Can Food Be The Key To Living Longer?

You know National Geographer Explorer and NY Times Best Selling Author Dan Buettner as founder of Blue Zones, an organization that helps people live longer, healthier lives. His new book is filled with 100 recipes inspired by Blue Zones around the world where people live the longest. Each dish - for example, Sardinian Herbed Lentil Minestrone, Costa Rican Hearts of Palm Ceviche, Cornmeal Waffles from Loma Linda, California and Okinawan Sweet Potatoes - uses ingredients and cooking method proven to increase longevity, wellness and mental health.

Dan joined Tonia on the show. Please listen to our Podcast at ITunes, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts from.

Mushrooms Can Literally Make You Smarter

If I told you mushrooms could help you grow new neurons, would you believe me?


Everywhere you turn, you are probably hearing about mushrooms. No, not the kind you add on your pizza, although we do love those too. From mushroom tea to coffee to Coloradio decriminalizing psychedelic mushrooms to Silicon Valley bio-hackers using as a nootropic, there is a reason why everyone is buzzing about mushrooms.

Charlotte Traas
Joining Tonia on the show is Charlotte Traas, Director of Sales Education and Training at New Chapter, Inc. to talk about New Chapter's Lifeshield Mind Force, which already has a cult following. This one -stop brain supplement is perfect for mental clarity for a day that demands focus or even to get through an arduous workout. Made from organic whole life-cycle mushrooms, your brain is covered with Lion's Mane, Chaga, and Reishi, to promote normal brain function, cognitive support, and mental clarity.

By harnessing the intense power of mushrooms, people can use this to work much smarter, rather than harder. It has been shown to help regrown connective tissues in your brain, literally mind expanding. It is why mushrooms such as Lion's Mane, Reishi and Chaga are on the lips of every life hacking entrepreneur out there.

Do you know that we have roughly 86 billion neurons in our brains? For decades, the dogma was that humans could not generate new newrons as adults. Now, we know that humans, like other species, can grow new neurons in certain parts of the brain, such as the memory support hippocampus. 

New Chapter's Mind Force delivers the natural balance of Hericenones & Erinacines through selective formulation with Lions Mane mycellium and fruiting bodies. All of New Chapter's products are designed by a team of herbalists and holistic practitioners in Vermont to unlock the health-giving wisdom of nature, making each nutrient more vital and available for deep cellular benefits.  Find out more at New Chapter



Prime Roots, is a sustainable, non-GMO, whole food source, meat alternative super protein company based in the San Francisco Bay area.

Co-Founder Kimberlie Le is committed to leading a sustainable food business that is good for the planet and good for your health.

As the daughter of MasterChef Vietnam Star Chef Chi Le, Kim saw early on how flavorful and healthy meat alternatives could be. She began cooking, fermenting, and brewing with her mother from a very young age and was inspired by the art that goes into fermentation and cooking. During her time at UC Berkeley, Kim started to deeply understand the burden conventional meat and seafood industries have put on our planet as well as the number of dietary related diseases that can stem from high meat consumption. It was at that moment that Kim developed the idea of starting a meat alternative company that would create delicious protein-rich meat alternatives in an effort to alleviate both chronic diseases and our planetary impact. As a Flexitarian, Kim wanted to make delicious products to reduce her own meat consumption, and through the journey saw firsthand how difficult meat alternatives were to obtain due to price, availability and taste.

This idea has morphed into the company Prime Roots. Prime Roots has blossomed into a company that can truly influence America's food culture and environmental footprint at scale. Visit Prime Roots

A Breakthrough for Alzheimer's!

Dr. Elroy Vojdani

It's a devastating disease. It's called Alzheimer's. It affects more than 5.7 million Americans, and has cost more than $270 billion for research. And a recent study out of UCLA found that we can expect those cases to triple over the next 40 years! 

The degenerative disease is caused by the accumulation of something called “Amyloid plaque” in the brain, which ultimately damages brain nerves and causes memory loss, but a new breakthrough blood test could help millions change their fate!

Functional medicine pioneer, Dr. Elroy Vojdani joined Tonia King on a special edition of Food Talk for Health to talk about his pivotal research published in 2018 on the causes of Alzheimer’s Disease. He says they were integral in the development of a NEW blood test for the risk assessment of Alzheimer’s that will soon be available. There is no one cause of Alzheimer’s… it’s more like 30 different variables and this blood test looks at all those variables and determines some 20-30 years earlier if a person is at risk for cognitive memory impairment. The results allow Americans to make certain lifestyle changes that can delay or change their outcome altogether.

     Dr. Vojdani told Tonia about foods that have a link to Alzheimer’s disease & which foods help mitigate symptoms, toxins that are hiding in the home, and brain-healthy foods & oils to incorporate in your diet. The good news; a glass of red wine at night is good for the brain!

Warmly referred to as Dr. V, he is a licensed medical doctor, an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner (IFMCP) and a certified Bredeson ReCODE Practitioner. A well published physician, Dr. V is most known for accurately diagnosing and treating serious, life-threatening conditions by getting to the root of his patient’s health concerns.  He is also credited for his extensive research on the causes of Alzheimer’s along with the blood test he developed to determine if a young individual is at risk for the disease. His expert insight on health and wellness has been featured on Good Day LA, KTLA Morning Show, ELLE, Shape, Bustle, Best Life Online, Healthline, Reader’s Digest, VICE and Well+Good.

Living Your Best Life...and Dying Young at a Ripe Old Age

Dr. Gundry

When you get old, is it possible to feel young? It's not a new question, nor is it an obscure one. Everyone it seems searches for the proverbial "Fountain of Youth," but does that really exist? Tonia King, your host for Food Talk for Health talked with Dr. Gundry who says he's not reversing the aging process, but instead making sure you feel as young as possible for as long as you live!

THE LONGEVITY PARADOX: How to Die Young at a Ripe Old Age. Working with thousands of patients, world-renowned heart surgeon and cardiologist, Dr. Steven Gundry has discovered that the “diseases of aging” we most fear are not simply a function of age; rather, they are a byproduct of the way we have lived over the decades. In THE LONGEVITY PARADOX, Dr. Gundry maps out a new approach to aging well—one that is based on supporting the health of the “oldest” parts of us that have the power to keep us young: the microorganisms in our bodies. 

The gut bacteria that make up our microbiome largely determines our health over the years. For the past 19 years Dr. Gundry has treated patients based on the power of these “gut buddies,” as he calls them, and has seen dramatic reversals of diseases-- many of these changes directly linked to alterations in their gut bacteria. THE LONGEVITY PARADOX is the culmination of the results he has observed in patients, analysis of an enormous amount of recent research on the gut biome and his study of the world’s longest-lived communities.
In THE LONGEVITY PARADOX Dr. Gundry reveals:
·         DNA is not necessarily responsible for “inherited” ailments--research has shown that the makeup of an individual’s gut bacteria can be a predictor of many health outcomes, more so than genetics.
·         Inflammation is actually a SYMPTOM and not the root cause of what really ages us. Aging is the result of a lack of the right bacterial population in your gut, along with a leaky guy that allows bacteria and other particles to pass through the intestinal barrier.
·         The all-important connection between gut health and the brain and why neuroinflammation is responsible for cognitive decline and degenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and dementia.
·         What a “brain wash” is and why this wash cycle that takes place at night is so critical when it comes to preventing neurodegenerative diseases.
·         How we can break the cycle of arthritic pain (and why NSAIDs anti-inflammatory drugs are actually making it worse).
·         The importance of eating seasonally—and why having all foods available to us at all times has compromised our gut bacteria.
·         How mimicking fasting allows our mitochondria to rev up our entire immune system and kills off old, inefficient, dysfunctional cells.
·         The importance of exercise and how it actually changes the microbiome.
·         Why chronic cardio (think intense cardio and endurance running) is actually damaging the heart and why yoga and meditation are good for your gut.

One of the most explosive ideas in THE LONGEVITY PARADOX is the idea that heart disease, at its root is an autoimmune condition, a disease begins in the gut. He reveals the research that shows that the more gut bacteria diversity there is, the less blocked arteries there are. When bad bugs take over, they cause your arteries to become rigid, dramatically increasing your chances of developing heart disease. Dr. Gundry also posits that cholesterol doesn’t cause heart disease and offers a compelling explanation for why it gets a bad rep, revealing that triglycerides are the real enemy.

THE LONGEVITY PARADOX shows that our gut bugs are in the driver’s seat when it comes to diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s to more common ailments like arthritis, weight gain, the appearance of our skin. They are what’s controlling our quality of life as we age. The good news is, it’s never too late to support these microbes and give them what they need to help them—and you—thrive. In THE LONGEVITY PARADOX, Dr. Gundry outlines a nutrition and lifestyle plan to support gut health and live well for decades to come. A progressive take on the new science of aging, THE LONGEVITY PARADOX offers an action plan to prevent and reverse disease as well as simple hacks to help anyone look and feel younger and more vital.
Steven R. Gundry, MD, FACS, FACC, is the director of the International Heart and Lung Institute in Palm Springs, California, and the founder/director of The Center for Restorative Medicine in Palm Springs and Santa Barbara.