Podcasts to Inspire Healthy Living

Did you know that podcasts are becoming more and more popular? In 2018, 48 million people listened to podcasts on a weekly basis. This figure is 6 million more than 2017. Compare this to NFL Sunday Night Football, one of the most-watched television programs, which has 20 million viewers.

Are you one of the 48 million people who listen to podcasts every week? We definitely count ourselves in that statistic — we love podcasts! From current events, to science or math, to arts; from thoughtful to hilarious; from informative to entertaining; there’s something for everyone to learn.

Below are a few of our favorite health podcasts. Are any of these your favorites, too?

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Color Can Heal Your Life! Podcast with Dr. Deanna Minich

In this podcast, Dr. Deanna Minich interviews experts in the field of functional medicine and health. Her variety topics include color therapy, nutrition, sound healing, migraines, community, and creativity. Her informative discussions focus on all the positives of healthy living and its far-reaching impacts on our lives, our loved ones, and our communities.

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Smart People Podcast

In the Smart People Podcast, interviewers Chris Stemp and Jon Rojas speak with experts about stress, the Wim Hof method, finances, family life, creative approaches to success, and more. As we know, health is about more that exercising and fitness — it’s about gratitude and peace with ourselves, our loved ones, and our lifestyles — and this podcast provides listeners with the tools to do exactly that.

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Run to the Top

Stephanie Atwood (and previously Sinéad Haughy) interview experts in running, health, and tech to learn the tips and tricks that are key to sustaining a positive running lifestyle. If you’re not a runner, don’t worry. There is much advice in this podcast that applies to all walks of life, whether athletically, healthily, or professionally.

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The Coach Jenny Show

The Coach Jenny Show is also running-based, but the interviews broaden to topics like the Appalachian Trail, cycling with e-bikes, hydration advice, nutrition, and even the egoscue method. If you’re encouraged by listening to stories of people who have thrived while facing difficult circumstances, this podcast is for you!

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The Melissa Ambrossini Show

Melissa Ambrossini is one of the most sought-after motivational speakers in Australia and is the author of Mastering Your Mean Girl. Her self-help message is full of positivity, so if you’re having a rough day at work, tune in for an Australian accent and encouraging message. Her podcast includes conversations about gut health, visualization, EMF, trials, relationships, and mindsets. Let us know what you think!

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The Ultimate Health Podcast

Dr. Jesse Chappus (a chiropractor) and Marni Wasserman (a nutritionist) discuss the ultimate health topics with experts in the field. From nutrition to emotional health to spring cleaning, Jesse and Marni use their backgrounds and their interviewees’ experiences to bring health theories into the practical application of healthy living.

 

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Making Yourself a Priority During the Holidays

Welcome to our official summer! It’s a busy time of year, and with the holidays, school and work vacations, and fun days in the sunshine, it can feel like every weekend is another wedding, graduation, or holiday celebration. With all this excitement, it’s important to remember to make yourself – meaning your health – a priority.

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Get Enough Sleep

Fewer hours of darkness doesn’t mean you can thrive on less sleep. You may be able to survive on just six hours of good rest each night, but it won’t last long. Studies show that sleep helps your mental clarity, your memory, your creativity, your mood (depression rates increase as sleeping time decreases), and your physical health. Plan your days the best you can to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day – don’t hesitate to set an evening alarm for when it’s time to wind down – and make your bedroom a sleep oasis.

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Keep Moving

We’re about halfway through 2018, and for some of us, that means our fitness goals from January feel far away. Think creatively about the best way for you to exercise despite the heat and humidity. Maybe that means budgeting just $10 a month in a Planet Fitness membership to exercise in air conditioning. Perhaps you can rearrange your basement so you have a cooler space for exercising. In some cases, you may need to set your alarm earlier to exercise before the humidity makes your legs feel heavy. No matter what holiday is this weekend, making your fitness a priority will make you a better spouse, parent, sibling, and friend.

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Eat Healthy

Hosting or attending celebrations can feel overwhelming and discouraging if you’re gluten free, dairy free, or working on your overall nutrition. Even though the solution will take a little planning, it will be worth the effort: if you’re hosting, plan a meal that meets your standards, and ask your guests to bring affordable, easy sides or drinks that fit within your nutrition needs; if you’re a guest, offer to bring a dish or drink to ease the host’s workload and to have food that you can eat, too.

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Make It Simple

Regardless of the obstacles you face this summer, when it comes to celebrations, holidays, and vacations, simplicity is more important. If you eat a slice of cake and drink a glass of champagne at your best friend’s wedding, it’s okay. Focus on making a memory and enjoying the flavor instead of stressing about it. No matter how much you sleep, how much you exercise, or what you eat, stress and frustration will undo all of your work for a healthier life. Keep it simple, give thanks for the warm weather, and enjoy your summer!

How to Increase Harmonious Passion in Your Life

When people have harmonious passion about something in their lives, this passion feels at harmony with the other parts of their lifestyles; when people have obsessive passion about something, this passion feels uncontrollable, conflicting, unstable, and negative.

Interestingly enough, even though obsessive passion may seem beneficial at times, it is actually harmful — and people with obsessive passion are much more likely to experience burnout. Harmonious passion works with the “flow” you want for your life, with you feeling fully present and immersed in the moment, which is a significant contributor to overall happiness and success. Sadly, obsessive passion cuts off “flow,” decreasing your overall happiness and success, no matter what that obsessive passion is about.

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Clearly it is better to have harmonious passion and not obsessive passion — obsessive passion is very rarely a positive influence — so how can you tell the difference? We all have a little harmonious and obsessive passion in our lives, but what if obsessive passion is taking over your life? How do you stop it?

Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

  • How’s your energy?
  • Do you feel positive and enthusiastic about your passion?
  • If your self is a percentage chart, how much of a percentage does your passion take?
  • Is your self image positive or negative?
  • Do you use words like “should” and “must,” or words like “want to” and “can’t wait to”?
  • Do you feel satisfied outside of pursuing what you’re passionate about?
  • Are you able to “flow” regularly, where you feel absorbed in your present task?

If your answers are mostly “no,” then you may have an obsessive passion.

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To realign any obsessive passion you may have with a harmonious passion, take a few action steps. Making room for more than a single goal, habit, career, or lifestyle is healthy for everyone involved — you and your loved ones.

Proactively Take Breaks

Make yourself stop engaging in what you’re passionate about. If you’re addicted to fitness, make yourself take one to two rest days each week, and fill that time with a different kind of activity. Have a movie night with your friends, take an art class, or visit a tourist attraction in your hometown.

Set Clear Boundaries

If you never set boundaries, obsessive passion overtakes your life to the point of upsetting you. If your obsessive passion over your diet causes you to binge eat sweets on a regular basis, remove the temptation by setting aside one night each week where you can eat a single dessert, whether it’s a cupcake or an ice cream cone. Having a balanced relationship with food is more important than a number on a scale!

Change Your Mind

To achieve harmonious passions, “fake it ‘til you make it.” Instead of thinking “should” and “must,” tell yourself you “want” to walk a 5k. It may feel hypocritical at first, but over time, your new mindset will feel natural.

Learn Something New

Allow yourself to take a break from what you’re obsessively passionate about to pursue something else. Dust off your violin skills, build a birdhouse, or call your friends more often. Having space for other outlets and interests will give you more peace of mind and also give you a refreshed perspective on creating harmonious passion for your initial goal.

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There are many examples of people who have shown extraordinary talent and could have given in to obsessive passion, but they didn’t, and they were better for it. Many professional athletes have an outlet that they use to balance out their practice time. Albert Einstein was known to play the violin when he needed a break from solving equations, and he would return, mentally refreshed. Yo-Yo Ma decided to postpone his career to learn more about the world around him, and even though he received a D+ in music history at Harvard, he is one of the best cellists in history for more than his talent but also for his character.

All areas of life can act as sounding boards and refueling stations for our greatest interests, and this includes a healthy lifestyle. Let’s replace our obsessive passions, whether they’re nutrition, fitness, goals, careers, or anything in between, to develop harmonious passions that improve ourselves and our places in the world.

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The Truth Behind Your Bloodwork

Have you ever looked at your bloodwork and thought, “What does all of this even mean?” Now there’s a way to use your bloodwork to find the best approach to balancing your health.

Understand How Your Body Works

With just a normal blood test, you can see how all the systems in your body are operating, and you can see how to prevent illnesses before they become serious. You can learn the best way to achieve vitality! With blood tests, your body tells you about its

  •         Hormone regulation
  •         Blood production
  •         Organ health
  •         Glandular system

When you understand how your systems work, you can find the best way to success in your health.

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Have Confidence in Building Good Health

With blood tests, you’ll have new confidence understanding which supplements work best for your body and your lifestyle. You’ll be able to learn which foods are ideal for your system and which foods to avoid so your body can work more efficiently. In fact, you’ll be able to build a customized plan for your supplements and nutrition to fit your lifestyle, personality, and body like never before.

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Go Beyond “Normal” Bloodwork

Looking at your bloodwork in term of normal ranges isn’t enough. To truly build good health for today and for many years to come, see beyond the normal numbers to look at blood chemistry, hormone balance, potential cleansing programs, and nutrition. With this approach, you can support your body’s functions and stop symptoms from disrupting your life. You’ll learn to listen to what your biochemistry is saying!

We can use physiological approaches to understand the ways your organs and glands create what your body needs for normal functioning. Your bloodwork will reveal the quality of your organs, glands, nutrition, physical and chemical stress, and more. We look at multiple biochemical assessments to see what will help your body balance the best. And then we make you’re a personalized, customized plan just for you!

All it takes is understanding what your body is saying through your bloodwork! Schedule an appointment with our naturopathic doctor and bloodwork specialist today, and build better health for years to come!

How Emotions Are Connected to Your Mind and Health

We can all feel when stress affects our health, but what about other emotions? How do other negative emotions (like grief or fear) and positive emotions (like joy and hope) change our health?

More and more scientific evidence points to connections between emotions and physical illnesses. The intersection of mind, body, and emotion reach beyond blushing when we’re embarrassed. Think of stage fright, which causes muscle tension, stomach aches, sweating, nausea, parched mouths, shaking hands and knees, and more. If public speaking has this affect on our bodies, imagine how much grief or joy can change us!

Because we’ve already completed a series about how stress affects our health, for this blog post we will focus on how positive emotions affect our health.

 

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How Does Positivity Produce Vitality?

Positive emotions, like excitement, happiness, hopefulness, joy, appreciation, love, and respect, causes our bodies to produce oxytocin and endorphins. These cuddly and happy hormones help us feel good about ourselves, others, situations, and our place in the world.

These good feelings make us want to feel more of these good feelings, almost like an addiction. This is a good thing! As opposed to negative emotions, which can be trapped inside our bodies and cause a wide variety of physical, mental, and emotional health problems, positive emotions flow. Positive emotions remain fluid, creating cellular changes that optimize the way our bodies typically function.

In contrast to fear, sadness, and anger, which cut off our thoughts and actions to fight or flight, positive emotions actually widen our thoughts and actions. With this better perspective comes improved personal resources and endurance. Additionally, this broadened perspective can help to undo negative emotions within us; positive emotions can loosen the control that negative emotions have over our minds and bodies because we see new options for the circumstances in our lives. In fact, research demonstrates that joy and contentment help people improve more quickly from the cardiovascular side effects of negative emotions.

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What Does This Mean for You?

It is important to remember that we do have a form of control over our emotions: we determine how we interpret situations and feelings. For example, rather than seeing a bad review at work as embarrassing and hurtful, we can do our best to think of it as an opportunity to learn more about ourselves and grow. Choosing how we feel about emotions is crucial to connecting our minds, bodies, and feelings in a healthy way that won’t hurt us in the long run.

There are ways to overcome negative emotions on our own — eating healthy, getting enough sleep, practicing mindfulness and self awareness — but the significant roadblocks that negative emotions can place in front of us may need an extra kick to move them out of our way. This is where the Emotion Code can help! Contact us for an appointment with Dan Rupp, certified Emotion Code practitioner and therapeutic massage therapist.

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Below are two positive reviews about the Emotion Code from some of our clients. Their names have been changed to respect their privacy and confidentiality.

I have dealt with a physical issue for 17 years. Several years ago, I talked to a medical professional that told me my issue was a result of emotions and was not medical. She explained how we hold our emotions and it can cause physical issues. I’ve just learned to deal with it over the years not knowing what else to do. When I heard of what Dan is doing with emotional release, I was definitely interested although skeptical. During the session, he asked me about time frames for events in my life that left unresolved emotions. In some cases, I knew what he was asking about but in some cases, I couldn’t think of anything. He had explained that he was looking at my subconscious and not my conscious. I believe this is why I couldn’t recall some of the things he asked about until days later. I had a couple of rough days with my physical issue as my body processed the emotional release Dan performed. Since then, I am happy to report my physical issue has greatly improved!! I have seen a positive result and would recommend that you give it a try also – there’s nothing to lose and everything to gain!” -Andrea

“First of all, Dan is very calming. I wasn’t nervous after I started talking to him. It is amazing what can be done over the phone! I really wasn’t sure if it could work since we were not meeting in person…. Something that astounded me was he could tell I had some grief in my stomach from an event at about age 2 or 25. He was absolutely correct. I almost dropped the phone!!!!  Also, he found another event at about age 4 or 5. Again, absolutely correct!!! This is a fascinating field of study, I wish I could say more . I don’t know if my getting sick messed things up for more results. But I would definitely recommend this to anyone with an open mind.” -Jennifer

“I am doing MUCH better! I had trouble with gag reflex for 2 days following our session but I am not having any trouble brushing my teeth in the mornings now.  It is absolutely amazing!” -William

Schedule an appointment to learn how emotions are connected to your mind and health and continue your healing journey today!

CMT Dan Rupp Featured in Massage & Bodywork Magazine

We’re pleased to announce that Dan Rupp, Certified Massage Therapist, has been featured in Massage & Bodywork magazine. This bimonthly journal is distributed to national massage, bodywork and somatic experts who have ABMP memberships; each publication discusses subjects like professional trends, research, techniques, and more. Writers at Massage & Bodywork interviewed Dan Rupp about his business experience as a massage therapist. The next time you’re at Nature’s Trail Wellness Center for an appointment, pick up this copy of Massage & Bodywork to read the interview!

 

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Symptoms and Solutions: Magnesium Deficiency

The human body is connected and complicated in ways that reach beyond common sense. It can be fascinating to see how one seemingly small vitamin or mineral affects the entire spectrum of health in a body. Our next series focuses on specific vitamins and minerals, symptoms of their deficiencies, and foods and supplements to resolve the related health problems.

Symptoms

The symptoms of magnesium deficiency are commonly found with other health problems, which means this deficiency can be challenging to accurately identify. Magnesium is crucial for balancing the body’s biochemistry, affecting the entire body. Lacking this mineral can result in several serious health conditions and diseases.

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Nerve And Muscle Issues

Imbalanced magnesium levels can change calcium and potassium levels, causing muscle spasms, tics, muscle cramps, anxiety, seizures, and irregular heart rhythms. As these problems accumulate, a person could develop insomnia, migraine headaches, chronic fatigue, depression, and other health conditions. Modern scientists believe there is a connection between today’s chronic low magnesium and the chronic diseases we face today, like asthma, hypertension, and osteoporosis. Eventually, magnesium deficiency can cause the body to remove magnesium and calcium from the bones, adding even more health problems with damaged bones.

Neurological

Because of magnesium’s importance with nerves, people with magnesium deficiency can experience significant neurological problems. These include lethargy, behavioral disturbances, anxiety, irritability, poor memory, loss of cognitive function, loss of appetite, anorexia, seizures, vomiting, and nausea. In severe cases, it can also cause Parkinson’s disease, ADHD, epilepsy, and PMS.

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Structural

Structurally, magnesium deficiency ma cause muscle spasms, tics, hyperactive reflexes, weakness, tremors, difficulty swallowing, poor muscle coordination, vertigo, and involuntary eye movements.

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Digestion

Magnesium is crucial to digesting food properly. Without it, the body cannot absorb all the nutrients we eat. This causes hyperglycemia, heightened intracellular calcium, diabetes, and potassium and calcium deficiency.

Heart Health

Without the proper minerals, like magnesium, people can experience coronary spasms and rapid or irregular heartbeats. These health episodes can be frightening, and many times they’re confused with other conditions and illnesses.

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Solutions

There are several ways to resolve magnesium deficiency. One approach is to include more of the following foods in your diet. All of these are high in magnesium.

  • Dark leafy greens
  • Avocados
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Fish
  • Beans
  • Whole grains
  • Dried fruit
  • Bananas
  • Dried fruit
  • Dark chocolate

Please note that eating too much magnesium can cause diarrhea.

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Magnesium Deficiency Solutions at Nature’s Trail Wellness Center

Sometimes changing your diet isn’t enough, and magnesium supplements are needed. For more information about solving magnesium deficiency and finding a supplement that’s right for you, make an appointment with our naturopathic doctor at Nature’s Trail Wellness Center.

Symptoms and Solutions: Vitamin D Deficiency

The human body is connected and complicated in ways that reach beyond common sense. It can be fascinating to see how one seemingly small vitamin or mineral affects the entire spectrum of health in a body. Our next series focuses on specific vitamins and minerals, symptoms of their deficiencies, and foods and supplements to resolve the related health problems.

Symptoms

Vitamin D deficiency has several symptoms, including gut troubles (celiac, Crohn’s, inflammatory bowel disease), autoimmune diseases, seasonal depression, cancer, skin problems like psoriasis and eczema, weakened immune systems, and dementia.

Feeling “Blue”

There is a brain hormone, serotonin, that affects moods. This hormone increases with bright light (like during sunny summer months) and decreases in long-term darkness (like during gloomy winter months). People who have vitamin D deficiency are much more susceptible to depression than people who have health vitamin D levels.

Being Overweight, Obese, or Muscled

As a hormone-like, fat-soluble vitamin, the body uses fat to collect vitamin D. This means that people who are overweight or obese need more vitamin D than people who are slim; this also applies to people who have high body weights because of their muscle mass.

Aching Bones

Vitamin D deficiency can be related to osteoporosis because it can interrupt calcium storage in the collagen matrix of the skeleton. This causes aching bones, osteoporosis, and joint problems.

Sweating Heads

Years ago, doctors would ask mothers about their newborns having sweaty heads to determine whether the infants were vitamin D deficient. This is one of the first symptoms of a serious deficiency.

People who are most susceptible to vitamin D deficiency typically live in northern areas where there is little sunlight. Vulnerability increases with low fat diets, darker skin, weight loss medications, and steroids.

Solutions

There are several ways to take in more vitamin D. Be intentional about including more of the following in your lifestyle:

  • Sunlight
  • Fatty fish, like sardines, salmon, mackerel, and tuna
  • Raw milk
  • Eggs
  • Mushrooms
  • Caviar

There are also vitamin D supplements. Our favorite is Vitamin D3. It is made from lanolin, taken from wool fat from sheep.

Vitamin D Deficiency At Nature’s Trail Wellness Center

To learn more about vitamin D deficiency, symptoms, and solutions, schedule an appointment with our naturopathic doctor at Nature’s Trail Wellness Center.

Fast Metabolism Diet: Achieving in Weight Loss

Do you struggle with a slow metabolism? Many diets seem like they don’t work – we’re always hungry, we plateau before we reach our weight loss goal, or our cravings are too intense to withstand. For a new weight loss solution, try The Fast Metabolism Diet by Haylie Pomroy.

Pomroy’s experience includes over 22 years of education and entrepreneurship in the health and wellness world. She approaches diet through her “food is medicine” mindset, making eating a positive experience by transforming food from enemy to ally. She has worked with many celebrities, include Robert Downy Jr., Jennifer Lopez, LL Cool J, Raquel Welch, Reese Witherspoon, Cher, and even more Olympic and professional athletes as well as Fortune 500 corporate executives.

With Pomroy’s program, we lose weight without feeling hungry. No calorie counting, no measuring fat grams – just rotate through phases for what you eat every week. The simply plan uses food to naturally increase metabolism.

Pomroy makes her program easily available online. She outlines each phase, recipes, and food prep ideas on her website.

  • Phase 1: Carbs and fruits
  • Phase 2: Proteins and vegetables
  • Phase 3: Carbs, fruits, proteins, and vegetables in addition to healthy oils and fats.
  • Repeat Phases 1-3 for four weeks.

Eating in food cycles means our metabolisms are always kept on their toes, making it faster.

By rotating through different foods in different cycles, we can soothe our adrenals, decrease stress from our livers, and nourish our thyroids to work in sync, adding up to a fast metabolism. With all these health benefits and the decreased stress, there is less cortisol in our systems and so we remove belly fat.

Pomroy has developed her own app to help make the program easy to use. She has also published a cookbook with recipes specifically designed for the Fast Metabolism Diet. There is even a grocery list to follow for the diet, making it easier than ever.

The Fast Metabolism Diet At Nature’s Trail Wellness Center

To learn more about how to stay healthy while achieving weight loss, make an appointment with us today!

 

Whole Detox: A Whole-Health Perspective

For our next book blog, we’re focusing on Whole Detox by Dr. Deanna Minich. Minich’s background includes over 20 years of experience in functional medicine, nutrition, research, clinical practice, writing, product development, and teaching. Her work has been featured in more than fifteen scientific publications, and she has written five books. Internationally known, Minich uses her experience for her unique approach to seeing human health in all its aspects – mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual.

Minich’s groundbreaking approach unites nutrition, natural health, fitness, art, chakras, and science into a single method. In the book, she outlines her “whole detox” program that will last for 21 days. Each phase of the detox is broken down into chakras with the coordinating foods and fitness that chakra will need.

The basis of Minich’s research is that foods are different colors for a reason. Each natural color (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and white) in food signals that this food has phytonutrients to nourish the coordinating chakra (root, reproduction, work, love, truth…) and the matching health system (thyroid, digestion, reproductive organs, and more). The book is thoroughly researched, with colored charts and diagrams to make the detox easier to understand and follow. Minich sees health as being a whole picture, not just the foods we eat or the exercises we do; her detox program detoxes everything from our bodies – emotional baggage, physical toxins, and more.

For example, the first chakra is the root. In traditional eastern medicine, this chakra is colored red. To detox this energy source, Minich outlines a guide with red foods, fitness to promote a “rooted” feeling, journaling exercises for reflection, and more. People with imbalanced roots experience a host of problems, from feeling emotionally “unrooted” to adrenal burnout.

Minich outlines her program through seven systems: Root, Flow, Fire, Love, Truth, Insight, and Spirit.

  • A healthy Root makes a vigorous bodies.
  • A strong Flow allows us to express our emotions.
  • A vibrant Fire powers everyday life.
  • An understanding Love deepens our passions.
  • A solid Truth improves our authenticity.
  • A sense of Insight helps us trust our intuition.
  • A robust Spirit guides us to lead purposeful lives.

With the Whole Detox program, heal health problems, eliminate toxins, increase energy, discover purpose, pursue passions, and enhance relationships. Use Dr. Deanna Minich’s Whole Detox program to step beyond the bounds of nutrition, science, and fitness to fully integrate yourself into a whole person with the health you’ve always wanted.

Whole Detox At Nature’s Trail Wellness Center

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