Healthy Living Podcast | Practical Nontoxic Living

Listen to Sophia Ruan Gushée’s healthy living podcast, in which she speaks to guests about natural health, healing, beauty, wellness, and achieving a practically toxic free life.

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Sophia Ruan Gushée, author of A to Z of D-Toxing, investigates the impact that hidden chemicals, heavy metals, and EMFs have on our health and the health of our families. To maintain a natural and healthy lifestyle, we need to be able to identify unexpected toxins to identify healthy and organic lifestyle alternatives.

In her podcast series, Practical Nontoxic Living, she interviews experts in healthy living. These conversations can help you learn about specific natural health topics such as organic sleep, reducing EMF exposures, practically toxin free living and much more.  Check out the most recent podcast episodes below. You can subscribe to this Practical Nontoxic Living series through your favorite podcast platform (like Stitcher, Overcast, or iTunes).

S1, E11. Mama Medicine discusses auras, spirits, destiny, the soul's journey, and how our hardship teaches

Sophia talks to Deborah Hanekamp (Mama Medicine), a seeress carrying over 17 yrs in the healing arts. They discuss people's auras, the spirits that surround us, destiny, and our many teachers.

Deborah is an Initiated Amazonian Shaman, Reiki Master and Yogini. She has developed Medicine Readings and led Medicine Reading ceremonies all over the world. Her work has been featured in Vogue, New York Times & Marie Claire Magazine. Vogue magazine called her "Fashion's Favorite Healer."

Listen to this provocative conversation that may leave you feeling more calm, compassionate, and loving. Podcast show notes coming soon: Transcript of Sophia and Mama Medicine.

S1, E10. How toxic exposures threaten our reproductive health and children's health.

With a list of impressive and varied roles at Yale School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Hospital (among other organizations), Dr. Hugh Taylor is an internationally-recognized expert in female reproductive health. In this podcast, Sophia Ruan Gushée talks to Dr. Taylor about how toxic exposures (including cell phone radiation) may affect reproductive health, like fertility and outcomes of pregnancy and IVF. For podcast show notes, please click here: Reproductive health expert from Yale Medical School discusses how toxic exposures may influence our reproductive health and children.

S1, E9. No one is exempt from suffering, so let's have more fun with Heather Lilleston, co-founder of Yoga for Bad People

I love listening to Heather Lilleston talk about suffering. Heather exudes beauty, sunshine, and happiness. And she glows with love, kindness, and grace. So, how could she discuss suffering with such familiarity and study? 

For those who suffer, and feel alone, and that they somehow deserve their pain, I share the following conversation with you as a reminder that no one's life is perfect, we each have our own set of challenges, and we are each in this human experience together. You are not alone.

Heather and I also discuss money, teaching, and business! Click below to listen, or read Podcast Show Notes.

S1, E8: I tried halotherapy at the Montauk Salt Cave, and this is what I learned

Sophia Ruan Gushée discussed halotherapy (or salt therapy) and salt baths with Shannon Coppola of Montauk Salt Cave. Visitors, Shannon, and Shannon's family experience relief of symptoms from eczema, Lyme disease, respiratory issues, and other inflammation-related issues. Listen to consider whether halotherapy should become part of your weekly routine. Click here for more: Podcast show notes on Montauk Salt Cave.

S1, E7: Bees and Other Pollinators: What You Should Know and Simple Steps to Help Our Bees

Sophia Ruan Gushée visits beekeeper Laura Klahre, founder of Blossom Meadow, which is located in the North Fork of Eastern Long Island. Sophia and Laura discuss Colony Collapse Disorder, the pollinator crisis, and simple steps we can pursue to support our bees, other pollinators, and our ecosystem. Read show notes & highlights here, & listen to the episode below!


S1, E6: Probiotics, Gut Health & Fermentation with Sandor Katz

Are probiotics worth the money? In this episode, Sophia chats with Sandor Katz-- a NY Times bestselling author of the books Wild Fermentation and The Art of Fermentation, to learn all about gut health, the microbiome, probiotics, and pickling vs. fermentation for improving overall health and wellness. Healthy gut flora has been rumored to help everything from allergies and asthma, to eczema, and even anxiety, stress and depression. Listen further to learn "Fermentation 101" from this renowned guru!

Read show notes & highlights here, & listen to episode below!

S1, E5: Healing Through Essential Oils

Have questions about essential oils? So did we! Essential oils have been rumored to help with everything from better sleep and curing colds, flu, allergies, asthma and eczema to easing anxiety and stress-- as well as supporting people with more serious conditions, like autistic spectrum disorder. In this episode of the Practical Nontoxic Living podcast, host Sophia Ruan Gushée sits down with Alaknanda Nabar of Family of Light Holistic Center in Brooklyn, NY to learn from her family's healing journey with essential oils. Learn how to begin using them in your own home, precautions to take, and gain inspiration from this expert's amazing daily holistic care routine.

S1, E4: Organic Sleep? It's a thing.

Sophia Ruan Gushée chats with Kristen Rannala, mother of three, and founder of Organique-- a cutting-edge, organic mattress company based out of California. 

Conventional mattresses can off-gas toxicants like chlorine, formaldehyde, heavy metals, pesticides, phthalates, and VOCs. Get the quick download on what you need to know about a healthier mattress for you and your family, and learn simple steps to clean up your night's sleep. 

As a bonus, you will hear what this health-conscious mother of three feeds her children for breakfast. Inspiration galore!

Visit for more information about Kristen's mattress company.


S1, E3: Reducing EMF Exposures for Better Sleep and Health

Sophia Ruan Gushée sits down with Matthew Waletzke (Environmental Consultant) to learn about concerns over excessive electromagnetic field (EMF) exposures, and how we can gain clarity, wellbeing, and restorative sleep through reducing our EMF exposures in a few simple steps.

Click here to read podcast notes: Reducing EMFs.

S1, E2: A Conversation with the PNL Team


Sophia Ruan Gushée sits down with Ashley S. Cooke & Eden Connelly of the Practical Nontoxic Living team to discuss how learning about toxins in our environment has impacted their lives.




S1, E1: Introducing the Detox Encyclopedia

Get an inside glimpse into why Sophia Ruan Gushée created her critically acclaimed book A to Z of D-Toxing: The Ultimate Guide to Reducing Our Toxic Exposures. In the author's first podcast, she shares heartfelt speeches from her book launch party, as she invites listeners to join her never-ending journey of discovering new tips and tricks for practical, nontoxic living.

Sophia Gushée, as Guest Speaker


Sophia Gushée is often asked to speak on various topics as a guest on radio shows and podcasts. Visit for Sophia Gushee as Guest Speaker to listen to her talk about our chemical explosion since World War II, why we should hack our toxic exposures, hormone disrupting chemicals, the state of our immune systems, nontoxic cleaning, EMFs, fragrance, air fresheners, water filtration, her book A to Z of D-Toxing, her online D-Tox Academy, and more!

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