29 episodes

Aiming to bridge the gap between Western and Holistic Medicine through the help of international industry experts. They will bring with them their own perspectives and facts, whilst also debunking misconceptions within their niche. Tune in for greater insight straight from the experts.

Awake and Thriving Andria Ryder

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

Aiming to bridge the gap between Western and Holistic Medicine through the help of international industry experts. They will bring with them their own perspectives and facts, whilst also debunking misconceptions within their niche. Tune in for greater insight straight from the experts.

    Why Everyone is Obsessed With Your Gut Health

    Why Everyone is Obsessed With Your Gut Health

    Meet Dr. Will Ferro, the founder of Betr Health, a digital health entrepreneur, and a gut health expert. He helps people restore their microbiome, uncover trigger foods and free themselves from dieting, frustration, disease and medications.

    In this episode of the Awake and Thriving Podcast, Andria speaks with Dr. Will about gut health and the part it plays in your overall body health. He explains the top four things that cause distress in gut health and how you can change that. 

    Listen in to learn why processed foods, overuse of antibiotics, artificial sweeteners, and toxic personal care products are overwhelming your digestive system and hence many health problems. You will also learn how you can build your body’s physiology by changing your eating habits and creating a healthy personalized food-print.

    “Never put something on your skin that you would not ingest in your mouth because it’s going to the same place.”- Will [12:15]

    What you will learn:

    [1:15] Dr. Will explains gut health as letting your overall body live with ease.

    [4:05] Why the digestive health is the root cause of autoimmune diseases. 

    [6:04] The top four things that are causing distress to your gut health and how to reduce it. 

    [9:19] The importance of ingesting gut-healthy foods and using all-natural skincare products.

    [13:50] How to get much better probiotics from natural living substances over taking just a
     probiotic for gut health.

    [16:54] He explains how his gut health program helps people approach healthy eating.

    [21:41] How to create your own healthy food print that focuses on digestive health. 

    [24:27] How to build your physiology through gut health to help support your body demands. 

    [27:00] How inflammation causes insatiable salt cravings that are harmful to your gut. 

    [29:29] Reduce artificial sugar and salt to increase your overall health.

    [34:36] Understanding how fast gut health changes and the bad and good news about that.  

    Relevant Links:

    Website: https://betrhealth.com/  

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drferro/ 

    • 38 min
    Shocking ways food impacts your Hormonal Health with Dr. Leslie Kasanoff

    Shocking ways food impacts your Hormonal Health with Dr. Leslie Kasanoff

    Meet Leslie Kasanoff, she was a holistic chiropractor for 25 years and a medical lab scientist for 10 years. She’s now a health and wellness coach where she helps people attain natural lifetime wellness. 

    In this episode of the Awake and Thriving Podcast, Andria speaks with Leslie Kasanoff about her transitions throughout her career and becoming a health coach. She describes the importance of hormonal health and how a good lifestyle can impact it.   

    Listen in to understand why your health is highly impacted by your dietary and environmental lifestyle as opposed to genetics. You will also learn what research shows about the benefits of soy and why it’s the best alternative to meat and dairy products. 

     “Disease is not a product of our genetics; it’s a product of our environment.”-Leslie Kasanoff 


    What you will learn:

    [0:58] Leslie on her transition from a medical lab scientist to a holistic chiropractor to a health and wellness coach.

    [4:51] How to balance hormones healthily through diet and lifestyle without medication. 

    [11:36] The time it takes to rebalance hormones plus how to reduce toxic things that disrupt your hormones.  

    [14:57] Why genetics account for a very small part in how your health turns out.

    [18:17] Understanding the health benefits of soy and why it’s the perfect alternative to dairy. 

    [25:26] The meaning of whole foods and the health benefits they address. 

    [31:02] How the food industry has targeted fat, salt, and sugar as it’s what our bodies are attracted to. 

    [33:47] How to maintain brain health by embracing a good lifetime diet. 

    Relevant Links:

    Website: https://www.drlesliek.com/ 

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drlesliekasanoff/ 

    • 37 min
    How to Treat Pelvic Health Issues with Physical Therapy

    How to Treat Pelvic Health Issues with Physical Therapy

    Meet Dr. Sneha Gazi, a physical therapist specializing in the pelvic floor and orthopedics. She specializes in treating all forms of TMJ and pelvic health issues and particularly loves working with pre and postpartum birthing parents and their babies.

    In this episode of the Awake and Thriving Podcast, Andria speaks with Dr. Gazi about how she works with TMJ and pelvic issues patients both in person and through telehealth. She describes the pelvic floor, how it works, and the different causes of pelvic problems. 

    Listen in to learn how pelvic muscles are treated through physical therapy without a need for surgery. You will also learn the importance of pelvic health education, especially for pre and postpartum birthing mothers to improve their quality of life. 

    “There need to be different pieces to the puzzle when it comes to pelvic health and how you’re optimizing all of those things.”- Dr. Gazi [38:07]

    What you will learn:

    [0:59] Dr. Gazi explains how her thoughts and how her dance background led her to physical therapy.

    [3:29] The group of patients she works with in her orthopedics specialization.

    [5:10] How she conducts in-house therapy plus venturing into telehealth during the pandemic.

    [9:02] Why you don’t necessarily need clearing from a doctor to see a physical therapist.

    [12:27] Understanding the pelvic floor and how it works.  

    [16:57] Causes of loose pelvic muscles and how to strengthen them without surgery. 

    [19:44] Factors that contribute to healing the prolapse in different people.

    [23:21] The positive and negative effects of Kegels and vaginal weights. 

    [30:28] The process of conducting the external and internal pelvic evaluation. 

    [35:25] The importance of educating yourself on pelvic health to protect yourself. 

    [39:52] The importance of pelvic floor health during labor to improve your quality of life.

    [45:46] The causes of Diastasis recti during pregnancy and obesity and the possible treatment. 

    Relevant Links:

    Website: https://www.snehaphysicaltherapy.com/ 

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/snehaphysicaltherapy/ 

    • 50 min
    How Different Aspects of Life Affect Your Brain Health With Dr. Paul K

    How Different Aspects of Life Affect Your Brain Health With Dr. Paul K

    In this episode of the Awake and Thriving Podcast, Andria speaks with Dr. Paul K, a neurosurgeon. He talks about the importance of sleep and the negative effects of sleep deprivation. 

    Listen in to understand the meaning of love and its relation to stress, taking risks, and hormones. You will also learn the different ways you can utilize your brain and enhance its functionality for longer as you get older. 

    “There are three phases of love; lust, attraction, and attachment and they’re all valuable.” [21:34]

    What you will learn:

    [1:13] The importance of sleep and the negative health effects of sleep deprivation.

    [6:15] The value of having nap time and quiet time to relax your brain. 

    [7:16] How sleep deprivation affects your cardiovascular health. 

    [11:10] How hard drugs negatively affects your system and your ability to sleep. 

    [15:43] The importance of patient care for brain surgery patients with hard drug problems. 

    [19:02] Understanding the scientific meaning of love and the three stages of it.

    [26:42] The different things you can utilize your brain to enhance its functionality. 

    [29:33] Dr. Paul talks about the books he’s currently reading. 

    Book Mentioned:

    The Great Influenza by John M. Barry

    • 32 min
    The Definition of Disease, Nutrition, and Addiction in Ayurvedic Medicine

    The Definition of Disease, Nutrition, and Addiction in Ayurvedic Medicine

    Meet Victor Briere, the co-founder of Pacific Coast Ayurveda and the International Institute of Tantric and Vedic Sciences. He’s a gifted pulse reader specializing in ayurvedic diagnostic techniques and health counseling.

    In this episode of the Awake and Thriving Podcast, Andria speaks with Victor about the meaning of diseases and chronic diseases in ayurvedic. He explains the meaning of addiction in ayurvedic medicine and the pathology that causes it.

    Listen in to learn how to develop habits that nurture your sleep habits to avoid suffering from insomnia. You will also learn why nutritional problems don’t necessarily need to be caused by nutritional causes.

    “The mind and the body are completely connected, they’re one.”- Victor [35:57]

    What you will learn:

    [1:11] Understanding disease and symptoms according to ayurvedic medicine.

    [4:38] How according to ayurvedic medicine, a disease starts way before the symptoms appear.

    [9:23] The importance of changing your lifestyle and taking gentle herbal supplements to care for your gut.

    [13:12] Why chronic illnesses are largely caused by people’s lifestyles.

    [15:34] How relational issues and dietary habits affect your sleep cycles and how to improve.

    [22:01] How to change your unhealthy lifestyle by approaching your emotional attachments.

    [25:25] Victor explains in detail why nutrition is deeper than just the nutrients.

    [32:16] How to find solutions to solve the relational issues that cause nutritional problems.

    [34:57] Understanding the meaning of addiction in ayurvedic medicine.

    To order the book Pulse Unveiled, The Art and Science of Ayurvedic Pulse Reading


    https://store.bookbaby.com/book/PULSE-UNVEILED


     
    www.iiayurveda.com
    (School, education, workshops)

    • 45 min
    The Holistic Wellness Approach to Functional Medicine

    The Holistic Wellness Approach to Functional Medicine

    Meet Dr. Anita Wang, a board-certified MD with an anti-aging specialty for over 35 years. She utilizes an integrative approach to find the root cause of health issues, blending the best of conventional, naturopathic, and holistic medicine. 

    In this episode of the Awake and Thriving Podcast, Andria speaks with Dr. Anita about functional medicine and how it looks at the general wellness of a patient. She explains the difference between functional and conventional medicine and why the former is an addition to the latter, not a replacement. 

    Listen in to understand the benefits of the four basic pillars of health which are food, movement, mood, and relaxation. You will also learn how to eliminate toxins in your system to reduce the risk of hormonal cancer.

    “You need somebody who’s got a tool chest that’s a lot bigger than just one area.”- Dr. Anita
     [43:03]

    What you will learn:

    [1:07] Dr. Anita narrates the emotional story that led her to practice functional medicine. 

    [6:16] The reactivity of primary medicine vs. the proactivity of functional medicine. 

    [10:15] How to make your golden years golden by eliminating too much information in your body.

    [13:18] The steps she takes her patients through to find the root cause of health issues. 

    [20:16] The four basic pillars of good health that you need to work on before testing for any issues. 

    [28:58] Understanding the good, the bad, and the ugly of toxins in your body and how to eliminate them to reduce the risk of hormonal cancer.

    [32:38] The ongoing process of detoxification to improve your quality of life.

    [38:26] She talks about her favorite green morning drink.  

    [41:07] Why functional medicine is another tool and not a replacement for conventional medicine.


    Relevant Links:


    https://www.anitawangmd.com/

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

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7 Ratings

Kirokaz ,

Great podcast

Awake &Thriving is great listening. Filled with positive experiences, viewpoints & info to help you keep a positive mind & healthy body.

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Great Host

Andria has a natural, genuine curiosity about health and wellness. She asks great questions and gives her guests time to answer without interuption. The interviews feel like conversations between friends.

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