The Sakara Life Podcast
The Sakara Life Podcast
About The Sakara Life Podcast
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In today's episode we asked Dr. Elizabeth Sharp to talk to us about the science behind Ozempic, Wegovy, and other GLP-1 medications for weight loss. She’s a board-certified Internal Medicine Physician and an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner, as well as the founder and CEO of Health Meets Wellness medical practice in New York City, specializing in weight management. We delve into the differences that losing the right weight can have on your body, and what safe weight management looks like in practice. We hope you find this conversation informative and empowering as you consider if and how Ozempic and other GLP-1 medications may factor into your approach to weight management. + Be sure to listen all the way through to hear 1-on-1 commentary from Danielle and Whitney after the episode. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
When we started Sakara more than ten years ago, we began a lifelong process of unlearning societal myths surrounding women's nutrition and wellness. For this episode, we’re excited to welcome back our friend who challenges the status quo for women’s gynecological and hormone health: Alisa Vitti. Alisa is a public health educator, best-selling author, and femtech founder of Flo Living and top-ranked MyFlo app—both designed to help women understand and manage their hormones naturally from their first period to their last. She was the guest on our podcast for Episode 17, “End Unnecessary Hormonal Suffering with Alisa Vitti,” and we highly recommend finding it in your feed and giving it a listen as well. We hope you enjoy our conversation with Alisa on why she looks to menstrual cycles as our fifth vital sign; why she’ll never give up her mission to help all those who have periods see theirs as a gift; and her answers to some of our listeners’ most-asked questions about perimenopause, hormonal birth control, and so much more. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
At Sakara, we’re on a mission to give you the tools that empower you to be in the driver's seat of your own health so you can turn your thoughts to things and your dreams into reality, through all stages of your life. One of those stages for women is menopause, and one of the ways we can empower ourselves is through information. That’s why we asked our dear friend, physician, midwife, and herbalist, Dr. Aviva Romm, back on the podcast to discuss some of the tools available to help us take charge of our menopausal health. In this episode, Dr. Romm shares with us the science driving common signs of menopause, tips to optimize your hormonal well-being, and why she believes this life stage is not one of self-minimization, but instead of great self-realization, and expansion. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
We at Sakara believe that deepening our connection to our bodies is a key first step to nourishing our health for life—which is why we are so excited to speak with today’s guest. Dr. Mindy Pelz is a fasting expert and best-selling author who has helped thousands reset their health over her nearly 30-year practice, empowering them to take control of their well-being through fasting for hormonal balance. She works with Olympic athletes, Academy Award-winning actors, Silicon Valley CEOs, and countless patients looking to renew their body’s healing powers—including a 50,000-plus Resetter Collaborative Community and The Reset Academy, specifically designed to teach women how to sync a fasting lifestyle with their hormones. We hope you enjoy our conversation with Dr. Mindy Pelz on the distinct influence women’s hormones have on our health, the importance of cultivating body intelligence and syncing our habits to our hormonal cycles, and how our health—and lives—can transform when we do. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
One of Sakara’s Nine Pillars Of Nutrition, body intelligence is about honing your ability to listen and respond to your body’s needs through awareness, knowledge, and engagement. It’s a dynamic intersection of science and spirit, and an essential skill for feeling and showing up as your best at every stage of life. We’re so excited to have Dr. Taz Bhatia back on the podcast to discuss the five life shifts every woman experiences, as chronicled in her best-selling book, The Hormone Shift. As a board-certified Integrative Medicine physician and wellness expert, a fellow of the University of Arizona Program in Integrative Medicine led by Dr. Andrew Weil, and the founder and CEO of her nationally recognized integrated medicine practice, CentreSpringMD, Dr. Taz serves patients holistically by pulling from multiple vantage points of functional, and integrative medicine spanning Western and Eastern modalities. In this conversation, we get into how women’s major hormonal shifts mirror common social phases of life; why supporting our body intelligence through all of life’s phases requires breaking through culturally imposed boundaries and rebuilding connection with other women; and the steps we can take at every stage to nourish our body intelligence and set up our bodies, minds, and spirits for optimal vitality. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
In this episode Danielle sits down solo with Dr. Austin Perlmutter, who specializes in what he calls the “science of stuck.” His research and work centers around the thesis that modern culture is rewiring our brains and damaging our health in the name of profit, and his New York Times best-selling book, Brain Wash, offers a plan of resistance against this pervasive numbing championed by our society. Austin suggests that to rehabilitate our neuroplasticity—a.k.a., our brain's ability to shift its response to our environment—we need to combat the isolation of our digital age by seeking out both more human connection, and time immersed in Nature. He believes that through reconnecting with our community and ourselves, we can reattune our consciousness and ability to sit on the driver’s seat of our own health. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
On today's podcast we had the pleasure of sitting down with Whitney and Danielle's longtime personal dentist, Dr. Gerry Curatola. Dr. Curatola has been a practicing clinician for several decades and is anything but traditional when it comes to oral health and his holistic approach to dentistry. Based on academic research and practice, he champions the idea that our mouth microbiome is both a portal and a mirror to our overall well being, and that it holds many more insights to our health than the modern Western dentistry standards address. He's the author of a new book called The Mouth Body Connection, which details how to create a healthy mouth, reduce inflammation, and prevent disease throughout the entire body. He's also the co-inventor of the world's first prebiotic naturopathic toothpaste called Revitin. During this conversation we touch on everything from metal fillings to jaw cavitations, root canals, and Dr. Curatola’s personal mission to change the world of dentistry for the better. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Today, we’re excited to be sitting down with Dr. Dawson Church, an award-winning science writer and author of three best-selling books The Genie in Your Genes, Mind to Matter, and Bliss Brain, to explore how we can remodel the brain for Resilience, Creativity, and Joy. Dawson founded the National Institute for Integrative Healthcare to study and implement evidence-based psychological and medical techniques. The Institute’s largest program, the Veterans Stress Project, has offered free treatment to over 20,000 veterans with PTSD over the past decade. Here, he shares his methods of treatment, the science behind them, and how the rituals we choose are investments in our long-term happiness. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Today we’re diving into one of our most-requested topics: metabolism. With the help of Sakara Science Council Member and Harvard-trained medical doctor, Dr. William Li, we dissolve many of the myths about metabolism that we’ve all been led to believe, including that your metabolism does not have to slow with age–but why you might still be experiencing a metabolic slow down and what you can do to resolve it. We also discuss the calorie myth, and why eating for our gut health means eating for our whole body. This eye-opening episode reminds us of the power we hold over our own health, and how we can get back in the driver’s seat at any age or life-stage. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Our relationship with our body is one of, if not the most important relationships in our lives. At Sakara we believe that deepening our body intelligence is key to well-being—which is why we’re so excited to speak with today’s guest, Dr. Rachel Allyn. As an author, TEDx speaker, and holistic somatic psychologist, Dr. Allyn’s work hinges on the study of body wisdom. She focuses on taking pressure off the mind to foster a deeper connection with our bodies, working with patients to hone their “bodyfulness”—her term for expanding our mindfulness to incorporate our physical bodies. By integrating movement into her practice, she helps them unlearn and release long-held stigmas and shame about their bodies and their pleasure, allowing them to access greater satisfaction and joy—both in their physical relationships with themselves, and their intimate relationships with others. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
At Sakara, we believe in the intricate and sacred connection between our minds and bodies, and that the nourishment we take in includes not just what’s on our plate, but what we feed our spirits, too. In today’s episode, we’re so excited to speak with author, speaker, and internationally recognized “mind architect” Peter Crone to explore the fundamental issues that connect us through the shared human experience. In this enlightening philosophical conversation, Peter guides us through his methods for releasing toxic inner narratives; disconnecting our minds from scarcity, inadequacy, and, in doing so, achieving the ultimate gift of true freedom. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Is there life after death? Is there any essential soul to the human body? What is consciousness? Today on the Sakara Life Podcast we explore possible answers to these existential queries, as we’re joined by Graham Nicholls to discuss his work around out of body experiences (OBEs) and the psychology of consciousness. An author, lecturer, and board member for the Rhine Research Center, Graham connects the dots between cutting-edge metaphysics research and his own personal history with out-of-body experiences, exploring how they can help us all reach greater levels of consciousness and spiritual fulfillment. In this cerebral conversation, Graham shows us how this deeper level of consciousness can impact the way we move through the world and understand our connection to the greater universe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Here at Sakara, we're forever exploring the connections between our brains and bodies, and the role our minds and habits play in creating the lives we want to live. In this episode, we're joined by the renowned psychologist and author Dr. Daniel Z. Lieberman to discuss his books, The Molecule of More and Spellbound: Modern Science, Ancient Magic and the Hidden Potential of the Unconscious Mind, and his work exploring the neurochemical dopamine's impact on our mental health. In this fascinating conversation, Dr. Lieberman unpacks the ways in which this powerful hormone is often misunderstood, diving into both its light and shadow sides—and how it can help us manifest our future. Together we examine the difference between our conscious and unconscious mind, and the phenomenon of transcendence, the power of faith, and the limits that blur the line between science and spirit. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
On today’s episode, we had the pleasure of speaking with bestselling author and world renowned speaker, Dr. Gabor Maté. An expert in trauma and addiction, Dr. Mate illuminates the vastly overlooked connection between trauma, stress, and disease that research has proven time and time again. In a quest to better understand ourselves and our behaviors, we take a glimpse at our founder, Danielle Duboise’s own childhood as an example of understanding and relating to the trauma and coping mechanisms that we learn as children– and how they carry into adulthood. We also explore the real impacts of what Dr. Mate calls a “toxic culture” on our overall long-term health, and the tools we can use to move towards finding our true selves while healing from suffering. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Today we're joined for the first time by two fellow entrepreneurs, who are pioneers of one of the fastest-growing markets in health and wellness today. Jen Bachelor and Bella Hadid are the co-founders of Kin Euphorics, a company rooted in Ayurvedic medicine, crafting functional adult beverages designed to offer an entourage effect using natural ingredients that nourish the mind and body. We connect with Bella and Jen about what it’s like being female co-founders in the world of wellness, and the shared ethos that drew us to one another. We then explore the idea of the “reckoning”, where Bella and Jen open up about their own personal transformation stories, and the pivotal moments that left each of them with no choice but to abandon any long-held beliefs or social pressures in search of the tools and rituals that would ultimately bring them together in pursuit of nourishing their bodies, minds, and spirits from the inside out. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
In today’s episode, we’re joined by scholar, national speaker, professor, and author of the Pulitzer prize winning book Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America, Dr. Marcia Chatelain. This conversation explores the societal factors that have led to the rise of the fast food industry over the last 50 years—and the misconceptions many have about why communities rely on fast and convenience foods. We also dive into the more intimate side of what food means on an individual level, discussing the true meaning of generational wealth, and what a legacy of values, knowledge, and education around our global food systems could possibly look like. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
In this episode, we are joined by esteemed pediatric neuro endocrinologist, professor, and author, Dr. Robert Lustig, to discuss the industry-disrupting research around processed foods, and how it could lead to systemic breakthroughs in how we treat and prevent many of the chronic metabolic diseases that are increasingly on the rise. We go deep into the science behind many of the topics in his new book, Metabolical, to understand the nuances behind how food either works for us or against us. This eye-opening conversation makes clear the meaning of food as medicine, and brings a critical awareness to the connection between our plate and our life-long health from childhood onward. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
On today's episode, we are joined by the renowned Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy, who is a leader in the functional medicine space and primarily known for her work around preventing cancer through addressing patients’ lifestyle habits. We discuss how the cancer treatment landscape has been revolutionized, from treatment protocols to the research supporting the importance of lifestyle habits in relation to the development and prevention of many different diseases. Dr. Connealy shares how to take preventative action before diagnosis, and how her center, Cancer Center for Healing and Center for New Medicine, which has become the largest integrative medical clinic in North America, is designed with a patient-first approach. Her work is the perfect example of one of our Sakara values, science and spirit, and reminds us that we have so much agency when it comes to our overall health. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
In this episode, we are joined by our longtime inspiration and spiritual mentor, Marianne Williamson, to discuss her book, A Return To Love, and all the ways it’s impacted us both. Throughout this conversation, we discuss how we can all honor our inner voice in order to find true spiritual peace and guidance - regardless of religion. Marianne explains why walking in love both with ourselves (and others) is critical for us to unlock our true purpose and find fulfillment in life. This beautiful conversation serves as a reminder that living in service to others is so important for true connection and allows us to experience the divine. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
In this episode, we’re joined by Nancy Easton, Founder and Executive Director of Wellness in The Schools, and Sakara Science Council Advisor and WITS Board Member, Maya Feller, to discuss the important work we are all doing to help bring proper nutrition and education to the next generation. We discuss all of the complexities of our current food system and the history behind how we got here - from our relationships with farmers, the environments we live in, and the lack of access to nutritional food (especially in schools). This conversation is extremely eye-opening around the systemic changes needed in order to make an impact on the health of our future generation and the quality of food that we all have access to. After hearing this episode, if you feel called to support WITS’ incredible mission, please head to the link below to learn more and donate: wellnessintheschools.org/donate Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.