The Totem Nutrition Podcast: Episode 008 Interview with Chris Harder

Chris Harder believes that when good people make good money, they do great things! As a successful entrepreneur, he believes that everyone has the right to an abundant lifestyle, and the responsibility to help others have the same.

In this episode, Chris and Leah talk about how social media can improve your life, how money makes you more of who you already are, the power of gratitude to make your life incredible, turning negative habits and patterns into positive patterns and habits, how important your environment and the people in it is to your success, and Chris divulges the safest and smartest place you can invest your money. 

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The Totem Nutrition Podcast: Episode 007 Interview with Raquel Salvadori

Raquel is a passionate Brazilian physical trainer. Her enthusiasm in life has been changing people’s lives in Brazil and now in the USA. She believes that a healthy lifestyle is the secret for a happy and positive life. Her biggest challenge in life was moving from Brazil to here in Los Angeles leaving everything behind to start a new life. She never let the fear stopped her. Being confident and thinking positively was the secret to building everything again.

In this episode, Raquel teaches Leah how to swear in Portuguese. They also talk about how Raquel got started as a professional trainer, why making time to improve yourself isn’t selfish, the momentum positive changes have on your life, how your social circle can help or hurt your goals, how your mindset can be your best friend or your worst enemy, the secret to starting healthy habits right now, learning to trust your gut, and fitness over 40

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The Totem Nutrition Podcast: Episode 006 Interview with Jane Frank

Jane is a Los Angeles native. She is an accomplished blue belt Jiu Jitsu athlete with history of multiple gold & silver medals. Jane has recently retired from the Medical Field after 15 years to pursue her new career as an Energy & Sound Vibration Practitioner / Healer. You can find Jane helping out at 34 North gym in Santa Monica or Training on the mats at Meraki BJJ!

In this episode, Leah and Jane talk about Jane’s superhero origin story within the foster care system of California, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, mental grit and toughness, how stress can do damage to your body, sound and energy healing, and how getting out into nature and feeling the earth between your toes is VITAL to a healthy and happy life.

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The Totem Nutrition Podcast: Episode 005 Interview with Tanner Martty

Tanner is a husband, father of two girls, business owner, trainer and wellness guide. He’s the founder of 34° North gym in Santa Monica, CA which he owns and operates along with his wife, Lauren.

Tanner is a lover of physical culture, a foodie, and total history nerd. All three things he weaves into the programs he creates at 34 North, most notably the Ancestral Reset program which you can check out at www.34-north.com. The Ancestral Reset is a 10-week program that integrates movement, nutrition, breath work, meditation, hot/cold training, communing with nature and fasting to stimulate internal and external transformations.

In this episode, Tanner and Leah chat about how so many people have normalized feeling shitty and out of alignment nutritionally, how blood sugar takes people for an emotional roller coaster, what causes someone to be "hangry" and how not to be hangry, the benefits of being in ketosis, Tanner's 7 Finger Health Checklist, how eating fat doesn't make you fat, and how amazing, resilient, and capable the human body is.

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The Totem Nutrition Podcast: Episode 004 Interview with Jorge Merlos

Jorge is an avid athlete who has sets his sights on mastering his inner being via martial arts. He recently found his passion for the Djembe (jem-bey) drum, and is a self defense instructor/fitness professional based in the Los Angeles area. He has a degree in Psychology from the University of Oregon, and uses holistic methods/practices to help improve his own health and the health of his clients.

In this episode, Jorge and Leah discuss why it's important for everyone (especially women) to learn self defense, how to be tactical when in a self defense situation, Jorge's experience being assaulted with a baseball bat, how to control your inner state of breathing via breathing, leveraging stress to be beneficial, protecting those we love, emotionally protecting ourselves with boundaries, scheduling fun, and how to USE DAT BOOTY. Connect with Jorge on Instagram and on his website

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Totem Ambassador: Tommy Benning

We're proud to announce The Totem Ambassador Program!  We're even more excited to welcome Tommy Benning to the Totem team as an Ambassador! Tommy is our first East Coast ambassador. He has spent the last half decade making a living as a sales professional in the technology industry learning about and implementing various sales strategies and processes across the globe. He is driven by solving problems and facilitating human connection which is part of the reason why he wound up in sales and is the main reason why he volunteers his time as the Co-City Director in New York City for House of Genius, his true passion.

Tommy is also an avid runner and can often be found running one of the many routes around New York City. He completed the 2017 New York City Marathon (26.2 miles) in just over 3 hours and 30 minutes and has his sights set on breaking the 3 hour and 30 minute mark for the 2018 New York City Marathon. While he listens to audio books or podcasts on his long runs, he often chooses to run without headphones in order to take in his surroundings and center himself.

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The Totem Nutrition Podcast: Episode 003 Interview with Rohini Ross

Rohini Ross is passionate about helping people wake up to their true nature. She is a transformative coach and trainer, and author of Marriage (The Soul-Centered Series Book 1). She has an international coaching practice helping people to embrace all of who they are so they can experience greater levels of well-being, resiliency, and success. Rohini Ross also co-facilitates couples intensives with her husband Angus Ross. She is very excited to present The Soul-Centered Series in Santa Monica starting October 2018 that is focused on Psychology, Spirituality and the Teachings of Sydney Banks.

n this episode, Leah and Rohini discuss emotional health. Rohini explains that each of us is innately well, we all have an internal intelligence that will always bring us back to balance, that when we are in a low mood our thinking is distorted, that burnout is what you make of it, how addictive distorted thinking can be, and how to let distorted thoughts go. You can learn more about Rohini and her coaching practice on her website, her Facebook, and on her Instagram.

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The Totem Nutrition Podcast: Episode 002 Interview with Tommy Benning

Today's guest on the podcast is Tommy Benning. Tommy recently moved to New York from Boulder, Colorado and is passionate about people and the outdoors. He is a technology sales enthusiast having been both a direct seller and enabler of sales excellence at multiple tech companies in both Colorado and New York. He's also the co-city director in Manhattan for a nonprofit organization called House of Genius which brings together 15 to 20 people each month to focus their collective creativity and vast experience to explore, discuss, and solve important problems of entrepreneurship without being allowed to discuss who they are or what they do for a living. When he's not focused on sales or hosting House of Genius, you can find him out running in New York City as he is gearing up to run his second New York City Marathon for charity this coming November. 

In this episode, Tommy and Leah talk about how lonely it can be living in a new city, making new friends, how to know when it's time to change jobs, the importance of diversity in problem solving, Tommy's involvement with House of Genius, how to excel in sales without being "sales-y," the importance of finding mentors in your life, and Tommy's work with the non-profit Team For Kids, which helps kids and at risk youth find a passion for running. Click here to donate to Tommy's Team for Kids effort for the upcoming New York City Marathon. 

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Totem Ambassador: Jane Frank

We're proud to announce The Totem Ambassador Program!  We're even more excited to welcome Jane Frank to the Totem team as our first Ambassador! Jane Jane is a Los Angels native and a Jiu Jitsu athlete. Jane has resigned from the medical field after 25 years to pursue holistic alternative style of healing for the public. Learn more about Jane in our interview and visit her Instagram to learn more. 

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Pulse Ingredient Spotlight

Pulse is our mood and libido enhancer. Pulse is primarily designed with women in mind, but men and women can both benefit from its powerful formulation.  Pulse tackles your stress and anxiety, helps you feel better about the world and your body, and helps get your engines running. One thing that customers love about Pulse, beyond how it makes them feel, is its delicious, chocolatey and maple syrup taste. We scoped out each ingredient found in Pulse for you below. 

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What Makes Velvet Antler Extract So Powerful?

Velvet antler extract is the signature ingredient in all of our products. It's been used for millenia in Traditional Chinese Medicine for its potent effects on longevity, endurance, stamina, sexual health, stress management,  and overall health and wellbeing. If you're totally new to velvet antler extract, we suggest starting with this blog post that we wrote about it. That post is dedicated to what velvet antler extract is, how our velvet antler extract is humanely harvested, and how we preserve all of the amazing biological components so that you get a powerful adaptogenic tonic with each Totem supplement purchase. 

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How To Tell if You're Sleep Deprived

The CDC estimates that somewhere between 50 - 70 million people have trouble sleeping. American adults are sleeping less than ever. Compared to 20 years ago, we're getting way less sleep. There are many factors that play into this lack of sleep epidemic -- our jobs, our technology, our emotional states, our diet, our stress, the list goes on and on. One thing that is clear is that we've normalized how crummy it feels to not get enough restorative sleep each night, so it's hard to tell when your sleep is becoming chronically problematic. Beyond feeling tired all of the time, which can also be a lack of sleep messing with your hormones, we dug around to find a few more telltale signs that you need more sleep in your life. 

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5 Signs You Might Be Low on Testosterone

Testosterone is best known as the male sex hormone, but what a lot of folks don't realize is that testosterone is critical to women's health and well-being as well. Some researchers argue that we're currently living in a world where the population is experiencing its lowest levels of testosterone in history. There are a lot of reasons why testosterone is declining, including environmental factors, diet and nutritional factors, and general health factors. Although that study specifically focused on the decline of testosterone in American men, it's not a huge leap in logic to also assert that women are  suffering from a similar deficiency.

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The Magical Velvet Bean

Velvet bean, or Mucuna puriens, has been exalted in Ayurvedic medicine since it was written about in the Rigveda - a sacred text written between 4500 BCE and 1600 BCE. Velvet bean has been documented in over two hundred traditional remedy formulations and its effectiveness has been scientifically validated many times over. We included velvet bean in our sleep optimizer, Lucid, because of the many amazing benefits that this bean provides that helps you get the most out of your sleep each night. Let's dive in and take a look at the defining properties this magical legume. 

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How and When to Take Totem Products

One question that our support team often fields is about how and when to take Totem's products. We understand that it can be confusing, so we wanted to dedicate a blog post all about how and when to take our products! Totem brings you the highest quality formulations of revered ancient and scientifically validated ingredients that are liquid and must be administered under your tongue. So, not only are we introducing you to a lot of ingredients that you're unfamiliar with, you also have to take our products in a particular way to get the most out of them! Let's dive into the whys, whens, and hows! 

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