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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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Mar 25, 2020

Most Americans today understand the state of our health is in trouble. 

According to recent statistics, a whopping HALF of Americans (and 27% of kids) have a chronic disease and this will be the first generation of kids to live lives shorter than their parents. 

And while our quality of life is clearly suffering, the other scary part is chronic disease will generate $47 trillion in healthcare by 2030 if the epidemic remains unchecked. 

Which means, we won’t feel well AND our country will be overwhelmed by health care costs. 

Clearly, we need a new direction. Thankfully, New York Times best-selling author (and one of the most influential people in health), Chris Kresser, has created a revolutionary approach that focuses on cultivating health rather than simply managing disease. 

Tune in today for all the juicy details, and don’t forget to share this important information with anyone who can benefit!

Resources We Mention:

Discover how the ADAPT Health Coach Training Program can set you up for a flexible, rewarding career HERE!

Download your free ADAPT Guides HERE!

Schedule a call with an ADAPT enrollment advisor HERE!

Mar 19, 2020

Most people today want to optimize brain function and feel calmer (or happier), reduce brain fog, or experience more stable moods.

(Or maybe you’re like me and you just never want to forget where your keys are again! :) 

Fortunately, there is a healthy body of research demonstrating that what we eat - directly impacts the way our brain functions, develops and recovers.

In fact, today’s podcast guest, best-selling author, clinical professor and functional medicine superstar, Dr. Terry Wahls, used food (and strategic supplements) to heal her brain and reverse the Multiple Sclerosis that once confined her to a tile-recline wheelchair chair.

Talk about incredible. 

She is also conducting clinical trials demonstrating that her Wahls Protocol IS just as powerful and life changing as we want to believe it is.  And that it’s not just for people with M.S. but for people who want to reverse other autoimmune conditions or simply improve the way their brain functions. 

So if you want to build a better brain (and who doesn’t, right?) - drop what you’re doing and tune in NOW!

Dr. Wahls is one of the most impressive people I’ve ever had the pleasure of interviewing and I know you’ll be blown away by what she has to say. Here’s what you’ll learn...

  • Why she only eats one meal a day 
  • What she believes caused her autoimmune issues
  • Her thoughts on the carnivore diet 
  • The food that causes incapacitating face pain for her within 6 hours
  • The best foods for a health brain
  • The 3 most problematic foods for people with autoimmune conditions
  • The surprising tweak she makes for paleo dieters
  • Why organ meats are integral to her protocol
  • Why greens are powerful medicine for the brain
  • The best veggies for keeping your brain young
  • The little known vitamin that your brain needs more of
  • The food she eats whenever she travels
  • Why bone broth is helpful for the mTOR pathway
  • The food colors that build brain health
  • What people with both genes for Alzheimer’s (like me) think of her protocol
  • Why long term ketosis can negatively impact health
  • What her research is demonstrating (this is AMAZING!)

Don’t forget to share this life-changing information with anyone you know could benefit. 

Stay healthy, friends!

Resources We Mention:

The Wahls Protocol Book: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine

The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life Book: The Revolutionary Modern Paleo Plan to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions

The Wahls Protocol Seminar & Retreat

Get Paleovalley Grass Fed Organ Complex for Up To 20% Off HERE!

Mar 19, 2020

Most people today want to optimize brain function and feel calmer (or happier), reduce brain fog, or experience more stable moods.

(Or maybe you’re like me and you just never want to forget where your keys are again! :) 

Fortunately, there is a healthy body of research demonstrating that what we eat - directly impacts the way our brain functions, develops and recovers.

In fact, today’s podcast guest, best-selling author, clinical professor and functional medicine superstar, Dr. Terry Wahls, used food (and strategic supplements) to heal her brain and reverse the Multiple Sclerosis that once confined her to a tile-recline wheelchair chair.

Talk about incredible. 

She is also conducting clinical trials demonstrating that her Wahls Protocol IS just as powerful and life changing as we want to believe it is.  And that it’s not just for people with M.S. but for people who want to reverse other autoimmune conditions or simply improve the way their brain functions. 

So if you want to build a better brain (and who doesn’t, right?) - drop what you’re doing and tune in NOW!

Dr. Wahls is one of the most impressive people I’ve ever had the pleasure of interviewing and I know you’ll be blown away by what she has to say. Here’s what you’ll learn...

  • Why she only eats one meal a day 
  • What she believes caused her autoimmune issues
  • Her thoughts on the carnivore diet 
  • The food that causes incapacitating face pain for her within 6 hours
  • The best foods for a health brain
  • The 3 most problematic foods for people with autoimmune conditions
  • The surprising tweak she makes for paleo dieters
  • Why organ meats are integral to her protocol
  • Why greens are powerful medicine for the brain
  • The best veggies for keeping your brain young
  • The little known vitamin that your brain needs more of
  • The food she eats whenever she travels
  • Why bone broth is helpful for the mTOR pathway
  • The food colors that build brain health
  • What people with both genes for Alzheimer’s (like me) think of her protocol
  • Why long term ketosis can negatively impact health
  • What her research is demonstrating (this is AMAZING!)

Don’t forget to share this life-changing information with anyone you know could benefit. 

Stay healthy, friends!

Resources We Mention:

The Wahls Protocol Book: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine

The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life Book: The Revolutionary Modern Paleo Plan to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions

The Wahls Protocol Seminar & Retreat

Get Paleovalley Grass Fed Organ Complex for Up To 20% Off HERE!

Mar 7, 2020

Improving your sleep is one of the MOST important things you can do for your health. Unfortunately, many people aren't getting enough. I used to be one of them. But after a lot of trial and error and digging into the research, I've finally found my 12 favorite sleep hacks that TRULY work. I sincerely hope they work as well for you - as they do for me.

Sleep soundly, friends!

Resources I Mention:

Blood Red i-Phone Filter

Paleovalley 100% Grass Fed Bone Broth Protein

Golden Milk Recipe

Wholetones 

Rocky Mountain Essential Oil

Mar 4, 2020

Many women I work with today suffer from cycle-related issues like:

  • Cramps
  • Hot flashes
  • Mood issues
  • Low libido
  • Night sweats
  • Acne

It’s a HUGE problem.

Fortunately, I’ve found an all-natural herbal solution that re-balances hormones as AND improves cholesterol profiles. The best part?

This solution was the first natural herbal product able to demonstrate statistically significant impacts on multiple hormones in women with hormonal imbalance.

It also has the highest success rate EVER of any menopausal product.

Pretty impressive, right?
So if you’re ready to balance your hormones naturally tune in NOW as I chat with founder of Symphony Natural Health, James Frame.

Here are some of the fascinating subjects we dive into:

  • Why healthy hormones = graceful aging
  • The herb that nourishes your adrenals
  • What the HPA axis is and why it matters
  • The MANY benefits of maca
  • Why not all types of maca improve hormones
  • The link between hormones and heart disease
  • The truth about adaptogens
  • The different types of maca and what they’re good for
  • The risks of hormonal therapy
  • The most important criteria for choosing a high quality maca
  • The difference between maca and Femmenessence
  • And so much more!

I know what you learn will absolutely fascinate you... So don’t forget to share this life-changing information with anyone who might benefit.

Feb 26, 2020

Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) emitted from cell phones, computers, wifi routers and other gadgets that surround us are everywhere in this day and age, which leads many people to believe they’re safe.

Sadly, there is excellent evidence suggesting EMFs are not as safe as we’d like to think they are. In fact, EMFs are empirically linked to conditions like:

  • Asthma
  • Autism
  • Cancer (brain, breast & leukemia)
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Miscarriage
  • Liver damage 

And our children are the most vulnerable population. 

Fortunately, there are many simple ways to reduce your exposure and protect yourself, and we talk all about them in today’s incredible podcast with EMF expert, Daniel DeBaun. 

Tune in! And don't forget to share this important information with anyone who might benefit.

Resources We Mention:

Learn More about DefenderShield HERE! - Get 20% OFF with Discount Code: PALEOVALLEY

Bio:

Daniel DeBaun is an internationally recognized expert in EMF radiation, EMF shielding, and EMF-related health issues with special focus on the effect of exposure from mobile devices such as laptops, tablets, and cell phones. Daniel’s concern regarding the health impact of EMF emissions grew from over thirty years of engineering experience in the telecommunications industry, where he held a variety of executive positions at SAIC, Telcordia, AT&T, and Bell Labs. He is the co-author of Radiation Nation: The Fallout of Modern Technology.

Feb 19, 2020

Many people today are restricting their diet and killing themselves at the gym to lose weight, yet aren't seeing results.
But what if I told you there is a MUCH better way.



A FREE strategy you could employ at home in minutes a day to lose weight, build muscle mass and stay hunger-free.



And that this simple strategy has already helped thousands of people and was created by a world-renowned thyroid expert who has been training physicians for 30 years.
...Would you try it?



If you said “YES” (and I hope you did) tune in now to today’s podcast with the brilliant author of The Power of Fastercise, Dr. Denis Wilson and his daughter and co-founder, Allison Roberts!

  • The TRUE purpose of a morning stretch
  • Why fasting can lead to muscle loss (and how to prevent it)
  • The 2 exercises you should do to prevent muscle loss while fasting
  • The hormone you need to preserve muscle and build fat (and how to increase levels)
  • How to know you are fastercising correctly
  • How to use fastercise to reduce aging in your face
  • The 2 BEST times to use fastercise during the day
  • How many times a day you should use fastercise for best results
  • What brown fat is - why you want it - and how to get more of it
  • What Dr. Wilson thinks is the best diet for building muscle
  • Dr. Wilson’s best diet for fat loss
  • Why your body is more like a chemistry lab than a calculator
  • And so much more!

Resources We Mention:
Get 15% off Fastercise Coaching at Fastercise.com through February 2020 with Coupon Code: PaleoPod15

Feb 12, 2020

A N X I E T Y is the most common mental illness in America, affecting over 40 million adults.

And, frankly, the topic isn't addressed nearly enough.

Nor is the simple fact that there's a lot we can do to calm anxiety NATURALLY. ⁣⁣

Due to my personal history with anxiety, I have spent countless hours researching the topic . And in my work with clients, I’ve noticed that almost all of them express feeling anxious from time to time.

And even though it will never be possible (or practical) to eliminate all anxiety, in today’s episode I team up with anxiety expert, Hannah Hepworth (creator of the Anxiety Revolution Summit), and we cover 5 empowering tips for cultivating CALM.

Getting my anxiety under control has been a game changer for me, and I sincerely hope this episode is helpful for you! Be sure to share this with anyone and everyone you know who may benefit!

Resources We Mention:

The Anxiety Revolution Website

Book a FREE 30 Minute Stress Less Call with Hannah HERE
On this call, Hannah will help you map out a plan to feel better fast!

Feb 7, 2020

The incidence of anxiety, Alzheimer’s, depression and other brain-based issues are rising at alarming rates. 

And for some people, conventional treatments either don’t work - or come with side effects. 

Which is why this week’s Weekend Wellness is devoted to the 8 best natural brain hacks I’ve discovered in 2019. 

As someone with a history of mood issues and both genes for Alzheimer’s, I spend a LOT to time researching novel ways to keep my brain healthy. 

So, if you feel anxious...depressed....unmotivated...can’t remember where you put your keys...or just want to feel happier, please take a few minutes to benefit from the tips and tricks I’ve been using with awesome results. 

Jan 29, 2020

Most people understand that hormonal birth control can increase the risk of blood clots and breast cancer, but what most people aren’t told is that its use has also been linked to…

An increased risk of suicide...
A 330% increased risk of Crohn's Disease…
And maybe even an increased risk of Alzheimer’s.

Scary, right? The last time I took it, I felt SO anxious, I had to stop after only a few days. When I called my doctor to tell her what happened she said...

“That would definitely NOT have anything to do with birth control - call a psychiatrist and get some help.”

Turns out - she was wrong. Birth control DOES cause unwanted side effects for many women.

In fact, recent research and the clinical experience of this week’s BRILLIANT podcast guest, Dr. Jolene Brighten (author of the best-selling book, Beyond the Pill), has shown that birth control comes with a litany of side effects we’re just beginning to understand.

So if you’re taking birth control, if you’re thinking of taking it, or if you’re wondering what you can do instead to support healthy hormonal balance, do yourself a favor and tune into this week’s awesome podcast. Here’s what we cover...

  • When fasting is NOT a good idea for women
  • The digestive benefits of fasting
  • The best time in your cycle to fast
  • Great foods to break a fast
  • A simple sign you have blood sugar issues
  • The link between Alzheimer’s are birth control
  • The hormone that makes you tired and hungry (and why that’s ok!)
  • What Post Birth Control Syndrome is and why you need to know about it
  • Where birth control exerts its main effects (This will surprise you!)
  • The 3 prescription medications that often follow the use of birth control
  • The link between suicide attemps and birth control
  • The autoimmune disease that birth control increases the risk of by 300%
  • Why birth control can increase suicidal attempts in teens
  • Why synthetic progestin and progesterone are NOT the same thing
  • How hormones affect our mood
  • The link between “bad” cholesterol and birth control
  • Why those with the MTHFR mutation should be weary of birth control
  • The 3 tests you will definitely want to have before taking birth control
  • The type of birth control that everyone should avoid
  • How to talk to your doctor about your symptoms so they understand you
  • The best 3 steps you can take to heal your hormones
  • And. So. Much. More.

Don’t forget to SHARE this podcast and tag someone in the comments who needs to understand this very important topic.

Thanks for watching, friends!

<3

Resources We Mention

Beyond the Pill by Dr. Jolene Brighten

Free E-Book: Dr. Brighten's Post-Birth Control Syndrome Detox Diet Quick Start Guide

Jan 22, 2020

Many Americans have been told to avoid dietary cholesterol at one time or another.

One of the unfortunate consequences of following this advice, is that many Americans also unintentionally eliminated the richest dietary sources of vitamin A - liver, eggs and cream. Given that we REQUIRE vitamin A (especially the retinol form found in animal products) for things like

  • Eye health
  • Immune function
  • Healthy reproduction
  • Clear skin
  • Energy production
  • Thyroid Health
  • Autophagy

According to this week’s podcast guest, creator of the Root Cause Protocol, Morely Robbins, this avoidance of vitamin A rich foods,

“ is one of the most devastating events in our nutritional history.”

So if you’re getting sick more often than you’d like, suffer from skin issues, or feel tired all the time, drop what you’re doing and learn all about what most people (even experts) have gotten wrong about this critical nutrient and what you can do to optimize your intake!

Here are some of the surprising topics we cover…

Why paying attention to our mineral status is underrated
The downside of using most vitamin C supplements
Why copper is one of the most important minerals for vibrant health
Why there are iron filings in the American food supply
The difference between organic and inorganic iron
The role of copper in diabetes prevention
The truth about copper toxicity (and a little-known common cause)
The difference between retinol and beta carotene
How to accurately measure your iron status (we’re not talking about ferritin, either!)
Why taking vitamin D in isolation is dangerous (and may cause kidney stones)
The true cause of anemia (that almost no doctor talks about)
The food we KNOW has healed anemia since 1934
The 2 nutrients (other than iron) that are necessary to heal anemia
Why vitamin A deficiency can make fasting LESS beneficial
Whether or not he thinks a vegetarian diet can be nutritionally adequate
Why many people cannot convert beta carotene into retinol
The best dietary sources of bioavailable copper
Why whole food vitamin C (but not ascorbic acid) can improve copper status
One of the first nutrients to check if you’re hypothyroid
2 often-overlooked (yet critical) nutrients for thyroid health
Why copper is important for B vitamin metabolism
How to download his FREE Root Cause Protocol Guide!
And so much more!

Tune in, share this important conversation and tag someone in the comments who would benefit from this information.

<3

Jan 15, 2020

According to a 2018 Cigna survey HALF of Americans feel alone, isolated or left out at least some of the time.

Even more disturbing is the fact that, recent research has revealed social stress is a more powerful predictor of mortality than…

Physical inactivity
Having 6 drinks a day
Smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

Which is why this week’s podcast is all about the power of community, the detriments of loneliness and the incredible power of functional medicine with best selling author and founder of the Functional Forum, James Maskell.

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

  • How functional medicine differs than other types of medicine
  • How we know functional medicine is more effective
  • The 3 underlying principles of functional medicine
  • Why loneliness is the BIGGEST driver of poor health outcomes
  • How to improve your social ties and build community
  • How to leverage the power of community on your health journey
  • Why it takes 17 years for research to influence medical policy
  • How to find practitioners using functional medicine and community
  • How he feels about growing up in a commune
  • His New Year’s Resolution
  • And so much more!

Many of us have set New Year’s resolutions to eat better and workout more in the New Year, but what I hope this podcast inspires you to do is also make finding community a priority, too.

I know what James has to say will surprise and inspire you, so have a listen and share this important information with anyone you think will benefit.

<3

Jan 11, 2020

To celebrate the first Weekend Wellness Episode of the year today’s podcast is going to be a little different - at the end of every podcast I’ve been asking the same “famous last question” that has resulted in SO many wonderful, impactful pieces of advice from hundreds of doctors, functional medicine practitioners and other health and wellness experts, that I wanted to bring them all together and share some of my favorite answers in one awesome episode to serve as inspiration for you in the new year…SO I chose my 10 favorite answers for the first round that I thought you’d benefit from most!

Jan 8, 2020

Many of the personal care products on the market today are FILLED with toxic chemicals linked to detrimental health outcomes.

And while we’d like to believe the FDA will protect us from these dangerous ingredients, it actually has FAR less oversight and power than we’d like to believe.

Which is why it's absolutely vital we educate ourselves and support companies making truly non-toxic products.

The only problem?

Many of the “clean” products on the market simply don’t work.

Most of the hair care products I’ve used, for example, leave my hair dry and dull.

Fortunately, that’s all about to change because one of the most influential people in health and wellness, The Wellness Mama, joins us today to talk all things fasting, toxins, non-toxic personal care products.

She’s spent the last decade researching and perfecting products that not only eliminate toxic chemicals, but that also add nourishing ingredients.

So if you’re ready to ditch the toxins (and dull, dry hair) and upgrade your personal care routine, tune in NOW!

We cover these fascinating topics:

  • The ingredient found in “natural” toothpaste that can harm your teeth
  • The ingredient that can actually HEAL certain cavities
  • The herb that makes your hair to grow stronger and longer
  • The vitamin that can cure acne
  • The 3 healthy habits Katie does daily
  • The health hack Katie wishes she used more
  • The benefits of cold water therapy and sauna (and when to use them!)
  • How to curb cravings during a fast
  • Body image issues (and how to break through them)

This was one of the most inspiring podcasts I’ve recorded to date, which is why I couldn’t wait to share it as we start the new year.

I hope you love it as much as I did.

Happy New Year, Wellness Warriors!

Links / Offers

Wellnesse Website
Safe, natural, and truly non-toxic personal care products that work better than conventional alternatives.

Wellnesse Facebook Page
Follow Wellnesse on Facebook to learn more about high-quality and responsibly sourced personal care products.

Wellness Mama Website
The most trusted online resource for naturally minded moms and health conscious consumers.

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