Real Health Plus – DNA Testing: Your Guide to Optimal Health

Last year I received a very healthy Christmas present – DNA testing from Join Circles. The process was incredibly easy: I received a test kit from Join Circles with full instructions. In the comfort of my own home, I swabbed the inside of my cheek with a giant cotton bud and went online and booked a time for a courier to come and fetch my kit. A few weeks later I had my results and boy were they interesting! I have gene variations for oxidative-stress and inflammation (no surprise then that eczema and allergies were a problem from childhood), a traditional Mediterranean diet / low carb eating is ideal for me and high-intensity interval training is what I need to remain lean! Did I know all of this info before testing? To some extent but it was largely intuitive, now I had scientific data to validate my gut feeling!

In this episode we change it up a bit: Heidi & Margie interview me! They asked me what was my why, not just for testing but in general. Why do I want to be optimally well? They asked me about the process and what it meant to me and what I would do with the information. We discuss some of the information I found out and how it has equipped me to make better holistic decisions. It really was a lovely chat with health pioneers who get what it means to fight for good health!  

Enjoy!
Stace

 This episode was brought to you Join Circles, www.joincircles.co.za; Follow them:

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Real Heath Plus – How Badly Do You REALLY Want That New Year’s Resolution?

Happy New Year!!

LOL I know it’s waaaaaaay past that! It’s already February! But it’s my first podcast of 2018 so it feels rather incomplete starting it without the wish.

As a first episode of the new year, I thought I’d tackle the New Year Resolution… perhaps too much of an obvious choice but here’s why: As we begin February, some of you will be on track with the goals that you set for the year, however, most of you would have started out with a bang but your thunder is barely a fizzle by now and you somehow sunk back into old – and bad – habits, leaving you feeling somewhat demoralized and despondent because change can often be so darn hard and habits only for with consistency! If this is you (or at least to some extent) then chin up champ, you still have 11 months to achieve what you set out to!!!

Life Coach, Roz Sandham, gives us some practical insights into setting New Year’s resolutions that can actually be realized and it starts with getting REAL!

 

Enjoy!

Stace

 

Real Health Plus – DNA Testing: A Fantastic Healthy Christmas Present

This podcast is a long one but you’ll soon hear why and it’s interesting enough to keep you focused on its duration. If you listened to my podcasts with Swiss researcher Dr Peter Koeppel about supplementing with nucleotides, the building blocks of DNA, you will have a basic understanding of why and how our lifestyle affects our DNA. In this week’s episode we find out why we should then test our own DNA.  

I had first heard about DNA testing around four to five years ago and thought it fascinating, the Human Genome Project was completed and published in April 2003, meaning that we finally had a complete mapping and understanding of all the genes of human beings was.  All our genes together are known as our “genome.” I initially wanted to go for the test but thought that because the science was so new in SA, perhaps it was better to wait a bit. That way practitioners locally would be better trained and equipped to conduct the tests and interpret the results. I’ve subsequently learned that South Africa has some of the best labs globally for DNA testing!

“The hereditary material of all multi-cellular organisms is the famous double helix of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), which contains all of our genes. DNA, in turn, is made up of four chemical bases, pairs of which form the “rungs” of the twisted, ladder-shaped DNA molecules. All genes are made up of stretches of these four bases, arranged in different ways and in different lengths. HGP researchers have deciphered the human genome in three major ways: determining the order, or “sequence,” of all the bases in our genome’s DNA; making maps that show the locations of genes for major sections of all our chromosomes; and producing what are called linkage maps, complex versions of the type originated in early Drosophila research, through which inherited traits (such as those for genetic disease) can be tracked over generations.

The HGP has revealed that there are probably about 20,500 human genes. The completed human sequence can now identify their locations. This ultimate product of the HGP has given the world a resource of detailed information about the structure, organization and function of the complete set of human genes. This information can be thought of as the basic set of inheritable “instructions” for the development and function of a human being.” American National Human Genome Research Institute

Fast forward to December 2017 and it’s one of the most exciting Christmas presents I’ve had to date! In fact, I’m considering getting tests for my husband and immediate family! What an investment into your health?! The one-off test is for life and you won’t – as we currently understand – have to test again.

So I met with lifelong friends and founders of Join Circles, Homeopathic Doctor and wellness enthusiast Dr Heidi Van Loggerenberg & Margie Doig-Gander. They are exquisitely beautiful humans who have both been diagnosed with and fought cancer and you ca read their amazing story here (https://joincircles.com/pages/about). We were meant to record a ‘quick’ podcast before I did my test and then another afterwards but as you’ll hear, they have so much passion and knowledge to share and I really love interviewing guests ho have personal journeys to share that an hour later we had to call it J.

If you have been yo-yo dieting for years in a desperate quest to shed pounds, or if you’re experiencing ill health despite trying numerous solutions, supplements and doctors then perhaps this is a test worth investing in. I will be sharing my results as soon as they are back from the labs and I’m hoping that these two podcasts will then help you make an informed decision.

The test was simple enough to do and the guidance and info provided by Join Circles really is dummy proof! I’ll load a video on my Instagram account just to give you a glimpse as to what it entailed.

Enjoy!

Stace

 

This episode was brought to you Join Circles, www.joincircles.co.za; Follow them:

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Real Health Plus – The Chef Who Fed Google (& Steve Jobs)

Charlie Ayers is best known as, “the chef who fed Google”, a title and job he won in a 1999 cook-off. He was judged by the company’s then 40 employees. It was a last minute entry and in this podcast, he explains how he attained the X Factor. Charlie also had the privilege of feeding Steve Jobs breakfast every morning in the years preceding his death. He shares this experience with us and the nuggets he learned along the way, including a why a free food model in corporate is possibly a great solution to our rising obesity crisis in SA. I interviewed Charlie at the BCX Disrupt Summit where he was one of the speakers. This was his bio according to the summit website:  

By the time Charlie Ayers left Google in 2005, his team of five chefs and 150 employees were serving 4,000 lunches and dinners a day at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, CA. Ayers was the guy who started serving free, gourmet meals to Googlers and after six years with Google, he did the same for other tech companies. He was hired by places like Facebook and Youtube to do similar programs. At the same time, Charlie opened Calafia Café & Market-A-Go in Palo Alto, CA. His concept epitomizes the idea that “being green” is good for the producer, consumer, environment and local community. A former private chef and (still) personal chef to the Grateful Dead, Charlie continues to consult for startup companies, cater private events and coordinate food service and backstage catering teams at open-air music festivals. Charlie has published a cookbook, Food 2.0: Secrets from the Chef that Fed Google, that exemplifies his culinary vision. In May 2014 Charlie received an honorary doctorate degree from his alma mater, Johnson & Wales University for his contributions to the culinary arts. He brings this same pioneering spirit to his work with the Chowbotics team, ensuring that Chowbotics robots produce delicious food that is good for the people they serve and the world around them.

Enjoy!

Stace

 This episode was brought to you the BCX Disrupt Summit, https://bcxdisrupt.com

 

Real Health Plus – Juicing the RIGHT way with Juice 4 Joy

The jury is still out on whether juicing is indeed beneficial for one’s health. Those in favour of juicing – extracting the liquid from fruit and vegetables without the fiber and pulp (smoothies contact the pulp and therefore the fiber), believe that it allows for quicker and better absorption of the phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals, gives the digestive system a break (because it doesn’t have to break down fiber) and thus the body can spend its energy on reparative processes and healing as opposed to digestion. Conversely, those opposing juicing say it’s often not done well: people include too many fruits and not enough veg, which ultimately spikes insulin levels very much the same way eating sugar would, and it lacks the necessary fibre to regulate digestion. Then you have those who meet in the middle and recommend smoothies, where the fruit and veg are liquefied thus easing digestion but the fibre is still contained thus preventing an insulin spike. In this episode, we discuss exactly this and why life & health coach, Lynda Stanton developed Juice 4 Joy. She speaks about the way juicing should be done and strategies to employ when attempting a cleanse or a detox.

I have just tried her three-day cleanse and found that I was extremely irritable on day one, experienced hunger pangs on day 2 but quite enjoyed day 3 and considered extending just for a day or two by incorporating salads and soups. The juices are not sweet (good veg does have its own natural sweetness) and if you’re expecting a sweet flavour it may be a slight shock to your system. I actually prefer that and absolutely loved the Liver Lover which is like a Bloody Mary without the alcohol! Lynda exudes passion for healthy holistic living and oozes every bit of it into Juice 4 Joy, and as a life and health coach and sports massage therapist, if you’re considering a cleanse then you’ll be in great hands!

Enjoy!

Stace


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Real Health Plus – Can Candy Crush Help You Lose Weight?

If you were born in 1980 or later I don’t think this will come as much of a surprise to you: Gaming – video games, sports games and puzzles – can change your life! Gaming is actually good for you and gamer, author, speaker & all-out-cool-chick, Jane McGonigal has over ten years’ worth of scientific evidence to back it up. In her latest NY Times-bestselling book, SuperBetter, she shares how gaming can help those suffering from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder and that what we got to chat about when I interviewed her at the BCX Disrupt Summit in Johannesburg. It’s a short but super interesting discussion!

 Enjoy!

Stace

 

Thi episode was brought to you by the BCX Disrupt Summit

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Real Health Plus – The Perfect Supplement for Summer Health

Lucy Tavares is a health coach and professional baker who, in a quest to overcome her own health issues, developed her own collagen brand: O’Nutricia Collagen. If you’re looking to improve your skin, joint and bone health then supplementing with collagen may be just what you need. It’s great to beef up the protein content of your smoothies, you can add it to your tea and coffee and boost your baking with a tablespoon or two! It’s particularly great for those trying to overcome digestive & autoimmune issues such as eczema, leaky gut, IBS & IBD, colitis, celiac disease and even Crohn’s disease. Lucy talks to us about how her product came about, her health struggles and the different types of collagen.

 

Enjoy!

Stace

 

This podcast is brought to you by O’Nutricia Collagen, hydrolysed Type 1, Bovine Collagen.

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Real Health Plus – Eat Your Way Out of Cognitive Decline

This week’s episode delves into something we only start working on when it’s actually too late: preventing cognitive decline. What is cognitive decline, what differentiates dementia from Alzheimer’s, how can we help those affected and reduce the burden on caregivers and how do we ensure that we have healthy brains and therefore ensure that we age well? Dr Hughes and Dr Melanoscino answer these vital questions.

Enjoy!
Stace

This podcast is brought to you by Synerchi Organics, organic superfoods brought to you by vegan brothers, Kiara & Ethan Ducasse a.k.a the Synerchi Brothers.
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Real Health Plus – Could Eating Sugar Affect Your Child’s Speech?

This week’s episode covers holistic dentistry for children. In it, we discuss the importance of your child’s milk teeth and why losing them too early isn’t a good thing as it may affect important developmental milestones as well as speech development. He gives advice on what do you do should your child fall and knocks out his/her teeth and did you know that you should start flossing your child’s teeth from as early as two years old? Our knowledgeable guest Dr Ebrahim Boda, of the holistic dentistry practice, Big Red Tooth, also asks us to ditch the fluoridated toothpaste!

 

Enjoy!

Stace

 

This podcast is brought to you by Synerchi Organics, organic superfoods brought to you by vegan brothers, Kiara & Ethan Ducasse a.k.a the Synerchi Brothers.

Follow them on social media:

Instagram: @synerchi_organics ; @synerchi_brothers ;

Facebook: SynerChi Organics, Twitter: @synerchiO;

Contact details are as follows: info@synerchiorganics.co.za

Cell Number: 079 742 8215 | www.synerchiorganics.co.za.

Real Health Plus – Help! Why Can’t I Lose those last 2kgs?

Spring is here! Well, at least it is in Africa and as a result, many are feverishly trying to lose their winter hibernation insulation in preparation for our Summer holidays in December!

Could dehydration be preventing you from losing those stubborn last kilos? Is a lack of quality sleep causing you to pick up the pounds? In this episode, the ever-practical Nicci Robertson helps us understand why our bodies hold onto fat, why losing muscle is actually what you really don’t want and why a lack of understanding about the body, its biochemistry and functioning, prevents you from achieving your weight-loss goals!

Enjoy!
Stace

 

This podcast is brought to you by Synerchi Organics, organic superfoods brought to you by vegan brothers, Kiara & Ethan Ducasse a.k.a the Synerchi Brothers.

Follow them on social media:
Instagram: @synerchi_organics ; @synerchi_brothers ;
Facebook: SynerChi Organics, Twitter: @synerchiO ;
Contact details are as follows: info@synerchiorganics.co.za
Cell Number: 079 742 8215 | www.synerchiorganics.co.za.