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  • Have you been told that perimenopause and menopause are medical conditions? Interested in  ancestral research or heard myths like “women weren’t  required after the child-rearing years and the problems exist because we’re living longer?”Worried about hormone replacement and what to take and when? Did you know that this is a time in your life when a rewiring of the brain is occurring? Symptoms off the charts and want the biggest go-to changes that can be made to move the needle and have a smoother sailing transition?Want to know why you’re so dang sensitive to everything all of a sudden (cue the glass of wine and zero sleep that night thanks to heart palpitations? 

    Lara Briden joins me on the show, author of the best-selling books Period Repair Manual, and Hormone Repair Manual, and women’s health naturopathic Dr for over 20 years,  talks  us through some of the trials, tribulations of the stages we move through in menopause, and speaks not only as a world-renowned doc on the subject, but as a woman saying “it’s great on the other side, don’t worry!”


    It’s such an empowering hour on the subject and I hope you enjoy it. Alexx x


    Have a friend who needs this show? Share it with them on socials and tag @lowtoxlife so I can share it too! 


    Connect with Lara’s work here: 

    https://www.larabriden.com/about/


    With her books here: 


    Period Repair Manual is every woman’s guide to better periods using natural treatments. It contains advice and tips for every age and situation.

    Hormone Repair Manual is every woman’s guide to healthy hormones after 40 using natural treatments. It covers perimenopause, menopause, and beyond.


    And on Instagram here 


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  • I am back with another solo show this week, with a few home, mental and physical health low cost, low tox tips, following on from the show 3 weeks ago where I focused on food and personal care cost saving tips. I hope you enjoy it. I cover: 

    Things you can do that might cost some money now but might save you a tonne in the long run by being proactive with prevention on mould growth. Ways you can assess if you really need something or if it’s a want. Ways you can fill your cup up that don’t involve buying anything - cause we sometimes forget! Ways we can work on our mental health and rest - prioritisation, bringing in structure if you need it, and tuning into what rest and joy look like for YOU - we are not all going to have the same version of what enjoying time away from it all looks like. Bringing back the villageDitching the excuses around a healthy lifestyle/exercise being ‘expensive’ when it comes to movement and the many free things you can do to feel great in and out doors. 

    I hope you love the tips and feel free also to share some of your favourite tips, too. 


    Alexx


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  • What truly sustains us when it comes to food? 

    Taking into account bioindividuality, health, age, sex, geographical location, climate, regeneration and taste preferences, it’s not a black-and-white conversation at all, much as many try to make it and in this conversation, we explore it. We talk: 

    What drives an everyday desire to cook wellHow even the best chefs get frustrated with the constraints of sustainability/limited resources (phew!)How not to be overwhelmed by new skill building in the kitchenHow to find what inspires youHow to make peace with the “grey area” and not always being able to make the best choices for the planet/you

    One of Australia’s most inventive chefs, Jo Barrett, joins me to unpack her journey as a person and chef into connecting on a deeper level with food and our food system, cooking from “place”, from emotions and connection, as well as working to pioneer what’s possible with curiosity and creativity. Jo made her name at the acclaimed Oakridge Winery in the Yarra Valley, before joining the groundbreaking eco-living experiment Future Food System in 2021, which involved a year of living and working with fellow chef Matt Stone, in a tiny urban, zero-waste farm situated on the banks of the Yarra River in Melbourne's Federation Square, a project that famed regenerative superhero, Joost Baker, spearheaded as the ultimate anti-dote example to the destructive modern food system. It was a no-waste house complete with aquaponics, solar power, micro-farms, a charcoal tank and a rooftop garden, home to Matt and Jo, who spent their days harvesting, cooking and eating the food this 100% sustainable modern urban farm produces – while all waste produced by the house was fed back into the house’s systems: a closed-loop.

    Jo recently opened the restaurant Little Picket in the seaside town of Lorne. Fearless and visionary, there is no one better placed to write the ultimate guide to cooking deliciously and consciously and her book Sustain, inspires and delights as it teaches us to get curious and learn new skills to sustain ourselves - and our planet - better each day in our daily lives at the kitchen table. 


    Follow @jobarrett on Instagram and check out her new book Sustain, out now. 

    Tag me and share any ahas on @lowtoxlife on Instagram with me or anyone in your life who needs this week’s show. .


    Our wonderful sponsors are helping you with your low tox swaps this September: 


    International listeners can enjoy 15% off the full range of lights, lightbulbs, red light panels, eye masks and more at @blockbluelight_official with the code LOWTOXLIFE15


    @ausclimate continues to offer you 10% off their powerful dehumidifiers and Winix air purifiers, with the code LOWTOXLIFE on phone orders and online at ausclimate.com.au


    And if you’re after a high-quality liquid Omega 3 supplement, @therahealth and the same one we use at our house, you have 15% off Arctic Cod Liver Oil on the www.therahealth.com.au website with the code LOWTOX


    Omega-3 is important for our brain throughout life, from early cognitive development in foetuses to learning and memory in adults. Brain cells with high levels of omega-3 in their membranes are thought to be better at communicating with other cells, an important process for brain function.


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  • If you’ve ever been challenged by the tug of responsibilities, to do’s, to want to do’s and to be more, today’s conversation is a balm for all the things, helping you explore what it might take and mean, to bring more peace, joy and satisfaction that you’ve done enough, into your life. 

     

    In filling up your own cup - what gives you the biggest of joys? 

    In doing ‘all the things’ for work, family, partner, community - what is ‘enough’? Where is the line? 


    Today I invite fellow a human at that busy intersection of business owners, teen kids, pets, partners and parents, Robyn Rosenfeldt, to have a conversation about how we can prioritise ourselves, so that we feel we have enough to give, what giving enough in different ways looks like and how to make peace with our enough in a world constantly telling us that we aren’t, well, enough. Robyn is the founder and publisher of Pip magazine, a magazine that helps you nourish yourself and the planet. Articles are filled with ideas and inspiration about living a more earth-friendly life.


    Here’s to a new chapter with more joy and peace that we’ve done enough - and accepting this looks different from person to person and in the many different phases of life that we lead.

    Enjoy the conversation and I do hope it sparks conversations and journaling for you, Alexx x 


    Check out the wonderful @pipmagazineau on Instagram

    And share any ahas on @lowtoxlife on Instagram with me.


    Our wonderful sponsors are helping you with your low tox swaps this September: 


    International listeners can enjoy 15% off the full range of lights, lightbulbs, red light panels, eye masks and more at @blockbluelight_official with the code LOWTOXLIFE15


    @ausclimate continues to offer you 10% off their powerful dehumidifiers and Winix air purifiers, with the code LOWTOXLIFE on phone orders and online at ausclimate.com.au


    And if you’re after a high-quality liquid Omega 3 supplement, @therahealth and the same one we use at our house, you have 15% off Arctic Cod Liver Oil on the www.therahealth.com.au website with the code LOWTOX


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  • On this week’s show, after hearing from lots of community members trying to save money right now in all sorts of ways, I’m sharing lots of different ways both conceptually and practically, that you can save money when it comes to the way you approach cooking, to the way you approach personal care. We unpack the pull of the cultural norm, and how asking yourself “what do I really need vs what do I feel I should do when it comes to XYZ…” I discuss


    Cooking - the use of the freezer and pantry as your ultimate discount store

    Being mindful of a culture that has us thinking cuisine-hopping every night of the week is ‘good’. 

    Tips for localising your food sources to save and connect

    Tips for making the most of your village

    Theming your cooking for sanity and what that looks like

    Considering 50% when talking about the ‘non-essentials’


    Then with personal care we discuss

    Beauty demands vs where we’re personally at

    Connecting with friends instead of expensive services

    Considering what you can use less of 

    The simplest of high performance DIYs

    And so much more…


    Enjoy the show and tag me @lowtoxlife in Instagram with your ideas and ahas from this week’s show! 

    And of course, you can find all you need over at www.lowtoxlife.com 


    Remember our wonderful show sponsors for August: 


    Aus Climate (Australia only)

    10% off all of 2023 for their Winix Air Purifiers & Dehumidifier range, with the code LOWTOXLIFE on their website (Australia only)


    The Natural Bedding Company (Australia only)

    20% off their Natural Latex Mattress, Pillows + Cotton Products with the code LOWTOXAUG23 on their website or in their Sydney or Gold Coast Showrooms. 


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  • Got iron issues? 

    Tired all the time and think you might? 

    Been told your iron’s ‘fine’ or ‘normal’ but you’re still wondering what’s up? 

    Maybe you’re worried about familial hemochromatosis. 


    Whatever it is as it relates to iron, that’s what we’re tackling on the show this week. Maybe it’s fatigue that tips you off initially, or just not feeling yourself, but iron is one of the most requested blood tests and one of the least complete ways to tackle iron issues, when looked at in isolation. In today’s show with nutritionist Steph Lowe, we look at what to test to get the full picture of what your iron status is along with the many other markers that might be playing into the results. Steph Lowe is a mother, Nutritionist, yogi and founder of The Natural Nutritionist, a hub for celebrating the importance of real food. She specialises in low iron, low thyroid, cycle health and perimenopause.


    We discuss on this show: 

    True low iron vs hidden root causes affecting iron and its transportation in the bodySupplementation and infusions often recommended and why they might not ‘stick’ in their effects on iron levels if your blood tests came back with ‘low iron’. The timing of testing both in terms of the time of day and of the cycle, for the most accurate results. Nutrition and cofactor nutrients to support healthy iron levels. Different minerals and how they impact iron levels and transportation of iron in the body. Iron pre/post menopauseHemochromatosis and ways to not have this negatively impact youWhen iron really is ‘fine’ - best lifestyle factors that encourage healthy iron. 

    My guest, Steph Lowe, can be found at 

     @thenaturalnutritionist on Instagram


    Tag me @lowtoxlife and share your ahas when you share the show on Instastories with someone who might need it. ! 


    Remember our wonderful show sponsors for August: 


    Aus Climate (Australia only)

    10% off all of 2023 for their Winix Air Purifiers & Dehumidifier range, with the code LOWTOXLIFE on their website (Australia only)


    The Natural Bedding Company (Australia only)

    20% off their Natural Latex Mattress, Pillows + Cotton Products with the code LOWTOXAUG23 on their website or in their Sydney or Gold Coast Showrooms. 


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  • Got thyroid issues or an autoimmune condition? Hashimoto’s - sadly, far too many people know this autoimmune thyroid condition, and Dr Anshul Gupta is on a global mission to help as many people know as possible, that it can be reversed and put into remission. Frustrated by conventional medicine training, a board-certified family physician, he sought to improve the lives of his patients by training further in Integrative and Functional medicine, working with Dr Mark Hyman at the Cleveland Clinic. He’s since helped thousands of patients reverse Hashimoto’s and with his new book “Reversing Hashimoto’s” he wants to extend that support beyond his clinic doors. We talk all things thyroid health, labs, contributing stressors or imbalances that set the stage for autoimmune conditions and he stuck around for an extra half hour, very generously, to answer your questions submitted on Instagram - if we’re not connected there come and join the chat @lowtoxlife. 


    A reminder we have two wonderful show sponsor offers this August for Aussies: 


    Thanks to the Natural Bedding Company: 20% off their beautiful Organic Latex mattresses, entire pillow range and Organic Cotton products. The company's passion for using the most environmentally and ethically sound materials available is what drives their constant evolution, and I love their commitment to onshore manufacturing for their sustainable furniture range, too. 

    CODE: LOWTOXAUG23 and their website: https://www.thenaturalbeddingcompany.com.au/


    And 10% off with the code LOWTOXLIFE at ausclimate.com.au on their wonderful dehumidifier and air purifier ranges. I receive countless DMs about how getting a dehumidifier has changed someone’s life, whether it’s for after showers to dry the bathroom out and prevent mould, or to stop wardrobe humidity and ruining handbags with mould in the winter, or the shady bedroom in the house that has trouble staying dry when it’s raining, I advocate for bringing one into your home. Enjoy the difference! 


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  • WATER. To say I’m excited to bring you this conversation is an understatement. The climate change conversation at the ‘top levels’ is highly corporate, pushing out so called solutions like processed fake meats, cutting down trees and covering fields with solar panels for ‘green energy’ and building synthetic protein labs. Meanwhile farmers and ecological warriors are reversing desertification around the world, one project at a time, with regenerative farming transitions and water systems design. Water - we take it for granted in the cities, and feel victim to its scarcity or excess all over the world for the most part, but what if, you knew that water and they way it flows and where it goes can be one of the most powerful ways to reverse climate destabilisation? Enter Zach Weiss on this week’s show to step us through it. Protégé of revolutionary Austrian farmer Sepp Holzer, Zach is the first person to earn Holzer Practitioner certification directly from Sepp - through a rigorous two-year apprenticeship working on projects in North America and Europe.  After 10 years of building Water Retention projects for clients around the world, Sepp said that there “needs to be hundreds or thousands of Zachs working around the world, millions would be better!” In that moment, the idea of Water Stories was born; so that any professional, land steward, or concerned citizen can have the same positive impact on their waters and lands. I hope you love this enlightening chat as much as I did, Alexx. 


    Check out the show notes at lowtoxlife.com/podcast 


    Connect with Zach and his team’s work here: 

    https://www.youtube.com/@Water_Stories 

    https://www.instagram.com/wearewaterstories/ 

    https://www.facebook.com/wearewaterstories/ 


    Tag the show and any aha’s you had here: @lowtoxlife 


    Our sponsor offers to help with your low tox swaps: 


    2023 Offer: Ausclimate is giving all Low Tox Life followers an EXTRA 10% OFF their already discounted prices on Ausclimate.com.au – Simply enter the discount code of LOWTOXLIFE on check out at ausclimate.com.au. This discount can also be redeemed for over-the-phone orders verbally if you want to discuss the unit type/size you need for your space.


    August 2023 offer: The Natural Bedding Company have been leading the Low Tox bedding industry in Australia for almost 4 decades. The company's passion for using the most environmentally and ethically sound materials available is what drives their constant evolution. From Cotton futons in the 80's to the current range of Organic Latex mattresses & sustainably sourced Australian timber furniture, they have a commitment to on-shore manufacturing with a workshop in Sydney's Inner West.


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  • Histamine reactions got you down? On today’s show, we discuss histamine intolerance with Naturopath, Naomi Judge, who specialises in women’s health and hormones. We look at histamine as it pertains to our food, stress, environmental toxins and the hormone connection so that we can unpack where you might be having issues, and how to “empty the histamine bucket” as they say and reduce the symptoms to the point of being able to tolerate the odd histamine rich food or stressful period in life without needing to reach for the anti-histamines every time. So if you’ve just started to realise or perhaps always known, that you feel very sensitive at particular times in your cycle or in general to heat/wine/cheese/cured meats, or look like a beetroot and can’t calm down after exercise - then it’s time to hack your histamine! 


    The questions we cover: 

    Histamine - it's a friend and can be a foe - what is the role of histamine in the body and what is a sign it’s malfunctioning? It can negatively impact our mood, right? Things that can set stage for poor histamine processing/overproduction (gut/infections/over-exertion-stress)How to distinguish 'needing to work on your histamine' from MCAS - are they different? Spectrum-based? in the cycle - what to know about the estrogen/histamine link? And are there any broader hormonal links between histamine/hormones? In the cycle as we age - why the hivy vibes at ovulation/end of luteal? And then when we hit menopause - does anything change there? Dietary supportSupplement supportDeeper bioindividual investigations one might want to undertake when it comes to histamine issues? Do we need to do a battery of tests? What are your low tox non negotiables vs ‘let it slides/keeping it’? 

    Head to the show notes for more details: www.lowtoxlife/podcast 

    Head to @lowtoxlife Instagram to share the show and tag us

    Follow Naomi Judge on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/naturopathnaomi/


    Want to dive deeper into Mast cells and histamine? Check out our shows with Beth O’Hara PhD Detoxification for sensitive peeps https://www.lowtoxlife.com/show-237-dr-beth-ohara-on-detoxification-for-sensitive-peeps/ and Mast Cell Activation Syndrome https://www.lowtoxlife.com/show-222-dr-beth-ohara/ 


    Metagenics

    Thanks to our sponsors Metagenics, a global leader in practitioner-grade products for tailored lifestyle medicine. With over 100,000 practitioner partners around the world, they set the standard for production, research, independent testing and more to deliver high performance products making a huge difference to millions of people’s lives. 


    And to our major sponsor Ausclimate - giving us 10% off their Winix Air Purifiers + Dehumidifiers for 2023, helping you clean up your indoor air and enhance health, while reducing the environmental toxin burden of mould, dust, allergens, smoke and VOCs. Shop here with the code LOWTOXLIFE.  Australia-only.


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  • Ever found out you had a cyst, polyp, fibroid or something else that shouldn’t be growing? Want to know how to increase your chances of not having them pop up in your scans? In today’s show, I invite Katherine Maslen, naturopath and founder of The Shift clinic, an expert in women’s health, to talk us through what sets the stage for such things and how we can support these ‘findings’ when they come up from a holistic perspective, even though some acute care options might also be required. It’s a very useful show, also going into hormone health, herbal medicine, detection and testing options and timings and more. 


    Katherine Maslin is a mother, clinical naturopath and nutritionist, entrepreneur and leader in the natural health space. Katherine has a unique story; after overcoming a violent childhood with domestic violence and heroin addiction by the age of 15, she discovered natural health and healing, worked on her own recovery and has been a passionate health advocate ever since. It is through making her own shifts and guiding thousands of people through their health journeys that has led Katherine to become a force for good in the natural health industry. Her why is powerful and I know you’ll learn a lot from this show - pass it onto every woman you know! 


    Follow Katherine on Instagram https://instgram.com/katherinemaslen

    Follow The Shift Clinic

    Follow me, Alexx Stuart your host @lowtoxlife - tag me and share your AHA’s from the show! Your help in spreading the word so people find these helpful topics is always appreciated more than you know!


    Our sponsor offers: 


    2023: Ready for an Air Filter or Dehumidifier? Ausclimate gives our listeners an EXTRA 10% OFF their excellent dehumidifiers and Winix air purifiers on ausclimate.com.au – Your code: LOWTOXLIFE. This discount can also be redeemed for over-the-phone orders verbally if you want to chat through options for your home.


    There are a lot of ‘pretty’ small filters being advertised on Insta these days - beware! They’re often 2-3 stage filters and don’t move the needle on your indoor air very much. Winix’s unique PlasmaWave® technology is perfect for smoke, dust, pets, viruses, bacteria, household odours, and allergies (covering a variety of allergens). Winix; the most complete air-purifiers on the market and the compact 4 stage is a gorgeous unit for the bedroom or study!


    JULY-ONLY: And Bio-First is back for US and Aussie listeners, with an offer on their Genuine Natural Remedies for skin issues, immune support and wellness. 

    Given we're into the winter months and there's lots going around, I wanted to give a shout out to their daily health defence options ( the Manuka Defence Syrup and Spray - both delicious by the way, as a sweet something after a meal. Hehe. Creative, I know!) and extra soothing care when you need it most, like when there’s a lurgy threatening to set up shop and you need to up the ante, then it’s the Manuka Soother Syrups with adult and kid formulations. No alcohol, added fillers, colours, flavours etc.


    The OFFER: $10 off when you spend $65+ across the site with promo code WINTER (can purchase any products to get the offer, I just wanted to share those winter-specific options for the Aussies given the time of year. 


    Shop here: https://www.bio-first.com.au/


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  • On this show, we’re talking about stable blood sugar -possible testing you can do yourself or with a doctor, how often to check in on your blood sugar, red flags and what to do about them, best ways to achieve stabilising outcomes and good insulin sensitivity and MORE. Dr Ralph Esposito is one of my triple thread guests, ie, one of the few I’ve had back 3 times on the show (Check out two Men’s health-focused shows #91 #102). Why? Because he has trained broadly in Chinese medicine and is a licensed acupuncturist as well as being a Naturopathic Doctor and Functional Medicine practitioner. He also holds a position as an adjunct professor at New York University where he lectures on integrative medicine and specialises in hormones, integrative urology and men’s health. He has a wonderful way of explaining things that often feel complex and disempowering online, and I do hope you enjoy this interview on all things blood sugar. 

    Check out the show notes at lowtoxlife.com/podcast 

    Follow Dr Ralph Esposito on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/dr.ralphesposito/

    Follow me, Alexx Stuart your host @lowtoxlife - tag me and share your AHA’s from the show!  


    Our sponsor offers: 

    2023: Ready for an Air Filter or Dehumidifier? Ausclimate gives our listeners an EXTRA 10% OFF their excellent dehumidifiers and Winix air purifiers on ausclimate.com.au – Your code: LOWTOXLIFE. This discount can also be redeemed for over-the-phone orders verbally if you want to chat through options for your home.

    There are a lot of ‘pretty’ small filters being advertised on Insta these days - beware! They’re often 2-3 stage filters and don’t move the needle on your indoor air very much. Winix’s unique PlasmaWave® technology is perfect for smoke, dust, pets, viruses, bacteria, household odours, and allergies (covering a variety of allergens). Winix; the most complete air-purifiers on the market and the compact 4 stage is a gorgeous unit for the bedroom or study! Follow them on Instagram. 

    JULY-ONLY: And Bio-First is back for US and Aussie listeners, with an offer on their Genuine Natural Remedies for skin issues, immune support and wellness. Given we're into the winter months and there's lots going around, I wanted to give a shout out to their daily health defence options ( the Manuka Defence Syrup and Spray - both delicious by the way, as a sweet something after a meal. Hehe. Creative, I know!) and extra soothing care when you need it most, like when there’s a lurgy threatening to set up shop and you need to up the ante, then it’s the Manuka Soother Syrups with adult and kid formulations. No alcohol, added fillers, colours, flavours etc. The OFFER: $10 off when you spend $65+ across the site with promo code WINTER (can purchase any products to get the offer, I just wanted to share those winter-specific options for the Aussies given the time of year. 

    Shop here: https://www.bio-first.com.au/

    Follow them here: Biofirst Instagram 



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  • What can someone with nearly 4 decades in Functional Medicine teach us about health? That’s today’s show and it’s a LOT simpler than you think! My functional medicine doctor, Dr Min Yeo, retired last year and sometimes, when people leave or retire in your health team, they leave a space quite hard to fill - especially when they cared so well for you and truly saw you for your lived experience. Dr Min Yeo was one such person to me and to many. “100 years ago doctors listened to their patients a lot - it’s the main thing we could do and was and still is, the art of medicine. Being a doctor is being good at pattern recognition”. Just a taste of Min’s views as a doctor, from a doctor who admits to doing terribly at school, for the most part. And yet, outside of medicine, Min has been a professional violinist & Yoga Teachers Australia Certified Yoga Teacher as well as a devoted dog mum to Mimi Red Toy Poodle (Delta Therapy Dog). She is passionate about spreading awareness of the impact of environmental & lifestyle measures such as diet, sleep, exercise and stress management as a foundation for healthy living & ageing. Known to “walk her talk” & for her ability to explain complex issues in a simple, fun, relatable fashion, she has been featured in publications such as Vogue, Marie Claire, The Telegraph, 50 So What, The Guardian, 21 World Wellbeing Experts.

    Enjoy the show and check the show notes at lowtoxlife.com/podcast

    Follow Min at https://www.instagram.com/drminyeo/

    https://linktr.ee/drminyeo

    Follow me, Alexx Stuart your host @lowtoxlife - tag me and share your AHA’s from the show!  


    Our sponsor offers: 


    2023: Ready for an Air Filter or Dehumidifier? Ausclimate gives our listeners an EXTRA 10% OFF their excellent dehumidifiers and Winix air purifiers on ausclimate.com.au – Your code: LOWTOXLIFE. This discount can also be redeemed for over-the-phone orders verbally if you want to chat through options for your home. There are a lot of ‘pretty’ small filters being advertised on Insta these days - beware! They’re often 2-3 stage filters and don’t move the needle on your indoor air very much. Winix’s unique PlasmaWave® technology is perfect for smoke, dust, pets, viruses, bacteria, household odours, and allergies (covering a variety of allergens). Winix; the most complete air-purifiers on the market and the compact 4 stage is a gorgeous unit for the bedroom or study!


    JULY-ONLY: And Bio-First is back for US and Aussie listeners, with an offer on their Genuine Natural Remedies for skin issues, immune support and wellness. Given we're into the winter months and there's lots going around, I wanted to give a shout out to their daily health defence options ( the Manuka Defence Syrup and Spray - both delicious by the way, as a sweet something after a meal. Hehe. Creative, I know!) and extra soothing care when you need it most, like when there’s a lurgy threatening to set up shop and you need to up the ante, then it’s the Manuka Soother Syrups with adult and kid formulations. No alcohol, added fillers, colours, flavours etc. The OFFER: $10 off when you spend $65+ across the site with promo code WINTER (can purchase any products to get the offer, I just wanted to share those winter-specific options for the Aussies given the time of year. Shop here: https://www.bio-first.com.au/.


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  • Craving an expansive conversation? Look no further. Rebecca Wildbear is my guest once again (#171 was our first) and this time we discuss Wild Yoga - but it’s not what you might think. It’s not Yoga dance parties (although, fun!) It’s an invitation to connect with the earth and all of its magic, as well as your own wild nature, on a deeper level than ever before - and there’s space for that to look like whatever you want it to. Rebecca talks about vulnerability and ‘making a pearl of it’ instead of the traditional framing of weakness. She shares ways to move through grief either in your own life or the grief many of us hold for what’s been done to our planet, or even how we’ve contributed to that. She shares what ‘feral female ferocity’ means and how to have conversations with your body - and with trees! Intrigued? You should be. I had to go hug a tree and have a chat after this conversation and I suspect you will do too. Rebecca Wildbear, MS, E-RYT 500, is the author of Wild Yoga: A Practice of Initiation, Veneration, & Advocacy for the Earth. She is the creator of a yoga practice called Wild Yoga, which empowers individuals to tune in to the mysteries that live within the Earth's community, dreams, and their own wild nature so they can live a life of creative service. www.rebeccawildbear.com. @lowtoxlife - Share the show and tag me with any AHA’s! Her book: BOOKTOPIA | AMAZON


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  • One of the show’s most popular guests (and I don’t like to pick favourite children, but one of mine too!) Dr Carrie Jones is back for the 3rd time on the show - can we call that a trilogy? Let’s, sounds super-hero-ish! 


    Estrogen and progesterone get a lot of press in women’s health and hormone discussions, and rightly so. There are, however, some less talked about hormones that can have a huge impact on your health and on working through complex puzzles you might be trying to solve so we are pulling those hormones out of the shadows and talking about their impact on today’s show - melatonin, DHEA, prolactin (not just to do with breastfeeding btw!) and some of the hormones that cross over into neurotransmitter land…


    If somehow just discovering her for the first time, Carrie Jones, ND, FABNE, MPH is an internationally recognized speaker, consultant, and educator on the topic of women's health and hormones with over 20 years in the industry. Dubbed the “Queen of Hormones,” Dr. Jones is a Naturopathic Physician who did her 2-year residency focused on women's health and endocrinology. She went on to get her Master of Public Health and was one of the first to become board certified through the American Board of Naturopathic Endocrinology for which she served on the board for several years. She hosts the highly popular show, the Root Cause Medicine Podcast which has over 3 million downloads. She is the Clinical Expert for the Lifestyle Matrix Resource Center and is on Under Armour’s Human Performance Council. Currently, she is the Chief Medical Officer at NuEthix Formulations and Head of Medical Education at Metabolic Mentor University. 


    Helpful links and info for today’s ep: 

    lowtoxlife.com/podcast 

    Instagram: @dr.carriejones

    Instagram: @lowtoxlife - share the show and tag me with your AHAs! 


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     I hope you enjoy and take notes to discuss with your practitioner. 


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  • This show, I chat to Jade Miles, author, podcaster, regenerative heritage fruit farmer, homesteading workshop facilitator and CEO of Sustainable Table. A fellow poly-jobist! Today we ask the all-important question: What really is a sustainable table and how to we effect big, systemic change when it comes to farming - from degenerative, to regenerative and truly sustainable? 

    Jade has driven a catalytic change in direction at Sustainable Table from a once small scale Victorian based, education enterprise that connected eaters to their food and the growers who created it, to its current-day vision of transforming farming, food, and fibre systems through regenerative ways of being, doing and knowing. Grounded in care for people and planet, her team facilitates connection, collaboration, funding, and learning to catalyse change across Australia. “Every decision we make has an impact - on other humans, creatures and ecosystems. How do you make your decisions and will their impact be degenerative, sustainable or regenerative? Today’s show is a balm for those wanting a better way forward for our planet that doesn’t always have a corporate giant or billionaire behind it. I hope you love it and look forward to hearing what your ‘enough’ is as we discuss it towards the end of the show. Show notes here: https://www.lowtoxlife.com/podcast/

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    Connect with Futuresteading and sustainable table here:

    Website: futuresteading.com | sustainabletable.org.au | blackbarnfarm.com.au

    Instagram: @futuresteading | @sustainable.table | @black_barn_farm

    Jade’s book: Amazon | Booktopia


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  • This week’s show is just me - Alexx Stuart, founder of Low Tox Life and host of the Low Tox Life podcast that you’re listening to right now and I’m talking about ADHD and me - and you! I founded Low Tox Life back in 2009 because I wanted - for myself, family and friends a lifestyle where doing a little better than yesterday across food, body, home and mind - and of course care for our planet home and over the years it’s meant I’ve produced this show, written two books, spoke at countless events, written 10 e-courses to support people in their low tox goals and over 200 gluten-free recipes and 100 blogs on reducing toxin impact in our every day. Sheesh. “How can you have ADHD having achieved all that?” is something I often get asked and today might give you a window into it. Giving someone the gift of sticking to their passions, zone of genius and strengths allows for results to happen - it doesn’t happen often in the average workplace but when you work for yourself or a great boss you can! Today’s show isn’t all about the good bits though as there are many challenges, too. When I shared I’d had an ADHD diagnosis (combined-type) in January, naturally people in our low tox community had questions, and so in this show this week I share: 

    Why I sought diagnosis / why I suspected itHow I felt about that and began to process itThe excellent aspects of what it revealedThe unfortunate and sad aspects of what it revealed as it played out in my life growing up and at work and in lifeHow much sweeter life is when you feel supported for who you areHow the world would benefit from recognising differences in people’s brains and the ways they produce great work, contribute and express themselves. The aspects or traits that are ‘modifyable’ vs fixed and how genetics plays a role as well as trauma, environmental toxins and head injury to name a few ‘cherries on top’What I’m doing to work with the challenges of ADHDThe answers to a bunch of community questions about ADHDAnd believe it or not - even more! It’s 90 mins and I did. Not. stop. Talking. I bring you: ADHD. Hehe IYKYK. 

    Here are some of the health professionals and resources I mentioned in the show: 


    Some work and definitions that may help by various Drs who focus on the condition: 

    Dr Russell Barkley: https://www.russellbarkley.org/factsheets/WhatCausesADHD2017.pdf

    Dr James Greenblatt https://www.psychiatryredefined.org/finally-focused-mineral-imbalances-adhd-part-ii/

    Dr Daniel Amen https://www.amenclinics.com/conditions/adhd-add/


    The magnesium complex I take that I mentioned https://au.iherb.com/pr/dr-sinatra-magnesium-broad-spectrum-complex-120-capsules/101150

    And the rest is best to chat to a practitioner about therapeutic doses and what you specifically might benefit from. 


    Difference between actions of medications https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w44BXLATt5w


    Follow me at @lowtoxlife on Instagram and share any more questions about the topic or an AHA. Here’s to celebrating who we are, being celebrated for it, as well as supported for what we find challenging. Now wouldn’t that be a lovely world indeed? Alexx x


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  • Is there a challenge for you around mental health or neuro-inflammation right now or someone you know? Often there is a lot to unpack across the whole landscape of health contributors and negative impacts, before deciding where to start. In today’s show, I have my friend Brendan Vermeire back on the show to unpack neuroinflammation and mental health more deeply from the last time he was on the show (show #277) - Brendan is the proud owner and founder of the Metabolic Solutions Institute for Functional Health and Fitness Practitioners and the creator of the Functional Mental Health Practitioner Certificate Course. He is also the founder of the Metabolic Solutions Research & Education Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to ‘changing the way the world views mental health’ through advancing the science of Mental Health Dysfunction. He is also the creator of The Mental M.A.P.™, a cutting-edge Lab Panel for Mental Health. I know you’ll enjoy this explorative conversation around some of the trickier aspects of diagnosing, treating and healing in the mental health and neuro-inflammation space and you can head to the show notes for more, or these handy links below: 


    Show notes: lowtoxlife.com/podcast

    Instagram: @lowtoxlife 

    Instagram: @the_holistic_savage

    Resources page on Brendan’s website


    And the questions I asked along the way: 

    Identifying and addressing physiological root causes can make facing psychological root causes, such as unresolved trauma, more manageable.Root cause investigation can be a trauma response - Let's unpack that. - Another one is "Are self limiting beliefs your root cause"?High Cortisol due to prolonged stress/trauma is linked to decreased brain volume - wow, can you talk us through that? Research suggested that inflammation can increase susceptibility to PTSD. And then you go on to say trauma itself may increase inflammation - so is it a case of 'which one came first?' in the individual?Mold and mycotox are a major etiological root cause for neurodegeneration/mental illness.And then a couple of philosophical questions... where is the line to dance between personal responsibility + a helping hand for optimal health?Who you are (label given say with a diagnosis) and how much of that can fluctuate/be worked on vs how much is really you in all your uniqueness?

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  • I am thrilled to bring Dr Peta Stapleton back onto the show to discuss memory, stress, depression and tapping (Emotional Freedom Technique) on this week’s show. Peta is a registered clinical/health Psychologist and Associate Professor, Bond University (Australia) who embraces evidence-based and innovative techniques. Peta is a world-leading researcher in Emotional Freedom Techniques and has been awarded many achievements including the Harvey Baker Research Award for meticulous research (Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology), and was named 2019 Psychologist of the Year (Australian Allied Health Awards). Peta has authored The Science Behind Tapping: A Proven Stress Management Technique for the Mind and Body (Hay House), which won Best Self-Help Book (2019 Best Book Awards, American Book Fest), and most recently Memory Improvement through EFT Tapping (McFarland Publishers).

    Find more details on Peta’s work in the show notes at https://www.lowtoxlife.com/podcast/

    And if you share the show be sure to tag us on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/lowtoxlife/

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  • This week I invite my friend and colleague Jules Galloway, naturopath & herbalist onto the show to discuss our journeys in late diagnosis ADHD this past year. We don’t have all the answers. There aren’t protocols we’re sharing or ways of ‘getting rid of the symptoms’ but it’s an exploration of why we both chose to get diagnosed, some of the things we’ve been exploring, thinking and feeling as we’ve looked back at our lives, and where we’ve arrived in places - also admitting there’s still so much to unpack. I will also record a personal show in a couple of weeks with audience questions that have come from Instagram and that will come from the community once you’ve listened to this one. Jules and per husband James Galloway, also host a podcast called LD ADHD which you can go and explore. Please do get the support you need - life is much better when we know and accept ourselves and also feel empowered to change what we can for the better, through support, therapies and various other tools. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast

    Find more details on Peta’s work in the show notes at https://www.lowtoxlife.com/podcast/

    And if you share the show be sure to tag us on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/lowtoxlife/

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  • Perhaps the best doctors to usher us into the new integrative era of medicine and root cause approaches, are the conventional doctors for whom a health crisis occured and they realised the tools they had been given we’re enough. This is a pattern I’ve noticed in interviewing now hundreds of doctors over the years and Akil is one such person. In today’s show we discuss why the integrative approach is far superior to conventional when it comes to the chronic disease epidemics we’re seeing all ovewr the world and how the protocol he has researched and developed over the years in his practice combines the best of multiple disciplines to support people in losing weight, gaming energy and reversing disease. Dr. Akil Palanisamy is a Harvard-trained physician, integrative medicine expert and author of The T.I.G.E.R. Protocol. Akil practices integrative medicine, blending his conventional medical expertise with holistic approaches including functional medicine and Ayurveda.

    Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast

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