#142 Organic Herbs and Immunity, Sleep Positions for Best Rest, Summer Drink Alternatives and Yoga Outside the Studio

Welcome to this episode of The Tonic, terrestrially broadcast on July 25 and 26, 2020 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 Natural Herbs and Immunity with Caitlin Rivett-Carnac, Sleep Positions for Best Rest with Adarsh Shah, Summer Drink Alternatives with Megan Horsley and Taking the Yoga Practice Out of the Studio with Julie Watson

We specifically discuss:

Organic Herbs and Immunity

  • Growing herbs for herbal remedies
  • Why is understanding the source of the herb important?
  • What is involved in growing an organic herb?
  • The extraction process
  • The formulation of immune products
  • Adaptogens
  • A proactive approach to immunity
  • What is the process in developing herbal products?

Sleep Position

  • What do we know about sleep?
  • Why do we sleep on a flat surface?
  • Is there a proper sleep position?
  • What is the purpose of the pillow?
  • Should we concerned if we’re sleeping on our front, side or back?
  • Does the hardness affect the quality of sleep?
  • How do we avoid neck pain while sleeping?
  • Memory foam
  • How do we avoid back pain?

Summer Drink Alternatives

  • Should we rely on alcoholic drinks to hydrate?
  • Added refined sugar
  • Alcohol is digested faster than food
  • Diet soda and alternatives
  • Kombucha
  • Mocktails
  • Iced Coffee and Tea
  • Sugar alcohols

Taking Yoga Outside The Studio

  • Yoga is more than movement
  • Connection and conversation through technology and social media
  • Communication online
  • Dismantling the membership model
  • Outdoor yoga classes
  • What will studios look like when they reopen?
  • Online platforms – Zoom classes

For more information about show sponsor St. Francis Herb Farm go here.

To  learn more about Adarsh Shah and Ultramatic go here.

To learn more about Megan Horsley go here

To learn more about Julie Watson, go here

#139 The Natural Treatment of Stress and Sleep, Healthy Grilling, Finding Solace in Solitude and Proper Hydration for Exercise

Welcome to this episode of The Tonic, terrestrially broadcast on July 4 and 5, 2020 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 natural treatment of stress and sleep with Andrea Donsky, healthy grilling with Shauna Lindzon, how to find solace in solitude with Tracey Soghrati and proper hydration for exercise with Dr. Stacy Irvine.

We specifically discuss:

The Natural Treatment of Stress and Sleep

  • What can we do to deal with stress?
  • Deep breathing
  • Exercise – sleep
  • Laughter
  • Foods that battle stress
  • L-Theanine
  • Adaptogenic herbs
  • Omega-3 with high EPA’s
  • Gaba – Passion Flower
  • Magnesium
  • Stress and sleep
  • Sleep Hygiene
  • Limiting blue light

Healthy Grilling

  • Direct heat, indirect heat, combination and smoking
  • Marinating
  • Brining
  • Lid up or down
  • Grilling vegetables

Finding Solace in Solitude

  • The unhealthy way to be in solitude
  • The unhealthy internal monologue
  • Why is it so hard to be alone with our thoughts?
  • Getting stuck in a cognative vision
  • Why can solitude be a good thing?
  • Reflecting on relationships
  • Getting to know yourself
  • Building the capacity to be with yourself
  • How can you use your alone time productively?
  • Emotional regulation
  • Engaging others outside of solitude

Proper Hydration for Exercise

  • The importance of proper hydration
  • When is the best time to hydrate?
  • Hydration during exercise
  • Your thirst isn’t an accurate indicator of hydration
  • Post workout hydration
  • Cold vs. room temperature water
  • Overheating during exercise
  • Sports drinks – electrolyte replacement, sugar and caffeine
  • Alternatives to sports drinks
  • Is there such a thing as drinking too much water?
  • How do you deal with cramps?

For more information about show sponsor New Roots Herbal go here.

For more information about Andrea Donsky go here.

To learn more about Shauna Lindzon go here.

To learn more about Tracy Soghrati go here.

To learn more about Dr. Stacy Irvine go here.