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Move More, Eat Well, and Be Adventurous to reach your ultimate goals of achieving health. By incorporating these practices, while also learning from the best minds in alternative health, medicine, and fitness, Bryan Carroll and Summit For Wellness share actionable steps you can take each day to move closer to optimal health. Join us on this journey as we Climb to the Peak of Our Health.

Summit For Wellness Podcast Bryan Carroll

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Move More, Eat Well, and Be Adventurous to reach your ultimate goals of achieving health. By incorporating these practices, while also learning from the best minds in alternative health, medicine, and fitness, Bryan Carroll and Summit For Wellness share actionable steps you can take each day to move closer to optimal health. Join us on this journey as we Climb to the Peak of Our Health.

    112- How Exercise Improves Our Cognitive Abilities with Dr. Jenny Etnier

    112- How Exercise Improves Our Cognitive Abilities with Dr. Jenny Etnier

    What if exercise did more for us than improve our physical conditioning? What if it could actually have some cognitive benefits as well?That is exactly what we will be focusing on in this episode with Dr. Jenny Etnier. She has been doing a lot of research on how exercise could possibly be a protective barrier against Alzheimer's and cognitive decline.Jenny has also studied exercise through different age groups, from kids all the way to the elderly population. You'll learn about the results she has found, and how you can use it to start improving your brain today.What To Expect From This Episode

    What happens to your body when you restrict movement for a long period of time

    How much exercise it takes to see any cognitive improvements

    Types of exercise that work better for brain healthWhat has been researched in regards to exercise and its connection to Alzheimer's Disease

    Shownotes* [3:00] How can you get someone who absolutely hates exercise to start enjoying movement* [4:30] When you lose the access to move, you appreciate what you could do* [5:15] What happens with lack of movement as we age* [7:45] Is it better to have multiple rounds of short period of exercise throughout the day, or a long session of movement* [9:30] How can we motivate kids to want to improve their own health and not give in to peer pressure* [11:45] Do people see more exercise benefits from the duration of exercise, or intensity of exercise* [13:00] Are there different biological improvements based on intensity of exercise* [15:45] Which markers are monitored to see cognitive benefits from exercise* [20:30] The research done now allows us to figure out markers to monitor for future studies* [21:45] If someone was sedentary their entire life and decided to start exercising in their 50's, will they receive cognitive benefits* [24:00] Can overtraining the body lead to cognitive decline* [26:00] Will adding a walking treadmill to a workspace be beneficial to get more exercise in during the day* [28:15] Does the exercise need to involve the entire body, or can you get benefits from only using certain segments* ​[30:45] If you are doing low intensity exercise and learning through audio, can you absorb that information better* [32:45] Learn more about the possibility of exercise being a protective behavior against Alzheimer's

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    Bryan: [00:00:15] Often we participate in exercise programs to improve our overall movement quality. Whether that be to improve our strength and coordination or to recover from injuries we have had.But what if exercise also plays a role in our brain health, especially when it comes down to Alzheimer's disease. What's up everyone. I'm Bryan Carroll and I'm here to help people move more, eat well, and be adventurous. And today I have Dr Jenny Etnier and I are on the show to discuss different research that has been done to test how exercise impacts our brain.We'll also be looking at how exercise becomes beneficial across different age groups from children to the elderly. So let's dive into my conversation with Jenny at night. Dr Jennife  is a distinguished professor of kinesiology at the university of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her research focuses on the cognitive benefits of physical activity.Jenny is highly acclaimed as a fellow of the American college of sports medicine and the national Academy of kinesiology, former president of the North American society for the psychology of sport and physical activity. And a member of multiple editorial boards for peer reviewed journals. She is also the principal investigator of the physical activity and Alzheimer's disease to study, which is focused on understanding the potential protective effects of physical activity for people are relativ...

    • 41 min
    111- The Basics of the Immune System and How to Support It

    111- The Basics of the Immune System and How to Support It

    The immune system. We all know we have one, but most of us don't understand what it actually does for us, and the only way we know to support it is through medical interventions like medication.However, the immune system is much more complex than what a single pill can fix.Even though it is very complex, just understanding the basics of how your immune system protects you will provide a ton of information that you can use to support your own body.Like I mentioned in this episode, using your immune system as your front line of defense is the most important thing you can do, but it does not guarantee that you won't get sick. But hopefully it will allow you to fight off pathogens easier when you do come face to face with one.What To Expect From This Episode

    The different types of immune systems in your body

    How each type of immune system protects you and categorizes pathogens for future attacks

    Simple understanding of how these systems work together, and how it gets suppressed in your bodyWays to support your immune system

    Shownotes* [1:15] There is no guarantee that your immune system will be able to fight off every single pathogen* [2:00] We are surrounded by pathogens, and our immune system is protecting us from those pathogens all the time* [4:15] The human body has 2 primary immune systems, which are called the Innate Immune System and the Adaptive Immune System* [4:45] The Innate Immune System is the first line of defense for your body* [6:30] Antacids and PPI's can reduce your Innate Immune System's first line of defenses to protect you from pathogens* [7:30] Intestinal Permeability or leaky gut can be an entryway for pathogens to enter your system* [8:00] Mast cells are looking for "suspicious" intruders in your body so it can release histamine and trap it* ​[9:15] Phagocytes are spread throughout the body and are ready to act quickly to stop pathogens* [11:30] Dendritic cells take antigens to the Adaptive Immune System so that it can recognize what exactly to attack* [12:00] The Adaptive Immune System's role is to label pathogens and are the heavy attackers in the immune system army* [12:30] B Lymphocytes attach antibodies to the antigens of a pathogen so that it is labeled as something to attack in the future* [13:15] The Innate Immune System reacts quickly and takes care of most invaders, while the Adaptive Immune System can take days to react but are needed for huge attacks* [14:30] Our bodies are complicated and the medical research is constantly evolving, and how our immune system reacts to each pathogen can be different* [15:00] Every cell in the body requires nutrients to function, yet we don't hear about the nutrients to support your immune system* [17:00] Nutrients can be wasted to fight off poor food choices in your body instead of fighting off pathogens* [18:00] Some nutrients supportive for the immune system are Vitamins C, D, E, some B Vitamins, and minerals Selenium, Copper, Iron, and Zinc* [22:00] What my current immune supporting regimen looks like

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    Bryan Carroll: [00:00:00] Welcome to the summit for wellness podcast where we help you climb to the peak of your health. And now here is your host, Bryan Carroll. I'm sure right now you've been paying attention to all of the current virus outbreak information, and you have probably been hearing a lot about different medications and medical and interventions that.They have been working through to see what is effective for this specific virus. However, what you probably have not heard anything about is what your own immune system can do. Right now we are being told to wash our hands and to remain six feet away from people, but that doesn't tell us any other information about the immune system and how t...

    • 27 min
    110- Debunking the Blank-Free Diets with Dr. Kim Bretz

    110- Debunking the Blank-Free Diets with Dr. Kim Bretz

    There are so many diets that exclude certain food types. For instance, gluten-free diets obviously remove gluten containing foods from the diet, and same with dairy-free diets and dairy containing foods.But other diet types are restrictive as well. Vegans remove meat or animal sources from their diet, while carnivore dieters remove plants from their diets.While many of these diets have good intentions behind them, they may not actually be great for the long term.Talking with Dr. Kim Bretz, we will be chatting about what these blank-free diets do to your gut microbiome, and how gut healing programs should look.What To Expect From This Episode

    How do diets impact our microbiome

    What types of food can feed or starve the good bacteria in our guts

    How protocols would look to improve gut health and then reintroduce other foodsTop foods and nutrients that are gut friendly

    Shownotes* [2:30] What was the reason Dr. Kim Bretz became a Naturopath* [7:30] Things that we have learned from fecal matter transplants* [8:30] Looking at the bugs and bacteria in the body has changed Dr. Kim's views on how to assess nutritional information* [11:45] Does bacteria prefer certain nutrients to feast on, or a variety of nutrients* [14:15] When eating processed food, is that supplying any good nutrients to the good bacteria* [17:00] Are blank-free diets beneficial to health, and what can be the long term effects* [23:00] When limiting your dietary type, what happens when circumstances change and those foods are hard to find* [26:30] Practitioners need to have exit strategies for their clients and patients so they aren't left in an unsustainable lifestyle* [27:30] What would a protocol look like for someone who is working on their gut* [33:00] Which oats are better for the gut bugs* [34:45] What happens when people feel really good on their changes and don't want to revert back to old foods* [36:30] How can people start expanding their palate to consume a wider variety of foods* [42:45] Trying new foods helps your taste buds to refine their ability to sense true foods

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    Bryan Carroll: [00:00:15] At this point, we have all heard about the different diet types that. Exclude a certain type of food such as a gluten free diet or a dairy free diet. There are even meat-free or vegan diets and carb free or low carb diets.Everywhere you turn, there's some sort of blank free diet that people are on. While oftentimes, people have good intentions when trying out these diets, it doesn't mean that they are the perfect option for health. For instance, I could be eating a vegan diet by only eating Oreos. But that doesn't mean it is healthy for me, but when it comes to these types of diets, there are other factors that we often forget could be impacted by limiting the variety of foods that you eat.What's up everyone? I'm Bryan Carroll and I'm here to help people move more, eat well and be adventurous. And today, Dr. Kim Bretz's will be helping us to debunk some of the blank free diets and how to get more variety into your diet to improve your gut health. And if you like the content of this episode, then it would be very helpful if you left a quick rating and review for us in your favorite podcast app.It just helps us spread the word about the show and allows others to find this information. Now let's get into my conversation with Dr. Kim. Bretz's. Dr. Kim. Bretz's is a naturopathic doctor, international speaker, and adjunct faculty at the university of Waterloo pharmacy, and she believes everyone should be able to eat without pain.An advocates for eating a wide variety of foods.  combines the best research available along with clinical experience and patient preference to achieve outstanding results with her patient...

    • 47 min
    109- Effective Cancer Treatments (That Aren’t Chemo or Radiation) with Dr. Lori Bouchard

    109- Effective Cancer Treatments (That Aren’t Chemo or Radiation) with Dr. Lori Bouchard

    Getting a cancer diagnosis can be one of the most shocking and scary experiences someone goes through. Your mind starts to race through what you just heard, and you start to think about the tough questions."How am I going to support my family", "how much time do I have", "there is so much left to do in this world", and so on.Typically, while your mind is racing, your doctor had continued the conversation about next steps and what to expect, but you probably missed most of it. Next thing you know, you are scheduling treatment appointments, and you have no time to think.We all know about chemo and radiation at this point, but what if there were other treatment options that are less invasive and have a lot of impact on your success rate?What Are Less Invasive Cancer Treatments?When we are talking about less invasive treatments, these are treatments that do minimal damage to the body itself. When you compare it to radiation, radiation is used on a targeted area to kill anything in its path (ideally cancer cells).Some less invasive treatments include colon hydrotherapy, high dose Vitamin C, and even mistletoe therapy.In this episode we will be diving deeper into a lot of different treatments, so grab a pen and paper and get ready to write down some notes!What To Expect From This Episode

    How to discover your personal reason to fight back against cancer

    Why cancer cells start to proliferate and cause problems in the body

    Less invasive interventions for cancerHow an entire treatment protocol might look like

    Shownotes* [2:00] How did Dr. Lori Bouchard become interested in oncology* [8:45] One of the approaches Dr. Lori uses is to find out why someone wants to work so hard to live* [12:00] What percent of the population will develop cancerous cells* [13:00] Is a tumor based on one cancerous cell, or is it a cluster of cells* [14:15] Why does cancer grow in the body* [18:45] Ways to turn anxiety and stress into actionable steps to improve your chances with cancer* [20:15] Do cancer cells have insulin receptors that help them to grow from excess sugar consumption* [22:15] When getting cancer treatments, usually the hospital food provided is full of sugar and glucose* [25:45] Are there times when using chemo and radiation is necessary to battle cancer* [28:30] What are some less invasive treatment options that can be used by itself or in conjunction with chemo or radiation* [32:45] Colon Hydrotherapy is a way to cleanse out the colon and remove debris that has been in the body for years* [38:15] What can you achieve by doing a fecal matter transplant for cancer* [40:00] Learn some signs that could indicate you have a bigger health issue to worry about* [42:30] Dr. Lori Bouchard walks us through the exact protocol she would do if she was diagnosed with cancer* [45:30] What are probiotic-rich enemas and how are those made* [46:45] For coffee enemas, does Dr. Lori use mycotoxin-free coffee beans* ​[48:00] Final thoughts on treatments for cancer and how movement helps reduce cancer as well

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    Bryan Carroll: [00:00:15] When you or someone you know receives a cancer diagnosis. It can be a shocking moment in most cases. Everything starts to happen quickly. You get the diagnosis and then you're stunned state.The doctor starts walking you through the treatment process, timeline for everything and what to expect. In most cases, you are scheduled to start receiving chemo or radiation, which are usually pretty harsh treatments to go through. Not often do you hear of other cancer treatments that can be very effective.What's up everyone. I'm Bryan Carroll and I'm here to help people move more, eat well, and be adventurous. And today Dr Lori Bouchard will be teaching us all about different approaches to ca...

    • 54 min
    108- How to Get the Best Sleep of Your Life with Dr. Michael Grandner

    108- How to Get the Best Sleep of Your Life with Dr. Michael Grandner

    When was the last time you woke up fully rested? I'm guessing it has been a long time.Sleep is one of those things that often gets put on the back burner. Often we have to decide between doing something we want to do, like watch Netflix, and sleep. In other instances, sleep might be high on your to-do list, but you may have kids that prevent you from making that happen.What we do know is sleep deprivation can have huge impacts on our health. There are 2 types of deprivation:Acute, which is for a short period of time (like navy seal training where they stay up for 96+ hours)Chronic, which is for a long period of time. This is typically what we see if you miss out on 1 hour of sleep every night for years.In this episode, Dr. Michael Grandner teaches us about the health impacts sleep can have, and strategies to improve our sleep.What To Expect From This Episode

    Common causes of sleep deprivation

    How sleep physically impacts the overall body, and systems it can impact

    Strategies for improving your sleepHow to monitor your sleep and make adjustments to your sleep protocols

    Shownotes* [2:00] What got Dr. Michael Grandner so interested in studying sleep* [4:00] What can sleep deprivation do to your health* [6:30] Why do humans put sleep to the side all the time* [10:30] If you have chronic sleep deprivation, what are the long term effects on the body* [20:30] Sleep deprivation has huge impacts on mental health, which could be a reason for the increased teen suicide rates* [25:30] They have talked about switching school times for elementary and high school because of sleep studies* [28:00] How can adults start to improve their quality of sleep* [36:30] If you are laying in bed for 20-40 minutes and can't fall asleep, then get up. Don't train your body that the bed is for anything other than sleep* [42:00] How can we improve our environment for sleep and train ourselves how to not react to our environment* [45:30] What are ways to make the sleep apnea masks more comfortable and easier to use* [52:00] Can melatonin be helpful for improving sleep, and what are optimal doses for it to work well* [58:00] It only takes half of a mg of melatonin to regulate sleep* [63:00] Getting good sleep gives your body what it wants and needs, and makes you more productive and energetic

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    Bryan Carroll: [00:00:15] How often do you feel rested? Like truly rested? You weren't hired in any way. You had the best sleep of your life. You woke up without an alarm clock and you are ready to take on the day is the answer.Never. Or has it been so long since you've felt that rested? You have totally forgotten what it feels like to get good sleep? Sleep was one of the easiest things for us to sacrifice, and it has a profound impact on our health. Most people would absolutely love to have more sleep, but has found it difficult to stay asleep all night long.What's up everyone. I'm Bryan Carroll and I'm here to help people move more, eat well, and be adventurous. And as you guessed it, today is all about sleep. Dr. Michael Grandner is a sleep specialist and I asked him an entire list of sleep related questions that I have heard from all of you. And if you are ready to figure out how to get the best sleep of your life, then you are listening to the right episode.So let's dive into this conversation with Dr. Michael Grandner. Dr. Michael Grandner is a licensed clinical psychologist, certified in behavioral sleep medicine, director of the sleep and health research program, and associate professor of psychiatry psychology. Medicine, nutritional sciences, and clinical translational science at the university of Arizona.His clinical work focuses on non-medication treatments for sleep disorders,

    • 1 hr 7 min
    107- Helping You to Recover From Mold Toxicity with Dr. Jill Crista

    107- Helping You to Recover From Mold Toxicity with Dr. Jill Crista

    There is a hidden toxin that impacts thousands, if not millions, of people every single day. These toxins are typically found in buildings, such as schools, workplaces, and your home.In fact, these toxins are so hidden, the Seattle Children's Hospital actually had some children lose their lives because no one knew it was there.This toxin is known as mycotoxins, which are released by mold that can damage our health.So what can happen to you if you are exposed to mold? How much exposure will it take for you to see an impact, and is the health consequences instant?These are all phenomenal questions that will be answered by Dr. Jill Crista in this podcast episode!What To Expect From This Episode

    Why is mold toxicity so tricky to recognize

    Where can mold grow and what are some areas most people don't realize has mold in it

    Health concerns related to mold toxicitySteps to recover from mold exposure and how to support the body

    Shownotes* [2:15] What got Dr. Jill Crista interested in medicine and mold toxicity* [7:00] A lot of people have mold-related symptoms but it takes something drastic that impacts their life for them to make a change* [8:30] Do symptoms usually come on slow, or can it hit people quickly* [12:00] What are the differences between the molds and fungus found in nature vs what is found in the home* [16:30] Even if you remove yourself from the moldy environment, the mycotoxins can remain in the body* [18:00] Can someone inoculate someone else with mycotoxins* [19:45] The Northwest and Southeast have a lot of issues with humidity and moisture which leads to mold growth. Does the rest of the country have the same types of issues for growing mold in our homes* [22:00] How long does it take for mold to start growing* [25:30] What are some forgotten places in a house where mold can grow (baby bath toys, CPAP machines, etc)* [27:15] Why are the filters in fridges so moldy* [28:15] Mold and Lyme have similar symptoms which is why it gets confusing during the diagnosis process* [30:45] Can mold exposure flareup other illnesses* [32:30] Mold in nature is decomposing, so it is doing the same thing to us* [34:45] Can you treat someone who refuses to remove themselves from the toxic environment* [37:30] Many coffees have a lot of mold in the coffee beans* [43:00] Mycotoxins and spores can move into many different organ systems and cause a lot of health issues* [45:00] At some point we will need to change policy around building to help reduce the chance of mold exposure* [48:00] Some people ask Dr. Jill why she doesn't use binders in her protocols* [50:45] Does Dr. Jill find many patients are coming in with constipation* [54:45] Different type of mycotoxin tests that Dr. Jill Crista likes to run

    Resources From This EpisodeSome of these resources may contain affiliate links, which provides a small commission to me (at no extra expense to you).* Take this quiz to see if mold has been impacting your health - Take the Mold Quiz* Dr. Crista has a mold course for practitioners - Learn More* Dr. Crista's mold program for patients - Learn More* Read Dr. Jill Crista's book, Break the Mold - Read it Today

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    Bryan: [00:00:15] There is a hidden toxic threat that can be all around us. It can be in our homes, workplaces, schools, or in any building we go into. And those toxins are known as mycotoxins.

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