Welcome to Your Health Guide!
Your host, Naturopath and Health Educator, Laurence Katsaras interviews Researchers and Healthcare Professionals, who share evidence-based advice and practical tips on how we can live healthier lives. This podcast will educate, motivate and inspire you to embark and remain on your health and wellness journey.
COVID-19: Distinguishing Fact From Fiction
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the world has experienced fear and confusion due to copious amounts of information surrounding transmission, symptoms, etc. making it frustrating to distinguish fact from fiction. In this episode, Laurence Katsaras provides clarity with easy to understand evidence, supported by clinical research to inform you on the latest developments of COVID-19. Laurence will also talk you through natural ingredients, lifestyle interventions and diet tips to support the immune system.
1:20 - How is COVID-19 different to other viral infections?
4:03 - How many people are experiencing symptoms, and to what degree of severity?
5:45 - How transmission of COVID-19 works.
8:19 - Common symptoms of COVID-19, and how these differentiate from the common flu.
9:21 - Who is most at risk of having severe symptoms and complications?
12:28 - What does this mean for pregnant women, asthmatics and smokers? Are they at greater risk?
15:08 - If you are exposed to COVID-19, how long does it take to show symptoms? How long do they last for, and how long are you contagious for?
17:20 - I’m worried that I have COVID-19, how do I get tested?
18:04 - What testing for COVID-19 involves and how long it takes to receive results.
15:45 - If I suspect I have symptoms but don’t qualify to get tested, what can I do?
19:55 - How you can keep yourself safe from COVID-19.
24:01 - Natural ingredients that support the immune system.
26:10 - Find out how minimising stress and building emotional resilience improves mental health, reduces inflammation and strengthens the immune system.
36:15 - Diet tips for regulating mood and supporting resilience.
38:01 - Feeling overwhelmed? Research shows practicing gratitude improves mood and reduces stress.
Being a Dad Starts Before Birth. The Surprising Role Of Preconception Health For Fathers To Be.
In this episode, Laurence is joined by Naturopath, Researcher and host of the Metagenics Clinical Podcast, Nathan Rose to discuss how lifestyle factors, diet, stress and body composition can create genetic programming that’s carried through from the father to their child, impacting the health of the child for its entire life. Learn about how some simple lifestyle interventions, planning and nutritional support on the father’s part, can make a big impact on their child’s life and even future generations.
It’s not all about the health of the mother when trying to conceive, men need to be in optimal health as well.
The research around the father’s role, and how being a dad starts prior to conception.
How a man’s nutritional status has an impact on the child’s metabolic health, neuro response, and immune programming. You are inheriting the memory of your father’s lifestyle patterns.
You are what you eat? Well it turns out, you are what you eat, what your dad ate, and what your granddad ate. BUT we still have an opportunity to change this epigenetic expression.
Nathan discusses the research and history behind how the father’s nutritional status can impact the child’s health.
Nathan and Laurence discuss the factors that can impact the epigenome, for example; how being overweight can have an impact.
Nathan shares a study that dived into the drinking habits of the father, and how this impacted the child’s behaviour and even the child’s heart health.
The nutritional status of the father – what vitamins and minerals can be beneficial for the father?
Preconception care - creating a healthy environment and reducing your stress, can enhance the health of your sperm and assist with conception.
What if you’ve already conceived, or you already have children? You can still improve your child’s health outcomes!
How men can also experience post-natal depression or a lower mood after the baby is born. Why is this?
By looking after yourself, you’re looking after the future generations of your family line!
How Mothers Can Optimise Their Child’s Health Throughout Preconception and Pregnancy
Laurence is joined by Naturopath and researcher, Joanne McNeill to discuss how a mother's health throughout pre-conception and pregnancy can greatly affect not only the child's health, but the family’s generational health and wellbeing.
Joanne and Laurence offer simple lifestyle interventions and what key nutrients mothers, and mothers to be can implement into their daily routine.
• Laurence and Joanne discuss recent research into inheritance of genetic expression and health.
• Defining environmental exposure and an example of the causal link between environmental exposure and genetic expression- the Dutch Famine.
• The critical window for Mothers- 3-4 months prior to conception.
• Nutritional status- one of the most important factors of a mother's lifestyle to consider during preconception. Let's consider the connection between weight loss, fertility and the health of your child.
• How to approach metabolic health and body composition with your Practitioner, and the benefits of visiting a Practitioner during preconception. Laurence and Joanne also offer a useful resource to easily track your nutrients during pregnancy.
• Although looking at nutrition holistically is beneficial, a few key nutrients are worth focussing on throughout pregnancy- Folic Acid, Iron, Folate, B Vitamins, Choline, DHA, Iodine and Vitamin D.
• The profound impact of supplementation of EPA/DHAs throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding, including helping the mother go full term and reducing risk of the child developing atopic conditions such as allergies and eczema.
• How sufficient Vitamin D intake by the mother can reduce the risk of immune conditions and improve neurodevelopment for the child.
• The microbiome of the mother and epigenetics of the baby- will taking probiotics during pregnancy effect the baby? Which strains should you be taking?
• If you're considering renovating your home in preparation for your newborn, consider toxic exposure.
• How to diversify your child’s microbiome to build his or her immune system –green time, playing with pets, reduce contact with antimicrobials.
The Fundamental Truth About Fish Oil
In this episode, Laurence Katsaras puts a stop to misunderstood evidence currently circulating around fish oil. Laurence will provide answers to questions such as, why is fish oil significant? Does eating fish have the same benefits as taking fish oil supplements? What is the value of purchasing a more expensive fish oil? Is fish oil beneficial for pregnancy? And much more.
This episode will dive deep into the truth about fish oil by answering commonly asked questions and highlighting its significance for good health.
Is What You Heard About Turmeric True?
In this episode, Laurence is joined by Naturopath, Nick Breen, to separate the evidence from the hype on the benefits and uses of turmeric – the wonderful spice that continues to gain popularity in treating all sorts of health conditions. However, what should turmeric actually be used for? How does it work within the body? What is it that you should be looking for when choosing turmeric supplements available in the market place?
Laurence and Nick will provide clarity on all these questions and more.
Special Guest: Nick Breen.
Holistic Approach to Managing Your Mental Health - Part 2
Dr Adrian Lopresti is a well-respected Clinical Psychologist and Researcher, who achieves success with his patients by taking a holistic approach to get to the bottom of why they may be experiencing mood changes. Dr Lopresti is the founder of Personalised Integrative (PI) Therapy, which is a program for mental Healthcare Practitioners, such as Psychologists and Psychiatrists, and trains them on this integrated approach, helping them achieve greater clinical success in mood and psychiatric conditions.
In this episode, Dr Adrian Lopresti talks about five physiological drivers that influence our brain health, providing us with a great overview of how our health impacts our mood and why we need to address disorders holistically.
Dr Adrian Lopresti shares his research on curcumin (an extract of turmeric) and saffron, which has shown improvements in patients with depression and anxiety. He also discusses other foundational nutritional ingredients that are beneficial to assist mood disorders.
At the same time we are reminded – we can’t use a pill for an ill approach and expect that dosing with medications or even natural supplements will fix the problem. Real improvement comes from addressing what caused the problem.
Great practical advice
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So glad I came across this podcast channel! Each episode is engaging and informative. 🌿
Simple and practical teaching resource
This series is a great tool for educating patients and gives really practical wellness tips. Short 15 minutes episodes makes the information really easy to digest. Thanks Metagenics!