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Author: Andrea Nicholson, BCHN®

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From crime scene investigator to insulin investigator, I bring my investigative skills to identify and solve insulin resistance, pre-diabetes and diabetes conditions that contribute to low energy, stubborn weight, and hypertension, naturally

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Evaluating overall metabolic health involves examining several key markers through comprehensive blood panels. Prior to testing, ensure the blood draw is done in a fasted state (12-14 hours), stay well-hydrated, avoid strenuous exercise for a day or two before, and consult about any medications or supplements that may need to be skipped. Also, try to avoid getting your blood drawn on particularly stressful days or when you are feeling unwell.Combining these results with other markers such as ...
Carol shared her experience supporting a friend through breast cancer, launching her focus on integrative support. She outlined the multi-step diagnostic process and initial treatment options involving biopsies, oncology meetings, potential neoadjuvant chemotherapy, surgery choices and chemotherapy/radiation. Carol detailed the complex diagnostic journey from discovery to pathology reports to oncology meetings to potential neoadjuvant chemotherapy and surgery, emphasizing patients' righ...
Joel Warsh, a holistic pediatrician, discussed the importance of integrating natural remedies with traditional medicine. He emphasized the need for preventative measures to combat the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases. Joel also stressed the significance of conscious decisions for family health, including avoiding exposure to harmful chemicals. Joel also discussed the importance of mental health, particularly among children, and the need for parents to help their children de-str...
Chronic Fatigue

Chronic Fatigue

2024-05-2035:50

On this episode, Dr Evan discussed the challenges of chronic fatigue and long Covid, with Evan emphasizing the importance of addressing underlying causes and adopting a holistic approach to improve overall health. He also explored daily habits that contribute to a toxic load, the dangers of exposure to chemicals, and the need for a mindset shift towards making small, gradual changes towards a healthier lifestyle. Lastly, he discussed the potential for environmental hazards, such as mold, in o...
On this episode, Dr. Ritamarie discussed the importance of the endocrine system, insulin resistance, and sensitivity in maintaining good health. She emphasized the need for a personalized approach to addressing these issues, using tools like glucometers and CGMs to gain real-time feedback on patients' health. She also explored the importance of a balanced diet, regular exercise, and stress management techniques in maintaining good health. Additionally, we discussed the benefits of fasting as ...
The Two Faces of Keto

The Two Faces of Keto

2024-05-0607:01

In this episode we’re going to break down why this particular style of eating has so much controversy. People seem to either LOVE or HATE the keto diet, based on a variety of reasons. The ketogenic diet has been around for over 100 years...so it's not just a recent weight loss craze. In this episode I also mentioned that I'm doing a personal Metabolic Reset Challenge and I've invited everyone to join me! If you want to join or have questions, send me an email: andrea@h...
Rachel detailed her struggles with numerous health issues from a young age, leading her on a path to functional medicine. She overcame challenges by addressing root causes through diet and lifestyle changes.Rachel explained how chronic stress keeps the body in a constant "fear" state, impacting cells and health over time. Mental, emotional and environmental stressors all contribute to dysregulation of the HPA axis and stress response.Rachel recommended starting each day with solo time to self...
Sachin Patel is a functional medicine practitioner and breathwork expert. He got into this field after realizing conventional doctors had no answers for chronic illness patients. Breathwork became his passion for integrating simplicity and sophistication in health. In this episode, Sachin explained the health consequences of mouth breathing, including poor sleep, inflammation, and hormonal imbalance. Nasal breathing optimizes air through humidification, warming, and filtration before it...
Dr. Christina Bjorndal shares her journey into naturopathic medicine after a suicide attempt left her hospitalized, revealing how conventional medications failed to fully treat her mental health issues. She emphasizes treating patients holistically by addressing their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being, not just symptoms, explaining the four pillars' interconnected roles in health.Simple changes like reducing sugar, coffee and carbonation intake make a difference by su...
Glucose-Ketone Index

Glucose-Ketone Index

2024-04-0814:32

On this episode of the Holistic Health Bites podcast, Functional Nutritionist Andrea Nicholson explains the Glucose-Ketone Index. The Glucose-Ketone Index (GKI) presents a valuable tool for monitoring metabolic health by measuring the ratio of blood sugar to blood ketones, offering insights into one's energy production mechanisms. This index underscores the misconception that the body needs dietary carbohydrates to maintain adequate blood sugar levels, pointing out the body's innate abil...
In this episode of the Holistic Health Bites podcast, holistic nutritionist Thais Harris shares insights on integrating self-love into the journey toward ideal health. Thais emphasizes the critical role of self-love, distinguishing it as a practice that nurtures self-esteem and acceptance through mindfulness and present-moment awareness. Her approach underscores the importance of valuing oneself without conditions, a principle that has guided her both personally and professionally.Through her...
Freedom from Cancer

Freedom from Cancer

2024-03-2540:37

Today I welcome special guest Katrina Foe to discuss the importance of self-advocacy in health matters, the need for testing to identify underlying health issues, and the impact of environmental factors on health. She also emphasized the role of genetics and lifestyle choices in cancer prevention and treatment. The conversation focused on the importance of nutrition, particularly in relation to cancer treatment. She also touched upon the challenges and misconceptions related to transitioning ...
Today marks our 100th episode, and we're diving deep into metabolic health, particularly the often-overlooked topic of insulin resistance. Studies suggest that nearly half of adults worldwide have insulin resistance, yet many remain unaware of its implications.In this episode, I'll be rapidly covering a comprehensive list of conditions related to insulin resistance. These conditions range from those directly caused by insulin resistance to those exacerbated by it, forming a complex web of hea...
In this episode of the Holistic Health Bites podcast, functional nutritionist Andrea Nicholson hosted Dr. Brandy Cummings, a specialist in pregnancy, postpartum conditions, and the impacts of metabolic health. Dr. Brandy shared insights into the crucial role of environmental medicine in postpartum support, drawing from her personal health challenges, including a harrowing two-year battle with mold illness and its repercussions on fertility. This experience significantly shaped her approach to...
Struggling with debilitating fatigue, depression, and an unexpected thyroid cancer diagnosis, Tiffany's conventional treatment path seemed to falter, failing to bring substantive relief to her myriad of symptoms. Frustrated with traditional approaches that did little to alleviate her condition, she embarked on a transformative nutrition journey, discovering that eliminating gluten, dairy, eggs, and soy brought significant improvements. This dietary overhaul not only lessened her inflammation ...
On this episode, I have special guest Divya Dhawan discussing holistic health, with a particular focus on autoimmunity and its relationship with metabolic health. Divya shared her personal journey with an autoimmune disorder and her research on alternative medicine, emphasizing the importance of eating organic, seasonal, and local foods. She also discussed the challenges faced by individuals with autoimmune conditions and unexplained symptoms, the potential negative impacts of high cortisol l...
On this episode of the Holistic Health Bites podcast, my guest Wendy Hacker explains her story of battling Lyme disease for years without progress resonated deeply with many. She highlighted the transformative power of understanding your own genetic landscape. After discovering how genes influence susceptibility to infections and response to treatment, Wendy utilized genetic testing to uncover underlying factors like mold exposure and methylation issues impacting her health. By tailoring her ...
Louise shared her personal experience with chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, and how she became a brain expert through holistic healing. She shared how to identify and manage distractions or obstacles that might hinder intentions or goals. They also discussed the concept of taking on the energies of others, particularly parents, and how this can impact one's sense of self. Additionally, they explored the idea of utilizing Mind Gems to influence energy fields and past relationships.To connect ...
We often hear about how diet plays a significant role in insulin resistance, but today, let's explore the equally important non-food factors.Sedentary Lifestyle and Lack of Physical ActivityChronic Stress and CortisolSleep Deprivation and Poor Sleep QualityEnvironmental Toxins and Endocrine DisruptorsGenetics and EpigeneticsFor full show notes and information: https://healthylifewithandrea.com/blog/5279/top-5-non-food-contributors-to-insulin-resistanceDid you know my practice is entirely virt...
Chelsie, a nurse and toxin expert shared her personal journey into the holistic healing space and emphasized the importance of removing toxins from our bodies. She also discussed strategies for transitioning to non-toxic products and ways to clean up and replace common household cleaning supplies with safer alternatives. Andrea and Chelsie also discussed detoxing off toxins from the body and the presence of toxins in the body and how it affects a person's health. To connect with Chelsea:...
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