Healthy Habits of People Living in Blue Zones [Interview][Transcript]

Dr_Pina_LoGiudice_Healthy_HabitsGuest: 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, talks about her new book, THE LITTLE BOOK OF HEALTHY BEAUTY: Simple Daily Habits to Get You Glowing (TarcherPerigee – July 12, 2016), where she takes a look at the world’s Blue Zones where people tend to have the greatest health and longevity.

Health Professional Radio – Living in Blue Zones

Neal Howard: Hello and welcome to the program today, I’m your host Neal Howard. Thank you so much for joining us here on Health Professional Radio. Why is it that some people age gracefully while others look twice their age? Our guest in studio today is Dr. Pina Lo Giudice, Co-Founder of Naturopathic Clinic Inner Source Health, she’s also an expert in field of natural medicine. Past Vice-President of the New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians and an honored member of the American Association for Naturopathic Physicians and she’s here today to talk with us about her brand new book ‘The Little Book of Healthy Beauty: Simple Daily Habits to Get You Glowing.’ Welcome to Health Professional Radio Dr. Pina.

Dr. Pina Lo Giudice: Thank you so much for having me.

N: Thank you. Why did you write the book?

L: Well, on the…so much and I feel that so many people don’t have access to naturopathic tradition but I wanted to write a book where anybody can pick it up and basically we get the information that I would tell my patients, I tell them every day. So I feel like it’s a very useful resource that even if as they get older and as they age and they forget “Okay, this aspect of my life, I’m not feeling so great.” And it’s a great go-to book as well and they can always get solid information.

N: Now when we’re talking about solid information, are we talking about beauty information or more of a health and how your health… ?

L: It’s especially more of health and wellness, not so much beauty related because from my stand point to get that glow of that sense of vitality that I’m talking about it all comes from the inside out, the whole book is based around different key factors that I believe that give people that glow and that vitality.

N: In the Little book of Healthy Beauty you talk about simple daily habits to get you glowing, that’s part of the title. What are some of these habits? I mean are some of these habits things that we’re unconsciously doing that are keeping us less than healthy and less than glowing?

L: Well I think it’s worth more of that, not that we’re not conscious about it. I think we just forget about ourselves, I think we live in a culture that’s constantly busy and moving forward and trying to strive that we forget about life’s basic needs and I think we take advantage of them sometimes. So what I talk about are just things that your grandmother used to talk about sleep, food, exercise, relaxation, medication and then I also talked about detoxification and supplement support.

N: When we first started the program, I talked about folks that age gracefully while others look twice their age. Is it just a gift that some of us have and some of us don’t or are there things that we can do to, well kind of equalize?

L: No, I definitely think there are things that we can do. I mean many people over the years felt like “Okay I’m just subject to my genetics.” And we’re finding more and more” that’s not the case. What I had mentioned in the book there’s actually a field of medicine now called epigenetics and so ‘epi’ means above the genes, so what’s going on above our genes and what we’re finding is dietary and lifestyle factors is what turns our genes on and off so if whether it’s been turned on the healthy genes or turn on those cancer genes or keep those cancer genes turned off is/are factors that we have control over.

N: You talked about genetics and lifestyle. When you’re talking about lifestyle how much does the environment, say where you live as part of your lifestyle, how much a role does that play or does it matter if you live in a hostile environment can you still do things to stay healthy and beautiful?

L: Well I mean you definitely do things to keep you healthy and looking good, I mean the whole idea, if you’re living in a hostile environment is about keeping the stress management down because the studies have shown that if you’re under chronic stress whether it’s a child or even themselves it shortens this part of your genes called telomeres which is like if you think of the little ends of your shoelaces, it shortens them and makes them frail, they don’t work as well and so that’s when the genes get disrupted and then you can get more anomalies in the body and lots of things can go wrong. So I tell every patient whether you live in a hostile environment or not the key is in those areas are doing the best that you can with regards to your dieting, nutrition and sleeping and exercise and making sure that you join things like getting in-tune with yourself and meditating so that the stress level goes down.

N: Have you noticed different places that where the folks seem to have a, I don’t know maybe a little bit better health, longevity and things of that nature, are there places like that?

L: Well, I mean and the researches show that there are areas in the world called the Blue Zones and basically, blue zone right, and so for people tend to have the greatest health and longevity. So the areas like Sardinia in Italy, in Loma Linda, California, in Japan, in Costa Rica. So basically contrary to previous thoughts that people think the main factors of longevity are genetics but instead they’re actually diet and lifestyle based. So they research people who lived in these what they’re calling blue zone and…why they’re living too well over a hundred and so that they found that there are these key factors that they basically engaged in their movement, they lived with the sense of purpose, they consume the diet rich in beans and well in refined sugar than flour and they have a really strong social community. So it’s really amazing to see that working on those things, the most of the people in that community live well over a hundred, it’s fantastic.

N: Now you mentioned a social community, are we talking about just having a close knit group of friends and interacting with them in a positive way?

L: Absolutely, nowadays internet and iPhones and texting that people don’t even talk to each other anymore but in these parts of the world people still get together socially and they gather and they commune and eat together and they cook together and so all of those factors are a positive effect on our genes.

N: Where can our listeners get a hold of your book, The Little Book of Healthy Beauty: Simple Daily Habits to Get You Going?

L: Sure. There are a few areas, there’s our website which is, there’s and of course there’s good old Amazon.

N: Great. You’ve been listening to Health Professional Radio, I’m your host Neal Howard and we’ve been in studio talking with Dr. Pina Lo Giudice, Co-Founder of Naturopathic Clinic Inner Source Health, also the past Vice-President of the New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians and then honored member of the American Association for Naturopathic Physicians as well. She’s been here talking about her brand new book The Little Book of Healthy Beauty: Simple Daily Habits to Get You Glowing, talking about some of the things that contribute to a healthy lifestyle which in turn contributes to a healthy glow. It’s been great having you here with us today Dr. Pina.

L: Thank you so much for having me, it’s been an honor.

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