#181 The Natural Treatment of Diabetes, Dealing With Anxiety and Stress, Cooking With Chocolate and Eco-Friendly Sleep Options

Welcome to this episode of The Tonic, terrestrially broadcast on March 13 and 14, 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 natural treatment of diabetes with Joel Thuna, dealing with anxiety and stress with Alexandra Leon, cooking with chocolate with Carolyn Tanner Cohen and eco-friendly sleep options with Adarsh Shah

We specifically discuss:

The Natural Treatment of Diabetes

  • Diabetes in Canada
  • Type 1, 2 and 3 Diabetes
  • How does Diabetes impact your health?
  • Managing Type 2 Diabetes through lifestyle
  • Diet recommendations: Carbohydrates, Salt and Fat
  • Exercise
  • Soluble and insoluble Fiber
  • Vitamin K2-MK7
  • Chromium
  • Milk Thistle
  • Ginseng

Dealing With Anxiety and Stress

  • Why do we experience stress?
  • Why is stress problematic?
  • How do people deal with stress?
  • What are the negative effects of stress?
  • Why is it difficult for us to stop stressing out?
  • How do we break the stress cycle?
  • Magnesium, L-theanin, Skull Cap, Linden and Chamomile.

Cooking With Chocolate

  • What does chocolate bring to your cooking?
  • Dutch process vs. natural cocoa powder
  • How dark should the chocolate be that you cook with?
  • Should you use “baking chocolate”?
  • Preferred brands of chocolate
  • Blocks, wafers, chips and bars

Eco-Friendly Sleep Options

  • What are most mattresses made from?
  • Can we use eco-friendly fabrics to make sleep products?
  • The manufacturing process
  • The wear and tear of natural fabrics
  • Comfort as a factor
  • Durability as a factor
  • Organic and synthetic latex
  • Organic certifications
  • Recycling mattresses
  • The “green premium”

For more information about show sponsor Pure-Le Natural go here.

To read articles by Joel Thuna in Tonic Magazine go here.

To learn more about Alexandra Leon and Nutripur go here.

To learn more about Carolyn Tanner Cohen go here.

To learn more about Adarsh Shah and Ultramatic go here.

#173 The Importance of Taking Care of Your Heart, Laxatives or Fiber for Your Digestion, Calming Yourself for a Good Night Sleep and Snacking Cakes

Welcome to this episode of The Tonic, terrestrially broadcast on February 27 and 28, 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 importance of taking care of your heart with Carolyn Pullen, laxatives vs. fiber for your digestion with Alexandra Leon, how to calm yourself for a good night’s sleep with Heather Lillico and snacking cakes with Naomi Bussin

We specifically discuss:

The Importance of Taking Care of Your Heart

  • The Canadian Cardiovascular Society
  • Heart Health Month
  • Why is being aware of heart health so important?
  • How many Canadians are affected by heart disease?
  • What are the signs and symptoms of a heart attack?
  • What is the best course of action during a heart attack?
  • What do we do if we see someone having a heart attack?
  • Is it safe to get medical attention for your heart health during the pandemic?
  • How do we prevent heart disease?

Laxatives vs. Fiber for your Digestion

  • Why are digestive issues such a hot topic?
  • The gut-brain axis
  • Your core muscles and digestion
  • Why is constipation problematic?
  • Laxatives: working on the conduit
  • Fiber: working on the content
  • Aloe and psyllium
  • How do we know whether we should take a laxative or fiber?
  • How do we choose the right digestion product?

How to Calm Yourself for a Good Night’s Sleep

  • Why do people have a hard time getting to sleep?
  • What happens when we don’t get a good night’s sleep?
  • How can we “turn our brains off”?
  • Directing the mind: The Alphabet Task
  • Gratitude
  • Progressive muscle activation
  • Guided meditation
  • Apps
  • Foods to help sleep: kiwis, tart cherries, oats, nuts
  • Herbal remedies/teas: Chamomile, Holy Basil, Passion Flower, Lemon Balm
  • Essential oils

Snacking Cakes

  • What is a snacking cake?
  • Snacking Cakes by Yossy Arefi
  • Salted caramel peanut butter cake
  • Minty chocolate malt cake
  • Black and blueberry ricotta cake
  • Berry cream cheese cake
  • Chocolate almond raspberry olive oil cake
  • One Tin Bakes by Edd Kimber
  • Coffee coffee cake
  • Peanut butter brookies
  • Almond and mixed berry “dump” cake

For more information about Carolyn Pullen and the Canadian Cardiovascular Society go here.

To learn more about Nutripur and Alexandra Leon go here.

To learn more about Heather Lillico go here

To read articles by Naomi Bussin in Tonic Magazine go here.