Welcome to this episode of The Tonic, terrestrially broadcast on April 27 and 28, 2024 on AM740 and FM 96.7 in Toronto. Topics covered on the show track the lifestyle articles and themes published in The Tonic Magazine. This week we’ll discuss tonic and gin with distiller Graham Reid, the use of cannabis in spiritual practice with author Will Johnson, how to measure and boost your vagus nerve function with author Navaz Habib and the relationship between alcohol and menopause with counsellor and coach Sophie Solmini

We specifically discuss:

Tonic and Gin

  • Alcohol and health and wellness
  • What is tonic water?
  • Quinine and malaria
  • Gin’s health origin
  • How is gin made?
  • Gin gimlet and the health benefits of lime cordial


Cannabis and Spiritual Practice

  • Using cannabis mindfully in a spiritual practice
  • The impacts of cannabis use spiritually
  • Misconceptions regarding cannabis use in spiritual practice
  • How can cannabis impact spiritual practice
  • Physical experience
  • Advice for first time users


Boosting Your Vagus Nerve Function

  • What is the vagus nerve?
  • What is the function of the vagus nerve?
  • What causes vagus nerve dysfunction?
  • Stress
  • Toxins
  • Can we measure vagus nerve function?
  • Heart rate variability
  • How can we improve vagus nerve function?
  • Breathing effectively
  • Vagus nerve stimulation


The Relationship Between Menopause and Alcohol

  • How does alcohol consumption impact women differently than men?
  • Specific risks of alcohol consumption during perimenopause
  • How does menopause impact alcohol metabolization?
  • Changes as we age
  • How does alcohol impact symptoms of perimenopause?
  • How can women manage alcohol consumption during menopause?


To learn more about Graham Reid go here

To learn more about Will Johnson go here

To learn more about Navaz Habib go here

To learn more about Sophie Solmini go here