56 episodes

The Natural Health Influencer Podcast is your go-to health and wellness resource. Fueled by Vista Magazine, we feature natural health experts specializing in a variety of fields as they answer your biggest health questions.With a focus on nutrition, fitness, mindfulness, green living, sustainability, and natural health, we provide our listeners with the tools and information needed to create a healthier lifestyle. Hosted by nutrition expert and author Allison Tannis of @deliciouslygeeky, with new guests every week to address your common health questions and concerns.We believe that prevention is the best kind of medicine and knowledge is power. Thank you for joining us on our mission to share the power of wellness with the world!

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The Natural Health Influencer Podcast is your go-to health and wellness resource. Fueled by Vista Magazine, we feature natural health experts specializing in a variety of fields as they answer your biggest health questions.With a focus on nutrition, fitness, mindfulness, green living, sustainability, and natural health, we provide our listeners with the tools and information needed to create a healthier lifestyle. Hosted by nutrition expert and author Allison Tannis of @deliciouslygeeky, with new guests every week to address your common health questions and concerns.We believe that prevention is the best kind of medicine and knowledge is power. Thank you for joining us on our mission to share the power of wellness with the world!

    Ep 56: Hormones, Energy Levels, and Belly Fat with Phoebe Liebling

    Ep 56: Hormones, Energy Levels, and Belly Fat with Phoebe Liebling

    Have ever wondered why some days you get out of bed and you feel great, joyous about moving around, and then other days it's as if you're carrying around a heavy blanket all day and any physical motion whatsoever seems completely daunting? Well, Phoebe Liebling is here to explain. Phoebe is a highly respected clinician and an award-winning product and recipe developer from England. Today, Phoebe breaks down why these energy highs and lows are related not only to our cycles but also to another hormone that we don't tend to talk about. In this episode, we also discuss excess belly fat, why it seems to increase at certain times in our lives, and Phoebe’s top tips for eradicating it. Tuning in, you’ll hear how you can use your energy levels to decide what types of workouts to do, whether or not intermittent fasting is right for you, and how social media trends and good health don’t correlate. Today's the day that we get the inside scoop on all things hormones, energy levels, and belly fat with the amazing Phoebe Liebling, so don’t miss it!


    Key Points From This Episode:
    An introduction to today’s topic: energy levels, particularly in women.How energy level highs and lows are connected to our hormones.How you can use your energy levels to decide what types of workouts to do.The importance of honoring how your body feels and challenging your assumptions on what exercise should be.Suggestions for different types of exercise based on the timing of your menstrual cycle.Why you should consider what stimulants you’re consuming in the lead-up to your period.Why increased belly fat is not related to the slowing of your metabolism and how to avoid it. An explanation of the relationship between cortisol and insulin.Top tips for eradicating belly fat.Whether or not you really need to be eating breakfast.Phoebe’s views on intermittent fasting and how to approach it.Thoughts on the social media fitness ideal and how trends and good health don’t correlate. How your diet is not always about what you should be removing but also what you should be adding. 

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Natural Nourishment 
    Phoebe Liebling on LinkedIn
    Phoebe Liebling on Instagram
    Phoebe Liebling on Twitter
    Podcast Ep 41: Taking the Stress Out of Your Nutrition with Phoebe Liebling
    "Blood Sugar Balance, Insulin Sensitivity and the Menstrual Cycle"  
    Florence de Walden
    Deliciously Geeky
    Allison Tannis on LinkedIn
    Allison Tannis on Instagram
    Natural Health Influencer on Instagram
    Natural Health Influencer Facebook Group 
    Pure-Lē Natural
    Pure-Lē Natural Organic Vegan Vitamin D + K2 Drops
    Vista Magazine
    Vista Magazine on Instagram

    • 37 min
    Ep 55: Simon Donato with Oats to Make You Stoked!

    Ep 55: Simon Donato with Oats to Make You Stoked!

    Today, we’re talking all things oats with special guest, Simon Donato of Stoked Oats. From how to choose the right oat for you to why oatmeal might be the best breakfast you can eat, if you are oat-ally into healthy eating and living, then this is the episode for you! Allison and Simon discuss the difference between steel cut, rolled, and quick oats, why Stoked Oats insists on keeping their products gluten free, and some of the water resource strategies they utilize to minimize their contribution to climate change. We also touch on the benefits of the micronutrients and high soluble fibre found in oats and Simon shares which Stoked Oats products he suggests you try first, plus a whole lot more. This conversation is packed with great facts about oats, why they’re good for you, and the answers to all those hot topic questions, from non-GMOs to sustainable eating, so make sure not to miss it!


    Key Points From This Episode:
    How to identify a field of oats; look for a green grass that looks similar wheat.Learn more about the journey of your oats from field to bowl, including how it’s processed.The difference between steel cut oats, rolled oats, quick oats, and instant oats.What Simon believes is fuelling the increased appetite for oats in Canada.Find out what sparked Simon’s interest in oats; low glycemic index and high soluble fibre.Why non-GMO is important to him and his family; the benefits of keeping it simple.Simon speaks to one of Stoked Oats’ major pillars: keeping oats gluten free. Their decision to select clean ingredients that are more or less as natured intended them.Hear about some of the water resource strategies that Stoked Oats has employs to minimize their contribution to climate change.Simon in the hot seat: spicy chips, invisibility, Happy the dwarf, apple pie, and more!The dirty side of grains and why Simon is passionate about sustainable eating.Beneficial micronutrients found in oats and why beta-glucan is a highlight for Simon.Some of the healthy eating routines that Simon and his family practice at home.Simon shares his favourite Stoked Oats products: Stone Age, Redline, and Bucking-Eh.

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Simon Donato on LinkedIn
    Simon Donato on Twitter
    Simon Donato on Instagram
    Stoked Oats
    Stoked Oats Stone Age Oats
    Stoked Oats Redline Oats
    Nature’s Path
    Bob’s Red Mill
    Oatly
    Deliciously Geeky
    Allison Tannis on LinkedIn
    Allison Tannis on Instagram
    Natural Health Influencer on Instagram
    Pure-Lē Natural
    Pure-Lē Natural Organic Vegan Vitamin D + K2 Drops

    • 37 min
    Ep 54: Joel Thuna 2.0 6 Proven Ways to Boost Your Immunity Naturally

    Ep 54: Joel Thuna 2.0 6 Proven Ways to Boost Your Immunity Naturally

    Between the constant hand washing, social distancing, and mask-wearing of the COVID-19 pandemic, it seemed that colds and flu were a thing of the past. Now that we’re all experiencing some sort of return to normalcy, however, they are back with a vengeance and our poor immune systems are struggling to cope! That’s why, in today’s episode, we speak with herbal wizard, Joel Thuna, about some of the best ways to support your immunity naturally. Joel is the brains behind Pure-Lē Natural, Canada’s oldest herbal company. Tune in as he shares his insight and knowledge with us, from which adaptogens to reach for to help your body cope with stress and how to boost immunity using polysaccharides and fungus to getting the right amount of the right species of probiotics and the importance of getting sufficient sleep. We also discuss micronutrients, the value of whole foods, and vitamin D, as well as vitamin K2, so make sure not to miss this jam-packed and informative conversation!


    Key Points From This Episode:
    Joel comments on the anomaly of the last year and why no one experienced colds or flu.How we can support our immune system naturally, starting with reducing stress.The role that proper sleep and nutrition play in helping your body cope with stress.First, Joel shares the adaptogens to reach for: Siberian Ginseng or Imperial Ginseng.How ginseng combats stress hormones, enabling you to perform better.Understanding the multiple systems that make up your immune system, including your gut.The second most effective way to boost immunity using polysaccharides and fungus.Find out why Chaga is Joel’s favourite mushroom and some of its uses and benefits.Third on our list are probiotics; how to get the right amounts of the right species.Why it is important to ensure that there is a prebiotic included in your probiotic product.Number four for boosting immunity is sufficient sleep, which helps our bodies repair themselves and get rid of waste.Tips for improving the quality of your sleep, including chamomile or lavender tea.Learn more about number five on our list; micronutrients and how to get them from food.Finally, hear about the sixth best way to boost your immunity naturally: vitamin D.The interaction between vitamins D and K2 and why Joel always takes them together.Find out why sunshine isn’t an adequate source for us to get enough vitamin D.Understanding the difference between vitamin D2 and D3 and the best sources of both.

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Joel Thuna on LinkedIn
    Pure-Lē Natural
    Probiotic Rescue
    Deliciously Geeky
    Allison Tannis on LinkedIn
    Allison Tannis on Instagram
    Natural Health Influencer on Instagram
    Pure-Lē Natural Vegan Vitamin D + K2 Drops

    • 51 min
    Ep 53: Dave McIntyre Goes Deep in the Dirt

    Ep 53: Dave McIntyre Goes Deep in the Dirt

    There's an age-old practice that allows human beings to physically and mentally flourish, not to mention that it can keep us alive during times of turmoil: gardening! Whether you have a 10-acre farm like today’s guest, Dave McIntyre, or a few square feet of open land in your backyard, you can turn it into a space that can provide you with the nutrients your body needs, as well as improve your mental health and quality of life. In today’s episode, Dave shares some of the best ways to look after your soil; from collecting maple leaves, to using fish fertilizer. Yes, you read that right! If you're put off by the thought, consider the fact that the ocean is home to every mineral on the planet, and by putting the nutrients absorbed by fish into your soil, you're transferring them to your plants, and subsequently, to you! Our conversation also covers the principles which govern regenerative agriculture, how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our food supply chains, and why we should all spend more time in the dirt! In a world that is constantly changing, and full of unknowns, being sure about where your next meal is going to come from, and the quality of that meal, is a wondrous thing! 


    Key Points From This Episode:
    Some of Dave’s favorite plants on his 10-acre organic farm. Mulch: what it is and why you should be adding it to your soil. What it means if you have mushrooms popping up in your soil. Problems you will run into if your soil’s nitrogen levels are too high. Recommended methods for creating manure. The benefits of using fish fertilizer. How home gardening can combat food insecurity. The mental health aspects of gardening. Dave shares an example of how regenerative agriculture works. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our food supply chains. Dave’s concern about imported foods that are classified as organic. How you can reduce inflammation in your body.A rapid-fire round with Dave. 

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Fierce Fish Fermented Fertilizer
    The Biggest Little Farm
    Down to Earth
    Deliciously Geeky
    Deliciously Geeky on Instagram 
    The Natural Health Influencer on Facebook
    Vista Magazine
    Vista Magazine on Instagram

    • 46 min
    Ep 52: Amanda Swinimer with the Superpowers of Seaweed

    Ep 52: Amanda Swinimer with the Superpowers of Seaweed

    When most of us think of seaweed, what comes to mind is the slimy stuff that we avoid when we’re swimming in the sea. What comes to the mind of Amanda Swinimer is one of the world’s best, and most sustainable superfoods, which is also responsible for the absorption of a third of global atmospheric carbon dioxide! Amanda, 'the mermaid of the Pacific,' is the founder of Dakini Tidal Wilds, and is on a mission to educate the world about the remarkable properties of this under-appreciated member of the algae family. In today’s episode, get ready for a deep dive into the variety of types of seaweed that exist, why we should all incorporate seaweed into our diet, and the importance of protecting our wild seaweed stocks. If you’re hesitant about consuming seaweed, Amanda has products and recipe ideas which are sure to convert even the biggest skeptics! 


    Key Points From This Episode:
    Examples of the different types of edible seaweeds. Amanda’s favorite seaweed to snack on.The limited variety of seaweeds sold in the shops.How different types of seaweeds are used in meals. Unique minerals found in seaweed. Some of the major health benefits of seaweed. The “user friendly” version of seaweed that Amanda sells. A fun fact about dark sea lettuce. Compounds in seaweeds that excite Amanda the most.The sustainability potential of seaweed as a food source. Factors contributing to the decline of kelp in the oceans. Impacts of the decline in kelp on ocean ecosystems. How we can all do our part to protect kelp and other seaweeds. Why you should be checking the sources of the seaweed that you buy.An explanation from Amanda about the spiritual side of seaweed.One of Amanda’s favorite ways to cook seaweed.

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Dakini Tidal Wilds Website
    Amanda Swinimer on Instagram
    The Science and Spirit of Seaweed on Harbour Publishing
    The Science and Spirit of Seaweed on Chapters Indigo 
    Deliciously Geeky
    Deliciously Geeky on Instagram 
    The Natural Health Influencer on Facebook
    Vista Magazine
    Vista Magazine on Instagram

    • 38 min
    Ep 51: Grant Connelly on The Silent Epidemic of Chronic Pain

    Ep 51: Grant Connelly on The Silent Epidemic of Chronic Pain

    Chronic pain impacts the lives of 1 in 5 people in Canada, and 20% of the adult population in Europe. Chronic pain patients often suffer from depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances, financial issues, and a lack of support as a result of their condition. If left too long, chronic pain can even result in physiological changes, such as a loss of grey matter in the prefrontal cortex. Despite this, there is a global lack of education and understanding around chronic pain, but Grant Connelly is on a mission to change this! We’ve brought the founder of NeuPath Health onto the show today to share how his consortium of clinics across Canada is helping to reduce symptoms of chronic pain, increase the quality of life of their patients, and alter the way that medical professionals deal with this disability. Grant explains the variety of elements that make up the collaborative, multi-pronged, individualized approaches that NeuPath utilizes, and the numerous benefits of these forms of treatment! 


    Key Points From This Episode:
    What Grant’s company, NeuPath Health, does. The virtual reality therapy options that NeuPath offers. Grant explains the difference between acute and chronic pain.Treatment for chronic pain versus treatment for acute pain.Most common areas where people experience chronic pain. How societal perceptions of chronic pain are changing.The average age of patients coming to the NeuPath clinics. Why early intervention is key with chronic pain. How a lack of proper understanding of pain in part led to the opioid crisis.Other approaches used at NeuPath to relieve the symptoms of chronic pain. Benefits of the Chronic Pain Self-Management Program offered by NeuPath. How our diet can impact our experience of pain. The connection between our immune systems and our pain response. Examples of triggers that drive people to seek out treatments for chronic pain. Science behind acupuncture and massage as pain relief techniques.  What makes NeuPath different from other clinics. A rapid fire round with Grant!

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    NeuPath Health
    Grant Connelly on LinkedIn
    Natural Health Influencer on Instagram 
    Natural Health Influencer on Facebook
    Deliciously Geeky
    Deliciously Geeky on Instagram 
    Vista Magazine
    Vista Magazine on Instagram

    • 36 min

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