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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!

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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 34: Hemp, Sustainable Farming and Good Fats with Mike Fata

    Ep 34: Hemp, Sustainable Farming and Good Fats with Mike Fata

    On today’s episode of the Natural Health Influencer podcast, we meet up with the co-founder of Manitoba Harvest, Mike Fata. Mike recently sold Manitoba Harvest, a company that distributes quality hemp food products. Since then he has gone onto many other amazing sustainable plant-based projects. His role in positively influencing our health has garnered him a multitude of awards, including being in the top 40 under 40, the top 100 Health Influencers and most recently receiving the prestigious John Holtmann Leadership Award. Tuning in listeners will hear about Mike's journey to health after being overweight as a teenager and how he first became interested in Hemp as a sustainable crop that also had tremendous health benefits. We dive into the many health benefits that hemp has to offer and why its high GLA content is so beneficial. Later Mike explains what it means for a company to be B Corp certified and how he is helping other companies attain this certification. We loved having Mike on the show and we’re sure you will find the conversation as stimulating and insightful as we did. For all this and more, join us today! 


    Key Points From This Episode:
    Introducing today’s guest Mike Fata.Mike’s technique for shopping at a farmer’s market.How Mike pivoted to natural health foods and sustainability after being overweight as a teenager.Mike’s advice on starting on a health journey when the prospect seems overwhelming.We hear about Mike’s love of plants and why he chose to invest in Hemp.Why hemp seeds are a rich source of polyunsaturated fats and GLAs.Why GLAs are so beneficial to our overall health and immune system.How GLA facilitates reduced inflammation.Eating a healthy diet and how to be a nutrivore.The rich history of hemp uses and how its uses promote sustainability.Mike’s experiences farming with hemp as a sustainable crop.What it means to be a B Corp certified business and how it benefits the planet.Why Mike transitioned Manitoba to become B Corp certified.The work Mike is doing as an advisor in the health food space.Mike shares what consumers can be excited about in the future of plant-based foods.

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Mike Fatta on LinkedIn
    Manitoba Harvest
    Fats that Heal Fats that Kill
    Deliciously Geeky
    Allison Tannis on LinkedIn
    Allison Tannis on Instagram
    Natural Health Influencer on Instagram
    Pure-Lē Natural
    Liquid Greens Chlorophyll Super Concentrate Dark Chocolate

    • 37 min
    Ep 33: The Importance of Regulation and the Benefits of CBD Oils with Donna Herringer

    Ep 33: The Importance of Regulation and the Benefits of CBD Oils with Donna Herringer

    If you’ve ever wondered about the safety of natural food products or why it is that CBD oil has been getting so much attention lately, then today’s episode is for you! Our guest today, Donna Herringer, has had a tremendous impact on how natural health foods are regulated in Canada. She is a formidable figure in her field, having worked as the general manager at Quest Vitamins for several years and going on to serve as a highly impactful CEO for The Canada Health Food Association to help bring about massive changes in the industry. We talk with Donna about Canada’s regulatory framework for natural health products and how it sets a unique global standard for ensuring trusted safety and efficacy. This framework has helped the sector thrive economically by allowing producers to put claims on their labels once they are Health Canada approved. In our conversation, we discuss the tremendous amount of work it took to bring about this framework, how it has impacted the consumer, and why Donna is determined to have CBD oil be classified as a natural health product. We dive into the many benefits of CBD oil, such as its ability to target inflammation, pain, and sleep disorders, and unpack why it’s currently not available in pharmacies. For all this and more, join us today for an enlightening conversation on the fascinating machinations of CBD oil and what you as an individual can do to improve access throughout Canada!


    Key Points From This Episode:
    Meet today’s guest Donna Herringer. The tremendous amount of work that was involved in CHFA.Why implementing a regulatory framework in Canada helped the economy around natural health food products grow and thrive.Why Health Canada Approved products are guaranteed to be safer and more effective.The regulatory framework for health food products in Canada sets the global standard.Canada is the only country with a unique category for natural health products.The current rules and uses of CBD oil in Canada.What Donna is doing to change the regulation around CBD oil in Canada.Donna recounts her experience purchasing CBD oil and why she wants to change the consumer experience.We subject Donna to our lightning-round questions.Donna’s goals for CBD oil as an approved health food product.The therapeutic benefits of CBD oil and understanding why it’s distinct from THC oil.How the natural health economy and the industry around CBDHow listeners can have a positive impact on improving access to safe and effective CBD oils.The geeky details of how CBD oil can benefit your overall health.The impressive effects that CBD oil can have on inflammation.How CBD oil can address some of the issues caused by a high-stress modern lifestyle that often lacks exercise, sleep, and nutrients.

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Donna Herringer on LinkedIn
    Quest Vitamins
    Canada Health Food Association
    Deliciously Geeky
    Allison Tannis on LinkedIn
    Allison Tannis on Instagram
    Natural Health Influencer on Instagram 
    Liquid Greens Chlorophyll Super Concentrate Dark Chocolate

    • 38 min
    Ep 32: Ensuring that Sustainable Seafood is Not Left Off the Table with Tiare Boyes

    Ep 32: Ensuring that Sustainable Seafood is Not Left Off the Table with Tiare Boyes

    We all know that the oceans are in trouble. There is garbage piling up, there are microplastics polluting the water, and questions are being raised about the integrity of sustainable fishing. It has left many of us wondering: should we be eating seafood at all? Well, this is a wave of an episode that hopes to answer that question, featuring a refreshingly honest interview with renowned ocean ambassador, Tiare Boyes. Tiare is a passionate marine conservationist who works in the fishing industry as a second-generation fisherman. She is passionate about using her voice to ensure that seafood is not left off the table when it comes to global discussions around biological sustainability, food security, and optimum nutrition and, in this episode she highlights the importance of focusing on and advocating for the health of our oceans without villainizing the fishing industry as a whole and shares what we can do as individuals to have a positive impact on our oceans. Tune in today to learn more!


    Key Points From This Episode:
    Hear what gearing up for an upcoming fishing expedition entails.As a second-generation fisherman, Tiare describes what she loves about fishing.Find out why she believes that there is room on our tables for sustainably caught fish.Why we should be concerned about the state of our oceans without villainizing fishing.How making a difference through individual action is equally as important as holding larger corporations accountable.Tiare shares some resources for those concerned about eating seafood sustainably.Hear some examples of what sustainable fishing practices actually look like.Some of the Canadian and international policies in place to regulate fishing practices.Ensuring policies not only focus on sustainability but food security and optimum nutrition too.A word from our sponsor, Joel Thuna of Canada’s oldest herbal company, Pure-Lē Natural!Decisions consumers can make to have a positive impact on oceans, like choosing to eat Wild Pacific Halibut or seaweed products.Tiare emphasizes the importance of funding the collection of credible data.Why she encourages listeners to carefully research the organizations that they support.Demystifying sustainable seafood terminology on grocery store labels.The lightning question round, from Tiare’s favorite seafood to her guilty pleasure and more!What is has been like for Tiare as a woman in the typically male-dominated fishing industry.Tiare’s advice for young, aspiring fishermen or future marine conservationists.

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Tiare Buoys
    Tiare Buoys on Twitter
    Tiare Buoys on Instagram
    Seaspiracy
    Marine Stewardship Council
    Wild Pacific Halibut
    Deliciously Geeky
    Allison Tannis on LinkedIn
    Allison Tannis on Instagram
    Natural Health Influencer on Instagram
    Pure-Lē Natural
    Liquid Greens Chlorophyll Super Concentrate Dark Chocolate

    • 36 min
    Ep 31: The Power of Algae with Catharine Arnston

    Ep 31: The Power of Algae with Catharine Arnston

    When Catharine Arnston’s sister was recommended an alkaline diet to help her recover from cancer, Catharine went on a journey to discover what that really meant. What she found changed her life, and she is now using the knowledge she has gained to change the lives of others. Her research led her to uncover the largely untapped power of algae. Not only is algae the most alkaline, most nutrient dense, and most protein rich food source on the planet, it is also a sustainable crop which can be farmed without harming the planet. Sound too good to be true? It’s not; there are over 100 000 research studies which have been conducted on the benefits of algae, of which Catharine has read 2000! In today’s episode, Catharine explains the different types of algae that exist, the specific benefits of the two types of micro algae which can be found in her ENERGYbits products, and the numerous reasons why farming algae can contribute to saving the planet. North America has been slow to catch onto the trend of consuming algae, which people have been doing in other parts of the world for over 14 000 years. However, with Catharine’s passion and perseverance, we’re on our way there! 


    Key Points From This Episode:
    The personal event that drew Catherine into the world of plant-based nutrition. Obstacles that Catherine realized were preventing people from eating plants. Reasons why algae has the potential to solve world hunger, without hurting the planet.Why the benefits of algae aren’t as well-known as they should be, and Catharine’s mission to change this.Catharine explains why algae is commonly consumed in Asia, but not in Canada and the United States.The process that Catharine’s company, ENERGYbits, utilizes to produce edible algae. Effort and passion that Catharine has put into building her company, coming from a completely different background.Understanding the difference between the two categories of algae that exist; micro and macro algae.Benefits of the two types of micro algae that ENERGYbits products contain. Results of one study conducted to assess the way spirulina impacts energy levels.  The difference you will feel within 10 minutes of ingesting spirulina. Recommended amounts of algae that the average person should consume daily. Numerous factors that make algae the most sustainable crop on the planet. Examples of products which are being created out of algae. Use code: VISTA for 20% off ENERGYbits products!https://www.energybits.com/products.html

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Catharine Arnston on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/catharinearnston/ 
    ENERGYbits: https://www.energybits.com/about-us/catharine-arnston.html 
    Seaspiracy on Netflix: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt14152756/ 
    Vista Magazine: https://vistamagazine.ca/

    • 52 min
    Ep 30: The Wonders of Your Microbiome with Allison Tannis

    Ep 30: The Wonders of Your Microbiome with Allison Tannis

    How much do you know about the microbial world that inhabits you? Probably not as much as you should, considering it is often overlooked in terms of the role it plays in keeping you healthy! In today’s episode, host of the National Health Influencer Podcast, Allison Tannis, explains the link between your microbiome and your immune system and shares some tips on how to keep them both happy. Ailments like diabetes, obesity, and heart failure can be prevented through the simple act of caring for your gut microbiome and you’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn that it doesn’t actually take much effort. Our bodies are home to an incredibly diverse range of microbes, which have varying levels of positive and negative impacts, and Allison takes a closer look at 3 of the most famous ones. This episode is full to the brim with fascinating facts weaved into easily understandable analogies (with a few poop jokes in between) and you’ll walk away with a whole new understanding and appreciation for your wondrous microbiome! 



    Key Points From This Episode:
    The microbes in and on your body are even more prolific than your cells!Examples of the numerous types of microbes that exist in your gut, both positive and negative. Receptor sites which line your gut and how these are connected to your immune system.Why overstimulation of your gut microbes can be harmful to your immune system.Benefits of probiotics and why you need them even if you eat very healthy foods. Crosstalk between your gut and your nervous system and how this impacts your mood. How your gut probiotics link to how well (or how badly) you age. Results from research assessing the gut microbes of healthy centenarians. The best source of probiotics which will make a clinical difference to your gut microbiome. Different types of probiotic strains. Lactobacillus acidophilus; what this very famous probiotic is so useful for! Battlements that we have in our gut, and the negative impact that our low fibre diet is having on them. A closer look at the bifidobacterium longum and the saccharomyces boulardii microbes. 

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Deliciously Geeky Blog: https://allisontannis.com/
    Probiotic Rescue by Allison Tannis: https://www.amazon.com/Probiotic-Rescue-Probiotics-Cholesterol-Complaints-ebook/dp/B00EHH692K
    A Gastroenterologist's Guide to Probiotics: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3424311/
    Vista Magazine: https://vistamagazine.ca/

    • 40 min
    Ep 29: Dr Franco Cavaleri on Dethroning Turmeric, Optimising Performance, and Preserving Youth with Natural Ingredients

    Ep 29: Dr Franco Cavaleri on Dethroning Turmeric, Optimising Performance, and Preserving Youth with Natural Ingredients

    For years, turmeric has been celebrated for its numerous health properties. In today’s episode of the Natural Health Influencer Podcast we speak to Franco Calaveri who dethrones turmeric from its hero status in the health world. He replaces it with the true star - curcumin and we talk about the life changing effects of this powerful extract as far as anti-aging, skin health and inflammation are concerned. Next, we speak about the role of inflammation in disease and aging before Franco introduces us to the unique relationship ketones have with our brain and liver function and how the new supplement Ketoba can support physical performance and promote brain function in combination with a ketogenic diet. Tune in to learn about optimizing performance and preserving youth with natural ingredients.


    Key Points From This Episode:
    Why turmeric’s anti-inflammatory effects are not very powerful despite the spice containing curcuminoids.How the distribution of curcuminoids in a given sample of curcumin can drastically change its impact (or absence thereof) on your health.How curcumin works faster than pharmaceuticals in order to provide anti-inflammatory and pain relief.How to map the pharmacology of curcumin in order to understand the way in which its proteins work together to boost our health. Why anti-inflammatory function is so important in treating all kinds of disease.How the body becomes increasingly prone to inflammation as we age.The way in which the liver uses ketones to support brain function on a ketogenic diet and how this can be leveraged for energy and weight-lossWhy athletes are excited about Ketoba as a supplement to boost performance and how it promotes brain health.What Type 3 Diabetes entailsHow ketones can help neurons to perform the necessary function to reduce the effects of alzheimers and other cognitive deficits.

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Franco Cavaleri on Twitter: @biologichealth

    Franco Cavaleri on Instagram: @cavalerifranco
    Biologic Nutrigenomics: http://www.biologicnr.com/

    Vista Magazine: https://vistamagazine.ca/
    PURE LE NATURAL Pure-lē Natural is committed to exceeding the highest standards within the supplement industry.

    • 28 min

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