Welcome to this episode of The Tonic, terrestrially broadcast on August 6 and 7 2022 on AM740 and FM 96.7 in Toronto. Topics covered on the show track the lifestyle articles and themes published in Tonic Magazine. This week we’ll discuss the power of magnesium with Andrea Donsky, how to eat a plant based diet on a budget with Mercedes Gold, self talk with Hina Khan and understanding CRISPR with Bram Bussin

We specifically discuss:

The Power of Magnesium

  • Our fruits and vegetables contain 30% less minerals and nutrients than 50 years ago
  • Eating ultraprocessed foods, alcohol, aging and lifestyle causes mineral depletion
  • How do we know if we’re magnesium deficient?
  • Why are minerals important?
  • The types of magnesium
  • Magnesium glycinate: the most common
  • Magnesium threonate
  • Magnesium citrate
  • Magnesium orotate
  • Reading the label
  • How much magnesium should we take?
  • Magnesium from our diet
  • Capsules or powders?
  • Menopause and sleep
  • When should you take magnesium to help with sleep?


Eating Plant Based On a Budget

  • Fresh, frozen or canned fruits and vegetables
  • The premium attached to buy organic produce
  • The ‘Dirty Dozen’ and the “Clean Fifteen’
  • Plant based proteins: tofu and beans
  • How to make vegetables taste good
  • Obscure and expensive ingredients
  • Portion size


Self Talk

  • What is self talk?
  • Self talk isn’t always positive
  • A window to the self-conscious mind
  • Why is it okay to self talk negatively (…it isn’t)
  • How to interrupt the pattern
  • New thoughts and patterns
  • Affirmations


Understanding CRISPR

  • What is CRISPR?
  • Editing human genes
  • Cas9 and RNA
  • The body has mechanisms to counteract damage to DNA
  • Why should we care about CRISPR?
  • Are there risks to using CRISPR technology?
  • The ethics of CRISPR technology clinically
  • Myths about CRISPR


For more information about show sponsor New Roots Herbal go here.

To learn more about Andrea Donsky go here

To learn more about Mercedes Gold go here.

To learn more about Hina Khan go here