94: Low Level Red Light Therapy for Cellular Health and Healing

Low-level red light therapy is a scientifically backed solution for problems like joint pain, slow wound healing, and even aging skin and acne. It helps collagen production in the body and may possibly increase speed of healing.

In fact we’ve even been using it for my husband after a recent hernia surgery, and watching the results I just knew I had to find out more about how this technology works!

I’m so glad to have Justin and Melissa Strahan, the husband-and-wife team who started a great company called Joovv that specializes in red and near infrared light therapy. They know this therapy inside and out and explain the science behind the great results.

Red Light Therapy: What It’s Not

So what is light therapy, and why does it need to be red? Although your local tanning salon may offer red light therapy services, it’s not tanning and it’s not a sauna.

Unlike a sauna that creates beneficial effects with heat, an LED (low-level) red light therapy device targets the body with specific wavelengths of light, actually penetrating the skin with photons and changing cell function.

To date there is no known downside to red light therapy, so it’s definitely worth checking out!

In This Episode You’ll Learn

the story behind Joovv from founders Justin and Melissa
what makes red light therapy different from tanning beds or infrared saunas … and how the body reacts differently too
clinical evidence showing red light therapy speeds muscle recovery, aids wound healing, diminishes signs of aging, and provides a better night of sleep (and the list goes on!)
how you can receive the benefits of red light therapy without going to expensive salon appointments
the connection between red light therapy and mitochondria, the body’s cellular powerhouse
an introduction to ATP in the body and why we can’t be healthy without it
the “near infrared window” – what it is and how it works with red light therapy
Justin’s prescription for how often and how long to get treatments
suggestions for how to choose the right device for you
how I’m using red light therapy in my home right now
and more!
Resources We Mention

Joovv.com

(Use the code WELLNESSMAMA and get $25 off any order)

Article: Saunas vs Light Therapy

Have you received any form of light therapy before? What was your experience? Would you give red light therapy a try?

Special Thanks to Today’s Sponsors

This episode is sponsored by Kettle and Fire Bone Broth. If you love the benefits of bone broth but don’t love the time it takes to make and how tough it can be to find quality bones to make it, Kettle and Fire is for you! Their bone broth is a regular staple in my kitchen these days, and it was what I used to create the recipes in my new bone broth e-book (releasing later this year).

So they use only bones from 100% grass-fed pasture raised cattle that are never given hormones and antibiotics. It’s also unique because they focus on bones that are especially high in collagen, which is one of the healthiest things you can put in your body. You can find them in many Whole Foods on the west coast and you can also order online at KettleAndFire.com/WellnessMama

This episode is also sponsored by Plant Therapy. There are so many options out there when it comes to essential oils and I’ve used a lot of them over the years. Now I most often turn to Plant Therapy because they have a large assortment of organic oils and a whole lot of kid-safe blends. (It doesn’t hurt that they also have really good prices!) Their oils have no additives or synthetic ingredients and they publish their testing results for all of their oils so you can verify the quality.

Their kid-safe blends are formulated by Robert Tisserand, who is largely considered one of the foremost experts in essential oil safety, so I feel I can trust him. If you want to check them out, right now they’re running some big sales that are changing daily. Go to WellnessMama.com/go/oils to get all the current discounts.

95: The Science of Sustainable Weight Loss with Bright Line

You’re about to meet Susan Peirce Thompson, creator of the Bright Line Boot Camp and author of the book (the book, in my opinion) on sustainable weight loss. Bright Line Eating: The Science of Living Happy, Thin, and Free is all about the complex relationship between the brain and the food we eat.

It’s fascinating, life-changing stuff. I’ve been looking forward to this interview ever since reading Susan’s book and trying the program myself.

Sustainable Weight Loss … Finally Within Reach

Susan is not just someone who has an incredible personal story about weight loss (and addiction, too, which is more related than you might think). She’s an impressively credentialed neuroscientist with a PhD in Brain and Cognitive Sciences, a professorship at the University of Rochester, and a specialty in the psychology of eating, body image, and wellness.

In 2015, Susan helped start the Institute for Sustainable Weight Loss, a nonprofit foundation whose mission is research on achievable and sustainable weight loss.

You all know I’m a geek for science and research so I was willing to give this weight loss book a try. It’s made an amazing difference in my life, and I hope it can in yours as well.

In This Episode You’ll Learn

Susan’s incredible personal story on her road from serious drug addiction to health and weight loss advocate
the science of addiction (and why some people are more vulnerable to it)
how fighting your brain is like swimming upstream, and how to make it work for you instead
the healthiest thing you can do for your body … period
how modern society has hijacked the human brain and wired it to eat
the 2 secrets to being thin (yes, you only need two!)
Bright Line’s rate of success as compared to other weight loss systems (it’s staggering)
why your cravings might have nothing to do with your willpower … and where they do come from
hormesis: what it is and why you should want it to happen to you
the real effect of “failure” and how it leads to poor self-perception
the concept of automaticity and how to apply it to simplify food decisions (and avoid food pitfalls)
all about leptin, the crucial hormone that tells us when we’re full, and what can block it
what dopamine down-regulation can do to your diet
whether sugar and flour can really be had “in moderation”
the little-known reason why vegetables are so good for us (it has nothing to do with vitamins or fiber!)
biological reasons why your identity feels so different after significant weight loss
Susan’s take on how to set kids up for a healthy diet (and whether they should do Bright Lines)
how to handle social pressures and visual cues to eat trigger foods
Susan’s surprising countercultural advice about exercise
Resources We Mention

SusanPierceThompson.com

Book: Bright Line Eating: The Science of Living Happy, Thin, and Free

Testimonials, and How to Work with Susan

Are you searching for a way to lose weight and keep it off? What has worked for you? Does Susan’s advice ring true?

Special Thanks to Today’s Sponsors

Today’s podcast is brought to you by Four Sigmatic. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen me mention them before. I have been using and loving and Instagramming their products for years. They have an amazing instant mushroom coffee.

I know it sounds weird, but hear me out! It’s not only the best instant coffee I’ve ever tried, it’s also pretty high up on the list of best coffee I’ve tried, period! It’s made with superfood mushrooms like Lion’s Mane, Cordyceps, and Chaga mushrooms. And these mushrooms have some big health benefits, plus give you energy and mental clarity without the jitters from traditional coffee.

If you aren’t a caffeine person, they also have a variety of mushroom teas and other caffeine-free products. I love them so much that I reached out and they agreed to give a discount to my listeners. So, go to foursigmatic.com/wellnessmama and use the code “WellnessMama” to get 10% off.

This episode is sponsored by Kettle and Fire Bone Broth. If you love the benefits of bone broth but don’t love the time it takes to make and how tough it can be to find quality bones to make it, Kettle and Fire is for you! Their bone broth is a regular staple in my kitchen these days, and it was what I used to create the recipes in my new bone broth e-book (releasing later this year).

So they use only bones from 100% grass-fed pasture raised cattle that are never given hormones and antibiotics. It’s also unique because they focus on bones that are especially high in collagen, which is one of the healthiest things you can put in your body. You can find them in many Whole Foods on the west coast and you can also order online at Kettleandfire.com/mama.

96: Using Natural and Traditional Medicine to Fix the Gut Microbiome with Dr. Ken Brown

I may be a “Wellness Mama” but I’m certainly not a doctor, so I’m always happy to have one on the show! Dr. Ken Brown is a practicing gastroenterologist and expert on the issue my readers ask about most often: gut health. (Or more precisely, the lack thereof … )

Enter Dr. Ken Brown. In 2015 he created Atrantíl (pronounced “Ah-tran-TEAL”), a targeted and clinically studied natural supplement that addresses SIBO, IBS, leaky gut, and other digestive problems.

We’ve had a little experience with how tough it can be to rehabilitate gut health from my husband’s bout with SIBO post-surgery (more about that in the podcast). I can’t wait to find out more about this treatment option and hear Dr. Ken’s protocol for healing the gut.

A Prescription for Good Gut Health from Dr. Ken Brown

Dr. Ken shared with me the shocking statistic that 20% of the general population today suffers from IBS. Add to this other gut conditions like Leaky Gut Syndrome, SIBO, Crohn’s, and all the digestive complaints that haven’t been diagnosed and are truly uncomfortable.

But it’s not just comfort that’s at stake. Dr. Ken kicks off our conversation with a statement that couldn’t be more true:

a) All heath begins in the gut, and

b) All disease is the result of inflammation.

With this in mind, there’s really no topic more important to our health than the gut microbiome. Dr. Ken’s research really bridges the gap between natural and traditional medicine, which is so needed.

Let’s find out what he has to say!

In This Episode You’ll Learn

how to help stop chronic, uncomfortable gas and bloating (you really don’t have to live with it!)
why Dr. Ken started to look outside of the mainstream medical model for more natural approaches to gut health
the science behind how the gut bacteria becomes imbalanced in the first place
the scoop on what we’ve been going through with my husband post-surgery, and Dr. Ken’s thoughts
whether IBS and other gut conditions are really in your gut … or in your head
how the medical view of IBS and related symptoms has evolved in the last 10 years
which factors make someone more likely to experience poor gut health
all about Atrantíl, a promising new natural supplement for digestive distress, and how it’s different from typical digestive treatments
polyphenols: what they are and how to get more in your diet
whether or not probiotics are actually good for everyone to take (the answer might surprise you)
exactly what SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth is (and what it’s not too)
the connection between poor gut health and colon cancer
what protocol Dr. Ken would recommend for someone trying to rehabilitate digestively
3 areas of Dr. Ken’s research people tend to misunderstand
and some geeky health talk about one of my favorite subjects, natural supplements we’ve tried and love
Resources We Mention

Get Atrantíl 15% off at the following sites by using the code WELLMAMA (thank you Dr. Ken!):

Lovemytummy.com

Amazon

Read about Dr. Ken’s practice at KennethBrownMD.com

Astaxanthin

What about you? Do you have digestive complaints? What questions would you ask Dr. Ken Brown?

Special Thanks to Today’s Sponsors

Today’s podcast is brought to you by Four Sigmatic. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen me mention them before. I have been using and loving and Instagramming their products for years. They have an amazing instant mushroom coffee.

I know it sounds weird, but hear me out! It’s not only the best instant coffee I’ve ever tried, it’s also pretty high up on the list of best coffee I’ve tried, period! It’s made with superfood mushrooms like Lion’s Mane, Cordyceps, and Chaga mushrooms. And these mushrooms have some big health benefits, plus give you energy and mental clarity without the jitters from traditional coffee.

If you aren’t a caffeine person, they also have a variety of mushroom teas and other caffeine-free products. I love them so much that I reached out and they agreed to give a discount to my listeners. So, go to foursigmatic.com/wellnessmama and use the code “WellnessMama” to get 10% off.

This episode is sponsored by Kettle and Fire Bone Broth. If you love the benefits of bone broth but don’t love the time it takes to make and how tough it can be to find quality bones to make it, Kettle and Fire is for you! Their bone broth is a regular staple in my kitchen these days, and it was what I used to create the recipes in my new bone broth e-book (releasing later this year).

So they use only bones from 100% grass-fed pasture raised cattle that are never given hormones and antibiotics. It’s also unique because they focus on bones that are especially high in collagen, which is one of the healthiest things you can put in your body. You can find them in many Whole Foods on the west coast and you can also order online at Kettleandfire.com/mama.

97: OB & Midwife Aviva Romm on PPD, Thyroid Problems, & MTHFR

You all know how I feel about birth and midwifery, and Aviva is both a Yale-trained MD specializing in Obstetrics and a midwife and herbalist.

Talk about the best of both worlds!

Beyond her amazing credentials, Aviva Romm cares deeply about the health of women, including their mental health. In this episode, she shares practical ways to address problems like postpartum depression, thyroid and adrenal problems, and even how to manage MTHFR.

She’s just an incredible resource and I can’t wait to dive into some of these topics with her.

Hormones and Mental Health

With a busy obstetrics practice, Aviva is no stranger to the health issues women face. Depression is on the rise (more on that below) and too many moms find themselves struggling with post-baby blues or even postpartum depression.

But why?

Aviva explains exactly why in her most recent book The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution, tackling topics like chronic disease, inflammation, weight gain, food cravings, hormone imbalance, and the impact of stress, diet, and environmental toxins on health.

She wrote the book in response to some genuinely scary statistics:

1 in 2 people have chronic illness (and the primary underlying cause of chronic illness is inflammation!)
30% of all depression is caused by inflammation
Up to 20% of new moms have thyroid disorders
15% or more of new moms have an undetected thyroid condition
I’ve captured as much of Aviva’s practical and detailed advice as I can in the resources below, but you’ll want to listen so you don’t miss a word!

In This Episode You’ll Learn

Aviva’s fascinating life story, including her beginnings as a child prodigy
all about how the postpartum thyroid functions, and how to recognize if things are abnormal (despite what your doctor might tell you)
risk factors that might make you more predisposed to depression
warning signs of postpartum depression (PPD), and how to recognize them
why having PPD once doesn’t mean you’ll get it again
practical, concrete things you can do to lower your risk for depression
tips for putting a support team in place for postpartum
TPO: what it is and why moms worried about PPD should get it tested during pregnancy
strategies for sorting through postpartum thoughts and emotions
Dr. Romm’s protocol for MTHFR genetic mutation
why removing gluten and dairy can help prevent PPD
what studies show about magnesium and omega-3 supplementation
a powerful antidote to depression that doesn’t require a doctor and doesn’t cost a dime!
clearing up the controversy about St. John’s Wort and depression
and more!
Resources We Mention

AvivaRomm.com

Book: Aviva Romm, The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution: A Proven 4-Week Program to Rescue Your Metabolism, Hormones, Mind & Mood (2017)

What New Moms Need to Know About Thyroid Problems

Depression in Pregnancy: 10 Things You Can Try Instead of Medication

MTHFR: What the Bleep Is It?

Aviva’s Recommendations for PPD Prevention

Methylfolate – take during pregnancy (800 micrograms)

Vitamin B12 and fish oils – 1200 micrograms a day

Vitamin D3 – 2000 IU a day

Prenatals (postpartum too)

A light box (for any kind of depression) 20 mins each morning (or sunshine!)

SAm-E – 400 milligrams 1-2x a day (not for bipolar depressive or postpartum psychosis)

Probiotics

Exercise

St. John’s Wort

Lavender EO

Motherwort

Rhodiola

Siberian ginseng

Maca (not for pregnancy but great for postpartum)

Selenium for thyroid support (200 micrograms daily)

Eliminate inflammation-causing foods like gluten and dairy

Do you fear PPD or a thyroid condition? Did these tips help? What questions would you ask Dr. Romm?

Special Thanks to Today’s Sponsors

Today’s podcast is brought to you by Four Sigmatic. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen me mention them before. I have been using and loving and Instagramming their products for years. They have an amazing instant mushroom coffee.

I know it sounds weird, but hear me out! It’s not only the best instant coffee I’ve ever tried, it’s also pretty high up on the list of best coffee I’ve tried, period! It’s made with superfood mushrooms like Lion’s Mane, Cordyceps, and Chaga mushrooms. And these mushrooms have some big health benefits, plus give you energy and mental clarity without the jitters from traditional coffee.

If you aren’t a caffeine person, they also have a variety of mushroom teas and other caffeine-free products. I love them so much that I reached out and they agreed to give a discount to my listeners. So, go to foursigmatic.com/wellnessmama and use the code “WellnessMama” to get 10% off.

This episode is sponsored by Kettle and Fire Bone Broth. If you love the benefits of bone broth but don’t love the time it takes to make and how tough it can be to find quality bones to make it, Kettle and Fire is for you! Their bone broth is a regular staple in my kitchen these days, and it was what I used to create the recipes in my new bone broth e-book (releasing later this year).

So they use only bones from 100% grass-fed pasture raised cattle that are never given hormones and antibiotics. It’s also unique because they focus on bones that are especially high in collagen, which is one of the healthiest things you can put in your body. You can find them in many Whole Foods on the west coast and you can also order online at Kettleandfire.com/mama.

98: Overcoming Orthorexia with Intuitive, Mindful Eating with Devyn Sisson

With so much conflicting information in the health world, it can be all too easy to get tied up in knots over what really is best to eat. Instead of seeing a fresh, juicy apple, to wonder what kinds of pesticides lurk on its skin. Is the fish I’m eating farm-raised, or wild? Is this beef really grass-fed or just grass-finished? Are there nitrates in this bacon? Should I be eating meat at all? Or if, God forbid, I eat some “junk” food … just how guilty should I feel?

I’ve definitely felt like this at times in my health journey, and I bet I’m not alone in this. In fact, I know I’m not thanks to our fantastic guest today, Devyn Sisson. She’s written a great cookbook called Kitchen Intuition, and her message is a breath of fresh air.

Devyn Sisson on Loving to Eat (While Eating to Live)

If Devyn Sisson sounds a little familiar, it might be because she’s the daughter of well-known primal blogger Mark Sisson. Devyn grew up with near-perfect food options, in an amazing family. But her healthy upbringing had some unintended consequences.

When she moved away to college and had to learn to navigate the world of healthy eating on her own, Devyn found herself literally becoming so afraid to eat that she bordered on orthorexia. Drawing from her background in psychology and her secondary degree in nutrition, she realized the big role food has in social interaction and metal health, as well as physical health, and set out to find a new relationship with food.

In her new book, Kitchen Intuition, Devyn helps people fall in love with eating, cooking, and sharing food all over again.

In This Episode You’ll Learn

what it was like growing up in the “perfectly” healthy Sisson household
Devyn’s brush with orthorexia—an extreme fear of eating anything unhealthy—and what she learned from it
how you can build health, confidence, and self-esteem from “intuitive cooking” … and make food fun again
Devyn’s insights about how to raise kids to have a healthy outlook about food
one key way to feel better about the food you put in your body (regardless of what it is)
the key emotional factors that shape our food choices and cravings
eating disorders: how to navigate this tough topic with loved ones
the Sisson’s latest business venture (hint: it has to do with delicious food!)
how to find balance in the quest for health … and still enjoy the ride along the way
and more!
Resources We Mention

Follow Devyn on Instagram

Book: Devyn Sisson, Kitchen Intuition: Cook With Your Hands. Laugh with Your Belly. Trust Your Intuition. (2017)

Primal Kitchen, Culver City, CA

Your turn! Have you ever felt weighed down and stressed out about making the “right” food choices? And on the other hand, is there some aspect of food that brings you the most joy? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Special Thanks to Today’s Sponsors

Today’s podcast is brought to you by Four Sigmatic. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen me mention them before. I have been using and loving and Instagramming their products for years. They have an amazing instant mushroom coffee.

I know it sounds weird, but hear me out! It’s not only the best instant coffee I’ve ever tried, it’s also pretty high up on the list of best coffee I’ve tried, period! It’s made with superfood mushrooms like Lion’s Mane, Cordyceps, and Chaga mushrooms. And these mushrooms have some big health benefits, plus give you energy and mental clarity without the jitters from traditional coffee.

If you aren’t a caffeine person, they also have a variety of mushroom teas and other caffeine-free products. I love them so much that I reached out and they agreed to give a discount to my listeners. So, go to foursigmatic.com/wellnessmama and use the code “WellnessMama” to get 10% off.

This episode is sponsored by Kettle and Fire Bone Broth. If you love the benefits of bone broth but don’t love the time it takes to make and how tough it can be to find quality bones to make it, Kettle and Fire is for you! Their bone broth is a regular staple in my kitchen these days, and it was what I used to create the recipes in my new bone broth e-book (releasing later this year).

So they use only bones from 100% grass-fed pasture raised cattle that are never given hormones and antibiotics. It’s also unique because they focus on bones that are especially high in collagen, which is one of the healthiest things you can put in your body. You can find them in many Whole Foods on the west coast and you can also order online at Kettleandfire.com/mama.

99: Using Health Tracking to Discover Your Own Personalized Medicine

I’m no stranger to being my own health detective, but it’s always amazing to realize a missing piece of the puzzle might be a simple one. Have you ever thought about the power of health tracking?

I’m not just talking about wearing a Fitbit, either. I’m talking about food-mood-poop tracking.

Yep! This episode is going there.

Andrea Nakayama, Partner in Health

I’d like to introduce you to my friend, Andrea Nakayama. Andrea’s become a big deal in the world of functional medicine, as a nutritionist who can help chronically ill people get better when no one else can. Her clinical skills have won her the attention of many world-renowned doctors who consult with her on their own difficult cases.

More than that, Andrea trains a thousand practitioners every year in how to have the clinical success she’s had. She’s training an army of change-makers in the field of healthcare.

Her story is tragic and inspiring all at once. (You’ll see why.)

Is Health Tracking the Missing Key to Self-Care?

Andrea’s functional medicine practice (which is both in-person and virtual) helps people tune in and take charge of their own health on a deeper level. Unlike conventional medicine that starts with solving symptoms, Andrea recommends digging deep into the complex layers of habits, lifestyle, and genetics that may be paving the way for health dysfunction.

This is where health tracking is essential. Take a listen to find out why … and how … you can be your own best health advocate.

In This Episode You’ll Learn

the heartbreaking personal loss that led Andrea to her new life mission
one of the best descriptions I’ve heard of what “functional medicine” really is
what Andrea calls “non-negotiables” for good health … and how to discover your own
why poop is one of the best diagnostic tools, and what yours could tell you about your health
the surprising reason why health-conscious people are not immune to nutrient deficiency
what you can learn about your health by tracking your monthly cycle
Andrea’s “Yes, And” philosophy when it comes to assessing the best treatment options
something to look for when choosing a doctor (what it is might surprise you)
what to remove from your diet for good thyroid health
health trackers you can use to create your own personalized health plan
why testing your blood sugar at home is a good idea even if you aren’t diabetic
the best supplement and labs trackers you can use, and why this habit is so transforming
and more!
Resources We Mention

Replenish PDX

Holistic Nutrition Lab

Free gift! Download Andrea’s “Food Mood Poop Challenge” e-book. This e-book is an amazing guide that takes the guesswork out of tuning in and taking charge of your own body.

Other Helpful Links

What to do with your “Food Mood Poop” data once you’ve tracked it

Andrea’s Recommended Nutritional Supplements

Article: Blood Sugar

Other Trackers to Try

Blood Sugar Monitor (and Strips)

Natural Family Planning/Fertility Trackers

Have you ever tried health tracking? What worked for you, and did it make a difference in your health? Please share!

Special Thanks to Today’s Sponsors

Today’s podcast is brought to you by Four Sigmatic. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen me mention them before. I have been using and loving and Instagramming their products for years. They have an amazing instant mushroom coffee.

I know it sounds weird, but hear me out! It’s not only the best instant coffee I’ve ever tried, it’s also pretty high up on the list of best coffee I’ve tried, period! It’s made with superfood mushrooms like Lion’s Mane, Cordyceps, and Chaga mushrooms. And these mushrooms have some big health benefits, plus give you energy and mental clarity without the jitters from traditional coffee.

If you aren’t a caffeine person, they also have a variety of mushroom teas and other caffeine-free products. I love them so much that I reached out and they agreed to give a discount to my listeners. So, go to foursigmatic.com/wellnessmama and use the code “WellnessMama” to get 10% off.

This episode is sponsored by Kettle and Fire Bone Broth. If you love the benefits of bone broth but don’t love the time it takes to make and how tough it can be to find quality bones to make it, Kettle and Fire is for you! Their bone broth is a regular staple in my kitchen these days, and it was what I used to create the recipes in my new bone broth e-book (releasing later this year).

So they use only bones from 100% grass-fed pasture raised cattle that are never given hormones and antibiotics. It’s also unique because they focus on bones that are especially high in collagen, which is one of the healthiest things you can put in your body. You can find them in many Whole Foods on the west coast and you can also order online at Kettleandfire.com/mama.