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Bringing you fascinating conversations with the movers, shakers and innovators in food, health, agriculture and everywhere in between! New episodes drop every Wednesday starting in November.


The Modern Health Nerd Podcast Theresa Houghton

    • Nutrition

Bringing you fascinating conversations with the movers, shakers and innovators in food, health, agriculture and everywhere in between! New episodes drop every Wednesday starting in November.


    Rise Gardens: Bringing Produce Close to Home (Literally)

    Rise Gardens: Bringing Produce Close to Home (Literally)

    Wouldn't it be great to have access to fresh, homegrown produce all year long? No worrying about what got sprayed on it, how long ago it was harvested or how far it traveled. No wasted resources, no nutrient loss -- just fresh taste.

    Hank Adams and the team at Rise Gardens is making that dream a reality with their hydroponic indoor gardening systems. They've merged all the best of personal gardens with today's technologies to create a range of IoT-connected growing systems for greens, microgreens, tomatoes and even some root crops like beets!

    But it's more than a pretty tech toy (although it is that!). Rise Gardens systems address some of the biggest problems with our food system today and provides individuals and families with the opportunity to learn how to grow--and then enjoy--a variety of healthy foods.

    In this episode, Hank talks with Theresa "Sam" Houghton about Rise Gardens' systems, the food industry, the importance of traditional regenerative farming and why Rise wants to get kids involved with growing their own veggies.

    Hank Adams - CEO & Founder, Rise Gardens (www.risegardens.com)

    Prior to founding Rise Gardens, Hank Adams started three previous sports technology companies, including Sportvision, which was named one of the world’s 50 Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company Magazine (#34, Fast Company, March 2010) and earned Hank a spot on Fast Company’s “Ten Most Creative People in Sports” list (June 2009). Sportvision forever altered the sports landscape with its iconic products such as the “Magic Yellow Line” for football. Seeking a new venture that would make a lasting impact, Hank decided to focus on solutions to the broken food system, which contributes to poor health, depleted soils and environmental degradation. In addition, Hank has had a lifelong passion for gardening, starting as a boy growing strawberries in his native Colorado. Combining these interests, Rise Gardens was born.

    About Rise Gardens

    Rise Gardens designs state-of-the-art indoor hydroponic produce gardens that make it easy for anyone to grow their own food. The system makes a complicated process productive and fun for gardeners constrained by busy schedules, short growing seasons or access to land in urban settings. The modular, WiFi-connected platform allows for expansion and enables growing of a wide variety of greens and vegetables. Founded in 2019 and backed by $3.1M in seed funding from investors including True Ventures and the Alexa Fund, Rise Gardens encourages better nutrition and healthy outcomes by helping people grow their own food year-round and by partnering with schools to build nutrition education into the classroom.

    Follow Rise Gardens!

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

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/risegardens

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/risegardens/

    • 39 min
    PolyNatural: Extending Shelf Life and Reducing Food Waste Naturally

    PolyNatural: Extending Shelf Life and Reducing Food Waste Naturally

    How much wax have you eaten today? Vicente Traviesa of PolyNatural is working to make sure you can confidently answer, "None!"

    The sad (and kind of gross) truth of the matter is that much of our conventional produce is coated in things we don't want to eat, including synthetic waxes. It gives fruit that shiny look, but it's not so great when it comes to our health. 

    What's the alternative? PolyNatural has developed an all-natural solution called Shel-Life.  Founder Francisco Palma and the rest of the team aim to make this coating the preferred alternative for preserving fruits and vegetables--thereby reducing food waste and ensuring the fruit we eat is 100% good for us.

    About PolyNatuaral

    At PolyNatural, we focus on reducing "food waste" and enhance fruit quality. Our product Shel-Life is the preferred all-natural "shelf life extender" because our coating allows for the elimination of synthetics while reducing waste, enhancing quality and boosting sales appeal PolyNatural is engaged in cutting-edge research, innovation, and development. We use the potential of completely natural components to make unique products in the market that benefit the quality of food for people all around the world.

    Shel-Life is a 100% natural emulsion (plant-based) manufactured with natural extracts, lipids and plant polymers that forms a covering on the fruit which reduces food waste by delaying the growth of microorganisms. Shel-Life is a product for agribusiness that differs from its competitors since the coatings used by the vast majority of fruit exporting companies in the market consist of synthetic waxes that are made up of components derived from petroleum.

    Connect with PolyNatural online


    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PolyNatural/

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

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/polynatural/

    • 31 min
    The Leaf Protein Company: Supporting Sustainability with Pereskia

    The Leaf Protein Company: Supporting Sustainability with Pereskia

    Where will the next novel plant-based ingredient come from? The Leaf Protein Company is betting on Pereskia.

    The Australian company is on a mission to "unlock Earth's most abundant and sustainable source of proteins: green leaves." Using a combination of tradition, science and tech, they're leveraging Pereskia's high protein content and nutrient concentration to create clean ingredients for plant-based brands.

    Co-founder Fern Ho joins The Modern Health Nerd podcast to discuss how she and Rob Blum, the company's CEO, are transforming a traditional Brazilian plant into the next nutritional powerhouse. Fern’s adult-onset food allergies got her started on the path toward understanding how food affects health -- and how to provide consumers with better food, no marketing gimmicks necessary.

    Find The Leaf Protein Company online:


    Get in touch with Fern


    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-leaf-protein-company/

    Twitter: @theleafprotein

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theleafprotein/

    • 36 min
    Chuck Carroll: Let's Step Outside the Plant-Based Bubble

    Chuck Carroll: Let's Step Outside the Plant-Based Bubble

    News flash: The plant-based space is living in a bubble! How can we reach everyone "outside" who's looking for real, actionable information on how to be healthier?

    According to Chuck Carroll, it's time to simplify consumer education.

    As the host of The Exam Room podcast, Chuck has interviewed some of the biggest names in the plant-based space--and shared his own inspiring story. On this episode of The Modern Health Nerd, we talk about everything from the reality of food addiction to how the big plant-based and alt protein brands can change their messaging to make a bigger impact on consumer choices.

    About Chuck

    Chuck Carroll is truly “The Weight Loss Champion.”

    At his heaviest, he weighed 420 pounds and had amassed a 66-inch waist while requiring a size 6xl shirt. At just 5-foot-6, his tiny frame struggled to support his enormous figure. A severe food addiction continued to fuel an unhealthy lifestyle as his waist expanded at such a pace that soon it would outgrow even the big and tall catalog.

    Still, there were times when, like millions of others battling the bulge, he tried and failed to lose weight. Fearing that his life was spiraling out of control and nearing an end, he opted to undergo weight loss surgery. Prior to the procedure he was convinced that the drastic measure would become like all the other failed attempts to lose weight. Chuck was just 27 years old at the time and didn’t think he would live to see 30.

    But then the unexpected happened. He woke up from the surgery and never looked back. Although a critical component, the surgery proved only to be the first step in his journey. In fact, he only attributes 10 percent of his weight loss success to the procedure.

    In just over a year, Chuck shed 265 pounds by conquering food addiction and devoting himself to a healthier lifestyle. He’s now maintaining the weight loss by eating a plant-based diet. The confidence he gained from the weight loss enabled him to pursue his dream of becoming a sports reporter. Chuck’s career took a twist when he became a reporter for the all-news CBS station in Washington. From there, he went on to anchor national newscasts at NBC News Radio.

    Yet, he felt something was still missing in his professional life. He wanted to give back and inspire others to follow in his footsteps whether they had already lost weight or were just beginning their weight loss journey. In 2018, he teamed up with PCRM to launch The Exam Room™ podcast where he has interviewed the biggest names in the plant-based community, including Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, and Dr. Michael Greger. The show has grown to become one of the most downloaded nutrition podcasts in the world. 

    Follow Chuck on Twitter and Instagram at @ChuckCarrollWLC



    Check out The Exam Room Podcast on Apple:


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    • 34 min
    Mal Hebblewhite: Unlocking the Gut Health "Black Box" with Atmo Biosciences

    Mal Hebblewhite: Unlocking the Gut Health "Black Box" with Atmo Biosciences

    What if you could know exactly what's going on in your gut and fix it -- once and for all? Mal Hebblewhite's company, Atmo Biosciences, is working on the solution.
    We've got a bit of a different focus on the podcast for this episode. Gut health is a hot topic -- and no wonder. Food allergies, food sensitivities and conditions like IBS and IBD are running rampant in today's society. Our damaged guts are affecting our quality of life, and up until now, we've only had the tiniest window into what's going on.
    Atmo Biosciences is working on an amazing technological solution to give a window into the "black box" of gut health and help break the cycle of trial-and-error gut treatment. It's time for a more personalized approach!

    Malcolm (Mal) Hebblewhite is CEO of Atmo Biosciences, which he co-founded in 2018 to commercialize novel ingestible gas-sensing capsule IP licensed from RMIT University.

    Mal holds a BE (Aerospace) with Honors from the University of NSW, Sydney, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.


    Company bio:

    Atmo Biosciences is a digital health business focussed on providing objective real-time insights into gut health and microbiome function. Atmo’s world-first ingestible gas-sensing capsule senses clinically important gaseous biomarkers in real time at the source of production, and transmits the data wirelessly to the cloud for aggregation and analysis. Atmo addresses the need to monitor microbiome function, allowing improved diagnosis and personalised therapeutic approaches, resulting in earlier and more successful relief of symptoms, and reduced healthcare costs.


    Connect with Atmo:

    Twitter -- https://twitter.com/atmobio

    LinkedIn -- https://www.linkedin.com/company/atmo-biosciences/

    • 37 min
    Jeff Rosenblum: Living an Abundant Plant-Based Life

    Jeff Rosenblum: Living an Abundant Plant-Based Life

    How do you enjoy vibrant, lifelong health? For Jeff Rosenblum, the answer is simple: eat plants.
    As a trainer, Jeff always believed he was eating a healthy diet -- until he got some disappointing numbers from his doctor. Rather than go on medications and experience unpleasant side effects, Jeff decided to make some lifestyle changes. Now, he's helping others do the same!
    About Jeff
    Jeff Rosenblum, BS, is an ACE-Certified Personal Trainer, eCornell-Certified Plant-Based Nutrition Consultant, and president of Posture Plus Fitness in Atlanta, Georgia, providing in-home or on-location health screening, fitness assessment, exercise program development, and personal training in a one-on-one setting, and also offers group presentations and plant-based nutrition consulting.  He is the author of Eat Abundantly, Live Vibrantly: The No-Frills Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition and host of Vegan Stories Podcast.
    Find Jeff on the Web:
    Website: postureplusfitness.com
    Podcast: veganstoriespodcast.com

    • 33 min

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