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EP5: Histamine, Pregnancy, and Strategies for Healthy Digestion with Dr. Emily Hecker

EP5: Histamine, Pregnancy, and Strategies for Healthy Digestion with Dr. Emily Hecker

In episode #5 of The Golden Hour Podcast, we are talking about Histamine, Pregnancy, and Strategies for Healthy Digestion with Dr. Emily Hecker.  Dr. Emily Hecker is a board certified chiropractic physician who specializes in functional medicine supporting those with autoimmune diseases, MTHFR polymorphisms, food sensitivities and inflammation. She has had extensive training in understanding the methylation pathways trained by Dr. Ben Lynch, world leader and expert in MTHFR. She has post doctorate training in Functional Endocrinology, Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis, Neuroimmunology, Thyroid Disorders, Chiropractic Craniopathy, and the Webster Technique. She is an active provider for the Shape ReClaimed anti-inflammatory program and uses a supervised ketogenic approach for weight loss in her practice.

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Topics –

  • A lightbulb moment – the MTHFR SNP and tongue ties
  • The importance of a healthy digestive system
  • Why magnesium is helpful for anxiety
  • Four strategies for a healthy digestive system
  • The effects of too much histamine
  • How the DAO enzyme supports a healthy pregnancy
  • Foods to temporarily remove to support healthy digestion

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EP3: Where to start with chronic illnesses with Dr. Christine Schaffner, ND

EP3: Where to start with chronic illnesses with Dr. Christine Schaffner, ND

Today on The Golden Hour Podcast we have the privilege of chatting with Naturopath Doctor Christine Shaffner. Dr. Christine Schaffner is a board certified Naturopathic physician who graduated from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington.  Prior to Bastyr, she completed her undergraduate studies in Pre-medicine and Psychology at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Dr. Schaffner is passionate about practicing medicine and creating healing spaces.  She is the Clinic Director of Sophia Health Institute; the clinic she co-created with her mentor Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt in Woodinville, Washington.  She actively sees patients at Sophia Health Institute and through her practices Marin Naturopathic Medicine in California, as well as Bella Fiore Organic Med Spa & Klinik in Seattle, Washington.

Connect with Dr. Christine-

Dr. Christine’s Website

Sophia Health Institute(where Dr. Christine practices)

@drschaffner – Instagram

We loved getting an inside look at how Dr. Christine treats chronic illness in her clinic.  With chronic illnesses popping up everywhere we thought what better way to learn about it and how to treat it, then from someone who devotes their time to it.  Dr. Christine is so knowledgeable and really helps to give us practical tools for health that can make a big difference.

Topics-

  • Dr. Christine gives us a brief overview on where to start if someone wants to get to the root of chronic illness.
  • We hear how infections can be the underlying cause of many chronic illnesses and what some are.
  • Lab tests that would be good for identifying an infection.
  • All about parasites
  • How environmental toxins play a big role in overall health.
  • Information on testing that can be done for chronic illnesses.
  • 3 health habits that have made the biggest impact on Dr. Christine’s life

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EP2: Best Advice for Preventing Skin Cancer with Holistic Dermatologist Dr. Keira Barr

EP2: Best Advice for Preventing Skin Cancer with Holistic Dermatologist Dr. Keira Barr

As a #1 international best selling author, leader, speaker and educator in her field, Dr. Barr is a cutting edge Dermatologist, who is known as an innovative thinker. A dual-board certified dermatologist, Dr. Barr has shared her life-changing ideas in business, educational, health and professional seminars on how to rejuvenate and amplify skin health naturally; reverse sun damage, prevent and manage skin cancer and how to build confidence, self-awareness, self-esteem and resilience. Dr. Barr shares her expertise as a domain subject matter expert, advisor to numerous start-ups, an editor of leading medical journals and a researcher in ongoing clinical trials. As the Chief Wellness Officer of Resilient Health Institute (RHI), by embracing what is on the surface as well as what’s below it, she is redefining the delivery of skincare.

Connect with Dr. Keira-

Resilient Health Institute

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@resiliencyblueprint & @drkeirabarr -Instagram

We felt so empowered after this episode to protect our skin naturally from the sun, yet still enjoy it’s many benefits.  Dr. Keira does a great job of breaking down the many components to great skin and how we all can achieve glowing skin.  Plus, so many nuggets of wisdom on common skin issues.

Topics-

  • Dr. Keira explains how her approach to skincare is different than other dermatologists.
  • The connection between stress hormones and glowing skin.
  • How to protect ourselves from skin cancer.
  • Amount of time we can be outside without sunscreen.
  • How often you should check your skin and what you should look for.
  • When someone should see a dermatologist?
  • Answers to some of the burning skincare questions: aging skin, acne- hormonal, brown spots/hyperpigmentation, rosacea, blackheads, melasma and large pores.

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  • Whey protein is the “gold standard” for serious athletes. Goat whey is the “gold standard” of that “gold standard.”
  • Goat whey is amazing for our immune systems, supporting lean muscle growth and repair, as well as optimal body composition.
  • Goat whey has the full range of essential amino acids in ratios that best support the athlete in all of us
  • It is really light and doesn’t ever makes us feel bloated. That’s because there is nothing added to fill up space, just the purest goat whey and flavoring.
  • Activ Whey is a goat whey protein that comes from goats that are grassfed all the way through their lifecycle. There are zero antibiotics or hormones used on the goats or the vegetation they eat from.
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Beauty Heroes June Discovery: Honua

Beauty Heroes June Discovery: Honua

It’s the beginning of the month, which means Beauty Heroes June Discovery: Honua is here!  Honua is no stranger to Beauty Heroes, but the products being showcased this month are.  This month we are seeing a day cream that has an spf 30 sun protection in it, plus a mask.  Did I mention Honua is based in the Hawaiian islands?  You get a little taste of the island in there products- who can’t love that?!  If you haven’t heard of Beauty Heroes, allow me to share with you this stellar green beauty box and the founder who started it.

Beauty Heroes was founded by Jeannie Jarnot.  A longtime spa director herself and healthy beauty expert.  I had the pleasure of meeting Jeannie last year at IBE, and she is truly one of the sweetest people.  Beauty Heroes is a monthly beauty service that selects only the best clean beauty brands.  Each month you can find one to two full size truly heroic products in each box.  The products typically range from skincare to haircare products.  However, every 3 months Beauty Heroes offers a makeup box as well that’s optional for members or non-members.  I absolutely love their “Use Less, Love More” philosophy.  By only getting one or two products, you allow yourself to truly experience them.  Of course you can trust their picks, as they are strict on their integrity standards.  What’s not to love about this whole concept?  As a Beauty Heroes Ambassador, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be part of such a movement.

On to the review…

So I haven’t tried a ton of products from Honua, so I was excited to see them in the Beauty Heroes box!  Honua skincare line is based off of the healing practices and medicinal herbs found on the Hawaiian islands.  The founder Kapua Browning, the founder is a native Hawaiian herself.  She grew up on the beautiful island of Oahu.  After growing up in the sun she started to notice skin damage in her early 20’s.  She studied aesthetics, herbalism and after years of practice created what is now Honua Skincare.

Being a native Hawaiian, her goal is to share her love of the Hawaiian culture and practice in her creations. Once you smell her skincare treats you will feel transported to the island life.  After all the skincare line is named Honua in Hawaiian, which means earth.  The founder loves to protect the land where she grew up and donates a portion of her proceeds to three organizations preserve such things as coastlines, forests, reefs and wildlife.

Malu-

This month’s heroic product is called Malu, which means shade, shelter or protection.  The name couldn’t connect more to the product!  This is exclusive to Beauty Heroes and the first time we are seeing it.  Malu is a protection day cream with spf 30.  It comes in a dark glass pump bottle- I love that you can turn the cap for when you travel.  It comes out white when you apply it to your skin but quickly fades to clear as you rub it in.  The natural sun protectant in the formula is non-nano zinc oxide.  It feels SO nice on the skin.  It hydrates but doesn’t leave behind a greasy residue.  It really feels like a nice primer too.  Really filling in lines and creating a perfect canvas for makeup application.  I also felt I had a bit of a glow using it.  I really dig it!  Some facial sunscreens can feel heavy or greasy but not Malu!   A great way to protect your skin the summer months especially but even year round.

Moana Mask-

This mask is made for days spent in the sun.  The ingredients are meant to revitalize and regenerate the cells, using ingredients from the ocean such as Hawaiian spirulina, and blue green algae.  It also contains a long time Hawaiian healing plant called Laukahi.  These ingredients help bring calm and healing to the skin.  Unlike some mask that are more pasty or thick, Moana Mask feels like a heavier cream on the skin.  I applied it after toning and left it on for 15 minutes.  My skin felt hydrated and renewed after using the mask.  The scent reminds me of the leis they give you when you get off the plane in Hawaii- a pleasant memory indeed!

We are also seeing a special sidekick in this month’s box- a glass straw!  This ultra chic glass straw is one step in helping to reduce the plastic craze that surrounds us.  Take this with you in your purse or your car and say no to plastic straws when out and about.  This small step makes a world of difference and also helps to get people thinking about one time use plastic.  

This box couldn’t have come at a better time with summer almost here!  I will be using Malu all summer to keep my skin protected without the greasy feeling. If you’ve never been a Beauty Heroes subscriber I recommend signing up!  The value this month was $90!  You can sign up here!

If you’re already a Beauty Heroes member, you know each time you shop in the Beauty Heroes store you get 15% off your purchase.  Stock up here on all your must have green beauty products!  Also, for the month of June, the love more promotion for Beauty Heroes Customers is Nectar Vital Rose Drops Face Serum from Osmia Organics, a heavenly scented serum designed for the Goddess in everyone.  Receive a deluxe travel size with any $125 purchase in the Beauty Store. This is a stellar deal!  Shop the Beauty Store here!  

Also, have you snagged the Men’s Beauty Heroes Box by LILFOX?  It was SO good and my hubs has been loving it!  Honestly, I just love the way he smells!  A great gift for any guy or even if you need an idea for Father’s Day!  Snag the box here!

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Best Organic/Natural Bedding

Best Organic/Natural Bedding

I’ve rounded out my favorite organic/natural bedding on the blog today!  So you all know I’ve been on the hunt for some non-toxic bedding options.  As we’ve slowly renovated our bedroom it was a goal of mine to swap out our bedding.  I did have some sheets that were bamboo but they were 5 years old and needed an update.  Plus, they always came off our king size bed- not a fan!

I was able to test out a couple different sheet options. A higher budget option and a lower budget option.  They both worked out great and I would recommend them each.  Now you might be thinking why make the switch to organic sheets or bedding?  Well, there’s a lot of factors at play.  Allow me to explain.

Since we spend about a 1/3 of our life in bed it’s important to know what were sleeping on.  Cotton is one of the most heavily sprayed crops.  Being doused with synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.  However, that’s not the only thing we should be concerned about.  Sheets often contain formaldehyde, and toxic dyes too.  There are also toxic softeners that are used now on bedding, creating a recipe for a toxic sleep experience!

Obviously it can be hard to throw out all the old bedding at once but I recommend starting with one room and slowly doing it when you can.  I recommend starting with your sheets and towels since they are right next to your skin.

I love knowing I’m sleeping on organic sheets!

What to look for when buying organic sheets?

  • Look for sheets that are certified organic by the GOTS- Global Organic Textile Standard.  For more info. on GOTS click here. This standard ensures the product is made without any toxic chemicals and that at least 90% of fibers are organic.  Also, no child or slave labor.  It’s peace of mind when buying the sheets if you see this label.  It means the sheets were made using pure and clean standards.
  • Avoid sheets or blankets that say “Wrinkle Resistant”, “Easy Care”, or “Permanent Press.”  These words indicate that formaldehyde resin was used in the process and it will NOT rinse out.
  • BE AWARE- just because a sheet set says “organic cotton” does not mean they’re certified organic.  It may indicate the cotton was grown organically but after that the fabric was processed with toxic chemicals.
  • Look for Oeko- Tex Certified Sheets.  These sheets may not be grown organically but they are tested for unhealthy chemicals in the final product.  These often tend to be a little less expensive and easier to find. For more on Oeko- Tex Certification click here.

So what did I end up for my bedding?

Sheets-

SOL Organics- These sheets are what luxury is made of!  They are made with fair trade certified cotton, and certified organic cotton.  The second party certifications include GOTS, Oeko-Tex and FLOCERT- a global fair trade certification.  These 300 thread count cotton sheets wrap you up in softness the minute they touch your skin!  They come in a variety of colors too. We chose white and are happy with how crisp and clean they look.  They also have 3 different sheet sets.  You can get a hemmed version, classic or pleated.  We got the hemmed version.  Each set comes with two pillow cases, a fitted sheet and a flat sheet.  And yes they stay on our mattress too!  They also come in Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Cal King and Split King. Can’t say enough about these luxury sheets.  They also offer organic duvet covers and bedroom sets that include the duvet and sheet set.  They were kind enough to offer a discount for my readers.  Use coupon code: GGG25 for 25% off all products over $99, plus free shipping within the U.S.  Shop here for all bedding!

Target Organic Sheet Sets- Now you can find organic sheet sets at Target even.  I bought a set to try out for you guys too.  I wanted to give you a budget friendly option.  These sheets are also certified by GOTS and Oek0-Tex.  The king size comes in at $55.99- not bad for a toxin free sheet option.  These also come with two pillow cases, fitted and flat sheet.  They aren’t as silky soft as the SOL Organics.  They have a stiffer feel and texture to them.  Some people may like that feel, others may not.  It’s obviously your preference.  My hubs could tell a difference when comparing the Target sheets to the SOL Organics.  I think these would be a great option for kids, who may not notice.  However, for adults it might be nice to splurge a little on the SOL Organics!  These come in some fun prints if your into printed sheets.  We got the White- which does have some grey lines going across it but they call it White.   Check out the Target sheets here! 

Bedding is so important to get organic when you think of the toxic load over time!

Coverlet/Euro Shams- I ended up going with a West Elm Coverlet cover.  I used to have a duvet cover and down cover but due to allergies and not having a big enough washer to properly wash it all the time(hello dust mites) I ended up going with just a bedspread.  It’s organic and super chic if I do say so myself!  They have shams as well that I got to match as you can see above.  I got the euro shams.  I went with the frost gray color and really love it.  I really like how the coverlet isn’t stiff feeling and is soft and cozy.  West Elm also has more options for organic bedding too.  Check out the coverlet I got here! 

 

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This organic summer down comforter is the perfect temperature for my husband and I.

 

SOL Organic Organic Down Comforter- I’m so excited to finally share about this comforter!  I had a down comforter in the past but it wasn’t organic.  I also sometimes would get too warm, and my husband too.  We both tend to run a little warm when we sleep so when I saw that SOL Organics had a summer down comforter I couldn’t wait to try it!  The summer down has 600 fill, compared to the all season 700 fill.  Making it a little less heavy.  It’s filled with 100% Canadian White Down, that’s responsibly grown and harvested.  It is also 100% GOTS cotton down proof.  It has an even fill and is hypoallergenic.  I love how it lays flat and even, something that my last didn’t do.  It is the perfect temperature for my husband and I!  We both don’t get too hot and feel comfortable all night long.  I can’t recommend it enough.  It really hits all the marks for a clean organic down comforter and also isn’t too warm.  Check them out here!

Plisse Blanket- This is an organic cotton blanket my friend Steph from @stephdufordlifestyle had recommended to me from West Elm.  She had raved about them and I knew once I started detoxing my bedding I was going to snag one of these for the bed.  It’s such a perfect layering blanket.  We have our sheet down first, then this Plisse blanket.  It gets softer the more you wash it too!  We got ours in the color white.  I like having a couple layers of blankets on the bed and this is a perfect fit.  Get your Plisse blanket here!

West Elm carries so many great organic bedding options.

Oeko-Tex Blanket- Ok, so I wanted a warmer blanket for during the winter to layer on my bed.  I knew in the summer I would take it off.  I found one from Target that I like.  It isn’t organic, however, I was ok with that.  My biggest concern was that it was at least Oeko-Tex certified.  As mentioned above they test for harmful substances once the product is made.  I was excited to see how many options for Oeko-Tex were at Target!  I was ok with it not being organic since it’s not directly touching my skin and it’s Oeko-Tex Certified.  Check out all the blankets here!

Target is a great option to find natural bedding for budget friendly prices.

Nightstands- The nightstands are from All Modern and they’re made from a combination of real wood and manufactured wood.  I wasn’t as concerned with the nightstands since they’re a lot smaller piece of furniture.  Plus, I let them air out in the garage for a week and outside when it was sunny to help off gas as much as possible.  There wasn’t a strong smell at all once we brought them in. Here are the nightstands I got from All Modern!

Lamp- The lamps I got from All Modern too.  I had been eyeing them for a while.  I love anything with gold and these just make a statement!  Check out the lamps here!

Bed Frame-  I’ve been searching for a new bed frame for a while.  I had some strict guidelines when looking.  It had to be made of real wood- no particle board or manufactured wood because of the chemicals involved in the process.  Since a bed is such a large piece of furniture I didn’t want it off gassing harmful fumes. It also couldn’t be cloth or fabric.  Although I do like the look of the cloth headboards, from research I’ve learned how dust mites can live in them!  Plus, I wondered how they would really get clean, since you can’t take the cloth off.  After much looking I landed on the West Elm Mid Century Modern Bed.  It’s not only made with real wood but fair trade as well.  The price wasn’t so crazy either.  I found most furniture made from all wood can be very costly.  I’m SO happy with the purchase!  It didn’t even have a smell when we opened it other than just a pleasant real wood smell.  My hubs was impressed with how well it was made too.  Can’t recommend it enough!  Check out the West Elm Bed Frame here! 

Love this organic coverlet from West Elm!

That sums up my organic/natural bedding review!  Did you see anything you like?

 

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Sharing my favorite organic sheets and natural bedding on the blog.

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