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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Stronger. Calmer. Sexier. Richer. This How Lucid Can Change Your Life

Over 50 million men and women suffer from chronic long-term sleep disorders, and many more report daily sluggishness, difficultly falling asleep, and trouble sleeping soundly through the night. Over the last 50 years, Americans have been sleeping less and less, while lifestyle demands and chronic stress have been on the rise. Blue light exposure from our phone and computer screens disrupt our sleeping patterns and decrease sleep quality, and the always connected nature of our technology keeps us up way later than is optimal. At a time when we need sleep the most, we're sleeping less than ever and sleeping worse than ever. 

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The One Thing That's Missing From Your Fitness Routine

Our society doesn't value slowing down. We're in an always connected, always on, always "I need that yesterday," 24/7/365 world. We all suffer for it. People take this same frantic approach to their fitness routines. A pervasive attitude of "no pain, no gain" trickles through the fitness world, to the detriment of those who are trying to hit their goals. Whether we want to admit it of not, quality sleep is the missing ingredient to most people's fitness routines. 

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Upgraded Travel with Lucid

Everybody loves an adventure that takes them to a new destination. We invest a lot in our trips. We plan it, pay for it, and take time off of work. Whether we're traveling to explore a new place, close a business deal, or celebrate a milestone traveling gives us the opportunity to expand our horizons. Hopping on a plane to cross timezones is exhilarating, but too often we get sick while traveling, which can definitely hamper your adventure. In fact, researchers have concluded that you're way more likely to catch a cold while traveling --- 20 to 113% more likely. 

No one wants their trip ruined by a runny nose and exhaustion. The good news is that we're here to help. Lucid, our sleep optimizer, should be your go to for all things travel. Here's why. 

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