Hey, I’m Morgan Kline, the COO of Burn Boot Camp and the host of the Coffee & Kettlebells podcast! We started Coffee & Kettlebells in May of 2018 and, in such a short time, the podcast has skyrocketed to the top of the charts.
My mission with Coffee & Kettlebells is to provide you, my listeners, with content that will help empower and inspire you to live your life with greater balance, health and happiness. With that, I work hard to bring you the top experts in the health and wellness field to share the best and most current information about living a healthier life, both mentally and physically.
Reflecting on our 125 episodes to date, it’s extremely crazy to think about the amount of knowledge, empowerment and inspiration I personally have cultivated from speaking with these different experts. I’m beyond thankful for all I have learned! I truly believe we should remain constant learners as we should constantly be challenging ourselves to become better each and every day.
That’s something about podcasting I am completely in love with, how easy and fun it is to learn! And, that is the goal of my own podcast, to ensure I am providing my listeners with real, actionable information. I believe the more educational content I can provide you, the better able you will be to improve the quality of your life.
With that being said, in this blog post, I share with you a few of my favorite golden nuggets I learned from our top-downloaded podcast episodes!
1. What I loved about Episode 77: The Most Nutrient-Dense Superfood in the World with the CEO of EnergyBits
Before recording this episode, I would never have guessed spirulina was the most nutrient-dense superfood in the world. Well, if I am being completely honest with you, before recording this episode I had absolutely no idea what spirulina even was.
But, I love learning about new nutritious foods I can easily add to my diet to help improve my overall health.
Spirulina may sound like a crazy supplement you would never buy, but from what I learned in this episode, spirulina can provide us with countless health benefits. Spirulina is a blue-green algae that is 60 to 70% protein, contains all amino acids, has 26 times more calcium than milk and is a great source of fiber, iron, omega-3s, B vitamins and antioxidants.
Spirulina is especially beneficial for women because it can help reduce PMS symptoms such as bloating, fatigue, cramping and mood swings. And because it contains high amounts of vitamins and minerals, you might also notice shinier hair, stronger nails and glowing skin.
As a bonus, spirulina is great for boosting your energy and revving up your metabolism!
Check out this episode of Coffee & Kettlebells to find out more ways spirulina can boost your overall health and vitality, plus how to start adding it into your diet.
2. What I loved About Episode 54: How I Take Control of My Stress
We all live crazy, busy lives–that’s just the way it is. And, our crazy, busy lives can cause us to live high-stress lives. When we feel stressed, it takes away from our ability to find the peace and joy in our life that is happening right now.
There are so many articles and blog posts and podcast episodes on ways we can reduce our stress. And while they all present great ideas, let’s be honest, they aren’t always realistic for our day-to-day lives.
I love this episode because I share how I actually take control of my stress and I believe what I share is extremely realistic for everyone to apply to their lives.
What I’ve realized is that stress doesn’t come from what is going on in our lives. It actually comes from how we respond to what is going on in our lives. Therefore, if we can’t reduce the hecticness around us, we can at least change how we respond to that hecticness of our.
One thing I do when something in particular is stressing me out is slow down my thoughts and think through them rationally. I’ll ask myself, “Do I have control over this situation or circumstance or is it outside my control?” Now if it is something that is within my control, I then ask myself, “What can I do right now that can help alleviate the stress?” Rather than constantly thinking about whatever is stressing me out, I figure out how I can take action. Taking action on the things I have control over greatly helps me alleviate my stress.
Listen to the full episode where I expand on this idea and also share many other realistic ways you can manage your stress.
3. What I loved about episode: CBD, Turmeric, Adaptogens and Probiotics with Rachelle Robinett
There was way too much to love in this episode with Rachelle. She provides such valuable information on CBD, turmeric, adaptogens and probiotics it was so difficult to choose one thing.
I will say, I did learn a lot about turmeric! Prior to chatting with Rachelle, I did know turmeric works wonders on reducing inflammation and healing your gut and was something I was already adding into my diet. Although, Rachelle explained how the way I was using it wouldn’t provide me the health benefits I was searching for.
According to Rachelle, turmeric alone isn’t all that special. What’s special about turmeric is the curcuminoids—curcumin in particular—it contains. Curcumin provides the anti-inflammatory and gut-healing properties we’re looking for.
To reap the benefits of this awesome superfood, we need to consume around 500 to 1,000 milligrams of curcumin a day. Unfortunately, one teaspoon of turmeric contains only 200 milligrams. So, adding one teaspoon to a soup or tea, isn’t really going to do much for us, except change the flavor. We would need to include 3 to 5 teaspoons of turmeric a day into our diet to feel a difference. That’s a lot of turmeric!
Supplementing with curcumin may be something to consider if you’re serious about obtaining the health benefits of turmeric. But, don’t take my word for it, be sure to chat with your doctor to see if supplements are right for you.
Tune into this episode to learn more about turmeric, plus everting you need to know about CBD, adaptogens and probiotics!
4. What I loved about Episode 72: How to Avoid Gossiping
The real question is what didn’t I love about this episode? Gossip is my number one pet peeve and something I feel so strongly about. I think it is not only hurtful to the person you are speaking about, but you also hurtful to yourself.
Have you ever asked yourself why you participate in gossip? Is it adding any real value to your life?
I think there are many reasons why we gossip and it’s different for each person.
We gossip for attention. We want to be the center of attention and we think having the good gossip will get us that attention we crave, but is it good attention? Is it really the type of attention we want?
We gossip to make ourselves feel better about ourselves by talking badly about someone else. But does it really make us feel better? It might make us feel better in the moment, but does it really makes us happier about ourselves long term?
We gossip to fit in. We think that, if we join in on the gossip, other people will like us more. But if we have to talk badly about others, are those really the people we want to fit in with?
We gossip for entertainment. But, should our form of entertainment really be at the cost of bringing others down?
Tune into this episode to listen to me express my true feelings on gossip, and how I think gossip can actually harm you more than the person you are speaking about.
5. Why I love Episode 83: The Benefit of Bee Products with Beekeeper’s Naturals CEO Carly Stein
One of my favorite bee products is bee pollen. Why? Because I truly believe bee pollen is a superfood that can help ramp up our health and fitness transformation.
I absolutely loved learning more about it’s amazing benefits from Carly in this episode of Coffee & Kettlebells.
Bee pollen has been shown to increase muscle definition, quicken muscle recovery time, boost metabolism and enhance energy. It’s also known for strengthening your immune system, reducing inflammation and relieving stress and menstrual cramps. Always consult your doctor regarding any supplementations.
It’s so simple to start including bee pollen in your diet. All you need to do is mix one teaspoon of bee pollen powder into your protein smooth, oatmeal or yogurt and you’ll begin to reap all the amazing benefits.
Listen to the full episode to learn more about bee pollen, natural honey, royal jelly and propolis and all the amazing benefits they provide us.
6. What I loved about Episode 91: Signs You Have a Thyroid Problem with Dr. Will Cole
I know that countless women are struggling with chronic fatigue, depression, constipation, unexplained weight gain and difficulties losing weight. I understand that this can be unbelievably frustrating when you are trying so hard to see results from your healthy lifestyle and it just seems impossible. While these are all signs of having a thyroid problem, most doctors will recognize this and will request that you have your thyroid tested. Most women get their thyroid tests back only to find out their thyroid levels are completely normal. This becomes even more frustrating because you just can’t seem to pinpoint the problem, and you continue to experience the negative symptoms.
What I loved most about this episode is Dr. Will Cole explaining why our thyroid tests don’t paint the whole picture. Most doctors aren’t testing all your thyroid hormones, and there are different thyroid conditions that won’t even appear on your test. So, if you are someone who has had their thyroid test come back negative, don’t write your thyroid off just yet, it could still be the problem!
I highly suggest that everyone tune into this episode, whether or not you think you have a thyroid problem, as Dr. Will Cole shares priceless information we should all hear. Plus, he gets extremely specific on the exact thyroid tests we should request when getting our thyroid tested and what we can do to begin healing our thyroid naturally!
7. What I loved about Episode 72: The Dangers of Birth Control Part 1 with Jolene Brighten
This is by far my all-time favorite episode and if you haven’t tuned in yet, it’s an absolute must!
The first thing about this episode is Dr. Jolene Brighten’s passion for sharing the facts with us, rather than trying to scare us. She is simply on a mission to provide women with all the available information regarding hormonal birth control, empowering them to make the best decisions for their own health.
The second thing I love about this episode is how Dr. Brighten says, “Period problems are common, but that doesn’t mean period problems are normal.” I think so many of us think common and normal are synonyms.
Going on the pill is just a coverup to a problem your body is trying to bring to your attention. When you go on birth control, you’re putting a bandaid on the problem without digging for the root cause.
If you’re a woman, I strongly urge you to listen to this episode and broaden your awareness of the potential dangers of birth control.
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