The Well & Worthy Life Podcast, hosted by certified Health Coach Deanna Pizitz, aims to inspire and encourage you to become the best version of yourself you can possibly be.
Each week Deanna and a guest invite you to listen in as they discuss strategies to improve physical health, mental health, spiritual health, and everything in between. Let's find the way to your best life together.
#095-Ed Park Founder of NeuroReserve Talks Brain Health and The Gut-Brain Connection
September is World Alzheimer's Month, so right now brain health is a subject that deserves special attention. There are things we can do to support brain health, and Edward Park from NeuroReserve is back in this episode to talk about them and the gut-brain connection.
The gut-brain connection is bi-directional. These parts of people's bodies are connected by both the enteric nervous system and vagus nerve, which make up the autonomic nervous system. Ed shares how this two-way connection plays a part in our digestion, behaviors, and emotions.
Another thing that can influence us bi-directionally is inflammation. It drives chronic diseases, including neurodegenerative ones. Ed explains why people's bodies are not equipped for low-grade chronic stress and inflammation that can come from these diseases. Diet is so important in fighting this type of inflammation because the food we eat has such a significant impact on the health of the gut barrier as well as the type of bacteria that thrives.
If we don’t eat well, the bad bacteria multiplies. When this happens, we become more susceptible to inflammation. This inflammation, combined with thriving bad bacteria, can result in inflammation-driven diseases like IBS, ulcerative colitis, and Alzheimer’s.
Leaning our diets towards healthy plants high in fiber and polyphenols, eating more fermented foods, and reducing our sugar intake can help support our bodies and our brains. Ed is passionate about getting ahead of these problems before they become a disease. It’s not easy to change our diets. But with the right tools and support, you can start making healthy steps forward.
Listen to the first episode with Edward Park on How To Maintain a Healthy Brain.
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Making the Most out of the Empty Nest Stage with 'Empty Besting' Author Kristi Huss
We’re talking about empty nesting alongside Kristi Huss in this episode. Kristi is an author, blogger, and mother of six girls. She recently wrote a book called “Empty Besting” which is about making the most out of the empty nest stage of life. Her last four children (quadruplets!) left the home last year, giving her a very unique perspective as an empty nester.
Kristi starts by sharing more about herself and her life. She’s been married for 27 years, and she had all of her children in her 20s within five years. Despite being busy with six children, she always kept a toe in the working world. Needless to say, her life has been crazy, but she loves it.
In this next chapter of her life, Kristi thought she would instantly feel free and excited. What she found instead was a feeling of loss and sadness. She decided to reach out to other women who are experiencing joy at this phase in their life so she could pick their brain and discover how they accomplished that.
Kristi discusses how her role has shifted since her children left the home. She transitioned from micromanaging as a mother to being in more of a friend role. Or, as Kristi describes it, “a manager to a consultant.” It was a subconscious transition that Kristi was able to fully enjoy by letting go.
We also hear about how being an empty nester has impacted her relationship with her husband. There have been ups and downs throughout their relationship, and they’re excited to be in this phase of their life together. Kristi is looking forward to embracing being an empty bester with her empty besting partner.
Kristi’s Website: https://kristihuss.com/
Kristi’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kristihuss/
Read more stories about becoming an empty nester and making the most out of this stage of life on the Well & Worthy Life blog.
Mindset and Health During Menopause with Teresa Townsend
In this episode, we’re joined by mindset and mental fitness expert Teresa Townsend. Teresa helps busy female executives thrive during menopausal years. Teresa is so easy to talk to and has so much knowledge to share about what’s within our control, including our mindset and how we react.
Before coaching, Teresa was in the business finance industry. She realized that she wasn’t enjoying her life as much as she should be, and she started searching for more. Eventually, through her husband, she stumbled across coaching and never looked back.
Teresa dives into how speaking to yourself positively and moving with awareness improves everything. It reflects on your relationships and all other aspects of your life. It all starts with your mindset. If you feel stuck, affirmations can help you get unstuck.
Negative thought patterns may never fully go away, but we can reduce the frequency with which we experience them. We can learn to think differently and rewire our brains, so Teresa discusses the importance of stopping and listening to what we’re saying to ourselves. We have the power to speak things into existence that have the power to influence our lives day today. Awareness of these thoughts and what you’re doing when you get them are the first steps to overcoming them.
You can take control back from the things in your life that drain you, whether that’s certain types of media or even people. Teresa emphasizes that if you choose to, you can put up boundaries and start taking control back. It’s up to you.
Head to Teresa's website to learn more about mindset and health during menopause.
#092 - Turning Back The Clock With Peptides
We are joined once again by Dr. St. Petery, a functional medicine doctor practicing out of Birmingham, AL. She returns to the podcast today to discuss turning back the clock with peptides.
Dr. St. Petery starts by explaining what peptides are, how they are made, and what they are particularly helpful for. Our body actually makes peptides, but you can often get them prescribed. Deanna shares her experience with using peptides and how it supported her body composition. It has also made a big difference in her skin and her libido.
The key in using peptides is to mimic how our body would naturally cycle them. There is a proper way to purchase and use them, and Dr. St. Petery wants people to be aware of what that means. She also discusses which peptides she finds to be the most beneficial and powerful, although they are not readily available in every state.
After chemotherapy, Dr. St. Petery’s hair didn’t grow back the same. She started taking peptides for this recently and has noticed a significant improvement in the growth rate, thickness, and health of her hair. Her nails have started growing longer, too. These are physical changes, but they imply that there are changes also happening internally as a result of the peptides.
Peptides are an alternative option to bioidentical hormone treatments. They can also help with weight loss, thyroid health, libido and hormone health, gut health, and more. Peptides are not a fix all, but they can help. The best thing you can do is implement a lifestyle change and use peptides alongside that if you choose to.
Dr. St. Petery’s website: https://www.functionalmedicineofalabama.com/
My other podcast with Dr. St. Petery: https://www.wellandworthylife.com/functional-medicine-and-the-importance-of-food/
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#091 - Gut Health With "Fiber Fueled" Author Dr. Will Bulsiewicz
In today’s episode we’re discussing gut health with author Dr. Will Bulsiewicz. He’s a board-certified gastroenterologist and gut health expert. His book "Fiber Fueled" isn’t about quick fixes. It focuses on the big picture of what we put in our body and shares simple steps that help you create positive shifts in your digestion.
Dr. Bulsiewicz doesn’t feel like he chose gut health, but that it chose him. He fell in love with gastroenterology in medical school because he loved the connectedness of the system, and how the digestive system has so many different parts to consider. He dives deeper into the health crisis he faced that forced him to look at himself, how he was living, and make a change in his own life for the better.
Our microbiome is made up of trillions of invisible organisms that live inside every single one of us. They are connected not only to our digestive system but also our immune system, our hormones, and our brain function. They also influence our metabolism. This is why damage to the microbiome (also known as dysbiosis) can affect us so greatly.
Dr. Bulsiewicz shares why it’s so important to eat a wide variety of plants: science has shown that the most powerful predictor of a healthy gut is the diversity of plants in your diet. Research shows that the healthiest people are those who eat 30 or more different plants per week.
There are two things that keep Dr. Bulsiewicz feeling good. The first is eating a plant-based diet, and the second is taking a fiber supplement. Diet always comes first, but after diet there are supplements that can help. All of this should center around enhancing and feeding the good microbes.
Dr. Bulsiewicz’s Website: https://theplantfedgut.com/
Dr. Bulsiewicz’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theguthealthmd/
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#090 - The Gut Brain Connection
In this episode we’re joined by Sharon Holand Gelfand, a Holistic Function Nutritionist and author of “The Gut Method.” As Sharon puts it, she didn’t find gut health - gut health found her. She actually started out in banking and finance, but when her son was diagnosed with Crohn's disease, she decided to pursue further education in functional nutrition. What she discovered was the gut-brain connection.
Sharon also had health issues herself, including IBS, eczema, hypoglycemia, and consistent immune dysfunction. The more she learned, the more small changes she implemented. As she made these small changes, she got better. With her newfound knowledge, her son was better able to manage his symptoms as well.
There is new and fascinating research about the gut-brain connection . Food doesn’t just influence how you feel in your body, but it also impacts your mental health. We discussed a new study regarding gut inflammation and prevalence of mental health issues. It’s more important now than ever to acknowledge and appreciate just how powerful the food we put in our body can be.
In The Gut Method, Sharon shares her story and helps the reader identify patterns so that they feel empowered to make changes instead of getting overwhelmed. The book also touches on gut mapping and how it can be a very useful tool for evaluating overall health.
We talk about the changes Sharon made in her life, especially since going through menopause. Specifically, sensitivities to certain things, including alcohol. Sharon has adjusted her life accordingly, and she rarely drinks like she did before. Putting her health first is always worth it.
Sharon’s Website: https://sharonholand.com/
Sharon’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sharonholandgelfand/
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