• Weight Loss Wisdom

    In this episode, we dive deep into the complexities of weight management with our special guest, naturopath Dasha Laneva. Hosted by a seasoned interviewer, this enlightening conversation covers essential aspects of weight loss and maintenance that often go overlooked in mainstream discussions.

    The journey begins with a critical analysis of the numerous stories surrounding weight loss. From cutting out processed foods to adopting rigorous exercise regimes, each narrative offers a unique perspective but often lacks comprehensive context. Dasha emphasizes the importance of considering individual factors such as age, health conditions, medication, hormonal changes, and even the integrity of the sources.

    Dasha Laneva introduces the concept of a holistic approach to weight management, highlighting the necessity of looking beyond calories and exercise. She explains how hormonal balance significantly impacts metabolism, appetite, and fat storage. Key hormones such as insulin, leptin, ghrelin, and cortisol are discussed in detail, outlining their roles in regulating weight. Insulin, for instance, manages blood sugar levels, but an excess can lead to fat storage. Leptin and ghrelin control satiety and hunger, respectively, and imbalances can cause overeating and weight gain. These hormones act as signals critical for triggering consumption, they represent the underlying key to lasting weight management.

    Stress management is another pivotal element in this holistic approach. Chronic stress elevates cortisol levels, leading to increased appetite, cravings for unhealthy foods, and fat accumulation, particularly around the abdomen, a key indicator for cardiovascular risk. Dasha provides insight into the physiological responses to stress and practical strategies to manage it, including the use of adaptogens like ashwagandha, and holy basil, which help modulate the body's stress response. She also addresses one of the effects of elevated cortisol being muscle attrition to harvest amino acids which are converted to glucose for perceived emergency use.

    The conversation then shifts to gut health and its profound connection to weight management. The diversity of gut microbiota plays a crucial role in metabolism, and certain dietary choices can enhance this diversity. Dasha underscores the importance of a fiber-rich diet highlighting prebiotic foods like onions, leeks, and bananas in promoting gut health and, by extension, metabolic health.

    Sleep quality is examined as a fundamental factor in weight management. Poor sleep leads to suboptimal choices throughout the day, affecting diet and activity levels. Establishing a consistent bedtime routine, avoiding late-night meals, and managing stress are key recommendations for improving sleep quality.

    Dasha also addresses the issue of emotional eating, recommending a comprehensive approach which includes mental health support alongside dietary adjustments. Supplements like Omega-3s, B vitamins, and herbs such as saffron and St. John’s Wort can support mood and reduce cravings.

    In the final segment, practical tips for stress reduction, such as physical activity, yoga, and mindfulness, are discussed. She touches on strength training for building more muscle and mitochondria, and more energy. Dasha emphasizes the importance of incorporating enjoyable activities into daily routines to enhance overall well-being. She also like to prescribe fun.

    This episode of The Tonic offers a thorough understanding of the multifaceted nature of weight management. By considering hormonal balance, stress management, gut health, and sleep quality, listeners are equipped with the knowledge to take a holistic and sustainable approach to their weight loss journey. Tune in to gain valuable insights and practical advice from Dasha Laneva on achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.

    S1E53 - 14m - Jun 9, 2024
  • Managing Seasonal Allergies

    In this insightful episode of The Tonic, we welcome back Dr. Colleen Hartwick, a licensed naturopathic physician with a special interest in trauma as it pertains to physical illness. Broadcasting from Campbell River, BC, Dr. Hartwick brings a wealth of experience in mental health and has been a part-time instructor at the Canadian School of Nutrition since 2015. She also contributes educational articles to Naturopathic Currents.

    As allergy season looms, many of us find ourselves grappling with sneezing, congestion, and itchy eyes. Dr. Hartwick begins by discussing the cyclical nature of health and wellness, particularly focusing on the early onset of allergy symptoms this year due to a mild winter. She explains how an overreactive immune system perceives harmless pollen as a threat, leading to the release of histamines that cause classic allergy symptoms.

    Dr. Hartwick explores conventional treatments, such as antihistamines, nasal sprays, and allergy shots, emphasizing their importance in managing symptoms. However, she also introduces natural health approaches that can complement these traditional methods. From reducing exposure to allergens by using HEPA filters and keeping windows closed to maintaining a clean environment, these lifestyle adjustments can significantly minimize allergy triggers.

    One of the highlights of the discussion is the role of diet in managing allergies. Dr. Hartwick advises reducing intake of inflammatory foods, particularly dairy and sugar, which can exacerbate symptoms. Instead, she recommends incorporating brightly colored fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. These dietary changes can help stabilize mast cells and reduce histamine release.

    In addition to dietary adjustments, Dr. Hartwick suggests various supplements and herbs that can alleviate allergy symptoms. Vitamin C and quercetin are highlighted for their mast cell-stabilizing properties, while Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil and algae reduce inflammation. Spirulina, a blue-green algae, and probiotics also play a crucial role in modulating the immune system and reducing histamine levels.

    Dr. Hartwick stresses the importance of managing stress, which can exacerbate allergy symptoms. She recommends activities like deep breathing, yoga, and even rock climbing to stay present and reduce anxiety.

    As the conversation wraps up, Dr. Hartwick summarizes practical daily practices to minimize allergy discomfort. These include good hygiene, regular hand and face washing, using a neti pot or saline rinse for the sinuses, and showering to remove pollen. She also reiterates the significance of a balanced diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods and mindful of potential allergens like dairy and fermented products.

    Join us for an enlightening discussion with Dr. Colleen Hartwick as she shares her expertise on managing seasonal allergies naturally and effectively. Learn how to navigate allergy season with fewer symptoms and a healthier approach to wellness. For more episodes of The Tonic, visit thetonic.ca.

    This detailed guide covers all aspects of managing seasonal allergies, offering listeners a comprehensive toolkit to alleviate their symptoms and improve their overall health and well-being.

    S1E52 - 13m - May 4, 2024
  • Radiant Skin: Inside & Out

    Welcome to "Radiant Skin: Inside & Out," the podcast where we explore the secrets to achieving healthy, youthful skin topically and internally. Each episode delves into the intricate world of skincare, offering valuable insights, tips, and strategies to help you unlock the secrets to radiant skin.


    In this episode, we're diving deep into the world of skincare with licensed naturopathic physician, Dr. Colleen Hartwick. With a special interest in trauma as it pertains to physical illness, Dr. Hartwick shares her expertise on how mental health intersects with skincare. Join us as we uncover the key nutrients and supplements vital for healthy skin, exploring the role of Omega fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and more. Learn how to nurture your skin from within through a balanced diet rich in essential nutrients. She touches upon omega 3s,6s, gamma linoleic acids (GLAs) and omega 7. Their anti inflammatory and skin barrier support properties are emphasised.


    But that's not all—our exploration doesn't stop there. Dr. Hartwick reveals the natural ingredients that can work wonders for your skin when applied topically. Discover the power of vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, collagen, and retinol in promoting hydration, reducing wrinkles, and protecting against sun damage. Learn how to choose skincare products wisely and maintain a consistent skincare routine tailored to your skin's needs. Zinc, selenium, and biotin are discussed. Salmon, anchovies, and sea buckthorn berries are some of her favourites.


    Moreover, we address the importance of setting realistic expectations for skincare. Aging is a natural process, but there are steps you can take to preserve skin health and vitality. Dr. Hartwick shares practical advice on embracing the aging process while implementing effective skincare practices.


    Finally, we discuss strategies for maintaining consistency in your skincare routine amidst life's demands. From cleansing to moisturizing, Dr. Hartwick offers insights into creating a simple yet effective skincare regimen that fits your lifestyle and budget. Zinc, selenium, and biotin are discussed. Salmon, anchovies, and sea buckthorn berries are some of her dietary favourites. Antioxidant, bright-coloured vegetables and fruit are highly recommended along with keeping well hydrated with plenty of water. If you do think you’re getting enough, consider supplementation.

    For topical use, consider skin is slightly acid so keep topicals lightly acidic. Hyaluronic acid and retinol are a couple of her favourites to prevent wrinkle formation and plump up the ones you have. She discusses how laugh lines show a life well lived but can be minimized with some measures taken inside and out. Be consistent with your routine and learn which oils and nutrients will feed your skin microbiome.


    Whether you're seeking to enhance your skincare knowledge or revamp your skincare routine, "Radiant Skin: Inside & Out" equips you with the tools and insights you need to achieve that coveted radiant glow. Tune in to unlock the secrets to healthy, youthful skin and embark on a journey towards skincare success!

    S1E51 - 14m - Apr 1, 2024
  • Omega-3 Essentials

    Welcome to "Omega-3 Essentials," where we delve into the crucial role of Omega-3 fatty acids in optimizing health. In this episode taken from the Tonic talk show and Podcast, hosted exclusively on Zoomer Radio, we explore the expert insights of Dr. Ludo Brunel, a naturopathic physician with a wealth of experience in promoting wellness through lifestyle and dietary interventions. Prior to his training as a naturopathic doctor he graduated from McGill university with a degree in human nutrition.

    Dr. Brunel emphasizes the importance of Omega-3 fatty acids for addressing prevalent health concerns faced by Canadians today. From mental health issues like depression to combating inflammation and preventing heart disease, Omega-3s emerge as indispensable allies for overall well-being. He shares the fact half of Canadians are diagnosed with a mental health issue before turning 40.

    However, despite its myriad benefits, Dr. Brunel highlights a concerning statistic: a significant portion of the Canadian population falls short of meeting their daily Omega-3 requirements. The main hurdle? The aversion to fish, the primary natural source of Omega-3s, due to taste preferences.

    He provides clarity on why Omega-3 supplementation becomes imperative for bridging this gap, offering consistent doses and eliminating the risk of mercury contamination often associated with certain fish varieties. He also guides listeners on selecting high-quality supplements, emphasizing purity, freshness, and adequate dosage. He stresses how 40% of Canadians are omega 3 deficient and the work we have to close the gap from a ratio of 20 to 1 Omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acids to amore healthy 4 to 1 ratio.

    Moreover, the discussion extends beyond heart health, revealing the extensive therapeutic potential of Omega-3s in alleviating depression, controlling inflammation, and maintaining optimal cholesterol levels. Dr. Brunel sheds light on the delicate balance between Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, stressing the importance of achieving the ideal ratio for overall health. He stresses how 40% of Canadians are omega 3 deficient and the work we have to close the gap from a ratio of 20 to 1 Omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acids to a healthier 4 to 1 ratio. Eating fish once or twice per week is insufficient. He shares insights into the safety of supplementing with a lab tested Supplement compared to risking exposure to heavy metals due to bioaccumulation with larger fish such as tuna. Reducing omega 6 consumption and supplementing with Omega 3’s seems to be the solution.

    Addressing common queries, such as suitable options for vegetarians and dosage recommendations, Dr. Brunel provides comprehensive insights to empower listeners in making informed choices for their health journey.

    As the conversation unfolds, listeners gain a deeper understanding of why Omega-3s are hailed as essential nutrients and how integrating them into daily routines can pave the way for a healthier, more vibrant life. For those concerned about overfishing, he explains how the skin and underbelly are among the waste products of the fishing industry used as rich omega sources.

    Tune in to "Omega-3 Essentials" to unlock the transformative potential of these vital fatty acids and embark on a journey towards holistic well-being.

    S1E50 - 14m - Mar 1, 2024
  • Brighter Days: Seasonal Wellness

    In "Brighter Days: Seasonal Wellness," We delve into seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and discover proactive approaches to bolster mental health during the darker months. Join naturopathic physician Dr. Colleen Hartwick as she shares her expertise on understanding and managing SAD, with valuable insights and practical tips to help you thrive even when sunlight is scarce. She also helps us differentiate being “out of sorts” compared to SAD.

    As the days grow shorter and the weather turns gloomier, many individuals find themselves grappling with feelings of lethargy, sadness, and disinterest. Dr. Hartwick sheds light on the distinction between the occasional "winter Blues" and the more severe manifestation of SAD, discussing the underlying physiological mechanisms at play. She explains the relationship of serotonin to cortisol and how it can negatively affect circadian rhythm, the Sleep/Wake cycle.

    Drawing from her years of experience in private practice and academia, Dr. Hartwick provides a comprehensive overview of the contributing factors to SAD, including the impact of sunlight, neurotransmitter imbalances, and vitamin D3 deficiency. She explores the role of light therapy, supplements, and lifestyle modifications for alleviating symptoms and promoting mental wellness.

    Listeners gain valuable insights into the benefits of natural sunlight exposure, the mechanics of light therapy, and the efficacy of supplements such as omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D3 for supporting serotonin production and combating inflammation. Dr. Hartwick also addresses the importance of seeking professional guidance to differentiate between transient mood fluctuations and more serious mental health concerns, empowering listeners to take proactive steps towards holistic well-being. She offers ways to differentiate between the winter blues and deep rooted psychological problems. Maximizing exposure the great outdoors and exercise are also stressed. Full spectrum light therapy are also suggested , they call it the “Happy Light”. Tryptophan and biologically active B-Complex vitamins are also suggested. They also explore functional fats such as EPA from fish oil for mood.

    Whether you're seeking strategies to enhance your mood during the winter months or grappling with persistent feelings of sadness and fatigue, "Brighter Days: Seasonal Wellness" equips you with the knowledge and tools to navigate the challenges of SAD and embrace a brighter, more resilient mindset year-round. Join Dr. Colleen Hartwick on a journey towards seasonal wellness and discover the transformative power of holistic self-care.

    S1E49 - 14m - Feb 1, 2024
  • Travel Well: Health on the Go

    In this episode, Dr. Dasha Leneva, a renowned Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, delves into the crucial topic of staying healthy while traveling. As vacations become a time for relaxation and exploration, the shift from our daily routines can pose unexpected health challenges. Dr. Leneva navigates common issues such as jet lag, dietary changes, and the stress of adapting to new environments, offering actionable advice for travelers seeking to maintain their well-being “on the go”.

    The conversation begins with an exploration of the most prevalent health challenges travelers face, highlighting the impact of routine changes, irregular eating habits, and the stress associated with travel preparations even down to passport expiry. Dr. Leneva emphasizes the importance of preparation and adaptability, suggesting strategies for immune support and stress management. She also offers tips for mindful indulgence with all-inclusive vacations and the necessity of sun protection in tropical destinations.

    A significant portion of the discussion is dedicated to combating jet lag, with Dr. Leneva recommending a pre-travel adjustment of sleep schedules, the importance of hydration, and dietary tips which align with the destination's time zone. She introduces natural supplements such as melatonin and magnesium to aid in sleep regulation and stress management, alongside the benefits of light exposure and physical activity in resetting the body's internal clock.

    For city travelers, Dr. Leneva addresses unique challenges like air and water quality, advising on respiratory health and the use of water filters to ensure safe hydration. Suggestions for coping with environmental and mental stressors include rhodiola, ashwagandha, and NAC when urban air quality is a concern. She stresses the balance between indulging in local cuisines and maintaining a healthy diet, offering practical tips for incorporating whole foods and managing portion sizes to prevent post-vacation fatigue and weight gain.

    The conversation also touches upon considerations for post-COVID travel, underscoring the importance of immune system preparedness and the option of wearing masks in crowded or confined spaces. Dr. Leneva encourages active exploration, whether on the beach or in urban settings, advocating for regular physical activity and hydration as pillars for travel health. Maintenance of balanced electrolyte status is also stressed.

    In conclusion, Dr. Leneva shares personal insights for post-travel recovery, emphasizing the significance of rest, hydration, and a gradual return to routine to mitigate potential health issues. She reiterates the value of simple yet effective health practices which can impact your travel experience, ensuring vacations remain a source of joy and rejuvenation rather than stress and illness.

    Listeners are left with a comprehensive guide to navigating health during travel, armed with practical tips and natural remedies to enhance their travel experiences. Dr. Leneva's expert advice serves as a reminder of the delicate balance between adventure and well-being, encouraging travelers embrace new experiences with mindfulness and preparedness.

    S1E48 - 28m - Jan 1, 2024
  • 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.

    S1E47 - 16m - Dec 1, 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.

    S1E46 - 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.

    S1E45 - 14m - Nov 15, 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.

    S1E44 - 15m - 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.

    S1E43 - 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!

    S1E42 - 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.

    S1E41 - 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!

    S1E40 - 14m - Aug 1, 2023
  • Save Our Supplements

    In this episode of the Tonic talk show and Podcast, Annie Moffett, a respected naturopathic doctor with over 20 years of experience in the field of natural health supplements, delves into a pressing issue that could significantly affect the availability and affordability of supplements in Canada. Hosted by [host name], this interview sheds light on the proposed changes to the regulation of natural health products by Health Canada.

    Annie Moffett starts by explaining the proposed legislation, which includes imposing excessive and unnecessary costs on manufacturers of natural health products. These costs primarily involve licensing fees, yearly fees, and fees associated with the Natural Product Number (NPN) system. She highlights the potential financial burden these changes could place on companies, especially larger ones with extensive product lines.

    The discussion revolves around the importance of NPNs, which are eight-digit numbers displayed on supplement labels or packaging. Annie Moffett emphasizes that NPNs serve as an assurance that the natural products have met specific standards and have been authorized for sale in Canada. The NPN system ensures that products do not make exaggerated claims and provides information on dosage recommendations, potential interactions, side effects, and the scientific basis behind health claims.

    While NPNs play a crucial role in maintaining the safety and integrity of natural health products, Annie Moffett clarifies that the proposed changes do not introduce any improvements to the existing regulations. Instead, the changes solely focus on imposing fees for the services that were previously provided free of charge by Health Canada. This shift from a cost-free system to charging companies for NPNs is seen as a significant departure from the current regime.

    Annie Moffett shares her perspective on why the proposed changes are unfair and discriminative. Currently, Health Canada funds its work through collected taxes, which amounted to over $700 million in supplement tax revenue in 2020. Additionally, the projected growth in supplement sales indicates that more tax revenue will be generated in the coming years. She argues that the existing tax revenue should be sufficient to cover the costs without burdening manufacturers and ultimately increasing prices for consumers.

    Furthermore, Annie Moffett advocates for maintaining access to affordable supplements, as they play a crucial role in proactively improving and maintaining one's health. She suggests that increasing the cost of supplements may discourage low-income individuals from investing in their well-being, potentially leading to negative impacts on public health. She emphasizes the need for a holistic approach, where natural products and healthy lifestyles can alleviate the burden on the healthcare system and contribute to preventing chronic diseases.

    The conversation concludes with a discussion on the discrepancy between taxing natural health products and pharmaceutical drugs. Annie Moffett highlights the unfairness of imposing taxes on natural medicine while pharmaceutical drugs remain exempt. She expresses concerns about the Canadian government's inclination toward increasing costs for those who choose natural remedies instead of pharmaceutical options, asserting that such measures push people in the wrong direction.

    Join Annie Moffett and [host name] as they shed light on the proposed changes to natural health product regulations in Canada. Gain valuable insights into the potential consequences and learn about the importance of preserving access to affordable and safe supplements. Discover how you can contribute to protecting natural health products and ensuring their availability for all Canadians.

    S1E39 - 15m - Jul 1, 2023
  • Regulating Natural Products: Impact on Canadians

    In this podcast episode, join Joel Thuna MH, a master herbalist and general manager of Purely Natural, as he discusses the proposed regulations by Health Canada regarding natural products. With his extensive knowledge and experience in the industry, Joel sheds light on the history of regulations for natural health products and their significance.

    Joel explains that natural health products, including supplements, vitamins, minerals, herbs, homeopathic products, traditional medicines, amino acids, and even everyday items like toothpaste, deodorant, mouthwash, and shampoos, are regulated by Health Canada. He emphasizes the substantial market value of these products, amounting to $2.3 billion annually in Canada alone.

    Delving into the past, Joel reveals that before 2004, natural health products were classified as over-the-counter drugs, subject to regulation similar tolike medications such as ASA or Tylenol. However, early attempts by Health Canada to restrict the availability of supplements sparked public outcry, leading to extensive consultations and the eventual establishment of new regulations dedicated to natural health products in 2004.

    Joel highlights the benefits of the current regulations, both for the industry and consumers. The guidelines provide a clear framework for manufacturers, ensuring the safety and efficacy of products available to Canadians. The presence of a Natural Product Number (NPN) on packaging signifies Health Canada's approval and instills confidence in consumers.

    The podcast hosts also discuss the fallout from the 2004 legislation, which required companies to obtain NPN numbers for their products. Some companies were unable to comply due to resource limitations or inability to substantiate product claims. Consequently, numerous products and companies disappeared from the market.

    Furthermore, the podcast explores the existing steps to obtain an NPN for new products in Canada. Joel briefly touches on the licensing requirements for manufacturing, packaging, labeling, and importing. He also emphasizes Canada's strict standards for active ingredient levels, distinguishing it from other jurisdictions where insufficient actives ingredients are a prevalent issue.

    As the conversation progresses, the focus shifts to the proposed regulations from Health Canada and their potential implications. Joel discusses the challenges and concerns surrounding these new regulations, shedding light on their possible impact on manufacturers and the Canadian public. He shares insights into the need for continued collaboration and advocacy to ensure fair and effective regulations for the natural health product industry.

    Join Joel Thuna MH and the podcast hosts as they navigate the complex landscape of natural health product regulations, examining the past, present, and potential future of this vital industry in Canada. Gain a deeper understanding of the proposed changes, their consequences, and the importance of maintaining access to safe and effective natural health products for all Canadians.

    S1E38 - 16m - Jun 24, 2023
  • Summer Health Essentials

    Licensed Naturopath, Dr. Ludovic Brunel shares valuable insights and recommendations on various aspects of summer health. The conversation revolves around key topics including hydration, heart health, vitamin D3 supplementation, and gut health.

    He highlights the importance of staying hydrated, particularly during hot and humid days, and especially when engaging in often strenuous outdoor activities. Failing to meet recommended daily water intake can lead to health issues like constipation, kidney stones, and dehydration symptoms. To proactively maintain hydration levels, Dr. Brunel suggests consistently drinking water throughout the day and incorporating electrolytes. He advises against sugary sports drinks and recommends cleaner options such as electrolyte powders, coconut water, lemon, honey, or a small amount of sea salt.

    The discussion then shifts to heart health, Dr. Brunel emphasizes the importance of supporting the heart, which works harder in hot and humid conditions. Recommendations include staying hydrated, maintaining a healthy diet, engaging in regular exercise, protecting oneself from the sun, managing stress, and considering heart-friendly supplements. Fish oil or omega-3 oil is mentioned as a supplement that helps balance cholesterol and decrease inflammation. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is suggested for its ability to support heart function and regulate blood pressure. Additionally, DMSO is discussed for its benefits in muscle and joint health.

    Next, the conversation focuses on vitamin D3 supplementation. Dr. Brunel advises against reducing or discontinuing vitamin D3 supplementation solely due to increased sun exposure. While sun protection is essential to prevent premature aging and skin cancer, it can inhibit vitamin D3 production in the skin. Vitamin D3 is crucial for bone health, immune system function, mood balance, and the prevention of autoimmune and neurological disorders. Dr. Brunel strongly suggests supplementation to ensure adequate vitamin D3 intake during summer.

    Finally, the podcast delves into gut health during summer months. Dr. Brunel explains the role of hydration in maintaining a healthy gut and preventing digestive issues. Insufficient water intake can lead to constipation and other digestive problems. Thus, maintaining proper hydration is essential for optimal gut health.

    Tune in to this informative podcast to gain valuable insights and recommendations from Dr. Ludovic Brunel on hydration, heart health, vitamin D3 supplementation, and gut health, ensuring you have all the knowledge to thrive and enjoy a healthy summer.

    S1E37 - 15m - Jun 1, 2023
  • Spring Reset: Detox & Renew

    Welcome to "Spring Reset: Detox & Renew," where we delve into the world of spring cleansing and metabolic detoxification to help you revitalize your body and optimize your health. In this enlightening episode, join Dr. Kaitlynn Richardson, a seasoned naturopathic doctor specializing in sports performance and injury management. Her client base features athletes and high achievers. She shares valuable insights, practical tips, and expert advice on how to embark on a journey of rejuvenation and renewal.

    As winter fades and spring blooms into life, it's the perfect time to hit the reset button and embark on a journey towards optimal health and wellness. Dr. Richardson emphasizes the importance of auditing our diet and lifestyle periodically to remain accountable for how we treat our bodies. With her expertise, knowledge and experience in high-performance sports, she guides listeners through the significance of spring cleansing as a means to shed the accumulated toxins, shed winter weight, and enhance overall well-being. She discusses hibernation mode in winter causing weight gain and loss of muscle mass.

    But what distinguishes a metabolic detoxification from a traditional cleanse? Dr. Richardson delves into the nuances, highlighting the comprehensive nature of metabolic detoxification in supporting the body's natural detox pathways and organ functions. She emphasizes the importance of individualized approaches tailored to each person's needs, debunking common misconceptions and shedding light on the holistic aspect of detoxification.

    From supporting the lungs, liver, and kidneys to gentle intestinal cleanses, Dr. Richardson offers practical strategies and supplement recommendations to navigate the cleansing process effectively. Whether you're an athlete striving for peak performance or an individual seeking to reclaim vitality, this episode equips you with knowledge and tools to embark on a transformative journey towards holistic well-being.

    She suggests a one month time frame for a metabolic cleanse. N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) is among her favourites lung detox. Lots of water, herbal teas, Uva ursi, parsley and more for kidneys. Curbing alcohol and supplementing with milk thistle and artichoke are a few suggestions for hepatic health.

    But the journey doesn't end with cleansing. Dr. Richardson emphasizes the significance of post-detox maintenance, including replenishing the gut microbiome with enteric coated probiotics, incorporating digestive enzymes, staying active, and adopting a fiber-rich diet. With her guidance, listeners gain invaluable insights into sustaining long-term health and vitality beyond the cleanse. Supplementation with broad spectrum probiotics is best initiated post cleanse. Kaitlynn endorses shopping at wellness dedicated store for any supplements you may need in order to get advice for product selection.

    As you embark on your spring reset journey, Dr. Kaitlynn Richardson's expertise serves as a beacon of guidance, empowering you to reclaim your health, vitality, and lust for life. Tune in to "Spring Reset: Detox & Renew" and embark on a transformative journey towards holistic wellness today!

    S1E36 - 14m - May 1, 2023
  • Exotic Oils: Ageless Beauty Secrets

    Unlock the secrets to timeless beauty with "Exotic Oils: Ageless Beauty Secrets," where holistic nutritionist Andrea Donsky delves into the benefits of exotic oils for radiant skin, lustrous hair, and strong nails. In this insightful podcast, Andrea shares her expertise garnered from over two decades of experience in natural health and wellness.

    As we age, our skin undergoes changes, often becoming drier, less pliable, and more susceptible to issues like dryness, cracking, flakiness, and even conditions like rosacea. Andrea explains how the decline in sebum production and estrogen levels contributes to these changes, emphasizing the importance of nurturing our skin as we journey through perimenopause and menopause. She also addressing the emergence of acne with menopause.

    Rather than simply combating aging, Andrea advocates for aging gracefully by focusing on biological age over chronological age. By making healthier lifestyle choices, including skincare routines enriched with exotic oils, we can nurture our skin to maintain a youthful, vibrant appearance.

    But why are exotic oils so effective? Andrea reveals the secrets behind these natural elixirs, highlighting their naturally occurring content of antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and beneficial compounds. From baobab oil's ability to soften and regenerate skin, to argan and Seabuckthorn seed oil  to tamanu oil's promotion of collagen production, each oil offers unique benefits for rejuvenating the skin.

    Listeners gain insights into practical applications of exotic oils, from facial skincare routines to hair and nail care rituals. Andrea shares tips for incorporating oils into daily routines, whether through direct application or customizing skincare and haircare products. She also debunks the myth of oils blocking pores.

    Throughout the episode, Andrea emphasizes the importance of quality and purity when selecting exotic oils. Brands like New Rew Roots Herbal stand out for their commitment to 100% pure oils extracted without harsh chemicals, ensuring optimal benefits without compromising on safety. All testing done in an ISO17025 accredited laboratory. She suggests Skin Lover’s Oil, a blend of several oils for those who can not make up their mind.

    As the discussion unfolds, Andrea addresses common concerns and misconceptions, debunking myths surrounding oil usage, such as fears of clogged pores or excessive shine. She reassures listeners of the versatility of exotic oils, suitable for everyone and the entire body, from scalp and skin to nails.

    Listeners discover the ageless beauty secrets hidden within exotic oils, whether as daily skincare staples, luxurious indulgences, or thoughtful gifts for loved ones. With Andrea's guidance, discover the transformative potential of nature's bounty and unlock radiant, youthful skin, vibrant hair, and strong, healthy nails.

    Join Andrea Donsky for a journey into the world of exotic oils and embark on your quest for ageless beauty today.

    S1E35 - 12m - Apr 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.

    S1E34 - 15m - Feb 1, 2023
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