The Carb-Appropriate Podcast show notes
Episode 5. Feat. Lara Briden ND
Lara is ‘The Period Revolutionary’, a naturopathic physician and world-leader in women’s hormonal health.
5:00 – Lara outlines her early studies and research in evolutionary biology and her background in science as a biologist 25-odd years ago.
6:47 – Women need to ovulate to be healthy!
Most doctors are not thinking about ovulation and health…
7:45 – Is a lot of the blame for poor appreciation of women’s health due to the use of birth control? “[Birth control pills] are castrating women!”
13:00 – Lara discusses possible links between depression and birth control pills.
14:50 – Why was Cliff called ‘the menopause guy’ in the early 2000s (!)
17:00 – How do you approach coming off the pill?
20:00 – Is there a role for the microbiome in the causation and treatment of endometriosis?
21:00 – Cliff and Lara recap some of their debates on the importance or lack thereof for starch in preserving women’s health
25:00 – Cliff agrees that there isn’t ‘one size fits all’ for diet [however he still thinks for most people ‘total fuel availability’ is more important for the preservation of ovulation than the carb content of the diet]
29:20 – Cliff and Lara discuss how to test for insulin resistance as a practitioner
32:30 – How does feeding affect the HPTA axis and hormonal signalling in women’s health
37:00 – Sometimes there can be a disconnect between how you feel and how you’re ovulating…
44:00 – What’s the most important blood measure for health? (Maybe….)
45:00 – Are we just serving the ‘worried well’…and do you need expensive (unvalidated testing)?
47:00 – Lara’s ‘go to’ resources are mostly scientific resources [to read full-text scientific papers for less than $10 a month check out http://www.holisticperformance.ac.nz/join-hpi.html ]
49:00 – “I AM opposed to a vegan diet” – Lara Briden (!!!) 😉
“As a biologist, the vegan diet is not a diet for humans”
54:00 – Lara’s tips for staying balanced [Lara is a very busy person and she outlines some of her tips for staying in balance. Tip: a big part of this is to limit social media exposure…]
57:00 – The importance of stepping away from the negativity of social media
58:00 – For our Spanish speaking listeners Lara will be releasing her book in Spanish soon! Stay tuned!
Next up, Lara Briden is one of the featured speakers at HPN 2018 Conference “Innovation and Health and Fitness”
Check out Lara at HPN 2018 along with other speakers Sol Orwell, Julia Rucklidge PhD, Eric Helms PhD, Mikki Williden PhD, Mike Hutcheson PhD (c), Cliff Harvey PhD (c), and Kirsten Beynon MSc. http://www.holisticperformancenutrition.com/hpn-2018-conference.html
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