle modifications can often be effective in managing BPH. They also discuss the potential benefits of natural supplements and nutraceuticals in supporting prostate health. Saw palmetto, rye flower pollen, plant sterols, and specific vitamin and minerals for prostate well being. Brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds, and lean unprocessed meats are among the dietary sources of these vital foods. She discusses the role of supplements which can deliver natural therapeutic amounts of the nutrients including New Roots Herbal’s Prostate Perform for symptomatic relief in as little as seven to ten days.


    In conclusion, listeners gain a comprehensive understanding of prostate health and its impact on men's lives. They are empowered with knowledge about the signs and symptoms of BPH, the importance of seeking medical advice, and the role of lifestyle changes in maintaining a healthy prostate. Through this engaging and informative discussion, listeners are encouraged to prioritize their well-being and engage in open conversations about prostate health with their partners.

    14m | Nov 1, 2020
  • Prostate Relief: Natural Solutions

    Welcome to the Prostate Relief Podcast, where we discuss everything you need to know about maintaining a healthy prostate. In this episode, we focus on benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), a non-cancerous growth of the prostate that affects a significant number of men as they age.


    The prostate, about the size of a walnut, plays a crucial role in the male reproductive system. It sits below the bladder, and the urethra passes through it, carrying urine. However, as men are exposed to testosterone throughout their lives, the prostate can grow and cause uncomfortable symptoms.


    One of the primary symptoms of BPH is the frequent need to urinate, both during the day and at night. The enlarged prostate presses against the bladder, creating a constant urge to urinate. Additionally, it can restrict urine flow, leading to a decreased flow rate and difficulty emptying the bladder completely.


    While BPH affects 50% of men by age 50 and 100% of men by age 80, it's important not to assume these symptoms are solely due to BPH. Prostate cancer, a more serious condition, can present similar symptoms. If you experience these symptoms, it is essential to consult with a healthcare professional and undergo tests to determine the cause.


    In this episode, we delve into the impact of diet and lifestyle on BPH. A fruit and vegetable-based diet, which helps regulate hormones, can have a positive effect on prostate health. Certain natural health products show promise in managing BPH symptoms effectively and safely.


    One well-known natural remedy for BPH is saw palmetto, which has undergone extensive research and demonstrated results comparable to prescription medications with fewer side effects. Results have been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) showing Saw palmetto effectiveness rivalling Finasteride, a popular drug for BPH. We also discuss other ingredients such as stinging nettle, plant sterols, and rye flower pollen extract, all of which have shown promising results in relieving BPH symptoms.


    However, it's crucial to determine the appropriate combination and dosage of these natural health products to achieve optimal results. We emphasize the importance of consulting with a healthcare professional or pharmacist, especially if you are taking other medications, to ensure there are no potential contraindications.


    Managing BPH is not only about physical discomfort but also the impact it can have on sleep and overall well-being. We explore the disruptive nature of frequent nighttime urination and the importance of finding relief from these symptoms. By using natural remedies tailored to your specific needs, you can experience significant relief from BPH within 7 to 10 days.


    Join us in this informative episode as we empower you to take control of your prostate health naturally. Gain insights into effective remedies, proper dosages, and potential interactions to make informed decisions about managing BPH. Don't let BPH hinder your quality of life—discover natural solutions for prostate relief today.

    15m | Oct 1, 2020
  • Unlocking the Power of Probiotics

    Welcome to "Tonic Talks," where we delve into the world of health and wellness. In this episode, naturopathic Doctor Philip Rouchotas takes us on a journey through the captivating realm of probiotics. With his extensive expertise in clinical nutrition and years of experience, Dr. Rouchotas enlightens us about the remarkable impact these live bacteria have on our well-being.


    In this conversation, we explore the profound effects of probiotics on digestion, immune system function, and mental health. Discover how these tiny organisms interact with our bodies, influencing our immune system's tolerance and helping us achieve optimal health. He discusses how the immune system is driven by the microbiome within the small intestine for increased tolerance to potential allergens and harmful microbes. Dr. Rouchotas shares fascinating insights on how probiotics can alleviate a range of digestive issues, from mild discomfort to severe conditions like ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease.


    But the benefits don't stop there. Prepare to be amazed as we uncover the connection between probiotics and mental well-being. Learn how these beneficial bacteria can enhance mood, reduce anxiety, and even impact the gut-brain axis. The implications are profound, and Dr. Rouchotas presents compelling evidence from multiple studies that demonstrate the positive impact of probiotics on mental health.


    Curious about incorporating probiotics into your daily routine? Dr. Rouchotas provides guidance on the best dietary sources of probiotics, including yogurt, sauerkraut, and fermented foods. Discover the crucial role of prebiotics, the food for these bacteria, and how a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can promote a healthy balance of gut bacteria.


    If you're considering probiotic supplements, he offers valuable insights on choosing the most effective form. Find out why multiple strains of probiotics (live bacteria) are essential and why refrigerated probiotics are preferable over shelf-stable options. Gain clarity on understanding colony-forming units (CFU) and how to determine the appropriate dosage for different purposes. The role of higher dosages for colon health is also discussed.

    He also stresses the importance of protecting capsules from acidic environment gastric conditions to safeguard effectiveness. Differentiating label claims for potency at time of bottling versus expiry are also discussed.

    Dr. Rouchotas describes the benefits of vaginal versus c-section birth and the importance of early inoculation long term well-being.

    Join us on this captivating episode of Tonic Talks and unlock the power of probiotics. Empower yourself with the knowledge to enhance your digestion, strengthen your immune system, and promote mental well-being. Don't miss this opportunity to embark on a journey of optimal health with probiotics as your ally.

    18m | Sep 1, 2020
  • Natural Treatment of Stress

    In a world filled with increasing stressors, finding effective ways to manage and alleviate stress has become essential. Join us for an enlightening conversation with Dr. Melanie Kusznireckyi, a highly respected naturopathic doctor, as she offers valuable insights into the natural treatment of stress. She also explains the educational background necessary for becoming an accredited naturopathic practitioner.


    As an expert in her field, Dr. Kusznireckyi provides a comprehensive understanding of how stress impacts our overall well-being and explores the detrimental effects it can have on our physical and mental health. Drawing upon her extensive training and experience, she shares practical strategies for identifying the root causes of stress and anxiety, as well as holistic approaches to combat them.


    Throughout the discussion, Dr. Kusznireckyi emphasizes the importance of personalized care and taking a patient-centered approach. She highlights the significance of understanding each individual's unique circumstances and tailoring treatment plans accordingly. By considering factors such as diet, lifestyle, and overall health, Dr. Kusznireckyi unveils the potential of natural remedies in promoting stress reduction and improving quality of life.


    Delving into the world of naturopathic medicine, Dr. Kusznireckyi explains the fundamental differences between this approach and conventional medicine. She sheds light on the holistic nature of natural remedies, which aim to treat the whole person rather than merely addressing symptoms. By embracing the synergy of compounds found in herbal remedies and natural products, naturopathic medicine seeks to mitigate side effects commonly associated with pharmaceutical interventions.


    During this engaging conversation, Dr. Kusznireckyi offers practical suggestions for incorporating natural treatments into daily life. From dietary recommendations to stress reduction techniques, she empowers listeners with actionable steps to manage stress effectively. Additionally, she explores the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids and their potential impact on the stress response and cognitive function. L-theanine, the active compound in green tea, GABA, probiotics, Lavender Oil, and saffron enter their discussion for coping with stress and anxiety.


    Whether you are experiencing stress-related symptoms, seeking alternative approaches to stress management, or simply interested in holistic well-being, this podcast provides valuable insights. Dr. Melanie Kusznireckyi' s expertise and compassionate approach make this conversation an enlightening resource for anyone looking to cultivate a healthier, more balanced life.


    Don't miss out on this opportunity to discover the power of natural remedies and gain a fresh perspective on stress management. Tune in to this enlightening podcast with Dr. Melanie Kusznireckyi and take the first step towards a more relaxed and fulfilling life.

    15m | Aug 1, 2020
  • Stress Relief & Sleep Aid

    In this episode of the Tonic talk show and podcast, join host Jamie Bussin and registered holistic nutritionist Andrea Donsky as they discuss natural treatments for stress and sleep. With 20 years of experience in natural health and wellness, Andrea shares valuable insights on managing stress in today's challenging times.


    The episode begins with a focus on deep breathing and its impact on stress reduction. Andrea explains how deep breathing can shift the body from a sympathetic state, associated with the fight-or-flight response, to a parasympathetic state, promoting relaxation and calmness. She shares her personal experience and highlights the importance of incorporating deep breathing into daily routines.


    The conversation then shifts to the role of exercise in stress relief. Andrea emphasizes the positive effects of exercise on relaxation, endorphin release, and better sleep. Laughter is also discussed as a stress-reducing activity, as it reduces stress hormones and boosts endorphin levels. She suggest indulging with funny films, videos and things you find amusing.


    As a nutritionist, Andrea delves into the connection between food and stress. She emphasizes the importance of whole foods, managing sugar and alcohol intake, and highlights specific foods with sedative or relaxing properties. Chamomile tea, magnesium-rich foods like cashews and almonds, and even romaine lettuce with its lactucarium compound are among the foods recommended for stress relief and better sleep.


    Supplements are another avenue explored in the episode. Andrea introduces L-theanine, a compound that balances cortisol levels and promotes the activities of alpha waves for a calm state of mind. She explains the benefits of L-theanine supplements, especially for those experiencing heightened cortisol levels at unconventional times. Adaptogenic herbs, such as Rhodiola, ashwagandha, and holy basil, are also highlighted for their ability to help the body cope better with stress. Omega 3 fatty acids are also discussed, especially ones EPA and DHA. Gaba, passionflower and GABA are also touched upon.


    Throughout the conversation, Andrea provides practical tips and suggestions for incorporating these natural remedies into daily routines. From setting reminders to breathe deeply, to choosing stress-reducing foods and integrating supplements, listeners gain valuable insights into managing stress and improving sleep naturally.

    Magnesium is also heralded for its relaxing properties, especially in bisglycinate form.

    The role of melatonin for sleep hygiene in alliance with avoiding alcohol, caffeine, and light emitting screens prior to slumber are discussed. New Roots Herbal Slep8


    Discover a path to natural stress relief and better sleep with Andrea Donsky’ s expert guidance. Tune in to this informative episode and unlock the power of natural treatments for stress and sleep.

    16m | Jul 1, 2020
  • Probiotics 101

    Registered Holistic Nutritionist Andrea Donsky shares her expertise on probiotics and their impact on our overall health. She emphasizes the importance of a balanced microbiome and how probiotics can help achieve this. Listeners will gain insight into the different factors to consider when choosing a probiotic supplement, such as CFUs, multi-strains, and enteric coating. Donsky also highlights the benefits of obtaining probiotics from food sources and provides recommendations for selecting premium quality probiotic supplements. With this information, listeners will be equipped to make informed decisions about their gut health and immunity.


    Longer Description: Probiotics have become increasingly popular in recent years as people have begun to understand the importance of gut health in overall wellbeing. In this podcast episode, Andrea provides a wealth of information on probiotics and their benefits.

    Donsky begins by explaining that our bodies are made up of trillions of bacteria, with the majority of them residing in the gut. These bacteria, collectively known as the microbiome, play a crucial role in various bodily functions, including digestion, immunity, and mental health. She indeed takes them intermittently to measure how they impact her anxiety levels. Probiotics are living bacteria that help to balance the microbiome and promote optimal gut health.

    The podcast delves into the factors to consider when choosing a probiotic supplement. Donsky recommends refrigerated probiotics as they are in a state of hibernation and activate when taken out of the fridge. She stresses the importance of providing probiotics with prebiotics, which are the food they need to feed on. Without prebiotics, probiotics will start to die off. Multi-strain probiotics are also beneficial as they can help improve overall immunity.

    When looking at labels, the big numbers on probiotics represent colony-forming units (CFUs), which are the number of active cells in the formula. Donsky recommends 10 to 20 billion CFUs for everyday natural maintenance for people under 40, while people over 50 or with specific issues may need more. She also emphasizes the importance of the expiry date and enteric coating, which protects the probiotics from stomach acid and ensures they reach the intestines in a biologically active state.

    Donsky recommends a high-quality brand, New Roots Herbal, which offers enteric-coated probiotics that are refrigerated and contain multiple strains. The brand also offers various types of condition specific probiotics.

    While supplements are a convenient way to obtain probiotics, Donsky notes that they can also be obtained from food sources. Certain foods, such as bananas and oatmeal, contain prebiotics that can promote the growth of probiotics in the gut.

    Overall, this podcast provides listeners with a comprehensive understanding of probiotics and their benefits. By following the advice provided by Donsky, listeners can make informed decisions about their gut health and immunity, leading to improved overall wellbeing.

    15m | Jun 1, 2020
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