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Functional Nutrition Radio brings evidence-based information to help you and your family live happier and healthier. Lahana Vigliano, CEO of Nuvitru Wellness, wants to arm women with the knowledge to change future generations + put back hope in health issues where all hope was lost. Lahana is functional medicine trained and looks at health diving deep into the root cause and figuring out how we can get to OPTIMAL health!
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Now displaying: January, 2018
Jan 30, 2018

Are you wondering if you have a underlying food sensitivity? What test should you take? Should you even take one? Find out on today's episode!

Have anymore questions? Email me over at lahana@thrivalnutrition.com

Don't forget to make our zucchini chocolate chip muffins! They are GF + DF!

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Transcript

One thing that you’ve probably seen on the internet or talked about it with someone is food sensitivities. Now to start off with, I’m not talking about allergies, which is the IgE response to certain foods or environmental factors. But, our body responding to foods that affects us negatively, NOT a full blown allergy. The definition of a food sensitivity is an inflammation generated reaction against a specific food that does not involve IgE sensitivity.
 
Many food sensitivity tests test only one component of our immune system reacting to food, like just IgG or just IgA, etc. One problem with that is there are other aspects of our immune system that could be reacting to a food, not just IgG. And MOST food sensitivity tests only test IgG or IgA.  Just IgG being elevated to a certain food can actually show tolerance versus having an intolerance. It’s just showing that your body is exposed to a certain food, it doesn’t mean technically mean a sensitivity. There are many different ways the immune system can respond that doesn’t include IgG, IgA, IgM, etc.
 
In the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, it backs up with what I’m saying that IgG to foods does not indicate food allergy or intolerance, but a response of the immune system after being exposed to a food components.
 
Having a food sensitivity and it actually affecting our body, we want to look for mediator releases, which are cytokines (interleukins, TNF, Interferons), Histamine, Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes, etc. These are released from white blood cells. If these aren’t being released, then there is ultimately no negative effects to our body from a certain food. The physical symptoms (like fatigue, brain fog, joint pain, headache, etc.) all come from these mediators. Not all immune complexes and reactions end with these mediators.
 
Most food sensitivity tests show one small part of the immune response. It’s just if you just test ONE hormone, like one estrogen, when there are actually three major estrogens E1, E2, E3. It’s just one tiny part of a big picture. This is why I’m a big fan of the DUTCH test for hormones and adrenals.  The food sensitivity test that I recommend is the MRT. Because it shows these mediator end points of how we’re reacting to food.
 
If you take any other food sensitivity test, you are most likely taking out foods that you are fine with. It can become very restrictive when it doesn’t need to be. I don’t want people to have to deal with false negatives/false positives.
 
Of course, the cheapest way to test for food sensitivities in your body is the elimination diet and I love doing this with most of my clients at first with the most common inflammatory foods because you can get results like that. BUT, sometimes people are sensitive to foods that are healthy like broccoli or cauliflower or almonds.
 
It can be hard to exactly pinpoint which food it could be and it takes a lot longer because you need to rid yourself of a certain food for about 3 weeks and reintroduce and see if you get symptoms and how you feel. It’s a timely process.
 
BUT, I do want to say that the gut plays a big role in food sensitivity and how we react to the outside environment. If you find yourself with a lot of allergies or food sensitivities, you need to work deeper into the issue of not just avoiding the problematic foods, but actually nourishing and healing your gut. Again, our gut is our place where we respond to the outside world. 70% of our immune system lies in our gut.
 
I highly recommend the MRT food sensitivity test.
Jan 23, 2018

Episode 100 - Cancer Prevention

You guys, WE MADE IT TO 100 EPISODES! I'm so thankful for you! I never take for granted each "listen and download" of the podcast. Truly, you guys are my tribe. SO grateful for you.

In order to celebrate our 100 episodes, a giveaway is a must! RIGHT?! We're giving away ONE 6 session package with me! This is about 2-3 months working together! You don't have to be local to Austin, TX, but we are only taking US residents right now. If you're anywhere in the 50 states, we can work together - yay!

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!

In this episode, we're talking about cancer prevention, which Kim talks about in her book 360 Health.

  • What brought Kim to a more holistic approach coming from a conventional RN education
  • Some cancer protective foods
  • Why saturated fats and and meat AREN'T dangerous to your health
  • How you can help your body detoxify
  • Health benefits from sex

About Kim Maravich

Kimberly Maravich's background as an RN led to her passion for preventative healthcare and nutrition. While pursuing a BA in English, her love of writing began. She also has an MA in Teaching and worked for more than 12 years as an elementary school teacher. She now combines her talents and enjoys educating and encouraging others to optimize their health through her writings.

She believes that self-care is the deepest form of love, as we can't fully care for others when we put ourselves last.  Good nutrition, moderate exercise, and great sleep are the keys to physical health.  Just as importantly, gratitude, prayer and spiritual practice, and friendships do wonders for overall wellness.

Kim lives outside of Pittsburgh, PA with her loving husband and two adorable little boys. Their home is filled with excitement, laughter, and much love.

Find Kim over on Facebook + Instagram + Twitter +Website + Book

Find Lahana over on Thrival Nutrition Facebook + Instagram + Blog!

Jan 16, 2018

We are so excited to have Jay Nixon on the podcast this week! We're talking about something a little bit deeper than the normal for weight loss. YES, there is so much more to weight loss than the perfect exercise program and a good nutrition plan. Those are really big parts of weight loss, but we're covering something that isn't talked about as much. What we're covering today....

  • Women's biggest obstacles with weight loss
  • Why exercising more + eating less doesn't work
  • What can we do to get to a healthier weight
  • Quick tips on achieving your weight loss goal

About Jay Nixon

Jay Nixon is a speaker, author, mentor and coach whose mission is to help each and every person achieve their “absolute best self.” He is the owner of the Thrive Fitness Studio in Palm Desert, California and the grateful leader of the Thrive Tribe - a collection of Jay’s current and former clients who work together to improve their health, their fitness, and their lives.
 
For over two decades, Jay has helped thousands of people achieve total body transformation through a cohesive combination of fitness, nutrition, and personal development coaching. Jay believes, “If you give people the right tools, education, and support, they can far surpass what they once thought was their maximum potential.” He’s known for his innate ability to get inside someone’s head, helping him/her achieve life-changing results.
 
Recognized as a lululemon Ambassador and dubbed by CBS News as, “One of the best fitness and nutrition experts in the business,” Jay has been featured on ABC and FOX, and in Triathlete Magazine. When he’s not working with clients one-on-one, you’ll find him consulting for Fortune 1000 companies in the nutrition and fitness industry.
 
Where can you find us?
 
Jay is over on Facebook + Instagram!
Check out The Overweight Mind book!
 
Find Lahana at Thrival Nutrition on Facebook + Instagram + the blog!
Jan 9, 2018

Hunting

I loved interviewing AJ Neste about this topic on hunting! I've always talked about how important it is to get GOOD quality animal products. Most of the meats you'll find in the store are factory farmed mass produced and super unhealthy.  If you don't know a local farmer, hunting is a way you can take control of getting good quality wild animals.

Most of all, I love AJ's view on hunting and his compassion and gratefulness for each animal that feeds and nourishes his family. This is what we're covering in the podcast today:

  • How he got into hunting
  • The process of hunting and feeding his family
  • How you can tell if an animal is healthy
  • The emotional connection with the animal that is hunted
  • Benefits of getting outside and in nature

About AJ Neste

A.J. Neste has spent the past 15 years traveling the world shooting for numerous surf publications, documenting notable personalities, musicians and athletes.  His positive energy toward life give’s his subjects the opportunity to be themselves and produce images that everyone can relate to.
 
His passion for documenting life hasn’t stopped as A.J.'s focus has turned his lens towards his efforts to ethically harvest wild game.
 
9 years ago A.J. and his wife Megan decided they would become vegetarian to take a stand for animal welfare. As the cravings for animal protein in their diet began to take affect, A.J. decided to go hunting to know exactly where his family’s food came from. Leading him to start “Huntatarian”, a lifestyle company that is focused on respecting nature and motivating others to get outdoors.
 
Connect with AJ over at Huntatarian's website + Instagram!
 
Connect with Lahana from Thrival Nutrition over on Facebook + Instagram + Blog!
Jan 2, 2018

Myofunctional Orthodontics

Have you ever heard of techniques to prevent the use of braces? I haven't either until Dr. Carpenter told me about Dr. Medina who specializes in this, which is called myofunctional orthodontics. Since braces are almost always a part of every childhood it seems, I feel like this topic was a necessary one to talk about! What we're covering on the podcast today:

  • Why people need braces
  • The cons about braces
  • What myofunctional orthodontics is
  • Who can use this type of program
  • Lifestyle habits that you can start at any time to promote proper oral development
  • Breastfeeding and oral development
  • How puréed foods that are fed to babies are actually hurting our natural oral development

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About Dr. Medina

Dr. Medina was born and raised in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine receiving the Pierre Fauchard Academy distinction for her outstanding academic achievements in dentistry.  She completed a Post Graduated General Practice Residency (GPR) at the Veterans Administration Hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  After finishing her residency, she became part of the medical faculty as a staff dentist at the Ryder Hospital in the city of Humacao, Puerto Rico. She also established her own general dental practice in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico where she practiced for five years.
 
In 2008, she moved to Austin, the place Dr. Medina now considers her new home. Currently, she dedicates her practice to Myofunctional Orthodontics, Orofacial Myology Therapy, preventive dentistry and oral health maintenance.
 
Doctor Medina is a General Dentist with more than fifteen years of dental career experience.  She has taken extensive continuing education programs in: functional orthodontics, facial orthopedics, orthotropics, TMJ disorders, orofacial myology, myofunctional orthodontics, nutrition,functional medicine and breathing correction.  She is a Fellow and Senior Certified Dental Instructor of the International Association for Orthodontics and member of the Academy of General Dentistry and the Institute for Functional Medicine.  She is also the first Certified Myobrace Provider in the city of Austin.
 
Connect with Dr. Medina over on Facebook + her website!
 
Connect with Lahana from Thrival Nutrition on Facebook + Instagram + blog!
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