#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

#128 How Your Immune System Works, Maintaining Relationships During Social Isolation, Fighting Stress Nutritionally and Dental Care During Covid-19

Welcome to this episode of The Tonic, terrestrially broadcast on April 18 and 19 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 how your immunity system works with Dr. Gordon Chang, maintaining relationships during social isolation with Carlyle Jansen,

We specifically discuss:

How Does the Immune System Work?

  • There is no known proven cure for Covid-19 (yet)
  • Boosting the immune system
  • White blood cells
  • Non-specific antibodies
  • How do vaccines work?
  • Inflammation
  • Mast cells
  • Herbal immune boosters
  • Lifestyle

Maintaining Relationships During Social Isolation

  • Downtime and space
  • Separation and togetherness
  • Communication
  • Setting aside time to talk
  • Physical connections during social distancing
  • Sexual relationships for singles (during Covid-19)

Fighting Stress Nutritionally

  • Emotional eating and the loss of control
  • Supporting gut health with fermented foods
  • Creating your own fermented foods
  • Sourdough starters
  • Yogurt
  • Foods that don’t support gut health: alcohol and sugar
  • Growing your own food
  • Sprouting

Dental Care During Covid-19

  • What do you do if you have a dental emergency?
  • Are there dental offices open during Covid-19 in Toronto?
  • The Royal College of Dentists contact
  • What qualifies as a dental emergency?
  • Teledentistry
  • Phone prescriptions and proper dosage
  • Managing anxiety

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

To read Carlyle Jansen’s articles in Tonic Magazine go here.

To read Megan Horsley’s articles in Tonic Magazine go here

To learn more about Dr. Steve Colomby go here.