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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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Feb 27, 2018

In this episode, I wanted to talk to you parent-to-parent how I personally get through the crazy sports and school schedule and what works and what we need to be feeding our kiddos to give them optimal performance and nourishment.

This can be helpful for any kid in a sport from age 5 all the way through high school sports and beyond.

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Feb 13, 2018

Tired of reading about all these flu deaths in the media? ME TOO! My heart goes out to the families that lost a loved one with the flu (among other chronic diseases) - I truly wish the world was eradicated from that, but let's the honest, viruses + bacteria is out there!

Listen in on today's episode to...

  • Calm your mind and anxiety about the flu season
  • Why media shouldn't be your go-to source
  • Natural remedies for the flu
  • To get some tough love from me to get you start living a healthy lifestyle (no excuses ya'll!)

Read about Tamiflu by Dr. Kelly Brogan

Read about natural flu remedies here!

Ready to work 1:1 with me? Go here!

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Feb 6, 2018

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Use code 50OFF to get 50% off the initial consultation price!

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Transcript
 
It’s funny because some people can be so shy about this topic and it can be a hard thing to admit that you sex drive might be in the negative, but we’ve all been there at some point.
 
I know I was there after I had my first son, I did not want to even think about sex or anything sexual. Of course, that was totally normal especially postpartum with your first - I mean you’re scarred after giving birth for the first time. 
 
But as I’ve worked with clients, low libido can be common and I see it a lot more when people are on certain prescription medicines, like birth control, antidepressants, anxiety meds, etc.
 
But it could also just be because you’re stressed, your hormones are low, or you’re nutrient deficient. Our testosterone levels play a big part in sex drive. If we’re anemic, it can also lower our sex drive (iron plays a role too!) Certain neurotransmitters like dopamine play a role.
 
Today, I’m just going to be covering certain foods and herbs that can be beneficial in increasing that libido.
 
Of course, there are a list of foods and things that you should avoid and that could be a toll of your sex drive, but basically it’s things that I don’t recommend anyway. Processed foods, bad quality animal products, sugar, alcohol, and even caffeine can affect our sex drive. 
 
One of the first herbs that have been studied to help with increasing libido is maca root. Maca root is a great adaptogenic herb, which helps our body respond to stress in a better way. It also helps support our hormones, which can help with our sex drive. I personally put the maca root powder in my smoothies from Gaia herbs and I love it!
 
Ashwaganda is another adaptogenic herb as well to help our body respond to stress. In the Biomed Research International Journal, they did a study on ashwagandha versus a placebo and the results showed that ashwaganda was beneficial to increasing sex drive. This was determined by a score that rated arousal, lubrication, orgasm, and satisfaction.
 
Remember when I mentioned about those dopamine levels affecting your sex drive? Dark chocolate is a food that help increase those dopamine levels. BUT, this dark chocolate has to be more than 70%. The darker the chocolate, the more health benefits it has. It does have a little bit of an acquired taste though! 
 
In the Journal of Nutrition + Aging, it explained that omega-3 fatty acids from fish help regulate mood and libido. I’m always a big supporter of taking in omega-3 in a supplement form if you aren’t eating enough wild caught fish. Omega-3, among other fatty acids, build strong cellular membranes and help with balancing our hormones, which play a role in keeping lubrication in women at a good amount. No fun having dryness down there. In addition, fish oil can also help decrease the sex hormone binding globulin, which means more FREE testosterone is realeased.
 
Nutmeg + clove was shown to increase libido in mice in the BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine Journal.
 
Selenium and zinc are essential in keeping our testosterone levels at a good level. Like I mentioned in the beginning, testosterone plays a role in our libido. Some foods that are high in selenium and/or zinc would be Brazil nuts. Almonds, chicken, spinach, tuna, beef, pumpkin seeds, dark chocolate, and oysters.
 
Of course, sleep and stress play a role in your libido too! As it does with everything. One, if you aren’t getting enough sleep, this causes hormonal disruption, especially with testosterone. Two, if you aren’t getting enough sleep, that can cause extra stress on your body. And stress alone (even if you’re getting great sleep), can suppress and disrupt our hormones, leading to low libido. Pssst, remember that our body can focus more on producing cortisol, which inhibits our testosterone production. We should be sleeping between 7-9 hours per night and reducing the amount of stress in our life (Yes, easier said than done), but possible. We have to make time for ourselves and do things we love and what we consider fun. That’s one of the best and easiest ways to start to get some more enjoyment in your life and less stress. 
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