S6 E13 How Environmental Pollutants Are Affecting Our Health with Clayton Thomas

Why are we getting sicker today than we did even a mere 30 years ago? Have you ever stopped to think why severe allergies, autoimmune diseases and pretty much every illness you can think of is on the rise? In this episode we are going to get to the “root” of what’s making us sick and how to improve our health and overall well-being. Spoiler alert: in a nutshell it all boils down to environmental pollutants and toxins.

Clayton Thomas is the co-founder of ROOT Wellness, a social sharing community focused on foundations of wellness; host of The Green Edition health and wellness show; and founder of The ROOT Brands®. His 25 years of health and wellness experience includes developing business models of analytical testing in medical practices to improve the quality of care by identifying risks of the big three diseases: diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity. The ROOT Brands produces products that are non-GMO, organic, vegan, gluten-free, and safe for everyone, including children and professional athletes, to help people detoxify, strengthen the gut, and focus the mind.

Join Lauren and Clayton for this lively discussion where they examine: how environmental pollutants are affecting our health; why detoxification, gut health and focus are vital and why it is so hard to strike a balance to achieve all three at the same time; what the challenge is with gut health today; how long it takes to detoxify and heal the gut; the surprising toxins in our clothing; the first steps to eliminate toxins from your diet; the best way to achieve a day full of focus and productivity especially as we age; what we should do to help eliminate stress specifically in today’s volatile climate; and a bit about The ROOT Brands and how it helps you regain health and beauty from the inside out.

Show Notes:

Website: therootbrands.com/product

Instagram: @therootbrands_

YouTube: youtube.com/TheROOTBrands

S6 E12 – Mitigating Migraines in Midlife With Dr. Fred Cohen

Did you know women are more susceptible to migraines than men? Nearly 28 million women in the US suffer from migraines. Fluctuating estrogen levels, pregnancies, and other lifestyle factors can trigger headaches and migraines in women. Migraines are one of the world’s most common health conditions yet it can be very hard to treat since the triggers and affects are different for every sufferer. Thankfully treatments have come a long way in recent years.

Dr. Fred Cohen is one of the few headache specialists in the country trained in both Internal Medicine and Headache Medicine. As a life-long migraine sufferer himself, Dr. Cohen’s research interests include treatments for chronic migraine and evaluating the epidemiology, burden and impact of migraines to help the 37 million of Americans who suffer from them.

Join Lauren and Dr. Cohen as they discuss: what a migraine is and what it isn’t; the symptoms of migraines; why women are more susceptible to migraines than men; how menopause can bring on migraines; treatments to alleviate headaches and migraines in women; what can trigger a headache or migraine; tips to prevent migraines; the economic impact of migraines and so much more.

Show Notes:

Website: https://www.fredcohenmd.com/

Instagram: @fredcohenmd

TikTok: @fredcohenmd

X: fredcohenmd


S6 E11 What You Need To Know About Midlife Food Allergies With Dr. Gill Hart

Can you suddenly develop food allergies in midlife? You bet! As we age, our immune system may weaken naturally (not to mention our out-of-whack hormones) which may be why you’re suddenly struggling with foods you were always able to eat before. But maybe what you are experiencing is actually a food intolerance and not a food allergy. It can be difficult to differentiate between the two. And we need to, because in order to feel our best, it’s important to know which foods to avoid.

Dr. Gill Hart is a PhD Biochemist and the Scientific Director at YorkTest Laboratories. Her passion for science and helping people improve their health has guided her entire career. From managing a hospital hormone testing lab to developing unique “at home” fertility tests for men and women. Since 2005 she has been with YorkTest where her food sensitivity testing came to be. She says seeing the difference that it makes to everyday lives is the pinnacle of her career.

YorkTest Laboratories Inc pioneered the first IgG based food sensitivity in the 90’s, and can boast that as of today, they have tested over half a million people.

Listen as Lauren and Dr. Hart talk about: the main differences between food allergies and food intolerance; why it seems food allergies on are the rise; the age range when food allergies and intolerances typically develop; if both can change as you get older; the most common food allergies and food intolerances in middle aged women; how our hormones impact our reactions to certain foods; the most common symptoms of both food allergies and food intolerances in middle aged women; and the best ways to manage food allergies and intolerances in our daily lives.

Show Notes:

Website: www.yorktest.com/us/

Instagram: @yorktestusa

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/yorktest-laboratories

S6 E10 How Your Nutrition Affects Your Skin With Dr. Ariel Ostad

There was a time when doctors only treated problems. Now many are seeing the benefits of being proactive on the forefront as preventative measures. Lifestyle changes, even small ones, can help keep your skin healthy. This includes not only what we consume but how we think, sleep and do physical activity. Why not take control of the aspects of aging that are in our control?

Guest Dr. Ariel Ostad is a trusted and leading board-certified dermatologist, facial cosmetic surgeon and dermatologic surgeon. He is known for his “less is more” philosophy and personalized service at his practice in New York City. Even though they don’t train dermatologists nutrition and lifestyle changes in medical school, Dr. Ostad is a firm believer that they play a significant role on how we age.

Join Lauren and Dr. Ostad as they examine: how our food intake and nutrition affects our skin; what particular foods are the worst for our skin; how and what we should be eating to help our skin thrive; how negative emotions and chronic stress can take a toll on our skin; which non-evasive skincare treatments are beneficial for women in midlife and the differences between them; his new neck refining treatment and why it is so important for women to take care of their necks; and so much more!

Show Notes:

Website: drarielostad.com

Instagram: @drarielostad

YouTube: youtube.com/c/arielostadmdpcnyc

Neck Refining Treatment: drarielostad.com/product/neck-refining-cream

S6 E9 Getting To The Heart Of Women’s Heart Matters With Dr. Elizabeth Klodas

After a bit of a much needed summer break…we are back! And what better way to dive back into women’s health issues than talking about women’s heart health in midlife? The truth is, heart issues can present themselves differently for women than they do in men so it’s important to know and recognize the signs and of course take preventative measures wherever we can.

Guest Dr. Elizabeth Klodas is a board-certified Cardiologist, author, speaker and founder of the Preventative Cardiology Clinic near Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is also the founder and Chief Medical Officer for Step One Foods which are a line of food products (like snack bars) clinically formulated to block cholesterol absorption and reabsorption in the digestive system thereby improving cardiovascular health. She believes nutrition is the root cause of the problem of high cholesterol so she created a food as medicine alternative to our “pill for every ill” culture.

Join Lauren and Dr. Klodas as they have an in-depth discussion about: knowing where to begin when it comes to your heart health; what you can do to improve your heart health naturally (without pills); when we should really start taking our heart health seriously; how to improve our diet to help our heart; the motivation behind developing Step One Foods to help heart health and how the products work, how Step One Foods can be used for preventative measures and so much more!

Show Notes:

Website: Step One Foods

Instagram: @StepOneFoods

Twitter/X: DrLizKlodas

S6 E8 Wen Your Hair Changes In Midlife With Chaz Dean

There you are going through life with gorgeous, healthy, thick hair when one day (probably in midlife) you notice it has changed. Many women in midlife experience hair thinning and receding hairlines, yet we really only hear about these issues for men. If you are experiencing hair loss/thinning you are far from alone. But what can you do about it?

Guest Chaz Dean, Celebrity Hairstylist, has been cutting and coloring hair his entire adult life and has revolutionized how people care for their hair. He created WEN Hair & Body (his line of hair care and beauty products) based on the belief that you can get better quality hair by replacing the harsh chemicals and detergents in most other products with natural botanical ingredients to nourish and attain healthy hair and scalp. Chaz expanded his vision internationally through QVC and Guthy-Renker.

Join Lauren and Chaz as they talk all about: the #1 complaint he hears from midlife clients, tips for thinning hair, recommendations for women with long hair and short hair to make it look fuller, what products and tools to avoid if your hair is thinner, his philosophy to his holistic approach to haircare, products Chaz recommends for thinning hair and so much more. He even has a special offer for the month of July!

Show Notes:

Website: https://chazdean.com

Instagram: @wenbychazdean


S6 E7 How Inflammation Affects Aging With David Watumull & Allison Rosenwinkel

When it comes to the topic of aging it seems everyone is buzzing about inflammation these days. But what is inflammation really, and why does it wreak so much havoc? Chronic inflammation (even mild) is generally considered to be a biomarker of accelerated biological aging and increases our susceptibility to diseases. So how do we know we have inflammation (because it’s hard to tell) and what can we do to stop it in our own bodies? Since we are living longer, we want to live those extra years with vitality.

David M. Watumull is the co-founder and CEO of AX3 which targets inflammaging (a core hallmark of aging) with bio-pure astaxanthin which is a safe and powerful, naturally occurring anti-inflammatory. Allison Rosenwinkel is the co-founder of HiFi Brands which is a branding and marketing agency. She not only works with AX3 but is also passionate about their product since it has really helped her with her own chronic inflammation.

Join Lauren, David and Allison as they discuss: what exactly inflammation is and how it impacts how we age; what astaxanthin is and how it works to combat chronic inflammation and aging from the inside out; why more people aren’t taking it; the specific benefits of astaxanthin for women in midlife who are experiencing changes in their skin; joints and overall health; why women particularly should be taking astaxanthin and how it aligns with embracing natural aging;; and what changes can one expect when taking astaxanthin.

Show Notes:

AX3 Website: https://ax3.life

Instagram: @ax3.life


S6 E6 Clearing Up The Confusion About Your Gut Health With Bonnie Wisener

Gut health is hot topic right now and all the information coming at us is terribly confusing, especially if you don’t have a medical degree. One of the reasons it’s top-of-mind and has become a trendy topic is because women in perimenopause or menopause experience more unhealthy gut symptoms (constipation, gas, bloating and heartburn). But the truth is, emerging research is defining that there is a connection between gut health and overall health. So a basic understanding of gut health could just be the key to prevention and longevity.

Guest Bonnie Wisener is a nutritionist and well-known digestive health expert. She is also the creator of the Shift Your Gut Therapy Method and has helped hundreds of people all over the world get to the bottom of their chronic digestive issues so they can live active lives without the discomfort, embarrassment and persistent symptoms of disease and illness by addressing the root cause.

Join Lauren and Bonnie as they talk about: what gut health really is, the basics we need to know, why guy health is important as we age, the signs you have bad gut health, the signs of a healthy gut, the foods that will help the gut heal, the mistakes people with gut issues commonly make, what they should do instead, foods to prevent poor gut health, and the top 3 things we can be doing to improve our gut health starting today.

“The magic is in the small steps you take every day.”

Show Notes

Site: bonniewisener.com

Free guided email series “5 Tips To Improve Digestion

Instagram: shiftnutritionandwellness

TikTok: @shiftyourguttherapy

Facebook Group: shiftintohealthyhabits

S6 E5 Why An Integrative Approach Is The Key To Better Aging With Dr. Russak

Want to be the best version of you as you age? I think we all do, but we have been masking aging for centuries. Thankfully, with the advancement of science and technology our understanding of aging is changing and evolving. If you want to learn how to have to a hand in your own aging process and learn how to reverse aging and repair the damage we have done, you are going to want to listen to this episode.

Guest, Dr. Julie Russak, is a board-certified dermatologist who is focused on regenerative aging. Dr. Russak’s Wellness Program and integrative approach benefits women particularly in menopause. Unlike most dermatologists who focus on the external (skin), she goes within recognizing that aging picks up speed in menopause and that internal metabolic stress reflects on your skin.

Join Lauren and Dr. Russak as they examine: what Regenerative Aesthetics is and why she feels it’s the future of dermatology; why this approach is more beneficial for those over 40; what “intentional aging” is and how it ties into regenerative aesthetics; what is the process of intercellular aging and what it means; how holistic nutrition plays into better aging; how to have the ability to rest your cells to a more youthful state through nutrition; why nutrition is even more important in perimenopause and menopause and so much more.

Show Notes

Dr. Russak website: russakplus.com

Dr. Russak’s Anti-Aging Wellness Program: Russak Anti Aging Wellness Program

Instagram: @russakderm

LinkedIn: linkin.bio/russakderm



S6 E4 How Being In Love Can Help Our Aging Skin With Dr. Nicole Hayre

If you want to recapture that fresh-faced youthful, radiant glow, love just may be the drug you’re looking for. Yes, popular skincare ingredients like Bakuchiol, squalane, green tea, vitamin C, etc. are helping aging skin, but board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Nicole Hayre is taking a different approach. She uncovered a new patent-pending ingredient that she believes is going to be a game-changer in the skincare industry!

She discovered that high levels of oxytocin (aka the “love hormone”) in the body, has positive effects on the skin at the cellular level, resulting in glowing, youthful healthy skin. She found that the higher the oxytocin level was in someone’s skin, the better they looked for their age. This discovery was so revolutionary that she was asked to speak at the United Nations on her findings. Now she has a range of skincare products called Cutocin which are formulated with a patent-pending ingredient that mimics the effects on of oxytocin in the skin resulting in a healthier, younger-looking appearance.

Join Lauren and Dr. Hayre as they discuss: Dr. Hayre’s background in skincare; what led her to research the effect oxytocin has on the skin; her findings through this research; how to increase our oxytocin levels even if we are not “in love”; her discovery of the patent-pending Sheperd’s Purse and how she integrated it into her skincare line Cutocin; what it was like creating a skincare line; what’s next for her brand; the skincare concerns that she is seeing most from her patients; and what services they are asking for most.

Show Notes

Dr. Nicole Hayre website: https://cosmetic-dermatology-center.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drnicolehayre

Cutocin Skincare: https://cutocin.com/