Episode 209: Holiday Reminder to Avoid “Shoulding” on Yourself 

In this episode, Dr. Toni reminds you to stop “shoulding” on yourself and question the unconscious programming that has you stressed and spending way too much energy worrying about the expectations of others. By taking the time to question and re-evaluate what you “have to”, “need to” or “should” be doing, you can start to practice paying attention to your own needs and wants with healthy boundaries for more calm and peaceful holidays as we approach 2024. 

We cover:

  • The unconscious programming you receive from your family and culture
  • What can cause you stress and energy leaks
  • How social media conditions us to judge yourself and others
  • The importance of increasing your awareness around your automatic reactions, as well as giving yourself some grace and self-compassion
  • How to re-evaluate your boundaries with healthy conditions and consequences
    • Review the boundary setting process with Dr. Liz Bolen on Episode 197

Today’s Mama Must Have: 

Dr. Toni is a big fan of practicing self-hypnosis daily for 15 minutes to relax and support positive state and mindset for the day.

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Episode 208: How to Nourish Yourself Over the Holidays to Prevent Burnout

In this newly released episode, Dr. Lisa shares simple strategies to nourish your body, mind, soul and relationships over the holidays. She shares her mantra, “a good enough Christmas” and how this has been a game-changer for her mental state and enjoyment over the holiday season. Are you make intentional choices about how you spend your time and nourish your body? Or do you automatically default to unhealthy habits, behaviours and expectations that can lead to burnout? Listen in for some practical tips and strategies to reclaim your enjoyment of the holidays and to not start 2024 feeling depleted and resentful.

Today’s Mama Must-Have:

Dr. Lisa loves her new computer. She had her old one for 10 years and didn’t realize how much it was slowing her down. Sometimes you just have to update your technology.

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Episode 203: The Mind Body Connection to Hormones and Health

In this episode, Dr. Lisa and Dr. Toni discuss an often overlooked piece-to-the-puzzle when it comes to your health: how your mind can influences everything from digestion to your hormones. Did you know that your subconscious thoughts are what drive your habits, beliefs and reactions? And that the values you have AND the decisions you make are influenced by the beliefs and patterns that you have taken on from your parents/family, friends, culture and society?

Our thoughts change our physiology, influencing everything from digestion and mood, to energy and hormones.

Listen in to discover:

  • How to start to uncover the thoughts and beliefs in your subconscious mind
  • If attachment or authenticity is running the show in your life
  • A short visualization you can do to recognize a fear and then release it

Check out Episode 24: Tired and Wired: What You Need to Know About Stress, Cortisol And Your Adrenal Glands

Today’s Mama Must Have:

Dr. Lisa is a big fan of her verilux light box

Dr. Toni loves adding local honey to her tea

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Episode 93: Essential Oils 101 with Barbara Rempel

In this episode, Dr. Toni talks with holistic nutrition professional and author Barbara Rempel about the basics you need to know about using essential oils for the health of you and your family. The use of highly concentrated plant extracts or aromatherapy has been around for hundreds of years and the interest in the therapeutic effects of essential oils is growing. Listen in to learn more.

A responsibility to improve lives through natural lifestyles nudged Barbara to leave her 18 year career in IT and follow her passion of “all things natural”, which led her to attain her certification as a Holistic Nutrition Professional in 2005. As director of a residential Health Retreat she saw noticeable evidence of improving attendees’ health in a matter of 5-14 days with simple detoxification protocols based on nutrition. On the behest of her clients asking “How do YOU eat?” she co-authored the book “Cleansing With Food”

When she started adding dōTERRA essential oils to her recommendations, her clients raved about their results. From there, Barbara found the easiest way to empower people to be in control of their own healthy lifestyles was to provide a “Ditch and Switch” education. Now she is a holistic health educator specializing in dōTERRA essential oils with a tribe of at least 4000.

In this episode, we cover:

  • The importance of quality and laboratory testing of essential oils, given the lack of regulation in the industry
    • For example, dōTERRA brand lavender is recognized as pharmaceutical grade due to less than 2% difference in active ingredients from batch to batch
  • The 3 main methods of essential oil use:
    • Aromatic or inhalation
    • Topical, applied on the skin neat or diluted with carrier oil 
    • Internal
  • How to reduce the impact of sun sensitivity that can increase with some essential oils
  • Some of the benefits of essential oils demonstrated in scientific research
    • The aromatic use of rosemary for supporting memory
    • The aromatic use of lemon for increasing dopamine levels, which can positively impact energy and mood
    • Lavender oil used in aromatherapy massage on pregnant women reduced stress hormone cortisol levels and increased immune function by raising secretory immunoglobulin A (IgA) levels
    • Components of essential oils have been shown to be absorbed systemically be inhalation and topical application, and can cross the blood brain barrier 

Connect with Barbara and learn more at linktr.ee/blrempel and healthyoilz.com 

You can also sign up for her newsletter at healthyoilz.com/lets-connect

Today’s Mama Must Have:

Barbara is a big fan of having a good essential oil reference book like Modern Essentials and a box of essential oils to use

Dr. Toni loves to use the dōTERRA Breathe stick to apply the essential oil blend containing eucalyptus and peppermint. 

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Episode 83: Why You Need More Magnesium: It’s Not Just for Sleep or Tight Muscles

In today’s episode, Dr. Lisa and Dr. Toni discuss what you need to know about magnesium. Magnesium is one of our favourite nutritional supplements because of its role in hormone balance, aging and mood. Are you experiencing symptoms of low magnesium? Find out why you might need to have more magnesium in your life!

Why is magnesium so important?

  • Involved in over 300 enzymatic reactions in your body
  • Found in your bones, cardiovascular system, nervous system and in every cell in your body – less than 1% of magnesium in your body found in your blood
  • Acts as a natural muscle relaxant
  • Calms your nervous system
  • Plays an important role for your energy production
  • Influences GABA for relaxation and melatonin for sleep
  • Influences your love and bonding hormone oxytocin
  • Supports your liver detoxification pathways to promote breakdown and elimination of excess estrogen, which is linked with breast tenderness, fibroids, heavy periods, endometriosis symptoms (see Episode 21 for more info)
  • Important for your thyroid function – research links magnesium levels with thyroid health (see Episode 42 for more info)
  • Low magnesium levels are linked with high oxidative stress and low grade inflammation associated with signs of aging like cognitive decline, wrinkles, etc.
  • Important modulator of your receptors in the brain like NMDA receptors which are involved in memory function and depression
  • Can protect you against calcium deposits in your soft tissue like calcium oxalate kidney stones or calcifications in your arteries
  • Supports your utilization of vitamin D
  • Helps insulin work to control your blood sugar

What are symptoms of low magnesium?

  • Low energy
  • Low mood, anxiety, panic (see Episode 81 for more info)
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Menstrual cramps, PMS, hormonal imbalances (see Episode 21 for more info)
  • Blood sugar imbalances (see Episode 45 for more info)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Sleep issues (see Episode 73 for more info)

Low magnesium has also been shown to worsen:

  • Hypertension and cardiovascular disease
    • A Harvard study of over 70,000 people found that those with the highest magnesium intake had the healthiest blood pressure numbers
    • studies showed a dose-dependent reduction of blood pressure with magnesium supplementation
    • A University of Minnesota study showed that the risk for hypertension was 70% lower in women with adequate or high magnesium levels
  • Migraines (see Episode 20 for more info)
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Osteoporosis

You are more at risk for magnesium insufficiency if you experience:

  • Gastrointestinal diseases like Crohn’s, Celiac, etc.
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Alcohol dependence or alcoholism
  • Reduced magnesium absorption and increased excretion as we age (oops, that’s everyone!)

Your levels of magnesium are depleted by:

  • Sugar – 1 molecule of sugar uses 30-40 molecules of magnesium
  • Insulin resistance
  • Medications like:
    • Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), antacids
    • Birth Control Pill
    • Diuretics
    • Antibiotics
  • Stress
  • Low stomach acid – can’t absorb minerals
  • Caffeine, alcohol due to their diuretic effect 

Severe magnesium deficiency is called hypomagnesemia, resulting in anorexia, nausea, vomiting, lethargy, weakness, personality change, tetany (eg. hyperreflexia), tremor and muscle fasciculations.

Laboratory Testing to Consider to Measure Magnesium:

  • RBC (red blood cell) magnesium

How can you get more magnesium in?

  • Foods
    • Pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, almonds, cashews, spinach, black beans, edamame
    • Dark chocolate – 70% or higher
    • Leafy green vegetables
    • Avocado, bananas
  • Epsom salts bath – magnesium sulfate
    • 1-2 cups in bath and soak for at least 20 minutes for absorption of magnesium through your skin
  • Topical gels, lotions, sprays
  • Liquid, capsules, powder
  • Intravenous (IV) nutrient therapy – bypasses digestive system

How do you know if you’re getting too much magnesium?

  • Loose stools/diarrhea
  • Watch blood pressure if taking blood pressure medication, could help to reduce dose of medication
  • very large doses of magnesium-containing laxatives and antacids (typically providing more than 5,000 mg/day magnesium) have been associated with magnesium toxicity

Tolerable Upper Intake Levels for Supplemental Magnesium:

Source: Food and Nutrition Board (FNB) at the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies

Age Male Female Pregnant Lactating

Birth to 12 months None established

1–3 years 65 mg 65 mg

4–8 years 110 mg 110 mg

9–18 years 350 mg 350 mg 350 mg 350 mg

19+ years 350 mg 350 mg 350 mg 350 mg

What are the different types of magnesium?

  • Chloride and Sulfate – often used in intravenous (IV) solutions
  • Oxide – 90% not absorbed, used as a laxative in small amounts
    • Form of magnesium most commonly reported to cause diarrhea, along with magnesium carbonate, chloride and gluconate
  • Citrate – often used for migraines, PMS, constipation – gentle osmotic laxative – often dosed up to 600mg per day
  • Malate – shown to be more bioavailable than oxide, sulfate and citrate in rats
    • Studies show reduced pain and tenderness in patients with fibromyalgia with oral supplementation for 8 weeks and 6 months
  • Bisglycinate/glycinate – elemental magnesium chelated to amino acid glycine
    • Allows for larger amounts to be absorbed more quickly and retained by your body
    • Shown to reduce pain from menstrual cramps and leg cramps in pregnant women
    • Can be more relaxing, often recommended before bed
  • L-threonate – Magtein: patented form of magnesium developed by scientists from MIT & Stanford U with metabolite of vitamin C
    • developed and clinically proven to pass through the blood-brain barrier versus other forms of magnesium
      • People with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease have lower levels of magnesium in cerebrospinal fluid
    • evaluated in a series of cognitive tests for executive function, attention, working and episodic memory and episodic memory, with significant improvement at 6 and 12 weeks
    • shown to reduce the effects of aging by 9 years
    • increases the synaptic density, which can decline with aging
    • has shown improvement in brain circulation and cognitive testing in a small sample of people taking the supplement for 12 weeks
    • more research currently for treating chemotherapy-induced memory deficits and cognitive impairment, anxiety, sleep, mood and other conditions of again

Today’s Mama Must-Have:

Dr. Lisa loves her Hella Hydrating Serum from Joyous Health with rosehip oil and hyaluronic acid, as well as her favourite brands of dark chocolate – Zazubean 80% or Giddy Yoyo.

Dr. Toni is a big fan of Epsom gel, as well as using her neti pot with saline and xylitol for reducing extra irritation from wildfire smoke.

Dr. Toni’s next HypnoBirthing info session for expecting parents looking to trust their instincts and their body during labour and birth is happening Aug 31st. Join her at https://www.hypnobirthingcalgary.com/register

Dr. Lisa’s Wild Collective begins again in Fall 2021: get on the waitlist: wildcollectivetoronto.com

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