#187 Why Supplement, Better Mental Health in Two Sentences, Why Are Your Muscles Tight and the Essence of Mindfulness

Welcome to this episode of The Tonic, terrestrially broadcast on June 5 and 6, 2021 on AM740 and FM 96.7 in Toronto. Topics covered on the show track the lifestyle articles and themes published in Tonic Magazine. This week we’ll discuss why we should supplement with Dr. Gordon Chang, moving towards better mental health in two sentences with Kevin Frankish, why your muscles are so tight with Dr. Erin Boynton and the essence of mindfulness with Tracey Soghrati

We specifically discuss:

Why Supplement?

  • Why should we take supplements?
  • Fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Macro-nutrition and Micro-nutrition
  • Vitamins that flow through the system
  • Mega dosing

Better Mental Health in Two Sentences

  • “You are not alone”
  • “It can be okay”
  • Why is it important to feel that we’re not alone?
  • Getting support is not a sign of weakness
  • Hope vs. Depression
  • How do you create a sense of hope?
  • Post Pandemic expectations

Why Are Your Muscles So Tight?

  • What is the “hamstring”?
  • How do we know if our muscles are tight?
  • Why do people have tight hamstrings?
  • We sit too much
  • Will stretching solve the problem?
  • Exercise: bridges, squats, wall sits
  • Tightness after massage
  • Will hamstring tightness impact other parts of the body?
  • Activating your quadriceps muscles

The Essence of Mindfulness 

  • Is mindfulness for everyone?
  • Self criticism is problematic
  • Stillness is difficult for those with PTSD
  • COAL
  • Compassion and curiosity
  • Openness
  • Acceptance and awareness
  • Loving kindness
  • Open monitoring and focused attention

For more information about show sponsor OmegaAlpha and Dr. Gordon Chang go here.

To learn more about Kevin Frankish and his blog go here.

To learn more about Dr. Erin Boynton go here.

To learn more about Tracey Soghrati go here.

#186 Sleep and Aging, Planning a Harvest Theme For Your Garden, Minimizing Covid-19 Vaccination Side Effects and Adopting Eco-Conscious Habits in the Home

Welcome to this episode of The Tonic, terrestrially broadcast on May 29 and 30, 2021 on AM740 and FM 96.7 in Toronto. Topics covered on the show track the lifestyle articles and themes published in Tonic Magazine. This week we discuss the connection between sleep and aging with Adarsh Shah, planning a harvest theme for your vegetable garden with Melissa Cameron, how to minimize the side effects of Covid-19 vaccinations with Dr. Aimee Harris-Newon and adopting eco-conscious habits in the home with Candice Best.

We specifically discuss:

Sleep and Aging

  • Sleep and life stages
  • Factors impacting sleep
  • SLIM
  • The stages of the sleep cycle
  • How does age impact sleep?
  • Sleep affecting age
  • Research into sleep and age
  • Sleep tips for aging adults

Planning A Harvest Theme For Your Vegetable Garden

  • The benefits and examples of themed edible gardens
  • Worms and worm castings
  • Composting
  • Space for themed edible garden
  • Timing of planting edible gardens
  • Maintenance
  • Tea gardens
  • Smoothie Gardens
  • Changing your gardens mid-season: cycling and sowing and reaping

Minimizing The Side Effects of Covid-19 Vaccinations

  • What are the extreme and common reactions to Covid-19 vaccines?
  • Are the mild symptoms to be expected?
  • Preventing the common symptoms
  • Are the side effects reason enough not to get the vaccine?
  • How do you deal with post-vaccine fatigue?
  • More serious side effects that require diligence
  • Meditation, Mindfulness, and relaxation techniques

Adopting Eco-Conscious Habits in the Home

  • The “little things” we all can do (if we want to)
  • Taking stock of our consumption habits
  • Avoiding single use plastics
  • Packaging and refill options, package free shops
  • Food waste
  • Growing your own food
  • Unplugging electronic devices
  • Reduce, Re-use, Recycle…Refuse…and Reimagine

For more information about show sponsor Ultramatic  and Adarsh Shah go here.

To learn more about Melissa Cameron go here.

To learn more about Dr. Aimee Harris-Newon go here.

To to follow Candice Best on twitter go here.