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October 28, 2021

Encore Episode : A Non-linear Path to Healing

In today’s episode of Integrative Wellness Radio, Dr. Nicole is joined by a dear friend Nerissa. Nerissa shares her recent health journey and how the path to healing hasn’t been just quick fixes or random medkits but more of a self-exploration. She talks about how she helped herself feel better and didn't depend on conventional medicine or others to heal her.

Dr. Nicole breaks down how a linear approach isn’t the answer when we hit a plateau. She shares with us the integrative ways and how we need to look at our body’s health as a whole instead of going for THAT one pill or single homeopathy. Tune in to the whole episode for more info!

Noteworthy Time Stamps:

  • 1:53 What sparked Nerissa’s health journey
  • 4:13 Moving out from a linear approach
  • 5:33 Subtracting all types of toxins from your life
  • 6:06 Nerissa’s amazing 76-hour long fast
  • 8:03 Toxic lifestyle and Toxic people
  • 10:23 Caring for yourself is caring for those around you
  • 16:14 It’s not just the diet, It’s the exercise as well
  • 23:43 No one can fix you unless you play an active role in it
  • 25:33 Addictive behaviors in our lifestyle
  • 33:13 The pressure of being someone we are not
  • 34:33 Relationships and doing what’s best for your partner
  • 39:21 Grief and what people think of it
  • 43:18 It is all about balance and shifting the mindset
October 15, 2021

Your Hormones Might Not Be To Blame

In today’s episode of Integrative Wellness Radio, Dr. Nicole and Dr. Nick unfold the widely spread misconceptions about hormones. Hormones have a bad rap: they get blamed for so many things but it’s often not the root cause or the only issue present.

Dr. Nicole digs deep into the types of testing that are best for uncovering the foundational issues that act as a stem for irregular hormone levels. She also discusses the many things that are influencing our hormone levels and how conventional medicine is just a quick fix. Listen to the full episode to learn more!

Noteworthy Time Stamps:

  • 2:44 People’s hormones are usually off 
  • 5:53 Supplements and herbs are just a ‘temporary relief’
  • 6:23 Things influencing our hormones
  • 9:34 Fight or flight mode puts hormones on the back burner
  • 10:18 The deficiencies that lead to hormonal imbalance
  • 12:29 There’s no way it’s JUST hormones
  • 13:13 Hormonal effects on menstrual cycle
  • 15:50 IWG’s approach to low-grade infections
  • 22:26 Stress is all perception 
  • 25:33 Most people utilize ‘dopamine high’ to overcome stress hormones
  • 28:06 It’s impossible to balance out a neurological problem with a chemical fix
  • 32:33 How blood sugar can impact hormones
  • 35:34 Better testing will decipher the foundational issues in the body
October 7, 2021

It’s Not All Sunshine & Rainbows: How Weather Affects Your Mood

In today’s episode of Integrative Wellness Radio, Dr. Nicole Rivera will discuss the MANY contributing factors that affect your mood. As we head into the colder months, the impacts of Seasonal Affective Disorder could be on the horizon for you. But a S.A.D diagnosis isn’t telling the whole story. You will learn how blood sugar, brain health, diet, and the environment directly affect your mental health and what you can do today for a happier tomorrow (cheesy but true).

Dr. Nicole will dig deep into the difference between serotonin and dopamine issues and explain the trickle-down effect your cortisol levels could be having on your “happiness”. She will also debunk the common myths associated with mood imbalances. This episode is packed full of actionable tips and will really help you understand the importance of leveraging better testing to identify how your biochemistry and mental health are connected.

Noteworthy Time Stamps:

  • 3:44 Why are so many people being failed by conventional (or even functional) medicine?
  • 12:57 The true definition of S.A.D. and a real-life example
  • 15:05 The blood sugar crisis that’s affecting 90% of the population.
  • 19:56 The huge difference between serotonin and dopamine’s impact on your mood
  • 20:11 What a TRUE serotonin issue looks like
  • 24:03 Feeding our dopamine deficiencies
  • 26:20 Sleep issues and “cortisol stimulating” activities are another piece of the serotonin puzzle
  • 30:59 You can have the most fantastic gut in the world but it’s not the end all be all
  • 33:26 Lack of vitamin d or lack of social interaction?
  • 36:22 Blue light and your diet’s impact on your mood.
  • 40:23 Better testing and better solutions (therapy and antidepressants are not the only options)
  • 45:50 The differences between functional and integrative medicine