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Achieve Optimal Mental Health

Achieve Optimal Mental Health

With: Dr. Miles Nichols

About the Episode

Do you want to experience a greater sense of mental clarity and emotional balance? You may have been told to simply “think positive” to improve your mental well-being, only to find that it doesn’t provide the relief you seek. The pain of feeling isolated and misunderstood while trying to just “think positive” can be overwhelming. But there are alternative solutions that can provide the support and relief you’re looking for.

Dr. Miles Nichols will be revealing powerful techniques to help you attain that desired state of well-being.

Listen now and improve your mental health today!

What We Discuss

In this episode, Dr. Miles Nichols, a functional medicine expert, delves into the transformative potential of breathwork and psychedelics for mental health and overall well-being. Dr. Nichols shares insights on how breathwork can positively impact gut issues, chronic infections, and toxins, while cautioning about the potential challenges for certain individuals. He emphasizes the significance of proper breathing techniques, and tailoring practices based on individual needs. His expertise and actionable insights make this episode a must-listen for those looking to explore alternative pathways to improved mental health and overall well-being.

Discover effective functional medicine interventions

Functional medicine interventions unlock fresh avenues in treating mental illnesses. This approach puts patients in touch with previously unexplored solutions like psychedelic therapy, breathwork, and cold exposure. The curation of these unconventional therapies presents a promising stride toward understanding the interconnectedness of mind and body in the pursuit of your mental well-bei

Unlock the power of breathwork

Learning the art of breathwork can be beneficial to those struggling with various health concerns. Starting with the basic belly breathing can already deliver noteworthy health improvements. Furthermore, understanding different techniques such as Wim Hof breathing, Buteyko breathing, and box breathing can significantly aid in nervous system regulation, anxiety and panic reduction, asthma management, and sleep improvement.

Understand the mental health benefits

Turning intergenerational trauma into intergenerational gifts offers new insights into mental health. With techniques like breathwork, meditation, and brain retraining, there’s the potential to effect significant changes in immune function, nervous system function, and gut health. Delving into these facets raises our awareness and could be pivotal in creating a positive shift in your mental health narrative.

Listen now to start taking care of your mental health today!

Bio

Dr. Miles Nichols is a functional medicine doctor specializing in Lyme, mold illness, gut, thyroid, and autoimmunity. After Dr Miles personally struggled with chronic fatigue in his early 20’s, Dr Miles dedicated himself to figure out the root causes. He suffered with and recovered from thyroid dysfunction, autoimmunity, a gut infection, Lyme co-infections, and mold illness.

Dr Miles has authored two books. He founded the Medicine with Heart functional medicine clinic in Colorado as well as the Medicine with Heart Institute which trains other doctors in functional medicine. Dr Miles has been a featured speaker at national conferences, professional associations, podcasts, and summits.

Resources

Facebook – https://facebook.com/medicinewithheart
Instagram – https://instagram.com/medicinewithheart
Twitter – https://twitter.com/medicinewheart
Functional Medicine Clinic: https://MedicineWithHeart.com
Functional Medicine Training Institute for Practitioners: https://MindBodyFunctionalMedicine.com

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Urine

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Glutathione for 1 week, then bath or sauna.

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Achieve Optimal Mental Health
Achieve Optimal Mental Health

WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

This test evaluates the presence of harmful mycotoxins (toxins produced by molds).

LOCATION PERFORMED

At home

BLOOD FLUID

Urine

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS

Glutathione for 1 week, then bath or sauna.

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Glutathione for 1 week, then bath or sauna.

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