It's The Step Before The Libido

Lauren and Bethany are joined by a special guest to talk though functional medicine as an alternative to psychiatric medications.

Released May 21, 2021  / Topics: Functional medicine, vitamins, working out, yoga, meditation, broken brain series, Mark Hyman, socializing, alternative medicine, psychiatric medications, mental health podcast, mental health  /  Length: 01:03:24

On 'A Hard Pill to Swallow' we shared our journeys with psychiatric medications. Today Lauren and Bethany are joined by a special guest to talk though functional medicine as an alternative to psychiatric medications. They discuss diet, vitamins, working out, socializing and other alternatives to help improve your mental health through functional medicine. Plus we discuss Mark Hyman and fan girl a little!


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Vagus Nerve Wikipedia

Check out Wikipedia for a better explanation than Lauren could give! The vagus nerve supplies motor parasympathetic fibers to all the organs (except the adrenal glands), from the neck down to the second segment of the transverse colon. This means that the vagus nerve is responsible for such varied tasks as heart rate, gastrointestinal peristalsis, sweating, and quite a few muscle movements in the mouth, including speech (via the recurrent laryngeal nerve).,referred%20to%20in%20the%20singular.

Dr. Mark Hyman - Broken Brain Series

Dr. Hyman has turned his passion for Functional Medicine, real food, nutrition, and wellness into activism, working to change our food system on a global scale. Check out the Broken Brain Series Ank shared with us and other his other projects!

The Body Keeps the Score

The Body Keeps the Score is the book mentioned by Lauren in this episode. Renowned trauma expert Bessel van der Kolk has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score, he transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring—specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neurofeedback, mindfulness techniques, play, yoga, and other therapies. Based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score offers proven alternatives to drugs and talk therapy—and a way to reclaim lives.

Food: What the Heck Should I Cook?

Dr. Mark Hyman's Food: What the Heck Should I Eat? revolutionized the way we view food, busting long-held nutritional myths that have sabotaged our health and kept us away from delicious foods that are actually good for us. Now, in this companion cookbook, Dr. Hyman shares more than 100 delicious recipes to help you create a balanced diet for weight loss, longevity, and optimum health. Food is medicine, and medicine never tasted or felt so good. The recipes in Food: What the Heck Should I Cook? highlight the benefits of good fats, fresh veggies, nuts, legumes, and responsibly harvested ingredients of all kinds. Whether you follow a vegan, Paleo, Pegan, grain-free, or dairy-free diet, you'll find dozens of mouthwatering dishes!