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Vagus Nerve & Women's Health with Atavia Minoudis & Laura Bennett | Episode 266 of Witchy Wellness Radio

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Unlocking Healing Through Gut & Vagus Nerve Health

In every episode of Witchy Wellness Radio, host Loren Cellentani talks to wellness experts to help people unlock their healing through their body and emotions. In an enlightening conversation with Atavia Minoudis, the nutritional therapist, and Laura Bennett, they delve into gut health, the vagus nerve, managing anxiety, ADHD, and more.





Understanding the Vagus Nerve and Gut Health

Atavia Minoudis, a registered nutritional therapist, explains the importance of the vagus nerve, a nerve that traverses from the brainstem down through the chest, linking and influencing different organs such as the heart, lungs, and the gut. She explains that the vagus nerve significantly affects health, as it induces relaxation and calmness in the body and plays a crucial role in reducing conditions such as bloating, constipation, and anxiety.


Easy Steps to Activate Your Vagus Nerve

According to Atavia, the more you work on and activate your vagus nerve, the stronger it gets. Just like going to the gym to tone your muscles, continually practicing vagal tone exercises strengthens it, enabling you to manage stress better and reducing jumpy reactions. Some of the vagus nerve activating techniques include deep breathing exercises, yoga, and singing - tools that switch your body from stress mode to a state of calm and relaxation.


Gut Health is Central to Overall Wellness

Diet and nutrition can substantially impact the vagus nerve, and in turn, our gut health. While it is essential to maintain a well-balanced diet limiting sugar and processed foods, it is equally important to consume lots of water. Minoudis suggests using a high-quality water filter as one of the first steps in purifying the body, stating that a high amount of toxins could be present in our water systems. Laura too echoes Atavia's belief that looking at gut health is an excellent start to healing, as a lot of body functions are regulated through the gut.


ADHD, Anxiety, and Nutrition

Atavia talks about how ADHD intertwines with anxiety from her personal experiences, particularly related to women. The societal expectations and pressures can lead to them masking their symptoms, suppressing their internal energy, and fighting against their own wants and feelings, all of which can lead to anxiety. If not managed properly, it might transform into a chronic condition.



Cutting back on caffeine and sugar, consuming a healthy diet, regular exercises, and activating the vagus nerve were some powerful insights shared by Atavia and Laura. Despite the enlightenment from this interview, it is important to remember that every individual's body responds differently and these guidelines may not work identically for everyone. It's about understanding your body, listening to it, and tuning in with it to unlock your healing journey.

To delve deeper into the world of nutrition and wellness, you can check out the episodes of 'Teaching My Friend Nutrition' where Atavia and Laura cover more interesting topics.



In this episode of Witchy Wellness Radio, host Loren Cellentani talks about gut health, anxiety, and skin health with Atavia Minoudis and Laura Bennett, hosts of the podcast 'Teaching My Friend Nutrition'.

Atavia, a registered nutritional therapist, uses her podcast to teach Laura, and their listeners, about nutrition every week. They discuss how a healthy lifestyle, including balanced diet and exercise, can help improve gut health and reduce the symptoms of ADHD and anxiety. Laura also shares her personal experience of reducing caffeine and dairy intake to regulate her hormones and alleviate severe menstrual problems.

Additionally, they talk about the importance of focusing on improving the health of the vagus nerve, which impacts our bodies' stress level, inducing a calm and relaxation state.



This episode will cover:

✅ Understanding the vagus nerve and its role in regulating the body's stress response is crucial for managing anxiety and promoting overall well-being.
✅ Supporting gut health is essential for strengthening the vagus nerve and improving symptoms related to IBS and other gut-related issues.
✅ Nutrition & vagus nerve health: making dietary changes such as reducing sugar intake and consuming organic produce can have a positive impact.
✅ Learn how to take steps to activate the vagus nerve to help shift the body from a state of stress to a state of calm and relaxation

.…and so much more!


They are a couple of friends who discuss acne, anxiety and gut health. Atavia is a registered Nutritional Therapist and the premise of the show is for her to teach Laura every week, something new about Acne, Anxiety and Gut Health.

They aim to provide actionable and easy to understand information to create a community of women who can help and support each other to understand why they are struggling, and what to do to help their symptoms.


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