The Wellfuel Podcast

Isabel Smith, MS, RD, CDN

A podcast about gut health, detox, hormones, mold, and everything in between, hosted by Isabel Smith, MS, RD, CDN. Come along on this wellness journey with me as I talk with experts from across the wellness spectrum! Learn more at IsabelSmithNutrition.com. read less
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Ep #81: Facts About Perimenopause/Menopause with Dr. Dina Pavilonis
2d ago
Ep #81: Facts About Perimenopause/Menopause with Dr. Dina Pavilonis
Welcome back to The Wellfuel Podcast! In this episode, Dr. Dina Pavilonis discusses menopause, perimenopause, and hormone replacement therapy (HRT). She'll be explaining the differences between perimenopause and menopause, the symptoms women may experience during these stages, and the importance of lifestyle support - as well as the need for proper hormone replacement therapy and the risks associated with improper use. Dr. Dina will also offer some actionable recommendations for managing symptoms and supporting overall health during perimenopause and menopause. Grab your favorite device and listen in! ---------------------------- About Dr. Dina Pavilonis: Dr Dina Pavilonis is a medical doctor board certified in Family Medicine, Obesity Medicine, Fellow in Anti-Aging Metabolic Endocrinology and Functional Medicine (FAAMFM), certified by Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM), certified BA and Management at Cornell University She is the CEO and Founder of one of the largest Integrative Clinics in Chicago, Green Circle Wellness and the author of her first best-selling book "No More Bandaids". You can find Dr. Dina on Instagram: @dinapavilonismd; @greencirclewellness or at her website: https://www.greencirclewellness.com/ Want to learn more about how Isabel Smith Nutrition can help support you on your journey to better health?  ⁠Book a call with us today!⁠ ------------------------- Join us next week for a NEW episode of The Wellfuel Podcast! Be sure to like, share, and subscribe to The Wellfuel Podcast for more great nutritional content in the future! You can learn more about Isabel Smith Nutrition by following us on Instagram: @isabelsmithnutrition
Ep. #79 All Things Lyme Disease with Mary-Beth Charno, RN, APRN-C
02-04-2024
Ep. #79 All Things Lyme Disease with Mary-Beth Charno, RN, APRN-C
Welcome back to The Wellfuel Podcast! In this episode, I'm excited to have Mary-Beth Charno, a nurse practitioner specializing in tick-borne and mold illnesses. We will be discussing various topics related to Lyme disease, including co-infections, prevention, and differentiating between current and past infections, as well as the complexity of Lyme disease and how to prevent Lyme by preventing the occurrence of tick bites. Chapters: 02:30 All Things Lyme 04:22 Lyme Co-infections 09:33 Prevention of Lyme Disease 23:47 The Complexity of Lyme Disease 24:22 Differentiating Lyme Disease from Other Infections 25:08 Treating Different Stages of Lyme Disease 26:13 The Adaptive Nature of Lyme Disease 27:11 Co-Infections and Testing 28:01 Different Types of Infections and Vectors 29:10 Sequential Presentation of Infections 30:02 The Role of Antibiotics in Lyme Treatment 31:00 Maintenance Treatment and Antibiotic Dependency 31:30 Challenges in Obtaining Antibiotics 32:23 Personal Experience with Lyme Treatment 33:18 Individual Variability in Lyme Tolerance 36:07 Increasing Prevalence of Environmental Illnesses 37:27 Improving Collaboration and Communication in Medicine 38:27 The Role of Lyme Literate Practitioners 39:30 Believing the Patient and Individualized Treatment 41:02 Finding a Lyme Literate Practitioner 41:35 The MSIDS Questionnaire Transcript Available: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LtTbZMKSKk2wkJoDzYycgrYKPkKo0l-aEupoaHEQzJE/edit?usp=sharing ---------------- About Mary-Beth Charno: Mary-Beth is a nurse practitioner in private practice in Bellport. Her specialty is in tick-borne and mold illness; and is currently offering preventative care and early treatment for COVID. She also offers intravenous nutrient therapy for non-patients to support energy, detox and hydration, as well as ozone therapy. A graduate of both Stony Brook University with a master’s degree in Advanced Practice Nursing, and Pace University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, Mary-Beth worked as an RN for ten years in oncology. Early on in her career she became Board Certified as a Holistic Nurse through the American Holistic Nurses Association, and this continues to inform her patient care. Mary-Beth has trained with some of the leaders in tick-borne illness; initially working alongside Dr. Richard Horowitz; and is currently being mentored by Dr. Joseph Jemsek, an Infectious Disease doctor in DC. She is an ILADS member and has completed their preceptor program. She has become increasingly interested in the intersect of Functional Medicine, tick-borne and mold illness, collectively termed Environmentally Acquired Illness. Mary-Beth has trained at the Institute for Functional Medicine and completed a year-long Advanced Training in Functional Medicine Clinic Emersion with Dr. Kara Fitzgerald. She is certified as a mold specialist with Dr. Jill Crista, is certified as an ozone specialist through Dr. Frank Shallenberger; and is preparing for certification at the Academy for Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy. Her protocols use a blend of pharmaceutical, herbal, neutraceuticals, IV, and nutrition. Mary-Beth is a 200-hr E-RYT/500-hr Registered Yoga teacher; is certified at the Master’s level in Reiki and is a practitioner of Breema, a system of gentle bodywork that fosters deep relaxation. Mary-Beth was born and raised on Long Island. Learn how to work with Mary-Beth Charno on her website at https://www.marybethcharno.com/ - and be sure to sign up for her Tick Bite First Aid download there! --------------- Want to learn more about how Isabel Smith Nutrition can help support you on your journey to better health?  Book a call with us today! ------------------------- Join us next week for a NEW episode of The Wellfuel Podcast! Be sure to like, share, and subscribe to The Wellfuel Podcast for more great nutritional content in the future! You can learn more about Isabel Smith Nutrition by following us on Instagram: @isabelsmithnutrition
Ep #78: Gut Health and Chronic Inflammation with Sydney Flippo
28-03-2024
Ep #78: Gut Health and Chronic Inflammation with Sydney Flippo
Welcome back to The Wellfuel Podcast! Our very own Sydney Flippo, RDN is talking about all things gut health and chronic inflammation today!  If you've been a long-time listener of our podcast, you know these are topics that we've spoken on before, and with good reason - because they're vitally important and absolutely connected! You already know that your gut health has a huge impact on your overall health - but did you know that it can also either cause or reduce inflammation everywhere in your body?  Sydney is going to be giving you an amazing amount of information today about how to improve your gut health - and in turn, reduce inflammation in your body. You're going to want to take notes on this one! Chapters & Takeaways: 00:29  The Basics of Inflammation01:27  Chronic Gut Inflammation06:04  Factors Contributing to Gut Inflammation09:21  Impact of Antibiotics and Stress10:18  Other Contributors to Inflammation13:40  Lab Testing for Inflammation15:58  Reducing Inflammation: Diet and Lifestyle28:16  Consequences of Untreated Gut Inflammation31:06  Preventing and Managing Inflammation Transcript Available: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sYmSp_wpUmzgSH3JbH0rlu_ynir1b0gOufSuzgIxsUI/edit?usp=sharing ​---------------- Want to learn more about how Isabel Smith Nutrition can help support you on your journey to better health?  Book a call with us today! ------------------------- Join us next week for a NEW episode of The Wellfuel Podcast! Be sure to like, share, and subscribe to The Wellfuel Podcast for more great nutritional content in the future! You can learn more about Isabel Smith Nutrition by following us on Instagram: @isabelsmithnutrition To good health! Isabel Smith, MS, RD, CDN
Ep #77: How to Successfully Get Off of Ozempic with Dr. Dina Pavilonis
21-03-2024
Ep #77: How to Successfully Get Off of Ozempic with Dr. Dina Pavilonis
Welcome back to The Wellfuel Podcast! We're so excited to have Dr. Dina Pavilonis as our guest today to discuss how to successfully transition off of Ozempic and similar weight-loss drugs. You've seen it, heard about it, and it seems like everyone is on it these days - Ozempic (or Wegovy, or something similar) - right? But what exactly are these drugs - how do they work, and what happens when you try to transition off of them? How do you NOT gain the weight back when you stop taking these medications to lose weight? Dr. Dina is here to give us an absolute gold mine of information and knowledge on this topic - and we can't wait for you to listen in! Chapters & Takeaways: 01:16 Understanding the Effects of Ozempic and Similar Drugs 05:19 Challenges of Nutritional Intake06:08Transitioning Off Ozempic 07:46 The Set Weight Number and Body's Resistance to Change 11:51 Working with a Nutritionist and Health Coach 13:19 Complexity of the Process and Chemical Changes in the Brain About Dr. Dina Pavilonis: Dr. Dina Pavlonez is a medical doctor board-certified in family medicine, obesity medicine, and is a fellow in anti-aging metabolic endocrinology and functional medicine. She's certified by the Institute of Functional Medicine, (IFM), has a certified BA in management at Cornell University, and she's the CEO and founder of one of the largest integrative clinics in Chicago, Green Circle Wellness, and the author of her first bestselling book, No More Band-Aids. ------------------------- Want to learn more about how Isabel Smith Nutrition can help support you on your journey to better health?  Book a call with us today! ------------------------- Join us next week for a NEW episode of The Wellfuel Podcast! Be sure to like, share, and subscribe to The Wellfuel Podcast for more great nutritional content in the future! You can learn more about Isabel Smith Nutrition by following us on Instagram: @isabelsmithnutrition Isabel Smith, MS, RD, CDN
Ep #74: Why Is Blood Sugar Something Everyone Needs to Consider?
29-02-2024
Ep #74: Why Is Blood Sugar Something Everyone Needs to Consider?
Welcome back to The Wellfuel Podcast! Blood sugar: you're always hearing about it, right? But if you're not diabetic, should you even be concerned about your blood sugar at all?  The answer is a resounding YES!  In this episode, our own Sydney Flippo, RDN - our in-house expert on Diabetes - discusses the importance of managing blood sugar levels, even for individuals without diabetes. Blood sugar, or glucose, affects everyone's health and can lead to poor energy and focus in the short term, as well as the development of serious health conditions in the long term. Sydney will explain the factors that affect blood sugar levels, how dysregulated blood sugar can lead to cellular dysfunction, fatigue, brain fog, cravings, and skin issues, as well as how it can affect weight management, hormonal function, and mental health.  The highlights of this episode:  Why Should I Worry About My Blood Sugar? Understanding Blood Sugar and Glucose Factors Affecting Blood Sugar Levels Impact of Lifestyle Factors on Blood Sugar Positive Effects of Exercise on Blood Sugar Dysregulated Glucose and Cellular Dysfunction Effects of Blood Sugar on Daily Experience Blood Sugar and Weight Management Blood Sugar and Hormonal Dysfunction Blood Sugar and Mental Health The Risks of Following Internet Recommendations If you loved this episode, leave us a review - it really helps! Want to learn more about how Isabel Smith Nutrition can help support your quest for better blood sugar management?  Book a call with us today! ------------------------- Join us next week for a NEW episode of The Wellfuel Podcast! Be sure to like, share, and subscribe to The Wellfuel Podcast for more great nutritional content in the future! You can learn more about Isabel Smith Nutrition by following us on Instagram: @isabelsmithnutrition Isabel Smith, MS, RD, CDN
Ep #73: Taking DIM? Are You Sure You Should Be? Isabel Explains
22-02-2024
Ep #73: Taking DIM? Are You Sure You Should Be? Isabel Explains
Welcome back to The Wellfuel Podcast! You might have heard of the supplement called "DIM" on the internet, and you may be wondering: What is it? Is it safe to use? What is it even for?  In this episode, Isabel discusses the use of DIM (Diindolylmethane) as a supplement to lower estrogen levels. She will highlight the potential negative effects of overusing DIM without proper testing and understanding of individual hormone levels, as well as the importance of testing to determine the appropriate use of DIM and to assess estrogen levels, methylation, and overall hormone processing. This episode will also help clear up the misconceptions floating around the internet about this popular supplement!  The highlights of this epsiode:  Introduction to DIM and its Popularity The Potential Negative Effects of DIM The Importance of Testing with a Dutch Test Understanding Methylation and Estrogen Levels The Risks of Following Internet Recommendations If you loved this episode, leave us a review - it really helps! ---------------------------- Want to learn more about how Isabel Smith Nutrition can help support you on your journey to better health?  Book a call with us today! -------------------------Join us next week for a NEW episode of The Wellfuel Podcast! Be sure to like, share, and subscribe to The Wellfuel Podcast for more great nutritional content in the future! You can learn more about Isabel Smith Nutrition by following us on Instagram: @isabelsmithnutrition Isabel Smith, MS, RD, CDN
Ep #68: How to Eat for Blood Sugar Balance
18-01-2024
Ep #68: How to Eat for Blood Sugar Balance
Welcome back to The Wellfuel Podcast! In this episode, our very own Sydney Flippo, RDN discusses how to eat for blood sugar management. Did you know that healthy blood glucose levels are largely within our control through lifestyle choices such as diet, exercise, sleep, and stress management? Sydney will be highlighting the importance of nutrient-dense foods and making recommendations to improve the digestion of these foods. Additionally, Sydney will discuss the role of exercise in regulating blood sugar and the impact of sleep and stress on glucose levels.  Chapters 00:00  Introduction and Importance of Blood Sugar Management 01:26  Controlling Blood Sugar with Nutrient Dense Foods 03:19  Carbohydrates as Accompaniment to Meals 04:09  Order and Timing of Food Consumption 05:33  Exercise for Blood Sugar Regulation 07:30  Sleep and Stress Management for Blood Sugar Control 09:22  Simple Steps to Manage Blood Glucose If you loved this episode, leave us a review - it really helps! See you next week! ---------------------------- Want to learn more about how Isabel Smith Nutrition can help support your quest for better blood sugar management?  Book a call with us today! ------------------------- Join us next week for a NEW episode of The Wellfuel Podcast! Be sure to like, share, and subscribe to The Wellfuel Podcast for more great nutritional content in the future! You can learn more about Isabel Smith Nutrition by following us on Instagram: @isabelsmithnutrition Isabel Smith, MS, RD, CDN
Ep #66: Isabel's Journey with Mold, Lyme & Co-Infection, Part 3
04-01-2024
Ep #66: Isabel's Journey with Mold, Lyme & Co-Infection, Part 3
Welcome back to another episode of The Wellfuel Podcast! In this episode, I will be sharing an update on my personal journey with mold exposure, including a recent exposure and the effect that had on my health and that of my little dog, Henry. I'll also talk about the connection between co-infections and mold, as well as my experience with treating mold and the positive changes I've noticed in my symptoms. This is a quick, easy-to-consume episode, but it's packed with information, so feel free to listen more than once! Takeaways Mold exposure can have a significant impact on health and can be a hidden cause of symptoms.Co-infections, such as Bartonella, can be connected to mold exposure and may require treatment.Testing for mold may not always be conclusive, and symptoms should be considered alongside test results.Mold treatment may involve both conventional and herbal approaches.Remediation of the moldy environment is crucial for long-term health.Toxicity from mold can affect the nervous system and contribute to symptoms.Gratitude and support are important aspects of the healing journey. Chapters 02:16 Discovering Mold in the House 03:17 Co-Infections and Mold Connection 04:38 Testing and Treatment for Mold 07:24 Toxicity and the Nervous System 07:54 Future Plans and Gratitude If you loved this episode, leave us a review - it really helps! See you next week! ---------------------------- Join us next week for a NEW episode of The Wellfuel Podcast! Be sure to like, share, and subscribe to The Wellfuel Podcast for more great nutritional content in the future! You can learn more about Isabel Smith Nutrition by following us on Instagram: @isabelsmithnutrition
Ep #65: Exploring Chronic Infections and Unveiling Insights on Underlying Lyme with Dr. Jamie Kyei-Frimpong
28-12-2023
Ep #65: Exploring Chronic Infections and Unveiling Insights on Underlying Lyme with Dr. Jamie Kyei-Frimpong
Welcome back to another episode of The Wellfuel Podcast! Today I'm talking with a longtime friend and colleague, Dr. Jamie Kyei-Frimpong, DNP, FNP-BC, IFMCP. Dr. Jamie shares her personal journey of healing from gut dysbiosis, adrenal hormonal issues, Lyme disease, mold toxicity, and environmental toxins, and explores the impact of toxins and stress on health, the prevalence of underlying infections, such as Lyme and Epstein-Barr, and the role of trauma in chronic illness. We'll dive into: The Impact of Toxins and Stress on HealthHow underlying infections, such as Lyme and Epstein-Barr, can intensify symptoms and impact overall health.The Importance of Immune System ResilienceThe Role of the Nervous System in HealingFinding the Right Practitioner  You don't want to miss this! To easily locate info in this episode: 00:00 Introduction and Background 03:09 Dr. Jamie's Journey to Healing 09:00 The Impact of Toxins and Stress on Health 15:37 Underlying Infections and Chronic Illness 20:03 The Prevalence of Mold and Environmental Toxins 29:26 Addressing Trauma and Emotional Healing 36:22 The Role of the Nervous System in Healing 37:16 Finding the Right Practitioner You can find Dr. Jamie and learn more about her services at her website: Monarch-Way.com or on Instagram: @dr.jamie.dnp. ------------------- Join us next week for the next episode of The Wellfuel Podcast! Be sure to like, share, and subscribe to The Wellfuel Podcast for more great nutritional content in the future! You can learn more about Isabel Smith Nutrition by following us on Instagram: ⁠@isabelsmithnutrition To good health, Isabel Smith, MS, RD, CDN