How to Boost Your Family's Immunity with Nutritionist Elyse Wagner
August 24, 2021 - Episode #74 - How to Boost Your Family's Immunity with Nutritionist Elyse Wagner
You are sick of the news and sick of social media. But the reality is you don’t want to get SICK! You want to protect your health and you want to make sure you are doing all you can to protect your family’s health. It’s so overwhelming. How can you boost your family’s immune system? Are there some essential basics that need to be considered? You better believe it!
And that is what we are talking about today on the Healthy Harmony podcast. Now, I see you cringing a little. You are wondering if I’m going to talk about the current virus or the drama and debate that is taking place. Nope! Not at all. That’s not what you need! You need to be encouraged and empowered and that is why I secured a special guest to do just that!!
Elyse Wagner has her own story of health challenges starting as a 13 year old child when she was nicknamed "obese Elyse." She and her mom (her biggest advocate) found her the help she needed and she turned the struggle into a desire to help others. Elyse is a nutritionist and a mental health counselor. She was introduced to Functional Medicine while in graduate school when she was diagnosed with Celiac disease. She made the empowering decision to become the CEO of her own health and found healing in a "food as medicine" approach. Elyse Wagner is the co-founder and Chief Wellness Officer of the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy. She is a wife and mom and continues to be the CEO of her health and her family's health.
Join Elyse and I as we dig into the crucial topic of immunity. You will love this back to basics approach as we discuss sleep, food as medicine, stress and supplementation. This podcast will leave you empowered to take control of your and your family's health and be confident that you are arming your immune system at a critical time.
If you are not a part of the FB group. You are missing out. We are in the middle of a 20 day Immune series. It’s not too late for you to join us. You can access that FB group by going to bit.ly/FMwomenswellness
In the beginning of this podcast, you will hear Elyse share her powerful story and how a Functional Medicine doctor helped her uncover an autoimmune disease and encouraged her to step into her own health. You will also hear how overwhelmed she felt, and she wished she had a guide, an advocate a cheerleader to help her implement the suggestions from her Functional Medicine practitioner. I know many of you will relate to this, you need someone in your corner, someone to help you make the shift from knowing what to do to actually doing it. So, who can help you? My friend, this is what I do every single day. I want to help you overcome the overwhelm. I see all my clients virtually. And have 1-hour sessions available. Why don’t you book a session and get the help you have been searching for? Here's the link https://healthyharmony.thrivecart.com/wellness-warrior-power-hour/
You can connect with Elyse Wagner on social media @functionalmedcoach or @elysewagner
To learn more about the Functional Medicine Coach Academy, go to www.functionalmedicinecoaching.org
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August 24, 2021 - Episode #74 - How to Boost Your Family's Immunity with Nutritionist Elyse Wagner
You are sick of the news and sick of social media, that the reality is you don't want to get sick. You want to protect your health and you want to make sure you're doing all you can to protect your family's health. It's so overwhelming. How can you boost your family's immune system? Are there some essential basics that need to be considered you better believe it? And that is what we are talking about today on the Healthy Harmony podcast. Now I see you cringing just a little, you're curious, you're wondering if I'm going to talk about the current virus or the drama and debate that is taking place? Nope, not at all. That's not what you need. You need to be encouraged and empowered. That is why I secured as special guests to do just that. Listen, and be encouraged my friend. Today on healthy harmony.
Welcome to the Healthy Harmony podcast. I'm Jennifer Pickett, Dietitian turned Functional Medicine Health Coach. I help spiraling moms overcome the overwhelm through functional wellness coaching for the body, mind, and soul so they can transform their health and live a deeply fulfilled life of freedom and harmony. Let's get real when it comes to your health, you know what to do. I strongly believe that to make the shift from knowing to doing you must supply mindfulness, listen to your body address. What's really driving that behavior. Be intentional and finally practice some self-compassion. The last 24 years of experience have taught me that the absolute last thing a woman needs is a lecture about self care and another unrealistic diet plan. I recognize the importance of compassionate and intentional health practices. So you can feel good because guess what? When you feel good, you are more likely to make better decisions for your health.
If you're ready to take control of your complete health, address the obstacles standing in your way and live a life of freedom and harmony you, my friend are in the right place. Today is exactly what you have been searching for simple steps to help you improve your family's immunity. If you're not part of the Facebook group you're missing out. When you're in the middle of a 20 day immune health series, how did those your family's immune and it's not too late for you to join us. You can access that Facebook group by going to Bitly forward slash face F M women's wellness. Again, that's Bitly forward slash fem women's wellness, or by clicking on the link in the show notes. Now, let me call your attention to something real quick.
In the beginning of this podcast, you will hear Elise Wagner share her powerful story and how a functional medicine doctor helped her uncover an auto-immune disease and encourage her to step into her own health.
You'll also hear how overwhelmed she felt and how she wished she had a guide, an advocate, a cheerleader to help her implement all of those suggestions from her functional medicine practitioner. I know many of you will relate to this, that feeling of overwhelm. You need somebody in your corner, someone to help you make this shift from knowing what to do to actually doing it. So who can help you? My friend, you're listening to her. This is what I do every single day, and I want to help you. I want to help you overcome the overwhelm. So just as a reminder, I see all of my clients virtually and I have one hour sessions available. So why don't you book a session and get the help that you've been searching for? I'll put the link right here in the show notes, or you can always book by going to the inspire healthy harmony.com website.
Elyse Wagner is co-founder and chief wellness officer at the functional medicine coaching academy. She has always been a questioner motivated to discover what's possible. When you really, truly in your sole purpose for her, that purpose is to help others take ownership of their health. She first embraced this calling while she was in graduate school at Bastyr University and she, while she was there, she was diagnosed with celiac disease and struggling with that diagnosis, she realized what she had always known intuitively that certain foods were creating the brain fog, the bloating and the mood swings. So she made the empowering decision to become the CEO of her health and tap into the motivation to change her lifestyle. And it's had a huge impact across the board. She has earned a dual master's degree in holistic nutrition and clinical psychology. He's also practice as a certified nutrition nutritionist and a licensed mental health counselor, but here's where she's had the biggest impact.
Her dream has always been to make a powerful impact on the world through health education. She is co-founder of functional medicine coaching academy, and she has served thousands of students as part of the functional medicine movement. And that is a manifestation of a lifelong dream. Please welcome Elyse Wagner.
Elyse Wagner. I am beyond thrilled to have you on the healthy harmony podcast you are near and dear to my heart because I graduated from a program that you co-founded the functional medicine coaching academy. So, so much of my passion and what I do, especially as it relates to functional medicine is attributed to you. So to have you here on this show is just a huge honor. So I'm really excited for you to be here.
Well, thank you so much. Now, I have to say right back at you. I am just, I'm so proud of all of our students and all of our alumni and everything that you do to go out in the world on a daily basis and share your gifts. It's I have just immense gratitude for you and all you do. So thank you for having me today.
Thank you so much. We're discussing a hot topic today and we're going to do that delicately. We're not going to discuss all the debatable topics we're going to get back to that very practical efforts that we can make the, what are the basics that we can do to boost our immune system and help our family boost their immune system. The first, I really want to, I really want you to tell our audience about your background and and what you've gone through with regard to your health
Sure. Yeah. So, and I'll try and make this as there's a short version and a long one, I'll try and do this quicker version, but my journey to health. And I think we're all on a journey here and it's a, it's an evolution, right? And so my journey started when I was 13 years old and I was overweight. I was taunted as obese Elyse in middle school, and I never felt well. And I, I always had this intuition that certain foods, and we just didn't agree, but I didn't know what to do about it or how or the why. And I was always this curious person like, well, why is this happening and why is that happening? And probably driving, you know, my family nuts with these wide questions. But there was a point where at my age of 13, I went to my mom and I said, I'm not happy.
And I don't like the way I look or feel, and I want to change. And she really has been my biggest advocate since I was a little girl. And so she met me where I was at and said, okay, let's, let's figure this out together. And she went out and kind of researched where we could go. And there was a lot of dieticians at the time who would not see me for liability reasons to see an adolescent. So we found a holistic nutritionist who really at the time back in 2000 was taking functional medicine, philosophical approach. And she met me where I was at. She asked me a ton of questions. I remember the first appointment. We spent two hours together. She had a health food store attached to her office. So we created a plan to get our, we co-created a plan.
And it was always talked about as an eating lifestyle. It was never talked about as a diet or calorie counting or anything like that. So at a very young age, my mindset was always around eating lifestyle and eating to a space that was going to work for me and my body and very personalized. So within about two months, I had implemented that shifts and the changes that we had put in place and basically very, very broad, basic level. We went from processed foods to whole real foods. And within two months I lost 50 pounds. Again, weighing there was no calorie counting. It was really just a lifestyle change. And I realized, okay, I, my skin's clearing up. My hair is growing. My nails are growing. Food is medicine. And that was a really, you know, core belief that has been ingrained in me for a very long time, that food is medicine.
And I, I just remember thinking at this age of 13, like, oh my gosh, I have to share this with the world. I'm going to change the world. Like this message has to get out there, who is going to listen to me at their team. So fast forward, I went to undergrad got an undergrad degree in nutritional sciences and dietetics, unless really I was really caught off guard by what I was learning in in university, which was very much in the conventional paradigm and dogma of calories in calories, out looking at a disease paradigm. And it was not how I shifted and changed. And there was no talk about like behavior change and you know, different belief systems. And how does your culture impact this? And I just thought, wow, there's, there's a huge gap here. There's something missing. And that actually no pun intended really was hungry for more.
And I really wanted to still learn the why behind, you know, why do we have all this information yet? People are not making these changes. So that sent me on another journey to get my graduate study is that I went to best year university, a holistic medical school in Seattle, Washington. And they had a dual program in holistic nutrition and clinical health psychology. So I got a double masters and it was my second year there that I got really, really sick and no one can figure out what's going on with me. I was, I felt like I was in this holistic Mecca of the world of Seattle. IFM is there and the Institute for functional medicine and I probably went and saw 10 different practitioners, so we could not get to the root of what was going on. My parents were going to pull me out of school, take me to the Mayo clinic.
And I said, no. You know, even though I was losing hope, I was losing hope and holistic medicine. I was losing hope and my, in myself and my body and all the things I've worked for, but I didn't give up. And I said, okay, one, one more chance. And I'm going to go and see a functional medicine doctor. And I think a lot of people have probably been there where they've seen so many people and they're just like, oh my gosh, what else can I do? And, and functional medicine truly. This practitioner was able to get to the root of the cause of what was going on. And we found out I have an immune disorder, celiac disease that was really affecting me on a whole systems, you know systematic basis. And I'll never forget that when he walked in the room, I was sitting in, you know, on the stool thingy or whatever the bed he came in and he said, you know, you have celiac disease. And basically you have a think about it this way. You've got two plane tickets and, you know, we're, both of these plans are headed. One plane is headed down real fast. The other plane is gonna, it's gonna go, it's gonna go up, but it's gonna take a little bit of time to get there. You get to choose. And it was pretty powerful.
It's such a powerful analogy. My goodness.
It was. Yeah, because in that moment you know, I think that's like the crux, unless a functional medicine where you're, you're allowing, he was really allowing me to step into my own health and choose for myself. You know, he, wasn't going to tell me what to do. He's like, you've got two options, so which one do you want to go down? And of course I chose, you know, the route of, of health you know, and just a side note on that being through behavior change in the past, and then being where I was at today in that day, you know, 10, some odd years later I was really faced with some different challenges having the knowledge that I had having that experience. And I remember it was was a Seattle rainy day, cold and rainy sitting on my couch in grad school.
Really frustrated because here I was needing this to make a lot of changes and shifts, but really wanting someone who had like a 10th of the knowledge and experience that I had just to, I needed that person to support, to provide accountability, to really cheerlead me on and say like, you can do it. Like I knew what I had to do, but really filling in that gap from the practitioner saying, here's what you have to do to where the patient is. I've been in those shoes. And I realized, gosh, we need someone to, it needs to be someone who, who really bridges that gap. And that was really one of my kind of promises that I made with the universe or, you know, whatever you connect with for me, it's the universe, just making a commitment to say, I want to fill this gap because I know I can't be the only one suffering.
And so fast forward now, six years later, I mean, I had moved back from Seattle. I had a private practice that I founded and I moved back to Seattle from Seattle to Chicago and that Sandy co-founder and she's our CEO of functional medicine coaching academy. And she had been in the psychology world for over 30 years. She was in functional medicine. She had just graduated from the Institute for functional medicine as a surf certified practitioner. We had very similar visions and values and passion, and we really wanted to see a shift and a change in the world. And we really had no idea that it was going to have this, you know, it, wasn't going to turn into a full blown school. And any, anyways, here we are today. So that's a little bit about my journey.
Your story is so powerful. And I loved one of the things that really stood out to me is how you said your mom was your best advocate and she really came alongside you. And I love that. Like she listened and instead of giving you a lecture or instead of, you know you know, making you feel bad, she really came alongside of you and you guys looked for resources and you quickly discovered, okay, maybe a dietician and that route is not the way to go, but that holistic nutritionist was the right fit. And so I love that because I think it speaks to the power that we have as moms. And we often forget, cause we're kind of wrapped up in the busy-ness and the craziness we can impact what happens with our children's health. And we need to empower them, not dictate every single thing they do, but we want to empower them to make good choices.
And this is a huge challenge for us. Right. So I loved hearing about your sweet mama and just how you had to come back to that breaking point years later, when you were diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and thank goodness you went to a functional medicine doctor and how you had to make that decision and how that doctor empowered you to take control of your own health and the airplane analogy. I mean, my goodness, that's a powerful analogy. I think all of our listeners are like, yeah, I can relate to that. And so which, which direction is this going to go? So I want to ask you now having all of this years of experience and running the functional medicine coaching academy and having all these functional medicine, health coaches as a, as a mom yourself, tell me about your family and what you're doing to protect your family's immunity. What are you doing to boost your family's immune system?
I love, love this question. So we, we do a lot of things and with my background and and I'll say something else and my mom has kind of come full circle cause she's kind of been my advocate and my coach all along. And she actually went through the program back in September of 2020. So she is a functional medicine certified health coach now, which is just so awesome. Awesome. Well, I'm very grateful for her. So we do a lot of things as a family. Health is one of our top values as a family. So that is always front and center for us. And it's such a gift that, you know, you talked about being a mom and what a great gift to be able to really just be a model and provide this knowledge and the support to my, to my child, as well as to, to my overall family.
So first and foremost, you know, food is medicine. That's been just a belief that has been super solid and ingrained in us. And we have really had the privilege and the opportunity to, to get some of the genetic testing, done the allergy and sensitivity food testing because I have celiac disease and it's genetic disorder when I had my child we weren't able to get her genetically tested for celiac until she was about two. And I just knew intuitively I'm like, she totally has celiac. I'm like no way she can have gluten, you know, I want to get her tested before any of this. And so anyways, we were able to get her tested at 200% came back. She does have the genes. So really we've, we've been able to utilize this evidence-based way of different tests and things to look at personally what types of foods are gonna be best for each of our bodies.
So there's no cookie cutter approach to that. So you know, and, and knock on wood. I mean, we've been able to really personalize each. I have my own way of eating my husband's way of eating my daughter and I, there's some similarities, there's a couple of differences. You know, as far as different sensitivities and things like that and knock on wood. We have, we have been a very healthy family and not been sick over the past couple of years. And just from a general broad view. And for us, what we do is we really focus on the types of foods. So eating very whole real foods organic, non GMO pasture raised poultry, grass, fed meats, et cetera, wild caught a fish and staying away from as many grains as possible just for us. That's what works best for us in clean, clean water.
Again from a functional medicine basis, we really look at things. We look at the bottom of the matrix, so it's not just food or nutrition, it's, it's sleep and it's relationship movement and exercise. And so we're always working in, in scheduling it and I'm a big planner. So walking in nature, spending some time outdoors for a spading really being in nature meditation, that is a huge piece to how we boost our, not just physical immunity, but psychological immunity. My daughter and I, we meditate every single morning together, 15 minutes, if we're short on time, for whatever reason, it's at least five minutes. And so we really cultivate having that practice in the morning, as well as gratitude. We can sprinkle that throughout the day, but we definitely have a little bit of a grounded practice of at least three to five things in the morning.
And definitely three to five things at night is so cute. My daughter she will, I will talk about before we go to sleep, you know, Hey, what are you grateful for? And it's always like, I love FMCA. I love very aware of yeah, so we definitely do that. And then we bring in gratitude, you know, at our meals as far as really focusing on what we're grateful for, the food that we're having what went well that day and talking about that. And I think there's a whole nother aspect as well of and we really am a strong believer, you know, our minds are so, so powerful and what we put into them is can be very potent. And so I'm a big proponent of feeding our minds with positive self-talk and affirmation using this technique called quantum languaging, choosing words with high vibrations focusing on, you know, really being specific on what I want to see happen.
And you know, really believe firmly that I think to pulley and hill said this, you know, what is real in the mind becomes real in the body and miss definitely. I totally believe that. So it's funny because I literally write down, I, this might seem like a little overboard, but when you take a step back and you think about like how much stuff is coming into our like, atmosphere on a daily basis. I mean, we're constantly, if you, if you're listening to the radio or the news, or even podcasts, things like that, things that you're reading and consuming a lot of it is negative. And so the vast majority, right? Yes. Yeah. And a lot of our self-talk is negative. Oh, definitely. If we can really slow down and even if you need help, you know, get an app that has these kind of feeds you these mantras or affirmations, if you need help kind of crafting a statement or something, I write down, like, what am I going to, what is one positive thing I'm going to anchor to today and really just say over and over and over again.
So that's very yeah, those are some different ways that we, we up our immunity game in our house. I love that.
And I love how comprehensive that is. You know, speaking from the negative self-talk aspect. I often tell my clients toxic thoughts, toxic body. And I mean, we're, we're simplifying it, but there's a lot of very solid science there. And so we have to look at everything we're putting in all those different inputs and all that. Like you said, all those inputs are very much negative. And then you start to ask yourself, well, wait a minute, how much positive in my putting in, oh goodness, wait, I haven't put hardly anything positive and I have just consumed over, consumed all the negative and then I've got the negative self-talk it's no wonder we feel so toxic. And we feel so stressed and so burdened. Yeah. So speaking of stress, let's dig into that subject a little bit. Can you explain the role that stress plays in our immune system? Does it hinder our immune system?
I would say a hundred percent. Yeah. And it's funny thing about stress, right? Because we all have stress. It's just a part of life. And I, I like to kind of think of stress in a sense like of ourselves as as cars, I'm into cars. You know, you've got these two pedals, like the gas and the brake. And if we work to kind of zoom out and think about like, what does stress, you know, if we were to really break it down into these very simplistic, you've got your use stress, which is like our quote unquote, like good stressors, you know, like, let's say you're getting married or, you know, you're, you're going to have a baby, you know, then you're, that's something you really want. Right. So that's, those are like really positive uplifting stressors, but then there's the other side of stress, the distressors those you know, the burdens, like you talk about the work our, our works or, you know, family stress there's a lot of different, there's monetary stress.
There's so many different aspects of, of stress. And the way that I kind of look at it again from this holistic point of view is okay, if you can zoom out and figure out where is, where are your stressors kind of coming from? Cause you can have stressors coming from the food that you're eating processed food can certainly create stress the water that you're drinking or the drinks that you're consuming that can create stress in the body, the air that we breathe. It sounds kind of sounds like, ah, really come on, you know, but people, right. People can have enough an impact on us. Our relationships can prescriptions and even, you know, our thoughts, the thoughts that we think can actually create stress and wreak havoc on our immune systems and our body. So let me go back to that kind of visual of the car and the gas pedal you know, the, the can kind of be that gas pedal that's kind of always on and that can all be like the, that chronic low grade, you know, stress that just continuously pumping out cortisol for us and being able to bring in some of the mind-body tools and techniques, or being able to support yourself with healthier versions of food or you know, having different types of coping skills and things like that can start to be the break a little bit of, you know, on that, on that stress.
And overall, you know, a hundred percent as you're looking at the whole pie, these certain aspects can certainly damp in and weekend, you know, in the system. And so it can be, you know, you go back to the practical and really making this implementable by any, you know, I want people to feel encouraged and empowered. You know, maybe don't look at the whole thing all at once. Maybe just ask yourself, you know, what's one thing that I can focus on just today. Just one thing, you know, and maybe I can just make one that our choice about today, that's going to support me overall in my overall immune system.
I think that's a fantastic word of advice and something that I often discuss is, and I love how you put it in terms of the, the, the foot on the gas pedal and it stays on the gas pedal. And I think that's why, and we feel like we're in overdrive. So one of the first things that I really like to help clients implement is mindfulness. And I think as women at, you know, I think back to my days as a dietician and my training similar to you, I was like, wait a minute. I mean, none of that was taught mindfulness, teaching someone to listen to your body, like that was never focused on. And I think that is so vitally important, especially when we're talking about stress. So even just being mindful, okay, what is my body do when I'm stressed out? Am I, am I clenching clenching my jaw?
Am I tensing my shoulders? Am I starting to get a headache? Do I feel like I have a rapid heartbeat? And my even breathing deeply? Do I, or do I have short, shallow breaths? Do I feel like a rumbling in my belly? What's my body telling me. And I think that practice of mindfulness and being very self-aware then leads us to being more intentional. Oh goodness, wait a minute. I'm really stressed out. This has really affected me. How can I help my body dial back that stress response? And so that's where I often start because it does, it seems that when we talk about this big, huge, ugly monster of stress, we're so used to stress. And I think we get even more stressed out talking about the stress. And so we have to kind of dial it back and go, okay, wait a minute. Where can I start? What are those very small changes that I can start with? And I think it starts with, with mindfulness, for sure. So the other hot topic I want us to address that often affected when we're stressed out, we don't get good sleep because that cortisol stays jacked up. It doesn't naturally fall sending a signal to the body that, Hey, it's time to relax and unwind. So we're not getting good sleep. We're stressed out what happens to the immune system when we don't get good sleep.
Yeah. So this is, I'm so glad that you're bringing this up. Sleep is such a vital component and piece of the pie. When we're talking about overall health and immunity and stress and our sleep and our security systems, they're so interconnected with the entire immunological process. And so when you're not getting this decent on a sleep anywhere from, you know, seven to 10, nine hours now, of course, and I see that you're wearing an aura ring. So if you're tracking your sleep you know, you're, you're able to kind of see where you're at, but I know for, for me, if there are certain even just one day of one night of not getting a good night's rest for whatever reason, right. And life happens, right. You have kids, I have a kid, I have a dog, I have family, you know, things happen.
It can completely derail you. And so being able to, I think really understand, you know, why is, what is sleep really doing for you? And what is it going to really look like for you? We know that that sleep certainly plays a role in your system. I was wonder, you know, the question that we can ask ourselves is how can we really set ourselves up for the most positive sleeping environment? And what does that really look like? One of the things that I personally do is turn off all computers, screen, TV, phone, put it away at least an hour, hour and a half before any sort of you know, bedtime. And then I have like a little bit of a ritual or a bedtime routine that helps us really take down the just the overall stuff that's going on.
Right. We, as we start to wind down for the night, that's kind of when I have just questions that are coming up or, oh, I forgot to do that or that, that, and I know that can certainly one fuel, my stressors helped me not get to get a good night's rest. So I always keep on my bedside a journal to write down anything that's coming up from me, anything that I'm kind of tossing around in my head still a book and then listening, listening to some sort of a meditation before I go off to sleep. That's kind of my little routine and cadence. I love that. And so that just helps to overall take, take me personally from a sympathetic fight or flight, you know, stress response, which we know impacts our immunity over to parasympathetic, calm, rest, digest, renew time to just calm down. So it's a little bit of a discipline to get into and a routine, but that has been so physically, but also mentally, emotionally supportive and helpful with getting an overnight, definitely get getting good. Night's rest. Yeah,
It's so interesting. And again, this is part of the beauty of functional medicine is looking at health from the big picture, looking at health as a systems approach. And sometimes it's those basic things that we're missing. And I find that in, in speaking with women every single day, we haven't prioritized sleep. In fact, we're sacrificing sleep in order to be productive and we're shooting ourselves in the foot, it's really not working. And so I think we're really starting to understand how very vital sleep is, and it sets a wonderful way for the body to do a deep cleanse and to reset and restore. But as women, we have got to take advantage of that and make sleep a priority, realizing that we will be better moms when we sleep. I can honestly tell you me and my kids would be more than happy to explain this to our audience. My kids will tell you when I don't get good sleep, for whatever reason, reason, I'm very difficult to live with. I just don't have the patience when I'm not getting good sleep. And now we know it really plays such a role, a role in the immune function. So last little topic I want us to address because these questions come up a lot and obviously we're not going to prescribe anything, but as we talk about supplements, what are some of those supplements that you feel are the most crucial for the immune system?
Yeah, yeah. You know, and I wanted to just, I wanted to go back really fast about this thing. I'll never forget one of my old, old clients we were talking about this habit or this topic of sleep. Right. And she was having a very hard time sleeping and just, I love what you all do as health coaches being able to ask these open ended questions. One of the questions that I asked her was tell me a little bit about what you do before that. What are you, and she's like, I'm watching TV. Tell me a little about what you're watching. Well, it turns out she's watching some, like, you know, hardcore kind of shoot them up movie or whatever, which was totally like upping her entire, you know, cortisol levels and making her not sleep at night. So anyways, we worked around that, but it's just little shifts and changes like you're talking about.
So all right. Supplements. So yeah, as, as Jennifer said, not prescribing or anything like that. And I really just I'll just say that I really feel strongly about taking a personalized approach when you are talking and wanting to take supplements and really making sure that you're consulting with your license provider or practitioner on the right types of supplements and forms for your body, there's different forms of supplements, different ways that supplements will get absorbed and digest in the body. And also making sure that you're getting high quality brands. So I'm going to just talk about the types of supplements that we're using right now as a family just overall as a baseline to keep ourselves healthy as possible. And so vitamin D three with K2, we're using a fish oil lyposomal vitamin C. So that is something you just take on the tongue, or it just, you can let it just absorb in your mouth.
And then NAC. Those are some of the baseline, and then we get specific. So my husband takes very specific vitamins for him to, I take very specific vitamins. My daughter takes very specific ones for her specific needs, but those are kind of the baseline that overall can, oh, and zinc as well. Think I forgot about that one. Overall helping support our immune system and my encouragement is whether it's your provider or a functional medicine certified health coach that you're working with that has access to high quality supplements. That is one of my biggest encouragements is just to make sure that you are looking on the, at the brands, looking at the labels really reading the ingredients. And I always like to encourage not to necessarily buy off of Amazon because you never know what, what you could be getting. So making sure you're, you're getting from a ruptured, reputable brand and our company is, is very helpful.
It's a, it's a very confusing world out there when it comes to supplements. And I think people are very easily overwhelmed and then it kind of, you know, very, they do a quick grab when they're in Walmart or Sam's or target, or they do something off Amazon. And that may not be the best thing for them. So I think you're right. Everyone needs a very personalized strategy and it's best to work with someone who has some knowledge or experience, or can at least point you to some resources. I think that's so crucial. And then the other thing that I, that I'll say real quick with regard to supplements, something that I've seen is that we need to use it as a supplement. It is designed to supplement what you're already doing to be healthy, where you're using food as medicine, you're managing stress, you're getting good sleep, you're drinking, clean water.
And so it's those things, you know, sometimes we, we have a tendency to look that quick fix. I know I've been guilty of this. I confess so where we think this supplement's going to fix it all. And it can't, you cannot out supplement a bad diet for instance. So I think it's important that we use it as a tool. And as a compliment to everything else we're already doing, at least we could go on for hours. I have a feeling I have loved having you here. I really liked how you just delved and delved into your story and shared with us your heart and kind of what led you to being here today. And you're impacting, you're impacting the world is what you're doing because you're training health coaches. So I just love that. So speaking of, will you tell our listeners really quick about the functional medicine coaching academy? Because I know we'll have some people who are interested.
Yeah, absolutely. Thank you. And thank you for having me once again, this has just been a delight. So at the functional medicine coaching academy is a 12 month all online program and we are collaboration with the Institute for functional medicine. And so you can learn a little bit more about us at functional medicine, coaching.org. We encourage you to come on over, have a look, connect with us can always reach out to our admissions team. You might even get me sometimes and we love to create community and connection and collaboration. So whether you're wanting to study with us or maybe just learn a little bit more about what functional medicine is, we do encourage you to, to head on over and just be part of our community.
I love it. Thank you so much as we wrap up, give us just a final word of encouragement to all the moms who are listening, who are just wanting to boost their own immune system and help their family. Yeah. As well.
Okay. Just to find a word well I have so much respect and admiration for all the moms out there, especially being one. Oh my gosh. My best word of encouragement is to really trust your gut. I think as mamas, we have this internal knowing and intuition and guidance. And if I could sneak one more thing in there is that you know, what can it look like for you to be the best advocate for yourself and your family? At the end of the day, you know, what I've really walked away from and realized is that no, one's no one else is going to care as much about, you know, your family and what you're doing besides besides you. And what can you do to be that biggest advocate for your, for your family, for your children, for yourself and to really go out there and really make yourself the healthiest you can be. So, and make sure that it's personalized as well. That's what would be my encouragement.
I love it. This has just been such a fantastic conversation and very encouraging in the midst of all the turmoil and the chaos that's out there. And I think that adds more stress as thank you for your approach and your kind words. I just think it will be so encouraging to so many, another might be some who want to connect with you. So what's the best way for them to do that.
Yeah. So you can head on over to the website, functional medicine, coaching.org. You can also find us on Instagram for FMCA is Instagram. It's at on-shelf med coach. You can also connect with me on Instagram. It's Elise E L Y S E underscore Wagner W A G N E R. I'd love to connect with you over there. And oh, thank you so much, Jennifer. I really appreciate the time and the opportunity.
Thank you. I appreciate it. I told you that you would love this guest. We're continuing that immune boasting discussion on the Facebook group. So you can join us there and don't forget book your one hour session so we can get you jump-started to a healthier, happier, more energized you.
And join me again. Our next podcast is on September the seventh. That's my birthday, by the way. And I'm going to get gutsy enough to have my 14 year old son, JD PICKETT as my guest, we're going to talk about food and nutrition from a family perspective until then take a deep breath, take it one step at a time. And one day at a time. Bye ya’ll