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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 82: There Is No Weed Like Seaweed with Courtney Howell

    Ep 82: There Is No Weed Like Seaweed with Courtney Howell

    It is time to start living your better life, and seaweed can help you do it! Believe it or not, seaweed has what it takes to alleviate a range of health issues as well as cosmetic benefits. In fact, scientific studies have shown the massive health benefits that seaweed has to offer but is it probably more complicated than you think. Here today to talk everything seaweed with us is Courtney Howell, brown seaweed lover and co-founder of 7 Fathoms Skin Care which creates seaweed-based healthcare products. Courtney and her husband first became interested in seaweed after a storm caused seaweed to wash up along a cove near their home. They noticed a gel-like substance on the fronds when their daughter was playing with one, which started a chain of events that lead them to become the seaweed experts they are today. In our conversation, we talk about the different healthcare uses of seaweeds, why seaweed-based products are rising in popularity, examples of some of the products available, what bioactive compounds are in seaweeds, how Courtney first became interested in seaweeds, and why she is so focused on brown seaweeds. We also learn what to consider when buying seaweed-based products and why the extraction process is essential to create products that work. Don’t miss out on this fascinating conversation with seaweed pioneer Courtney Howell!


    Key Points From This Episode:
    Introduction and background about today’s guest and seaweed expert, Courtney Howell.Why seaweed has not been popular in Canada and the potential to grow the industry.An outline of the different uses of seaweeds.Seaweed as a safe and sustainable option for harvesting bioactive compounds.Why seaweeds are ten times more bioactive than land-based sources.The reason why brown seaweed is the focus of her business.Some examples of the benefits of using seaweed for healthcare.Longevity-based properties of populations that eat seaweeds.What you need to consider when buying a seaweed-based product.Rundown of the different bioactive compounds in seaweeds.The role that seaweed can play in alleviating a range of skin conditions.Courtney shares what got her first interested in seaweed.We discuss the various applications and the huge potential seaweed has. More details about what a consumer should consider when buying a seaweed-based product.

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Courtney Howell on LinkedIn
    7 Fathoms Skin Care
    7 Fathoms Skin Care on Facebook
    7 Fathoms Skin Care on Instagram
    7 Fathoms Skin Care on YouTube
    Laminaria digitata
    ‘Potential Use of Seaweed Bioactive Compounds in Skincare—A Review’
    Allison Tannis on LinkedIn
    Allison Tannis on Instagram
    Natural Health Influencer on Instagram 
    Natural Health Influencer Facebook Group
    Pure-Lē Natural
    Vista Magazine 
    Vista Magazine on Instagram

    • 26 min
    Ep 81: Demystifying the World of Sports Nutrition and Supplements with Jim McMahon

    Ep 81: Demystifying the World of Sports Nutrition and Supplements with Jim McMahon

    Do you want to get healthy but find the broad range of supplements confusing? Then this episode is for you! Today, we give listeners the insider scoop and expert advice on sports supplements. Learn which ones are good for pre-workout, post-workout and everything in between. To help us learn more about the subject is Jim McMahon, an industry expert who has over a decade of experience with nutritional supplements and has worked with various major league athletes to help them reach their full potential. In our conversation, we talk about Jim's companies, where protein supplements originated from, why it is better to use a blend of proteins, whether there are suitable plant-based products available, the advantages of fermented options, and the importance of amino acids. We also learn about some new and exciting supplement ingredients, and the fungus that will help your body recover. Tune in to demystify and get an expert guide into the world of sports nutrition and supplements with Jim McMahon!


    Key Points From This Episode:
    Outline of today’s topic and background about our guest, Jim McMahon.A brief rundown of Jim’s different companies within the nutrition space.The challenge that athletes have consuming enough protein when training.  What the difference is between isolate and concentrate whey protein.How to find the best plant-based alternative protein for your needs.Jim provides a definitive method for assessing an aspect of nutritional quality. Find out if branched-chain amino acids can be used for muscle recovery.Whether branched-chain amino acids can be sourced from plants.We discuss some exciting new ingredients that are entering the market. Where to start for those who are interested in taking supplements.The importance of supplements for non-athletes to improve their health. Some natural alternatives to traditional electrolyte supplements. A final takeaway message that Jim has for listeners: keep it simple. 

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Jim McMahon on LinkedIn
    Jim McMahon on Facebook
    Fit Foods
    Mutant
    Mutant on Facebook
    Mutant on Instagram
    Mutant on Twitter
    Mutant on YouTube
    Pure Vita Labs
    Pure Vita Labs on Instagram
    Pure Vita Labs on Twitter
    North Coast Naturals
    North Coast Naturals on Facebook
    North Coast Naturals on Instagram
    North Coast Naturals on Twitter
    North Coast Naturals on LinkedIn
    Allison Tannis on LinkedIn
    Allison Tannis on Instagram
    Natural Health Influencer on Instagram 
    Natural Health Influencer Facebook Group

    • 32 min
    Ep 80: Food is Food with Noelle Martin

    Ep 80: Food is Food with Noelle Martin

    If you are the parent or caregiver of a fussy eater, this episode is going to change your life! So much we thought we knew about mitigating fussy eating is wrong, and today’s guest, Noelle Martin, is here to share strategies that actually work. If you’ve been using certain foods as rewards for eating other foods, or pressuring your children to eat, don’t feel guilty, we’ve all done it! But those approaches have been shown to actually have negative effects. In this episode, you will learn how to instill the concept of “food is food” in your children and work within their parameters to make eating a more enjoyable process for them and for you. Mealtimes can be a major challenge or a special time for family bonding; this episode will help you transition from the former to the latter! 


    Key Points From This Episode:
    Introducing today’s guest, registered dietician Noelle Martin.Noelle explains why offering rewards for eating certain foods has been shown to have negative consequences.Examples of how to instill the concept of “food is food” in your children.How to capitalize on your children’s hungry times.Why we shouldn’t worry if our children will only eat vegetables with a dip.Benefits of presenting your children with options (but not too many).Power in using the terms “available” and “not available.”Changing your perspective and acting by example to make mealtimes more enjoyable for all.Noelle explains why we shouldn’t make a scene when a child eats the food that we want them to eat. Benefits of making food preparation fun and involving your children in the process! Exploring the concept of food-chaining.Why we shouldn’t refer to our children as picky eaters. 

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Motherhood and Meals
    Motherhood and Meals on Instagram
    Nourished Beginnings
    Nourished Beginnings [Kids] on Instagram
    Nourished Beginnings [Pregnancy] on Instagram
    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 Sublingual Active Vitamin B12 Drops
    Vista Magazine 
    Vista Magazine on Instagram

    • 34 min
    Ep 79: Creating Your Own Permaculture Oasis (Even if You Don’t Have a Garden!) with Angela Ferraro-Fanning

    Ep 79: Creating Your Own Permaculture Oasis (Even if You Don’t Have a Garden!) with Angela Ferraro-Fanning

    Conventional agriculture isn’t working; it’s time to go back to our roots! Angela Ferraro-Fanning is a permaculture farmer, which means she grows produce in a holistic and ecologically balanced way that mimics nature. In today’s episode, Angela explains how this approach (which is gaining traction across the world) allows soil, plants, and animals (including humans) to thrive. Angela grows a wide variety of produce on her farm and her “co-workers” range from honey bees to horses. Through her commitment to acting in alignment with nature, Angela has managed to get to the point where her farm is absorbing more carbon from the atmosphere than it is emitting! Don’t have a backyard? No problem! Angela also explains how you can create your own permaculture oasis in a pot!  


    Key Points From This Episode:
    Introducing today’s guest, permaculture farmer Angela Ferraro-Fanning.How permaculture differs from conventional farming. The downsides of conventional farming. Motivation fuelling the Food Not Lawns movement. How to create nutrient-rich soil for your patio permaculture garden.Benefits of adding worms to your soil (just make sure they aren’t the jumping ones!).Examples of plants that are “heavy feeders.”Angela explains the concept of companion planting.Animals who “work” with Angela on the farm.Why the permaculture trend is growing.Resources to help you get started on your permaculture journey.Your food choices matter! 

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Axe and Root Homestead
    Axe and Root Homestead on Instagram
    Axe and Root Homestead on YouTube
    The Harvest Table
    Little Homesteader
    Restoration Agriculture
    Dirt to Soil
    Food Not Lawns
    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 Chlorophyll Products
    Vista Magazine 
    Vista Magazine on Instagram

    • 37 min
    Ep 78: Beating the Bloat with Shannon Babic

    Ep 78: Beating the Bloat with Shannon Babic

    If you ever struggle with bloating, this episode is for you! Today we are joined by expert digestive health holistic nutritionist Shannon Babic to help you beat the bloat and feel great in your body again. In this episode, she explains what bloating is, the difference between “regular” bloating and chronic bloating, and some of the many common foods that trigger it. Shannon also sheds light on how you can discover the cause of your bloating, discusses whether or not you should take digestive enzyme supplements, and gives some other tips on how to prepare your digestive system before a large meal. You’ll also discover a clever test that you can do at home to help you figure out if you are low in digestive enzymes before we geek out on the vagus nerve, probiotics, and saccharomyces boulardii. 40 percent of the population complains about bloating and distention, so to figure out what may be causing your bloating and learn some simple lifestyle changes that you can make to prevent it, tune in today!


    Key Points From This Episode:
    Some background into today’s guest Shannon Babic and her career in holistic nutrition. An explanation of what bloating is and what it feels like.The difference between “regular” bloating and chronic bloating.Common foods that trigger bloating. Sugar alcohols and artificial sweeteners as substances that many people are intolerant towards.Why high-fat meals may cause bloating. How to know if you are low in digestive enzymes and a test you can do to measure this.   Whether or not you should take digestive enzyme supplements before a big meal.Other ways to prepare your digestive system before a large meal.Stress, anxiety, and other factors aside from food that cause bloating.How to discover the cause of your bloating.One of the most overlooked causes of bloating SIBO: Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth. How to find the right probiotic for you. Shannon’s advice for anyone looking to treat their bloating: journal.   A full-blown pun-filled geek-out on saccharomyces boulardii.

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Be Well with Shan  
    Be Well with Shan on Instagram
    Probiotic Rescue
    Deliciously Geeky
    Allison Tannis on LinkedIn
    Allison Tannis on Instagram
    Natural Health Influencer on Instagram 
    Natural Health Influencer Facebook Group
    Pure-Lē Natural
    Vista Magazine 
    Vista Magazine on Instagram

    • 29 min
    Ep 77: Parenting for the Long Game with Katie Garzón

    Ep 77: Parenting for the Long Game with Katie Garzón

    Parenting can be a major challenge to navigate; just when you think you’ve got it, the kids change course and suddenly, you need a new tactic. However, short-term tactic changes will not help you in the long term. You need a long game parenting plan! If you’ve ever had a parenting conundrum or needed some help navigating this windy road that is your child's journey, you’ve come to the right place. We found a parenting GPS! Today we're joined by parenting expert Katie Garzón. She's created Guided Parenting Support, or “GPS”, for parents. Katie explains that the key to good parenting is not about not making mistakes, but more about how you recover from them. She also talks about the importance of ensuring that your kids have at least one really strong relationship with a mature adult caregiver, and how to go about protecting that relationship in challenging situations. From sleep time to playtime, to how to get your kids to do those household chores, and even how to recover from parenting fails, Katie Garzón is here to share her wisdom with us. Tune in today to hear it all!


    Key Points From This Episode:
    An introduction to Katie Garzón and Guided Parenting Support.The many different stages of parenting. One of Allison’s mom fails, and a reminder that we all screw up. The role of parents: to raise children who become adults who are prepared to be successful in an unknown future.Why the key to good parenting is not about not making mistakes but more about how you recover from them. The number one protective factor for your kids as they get older: having at least one really strong relationship with a mature adult caregiver. How to protect your relationship with your children in difficult situations.Why you should deal with what is going on emotionally in the moment and deal with the consequences later, not the other way around.How to restore your relationship with your child when you have reacted badly as a parent.The importance of sleep in the long game of parenting. Sleep deprivation and anxiety; what to do if your children are struggling with this. How to involve your kids in the structuring of a bedtime routine.Why unstructured play is so vital to your child’s development.How to motivate kids to play. The benefits of imaginary play.What to do if you are worried about your child’s psychological wellbeing: lead with curiosity.How to get your kids to help out more with chores.

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Katie Garzón 
    Guided Parenting Support 
    Guided Parenting Support on Instagram
    Guided Parenting Support on Facebook
    Deliciously Geeky
    Allison Tannis on LinkedIn
    Allison Tannis on Instagram
    Natural Health Influencer on Instagram 
    Natural Health Influencer Facebook Group
    Pure-Lē Natural
    Vista Magazine 
    Vista Magazine on Instagram

    • 44 min

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