Guest: Dr. Pina LoGiudice
Presenter: Neal Howard
Guest Bio: Dr. Pina LoGiudice is an expert in the field of natural medicine and cofounder of naturopathic clinic Inner Source Health. Dr. Pina is also an author and the past vice-president of the New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians as well as an honored member of the American Association for Naturopathic Physicians.
Segment overview: In this segment Dr. Pina LoGiudice, ND, LAc, discusses the six master keys to health, longevity, and glowing beauty which she explores in great depth in her new book, THE LITTLE BOOK OF HEALTHY BEAUTY: Simple Daily Habits to Get You Glowing.
Health Professional Radio – Healthy Habits
Neal Howard: Hello and welcome to the program, I’m your host Neal Howard. Thank you so much for joining us today here on Health Professional Radio. Why is it that some people age gracefully while others look twice their age even say they’re 40 and they look well 60 or 70? There are a lot of reasons that have to do with maybe what we eat whether or not we smoke or drink, our environment and our lifestyle plays a huge role. Our guest in studio today is returning guest Dr. Pina Lo Giudice, she’s an expert in the field of Natural Medicine. In her new book ‘The Little Book of Healthy Beauty: Simple Daily Habits to Get You Glowing,’ she touches on the six master keys to health, longevity and glowing beauty. Welcome to the program Dr. Pina.
Dr. Pina Lo Giudice: Thank you so much for having me.
N: Thank you so much for returning. As Author of The Little Book of Healthy Beauty: Simple Daily Habits to Get You Glowing, talk about how user friendly the book is I mean we’re all different, is there a lot of technical jargon or is it a pretty personal book that is very reader friendly?
L: No I definitely wanted to make this more of the personal book and definitely user friendly, I wanted something where it’s almost like a pocket guide where people can always go back to it and refer to it and I also made specific questionnaires so that people can individualize this book even for themselves. So it’s not just a general book, they can actually make it more specific for them.
N: I talked about your book touching on the six master keys to health, longevity and then glowing beauty. These master keys I mean we’re all different I guess out of those six we’re sure to touch on the one or maybe the couple that actually resonate with us in our journey to better health. For instance myself I have trouble sleeping is that one of the keys, I mean I hear that sleep is extremely important especially when it comes to that glow.
L: Absolutely and actually that’s why I put it as my first master key because I even tell patients that, not that I don’t want patients to exercise but having good quality sleep and working on your sleep even supersedes exercise because if you’re not sleeping there is no way that you’re body or your brain can be detoxified, your immune system can’t reset, your digestive system can’t balance. There’s just so many reasons that your body will just feel suboptimal without appropriate sleep.
N: Aside from I guess sleep, medication are there any tips that you can give that might add to better sleep?
L: Absolutely. I definitely go through a whole bunch because like I said it’s for me sleep is the highest priority. The first thing I tell patients which they don’t even realize the importance of having a sleep schedule. Some patients will go to bed at 2 o’clock, they’ll go to bed at 10 o’clock and they’ll be a little bit…the body does like rhythm because once you’re going to bed past 10pm you’re effectively doing is reconstructing your stress hormones and elevating that cortisol which is I think in everyone has heard of that negative stress hormone that impacts our body. So the first thing is to establish appropriate sleep schedule. I list different tools that if someone can’t fall asleep or stay asleep in terms of are you the type of person who has a constant mental chitchat? I make recommendations of journaling or writing that to do list so that it’s off your head, out of your brain that you know that when you wake up in the morning you have peace of mind that that information is right there. I would also recommend that patients who are kind of overanxious that watching their caffeine intake, making sure that they’re not overstimulated before bed and also people who wind up eating foods way too close to bed, so sometimes that’ll impact their sleep schedule or sleep pattern if you’re eating too close to bed time or if you’re eating too far away from bed time. So let’s say you ate dinner at 6-7 o’clock and now you’re not going to bed at 2 o’clock in the morning, you’re gonna end up being hypoglycemic and your blood sugar is going to…enough to impact your sleep.
N: Wow. So just having a schedule and doing things habitually go a long way for better sleep. Sleep being the number one especially in your book and I guess in your philosophy of healing as well, of course diet, exercise play an obvious role, you need be relaxed but what about detoxification as one of these keys to health? What exactly is detoxification?
L: So detoxification is a process that I recommend patients to do whether it’s once or twice a year where they’re creaming out their bodies. So because we live in such a toxic world unfortunately even from knowledge of … pollution but let alone the household cleaners that we use, the products that we put on our skin and what that does is it creates an overall body burden where some people just can’t release these chemicals from their body. So there are lot of different signs that are…that you make wanting to do detox whether you have…in your eyes, you have bruising, you have hormonal ups and downs, nervous system problems, then heart disease, fatigue, like all those things are clues in that your body is not running as efficiently as it should. So I try to have people do their detox so that their body can reset and rebalance.
N: So I guess you’ve got an appropriate detox for each type of person based on body type and I guess there’re goals for better health?
L: Absolutely, the first thing I would tell everybody is that if they’re on multiple medications to always consult their naturopathic doctor or their physician because if you’re on a detox it’s going to change how you metabolize those medications so that’s always the first thing that I recommend but there are so many simple ways to detoxify yourself whether it’s just simply not smoking or cutting off the alcohol or cutting off the processed foods, even that alone just cleaning things up people can start detoxifying. Drinking better quality water can help to detoxification process as well as you can do other more formal type of detoxes where you’re drinking certain tea, you’re taking certain supplements, those are a little bit more aggressive but even just simple habits of cleaning it up and cutting out the junk, your body will start detoxing.
N: how often do you encounter patients who well you mentioned multiple medications, what about multiple supplements? All supplements don’t work the same for all people. Is there a detoxification process for that as well?
L: That’s a great question. I mean thankfully most supplements, most natural supplements are very safe and have very little to no side effects. So most people can just come off those. The issues that I find is that people like I said who are either their friends are taking a supplement or they saw something on TV that they wanted to just taking and end up taking in 50,000 things so what I try to do is just dial it down to at least three supplements that I think everybody needs which is a good multivitamin, a good essential fatty acid and a good probiotics. You can get that information on our innersourcehealth.com website which is our practice website and then we also started another website called Threeyouneed so that everyone can know if I have this condition. These are the basic three supplements that would be very good for me and so we try to streamline it for people so that they know they’re getting the purest, cleanest, highest quality vitamins but it’s not overwhelming.
N: Great. And where can our listeners get a copy of The Little Book of Healthy Beauty: Simple Daily Habits to Get You Going?
L: So again they can get that at innersourcehealth.com they can also get it at drpinamd.com which is drpinamd.com or as well as on Amazon because there’s a lot of great information in the book.
N: Thank you so much. You’ve been listening to Health Professional Radio, I’m your host Neal Howard and we’ve been talking in studio with Dr. Pina Lo Giudice, expert in the field of Natural Medicine. In her new book ‘The Little Book of Healthy Beauty: Simple Daily Habits to Get You Glowing,’ she explores the six master keys to health longevity and glowing beauty. It’s been great having you here with us today Doctor.
L: Thanks again for having me, it’s been a pleasure.
N: Thank you. Transcripts and audio of this program are available at healthprofessionalradio.com.au and also at hpr.fm and you can subscribe to this podcast on iTunes.