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Optimize Paleo by Paleovalley

Take control of your health by moving beyond the Paleo template and learning about cutting edge health strategies that really work. This podcast will give you tips and tricks from the mouths of experts and common folk alike who discovered exactly what it takes to THRIVE. Join Chas and Autumn Smith, loving and passionate husband and wife and founders of Paleovalley.com as they guide you on the journey to cultivate vibrant health and wellness.
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Oct 14, 2021

Many women today experience their menstrual cycle as a burden, rather than a superpower. 

(I know because that used to be me.)

But the truth is, when we understand our cycle and the natural rhythm and hormonal shifts it creates, we can leverage those changes to accomplish some pretty amazing feats. 

For example, there is a GREAT time of the month to eat more protein and build muscle. 

There’s also an ideal time to be social and work for tips. 

And there is a surprisingly perfect time to reflect and reevaluate. 

When you don’t understand your cycle, these changes can seem overwhelming and unpredictable, but when you do, you can feel empowered and effective.  

So if you’re ready to turn your cycle into a superpower check out this week’s podcast with the brilliant and beautiful, Dr. Stephanie Estima. Her knowledge is truly transformative. 

Here are some of the fascinating tips we cover...

  • Her favorite protein for gaining muscle mass
  • 2 simple steps for building muscle 
  • Why insulin is important for women
  • The best time to eat carbs for women
  • The daily protein target for building muscle
  • Her #1 Health hack (that takes 5 minutes)
  • How Italy changed her period
  • The easy lifestyle changes that lead to better periods and weight loss
  • The phases of your cycle (and why they are important to understand!)
  • The best time of the cycle for your baby-making and libido
  • The best time of your cycle to be social and introspective
  • How to turn PMS into a gift
  • Why you feel so irritable before your period
  • The best foods to eat in early menopause
  • How to eat to balance estrogen with food
  • The healthy nutrient to avoid as you age 
  • How, when, and how long to do keto for women
  • A simple tool for beating premenstrual cravings
  • When extra calories are necessary
  • How long to fast during your cycle
  • And so much more!

This has been one of my favorite interviews to date so don’t miss this one! And do share with all of your friends, family, and loved ones who may benefit.

 

Valuable Resources: 

The Betty Body Book by Dr. Stephanie Estima
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Paleovalley Grass Fed Beef Sticks
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Sep 30, 2021

A recent Stanford study revealed that 80% of healthy people had blood sugar spikes. 

Why does this matter? 

Because blood sugar spikes are dangerous when they occur often enough or for long periods of time and can cause...

  • Weight gain 
  • Cravings
  • Energy dips
  • Mood crashes 

...and increased risk of conditions such as insulin resistance, cardiovascular disease, reproductive issues, and cancer. 

But the silver lining is there is now a way for EVERYONE to see exactly what is happening with their blood sugar in real-time using continuous glucose monitoring (CGM).  

Wearing a CGM allows you to identify the foods that are not working for you and find YOUR perfect diet. This is exactly what we talk about in today’s podcast with glucose expert and Lead Dietician at Nutrisense, Carlee Hayes. Here are some of the valuable insights we discuss...

  • Signs you have a blood sugar issue
  • What a blood sugar expert eats for breakfast
  • How to break a fast
  • The best time to eat carbs 
  • The best time to eat carbs around a workout
  • My #1 hack for stable blood sugar
  • The link between weight gain and blood sugar
  • Why a “stable energy state’ is important for weight loss
  • Optimal glucose ranges 
  • The link between food sensitivities and blood sugar
  • Glucose spikes and insulin 
  • The 2 phases of insulin response (and why it matters!)
  • The relationship between stress and your blood sugar
  • Why most measures of blood sugar are inadequate
  • Physical stressors that affect our blood sugar 
  • The 4 major lifestyle factors that affect blood sugar
  • Whether alcohol and caffeine affect your blood sugar
  • How to try a CGM for $30 off!
  • And so much more...

Understanding your unique blood sugar response is one of the most important things you can do to improve your health and prevent disease so don’t miss this one, friends! And do not forget to share this important information with anyone you know might benefit.

 

Valuable Resources: 

NutriSense - Continuous Glucose Monitoring
>>> Learn More About NutriSense + Claim Your Exclusive Discount HERE!

Use Discount Code: PALEOVALLEY at Checkout for $30 Off

Paleovalley Apple Cider Vinegar Complex
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Sep 16, 2021

Many people today suffer from hormonal imbalance. 

And while dietary change, detox, and supplements can be extremely helpful, sometimes it’s not enough. 

In fact, repeated negative thoughts (and thought patterns) can release stress hormones that wreak havoc on hormonal balance no matter how many other positive changes you make. 

So if you’ve done all the right things and STILL suffer from hormonal issues, then today’s podcast with certified holistic health coach, FDN practitioner, and hormone expert, Megan Blacksmith of Zesty Ginger is for you! Here are some of the topics we cover:

  • The food sensitivity that can cause only neurological symptoms
  • The link between your thoughts and food sensitivities 
  • How to access your intuition
  • One simple step for building confidence
  • How thoughts affect neurotransmitters and hormones
  • A 4-step process for transforming your beliefs and thought patterns
  • The different emotional states of your cycle (and why it’s helpful to know them!)
  • The best time of your month to slow down, be productive, and revaluate
  • How to separate your identity from your illness
  • 2 health-supportive elixirs to start your day 
  • And so much more!

Share this podcast with everyone you think it may benefit!

 

Valuable Resources: 

Free Gift: Wild Feminine Guide
>>> Click HERE to Get your FREE Wild Feminine Guide for Healthy Hormones NOW!

Reduce Cortisol & Support Hormonal Health with Essential C Complex
>>> Click HERE to try the most potent whole-food vitamin C 100% Risk-Free TODAY!

Sep 2, 2021

According to the CDC, approximately 9% of men and 10% of women between the ages of 15-44 struggle with infertility. 

I was one of those people.  

There is nothing more frustrating than wanting to start a family and finding out it is going to be a long road. 

Fortunately, you do not have to struggle like I did and there is a lot you can do to improve the quality of your egg and sperm and increase your chances of conceiving naturally!

So if you or someone you love is trying to conceive, tune in for this week’s podcast with Harvard-trained fertility expert Dr. Marc Sklar as we chat all about simple, natural baby-making strategies! Here are the fascinating topics we cover...

  • Is fasting good for reproductive health? 
  • The time when fasting may not be helpful 
  • Why infertility rates are rising
  • The best foods for fertility 
  • Foods that interfere with fertility 
  • The best first step for improving fertility with food
  • His fertility smoothie recipe
  • Does royal jelly work for fertility?
  • The 3 big dietary mistakes he sees women making that interfere with fertility
  • The simple exercise he uses to help people improve and customize their diet
  • His 6 favorite supplements for everyone trying to get pregnant
  • The little-known fertility superfood
  • A simple way to consume more veggies
  • The best tests to get for fertility 
  • Why your doctor is not ordering all of the necessary tests
  • When to ask for help
  • Why low egg quality does not mean no pregnancy
  • And much more!

This is the podcast I wish I had heard when I was trying to get pregnant and I sincerely hope it’s helpful! Please share with anyone you think may benefit.

 

Valuable Resources: 

Marc Sklar - The Fertility Expert
>>> Learn about The Hope Program and how you can work with natural fertility experts to create a personalized fertility plan HERE!

Paleovalley Organic Supergreens
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Aug 5, 2021

One of the biggest lies women have ever been told is that weight gain and hormonal havoc is inevitable as you age. 
 
The truth is: you can stay healthy, energized and balanced regardless of your life stage. 
 
So if you are doing all of the same things you’ve always done and yet you are…

  • Gaining weight
  • Suffering from low energy
  • Experiencing mood issues 
  • Losing muscle

Or just not getting the results you used to, check out this week’s incredible podcast with women’s hormone expert and #1 National Bestselling author, Dr. Mariza Snyder about what it takes to age gracefully. Here are some of my favorite takeaways...

  • The one food to avoid after 40
  • Why women gain weight even when they don’t consume sugar in perimenopause
  • Her favorite weight loss strategy for women over 35
  • How to reset circadian rhythm for healthier hormones
  • The common habit that leads to hormonal havoc
  • The safe window for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy
  • The risks and benefits of hormone therapy
  • Why stress is not a "slight edge"
  • Signs you have low cortisol
  • What she had to do to break her addiction to stress
  • How to take yourself out of the stress response
  • 3 ways to stop feeling stressed
  • Her favorite essential oils for a mood, focus, energy and craving reduction
  • Her “liquid Ambien” for restful sleep
  • How to quiet mental chatter at bedtime
  • Her favorite essential oils
  • And so much more!

I sincerely hope you love this podcast as much as I do! Don’t forget to share this podcast with anyone you think it might help and tag your friends in the comments.

 

Valuable Resources: 

Dr. Mariza Snyder
>>> Learn more about the Menopause Solution + Get your FREE Toolkit HERE!

Paleovalley Beef Sticks
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Jul 16, 2021

We’ve all heard the benefits of melatonin for sleep, but it may surprise you to know that melatonin can also support…

  • Brain health
  • Mitochondrial function
  • Circadian rhythm 
  • Inflammation reduction

And maybe even immune health. 

Its impressive antioxidant potential is thought to be the reason for its many benefits, but what most people don’t know is that there are certain types of melatonin that research has shown are far more potent (in their ability to reduce oxidative stress) than others. 

There are also certain supplements (hello Essential C Complex) that have been found to make melatonin even more effective in terms of its antioxidant potential. 

So if you want to learn more about the best way to use melatonin to improve your health please tune into this week’s podcast with hormone expert and Director of Clinical Services at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health, Dr. Mona Fahoum! 

(We are also offering a fun giveaway and discount you can learn more about at 30 minutes in!)

Here are some of the fascinating tidbits we dive into:

  • The many benefits of melatonin
  • The link between colic and melatonin
  • Can melatonin help fight COVID-19?
  • Signs you have low levels of melatonin
  • How to use melatonin to optimize your circadian rhythm
  • Why you might feel sleepy after taking melatonin (and how to fix it!)
  • Lifestyle choices that disrupt melatonin production
  • How most melatonin supplements are made
  • Foods that contain melatonin (and how much you’d need to consume!)
  • The best dose of melatonin for jet lag and sleep deprivation
  • Why you may want to take vitamin C and melatonin together
  • Can you take melatonin instead of sleep meds?
  • And so much more!

I sincerely hope you find this podcast helpful! Please share it with anyone you think it might benefit and don’t forget to answer the question at 30 minutes in the comments below for a chance to win.

Valuable Resources: 

Herbatonin - Plant-Based Melatonin
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Paleovalley Essential C Complex
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Bio:

Dr. Fahoum is a naturopathic physician and owner of Meridian Medicine in Seattle which focuses on preventive primary care, women's health, hormones and digestive concerns. She is also the Director of Clinical Services at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health, has been an adjunct faculty at her alma mater Bastyr University and is on the Medical Team for Symphony Natural Health.

Dr. Fahoum is Past-President of the Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians (WANP) and is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP). She regularly lectures at continuing education seminars, appears on podcasts and interviews and is involved in women’s health groups focusing on hormone health.

Jun 23, 2021

A 2019 study revealed many pregnant women today do not meet the recommended intakes for nutrients like: 

  • Magnesium 
  • Vitamin D 
  • Vitamin E 
  • Iron
  • Vitamin A

Which is scary given that inadequate nutrition can negatively impact baby’s development, mom’s health AND how mom feels (physically & emotionally) in her postpartum period. 

This is exactly why I invited one of my favorite experts in the wellness world, the Whole30’s dietician, Stephanie Greunke, on the show to teach us all how to not only survive pregnancy and the postpartum period - but to THRIVE through it. 

Here are some of the topics we dive into...

  • The most important nutrients for pregnancy
  • Medications that can deplete moms
  • How to prevent morning sickness (and why it happens!)
  • The link between nutrient deficiency, pregnancy, and mental health issues
  • Common nutrient deficiencies in paleo dieters
  • Her 3 favorite nutrient tests 
  • Important foods for the first trimester
  • Foods to focus on for the second trimester
  • How many carbs do you really need for a healthy pregnancy? 
  • The most important food for the third trimester
  • 2 strategies for a healthy, happy postpartum period
  • The 3 key ingredients for a simple, healthy meal
  • How to lose the baby weight gracefully 
  • How much weight to lose per week for sustainable weight loss
  • Her 6 favorite supplements to replete nutrient stores
  • The best forms of magnesium for digestion, brain health, and relaxation
  • The one food you’ll want to focus on before pregnancy
  • My favorite new-momma beauty product
  • And so much more!

If you are a momma, momma-to-be, or know someone who is - please share this podcast so we can all experience healthy, happy pregnancies and nourished babies! 

 

Valuable Resources: 

Join Steph’s Postpartum Nutrition Program and Community HERE!
Reset your postpartum experience with this step-by-step protocol.

Support Hormonal Health with Essential C Complex HERE!
Try the most potent whole-food vitamin C 100% Risk-Free today.

Jun 3, 2021

It’s not talked about nearly enough, but chronic symptoms such as nasal congestion, postnasal drip, eye swelling, runny nose, headache, and facial pain can be indicators of mold illness.

In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, 96% of sinusitis is due to mold and fungal overgrowth. 

Which is why in this week’s podcast with my friend, mold expert (and fellow FDN practitioner), Ryan Monahan, we talk all about the many, underappreciated ways mold can negatively impact your health. 

Most importantly, we talk about how to identify, diagnose and treat mold illness. Here are some of the other fascinating topics we cover….

  • The #1 food contaminated with mold
  • Common symptoms that may indicate you are suffering from mold illness
  • The real reason you get coffee jitters
  • The healthy foods that can make mold issues worse
  • Why and how mold is so damaging
  • The common conditions linked to mold issues 
  • What mycotoxins are - and why they matter
  • The best test for determining if there is mold in your home.
  • The biomarkers that clue you in to the fact that you may have mold issues 
  • The best supplements for mold detoxification
  • The MOST important thing to do if you have mold issues
  • The $15 at-home online test you can take to identify a potential mold issue
  • And so much more!

According to Ryan, 24% of the population has a genetic predisposition that makes them more susceptible to mold illness. 

So tune in now and don’t forget to share this with anyone you think it might help.

 

Valuable Resources: 

Paleovalley Turmeric Complex
>>> Click HERE to Discover the detox-supporting benefits of Turmeric Complex + SAVE up to 20%

The Mindful Nutrivore
>>> Click HERE to Learn more about Ryan Monahan, FDN-P

May 13, 2021

We’ve all heard about the impressive benefits of intermittent fasting, but did you know the benefits of fasting (detox, fat burning, anti-aging, immune support) kick in at different times? 

A “gut health” fast, for example, should be a little longer than one for fat burning or detox. 

And if you’re a woman, there are certain times in your menstrual cycle where you may want to stop or limit fasting. 

In other words - in order to experience the many benefits of fasting - you need a sound strategy. 

Which is why in this week’s podcast with fasting expert Dr. Mindy Pelz, we talk all about how to create a fasting rhythm that supports your unique health goals. 

Dr. Mindy is brilliant, energetic and her science-backed approach will inform and inspire you, I promise 

Here are some of the topics we delve into….

  • The researched-backed benefits of fasting
  • Why fasted exercise can be beneficial
  • Why fasting helps you feel calm
  • The 3 different reasons you should fast
  • The anti-aging hormone released when you fast for 13 hours
  • How to fast to lower inflammation, detox, anti-aging, gut issues, and weight loss resistance
  • The benefits of a dry fast (and when you should and should not use it!)
  • Why fasting improves your mood
  • Why women should fast differently 
  • Her fasting strategy for better immune response
  • Non-fasting strategies for boosting autophagy (detox)
  • The simplest way to start fasting
  • How long to fast to kill cancer cells
  • Which day of your cycle you should stop fasting
  • How to deal with hunger during a fast
  • The most important thing to do before a fast
  • The 4 emotions that kill autophagy
  • How long to fast to reduce your risk of cancer
  • The 2 awesome benefits of a cold shower
  • The 2 supplements you should use when fasting
  • And so much more!


Friends, this has been one of my favorite interviews to date and so I hope you love it as much as I did. Please share far and wide if you do!

 

Valuable Resources: 

Dr. Mindy Pelz Fasting Cheat Sheet
>>> Click HERE for Your FREE Fasting Cheat Sheet NOW!

Paleovalley Apple Cider Vinegar Complex
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Apr 22, 2021

Today we are all looking for simple ways to reduce stress and support overall wellness. 

And while we often talk about food, in this week’s podcast with Jodi Cohen (best-selling author and founder of Vibrant Blue Oils), we take a deep dive into how essential oils can be used to support brain chemistry and overall health. 

We also talk about how to shift out of STRESS mode and into relaxation mode instantly. This little-known superpower is one most of us could use now more than ever!

Here are some of the other gems you’ll learn...

  • How to know which essential oils are best for you
  • The 5 things to balance for optimal health
  • The best oil for reducing stress
  • What the vagus nerve is and why it matters
  • How to easily access the vagus nerve
  • How to shift into rest-digest-regenerate mode instantly
  • How to eat to absorb more nutrients when you eat
  • How to hack a panic attack 
  • The best oils for reducing anxiety and depression
  • How to improve flow in the body (and why it matters)
  • How to nose breathe to calm down
  • Why essential oils are so powerful for creating calm
  • The best oils for focus
  • The best oils for immune function
  • How to use oils to easily stimulate the immune system for kids 
  • The best oil for beating sugar and junk cravings 

I hope you love this episode as much as I did!

 

Valuable Resources: 

Vibrant Blue Oils
>>> Shop pure, organic and wildcrafted essential oil blends HERE!

Essential Oils to Boost the Brain and Heal the Body Book
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Paleovalley Essential C Complex
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Apr 1, 2021

Approximately 1 in 10 kids in the US are diagnosed with asthma, allergies or eczema.

The good news is - these conditions are NOT solely the result of faulty genes and you can reverse them!

Which is why this week’s podcast with head physician at Blossom Pediatrics, Dr. Gluzman, is all about helping our littles heal for good from these all-too-common conditions. Here are some of the gems we covered...

  • The 2 ingredients you should always avoid (and ‘healthy’ foods they hide in)
  • The common breakfast food Dr. Gluzman HATES for kids (and her favorite alternatives)
  • The food you should eat daily to keep the doctor away
  • Why environmental allergies can still be food related
  • Why allergies are not normal
  • How to get our kids to eat fermented foods
  • The real reason our kids crave sugary foods
  • How to get your kids to consume veggies (even greens!)
  • Why broths and stocks are important for our kids
  • Her favorite functional medicine tests for kids
  • The commonly consumed food that feeds yeast
  • Her favorite anti-yeast supplement
  • Her favorite supplement for all kids
  • The little-known underlying cause of many food sensitivities
  • Simple ways to get your kids off of processed foods
  • How long it takes for kids to stop craving sugar and junk foods
  • And so much more!

This podcast is packed with life-changing information so please share it with anyone you think it might benefit!

I sincerely hope it’s helpful!

Valuable Resources: 

30 Days to Rescue Your Child's Health Online Program
>>> Click HERE to Learn more about the fully supported, pediatrician-led online program designed to holistically reverse eczema, allergies, and asthma! 
Save 20% with discount code: BLOSSOM

Paleovalley Kid-Friendly Snacks & Supplements
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Mar 11, 2021

Many women today believe symptoms like…

  • Mood swings
  • Lumpy breasts
  • Heavy periods
  • Anxiety
  • Hair loss
  • Sleep issues

...are just part of a healthy menstrual cycle.

But the truth is, though these symptoms are common, they are not normal.

And they may indicate a serious, often overlooked condition, called estrogen dominance.

Which is why this week’s podcast guest, hormone expert and best-selling author, Magdalena Wszelaki, teaches us all about estrogen dominance (in men and women) and provides simple steps you can take to rebalance your hormones naturally.

(She also tells us how we can win a FREE copy of her new book!)

Here are some of the fascinating tidbits we cover…

  • The food that kills cancer stem cells
  • Why a healthy gallbladder matters for hormonal health
  • How to fast for a healthy cycle
  • The helpful herb for heavy periods
  • Why mouth taping can improve hormonal health
  • Normal and not-so-normal- PMS symptoms
  • What carrying weight around your hips says about your hormones
  • The main cause of breast cancer in the U.S.
  • The types of cancer associated with estrogen dominance
  • Why not all estrogen is bad
  • The best hormone test
  • The gene associated with an increased risk of breast cancer
  • Why scented products are bad news for your hormones
  • Foods that encourage proper estrogen breakdown
  • A simple, everyday habit for hormonal balance
  • Why bitter foods are great for your hormones
  • The benefits of castor oil
  • And much more!

Magdalena is one of the most knowledgeable women on the topic of hormones out there and she is also a dear friend, so tune in now, find out how to win her BEAUTIFUL book and share this important information with anyone you know and love.

Valuable Resources: 

Overcoming Estrogen Dominance
>>> Click HERE to check out the book!

Paleovalley Essential C Complex
>>> Support healthy hormones with whole-food vitamin C HERE!

Feb 18, 2021

It has become clear this year that immune responses to similar exposures can be wildly different.

And while the reasons were once a mystery, advancements in genomics are now providing answers.

In other words, we are now better able to understand why one person gets sick and another remains healthy despite similar exposures.

Most importantly, we are now better able to provide targeted interventions that help people get well and stay well.

And in today’s podcast, one of my dear friends and a 15 year veteran of functional medicine, Dr. Stephanie Davis, teaches us about 4 genetic markers you can monitor to assess your immune function and simple strategies for building your resilient immune system. 

(This podcast goes way deeper than most conversations around immune health today, so get ready to take notes!)

Here are some of the awesome tidbits you’re in for:

  • The 2 nutrients that are critical for immune health
  • The “healthy” food that can hamper immune health
  • The nutrient that improves zinc absorption
  • How to keep your personal genetic data private
  • The 4 genetic markers to follow for immune health
  • The best types of fish oil to reduce inflammation
  • 3 supplements that reliably reduce inflammation
  • Her favorite anti-inflammatory enzymes (and how to take them)
  • The supplements she took when she got sick
  • Her favorite vitamin D supplements
  • The other vitamin D marker you need to monitor
  • The best way to measure zinc status
  • How to take zinc for best results
  • The best way to take a multivitamin
  • Why you never want to “treat” genetic tests alone
  • Lifestyle strategies for a stronger immune system
  • Her daily supplemental strategy
  • The often-missed supplement for awesome sleep and better immunity
  • And so much more!

If you care about a healthy immune response, this is not the show to miss.

I sincerely hope it’s helpful.

Valuable Resources:

Dr. Stephanie Davis - Good Medicine
>>> Learn more about Dr. Stephanie + Schedule a FREE Discovery Call HERE!

*Special Offer* If you have done 23andMe testing, Dr. Stephanie is offering a discounted 30-Minute Genetic Review ($199 usually $299). Contact her office HERE and mention this special offer to set up an appointment.

Paleovalley Essential C Complex
>>> Try the most potent whole-food vitamin C 100% Risk-Free + Save up to 21% HERE!

Jan 28, 2021

Contrary to popular belief, fiber and prebiotics are not always beneficial for gut health.

Nor is the paleo diet always enough to heal digestive issues.

Which is why in this week’s podcast clinical researcher and best-selling author, Dr. Ruscio, breaks down common gut myths and offers practical, non-dogmatic steps we can take today to improve digestive health. Here are some of the awesome tidbits you are in for...

  • Three steps you can take today to improve your gut
  • The diet to start with if you still have gut issues on paleo
  • Why your environment is more important than FOOD for gut health
  • Why we know more fiber isn’t good for everyone
  • Is coffee gut friendly?
  • How to know if you should go low carb
  • Why most gut testing is not always accurate
  • The little-known cause of rosacea
  • The population who may benefit from grains
  • A simple dietary strategy that quickly restores gut health
  • What an elemental diet is and who it can help
  • Why you don’t need gut symptoms to have gut issues
  • The common type of coffee that can contain gluten
  • Why stressful exposures (dirt, exercise, cold exposure) are important for gut health
  • The link between gut health and autoimmune conditions
  • Common (yet little-known) causes of gut dysfunction
  • And so much more!

This was easily one of my favorite podcasts to date - and I sincerely hope you love it as much as I did! Please share it with anyone you think it might help.

 

Valuable Resources: 

Dr. Ruscio - Gut Health Expert
Learn More About Dr. Ruscio Here!

Paleovalley 100% Grass Fed Beef Sticks
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Jan 14, 2021

It’s no secret that poor sleep can cause irritability, decreased productivity and sugar cravings, but it may surprise you that according to sleep expert (and former Navy Seal) Dr. Kirk Parsley... 

“Those who are chronically sleep deprived, those who work lifetime night shifts, chronic insomniacs and those who take sleeping pills chronically die (on average) 12 years earlier and have a higher risk of disease earlier in life.”

Why? 

Because sleep is literally one of the most (if not THE most) important thing you can do for your health. 

So if you’re not getting 7-9 hours of sleep each night (or you have kids who aren’t great sleepers) check out this week’s incredible podcast with Doc Parsley on the importance of sleep, and the simple things you can do to get more of it. 

Here are some of the fun tidbits we cover...

  • How much sleep we actually need each night
  • The #1 sleep disruptor
  • The nutrient deficiency that can interfere with sleep
  • The best sleep supplement on the market
  • How to get your kids to sleep better
  • The dangerous downsides of sleep drugs
  • Why those who take sleep drugs die (on average) 12 years earlier
  • Signs you are not getting enough sleep
  • The type of sleep that is critical for brain function
  • The link between sleep deprivation and ADHD
  • The ONLY way to know you had a great night of sleep
  • The #1 most important thing for great sleep
  • 2 things that need to happen for you to wind down
  • The 3 basics of deep sleep
  • Why you may need less sleep on a keto diet
  • Why melatonin is different than most hormones
  • The 3 pillars of health
  • And so much more!

Please share this podcast with anyone you know who could use a few more zzzz’s and consider it your good deed for the day.

 

Valuable Resources: 

Doc Parsley’s Sleep Remedy
Get 10% OFF with discount code: paleovalley HERE!

Paleovalley Essential C Complex
Support better sleep by reducing cortisol levels HERE!

Dec 23, 2020

Jumping from diet to diet, pill to pill and/or protocol to protocol without relief can be exhausting. 

It’s a cycle many people (maybe even you) are trapped in today.

But the truth is - in order to feel vibrant long term (which is your birthright), you need to identify the root cause(s) of YOUR suffering. 

For example, breakouts can be caused by MANY things such as...

  • Food allergies/intolerances
  • Blood sugar/insulin imbalances
  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • Stress
  • Hormonal dysfunction
  • Gut issues
  • Poor hygiene
  • And more

My cystic breakouts were tied to a garlic intolerance (of all things) which is why all of the other remedies I tried for YEARS (candida cleanse, lotions, microdermabrasion, face creams, etc.) didn’t help.  

And why the paleo diet wasn’t enough for me to heal my skin.

In other words, different people with the same symptom may need different interventions AND sometimes lab testing can be invaluable for identifying your root issues. 

It was this realization that brought me to Functional Diagnostic Nutrition (FDN). FDN is a training system that uses data-driven protocols and functional lab testing to help people identify the root cause (or causes) of their suffering. 

It teaches people to identify their contributors to “metabolic chaos” AND how to systematically cultivate health. 

I took this course nearly 2 years ago and it changed my life and the way I work with clients. 

So if you’re someone who would love to learn what it takes to get to the root cause of your health issues OR someone who would love to learn how to take their wellness practice to the next level, please tune in to today’s podcast with the founder of FDN (and expert in functional lab testing), Reed Davis. 

Here are a few of the gems you’ll learn about...

  • Why some of us get sick and others don’t
  • 10 reasons people get “sicker quicker”
  • Why parasites and candida are not always the root issue
  • The most common types of gut bugs
  • The one belief I wish everyone had on their healing journey
  • What vitalism is - and why it’s so important
  • The difference between not having symptoms and health
  • The Wellness Meter (and why you should know about it!)
  • The benefits of gut bugs
  • One of the biggest contributors to gut issues
  • The difference between common and normal symptoms
  • Reed’s favorite recommendations for gut testing
  • The worst foods for gut health
  • Reed’s favorite food sensitivity test
  • 3 steps to improve gut health
  • How to become a health detective
  • And so much more!

The knowledge I gained from FDN was so empowering and helpful for me and all of my clients and I sincerely hope you love this interview as much as I did.

 

Valuable Resources: 

Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Training
>>> Click HERE to learn how to join the FDN Certification Course & Community

Dec 10, 2020

Food quality is paramount, but it might surprise you to know WHEN you eat may be just as important. Why?

Because light exposure profoundly impacts metabolism. 

Meaning, there IS a time of day we can get away with a cheat meal and a time when even a healthy meal may not be doing our health any favors. 

Tune into this week’s podcast with photobiology expert and founder of Ra Optics, Matt Maruca, to learn all about simple ways you can use light exposure to optimize (or negatively impact) your health. Here are a few of the fun facts you’re in for...

  • The best time of day for a cheat meal
  • A simple morning habit for healthier hormones
  • Why light exposure may be as important as food quality
  • The most important body part we need to expose to light
  • The link between fish and light exposure (this is truly fascinating!)
  • How to prevent a sunburn without sunblock
  • Why you should ditch your sunglasses
  • Why krill oil is different than fish oil
  • The effect of sex on epigenetics
  • The KEY to a long, happy life (hint: it’s not genetics)
  • The common daily habit that damages your mitochondria (and why it matters)
  • The mitochondria-healing hormone (and how to boost levels)
  • And so much more!

Tune in and share this podcast with anyone you know who might benefit. 

Thanks for listening, friends!

 

Valuable Resources: 

Ra Optics - The Most Effective Blue Light Blocking Glasses on the Market!
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Nov 24, 2020

Many women suffer from hormonal imbalance that can lead to sudden and inexplicable weight gain in their late 30’s and/or early 40’s. 

And while it may seem hopeless, according to triple board certified physician, author and hormone expert, Dr. Anna Cabeca, the weight gain that occurs during perimenopause and menopause is not unavoidable. 

In fact, there are many simple research-backed strategies you can begin using TODAY to improve your hormonal health from the comfort of your own home. 

(Strategies she has used to help her patients lose an average of 9 pounds in 16 days!)

I know it sounds too good to be true, but it’s not so tune in now for all the juicy details. 

Here are some of the other fascinating topics we delve into…

  • The link between carbohydrates and healthy hormones
  • The ideal time to stop eating every night
  • How to identify your perfect macros
  • How to lose 9 pounds in 16 days 
  • How many hours women should fast each day
  • The daily habit women over 40 need to break
  • The most powerful hormone in our body (this will surprise you)
  • A quarantine-friendly daily habit that improves hormone health 
  • The link between ketosis and thyroid health
  • The simple marker you can track at home for better overall health
  • Why your blood ph matters for hormonal health (and whether you can change it)
  • A simple daily strategy to lower your risk for breast cancer
  • The 4 labs she recommends tracking every year
  • How to use feast/famine cycling for hormonal health
  • The best time to drink wine
  • Dr. Ana’s favorite supplements
  • The family-friendly evening ritual that optimizes hormones
  • And so much more!

This was a super insightful conversation so please SHARE with anyone and everyone you know and love!

Thank you for listening, friends! 

VALUABLE RESOURCES:

Making Keto Work for Women over 40
>>> Get Dr. Anna Cabeca’s FREE eBook HERE!

Support Hormonal Health with Essential C Complex
>>> Try the most potent whole-food vitamin C supplement 100% Risk-Free HERE!

Check out Dr. Anna Cabeca’s Previous Optimize Paleo Interview Here
>>> https://paleovalley.com/podcast/ep154-the-hormone-fix-with-dr.-anna-cabeca

Nov 12, 2020

Did you know experts estimate we’re exposed to THOUSANDS of toxins each day. 

That’s why healthy detoxification is central to vibrant health.  And if we don’t detox, or fail to detox properly, it can result in health issues like fatigue, blood sugar dysregulation, digestive issues, sleep disturbance and much more! 

Which is why I invited detox expert and #1 bestselling author of Limitless Energy: How to Detox Toxic Metals to End Exhaustion and Chronic Fatigue, Wendy Myers, on the podcast this week to discuss the truth about heavy metals and simple ways to detox every single day! 

We talk all about...

  • The top detox food on the planet
  • Signs that you are not detoxing well 
  • The detox supplement that fights fatigue
  • The main mistake most people make when they detox
  • The link between heavy metals and fatigue, hormones and blood sugar issues
  • Why candida can be a result of heavy metal issues
  • The 3 heavy metal that everyone has in their body (and how to get rid of them)
  • The 4 basics of a detox protocol
  • The 3 tests she recommends to detect heavy metals
  • Her basic detox supplemental strategy
  • 2 surprising causes of frequent urination
  • The ‘right” type of water

And so much more!

I hope you feel as empowered by this conversation as I did - Please tag someone you love who would benefit from this powerful information!


Valuable Resources: 

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Oct 30, 2020

I think pretty much everyone today is aware that vitamin D is critical for immune (and overall) health. In fact, vitamin D deficiency has been linked to an increased risk of health issues like:

  • Heart attack
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Autoimmune disease

Unfortunately, MANY people today are vitamin D deficient and don’t know it. 

Not to mention the fact that vitamin D supplements are not always enough.

Which is exactly why I invited Cort Christie (CEO and owner of Sperti Sunlamps) to talk all about the benefits of vitamin D and how to safely improve your levels in the comfort of your own home! 

Cort has been in the therapeutic light space for over a decade and has partnered with experts like Dr. Holick (author of the Vitamin D Solution) to create the only FDA-approved at-home sun lamp that has been empirically shown to significantly raise vitamin D levels in only minutes a day!

We have been using it in our home, and LOVING it! (even with my 5 year old son, Maverick!)

There is no more important time to mind your vitamin D status than today, so tune in now to learn all about the importance of vitamin D and what you can do to improve your vitamin D levels now!

 Here are some of the fun facts you’ll learn...

  • Why vitamin D is critical for immune health
  • Why vitamin D supplements are not always enough (and what to do about it!)
  • How to test your vitamin D levels at home
  • The link between vitamin D deficiency and skin issues
  • The common skin product that can interfere with vitamin D production
  • The best resource for information on vitamin D deficiency
  • The level of vitamin D you want to stay above
  • Why so many of us are vitamin D deficient and undiagnosed
  • Who is most at risk for vitamin D deficiency
  • Why light can positively impact your mood (and serotonin levels)
  • The difference between tanning lights and vitamin D lamps
  • How to use a vitamin D lamp with your kids
  • And so much more!

Please share this podcast with everyone you know who would benefit from this important information! And don’t forget to listen to the end to learn about the special deal Cort is offering our audience!

Stay well!

Valuable Resources: 

Learn more about Sperti Vitamin D Sunlamp HERE!
Get 10% OFF with Sperti discount code: PaleoPodcast10

Learn more about Paleovalley Grass Fed Organ Complex HERE!
Try this vitamin D-rich supplement risk-free + get up to 20% OFF today!

Oct 15, 2020

Going gluten-free is all the rage these days for good reason.

But, it’s not always easy. 

So if you’ve ever struggled with questions like...

  • How do I really know if gluten is a problem for me?
  • How does gluten impact my gut and immune system?
  • What are the most common hidden sources of gluten?
  • Is going gluten free enough to heal my health issues?
  • How do I get my family on board? 

Please stop what you are doing and tune in to today’s podcast with gluten expert and creator of the Gluten Gauntlet System, Whitney Morgan! Whitney is one of my mentors, one of the most knowledgeable and discerning functional practitioners I’ve met and we take a deep dive into all things gluten and food sensitivity testing. 

Here are some of the highlights...

  • Her 3 favorite food sensitivity tests 
  • Common signs and symptoms you are sensitive to gluten
  • The #1 obstacle to going gluten-free (and how to overcome it)
  • The difference between wheat sensitivity and gluten sensitivity
  • 2 surprising sources of gluten 
  • Why gluten sensitive folks should avoid communal coffee grinders
  • 5 common foods your body may mistake for gluten
  • And so much more!

She also shares a gift at the end of our chat that will make every gluten-free warrior’s life MUCH easier!! I hope you love this chat as much as I did and please don’t forget to share this interview with anyone you know who is thinking of going gluten-free! 

Valuable Resources: 

Learn more about the Gluten Gauntlet Mini-Course HERE!
Save $50 with Discount Code: paleovalley50

Support your body’s ability to process gluten with Essential C Complex HERE!
Try the most potent whole-food vitamin C 100% Risk-Free today.

 

Oct 1, 2020

Today people are waking up to the fact that many diseases begin in the gut. 

And while changing the foods we eat, the water we drink and taking supplements can make a world of difference for some people, it’s just not enough for everyone. 

Which is why today I want to share the fascinating work of Dr. Jason Klop regarding a breakthrough gut-healing therapy called Fecal Microbiota Transplant, or FMT. 

(And YES, it does involve what you think it does...)

Now FMT is clearly not for everyone, but recent research and clinical experience has shown it can be INCREDIBLY beneficial for certain populations like…

  • Autism
  • C. Difficile
  • IBS
  • SIBO
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Neurological Conditions such as Parkinson’s

In fact, research out of Arizona State University revealed that those with autism who received FMT experienced an 80% reduction in digestive symptoms and a 40% reduction in autism-related symptoms like hyperactivity, sleep issues and cognition. 

Pretty impressive, right?

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Tune in now to hear more about the incredible benefits of FMT and several other unique gut-healing strategies with Dr. Klop. Here are some of my favorite takeaways...

  • His 3 simple steps for better gut health
  • Why he doesn’t always avoid gluten
  • Why he had to delete his social media accounts
  • The true cause of food sensitivities
  • The #1 assault on our gut health 
  • Why eating 100 different foods a week is an important health strategy
  • Where he believes 100% of SIBO begins
  • Why grass fed dairy can be beneficial 
  • The #1 mistake when it comes to FMT
  • The biggest risk with FMT
  • How to know if you’re a good candidate for FMT
  • Whether FMT help with autoimmune conditions
  • And much more

And don't forget to share this conversation with everyone you think it might benefit! 

*Disclaimer: This treatment is not available to Canadians at this time.

Valuable Resources: 

Learn More About FMT Solution HERE!

Supporting children and families affected by autism with medically supervised fecal microbiota transplants around the world.

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Sep 17, 2020

Many of us suffer from symptoms and mental health struggles we can’t explain. 

  • We feel anxious.
  • We self-sabotage.
  • We experience depression.
  • We have illogical fears.
  • And despite our best efforts to lead a healthy lifestyle, something still feels “off.”

According to new research, this may be due to inherited family trauma. 

In fact, recent research has revealed we can inherit trauma (just like we do our hair or eye color) that can cause measurable changes in our DNA for several generations. 

Which means you may be feeling or behaving in a certain way, because your parents or grandparents experienced a traumatic event rather than because there is something wrong with YOU.

If this idea is as liberating and fascinating for you as it was for me, please tune in to this week’s podcast with award winning author of It Didn’t Start with You, Mark Wolynn! 

We discuss the science behind inherited family trauma, how to identify it and (most importantly) what you can do today to overcome it. 

The stories he shares will literally make your hair stand on end and I sincerely hope you love this conversation as much as I did. 

Don’t forget to share this conversation with anyone you think it might benefit!

 

Valuable Resources:

It Didn't Start with You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle by Mark Wolynn
>>> Get the book HERE!

Support Mental Health and Brain Function with NeuroEffect
>>> Try the most potent whole-food mushroom supplement 100% Risk-Free HERE!

Sep 3, 2020

Anxiety. Resentment. Sadness. Overwhelm. 

Feelings so many of us are experiencing right now. 

And feelings that can negatively impact our health if left unaddressed.

Fortunately, there is a SIMPLE research-backed way to work through negative emotions and shift your body into relaxation mode in under 5 minutes. 

It’s called tapping, or the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).  

EFT has been empirically shown to reduce cortisol (stress hormone) levels more than talk therapy AND reduce cravings for foods like chocolate.  

So if you’re feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, sad, and want to learn about a simple way to feel more relaxed anytime, anywhere, please check out today’s podcast with co-owner of The Tapping Solution, Alex Ortner. 

Here are some of the things you’ll learn:

  • What is EFT?
  • How to consciously shift from the stress response to relaxation response (and why it matters)
  • How to access your full brain to make your best decisions
  • Why tapping can rewire the brain and reduce cravings
    HOW to tap
  • A fun way to teach kids to tap
  • And so much more!

Learning to relax is one of the most important things we can do for our health! I hope this conversation inspires you to make it part of your daily routine...

Don't forget to share it with anyone you think may benefit!

Valuable Resources:

Download Your FREE Tapping Meditation HERE!
A guided tapping Meditation to support you in befriending your body while releasing stress and anxiety.

Get Your FREE Tapping for Weight Loss & Body Confidence eBook HERE!
Discover exactly what disempowering beliefs are holding you back from having the body and the confidence you deserve. And how to eliminate them in minutes.

Attend the FREE Tapping for Weight Loss Webinar HERE!
Learn why most people struggle to lose weight and how you can use EFT Tapping Today to finally lose weight faster than you ever thought possible.

Support Mental Health and Brain Function with NeuroEffect HERE!
Try the most potent whole-food mushroom supplement 100% Risk-Free today.

 

Aug 20, 2020

By now you've likely heard that enzymes can improve digestion.

It may surprise you, though, to know that enzymes can support optimal health in MANY empirically documented ways.

Certain enzymes support healthy levels of inflammation.

Others have been shown to reduce blood sugar and triglycerides. 

There are even enzymes that can support immune function.

BUT, not all enzymes are created equally.

Some support health beautifully, while others can actually detract from it. 

Tune in to today's fascinating podcast with health engineer and creator of HealthyGut.com, Steven Wright, to learn about how to tell the difference. 

You’ll also learn why enzymes are one of the most powerful and often overlooked health strategies, how to identify high quality versions and where to try some of my favorites on the market! 

Here are some highlights from our chat:

  • A simple, super cheap supplement for a healthier brain, bigger muscles and better sleep
  • Why enzymes are critical for optimal health\
  • The difference between systemic and digestive enzymes
  • Signs that you have low levels of enzymes
  • The enzymes that may help lower your blood sugar and triglycerides
  • Why certain enzymes can deplete your minerals (and why that matters)
  • Steve’s favorite anxiety hack
  • What brush border enzymes are - and why they are SUPER important
  • 2 things you should know before buying enzymes

And much more!

Don't forget to share this with your friends who may benefit from this awesome information.

 

Valuable Resources:

HoloZyme - The World’s Most Activated Enzymes Reduce gut related complaints including gas, bloating, loose stools, undigested food, tummy pain, and cramping with this research backed supplement.

Maverick Healing Library - Learn More HERE!
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HealthyGut.com
Follow Steve’s work and stay up to date on cutting edge gut health research, protocols, and proven products.

 

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